IOWA Magazine | 12-09-2019

In Memory Winter 2019


Isabel Dodd McGuire (39BA) of Leawood, Kansas, on April 23, 2019. Kathryn Allen Payne (38BS, 38GN) of Charlottesville, Virginia, on Feb. 17, 2019. Richard M. Renfro (39MA) of Sylvia, North Carolina, on May 13, 2019.


Dolores A. Martin Boeke (48GN) of Hubbard, Iowa, on Jan. 2, 2019. Georgia M. Betz Bond (49GN) of Milwaukee on April 26, 2019. Wilber E. Carley (42BSC) of Lincoln, Nebraska, on Oct. 26, 2018. Carl W. Grant (49BSC) of Atlantic Beach, Florida, on Jan. 27, 2019. Richard C. Haw (49BA, 52MA, 55DDS) of Cresco, Iowa, on Nov. 26, 2018. Neva M. Littlejohn Holland (40BSPE) of Independence, Iowa, on May 10, 2019. Geraldine Whiteford Horne (46BA) of Fort Worth, Texas, in December 2018. Donald J. Ibeling (49BA, 50LLB) of Mesa, Arizona, on Jan. 11, 2019. David E. Mitchell (49BA, 50MA) of Mason City, Iowa, on Feb. 22, 2019. Mary Modesta Monnig Nagle (45BSC, 75MSW) of Bettendorf, Iowa, on Jan. 4, 2019. Betty J. Page (47BA) of Ely, Minnesota, on Jan. 24, 2019. Bettye P. Winsler Pallesen (47BSC) of Kansas City, Kansas, on Jan. 12, 2019. Sarah Lou Seifert Ross (49BSCh) of Cupertino, California, on Jan. 26, 2019. Diane H. Marshall Schupp (47BA) of Des Moines on Feb. 7, 2019. Barbara Bygrave Smith (48BA) of Rockford, Illinois, on March 30, 2019. Lucille Johnson Smith (48BA) of Lawrence, Kansas, on Nov. 20, 2018. Marilyn Junge Snyder (49BA) of Columbia, South Carolina, on March 10, 2019. James W. Spellman (49MS) of Bloomington, Illinois, on March 5, 2019. Gladys P. Dillon Tracy (41BS, 41GN) of Moses Lake, Washington, on Dec. 12, 2018. Walter N. Trump (43BSCh, 47MS, 49PhD) of St. Louis on April 15, 2019. Reva J. Hatch Ulrich (49BA, 52MA) of Plainfield, Indiana, on April 19, 2019. Glen Van Vark (49BSC) of Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Jan. 5, 2019. David E. Watts (41BA, 42JD) of New York on Jan. 27, 2019. Betty J. Peterson Willhoite (43BA) of Falmouth, Maine, on Feb. 2, 2019.

Robert E. Yager (53MS, 57PhD)

Robert E. Yager

A visionary science education professor whose UI career spanned more than 50 years, Yager transformed classroom learning through his research and scholarship.

Yager, who penned more than 600 research papers, articles, and books, developed a teaching approach that encouraged science students to ask questions and explore their world. After finding that traditional teaching methods didn't hold students' attention, Yager's philosophy brought science to life while sparking creativity and critical thinking.

At the UI, Yager developed one of the largest graduate programs in science education in the U.S. and headed numerous national organizations, including the National Association for Research in Science Teaching and the National Science Teachers Association. Yager was presented with the UI's Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement in 2009.

While he formally retired in 2006, Yager continued to support the UI through his philanthropy and served as professor emeritus with office hours until his death. Yager, of Coralville, Iowa, died Aug. 6, 2019, at age 89.


