Barbara Thomas Ackard passed away Aug. 7, 2021, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Barbara finished her college education at CC, majoring in English, and was proud of her Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority affiliation. In addition to her love of travel and the arts, Barbara will be best remembered for her exceptional generosity and dedication to helping others, her sense of humor, and her lifelong love of chocolate.
Marjorie Crews Hausman passed away Dec. 21, 2021, surrounded by her family, which included 11 children, 32 grandchildren, and 62 great-grandchildren. Marge belonged to the Delta Gamma Sorority at CC. After putting their own children through school, she and her husband, Clement, decided to help other young people and began funding scholarships that continue to affect young people at higher education institutions in southern Colorado.
Elsie Keglovich Proctor died Sept. 11, 2021. She was a legal secretary and a longtime real estate agent in Indiana. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Proctor, in 2011, and three siblings. Elsie is survived by three sons, Brent, James, and Alan Proctor; and their families, who remember her as a great mom.
Elizabeth Reeves Shaddock died Jan. 7, 2022. She was a Kappa Kappa Gamma at CC. She married James Shaddock ’47 and their union lasted for 70 years; James died in 2016. Betsy is survived by her sister, Mildred “Patsy” Reeves Dalton ’55; four children; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Jean Schryver Voorhees passed away June 8, 2021, in Annapolis, Maryland. She earned a degree in psychology and, while in Colorado Springs, met and married her husband, James Voorhees. Her varied career included social work, and she retired as administrative assistant from the Maryland Department of Developmental Disabilities. Jean is survived by her children, Tracy Voorhees and Karen Voorhees White ’75; and grandchildren, including Jessica White ’12.
Dan Bursch passed away Jan. 18, 2022. At CC, he earned his bachelor’s in education, cum laude, and his master of arts. He also earned a master’s in education at Michigan State University and an honorary juris doctor from John Wesley College. Dan served as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was married to his wife, Madge, for 73 years, until her death in 2018. He is survived by three sons; three grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Auburn Edgar “Ed” Benton Jr. died of Parkinson’s disease on Jan. 24, 2022. Ed earned scholarships to CC to study political science and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He married his classics professor, Stephanie Jakimowitz, before heading to Yale Law School. Ed became a successful lawyer in Denver, focusing on civil rights and education. CC recognized Ed with an honorary doctor of literature degree in 1987. After his wife passed away in 2010, he established the Stephanie and Ed Benton Endowed Scholarship to honor her memory. Survivors include grandson Malcolm Benton Barnes ’15.
Marjorie Clark Gardner passed away Sept. 3, 2021, in Green Valley, Arizona. She had been a YWCA program director and fitness instructor, and will be remembered for her sparkling personality and her love for all living creatures. Marge was active in local theater and choral groups. She is survived by her husband, Charles; three siblings; two daughters; two sons; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Ray Wulf Sylvester died Aug. 21, 2021. While serving in the Army during World War II, he was awarded several medals. After his honorable discharge, Ray earned his bachelor’s in fine arts. At CC, he met Patricia Grier ’50 and they married in 1951. He pursued his passion for art by creating interiors for historic Colorado homes, including the Governor’s Mansion and the Molly Brown House in Denver. Ray’s wife died in 2006; he is survived by two children and three grandchildren.
Robert Brugger passed peacefully Jan. 2, 2022, in Ashland, Oregon. Bob graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s in physics and received the Louis T. Benezet Award in 1989. Although he admitted he was not a natural athlete, he lettered in several sports at CC. He attended Rice University, where he earned his master’s and doctorate in nuclear physics. Bob worked around the country and overseas, accompanied by his wife, Barbara Lett Brugger ’51, who died in 2016.
Clinton Cole passed away Oct. 21, 2021, in San Angelo, Texas. He earned his degree in political science from CC and, in 1953, married Barbara Wattenbarger ’55 in Shove Memorial Chapel. She preceded him in death after nearly 65 years of marriage. Clinton attended the University of Colorado Boulder for his law degree, became a respected attorney and judge, and taught law classes at CC.
George Chamberlain died Sept. 4, 2021, in Centerville, Ohio. He was orphaned at age 13, lived in a Colo-rado Springs orphanage, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. George worked nights while studying business administration at CC and graduated at the top of his class. Retirement years included more traveling, but he always joined his grandchildren for lunch at school at least one day a week. George was prece-ded in death by his wife, Connie.
