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December 25, 2022

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52 Joe Bayless, Independence, Missouri, was awarded the “Starfish” Award for exceptional service from the Independence School District. Bayless has dedicated two decades of his retirement to the ISD as a substitute, teaching at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

69 Ron Barker, Boise, Idaho, won an award for highest word (92 pts) in the National Word Cup Scrabble™ event held in Chicago, July 2022.

95 Celeste Lawson, West Des Moines, Iowa, has been a major advocate for metastatic breast cancer awareness in Iowa since the passing of her mother from it. She was recognized for her contribution to the Iowa House of Representatives resolution that passed October 13 as the annual Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Although a teacher by trade, she has been a writer for The Urban Experience and has interviewed business, education, and government leaders, on the local, state, and national levels (Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Amy Klobuchar), regarding issues pertaining to education, community service, and health. Her published articles serve to advocate and elevate public awareness of these issues, with a special emphasis on those that impact women and minorities.

Angel Monroy, MSN, RN, APRN

00 Angel Monroy, MSN, RN, APRN, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, was named Vice President of Nursing Operations for HCA Midwest Health on July 28, 2022. He was recognized for his focus on staff development and his industry-leading clinical skills. During his tenure at Menorah Medical Center he was instrumental as chair of their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Counsel, increasing the hospital’s Vital Voices “sense of belonging” score by 4 percent.

Felicia Durst

00 Felica Durst, O’Fallon, Missouri, was named the 2021 Missouri SHAPE Physical Education Teacher of the Year. She has been teaching at Marquette High School, St. Louis District, since 2000.

07 Donan Cruz, Yorktown, Indiana, was named the new Head Men’s Volleyball Coach for NCAA Division I school, Ball State University, in June 2021, making the jump from the NAIA division with a 212-55 career record, including national titles in 2018 and 2021. Read his alumni profile here.

Special Teams Coordinator/Outside Linebackers James Thomas Jr. Maryland Terrapins Fall Camp Day 3 at Jones-Hill House in College Park, MD on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022. Mackenzie Miles/Maryland Terrapins

09 James Thomas Jr., Silver Spring, Maryland, was recently hired as the Special Teams Coordinator and Outside Linebackers Coach for the University of Maryland Terrapins football program. Previously he served on the the University of Florida Gators football staff as Quality Control Coach for cornerbacks. Thomas played cornerback at Graceland from 2004-08 and earned his degree in physical education and health.

11 Kendyl Rizea, Highland, California, is the new Head Coach of Women’s Basketball at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Her assistant coach is fellow Graceland alumna, Adrieanna Hooks ’09.

Trenton Ranney

12 Trenton Ranney, San Jose, California, was recently named as the General Manager of the San Jose office for Smith & Associates (the leading independent distributor of electronic components and ranked seventh among all global distributors). After graduating from Graceland, Trent joined Smith & Associates as an International Account Representative at the company’s Houston headquarters.

19 Olivia Fluehr, Ankeny, Iowa, was selected for her first head coaching position with the Marshalltown Community College softball program on June 29, 2022.

21 Caleb Thomas, Miami, Florida, WR/PR/KR received the National Team Offensive MVP during the 2021 FCS Bowl Dec. 12, 2021, in Daytona, Florida. The FCS National Bowl is an annual postseason college football all-star game consisting of the top players from college football FCS schools giving NFL/CFL scouts a chance to view and meet some of the best players from smaller schools.


Births

02  John and Cassie Melton Aldrich, Ankeny, Iowa, son Nicholas, born July 13, 2022. Steve and Mindy Colyer Summers, Fort Dodge, Iowa, daughter Mia, born Dec. 2018, and son Ayden, born Aug. 2021.

06  Dale and Janna Cash Gilner, Overland Park, Kansas, son Everett, born Feb. 7, 2022.

08  Jay and Lani Hefel Craig, Van Meter, Iowa, son Azra, born March 28, 2022.

09  Gus and Manda Clemens ‘08 Macias, Florissant, Missouri, son Gustavo, born March 8, 2021.

12  Clayton Troxell and Kendyl Rizea, Highland, California, son Ellis, born July 13, 2021.

13  Tanner and Anna Rider Gard, Blue Springs, Missouri, Elton Addison, born April 1, 2021. Tyler and Kinsey Wellington Horringa, Independence, Missouri, Brecken, born Jan. 6, 2021.


Weddings

12 Sam and Hanna Anderson Techau, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Aug. 21, 2021


Anniversaries

52  Joe and Mary Rae Bingaman ’58 Bayless, Independence, Missouri, 58 years, May 16, 2022.

53  Al and Bonita Gates Christensen, Phoenix, Arizona, 65 years, March 23, 2022.

55  Herbert and Shirley Arnold Smith, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 66 years, June 2022.

57  Jan and Jean Goddard Newman, Fort Collins, Colorado, 60 years, April 15, 2022.

61  James and Sharon Lewis ’62 Craven, Saint Peters, Missouri, 60 years, June 5, 2022.

64  Paul and Diane Black Shirota, Fullerton, California, 60 years, Feb. 4, 2022.

65  John and Ruth Downey Askew, Tallahassee, Florida, 60 years, 2021.

74  Bill and Pat Tabor ’73 Mogg, Denver, Colorado, 50 years, Oct. 7, 2022.


Deaths

29  Helen Anthony Ducommun, Spencer, Iowa, Oct. 13, 2006.

33  Nora Moore Gerber, Burlington, Iowa, Jan. 7, 2005. Elizabeth “Betty” Massie Wallace, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Dec. 30, 2006.

