IOWA Magazine | 09-12-2022

In Memory Fall 2022

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Remembering the Hawkeyes we've lost, including banker and philanthropist Ernie Buresh and former UI College of Pharmacy dean Jordan Cohen.


Joyce Boehmler Blum (48BA) of Hampton, Iowa, on March 11, 2022. Marie Coobs Daley (48GN) of Charles City, Iowa, on Feb. 25, 2022. Merwin Hans (43BA) of Boonsboro, Maryland, on March 24, 2022. Dorothy Mauser Krogstad (47GN) of Osage, Iowa, on March 22, 2022. Howard Lee (49MA) of Brookings, South Dakota, on April 3, 2022. E. “Em” Evans Merulla (48BA, 70MA, 76EdS) of Cedar Rapids on Feb. 18, 2022. William Otterman (49BSPE) of Clear Lake, Iowa, on March 28, 2022. Donald Shaw (49BA) of Boone, Iowa, on March 14, 2022. Gloria Huenger Watson (46BA) of Carroll, Iowa, on April 19, 2022

Ernie Buresh (57LLB)

Ernie Buresh

Buresh’s humble beginnings inspired a lifelong commitment to helping others, including as an ardent supporter of his alma mater.

Raised during the Great Depression by struggling Iowa farmers who couldn’t afford new shoes for their children, Buresh graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law and became a successful businessman who gave much of his time and resources to nonprofits and charities.

A U.S. Army veteran, Buresh operated a feed business, Swisher Farm Supply, before transitioning from agriculture to banking—a field that had always intrigued him. He launched a more than five-decade banking career in eastern Iowa, owning banks in Anamosa, Cedar Rapids, Martelle, Onslow, Shueyville, Springville, and Tipton.

As two of the UI’s most generous supporters, Ernie and his wife, Joanne, established a family legacy of philanthropy by instilling the importance of giving back in their daughters, Sandra and Wendy (77MD). The Buresh family has provided support to many areas at Iowa including UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital, the College of Law, and Hawkeye athletics. Ernie was an avid Hawkeye fan and football ticketholder for nearly 40 years.

In 2012, the Bureshes received the Player Appreciation Award from the Iowa football team. The Bureshes first joined the I-Club—Hawkeye athletics’ recognition club for donors—in 1975, and the third floor of the Paul W. Brechler Press Box at Kinnick Stadium is named in honor of Sandra, who died in 2012.

Ernie also gave of his time. From 1972 to 1981, he served on the UI Foundation (now UI Center for Advancement) board of directors, and until his passing was a lifetime honorary director. He also served on various committees, including the Iowa Endowment 2000 campaign and the Medical Center Council executive committee.

Buresh died April 24 in Cedar Rapids. He was 95.


Robert Battles (59MFA) of South Haven, Michigan, on March 22, 2022. D. Dean Bolick (55BSC) of Melbourne, Florida, on March 23, 2022. Karl Bottke (56DDS) of Cedar Falls, Iowa, on March 12, 2022. Don Brown (54BSPE, 58MA) of Iowa City on March 18, 2022. Mary Ann McClatchey Christensen (57BSN) of DeKalb, Illinois, on May 31, 2022. Ira Dunsworth (56BSPE, 66MA) of Davenport, Iowa, on April 18, 2022. Richard Garth (54MA) of Nora Springs, Iowa, on March 1, 2022. Norman Giedt (55MS) of Belmont, California, on Dec. 31, 2021. Mary Ann Hoye Grinde (50BA) of Cedar Rapids on March 10, 2022. Willard Haldy (59DDS) of Traer, Iowa, on April 17, 2022. Alfred Heilbrun (54PhD) of Austin, Texas, on March 7, 2022. Lester C. Johnson (56BSC, 63JD) of Greene, Iowa, on May 30, 2022. Donald King (56MA) of Sarasota, Florida, on April 7, 2022. John Leshyn (59BSChE) of Madeira, Ohio, on June 28, 2022. John Mackin (56BSC) of Maple Grove, Minnesota, on March 3, 2022. Louis Matykiewicz (56BA) of Rock Island, Illinois, on May 22, 2022. Paul Meis (57BA, 59MD) of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on April 17, 2022. Donald Nau (50BA, 51MA) of Cedar Rapids on March 31, 2022. F. Gerald Nilles (50BSC, 55JD) of Sarasota, Florida, on April 1, 2022. John Peterson (50BSC) of Orlando, Florida, on March 1, 2022. Robert Rasmus (58DDS, 68MS, 68OrthS) of Sioux City, Iowa, on March 22, 2022. Ronald Roskens (58PhD) of Omaha, Nebraska, on Feb. 27, 2022. Robert Sandercock (58BA) of Marietta, Georgia, on March 27, 2022. James P. Sandrock (51BA, 58MA, 61PhD) of Iowa City on June 6, 2022. Walter Schroeder (53BA, 57JD) of Mason City, Iowa, on March 19, 2022. Nancy McGuire Stivers (54BA) of Carlsbad, California, in March 2022. Herb C. Thompson (53BA, 62MA) of Moline, Illinois, on July 1, 2022. James F. Welp (56BSC) of Flagstaff, Arizona, on May 24, 2022. Carl Wenholz (52BSC) of Richardson, Texas, on March 31, 2022. John Wilson (58BA) of Celina, Ohio, on March 6, 2022.


