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The following obituaries were published in the Winter 2011 Miamian.

Hortense Williams Burris '27, Portsmouth, Ohio, May 17, 2010. Retired, teacher.

Clarence A. Wheeler '32, Hamilton, Ohio, Jan. 28, 2011. Retired, teacher and principal, 41 years, Hamilton Schools.

Edward A. Malling '34, Hamilton, Ohio, Jan. 11, 2011. Retired, with General Electric and other firms; visiting professor, Northern Kentucky University, 1972-78.

Gloria Simancek Taylor '36, Denver, Colo., Sept. 4, 2010.

Alta Laub Doughman '37, Seminole, Fla., Dec. 13, 2010. Retired, Indiana high-school business teacher.

Lois Dean Gleason '37, Lima, Ohio, Jan. 7, 2011. Retired, home economics teacher, Huntsville, Cairo, and Lima South Junior High School.

Frederick W. Kramer '38, St. Petersburg, Fla., July 12, 2010. Former owner, Northside Grocery Store; retired from city of St. Petersburg.

Elizabeth Delp Ridd '38, Dayton, Ohio, Nov. 25, 2010. Former teacher, Middletown Schools.

John S. Gildersleeve '39, Hudson, Ohio, Oct. 1, 2010.

Herman W. Goldner '39, Virginia Beach, Va., Sept. 9, 2010. Retired, lawyer; former four-term mayor of St. Petersburg, Fla.

Stella Koval Effinger '40, Plantation, Fla., Nov. 26, 2010.

Clarabeth Menke Flory '40, West Alexandria, Ohio, Sept. 9, 2010. Former teacher, 20 years.

Paul F. Erwin '41, Cincinnati, Ohio, Feb. 6, 2010. Husband of Mary Metcalfe Erwin '41.

Jean Neidhardt '41, Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 19, 2010. Former teacher in Franklin and Oakwood, Ohio; retired, lieutenant colonel, U.S. Air Force.

Howard L. Ricker '42, Tucson, Ariz., Oct. 18, 2010. Retired, from family business in Galion, Ohio, the National Jewelers/National Mailing Service.

Donald E. Rosenthal '42, Cathedral City, Calif., Jan. 18, 2011.

Robert J. Cunningham '43, Pickerington, Ohio, Sept. 13, 2010. Retired, director of materials research and development for Anchor Hocking in Lancaster, Ohio.

Kathryn Vulgamore Dunham '43, Mount Vernon, Ohio, Oct. 1, 2010. Retired, teacher for 28 years at Mount Vernon High School, chairing English department.

Louise Gerwin Farmer '43, Utica, Ohio, Oct. 25, 2010. Longtime guidance counselor in Utica.

Virginia "Ginger" Schneider Purnhagen '43, Naples, Fla., Oct. 10, 2010.

Miriam VanAusdall Skopin '43, San Mateo, Calif., Oct. 10, 2010.

Martha "Marty" Reyer Leyshon '45, Silver Spring, Md., Aug. 12, 2010. Retired, registered medical technologist, Doctors Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth "Bettie" Garner Perkins '45, Bonita Springs, Fla., Oct. 9, 2010.

Elizabeth Davis Saunders '45, Shelburne, Vt., Sept. 20, 2010. Retired, kindergarten teacher for 18 years at H.O. Wheeler School in Burlington.

Leon J. Spayd '46, Louisville Ky., Nov. 2, 2010. Office manager for Time Finance for 25 years; retired after 17 years with Dairymen Inc.

John R. "Skippy" Willis '46, Memphis, Tenn., Dec. 9, 2010. After retiring as a private practice physician, became an emergency room physician and a mission doctor to Honduras.

Richard B. Elberfeld '47, Hamilton, Ohio, Sept. 11, 2010. Started career in family retail business; prior to retirement, director of Butler County CETA office. Husband of Mildred Walker Elberfeld WC '45.

Albert J. "A.J." Goulder '47, Scottsdale, Ariz., Dec. 17, 2010. Retired, owner and contractor, A.J. Goulder Electric; Brangus cattle rancher.

