Weddings and Celebrations

1974 – Biff Birkenmayer and Kimberly Hawkins, Sept. 17, 2011, in an outdoor ceremony at the Ski Tip Lodge of the Keystone Resort in Colorado.

1996 – Jennifer Dennis and Brian Superka, in February in Denver.

2002 – Cally Bartley and John Van Pelt ’04, September, 2011.

2004 – Timothy Moore and Annie Moore, May 2012, two days after their medical school graduation.

2007 – Kari Sandvig and Jonathan “Jammer” Mattes-Ritz ’04, in Washington, D.C.

Births and Adoptions

1996 – Ann Willis adopted two children, Orville and Elizabeth.

2004 – Malia Arenth and her partner Josh Sexton had a boy, Tristan Robert, on December 10, 2011, at home in Corvallis, Ore.


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1934 – Richard Booth Beach, Jan. 29, in Stratford, Conn. He was 100. He worked as a purchasing agent for several companies and, in retirement, helped seniors with their taxes, formed a stamp club, and initiated square and round dance classes. Survivors include his daughter, Barbara Beach Landry ’73.

1942 – John Harold Burns Jr., March 30, in Morrison, Ill. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He received a Purple Heart for wounds received from enemy action in 1945 in Germany. His daughter, Priscilla Burns Bone ’71, and a son, Stephen, survive.

1943 – Evelyn Johnson Liddle, Jan. 28, in Colorado Springs, at the age of 90. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from CC and served on the Junior League and Goodwill Industries boards. She enjoyed bridge, golfing, and knitting. Survivors include children Gretchen, David, and Greg. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Bloomfield Liddle ’43.

1947 – Orin Hazen Soest, Feb. 14, in Sequim, Wash. Among survivors are his wife, Althea Cushman; a daughter, Dawn; and a son, Richard. They will miss his wise council, wit, and the twinkle in his eyes.

1947 – Constance Burritt Williams, Jan. 13, in Fairplay, Colo. A Kappa Kappa Gamma, the Colorado native is survived by children Norman, James, Cindy, and Constance. Predeceasing her were a cousin, Marcia Moody McWilliams ’41; and two sisters, E. Jane Burritt Evans ’46, and Mar Frances Burritt ’48.

1947 – Richard James Minkler, March 6, in Wichita, Kan. He was 89. He worked in a sales career for 51 years — the Richard Minkler Insurance Agency. An avid supporter of the arts and promoter of the Wichita Sister Cities program, Richard is survived by a son, Mark, and a daughter, Catherine Minkler ’70. His wife, Betty McDonald Minkler ’48, predeceased him.

1948 – Martin A. Nutt, March 5, in Houston. He was 85. He earned both a bachelor’s in physics and a master’s in education in 1954 from CC. His daughter, Elizabeth Nutt Haden, survives.

1950 – Patrick Carlton Meierotto, Feb. 13, in San Jose, Calif. A retired professor of music at San Jose State University, he played the French horn in the U.S. Army’s 8th Armored Division Band during World War II. Survivors include his friend, Estelle Jones; former wife Doris McCune; and children Doreen, Susan, Carol, and Eric.

1950 – Jean Altmann Toppan, Feb. 13, in Menasha, Wis. She owned a yarn shop, Lagniappe, in Neenah, Wis., and gained national recognition for her needlepoint designs that incorporated shells into seascapes. Survivors include her husband, William.

1950 – Wilbur LeRoy Hook, March 26, in Colorado Springs, Colo. After serving in the Navy, he was involved in the printing industry as an owner and printing sales agent. He also was an accomplished musician. Survivors include his wife, Norma; daughters Lou Ann Gubser, Lisa Wallin, and Brenda Cluley; and a son, Rob.

1951 – Dorothy Slover Morgan, Feb. 14, in Chino Valley, Ariz. She received a bachelor’s degree in music from CC and taught music to the visually impaired and to Native American children on the Tohono O’Odham Nation in Sells, Ariz. Survivors include a daughter, Martha Branan, and a son, John.

