Dorothy Smith Pomeroy Conover, Jan. 14, in Grants Pass, Ore., just three days shy of her 100th birthday. Dorothy was a founder and lifelong member of CC’s Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority chapter, and held the distinction of being the college’s first Homecoming queen. She met her first husband, Kenneth R. Pomeroy ’32, at CC, and after his passing re-encountered and married another CC classmate and sweetheart, Paul M. Conover ’32. Dorothy spent her life as a rancher, teacher, and all-around enthusiast of life and its offerings. Her friends and family were her joy. Two young friends, Makendra Silverman ’07 and Kari Sherman ’08 said this of Dorothy: “Dorothy Conover was a friend to us all, a grandmother, a teacher, and a living example of peace and happiness. We are thankful for the time we spent together. She used to tell us, ‘keep in touch with your friends, keep your mind sharp, and never stop learning.’ Card games with tea, cookies, and friends will be with us forever. Thank you, Dorothy.” Survivors include her sons, Ron and Stan, stepdaughters, Janet and Nancy, and stepson, Gary. She was preceded in death by her husbands Kenneth and Paul, and her oldest son, Kerry.
Charles Marion Brooks, Dec. 22, 2011, in Colorado Springs. He had a 35-year career with Continental Airlines and enjoyed golfing. He was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Marjorie, and a brother, Richard Brooks ’35. Survivors include a son, Stephen Brooks ’71, a daughter, Susan Buzenberg, and a niece, Marian Brooks ’69.
George Burnside Peck Jr., Oct. 31, 2011, in Estes Park, Colo. At CC, he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, Red Lantern Club (Senior Men’s Honorary Society), the track team, the Inter-Fraternity Council, and president and captain of the ski team. He received civilian pilot training and earned a private pilot’s license during his senior year. He flew in the Navy and later worked as a postmaster. Survivors include a son, Skip.
Richard Henry Barr Jr., Jan. 8, 2012, in Lancaster, Penn. He was 90. He served in the U.S. Army, was a controller and personnel manager at York Industrial Supply and was known for his community involvement. Three children survive.
Theron Jack Taylor Jr., Jan. 16, in Phoenix, Ariz. A retired Navy captain, he served in a dive-bomber squadron during numerous deployments and a 31-year military career. He was predeceased by his parents, Theron Taylor Sr. ’17, and Mary Nimmo ’19. His wife, Patricia, and two daughters, survive.
Dorothy Wallace Neitzel, Oct. 21, 2011, in South Hutchinson, Kan. She taught school and loved to travel, golf, and read. Survivors include two sons, Duncan and Greg Durr.
Noel Siggins Dorwart, Dec. 18, 2011, in Lancaster, Penn. He worked for Lancaster Newspapers for 38 years and ran a local day camp for children. Two daughters survive.
Marian Joan Jackson Hitch, Nov. 22, 2011, in Lynden, Wash. At CC, she met her husband, James Hitch ’46, an ensign in the U.S. Navy, who predeceased her. Marian assisted him with his veterinary practice. Survivors include six children: Michael, David, Dixon, Mark, A.C., and Adrienne.
John Kelty Cassell, Dec. 17, 2011, in California. He earned a bachelor’s degree in geology summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from CC. He worked at Chevron as an exploration geologist for 30 years and held a patent in hydraulic oil extraction. Survivors include his wife, Rachel, and three children.
Nancy Pollock, Dec. 22, 2011. A resident of Albuquerque and Corrales, N.M., Nancy worked as a medical technician and an AKC dog show obedience judge. She was a member of the 1874 Society and is survived by numerous relatives.
Donald Irwin Milton, Feb. 10, 2011, in Woodlands, Texas. After earning his degree from CC in petroleum geology, Don worked in the industry for 40 years, including for ExxonMobile Corp. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Maura, a daughter, Mary Catherine, and a son, Steve.
George Winston Whitney, Oct. 30, 2011. He worked for Steiny & Co. He was predeceased by his wife, Jane Wilson Whitney ’48. A daughter, Pamela Vickrey, and a niece, Kay Simpson Adams ’45, survive.
Elizabeth “Betty” V. Lewis, Dec. 22, 2011, in Bellingham, Wash. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from CC and loved animals, mysteries, and cribbage. Survivors include daughters Barbara Lewis ’78, and Susan Layman, and son Robert.
