John “Jack” Coash, a World War II veteran and geologist, held positions including assistant provost at Bowling Green State University. He later worked with the National Science Foundation in India and Washington, D.C., and served as founding dean of science and dean of the School of the Arts and Sciences at California State University, Bakersfield. He died in Bakersfield on March 21 at age 96.

Doris Hebert Wellington passed away March 8 at age 96.


Barbara Dwyer Goss, who served as president of the Fifty Year Club while at CC, worked as a teacher in Denver Public Schools for 30 years. She and her late husband, Leslie A. Goss Jr. ’47, raised five children, including Leslie “Les” Goss ’72, M.A.T. ’85 and John Goss ’73. Barbara died Feb. 14 in Colorado Springs at age 96.


Caroline Jane Haigler Strand worked for Continental Airlines in Denver before raising a family in Colorado Springs. She also volunteered for various local organizations. Jane died April 28 at age 93.


Elma “Kitty” Musetta Feltner Beattie performed in and directed for community and professional theatre in New York. She also became a certified drama therapist. With her ex-husband, Herbert Wilson Beattie ’48 H. ’76, she had five children, including Dawn Beattie Maloney ’81 and Cameron Beattie ’89. Kitty died April 11 in Denver at age 93.

Mary Carpenter Chadbourn worked as an early childhood educator and started her own private daycare in Yarmouth, Maine. She passed away March 11 in Connecticut at age 91.

Jo Ann Osborn Rowe was the first female radio host in Colorado Springs. She moved to Washington, D.C., and reported on the White House during every administration from Gerald Ford to George W. Bush, earning recognition for her role on the PBS program “Inside the White House.” She also published a memoir. Jo Ann died May 13, four days after turning 95.


Lee Schlessman, a veteran of the Navy Air Corps, was president and chairman of the board of the Schlessman Family Foundation from 1956 until his death on March 6. He held the same titles at Greeley Gas Company for decades, and was active in Masonry and YMCA work, among other charitable endeavors. He was 92 when he died, leaving behind children Gary Schlessman and Sandy Schlessman Garnett ’75. Those predeceasing him include daughter Cheryl Schlessman Bennett ’77.


Carl Casella served as a plane captain in World War II before coming to CC, where he was captain of the football team. He worked in hotels and later as a tour bus driver in Illinois. He died Jan. 30 at 
age 95.

William “Bill” J. Gill Jr., a member of the CC Sports Hall of Fame football team, spent 50 years as owner of Bill Gill Lincoln Mercury in Tacoma, Washington. He died March 30 in Tacoma at age 88. His wife of 67 years, Phyllis Ridge Gill ’53, survives him, as do multiple children including son William John Gill ’79.


Melba Cimino worked for North American Air Defense Command and the United States Space Command in a 40-plus-year career with the federal government. She also volunteered much time with the National Kidney Foundation. Melba died Feb. 13 at age 87.

Debora “Debbie” Greiner Hulett, an artist, worked at galleries and a bank in New Mexico. She also volunteered at archaeological sites. Her family includes many CC alumni, including her late mother, Isabel Greiner ’25, and late father, Perry Greiner ’25. Her first husband was Don Linger ’55, who died Dec. 19. (See his obituary below.) Debbie died March 17 in Alamogordo, New Mexico, at age 87.


Margaret “Margie” Ann Bengel Beckman earned a master’s from the University of Denver and taught elementary school before retiring to raise a family. She passed away March 11 at age 86.

During the years of the U.S. Space Program, Joseph Delano “Del” Hitch III worked for General Electric, RCA, and Martin-Marietta, and participated in development projects for the military and the Titan and Gemini space programs. He was also co-founder of the National Association of Rocketry. Del died April 4 at age 89. Survivors include son Walter Hitch ’74.

Jan Hartley Van Hoosier served in the Air Force before working for Emerson Electric and Ampex Corporation. He died April 4 at age 89.


Bruce Kellner was a Navy veteran and University of Iowa Writers Workshop graduate. He taught Shakespeare, poetry, and other English courses at colleges for more than 30 years, including 22 years at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. He was also an author, editor, playwright, lecturer, and champion of African American arts and letters. He died Feb. 16 at age 88.

Don Linger died Dec. 19. His former spouse was Debbie Greiner Hulett ’53, who also recently passed away. (See her obituary above.)


Janet Davis McDonald Haddad worked for Capital Airlines in Washington, D.C., but spent much of her life in St. Louis, where she was a theatre volunteer and tour guide. She died Feb. 15 in Webster Groves, Missouri, at age 83.

Linda Zoe Jenkins worked in special education in Minnesota. She taught public school classes for 26 years, directed a federal education project for the state, and led university courses in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She also served in community groups. Zoe died May 17 at age 83.

