WEDDINGS & CELEBRATIONS
Annie Hereford Rohrbach and Gary Walker, July 19, 2015, in Newport Beach, California.
Kaaren Bock and Andre Locke, Aug. 15, 2015, in Oakland, California.
Justin Broce and Anthony Poe, July 4, 2015, in Austin, Texas.
Theresa “Terry” de la Garza and Matthew Provencher, March 14, 2015, in Junction City, Kansas.
Liz Bullock and Andrew Ward, May 30, 2015, in Boston, Massachusetts.
BIRTHS & ADOPTIONS
Holly Storm and Rob Cobb, a son, River Storm Cobb, on May 8, 2015, in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
Hadiya Strasberg and Kevin Horne, a son, Caiden Crinion, Oct. 11, 2015, in Boston, New York.
Lauren Bennett Watel and Ethan Watel, a son, Bennett Robert Watel, on June 6, 2015, in Denver, Colorado.
Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Cochran Schulp, Jan. 13, 2016, at age 95. Betty worked as a chemist and teacher and served as a member of the Manitou Springs Women’s Club and the American Needlepoint Guild. Her husband, Philip C. Schulp, preceded her in death. She is survived by her son Philip P. Schulp and daughter Gretchen, among others.
Lucia Evelyn Brown Young Weiler, Oct. 28, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was 96. At CC, Evelyn was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma who graduated with a B.A. in business administration and banking, and Phi Beta Kappa honors. She worked in customer relations and bookkeeping at Colorado Springs National Bank, and later as office manager for the medical practice of her second husband, Dr. Reginald B. Weiler, until his death in 1970. Evelyn was also preceded in death by her sister, Catherine Brown Henderson ’39, MAT ’41. Among surviving family members is her daughter Janet Young, who lived with and cared for Evelyn for the past several years, and was with her at the time of her passing.
John William “Jake” Howland, Nov. 22, at age 95. During World War II, Jake was a B-17 Pathfinder navigator with the 8th Air Force and flew numerous missions from England, including one over Gold Beach on D-Day. He returned to earn a B.S. in geology from Colorado College, then worked for 30 years with Gulf Oil and for seven years as an independent consultant for land reclamation. Jake was also an avid fisherman. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy Archer Howland, and his survivors include his son Johnny and daughters Priscilla and Nancy.
Nancy Gupton Aitken, May 23, at age 91. She was preceded in death by her husband John Aitken in 2009. Survivors include a son, David Aitken ’69, and a daughter, Peggy.
Margaret Strain Mallard, June 29, at age 90. Margaret was known as a “master of giving back” and a champion of adult literacy in her community of San Angelo, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband John Edward Mallard. Survivors include her daughter Sidney.
Helen Louise Holmes Bond, Jan. 18, 2016, at age 89, and Richard Sennett Bond ’49, Nov. 20, 2015, at age 91. Richard served as a Marine B-25 pilot in the U.S. Navy between 1942 and 1945. At CC, he met Helen, a psychology major. They were married for 67 years. Daughters Katherine, Margaret, and Julia survive both their parents.
Mary Ann Woodward Packard, Sept. 24, at age 90. At CC, she joined the Biology Club and met Robert Goodale Packard ’50, whom she married in 1948. Together with their four children they lived in Grand Junction, Colorado, where Mary Ann served as a puppeteer, a PTA member, and the first woman on the vestry at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, among other accomplishments. She also belonged to Kappa Kappa Gamma and was a 70-year member of P.E.O. Robert preceded her in death. She is survived by children Bob, Ann, Gail, and Jeanne, as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Helen Cynthia Pickerill Poroda, Oct. 7, at age 89. She was predeceased by her husband, Donald Louis Poroda ’43.
Joanne Richards Casebeer, March 17, 2015, at age 88. Joanne was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, George Herbert Casebeer ’51 and her son Doug. She is survived by sons Brian Casebeer ’85 and Steve Casebeer, as well as five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Harold Martin Wakefield, Dec. 3, in Frederick, Maryland. He was 93. Harold served with the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, with duty in Hawaii and the Midway Islands. Upon receiving a degree in political science from CC, he went on to earn a master’s in government from the University of New Hampshire and to complete studies at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort McNair. He began work for the U.S. Air Force in 1949 and held various positions in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff Research and Development. Later he worked for the director of defense research and engineering in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He retired in 1978. Outside of military life, he was a member of the Little River United Church of Christ in Annandale, Virginia, and served as a deacon and on many of its boards. His wife, Elizabeth, preceded him in death in 2012, after 66 years of marriage. Survivors include his four children: Michael, Wendy, Mark, and Kerri.
