We recently received word that Lois Herbert Divinsky passed away Dec. 22, 1995, in Marinette, Wisconsin. She taught public school in Chicago, Illinois, for many years. Her sister, Georgia Herbert Silliman ’43, also attended CC and passed away last year.
Caroline Morrison Brown died Nov. 24, 2020, in Colorado Springs. She had a column for The Gazette called “Round Town with Caroline Brown” and wrote for local magazines. Caroline served on numerous boards including the McAllister House Museum and the Colorado Springs Symphony. She won volunteering accolades from the Quota Club and the Assistance League.
Jule Hutchinson Haney died July 11, 2020, at the age of 102. Jule taught third grade at Jefferson Elementary School for 17 years. She was named the Colorado College Lloyd E. Worner Alumna of the Year in 1988 and was permanent secretary for the CC Class of 1939. She was preceded in death by her husband James Montgomery Haney ’39.
Margaret Allen Marshall died last year in Fort Collins, Colorado. She was a Kappa Kappa Gamma at CC.
Mary Belle Kelley Judd of Dallas, Texas, passed away one week after her 100th birthday, on May 14, 2020. Mary was a professional violinist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She also played in a Works Progress Administration orchestra established as part of the New Deal. While at CC, she met and married DeForrest Judd, who was studying at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Mary was a teacher of the deaf and fought for employment rights for the disabled in Dallas.
Georgia Herbert Silliman, age 98, passed away peacefully in her home on Sept. 25, 2020, in West Hartford, Connecticut. She was a lifelong Kappa Kappa Gamma and one of few female account executives at Aetna Insurance Company. Georgia was the first woman to graduate from the University of Hartford with a master’s in business.
Rosaleen “Roz” Malooly Evans passed away April 28, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Roz was a musical prodigy on the piano since age 7. She was a musical director, vocal coach, concert pianist, and taught voice at the University of Texas El Paso. She appeared on Broadway and had a stint at The Desert Inn in Las Vegas during its heyday.
Mildred Eloise Appling Vaag passed away peacefully on Dec. 25, 2020, in Denver, Colorado. Mildred taught high school English and her favorite class to teach was journalism. She worked as a freelance writer and proofreader for the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper and then went back to teach preschool. After retiring, she wrote three volumes of memoirs.
Elizabeth Gilliland Sharp died Dec. 4, 2020, in Aiken, South Carolina. She and her husband, Donald Sharp, owned and operated the Logan County Credit Bureau in Sterling, Colorado, for almost three decades. Elizabeth was nominated as a candidate for the Colorado House of Representatives. She won the primary for northeastern Colorado but lost in the general election by only eight votes.
Esther Hansen Simon died peacefully at home in Colorado Springs on April 25, 2020. Esther worked as a medical technologist with Colorado Springs Health Partners. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, two daughters, one son, and two grandchildren. Her parents were both immigrants from Denmark, making Esther a first-generation American.
John James Limneos died Sept. 25, 2020, in San Diego, California. John played football for both CC and Notre Dame. He was fluent in Greek and volunteered as an interpreter for the United States Navy during World War II. He worked as a purchasing agent for the aerospace industry and the city school district.
Calline Lounette “Sunny” Burns passed away on Dec. 6, 2020, in Salem, Oregon. Besides being a great mother, Sunny worked alongside her husband in many businesses including raising Suffolk sheep, which she loved. Sunny was a great cook and loved to quilt and sew. She is survived by three daughters, one son, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Louis Loyd Kinkel died Nov. 4, 2020, in Hugo, Colorado. He was married to Elizabeth Dean Kinkel ’49. Louis operated the Jack Frost Market in Limon, Colorado, for more than 25 years. He served as mayor of Limon, town council member, and president of the Chamber of Commerce. He also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Barbara Jean Stark McClelland passed away on March 30, 2020, in La Jolla, California. Barbara was an accomplished pianist and a Kappa Kappa Gamma at CC. Barbara met her husband while working for Shamrock Foods Company. She is survived by her son and daughter, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Anne Mary Wiedman-Westcott passed away on Sept. 9, 2020, in Denver, Colorado. She met her husband, Gordon Westcott ’50, at CC. She raised money for the Denver Art Museum, Denver Symphony, and the University of Denver Art Department. Anne began playing bridge at CC and continued playing with the same group until her eyesight began failing in 2012.
John Overton Goad III died in Evanston, Illinois, on July 2, 2020. John was stationed in Germany in World War II and declared missing in action for 10 weeks before turning up at a Russian Army hospital. He earned Bronze Battle Stars, a Victory Medal, and the Purple Heart. John worked his way up to vice president of Leo Burnett, the Chicago advertising agency.
