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Summer 2018

Marjorie Burton Noell ’33, Cheyenne, Wyoming, Nov. 17, 2017. Born in Corydon, Iowa, Marjorie lived to be 106 years old. After attending Grinnell, she attained a master’s degree in child development and worked as an elementary school and day care teacher. She later partnered in a restaurant with her husband and son. She is survived by her daughter Jackie, her son Robert, six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Louise Goodwin McKlveen ’35, Edina, Minnesota, Jan. 1, 2018. She was 103. Louise remained committed to Grinnell throughout her life, writing her class newsletter until she outlived all her classmates and serving on her Reunion class committee. She received an Alumni Award in 1985. Louise was always an active member of her community and enjoyed traveling with her family. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph L. McKlveen ’35 and her son James McKlveen ’64, who also received an Alumni Award. A seminar room in Noyce Science Center is named for James and his widow Barbara Pedersen McKlveen ’64. Survivors include Louise’s daughter-in-law Barbara, son William McKlveen ’65, daughter Mary Jo McKlveen Nissen ’72, son-in-law Mark Nissen ’72, and granddaughters Laura McKlveen Blossey ’93 and Margot McKlveen ’13.

Robert W. Ellis ’37, Hillsboro, Oregon, Dec. 7, 2017. Robert was 102 years old.

Harriet Bair Bryan ’39, Elmhurst, Illinois, Jan. 21, 2018. Betty married fellow Grinnell alum C. Clark Bryan ’31 in 1941. After World War II, they settled in Elmhurst, Illinois. Betty was an active alumna, having had many family members who attended Grinnell, and served on the Alumni Council. She was also active in her local First Congregational Church and supported education for women. She loved athletics, including swimming, tennis, golf, billiards, and Wii bowling. Betty is survived by her daughters Sue, Jean, and Carolyn Bryan Young ’64; her son Frederick; her nephew Chris Bair ’96; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Betty Seidler Homann ’40, Omaha, Nebraska, Jan. 16, 2018. Betty, her husband, and her two children enjoyed hiking, fishing, and camping. She retired as a reference librarian for the Des Moines Public Library in 1991. She is survived by her daughter, four granddaughters, and three grandchildren.

Meta Schwefer Riedel ’41, Bend, Oregon, Nov. 1, 2017. Meta was born in Chicago and lived there until moving to Bend, Oregon after she was married. She is survived by her daughter and son.

Jane Young Lang ’42, Agoura Hills, California, Feb. 3, 2018. 

Marilyn Storm Cory ’43, Tama, Iowa, Jan. 30, 2018. Marilyn died at the age of 100. She was involved in many clubs and organizations in her local community and was an Iowa Hawkeyes season-ticket holder for more than 50 years. She loved sharing the story of family heirlooms and was highly patriotic. She is survived by three children, five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Margaret Boots Batschelet ’45, Guthrie Center, Iowa, Sept. 28, 2017. As a child, Margaret loved music, and her parents sold a cow in order to buy her a piano. After college, Margaret worked in the Iowa Statehouse and legislature and also for the Ration Board during World War II. She married King Batschelet while he was on leave from the Navy in 1944, and they remained together until he died in 1992. Margaret was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Guthrie Center for 68 years, leading worship, serving on committees, and playing the organ. She is survived by her son Bill Batschelet ’67, her son Robert, her daughter Carol, eight grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

Janet Street Bouma ’47, Elkhorn, Nebraska, Feb. 18, 2018. Janet is survived by eight children, including daughters Margaret Bouma ’72 and Ellen Bouma Barnes ’75. She is also survived by son-in-law Marvin Barnes ’76, 15 grandchildren including grandsons Tim Bouma ’99 and Adrian Barnes ’05, and three great-grandchildren. 

Helen Webster Lee ’47, Fontana, California, March 10, 2018. At Grinnell, Helen played field hockey and years later enjoyed watching sports on TV. She was a Fontana resident for 67 years and volunteered with the Fontana Community Church, the Palmetto School PTA, and the Girl Scouts. She is survived by one son and three daughters.

Rolf Arvidson ’48, Seattle, November 2017.

Eva Quiner Dunivent ’48, Goleta, California, Oct. 17. 2017.

