NORM GILBERT, former student body president and retired NIU professor, completed more than 4,000 hours of volunteer work at Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb, Illinois. Over more than twenty years of volunteering, Norm worked in the Emergency Room, at the front desk, and at blood drives.

MARIE ANDERSON HAMANN, M.S. ‘75, was married to Mark Miles on Nov. 8, 2018, in Ramona, California.


PATRICK O’CONNOR, M.S. ’98, Dean Emeritus of the Electronics and Computer Technology Program at DeVry Tech, retired, has published three series of science-fiction novels: HaChii Commencement, HaChii Concatenation and HaChii Convergence.


NORMA ANDERSON, co-owner with husband Jim and assisted by family, closed the doors of Illini Tire Co, in DeKalb, Illinois, after 42 years of service. They enjoyed a “re-tire-ment” celebration in November 2018.


BRAD DUDE, published his sixth book, Quick! I Need to Be a Leader in 30 Days.

WILLIE J. KIMMONS, M.S.Ed., is the recipient of the 2018 annual award for civil rights and social justice sponsored by the National Civil Rights Conference Planning Committee, for his work supporting human dignity, civil rights and social justice.


DIANE CYNTHIA MERMIGAS (NÉE STEFANOS), coauthored The Wright Stuff with former NBC Universal Chairman Bob Wright, published by Rosetta Books in 2016. The leadership autobiography recounts Wright’s 21 years at the helm of NBCU. Mermigas presently is coauthoring When TV Came of Age with Ron Miller. She teaches journalism at Emerson College in Boston where she has created courses in Business Journalism and Women in Journalism for graduating seniors.

JOSEPH P. REIDY, M.A. ’74, Ph.D. ’82, has written Illusions of Emancipation: The Pursuit of Freedom and Equality in the Twilight of Slavery. Published March 18, 2019 by UNC Press.


MICHAEL EMBREY, M.S.Ed. ’92, a U.S. Air Force musician/arranger, was assigned to The USAF Academy Band/Drum & Bugle Corps in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A member of the DeKalb American Legion serving as Bugler, Embrey was honored with a banner on Memorial Day 2019 on Locust Street in DeKalb, Illinois.

JAMES VICICH, M.S.Ed. ’77, was Co-Principal Investigator of a $9-million, six-year NSF grant called the Arizona Mathematics Partnership. The grant included more than 400 teachers and focused on improving middle school math teachers’ and students’ mathematical performance.


DENNIS ROOP, has been promoted to executive vice president of Illinois Bank & Trust in Rockford, Illinois.

WILLIAM SULLIVAN, presented a lecture and hosted a book signing as part of the Summer Author Series at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The book is entitled, Long Before the Miracle…the Making of the New York Mets.


BRIAN HURLEY, a high school teacher at Reavis High School, in Burbank, Illinois, was recognized as an outstanding teacher by receiving the highly respected Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. The presentation was a surprise in front of students, family and school leadership.


MICHAEL CRAVEN, J.D. ’84, L.L.M. ‘89, C.P.A., is a partner at the law firm Harrison & Held, LLP in Chicago. He was recently selected as a 2019 Leading Lawyer for the 10th year in a row, which is a peer recognition from other attorneys. Michael is a regular contributor to the Chicago Law Bulletin, a daily newspaper that serves the Chicago legal community, and has remained active in Chicago’s legal community since receiving his law degree in 1984.

SARA THOMPSON, has moved to Lawrence, Kansas, and is working in aviation at McFarlane Aviation Products since December 2018.


CARL ARMATO, has accepted the full-time head coaching position at Guilford High School in Rockford, Illinois.

JAMES EGAN, retired in 2015 after 20 years as superintendent of the Southwestern Wisconsin School District and after a 50-year career in education.

BRENDA LLOYD-JONES, was the recipient of the 2018 Paragon Award from Leadership Tulsa. The award recognizes an individual who has excelled professionally in ways that benefit the Tulsa community.


DAVID BROWN, J.D., has accepted the position of public defender for Carroll County, Illinois.

PAOLO COLOMBO, M.A., is co-curator of an exhibition, presented for the first time in Iraq, entitled “Fatherland.” The Iraqi artist, Serwan Baran, will represent Iraq at the 58th Venice Biennale.

TAMARA GREENE, M.A., ’00, a fourth-grade teacher at Kings Consolidated School District 144, was awarded the Illinois State Historical Society’s Olive Foster History Teacher of the Year award for 2018, for outstanding contributions to the study and teaching of state and local history.

