IOWA Magazine | 09-02-2021

In Memory Fall 2021

14 minute read
Remembering basketball standout Chuck Darling, Nobel Prize nominee Sam Hamod, and other late members of the Hawkeye family


Margaret Konecny Ball (47DI, 47MS) of Arboles, Colorado, on Jan. 25, 2021. Martha "Marty" Chappell Beckman (44BSC) of Kalona, Iowa, on April 20, 2021. Marjorie Van Hoesen Butler (46BA) of Las Vegas on April 23, 2021. Arthur Clark Jr. (47BA, 51MD) of Plymouth, Michigan, on Jan. 26, 2021. Chester Cline (49BSC) of Edmond, Oklahoma, on March 9, 2021. Elizabeth Penningroth Cupp (45BA) of Charlotte, North Carolina, on March 21, 2021. James Dunlevy (47BA, 53R) of Walker, Minnesota, on April 8, 2021. Robert Frenchick (49BSC) of Waterloo, Iowa, on April 28, 2021. Donald "Bud" Goranson (48BA, 49JD) of Clear Lake, Iowa, on May 2, 2021. Thelma Wendel Kerkman (48BA) of Maquoketa, Iowa, on March 4, 2021. Janet Gray Merritt (47BA, 52MA) of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on March 1, 2021. John Rohner (48BA, 50MA) of Boulder, Colorado, on Feb. 13, 2021. Keith Sander (49BSC) of Orlando, Florida, on Feb. 17, 2021. Robert D. Smith (48BA) of Grinnell, Iowa, on April 9, 2021. Shirley Rowe Timmins (46BSC) of Le Mars, Iowa, on Feb. 19, 2021.

Charles "Chuck" Darling (52BA)

Charles 'Chuck' Darling

One of Iowa basketball's all-time greats and an Olympic gold medalist, Darling set Hawkeye scoring and rebounding records in the early 1950s that would stand for decades.

The 6-foot-8 center earned consensus All-American honors—one of just three Hawkeyes in program history to do so—after averaging 25.2 points per game as a senior and being named Big Ten player of the year. In a 1952 game against Wisconsin, Darling grabbed 30 rebounds, which still stands as a Hawkeye record and is second-most in Big Ten history. His staggering 17.6 rebounds per game as a junior also remains unmatched in the Iowa record book.

A UI Varsity Club Hall of Fame inductee, Darling starred on the 1956 U.S. team at the Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. Playing alongside future NBA greats Bill Russell and K.C. Jones, as well as fellow Hawkeye Carl Cain (56BA), Darling averaged 9.3 points per game to help bring home a gold medal.

Darling also excelled in the classroom at Iowa. He served as liberal arts senior class president and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a national honorary scholarship society. Following graduation, Darling was drafted by the Rochester Royals in the first round of the 1952 NBA Draft, but he instead pursued a career with Phillips 66 and played for the company's successful amateur team, the Phillips Oilers. Darling went on to enjoy a long and successful career in the oil and gas industry as a petroleum geologist. Later in life, he competed in discus, shot put, and volleyball, winning championships at the Huntsman National and World Senior Games.

Darling died April 6 in Littleton, Colorado. He was 91.