35  Violet Coakley Sivits, Kansas City, Kansas, Nov. 9, 2005.

36  Lucille Nelson Pigg, Sun City West, Arizona, Nov. 22, 2012. Marion Merchant Reilly, Higginsville, Missouri, Oct. 19, 2007.

37  Pauline Bathe Raudabaugh, Lake Forest, Illinois, July 4, 2008. Dorothy Hunter Schmid, Carrollton, Texas, Jan. 5, 2014.

38  James Burstrom, Appleton City, Missouri, Nov. 13, 2015. Velma Law Floyd, Fort Wayne, Indiana, July 19, 2014. Addie Leland Gress, Manomet, Massachusetts, Oct. 13, 2010. LeRoy Powell, Bethany, Missouri, Feb. 25, 2013.

39  Daniel Belcher, Independence, Missouri, July 23, 2006. Jean McCormick Bell, Santa Rosa, California, March 21, 2022. Jean Shroyer Powell, Bethany Missouri, Aug. 14, 2003.

40  Doras Gamet Becker, Buckner, Missouri, March 18, 2010. Florence Burgess Belcher, Independence, Missouri, Nov. 22, 2006. Carl Johnson, Augusta, Illinois, Aug. 3, 2005. William Shepard, Tucson, Arizona, May 27, 2006.

41  Frank Christoffersen, Spokane, Washington, Feb. 24, 2009. Jeanne “Reddy” Barto Dively, Austin, Texas, April 7, 2005. Harley King, Walnut Creek, California, Dec. 21, 2008. June Kubelius Perkins, St. Francisville, Louisiana, March 7, 2011. Max Shannon, Wichita, Kansas, July 28, 2009. Barbara Hammer Shipman, Tacoma, Washington, Oct. 2, 2021. Rosemary Clisby Swayne, Kent, Washington, May 16, 2016. Ruth Bassett Walther, Baker, Florida, Jan. 1, 2004.

42  Roy Ballantyne, Wauchula, Florida, Jan. 23, 2005. Virginia Bailey Brown, Independence, Missouri, July 2, 2011. Elwood Clark, Palm Harbor, Florida, Sept. 28, 2012. June Kimball Coghlan, Kirkland, Washington, June 26, 2021. Jack Curtis, Independence, Missouri, June 5, 2004. Lois Williams Daniel, Independence, Missouri, Sept. 24, 2019. Lois Richards Hudson, Lowell, Arkansas, Jan. 18, 2020. Doris Luke Jahr, Ontario, California, Aug. 22, 2015. Evelyn Simpson Martin, Mona, Utah, 2014. Ina Hershey Metcalf, Wichita, Kansas, April 25, 2021. Florence Firth Miller, Tucson, Arizona, Oct. 5, 2014. Jeanne Scott Miller, Independence, Missouri, Jan. 26, 2009. Phyllis Pement Munson, Tavares, Florida, Sept. 19, 2017. Helen Resch Stockton, Independence, Missouri, April 2, 2014. A. Marie Billings White, Crestline, California, Nov. 10, 2006. Evelyn Lehman Wielage, Lincoln, Nebraska, June 26, 2015. Dixie Donelson Woodard, State College, Pennsylvania, March 26, 2022.

43 Charles Cawlfield, Denver, Colorado, Dec. 6, 2013. Tyra Ralston Cole, Rio Rancho, New Mexico, June 14, 2015. Robert DeLany, Casper, Wyoming, March 7, 2006. Vivian Holloway Downey, Moline, Illinois, June 19, 2020. Harlow Fredrick Jr., Orlando, Florida, Sept. 18, 2010. Donald Gorden, Poquoson, Virginia, Dec. 28, 2009. LaVonne Hall Harris, Independence, Missouri, July 12, 2005. Clarice Stevens Herbst, Independence, Missouri, May 8, 2011. Donald Higgins, West Seneca, New York, Aug. 4, 2009. Velva Hampton Hinderks, Stewartsville, Missouri, Feb. 9, 2017. Delores Benner Hutson, Topeka, Kansas, Nov. 25, 2021. Marilyne Fawkes Johnson, Seminole, Florida, Jan. 29, 2022. Miriam Jeanne Lecky Johnson, Sequim, Washington, Dec. 15. 2013. Pauline Oldfather Lester, Navasota, Texas, April 28, 2022. Geraldine Browne May, Overland Park, Kansas, Oct. 30, 2007. Bette Hyde McDonnell, Grand Marais, Minnesota, April 17, 2013. Doris Coberly Mittelheuser, Homer Glen, Illinois, Feb. 13, 2014. Elbert Phillips, Simi Valley, California, July 15, 2014. Athel Amundson Rush, Richland, Washington, March 31, 2014.

44 LouVerne Beatty, Grand Forks, North Dakota, March 5, 2012. Marilynn Shedd Brace, Romeoville, Illinois, Feb. 2, 2016. Jack Brown, Dana Point, California, June 24, 2014. Raymond Brown, Independence, Missouri, May 19, 2005. James “Otis” Clark, Leonardtown, Maryland, June 7, 2016. Nettie Otis Daniels, Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 18, 2020. Rosalie Hall Dowdall, Bloomington, Illinois, Aug. 6, 2015. Jack Van Eaton, Bothell, Washington, Dec. 1, 2021. Doris Perkins Estrada, Salinas, California, Jan. 21, 2020. Jean Hartshorn George, Independence, Missouri, May 18, 2017. Rosabelle Hicks Howard, Aurora, Colorado, Oct. 10, 2020. Lloyd Janssen, Fremont, Nebraska, Jan. 13, 2017. Bernice Lovell Johnson, Galva, Iowa, Oct. 29, 2004. Dorothy Savage Kerr, Camdenton, Missouri, March 16, 2014. Mildred Resch Leibold, Oak Grove, Missouri, March 11, 2009. Ella Dixon Levitt, Batesville, Arkansas, Nov. 27, 2007. Flora McPherson, Independence, Missouri, Nov. 24, 2008. Harriet Dickinson Pyle, Independence, Missouri, Dec. 8, 2021. Kenneth Stobaugh, Blue Springs, Missouri, June 29, 2020. Betty Tarble Turner, Marshall, Illinois, July 31, 2015. Haileta Laird Willing, Danville, California, Feb. 10, 2020.