JAMES NORRIS, M.P.A., was honored as one of the top five award recipients of the 2019 International City/County Management Association Mentor Awards, for providing growth, guidance, knowledge, confidence and integrity to his mentees and local government as village manager of the Village of Hoffman Estates.


SUSAN INGRAM HOWARTH, has been appointed executive vice president for Strategy, Operations and Finance at Western Kentucky University.

LINDA LEBLANC, retired in 2018 after more than 30 years teaching for The State of Illinois at The Jack Mabley Developmental Center in Dixon, Illinois.

MICHAEL K. MACLEAN, has been approved as the chief executive officer and president of KI Industries, Inc. located in Berkeley, Illinois.

DANIEL O’MALLEY, M.P.A. ’88, was honored as one of the top five award recipients of the 2019 International City/County Management Association Mentor Awards, for providing growth, guidance, knowledge, confidence and integrity to his mentees and local government as deputy village manager of the Village of Hoffman Estates.


BARBARA KOEHLER MICA, has joined the firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck as the chief operating officer based in the Denver office.

JAMES SNYDER, J.D. ’88, had the honor of swearing in Governor J.B. Pritzker as the 43rd governor of the state of Illinois. Snyder previously served as general counsel for the Illinois Human Rights Commission.

MARYDALE STEWART, Ph.D. ’87, is launching her second novel, Leaves of the Linden Tree. The novel is a sequel to The Wanderers, both published by Black Rose Writing.


BRENT R. BRODESKI, M.B.A. ’91, CEO of Savant Capital Management has been recognized by Forbes as one of America’s top wealth advisors.

MICHAEL K. HONEY, Ph.D., is the author of six books, the latest being, To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice. Michael has produced a film entitled, James Lawson and Nonviolence in the Search for Workers’ Rights.

RON VASILE, a Lockport Township High School social studies teacher, collecting information for more than 30 years, has written and published a book entitled, William Stimpson and the Golden Age of American National History.


TRACEY J. SCHOLTEMEYER (NÉE GAZDA), and her husband Titian Scholtemeyer, M.M. 1986, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in 2018. Tracey is the chief financial officer and vice president of administration at Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, California. Titian is the owner and principal of Mediamax Productions founded in 1994.


BRETT D. WHITE, a private wealth advisor with Ameriprise Financial in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, was named to the list of “400 Top Financial Advisors,” published by the Financial Times, making it his fifth year in a row on the list. Brett has also been honored as Top Best-In-State Wealth Advisor by Forbes Magazine, which recognizes his high levels of ethical standards, professionalism and success.


JOSEPH W. ALBRECHT, a wealth management advisor with Northwestern Mutual, Chicago, has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., to use the CFP certification marks in accordance with CFP Board certification requirements. Joe has achieved the highest standard in personal financial planning.

CHRISTOPHER HENNESSY, a member in Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group, has co-authored an article in Law360 Expert Analysis regarding restrictive covenants.

EDWARD STEFAN, works as project manager for the Palo Verde Generating Station Main Generator Stator Rewind project and was recognized by leadership and the project’s primary vendor.

JUDITH TYLER, M.S.Ed., a high school teacher at Main East High School in Park Ridge, Illinois, was recognized as an outstanding teacher by receiving the highly respected Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. The presentation was a surprise in front of students, family and school leadership.


TERRY TRAFTON, Ed.D. ’92, has launched a novel, Spider Lines, a paranormal love story.


KARI CARLISLE, M.A., was hired as Executive Director for Heritage Square Foundation. Located on Block 14 of the original town site of Phoenix, the square dates back to the late 1800s, and the restored Rosson House Museum is its crowning jewel.


ROBERT C. DEEMER, P.C. ’01, M.M. ’01, faculty member of the StateUniversity of New York at Fredonia School of Music and director and founder of the Composer Diversity Project, has been awarded the Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Media/Internet Award.


KIMBERLY BUCHANAN, M.A. ’98, a coach and entrepreneur, has written her latest book, Unlock Your Potential: A Guided Journey for Women.

CRAIG PHILLIPS, has retired from the Francis Howell School District in St. Charles, Missouri.


NICOLE HENSE, is producing art-instruction videos, as well as videos relating to other topics.

PAUL ROYER, formerly of Mooney & Associates, has been appointed as an assistant public defender in Adams County, Pennsylvania.


DAVID GRADLE, has joined the sales team of Laundry Concepts, a commercial laundry equipment distributor.

MOHAMMAD IQBAL, was elected to serve on Kane County Board. Kane County is the 5th largest county in Illinois.