Eugene “Gene” Albo, May 3, at age 91. A Pueblo, Colorado, native, Gene studied education at CC and helped set a state collegiate record on its 2-mile relay team. As a radio gunner on a B-17 bomber in World War II, he escaped German capture after a crash landing and went on to complete more than 30 missions. For his service, he received a Purple Heart, an Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and five battle stars. Gene earned a Ph.D. in education from University of Denver and worked as a teacher, coach, principal, and administrator for Aurora Public Schools over nearly 40 years. He also held the presidency of the Colorado High School Activities Association. Gene is survived by his wife of 65 years, Betty; children Stephanie, David, and Tim; and two grandchildren.
Richard Sennett Bond; see Helen Louise Holmes Bond ’47.
Kathryn Kubik Dougherty, Feb. 1, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband Alan.
Alden Arthur “Swede” Hanson, Nov. 11, in southern El Paso County. Swede was 95 years old. As a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, he participated in the North Africa and Sicily campaigns and attained the rank of first sergeant, with numerous decorations. After earning his B.A. from CC, he worked as a logistics manager for the U.S. Air Force. Later, he moved on to the Colorado Land Company, where he became managing partner and worked until he was 81 years old in a corner office on the ground floor of Colorado Springs’ old Holly Sugar Building. He also was an Alcoholics Anonymous member for 62 uninterrupted years and helped bring AA to southern Colorado, establishing groups from Colorado Springs to the New Mexico border. It was Swede’s strong desire that his lifelong affiliation with AA — recognized as “extraordinary” by a national leader as recently as a month before his death — be highlighted in his obituary.
Alvin “Al” Jesse Schisler, Jan. 4, 2016, in Gladstone, Missouri, at age 91. Al was a geology major at CC. Among surviving family members are his wife Dorothy Lucas Schisler ’49, his children Dave, Cyndie, and Dan, and six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Walter “Walt” Clarence Sweet, Dec. 4, at age 88. Walt graduated Phi Beta Kappa from CC, then earned his master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Oslo, Norway, during 1956-57 and a visiting professor at Lund University in Sweden in 1966, the same year he was promoted to full professor at The Ohio State University. Walt’s scientific interests centered on the study of conodonts (extinct, eel-like marine creatures) and biostratigraphic relationships of mainly Paleozoic sedimentary rocks. He belonged to the Geological Society of America and the Society for Sedimentary Geology, and served as president of the Paleontological Society and chief panderer of the Pander Society. The excellence of his research was acknowledged via the Pander Society Medal, the Moore Medal of the Society for Sedimentary Geology, and the Paleontological Society Medal. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mona Lou Franken Sweet.
Joe Scott Creager, Nov. 14, at age 86. After earning his Ph.D. from Texas A&M, Joe served as one of the first oceanographers in the U.S. Naval Hydrographic Office and established the University of Washington’s Geological Oceanography research program and academic curriculum. He went on to become program manager for oceanography at the National Science Foundation, and his research in the Northeast Pacific Ocean was recognized by the naming of Creager Ridge off the mouth of the Columbia River. Joe also served as associate dean in UW’s College of Arts and Sciences and spent time outside of campus pursuing genealogy research. He is survived by his children Ken and Vanessa, as well as eight grand- children and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Barbara J. Creager ’51.
George Russell “Russ” Sauer, Nov. 4, at age 86. Russ led a long and distinguished career in the insurance business, which included becoming president of the Wilson Agency in Chicago, then founding and serving as CEO of Prime Insurance. Always drawn to the water, he explored every port on Lake Michigan by yacht, and he regularly traveled to Baja, Mexico, to fish with virtually the same group of friends for more than 50 years. Upon retiring to Florida in 2001, he volunteered for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, eventually donating more than 10,000 hours of his time and earning “honorary deputy” status. He also ran his homeowners association and acted as a guardian ad litem for abused children. Russ is survived by his longtime partner Barbara Murphy, his three sons, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Duncan Erwin Shaw, July 10, in San Diego, California. He was 85. Duncan served as a Marine Corps aviation officer in the Korean War, and later worked for 38 years as a marketing director at Carnation Company. He also directed the Los Angeles-area Boy Scout Council and Community Chest and served as president, chairman, and chairman emeritus of Devil Pups Youth Program for America, which served 52,000 youth over his 62 years there. He was predeceased by his wife, Sharon Viault Shaw. Survivors include his daughters, Susan and Sharon.
