Henry Christian Willumsen, Dec. 12, 2009, in St. Joseph, Iowa. Henry received a degree in chemistry from CC and graduated from the University of Colorado Medical School. During his career in obstetrics and gynecology, Henry delivered 4,800 babies. He served during World War II as an Air Force flight surgeon. Survivors include daughter Ann Willumsen Lorson ’64, and her husband Edward Lorson ’65, son James, and two grandsons, Christian Lorson ’91 and Matthew Lorson ’95.
Frances Allen Buchanan, May 28, 2010.
Cecil W. Cheney, Jan. 10, 2009, in Rio Rancho, N.M. He was the first personnel manager for the City of Rio Rancho after the city’s incorporation and retired from a career in personnel from the Sweda Corp. in 1979. Two daughters survive.
Elizabeth “Betty” Adams Armstrong, Aug. 12, 2010, in Colorado Springs. At CC, Betty was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, president of McGregor Hall, president of the Associated Women Students and the costume mistress for the acting troupe known as Koshare. A devoted alumna, Betty was a member of the President’s Council, an officer of the Fifty Year Club, and supported the Woman’s Educational Society. In 1997, Betty and her husband, Bill Armstrong, received the Lloyd E. Worner Award. Betty is survived by five daughters: Ann Scarboro ’63, Frances Kruse ’75, Jean Caggiano, Roberta Armstrong, and Katherine Armstrong; and 12 grandchildren. Her husband, Bill Armstrong ’37, preceded her in death; his parents both graduated from CC in 1899. Sister-in-law Suzanne Starr ’46, also preceded her in death, and sister-in-law Jean Armstrong Jones ’44, survives.
Eldon Paul Crissman, April 22, 2010. Survivors include son John S. Crissman ’68, his wife Kay Fields Crissman ’68, and William E. Crissman.
Louis Johnson, July 2, 2010. Survivors include his wife, Bernice; two children, Ellen Lipscomb and Gregory; and a brother, Marshall Johnson ’49.
Dorothy Goss Norris, Nov. 22, 2009. Survivors include her son John; cousin Beverly Goss Friedman ’52; nephew Les Paul Goss ’72 and his wife Melissa Jean Walker ’72; nephew John C. Goss ’73; sister-in-law Barbara Dwyer Goss ’45; deceased brother Leslie Arthur Goss Jr. ’44; and deceased brother-in-law Travis Sewell Whitsel Jr. ’49.
Gloria Gossard, March 29, 2010, in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Though the years, Gloria supported many nonprofit entities in Steamboat Springs. In 1998, the Yampa Valley Community Foundation named her its Philanthropist of the Year. In 2008, the Steamboat Springs City Council chose her as the winner of the biennial Steamboat Springs Heritage Award. Part of the 120-acre parcel on Emerald Mountain is named Gloria Gossard Park.
Harve Riley Varner, Jr., Oct. 26, 2009, in Pittsburgh, Pa. Harve practiced dentistry in Colorado Springs for nearly 50 years and provided dental services for the CC hockey team in the 1970s. At CC, he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Survivors include his wife, Mary; daughter, Jennifer Martin ’75 and her husband James C. Martin ’74; his son, Greg Varner ’73, John Stuart, Susan Armstrong, Kent Varner, and nine grandchildren.
Marian Mills Lutkins, July 2, 2010. She is survived by her son, Curtis.
Elizabeth Lamb Pringle, July 16, 2010, in Castle Rock, Colo. Liz was a scholar of pre-Columbian art, a volunteer at the Denver Art Museum for more than 20 years, chair of the flower altar guild at Christ Episcopal Church in Denver, an active Kappa Kappa Gamma, and member of CC’s Fifty Year Club. She is survived by her three children, Robert Pringle ’72, Jean Pringle Kortz, and Sandy Pringle Rogers ’79, her niece Nancy Lamb ’85, and 12 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her former husband, Robert J. Pringle ’49.
William Guy “Hoppy” Hopkins, Aug. 8, 2010, in Pueblo, Colo. He completed pre-med at CC, then earned his medical degree from the University of Colorado Medical School. He served two years in the Army-Air Force Medical Corps and returned to Pueblo to begin his medical practice with his father at the Pueblo Clinic. Survivors include daughters Sharon White and Gayle, son Gregory, and numerous grandchildren. His wife, Catherine Howland Hopkins, preceded him in death.
