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Emmalou McBroom Olson, May 4, 2010. She was predeceased by her husband, Melvin.


Frances Willett Giesecke, Sept. 24, 2010. She was predeceased by her husband, Albert Smedley Giesecke ’31, and her father, Samuel Willett 1910. Survivors include her daughter, Frances Joy Hewins Jones ’57.


Robert Fritz, Nov. 21, 2010, in Canon City, Colo. He owned Florence Radio and Electric for more than 40 years and worked for the Florence School District and served on the Florence School Board for 33 years. In 2008, he was named Outstanding Citizen of Florence. Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, and a son, Frederick. Survivors include daughters Judy Harold Williamson and Shari Fritz.


Lucille “Pinky” Paterson, Dec. 18, 2010, in Denver. Born in Pueblo, Colo., Lucille served as president of Kappa Alpha Theta at CC, as well as vice president of her senior class, president of the Quadrangle Association, president of Bemis Hall, staff associate for The Tiger, and member of the Tiger Club and Koshare. She met her future husband, Thomas G. Paterson Jr. ’35, at CC. Survivors include daughters Judy Baird and Kay Luedtke; grandchildren Sharon Mills, Teri Burget, John Baird, Jennifer Newcomer, Thomas Luedtke; and four great-grandchildren.


Robert K. Nelson, Jan. 13, 2011, in Tampa, Fla. He entered the Army in 1940, served during World War II and the Korean War, and retired after 30 years. Robert and his soulmate Louise Timm ’41 established a scholarship fund for first-generation college attendees at CC. Preceding Robert in death was his wife, Helen D. Nelson; a sister, Lucille Witt ’39; and Louise. He is survived by his sons, Jake and Barry Nelson; grandsons, Chris and Matt Nelson; a daughter-in-law, Julie Pittman; grandsons, Daniel and Michael Pittman; granddaughter, Emily Pittman; her son, Gordon, and daughter Jean Johnston.


Evelyn Peterson Bugg, Sept. 25, 2010, in Colorado Springs. She earned a bachelor of science degree and married her college sweetheart, Gordon Edward Bugg ’39. They raised their children, Gordon and Jean, then retired to Durango. She was preceded in death by her twin, Ethel, brother Edwin, and husband of 49 years, Bogo. Daughter Jean Anne Bugg Johnston ’67; son Gordon Bugg; son-in-law David Johnston ’67; and granddaughter Lindsy Paige Sanders ’96 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 for outstanding loyalty, service, and generosity to the college. 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 in 2006, and 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.


John Floyd Angell, Oct. 5, 2010, in Evanston, Ill. He was a pioneer television news commentator at NBC-TV, Channel 5 Chicago. Survivors include his wife, Rosalind B. Becker Angell ’44; and sons Steve and Roz.

Henry Paul Thode, Oct. 16, 2010. Survived by five children. Wife Mary preceded him in death. He majored in biology at CC and received his medical degree from the University of Colorado in 1944. Henry also was a World War II veteran.

John James Yeonopolus, Aug. 9, 2010. His wife, Inza, predeceased him.


Adele Daman Ahlborg, Dec. 31, 2009. Son William survives.

Hubert L. Crawford, Nov. 4, 2010, in Chandler, Ariz. A Phi Delta Theta, he received his undergraduate and doctor of dental surgery degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and spent two years as a dental officer in the U.S. Navy. After 40 years of practice in Colorado Springs, Hubert and his wife, Doris, retired to Arizona. Survivors include his wife, daughter Cheryl, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Joyce Mead Grier, Nov. 10, 2010. She is survived by her son, Richard.

Tom Palsgrove Hoe, Nov. 23, 2010, in McAllister, Mont. The Colorado Springs native received undergraduate and master’s degrees in education from CC and served in World War II, taking part in the invasion of Sicily. While in France, he took care of German prisoners and met Gen. George Patton. He taught school in Victor, met his wife, Annie Idella Clark, and they had six children. Tom directed the Colorado Springs Boys Club for 17 years and took care of troubled boys. Survivors include six children.


Frances Jane Dilts Ainsworth, Dec. 7, 2010, in Colorado Springs. She was a buyer in the retail fashion industry, working for Lorna Lockwood Dress Shop, Perkins and Shear, The Broadmoor’s Second Story, Little Kitchen, and MJ Creations. Among survivors are daughter Christine Haigler Krall ’70.