45 Alice Wellman Baker, Warrensburg, Missouri, June 11, 2018. Norma Scott Bartoli, Franklin, Tennessee, Dec. 1, 2019. Betty Cramer Clark, Memphis, Tennessee, Jan. 4, 2015. Paul Edwards, Waterloo, Iowa, Oct. 27, 2008. Lohre Davis Fisher, Lamoni, Iowa, Sept. 23, 2021. Audrey Spear Fowler, Dripping Springs, Texas, Dec. 10, 2013. Anna Newman Harvey, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Jan. 30, 2016. Merry Bishop Lambe, Independence, Missouri, Jan. 22, 2011. Lois Gadberry Lundgren, Independence, Missouri, July 20, 2015. Melgwin Miller, Mobile, Alabama, Jan. 27, 2016. Norma Radmall Paltzer, Madison, Wisconsin, July 15, 2018. Orine Bornhauser Pearson, Davis, California, Aug. 19, 2010. Dorothy Phillips, Long Beach, California, Nov. 3, 2021. Eula Reid Rosebush, Gulliver, Michigan, June 6, 2003. Carol Lloyd Sandy, Blue Springs, Missouri, Oct. 25, 2021. Ceola Lively Stevenson, Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 10, 2021. Juanita Bowers Thompson, Independence, Missouri, Nov. 29, 2017. Edna Chesworth Ward, Independence, Missouri, Jan. 27, 2020.

46 Donna Baughman Allen, Blue Springs, Missouri, Jan. 13, 2018. Donna Curtis Bailey, Odessa, Missouri, Sept. 12, 2012. Anna Wilkie Berger, Independence, Missouri, May 1, 2006. Gladys Wilcox Berridge, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, March 15, 2008. Mary Finnigan Bills, East Wenatchee, Washington, May 30, 2009. Doris Norman Brassfield, Dec. 10, 2010. Bettie Tice Bridges, Shawnee Mission, Kansas, March 30, 2009. Wilhelmina Fung Gin Ching, Bremerton, Washington, June 15, 2012. Dorothy Scheffer Christina, Independence, Missouri, Sept. 9, 2011. Eila “Jeane” Wemlinger Corey, Ft. Myers, Florida, Sept. 14, 2006. Norma Birkby Flowers, Independence, Missouri, Feb. 23, 2021. Mary Bayless Fowler, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Aug. 12, 2007. Maxine Cothern Furlong, ZigZag, Oregon, July 18, 2008. Verona Cooper Harbin, Mobile, Alabama, Jan. 20, 2015. Patricia Hunt Haveman, Bellingham, Washington, Oct. 31, 2017. Charles “Bud” Holben, Woodbine, Iowa, Dec. 23, 2008. Sarah Van Fleet Hoss, Independence, Missouri, Sept. 30, 2016. Barbara Bettis Jones, Greenville, South Carolina, Dec. 18, 2011. Violet Cothern Long, Ottumwa, Iowa, June 4, 2014. Dwain Miller, Independence, Missouri, Oct. 7, 2013. Alva “Al” Murdock, Lamoni, Iowa, May 29, 2021. Alice Marshall Pixler, Whiting, Iowa, Jan. 1, 2018. Maxine “Mickey” Gould Pritchard, Independence, Missouri, Aug. 19, 2013. Anna Hunter Reed, Parrott, Virginia, May 19, 2014. Herbert Rees, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 23, 2009. Florence Essig Richards, Morristown, New Jersey, June 18, 2017. Shirley Green Simmons, Independence, Missouri, July 17, 2022. Esther Ager Smith, Union City, California, Aug. 27, 2004. Charles Sprague, Santa Rosa, California, Nov. 17, 2021. Alice Faucett Strand, Lewiston, Idaho, July 7, 2009. Nora Coop Treadwell, Cottage Grove, Oregon, June 9, 2012. Velma Bath Wehmeyer, Pittsburg, Kansas, Oct. 27, 2018. Florence Nowack Welch, Salem, Oregon, July 31, 2021.