Beverly J. Anderson died May 16, 2021, in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. She earned her bachelor’s in education and returned to CC for a master’s degree. Beverly was married to Orville Anderson, who died in 1995.
(Willard) Ray Eppert died Jan. 19, 2022, just four days after the death of Leona, his wife of 61 years. While majoring in business administration at CC, Ray served as a summertime groundskeeper and accountant at The Navigators at Glen Eyrie in Colorado Springs. He worked as an accountant in California before retiring to Monument, Colorado. Ray is survived by his daughter, Robyn; son, Tom; and their families.
Dean Perron died Jan. 27, 2021. He earned his bachelor’s in business administration, pledged Phi Gamma Delta. His wife, Frances, died the day after he did. Dean was president of Ray Perron & Co., a wholesale electronic parts and equipment company, which he joined after serving as a U.S. Naval officer. Dean and Frances are survived by their children, Steve and Marcia.
Norma Layher Bixby passed away Dec. 31, 2021. She earned her bachelor’s in zoology at CC before spending two years in medical school at the University of Colorado Denver. She married George “Ed” Bixby in 1967 and they enjoyed adventures together, such as snowshoeing, camping, hiking, ice skating, cross-country skiing, breeding cats, square dancing, and amateur radio.
Ouida Leach Reid passed away Jan. 6, 2022, in Las Vegas. She earned her bachelor’s in philosophy and lived a full life after surviving asthma, polio, several car accidents, and multiple sclerosis. Rita was married to Roger Reid ’59, who survives, for more than 63 years. Those who knew her admired her and possibly some were jealous of her, but she was hard not to like and always fun to be with.
Roger Hilding Pearson died of pneumonia on Aug. 20, 2021. After Army service in Japan, he attended CC before graduating from Seattle University with a bachelor’s in business administration. Roger worked at Boeing, restored vintage cars, and played clarinet in a jazz group. Survivors include his niece, Laurel McLeod ’69, and nephew, Scott McLeod ’70; and great-nieces Dana McLeod ’04 and Kelsey McLeod Wright ’08.
Karen Tovatt Dalby passed away peacefully Aug. 25, 2021, surrounded by her family and pets. She earned her bachelor’s in psychology at CC, where she met her future husband, Dale Dalby ’62, who passed in 2006. Karen brought light into every room she entered and always surprised people with her unconventional answers to every question because her way of thinking was so unique.
Terry Kidner died on July 3, 2021. Terry graduated cum laude with a degree in English from CC, where she was a College Bowl champion. She earned master’s and doctorate degrees from Bryn Mawr College, and taught in Massachusetts and New Jersey. Terry is survived by her partner, Philip Steinfeld; son, Jesse Kohn; brother Wood Kidner; stepsons, Robert Kohn and Noah Bilbray-Kohn; and four granddaughters.
James Edward Spencer passed away Feb. 27, 2021, in Clemson, South Carolina. Jim’s career included teaching in Michigan, Minnesota, Kentucky, Wyoming, and South Carolina; and working as a real estate agent, a technical writer, and an over-the-road truck driver. He also was an avid fisherman and aviator. Survivors include his wife, Connie; six children; eight grandchildren; and three great-granddaughters.
(Edwin) Kent Hill died Dec. 4, 2021, in Colorado Springs. He had four loves: his family, his faith, teaching, and sports. Kent received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Northern Colorado in 1956 and his master’s in teaching at CC. He also served in the Army. Kent’s survivors include his wife, Betty Lee; and their sons, Garry ’81 and Steven.
Bill Weiss died Jan. 6, 2022, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He started the lacrosse team at CC before enrolling in Parsons College, where he earned his bachelor’s in business administration. He and his father operated Medtech Laboratories and Bill became CEO after his father died in 1987. After living in Lebanon, Switzerland, and New York, Bill and his wife, Robin, found their home in Wyoming, where they avidly supported nonprofits in Cody and Jackson Hole.
Britton White Jr. passed away Aug. 18, 2021, in Carbondale, Colorado. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology at CC, he earned his juris doctor at the University of Colorado Boulder. Brit was a formidable litigator as a partner at Holland & Hart and later general counsel for El Paso Corp. He loved lively debates and had a brilliant sense of humor. Survivors include his first and second wives; and his children, Jennifer White and Britton D. White.
