WEDDINGS & CELEBRATIONS
Kathy French and Judy De Groot, July 10, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Dana Menzel Hall and Matt Hall, July 26, 2014, near Tabernash, Colorado.
Victoria Murray and Andrew Flanagan, April 18, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Emily Zinn and Devin Jamroz, July 11, in Allenspark, Colorado.
Kaitlyn Hyser and Jesse Anderson, July 18, in Estes Park, Colorado.
BIRTHS & ADOPTIONS
Dana Menzel Hall and Matt Hall, twin daughters Kennedy and Elliotte Hall, Dec. 23, 2014.
Stephanie Shaw Johnson and Kevin Michael Johnson ’01, a daughter, Adele Gramercy Johnson, on July 1, in Irvine, California.
Justin Doolittle and Kimberly Doolittle, a son, Jack Charles Doolittle, Sept. 17, in Bellevue, Washington.
Raffaello Sacerdoti and Elizabeth Nelson Sacerdoti ’05,a daughter, Lily Victoria, July 16, in Denver, Colorado.
Jenny Dahlstrom Campos and Paul Campos, a son, Sergio David Campos, Dec. 4, 2014, in Boulder, Colorado.
Jaime Boswell and her husband, Christopher Cammack, a son, Francis Gabriel, Feb. 11, in Fairfax, Virginia.
Kate Miller Son and Roland Son, a boy, Felix James, Aug. 17, in Dallas, Texas.
Catherine Louise Howard, July 29, in Mount Angel, Oregon, at age 97. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature before marrying Gerald C. Howard ’39 and raising two sons, Frank and David, in Colorado Springs. She moved to Oregon after her husband of 54 years passed away.
Charles Florian Cajori, Dec. 1, 2013, at age 92. One of the last of the second generation of abstract expressionist artists, Charles was the grandson of the renowned mathematician Florian Cajori. He co-founded the Tanager Gallery, one of the first artist-run co-operatives in New York, and was a charter member of the faculty of the New York Studio. He remained active as a teacher until last year and also was on the faculty at Queens College for many years. Charles’ work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, and the Whitney. His piece titled “Epistrophy I” is one of the showpieces at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Connecticut. Survivors include his wife, Barbara. He was preceded in death by his parents, Florian Cajori 1914 and Marion H. Cajori 1913. He will be remembered for being wise, principled, wry, and humorous.
Alice Anderson Northcutt, Sept. 26, in Denver, Colorado. She was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority and received a bachelor’s degree in art history. Alice worked as a passenger agent for United Airlines, traveled extensively, and loved adventure. She also managed real estate properties and worked in the bill room at the Wyoming State Legislature. An astute business woman, masterful bridge player, and loyal friend, Alice is survived by her daughters, Alison Northcutt Miller ’71 and Barbara Northcutt Laybourn ’75; and son-in-law Mark T. Miller ’75.
Clyde Eaton Smith, March 13. He was a member of the 1874 Society and the Barnes Society. His daughter, Carolyn Craig, and granddaughter Allison Craig ’04, survive. His wife, Lucy Mosenthal Smith, preceded him in death.
Rosemary Tonelli Kembel, Feb. 14, in Stockton, California. She was 91. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kleath Ammon Kembel ’45.
Lee C. Clement, June 11, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, the Woman’s Educational Society, the 50 Year Club, and the 1874 Society. Her interests ranged from classical music and opera to golf and backpacking. She was a founding board member of the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Survivors include three daughters, Shila, Cindy, and Marcia. Her husband, C. Franklin Clement, passed away in 2008.