Vernon "Tad" Kroehle Jr. '47, Rocky River, Ohio, Dec. 13, 2010.

Charles W. Cary '48, Meadowlakes, Texas, Aug. 19, 2010. Geologist with Unocal for 32 years, retiring as vice president and general manager of Latin America offshore operations in Rio de Janeiro.

Nancy Kauffman Mowrey '48, Hilliard, Ohio, Sept. 11, 2010. Retired, Mid-Ohio Health Planning Federation and Central Ohio Lung Association. Wife of Marshall '49.

Stanton R. "Bud" Newkirk '48, Hamilton, Ohio, Dec. 6, 2010. Retired, HR manager, Champion International.

Marjorie Park Radow '48, Arvado, Colo., May 1, 2010. Retired, realtor.

Floyd M. Reaves '48, Lima, Ohio, Dec. 7, 2010. Retired, control systems specialist, Sohio/BP.

Mary Hefner Reaves '48, Lima, Ohio, March 4, 2010. Former teacher.

Martin A. Rush '48, Middletown, Ohio, Oct. 25, 2010. Retired, psychiatrist. Husband of Mary Miller Rush '48.

Mary Lou Erickson Hain '49, Suffolk, Va., Aug. 9, 2010.

Marian Dieterich Luidens '49, Clarkston, Mich., April 23, 2010.

Johann Hospodar Allen '50, Park Forest, Ill., June 24, 2010.

Joseph C. Garn '50 MA '52, Cleveland, Ohio, May 16, 2010.

Donald D. Leshner '50, Cincinnati, Ohio, Oct. 11, 2010. In marketing for 20 years at G.E.; known as "Golden Tones" at WMUB radio, 1994-2003.

Howard B. Mayer '50, Dallas, Texas, Aug. 29, 2010. Retired from Foxworth-Galbraith Lumber Co.

Granville A. Nolen '50, Oxford, Ohio, Aug. 28, 2010. Retired from Procter & Gamble.

Charles D. Tiberghein '50 MEd '56, Durham, N.H., Oct. 17, 2010. Retired, biology teacher and coach for 44 years, Dover City Schools. Husband of Janet Noble Tiberghein '72.

Paul L. Cary '51, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Sept. 9, 2010.

David A. Lloyd '51, Cleveland, Ohio, Sept. 23, 2010.

Howard A. Moss '51, Rockville, Md., Oct. 16, 2010. Retired, senior scientist at National Institutes of Health who did extensive work in developmental psychology.

James G. Mullen '51 MEd '56, Dayton, Ohio, Jan. 9, 2010. Retired, teacher and coach, mostly in Dayton Public Schools.

Marilyn Lamond Eddington '52, Tucson, Ariz., Aug. 26, 2010. Retired, chair of department of modern and classical languages, University of Detroit.

John M. Hannan '52, Naples, Fla., Sept. 23, 2010. Retired, owner, JM Hannan Co.

Ralph L. McDonald '52, Clifton, Colo., April 19, 2010.

Robert A. Podsiadlo '52, Atlanta, Ga., April 21, 2010.

Joan Burchfield Webster '52, Wilmette, Ill., Dec. 3, 2010. Former college admissions employee.

Pliny M. Keep '53, Sarasota, Fla., Nov. 19, 2010. Former pathologist and chief of staff, Borgess Medical Center. Husband of Joan Freeland Keep '52.

John W. Neville IV '53, Apopka, Fla., Oct. 29, 2010. John and his wife opened a McDonald's restaurant in Ashtabula, Ohio, in 1961.

Carl W. Albrecht Jr. '54, Columbus, Ohio, Nov. 29, 2010. Retired, curator of Natural History, Ohio Historical Center.

John E. Bentley '54, San Diego, Calif., Oct. 13, 2010. Retired, sales, IBM and Coldwell Banker Commercial real estate. Husband of Rosemary Heuser Bentley '54.

Joseph G. Chickvara '54, Sarasota, Fla., Dec. 15, 2010. Retired, president, Novi Canadian.

