IOWA Magazine | 10-16-2023

In Memory Fall 2023

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Remembering the Hawkeyes we lost, including gymnastics coach Diane DeMarco and Hancher supporter Susan Thalheimer Strauss.
In Memory


Esther Purkhiser Baker (49GN) of Davenport, Iowa, on Feb. 5, 2023. Robert Chaney (48BSME) of Rock Island, Illinois, on Feb. 5, 2023. Keith Cook (49BSC) of Dubuque, Iowa, on Feb. 15, 2023. Arlene Hora Dayhoff (49GN) of Cedar Rapids on Feb. 21, 2023. Audrey Moreland Duncan (49BA) of Norwalk, Iowa, on Feb. 5, 2023. Leah Anderson Foster (47BA) of Davenport, Iowa, on March 19, 2023. Ruth Tennermann Frost (49GN) of Thompsontown, Pennsylvania, on Dec. 23, 2022. Margaret Browning Huey (46BA) of Phoenix on March 17, 2023. Erling Larson Jr. (48MD) of St. Augustine, Florida, on June 5, 2023. Mary Ann Croker Lorenz (48BA, 52MD) of Manchester, Iowa, on April 21, 2023. Margery McDonald McKinley (48BA) of Brownsville, Pennsylvania, on April 30, 2023. Phyllis Finkelstein Seltzer (49BFA, 52MFA) of Cleveland on Feb. 26, 2023. Joseph Trotzig (49MD) of Naples, Florida, on Dec. 14, 2022. Sonna Lou Lovrien Trotzig (49GN) of Naples, Florida, on Feb. 7, 2020. Shirley De Forest Van Hoy (46BA) of Southern Pines, North Carolina, on Feb. 21, 2023.


Charles Barlow (58BA) of Parkville, Missouri, on Jan. 1, 2023. Minor Barnes (52BA, 61JD) of Cedar Rapids on March 13, 2023. Kenneth Bergman (51BA) of Wheaton, Illinois, on Jan. 24, 2023. Wanda Krabbenhoft Brechler (52BSC, 57MA) of Denver on April 20, 2023. Orlando Busino (52BA) of Ridgefield, Connecticut, on Jan. 11, 2022. Judd Grove Butler (56BSC) of Omaha, Nebraska, on Jan. 25, 2023. Marvin Dickel (59BA) of Racine, Wisconsin, on April 28, 2023. James M. Flynn (51BA, 56MD) of Mission Hills, Kansas, on Jan. 14, 2023. Thomas Goblirsch (57DDS, 61PedoS) of Del Mar, California, on Jan. 13, 2023. Jared Hills (59BSME) of Cedar Rapids on July 10, 2023. H. Montgomery Hougen (58BA, 60JD) of Alexandria, Virginia, on Jan. 24, 2023. Jerry Hulman (58BSCE, 67MS) of Bethesda, Maryland, on March 22, 2023. Arlo L. Hummel (59BSC) of Sebastopol, California, on May 26, 2023. Louis Hurwitz (52BA) of West Des Moines on Jan. 13, 2023. Shelby Jones (58BSC) of Okoboji, Iowa, on April 13, 2023. Philip McFadden (59MD, 67R) of Oskaloosa, Iowa, on April 14, 2023. Gene Michel (53BA, 56MD) of Frisco, Texas, on Dec. 4, 2022. Clara Beck Mortiboy (55MA) of Davenport, Iowa, on Feb. 20, 2023. Katharine Korns Myers (57BA) of Independence, Iowa, on March 1, 2023. Jack Sandvig (57BA) of Rockwell City, Iowa, on Jan. 2, 2023. James W. Schweiger (54DDS, 57MS, 57ProsS) of Reading, Pennsylvania, on May 17, 2023. Richard Smego (56BSC) of Oak Brook, Illinois, on April 30, 2023. Luella Heitshusen Stone (53GN) of Des Moines on March 10, 2023. Sally Voss Trefz (50BA) of Rockford, Illinois, on May 17, 2023. Charles Warren (58BSEE, 58MS) of Overland Park, Kansas, on Jan. 30, 2023. William Whitmore (56BA, 56MD, 63R) of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, on Jan. 29, 2023. Hugh Wolff (52BA, 55MD, 63R) of Alamo Heights, Texas, on Dec. 23, 2022. Martha Lefesty Zobl (59MA) of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, on March 26, 2023.