Dorothy Godwin Billet, Dec. 15, 2010, in New Orleans. The Colorado Springs native was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority at CC and became active in Republican politics. She is survived by a son, Robert; a daughter, Carolyn Livingston Teaford; and four stepdaughters.

Richard Wagner Woodard, Sept. 5, 2010. His wife Kathryn survives.


Barbara Lloyd Jones Ballard, Nov. 25, 2010, in Walnut Creek, Calif. At CC, she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She prided herself on being a good wife and mother. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas. Daughters Nan Martin and Maryanne Kain survive, as well as a cousin, Lawrence Kittleman Jr. ’53.

Harry Grove Robert Knapp, Dec. 28, 2010, in Boulder. He completed pre-med studies at CC, where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. At age 23, he received a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Maryland and became a captain in the U.S. Army, working on hospital ships and treating patients from Germany and Japan. He practiced orthopedic surgery and taught at the University of Arkansas. Surviving are a daughter, Linda MacDougall; three sons, Michael, Robert, and Ted; and five grandchildren.

Virginia Reich Martin, Aug. 25, 2010, in Denver. She graduated from CC with a degree in business administration and banking. Her husband of 63 years, Frank, preceded her in death. Five children survive.

Hope Sabin Norman, March 29, 2010. Devoted to her family, friends, and church. Preceded in death by husband John and survived by sons Douglas, Gerould, and J. Thomas; and daughters Nancy E. McConnell and Susan Guest; and nephew, Philip Genty ’77.


Virginia Gurly Christiansen McGinn, a Delta Gamma, Oct. 24, 2010, in Laguna Niguel, Calif. She is survived by her husband, John F. McGinn ’47; four children; brother Lloyd Christiansen ’42, and sister-in-law Patricia ’42.


Lorraine Ellis Anderson, Sept. 9, 2010, in Grosse Point Woods, Mich. She enjoyed bowling, golfing, traveling, and her family. She was the wife of the late Alexander S. Anderson III; and mother to Carolyn Karas, Allison Baker ’88, and Lara Anderson, and grandmother of Alex and Kelsey Baker and Clara Karas.

Josephine Janssen Donlon, Sept. 18, 2010, in Bokeelia, Fla. She spent her life as a pediatric psychologist, specializing in diagnostic evaluation, counseling, and treatment. She earned a bachelor’s degree from CC and a master’s degree in education. She graduated with a registered nurse degree from Englewood Hospital in New Jersey. Josephine started her career at the New York Psychiatric Institute, then CC, where she met and married Bill ’45. She also worked for Colorado Psychiatric Institute. She is survived by her husband, and children William, Greg, and DruAnn. Daughter Michele predeceased her.

Shirley Anderson Read, April 4, 2010. Survived by her husband, Merwin, and three children.

Susan Schenck Watson, Jan. 10, 2011, in Long Beach, Calif. She earned her bachelor’s in education from Central Oklahoma University and also attended CC. A son, David, survives.


John “Zane” Gray, Aug. 20, 2010, in Ruidoso, N.M. He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1941
to 1945. At CC, he was a Phi Gam fraternity member and played football. A knee injury prevented him from signing with one of two pro teams that drafted him. He entered the banking field and became an honorary member of the Pueblo of Zuni in New Mexico for his good deeds and actions. He was preceded in death by his ex-wife, Eva Jean Gray, and his wife, Mary “Kitty” Gray, as well as his sister Frances Gray Richards ’42 and brother-in-law Paul Baker Richards ’33. He is survived by eight children; nephews Nathan Richards ’63, and Peter Gray Richards ’67, and his wife,
Sue Walsh Richards ’66.

Dellalou Dunbar Swan, July 26, 2010, in Grass Valley, Calif. She founded a spiritual home in the Dances of Universal Peace community, was an art therapist, enjoyed bird watching, organized many groups, and wanted to be remembered as having a “merry heart.”