Virginia “Ginny” Lobell Rosen ’48, Northbrook, Illinois, Jan. 31, 2018. Ginny was very active in local civic organizations, including her local library and garden club. She volunteered at the Chicago Botanic Garden for more than 30 years. Survivors include three children, a grandson, and her nephew Alex Rosen ’11.

Sylvia Kolden Strong ’48, Olympia, Washington, Nov. 3, 2017. Sylvia attended Grinnell College for one semester while living with her husband’s parents as he recovered from World War II wounds. She had an excellent singing voice and was also a good seamstress, gardener, and baker. She is survived by four children, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. 

Joyce Townley Belknap ’49, St. Paul, Minnesota, Dec. 17, 2017. Joyce grew up on a farm near Sioux City, Iowa. She majored in elementary education and psychology. She taught for several years before staying home full time with her children while husband Robert Belknap worked as a school psychologist. Survivors include her husband; sister Orma Townley Strunk ’49; six children; 12 grandchildren, including her grandson Matthew Evans-Belknap ’01; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Nancy Porter Erb ’49, Nashua, New Hampshire, Oct. 11, 2017. Nancy is survived by her daughter Millie Erb Holifield ’73

Jerrold “Jake” Jacobsen ’49, Cedar Falls, Iowa, Feb. 28, 2018. Jerry graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1943 and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1943–1945. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College, he went to the University of Iowa and earned a law degree in 1952. He worked as a lawyer in Cedar Falls for 62 years, retiring in 2015. He is survived by his wife Susan Jewell Jacobsen, three children, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. 

Robert B. Peterson ’50, Oceanside, New York, Sept. 29, 2017. Robert taught music for 42 years and was an active performer and lifelong musician. He is survived by his wife Irene Peterson, three children, and six grandchildren.

Gertrude Hoffman Stevens ’50, Austin, Texas, Feb. 8, 2018. Gertrude was a Holocaust survivor who arrived in the United States when she was 11 years old. She taught elementary school at Willow School in Homewood, Illinois, from 1968 to 1988. She is survived by two sons and three grandchildren. 

Lewis L. Whittemore ’51, Davenport, Iowa, Sept. 16, 2017. Lew served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked for MidAmerican Energy for 23 years, retiring in 1991. He was an avid golfer and volunteered for various sporting events. He is survived by two sons, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Mary Borders Wolff  ’51, Port Charlotte, Florida, Jan. 21, 2018. Mary lived a full life filled with adventures and travel. She was an Asa Turner Associates member from 2011 to 2015.

Miwako “Mix” Kunimura Cooperrider ’52, Kent, Ohio, Jan. 6, 2018. Mix was born in Hawaii and came to the mainland to study biology at Grinnell College. She then earned a master’s in botany from the University of Iowa. She would sometimes combine her artistic skill and scientific training by providing sketches for scientific publications. She directed the Kent State University Herbarium for 30 years. Survivors include her husband Tom Cooperrider, daughter Julie Cooperrider ’80, a son, and grandson.

Louis W. Glaser ’52, St. Louis, Jan. 10, 2018. Louis is survived by his wife Gail, three daughters, and eight grandchildren.

Jean Dawley Scrymiger ’52, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Feb. 9, 2018. After a long struggle with Alzheimer’s, Jean joined her husband of 63 years Richard C. Scrymiger ’50, who died in 2015. They met her freshman year at Grinnell, and he was the love of her life. Jean taught speech therapy and volunteered for many years teaching English as a second language. She was involved in several clubs and sports throughout the years. She loved to quilt, play the organ, and spend time with family and friends. Survivors include three daughters, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and her brother Bruce Dawley ’55.

Jane Bagby Cole ’53, Scottsdale, Arizona, Jan. 28, 2018. Jane worked as a research librarian at Desert Botanical Garden in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Survivors include husband Bruce Cole ’53 and daughter Dorothy Cole Domrzalski ’79.

Robert C. McClure ’53, Columbia, Missouri, May 31, 2017. After a year at Grinnell, Bob transferred to Iowa State, where he obtained his D.V.M. in veterinary medicine. He later obtained his Ph.D. at Cornell University. He worked as a professor at the University of Missouri until retiring in 2000. He is survived by his wife Sally Malloy. 