47 Malcolm Barrows, Bend, Oregon, April 5, 2010. Juanita Hattey Brailsford, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Jan. 22, 2016. Ruth Atkins Crinklaw, Independence, Missouri, Oct. 26, 2007. Beverly Butterworth Custer, Dow City, Iowa, April 25, 2017. Glenna Reed Davis, South Bend, Indiana, Oct. 13, 2017. Mildred “Virginia” McQueen DuRocher, Independence, Missouri, Dec. 31, 2016. Deloris Goodridge Frazer, Clearwater, Florida, March 10, 2012. Frances Miller Gilmore, Bedford, Iowa, Sept. 17, 2019. Lester Higa, Honolulu, Hawaii, March 21, 2021. Jeanne Hunter Hough, Clare, Michigan, March 2, 2016. Gilbert Howard, Aurora, Colorado, June 27, 2018. Doris Crawford Martin, Gulf Breeze, Florida, April 5, 2019. Alice Mathews Jones, Crescent City, California, Feb. 14, 2018. Melvin Jones, Coos Bay, Oregon, Aug. 24, 2020. Nola McBride Miller, Tucson, Arizona, July 7, 2013. David Ohara, Alfred, New York, Dec. 27, 2014. Robert Powell, Palmetto, Florida, Feb. 28, 2013. Lorna Jones Powers, Midland, Michigan, Oct. 29, 2021. James Reneau, Independence, Missouri, April 2, 2017. Margery Heide Rennick, Salem, Oregon, Jan. 8, 2011. Janice Wheeler Roll, Porter, Texas, April 16, 2008. Willie Goff Rouse, Biloxi, Mississippi, Jan. 6, 2016. Marjorie Robinson Shoemaker, Independence, Missouri, Sept. 15, 2021. Gloria Devault Silver, San Bruno, California, Nov. 26, 2015. Edward Sintz, Charlotte, North Carolina, Oct. 1, 2021. Doris Brock Stombaly, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, June 7, 2014. Kenneth Thompson, Billings, Montana, April 9, 2015. Madelyn Farley Tordoff, Kansas City, Missouri, Oct. 13, 2014. Arvilla Pement Weldon, Alamosa, Colorado, April 19, 2022. Denzil West, Independence, Missouri, April 27, 2021. Norma Bailey Willard, Royal Oak, Michigan, Jan. 5, 2017. Thomas Wolf, Coralville, Iowa, July 28, 2022.

48 Dorothy Deal Allen, Blue Springs, Missouri, April 20, 2018. Leota Eliason Anderson, Independence. Missouri, March 15, 2018. Elizabeth Wagner Bacon, Byron Center, Michigan, July 4, 2016. Eugene Barker, Tucson, Arizona, Nov. 10, 2006. Irl Chandler, Kirksville, Missouri, May 23, 2019. Robert Colville, Independence, Missouri, Oct. 9, 2017. Twila Ruoff Constance, Stewartsville, Missouri, June 17, 2022. Norma “Cookie” Cook, San Francisco, California, Aug. 1, 2015. Kathrine “Jean” Hansen Davis, Independence, Missouri, Dec. 18, 2020. Lettie Allen Eldred, Joplin, Missouri, July 24, 2017. Chloe Palmer Elefson, Independence, Missouri, Jan. 7, 2020. James Fountain, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Nov. 4, 2013. Laurayne Norris Galusha, Lamoni, Iowa, Jan. 11, 2021. Anna Smart Gard, Independence, Missouri, May 3, 2014. Eldon Gautchier, Long Beach, California, Nov. 1, 2017. Lois Stevens Greene, Independence, Missouri, June 22, 2021. Trudora “Trudy” Vest Harshman, Independence, Missouri, June 11, 2014. Eldon Hart, Torrence, California, April 18, 2013. Harrison Hatch, Modesto, California, Sept. 16, 2015. Curt Heaviland Jr., Independence, Missouri, Feb. 7, 2022. Burton Huggett, Hillsboro, Oregon, Aug. 27, 2017. Jerome Keir, Brevard, North Carolina, June 22, 2021. Samuel Kemple, Levasy, Missouri, Nov. 16, 2016. Rosemary Olney Kenney, Punta Gorda, Florida, March 19, 2020. Polly Rohrs Lesh, Independence, Missouri, March 18, 2016. Max Mann, Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 13, 2009. Lindal Mark, Independence, Missouri, June 15, 2022. Leslie Meredith, Pawleys Island, South Carolina, July 15, 2015. Norman Nelson, Leon Iowa, April 24, 2019. Jean White Newcom, Shawnee Mission, Kansas, May 4, 2012. Robert Nims, Bellevue, Washington, June 12, 2016. Danny Norris, Sand Springs, Oklahoma, March 14, 2006. Catherine Durkin Piedimonte, Independence, Missouri, March 4, 2017. Edward Piedimonte, Mesa, Arizona, Oct. 7, 2006. Freda Gatlin Poole, Santa Barbara, California, Dec. 4, 2014. Richard Poole, Santa Barbara, California, Feb. 10, 2021. Lahoma McNeese Russell, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, April 14, 2021. Ernest Shank, Carthage, Missouri, Jan. 31, 2019. Eldon Simmons, Independence, Missouri, March 14, 2022. Paul Smart, Kearney, Missouri, April 6, 2017. Robert Soderberg, Overland Park, Kansas, Jan. 27, 2018. Clarence Stowell, Independence, Missouri, June 15, 2013. June Zonker Ultican, Pickerington, Ohio, Dec. 18, 2012. William “Erv” Ultican, Pickerington, Ohio, March 12, 2019. Vaughn Ward, Humansville, Missouri, Dec. 10, 2010. Emily Jorgensen Waugh, Lamoni, Iowa, Feb. 10, 2018. Betty Thomas Welch, Sun City, Arizona, Nov. 23, 2021. Robert Wheatley, Lochbuie, Colorado, June 26, 2022. Gale Witherell, Independence, Missouri, Jan. 8, 2022. Keith Zimmerman, Blue Springs, Missouri, May 10, 2021.

