IOWA Magazine | 03-05-2024

In Memory Spring 2024

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Remembering the Hawkeyes we lost, including philanthropist Linda Baker, physicist Craig Kletzing, and Senator Dick Clark.
In Memory


Frederic Ackerson (44BA) of Fort Belvoir, Virginia, on May 31, 2023. Norman G. Greenberg (49BA) of Arlington, Virginia, on Nov. 28, 2019. Margaret Daughton Horn (45BSC) of Sun Lakes, Arizona, on May 25, 2022. Robert Schaal (40BA) of Orange, California, on July 27, 2023. Freda Mikulasek Schlesselman (46BA) of Bellevue, Washington, on July 11, 2023. Virginia Rosenberg Stafford (48BA) of Ames, Iowa, on Oct. 7, 2023. John Syverud (48BA, 55MD) of Pleasant Valley, Iowa, on June 2, 2023. Virginia Ducharme Thompson (45BA) of Lakebay, Washington, on Jan. 3, 2023. Joseph Louis Trocino (45BSChE) of Woodland Hills, California, on April 3, 2023. Joyce VanPilsum (45BA, 47MA) of West Des Moines on May 27, 2023.

Sen. Dick Clark (56MA)

Sen. Dick Clark (56MA)

Clark used his U.S. Senate seat to shape American foreign policy in Africa to oppose apartheid and support newly independent nations.

Facing tough odds against Republican incumbent Jack Miller in Iowa's 1972 U.S. Senate race, Clark introduced himself to voters by taking a 1,300-mile walk across the state. His trek, which attracted significant media attention, won him the Senate seat 55-45.

During his term, the University of Iowa history grad served on the Senate Foreign Relations Commit tee as chair of its subcommittee on African affairs. In 1976, he sponsored the Clark Amendment, which banned U.S. aid to military groups in the Angolan Civil War, a Cold War proxy conflict between the U.S. and Soviet Union.

Though the Army veteran lost his bid for reelection in 1978, President Jimmy Carter appointed him as an ambassador-at-large for refugee affairs in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. In 1979, Clark left this position to work on Sen. Ted Kennedy’s 1980 presidential campaign. He later became a senior fellow at Aspen, a Washington think tank.

Clark died Sept. 20, 2023, in Washington. He was 95.


Ruth Rowland Alteneder (55BSN) of Perrysburg, Ohio, on June 28, 2023. Sally Finkbine Baker (52BA) of Eugene, Oregon, on June 9, 2023. Jean Hickey Bartley (53BA, 61JD) of Iowa City on May 30, 2023. Robert B. Becker (52BSC) of Marshalltown, Iowa, on May 26, 2023. John Beekman (53BA, 57MS) of Batavia, Ohio, on May 6, 2023. Harold Bergee (54BA, 57MD, 69R) of Moline, Illinois, on July 7, 2023. Howard Borrett (50BA) of New York on Aug. 30, 2023. Gwen Zeitler Brown (58BA, 60MA) of Fort Madison, Iowa, on June 10, 2023. Robert R. Cooper (54MD, 60MS, 60R) of Salem, Oregon, on July 21, 2023. Donald Dahnk (58BA) of Pensacola, Florida, on June 18, 2023. Edward Diekmann Jr. (52BSCE) of Oklahoma City on Oct. 6, 2023. George Eichacker (51BA, 52MA) of Las Vegas on July 26, 2023. James R. Fisher Jr. (56BA) of Temple Terrace, Florida, on July 9, 2023. Charles Fredericks (52DDS, 53MS, 53OrthS) of Bonita Springs, Florida, on April 22, 2023. Robert Glidden (58BA, 60MA, 66PhD) of Rockbridge Baths, Virginia, on Dec. 5, 2023. Stanley Greenwald (59MD, 66R) of Northfield, Minnesota, on Sept. 29, 2023. Marvin Hiddleson (59BSC) of Urbandale, Iowa, on July 1, 2023. Jerry Hilgenberg (54BSPE) of Iowa City on Jan. 14, 2024. Carolyn Marner Kacena (54BSN) of Burlington, Iowa, on August 16, 2023. Lorrence Kellar (58BA) of Cincinnati on Nov. 12, 2023. Charles Kromer (54DDS) of Waverly, Iowa, on Sept. 6, 2023. Louise Bekman Larew (52BA, 76MA) of Iowa City on Aug. 18, 2023. Donald Levy (50BSC) of Palm Desert, California, on July 16, 2022. Rhoda Huxsol McCartney (50BA) of Charles City, Iowa, on Sept. 24, 2023. Dean B. Millman (54MS) of Spring, Texas, on Sept. 4, 2023. Hughlett Morris (52BA, 57MA, 60PhD) of Tucson, Arizona, on June 13, 2023. Alan Moyer (50BA) of Tucson, Arizona, on Aug. 10, 2023. Ronald G. Phillips (57BA) of Rocklin, California, on Jan. 19, 2023. Dallas Schrader (57BSC, 67MA) of Jefferson, Iowa, on June 21, 2023. Wallace Sheets (57BSPE) of Sarasota, Florida, on Oct. 5, 2023. Morey Slodki (55PhD) of Chicago on Jan. 30, 2023. Betty J. Getting Strole (54BSN) of Kingston, Arkansas, on June 21, 2023. Charles Tucker (54DDS) of Storm Lake, Iowa, on June 13, 2023. Rex Vana (51BSPE, 60MA) of Cedar Rapids on May 11, 2023. Paul Wentzien (59BSC) of Webster Groves, Missouri, on May 16, 2023. David Wetrich (57BA, 60MD, 70R) of Ottumwa, Iowa, on June 6, 2023.

