IOWA Magazine | 02-13-2023

In Memory Spring 2023

11 minute read
Remembering the Hawkeyes we’ve lost, including Olympian Ted Wheeler, meteorologist Vernon Dvorak, and assistant football coach Bill Brashier.


Ruth Bridgeland Alford (49BA) of Evergreen, Colorado, on Sept. 9, 2022. Penny Binns Anderson (48BA) of North Mankato, Minnesota, on Sept. 10, 2022. Shirley Needham Beckett (47DI, 47MS) of Davenport, Iowa, on Nov. 4, 2022. Maurice Bellis (48MS, 50PhD) of North Andover, Massachusetts, on Sept. 8, 2022. John Bogen (48LLB) of Emmetsburg, Iowa, on Oct. 2, 2022. Leland Hausler (47BSME) of Concord, Michigan, on Oct. 5, 2022. Imogene Casteel Judiesch (44BA) of Iowa City on Sept. 6, 2022. Marjorie Snyder Lidgett (45BA) of Omaha, Nebraska, on Oct. 9, 2022. Rex Ploen (49BA, 50MA) of Aurora, Colorado, on Oct. 13, 2022.

Ted Wheeler (57BA)

Ted Wheeler

Wheeler was a groundbreaking Olympic athlete who helped shape the track and field program at the University of Iowa.

Wheeler first joined the UI coaching staff in 1972 as an assistant coach before being named head coach of the cross-country team in 1973. In 1978, he became head coach of the track and field team, spending the next 18 years mentoring student-athletes like Anthuan Maybank (94BA), who became an Olympic gold medalist.

In addition to coaching, Wheeler had an accomplished track career of his own, becoming an All-American during his first year competing for Iowa as a student-athlete. In 1956, he was the Big Ten champion in both the indoor and outdoor 800-meter and mile events, and he qualified for the U.S. Olympic team in the 1,500-meter run the same year. He became the first Black American to run the 1,500 meters in Olympic history.

Among his many achievements, Wheeler was inducted into the Drake Relays Hall of Fame as a two-time mile race champion and member of three relay championship teams. In 1967, a UI track scholarship was established in his name, and Wheeler also spent many years sponsoring scholarships for African American students at Iowa. He was an active member of the I-Club, which supports UI student-athletes, and was inducted into the UI Athletics Hall of Fame.

Wheeler died Nov. 17 in Iowa City. He was 91.

Give to the Ted Wheeler Scholarship Fund, which supports underrepresented students at Iowa.


Clark Alexander (59MA) of Franktown, Colorado, on Sept. 4, 2022. Laura G. Rush Alexander (51MA) of Boulder, Colorado, on July 16, 2022. M. Janet Patterson Allen (58DH) of Pleasanton, California, on Oct. 20, 2022. Carl Anderson (59MD, 63R) of Rochester, Minnesota, on Oct. 3, 2022. Leroy Berryhill (57MD, 61R) of Fort Dodge, Iowa, on Sept. 14, 2022. Sylvester Blank (58MA) of West Des Moines on Sept. 9, 2022. Charles Blunt (59BSME) of Pisgah Forest, North Carolina, on Oct. 24, 2022. Thomas Brooke (50BSC) of West Liberty, Iowa, on Sept. 12, 2022. William T. Brown (59BA, 63DDS) of Leon, Iowa, on Sept. 26, 2022. Samuel Christensen (55DDS, 58PedoS) of Waterloo, Iowa, on Oct. 16, 2022. W. Charlene De Witt Conklin (53MA) of Rock Island, Illinois, on Sept. 3, 2022. Edward Duffie (51BA, 55MD) of Savannah, Georgia, on Sept. 25, 2022. Leo Goss (59BSC) of Crystal Lake, Illinois, on Oct. 4, 2022. Thomas Kalb (56MD) of Young America, Minnesota, on Nov. 7, 2022. Charles Kremenak (55DDS, 61MS, 61PedoS) of Iowa City on Sept. 1, 2022. Paul LeBuhn (57JD) of St. Paul, Minnesota, on Sept. 17, 2022. James Lloyd (55BSC, 61JD) of Washington, Iowa, on Oct. 18, 2022. Jane Crawford Maher (57BA) of Middleton, Wisconsin, on Oct. 18, 2022. Norton Mezvinsky (54BA) of New York City on Sept. 16, 2022. William Myers (52BA, 54MD) of Phoenix on Oct. 6, 2022. David Neuhaus (53BSC) of Fairfax, Iowa, on Nov. 5, 2022. Mary Ann Thomas Park (57BSN) of Iowa City on Sept. 30, 2022. Maxine Voss Patterson (51GN) of Darlington, South Carolina, on Aug. 11, 2022. Thomas Quirk (50BA, 51LLB) of Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Sept. 18, 2022. Lawrence Rugolo (59MFA) of Columbia, Missouri, on Aug. 27, 2022. John Schuchmann (59MD, 62R) of Cedar Rapids on Oct. 26, 2022. Joyce Moburg Schuchmann (56BSN) of Cedar Rapids on Oct. 30, 2022. Robert LeRoy Schulz (50BSPE, 51MA) of Clive, Iowa, on Sept. 30, 2022. Barbara Wilson Skerry (58BA) of Coralville on Sept. 15, 2022. Sid Smith (50BA, 53MD) of Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Oct. 20, 2022. Margaret Schlampp Smith (52BSC) of Seattle on Oct. 24, 2022. Murtis Gordanier Smith (50GN) of Waterloo, Iowa, on Sept. 19, 2022. James R. Snyder (57LLB) of Cedar Rapids on Oct. 5, 2022. Alan Tyree (50BA) of Naperville, Illinois, on Sept. 7, 2022. Donald Zavala (52R, 70F) of St. Simons Island, Georgia, on Sept. 21, 2022.