Stephen Larson Brown died Oct. 19, 2021. He grew up in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and took his love of skiing to CC, where he was on the ski team. He graduated with a degree in economics, then returned to Steamboat, where he was a farmer and rancher. Survivors include Lexie Siegal; daughters, Lisa Brown and Kristin Wilson; brother, Daniel Loomis Brown ’74; two nephews, and a niece.
Elizabeth Goodwin died Aug. 16, 2021, in West Des Moines, Iowa. She attended Iowa State University, then completed her teaching degree at Colorado College. Liz had a lifelong love of learning and believed in accessible education for everyone. She was a devoted church member, passionate gardener, and conservationist. She is survived by three children; her husband, Bill, preceded her in death.
John Hartwell Boddington died Nov. 9, 2021, in his Colorado Springs home. He majored in economics at CC, where he was captain of the soccer team. John earned All American honors and a tryout for the U.S. Olympic team in his senior year. After graduating, he served one year in Vietnam. John became president of the family business, the Boddington Lumber Co., in 1995. He was the great-grandson of CC Professor Moses Clement Gile, for whom a professorship in the Department of Classics is named. Survivors include his brother, William “Tim” Boddington ’72.
Joanne Zimmerman died Sept. 8, 2021, in Denver after a courageous battle with colon cancer. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s in psychology before earning her master’s and doctorate at the University of Colorado Boulder. Joanne also was a distinguished professor of psychology at the University of Georgia and a clinical psychologist in Denver. She was a free spirit, gifted chef, and an animal lover, and is survived by three nephews and many friends.
Douglas Lynch died Dec. 14, 2021, in Portland, Maine. He earned his bachelor’s in political science at CC; a master’s in curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin, Madison; and a master’s in psychology and a doctorate in educational psychology at the University of Massachusetts. He was a professor at various universities and became known and respected for his contributions to the education field. Even after retiring, Doug loved to learn. His survivors include his wife, Patrice; two children; and a grandson.
Raymond J. Nelson died Jan. 15, 2022. He grew up in Pennsylvania and served in the U.S. Army before earning his degree in botany at CC. He loved wildflowers, gardens, cooking, photography, and religious studies, and almost always had a dog at his side. Ray is survived by Carol, his wife of 49 years; two daughters; three grandchildren; and 10 siblings.
Jeff Bayer died March 8, 2021, of complications from COVID-19. Known to all as “the Bear,” he played football and rugby while earning his bachelor’s in mathematics and pledging Beta Theta Pi. Jeff shoveled snow clad in only sandals and shorts and cheered on every home team, especially the Denver Broncos. His passion was his construction career and those he worked with. Jeff is survived by his daughter, Brittney, and his partner in life, Sylvia.
Richard W. Bessom died Dec. 28, 2021. As a young man, Rick lived in a mountain cabin outside Aspen, Colorado, while working as a ski instructor for more than 13 years. He then became a boatman on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. He earned a master’s degree at Arizona State University and became a counselor. Rick was just a few days short of his 40th anniversary with Alcoholics Anonymous. He had a big heart and was a good, loving man.
Stephen G. Hunter died Sept. 24, 2021, in St. Paul, Minnesota, from injuries sustained in a bicycling accident. He majored in biology at CC, then attended dental school at the University of Minnesota, earning a doctor of dental surgery degree as well as a master’s degree, specializing in endodontics. Steve practiced dentistry in the Twin Cities until his death. Survivors include his wife, Anne, and daughters Sara ’02 and Mari ’05.
Richard William Miller took his final afternoon nap on Sept. 23, 2021. Rich was a Phi Delta Theta and majored in political science. He graduated magna cum laude. He then attended Willamette University School of Law in Oregon and went on to a long career as a tax attorney. Rich was known for his quick wit and was friendly, positive, and kind to everyone who crossed his path. He is survived by Nancy, his wife of 45 years; their two daughters; and five grandchildren.
John Kenneth Silver passed away in his Santa Fe, New Mexico, home on Sept. 9, 2021. He earned his bachelor’s in political science while playing hockey and tennis at CC, then received his law degree at the University of New Mexico. John was an active philanthropist; his efforts for animal welfare and the environment led to a close friendship with eminent primatologist Jane Goodall. Survivors include his mother; wife, Gloria; and children Thomas ’14 and Joanna Silver.