49 Elizabeth Sylva Among, Aiea, Hawaii, July 16, 2014. Donald Barnes, San Tan Valley, Arizona, March 6, 2016. Robert Burgess, Independence, Missouri, Sept. 20, 2014. Kenneth Butterworth, Independence, Missouri, Sept. 28, 2014. Orrin Butts, Gaithersburg, Maryland, Jan. 15, 2015. Charles “Vernon” Drown, Independence, Missouri, Feb. 20, 2017. Reginald Fritschle Jr., Sparks, Nevada, Jan. 2, 2009. Richard Gilbertson, Hobart, Indiana, May 9, 2021. Warren Hahn, Benton Harbor, Michigan, April 10, 2007. Elna Dodds Harvey, Hamilton, Missouri, Jan. 1, 2013. Rogene Fultz Knudsen, Grain Valley, Missouri, May 24, 2022. Shirley Huhn Mason, Independence, Missouri, Sept. 22, 2009. John Peck, Lakeland, Florida, Nov. 12, 2020. William Pike, Blue Springs, Missouri, June 13, 2019. Franklin Rieske, St. Louis, Missouri, March 9, 2022. June Phelps Schmoll, Pleasant Hill, Missouri, Aug. 21, 2017. Paul Shaw, Odessa, Missouri, June 18, 2019. Marvin Talcott, Independence, Missouri, Nov. 19, 2021. Thomas Thomas, Leon, Iowa, Sept. 23, 2013. Daniel Thompson, Alexandria, Virginia, Dec. 7, 2018. John Thumm, Independence, Missouri, Dec. 21, 2021. Harry Ward, Pensacola, Florida, Oct. 26, 2018. Carl Wenholz, Richardson, Texas, March 31, 2022. Merlyn Williams, Independence, Missouri, June 15, 2016.

50 Marjorie Dempsey Barlow, Independence, Missouri, May 20, 2021. Helen Marsh Closson-Smith, Shell Knob, Missouri, May 7, 2022. Robert “Bob” Dobry, Houston, Texas, Jan. 17, 2018. Robert Flanders, Springfield, Missouri, Dec. 28, 2021. Donald Richardson, Orangeville, Ontario, Canada, Dec. 11, 2020. Betty Prather Schlotman, Independence, Missouri. John Schlotman, Independence, Missouri, March 21, 2008. June “Darleen” Craven Swails, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, March 25, 2022.

51 Maurice Bottom, Raytown, Missouri, Aug. 31, 2013. Billy Glenn, Derby, Indiana, March 24, 2012. Harley Green, Marysville, Michigan, Nov. 17, 2014. Vivian “Nita” Helverson Hall, Asheville, North Carolina, Aug. 2014. Angela Heide Iles, Washington, Iowa, Jan. 20, 2022. Joseph Kemmerer, Springfield, Missouri, April 14, 2022. Dale Kresin, Dearborn, Michigan, Jan. 3, 2008. Daniel McMillan, Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Aug. 10, 2004. Shirley Green Morden, Nicholson, Pennsylvania, Sept. 12, 2019. Joyce Alexander Petersen, Plano, Texas, Oct. 20, 2013. Daniel Piedimonte, Buckner, Missouri, May 17, 2013. Myrtis Rohrs, Independence, Missouri, Oct. 4, 2015. Roy Shumate Jr., Big Fork, Michigan, April 2, 2005. Kenneth Stubbart, Columbus, Ohio, April 20, 2020. James Tingle, Carlisle, Iowa, March 21, 2019.

52 Samuel Anderson, Flora, Illinois, Dec. 23, 2019. Robert “Bob” Bath, Joplin, Missouri, March 9, 2002. Duane Birks, Peoria, Arizona, April 17, 2022. Deloris Noe Branch, Mexia, Texas, Jan. 22, 2021. Glenn Crum, Haysville, Kansas, Nov. 17, 2021. Martha Hare Holm, Portland, Oregon, Jan. 2022. Helen Barritt Joice, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Jan. 10, 2021. Harold “Hal” McKain, Leon, Iowa, Jan. 29, 2022. Ruth Hise Oney, Madison, Mississippi, Oct. 3, 2012. Richard Pinson, Plano, Texas, June 1, 2020. Alice Moore Sims, Independence, Missouri, Jan. 10, 2022. Floyd “Duke” Sutherland, Independence, Missouri, Jan. 30, 2009. Benjamin Yarrington, Lamoni, Iowa, Sept. 8, 2021.

53 James Andrew, San Diego, California, Aug. 31, 2017. Patricia Nelson Chittenden, North Platte, Nebraska, June 12, 2019. Ronald Duke, Kitchener, Ontario, May 26, 2022. Scott Fisher, Onset, Massachusetts, Jan. 31, 2022. Ruth Dice Hampton, Dayton, Maryland, Aug. 23, 2021. Beverly Hosette Kinne, Oelwein, Iowa, June 29, 2016. Mavis Bergman Munch, Los Altos, California, May 22, 2022. Ruby Cover Smith, Lamoni, Iowa, Aug. 2, 2020.

54 David Blair, Louisville, Kentucky, May 2, 2022. Shirley Phillips Chapman, Kent, Washington, Dec. 28, 2021. Carolyn Sawyer Church, Ellsworth, Maine, April 30, 2021. Beverly Rickard Hill, Sanborn, New York, March 8, 2010. Carol Leach, Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 29, 2015. Patricia Reitenauer Lewis, Bridgewater, New Jersey, Jan. 13, 2009. Vernon Robinson, Sheguiandah, Ontario, Canada, Nov. 11, 2003. Kenneth Smith, Independence, Missouri, Oct. 12, 2015.

55 Zola Hansen Angeroth, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Jan. 5, 2022. Beverly Hobbs Boyd, Mesa, Arizona, Feb. 9, 2022. Glynna Piatt Carpenter, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Feb. 22, 2021. Sandra Trimble Decker, Irvington, Virgina, Oct. 25, 2019. Ladona Gardner Henderson, Tucson, Arizona, March 2, 2021. Robert Stapleton, Milan, Michigan, March 13, 2019. Sally Omans Tillock, Independence, Missouri, Nov. 7, 2017. Floyd Watkins, Independence, Missouri, Aug. 16, 2015.