Durward Armstrong (69BS) of Petaluma, California, on Sept. 13, 2022. Donovan Benson (61BA) of Waterloo, Iowa, on Sept. 12, 2022. Richard Bergstrom (67MD) of Waterloo, Nebraska, on Oct. 14, 2022. Gregory Bielawski (68MA) of Wheaton, Illinois, on Nov. 5, 2022. Louis Bradfield (64BA) of Las Vegas on Oct. 2, 2022. Warren Chadima (61BA, 65DDS) of Cedar Rapids on Oct. 7, 2022. Thomas Clark (61BBA) of Urbandale, Iowa, on Oct. 12, 2022. Phillip Cline (61BA, 87MA) of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, on Sept. 15, 2022. Carol Coffey Jr. (68MS, 89EndoS) of Knoxville, Tennessee, on Aug. 26, 2022. Dennis Dowell (68BM, 79MFA) of West Des Moines on Oct. 31, 2022. Linda Hartley Flinn (67BSN) of Iowa City on Sept. 26, 2022. William Friese (65BBA) of Chicago on Oct. 5, 2022. Ronald Hendricks (69BBA) of Solon, Iowa, on Sept. 11, 2022. Larrie Hindman (62JD) of Naples, Florida, on July 28, 2022. Larry Jansen (69BBA) of Grinnell, Iowa, on Oct. 3, 2022. Roy A. Johnson (62MS, 64PhD) of Pullman, Washington, on July 24, 2022. Donald Kahle (65MD) of Dubuque, Iowa, on Sept. 27, 2022. Craig Lloyd (64MA, 70PhD) of Cookeville, Tennessee, on Oct. 16, 2022. Eiji Maruko (63MA) of Fresno, California, on Oct. 31, 2022. John Mullen (63BA, 66MS, 68MD) of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 5, 2022. Barbara Overland Paull (66BA) of Independence, Iowa, on Sept. 22, 2022. Martin Peterson (68JD) of Algona, Iowa, on Oct. 12, 2022. Roger Petrich (68MA, 70MFA) of Dongola, Illinois, on Oct. 6, 2022. Dorsey Wetlaufer Phelps (63BA, 85MA, 92PhD) of Iowa City on Oct. 31, 2022. Janet Kathleen Marth Rawley (60BM) of Iowa City on Oct. 19, 2022. Nicholas Rossi (62R) of Iowa City on Nov. 5, 2022. Merle Royce II (64BA, 67JD) of Indianapolis on Oct. 19, 2022. Terrance Rutherford (65BS) of Atlantic, Iowa, on Oct. 21, 2022. Richard Scott (63BA, 69MA) of Wellman, Iowa, on Oct. 22, 2022. Adrian Schoenmaker (68MA, 69EdS) of Iowa City on Sept. 28, 2022. Leslie Schweiloch (62BA) of Armonk, New York, on July 12, 2022. Thomas Smallwood (64BA, 67JD) of Elm Grove, Wisconsin, on Sept. 10, 2022. James A. Stewart (64BS) of West Des Moines on Nov. 4, 2022. Michael Stoline (62BA, 64MS, 67PhD) of Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Sept. 18, 2022. Ronald Strawn (61BA) of Bellevue, Nebraska, on Nov. 5, 2022. John Tanis (69MS) of St. Joseph, Michigan, on Oct. 3, 2022. Vincent Taormina (65R) of Lexington, Kentucky, on Oct. 23, 2022. William Van Vliete Jr. (68BA) of Des Moines on Oct. 9, 2022. Kay Ann Hofmann Volz (66BBA, 71MA) of Bettendorf, Iowa, on Sept. 13, 2022. John L. Williams (61MA) of Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 27, 2022. Raymond Wilson (65BSEE) of Fort Worth, Texas, on March 31, 2022.