Frank E. Allen (54MA, 61MA, 76EdS) of Boone, Iowa, on April 25, 2021. Robert Arnold (57BA) of Cedar Rapids on March 19, 2021. Chris Bakris (53BA) of Grand Blanc, Michigan, on April 6, 2021. Thomas Barker (54BSC, 60MA, 63PhD) of Midlothian, Virginia, on May 28, 2021. Robert Besco (54BA) of Dallas on March 11, 2021. Clark Blatteis (55MS, 57PhD) of Memphis, Tennessee, on March 14, 2021. Donald Bowen (58BA) of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, on June 25, 2021. Allen Brennecke (59BBA, 61JD) of Marshalltown, Iowa, on April 28, 2021. John Brinkman (59BA, 62MD) of Mason City, Iowa, on April 3, 2021. Hollis Brownlee (53BA) of Oroville, Washington, on April 4, 2021. Jane Anundsen Bullard (55BA) of Decorah, Iowa, on Feb. 13, 2021. Roene Burghardt Cammack (59BA) of Hoover, Alabama, on March 30, 2021. Jeanette Noble Conger (55BA) of Akron, Ohio, on Feb. 5, 2021. Lillian Cooper (50GN) of West Branch, Iowa, on March 26, 2021. Jack Davis (58BA) of Palm Desert, California, on Feb. 5, 2021. Joseph Davis (52BA, 56MA, 60PhD) of Gainesville, Florida, on June 7, 2021. Betty Lou Thomas Diment (54BA) of Des Moines on Feb. 19, 2021. Beverly Taylor Dingle (50BA) of Exeter, New Hampshire, on April 9, 2021. Shirley Wirds Erickson (56BA) of Athens, Georgia, on Jan. 28, 2021. Irene Schmarje Evans (53BSN) of Cedar Rapids on Feb. 28, 2021. Dean Everhart (54BA, 56MD) of Northport, New York, in December 2020. Gastonia Finch (58BA) of Woodbury, New Jersey, on March 28, 2021. Jean Brown Frank (56BA) of Geneseo, Illinois, on March 15, 2021. Stanley Ginsberg (56BA) of Fresno, California, on May 1, 2021. Ruth Gunden (56MA, 67PhD) of Goshen, Indiana, on March 25, 2021. Con Hamborg (50BSC) of West Des Moines on April 2, 2021. E. Joe Hancock (59DDS) of Salinas, California, on Feb. 12, 2021. Gene Harding (57BSC) of Des Moines on Feb. 26, 2021. David Hart (52BA) of Springdale, Arkansas, on April 17, 2021. Robert Hassel (50BSC) of Muscatine, Iowa, on Feb. 8, 2021. Robert L. Hudson (51BSCE) of Seal Beach, California, on April 13, 2021. Robert Humiston (56MA, 68PhD) of Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Feb. 14, 2021. Eugene Kadlec (52BSC) of Robins, Iowa, on Feb. 19, 2021. Richard Kelly (58BSEE, 62MS, 65PhD) of Scottsdale, Arizona, on Jan. 25, 2021. Robert Kemp (50BA, 52MD) of Wilmington, North Carolina, on Feb. 16, 2021. Eileen Paulsen Klein (53GN) of Monterey, California, on Jan. 18, 2021. Maxine Hamilton Kline (58BA) of Seattle on Jan. 25, 2021. James Kruse (50BA, 54DDS) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, on March 25, 2021. Gloria Cleaver Lee (59BA) of Manhattan Beach, California, on March 28, 2021. Joan Ridgeway Madeksza (55BA) of Lewes Beach, Delaware, on July 3, 2021. Malcolm Dean McMichael (52BSC) of Arlington Heights, Illinois, on May 31, 2021. Dean Meine (53BA, 55LLB) of Sioux City, Iowa, on March 9, 2021. Louis Montgomery (52DDS) of Waterloo, Iowa, on April 30, 2021. William Nelson (59BSME) of Denver on Feb. 26, 2021. Robert Ohrlund (50BSP) of Storm Lake, Iowa, on Feb. 21, 2021. Laura Mortensen O'Mara (51BA) of Belleair Bluffs, Florida, on Feb. 2, 2021. Todd Parker (59BA) of Iowa City on May 12, 2021. Peter Peropoulos (58BSChE, 62MS) of Houston on Feb. 2, 2021. Arleta Ellison Pickett (50BA) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, on March 4, 2021. Martha Norman Rashid (51MA, 55PhD) of Bethesda, Maryland, on May 10, 2021. Donald Risk (50BSC) of Camp Verde, Arizona, on March 8, 2021. Dolores Klemper Rose (56BSN, 82MA) of Walker, Iowa, on Feb. 12, 2021. Mary Petersen Higley Rosser (53BA) of Shoreview, Minnesota, on Feb. 25, 2021. Arthur Sandvig (51BSC) of Germantown, Tennessee, on March 1, 2021. Jane Hofrichter Setzer (59BA) of Austin, Arkansas, on April 30, 2021. Douglas Shepard (53MA, 57PhD) of Fredonia, New York, on March 7, 2021. Alan Skelley (59BBA) of Iowa City on April 16, 2021. Gerald Stone (53BA, 58MS) of Denver on April 14, 2021. Ruth Baker Syrett (55BM) of New York on Feb. 11, 2021. Lester Tharp (58BSPh) of Grinnell, Iowa, on April 10, 2020. Clarence Triplitt (53BSC) of Mesa, Arizona, on April 14, 2021. Ambrose Updegraff (55MD, 59R) of St. Petersburg, Florida, on Feb. 9, 2021. Joan Van Alstine White (51BA) of Glenview, Illinois, on Feb. 21, 2021. Dean Willwerth (54BS) of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, on Feb. 1, 2021. Robert Wolford (51BSC) of Oak Park, Illinois, on June 6, 2021.