Willis J. Anciaux (53BSEE) of Kimberly, Wisconsin, on Dec. 16, 2018. William H. Bahls (50BSC) of Peoria, Arizona, on March 19, 2019. Eldon D. Bills (56DDS, 57MS, 57PROsS, 61MS, 61OrthS) of Cottonwood, Arizona, on Dec. 17, 2018. M.J. "Chuck" Brammer (55BSP) of Eagan, Minnesota, on Feb. 3, 2019. Alfred K. Brewer (55BSME) of Wichita, Kansas, on Dec. 21, 2018. Keith E. Burgett (59LLB) of Omaha, Nebraska, on Oct. 19, 2018. Charles E. Buzzard (50BA) of Lakeway, Texas, on March 4, 2019. Edward L. Colbert (51BSPE) of Dubuque, Iowa, on Jan. 24, 2019. John G. Den Hartog (56BA, 60MD) of Madison, Wisconsin, on April 14, 2019. Edward D. Failor Sr. (55JD) of Ankeny, Iowa, on Oct. 22, 2018. Tyrus R. Fideler (53DDS) of Dana Point, California, on Jan. 22, 2019. James S. Flansburg (57BA) of Clive, Iowa, on Jan. 30, 2019. Carol V. Wickham Fracassini (59BA, 77MA) of Espanola, New Mexico, on March 8, 2019. Glen D. Friedrichsen (57BSC) of York, Maine, on Jan. 13, 2019. Alan N. Gendler (53BA) of Williamsville, New York, on April 13, 2019. Donald K. Groneberg (58BSC) of Sheridan, Wyoming, on Sept. 1, 2019. Don A. Hale (51BS, 51DDS) of Nevada, Iowa, on March 7, 2019. Robert C. Hansen Sr. (50DDS) of Waterloo, Iowa, on Jan. 2, 2019. Toni R. Hatch (57BSC) of Portage, Wisconsin, on Sept. 17, 2018. John Hiltner Jr. (54BA, 54MA) of Bowling Green, Ohio, on March 9, 2019. Nathaniel Hunter (58BSME) of Sacramento, California, on Dec. 21, 2018. Gerald A. Jewett Jr. (50BSC) of Panora, Iowa, on Nov. 23, 2018. Douglas D. Klink (56MD) of Mequon, Wisconsin, on Dec. 21, 2018. Phyllis Apland Land (53BA) of Princeton, New Jersey, on Oct. 6, 2018. Marjorie Hundertmark Lorenc (52GN, 53BA) of Springfield, Missouri, on April 14, 2019. Roderic W. Malcolm (55BA) of Iowa City on Feb. 1, 2019. Donald J. McBride (56BSC) of Evergreen, Colorado, on Nov. 6, 2018. Lois M. Frost McGill (51BA) of Milwaukee on Dec. 17, 2018. Joye Ashton McKusick (51BSPE, 74MA) of Clive, Iowa, on Nov. 14, 2018. Emmett J. McMahon (57BSC) of Palm Harbor, Florida, on Nov. 14, 2018. C. Nelson Melampy (56R) of Berea, Ohio, on April 17, 2019. Paul A. Meyers (50BA, 53MA) of Dubuque, Iowa, on April 25, 2019. George H. Miller Jr. (56BSME) of Fort Mill, South Carolina, on May 23, 2019. Howard F. Moeller (51BSME) of Western Springs, Illinois, on Jan. 3, 2019. Marcia Jenkins Pitkin (56BA) of La Quinta, California, on May 7, 2019. Joan N. Dueland Richardson (57BA) of Westlake Village, California, on Jan. 14, 2019. Marcelene E. Robinson (54BA) of Muscatine, Iowa, on May 2, 2019. Dick E. Rust (50BA, 52MD) of Seattle on Feb. 28, 2019. Wayland C. Savre (50BA, 54MS) of Houston on April 9, 2019. Nancy L. Wallace Shain (52BA) of Louisville, Colorado, on April 23, 2019. Sid C. Skaar (58BSC, 61MBA) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, on March 23, 2019. Muriel McCoy Smith (53BSP) of Topeka, Kansas, on Nov. 18, 2018. Faye Hyde Strayer (50BA, 54MA, 72PhD) of Iowa City on Feb. 15, 2019. Keith E. Thayer (55DDS, 56MS, 56ProsS) of Iowa City on Dec. 18, 2018. John G. Vernon (51BA, 56JD) of Arvada, Colorado, on March 8, 2019. Allan R. Wagner (56BA, 58MA, 59PhD) of North Haven, Connecticut, on Sept. 28, 2018. Nancy A. Kitch Walker (58BSN, 87MA) of Iowa City on March 24, 2019. Raymond L. Wicks (50DDS, 53OrthS, 53MS) of Fresno, California, on Sept. 25, 2018. David F. Wilson (59BA, 63MD) of Portland, Oregon, on Nov. 13, 2018. Curtis G. Wuest (59MD) of Iowa City on Oct. 31, 2018.

