2018 In Memoriam

Fall/Winter 2018


Gwyneth Lyon (BA, ’43) of Crawfordsville, Ind. died May 16, 2018. She managed an office for the Sun Life Insurance Company for 20 years.

Lois Bowles (BA, ’44) of Chicago died March 7, 2018. She was a Red Cross social worker and later a Chicago Public Schools teacher and counselor until her retirement in 1984.

Lorraine Williamson (BA, ’46) of New York, N.Y. died March 19, 2018. She taught at Woodard School, later becoming principal of the Cathedral School in Manhattan.

Lily Rose (BA, ’48) of Chicago died Aug. 21, 2018. Rose was among the first students at Roosevelt in the 1940s. Her family narrowly escaped the Nazi advance in Germany and Holland, arriving in Chicago as a teenager. She was thrilled to find an institution of higher education in Roosevelt that was committed to equal access. She began working at Roosevelt in 1961, eventually becoming director of admissions, a position she held until 1988. Donations in her memory may be made to the Lily Rose Scholarship fund at roosevelt.edu/giving.

Arthur Bernstein (BA, ’49) of Oakland, Calif. died Aug. 25, 2018. A World War II veteran, Bernstein wrote two books, 400 articles on health law, and served as president of the American Academy of Healthcare Attorneys.

Sanford Ettinger (BSC, ’49) of Northridge, Calif. died April 3, 2018. He served in the U.S. Army and had a career as a CPA.


Roland Fischer (BSC, ’50) of Villa Park, Ill. died in April 2018. He proudly served during WWII as a Signalman First Class in the U.S. Navy.

Herbert Herman (BA, ’50; MA, ’57) of Naples, Fla. died June 12, 2018. He worked in social services in Saskatchewan, Canada and later returned to Illinois as director of education and training for the Illinois Department of Public Aid. Herman also served as regional administrator to the Illinois Department of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. When he retired from that position, he joined the faculty at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Ill.

Lester Kempner (BSC, ’51) of River Vale, N.J. died May 13, 2018. He served as 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He was one of the original executives at Bargain Town, which later became Toys“R”Us.

Ephraim Mizruchi (BA, ’51) of Syracuse, N.Y. died May 14, 2018. He authored several books and retired as professor of sociology at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.

Marilyn Siegel (BA, ’51) of Lincolnwood, Ill. died Aug. 6, 2018.

Robert Sargis (BS, ’52) of Chicago died July 9, 2018. He started a business selling parking spots for Chicago Bears and Cubs games, expanding to two parking lots on Addison Street that he operated for 80 years. Sargis served in the Air Force near the end of World War II.

Ellsworth Stanton III (BSC, ’52) of New York, N.Y. died April 18, 2018. He dedicated his life to the needs of others, developing social programs to provide services and financial assistance. He served for many years at the James N. Jarvie Commonweal Service.

Dale Boddeker (BS, ’53) of Plainfield, Ill. died July 16, 2018. He was a U.S. Army veteran, chemist and business owner.

Forrest Neumann (BSC, ’53) of Traverse City, Mich. died July 9, 2018. He began his career with Edward W. Sparrow Hospital, becoming president and CEO, and remained there until his retirement in 1990.

Maxine Barry (BA, ’54) of Los Angeles died April 20, 2018. A radio star at age seven, she modeled, sang and acted in educational films. She worked with inner-city school children, organized fashion shows through the Goodwill Fashion Institute and worked with People Assisting the Homeless (PATH).

Charles Donegan (BS, ’54) of Chicago died Jan. 24, 2018. He was a civil rights advocate, educator, attorney and author.

Everett Loury (BSC, ’54) of Gainesville, Fla. died Sept. 9, 2018. He served in government for 45 years and received a Presidential Rank Award for senior executives, signed by President George H.W. Bush in 1989.

Gwendolyn Scott (BA, ’54) of Gary, Ind. died Aug. 29, 2018. She taught in elementary schools.

Ted Kaitchuck (BM, ’55) of Evanston, Ill. died April 2018. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1956 and soon became a member of the 7th Army Symphony. He taught music for 30 years.

John McIntosh (BS, ’55) of Delaware died April 29, 2018. He served in the Air Force as a medical technician for 21 years.

Edward Golub (BS, ’56) of Altadena, Calif. died March 31, 2018. His career combined research into immunology with an interest in scientific education, history and bioethics.

Henrietta Welch (MM, ’57) of Mount Pleasant, Wis. died Oct. 2, 2018. She was an educator for 34 years until her retirement in 1979.

Thomasina Smith (BA, ’57; MA, ’66) of Cleveland Heights, Ohio died Sept. 12, 2018.

Frederick Babsin (BSC, ’58) of Northbrook, Ill. died June 26, 2018. He opened an advertising company in Chicago which employed more than 150 people and served hundreds of clients.