JEN SLUSSER-MACTERNAN, has published a novel inspired by her life, Soulnotskin, available on Amazon!

Nathan Wyman, M.F.A., is professor of theatre and producing director of Jewell Theatre Company at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. This summer he will complete his 23rd year of NIU Theatre Arts Camp, where he has been the director for the last six years. This will be his last year at the camp as he passes the baton to Prof. Kendra Helton of the NIU School of Theatre and Dance.


ALLISON WADE SHEPHERD, M.S. ’02, has been selected for induction into the NIU Athletics Hall of Fame for 2019 for Women’s Soccer, 1996-1997.

ADAM J. SLAGELL, M.S. ’00, has taken a position at Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) as the Chief Security Officer.


DAVID A. NAZE, M.A.’02, has been hired as vice president for instructional and student success at Kankakee Community College.

BRANDY C. WILLIAMS, professional engineer and land surveyor, has been promoted to project manager of Fehr Graham, a Midwest engineering and environmental firm.


MICHAEL MINELLA, has authored the book, The Definitive Guide to Spring Batch, which takes you from the  “Hello, World!” of batch processing to complex scenarios demonstrating cloud native techniques for developing batch applications to be run on modern platforms.


TIFFANY VICTOR-CASTLEBERRY, nurse and director of discharge planning and utilization review at University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, received the Young Healthcare Executive Award from the Chicago Health Executive Forum (CHEF) of the American College of Health Executives. She was honored at the 43rd CHEF Annual Meeting at Soldier Field.

ERIE JOHNSON, J.D., has been appointed by the Mayor of the City of Davenport to the Davenport Civil Rights Commission.

RAHULA KOCHAR, M.S. ’03, has joined Akos as chief information officer, leading the team to a cutting edge telehealth platform.

ADAM REIDEL, and his husband Gordon welcomed home their daughter, Amelia Bernice, born March 23, 2018.


RAMONA “ROMY” DECRISTOFARO, M.S.Ed. ’06, M.S.Ed. ’08, has been appointed by the Board of Education as the executive director for special services for the Evanston/Skokie School District 65.


MATTHEW ANDERSON, a staff biologist at Flinn Scientific, participated in Miami University’s Earth Expeditions global field course in Brazil. He also studied saving golden lion tamarins in Brazil.

CANDICE C. CORTESE, has been selected as a Golden Apple Teacher for her commitment to educational excellence at Hononegah Community High School, teaching 9th-12th math.

LISA CUSTARDO, M.B.A., has been appointed as vice president for finance and chief financial officer at Rockford University.

LINDA ELAINE ALBERTY LAYHEW, and Austin A. Layhew were married on May 3, 2018 in Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii.

AMBER (NEE BAKER) MACK, and Codey Mack welcomed their third child, Easton Jay, on September 17, 2018.

JAMES P. ROSCOE, M.S.Ed., a high school teacher at Grayslake North High School in Grayslake, Illinois, was recognized as an outstanding teacher by receiving the highly respected Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. The presentation was a surprise in front of students, family and school leadership.


ERIC J. JOHNSON, J.D. ’10, has been appointed to the role of village manager in Carpentersville, Illinois.


KRISTINA CAMPOS, has been selected for induction into the NIU Athletics Hall of Fame for 2019 for Women’s Gymnastics, 2002-2005.

TODD GARZARELLI, M.S., was named as athletic director of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

RYAN GOYAL, manager, has been elevated to principal at Novogradac & Co. in Austin, Texas, specializing in low-income housing and historic rehabilitation tax credits.

VERNON HILTON, vice president and credit analyst manager for PlainsCapital Bank’s Fort Worth market, has been listed in the “40 Under 40” in the Fort Worth Business Press.

SOMYA MUNJAL, M.A.S. ’07, released her book, Audacious Endeavors: 8 Steps to Social Consciousness that will Spark Your Inner Fire (Third Edition), a must-read for anyone yearning to launch into social entrepreneurship and ignite change.

CHARLES BEN ROSECRANS, a Sandy Hook, Connecticut, resident, has joined the staff of Brookfield Craft Center, Inc., in the newly created position of artist in residence/education director.


ASHLEY MORROW, has been selected for induction into the NIU Athletics Hall of Fame for 2019 for Women’s Track and Field, 2004-2007.

JACLYN J. VASQUEZ, M.S.Ed. ’09, has been named to the annual Latinos 40 under 40 list by Negocios Now in Chicago.