Linda Baker (68BA)

Linda Baker

A teacher at heart, Baker modeled a spirit of generosity that made a difference not only for her students, but for her alma mater.

Baker met her husband, Dale (68BBA), at the University of Iowa and graduated in 1968 with a degree in English and a certification in secondary education. Following graduation, the couple established a six-decade legacy of philanthropy to the university and have been among its most generous donors. The Bakers’ support has benefited the Henry B. Tippie College of Business and the Colleges of Education, Public Health, and Liberal Arts & Sciences, as well as women’s basketball, Hancher, and UI Libraries.

Linda created the Dr. Ken Magid Child Advocacy Scholarship in 2005 after she traveled to Romania on an alumni service-oriented trip. Volunteering at an orphanage there inspired her to create a scholarship for UI students to engage in similar service-learning experiences. Additionally, the Bakers championed the Linda R. Baker Teacher Leader Center and professional development and cultural learning opportunities for students in the College of Education.

Linda’s support extended beyond giving to the university. She served on the UI Alumni Association Board and the College of Education Advisory Board. She was also honored with the 2023 UI International Impact Award. Together, the Bakers received the UI’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016.

Linda died Dec. 27, 2023, at age 77.


Dennis Ballard (65BA) of Sturgeon, Missouri, on Jan. 3, 2024. James L. Carroll (60DDS, 64MS, 64OrthS) of Decorah, Iowa, on March 15, 2023. James Collier (60BA) of Medford, Oregon, on Aug. 24, 2023. Mark Costello Jr. (63MFA) of Champaign, Illinois, on July 3, 2023. Joan DeRycke (68BA) of La Grange Park, Illinois, on Nov. 19, 2023. Marcia Jones Everson (66BBA) of Minneapolis on May 29, 2023. Linda Lear Fincham (60BSN) of Iowa City on May 17, 2023. Charles Geisewite (60BA) of San Antonio on Sept. 25, 2023. Ann Benz Graven (62BA) of Greene, Iowa, on April 28, 2023. John “Jack” Grier (60BBA, 63JD) of Marshalltown, Iowa, on May 20, 2023. Arnis Grundberg (61BA, 64MD, 69R) of Des Moines on Aug. 11, 2023. John Harnagel (66BA) of Wayland, Iowa, on Oct. 3, 2023. Robert Hegeman (69BA, 80R, 84JD) of Palo Alto, California, on Aug. 19, 2023. Jack Hill (60BBA, 68MA) of Iowa City on Sept. 7, 2023. John Hohl (65BA) of Clearwater, Florida, on July 10, 2023. Harold Jackson (62BSPh) of Winterset, Iowa, on Oct. 14, 2023. Keith E. Johnson (64BBA, 65MA) of Sarasota, Florida, on Sept. 12, 2023. G. Frank Judisch (62MD, 68R) of Iowa City on May 29, 2023. Ernest Lehman (66BA) of Port Charlotte, Florida, on July 20, 2023. L. Charles Miller Jr. (62BBA) of Seattle on July 31, 2022. James Morrow (60BA, 70MA) of Iowa City on May 27, 2023. James Neumann (65MA, 71MFA) of Iowa City on July 11, 2023. Anders Norgaard (66BBA, 76JD) of Belle Plaine, Iowa, on Sept. 3, 2023. Lewis Perkins (67BS) of Lawrence, Kansas, on July 18, 2023. William Pohlmann (60BBA) of Monroe Township, New Jersey, on Nov. 23, 2023. John Ptacek (67MD, 73R) of Savannah, Georgia, on Oct. 13, 2023. Rebecca Reiter (64MS) of Iowa City on May 9, 2023. Richard Retz (62MD) of Seattle on Oct. 8, 2023. Philip Rever (69PhD) of Queenstown, Maryland, on May 6, 2023. Ronald R. Rogers (61BSPE) of La Crosse, Wisconsin, on May 21, 2022. Carl Rowley (65DDS) of Bettendorf, Iowa, on Aug. 9, 2023. Darvin Schroeder (60BSME) of Bettendorf, Iowa, on July 21, 2023. Doug Slotten (69BBA) of Chevy Chase, Maryland, on Sept. 29, 2023. John Stitzell (62BA, 62BSChE, 64MS, 67PhD) of Glenview, Illinois, on Nov. 10, 2022 Norb Tatro (65BA) of Plymouth, Wisconsin, on Aug. 26, 2023. Jean Whiting (62BBA, 63MA) of Iowa City on July 25, 2023. John Wunder (67BA, 70MA, 70JD) of Lincoln, Nebraska, on June 25, 2023. Ernest Yeakey (60PhD) of Austin, Texas, on July 31, 2023.