John C. Barrett (67BA) of Gulf Breeze, Florida, on March 24, 2021. Eugene Beenk (60MA, 69PhD, 71EdS) of DeWitt, Iowa, on May 3, 2021. Sharon Kimberlin Berg (64BA) of Marshalltown, Iowa, on April 29, 2021. Judith Cline Best (65BS) of Iowa City on March 3, 2021. Gary Blodgett (62DDS, 67MS, 67OrthS) of Clear Lake, Iowa, on May 19, 2021. William Blomker (66BA, 70JD) of Fort Dodge, Iowa, on March 11, 2021. John Brouhard (64BA, 66MA) of Little Sioux, Iowa, on Jan. 9, 2021. Linda Bringenberg Brown (68BA) of Des Moines on April 17, 2021. Ronald Butters (62BA, 67PhD) of Naples, Florida, on April 6, 2021. Sara Van Oosterhout Christensen (60BA) of Fairhope, Alabama, on March 13, 2021. Joseph Cullen (65MA) of North Liberty on Feb. 13, 2021. Charles Day (60BA, 62MA, 64PhD) of Lake Oswego, Oregon, on March 12, 2021. Lee DeFelice (69MA, 71MFA) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Feb. 10, 2021. G.T. Dunlop Ecker (64MA) of Hollywood, Maryland, on April 19, 2021. Lauretta Parker Eggers (69MA) of Iowa City on Feb. 26, 2021. J. Michael Elliott Jr. (65BA) of Guilford, Connecticut, on Feb. 24, 2021. Marjorie Lettington Fenton (60BA) of Des Moines on April 20, 2021. David Fisher (61JD) of West Des Moines on May 30, 2021. Jack Friedman (66MD) of Highland Park, Illinois, on Feb. 25, 2021. Maurine Fry (67PhD) of Venice, Florida, on July 17, 2021. Sharon Fabrizius Fuhlman (60BA) of Cedartown, Georgia, on March 21, 2021. Lawrence Gasho (64BBA) of McLean, Virginia, on April 27, 2021. Charles Hanson (67BBA) of Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Jan. 13, 2021. Thomas Hensley (67MA, 70PhD) of Kent, Ohio, on April 7, 2021. Gary Hessel (63MA) of Monroe, Wisconsin, on May 4, 2021. Charles Hoffner II (66BSEE, 68MS, 70PhD) of Olin, Iowa, on April 24, 2021. Robert Ingle (62BA) of Saratoga, California, on March 16, 2021. Wendell P. Liemohn (62MA, 70PhD) of Louisville, Tennessee, on May 7, 2021. Cheryl Callahan Mackrell (61BA) of Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Feb. 27, 2021. Olaf Malmin (64MA, 73PhD) of Minneapolis on May 17, 2021. Helen Hightshoe Marine (62BA, 65MA) of Iowa City on March 28, 2021. John David Marion (69BA) of Old Forge, Pennsylvania, on March 24, 2021. Cindy Ritenour McDonald (66BA, 85MA) of Cedar Rapids on Feb. 18, 2021. Kenneth Moore (69BA) of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, on May 6, 2021. Noel Mumm (65BA, 68JD) of Missouri Valley, Iowa, on Feb. 28, 2021. Jon Newsome (64BA) of Sarasota, Florida, on Feb. 5, 2021. Linda Rames (64MD, 66R) of Clive, Iowa, on Feb. 7, 2021. Carolyn Pillmore Sauer-Adams (60BA) of Tallahassee, Florida, on April 9, 2021. Charles Schiele (61BA) of Kansas City, Missouri, on April 11, 2021. Charles Schmidt (60BSME) of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, on Feb. 16, 2021. Edmund Schneider Jr. (63BA) of Lincoln, Nebraska, on May 2, 2021. Robert Schneider (62BBA) of Wheatland, Iowa, on March 9, 2021. Joan Boese Stebbins (61BA) of Council Bluffs, Iowa, on May 15, 2021 . Donald Stoufer (61BA) of Alexandria, Virginia, on March 29, 2021. Mary Williams Swenka (67BA) of Tiffin, Iowa, on April 21, 2021. Donald Tucker (61BA) of Phoenix in March 2021. George Utley (60MD) of Clarence, Iowa, on May 8, 2021. Thomas J. Wilkinson Jr. (62JD) of Cedar Rapids on Aug. 8, 2020. Jerry P. Williams (62BBA) of Melbourne, Florida, on May 7, 2021. Errol Zavett (60BA) of Michigan City, Indiana, on April 10, 2021.