Vernon Dvorak (55BA)

Vernon Dvorak

As a pioneer of using satellite imagery to forecast hurricanes, Dvorak made a significant advance in the world of meteorology that helps people stay safe and informed about the weather.

Born in Cedar Rapids in 1928, Dvorak first studied meteorology while stationed in Europe for the U.S. Air Force. Following his service, he returned to the University of Iowa to continue his studies, where he met his wife, JoAnne Schafroth Dvorak (57BA), whom he married in 1958.

After recovering from a car accident that left him partially paralyzed, Dvorak completed a master’s degree at UCLA, moving on from there to become a hurricane specialist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In that position, he developed the Dvorak Technique, which uses visible and infrared satellite imagery to more accurately track tropical cyclones and determine their intensities. The forecasting technique is still used today.

Dvorak received the U.S. Department of Commerce Meritorious Service award in 1972 and the National Weather Association Lifetime Achievement in 2002 in recognition of his contributions to the field.

After retirement, Dvorak turned to biking, philosophy, and writing, eventually publishing two books on philosophy.

Dvorak died Sept. 19 in Ojai, California. He was 93.


Ronald Bechler (75MS) of Marion, Iowa, on Aug. 23, 2022. Tony Clark (76BBA) of Urbandale, Iowa, on Oct. 23, 2022. David Cohen (73BBA) of Sioux City, Iowa, on March 19, 2022. Robert Cram (72BS, 75DDS) of Urbandale, Iowa, on Nov. 4, 2022. Dennis Feddersen (70BS, 72MA) of Fort Dodge, Iowa, on Sept. 20, 2022. Michael Gordon (74R) of Houston on Sept. 1, 2022. Jeffrey Harvey (76BS) of Encinitas, California, on Oct. 5, 2022. Barbara Howe (73BA) of Davenport, Iowa, on Sept. 27, 2022. Michael Kain (75BA, 76MA) of Olympia, Washington, on Sept. 24, 2022. Marylou Ponzi Kay (74MA) of Wimauma, Florida, on July 24, 2022. Jan Kibili (72BSPh) of Jacksonville, Florida, on July 27, 2022. Linda Schick Liedtke (71BA) of Coralville on Oct. 1, 2022. Larry Milne (70PhD) of Little Rock, Arkansas, on Oct. 3, 2022. Steven Mott (77DDS) of Knoxville, Iowa, on Oct. 4, 2022. Nancy Rehman Niles (73BA) of Carman, Illinois, on Sept. 17, 2022. Jim Norris (70MAT) of Iowa City on Oct. 1, 2022. Carole Parrinello (78MSW) of Sioux City, Iowa, on Oct. 29, 2022. Abigail Perez Pumroy (71MA) of Cedar Rapids on Sept. 12, 2022. Alan Ruback (77BS) of Coralville on Oct. 23, 2022. Janet Pringle Specht (73BSN, 81MA, 96PhD) of Boone, North Carolina, on Oct. 24, 2022. Larry Thorson (73BGS, 76JD) of Cedar Rapids on Oct. 29, 2022.