Robert Bright (BSBA, ’59) of Olympia Field, Ill. died April 11, 2018. He was a long-time civil rights activist and served as administrator of the Chicago Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards where he retired.


Joseph Sblendorio (BA, ’60) of Arlington Heights, Ill. died July 12, 2018. He was a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools for 33 years.

John Spence (BSBA, ’60) of Hoover, Ala. died March 28, 2018. Spence spent 32 years in the U.S. Army Infantry and Chemical Corps. He was awarded a Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit and two Bronze Stars among other decorations. He retired a full Colonel.

Donald Norlander (BA, ’61) of Lawrenceville, Ga. died June 7, 2018. He worked in the insurance industry, retiring as a State Farm agent in Birmingham, Ala.

John Evans (BSBA, ’62) of Colorado Springs, Colo. died April 6, 2018. He enlisted in the Army after Pearl Harbor and served many commands and staff positions until his retirement in 1973.

Percy Briscoe, Esq. (BSBA, ’63) of Fishkill, N.Y. died June 17, 2018. He was a distinguished attorney and held a lifetime membership in the NAACP.

Samuel Hamilton (BSBA, ’63) of Dallas died April 9, 2018. He worked with the Army Air Force Exchange Service, traveling throughout the Pacific Rim until his retirement in 1997.

Richard Brandel (BA, ’64) of Santa Fe, N.M. died May 30, 2018. He worked for WFLD-TV for more than 40 years.

Carroll Hackett (BS, ’64) of Frederick County, Va. died April 24, 2018.

James Markov (BS, ’66) of Oak Lawn, Ill. died April 6, 2018.

Mary Alcaraz (BA, ’62) of Chicago died Oct. 6, 2018. She worked for the Alzheimer’s Association and the Chicago Historical Society.

Richard Maher (MA, ’68) of Lena, Ill. died April 22, 2018. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he was the principal and varsity basketball coach of Lean-Winslow High School.

Robert Buttell (MA, ’69) of East Dundee, Ill. died April 24, 2018. He was a proud U.S. Army Veteran.

John Robinson (BA, ’69) of Downers Grove., Ill. died April 2, 2018. He served in the U.S. Navy as a sonar and radar technician. He created custom books and bindings, worked in the preservation of rare books, designed wooden boats, and worked as a custom craftsman for high-fidelity audio installations.

Alan Price (MA, ’69) of Chicago died July 13, 2018. After serving in the Korean War, he worked for Illinois DCFS as a child welfare senior specialist.

Jean Wucki (BA, ’69) of Portland, Ore. died July 15, 2018.


Larry Corley (MA, ’70; MA, ’74) of Frankfort, Ill. died June 20, 2018.

Carl Dawson (BS, ’70) of Chicago died Aug. 16, 2017. He worked for the Department of Labor.

Edward Scott (MA, ’70) of Las Vegas died July 2018. He served as assistant principal at Lane Tech College Prep and principal at Thomas J. Waters Elementary School.

William Tripp (BA, ’70) of Palms Springs, Calif. died June 16, 2018.

Clarice Durham (MA, ’71) of Chicago died April 20, 2018. She was an educator, arts patron, social activist and philanthropist.

Roger Perkins (BGS, ’71) of Fort Meyers, Fla. died June 25, 2018. He was a WWII veteran and worked as HR manager for the International Harvester for 37 years.

Bonnie Pessin-Schindell (BA, ’71) of Lincolnwood, Ill. died June 2018.

Melvin Quitt (BSBA, ’71) of Diamondhead, Miss. died Sept. 4, 2018. He served in the U.S. Navy for 26 years and in civil service for 10 years.

Sharon Brown (MA, ’72) of Ann Arbor, Mich. died May 13, 2018. She worked for Ann Arbor Public Schools for more than 20 years.

Sally Freedman (BA, ’64; MA, ’72) of Naperville, Ill. died July 16, 2018. She was a children’s book author.

Manda Kazmier (MA, ’72) of Ogden Dunes, Ind. died Sept. 7, 2018. She was an educator and member of the American Association of French Teachers.

James Kerr (MPA, ’72) of Roseville, Calif. died June 16, 2018. He joined the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant and served for 14 years, achieving the rank of Major.

Jeffrey Segal (BA, ’73) of Louisville, Ky. died April 9, 2018. He was a founding member of the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW Local 2320.

Phillip Jackson (BA, ’74) of Chicago died Nov. 4, 2018. He was the founder of the Black Star Project, and CEO of both the Chicago Housing Authority and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago.

Moubada Salem (BSBA, ’75) of El Cajon, Cailf. died Sept. 5, 2018. He had an accounting practice and was a professor at National University.