BRIAN WAGNER, M.A.’09, was honored as the 31st recipient of the Rock Valley College Faculty of the Year award.


LARRY ENGLISH, has been selected for induction into the NIU Athletics Hall of Fame for 2019 for Football, 2004-2008.

STEPHANIE J. RAYMOND, has been selected for induction into the NIU Athletics Hall of Fame for 2019 for Women’s Basketball, 2003-2007.

JUDE REGIS (FORMERLY REGISTRE), M.S., was married to Allison Regis on March 4, 2017, in blissful Belize!

BRITTANY SAMSON, is the official selection of WomenCineMakers magazine for her work on the short film, “Leaves.”

JAMES MONROE STEVKO, made his New York Off-Broadway acting debut as Mendl in National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s acclaimed Fidler afn Dakh, the American premiere of Fiddler on the Roof, which was extended four times until Dec. 30, 2018, after a sold-out summer season.


REBECCA BROCKSCHMIDT BRENNAN, has been awarded a place on the CRN 2019 Women of the Channel list. Rebecca currently works as a sales director at Carahsoft and this high honor is from premiere publications in the government contracting space.

BERNARD LONG, JR., received the 2018 Salute to Excellence in Education award from The St. Louis American, the oldest African American newspaper in St. Louis, Missouri.

LINDSAY SATTERLEE MOCKMORE-BENNETT, has joined the staff of Mercyhealth Heart and Vascular Center in Rockford, Illinois.


DEVIN NOBLE, J.D., has been elected to partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP and will practice in the Rockford, Illinois, office in the area of business litigation and transactions, corporate law and bankruptcy law.


DANIELLE N. HARRIS, attorney with Cozen O’Connor, has been selected as a Fellow to the 2019 National Employment Law Council Academy.

BOB CHIKOS, M.S.Ed., has written a short story “Bicycling,” which has been published in the Fall 2018 edition of The Heartland.

SHANE ROSENBERRY, and Jennifer (Barnett) Rosenberry, ’13, welcomed the birth of their son Jackson Lee Rosenberry on June 20, 2017.


SONYA M. FITZPATRICK, M.S.Ed., has been named the operations manager of Morgan Park High School in Chicago.

SAMUEL PARRA, M.S., has been hired as a Quality Manager at BASF Corp. Chemical Company.


ALEX WILLIAMS-HOFFMAN, formerly a bush pilot in Alaska, has joined a major commuter airline in the Midwest as one of the youngest pilots.

MAX SCHARPING, M.S.Ed. ’18, was selected to the NFL in the second round by the Houston Texans. Scharping is the 38th NIU player ever chosen in the NFL Draft.


ZAHRA LAKE, is the first female Steelband arranger to claim victory for the Panache Steel Orchestra at the 2018 Antigua and Barbuda Panorama.

LINDSEY SALVATELLI, a University of Illinois Springfield Public Affairs Reporting graduate student was awarded a scholarship from the Illinois Press Foundation Board of Directors.

SUTTON SMITH, was selected to the NFL in the sixth round by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Smith is the 39th NIU player ever chosen in the NFL Draft.