Donald Royce Wickham, Sept. 8, 2010, in Aurora, Colo. Don fronted the Wickham Family Orchestra in Sterling, Colo., before forming his own touring band, Don Wickham and his Orchestra, in the late 1930s. He signed up for the Navy shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor and became a musician on the USS North Carolina. He became a naval aviation cadet at CC. He purchased a farm implement dealership in Fort Morgan, Colo., and married Helen Baker Witheral and adopted her four children. They also had one daughter together. Helen predeceased Don, as did his second wife, Alice Bronnenberg. He is survived by three daughters, Donna, Kathy, and Shirley Bowles; and son Charles.


John Egger, Jan. 22, 2011, in Colorado Springs. He served in the Navy during World War II and worked as a claims investigator for 40 years, retiring from Equifax. He is remembered for his love of camping, hunting, and fishing. His wife of 53 years, Rosemary, predeceased him. Survivors include his children Joan Sisk, Karen Waters, and Tom.

Lois Cooley Johnson, March 21, 2010, in Northbrook, Ill. She was a club champion golfer at Westmoreland Country Club and loved antiquing. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert. Four children survive.

Robert J. Pringle, April 29, 2010, in Carefree, Ariz. Bob came to CC from Chicago on a football scholarship, but his years at CC were interrupted by the war. After returning from the war and playing quarterback for the CC Tigers, his entire working career was spent with Mountain Bell Telephone Company. He was named by the Colorado governor as chairman of the 1976 Denver Olympic Organizing Committee. He was a member of the CC Alumni Association Board from 1966–68. While at CC, Bob met and married Elizabeth Lamb ’47. His marriage to Liz ended in 1985, and in 1987 he married Virginia Sweet Kay. Bob was preceded in death by his sister Jean Pringle Starrak ’52 and cousin
Jane Pollack Ohl ’50. He is survived by his wife; three children, Robert Pringle ’72, Jean Pringle Kortz, Sandy Pringle Rogers ’79; and 14 grandchildren.

Paul Leonard Vick, May 25, 2010, in Kennewick, Wash. He was a retired manager for the Port of Pasco and Port of Kennewick commissioner.


Milton Reuel Norton, Dec. 6, 2010. Survivors include son Timothy Reuel Norton ’72. After being commissioned a lieutenant in the Army Air Corp., he flew in the Pacific Theater. At CC, he earned a physics degree, and his interest in science and flying shaped his future. He worked at KVOR radio and KKTV, Colorado Springs’ first television station, where he was interviewed on the first broadcast Dec. 7, 1952. He flew for fun and he and his longtime companion, Susan Traner, established Verbal Information Services Inc., bringing technology to the visually impaired. Among survivors are son, Timothy ’72 and his wife, Elizabeth ’72. Predeceasing him in death was brother-in-law Carroll Bryant Bullock ’38.


Donald Norman Duke, Sept. 27, 2010, in San Marino, Calif. The renowned railroad photographer and publisher was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity at CC and editor of their newsletter, the Caduceus, from 1968 to 1980. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in educational psychology. While he could have gone to Duke University at no cost due to his lineage (his great-grandfather was the benefactor for Duke University), he chose Colorado College because his grandparents lived in the state, as well as the fact that Colorado was known for its famed narrow-gauge railroads.
Don worked for General Petroleum (Mobil Oil) in Los Angeles and served in the Merchant Marines. Pacific Railroad Publications was formed in the 1950s out of Don’s love for trains, and later became Golden West Books. He was a Legacy Society member.

Leopold Joseph Kuzma, Nov. 30, 2010, in Muncie, Ind. He served in World War II with the 82nd Airborne.
After the war, he graduated from CC with a bachelor’s degree in business. He played football at CC and was a member of the Fiji fraternity. In 1960, he purchased the McGuff Supply Co. and grew it into one of the largest commercial roofing enterprises in Indiana. Survivors include wife Lou Ann and sons Larry, Tim, Peter, and John; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

George Joel Smith, Dec. 15, 2010. Survivors include his wife, Laurel Kent Smith.

Paul Steahlin, Jan. 3, 2011, in Colorado Springs. The lifelong resident was vice president of finance for Sinton Dairy, loved to ski, and was a member of the National Ski Patrol for 32 years. Survivors include wife Beatrice; three daughters; a stepdaughter; and a stepson.