Richard M. Caplan (51MA, 55MD)

A longtime professor in the UI Carver College of Medicine's Department of Dermatology, Caplan was an influential clinician, scholar, administrator, and educator.

Caplan joined the UI medical faculty in 1961 and served in the college until 1997, including 22 years as associate dean for continuing medical education. He founded two programs that continue today in the Carver College of Medicine: Medical Education Community Orientation, which provides community hospital-based experiences for medical students following their first year of study, and the Program in Bioethics and Humanities, which helps health care professionals examine ethical questions.

Caplan authored hundreds of monthly essays for the Journal of the Iowa Medical Society and three books. He received numerous awards over the years, including the Hancher-Finkbine Medallion in 1992 and the College of Medicine's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2011. Among Caplan's many philanthropic contributions to the UI, he and wife, Ellen (52BA, 69MA), established a medical student scholarship in their name. Beyond his professional work, Caplan was a lifelong musician, community theater actor, and author of a book of fiction and articles about Sherlock Holmes.

Caplan died Aug. 20, 2019, at his home in Iowa City. He was 90.


David G. Arkovich (68BA) of Ames, Iowa, on Jan. 24, 2019. Robert M. Cartmell (68MA, 69MFA) of Albany, New York, on Sept. 11, 2018. Bipinchandra B. Chaudhari (62MS, 65PhD) of Clifton Park, New York, on Jan. 21, 2019. James A. Chisman (60MS, 63PhD) of Anderson, South Carolina, on March 25, 2019. David J. Conwell (63DDS) of Kalona, Iowa, on April 18, 2019. Crist H. Costa (69MA, 70PhD) of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, on March 17, 2019. Douglas L. Cover (64BBA) of Tavares, Florida, on Dec. 19, 2018. Donald D. Forsling (60BA) of Clive, Iowa, on Jan. 6, 2018. Mary C. Steckel Foster (66MA) of Davenport, Iowa, on Feb. 7, 2019. Judith L. Stevens Gabriel (64BA) of Palm City, Florida, on Dec. 21, 2018. Beverly Tegland Gallatin (69BSN) of Mahomet, Illinois, on Feb. 4, 2019. Michael J. Gilles (62BA) of Monterey, California, on July 21, 2019. Donald V. Hagan (64DDS, 69MS, 69OrthS) of Tucson, Arizona, on May 2, 2019. Conway W. Henderson (67MA, 71PhD) of Moore, South Carolina, on Jan. 9, 2019. Jerry T. Juhlin (68DDS) of Mason City, Iowa, on Oct. 14, 2018. John E. Krahmer (65BA, 66JD) of Lubbock, Texas, on April 4, 2019. Barry R. Lahann (66BS, 68MA) of Long Grove, Iowa, on Dec. 10, 2018. Jack N. Leabo (62BSPE, 68MA) of Davenport, Iowa, on Dec. 28, 2018. Susan K. McMurray Malloy (65BA) of Marshalltown, Iowa, on April 2, 2019. Janet S. Pratt McAllister (62MA) of Conrad, Iowa, on Oct. 12, 2018. Jim C. Mershon (60BA, 63MD, 66R, 68F) of Wichita, Kansas, on March 19, 2019. S. Lars Olson (64MBA) of Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, on March 4, 2019. George T. Raach (67BA) of Leavenworth, Kansas, on March 3, 2019. Richard B. Riley (64BA, 66MA, 69JD) of Minneapolis on July 19, 2019. Karen G. Richardson Rubright (63BA, 90MA) of Iowa City on March 17, 2019. James W. Schallau (62BSEE) of San Jose, California, on April 3, 2019. John M. Schliekelman (63BA, 65BSCE) of Walcott, Iowa, on Dec. 29, 2018. James W. Shellady (69BBA) of Iowa City on Sept. 29, 2018. Duane F. Siegel (67MD) of San Diego on Sept. 3, 2018. Marvin W. Silvey (68MD, 74R) of Franklin, Tennessee, on Nov. 26, 2018. Jane H. Fail Stine (63MS) of Adel, Iowa, on March 1, 2019. Robert B. Synhorst (63R) of Lincoln, Nebraska, on Oct. 22, 2018. Vernon D. Vaandrager (63MD) of Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Oct. 29, 2018. Richard A. Vandervelde (62MS, 67PhD) of Holland, Michigan, on Nov. 9, 2018. Jon Van Dusseldorp (66BA, 68MA) of Elmwood Park, Illinois, on July 10, 2019. Howard W. Van Scoy Jr. (62MA) of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, on May 11, 2019. John F. Veldey (66BA, 67JD) of Marshalltown, Iowa, on Nov. 23, 2018. Bradley R. Welden (67BSCE) of Iowa Falls, Iowa, on Nov. 21, 2018. Martha J. Wenstrand (67BA) of Red Oak, Iowa, on Jan. 23, 2019. Lonny R. Wilson (64BS, 66MA, 75PhD) of Bettendorf, Iowa, on Jan. 2, 2019. Barbara L. Meffert Wright (67BSN) of Urbandale, Iowa, on Dec. 13, 2018.


