Births & Adoptions
Sydney Stoner and husband, Dr. Erik Kish-Trier, welcomed a baby girl, Abbey Kish-Trier, on March 16, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Alden Parker and his wife, Taryn, welcomed their first child, Connelly Ann “Nell,” on May 28, 2019. (Alden says, “CC might just be getting a new Tiger from Scottsdale, Arizona, in Fall 2037!”)
Abby Mietchen Allen and her husband, Luke Allen, had a little boy, William “Will” Scott, on March 24, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Weddings & Celebrations
Claire Petersen and Jeff Hester were married in Nicasio, California, on Sept. 14, 2019.
Emma Volk McDermott married Eamonn McDermott ’14 on Aug. 15, 2020 in Warren, Vermont.
Dorothy “Dee” Faville Flook passed away on April 9, of congestive heart failure in Denver, Colorado, at age 98. Dee met her husband, Lyman Russell Flook Jr ’42, at CC. While raising their family, the couple lived in Pakistan for her husband’s engineering work and Dee taught grade school there. She traveled around the world five times and is survived by three children, two grandsons, and one great-grandson.
Dorothea Elinor Goodnight was 99 when she passed away on April 21. She was married to Charles W. “Bill” Goodnight ’43 and is survived by two children, three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Elinor was a Colorado Springs native and a pianist since age 6.
Donald “Don” Charles Cushman died from complications of heart failure on May 14. Don was in the Navy and earned a Purple Heart when his ship was blown up off the coast of Borneo in June 1945. Don worked in sales and his avocations included sailing, skiing, running, and golf. He is survived by his wife, Marion, five children, 11 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.
Hans-Gerhardt Ernst Nelson passed away in 2019. He was a Beta Theta Pi at CC and became a doctor of medicine.
Georgia Herbert Day Silliman, age 98, of West Hartford, Connecticut, passed away peacefully in her home on Sept. 25. Georgia was an accomplished businesswoman, spending her career as one of few female account executives at Aetna Insurance Company. Georgia was also the first woman to graduate from the University of Hartford with a master’s in business.
Barbara “Bobbee” Freeman Mills Diaz, 97, passed on May 8, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Barbara met and married her husband, George Mills ’44, at CC. She created the Hawaiian Moon Calendar in the ’60s that is still used today as a fishing and farming guide. Bobbee was predeceased by her husband and two sons and is survived by two children, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Nancy Martsolf Guenther passed away on July 9, in West Caldwell, New Jersey. Nancy met and married Hans Guenther ’48 who was in charge of V-12 Marines at CC. While their daughter, Suzanne Guenther Enger ’68, passed away in 2008, Nancy is survived by two children and lots of grandchildren. Nancy created the Elsie Mitchell Martsolf Memorial Fund for Music at CC in honor of her mother.
Patricia Helen Perkins Strucel died in Sacramento, California, on April 5, 2019. She was a tennis player late in life and competed in the Senior Olympics.
Shirley Foster McGreevy died on June 4. She taught kindergarten in the Detroit public school system before starting a family. She had three children and many grandchildren, and loved gardening and cooking for her family. Shirley had a small arts and crafts store called the Talent-Try where she taught classes.
Robert “Bob” Nelson Burrows passed away peacefully on April 14, in Whitewater, Wisconsin. Bob was a veteran of the Marine Corps in World War II. He was a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, a Fulbright professor in South Korea, and received multiple awards for teaching. He published studies of major American authors and a political novel.
Charlotte Jean Tibbetts Gaut passed away peacefully on June 9, in Woodbridge, Virginia. Charlotte met her husband, Robert “Bob” Gaut ’48, working in the cafeteria kitchen at CC. She loved hiking, skiing, and exploring historic sites. Charlotte was preceded in death by Robert and her siblings. She is survived by four children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Janice Long Welty passed away peacefully last October (2019) in Denver, Colorado. She was a Kappa Kappa Gamma and editor of the 1946 Nugget. She worked in investment banking and insurance, and was active in CC and KKG alumni groups. She loved to travel, volunteer, and organize family gatherings. She leaves behind her children, Linda Welty Teves ’77, Bruce Welty ’79, and Russell Welty ’82; nephew David B. Long ’75, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, James Welty, brother, Edward T. Long ’44, and sister-in-law, Phyllis Brothers Long ’45.
Eric James Bransby passed away on Sept. 23, in Colorado Springs. Eric was one of America’s most renowned mural painters — there are a total of 35 of his works in the country — and an art professor at the University of Illinois, Western Illinois University, and the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Eric’s study under an artist at the Fine Arts Center in Colorado Springs, which was CC’s de facto art department at the time, combined with previous college credits, led him to earn a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Arts in Teaching from CC, followed by a Master of Fine Arts from Yale. He painted the mural in Cossitt Hall, “Settlement of the West,” and many others in the Colorado Springs region. Eric was the recipient of the 1999 Louis T. Benezet Award from CC for lifetime achievement, and was featured on the cover of the Winter 2016 Bulletin. Eric’s daughter, Fredericka Bransby Fietcher ’65, attended CC as well.