John H. Koopsen, Dec. 2, 2010. A Sigma Chi, John served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War and owned Koopsen’s Paint and Wallpaper in Carlsbad, N.M., for more than 20 years. He loved to travel. John is survived by his wife of 56 years, Kay; and three sons, Michael, Scott, and Johnny; and four grandchildren.

Donna Mussey, Oct. 14, 2010. Survivors include her husband, William Berry Mussey ’52.

Franklin Tinsley, of Great Falls, Sept. 13, 2010, an Army Air Corps veteran, geologist, and former owner of Big Sky Rentals. The Colorado Springs native earned a geology degree at CC, was a pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II and owned his own business for 23 years. Survivors include his wife, Glenda ’52; daughters Kim Murray and Shelley Rozell; and sons Chris and Mike.


Sidney Floyd Keoughan Jr., Nov. 24, 2010. Among survivors are his wife, Barbara; and children Thomas, Mark, and Kathleen.

William James Thompson Jr., Sept. 27, 2010, in Charlotte, N.C. Bill could skate like the wind at the age
of six and accepted a full hockey scholarship to CC. In his first year of varsity eligibility, 1950–51, he was a starting defenseman on the defending NCAA champion Tigers, a team that again made it to the NCAA Final Four. While in law school at the University of Pittsburgh, he led an Italian hockey team to the 1955 championship in the European Intercontinental League. Bill worked for Faberge for 13 years, concluding as chief operating officer, then opened his own marketing and distribution firm. He was preceded in death in 2003 by his wife of 45 years, former Broadway and Columbia Records singing star Eileen Rodgers Thompson. Survivors include sons, William J. III and Mark; and his companion, Carol G. Lewis.


Marilou Diemer Brown, Jan. 8, 2011. She attended CC and finished her education at Colorado State University. Two children survive.


M. Roy Langford, Feb. 17, 2010, in San Antonio, Texas, where he and his wife, Anne, had moved due to his failing health. The 55-year resident of Colorado Springs spent his career in education and retired from Colorado Springs School District 11. Among survivors are his wife of 62 years; sons Mike, Tim, Steve; and daughter, Colleen Girard.


Bob Edward Rompre, Sept. 13, 2010, at his son’s home in Sun Prairie, Wis. The Olympian played center ice at CC, then made the U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey Team and helped the team win a silver medal at the Olympics in Oslo, Norway. He also set an Olympic record for scoring four goals in one game. Although he had an offer to go pro, Bob owned Rompre’s Department Store in Waupun, Wis. He was a founder of the Waupun Ice Hockey Association. He is survived by children Michael, Jim, and Patty Tappendorf. His son Thomas preceded him in death. Also surviving is former spouse, Nancy Hooker Hall ’56.


Wendy Sarles Bach, Aug. 10, 2010, in Wayzata, Minn. Loving friend and mother is survived by son John Sarles, daughter Anne Zastko, and four grandchildren.

James Kramer, Jan. 9, 2011. He worked in the family business, Colorado Springs Auto Parts, and served as
an organist for many Masonic organizations. Survivors include wife Janet; son Jim; daughter Karen; stepdaughter Christie; and former spouse, Sharon Buller’57.


Pamela Battey Mitchell, Nov. 10, 2010, on Cape Cod. She graduated from CC with a bachelor’s degree focusing on sculpture and dance, and spent two summers at CC dancing under choreographer and modern dance educator Hanya Holm. She worked for the late Sen. Thomas Dodd of Connecticut. Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Jere Mitchell; and daughters Laurie, Wendy O’Sullivan, and Amy Poeppel.


Robert Leroy Bailey, Aug. 11, 2010. Survivors include wife Jan and two children.

Edward Andrew Boychuk, Nov. 1, 2010, in Regina, Saskatchewan. He earned a hockey scholarship to CC and played for the Tigers from 1957 to 1961. An inductee in the Regina Sports Hall of Fame last year, he played junior hockey for the Moose Jaw Canucks before becoming a referee in the Western Canada Major Junior Hockey League and the Saskatchewan Amateur Hockey Association. He was a founder of the Regina Hockey Officials Association, helping explain the interpretation of the rules. He co-founded the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League and is a lifetime member of the Royal Regina Golf Club. Son Jack survives.