Hamode "Sam" Hamod (73PhD)

Hamode 'Sam' Hamod

A Nobel Prize nominee for literature and poetry, Hamod was one of the nation's most respected writers of Arab descent and a national leader for the Arab American community. He died of congestive heart failure on June 22 in Washington, D.C., at age 85.

The Gary, Indiana, native received BS and master's degrees from Northwestern University and a PhD at Iowa, where he studied creative writing. Hamod's years at the Iowa Writers' Workshop in the early 1970s were among the most transformative of his life, his family says. A fearless commentator and prolific writer, Hamod authored hundreds of articles and more than a dozen books of poetry, much of which were about the Arab American experience, along with his celebrated love poems. His book Dying With the Wrong Name won the Ethnic Heritage Award in 1980 and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Hamod was founder and editor-in-chief of Third World News, the first international weekly of its kind to bring a developing world perspective to policymakers in Washington, and served for a time as director of the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C. As a professor of creative writing, Hamod taught at several universities, including Princeton, Northwestern, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Valparaiso, and Howard.

Hamod's family is donating his papers to UI Libraries' Special Collections, where they will be available to scholars and researchers. Additionally, the family has worked with the UI Center for Advancement to establish the Hamode Samuel Hamod Memorial Scholarship, which will provide a "second chance" to writers who have taken unconventional paths to poetry, particularly those who have overcome challenges and disadvantages along the way.

To contribute to the Hamod Memorial Scholarship, visit


Joseph Acker (78BBA) of Cedar Rapids on April 5, 2021. Mark Ahrendsen (73BSIE, 75MS) of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on Feb. 23, 2021. Alan Albert (71BA) of Dedham, Massachusetts, on April 10, 2021. Margaret Buettell Bartelt (74BA) of Maquoketa, Iowa, on Feb. 22, 2021. James Bartlett (79BSEE) of Cedar Rapids on April 20, 2021. Elaine Bland Baxter (78MS) of Burlington, Iowa, on March 26, 2021. Stephen Beemer (72BA) of Iowa City on Feb. 22, 2021. Laurie Jensen Bickett (73BS) of Toledo, Ohio, on March 23, 2021. Julie Means Buchanan (71BA) of Algona, Iowa, on Feb. 1, 2021. Linda Caldwell (72BA) of Gladwin, Michigan, on Jan. 13, 2021. Kate Corcoran (70BA, 91JD) of Iowa City on Feb. 14, 2021. LaVerne Heideman Couch (71BA) of Iowa City on Feb. 26, 2021. Philip Dorothy (75MSW) of Iowa City on April 5, 2021. John Elbin (74MA, 80PhD) of Minneapolis on Jan. 10, 2021. Julee Evans-Hodgson (79BA) of Osseo, Minnesota, on April 30, 2021. Donald Ewalt (74BA) of Licking, Missouri, on Feb. 12, 2021. Roger Ezell (74MFA, 74SE) of Long Lake, Minnesota, on Feb. 18, 2021. Michael Fitzpatrick (75BBA) of Cedar Rapids on Feb. 21, 2021. Mary Lee Dixon Flynn (71BA, 80MSW) of Iowa City on Feb. 9, 2021. Marlene Jones Gaston (75MS) of Bettendorf, Iowa, on March 21, 2021. Mark Gauger (78BA) of Iowa City on March 18, 2021. Ann Kelley (76BA, 77MA, 81MA) of Arlington, Texas, on April 7, 2021. Sam Kooperman (70BA, 72MA) of Youngstown, Ohio, on April 27, 2021. James Lee (73BA) of Iowa City on April 4, 2021. Julia Lenel (78MA, 81MA, 81PhD) of Iowa City on April 17, 2021. Terrence Lessmeier (73BA, 92MA) of Mount Vernon, Iowa, on March 18, 2021. Jerud Mead (75PhD, 78MS) of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, on March 1, 2021. Daniel O'Connell (72BFA, 75MA) of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on March 13, 2021. Dick Rembolt (70BS) of Iowa City on March 26, 2021. Jane Tentinger Schmidt (73BA) of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, on Feb. 24, 2021. Jacob Schrock (72BA) of Kalona, Iowa, on March 3, 2021. Victoria Raskin Solursh (70MA, 72MA) of Iowa City on Feb. 22, 2021. M. Evelyn Stark (71BA) of Lucas, Iowa, on March 9, 2021. Roberta Bloomquist Swanson (72BA) of Monument, Colorado, on May 7, 2021. Sandra Bartels Tischler (76BBA) of Lake Dallas, Texas, on Jan. 28, 2021. John Vetter (72BA) of North Providence, Rhode Island, on Feb. 15, 2021. Donald Wanatee (76BGS, 78MSW) of Tama, Iowa, on April 21, 2021. Rick Wilkens (75BSPh, 79MD, 82R) of Ankeny, Iowa, on April 3, 2021. Talbot Williams (71BA) of Iowa City on March 19, 2021. David Wineinger (62MD) of Palm Harbor, Florida, on May 6, 2021. Allan Young (73BS) of Iowa City on April 28, 2021.