Robert P. “Pat” Mailhouse, July 15, at his home in Branford, Connecticut. World War II interrupted Pat’s studies at CC. He remembered walking toward Bemis Hall on Dec. 7, 1941, when some of his classmates asked if he had heard about Pearl Harbor. Pat replied, “Who’s she?” At his Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house, members gathered by the radio to hear President Roosevelt’s speech declaring war. As a member of the 9th Army Air Corps, 409th bomb group, Pat operated a radio direction finder to help guide bombers in England and France and returned to CC after VJ Day. Pat enjoyed the social life at The Broadmoor Hotel, parties at Garden of the Gods, and cramming for exams at the Navajo Hogan. He was a member of the 1874 Society and considered his undergraduate years at CC among the happiest years of his life. He remained close to CC and returned for his 50th reunion. Pat also established the Robert “Pat” Mailhouse 1946 Endowed Scholarship, which the Walton Family Foundation matched toward grants for high-need, first-generation college students. Pat co-founded Twentieth Century Advertising in San Diego, California, before returning to his family’s business, the Plymouth Electric Co., where his financial acumen helped distribution of Zenith, Kitchen Aid, and Amana products thrive. A lifelong baseball fan, Pat was at the game when Lou Gehrig made his famous retirement speech. His wit, guidance, and humor will be missed. Among survivors are three children: Marla, Emily, and Robert; granddaughter Shannon Dunn ’10; former spouse Donne Clayton la Rue Whisenand ’47; and his wife, Joyce Buczynski.
Jessica C. Gross, Aug. 17, in El Paso, Texas. She was an avid golfer, traveler, and member of the Ceilo Vista Garden Club. Her husband, Harry, preceded her in death.
John Carson Purfield, July 12, in Pueblo, Colorado. He was 92. John served in the U.S. Navy as a radioman first class with confidential duties in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He earned a degree in English from CC and had a 45-year career in journalism, first working at newspapers in Reno, Nevada, Leadville, Colorado, and Jefferson City, Missouri, before he and his wife, Dorothy, moved to Pueblo, Colorado where he was a reporter and editor with the Pueblo Star-Jounal and The Pueblo Chieftain. John enjoyed playing golf, staying on top of the news, following sports, bowling, and, above all, spending time with his family. He was committed to family, faith, hard work, and doing the right thing. Dorothy died in 2006. Survivors include his children, Michael, Patrick, Joel, Kathy Purfield-Wollert ’85, Janice, Mary, and Tom; and a brother, William Joseph Purfield ’50.
Joyce Charles Larkin, Sept. 10, in Buffalo, Wyoming. She was 88. She received her bachelor’s from CC in chemistry in 1950 and her master’s from CC in 1954 and began her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse near Ridgway, Colorado. She met her husband, David, while teaching in Haines, Alaska. They relocated to Buffalo and bought a diner, café, and gas station and operated it for 25 years. She was involved in her church, elections, a garden club, and outdoor activities. Survivors include her husband, David Larkin. She was preceded in death by a sister, Jacqueline Charles Rezac ’52; her mother, Edna Charles ’27; and an uncle, Arthur Seaver ’25.
Willard A. Bochte, April 14. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from CC and was a World War II veteran. He also was a farmer, builder, and developer and had four children, Bruce, Janice, Barbara, and Judith. His wife, Marilynn Meeker Bochte ’44, preceded him in death.
Evelyn L. Van Lopik Stark, Sept. 7, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was 86. A third-generation Colorado native, Evelyn made lifelong friends through her Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and did volunteer work for the Colorado Springs Symphony Guild, Junior League, the Pioneers Museum, and her neighborhood association. She also enjoyed entertaining. Two children, Lance Stark and Gail Brewster, are among the survivors. She was preceded in death by her husband, David; her mother, Helen Danks Van Lopik ’26; an aunt, Georgie Ritchey ’30; and an uncle, Beryl Ritchey ’29.
Gloria Perry Sarrazin, May 8, in Sun Lakes, Arizona. She was 87. At CC, she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She worked as an elementary school teacher in Denver for 38 years and retired in Arizona to play tennis, golf, and travel. Her husband, Jack, preceded her in death.
Timothy J. Drew, Aug. 2, in Casper, Wyoming. He served in the Navy, and after obtaining his bachelor’s degree from CC in business administration worked in the land department at Sinclair Oil Co. in Wyoming. He earned a master’s in social work from Rutgers University and returned to the oil and gas industry as an independent energy land man, retiring in 1998.