Henry Manuel Lujan, Nov. 21, 2010, in Tucson, Ariz. He received his master’s degree in teaching from CC, served in the Marines and became an educator, teaching at Trinidad and Palmer High Schools. He was assistant superintendent at School District 11 in Colorado Springs, and held principalships at several schools. Survivors include his children, Renee, Jaime, and Maria Bain. His first and second wives, Anita and Joan, predeceased him.


Carl Owen Cabbiness, Oct. 8, 2010, in Norman, Okla. He worked for 32 years at Blue Cross and Blue Shield
out of the Tulsa and Oklahoma City offices, ending his career as vice president of operations. He is survived by two sons, Carl and Chris. His wife, Sue, preceded him in death.


Edgar Allen Cole, Jan. 8, 2011. He received a master’s degree from CC. He and his wife, Barbara, were married
in Shove Chapel in 1954. He was a school principal and administrator in Okinawa, Japan. In addition to his wife, Edgar is survived by children Jeri Cole Ebbink and Edgar Allen Cole II; and numerous grandchildren.


Virginia Erdely, Jan. 2, 2011, in Santa Fe, N.M. She graduated high school at 16 and graduated from CC with a degree in anthropology. For 20 years, she worked as a midwife and delivered more than 1,000 babies. Born on the day World War II ended, Aug. 14, 1945, Jinny always put others’ needs before her own. Survivors include her husband, Maky; children David and Maria Trujillo ’98.

Harold Craig Miner, Sept. 12, 2010. Wife Susan survives.


Dana Sue McFee West, Dec. 30, 2010, in West Virginia, while visiting some of her grandchildren. She met her husband, Carlton T. West, while she was attending CC and he was at the Air Force Academy. She and her husband graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s School of Law and practiced law together for many years. They have two sons, Brian and Craig, who survive.


Josephine A. Vadala Estill, Dec. 9, 2010, in Santa Rosa, Calif. The American power in voice research and engineering sang for CBS Radio Network in Hollywood before launching a European solo concert tour, then performed locally with the Colorado Springs Chorale, the Air Force Academy Chorus, the Colorado Springs Symphony, and Colorado Springs Opera. She received a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from CC and, after obtaining a Ph.D. from City University of New York and conducting much research, she launched the Estill Voice Training Systems in 1992. The company was sold in 2004 and is known as Estill Voice International. She and her husband, Thomas, had a daughter, Alice, who survives.


Barbara White McClain, Aug. 11, 2010, in Leawood, Kan. At CC, Barbara was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority. She worked as an advertising representative at the Boulder Daily Camera in Colorado and then marketing executive at Pepsico in suburban New York. She also taught special-needs students at several schools. She is survived by her former spouse, Ronald Theodore McClain ’69; son, William; and brother Robert Mitchell White II ’85.


Mark Elliott, Nov. 17, 2010, in Portland, Ore. He will be remembered as a creative teacher and musician. Mark met Kathy Day ’72 in the cafeteria line at CC, and they married in 1974. He had a 30-year career with Portland public schools, teaching everything from fifth grade to high school photography. Survivors include his wife of 36 years and their children, Cameron and Maren Elliott ’01.

Russell L. Folwell, April 20, 2010. Survivors include his daughter, Courtney. Wife Joanna predeceased him.

Michael D. Mallinger, Aug. 28, 2010, in Colorado Springs. He is survived by his daughter, Amanda T. Mallinger Jozsa ’03, and her husband, Jason Jozsa ’03.


Bruce Shawn Winder, July 28, 2010, after he and his wife, Ellen Cowles Winder ’76, were involved
in a bicycle accident while on a tour with the Davis (California) Bike Club in Quebec, Canada. Bruce was hit and killed instantly by an RV. Ellen sustained injuries from which she has now recovered. Bruce received his bachelor’s degree in biology at CC and earned his Ph.D. in entomology from Colorado State University. He moved with his family to California in 1990 to do research in the entomology and environmental toxicology departments at UC Davis. For the past 10 years, Bruce worked in California EPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a toxicologist, assessing the risks associated with exposure to toxic air contaminants. He was an avid cyclist who commuted daily to his work in Sacramento in all kinds of weather, logging over 100,000 miles on his bicycle. Bruce is survived by his wife, son, daughter, and two grandsons.