Bernard Joseph “B.J.” Fitzgerald, Dec. 13, 2011, in Laramie, Wyo. A prisoner of war in China, B.J. graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from CC and became a clinical psychologist and professor emeritus at the University of Wyoming. Two sons survive.
Pauline Studer Hays, Nov. 21, 2011 in Green Valley, Ariz. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, society of Delta Epsilon and Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, and graduated magna cum laude. She sold real estate and worked in the family wholesale hardware business and as an owner of the Phoenix Lake Golf Course in Sonora, Calif. Survivors include her husband, Steven, and two sons, Steve Jr. and Tom.
Herb “Beau” Tinsman Siebert, March 14, 2011, in Geneva, Ill. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1945. At CC, he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He worked for Strathmore Co. He is survived by his wife, Jean Evans Siebert ’52, and three children. A brother-in-law, Otho Newson Jr. ’40, predeceased him.
Honora Cullinan, March 17, 2010. She was a volunteer for the United Nations Children’s Fund and the Roman Catholic Church, running a soup kitchen in Chicago and doing mission work with the Franciscan orders. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Robert Mehring Zinky, April 25, 2011, in Sacramento, Calif. He was 85. The Colorado Springs native served in the U.S. Army in World War II as a radar technician and ran his own medical practice as a family practitioner until his retirement in 1988. Survivors include his sons, Kenneth and Lawrence.
Louise Sargent Sill, Oct. 2, 2011. Her husband, Charles, survives.
Ralph Michael Gately Jr., Nov. 24, 2011, in Winnetka, Ill. He served in the U.S. Navy before graduating from CC, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He retired as the international advertising manager for Time magazine in Chicago. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Joan, children Mary, Anne, and Ralph, and a nephew,
Clifford Gately ’82.
Margaret “Maggie” Packard Aro, Nov. 17, 2011. She was 81, born in Iran to a missionary surgeon. She graduated from CC as “Outstanding Senior Woman,” with a double major in zoology and education. She worked as a radio talk show host, a modeling and speech diction teacher, a chaperone for Miss Teenage America contestants and, for 22 years, an elementary school teacher of children with learning challenges. She wrote “Hakim Sahib: ‘Sir Doctor’” about her father’s life. Survivors include her husband, Robert Brooks of Denver, four sons, a brother, Linzee Packard ’51, and his wife Mary Packard ’54.
Nancy Wilson Smeeth, Oct. 6, 2011. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Smeeth ’50. Six children survive: Raymond Smeeth ’74, Faith Smeeth Payton ’73, Kelly Smeeth, Sally Butler, Roxane Galassini, and Gwendolyn Wells.
Adelaide Rogers Murphy, Oct. 16, 2011. Three children survive: Carroll, Cynthia and Martha. She was predeceased by her husband, John.
Charles Raymond Nolan Jr., Nov. 28, 2011, in Colorado Springs. He owned and operated Nolan Funeral Home for 25 years until he sold it to his brother in 1976. He managed other funeral homes afterward. His wife of 59 years, Rose Virgene, and 10 children, 20 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren survive.
John Edgar “Jack” Keogh, Dec. 16, 2011, in Moab, Utah. A decorated Army veteran, Jack received a geology degree from CC, where he was on the boxing team as a featherweight champion. He graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He owned a land surveying business, and worked as a city engineer and county surveyor. His wife of 63 years, Mary, their 11 children, and a brother-in-law, Matthew Broom ’58, survive.
Richard Clarence Bell, March 29, 2011. He worked for Seneca Caverns. His wife, Denise, survives.
Judith Bishop, Nov. 21, 2011, in Fresno, Calif. Award-winning poet and first recipient of the American Academy of Poets’ grand prize. She founded Rustam Publishers in New York, authored a major book, became an herbal doctor, and studied the violin under Leonard Bernstein. Her daughter, Gabrielle Islwyn. survives.
Robert Milton Thompson, Sept. 15, 2011, in Englewood, Colo. Survivors include his wife, Gwendolyn Burmester Thompson ’55.
James R. McCrea, Nov. 4, 2011, in Boulder, Colo.
