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In Remembrance - Spring 22

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Mary Jean Jeanae ’65

May 10, 2022

Mary Jean (Murdock) Jeanae came to Graceland as a freshman from Goldendale, Washington, in September 1961. She majored in elementary education, graduating in the Spring of 1965. Jeanae went to Independence, Missouri, to teach before earning her master’s in Elementary...

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James “Jim” Travis Closson ’56

April 28, 2022

In the summer of 2021, James “Jim” Travis Closson ’56, who served as a faculty member and Graceland’s first full-time registrar from 1965-1987, passed away at the age of 84. Growing up in Lamoni with his parents, Eugene and Julia,...

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Betty L. Welch ’48

April 28, 2022

Betty Welch '48, a pioneer of Graceland women's collegiate athletics, passed away on November 23, 2021. After graduating from Graceland in 1948, Welch received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Kansas and her Master of Science in physical education from the University of Colorado. When she returned to Graceland as a...

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Arthur “Les” Leslie Gardner ’52

April 28, 2022

The life of “Les” Gardner was full of service, passion, and commitment to Graceland, the RLDS Church (now Community of Christ), and the Lamoni communities. Arthur “Les” Leslie Gardner was born August 24, 1929, in Wallsend, Australia as the middle...

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President Emeritus Joe Hanna ’54

April 14, 2022

Joe E. Hanna, EdD, who served as Graceland President from 1980-84, has passed away. Hanna was born Aug. 3, 1934, in York, Nebraska. He died Feb. 10. Hanna graduated with an associate degree from Graceland in 1954. He obtained a Bachelor...

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