Michael Allured passed away Oct. 24, 2021, in Madison, Wisconsin. He was the third-generation publisher of the Manufacturing Confectioner, a worldwide journal of the candy and sweet baked-goods industry. Mike also was a third-generation CC student, following his grandmother, Prudence Walker Allured 1916; and his parents, Coralene ’50 and Allen Allured ’50. He is survived by his wife, Mary, and their children, Amy Allured Grosholtz ’11 and Ethan.
Ruth Mullen was remembered as a dedicated political activist in the Bronx, New York, after she was struck and killed by a bus in front of her home on Sept. 7, 2021. She majored in history at CC, then moved to New York and earned her master’s in history at Columbia University. Ruth worked in publishing and film production and succeeded at both. She is survived by her husband, Jim Bradley, and their two daughters.
Richard Schulte died Aug. 21, 2021, while competing in the Triple Bypass bike race through the Colorado Rockies. Dick was doing what he loved, challenging himself athletically while marveling at the splendor of what he called “God’s country.” Dick earned his bachelor’s degree in political economics and played soccer, lettering all four years. He is survived by his wife, Susan; children Sarah ’10, Samuel, and Nick; and sisters Susan O’Gara ’78 and Sarah Dulin ’84.
Karen McCarthy Pfeiffer died Dec. 1, 2021. She earned her master of arts in teaching after a bachelor’s in Spanish from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1967. Karen taught at a Colorado Springs high school, where her students and colleagues loved her for her humor. She was married to Rudiger Pfeiffer, who preceded her in death in 2019.
Mark Glaze died Oct. 31, 2021, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He was a Truman Foundation Scholar at CC, where he majored in political science. He earned his juris doctor at George Washington University in 1999. Mark was called “the face of gun control” while executive director of Everytown for Gun Safety. He also served as an adviser to the Commission on Federal Election Reform, led by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker.
Laurence Erickson Walker passed away Nov. 13, 2020, in Kalispell, Montana. He earned his bachelor’s in economics at CC and his juris doctor from Willamette University. Erick loved people, the outdoors, and nature in all forms, and treasured his time at CC. Survivors include his sister, Julie Walker Lowe ’88.
Brianna Oliver Rizzi passed away Jan. 4, 2022, at her home in Pueblo, Colorado. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history, which complemented her love of travel. While working at a law firm, she earned her master’s in leadership and management from Regis University. At the time of her death, she owned an art gallery/antiques store, where she exhibited her own artwork and her collection of special pieces.
Rev. Kenneth Burton, dean emeritus of Shove Memorial Chapel and professor emeritus of religion, died Dec. 22, 2021, at his home in Manitou Springs, Colorado. He was 93 years old. He served CC from 1961 to 1988. He was described as a compassionate man who was known for kindness, quick wit, intellect, and caring presence.
Kenneth studied theology at Cambridge University and, in 1950, became the youngest ordained Congregational minister in England, where he was born and lived through World War II. After studying at the Chicago Theological Seminary, he arrived at CC in 1961 and was ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1974. He became deeply involved in the campus and the surrounding community.
A memorial service took place Jan. 15, 2022, in Colorado Springs. He is survived by Mary, his wife of 71 years; children, including Joanna Burton Stone ’74, Andrew ’79 and ’90, Jeremy ’78, Mark ’87 and Sara; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Donations in his honor came be made to the Kenneth Burton Endowed Fund for Religion and the Arts at Colorado College.
Mary Duncan passed away June 3, 2020, in Colorado Springs due to complications from cancer. Mary worked in Residential Life from 1985 to 2003, primarily at the front desk of South (Slocum) Hall. Mary was known for her friendly smile and cheerful personality. She loved interacting with students on a daily basis, and she knew everyone’s name and genuinely cared about all of the students in her dorm. Survivors include her husband, Richard; son, Jim; daughters, Ann Teese ’86 and Susan Albright ’93; and six grandchildren.
Sally Eisentraut, who worked as database and customer service coordinator in Facilities Services, died on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, from heart complications. Sally was dedicated to Colorado College for more than 30 years. She wove a web of relationships within Facilities and across campus that supported the CC community in many ways. A celebration of life took place at Shove Memorial Chapel on Monday, Jan. 10. Survivors include her sister, Lisa Smith, who works in Mathias Hall; sons Ben and Nick; and her nephew, Nathan Smith ’05.