Albert Thomas Ferguson, May 21, 2010. Survivors include daughter Jennifer Wenzel ’87 and her husband Brian Wenzel ’87, daughters Mary and Claire Almond, son Tom Ferguson, nephew Gifford Van Eckhout Jr. ’81, and niece Kimberly Eckhout ’83.
Helen Reeds Miller, May 29, 2010, in Tulsa, Okla. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta at CC and worked at Stanolind Oil Co. in Tulsa. She also worked at the U.S. court clerk’s office for 25 years and lived in Pagosa Springs, Colo., for nine years before returning to Tulsa. Surviving relatives include her cousin, John Newton Reeds ’50, three children, and two stepchildren.
Priscilla Wells Connell, July 7, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh ’47, and is survived by sons Mark, Doug, and Rob.
William Bruce Carroll, March 14, 2010. Survivors include daughters Jane, Catherine, and Margaret.
William Farley Young, June 25, 2009. Survivors include his wife, Laura, and children Michael, Mark, Edith, Amy, and Carl.
James Roland Young, March 3, 2009. Survivors include his son Stanley.
William “Bill” L. Pfeiffer, Sept. 24, 2008. A CC cheerleader and member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, World War II interrupted Bill’s education, but he returned to CC after serving in the Navy. He graduated cum laude and became a stockbroker, avid skier, golfer, and backpacker. In the mid-1960s, he joined four partners in managing the ski area on Pikes Peak. He is survived by four children, Jan Hiland of Gypsum, Colo.; Robert Pfeiffer of Parker, Colo.; Kristi Pfeiffer Peck of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Erich Pfeiffer of San Francisco. His wife of 55 years, Patricia Bridwell Pfeiffer ’49, passed away in March. He also is survived by two brothers, Richard Pfeiffer ’50 of Colorado Springs and Jack Pfeiffer ’51 of Castle Pines, Colo. Preceding him in death were his mother, Gladys Berta Pfeiffer ’20, sister Sue Pfeiffer Daniels ’55 and brother-in-law Eugene Daniels ’55, and brother Edward Christopher “Ned” Pfeiffer ’54.
Stanley L. Rice, July 23, 2010, in Denver. Stan served in the Marine Corps during World War II and in Korea. At CC, he was active in Kappa Sigma, serving as vice president. He was also an honors scholar and a member of the Interfraternity Council for three years. After graduation, he worked in pharmaceuticals until he retired. He is survived by his wife, Liz, sons James and John, and daughter Elizabeth.
Wallace F. Bischof, May 24, 2010, in Port Charlotte, Fla. Survivors include his wife, Marie and seven daughters: Ann Vaile, Jane Murphy, Lynn Mohan, Gail Grigsby, Julie Lindemann, Susan, and Marian.
Richard Nerad, June 26, 2010, in St. Charles, Ill. After completing undergraduate work at CC, he received a master’s in business administration from the University of Denver, and then a CPA certificate. A retired Chicago-based Arthur Andersen & Co. executive, Richard started the Nerad Lung Cancer Research Fund through Loyola University Health System during the final 10 weeks of his eight-year battle with lung cancer. Survivors include his wife, Patricia; son Dean ’87; daughters Judith, and Rebecca Pearce; and seven grandchildren.
James Keith Gepford, June 23, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and four stepchildren, Rob and Mike Hall, Jeanne Benfatti, and Kendra Reilly.
Donald “Don” M. Manzelli, June 16, 2010, in Woburn, Mass. Don was a sergeant in the Army and member of the Army Ground Forces Band in Washington, D.C. An active and generous CC alumnus, Don served as a City Champion, a career volunteer, and on reunion committees for CC. He was a member of the President’s Circle, the 1874 Society, and the Legacy Society. Don won numerous awards for structures his design and construction company built in Massachusetts. Don was a private pilot, extensive traveler, and an avid fan of jazz, classical, opera, and musical theater. He leaves his three adult children, Doug (and wife Lori); Marta ’79; and Jeff ’89; their mother, Janet; granddaughter, Alisa; and cousin Helen “Ditto” Reilly ’74.