John Weldon Mauk, Jan. 19, in Moses Lake, Wash. He pledged Kappa Sigma fraternity at CC and married his college sweetheart, Susie Knowles Adams ’62. A pioneer in pre-stained siding, he specialized in custom-milled cedar and enjoyed duck hunting. Survivors include his children, Katie and Scott, and a daughter-in-law, Anne Petersen Mauk ’88.
Elizabeth S. Doenges Moore, Oct. 16, 2011, in Bellingham, Wash. She was a career librarian and teacher. Her husband, John, and two daughters survive.
John Worthington, Dec. 1, 2011, in Pueblo, Colo. His wife, Marcella, two daughters, and four grandchildren survive.
Donald George King, Sept. 21, 2011, in Meridian, Miss. He was 72. He worked for Mosby Packing Co. His wife, Renee, survives.
Susan Riley Hillis, Jan. 17, in Colorado Springs, after a two-year battle with cancer. A third-generation Kappa Alpha Theta, Susan met her future husband, Walt Hillis ’56, in her freshman year at CC. She worked for 20 years as a congressional aide for U.S. Congressman Joel Hefley, volunteered as a docent at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo for 12 years, and answered consumer complaints for 10 years at the Colorado Springs Sun newspaper. In addition to her husband, four children, and seven grandchildren survive.
Laura Andrea Dearborn, Dec. 4, 2011, in San Francisco, Calif., at age 68. A former Alumni Board member at CC, Laura retired in 1996 as executive vice-president and media director of Saatchi and Saatchi, where she brought in more than $100 million in new billings. Laura traveled extensively, visiting six of the seven continents and studied art at the Marin Art School. Survivors include two sisters.
Walter Blakelock Wilson, Dec. 16, 2011, in Tubac, Ariz. An accomplished American painter, he earned his master’s degree in art at CC, after flying carriers in the Korean War. He headed the art department and gallery at Fountain Valley School for 26 years. Survivors include his wife, Patricia, six children, 12 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Theodore William Wadman, Nov. 21, 2011, in Aurora, Colo. Among survivors are his wife, Linda.
Donald Harry Sperry, June 18, 2011. A brother, Russell Sperry ’63, survives.
John L. Sneed IV, Oct. 12, in San Ramon, Calif., after a 6½ year battle with brain cancer. While at CC, John was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, and lived their motto, “Not for college days alone” enjoying friendship and great support from the Fiji’s during his illness. After graduation, John served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He had a distinguished career in business, winning many awards, admiration, and respect. A true family man and patriot, John is survived by his wife of 39 years, Dana Lilly Sneed ’71, his children, Amy and Brian, and grandchildren, Trevor, Connor, and Reagan.
Betty Jean Carpman Shoaf, Jan. 24, in Grand Junction, of leukemia. She earned a master of arts in teaching from CC and became an elementary school teacher. Survivors include her husband, Tom, and two daughters, Carol and Nancy.
Patricia M. Crossey-Ross (MAT ’87), Jan. 5, in Larkspur, Colo., after a seven-year battle with multiple myeloma and a brain tumor. While at CC, she met future husband, Rob Ross ’77. The two became inseparable and were married in Shove Chapel after they graduated. Patty was best known as a teacher, enjoying a long, successful career in Colorado Springs District 11. Her first bone marrow transplant forced her retirement in 2005. Patty and her faithful service dog, Jesse James, then began a part-time career volunteering with Pikes Peak Hospice. Those who survive Patty include her husband, Rob, her brothers, Dan ’74, Jim, and Michael ’79; sisters, Maureen, Ann, and Kathleen; and her niece, Erin Crossey ’07.
Donna Bond Sanders, Aug. 12, 2011. She worked for Waking Dream Productions.
Scott Christopher Stanec, Nov. 28, 2011, in a tragic hiking accident in Switzerland. He graduated from CC with a biology degree and worked in the athletics department as a trainer. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. In 1992, he married his college sweetheart, Kristin Vidmar Stanec ’88. Scott was principal of Mann Middle School. In addition to his wife, survivors include two children, D.J. and Emme, and relatives Laurel Vidmar Buckner ’91, Brian Buckner, Jake Vidmar ’86, and Lisa Abdalla.