Doris Vicellio Petersen passed away in her Salem, Oregon, home on Oct. 29, 2020. Doris studied business and enjoyed performing dance at CC. She taught third grade at Holy Family Catholic School for many years. Doris is predeceased by her husband, Robert Petersen ’52, and her eldest daughter. She is survived by her six children, multiple grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Helen Emily Kuh Changras passed away on Sept. 27, 2020, in Pleasanton, California. She was a mother of three and worked as a legal secretary before devoting many years to managing the family restaurant, The Savoy Tivoli. Helen volunteered with the Pleasanton-Tulancingo Sister City Program, adopted many pets, played mah-jongg, and won ribbons for her stitching and her roses at the Alameda County Fair.
Lt. Cmdr. Donald “Don” Blaine Stone passed away Oct. 19, 2020, in Chico, California, with family at his side. Don was in the U.S. Navy for 22 years on five aircraft carriers and spent four years at the Pentagon. He worked as a financial adviser after serving. Don’s favorite ways to spend his time included watching his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events and cheering on his 49ers.
Louis Paul Housman passed away on Dec. 20, 2020, after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer in Pueblo, Colorado. He served the Navy on a destroyer in the Pacific and then served in the Army Reserves for many years. Louis was a teacher in District 60 for 35 years and is survived by his wife and many nieces and nephews.
Robert John “Bob” Mason passed away on Dec. 13, 2020, at his home in Woodland Park, Colorado. Bob was a civil engineer and worked on the construction of the Air Force Academy. He then earned a law degree and specialized in corporate and real estate law and was in-house counsel for Craddock Development Company and Western Sportsman Magazine. He also did pro bono work for seniors, young families, and ranchers or farmers who needed help.
Suzan “Suzie” Beer O’Neill passed away peacefully on Jan. 8, 2021, in Phoenix, Arizona. Suzie once worked for the USO entertaining the troops in Europe and was the executive director for the Wallace Foundation. In 1998, Suzie moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she learned to work with wood and tin from local artisans. At age 75 she carved a 10-foot totem pole for the family cabin in Pinetop, Arizona, depicting a school of fish swimming upstream.
William A. “Bill” McCrea passed away on Dec. 16, 2020, in Mesquite, Nevada. He served his country as an Army medic in the Korean War. He attended CC on a hockey scholarship and met his wife, Sallee Jo Hazeltine McCrea ’61, in the registration line for classes. Bill taught and coached high school in Antonito, Colorado, and later in Colorado Springs.
Dr. Richard “Rick” E. Richards died March 20, 2020, in Colorado Springs. Rick taught at Western State University in Gunnison, Colorado, receiving the status of emeritus professor of biology when he retired. Rich loved teaching, classical music, singing, and climbing mountains. He is survived by his wife, Sarah, his brother, his children and step-children, and two grandchildren.
Mary Eno Sage Stewart died of natural causes on Jan. 1, 2021, in Hartford, Connecticut. Mary was a longtime community volunteer, and a member of Bonhomme Presbyterian Church, The Wednesday Club of St. Louis, and the Assistance League of St. Louis. She had a very short stint as a top secret courier for the Royal Navy. She is survived by her husband, two children, and four grandsons.
Dorothea “Vonnie” or “Beenie” Von Oven Adams passed away from COVID-19 on Dec. 2, 2020, in her hometown of Beloit, Wisconsin. Vonnie was president of her Delta Gamma sorority and a Type 1 diabetes survivor for more than 60 years. She volunteered for 40 years at Beloit Memorial Hospital and was treasurer of the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra.
James “Jim” Deyo passed away Oct. 31, 2020, in Louisville, Colorado. He served two years in the Army after graduating from CC, where he played soccer and was a Kappa Sigma. Jim worked at Rocky Flats as an engineer for 35 years. After retiring, he and his wife traveled across the U.S. and Canada in their motorhome.
Peter G. Schuler passed away May 1, 2020, at his home in Dixon, Illinois. Peter was drafted in 1958 and served in the U.S. Army until 1960. He owned and operated Dixon Home Lumber and Rebuild for 50 years and retired in 1993. Peter is survived by his two daughters.
Susan Cooper Broenkow passed away on Nov. 26, 2020, in Monterey, California. Susan worked at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Oceanography department at the University of Washington. Susan was a founding member of the Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild. She is survived by her husband and their two sons.
