IOWA Magazine | 03-04-2021

In Memory Spring 2021

14 minute read
Remembering Distinguished Alumni Award winner Larry Dorr, poet Marvin Bell, and other beloved Hawkeyes


Arline Vaughan Miller (38BA) of Lake Oswego, Oregon, on Nov. 19, 2020.


Kenneth Bratney (48BSCE) of Des Moines on Sept. 27, 2020. Keith Davis (47MA) of Glenview, Kentucky, on Sept. 7, 2020. Edna Mellick Dooley (49BSP) of Davenport, Iowa, on Sept. 12, 2020. Marilyn Miller Gallo (46BA) of Oelwein, Iowa, on Sept. 15, 2020. Gloria Olson Grimmer (49GN) of Davenport, Iowa, on Sept. 1, 2020. Stanley Harris Jr. (42MS, 47PhD) of Carbondale, Illinois, on Oct. 19, 2020. Janice Huey Hunter (47GN) of Iowa City on Oct. 6, 2020. Elaine Lenney Kamerick (48BA) of Iowa City on Sept. 23, 2020. Charles King (49BSC) of Milton, Iowa, on Oct. 20, 2020. Theodore Kubicek (41BA, 42JD) of Cedar Rapids on July 14, 2020. Aline Ziegler Luckow (46BA) of Sac City, Iowa, on Sept. 9, 2020. Robert C. Newton (49BSCE) of San Diego on Sept. 3, 2020. Marie Huper Pepe (47BFA, 48MA, 56PhD) of Atlanta on Oct. 15, 2020. Marvin Richards (48BA, 51MD) of Redwood City, California, on Nov. 9, 2020. Susan Sayre (47BA) of Washington, D.C., on Aug. 29, 2020. William R. Smith (45BS, 45DDS) of Grass Valley, California, on Sept. 2, 2020. Joan Workman Summerwill (42BSC) of Iowa City on July 31, 2020. Marilyn Fenton Walz (49BA) of Lawrence, Kansas, on Oct. 17, 2020. Paul Winter (49BSC) of Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Sept. 17, 2020.