Mary “Molly” Baker Ster ’53, Marion, Iowa, Oct. 8, 2017. Molly enjoyed traveling, knitting, bridge, and spending time with family and friends. She is survived by husband Mike Ster, a daughter and son, two grandsons, and three great-granddaughters.

Donald L. Goldwasser ’54, Fayetteville, North Carolina, March 2, 2018. Don worked at Security Van Lines for 44 years and was the president of the Better Business Bureau and two other business associations in New Orleans. He is survived by his wife Nannette, two children, four grandchildren, and one great-grandson. 

Grace Edmonson Harris ’54, Richmond, Virginia., Feb. 12, 2018. Grace was born in segregation-era Virginia and graduated as class valedictorian from Halifax Training School in 1950. While she was originally refused admission to graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) due to her race, by the end of her career she was the highest-ranking African American and highest-ranking woman in the history of the school. After earning a degree in social work, she worked at VCU for 30 years, taking on roles such as professor, dean, provost, and president. In 2010, she received an Alumni Award from Grinnell College. Those who knew her remember her as wise, thoughtful, kind, and generous. She is survived by her husband James Harris, two children, and one grandson. 

Stephen Brody ’56, Marana, Arizona, Feb. 17, 2018. Stephen enjoyed thoroughbred horse racing and had 97 winners during 35 years of racing. He supported young people, especially by coaching youth sports. He was past president of the Des Moines Boys and Girls Club and Raccoon Valley Little League. In Tucson, he was active in the Tucson Boys Club and Rotary. He is survived by his wife of 54 years Susan Young Brody and three children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. 

Thomas Hejna ’56, Dardanelle, Arkansas, Aug. 16, 2017. Survivors include his nephew David Hejna ’81.

William C. Yale ’56, Huntley, Illinois, Oct. 3, 2017. After graduating from Grinnell, Bill served in the Army. When he returned to Evanston, Illinois, he married Dorris McIntyre Yale, and they raised three children together in Northbrook, Illinois. Bill enjoyed travel, golf, music, and supporting Chicago sports teams. He is survived by his wife, three children, and six grandchildren. 

Stephan L. Jones ’57, Tucson, Arizona, March 17, 2018. Stephan grew up in Storm Lake, Iowa, and married Linda Vernon Jones in 1962. He started his business career at Des Moines National Bank in Des Moines and retired as president of Princor Mutual Funds at Principal Financial Group in Des Moines in 1999. Survivors include his wife, two children, four grandchildren, his brother A. Edward Jones ’68, and sister-in-law Laura Hallock Jones ’69

E. Richard Dustin ’58, Iowa City, Iowa, Jan. 16, 2018. Dick married high school sweetheart Patsy Mills Dustin ’58 on June 8, 1957. “He loved Grinnell and was very proud to have graduated from this great school,” she says. He completed his master’s in counseling at the University of Iowa in 1962, and his Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the University of Minnesota in 1968. He returned to the University of Iowa in 1972 as a professor of counseling, rehabilitation, and student development, retiring in 1999. Dick loved spending time with friends and family, reading, and traveling. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter Susan Dustin ’88, and four grandchildren. 

Theodore S. Nelson ’60, Naperville, Illinois, Aug. 11, 2017. Ted served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1962 and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1963. 

Don A. Nelson ’61, Crawfordsville, Indiana, Nov. 26, 2017. 

Sandra Solem Everill ’62, Stoughton, Wisconsin, Oct. 1, 2017. Sandy married Royal “Bud” Everill Jr. in 1961 and graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1962. She loved reading and was a lifelong learner. She loved gardening, sewing, and knitting and was fascinated by the natural world. She supported several women’s rights organizations, the Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, and the Rochester Hills Public Library. Sandy is survived by her three daughters.  

Henry P. Thomas ’62, Brainerd, Minnesota, Feb. 14, 2018. Henry spent many years living in his cabin on Lake Edwards. He wrote a book about his grandparents’ contributions to Mayo Clinic and the city of Rochester. He is survived by his brother.

Gretchen Osterhof  Thomson ’62, Milwaukee, Jan. 14, 2018. Gretchen was active on the Alumni Council and her class committee.