LaVerne Arp (66BBA) of Walcott, Iowa, on March 14, 2022. James Barton (62BS) of Ottumwa, Iowa, on March 26, 2022. T. Baumgartner (67PhD) of Athens, Georgia, on March 26, 2022. William Bowers (68PhD) of Hanna City, Illinois, on March 25, 2022. Jon Broers (68BBA) of Tucson, Arizona, on Jan. 16, 2022. Edward Butler (69BA) of Oskaloosa, Iowa, on April 4, 2022. Barbara Barker Canny (66MSW) of Des Moines on April 7, 2022. Doreen Askam DeVore (69BS) of Harrisonburg, Virginia, on April 18, 2022. Betty Gail Scholtes Flodin (64BS) of Fairbanks, Alaska, on Sept. 18, 2021. Marie Schneider Fry (65MA, 68EDS) of Wilton, Iowa, on March 7, 2022. Larry B. Fudge (60BA, 63MA) of Attica, Iowa, on Feb. 27, 2022. Karen Lupton Giblin (60BA) of Park Ridge, Illinois, on April 17, 2022. Goldene Braverman Haendel (65BA) of Iowa City on Nov. 15, 2021. James Hamilton (60DDS) of Cedar Rapids on March 16, 2022. Allan Kellar (62MA, 70PhD) of Lake Elmo, Minnesota, on April 9, 2022. James Kerr (68BA) of Iowa City on April 17, 2022. Pawan Kumar (68MS) of Sugar Land, Texas, on April 11, 2022. Roger Lande (61BA, 61JD) of Muscatine, Iowa, on March 17, 2022. Kermit Larson (62BBA, 63MBA) of Austin, Texas, on March 7, 2022. Judith Akin Lass (66BSN) of Lisbon, Iowa, on April 12, 2022. Dorothy Ahrens Lesch (67BS) of Brentwood, Tennessee, on March 11, 2022. Elizabeth Fangman Maulik (64BA) of St. Paul, Minnesota, on March 4, 2022. Robert McCoy (60BSPh) of Grimes, Iowa, on March 23, 2022. Ronald T. Y. Moon (65LLB) of Honolulu on July 4, 2022. Betty Ann Wallace Porzuczek (65BM, 66MA) of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on April 7, 2022. Robert Prentiss (65MA) of Voorheesville, New York, on March 18, 2022. Patricia Berstler Randall (64BSN) of Iowa City on March 14, 2022. Ivan Schieferdecker (64MFA) of Bowling Green, Kentucky, on March 26, 2022. Martin Schuchat (68BS) of Scottsdale, Arizona, on March 25, 2022. Rose Marie John Serra (63BSN) of Fayette, Iowa, on March 15, 2022. Barry Thomas (68MAT) of Kenosha, Wisconsin, on March 20, 2022. Terry Tufty (66BSPh) of Fulton, Illinois, on March 1, 2022. Ira Wheatley (66PhD) of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on March 12, 2022. Edwin Whitfield (66PhD) of Overland Park, Kansas, on June 3, 2021.

Jordan L. Cohen

Jordan L. Cohen

As the eighth dean of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, Cohen made many significant faculty hires and oversaw the full implementation of the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Cohen served as dean and professor from 1999 through 2007 and was also an emeritus faculty member in the pharmaceutical sciences and experimental therapeutics department. Following his deanship, he became the UI’s vice president of research from 2008 through 2012 and then served as a special assistant to the provost until 2014. In that role, he led the UI partnership with Kirkwood Community College and eight local school districts in creating a unique model for teaching science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to high school students at the Kirkwood Regional Center on the UI research campus.