In Memorium

Ervin E. Woods, M.S.Ed. ’40, on Jan. 16, 2019, in Vero Beach, Florida

Louise L. Lange, ’42 2-year degree, on Nov. 10, 2018, in Barrington, Illinois

Marcella M. Shipley, ’43, on Nov. 16, 2018, in Naperville, Illinois

Elizabeth G. Prall, ’44, M.S.Ed. ’66, on Nov. 11, 2018, in DeKalb, Illinois

Fern M. Erxleben, ’48, on Jan. 21, 2019, in Rockford, Illinois

Elmar V. Schmidt, ’49, on Sept. 15, 2018, in Huntington Beach, California

Marcella H. Whitten, ’51, on March 10, 2019, in Manteno, Illinois

Carol R. Johnson, ’52, on Feb. 15, 2019, in Kewanee, Illinois

James E. Mayer, ’52, M.S.Ed. ’53, on Oct. 26, 2018, in Geneva, Illinois

Norma E. Norling, ’53, on Jan. 22, 2019, in Sandwich, Illinois

Robert W. Whiteside, ’53, on Nov. 6, 2018, in Beach Park, Illinois

Frances Johnson, ’54, on Dec. 15, 2018, in Madison, Wisconsin

Bert H. Anderson, ’55, M.S.Ed. ’56, on Dec. 31, 2018, in Rockford, Illinois

Nancy Kubat, ’55, MS.Ed. ’71, on Oct. 18, 2018, in Roscoe, Illinois

Dan Bjick, ’56, on Dec. 3, 2018, in Mt. Arlington, New Jersey

Richard F. Felicetti, ’56, M.S.Ed. ’64, on Sept. 27, 2018, in Peoria, Arizona

William W. O’Leary, ’56, M.S.Ed. ’65, on Nov. 23, 2018, in Madison, Wisconsin

Dorothy A. Erickson, ’57, on Jan. 15, 2019, in Arlington Heights, Illinois

Alessandro Guerrera, ’57, M.S.Ed. ’62, on Feb. 17, 2019, in Rockford, Illinois

Faye E. Perry, ’57, on Feb. 23, 2019, in Peru, Illinois

Larry L. Dangerfield, ’58, on April 3, 2019, in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin

Ronald Bressler, ’58, on Dec. 24, 2018, in Englewood, Ohio

Duane E. Stone, ’58, M.S. ’69, on Jan. 18, 2019, in Naperville, Illinois

Roger Hewitt, ’59, on Jan. 29, 2019, in Lakeland, Florida

James J. Braida, ’60, M.S.Ed. ’66, on Sept. 9, 2018, in Franklin Grove, Illinois

Sally A. Dunkelberger, ’60, on March 12, 2019, in Peoria, Illinois

David A. Hamilton, ’60, M.A. ’64, on March 5, 2019, in DeKalb, Illinois

Robert E. Isbell, ’60, on March 14, 2019, in St. Charles, Illinois

Kathleen A. Umland, ’60, M.S. Ed.’65, on Jan. 1, 2019, in Harvard, Illinois

William H. Webster, ’60, M.S.Ed. ’75, on Dec. 12, 2018, in Crystal Lake, Illinois

Marietta R. Hansen, ’61, on Oct. 4, 2018, in West Chicago, Illinois

Joseph P. Plaskas, Jr., ’61, M.S.Ed.’71, on Jan. 16, 2019, in Rockland, Maine

Louis Tangorra, Jr.,’61, M.S.Ed. ’67, on Sept. 27, 2018, in Jacksonville, Florida

Rudolph West, ’61, on Feb. 4, 2019, in Covington, Louisiana

Janice L. Campbell, ’62, on Oct. 1, 2018, in Genoa, Illinois

Roger W. Sargeant, ’62, M.S.Ed. ’77, on Feb. 20, 2019, in Naperville, Illinois

Wayne A. Sauer, ’62, on Aug. 6, 2018, in Robbinsdale, Minnesota

David R. Sieger, ’62, M.B.A. ’72, on May 11, 2010, in Park Ridge, Illinois

Barbara E. Parsons, ’62, on Nov. 5, 2018, in DeKalb, Illinois

David L. Yordy, ’62, on Nov. 18, 2018, in Winfield, Illinois

Allan Hudson, Jr., ’63, on Jan. 19, 2019, in Alexandria, Virginia

Ronald L. Johnson, ’63, M.S.Ed. ’67, on Oct. 18, 2018, in Sycamore, Illinois

Bruce Glover, ’64, M.S.Ed. ’68, on Feb. 28, 2019, in Palm Desert, California

Gerald J. Heavens, ’64, on Dec. 6, 2018, in Morris, Illinois

Todd D. Nelson, ’64, on Nov. 20, 2018, in Clearwater, Florida

Dallas B. Chapman, M.S.Ed. ’65, on Feb. 27, 2019, in Fort Collins, Colorado

Paul N. Halverson, ’65, on Nov. 10, 2018, in Dixon, Illinois

John F. Kozlowicz, M.A. ’65, on Dec. 19, 2018, in Elkhorn, Wisconsin

Jo Ann L. Moss, ’65, on Dec. 11, 2018, in Crystal Lake, Illinois

Donald L. Cunningham, M.S.Ed. ’66, on Aug. 5, 2018, in Palm Harbor, Florida

John H. Healey, ’66, M.S.Ed. ’67, on Dec. 10, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina

Thomas J. Jachimiec, ’66, on Dec. 26, 2018, in Michigan City, Indiana

Thomas M. Lagger, ’66, M.S.Ed. ’70, on Nov. 28, 2018, in Aurora, Illinois

Paula LeRoy, ’66, on Nov. 26, 2018, in Tiburon, California

Barbara J. Polash, ’66, on Jan. 6, 2019 in Ft. Meyers, Florida

James A. Wisner, M.A.S. ’66, on Dec. 5, 2018, in Wonder Lake, Illinois

David J. Cole, M.S.Ed. ’67, on Sept. 26, 2018, in Hooppole, Illinois

Charles J. Kantor, ’67, on Oct. 17, 2018, in Brewster, Massachusetts

Geraldine C. Kolb, M.A. ’67, on Feb. 17, 2019, in Nixa, Missouri

Jane Lawson, ’67, on Feb. 15, 2019, in Elgin, Illinois

Robert J. Maple, Ed.D. ’67, on Jan. 7, 2019, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Nancy J. Marsh, ’67, on Dec. 21, 2018, in Winnebago, Illinois

Thomas R. McKelvey, ’67, on April 7, 2019, in Sun City West, Arizona

William J. Scott, M.S. ’67, on Oct. 22, 2018, in Waterloo, Iowa

Sandra Lee Seither, ’67, on March 19, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois

Jacob J. Skala, ’67, on Oct. 20, 2018, in DeKalb, Illinois

Tony L. North, ’68, on Oct. 21, 2018, in Waterman, Illinois

Hedy C. O’Donnell, M.S.Ed. ’68, on Dec. 11, 2018, in Oro Valley, Arizona

John P. Speckman, ’68, on Jan. 18, 2019, in Sun City Center, Florida

Louise J. Wallin, ’68, on Nov. 1, 2018, in Joliet, Illinois

Richard G. Buturff, ’69, on March 7, 2019, in Knoxville, Tennessee

Dorothy A. Aylward, M.A. ’69, on Nov. 2, 2018, in Wheaton, Illinois

James W. Chaplin, M.S.Ed. ’69, on Oct. 22, 2018, in Baileyville, Illinois

Catherine Dumolien, M.S.Ed. ’69, on Jan. 2, 2019, in Burlington, Iowa

David J. Stone, M.A. ’69, on Dec. 12, 2018, in Rockford, Illinois

Mary Leah Weber, ’69, on Feb. 11, 2019, in Peoria, Illinois

Kurtis B. Borre, ’70, on Oct. 2, 2018, in La Crosse, Wisconsin

Jeffery L. Moon, M.P.A. ’70, on Oct. 3, 2018, in Frankfort, Illinois

Brian J. Stone, M.B.A. ’70, on Nov. 23, 2018, in Wever, Iowa

Thomas J. Theis,’70, on June 30, 2018, in Mount Airy, Maryland.

Loretta A. Nero, ’71, on March 8, 2019, in Bonita Springs, Florida

Patricia Volz, M.S. ’71, on Feb. 23, 2018, in Pentwater, Michigan.

Joseph M. Weresch, ’71, M.S. ’72, on March 3, 2019, in West Linn, Oregon

Elene Sparks Chastain, M.S.Ed. ’72, on Oct. 1, 2018, Ashville, Alabama

Edward J. Curzon, M.S. ’72, on Dec. 15, 2018, in Sycamore, Illinois

Gregory A. Lewis, M.B.A. ‘72, on Nov. 5, 2018 in Palatine, Illinois

Rev. Bruce Pangborn, ’72, on December 5,2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Dorothy A. Roth, M.S.Ed. ’72, on Oct. 12, 2018, in Everett, Washington

Evelyn I. Stebbins, M.S. ’72, Ed.D. ’75, on Jan. 26, 2019, in Red Oak, Iowa

Robert Nicolas Woll, M.S.Ed. ’72, C.A.S. ’77, on Nov. 23, 2018, in Lincoln, Illinois

Brian Allen, ’73, M.P.A. ’81, on Jan. 2, 2019, in Springfield, Illinois

Carol E. Donahue, ’73, on Nov. 28, 2018, in Woodstock, Illinois

Linda E. Fullerton, ’73, on Feb. 18, 2019, in Waukegan, Illinois

Dennis R. LaBoube, ’73, on Nov. 29, 2018, in Torrance, California

Barbara A. Mantynband, ’73, M.S. ’75, on Feb. 24, 2019, in Norwood Park, Illinois