George Boeck (51MA, 61PhD) of Greeley, Colorado, on Oct. 31, 2020. Edward Bradley (59MA) of Brewster, New York, on July 26, 2020. Joe Bristol (52BSC) of Mandeville, Louisiana, on Sept. 20, 2020. Robert Buckner (56MA) of Elkader, Iowa, on Oct. 12, 2020. Wilbur Busch (58BSME) of Marion, Iowa, on Sept. 12, 2020. Don Chinburg (58MA) of Lisle, Illinois, on Oct. 26, 2020. James Chipokas (56BA, 60JD) of Cedar Rapids on Oct. 25, 2020. Douglas Coder (59BSC) of Scottsdale, Arizona, on Oct. 11, 2020. Francis Conway (58MD) of Emmetsburg, Iowa, on Sept. 1, 2020. Robert DeKock (51BSP) of Marion, Iowa, on Nov. 5, 2020. Rodney Drake (52BSC) of Muscatine, Iowa, on Oct. 2, 2020. Fred Erbe (50MA, 54PhD, 60DDS) of Coralville on Oct. 2, 2020. E. Sue Martin Fisher (59BSN) of Coralville on Oct. 2, 2020. Thomas Gary (58BA, 61MD) of Yankton, South Dakota on Sept. 14, 2020. Orren Gilbert (58BSC) of Lagrange, Georgia, on Sept. 27, 2020. John Glasman (55BSC) of Miami, Oklahoma, on Aug. 25, 2020. Donald Graham (58BSPh) of McHenry, Illinois, on Oct. 11, 2020. Julian Gutterman (52BSC) of Virginia Beach, Virginia, on Sept. 27, 2020. Barbara Stephens Hagist (59BA) of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, on Sept. 24, 2020. Mary "Lou" Mortensen Halbach (53BA) of Richardson, Texas, on June 4, 2020. Jane Fall Hoffa (50BA) of Indianola, Iowa, on Oct. 24, 2020. Gene Holtorf (54DDS) of Fort Dodge, Iowa, on Oct. 7, 2020. Bruce Ingels (50BSC) of North Little Rock, Arkansas, on Oct. 28, 2020. George Inglett (52PhD) of Peoria, Illinois, on Sept. 7, 2020. Gerti Jimeno Janss (58R) of Phoenix, Arizona, on Nov. 5, 2020. Carole Schulte Johnson (57BA, 63MA, 67PhD) of Pullman, Washington, on Sept. 26, 2020. Willard "Jack" Kellogg (53BSC) of Melbourne, Florida, on Oct. 11, 2020. Shirley Rook Kelly (50BA) of North Liberty, Iowa, on Oct. 27, 2020. Charlotte Boecker Kinney (54BA) of Penn Yan, New York, on Oct. 3, 2020. Roger Klauer (50DDS) of Dubuque, Iowa, on June 28, 2020. Sheila Chase Klug (58BA) of Las Cruces, New Mexico, on Sept. 24, 2020. Lewis Lowe (51BSC) of Willow Street, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 16, 2020. Catherine Griffith Lowry (56BA) of Mission Hills, Kansas, on Sept. 21, 2020. Dorothy Maher (57BA, 77JD) of Iowa City on Nov. 2, 2020. John McAndrew (53DDS) of Oakland, California, on Sept. 16, 2020. William Metge (53BA, 56MD) of Indio, California, on Sept. 25, 2020. James Michel (52BA, 61DDS) of Bettendorf, Iowa, on Dec. 9, 2020. Henry D. Miller (58BA, 79MA) of Kalona, Iowa, on Nov. 1, 2020. Lillian Berger Moessner (51GN) of Cedar Rapids on Oct. 21, 2020. Beverly Canady Morphy (53BA) of Newport Beach, California, on Sept. 28, 2020. Newton Murphy (52BA) of Chesterton, Indiana, in September 2020. Howard Myli (57BSC) of Kaneohe, Hawaii, on June 20, 2020. Lawrence Oehler (57RadT) of Iowa City on Oct. 21, 2020. Philip "Jack" Osmundson (50BA, 52MD) of Rochester, Minnesota, on Sept. 19, 2020. Joan Fraseur Overholser (50BA) of Fishers, Indiana, on Oct. 19, 2020. Kenneth Philo (57BA) of Maidens, Virginia, on Oct. 10, 2020. Alice Shakow Piller (50BA) of Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Nov. 2, 2020. Robert Rogan (50MFA) of Beaumont, Texas, on Oct. 7, 2020. Curran Lamar Rosser (55BA) of Cedar Rapids on Oct. 17, 2020. David Sabag (55BSC) of North Sioux City, South Dakota, on Nov. 6, 2020. Richard Salome (52BA, 55MA) of Normal, Illinois, on Aug. 5, 2020. Germain Schmit (57MD) of Cedar Rapids on Oct. 20, 2020. Marolyn Fenn Schumacher (54GN) of Canton, Michigan, on Sept. 23, 2020. James Sealy (58BSME) of Cedar Rapids on Oct. 1, 2020. Nancy Burger Sevatson (55BA) of Aurora, Colorado, on Oct. 13, 2020. James Shanklin Sr. (59BSC) of Cedar Rapids on Aug. 31, 2020. Ruthanne Castle Silverstein (50BA) of Des Moines on Sept. 18, 2020. Donald J. Smith (51BSC) of Minneapolis in October 2020. Frank J. Snider (50BA) of Iowa City on Oct. 11, 2020. Charles Song (56MS) of Minneapolis on Aug. 27, 2020. John Spear (56BSC) of Iowa City on Jan. 24, 2020. Betty Vecera Stotser (56BA) of Marshalltown, Iowa, on Oct. 15, 2020. Helen King Tirsell (57BA) of Redwood City, California, on Sept. 5, 2020. Robert Van Dyke (50BSCE, 54MS) of Fredericksburg, Texas, on Sept. 19, 2020. George Van Houten Jr. (57BSC) of Larkspur, California, on Aug. 10, 2020. Arlan "Jack" Van Norman (52BSP) of Alamo, Texas, on Sept. 29, 2020. John B. Vesely (54BSEE) of Virginia Beach, Virginia, on Sept. 12, 2020. William D. Wallace (52BSC) of Iowa City, on Oct. 9, 2020. Gola Waters (57JD) of Dallas on Sept. 13, 2020. Janis Henderson Weiss (59MA, 62PhD) of Bradenton, Florida, on Oct. 16, 2020. Roy Wiegert (57BA) of Spirit Lake, Iowa, on Sept. 18, 2020. Donald L. Wilson (50BSC) of Sacramento, California, on Sept. 20, 2020. Glen Yotter (59BSPE) of Oceanside, California, on Oct. 6, 2020.