Dean Edwin Severin, Aug. 20, in Eaton, Colorado, at age 88. He and his wife, Hazel King Severin ’48 both attended CC; Dean attended for one year and then went to work on the family farm, while Hazel completed her degree. He served as the Soil Conservation Service supervisor and loved camping, fishing, and water skiing. At age 80, he tried snow skiing. Dean served as a deacon at First Congregational Church of Eaton and was the church school superintendent. Survivors include children Linda Heesch and Carl Severin; and a daughter-in-law, Juleigh Heuston Severin ’77. His wife preceded him in death.
Caroline Stevenson Beebe, June 12, in California at age 86. She was a Delta Gamma at CC and raised three children, David, Jane, and Elizabeth Luckhardt. Caroline always had a home darkroom to nurture her passion for photography before opening a photography studio. She also had two stepchildren, Tom and Caroline, from her husband, Kirk, who passed away in 2010.
Barbara Rose Owens, Sept. 17, in Rossmoor, California. She graduated from CC with a bachelor’s degree in geology and lived in several southern states while raising a family and teaching neighborhood children to swim. She enjoyed biking, sailing, playing the accordion, and adventures. She was active in the League of Women Voters and volunteered with women’s shelters. Survivors include children Stephen, Patrick, and Lyn. Her cheerful outlook and generous nature will be missed.
Clare Morris Peckham, Sept. 7, in Stonington, Connecticut. She was 86. A retired librarian from a family of renowned journalists, Clare had four children, worked at The Hartford Times and the Day newspapers and retired in 1994. Her brother, Joe Morris Jr., was a foreign correspondent killed by a sniper in Tehran while covering the Iranian Revolution. With her partner, John Coffey, she shared a love of the theater, Broadway, dance, music, travel, and entertaining. She had a gift for abiding friendships. Survivors include her partner and three children, Molly, Alex, and Andrew. She was predeceased by a son, Robert.
Pat Gormley, July 8, in Grand Junction, Colorado. An enthusiastic and respected CC ambassador, Pat served on the Alumni Association Board and on the Board of Trustees as president of the AAB, was a member of the 1874 Society, and recommended many high school students from Colorado’s Western Slope to CC. Pat’s support led former CC President Richard Celeste to visit the Grand Junction community to recruit outstanding students to CC. In 2011, Pat and his wife, Ruth Harker Hunt Gormley ’52, established the Gormley Family Endowed Scholarship at CC.
Pat’s contributions to the community of Grand Junction also will leave a legacy. A banker, a pillar of the downtown area, the city’s unofficial historian, and a champion of Glade Park settlers, Pat ran the Mesa Federal Savings and Loan and was involved in the Colorado Riverfront Project, the redevelopment of the Avalon Theatre, the Mesa County Land Conservancy, and St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation. He also served on the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the state’s Water Resources Power Development Authority. Pat was known for having a deep passion for the heritage and history of Mesa County. In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, John Patrick Gormley ’79, Thomas Sherlock Gormley ’78, and James Gormley. His mother, Mrs. James Sherlock Gormley ’28, preceded him in death.
Lorelei Wilkening Kley, June 26. She was a resident of Naples, Florida.
William Berry Mussey, Nov. 24, 2014. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from CC. His wife, Donna Hutton Mussey ’52, preceded him in death.
Duncan Calder Stephens III, May 30, in Woodbury, Connecticut. He attended CC and earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. He served in the Far East at the end of the Korean War, worked as a communications and public relations consultant, published two books on home remodeling, and sang bass in a barbershop group. Survivors include his wife, Eileen, and four children. A daughter preceded him in death.
Joan Hiestand Drachman, July 13, in California. An accomplished watercolor artist in San Diego until her death, Joan had four children, Brud, Debbie, Diane, and Daren. She loved animals, gardening, cooking, and her Christian faith. Her husband, Frank, preceded her in death.