Thaddeus Anderson (89R) of Dubuque, Iowa, on Oct. 15, 2022. Tom Aspenson (85BA) of Decorah, Iowa, on Sept. 17, 2022. Susan Boeding (81BBA) of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, on Sept. 27, 2022. Randall Essing (82BA, 86MA) of Iowa City on Oct. 22, 2022. Mary M. Fisher (87MA, 93MSW) of Iowa City on Oct. 10, 2022. Bonnie Klinkenberg Fox (82MSW) of McFarland, Wisconsin, on Oct. 8, 2022. Stephen Hedges (82BS) of Columbus, North Carolina, on Sept. 6, 2022. Jean McDonald Hood (88CER, 92CER) of Iowa City on Oct. 19, 2022. Phyllis Haney Lamb (80BGS) of Iowa City on Sept. 24, 2022. John Lande (84BBA, 85MA) of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, on Nov. 9, 2022. Douglas Milder (81BS, 85MA) of Pocatello, Idaho, on Nov. 2, 2022. Roger Nelson (81PhD) of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 20, 2022. Dale Putnam (80BA) of Decorah, Iowa, on Oct. 14, 2022. Sharon Nippert Simmons (88MBA) of Des Moines on Sept. 9, 2022. September Wethington-Smith (87JD) of Johnston, Iowa, on June 25, 2022.

Bill Brashier

Bill Brashier

Brashier’s passion for coaching helped transform Hawkeye football.

Brashier was a member of the University of Iowa coaching staff under Hayden Fry for 17 years, serving as a defensive secondary coach and defensive coordinator before becoming assistant head coach in 1983. The Hawkeyes won three Big Ten titles and appeared in 12 bowl games during his time at Iowa, including three Rose Bowls, and won at least eight games in 10 of his seasons on staff. Brashier retired in 1995, following an Iowa victory over Washington in the Sun Bowl.

Originally from Eastland, Texas, Brashier began his football career at North Texas University, where he was a starting defensive back, quarterback, and punter for three years. After earning a master’s degree, Brashier transitioned to coaching, first as an assistant and head high school coach, then as a graduate assistant coach at University of Texas at El Paso. He then returned to North Texas, where he spent 11 years as an assistant coach before coming to Iowa in 1978 with Fry.

Brashier died Nov. 4 in Iowa City. He was 93.


Ronald Amiot (91PhD) of New York City on Sept. 3, 2022. Alan Andreasen (91BS, 96MAT) of Dubuque, Iowa, on Oct. 3, 2022. Sandra Corey Enger (97PhD) of Jonesboro, Arkansas, on Nov. 7, 2022. R. William Field (94PhD) of Iowa City on Nov. 4, 2022. Keith Hartley (94BBA) of Marion, Iowa, on Sept. 21, 2022. David Krummel (93BS, 04MA, 13EdS) of Iowa City on Oct. 2, 2022. Robert Meyerhofer (99JD) of Hampton, Iowa, on Sept. 5, 2022. Scott Muters (93BM) of Cedar Rapids on Oct. 18, 2022. Joshua Schroeder (98BS) of Stillwater, Minnesota, on Oct. 8, 2022.


Angela Ames (01BA) of Marshalltown, Iowa, on Oct. 12, 2022. John Ceilley (00MD) of Denver on Sept. 25, 2022. Gynger Ellis (01DI) of Waterloo, Iowa, on Oct. 8, 2022. Ann Peters Garvey (03MPH) of Norwalk, Iowa, on Nov. 1, 2022. Todd Smith (00BBA) of Omaha, Nebraska, on Oct. 31, 2022. John Weiler (08MBA) of Iowa City on Sept. 7, 2022. Jessica Dean Wray (06MPA) of Madison, Wisconsin, on Sept. 11, 2022.


Shawn Bender (12BA) of Solon, Iowa, on Aug. 1, 2022. Douglas Champagne (14BSE) of Decorah, Iowa, on Aug. 27, 2022. Jeff Erickson (16BA) of Coralville on Oct. 2, 2022. Aaron Huedepohl (11BBA) of Canton, Georgia, on Aug. 20, 2022. Carla Brown- Marble (10BA) of Des Moines on Oct. 8, 2022. Matthew Stutzman (17BA) of Iowa City on Oct. 28, 2022.

Faculty & Friends

Willard "Sandy" Boyd (81LHD) of Iowa City on Dec. 13, 2022.Keith Guillory of Iowa City on Oct. 7, 2022. Art Kirk of Iowa City on Oct. 20, 2022. Don McClain of Leawood, Kansas, on Oct. 7, 2022. Dean Young of Cincinnati on Aug. 23, 2022.

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