Miriam Joan “M.J.” Hazard passed away from Parkinson’s disease on Dec. 1, 2020, in her sleep at home in Colorado Springs. M.J. was active in the Colorado Springs Junior League. She also was an active athlete and once won the Ladies Tennis Singles at The Garden of the Gods Club. Joan played duplicate bridge and earned a Bronze Life Master status.
Duane Wilber Barber died Nov. 14, 2019, in Sunnyvale, California. He was a Sigma Chi and played tennis at CC. Duane was a surface scientist and is survived by his wife, Betty Barber.
William “Bill” Gappert passed away in Medina, Ohio, on Oct. 2, 2020. After college, Bill fulfilled his military obligation in the U.S. Army Reserves. He held various sales and management positions in Illinois and Ohio before retiring in Medina, Ohio, in 2014. Bill enjoyed soccer, which he played at CC, and was a competitive bodybuilder.
Alfred “Bruce” Kasten died Sept. 20, 2020, in Colorado Springs. Bruce studied geology at CC and fell in love with rock climbing. He served in the U.S. Air Force for a short time and then became a tax accountant, owning his own businesses. He also earned awards for quickest draw and accuracy in Old West firearms competitions.
Susannah Mode McCuaig died peacefully in Florence, South Carolina, on Nov. 8, 2020, after an illness. Susannah was a professor of education at multiple colleges and universities. She was the author of many articles and professional papers presented in professional literature and at education conferences throughout the United States and Europe. Susannah was the recipient of the Girl Scout’s Curved Bar award.
Conway Howard “Connie” Olmsted passed away peacefully in his Sierra Vista, Arizona, winter home on Dec. 11, 2020. Connie completed a year at Harvard before enlisting in the Army where he served as a medic from 1952 to 1954. He was a Spanish professor and taught at Purdue University before joining the Peace Corps and teaching English to Peruvian natives. He became the department head for the Department of Modern Languages at Metropolitan State University of Denver and remained a professor emeritus.
Richard F. De La Vergne died Jan. 18, 2020, in Bluefield, Virginia. Richard served in the Army in Korea. He worked for Avis Rent A Car. He is survived by his two daughters.
Elaine Jane Schaneman Heimbouch died Sept. 16, 2020, while visiting family in Cincinnati, Ohio. Elaine taught high school English before starting her family. She served as a house mother for a fraternity at Wesleyan University and later for a sorority at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and also worked as a sales associate at a women’s clothing store.
Christopher “Chris” Barnes passed away peacefully at his home in Hancock, New Hampshire, on Oct. 6, 2020. He met his wife, Katharine Kephart Barnes ’59, at CC. Chris was a librarian at Cornell University, Keene State College, and the resident director of MacDowell Colony, a working retreat for artists. He founded Arts Pro Tem, a consulting firm for artists. For more than 60 years, Chris curated one of the most significant and complete private collections of Robert Frost material.
Ruth Ann “Ruthie” Lindquist Ford Farr passed away on Jan. 1, 2021, in Ogden, Utah. Ruthie was a dancer and Kappa Kappa Gamma at CC. Her first husband, Michael Ford ’58, also was a CC alumnus. Ruthie actively served in the Junior League of Ogden and earned an art degree at Weber State College. She is survived by four children and four stepchildren.
Margaret “Peggy” Jean Gurau passed away peacefully on Jan. 17, 2021, at home in Ames, Iowa. Peggy worked at Iowa State University as an office manager and secretary in various departments, including physics, child development, and chemical engineering. Peggy was instrumental in starting the public library in Roland, Iowa, where she was a founding board member and the first chairperson.
Martha Garner Kistler passed away Dec. 17, 2020, in Kimberton, Pennsylvania. Martha was an accomplished artist focusing on drawing and charcoal sketches. She was an avid gardener and a volunteer at the Bryn Mawr Hospital for more than 25 years. Martha supported countless animal organizations and is survived by her husband and two children.
Ann Bender Veatch passed away Dec. 29, 2020, in McLean, Virginia. After attending DePauw University, Ann was sent to CC to establish an Alpha Phi chapter. Ann is survived by three children, five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. She proudly continued to teach elementary school for Fairfax County Public Schools until the age of 78.
James “Jim” Drummond Clark passed away in Oxford, Ohio, on March 1, 2020. He was an associate professor of Englishat Miami University in Oxford. He wrotea book called “The Bugbears: A Modernized Edition” with John Jeferre.