Floyd Earl Frame, July 21, at his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at age 86. Known for producing outdoor brass band concerts, Floyd earned a bachelor’s degree in music from CC in 1954 and a master’s degree in 1958. He began his career playing the trumpet at age 10 and became a professional musician at 13. He was loved for his conducting skills and was the first instrumental music teacher in Harrison School District 2. He also played in a dance band seven nights a week, taught private trumpet lessons, and ran a real estate business. Survivors include his wife, Jerolyn; two children; and seven grandchildren.
Judith Baker Hartwell, Dec. 25, 2014, in Canada. She and her husband, Ronald Hartwell, settled in Calgary, where they raised four boys. Judy was a free spirit who loved to sing and dance, and had a passion for the arts, opera, and musical theater. At age 50, she was ordained as a minister of the Church of Truth and studied the metaphysical world extensively. She believed in life after death and said she would make her encore appearance in a red Lamborghini. Survivors include her sons, James Baker Hartwell ’80, Ronald Jr., Gary, and Todd; former spouse, Ronald Hartwell ’52; and family member Kenneth Hartwell ’61.
Barbara Cannon Teske, Sept. 11, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She received her bachelor’s degree in music education from CC and loved teaching music in Colorado Springs School District 11 for 43 years. She sang in many choirs and raised four children. She never met a stranger and greeted all pets and babies. Barbara always had a twinkle in her eye and a song on her lips. Survivors include her husband, Jerry Dean Teske ’56, children Tamara, Todd, Troy, and Tracy.
Robert Rene Nadeau, Sept. 9, in North Mankato, Minnesota. He channeled his energy into music and studied under the world-famous conductor, Antonia Brico, and toured Europe with her. He and his wife, Ann Brainerd, taught and performed in the music department at Mankato State University for 30 years. Robert will be remembered for his sense of humor, his humility, and his intelligence and wit. Four children, Jeffrey, Amy, Tracy and Robert, are among the survivors.
William Carne Phelps Jr., Aug. 13, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas. A gifted jeweler for 25 years, he started working in a tent in New Hampshire and had stores in Plano, Texas, and Naples, Florida. He could make anything with his hands, including radio-controlled airplanes, furniture, and violins, along with jewelry. Quick with a joke and a smile, William’s greatest joy was his family and friends. Survivors include his wife, Velma; and his children Dave, Bill, Joy, and John. His first wife, Lois, preceded him in death.
Basil Edward Blume, June 20, at home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from CC and owned Springs Invest & Development Inc. and became a large land developer in Colorado Springs. He and his first wife, Sharon Foster, had two children, and he was the stepfather of three children. His wife, Eugenia, is among the survivors.
Lida Picton Sloan, June 12, in Seattle, Washington. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Romance Languages and married Carl Sloan. The couple operated an abstract fine art photography business, Electric Voodoo. Lida also worked in international trade. Her husband survives.
Nancy Ellis Keith, Aug. 19, at her home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She had a career in social research in Head Start and senior nutrition programs. She was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority and involved with the Girl Scouts and Rainbow for Girls. She also was an accomplished pianist and violinist. Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Arlando “Bo” Keith, and children Greg Sandusky, Wendy Cook, and Peter Keith.
Edwin Grant Ruland, Sept. 14, in Grand Junction, Colorado, at age 79. Known as one of the area’s best legal-eagles, Edwin served two stints on the Colorado Court of Appeals and then returned to private practice in Grand Junction. “An unfailingly sweet man with a great self-deprecating sense of humor” was how a Mesa County chief district judge described him. Edwin earned his law degree from the Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas. His wife, Marilyn, survives.
Leon F. “Lee” Higgins, July 27, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Lee lied about his age to enlist in the Marines and fight in World War II, then served as a medic in the Korean War for the Navy and won three Purple Heart medals. He received a master’s degree from CC and became a teacher of speech, English, and history. He also coached debate and worked in administration. Lee’s dual career was managing Seven Falls, a tourist attraction in Colorado Springs. Lee made friends and family laugh, kept them grounded, and showed them how to live life well. Survivors include four daughters, Katy, Peggy, Maureen, and Erin, and their families. His wife, Ann Reiheld Higgins ’71, died in 2009 of cancer.