Michael N. Horowitz ’63, Chicago, Nov. 22, 2017. Michael worked as a reporter and producer for ABC News in Chicago before serving in the Vietnam War. After his return, he had a career in news, working with both ABC and CBS. He also worked on political campaigns and in public relations. He is survived by five children and three grandchildren. 

Barbara Hansen Malinauskas ’63, Shelbyville, Tennessee, Jan. 22, 2018. Barbara began her career as an elementary school teacher before teaching in the Department of Organizational Communication at Murray State University for 10 years. She enjoyed acting in theatre productions and was an active member of her church. Barbara is survived by three children and six grandchildren.  

Paul R. Schwarz ’64, Charleston, South Carolina, Feb. 26, 2018. Paul was a physician specializing in internal medicine. He spent a year as a field doctor in the Vietnam War before setting up a practice in Fort Smith, Arkansas, for nearly 50 years. During his time in Arkansas, Paul built two environmentally friendly homes by hand. After retiring to Charleston, he sang in his church choir and volunteered with Meals on Wheels. Paul is survived by his four children. 

Elizabeth “Deb” Burnstine Bremner ’66, Los Angeles, Feb. 26, 2018. Deb was a member of her class committee, describing Grinnell as a “place of joy” with a continuing influence on her life. After Grinnell, she worked with incarcerated youths at the California Youth Authority and then with expectant and parenting teens through Project NATEEN. She is survived by son Marcus Bremner, daughter Heather Bremner ’96, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.  

Robert J. Ambrosius ’67, Denver, Jan. 30, 2018. Bob worked as a real estate broker in Denver for many decades. He loved bluegrass music and entertaining friends and family with his jokes and stories. He is survived by his wife Susan, his children, and his granddaughter. 

John K. Howie ’67, New Port Richey, Florida, Feb. 26, 2018. John always knew he wanted to be a scientist and majored in chemistry at Grinnell. During his time as a student he met his wife Janice Linnell Howie ’67; the two were married the year after graduation. John received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Cornell University in 1974 and worked as a research scientist for Proctor and Gamble from 1977 until retiring in 2001. Janice and John enjoyed traveling, boating, kayaking, hiking, and biking. John is survived by his wife. 

Joann Sydow Berg ’68, Mineral Point, Wisconsin, Dec. 11, 2017. Joann worked at construction equipment company Wacker Neuson for many years. She is survived by two daughters.

Stephen L. Warsh ’68, Chicago, Jan. 9, 2018. Stephen was a Vietnam War veteran, an avid reader, and a good friend known for his kindness, optimism, and courage. Survivors include his wife Ellen, daughter Annie Warsh ’15, and uncle David R. Meade ’44

Jack B. Hambrick ’72, Sun City Center, Florida, March 9, 2018. Jack served with the Marine Corps in Vietnam and the Army in Korea before beginning a career as a teacher. He was a loving husband and father, a wonderful cook, and an award-winning poet who loved traveling, reading, and movies. Jack is survived by his wife Patricia Fisher Lowery, two children, two grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and friends. 

Max L. Teisinger ’76, Boynton Beach, Florida, Nov. 13, 2017. Max died in Messina, Italy.

James E. Carey ’83, Rochester, Minnesota, Jan. 10, 2018. Jim earned a master’s from Syracuse University after attending Grinnell College. He was employed by IBM for more than 30 years before retiring in 2017 and joining Rogue Wave Software. He also had his name on more than 200 patents and was the co-author of several technical books. He was known for his integrity, quick wit, strong character, and generosity. Survivors include his spouse Anne McNicholas Carey ’85, his son, and daughter.

Jacob “Jack” Gustafson ’19, Madison, Wisconsin, March 30, 2018. Jack was studying off campus in Freiberg, Germany, when he died in the hospital. A psychology major, Jack had recently been accepted at the Mayo Clinic for a summer psychology position. He was an active member of the Grinnell College community. He served as a community adviser, threw the javelin and shotput for the men’s track and field team, played Ultimate Frisbee, and was a member of the psychology department’s Student Educational Policy Committee. His kind and caring nature embodied the spirit of Grinnell. He is survived by his parents, his two brothers, extended family, and many dear friends.

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