Lila Lee Sullivan of West Lafayette, Indiana, passed away on Sept. 9. Lila was a highly accomplished painter and seamstress, and a talented and classically trained pianist and violinist. She enjoyed reading, playing bridge, traveling, and community involvement.
Charles Anderson passed away on May 1. The cause of death was complications of congestive heart failure made even more complicated by COVID-19. He was in the Navy and earned the China Service Medal in 1948. Charles worked for years in econometrics and forecasting and taught finance for C.W. Post College, Lehman College, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
David Joel died Oct. 7, 2019, at 92. After CC, he lived the rest of his life in Long Beach, California. He is survived by his wife, two children, and three grandchildren. David was a World War II veteran.
Henry “Hank” Stuart Otto Jr. died peacefully in his New London, New Hampshire, home on June 8. He played football, joined Phi Gamma Delta, and met his wife, Elizabeth Davis Otto ’52, while at CC. Upon graduation, Hank was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He had three children: Henry “Trey” Otto III ’76, Stephen Otto, and Elizabeth Otto Paquette ’81.
Robert “Bob” Kenyon was a Marine Corps captain in the Korean War and had a career as a petroleum geologist. He passed away on June 12, in Denver, Colorado, shortly after undergoing hip surgery. He is survived by his wife, one son, two daughters, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
John Dixon McDavid passed away in Frisco, Texas, on May 19. John was the quaestor for Sigma Chi at CC. He was a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and worked for Stanolind (later Amoco) and WB Osborn. John became a consulting geologist and did some work in Indonesia.
Mary Dabinett Nevins Woolnough died on May 20, in hospice care in Petoskey, Michigan, from complications of non-COVID-19-related pneumonia. At CC, Mary loved skiing, being a Kappa Alpha Theta, and doing community service. Mary became a teacher and traveled abroad for teaching jobs. She was a military wife and mother of two daughters.
Jean Evans Siebert passed away on Sept. 16, in Batavia, Illinois. Jean was a teacher’s aide and then moved into the role of kindergarten teacher at Louise White Elementary School until her retirement in 1994. Jean loved to read, garden, watch PBS, and spend time with her family and friends.
Jerald “Jerry” Ketchum died on Sept. 1, in Duncan, Oklahoma. He taught English Rhetoric at the University of Illinois and did graduate work completing work for a Master of Arts in Theater. He also served as head of the English department at the Garland School in Chester, New Jersey, for 10 years.
Charles “Gordon” Spice Jr. died in Lodi, California, on May 28, after a short illness. He was an avid mountain climber and a railroad enthusiast. Gordon was a counselor and then faculty in the Department of Counselor Education at the University of Pittsburgh. He developed a nationally known cross-cultural counseling program and worked for the National Board of Certified Counselors.
Paul Vernon Evans died on July 21, at age 94, in Colorado Springs. He was in the Navy and worked in publishing before going to CC on the GI bill. He became a lawyer and served as town attorney for Fountain, Colorado, and then as town and city attorney for Woodland Park, Colorado. He is survived by four children, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Ronald “Ron” J. Sponseller passed away peacefully in his home in Richland, Washington, on Aug. 13. Ron met his wife, Nancy Drexler Sponseller ’56, at CC. He worked in property management for Westinghouse after attending Naval Officer’s Candidate School. He had two children and four grandchildren. He loved golfing, gardening, and skiing.
James Gerard Raymond Jr. died Nov. 5, 2019. He studied philosophy at CC.
Jean Ann Keeley died April 25 at her home in Colorado Springs. She spent 19 years as an elementary school principal after being a teacher. Jean Ann also was the assistant director of the Arts and Humanities Education Program for the Pikes Peak Regional Schools and helped to develop and operate the Arts and Humanities Summer Institutes at Colorado College for K-12 educators.
Cherry Carter Kinney died on June 9, after a short illness in Colorado Springs. Cherry was the daughter of two former CC professors, Harvey and Ruth Carter, and is survived by her husband and daughter. She was a college professor and chair of the Department of Social Science at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Cherry created a program in the early ’80s for off-campus women to earn college degrees by submitting work through the mail that became a modern online program.
William “Bill” Monson McClellan died on July 8, in Fort Collins, Colorado. He met his wife, Jane Muir McClellan ’56, at CC and they had four daughters, three of whom went to CC: Jennifer Pfiester, Anne McClellan McKinzey ’82, Margaret “Meg” McClellan ’83, and Amy McClellan ’86 who is married to Jeffrey Faunce ’85. Bill was a music professor and librarian at the University of Colorado and then the University of Illinois. Bill designed a state-of-the-art music library there and served as president of the Music Library Association and editor of the journal Notes.