A native of Milwaukee, Cohen received a BS in pharmacy in 1965 and a PhD in pharmaceutics and analytical chemistry in 1969 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He served as a faculty member at the University of Southern California from 1969 through 1988 with an active clinical pharmacology research program in cancer, AIDS, and geriatrics therapy. Cohen also served as dean of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy for 11 years before joining the UI College of Pharmacy. While at Iowa, his research interests shifted to health care leadership in health sciences education and research.

A former president of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Cohen served in many national pharmacy leadership roles and earned recognition for his achievements, including the UI College of Pharmacy’s Osterhaus Medal for Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

Cohen died June 26 in Napa, California. He was 79.


Jeanne Thomas Allen (72MA, 76PhD) of Philadelphia on Feb. 21, 2022. Dan Anderson (71BA) of Coralville on April 24, 2021. Ann Suffern Anglin (74BA) of Fontana, Wisconsin, on March 6, 2022. Hannah Arterian (73JD) of Fayetteville, New York, on April 8, 2022. Jack A. Behrens (71DDS) of Chicago on June 4, 2022. Sarah L. “Sally” Bleeks (71BSN) of Chicago on Dec. 4, 2021. Alfred Carr (70BA) of North Liberty, Iowa, on March 24, 2022. Richard Clymer (73BA) of Cedar Rapids on April 5, 2022. Sara Elwood Cook (75BA) of Huntley, Illinois, on Jan. 15, 2022. G. Ronald Dobler (73PhD) of Louisville, Kentucky, on March 24, 2022. Ronald Dohrman (72BA) of Iowa City on March 16, 2022. Ane Sorensen Gade (70BA, 72MA, 82MSW) of Santa Cruz, California, on March 8, 2022. David Hansen (77MA) of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on March 19, 2022. Allan Hartley (73PhD) of Leesburg, Florida, on March 16, 2022. William Johnson (78BA) of Palatine, Illinois, on March 17, 2022. Betty Nolting Kelly (75MA, 79PhD) of Iowa City on March 30, 2022. Laurie Simons Kenjar (78BSPh) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, on March 4, 2022. Robert Levy (73BBA) of Cedar Rapids on March 17, 2022. Judy Grandia Marvel (71BS) of Tucson, Arizona, on March 27, 2022. Loras Otting (72MA) of Dubuque, Iowa, on March 23, 2022. Beth Scholl Oujiri (73BS) of Iron River, Wisconsin, on March 2, 2022. Thomas Plaza (79JD) of Sioux City, Iowa, on March 10, 2022. Leonard Ranson (73MA, 79PhD) of Cedar Rapids on March 3, 2022. J. Michael Whitehill (74DDS, 85MS) of Decorah, Iowa, on March 20, 2022. Craig Wiegel (74BSIE) of Bettendorf, Iowa, on March 12, 2022. Margaret McDonald Yates (75MA) of Sigourney, Iowa, on April 2, 2022.


Richard Berger (80PhD, 84MD, 89R) of Rochester, Minnesota, on March 1, 2022. Patricia Thomas Cain (81MS) of Bernalillo, New Mexico, on April 1, 2022. Patrick Fahey (87MA, 90MA, 94PhD) of Fort Collins, Colorado, on April 19, 2022. Cheryl George (80MA) of Cedar Rapids on Feb. 26, 2022. Kathleen Hall (86MA) of Cedar Rapids on Feb. 2, 2022. W. Jon Henson (83JD) of Keokuk, Iowa, on March 25, 2022. Mary Hogg (81BGS, 88MA, 96PhD) of Cedar Rapids on March 10, 2022. Thomas Jarvill (88BA) of Mason City, Iowa, on March 7, 2022. Alma Schrock Langland (87BLS) of Ottumwa, Iowa, on March 11, 2022. Donna Burky Matheney (81MSW) of Urbandale, Iowa, on Feb. 23, 2022. Stephen Milne (80DDS) of Cedar Falls, Iowa, on March 8, 2022. Rhonda Scherer Muhlenbruch (82BSN) of Iowa City on March 25, 2022. James Poore (89BBA) of Atlantic, Iowa, on Feb. 26, 2022. Michael Rielly (85BA, 88JD) of Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Feb. 2, 2022. Karen Moyes Tilton (81MA) of The Villages, Florida, on Feb. 10, 2022. Douglas Westholm (86BBA) of Sand Creek, Wisconsin, on April 13, 2022. Anita Weston (89MA) of Keokuk, Iowa, on April 1, 2022.


Jay R. Hopler (97MFA) of Salt Lake City on June 15, 2022. Mitch Koestner (92BSE) of Webster City, Iowa, on March 12, 2022.

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