Lawrence Dorr (65MS, 67MD)

Lawrence Dorr

For more than two decades, Operation Walk, an all-volunteer humanitarian organization, has performed hip and knee replacement surgeries at no cost around the world. Thanks to the vision of Dorr, the charity's founder, more than 17,000 people in need have received life-changing medical procedures.

Dorr's path to becoming a renowned orthopedic surgeon and humanitarian began in Iowa. A Storm Lake native, Dorr studied as an undergraduate at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, then the University of Iowa as a graduate student in pharmacology and medical school. He met his future wife, Marilyn, at The Airliner in Iowa City before serving as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps from 1967 to 1971. Dorr went on to become a leader in orthopedics, settling in the Los Angeles area where he specialized in many early developments in joint replacement surgery and published hundreds of peer-reviewed papers and books on the subject.

Dorr founded Operation Walk in 1996, recruiting teams of volunteer surgeons, doctors, nurses, and physical therapists for missions in the U.S. and medically underserved countries around the world. Under Dorr's leadership, Operation Walk grew into an international organization with 20 chapters in North America, Europe, and Asia. To date, its 20 teams have healed patients in 25 countries, while also training doctors and providing medical supplies.

Dorr had been a longtime supporter of the UI, including establishing the Dr. Lawrence and Marilyn Dorr Chair in Adult Reconstructive Surgery in 2000 in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. Among his many accolades were Distinguished Alumni Awards from the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine in 2006 and the university in 2009.

Dorr died Dec. 28, 2020, in Pasadena, California. He was 79.