1952 – Vivian E. Gross Boyle, March 1, in Albuquerque, N.M. A Barnes Society member, she served in the U.S. Navy as a yeoman 2nd class. She was active in democratic politics, winning the Dorothy I. Cline award for her efforts to get the Equal Rights Amendment passed in New Mexico. She was predeceased by her husband, Gerald Boyle ’51. Three children, Michael, Joseph, and Juliana, survive.

1953 – Glenn Elmer Haines, Feb. 6, in Colorado Springs¸ Colo. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Ent Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, he founded Falcon Metal Products, a manufacturing company. Survivors include his daughter, Jacqueline Haines-Bobbitt, and granddaughter Samantha Ross.

1956 – Harvey Thornton Carter, son of CC faculty member Harvey L. Carter, March 13, in Colorado Springs, at age 81. An early example of the CC outdoorsman tradition, Harvey was a pioneering climber who claimed 5,000 first ascents of desert spires and other rock walls. He founded Climbing magazine, worked as a ski patroller in Aspen for 20 years, and was known for skiing off rocks and cliffs. Survivors include his wife, R. Anne Stratford Carter ’60.

1957 – Sharon Henson Kramer Buller, Feb. 20, in Newton, Kan., at age 76. After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from CC, she worked as a lab technician and medical secretary. She also served as a deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Wichita. Survivors include her husband, Elmer; children James Kramer Jr. and Karen; stepchildren Glen and Diana; and her former spouse, James Kramer ’57.

1957 – Emilio Joseph Manzanares, Feb. 28, in Colorado Springs, Colo., following an illness with heart disease. He led his high school football team in Trinidad, Colo., to a state championship and attended CC on a football scholarship. He owned and managed several businesses, including Peaceful Valley Golf Course and the Corner Pockets Widefield and West. Survivors include his wife, Sandra; children Stanton, Mickey, Jocelyn, and Sheila Manzanares ’84; and a niece, Lori Price Bollendonk ’82. He was predeceased by a brother, Larry Manzanares ’71.

1957 – Sheila Bush Myhre, March 2, in Puyallup, Wash., at the age of 76. Her passion was training dogs, Brittanies and Kelpies, in obedience, tracking, and hunting. Her children, Douglas and Elizabeth, survive.

1959 – Robert John A. Tanner, Aug. 14, 2011, in Albuquerque, N.M. A Canadian native, Robert was an inspector with the Santa Fe Railroad for 32 years. He was a conductor, engineer, and line foreman. Survivors include his son, Jeff, and a daughter, Brenna.

1959 – Gloria R. Croke, Feb. 1, in Palo Alto, Calif. She worked for 17 years at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles as a clinical trial project coordinator and project manager. She was an active Alpha Chi Omega sister and is survived by a daughter, Julie, and sons Kelly and Jeffery Croke.

1966 – Ann Babcock Henderson, Feb. 27, in Alexandria, Va. She studied art and anthropology at CC. She was well known for her striking acrylic paintings of family life and figures, and became a teacher. Survivors include her husband, William; and children Peter, Samuel, and Eleanor.

1967 – Gael Dusken, nee Constance Gale Cooper, Aug. 26, 2011, in Atascadero, Calif. She was a freelance bookkeeper who worked for numerous counties. Survivors include her sister, Cecile Joyner.

1968 – Susan Colette Smith Schneider, Feb. 5, in Aurora, Colo., at age 65. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from CC and taught at Cherry Creek High School. An avid quilter and choir singer, Susan’s survivors include her husband, Fred; children Heidi Sawyer, Karlan, and Kurt.

1970 – Jean N. Christie, Feb. 3, in her home in Boynton Beach, Fla. She was a proud alumna who worked in the banking industry in Westchester County, N.Y. and loved cooking, jewelry making, golf, and supporting women’s equality. Survivors include her children, Laurie Gestal ’04, Christie, Amy, Samantha, and Kenneth Gestal Jr.; and Jonathan Gestal ’13 and Elizabeth Gestal, who will be a January start for the class of 2016.

1970 – John L. Sneed, Oct. 12, 2011, in San Ramon, Calif. An Army Vietnam veteran who worked with children at diabetes camps, John was an avid runner, a tennis player, and a musician. Survivors include his wife and CC sweetheart, Dana Lilly ’71; children Amy and Brian.

