In Memoriam


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Prof. Thomas Sims

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Thomas Sims, a veteran professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Biological Sciences, died Nov. 20, 2016, in DeKalb, Ill. He succumbed to head and neck cancer, a disease he battled for more than two years while continuing to mentor NIU students.

Sims spent 24 years at NIU, including more than a decade as director of graduate studies in biology. He was dedicated to student success and served on an extraordinary number of student thesis and dissertation committees. He specialized in research into plant genetics, gene regulation, and molecular and developmental biology, and was a vocal advocate for science.


Alumni

Marjorie E. Peterson, ’37, on Oct. 3, 2016, in DeKalb, Ill.

Lillian K. Finley, ’42, on Nov. 4, 2016, in Arlington Heights, Ill.

Lauretta C. Jordan, ’43, on June 6, 2016, in Des Plaines, Ill.

Betty Jane Balestri, ’44, on July 29, 2016, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Dorothy Dornink, ’44, on July 23, 2016, in Galva, Ill.

Dorothy J. Wagner, ’45, on July 24, 2016, in Lena, Ill.

Carl A.D. Adolphson, ’50, M.S.Ed.’75, on Oct. 8, 2016, in Rockford, Ill.

Robert Nimits, ’50, on Nov. 7, 2016, in Kenosha, Wis.

Therese Tews, ’51, on Sept. 9, 2016, in Naperville, Ill.

Richard G. Wibom, ’51, M.S.Ed.’53, on Nov. 17, 2016, in Rockford, Ill.

Carolyn S. Westphal, ’54, M.S.Ed.’79, on Oct. 14, 2016, in Elgin, Ill.

Edward Brogly, ’53, M.S.Ed.’58, on Sept. 27, 2016, in St. George, Utah.

Dale L. Buzzard, ’53, M.S.Ed.’60, on Sept. 2, 2016, in Winnebago, Ill.

John Williams, M.S.’54, on Sept. 14, 2016, in Moose Lake, Wis.

Duane A. Charlesworth, ’58, M.S.Ed.’62, on Oct. 2, 2016, in Litchfield Park, Ariz.

Richard C. Hale, ’58, on Oct. 17, 2016, in Phoenix, Ariz.

William Murphy, ’58, on Nov. 5, 2016, in San Jose, Calif.

Ardus M. Blouw, 59, on Sept. 9, 2016, in Morris, Ill.

Eugene Latz, ’59, M.S.Ed.’65, on Aug. 22, 2016, in Lindenhurst, Ill.

Charles W. Moen, M.S.Ed.’59, on Sept. 17, 2016, in Freeport, Ill.

Franklin M. Osanka, ’60, M.A.’61, on Oct. 7, 2016, Racine, Wis.

Marlisa Ebeling, ’61, M.S.Ed.’80, on Nov. 17, 2016, in Aurora, Ill.

Murrie D. Grove, ’61, on July 14, 2016, in Sweden.

Harvey A. Meyers, ’61, on Oct. 4, 2016, in Huntley, Ill.

Joan E. Owens, ’61, on Oct. 8, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La.

Mary Jane Soller, ’61, M.A.’62, on Sept. 18, 2016, in North Fort Meyers, Fla.

John R. Anderson, ’62, on Sept. 26, 2016, Phoenix, Ariz.

George P. DeFrancesco, ’63, on July 17, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nev.

Jo Entwistle, ’63, on Oct. 21, 2016, in Huntley, Ill.

Ronald J. La Cerra, ’63, on Nov. 16, 2016, in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Norman R. Burns, ’64, on Sept. 13, 2016, in Dade City, Fla.

Robert P. Byrne, ’64, on Sept. 20, 2016, in Mequon, Wis.

Lorene Meighan, ’65, on July 19, 2016, in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Mary Ann Perry Meldeen, 65, on Oct. 9, 2016, in Florida.

Roger F. Smith, M.S.Ed.’65, C.A.S.’72, on Aug. 9, 2016, in Bradenton, Fla.

Sandra Anderson, ’66, M.S.Ed.’70, on Aug. 30, 2016, Joliet, Ill.

Richard Hemme, ’66, on July 18, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Carlo J. Benassi, M.S.’67, on July 21, 2016, in Rockford, Ill.

Paulette A. Cichon, ’67, on Oct. 15, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Tana Howard, ’67, on Aug. 6, 2016, in Jupiter, Fla.

Joann R. (Laura) Pittman, ’67, on Sept. 11, 2016, in Clinton, Iowa.

Rita A. Schmidt, ’67, on Oct. 7, 2016, in Grayslake, Ill.

Charles W. Smith, M.A.’67, on Oct. 7, 2016, in DeKalb, Ill.

John H. Brandau, M.B.A.’68, on Oct. 8, 2016, in Ten Mile, Tenn.

Gordon Campbell, M.S.Ed.’68, on Aug. 15, 2016, in Washington, Ill.