Elizabeth “Bette” Davis Otto, Nov. 8, in New London, New Hampshire, at age 85. A native of Denver, Colorado, she and her husband Henry Stuart “Hank” Otto Jr. ’51 lived in Laguna Beach, California; Denver, Colorado; Rapid City, South Dakota; Scarsdale, New York; and finally New London during their 63 years of marriage. Bette, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta at CC, worked as a teacher’s aide for more than 15 years at Scarsdale High School and was active in church, Junior League, tennis, and paddle tennis. She also took a trip each year with five CC classmates. Bette is survived by her husband; her children Stephen, Henry Stuart Otto ’76 and Elizabeth Otto Paquette ’81; and their children.
Constantine G. “Dino” Theodoran, Dec. 24, at age 85. At CC, Dino majored in history and was a member of Phi Delta Theta and Order of Ahepa. He was an aerologist (weatherman) on a carrier during the Korean War. When he returned, he became a commercial banker and later worked for the U.S. Small Business Administration, making loans to disaster victims in multiple states. Dino was instrumental in creating a memorial to honor the victims of the Ludlow Massacre and was an active member of his church choir. He was predeceased by his first wife, Mary Perenyi Theodoran ’53. Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Roberta, their children Constance, Stephan, Faryl, and Chad, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Virginia “Gina” Loeb Lepman, April 26, in Lake Forest, Illinois. She was 84. Gina traveled to all 50 states and parts of five continents, and loved to ski, sail, play tennis, tend to her garden, and raise animals on her farm. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard in 2012. Gina is survived by her children Tad, Robert, Martha, Adele, and David, as well as 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Marilyn C. Owen, Dec. 16, in Greeley, Colorado. She was 83. During her marriage to Lt. Col. David Turner Owen ’55, a career Army officer, Marilyn lived in Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Florida, and Washington, D.C., and traveled to Germany and Iran. Upon David’s retirement from the Army in 1979, they moved to Greeley, where she co-owned and -operated Greeley Tom’s Sales, a wholesale snack food company, for eight years. Marilyn later put her political science degree to use by serving on the local campaigns for former President George H.W. Bush and former U.S. Sen. Hank Brown. She served as president of Greeley Republican Women and was a member of Questers, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Greeley Philharmonic Guild. Marilyn is survived by her husband; sons Scott and Charles; and granddaughters Ashley and Melissa.
Carl Wayne Pointer, Nov. 21, at age 83. The Delta Epsilon member went on to a career as an aerospace engineer, and lived for years in Colorado Springs. He is survived by wife Julie and children Joanie, Joy, and John.
Wilbur Huntington “Dan” Wandell Jr., Dec. 18, at age 81. Dan was a Phi Beta Kappa CC graduate with a degree in physics, and completed graduate work at the University of Maryland. He worked at Vicon Instrument Co., doing electronic design of hearing aid test equipment, and at the Transportation Test Center in Pueblo, where he was rail flaw detection engineer. Later he did computer work at Business Radio Network and for the Colorado Springs Police Department. Dan enjoyed stock car racing and served as head judge at Pikes Peak Speedway,
Jeanne C. Lenhoff Williams, Nov. 8. She was predeceased by daughters Suzanne and Kelley.
Sylvia Kroenlein Gibbs, March 4, 2015, in Austin, Texas. She was 77. Sylvia is survived by her husband of 53 years, Jack Gibbs, as well as by her sister, Virginia Kroenlein Edelson ’58 and her daughter Laura. She was preceded in death by her adopted son Douglas.
Patricia “Pat” Ann McGill Paye, Nov. 17, in Bellevue, Washington. She was 77. After graduating from CC, she earned a master’s in education from Eastern Washington University. As a middle-school and high-school teacher in Kennewick, Washington, she served as adviser for student newspapers. Upon retirement to Anacortes, Washington, she and her husband Donald Paye were active in the United Methodist Church and were season ticket holders for local theater. Pat is survived by, among others, her husband Donald, her daughter Amanda, and her son Andrew.
Stanley “Keith” Warrenburg, Nov. 20, in Spokane, Washington. He was 80. An Army veteran, Keith started and ended his career by working as a landman for energy companies; in between, he worked in banking, with more than 20 years at First Security Bank in Glendive, Montana. Keith was active in many organizations, including the Lions and Elks clubs and the Moose Lodge, and he coached Little League and Babe Ruth baseball. Keith is survived by his wife, Alyce, his daughter Teresa and his son Steven, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Donn Ray Dunlap, Nov. 6, in Colorado Springs. Donn spent almost all of his 77 years in Colorado Springs, where after studying business and fine arts at CC, he became a partner with his father in Colorado Springs Packing Company. Donn later went on to work in commercial real estate development. He was an Air Force Reservist and member of the El Paso Club and, as a lifelong car enthusiast, belonged to the Pikes Peak Hill Climb board of directors, the Porsche Club of America, and the Ferrari Owners Club. His watercolor paintings were shown at two of his favorite hangouts, Detz Cafe and Rudy’s. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Becky, as well as his daughter Ivy and son Barry.