56  Dolores Dains Alvis, Blairstown, Missouri, Jan. 18, 2022. Chloe Price Coffman, Brentwood, California, July 20, 2007. H. Pierre Eilian, Chicago, Illinois, Dec. 26, 2021. J. Phillip Langdon, East Moline, Illinois, Aug. 20, 2013. Burrell Mohler Sr., Independence, Missouri, June 27, 2021. William Nichols, Mesa, Arizona, July 17, 2020. Larry Schneider, Corpus Christi, Florida, June 23, 2021. “Joyce” Ballantyne Stevenson, Amarillo, Texas, March 4, 2022. Roger Stover, Perris, California, Dec. 15, 2019.

57 Harold Allison, Urbandale, Iowa, Dec. 12, 2017. Ronna Penn Booth, Independence, Missouri, May 7, 2019. James Briggs, Portola Valley, California, Jan. 26, 2020. Wayne Church, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Aug. 3, 2021. Margaret Hughes Essig, Independence, Missouri, July 12, 2015. Norman Gaither, Kerrville, Texas, July 17, 2022. Nancy Doty Gorden, Johnston, Iowa, Dec. 15, 2016. Paul Hein, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, April 4, 2013. Lynda Deems Vollmer Humphreys, Raymore, Missouri, Nov. 19, 2018. Beryle Clesson Immer, Napoleon, Missouri, May 28, 2020. Raymond Larson, Davenport, Iowa, Oct. 17, 2021.  Wayne Prall, Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 18, 2016. Ettie Allen Towery, Everett, Washington, Sept. 18, 2019. Ray Unger, Mesa, Arizona, June 25, 2020.

58 Charles Angeroth, Council Bluffs, Iowa, April 12, 2006. Thomas Gaarder, Fullerton, California, April 25, 2022. Gloria Carpender Qualls, Independence, Missouri, Jan. 30, 2017. Robert Wallace, Blue Springs, Missouri, Dec. 15, 2015. Darrell Webb, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Feb. 7, 2021. Richard Zuber Jr., McKinney, Texas, Dec. 4, 2021.

59 Jay Allen, Blue Springs, Missouri, Feb. 12, 2022. LaFerne Bryant Barsch, Independence, Missouri, April 13, 2022. Warren Bennett, Rockford, Illinois, Dec. 22, 2017. Ronald Greene, North Richland Hills, Texas, April 30, 2019. Wayne Groner, Battlefield, Missouri, April 11, 2022. Roy Koonce, Stanton, Texas, June 2, 2022. Paul Mitchell, Houston, Texas, Feb. 25, 2018. Virginia Vest Morse, San Marcos, Texas, Feb. 23, 2020. Gloria Goodrich Phillips, Cainsville, Missouri, May 4, 2017. Oren Sprague, Greeley, Colorado, May 22, 2021. Henry Volskay, Independence, Missouri, Dec. 8, 2021. Max Wooderson, Liberty, Missouri, Aug. 1, 2022.

60 Jean Hodges Conway, Friendswood, Texas, Jan. 13, 2022. Jerry Goddard, Loveland, Colorado, Feb. 29, 2020. Gloria Bonilla Perry, Morrisville, North Carolina, March 1, 2022.

61 G. David Clark, Melbourne Beach, Florida, Jan. 5, 2022. Allen Huggett, Sisters, Oregon, March 5, 2017. Richard Hughes, Blue Springs, Missouri, Dec. 5, 2021. Patricia Stodden Schmidt, Grand Lake, Colorado, Oct. 16, 2018.

62  Evelyn Thamke Backer, Runnels, Iowa, Dec. 7, 2002. Alice Belscamper, Independence, Missouri, July 6, 2022. Mary Danielson Hegg, Colorado, Sept. 10, 2018. Cheryl Wise Kelley, Athens, Gerogia, May 12, 2015. Kenneth Merrell, Fairfield, California, May 28, 2014. Herbert Miller, Seabrook, Texas, Dec. 21, 2012. Marlene Meinke Nave, San Diego, California, Nov. 5, 2011. Charlene Skoor Root, Pinole, California, Jan. 10, 2022. Bill Steiner Jr., Palm Harbor, Florida, Nov. 11, 2021. Rosalie King Watt, Altona, Illinois, Nov. 3, 2021.

63 Lloyd Barnett, Beloit, Kansas, Aug. 12, 2019. Kenneth Duke, Keosauqua, Iowa, Jan. 22, 2021. Arthur Faunce, Holt, Missouri, Jan. 28, 2017. Stephen Glauner, Twin Falls, Idaho, July 29, 2015. Diane Green, Oldsmar, Florida, Nov. 5, 2016. Judy Reiff Jack, Blue Springs, Missouri, May 1, 2015. Ron Mobley, Aiea, Hawaii, Feb. 2021. Nancy Smith, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, July 29, 2016. Rose Tignor Strickland, Norwalk, Connecticut, May 15, 2022. Barbara Bauer Velte, Loudon, Tennessee, April 19, 2021.

64 Ruth Emerick Butcher, Shelburne, Ontario, May 13, 2016. Gerald Garfield, Mesquite, Texas, July 27, 2014. Joyce Ward Maddox, Pflugerville, Texas, April 21, 2022. Robert Nesbitt, Venice, California, Feb. 1, 2012. Roger Resch, Independence, Missouri, Aug. 6, 2019. Richard Sanderson, Independence, Missouri, Oct. 4, 2017. Kennard Stark, Tuolumne, California, June 15, 2008.