Michael J. De Fiore '54, Rehoboth Beach, Del., Oct. 4, 2010. Retired, teacher and principal in East Cleveland Schools for 30 years. Husband of Joanne Pilla De Fiore '57.

Gretchen Burkle Hester '54, Norwalk, Ohio, May 31, 2010. Retired, teacher and coordinator, Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) for 21 years in Norwalk and Huron County.

William M. Howard '54, Centerville, Ohio, Sept. 26, 2010. Retired, NCR.

Donald D. Yorgin '54, Golden, Colo., Nov. 25, 2010. Retired, pilot, Delta Air Lines.

Marilyn Hoyer Cottey '55, Bradenton, Fla., Nov. 9, 2010. Former elementary school music teacher.

Charles R. Byrkett '56, Hot Springs, Ariz., Nov. 28, 2010. Formerly in the U.S. Air Force.

Sara Will Crow '56, McArthur, Ohio, June 27, 2010.

Roland C. Gadd '56, Middletown, Ohio, Sept. 12, 2010. Former principal, Middletown City Schools.

Joseph M. Hamer '56, East Hampton, N.Y., Oct. 22, 2010. Retired, actor, in film, on Broadway, and in more than 300 TV commercials.

Marsha Swartfigure Hertel '56, Branford, Fla., Oct. 26, 2010.

Leigh Van Valen '56, Chicago, Ill., Oct. 16, 2010. Professor emeritus of ecology and evolution, University of Chicago.

Gretchen J. Franz '57, San Francisco, Calif., Jan. 6, 2010.

Lee Lindner Kurber '57, Glenview, Ill., Oct. 30, 2010. Former teacher and administrator for LaPetite Ecole Early Childhood Centers; hearing and vision consultant for state of Illinois; teacher for Toledo Public Schools.

Richard L. Lawson '57, Springfield, Ohio, May 16, 2010. Retired, in marketing and sales at Buckeye Incubator, Bauer and Westpatt.

John W. Nutty '57, Greensboro, N.C., Oct. 31, 2010. Retired, partner at Carolina Material Handling.

William G. Rupp '57, Archbold, Ohio, Nov. 27, 2010. Owner of Rupp Furniture in Archbold. Husband of Melinda Mewborn Rupp '60.

Robert W. Walker '57, New Berlin, Wis., Dec. 4, 2010. Retired, vice president, Wisconsin Mutual.

Joseph P. Kane '58, New Orleans, La., Nov. 2, 2010. Retired; began at an advertising agency in New York and went on to produce TV commercials and feature films.

Susan K. Bender '59, Boston, Mass., Nov. 22, 2010.

Howard F. Miller '59, Wellesley, Mass., Sept. 30, 2010. Retired, employee of M.I.T.

John S. Katz '60, Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 26, 2010. Film scholar, author, former professor at York University in Toronto and at the University of Pennsylvania.

James L. Kopp '60, Fort Worth, Texas, Nov. 19, 2010. Psychology professor at University of Texas for 40 years.

Charlotte Ashdown Lightner '60, Cleveland, Ohio, Sept. 19, 2010.

Thomas G. Mansfield '60, Santa Maria, Calif., Jan. 24, 2010. Spent 32 years with the FBI.

Robert H. Elliott '61, Suwanee, Ga., July 9, 2010.

Artis Helm MEd '61, Lebanon, Ohio, June 28, 2009. Retired, taught for 19 years, then served as principal in West Carrollton, Ohio, for another 16.

Donald E. Sine '62, Marco Island, Fla., Aug. 25, 2010. Retired, marketing manager in air tool industry in Ohio and Michigan; owned manufacturing business.

W. Robert Jencks '63 MA '68, Manchester, N.H., Sept. 6, 2010. Played professional football for Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins; professor at St. Anselm College; owned, operated Pine Echo farm.

Kenneth A. Weighill '63, Gardner, Mass., May 5, 2010.

Roberta A. Klein '64, Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 16, 2010. Former deputy director of the Ohio Youth Commission.