Lt. Col. Clark Denny died Nov. 23, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. Clark served in the Persian Gulf and Vietnam for the U.S. Army. He was a Sigma Chi at CC.He is survived by his wife, Lillian Denny.
Perry Love Lemelin passed away May 25, 2018, in Flint, Michigan. Perry was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and bragged about being a member of Mensa. She is survived by husband Joseph Lemelin, her children Whitney and Peter, and six grandchildren.
Robert “Bob” Anton died Feb. 21, 2020, in Littleton, Colorado, from Parkinson’s disease. Bob came to CC following a stint in the Marines. At CC he was the business manager for the Nugget and president of Kappa Sigma. Bob had a long career as a portfolio manager for several mutual fund companies in Denver.
Arthur “Art” James Berglund passed away Dec. 19, 2020, in Colorado Springs. Art played hockey at CC and was the leading scorer his senior season. After playing professional hockey in Switzerland and Austria, he managed the Broadmoor World Arena for 13 years and then worked for USA Hockey as senior director of international administration. Art was part of the staff of more than 30 U.S. National teams, including six Olympic squads and eight National Junior Teams, and had a widespread impact on international hockey. He also helped design the blueprint for the first women’s Olympic team and took great pride in their 1998 Olympic gold medal. Art was inducted into multiple Halls of Fame for hockey.
Sandra “Sandy” Marvin Francis passed away Oct. 13, 2020, in Dover, Delaware. She was a longtime special education teacher for first- through fifth-grades at John N.C. Stockton Elementary School in Jacksonville, Florida. After retiring, she moved to a farm in Virginia where she and her husband lived for 18 years. She enjoyed long walks with friends and family there.
Carol Marchert Matoush died Oct. 12, 2020, in Colorado Springs. Carol served as deputy district attorney for the Colorado Springs District Attorney’s office from 1976 through 1995. She was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Carol is survived by her children and her husband.
Steve Gustafson passed away at his home in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, on June 29, 2020. Steve was a gifted athlete and played baseball and hockey at CC. Steve worked for the state of Minnesota for 37 years and retired from the department of administration as a planning director in 2010. He also enjoyed working as a youth hockey referee.
Janet Bowley Landauer passed away Nov. 15, 2020, at her home in Reno, Nevada. She is survived by her husband, Richard Landauer. She was a Gamma Phi Beta at CC. Janet worked as part-owner and bookkeeper with her husband’s company, US Rope Co. She enjoyed reading, travel, music, Lake Tahoe, speaking German, and her miniature wire-haired dachshunds.
Harry Barton “Bart” Mendenhall II died Dec. 17, 2020, in a Denver hospital from COVID-19. Bart served as the Rocky Ford city attorney and general counsel to the Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District for many years. He was past president of the Colorado Bar Association and served as chairman of the Water Law Section. He was a commissioner for the Colorado State Supreme Court nominating commission.
Paul Klein died in Chicago, Illinois, on Oct. 11, 2020, from stage IV esophageal cancer. Paul was a longtime art dealer and founded Klein Art Works, one of the “original 16” galleries in the River North neighborhood. Paul was the art consultant and curator for the expansion of McCormick Place. He also competed in national and local backgammon tournaments.
Steven Lee Methner passed away Jan. 1, 2021, in Nederland, Colorado, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He met his wife, Damaris Hoyl Methner ’69, at CC. He was a psychiatrist in Salt Lake City, Utah, for 45 years. Steve enjoyed skiing, tennis, spending time with family, travel, and being at the family ranch. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Robert Brenner passed away in 2020 in Andover, Massachusetts. He was a physician specializing in urology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and then at Greater Lowell Urology. Robert was a Phi Delta Theta at CC. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter, Emily Brenner ’10.
Mark Edward Paulson, of Grand Forks, North Dakota, passed away Jan. 2, 2021. Mark attended CC on a hockey scholarship. He was president of Froehlich-Paulson-Moore, Inc., a private insurance agency and his father’s family business. Mark was recognized as the North Dakota Independent Insurance Agent of the Year in 1998 and was on multiple boards of directors in the industry. He continued to play hockey and coached youth teams.
Julia Miller passed away Nov. 7, 2020, in Fountain Hills, Arizona. She was an English and drama teacher for sixth grade through high school at General William Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs. She loved bowling, Shakespeare, and all things literary. She is survived by her husband, four daughters, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Nancy Rae Reinisch passed away peacefully in her home from breast cancer, surrounded by family on Feb. 15, 2019, in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. She was the 235th triathlete in the United States to complete 100 career triathlons. She received the Garfield County Humanitarian Award and the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association’s Athena Award. She was a therapist and social worker.