Camillo Alberico (63MS) of Fairmont, West Virginia, on Oct. 26, 2020. Fred Aldridge (60BBA) of Aurora, Colorado, on Feb. 16, 2020. Karen Kregness Anderson (67BS) of West Des Moines on Oct. 18, 2020. Larry S. Anderson (67MA) of Battle Creek, Michigan, on Oct. 21, 2020. Mary Urich Batham (64BA) of Garner, Iowa, on Dec. 22, 2018. Joseph A. Bodensteiner (67MD, 74R) of Rhinelander, Wisconsin, on Nov. 25, 2020. James Brasted (60BA, 62MA) of Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Feb. 16, 2020. Stephen Brodt (64MA, 73PhD) of Muncie, Indiana, on Oct. 24, 2020. Robert Broghammer (65BA, 69DDS) of Clear Lake, Iowa, on Sept. 10, 2020. James Carstensen (68BA) of Raymond, Mississippi, on Oct. 22, 2020. Trainor Critz (68BBA) of Gallatin, Tennessee, on Oct. 12, 2020. William Dicindio (62BA, 65JD) of Watchung, New Jersey, on Sept. 9, 2020. Anne Foster Duke (68PhD) of Richmond, Virginia, on Sept. 27, 2020. Karene Eades (60BBA) of Denver, Colorado, on Oct. 9, 2020. Denny Edwards (64BBA) of Burke, Virginia, on June 30, 2020. Thomas Finch (66BBA) of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, on Sept. 25, 2020. Del Gilbert (64MA) of Delmar, Iowa, on Oct. 27, 2020. Stephen Gray (69MFA) of Houghton, South Africa, on Oct. 23, 2020. Mary Faches Harker (69BBA) of Cedar Rapids on Sept. 20, 2020. William Hemphill (62DDS, 67MS, 67OrthS) of Castle Rock, Colorado, on Sept. 21, 2020. David Hennessey (61BA, 65DDS) of Sumner, Iowa, on Oct. 7, 2020. D. Kent Hobert (64MD) of Martinez, California, on Sept. 11, 2020. Kenneth Inman (63BA) of Ottawa, Illinois, on Sept. 18, 2020. Alan Jahn (68MA) of Goffstown, New Hampshire, on Sept. 22, 2020. Larry Julien (65MS, 66PhD) of Houghton, Michigan, on Aug. 27, 2020. William King (61BA, 66JD) of Des Moines, on Sept. 3, 2020. Deborah Everingham Kiple (64BA) of Decorah, Iowa, on Nov. 18, 2020. John Lewarne (64BA, 67JD) of Rock Island, Illinois, on Sept. 19, 2020. Linda McConnelee Laylin (69BA) of Waterloo, Iowa, on Sept. 19, 2020. Marvin McLaughlin (62BA) of Flushing, Michigan, on Sept. 5, 2020. Robert Metge (64BBA) of Marshalltown, Iowa, on Oct. 1, 2020. Harlan Michels (63BA) of Beloit, Wisconsin, on Oct. 30, 2020. Eric R. Miller (63JD) of Waterloo, Iowa, on Oct. 20, 2020. Max Molleston (66BA) of Coralville, on Oct. 8, 2020. Thomas Morain (69BA, 74PhD) of Lamoni, Iowa, on Oct. 10, 2020. Kathleen Neylan (66BA, 67JD) of Elkader, Iowa, on July 16, 2020. Frank Pang (60BSChE) of Camano Island, Washington, on Aug. 31, 2020. Alan Pechacek (67MD) of Lakewood Ranch, Florida, on Oct. 18, 2020. Arthur Plotnik (61MA) of Chicago on Aug. 28, 2020. Marjorie Knapheide Rice (66MA) of Houston on Sept. 16, 2020. David Routon (63MFA) of Lincoln, Nebraska, on Oct. 26, 2020. Donald Scriven (65PhD) of Dekalb, Illinois, on Sept. 5, 2020. Clifford Snider Jr. (62BBA) of Twin Falls, Idaho, on Sept. 29, 2020. Nancy Halfwassen Sonsin (66BA) of Prescott, Arizona, on Aug. 22, 2020. Theresa Taken (63BA) of San Francisco on Oct. 19, 2020. Eugene Toone (63MS, 63R) of Tucson, Arizona, on Sept. 19, 2020. Jean Johnson Torgerson (60BSN) of Minnetonka, Minnesota, on Aug. 27, 2020. Douglas Vigen (67BA, 73BSPh) of Houston on Sept. 7, 2020. Thomas Van Hon (60BSME) of Des Moines, on Aug. 20, 2020. Penny Vanek Watson (62BA) of Iowa City on Oct. 4, 2020. Gary Welsh (69BBA) of Montrose, Iowa, on Sept. 7, 2020. W. Kent Werner (66PhD) of Murphysboro, Illinois, on Oct. 29, 2020. James Whitworth (61PhD) of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, on Oct. 1, 2020. Robert Yauck (63BA) of North Port, Florida, on May 12, 2020.