Robert Hartzell, M.B.A.’68, on Nov. 23, 2016, in Dixon, Ill.

Rose M. Princ, ’68, on Aug. 18, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nev.

Muriel K. Smith, ’68, on Aug. 20, 2016, in Springfield, Ill.

George Leighton Wasem, Ed.D.’68, on July 29, 2016, in Springfield, Ill.

Diana A. Bacino, ’69, on Aug. 24, 2016, in Rockford, Ill.

Providence A. Moeller, ’69, on Oct. 25, 2016, in Stafford, Va.

Rodney Romano,’69, on Aug. 17, 2016, in Tallahassee, Fla.

Elda Buchanan, M.S.Ed.’70, Ed.D.’73, on Nov. 9, 2016, in Peoria, Ill.

Russell Forrer, ’70, M.S.Ed.’73, on Dec. 5, 2016, in Yorkville, Ill.

Frank Manderscheid, ’70, M.B.A.’71, on July 15, 2016, in Naperville, Ill.

David Mattio, ’70, M.S.Ed.’71, on Sept. 7, 2016, in Grant Park, Ill.

Michael Palsgrove, M.S.’70, on Oct. 6, 2016, in Crystal Lake, Ill.

Helen Shirley,’70, M.A.’85, on Sept. 18, 2016, in DeKalb, Ill.

Dennis Yohnka, ’70, on Aug. 15, 2016, in Kankakee, Ill.

Nancy B. Anderson, M.S.Ed.71, on Aug. 23, 2016, in Hinsdale, Ill.

Peter A. Hatton, M.S.’71, on Oct. 28, 2016, in Arlington, Texas.

Susan E. Milner,’71, on Sept. 11, 2016, in Rockford, Ill.

Gerald H. Pilgrim, M.S.Ed.’71, on Nov. 16, 2016, in West Dundee, Ill.

Sandra P. Walker, ’71, on Sept. 8, 2016, in Naperville, Ill.

David Artabasy, M.B.A.’72, on Sept. 7, 2016, in Sycamore, Ill.

Frank C. Rockabrand, ’72, on Aug. 18, 2016, in Dallas, Texas.

Vickie Akemann, ’73, M.S.Ed.’80, on Oct. 12, 2016, in Elgin, Ill.

Ronald Rugland, ’73, on Sept. 24, 2016, in Rockford, Ill.

Wayne Webb, M.S.Ed.’73, on Aug. 11, 2016, in Barrington, Ill.

Deborah Billeck, ’74, on July 20, 2016, in Round Lake, Ill.

Jean E. Fitch, ’74, on Oct. 22, 2016, in Avon Park, Fla.

Thomas J. Russell, ’74, on Oct. 25, 2016, in Wheeling, Ill.

Ronald Beasley,’75, on June 15, 2016, in Montana.

Joyce Jacobson,’75, on Aug. 3, 2016, in Sandwich, Ill.

Sally M. Keeler, M.A.’75, on April 9, 2016, in Longmont, Colo.

Colleen A. Ringel, on Sept. 4, 2016, in Des Plaines, Ill.

Gregory L. Bonne, ’76, on Aug. 8, 2016, in Madison, Wis.

John V. Strasky, Jr. ’76, on July 28, 2016, in Oswego, Ill.

David L. Eichhorn, ’77, on Nov. 13, 2016, Joliet, Ill.

Gregory A. Perkey, ’77, on Oct. 21, 2016, in Oakdale, Minn.

Darnell L. Walton, ’77, on Oct. 17, 2016, in Lakewood, Colo.

Kenneth R. Erb,’78, on Sept. 12, 2016, in Homer Glen, Ill.

Donna L. Thomas, ’78, on July 15, 2016, in Palatine, Ill.

Frank M. Guerino,’78, on Aug. 16, 2016, in Mount Prospect, Ill.

Eleanor McGuan-Boza,’79, on Feb. 10, 2016, in Joliet, Ill.

John Witte, ’79, on July 25, 2016, in Maywood, Ill.

Rebecca Berry, M.S.’80, on Nov. 1, 2016, in Wheeling, Ill.

Catherine Dornblaser, M.S.Ed.’80, on Sept. 3, 2016, in Atlanta, Ga.

Philip M. Kremer, Ed.D.’81, on Oct. 28, 2016, in Aurora, Ill.

Linda L. Erickson, M.S.’82, on July 12, 2016, in Elwood, Ill.

James M. Martin, M.S.Ed.’82, on July 22, 2016, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Roy A. Senge, ’82, on Sept. 1, 2016, in Cary, Ill.

Mark Ginger,’83, on Sept. 11, 2016, in Des Plaines, Ill.

Elizabeth J. Taglieri, M.S.Ed.’84, Ed.D.’93, on Aug. 2, 2016, in Kildeer, Ill.