Ruth Yeakle Maus '64 MEd '66, Lebanon, Ohio, Sept. 29, 2010. Senior inventory planning analyst at AK Steel.

Jason P. Green '65, Washington, D.C., May 2, 2010.

Paul R. Dunn Jr. '66, Minneapolis, Minn., Aug. 17, 2010. Retired, underwriter for John Hancock in Boston and Unum in Portland, Maine.

Barbara Hiestand Evans MEd '66, Eaton, Ohio, Sept. 4, 2010. In the 1980s she began researching battered women and became a fully licensed counselor with her own practice.

Linda Lane Evans '66, Vienna, Va., Oct. 30, 2010. Retired, primary school teacher in Arlington, Va. Wife of Kirk '66.

Jane L. Yanesh '66, Cleveland, Ohio, Aug. 23, 2010. Retired, teacher, Cleveland Public Schools.

John B. Reichman '67, Pocatello, Idaho, Aug. 28, 2010. Psychiatric physician, mostly in private practice.

Richard F. Aldrich '68, Sanibel, Fla., Oct. 22, 2010. Engineer.

Dennis P. Bridgeman '68, Charleston, W.Va., Nov. 15, 2010. Worked at Wells Fargo Insurance.

Jeanne Dellefield Browne '68, Worthington, Ohio, Aug. 20, 2010. Various employers included The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital, Arthritis Foundation, and Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Lawrence C. Fry '68, New Richmond, Ohio, Aug. 19, 2010. Insurance agent for many years.

Arlyn W. Katovsky '68, Beachwood, Ohio, Sept. 8, 2010.

Stephen L. Mathews '69, Fairfield, Ohio, Sept. 2, 2010. Business manager, Winton Woods City Schools.

Josephine Crabtree Janick '70, Harrodsburg, Ky., Nov. 1, 2010.

Douglas B. Deem '72, Cincinnati, Ohio, Nov. 30, 2010. Retired, from Cincinnati Steel Treating.

Russel W. Poole Jr. '72, Manchester, Ohio, June 10, 2010. Retired, elementary teacher and coach, Adams County/Ohio Valley Local School District.

John C. Zimmer '72, Cincinnati, Ohio, Jan. 27, 2010.

Elizabeth Roos Donley MEd '73, Pueblo, Colo., April 3, 2010.

Jerry J. McCandless '73, Middletown, Ohio, Sept. 16, 2010. Industrial engineer and production supervisor.

Jeffrey R. Wolf '73, Greensboro, N.C., Oct. 23, 2010. Worked for International and Domestic Marketing.

C. Craig McAfee '74, Mason, Ohio, Oct. 18, 2010. Husband of Virginia Marie McAfee '03.

Thomas B. Spurgin '74, Springfield, Ohio, Sept. 1, 2010. Spent 12 years as an English teacher and 20 years in school administration. Husband of Kathryn Kozak Spurgin '75.

Michael D. Crocker '77, Worchester, Mass., June 26, 2010. Supervisor for Department of Transitional Services in Worchester.

Andrew J. Coleman '78, Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 27, 2010. Retired, practiced law for the state of Ohio in the Bureau of Workers Compensation.

Timothy L. Edgell '78, Bardstown, Ky., Aug. 3, 2010. In U.S. Navy 1968-90, retiring as a lieutenant commander.

James J. Hartwig '78 MEd '80, Cincinnati, Ohio, Oct. 6, 2010. Retired, teacher for more than 30 years in Cincinnati Public Schools.

Dennis D. Loyd '78, Liberty Township, Ohio, Oct. 26, 2010.

Edward R. Just '80, Hamilton, Ohio, Sept. 23, 2010. Manager at Elks Country Club.

Timothy F. Duruz MA '84, Long Beach, N.Y., Oct. 9, 2010. Husband of Aya Yabe Duruz '84.

Steven B. Yarnell '85, Stow, Ohio, Sept. 3, 2010. Controller for Dairy Farmers of America in Medina, Ohio.