Barbara Ann Bohn Canavan, Oct. 15, in Los Alamos, New Mexico, at age 71. The first woman in her family to attend college, Barbara earned a B.S. in English. She and her husband, Gregory Canavan, lived as far west as Davis, California, and as far east as Virginia, where among other accomplishments she taught Vietnam refugee children in a K-12 setting. In Los Alamos, she taught English as a second language to adults and held positions ranging from newsletter editor to intelligence professional in the Los Alamos National Laboratory. She also participated in a series of annual meetings on international science in Italy, and on a series of commissions to restore dignity and stability to Russian scientists in the post-Cold War period, which led her to positions within the embassies in Paris and Moscow, and within nonproliferation programs for the U.S. Navy. She is survived by her husband, her son John and daughter Heather, and two grandchildren.
Lee Frederick Hunt, Dec. 6, in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He was 75. With a B.A. in economics and philosophy, Hunt forged a career path in computer science and designed databases for both government and private industry. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Georgene,Sportsman’s Raceway Park, Colorado Springs International Speedway, and as well as children Charles, Cynthia, and Andrew, and five grandchildren. Beacon Hill Speedway. He also played piano and directed membership efforts for the Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition. He is survived by his wife Karee and his daughter Tami.
Michael Adair Johnston, Dec. 3, in Prairie Village, Kansas. He was 69. Michael served as an Episcopal priest, but only after building a career in science. He earned his Ph.D. in chemistry and biological sciences from Yale University, then assumed chemistry and biology professorships at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago. A significant research professor, he published a number of articles in scientific journals. In 1988, he left Chicago for the General Theological Seminary in New York City, receiving his Master of Divinity degree in 1991. Following ordination he served parishes in the Chicago region, most significantly as longtime rector of Oak Park’s Grace Episcopal Church, where he sponsored trips to holy places in Italy, Greece, and Turkey. In 2006, Michael returned to his native Kansas City due to a disabling illness. Still wishing to be active in some way, he served until his death as scholar-in-residence at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Karin Lise Oxaal, Oct. 7, at age 56. After attending CC, Karin graduated from American University with a B.A. in philosophy in 1982. She worked in Annapolis, Maryland, in her father’s offshore sailing business as well as in Washington, D.C., in the trade association and courier services businesses. She is survived by her daughter Lise.
Steven “Steve” Frederick Gichner, Jan. 7, 2016, in Bethesda, Maryland. He was 50 and had battled cancer. Steve excelled in commercial real estate, working as executive director of Cushman & Wakefield Inc.’s D.C. capital markets group and helping broker deals that included the sale of the PNC and Bank of America buildings across from the White House. He had studied business and economics at CC. Steve is survived by his wife, Alexandra, and their three daughters, Frances, Cecilia, and Eliza.
Donna Rae Engle, Dec. 29, at home in Woodland Park, Colorado. She was 62. Donna spent 40 years working at Colorado College, starting in November 1975 as a clerk/typist in the Admission Office. She transferred to the Registrar’s Office two years later and worked there for the rest of her life, most recently with the title of senior academic records assistant. A Colorado native, Donna graduated from Woodland Park High School and attended El Paso Community College and Adams State College. She was active in community service and belonged to Woodland Park’s Parks and Recreation Board, the Ute Pass Symphony Guild, and the Highland Bible Church. In her spare time, she enjoyed bowling, gardening, needlework, researching family history, traveling the country with friends and family, and following Air Force Academy and Denver Broncos football.
Lawrence “Larry” Schwartz, Nov. 22, in Denver. He was 80. An aerospace engineer who earned his master’s at MIT and his Ph.D. from UCLA, Larry worked with Hughes/Raytheon for 43 years. He created software for the giant white satellite dishes at Buckley Air Force Base. He also designed the house that his family lived in, as well as the wedding dress and wedding ring of his wife Cherie Karo Schwartz ’73, with whom he joyfully traveled the world and Greek danced. While Cherie survives him, Larry was predeceased by his children, Ronda and Daran.