Karen A. Pierce, ’73, on Jan. 4, 2019, in Portland, Oregon

Robert Unglaube, M.S.Ed. ’73, on Dec. 31, 2018, in Woodstock, Illinois

Barbara Whitaker, ’73, on Oct. 11, 2018, in McHenry, Illinois

Frank S. Bilardello, ’74, on Feb. 27, 2019, in Rockford, Illinois

Ellen M. Fritz, M.S.Ed. ’74, on Nov. 11, 2018, in Cape Coral, Florida

O. Gregory Johnson, C.A.S. ’74, on Feb. 26, 2019, in Crystal lake, Illinois

Dwight L. McBride, M.B.A. ’74, on Jan. 19, 2019, in Kannapolis, North Carolina

Robert E. Nordlund, ’74, on Oct. 23, 2018, in St. Charles, Illinois

Larry J. Johnson, ’75, on Oct. 24, 2018, in Fort Smith, Arkansas

Catherine A. Nordlund, ’75, on Jan. 9, 2019, in St. Charles, Illinois

Kenneth D. Kramer, Jr., ’76, on May 15, 2018, in Mt. Pulaski, Illinois

Kathryn Leeson, M.S.Ed. ’76, M.S.Ed. ’82, on March 13, 2019, in Loves Park, Illinois

Jacqueline Mannery, M.S.Ed. ’76, on Dec. 11, 2018, in Rockford, Illinois

Anita Lundbert-Stanhope, ’77, on April 4, 2019 in Rockford, Illinois

Penny A. McIntire, ’77, M.S. ’82, on Dec. 18, 2018 in Oregon, Illinois

Karen L. Olson, ’77, on Dec. 10, 2018 in Oswego, Illinois

Clare C. Bogle, M.A. ’78, on March 8, 2019, in Arlington, Texas

Joseph S. Corbett, ’78, on Dec. 5, 2018, in Naperville, Illinois

Dale A. Zeal, M.B.A. ’78, on Nov. 16, 2018, in Rockford, Illinois

Gary D. Christenson, M.S.Ed. ’79, on Jan. 13, 2019, in Sleepy Hollow, Illinois

Richard A. McCue, ’79, on March 24, 2019, in Hermitage, Tennessee

Carol C. Romkey, ’79, on Jan. 6, 2019, in Bettendorf, Iowa

William L. Wesselhoff, ’79, on March 7, 2019, in Jacksonville, Florida

Carolyn Jane Jones, ’80, on Sept. 29, 2018, in Northbrook, Illinois

Janet M. Lamm, M.S. ’80, on Oct. 29, 2018, in McHenry, Illinois

Jean Marie Nickels, M.A. ’80, on March 31, 2019, in Shorewood, Illinois

Barbara Patton, M.S.Ed. ’80, on Dec. 20, 2018, in Springfield, Illinois

David W. Todorovich, ’80, on Oct. 25, 2018, in New Lenox, Illinois

Sandra K. Veselka, ’80, on Feb. 16, 2019, in Yorkville, Illinois

Joseph Bartoli, ’81, on Sept. 11, 2018, in Ashton, Illinois

Karen J. L’Heureux, ’81, on Oct. 10, 2018, in Cary, Illinois

Marjorie G. Maclean, M.S.Ed. ’82, on Oct. 14, 2018, in Rockford, Illinois

Randall E. Parker, ’82, on Nov. 4, 2018, in Greenville, North Carolina

Michelle R. Lewis, M.A. ’84, on April 2, 2019, in Decatur, Illinois

Mary B. Schlick, M.S.Ed. ’84, on Jan. 22, 2019, in Wheaton, Illinois

Barbara Taylor, ’84, on Sept. 20, 2018, in Hampshire, Illinois

Rhonda Downey, ’85, on Feb. 7, 2019, in Henry, Illinois

William N. Herman, ’85, on Jan. 20, 2019 in Streamwood, Illinois

Diane L. Horner, Ed.D. ’86, on Oct. 27, 2018, in St. Louis, Missouri

Marilyn B. Barrile, ’87, on Sept. 30, 2018, in DeKalb, Illinois

Mary M. Lebold, Ed.D. ’87, on Nov. 9, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois

William R. Ball, Ph.D. ’88, on Dec. 6, 2018, in Marquette, Michigan

Linda Manlove, M.S.Ed. ’88, on Feb. 7, 2019 in Bremerton, Washington

Carolyn Ann Smith, ’88, on Sept. 11, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois

