IOWA Magazine | 06-18-2024

In Memory Summer 2024

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Remembering the Hawkeyes we lost, including football All-American Wilburn Hollis and scientist Jerome Sherman.
In Memory


Virginia Padovan (41BSC, 49MA) of Medford, Oregon, on March 15, 2024. Stephen P. Sedlak (43BA) of Raleigh, North Carolina, on Feb. 16, 2024. Patty Miller Stichnoth (46BA) of North Palm Beach, Florida on Jan. 11, 2024.


Allen Anneberg (52BA, 55MD) of Carroll, Iowa, on April 20, 2024. Shirley Sparks Greif (55BA) of Cupertino, California, on Dec. 14, 2023. Dave Gunther (59BA) of Grand Forks, North Dakota, on March 16, 2024. Jerry Hilgenberg (54BSPE) of Iowa City on Jan. 14, 2024. Alberta Mueller Jacobs (52BA) of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, on March 9, 2024. Paul McKeen (56BA) of Mesa, Arizona on Feb. 16, 2024. Gerald Nordquist (53BSC, 56MA, 60PhD) of North Liberty on Jan. 26, 2024. Donald Peterson (57BA, 60DDS) of Tubac, Arizona, on April 5, 2024. Kenneth Ploen (58BSCE) of Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Feb. 13, 2024. Bill Quinby (54BSPE) of Robins, Iowa, on April 20, 2024. Marlyn Rydson (55BA) of Melbourne Beach, Florida on March 25, 2024. Holly Mundt Tracy (53BSPE) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, on March 26, 2024. Frank Waldburger (59BA, 6 2JD) o f Springfield, Illinois, on Dec. 22, 2023. Catherine Phelps Warmbrod (52BA) of Dublin, Ohio, on March 18, 2024. Nancy Zadek (51BA) of Chicago on April 12, 2024.

Jerome K. Sherman (54PhD)

Jerome K. Sherman

A visionary scientist and researcher, Jerome K. Sherman (54PhD) was known as the father of cryobiology for his groundbreaking work in the cryopreservation of semen, which offered hope for those otherwise unable to conceive, as well as served as a model for tissue preservation throughout the world.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Sherman studied biology at Brown University and Case Western Reserve University before coming to the University of Iowa to earn a PhD in zoology. During this time, he discovered a technique for freezing and storing semen, and in 1953 established the world’s first semen cryobank in Iowa City.

Sherman later became a professor of anatomy at the University of Arkansas College of Medicine, where he remained until his retirement in 1992. Throughout his career, he was dedicated to sharing his knowledge and building standards for safe cryobanks and tissue preservation. His other medical work forms the basis of today’s methods for organ and bone transplantation, as well as vaccine and viral preparation.

Sherman, who received the UI Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement in 2006, died Dec. 1, 2023, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was 98.


Roger Gaddis (60BA), of Plano, Texas, on Feb. 16, 2023. Thomas D. Hanson (67BA) of Des Moines on April 3, 2024. Richard Konzen (61BSCE, 64MS, 70PhD) of Bryan, Texas, on March 26, 2024. Janet Lindeberg (69BA, 74BS) of Bellvue, Colorado, on April 4, 2024. James C. McAndrew (66BA) of Scottsdale, Arizona, on March 14, 2024. Richard Santi (69JD) of West Des Moines on April 24, 2024. Judd Truax (60BBA, 62JD) of Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Jan. 7, 2024. Stephen Ummel (65MA) of Savannah, Georgia, on March 22, 2024.

Wilburn Hollis (71BA)

Wilburn Hollis

As one of the first Black athletes to become an All-American, Wilburn Hollis (71BA) was a groundbreaking figure in college sports and Hawkeye history.

Hollis was born in Possum Trot, Mississippi, on Nov. 12, 1940, and grew up at Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska. By high school, he was already an accomplished athlete, competing in baseball, basketball, track, and football. His skills caught the attention of University of Iowa football coach Forest Evashevski, who recruited him as a quarterback.

In 1960, Hollis helped lead the Hawkeyes to a Big Ten Championship. That same season, he scored 68 points, a University of Iowa record since 1922, and was named a second-team All-American and first-team All-Big Ten honoree.

After graduation, Hollis became the director of human resources for the United Fire Group. He remained a dedicated fan of Hawkeye sports, regularly attending football games throughout his life.

Hollis died Jan. 31, 2024, in Cedar Rapids. He was 83.


Gail Bowman (74BA) of Pittsburgh on Feb. 18, 2024. Kent DeYarman (70BS, 74MD) of Central Point, Oregon, on Jan. 11, 2024. Thomas J. McIntosh (70MS, 70R) of Cedar Rapids on Jan. 31, 2024. V. Hale Starr (76MA, 79PhD) of Carefree, Arizona, on April 12, 2024. Steven Wettach (79DDS, 92MBA) of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, on Jan. 10, 2024.


William D. Tompkins (82BGS) of Iowa City on Feb. 16, 2023.


Susan Malecki (97CER) of Coralville on Jan. 14, 2024.

faculty & friends

Joseph Walder of Chicago on March 26, 2024. Chris Wiersema of Iowa City on March 13, 2024.

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