Craig Kletzing

Craig Kletzing

Kletzing combined a zeal for teaching with a decorated research career in space plasma experimental physics.

In nearly three decades at the University of Iowa, Kletzing was directly involved in 30 near-Earth or space missions. Most notable was a $115 million contract from NASA for the TRACERS mission, scheduled to launch in 2024, to study the interactions between the magnetic fields of the sun and Earth. The award is the single largest externally funded research project in UI history.

In addition to his research, Kletzing was invested in sharing his knowledge with students. As the inaugural holder of the Donald A. and Marie B. Gurnett Chair within his department, he taught 75 physics classes, from introductory courses for nonmajors to classes for graduate students. He was known for his in-class demonstrations: one involved former UI President Bruce Harreld riding a rocket-powered tricycle.

Kletzing died Aug. 10, 2023, in Iowa City. He was 65.


Delores De Wilde Bina (70MA, 71MFA) of Davenport, on Nov. 14, 2023. Michael Bloome (72MS, 72R) of Houston on Sept. 6, 2023. Charles Britton (71PhD) of Fayetteville, Arkansas, on Dec. 8, 2023. Mark Frazier (72BBA) of Irvine, California, on May 20, 2023. Jon Fussell (76BSCE) of Cedar Rapids on July 19, 2023. Harold Gehle (72MS) of Davenport, Iowa, on July 14, 2023. Thomas Gustafson (76JD) of Denison, Iowa, on July 25, 2023. William Hamm (75MA) of Waverly, Iowa, on June 6, 2023. Ann Harwood-Nuss (70BS, 73MD) of Jacksonville, Florida, on Sept. 2, 2023. Wilburn Hollis (71BA) of Marion, Iowa, on Jan. 31, 2024. John McKeown (70MD) of Ankeny, Iowa, on May 31, 2023. Steve Merry (75MD) of Hartford, Wisconsin, on June 29, 2023. Stephen Reno (71BA) of Largo, Florida, on Oct. 9, 2023. Roy Paul Roth (76JD) of Chicago on June 12, 2023. Carlton Stuvick (72BBA) of Marshall, Missouri, on May 6, 2023. Thomas Temple (77MS) of Urbandale, Iowa, on Aug. 14, 2023. Mark Warner (71BA, 73MA) of Iowa City on Nov. 9, 2023.


Rosemary Carroll (83JD) of Middletown, Rhode Island, on Sept. 15, 2023. M. Patricia Rohovsky Donahue (81PhD) of Tiffin, Iowa, on May 16, 2023. Dale Herbeck (82MA, 88PhD) of Medfield, Massachusetts, on Oct. 26, 2023. Kevin Koch (81BS, 84MD) of Cumming, Iowa, on July 12, 2023. Randy Larson (82JD) of Iowa City on July 16, 2023. Patricia Neuses Murphy (84BS) of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, on Oct. 4, 2023. Susan Palamara (83MA, 85MFA) of Brooklyn, New York, on July 1, 2023. Jerry Parkinson (85JD) of Portland, Oregon, on Sept. 29, 2023. Kent Pearson (84R, 85F) of North Liberty on May 5, 2023. Scott L. Taylor (82BBA) of Beaverton, Oregon, on Sept. 26, 2023.


Charles Blount (98BA) of San Antonio on June 8, 2023. Dwayne Capper (92MD) of Solon, Iowa, on May 7, 2023. Joan Carter (95PhD) of Ellisville, Missouri, on May 11, 2023. Brian W. Davis (90BA) of Ames, Iowa, on Oct. 1, 2023. Steven Kunert (90BSE) of Cedar Rapids on Oct. 20, 2023. Juliet Mattila (92MFA) of Santa Fe, New Mexico, in April 2023. Scott Penisten (93BS, 00MD, 04R) of Norwalk, Iowa, on July 16, 2023. Mark Sertterh (99BS) of Coralville on June 12, 2023.


Kristi Bellamy (00JD) of Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 7, 2023. Ann Candace Noble (09MA) of Iowa City on July 11, 2023. Sarah Stone Shonrock (02MFA) of Coralville on Oct. 29, 2023.


Kaitlin Bergan (18BA) of Mason City, Iowa, on April 27, 2022. Charles E. Brasington (11JD) of Anchorage, Alaska, on Nov. 15, 2023.

Faculty & Friends

John Carver of Rock Island, Illinois, on Nov. 2, 2023. Betty Adler Schermer of Tucson, Arizona, on Dec. 5, 2023. John Schweitzer of Iowa City on Sept. 28, 2023. Ann Slattery Smothers of Iowa City on Dec. 30, 2023.

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