Jill Klingel Szul '86 MEd '91, Hamilton, Ohio, Dec. 16, 2010. Teacher, Lakota Schools in southwest Ohio.

Brian S. Stoner '88, Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 13, 2010. Entrepreneur and business owner. Husband of Andrea Huston Stoner '89.

Ann Mulhauser Navaro MS '89, Glendale, Ohio, Sept. 5, 2010.

Tina Kehr Conrad '91, Springboro, Ohio, Nov. 5, 2010. Taught at Christ the King Preschool in Centerville, Ohio.

James L. Polewchak Jr. '92, Midlothian, Texas, Jan. 5, 2011. As owner of JP Industrial Technologies, he was in sales for several wire and cable industry companies.

Lisa Hyser Baluk '99, Westerville, Ohio, Jan. 2, 2011. Employed by Aetna in Blue Bell, Pa.

Sara Voge Clyburn MAT '99, Eaton, Ohio, Dec. 18, 2010. Worked at Miami for 10 years as a medical technologist.

Kyle A. Shellberg '00, Golden, Colo., Dec. 5, 2010. Staff nurse, St. Joseph's Presbyterian Hospital of Denver. Husband of Lauren McCoy Shellberg '01.

Amy L. Schenkel '11, Bernardsville, N.J., Jan. 27, 2011. A senior at Miami majoring in accountancy, also an accomplished equestrian.

Eben P. Wildman '13, South Charleston, Ohio, Oct. 16, 2010. A sophomore at Miami, dedicated midshipman, and business major.

Faculty, Staff, Friends

Martin J. Bennison, Oxford, Ohio, Nov. 10, 2010. Miami professor emeritus of theatre, 1971-2003.

Sara Voge Clyburn (see 1999).

John K. "Jack" Craine Hon. '87, Stow, Ohio, Oct. 4, 2010.

Eudora W. Dunkin, formerly of Oxford, Ohio, Oct. 4, 2010. Retired, administrative assistant, Miami's chemical and paper engineering department.

Alta Mae Hampton, Connersville, Ind., Nov. 16, 2010. Retired, 27 years at Miami as telecommunication supervisor.

John W. Hawes, Farmersville, Ohio, Dec. 4, 2010. Supervisor of Miami's Center for Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics.

George R. Kimball, Camden, Ohio, Nov. 20, 2010. Master plumber at Miami, 1980-2005.

Ambrose M. "Bo" Lawhorn, Harrison, Ohio, Nov. 12, 2010. Retired in 2007 from Miami, where he worked for 28 years with the U.S. EPA Test & Evaluation Facility in Cincinnati.

Donald D. Leshner (see '50).

Edwin P. McDonough, Oxford, Ohio, Dec. 18, 2010. During his 27 years at Miami, he worked in the game room and at the information desk.

Soledad Perez Newman, Houston, Texas, Oct. 3, 2010. Miami professor emerita of English, 1969-88.

Margaret L. "Peg" Phelps, Oxford, Ohio, Nov. 16, 2010. Wife of Bernard Phelps, Miami professor emeritus of communication and founding director of Miami University Hamilton.

Nellie "Arlene" Portwood, Oxford, Ohio, Dec. 7, 2010. Employed at Miami for 15 years, retiring in 1984.

William J. Rappel, Shelton, Wash., Aug. 21, 2010. Designer for Miami's Fisher Hall Theatre; assistant professor of speech at Miami in the late 1960s.

Mostafa "Paul" Rejai, Oxford, Ohio, Jan. 14, 2011. Miami professor emeritus of political science, 1964-93; First at Miami to be named a Distinguished Professor.

Allan R. Sandage Hon. '74, San Gabriel, Calif., Nov. 13, 2010. A prominent cosmologist and assistant to Edwin Hubble in the 1950s.

William S. Witt Sr., Columbus, Ga., Jan. 12, 2011. Retired from Miami in 1978 in administrative services; retired, colonel, U.S. Marine Corps. Husband of Elizabeth Ann Hunsinger Witt '47.


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