65 Robert Butcher, Shelburne, Ontario, Oct. 2004. William Robinson, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Aug. 24, 2022.

66 Patricia Fisk Allen, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Jan. 10, 2022. Richard Bailey, Independence, Missouri, Aug. 23, 2021. William Buak, Watsonville, California, Jan. 24, 2021. Janice Palmer Dickson, Sand Springs, Oklahoma, Dec. 2007. Kenneth Markham, Columbia, Tennessee, Feb. 24, 2022. Theodore Spessard, Belle, Missouri, Dec. 1, 2021.

67  Dorothy Crawford Boardman, Heber City, Utah, Jan. 29, 2022. Paul Floyd, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, April 14, 2019. Terry Hagen, Bismarck, North Dakota, Sept. 2, 2008. John Isaacks, Lawrence, Kansas, Sept. 28, 2021. Wanda Roule Noftsger, Alpha, Illinois, April 26, 2017.

68 Jeanne Thomas Allen, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Feb. 21, 2022. Sandra Groner Boice, Overland Park, Kansas, Feb. 24, 2018. Norma Hall Mercurio, Westerville, Ohio, Feb. 9, 2022. Robert Rolfe, Lamoni, Iowa, March 9, 2022. Glen Trullinger, Eagleville, Missouri, Jan. 2, 2022.

69 Edith Mohler Bristow, Johnston, Iowa, April 23, 2022. Cheryl Knight McCloskey, Aurora, Illinois, May 2, 2015. Carol Barnhouse Teipen, Greenwood, Indiana, Sept. 13, 2020. Thomas “Tim” Thomas III, Independence, Missouri, Nov. 14, 2021. Michael Windes, Olathe, Kansas, March 31, 2022.

70 Rebecca Ballantyne, West Des Moines, Iowa, March 15, 2022. Saralene Salton Earsom, Bolivar, Missouri, March 29, 2021. Douglas Larche, Iowa City, Iowa, Aug. 27, 2021. John Menzies, President Emeritus, Hackettstown, New Jersey, March 27, 2022. Laurel “Art” Shotwell, Newport News, Virginia, Jan. 19, 2022.

71 Jeanette Perritt Barnett, Beloit, Kansas, April 27, 2021. Samuel Brockman, Sparta, Wisconsin, April 24, 2012. Rosario Herrera, Folsom, California, July 18, 2021. Rodney McDowell, Kansas City, Missouri, April 4, 2013. Gregory Savage, Clinton, Missouri, March 14, 2022. Sharon Elefson Worgum, Olympia, Washington, March 1, 2021.

72 Trenton Axtell, Independence, Missouri, Aug. 13, 2018. Debbie Newbill Eklund, Independence, Missouri, Aug. 25, 2021. Randy Flowers, Independence, Missouri, April 16, 2021. Ann Giefer Gourd, Arlington, Texas, June 7, 2008. Clarence “Glen” Gunn Jr., Graveport, Ohio, Sept. 25, 2017. Lillian Halonen Hand, Linden, Iowa, May 16, 2019. Terri Cavin Majors, Lake Lotawana, Missouri, March 14, 2022. Myrna Omstead Morris, Lamoni, Iowa, Jan. 4, 2022. Bernard Neal, Lamoni, Iowa, Dec. 12, 2014. C. Kirk Page, Twin Falls, Idaho, March 2, 2022. Gregg Rodekopf, Independence, Missouri, Dec. 25, 2009. Nick Summers, Wellston, Ohio, June 10, 2019. Kendall Young, Buford, Georgia, Jan. 20, 2009.

73 Monte Beck, Independence, Missouri, April 25, 2022. Miyoko Shimizu Bethel, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 26, 2016. F.C. Dutton, Independence, Missouri, Feb. 26, 2018. Rudolph “Rudy” Leutzinger Jr., Excelsior Springs, Missouri, Feb. 29, 2020. Creighton Metcalf, Wichita, Kansas, Oct. 18, 2017. LaVonne Carlile Moore, Independence, Missouri, Nov. 14, 2019. Monte Smith, Blue Springs, Missouri, Aug. 19, 2019.

74 Carlos Brown, Chicago, Illinois, Aug. 16, 2014. Marna Etter Burgess, Independence, Missouri, Jan. 9, 2018. Tina Thompson Hamilton, Kansas City, Missouri, April 8, 2017. James McElroy, Shenandoah, Iowa, April 20, 2009. June Barton Robison, Leon, Iowa, Nov. 24, 2020. John Skillings, Springfield, Missouri, April 22, 2022. Carolyn Beach Smith, Gladstone, Michigan, Oct. 19, 2020. Alicia “Jan” Slemp Waddell, Griswold, Iowa, July 7, 2022. James Williams, Warrensburg, Missouri, Sept. 7, 2021.

75 Kerby Dowhower, Independence, Missouri, Jan. 19, 2022. Robert Espindola, Palm Springs, California, May 11, 2016. Delene Parker Pierce, Blue Springs, Missouri, Dec. 11, 2014. Steven Smith, Lamoni, Iowa, Dec. 20, 2021.

76 Randall Christiansen, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Dec. 11, 2021. Dean Robinson, Millbank, South Dakota, July 2, 2017.

77 Nancy Tabor Harper, Lamoni, Iowa, May 19, 2012. Janice Meredith, Omaha, Nebraska, June 9, 2015. Jeffrey Oberdick, Liberty, Missouri, May 1, 2018.

78 Vicki Stites Donath, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Oct. 2, 2011. Marilyn Marek Schroer, Newberry, South Carolina, Feb. 13, 2022. Herbert Schuelke Jr., Sweetwater, Texas, Jan. 17, 2022.