Charles “Mort” Forster, of Elk Rapids, Michigan, passed away on Aug. 28, at his home. He worked as an FBI agent and practiced law. He also served as circuit court judge in Traverse City, Michigan, from 1975-92, and then was a visiting judge for another three years. In retirement he enjoyed boating on the Great Lakes and wintering in Arizona.
David Clay Williams II died in Overland Park, Kansas, on June 25. David was a Beta Theta Pi at CC and became an independent insurance agent. He was married and had seven children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
John Montague Larkin of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away peacefully at home on April 13. John was a full professor of microbiology at Louisiana State University and spent eight years as senior associate dean and dean of the graduate school there. He published one book and 60 research articles. The bacteria genus Larkinella is named in his honor.
Joseph Carl Seiter died on Aug. 2, in Cookeville, Tennessee. He was a musician and scientist and taught both in Jefferson County Public Schools and at Tennessee Tech University. While there, Joseph developed and taught the very successful sex education program eventually used countywide. He became a competitive martial artist in retirement. He is survived by his wife and children.
Quintin Stephen-Hassard died of brain cancer on Feb. 29, in Dillon, Montana. He was a marine zoologist eventually hired by the Navy. He then worked as an industrial engineer in the sugar industry and consulted on aquaculture and animal nutrition. His small boat service in Vietnam exposed him to Agent Orange, and he was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia which led to brain cancer.
Joan Jilka Luft died on Sept. 13 in Naperville, Illinois. She won a scholarship to CC, where she was an active member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Joan taught high school biology and later became a registered nurse, serving as head nurse at Larue D. Carter Memorial Psychiatric Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Michael Patrick Minelli passed away from COVID-19 in Longmont, Colorado, on July 17. He is survived by his wife, Carol Fisher Minelli ’63, whom he met at CC, and their three daughters. Michael played football and hockey in college. He went on to teach high school science and coach football before becoming a student counselor. His side job was raising game birds and he was a master falconer.
Phyllis Rose Setter passed away in Grand Junction, Colorado, on Aug. 21, 2019. Phyllis was in the Tour Choir and an Alpha Phi at CC. She worked as a human resources manager for Northwest, Bank of America, and Security Pacific Bank. She was also a personnel administrator and social worker.
Conan Westmoreland Cantwell Jr. died peacefully on Jan. 30, 2018, in Baxter, Minnesota. Conan is survived by his wife, Nancy; two children, Amy Gitchell and Carolyn Cantwell; and grandchildren, Elsie Hansen, Eloise Grayson, and Owen Gitchell.
David “Cubby” Michael Welch died May 16, 2019, in West Palm Beach, Florida. Cubby was a Phi Gamma Delta at CC and played football. He was vice president at Guy F. Atkinson Company, senior vice president at Kajima International, and a projects executive at the Clark Construction Group, Inc.
William “Bill” Condon Thompson died at home in Colorado Springs on Oct. 22, from Parkinson’s disease. Bill worked as a fire division manager at Farmers Insurance Group for 25 years. He was a longtime member of the National Ski Patrol and enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, windsurfing, golf, bicycling, and four-wheeling. He is survived by his wife, two children, and four grandchildren.
Rosamund Perry Turnbull died peacefully at her home in Carbondale, Colorado, on July 4. Rosamund and her husband were lifelong cattle ranchers. She enjoyed gardening, reading, and drawing, and was an exceptional cook. Rosamund’s grandparents helped establish the town of Aspen, Colorado. Rosamund is survived by her husband, four children, and eight grandchildren.
Karen Kathleen Newton passed away from an aortic aneurysm in Davis, California, on Feb. 22. After college, Karen became a political activist and was an early leader of the women’s liberation movement, participating in many other social justices causes. She later became a bilingual elementary school teacher. Karen is survived by her husband, Richard Haggstrom.
John Sainsbury Morton passed away at home April 7, on Mercer Island, Washington. John ran the Western Regional Municipal Bond department for Kidder Peabody in Seattle, Washington, and then founded Morton Clarke Fu & Metcalf, a municipal bond dealer and investment adviser. He loved tennis and coached his children’s various sports teams. He helped form Invest in Youth, an educational nonprofit, and tutored elementary school through the program.
Arthur Clark Van Horne, III passed away on March 31, in Portland, Oregon.
Peter Charles Weinberg passed away on April 1, in Larchmont, New York, after battling COVID-19. He began college at 16 years old and served in the Army. Peter became an accountant, ending up as senior vice president and controller at a bank in Connecticut. He also worked at the World Trade Center and, on 9/11, at the first sign of danger, Peter had his entire staff exit the building, helping save many lives.