Charles Abel (82PhD) of Coralville on April 16, 2021. Gordon Avery (86BA) of Chapin, South Carolina, on March 7, 2021. John William Burck (88BM, 88SE) of Aurora, Illinois, on April 1, 2021. Steven Christensen (86DDS) of Spirit Lake, Iowa, on March 30, 2021. Stephen Dainty (87BA) of Des Moines on April 12, 2021. Donna Vignovich Domian (80PhD) of St. Louis on April 5, 2021. Jon Fasanelli- Cawelti (80BFA, 83MA, 85MFA) of Muscatine, Iowa, on March 30, 2021. Laurie Miller Fitzgerald (85BBA) of Iowa City on Feb. 13, 2021. Donald Fredregill (86BLS) of West Des Moines on March 20, 2021. David Giacalone (88BA) of Denver on March 20, 2021. P. Terry Gieber (82MA, 83MFA) of Nine Mile Falls, Washington, on Feb. 25, 2021. Kailon Goettsche (87BS) of Red Oak, Iowa, on Feb. 15, 2021. Posey Hagarman (86BSN) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Jan. 5, 2021. Jonathan Hansen (88BBA) of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, on Jan. 8, 2021. Jay Heying (88BA, 90MA) of North Liberty on Feb. 23, 2021. Linda Langehough Jarnow (85BSN) of Fort Myers, Florida, on May 8, 2021. Vicky Jones (83MD, 86R, 89F) of Yakima, Washington, on Jan. 26, 2021. Alan Levitt (84BA) of Crystal Lake, Illinois, on March 7, 2021. Brian MacQueen (81BA) of Fairfield, Iowa, on March 1, 2021 . Brian Makuck (84BS) of Smyrna, Georgia, on Feb. 25, 2021. John Powers (81BA) of Coralville on March 15, 2021. Michael Reaves (89BA) of Decatur, Georgia, on Feb. 20, 2021. Jeffery Stratton (85BA) of Ankeny, Iowa, on March 21, 2021. Hanna Bergmann Weston (83JD) of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, on Jan. 21, 2021. Gary Wiedenfeld (83BBA) of Waukee, Iowa, on May 17, 2021.


Mary Andres (94MSW) of Cedar Rapids on May 5, 2021. Wendy Arnold-Rodriguez (95BA) of Cedar Rapids on March 25, 2021. Gina Buban (93BBA, 99MS) of Encino, California, on March 12, 2021. Anthony Haman (90BS) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, on March 20, 2021. Christopher Holl (97BS) of Dubuque, Iowa, on May 7, 2021. Monte Lehmkuhl (91BA) of Williamsburg, Iowa, on March 3, 2021. Mary Sixt-Jackson (97BLS) of Cedar Rapids on March 10, 2021. Andrew Soden (91BBA) of Crystal Lake, Illinois, on April 5, 2021.


Treye Beinke (04BA) of Chicago on Feb. 25, 2021. Justin Denman (00BA) of Coralville on April 29, 2021.


Senéad Short (18BA) of Iowa City on April 2, 2021. Dallas Thompson (13BA) of Clinton, Iowa, on May 1, 2021.

Faculty & Friends

Jerry Burns of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, on May 12, 2021. Erick Fadness of Decorah, Iowa, on Feb. 10, 2021. Bunny McBride of Cape Coral, Florida, and Solon, Iowa, on March 2, 2021.

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