Florence Elizabeth Hanagan, Dec. 31, 2010, in Colorado Springs. A lifelong resident, Florence was a high school band director, taught elementary school and was an accomplished singer and musician. She received a master of education degree from CC. She also enjoyed painting. Survivors include her son, Christopher. Her husband, Franklin, preceded her in death.


Tedd Hamaker, Aug. 30, 2010, in Missouri. Described as “a beloved classmate, great friend, accomplished professional, tremendous family man, and supporter of CC” by classmate Chris Pohle ’83, Tedd completed veterinary school at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. He acquired Missouri’s oldest vet 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 ’85 Pohle, 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 survivors are his wife Crista Hogan, and children Joe, Lena, and Daniel.

Laura Ann Hershey, Nov. 26, 2010, in Denver. The renowned Colorado disability rights activist, writer, and poet received an honorary doctorate for her work from CC, where she also earned her undergraduate degree. She was born with a form of muscular dystrophy and lived in a wheelchair and was a prominent voice in the disability rights movement. Survivors include her partner, Robin Stephens; daughter Shannon; and brother John.


Jennifer Ransom Haydel, Sept. 17, 2010. Jennie was born in Berkeley, Calif., and educated at CC, The New College, and Holy Names University. She was working on her master’s degree and beginning student teaching in math at the time of her death. She was motivated by a sense of justice and fairness and was involved with Streetside Stories, Food Not Bombs, Habitat for Humanity, and other nonprofits. She was an athlete, an artist, a photographer, and seamstress. She is survived by her mother and father, Leslie and Jim; and three sisters.


Michael Davis’s death was announced in the April 2010 Bulletin. His parents would like to share the following about their son: “After graduating from Colorado College in 2004, Michael spent time during the summers of 2004 and 2005 volunteering at the Bairo Pite Clinic in East Timor. East Timor was, at the time, the youngest and poorest country in the world. His work there solidified his desire to become a doctor. During his second year at Loyola Medical School, he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. After his diagnosis, he presented his story to Cancer Caregiver’s Conference, which was then published. He then wrote and presented on his specific tumor to his classmates, professors, and medical school administrators. Michael handled his diagnosis with grace and deep compassion for his family and friends. He is greatly missed by his parents, Bruce and Barbara Davis ’73, his sister Katie ’01 and his brother Jonathan. Additional CC alumni include Michael’s uncle Tad Davis ’67, his aunts Lisa Davis ’67 and Anne Berry ’70, and his cousins Malia Davis ’92 and Diana Tapay ’06.”


David Blackett, Feb. 27, 2011. David grew up in Northern California and graduated from Bentley Upper School in 2008. He transferred to the college after his freshman year at University of California at San Diego. David was an English major and had recently chosen the creative writing track. He was a passionate student and a voracious reader. He was an accomplished sailor and sailing instructor, an able actor, a black belt in Tai Kwon Do, and an enthusiastic beginning rock climber, surfer, and outdoorsman. David’s many friends knew him as a bright, funny, entertaining, charismatic, sensitive, caring, and loyal buddy. He will be sorely missed. A campus celebration of David’s life at the college was held on March 30, 2011. A memorial scholarship fund has been established in his name. Information on purpose of the fund and how to contribute can be obtained from Debby Fowler in the development office ( or Dean Mike Edmonds (


Matthew R. Simmons, father of Emma Simmons ’06 and a member of the President’s Circle, died suddenly Aug. 8, 2010. He founded the Ocean Energy Research Institute in Rockland, Maine. He is survived by his wife, Ellen, and their five daughters. He also was former chairman of Simmons & Company International.

Stephanie Benton, wife of Ed Benton ’50, died Nov. 28, 2010. She taught Latin and Greek at CC and the University of Denver. Stephanie and Ed met at CC and were married for almost 60 years. Survivors include daughters, Margrit, who
lives in Singapore, and Mary, of Lima, Peru.

Oakah L. Jones, Jr., Nov. 23, 2010, in Colorado Springs. He was an accomplished author and professor. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie, and children, Christopher ’83 and Marcia Curtis. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathleen ’80. The family requests donations be made to the Kathleen Ann Jones Memorial Fund at Colorado College, c/o Development Office, 14 E. Cache La Poudre, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80903.