Emily Howe Kooken, May 23, 2010, in Pasadena, Calif. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in economics from CC, she earned a master’s in education from Stanford University. Emily became a member of Kappa Alpha Theta at CC and continued to be involved in the alumni organization. Emily was a generous supporter of the college and was a member of the Legacy Society, the 1874 Society, and a charter member of the President’s Circle. Survivors include her daughters Diane Kooken Mechaley ’80, and Carolyn.
Roy E. Keller, June 2, 2010. Among his survivors are his wife Frances and daughters Christine, Caryn, and Cate.
Charles F. “Chuck” Mollin, May 16, 2010. Survivors include his son, Mike.
Richard G. Clothier, July 1, 2010, in Grand Junction, Colo. Dick worked in advertising sales, retail, and property management. Survivors include his wife, Harriett; sons, Ed and Tim; and four grandchildren. Gifts in memory of Dick may be made to Colorado College General Endowment Scholarship Fund, c/o Colorado College Development, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St., Colorado Springs, Colo. 80903.
Edmund D. Mulford, Jr., April 22, 2010. He earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a master of arts in teaching in 1960, both from CC.
James B. Ruch, June 17, 2010, in Santa Barbara, Calif. Jim had a varied career that included stints as a U.S. Navy intelligence officer; special assistant to the assistant secretary of the interior for fish, wildlife, and parks, in Washington, D.C., where he was involved in writing the Endangered Species Act; and various positions with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. He also served as executive vice president of the Grand Canyon Trust and was a certified expert witness in trials in Idaho, Hawaii, and California. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Barrett Ruch ’59; his three daughters, Julia Ruch Day; Laura Ruch DeLonzor; and Sara Ruch Schraeder; his four grandchildren, Megan Day Diblasi, Ashley Day; and Bria and Griffin Schraeder; and his brother, Peter Ruch ’60.
Fredrick R. Conwell, July 13, 2010. Survivors include his wife Eleanor and children Fredrick and Cameron.
Meredith “Bunny” McCombs Dalebout, March 24, 2009, in Colorado Springs. Meredith worked as a teacher and the school library/media specialist for School District 11. Survivors include her daughters, Debra and Laura.
Fred A. Peel, March 12, 2009, in Arvada, Colo. He will be most remembered for his love of flying, the outdoors, and business involvement in mining, petroleum, and environmental reclamation. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, and daughters, Tricia and Marnie.
Charles Stewart Ritchie III, May 27, 2010, in Menlo Park, Calif. Stew graduated cum laude from CC and was a member of Phi Delta Theta and the Honor Council. He received his M.D. from Stanford University and was the founder and chief executive of Guckenheimer Enterprises Inc., an upscale contract food service company in corporate dining. He also was a trustee of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation for many years. His wife, Jeanie, survives, as does one son, C. Stewart Ritchie IV.
Glenn Wessel Bolsen, June 27, 2010. Survivors include wife Nan and daughter Janet Inman.
Joan Sage Batchelder, May 31, 2010, at her Wellesley, Mass., home. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from CC and received her master’s degree in urban economics from Syracuse University. A devoted alumna, Joan was a member of Gamma Phi Beta and the 1874 Society. In 1967, Joan began a career in the investment industry in Boston that spanned more than 35 years. She was among a pioneering group of women who entered what had been a largely male-dominated industry and became known as a female leader in the financial field. Survivors include an aunt, Barbara Sage and two sisters, Wendy Barton and Ann.
Carol Ann Rymer Davis of Denver, and her flying partner, Richard Abruzzo, of Albuquerque, N.M., were presumed dead when lost at sea on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, in an area of severe thunderstorms over the Adriatic Sea. Both were world champion gas and hot-air balloonists and were competing in the Gordon Bennett Race, which had launched from Bristol, England, on Sat., Sept. 25, 2010. Carol is survived by her husband, John; two daughters, Heather Mead Davis Benavidez, and Marne Anne Davis Schmitz; and five grandchildren. One of Denver’s leading radiologists, she received her medical degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and completed her residency in nuclear radiology at the Lovelace Medicine Center in Albuquerque, where she also began her career.
Cynthia “Cindy” Vreeland, July 31, 2010, in Palo Alto, Calif. She worked for Sunset magazine for 37 years, first in the book department and then in magazine production. For the last five years she also was a docent at the Filoli Estate and gardens. She particularly enjoyed the gardens and helping with the annual Christmas programs. She is survived by her father, sister, and brother.