Bonnie L. Bannister (71BA) of Peculiar, Missouri, on Feb. 18, 2019. R. Craig Bennett (72BA) of Pittsburgh on Jan. 27, 2019. Richard H. Bonham (71BBA) of Longmont, Colorado, on Jan. 29, 2019. Carla L. Carper Boyden (74BA) of Virginia Beach, Virginia, on Sept. 13, 2018. Daniel A. Cambridge (70BA) of Des Moines on Feb. 20, 2019. Richard A. Cornelius (75BSPh) of Mason City, Iowa, on May 21, 2019. Richard H. Davison (72BGS) of Cedar Rapids on April 20, 2019. Kathryn A. Kemp Ebert (76BS) of Burr Ridge, Illinois, on May 18, 2019. Robert A. Fish (79BA) of Iowa City on Dec. 25, 2018. Meredith A. Visnow Gillette (77MA) of Milwaukee on April 15, 2019. Josef A. Granwehr (78R) of Clive, Iowa, on May 27, 2019. Robert C. Jacobson (70PhD) of Humboldt, Iowa, on April 27, 2019. Curtis Soon H. Kang (74PhD) of Onalaska, Wisconsin, on Feb. 2, 2019. G. Gregory Kelly (74BGS) of Mesa, Arizona, on April 3, 2019. Arlene J. Erceg Langseth (73DI, 74MS) of Lexington, Massachusetts, on Sept. 28, 2018. Richard W. Lee (72PhD) of Brookings, South Dakota, on Nov. 10, 2018.
Catherine M. Orrick Luders (74BA) of Cedar Rapids on Jan. 11, 2019. James A. McEnany (74BSPh) of Marion, Iowa, on May 13, 2019. Patricia A. Nelson Paulsen (71BA) of Waukee, Iowa, on May 5, 2019. James C. Petersen (75PhD) of Julian, North Carolina, on Dec. 4, 2018. James M. Redmond (71JD) of Dana Point, California, on March 24, 2019. Bonnie M. Aamodt Schmalle (74MA) of Fayette, Iowa, on May 18, 2019. Michael R. Schmidt (77MD, 80R) of Osceola, Wisconsin, on Sept. 23, 2018. Ruth C. McGlasson Severson (75MAT) of Gwynedd, Pennsylvania, on Feb. 23, 2019. William J. Spencer (72BS) of Geneva, Illinois, on March 20, 2019. Joy Cogdell Steele (78PhD) of Iowa City on December 20, 2018. Sidney G. Tegtmeier (77BBA) of Woodbury, Minnesota, on Feb. 27, 2019. Tim A. Thomas (77BM, 84JD) of Webster, New York, on April 20, 2019. Marty Thurman (72BSPh) of Avon, Illinois, on April 5, 2019. Kathleen M. Tomlonovic (77MA) of Davenport, Iowa, on March 2, 2019. Keith J. Westercamp (76MBA) of Cedar Rapids on Feb. 20, 2019. Mary L. Wittak Wildenberg (78MA) of West Branch, Iowa, on Oct. 31, 2018. Mark P. Wine (74JD) of Anaheim, California, on April 20, 2019.


