Marjory “Marge” Reid Abbott passed away Jan. 4 at age 96. Those who predeceased her include her father, former CC professor W. Lewis Abbott, and a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth “Betty” Abbott McKeever ’41.


Charlotte Lewis Skiffington started a career as a medical technologist before marrying an Army officer and living on various military bases in Germany, Japan, and the U.S. She and her husband raised five children. Charlotte died Dec. 5 at age 94.


Richard T. “Doc” Blowers, a Navy veteran, owned five separate optometry practices. Four were still in operation when he died Oct. 21 at his longtime Riverside, California, home. He was 94.


Ellsworth George “Bud” Siemon Jr., worked for the U.S. Army in Germany for more than 10 years before returning to the U.S. in 1964. His career in Idaho included management of the Sun Valley, Snowbird, Big Sky, and Grand Targhee ski destinations. Later, Bud started his own real estate company. He died Dec. 29 in Ketchum, Idaho, at age 91.


Janice Collette Divine organized the first Sweet Adelines chorus in Colorado Springs, and for several years traveled nationally as the lead singer for big bands. She also helped develop a dinner playhouse in the 1960s and later owned an antiques store in Colorado Springs. Collette was 95 when she died Sept. 11.

Duval Edward “Putter” Harvey served in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps during the Korean War. He joined his father’s Colorado-based obstetrics and gynecology practice in 1957 and practiced until retiring in 2004. He died Oct. 6 in Denver at age 88.

Helen Barthell Peterson was a homemaker and also spent time working for an oil company and volunteering at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Preceded in death by husband James “Jim” Peterson ’51 and survived by granddaughter Erica Fukuhara ’99, she died Oct. 3 at age 89.

Robert “Bob” Randolph served in the U.S. Army before launching a 41-year career in real estate and insurance in Longmont, Colorado. He died Sept. 26 at age 89.


Charles “Charlie” Beazell was a pharmacist for many years. He died Oct. 29, 2017 in Woodland, California, at age 87.

Mary Crumpacker Bennett raised four children and worked as a substitute teacher in Colorado Springs. After suffering a paralytic stroke in 1962, she stayed actively involved as a library volunteer in Carbondale, Colorado. She died Oct. 3 in Boulder at age 87. Those predeceasing Mary include former spouse Gerald “Jerry” Bennett ’48.

Omer “The Bull” Brandt, part of record-setting men’s hockey teams at CC, went on to work for Mobil Oil Canada for 35 years. He died Jan. 13 at age 92.

Annette “Toni” Gadd Colley taught first grade near Los Angeles, California. She lived in Albany, Oregon, at the time of her death on Jan. 1 at age 87.

Richard “Dick” Meyer progressed to the rank of captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, and after active duty spent 10 years in the Reserves. He worked in manufacturing management, then with Prudential Financial. Having spent his later years in Scottsdale, Arizona, Dick died Dec. 18 at age 87.

Constance “Connie” Cover Wurster was a virtuoso pianist from her early teens and went on to play as a soloist with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops. She lived most of her life in Seattle, teaching music in the area for 30-plus years. She died Nov. 15 at age 87. Survivors include daughter Kimie Wurster Kreidle ’85 and son-in-law Brad Kreidle ’85.


Martha Maria McGowan Palmer started her career as a teacher, then founded an irrigation and engineering company in Terrytown, Nebraska, with her husband. She also operated a consignment store and later served two consecutive terms as a member of the Scottsbluff (Nebraska) City Council. She died Dec. 18 in Ashburn, Virginia, at age 86.

Julie Evans Perkins spent time as a medical assistant and real estate agent and was active in civic organizations. She died Dec. 7 at her home in Saratoga, California, leaving behind her longtime husband, William “Bill” Perkins ’52.


Thomas “Tom” Linn earned a Ph.D. in chemistry and worked for companies including Kennecott Corporation in Salt Lake City and Crown Zellerbach/James River in Washington state. He died Nov. 30 at age 85.

Barbara Ann Wattenbarger Cole dedicated her life to home and family. She and Clinton “Clint” Madison Cole ’53, who wed in Shove Memorial Chapel, had three children and had been married nearly 65 years when Barbara died Dec. 18 at age 85.


Suzanne Williams Kinkel-Linker was a schoolteacher in Fort Morgan, Colorado, where she also would serve as president of the school board and member of the Morgan Community College board. Later, in Washington state, she wrote a quilting pattern book. She died Dec. 9 in Sumner, Washington, at age 84.