Marvin Berenstein (61JD) of Sioux City, Iowa, on March 14, 2023. James Bockholt (65BA, 65BSCE) of Palo Alto, California, on Feb. 4, 2023. Carl Christensen (60BA) of Peterborough, New Hampshire, on Feb. 12, 2022. Michael Gregory Dunn (65BA) of St. Simons Island, Georgia, on June 22, 2022. James Egan (60BA, 64MD, 70R) of Yakima, Washington, on Feb. 13, 2023. Eleanor Britt Engen (69BA) of West Liberty, Iowa, on Jan. 29, 2023. C. Carleton Frederici (60BA, 65JD) of Des Moines on Feb. 21, 2023. George Grovert (63BBA, 65MA) of Shellsburg, Iowa, on March 15, 2023. James A. Jones (61BA) of Sequim, Washington, on March 19, 2023. Stuart Kaplan (63BA) of Sutton, Massachusetts, on Oct. 14, 2022. Paul Koellner (63R) of Portage, Michigan, on March 1, 2023. Alan N. Koufer (69BA) of Nashville, Tennessee, on Nov. 11, 2022. Mancil Laidig (60BBA) of Newton, Iowa, on April 3, 2023. Robert J. Locher (63DDS) of Erie, Colorado, on Dec. 6, 2022. Thomas McSwiggin (61BSCE, 62MS) of Springfield, Illinois, on May 17, 2023. Norman Nichols (62BA) of Allen, Texas, on Jan. 7, 2023. James Nunn (69BA) of Ballwin, Missouri, on Feb. 20, 2023. Jeffrey Pill (64BA, 69MA) of Burbank, California, on Jan. 3, 2023. J. Edward Power (60BA, 64JD) of Des Moines on Feb. 24, 2023. John Roberson (61PhD) of Spokane Valley, Washington, on Feb. 2, 2023. Judith Wissler Transier (64BSN) of Peoria, Arizona, on Jan. 12, 2022. James H. Will (61BSPh) of Rockford, Illinois, on March 26, 2023. John Willett (63BA, 66LLB) of Tama, Iowa, on April 15, 2023. Gordon Williams (68BA) of Iowa City on Feb. 17, 2023. Orrin Wilson (62BBA) of Roca, Nebraska, on Feb. 12, 2023. Stephen Wood (67BSME) of St. Augustine, Florida, on Jan. 25, 2023. Ronald G. Wright (63BSME) of Springfield, Missouri, on Feb. 6, 2023. Marsha Kyle Wurtlin (69BSN) of Rockford, Illinois, on Feb. 9, 2023.

Susan Thalheimer Strauss

Susan Thalheimer Strauss

Strauss was a patron of the arts known for her generosity throughout the University of Iowa and Iowa City community.

Originally from the East Coast, Strauss moved to Iowa City in 1978 when her husband, John, became chair of the UI Department of Dermatology—a position he held for 20 years. The couple quickly made Iowa City home and gave back to the community in many ways, including as major benefactors of dermatology and Hancher.

Passionate about theater, music, dance, and the visual arts, Susan Strauss supported Hancher programming and volunteered as a member of the Hancher Guild for decades. The Hancher greenroom is named after the Strauss family, as well as Strauss Hall—a venue for rehearsals and smaller performances. Strauss also supported the Iowa City Jazz Festival through Summer of the Arts.

Strauss died May 10 in Iowa City. She was 93.


Rick Anderson (71MD, 76R) of Salt Lake City on March 26, 2023. Norris Annis II (72BBA) of Waterloo, Iowa, on April 6, 2023. Charles Ayers (74JD) of Phoenix on Jan. 21, 2023. John Borg (71BM, 72MA) of Quincy, Illinois, on Aug. 27, 2022. Carl Burkland (70MD) of New Prague, Minnesota, on April 20, 2023. Debra Cheney (78BS) of DeWitt, Iowa, on March 29, 2023. C. Douglass Couto (72BBA) of East Lansing, Michigan, on June 22, 2023. Margaret McMahan Flansburg (71MA) of Oklahoma City on July 30, 2022. Joseph Garrity (78MD) of Dubuque, Iowa, on March 22, 2023. Gary Giesemann (72BBA) of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, on Feb. 13, 2023. Jolene Johnson Hartgrave (77BBA) of Cedar Rapids on March 1, 2023. Patrick Keenan (78BBA) of Kansas City, Missouri, on March 21, 2023. Dennis Keeton (75BSN) of Greensboro, North Carolina, on Feb. 26, 2023. Lawrence Kerr (77BSEE) of Cedar Rapids on March 16, 2023. James E. Klinger (74BBA) of Clyde Hill, Washington, on May 22, 2023. Ann Williams MacMillan (73MA, 80MA) of Iowa City on March 11, 2023. Joseph Meese (76BSPh) of Duluth, Minnesota, on March 17, 2023. David Noble (79BBA) of Rockwall, Texas, on April 15, 2023. Marlee Rundquist Norton (77BA) of Arlington, Virginia, on April 30, 2023. Royce Schweizer (71BA, 72MA) of Des Moines on Dec. 4, 2022. Clark Scriven (73DDS) of Broomfield, Colorado, on March 2, 2023. Merlyn Vocke (71PhD) of Valparaiso, Indiana, on March 4, 2023.