Timothy “Tim” McGovern died Dec. 24, 2020, in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Tim was a journalist after serving as a U.S. Army combat correspondent in the Vietnam War where he earned six decorations. He was a reporter and managing editor for many Colorado newspapers and won the Colorado Press Association’s Sweepstakes Award in 1982. Tim also taught writing and journalism at Metro State College, CU-Boulder, and the University of Denver.
Charles Duran Sr. of Colorado Springs died Dec. 20, 2020. Charles owned and operated The Mission Bell Inn restaurant for many years. One of his proudest accomplishments was serving as a soldier in the United States Army, 101st Airborne Division where he was a jumpmaster. Charles also was an elementary school teacher until he retired from District 11.
Rebecca Marshall Klenk died of pancreatic cancer, peacefully at home in Maryville, Tennessee, on Nov. 15, 2020. Rebecca was an anthropology professor and author who taught gender and globalization, and women, politics, and the law among other topics at the University of Tennessee. She studied village women’s social justice activism in Himalayan India.
Annamarie Mason passed away Dec. 18, 2020, in Colorado Springs. Annamarie was an accomplished pianist and teacher who was nominated for Colorado Teacher of the Year in 1984. Annamarie is survived by her three children and four grandchildren.
Gregory “Greg” Mark Wuorenmaa passed away unexpectedly Nov. 5, 2020, in Colorado Springs. He met his wife, Colleen Sullivan Wuorenmaa ’87, at CC. Greg was an elementary school teacher to Navajo students in New Mexico and in Colorado Springs. As a Colorado Springs native, Greg’s extensive knowledge of the area made him an ideal tour guide for anyone who would listen to his educational and often humorous stories.
Nancy Oakes passed away in February 2020, in Maxatawny, Pennsylvania. Nancy was a freelance writer and illustrator at the Williston Pioneer Sun newspaper in Florida. She enjoyed kayaking, horseback riding, and swimming, as well as her reading, writing, state park, and art groups.
John Deregowski passed away Feb. 7, 2020, in Tiburon, California. John was a Sigma Chi at CC. He was the president of Associate Securities in Tiburon.
Christopher Connor “Mac” McCafferty died Jan. 15, 2021, in Red Bank, New Jersey. Mac attended CC on a hockey scholarship. He played professional hockey for the Nashville Nighthawks before he began his youth coaching career with the Red Bank Armory in New Jersey. He was stellar with young people who flocked to him, listened intently to him, and learned from him.
Daniel “Dan” Joseph Conboy died July 3, 2020, in Tucson, Arizona, aftera brief illness. Dan served in the Marine Corps from 1967 to 1971. He taught and coached for more than 20 years in Montrose, Falcon, and Colorado Springs schools. He met his current wife, Sally Necklason Conboy ’00, in graduate school at CC and they were married in Shove Memorial Chapel.
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Tristram C. “Tris” Colket Jr. P’91, G’20, G’22 passed away July 6, 2020, in Paoli, Pennsylvania. Tris was a CC trustee from 1989-95 and his daughter, Carolyn Cullen ’91, is a current trustee. He and his wife Ruth generously funded the Colket Center for Academic Excellence in 2001, the mission of which is to partner with “faculty, departments, and programs to provide students with the finest liberal arts education in the country. In an academic climate calibrated to challenge all students, the Colket Center facilitates student learning, cultivates intellectual community, and supports students in developing skills they can apply broadly across and beyond the curriculum.” Currently, the Colket Center is key in offering remote services to meet the safety protocols of the pandemic and still support the students.
Tris was the grandson of the late John T. and Ethel M. Dorrance. He launched his career with North American Smelting Company. The highlight of his professional achievement was the founding of Cressona Aluminum Company in 1979. In his personal life, Tris was always smiling when behind the helm of a sailboat off the Maine coast, piloting a plane, on his tractor, or with a fly-rod in hand.
Tris was a lifelong supporter and later board member of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, eventually becoming chairman of the Research Institute. His passion for research led to the creation of the Ruth and Tristram Colket Jr. Translational Research Building. Tris was especially dedicated to medical philanthropy — due in part to the loss of his sister to leukemia at a young age.
Tris is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Ruth, who dedicated herself to his continuing comfort and well-being. He also is survived by Carolyn and her husband, Craig Wood Cullen Jr; Tristram C. Colket III and his wife, Robin; Bryan D. Colket and his wife, Jayme; as well as eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and his sister, Charlotte C. Weber.