Patricia “Pat” Inglis Kiley served as a social worker and supervisor in Pueblo County, Colorado, during a 27-year career. Among other achievements, she designed a “work for assistance” program there. She died April 12 at age 83.

David McRoberts died April 12 at age 85. He is survived by wife Ann Haney McRoberts ’55.


Elizabeth Steadman Jordan passed away Nov. 2 in Martinsburg, West Virginia. She was 81 years old.


Phyllis Puckett Bordner was one of the first women to earn a physics degree at CC, then worked as a teacher and in the construction business. She died March 28 at age 80. Survivors include her ex-husband, Charles A. Bordner Jr. ’59, a retired member of the CC Physics Department faculty, and two daughters, including Karen Bordner Brechner ’85.


Ava Molnar Heinrichsdorff ’63 M.A.T. ’72 taught at the Colorado Springs School for 30 years, spending 25 years as head of the English Department and winning state, national, and international teaching honors. She was also a novelist, writer of articles, dancer, editor, and photographer. She died Jan. 24 at age 87.

Nancy Dehlin Whiting worked as a Realtor and then as the office manager for a security company. She died in Houston on March 1, at age 78. Those predeceasing her include spouse David Watson Whiting ’63.


Charles “Chuck” Deaver earned a Bronze Star in Vietnam and owned homebuilding-related businesses in Colorado. His community work included serving as president of the Parker Chamber of Commerce. Chuck died May 23 in Sheridan, Wyoming, at age 77. Among his five children is daughter Laura Deaver Mason ’90.


Andrew “Andy” Jovanovich worked as chief of research for the Environmental Protection Agency under the Reagan administration. He later formed and sold Technology Services Group, and went on to success as a chemist and consultant (specializing in pesticides) at a law firm. He died March 18 in Littleton, Colorado, at age 75.

Peter “Mick” Ramsey worked at the family business, Flexible Steel Lacing Company, in Chicago, for more than 30 years. He retired as CEO and chairman of the board. Later he and his wife, Virginia “Genie” Ziegler Ramsey ’68, lived in Santa Fe, where Mick served on the board of the city’s symphony. He died April 13 at his Sonoma, California, home at 75. He is survived by his wife and three children, including Brian Ramsey ’91 and Jill Ramsey ’94.


Robert “Bob” Morrison worked in philanthropy, marketing, and advertising. A passionate art collector, he also created a digital photography summer camp and organized art-related events, such as an international symposium on turning art collections into philanthropic capital. He died March 17 at 74 years old. Survivors include granddaughter Jocelyn Whitworth ’03.


Cheryl Layton Mosley was the owner of Mosley & Wallis Title Services, Inc., in Melbourne, Florida. She died March 3.


Daniel “Dan” Winograd started a solo law practice in 1978 and was appointed as a magistrate in 1994. In retirement, he volunteered for Legal Aid. He died in Silver Spring, Maryland, on March 20, at age 70. Survivors include brothers Terry Winograd ’66, H. ’86 and Edward Winograd ’72.


Mark Mourne Jr. opened a coin shop in Colorado Springs and then trained horses in Cañon City, Colorado, for years. He also was in the oil and gas business. He died Jan. 26 at age 73.


Richard Balsam passed away April 24, 2018, at age 66.


Constance “Connie” Shellabarger Chamberlain died in Scottsdale, Arizona, on March 7. She had recently turned 63.

Dorothy “Dee” Strand was an accomplished equestrian and owned a world-class eventing barn in Duvall, Washington, from 2003 to 2017. Former spouse Mike Slade ’79 is among those who will remember Dee following her Jan. 19 death. She was 61.


Rodney L. Linton Sr. lived in Seattle and then in Rochester, New York, where he was employed as a computer technician. He died Jan. 13 at age 65.


LaDona Jones Roberts, 71, was an artist, a picture framer, and a gallery owner in Kansas City, Missouri. She was also a caregiver. Those mourning her Jan. 4 death include three children, including Cassie Roberts ’94.


Clyde Romero has passed away.


Jeremy Brooks, an environmental science major at CC, died May 5 while traveling in Russia to work as a professional fishing guide. He was 22.


James Deacon Brew attended CC and the Savannah School of Art and Design. He was a resident artist at the Makers Workspace in Berkeley, California, and earned artistic recognition in the Washington, D.C., area. He died Feb. 8 
at age 22.

In Memoriam

Alicia Lane Greis, a fixture at the Colorado College Bookstore for 20 years, passed away May 29. She was 78.

A Southern Connecticut State University graduate, Alicia taught grade school in her native Connecticut for 10 years. In 1973, she married Rudy Greis, and the two of them moved to Colorado Springs. She taught at Holy Trinity School for a decade, then transitioned to working in the bookstore. She spent two decades as its trade book buyer while also being active in the Colorado Springs community.