Barry Potter Marshall passed away Dec. 31, 2019, in Wayzata, Minnesota, due to Lewy Body dementia. He was the chief operation officer and executive vice president at Tele-Communications, Inc. He served on CC’s Board of Trustees in 1996. He loved skiing, music, and boating. He is survived by two children and six grandchildren.
Sarah H. Hogan passed away in Colorado Springs on June 2. She taught school abroad and was a principal in District 11 and head of school at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School in Colorado Springs. Sarah also worked in human resources, merchandising, and store management for The Denver Dry Goods store.
John Karg passed away peacefully in his Salt Lake City, Utah, home on June 15, after a courageous fight against brain cancer. He spent time as a tennis coach before starting his 34-year career as a financial adviser. He loved tennis, pickleball, skiing, travel, and camping with his family. John is survived by his wife and three daughters.
Glen-David Richard Hepworth Berger passed away on Aug. 20, 2019, in Colorado. He was CEO of Living Support Network, a nonprofit that ran a youth support crisis line. He was a psychologist, teacher, and job rehab counselor. He was a recipient of the Boettcher scholarship.
Lindsay Peck Deibel passed away peacefully in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Her husband also is a CC alumni. Lindsay was a Kappa Alpha Theta and worked for Xerox Corporation as a sales executive. She is survived by her husband, Robert “Bob” Deibel ’80, and daughters, Ivy and Isabelle.
Jane Alison Norton Beach, of Columbia, South Carolina, died on July 18 from injuries sustained after being struck by a car while cycling near Asheville, North Carolina. After earning a master’s in international business, Jane worked at Policy Management Systems (now CSC) as a sales and marketing associate. Later, Jane joined the admission office at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School and rose to the position of director of enrollment management. At the time of her death, Jane was training to run the Kiawah half-marathon in December. She is survived by her husband, John Fisher Beach, and daughters Norrie and Katie Beach.
Corey Steven Abel died on April 22, in Denver, Colorado. He was a professor of political theory and humanities and a writer. Corey loved rock climbing, bike riding, snow skiing, politics, and travel. Corey hosted rock climbing events during several CC reunions for alumni. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Mark Frezzo died on May 11, in Oxford, Mississippi. He was an assistant professor of sociology at Florida Atlantic University and associate professor of sociology at the University of Mississippi. Mark was also an author who wrote about the sociology of human rights. He loved drumming, the history of music, baseball, animals, and the quest for justice and peace.
Jennifer Elena Carroll Wilson passed away suddenly from natural causes on June 27, in San Francisco, California. Jennifer loved the outdoors and worked in the environmental field at Esprit and the Resource Renewal Institute before becoming a landscape architect. She is survived by her mother, husband, and two daughters.
John Deregowski died on Feb. 7. He lived in Tiburon, California, and was the former president at Associated Securities. He was a Sigma Chi and studied abroad while at CC.
Meredith Simmons Jensen Latchaw was killed on July 31, hit by a fallen tree while camping just north of Vail, Colorado, with her family. Meredith was a cherished high school science teacher who coached tennis and volleyball and loved the outdoors and environment. She was known for taking her students on a field trip every year to visit a nature preserve. She is survived by her husband and two children.
Denise Kay Gordon Reeder died on Jan. 15 in Silverthorne, Colorado, at age 46. In November 2019, she participated in a mission trip to Guatemala. She is the daughter of Robert Gordon, a CC visiting block professor in mathematics and computer science, and is survived by her son, Jacob.
Jason Stephen Albrecht passed away suddenly at work on April 8, in Marietta, Ohio. He was a teacher at Colorado Community College and traveled extensively. Jason was an artist, philosopher, and skier. He wrote about and studied at length the beauty, complexity, and mystery of the dendritic pattern. He is survived by his parents, sister, brother, and fiancée.
Sarah Elizabeth Shafer died unexpectedly Aug. 19, after collapsing on a flight to Bangkok, Thailand, where she was starting a new job as an early-childhood educator. She leaves a 5-year-old son, Theodore Alazar Shafer, whom she adopted in Ethiopia. Sarah taught preschool during multi-year stints in Bangkok, Moscow, Addis Ababa, and Seoul.
Stuart Hackley, a history major at CC, died unexpectedly on Feb. 20, in Burlington, Vermont. Stuart was a Fulbright award winner and attended the University of Edinburgh, University of Colorado Denver, and Middlebury College. He took great pride in his role in society as a historian and storyteller. Stuart is survived by his parents, Sandra and Lex Hackley of Conifer, Colorado.
Maria “Mia” Carlson Quinn passed away on June 9, in Boulder, Colorado. She was a Kappa Alpha Theta, played intramural soccer, and ran track and field at CC. Mia was an accomplished artist, poet, and athlete who enjoyed skiing, fly fishing, music, and world travel. She is survived by her parents and siblings.