Susan L. Christensen, ’86, on Nov. 1, 2016, in Cortland, Ill.

Barbara Dickstein Keefer, M.S.Ed.’86, on Sept. 20, 2016, in Long Grove, Ill.

Jon A. Ulrich, ’86, on Nov. 15, 2016, in West Burlington, Iowa.

Mary E. Griffes, M.S.Ed.’87, on Nov. 11, 2016, in Freeport, Ill.

John Jasionowski, ’87, on Oct. 2, 2016, in Oceanside, Calif.

Janet McHenry Smith,’88, on Aug. 17, 2016, in Forsyth, Ill.

John B. Sliney, M.S.Ed.’89, on Oct. 17, 2016, in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Helen A. Ginger Nash, M.S.Ed.’90, on Aug. 11, 2016, in Petoskey, Mich.

Tori Kelly, ’92, on Aug. 10, 2016, in Sandwich, Ill.

Gregory A. Brown, J.D.’93, on Sept. 22, 2016, in Sycamore, Ill.

Todd M. Domin, ’94, on Sept. 14, 2016, in Glenview, Ill.

Edward Haraburda, ’94, on Aug. 15, 2016, in Winnetka, Ill.

Joseph S. Hursh,’99, on Aug. 20, 2016, in Creve Coeur, Mo.

Joseph Marth, ’04, on Aug. 1, 2016, in Buffalo Grove, Ill.

Arlene Kallien, ’05, on Nov. 13, 2016, in Oswego, Ill.

Stacy M. Tongate, ’05, on Oct. 9, 2016, in Plainfield, Ill.

Matthew D. Kirby, M.S.Ed.’07, on July 25, 2016, in Rockford, Ill.

Margaret A. Meyer, ’09, M.S. Ed.’14, on Oct. 19, 2016, in Byron, Ill.

Scott T. Laidlaw, ’11, on July 17, 2016, in Elgin, Ill.

Hunter W. Shodeen, ’15, on Sept. 10, 2016, in Geneva, Ill.


Faculty, Staff & Friends

Richard L. Arnold, professor emeritus, on Nov. 7, 2016, in Carol Stream, Ill.

James R. Andrews, retired professor and chair of communicative disorders, on Feb. 16, 2016, in Portland, Ore.

Lola M. Blahnik, personal assistant, on Aug. 26, 2016, in DeKalb, Ill.

Larry Brink, friend, the first NIU player drafted by the NFL, on Aug. 7, 2016, in Redding, Calif.

Edgar G. Crane Jr., former professor, on Oct. 19, 2016, in Geneva, Ill.

Willard E. Draper, building maintenance worker, on Aug. 22, 2016, in Sycamore, Ill.

Martin Erickson, building service worker, on Nov. 25, 2016, in Bozeman, Mont.

Carshon A. Evans, on Nov. 23, 2016, in DeKalb, Ill.

Robert E. Fischer, on July 18, 2016, in DeKalb, Ill.

John A. Halpin, friend, on July 31, 2016.

Earl F. Hanson, professor of children’s literature, on Nov. 9, 2016, in Geneva, Ill.

Donald R. Hanson, building service worker, on Aug. 18, 2016, in DeKalb, Ill.

Paul F. Johnson, retired chief accountant/controller, Division of Business Affairs, on Oct. 15, 2016, in Sycamore, Ill.

David Johnson-Wint, on Sept. 24, 2016, in DeKalb, Ill.

James M. Lahey, former associate dean, director of accountancy, on Oct. 9, 2016, in DeKalb, Ill.

Howard B. Leavitt, former teacher, on Oct. 13, 2016, in Amherst, Mass.

Ray H. McClary, former professor of accounting, on Oct. 20, 2016, in Lake Zurich, Ill.

Shirley J. McKinley, retired secretary to the president, on Oct. 30, 2016, in Sycamore, Ill.

Hazel M. Metzger, former library cataloger, on Nov. 5, 2016, in DeKalb, Ill.

C.T. Pan, professor in mathematical sciences, on Sept. 17, 2016, in DeKalb, Ill.

Donna M. Pesut, former food service worker, on Oct. 25, 2016, in Malta, Ill.

June Pizzi, former biology and literacy professor, on Oct. 23, 2016, in Barrington, Ill.

Vilma R. Ross, retired library worker, on Oct. 3, 2016, in Rockford, Ill.

Gene F. Stearns, former teacher, on Aug. 31, 2016, in Concord, N.H.

Ladd Thomas, former teacher and chair of Political Science and Asian Studies, on Oct. 22, 2016, in DeKalb, Ill.

Ann Trail, former instructor in the College of Education, on Sept. 19, 2016, in DeKalb, Ill.

Elmer Troutman, former grounds worker, on Sept. 20, 2016, in Oregon, Ill.

Helen E. Willit, accounting clerk, on Oct. 9, 2016, in Belvidere, Ill.