Richard Behrendt (MA, ’76) of Chicago died Aug. 4, 2018.

David Booth (MA, ’76) of Saint Charles, Wis. died Aug. 13, 2018.

Leroy Hines, Jr. (BA, ’76) of New Port Richey, Fla. died Oct. 27, 2018. He served in the U.S. Air Force and as president of Urban College in Boston.

Celevia Taylor (BA, ’76) of Chicago died Oct. 24, 2018. She worked in social services for the State of Illinois as a caseworker until retiring in 2003.

Robert Rosencranz (MBA, ’77) of Urbana, Ill. died April 3, 2018. He retired from Abbott Laboratories in 1996 after 23 years in the Corporate and Diagnostic division.

Elnoris Crummie (BA, ’78) of Northport, Ala. died May 10, 2017.

Pat Garrett (BGS, ’78) of Crystal Lake, Ill. died Sept. 5, 2018. He was a U.S. Army veteran and worked at Northern Trust Bank and IBM.

Gertrude Wimmer (MA, ’78) of La Grange, Ill. died June 8, 2018. She taught in the special education department at Bolingbrook High School until 1993.

Judy Reiner (MPA, ’79) of Houston died Aug. 16, 2018. She served as development officer for Texas Woman’s University.


Jerome Tesmond (MPA, ’80) of Orland Park, Ill. died April 2018. He had an extensive career in public service and law enforcement.

Robert Quigley (MBA, ’80) of Green Bay, Wis. died Sept. 18, 2018. He served in the U.S. Navy for 26 years, retiring at the rank of Captain in 1992.

Henry Martin (BS, ’81) of Seminole, Fla. died July 12, 2018.

Grace Adewumi (MSA, ’83) of Lemont, Ill. died July 19, 2018.

Roger Coulombe (MA, ’83) of South Hadley, Mass. died Feb. 22, 2018. He had a distinguished career as an educator spanning 43 years.

Leon Muff (MA, ’83) of Wadsworth, Ill. died Sept. 15, 2018. He taught and coached at Zion-Benton Township High School, becoming the dean of students.

Julaine Schueler (BGS, ’83) of Evergreen, Colo. died July 9, 2018. She was a librarian.

Katherine Hayes (MA, ’84) of Romeoville, Ill. died May 2, 2018. She taught for 38 years in Chicago Public Schools.

Charles Smith (BSBA, ’85) of Skokie., Ill. died September 2018. He served in the Army during the Korean War.

Victor Daley (MPA, ’84) of Simsbury, Conn. died Oct. 19, 2018. He served in the U.S. Army as an army aviator in the Vietnam War.

Marjorie Robinson (MA, ’84) of Chicago died May 27, 2018. She fought for social justice and was a proud White Sox fan.

Carole Hillman (BM & MM, ’86) of Jerseyville, Ill. died April 30, 2018.

Gerald Weller (MSJ, ’86) of Portland, Ore. died July 8, 2018. He was the co-founder of the Human Rights Campaign Fund, and worked for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration until retirement in 2007.

Carlos Cava (MBA, ’89) of Glendale Heights, Ill. died June 17, 2018. He worked his way up to senior bank examiner and retired after 25 years of service.


Kathleen Blair (BSBA, ’93) of Tinley Park, Ill. died Sept. 11, 2018.


Thomas Kaider (BSBA, ’02) of Palatine, Ill. died April 28, 2018. He was active as a coach for youth and high school football.

Jeffrey Knopf (BA, ’08) of Rochester, Minn. died April 19, 2018. He worked at the DuPage County Children’s Museum, Robert McCormick House in DuPage, and ABC, LLC.


Alan Swartz (BS, ’13) of Vernon Hills, Ill. died May 12, 2018. He was a chemist, pianist and guitarist.

Darlene Morris-Fullerton (MBA, ’17) of Chicago died May 20, 2018. She was a respected member of Roosevelt University’s administrative staff, serving as the director of financial strategy and planning. In addition to her work at the University, Morris-Fullerton was an accomplished and popular singer. Known as Diva D, she formed the Time Morris Group with her husband, Tim, in 2008. The group performed at Navy Pier, corporate events and weddings, and was a regular feature at many of Roosevelt’s annual holiday parties. Her passion for performing earned her the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago’s Black Excellence Award in Outstanding Achievement in Music R&B in 2013. Here is a reflection from a colleague: “Darlene, also known as ‘Diva D,’ always lit up any room she entered with her bubbly personality. She always went above and beyond in both her day job and also with her passion for singing and performing. Her light may have been dimmed on earth but she will forever shine in our hearts. I felt honored to have known her and she is greatly missed.”

Connor Bell (MFA, ’18) of Selinsgrove, Pa. died June 10, 2018.

James Dooley (BA, ’17) of River Forest, Ill. died August 2018.

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