William Alexander (85MA) of National City, California, on Feb. 14, 2023. Judith A. Amundson (81MS) of Des Moines on March 6, 2023. Kathryn Lockheart Bozdech (81BA) of Quincy, Illinois, on Feb. 14, 2023. Tracy Fitch (85BGS) of Iowa City on Feb. 26, 2023. Susan Tharp Garzon (85MA, 91PhD) of Stillwater, Oklahoma, on May 28, 2023. Kevin Gertsen (80BA) of Marion, Iowa, on March 9, 2023. Kimberly Crockett Larson (80BS) of Cedar Rapids on April 11, 2023. Randy Larson (82JD) of Iowa City on July 16, 2023. Donald Lund (81BA) of North Liberty, Iowa, on April 11, 2023. Rolland Nauman (80BA) of Marshalltown, Iowa, on April 3, 2023. Deborah Strong Randle (87MA) of Cedar Rapids on April 20, 2023. Bryan Samson (88MBA) of Owens Cross Roads, Alabama, on July 23, 2023. Sheila Calfee Sorensen (80BA) of Marion, Iowa, on Feb. 18, 2023. Susan Slaymaker Steckel (80BS, 84CER) of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, on Feb. 19, 2023. Janice S. Beghtol Thoen (83BSN) of Rowley, Massachusetts, on Feb. 23, 2023. William Yates (86MS, 86R) of Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Jan. 19, 2023.

Diane DeMarco

Diane DeMarco

Whether through gymnastics or dance, DeMarco helped coach University of Iowa students to a mastery of movement.

DeMarco used her experiences as a 1975 Big Ten gymnastics champion for Michigan State and a high school coach in Boca Raton, Florida, as a launching pad to become the UI’s head women’s gymnastics coach in 1980. She stayed in that position for nearly 20 years, coaching 12 first team and five second team All-Big Ten honorees.

In 2006, DeMarco earned a national certification in ballroom dance instruction. She became UI director of recreational services in 2007 and taught numerous dance classes at Iowa through 2022. “One of the most rewarding things about teaching dance is watching someone evolve and transform,” the lifelong educator told Iowa Magazine in 2015. “Their confidence grows, and joy abounds throughout the entire process.”

DeMarco died May 14. She was 70.


Scott Clem (96BBA) of West Des Moines on Feb. 7, 2023. Laurie Garms (90MD) of Dubuque, Iowa, on April 6, 2023. Genna Herron (93MA) of Prescott, Arizona, on Jan. 12, 2023. Kathryn White Kain (95BS, 95MedT) of Urbandale, Iowa, on April 26, 2023. Linda Langland (90MSW) of Decorah, Iowa, on March 17, 2023. Russell Loven (91PhD) of Guttenberg, Iowa, on Dec. 27, 2022. Edward Myers (90BGS) of Ada, Michigan, on Jan. 31, 2023. Synthia Reiling (90BSN) of Davenport, Iowa, on Jan. 1, 2023. Camille Grimaldi Seaman (90MA, 95MFA) of Iowa City on April 11, 2023. Georgieann Schmitt (95MA) of Plano, Texas, on Jan. 23, 2023. David Treimer (92JD) of Bettendorf, Iowa, on Jan. 4, 2023.


Jolene Ross Dilks (08BA) of Fort Madison, Iowa, on Jan. 7, 2023. Ellen Daniels Osborn (02JD) of Sioux City, Iowa, on April 25, 2023. Mark Sindecuse (03MFA) of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on April 20, 2023. Michael Slezak (09BA) of Iowa City on Nov. 28, 2022. Matthew Woodin (05BS) of Brooklyn, New York, on Jan. 14, 2023.


Benjamin Alvarado (19BSE) of New Lenox, Illinois, on Jan. 3, 2023. Brandon Stockdale (16BBA) of Denver on March 14, 2023.


Judy Novak Allen of Iowa City on Nov. 25, 2022. Barbara E. Mound Hansen of Coralville on March 20, 2023. Richard F. Hansen of Coralville on March 27, 2023.

Faculty & Friends

Brent Bappe (20BLS) of Colo, Iowa, on Jan. 24, 2023. Cody Ince (22BA) of Grantsburg, Wisconsin, on July 15, 2023. Olivia White (21BA) of Johnston, Iowa, on Jan. 24, 2023.

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