Mary Alice Root Bohling, Aug. 19, in Jetmore, Kansas. She graduated from CC Phi Beta Kappa with a history degree and started her teaching career in California before moving to Colorado. She married and became a Kansas farmwife and mother of two daughters. Mary taught Sunday school, ran for state representative, and was a Colorado Springs Sky Sox baseball fan to the end. Survivors include her husband, Marvin, and daughters Diane Hanson and Lou Ann Barker.
David William Papendick, Aug. 30, in Ocala, Florida, at age 78 of leukemia. He attended CC, became a certified financial analyst, and worked for several financial institutions. David’s love was bridge, and he recently became a director of the Ocala Duplicate Bridge Club. He also bred Arabian horses, played tennis, and liked shopping for bargains. Survivors include his devoted friend and companion, James Volz.
Sue Dye Skinner, Aug. 17, in St. George, Utah, at age 78. She had a successful and fulfilling career in the travel industry and taught travel at the Bryman School in Salt Lake City. Survivors include her husband of 57 years, John; and their children, Larry and Kathy.
David Fulton Parker, July 7, in Escondido, California, at age 79. A popular longtime educator and coach at Orange Glen High, David, at 5-foot-8, played basketball with Wilt Chamberlain at the University of Kansas and football at CC, where he met his future wife of 53 years, Valerie Jean McNaught-Davis Parker ’61. He transferred to Fort Hays State University, where he earned NAIA all-American honors playing quarterback and was courted by several professional teams. He taught English and Shakespeare, coached football, track, and boys and girls varsity tennis. Survivors include his wife, son Eric, and daughter Kelley.
Raymond Joseph Libonati, Aug. 29, in Denver, Colorado. He attended CC for one year on a basketball scholarship and stuffed 20 pounds of change in his pockets to meet the weight requirements to become a cop. He worked for the Denver Police Department and joined the Denver Police Basketball Team, which placed second in a national championship against Kentucky. He made detective and got shot in the stomach as an undercover cop working in narcotics. He was promoted to sergeant and then lieutenant.
George A. Doolittle, May 26, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, of heart disease. He passed away peacefully, and had time with his family, his wife, Violet, son Roy, daughters Yvonne and Charlene, and other relatives, to laugh, share, and provide comfort.
Robert Nym Park III, June 23, in Seattle, Washington. He was interested in all things electrical and mechanical from a young age and graduated from CC with honors. He never tired of staying in contact with his CC classmates. He pursued a non-traditional career path, investing and speculating in the stock market, being involved in entrepreneurial ventures, working the standup comedy circuit, playing guitar, taking photos, and writing. He loved being an uncle and will be remembered as a unique character with great wit.
John V. Pearson Jr., Dec. 27, 2014, in Bothell, Washington, at age 68. An environmentally conscious steward of the earth who installed solar panels on his home and was known around his neighborhood as the pooper scooper, John also was a great volunteer, serving as a foster dog home for a local shelter and on the neighborhood association board. He worked as a journalist, a substitute teacher, and a hardware store employee.
Richard John “Dick” Whittemore, July 5, at age 59. Dick, of Portland, Oregon, had just completed a weekend of racing his BMW 325 in Auburn, Washington, when he developed breathing problems and later experienced cardiac arrest. He graduated cum laude from CC with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and attended Northwestern School of Law and Lewis & Clark College. Dick practiced law for more than 30 years, specializing in product liability defense, clergy malpractice, and commercial litigation. He twice survived non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and never complained. He will be remembered for his confidence, grace, devotion, and professionalism. Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Carolyn.
Claire Louise Miller Zimmerman, May 24, in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from CC with a bachelor’s degree in political science, she earned a master’s degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and worked for the Southland Corp. in Dallas, Texas. She and her husband, Gene, had two children, Chloe and Eric, who survive. She enjoyed her family and working with dogs at the Humane Society and Guide Dogs for the Blind. Her former husband, David Elias Schoenbaum’78, also survives.