1971 – Betty J. Carpman Shoaf, Jan. 24, in Grand Junction, Colo. She received a master of arts in teaching from CC and became an elementary school teacher. She also was active in the American Baptist Women’s Ministries and served as state president. Survivors include her husband, Tom; and two daughters, Carol Sessums and Nancy Frey.

1975 – Jonal Lartigue, March 30, in Colorado Springs. A Vietnam veteran, he taught x-ray technology at Pueblo Community College and owned Lartigue’s Diagnostic Imaging Sales. He loved golf and was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Chaurice Ransom Lartigue ’72, children Michon and Jeremy, and a granddaughter, Sophia.

1978 – Kelly Scott Shaw, July 11, 2011. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from CC, and a master’s of international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, he lived in northern Virginia and worked at the Federal Reserve. Kelly was an avid cyclist and outdoorsman, and the father of two daughters, Eleanor and Alexandra, who survive.

1978 – Sue Johnson Bain, Dec. 14, 2011. She introduced youngsters to the sport of skiing in the Frisco area of Colorado and spent time in New Zealand, Australia, and the South Pacific islands. She also worked at the Summit County Library. Survivors include her husband, Murray.

1979 – Roger Garrick Olson, Dec. 30, 2011. Survivors include his former spouse, Heidi Peterson Hendricks ’79; a sister, Kristin Olson ’73; and a sister-in-law, Leslie Renee Olson ’87. His brother, Brigham Didrik Olson ’85, a member of the CC Athletics Hall of Fame and for whom the soccer practice field is named, predeceased him.

1985 – Daniel Andrew Jackson, Oct. 12, 2011. He worked for Adler Research Co.

1992 – Joan Lee Whitney Sharp, March 7, in Colorado Springs, Colo. She earned a master’s degree from CC. Her husband of 52 years, Lawrence, survives, along with three daughters: Mary Lee, Sarah Sharp-Parino, and Elizabeth Sharp-Hendricks. She was a preschool, middle school, and high school teacher dedicated to environmental preservation and civil rights advocacy.

2001 – James William Craig, Feb. 26, in Houston, Texas. He was an award-winning gymnast, an accomplished potter, a customer interior wall finisher, and landscape designer. Survivors include his parents, William and Jean Craig, a sister Ann Befroy; and a brother, Andrew.


– Jack W. Blumenstein, Feb. 29, in Lake Forest, Ill. He co-founded the private equity investment firm, Blumenstein/Thorne Information Partners in Lake Forest. In 2004, following the death of his son, Charlie ’96, the Blumenstein family, including Charlie’s widow, Chantal Forfota, created the Charlie Blumenstein Water and Wildlife Conservation Internship to benefit CC students and in honor of Charlie and his love for the environment. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Sarah; and sons Christopher and Matthew. Contributions may be made to the Charlie Blumenstein Water and Wildlife Conservation Internship, Colorado College, P.O. Box 1117, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80901.

– Brig. Gen. George V. Fagan (USAF Ret.), March 15, at the age of 94. As CC’s head librarian from 1969 to 1984, he established special collections of historical archives of the Pikes Peak region. He also was an original faculty member of the Air Force Academy when it opened in Colorado Springs in 1955, serving as a  professor of history and director of libraries. He was one of the founders of the Colorado Springs Senior Center, Marian House, and Villas San Jose and Santa Maria. His wife, Ernestine, survives.

– Jesse Victor “Vic” Hopper, Feb. 15, in Kankakee, Ill. He was 95. Vic headed CC’s education department during World War II and left in the late 1950s to work at Pueblo Community College, where he became chairman of the philosophy department. After dismissing a professor for refusing to teach lower-level courses, due to lack of students enrolled in upper-level classes, he was sued. The Jones vs. Hopper case went to the Supreme Court, where Vic won. Survivors include his wife, Ruth.

– Virginia McClintock, wife of Andy McClintock ’60, May 12, at the age of 70. A social worker specializing in child therapy, Virginia attended Andy’s 45th and 46th CC college reunions, as well as the 2002 Homecoming, where she participated in the Freedom and Authority session with Bill Hochman.