Marcia Shattuck Frowein, M.A. ’89, on April 1, 2019 in Joliet, Illinois

Patty S. Strayer, M.S.Ed. ’89, on Jan. 3, 2019, in Oswego, Illinois

Christopher W. Tackett, ’89, on March 4, 2019, in Loves Park, Illinois

Patricia D. Towner, ’90, on Feb. 5, 2019, in Olympia, Washington

Mark R. Cameron, M.S.Ed. ’91, on Oct. 3, 2018, in Byron, Illinois

Richard Hearn, M.S.Ed. ’92, on Dec. 4, 2018, in Belvidere, Illinois

Robert L. Hombaker, III, ’92, on Oct. 14, 2018, in Round Lake Beach, Illinois

Mark A. Hird, M.B.A. ’95, on Sept. 17, 2018, in Schaumburg/Roselle, Illinois

Jean M. Thompson, M.S.Ed. ’95, on Dec. 8, 2018, in Wayzata, Minnesota

Victoria L. Wohlt, Ed.D. ’97, on Feb. 15, 2019, in DeKalb, Illinois

Christopher S. Ordlock, ’99, on March 6, 2019, in DeKalb Illinois

Krista Jo Bugenhagen, ’00, on Dec. 13, 2018, in Stamford, Connecticut

Karen Koehler-Dunsworth, M.S. ’02, on Dec. 14, 2018, in Phoenix, Arizona

Colin Reid Baumgartner, ’03, on Oct. 4, 2018, in Sugar Grove, Illinois

Alvin P. Portis, Sr., M.A. ’03, on Sept. 27, 2018, in Rockford, Illinois

Patrick Waughon, ’03, on Oct. 3, 2018, in Alachua, Florida

William P. Weatherly, J.D. ’03, on Oct. 21, 2018, in Maywood, Illinois

Daniel C. Bocklund, ’06, on Oct. 6, 2018, in DeKalb, Illinois

Andrea Eden Levey, M.S.Ed. ’12, on Oct. 4, 2018, in Iowa City, Iowa

Clayton Parks, ’14, on Feb. 15, 2019, in Aurora, Illinois

Stacia F. Hollinshead, J.D. ’18, on March 23, 2019 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Faculty, Staff and Friends

Clifford Alexis, retired, NIU Steelband pan builder and co-director, on Jan. 29, 2019, in DeKalb, Illinois

Anita M. Andrew, associate professor in history, in Rockford, on Dec. 14, 2018 in Beloit, Illinois

Abraham Zisha Bass, former journalism professor, on Dec. 9, 2018 in DeKalb, Illinois

William T. Brown, retired, teacher began Interior Design Program, on Dec. 17, 2018, in Aiken, South Carolina

Mary Lou Cahill, retired, administrative secretary to the president’s office, on March 4, 2019, in Geneva, Illinois

Richard A. Cervantes, on Jan. 2, 2019, in Decatur, Illinois

Sanford J. Dean, former professor and chair of psychology, on Jan. 24, 2019, in DeKalb, Illinois

Doris E. Driesbach, retired employee, on Jan. 15, 2019, in Wheaton, Illinois

Mary Lucill Fink, former music teacher, on Dec. 6, 2018, in Germantown Hills, Illinois

Lawrence D. Finkelstein, retired, political science professor, on Feb. 13, 2019, in Manchester, New Hampshire

David C. Johnson, retired employee, on Jan. 13, 2019 in Rockford, Illinois

Everett A. Johnson, on Feb. 23, 2019, in Huntley, Illinois

Gala Kujnisch, on Dec. 25, 2018 in Rockford, Illinois

Edwin J. Lagger, on Aug. 31, 2018, in Joliet, Illinois

Eugene P. Meyer, on Nov. 6, 2018, in Rockford, Illinois

Josephine A. Monat, on Nov. 6, 2018, in Manhasset, New York

Bruce Pangborn, on Dec. 5, 2018, in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Robert H. Phifer, NIU Police Officer and first African American Police Officer in DeKalb County, on Dec. 24, 2018, in Winfield, Illinois

William Rock, building services, on March 8, 2019, in DeKalb, Illinois

Stuart A. Schweisberger, on Dec. 2, 2018 in Rockford, Illinois

Robert M. Tennant, on Oct. 3, 2018, in Rockford, Illinois

Joyce A. Terry, retired, food service, on Oct. 24, 2018, in Sycamore, Illinois

Diane L. Haws Tilton, retired staff, on Feb. 4, 2019, in Oregon, Illinois

Dewayne R. Triplett, professor of Education, on April 9, 2019 in Green Valley, Arizona

Ruth Waite, on Jan. 17, 2019 in Rochester, Minnesota

Rebecca Walkington, on Jan. 16, 2019, in Woodstock, Illinois

Trevor M. Wehner, on Feb. 15, 2019, in Aurora, Illinois; Graduation was to be in May 2019

Darlene Wiggins, on Dec. 21, 2018, in DeKalb, Illinois

Joseph M. Wood III, retired, studio art teacher, on Nov. 10, 2018, in DeKalb, Illinois