Huston Diehl, Sept. 8, 2010, at home in Iowa City, Iowa. Following her graduation from Colorado College, Huston earned a Ph.D. in English from Duke University in 1975. She was a professor of English and collegiate fellow in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa. Prior to moving to Iowa in 1984, she was an English professor at SUNY-Geneseo and the University of Oklahoma. She is survived by her husband Gerald Wetlaufer, her daughter Susannah Lewis, her stepdaughter Jamian Wetlaufer, two stepchildren from a previous marriage, Jennifer Lewis Smith ’82 and Daniel Lewis, and two sisters.
Elizabeth Weekes Burden, May 31, 2010. Survivors include husband Henry Sheedy Burden ’71, and
four children: Hathaway, Elizabeth, Alice, and Henry.
Michael D. Mallinger, Aug. 28, 2010, in Colorado Springs. Mike played men’s hockey and baseball at CC. He is survived by his daughter, Amanda T. Jozsa ’03, and her husband, Jason Jozsa ’03.
Vernon Cleophus King Jr., Aug. 2, 2010, in Denver. Vernon attended Pueblo County High School and majored in political science at CC. In 2008, he married his college sweetheart, Renee A. Cousins-King ’74, who survives, along with his six children.
John D. “Johnny” Robinson, May 26, 2009, in Lincoln, Mass. He served for many years as chairman of the finance committee for the town of Lincoln. When he died, his employer, Longwood Investments, bought a CC chair with a plaque with Johnny’s name and had it dedicated to Johnny at the Lincoln town offices. His wife, Molly Bedell Robinson ’75, survives, as do two daughters, Annie and Nell.
Judith Anne “Judy” Macks, June 8, 2010, in San Francisco. As a social worker, Judy became an early pioneer in the HIV/AIDS epidemic and worked in the Caribbean and Africa doing HIV-prevention training. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, she became an organizational consultant, a life coach, and a mortgage broker. Survivors include her daughter Sophie.
Douglas Russell Phelps, June 12, 2010.
Joel van Diver, Jan. 29, 2010. Survivors include two children and three stepchildren.
Ann Black, March 25, 2010.
Tedd Hamaker, Aug. 30, 2010, in Missouri. Tedd completed veterinary school at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. He acquired Missouri’s oldest veterinary clinic, Springfield Veterinary Hospital, and became known as “Dr. Tedd, Supervet” on television and radio shows. He loved baseball and hockey. Many of his CC friends came to his bedside in the last weeks of his life to reminisce or attended his service. They include: Peter Natiello ’82, Peter Tasker ’82, Schuyler Grey ’82, Andy Cowan ’82, Chris ’83 and Liza Malott Pohle ’85, Mike Hayes ’83, Mike Millisor ’83, Mark Polite ’83, Tim Sexton ’83, Craig Bevan ’83, Tony and Jennifer Puckett ’83, Tim Wilkinson ’84, and George Brown ’84. Among his survivors are his wife, Crista Hogan, and children Joe, Lena, and Daniel.
Diana Falb Humphreys, June 23, 2010, in Beulah, Colo. After obtaining her master’s degree from the State University of New York in Syracuse, she served as a biologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1990 to her death. Survivors include her husband Hank, daughter Taylor, parents Jeanette and John Falb, and brother Scott.
Marianne Elser Crowder, June 4, 2010, in Palo Alto, Calif. Marianne, 104, was born in Colorado Springs and studied with many of the leading pioneers of modern dance. She performed with the Hanya Holm Dance Co. and the Perry Mansfield Co. on the RKO Vaudeville circuit. She was chair of the dance department at Colorado College. Marianne married writer Paul Crowder and moved to California, where she taught in the Stanford University drama department. She retired from active teaching at 95. In 2007, she was celebrated as the oldest Girl Scout in America. Marianne is survived by two daughters, Anne and Susan. She also leaves 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Philip B. Hill, father of Elizabeth Hass-Hill ’83, Nov. 18, 2009. Philip is also survived by his wife, Lily.
Charles W. Brossman, Oct. 2, 2009. Charles was a member of the Barnes Society at Colorado College.