Peter Adams Oatman, Aug. 30, in Boulder, Colorado, of pancreatic cancer. A pioneering entrepreneur in renewable energy, dedicated skier, and outdoorsman, Peter earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from CC, where he met his soulmate, Dottie Hiersteiner ’78. After earning a master’s in engineering from the University of Colorado—Boulder, Peter spent 30 years working for energy-efficiency companies and championing solar power, wind, biofuels, and lighting technologies. He had indomitable high spirits, pragmatism, and reverence for the universe’s mysteries. Survivors include his wife and daughters, Maddie and Avery; sisters Loris, Ann Oatman-Gardner ’80, and Julia; a brother-in-law, Dan Gardner ’78; and his parents, Janet Oatman ’53 and David Oatman ’51.
Kathryn “Katy” Lewis Atkinson, Sept. 24, in Denver, Colorado, of brain cancer. She was 59. She had operated Katy Atkinson & Associates, a political consulting firm, since 1991, working mostly for Republican candidates, as well as nonpartisan issues. One of her proudest efforts was working for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She worked for candidates she believed in, including former Republican U.S. Reps. Scott McInnis and Tom Tancredo. She also helped former Gov. Bill Owens gain approval for a state spending initiative in 2005. She will be remembered for being a good friend, compassionate, fair, and hard-working. Survivors include her son, Randy.
Christopher Owen Fiore, Nov. 29, 2014. He worked for Walter & Moody Associates. Survivors include siblings Susan Mary Fiore ’86 and Mark Fiore ’91.
George Hodges Garfield Jr., June 26, after a 21-month struggle with ALS. He had just celebrated his 58th birthday. George loved CC and wanted to support current students. Donations in his memory may be made to the Colorado College Alumni Association Board Scholarship Endowment. He was the great- great-grandson of President James Abram Garfield, the 20th president of the United States. George received his bachelor’s degree in history from CC and a master’s of business administration from the University of Denver. He spent most of his career in commercial real estate, including working for Walt Disney Co. and Seagrams/Universal Studios. He founded Lightship Ventures in 2002, consulting on urban real estate assets. His quick wit, intellect, and integrity will be remembered. Survivors include his wife, Patricia; two children, Taylor and Peter; a sister, Susan Garfield Bowditch ’82; and brother-in-law Ed Bowditch ’86, a member of the Alumni Association Board. CC alumni who attended the memorial service in July were Mike La Mair ’80, who gave one of the eulogies, and Daniel McBride ’80.
Thomas Joseph “T.J.” McGinty III, July 19, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was 63. An entrepreneur, philanthropist, musician, and family man, he moved to Colorado Springs as part of his involvement with Young Life, a Christian outreach for high school students. T.J. played guitar in rock and country bands to earn money to pay for his CC education. He started the American Dental Group and was an international sales representative for Gibson Guitars. He also did philanthropic work in Haiti with his son, Ryan, who survives, along with his wife, Susan, and daughter Kelsey.
Jerry Dale Meier, June 16, in Pueblo, Colorado. He graduated from CC with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and earned a master’s degree in public health from San Diego State University. His leadership skills helped him become a nonprofit consultant, grant writer, evaluator, and analyst for many companies in California and Colorado. He was a complicated man with many talents and mysteries but always helped people in need. Survivors include his life partner, Jaime; and siblings Ken, Paulette, Larry, and Greg.
Sandra Kay Bogich, Sept. 6, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, suddenly of a pulmonary embolism. She was the first graduate of the psychiatry residence program at the University of Nevada — Reno. Sandra worked as a staff psychiatrist at several clinics and was well liked by patients and staff. Sandra loved her garden, violin, books, and fly fishing. She wished that her earthly remains be donated to medical science. Her husband, Roger, survives.