Isaac Aikins (76PhD) of Accra, Ghana, on Oct. 2, 2020. Marilyn Baumgartner Andersen (72MA) of Center Point, Iowa, on Sept. 5, 2020. Bruce W. Anderson (73PhD) of Leawood, Kansas, on Oct. 5, 2020. John C. Arnold (73BBA) of Le Claire, Iowa, on Sept. 3, 2020. Katharine Migel Aycrigg (78MSW) of Lake Oswego, Oregon, on Sept. 3, 2020. James Bissland (76PhD) of Fairfield, Ohio, on Oct. 14, 2020. Judith Dorr (77BS) of Bondurant, Iowa, on Aug. 31, 2020. James Finerty (70MBA) of Cedar Rapids on Jan. 3, 2020. Timothy Frazek (72BA) of South Holland, Illinois, on Oct. 14, 2020. Ann Wohlford George (76BA) of Coralville on Oct. 1, 2020. Terrance Gleason (74BBA) of Woodstock, Illinois, on Oct. 11, 2020. James Hartje (74MD) of Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, on July 5, 2020. Loree Grassley Hill (74BSN) of Valley City, North Dakota, on Oct. 3, 2020. Mark J. Hogan (76MA) of Iowa City on Sept. 8, 2020. Myrlelea Defrance Jacobson (73BA) of Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 21, 2020. Gregg Jones (70BBA) of Cedar Rapids on Oct. 18, 2020. Marcia L. Gard Kaeser (71BS) of Westerville, Ohio, on Sept. 30, 2020. Scott Kralik (79BBA) of Seattle on Aug. 9, 2020. Thomas Lorey (73BBA) of Urbandale, Iowa, on Aug. 25, 2020. Daniel Lychwick (72BA) of Fort Dodge, Iowa, on Sept. 5, 2020. William Maixner (75BA, 82PhD, 83DDS) of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on Nov. 2, 2020. J. Michael Mayer (73BA, 76JD) of West Des Moines on Oct. 14, 2020. Dale Mohr (74BA) of Kirkland, Washington, on May 25, 2020. Karen Goetzman Reisetter (77BA, 81BSN) of Iowa City on Sept. 13, 2020. Steven Rucker (70BA) of Monticello, Iowa, on Oct. 31, 2020. Dale Sanderson (75JD) of Iowa City on Oct. 30, 2020. Laureen Argy Sheronick (73BA) of Iowa City, on Sept. 20, 2020. Kathleen Schrunk (79MSW) of Sioux City, Iowa, on Oct. 4, 2020. Ann Killebrew Taddie (73BM, 75MA) of Alcoa, Tennessee, on Nov. 12, 2020. Valerie Varnes (74BS) of Palatine, Illinois, on Oct. 18, 2020. Douglas Weekly (78BBA) of Newton, Iowa, on Sept. 12, 2020. H. Thomas Willard (77BA) of Dallas on Sept. 3, 2020. Elvin Yoder (73BBA) of Iowa City, on Oct. 1, 2020.

Marvin Bell (63MFA)

Marvin Bell

A University of Iowa professor emeritus in literature and Iowa's first poet laureate, Bell is remembered for his restless imagination, his inventive and curious voice, and the wisdom he passed down to generations of students.

Bell was born in 1937 in New York to a family of immigrants from Ukraine. Raised in Long Island, Bell served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He earned a bachelor's degree from Alfred University, a master's degree from the University of Chicago, and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Bell settled in Iowa City and taught at the workshop for 40 years, retiring in 2005 as the Flannery O'Connor Professor of Letters. Among his students were future literary greats such as John Irving (67MFA), Rita Dove (77MFA), and Joy Harjo (78MFA).

Bell wrote more than 20 volumes of poetry, including Incarnate: The Collected Dead Man Poems (2019), Vertigo: The Living Dead Man Poems (2011), and Stars Which See, Stars Which Do Not See (1977), which was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry. Bell was elected as Iowa's first poet laureate in 2000 and held senior Fulbright appointments to Yugoslavia and Australia. In Iowa City, his poem titled "Writers in a Café" is inscribed on a prominent wall in the pedestrian mall and his name is immortalized on the Iowa Avenue Literary Walk.