79 Tammy Ewing Jones, Indianola, Iowa, Jan. 6, 2022.

80 Gary Jones, Lexington, South Carolina, Jan. 14, 2022. Stephen Moore, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, Dec. 2, 2009. Paula Osborn, Woodland, California, Nov. 17, 2019. Susan Case Wheatley, Independence, Missouri, Aug. 30, 2004.

81 Steven Dodds, Independence, Missouri, Oct. 24, 2021. David Rimmer, Independence, Missouri, July 28, 2013.

84 Barbara Kroll, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, June 12, 2021. Susan “Susie” Wheeler Pratt, Lamoni, Missouri, Nov. 5, 2021. George “Andy” Shaw, Blue Springs, Missouri, Dec. 30, 2021.

86 Donald Glaza Jr., Independence, Missouri, Feb. 19, 2014. Martha Ballew Morey, Scottsdale, Arizona, Feb. 6, 2018. Sandi Murdock, Richland, Washington, April 20, 2018.

87 Christina Carr Gillespie, Nevada, Missouri, April 4, 2016. Karen McLean Hagar, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Dec. 31, 2021. Debra Parsley-Zahnd, Independence, Missouri, July 21, 2013.

88 Edwin Ratashak Jr., Osceola, Iowa, April 18, 2016. Melvelle Drevs Sego, Webster City, Iowa, Aug. 17, 2022.

89 Steven Schaal, Blue Springs, Missouri, June 13, 2022.

90 Lesley Wyatt Steinert, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Feb. 4, 2018.

92 Negede Demissie, Long Beach, California, Aug. 9, 2018. Alice Dillenburg, Creston, Iowa, Oct. 2, 2019. Marvin Dillenburg, Diagonal, Iowa, June 22, 2009. Barbara Flynt Fields, Hildebran, North Carolina, June 7, 2021. James Galloway, Creston, Iowa, Oct. 2, 2021. David Gray, Ankeny, Iowa, March 8, 2011. Barbara Hawley, Ridgefield, Washington, Oct. 1, 2021. Janice Berry Meador, Covington, Virginia, Jan. 12, 2016. Henry Queen, San Antonio, Texas, July 10, 2012.

94 Matt LaFrance, Valley Springs, California, June 13, 2019. Anna Mieczkowski Perrino, Bristol, Connecticut, Sept. 17, 2017.

95 Ruth Holthaus, Burlington, Kansas, Aug. 28, 2012. Lyla Lara, McLouth, Kansas, July 4, 2015. Kathryn Voss Vigen, Decorah, Iowa, Aug. 12, 2022.

96 Linus Benoit, Gladstone, Missouri, July 29, 2006. Denise Ball Jordan, Fairview Heights, Illinois, March 31, 2021.

97 Mary Hill Blaisdell, Kansas City, Missouri, April 2, 2008. Susan Turc Edwards, Albemarle, North Carolina, April 22, 2018. Larry Parker, Saint Joe, Arkansas, Nov. 9, 2011.

98 Betty Egbert, Richland, Washington, April 18, 2010.

99 Rebecca Broky Blake, Los Angeles, California, May 8, 2022. Jeanne Leader Erlich, Illinois, Nov. 3, 2010. Donna Duke Kiening, Victoria, Texas, July 17, 2015. Billie Mann, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, April 23, 2010. Catherine Austin Schott, Midlothian, Virginia, Nov. 3, 2020. Teri Strandgard Victor, Glendale, Arizona, June 11, 2022.

00 Cheryl Burket Hintz, Quincy, Illinois, Feb. 3, 2010. Nellie Estep Shain, Ridgeway, Missouri, Jan. 7, 2022.

01 Cheryl Stoker Speck, Edgerton, Kansas, July 24, 2021.

02 Evelyn Koopman English, Yankton, South Dakota, Jan. 22, 2014. Margaret “Peggy” Vernick Peltoma, Geneva, Ohio, July 13, 2009.

03 Shelley King, Bangor, Maine, 2020. Patricia Hacker McDorman, Abingdon, Illinois, June 17, 2022. Eric Teubel, Bloomfield, Iowa, Dec. 10, 2012.

04  Jennifer Burget Anderson, Altoona, Iowa, May 29, 2022. Tasha Beason Berls, Independence, Missouri, Feb. 19, 2012. Glenna Lurten, Independence, Missouri, June 30, 2018. Victoria Rosencrants, Centerville, Iowa, May 31, 2021.

05 Ruth Kasper Harkins, Corydon, Indiana, March 2, 2014.

07 Lauren Way, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Dec. 18, 2021.

08 Alejandro Rios, Las Vegas, Nevada, Nov. 24, 2020.

10 Leslie Glod Barnes, Independence, Missouri, Feb. 19, 2016. Mona Berg, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Dec. 11, 2018.

12 Lucas Wilding, Waterloo, Iowa, Dec. 4, 2021.


Graceland Connections

This fall, David DeBarthe ’58 is taking “History of Inequality in the United States,” one of the classes being taught by Instructor of History Eric Elliott ’14. Elliott is the grandson of former history, sociology, and religion professor Alma Blair ’49, who became a mainstay for Graceland courses in History of Latter Day Saintism, Western Civilization, World Civilization, and Greek and Roman History during his tenure (1955-1994). DeBarthe took at least one class from Blair back in the early 1960s.

DeBarthe is probably the only Gracelander to ever take classes from both a grandparent and grandchild. In fact, Elliott and Blair are likely the only grandchild/grandparent faculty to date. They’re the only ones we know of, anyway.

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