Carlos J. Martinez, May 19, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Carlos met his future wife, Sandy Gonzales ’93, in the fall of 1989 during the Minority Welcoming Picnic for first-year students. Carlos’ pink shirt and wild hair caught Sandy’s attention. They married July 29, 1995, in San Antonio, Texas. Carlos worked in the IT industry and loved traveling, running, Taco John’s, and aliens. Survivors include his wife.
Edith Joan Mullins Caudill Cook, Aug. 14, in Hamilton, Ohio, at age 64. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from CC, followed by a master’s in literacy from the University of Dayton. She headed the English department at Jefferson High in Dayton, was passionate about reading, and sang and performed for many years. Survivors include her children, Nicole and Jason, and ex-husband Mark Alan Cook ’92.
Jay Houston Marx, July 19, in a swimming accident in Mills River, North Carolina. Jay was 45 and from Annapolis, Maryland. A well-known activist, artist, historian, poet, and peaceful revolutionary, Jay committed his life to humanism and peace advocacy. He attended CC as a Boettcher Scholar and served as coordinator of the Washington Peace Center in Washington, D.C., 2007-08, where he led the Peace Center’s actions marking the fifth anniversary of the U.S war in Iraq, and traveled to Japan and Vietnam to raise awareness of the impacts of the chemicals and bombs used by the U.S. in the Vietnam War and World War II. He worked on the passage of the Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Energy Conversion Act, introduced in Congress in April for the 12th time. Jay leavened his passion for causes that mattered to him with warmth, good humor, genuineness, and a pure joie de vivre. Survivors include his parents, Diane Marx of Denver, Colorado, and Jon Marx of Phoenix, Arizona.
Luke Andrew Manger-Lynch, May 17, near Jackson, Wyoming. The father of three sons was caught in an avalanche while climbing for backcountry skiing at Mount Moran in Grand Teton National Park. He was 39. A well-known conservationist and explorer, Luke started the Wyoming office of the Conservation Fund in 2006 and worked as the state director. For his work in protecting more than 150,000 acres, the Public Lands Foundation in 2012 honored Luke with the Public Lands Stewardship award. Luke was a lifelong outdoorsman with a generous nature and kind spirit. For 87 days in the summer of 2001, Luke and three friends from a wilderness camp they had attended as kids canoed 1,600 miles from northern Saskatchewan to the Arctic Ocean to raise money for the camp. Along the way, they encountered grizzly bears and a herd of caribou, but the group was self-sufficient, receiving outside assistance just once during the summer. The trip raised funds to establish an endowment to sponsor campers each year at Camp Manito-wish. Survivors include his wife, Kathy, and their children, Max, 6, Will, 3, and Sam, 1. Luke was preceded in death by his brother, Matthew, who died in a 2008 cycling accident in Chicago.
Shawnan Douglas Banus, June 29, in San Francisco, California. He ended his life after a long battle with depression. Shawnan will be remembered for his vibrant, adventurous, sensitive, insightful, and clever nature. At CC, he was known for his thoughtful and zany contributions to the Twit Improv Troupe. Among his collegiate theatrical accomplishments were leading roles in “Hamlet,” “Our Town,” “The Curse of the Starving Class,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and “Angels in America.” He moved to California, joined an improv troupe, and enjoyed many sports, including soccer, lacrosse, and ultimate Frisbee. Survivors include a brother, Seavron; his stepfather, John Draper; and his mother, Elizabeth Denison. Gifts for Colorado College Rising Star Fund may be mailed in his name to CC, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903, memo Rising Star Fund: In Celebration of the Life of Shawnan Banus.
Two Faculty Members Honor Son with Endowment
Two members of the CC faculty have established an endowment fund in honor of their son. Mario Montaño, associate professor of anthropology, and Diane Alters, lecturer in journalism, have established the Armando Alters Montaño Writers@Grinnell Endowment Fund in honor of Armando “Mando” Alters Montaño. The 22-year-old was a 2012 graduate of Grinnell College who died in June of that year while working as an Associated Press intern in Mexico City. The fund created by Montaño and Alters supports the Writers@Grinnell program in memory of Mando’s dedication to nonfiction and fiction writing, journalism, and the creative process.