Charles “Charlie” Ohl died Jan. 10 at age 85. Part of his legacy is having started CC’s Ohl Family Scholarship in honor of Ray Werner. Those predeceasing him include brother Michael Ohl ’51.


Charles “Charlie” C. Crevo passed away Oct. 2 in Wellesley, Massachusetts, at age 85. Charlie attended CC on a football scholarship and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta. He later earned a master’s in urban planning from Boston University and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He taught graduate-level courses as an adjunct professor at UMass Lowell.

Neil Harriman taught botany and did plant identification research for 34 years at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where the school’s herbarium now bears his name. In retirement he served as an editor of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology’s quarterly journal with his wife, Bettie. He died Dec. 7 at age 80.

Douglas “Doug” G. Harris spent years in public service, including stints as fire chief and assistant city manager for the City of Nassau Bay, Texas. His career also included work on the Apollo space program with General Electric in Houston. He died Dec. 27 in Fort Worth, Texas, at age 82.

Lloyd Wayne Kleinstiver served his country for 20 years, including two combat tours in Vietnam, before retiring from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel. He then established a successful career in commercial real estate in Florida. He died Sept. 20 at age 80.

Gaylen Lair Young was the Chicago-based American Hospital Association’s first female regional director. In other leadership roles with the AHA, she managed business relationships nationwide and helped develop health policy and delivery in metropolitan areas. Gaylen died Jan. 6 in Tipp City, Ohio, at age 79.


John “Jack” Henry Cashman Jr., reached the rank of lieutenant colonel during his 28-year Army career. He served as aide to Gen. Creighton Abrams during the integration of the University of Alabama in 1963 and worked in military intelligence both domestic and overseas. He passed away Oct. 20 at age 79.


Charles David Batts died Nov. 19, one day before his 78th birthday.


Georgia Dentel MAT served as director of performing arts programs at Grinnell College, where over the course of 41 years she brought 1,000-plus concerts to the college community. Georgia, who was also a published poet, died Oct. 5 at age 92.

Stephen D. Trowbridge served as an Army intelligence officer during the Vietnam War. After receiving a master’s, he and his wife, Judy, moved to Dallas, Texas, where he served as a hospital administrator for 32 years, first at Methodist Hospital and then the Baylor Health System. Stephen died Jan. 5 at age 76.


Robert Ray Theune worked as an accountant for many years with Colorado Interstate Gas Company, where he retired in 1995 as director of accounting. He sat on several boards of directors and often served as treasurer. He died Nov. 20 at age 78.


Christopher “Chris” Faison was a teacher of young children for more than 40 years in Colorado, including 30-plus years at Aspen Community School. He died Dec. 28 at age 74. Survivors include his wife, Sally Skaggs Faison ’67.

Pamela Peterson Russell started her career traveling the world as a translator and editor of local newspapers. Later she opened a lingerie boutique in San Francisco, earned a J.D., and handled business and financial affairs for a law practice with her husband. She died Nov. 16 in San Francisco, five days after her 73rd birthday


Kalah Powers Fuller MAT taught for 30 years in Colorado Springs School District 11. A graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, she joined the CC community in 1965, when her husband Tim was hired as a political science professor. In 55 years of marriage they raised two daughters, Margaret Fuller Simpson ’93 and Amy Shepard Weber ’96. Kalah died Dec. 22, at age 80.

Michael Steven Nettleton, of Denver, died Nov. 30 at age 67.


Richard Boyd Tickle died June 24 in Long Beach, California. He was 64 years old


Rodney Linton Sr., lived in Seattle before returning to his hometown of Rochester, New York. He died in Rochester on Jan. 13 at age 65.


Saul Magallanes, who lived in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, passed away Nov. 9 at age 56. He was predeceased by one sibling, Rodrigo Magallanes Jr. ’81, and his survivors include another, Sarah Magallanes Vilchez ’86.


Jonathan T. Hannum worked at ITT Industries before transitioning to firefighting and serving as a first responder in Colorado. Jonathan worked with Leadville Lake County Fire and Rescue, then with Lake Dillon Fire and Rescue. He died Oct. 12, 2017, in Gypsum, Colorado, at age 45.


Bradley “Brad” Joseph Samber worked as a cancer research analyst in Colorado before moving to the East Coast and starting in pharmaceuticals. He had accepted a manager of regulatory affairs position with Bayer not long before he passed away on Oct. 7 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, at age 36.