Erling A. Anderson (80MA, 84PhD) of Iowa City on Oct. 31, 2018. Randy J. Beernink (82BA) of Estherville, Iowa, on May 9, 2019. Willa J. Bliss (87MA) of Olin, Iowa, on April 17, 2019. David N. Chambers (83BBA, 85MA) of Orlando, Florida, on March 12, 2019. Thomas H. Claypool (80BA, 83MA, 83JD) of Williamsburg, Iowa, on Feb. 27, 2019. Richard W. Davenport (80BA) of Decorah, Iowa, on Feb. 14, 2019. John M. Hanley (80PhD) of Scotts, Michigan, on Feb. 11, 2019. Jennifer S. Walz Holloway (81BA, 85MA, 88JD) of McHenry, Illinois, on Feb. 24, 2019. Michael D. Huebsch (81BBA) of Johnston, Iowa, on April 1, 2019. Anne M. Stanley Laverty (87BA, 89MBA, 91JD) of Cedar Rapids on Nov. 22, 2018. Zoe Durilla Oakleaf (82PhD) of Little Rock, Arkansas, on March 23, 2019. Elizabeth Dunkman Riesz (81PhD) of Iowa City on Jan. 3, 2019. John Z. Smith Jr. (88BS) of Poughkeepsie, New York, on Nov. 26, 2018. Kyle M. Sothman (82BBA) of Griswold, Iowa, on March 12, 2019. Mark S. Stuppy (83R) of Brookline, Missouri, on Oct. 2, 2018.


Mona M. Ricke Bowden (91JD) of Iowa Falls, Iowa, on Nov. 10, 2018. Ryan M. Driscoll (96BA) of Roscoe, Illinois, on Dec. 5, 2018. Robert W. Harker (94BA) of Davenport, Iowa, on Sept. 19, 2018. Addison A. Howe (93MA) of Iowa City on Sept. 21, 2018. Andrea E. Levey (92BA, 98MA) of Davenport, Iowa, on Oct. 4, 2018. David M. Neumann (90BSE) of Birchwood, Wisconsin, on April 12, 2019. Timothy J. Sebetka (94BLS, 96MSW) of Anamosa, Iowa, on April 15, 2019. Timothy A. Wehr (96BA) of Coralville on Feb. 27, 2019.


Marva J. Hoogland (01BSN) of Ireton, Iowa, on Oct. 3, 2018.


James R. Caldwell Jr. (17BSE) of Waukee, Iowa, on March 4, 2019. Jami M. Cuddy (12MBA) of Chicago on April 27, 2019. Jack G. Ratekin (15MA) of West Des Moines on Oct. 22, 2018. Clinton A. Tebbs (19BSE) of Burleson, Texas, on July 27, 2019.

faculty & friends

Jonathon D.R. Hogue of Clyde, Ohio, on March 15, 2019. Alice "Betty" Parker Krouse of Seattle on Dec. 29, 2018. John Raffensperger of Iowa City on April 22, 2019. Marie Louise Schroeder Hosford Whitney of Saratoga Springs, New York, on July 19, 2019.

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Jane Whitaker Mead

Jane Whitaker Mead (88MFA)

Mead was a widely-published poet, beloved teacher, and co-owner of an Iowa City bookstore who made her mark on the literary world after studying at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

The Baltimore native earned her B.A. from Vassar College, M.A. from Syracuse University, and M.F.A. from the UI. She would go on to write a chapbook and five books of poetry, including World of Made and Unmade, which in 2016 was named to the National Book Award long list. Her latest career-spanning anthology, To the Wren: Collected and New Poems 1991-2019, was published in August by Alice James Books.

Mead divided her time between Napa, California, where she managed her family's ranch and vineyard, and Iowa City, where she was co-owner of the independent bookstore Prairie Lights. A poet-in-residence at Wake Forest University for many years, Mead also taught at Colby College, Southwest Texas State University, Washington University, New England College, and Drew University. In fall 2016, she was a visiting professor at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Mead died Sept. 8, 2019, at her home in Napa after a battle with cancer. She was 61.

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