Eric Leif Canuteson, Dec. 12, 2011, in Los Angeles County, Calif. A co-founder of the Pacific Microinstruments and Metrozet, he spent his career designing and producing instruments to measure seismic activity. Survivors include his wife, Nadia Vadimovna, and a daughter, Katherine.
Patrick Thomas Kinney, March 6, 2011, in Albuquerque, N.M., at age 44. He is remembered for his gentle nature and loving heart. Survivors include his wife Rebeca, a son Joshua, a brother, Christopher Kinney ’87, and other relatives.
Judy Ruth Lewallen, Oct. 8, 2011, in Colorado Springs. She worked for Farmer’s Insurance and the CC music department. She loved music, travel, and the outdoors. Survivors include her sister, Cathy Raible, and life companion, Art Porter.
Matthew Olds Jolley, Nov. 10, 2011, in Twin Falls, Idaho, at the age of 42. He graduated summa cum laude from CC and earned a doctorate of medicine from the University of Colorado Medical School in Denver. He was a family practitioner at the Physicians Center in Twin Falls. He had a double lung transplant in 2008, as a result of cystic fibrosis. His wife, Jamie Lee, and a son, Brendan, and two stepchildren are among the survivors.
Benton Frederick Brubaker, Sept. 17, 2011, as a result of a homicide in Aurora, Colo. Fulfilling a childhood dream, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Reserve, attaining the rank of sergeant, while earning a degree in political science from CC. He also wrote short stories. Survivors include his parents, Andrew and Sandra, and a brother, Chad.
Robert “Bob” Broughton, Oct. 25, 2011, at age 94. Bob served as CC’s vice president and business manager from 1958 to 1984. The college experienced major financial transitions during his tenure, including a $7.5 million gift from David and Lucille Packard, which the college matched to benefit a scholarship fund and its endowment portfolio. The large-scale fundraising campaign of that era resulted in numerous new buildings, growth of the student body, and the switch to the academic Block Plan. Bob was the “purse strings” and “investment guy” on campus, who also helped establish relationships with major national foundations and reshaped publications and communications efforts. He and his wife, Dona, were loyal to the CC Tigers Hockey team, and Dona worked with CC’s Woman’s Educational Society, a scholarship program. In addition to his wife, a daughter, Sally Jean Broughton ’71, survives.
Diana Nation, Nov. 16, 2011. She had worked at CC for Bon Appétit since August 2008, as a supervisor in Rastall Dining Hall.
Barbara Shove Palmer Webb, Jan. 1, in Colorado Springs. An avid traveler, community volunteer, and supporter of the arts, music, and theater communities, including the CC Summer Music Festival. Bobbie was the wife of the late Joel Addison Hayes Webb ’36, and the niece of the late Eugene P. Shove, who gave Shove Memorial Chapel to CC in 1931.
John-Alex Mason, blues musician and CC supporter, Oct. 19, 2011, in Colorado Springs, following complications from surgery. He was 35. He was the nephew of Robert John Mason ’56 and the son of the late Jack Clayborn Mason ’59 and Charlotte, who survives. Other survivors include a brother, Stephen, and sister-in-law Laura Deaver Mason ’90.
Deirdre Green, mother of Alexandria E. McDonald, 2015.
George M. Kiawoin, father of James E. Kiawoin, 2015.
Elizabeth M. Gelberg, mother of Rebecca Ann Lavietes, 2015.
Mark E. Braak, father of Randi Lee Braak 2015.
William P. Carey, Jan. 2, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Bill was the founder of W.P. Carey & Company, an investment and banking firm in New York. He was an exemplary businessman and philanthropist, and a real friend to Colorado College. In 1991, the W.P. Carey Foundation established a lecture series at Colorado College, the W.P. Carey Foundation Series in Economics, which brings a Nobel laureate in economics to campus each year. Bill attended the lectures until recently when his health prevented him from doing so. Professor Tim Fuller added, “I am grateful for his generous interest in CC and I will miss the many fruitful conversations we enjoyed over those years.”
Robert H. Marion, June 8, 2011, husband of Marjorie Anne Marion ’58.
Eric Nakata, CC supporter, Sept. 18, 2011, in Denver, from complications of cancer. He worked for IBM and Oracle.