"Poetry gave me a way to express everything at once," Bell once told The Iowa Review. "That is, it gave me a method by which to say more than words can say."

Bell, who wrote until his final days, died at home in Iowa City on Dec. 14, 2020. He was 83.


Carol Anderson (84BGS) of Cedar Rapids on Sept. 30, 2020. Thomas A. Anderson (80MS, 87PhD) of Davenport, Iowa, on Sept. 24, 2020. Emily Stover Avery (89BA, 92JD) of Nantucket, Massachusetts, on Sept. 21, 2020. Michael Beriault (80BBA) of Burlington, Iowa, on Sept. 4, 2020. Richard Branick (85BSE) of Huntsville, Alabama, on Oct. 22, 2020. Norma Ehlert Coret (88MA) of Franklin, Tennessee, on Sept. 12, 2020. Bruce Cross (80MD) of Clovis, New Mexico, on Oct. 11, 2020. Bruce Dutcher (82BSPh) of Le Mars, Iowa, on Oct. 10, 2020. Shelly Gable (86MBA) of Alameda, California, on Oct. 9, 2020. Roxanne Green (83BA) of Carroll, Iowa, on March 7, 2020. Maureen Hickey (84BSN) of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, on Oct. 25, 2020. Mary Beth Dittmer Hunt (81MA) of Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Sept. 5, 2020. Lisa K. Agnew Kaufman (89BBA) of Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Sept. 29, 2020. Kevin McGraw (80MSW) of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, on Sept. 26, 2020. Daniel W. Meyer (76BA) of Omaha, Nebraska, on Sept. 15, 2020. D. R. Miller (81BS) of Solon, Iowa, on Oct. 10, 2020. Daniel J. Miller (82BBA) of Grimes, Iowa, on Oct. 1, 2020. John Pusey (80BA) of Lincoln, Nebraska, on Sept. 5, 2020. John Randolph (88BS) of Muscatine, Iowa, on Sept. 7, 2020. Jay Rector (89JD) of Wichita, Kansas, on Sept. 7, 2020. Cheryl Hirvela Spry (88MA) of Calumet, Michigan, on Oct. 8, 2020. Margaret Stangohr (81MA) of Washington, Iowa, on Oct. 23, 2020. Mary L. Taylor (87BA) of Cedar Falls, Iowa, in October 2020. John Wolfe III (89BA, 03MAT) of Iowa City, on Oct. 27, 2020.


Larry Elbert (90BBA, 93JD) of Mount Vernon, Iowa, on Sept. 26, 2020. Carolyn Woolley Gross (99BA) of Iowa City on Oct. 11, 2020. Raquel Gunn (91BA) of Atlanta on Aug. 26, 2020. Mary Tompson Jorgensen (95MA) of Coralville on Oct. 10, 2020. Joseph Panici (91MA) of Macomb, Illinois, on Oct. 8, 2020. Steven Patten (93BLS) of Marion, Iowa, on Oct. 17, 2020.


Kelly Enstrom (08BSE) of LeClaire, Iowa, on Sept. 20, 2020. Benjamin Stone (02BS) of Davenport, Iowa, on Oct. 14, 2020.


Madeleine Baird (18BA) of Hinsdale, Illinois, on Aug. 28, 2020. Nicholas Fraizer (19BA) of Waukee, Iowa, on Sept. 20, 2020. Adam C. Jones (10BA) of Shakopee, Minnesota, on Sept. 30, 2020. Gannon Zaiser (11BA) of Tucson, Arizona, on Sept. 14, 2020.

faculty & friends

Pauline Brine of Amherst, New Hampshire, on May 27, 2020. Harris Frank of St. Louis on Oct. 19, 2020. Marvin Sackner of Miami on Sept. 29, 2020.

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