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Alumni Reunion Weekend

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William Morrow

Personal Update:
Shortly after graduation I married my girlfriend and college sweetheart, Mildred Cammack (BSN & RN 1947) and in 1950 moved to Sacramento when I began working in the Laboratory system of the Southern Pacific Railroad. Millie was hired as a supervisor in the county hospital and began teaching student nurses. We had four children: pat, Dan, Doug & Wilhelminia. In 1974 I was promoted to Superintendent of Laboratory Operations. Millie retired in 1989 and I in 1990 and before & after we travelled to the USSR, China, Hawaii, and several trips to the eight western European countries. In 1992 her doctors began treating her for Lymphoma but she passed away in 1994. We had been active in church, where I met Gwen Ross and we married in 1996. We spent our honeymoon in England and Ireland. Gwen has developed Alzheimer’s so our travelling days are over. We are now in an assisted living home where she gets total care.

Memory:
I lived in the Quadrangle and Millie was at Westlawn and we loved walking to Sidwells for ice cream and along the Iowa River by the Union and then going to dances there at various times. MECCA week was always interesting showing high school kids around the labs and facilities and handing out souvenirs. Professor Croft (Thermodynamics) was a great teacher and he had authored our textbook; you better not come to class unprepared. I always enjoyed Professor Farrell (Tech Writing) who kept you on your toes and if you did well he would treat you to dinner at his home!

Howard Walrath

Personal Update:
I retired from active service in Rockwell International’s Commercial Electronics Operations in 1985. I elected to retire early after 26 years with Rockwell Collins. At the time of my retirement, I was Vice President—Strategic Planning & Venture Analysis, a position I had since 1982. I joined the former Collins Radio Company in February 1959, after graduation from the University of Iowa with a degree in engineering. My hobbies and interests include flying, boating, & experimental aircraft construction.

Jerry Thorins

Personal Update:
I have an MS in Systems Management from St Mary’s University. I entered active duty Air Force upon graduation. I completed pilot training and was one of the first groups of 2nd Lts. to be placed in Front Seat F-4. I flew both the F-4 and F-15 over a 25 year AF career. I retired as a Colonel. I worked as a defense contractor since military retirement. I relocated back to Iowa City area in 2007 to be near 2 granddaughters and aging parents.

Memory:
I always enjoyed MECCA week. I also enjoyed chemical engineering specific classes. Although much has changed in what is taught and how it is learned over the years, the analytical ability and logic ability learned at Iowa have served me well.

Warren Ewen

Personal Update:
I retired from Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric after 40 years. I am enjoying retirement.

Robert Workhoven

Personal Update:
I earned my BSME at Iowa in 1959 and an MSME at the University of New Mexico in 1967. I retired in 1999 after 40 years with SandiaNational Labs.

Jared Hills

Personal Update:
I graduated from the University of Iowa in 1959 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. I married Carol Tangen the same year and we will celebrate our 50th anniversary this summer. We are going to the Greek Isles with the Iowa Voyagers this fall.

In 1959 I began working at DivineEngineering, a manufacutererof chain and flight drag conveyors known as DIVINALATORS and DIVIANAFLOWS, used in the grain processing industry. I have been president of the company since 1973.

We have a son and a daughter and 5 grandchildren. Our son and son-in-law both work with me in the business.

I have been playing tuba in the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band the past 41 years and also enjoy tennis, wood-working, and skiing with the kids and grandchildren. We also tour with MotorIoway in my ’49 Ford!

Carol graduated at the same time with a BS in Nursing. She worked several years as a school nurse and is now heavily involved in volunteer work of all sorts.

Richard Morningstar

Personal Update:
I worked at TRW Space and Defense for 29+ years as Project Manager. I also worked at Weber Aircraft, parker Aircraft and North American Airlines. I earned my PhD in Engineering Management in 2007. I received the TRW Chairmans Award for innovation (dual mode liquid apogee rocket engine). I also worked on the Apollo Program where I was the lead design engineer on the lunar descent rocket engine.

Memory:
At the time I graduated from high school, I had no serious plans to continue my education, and then a friend encouraged me to visit the University of Iowa. During that visit, I enrolled in the school of engineering (along with marrying my current wife Judy, it was the wisest decision I made during my lifetime). I graduated in 1959 with an engineering degree and shortly thereafter went to work in Los Angeles as an aerospace engineer for 33 years. That degree opened opportunities for me that would never have existed otherwise. I will forever be indebted to the University of Iowa.

Elbert Corbin

Personal Update:
After our experience in Iowa the ASTP went back to the ranks in various units in the army.
After graduating I returned to The Army Signal Corp. The Battle of the Bulge came in December so I was transferred to the infantry. After six weeks of training I was sent to Germany. Then we were sent back to the US to set up against the Japanese but the war was over. Now I am married and have 8 children, 40 grandchildren and 60+ great grandchildren!

Earl W. Carson

Personal Update:
I retired from Honeywell after 42 ½ years in December of 1991, as a Senior Design manager. I directed development of the automatic flight control systems for the SR-71 and C-5A aircraft and the laser gyro inertial navigation system for the Boeing 767, 757 and Aerospatial A320 aircraft. I received the Lund Award in 1990 for outstanding leadership development.

Memory:
I had the good fortune to be elected vice president of Tau Beta Pi and president of Eta Kappa Nu, which helped me with leadership skills in later life. As chairman of MECCA in 1949, we encountered a problem when several engineers spray painted the law building with green shamrocks. Dean Dawson was not pleased, and gave me heck for losing control of the situation.

Claudette Heddens

Personal Update:
June 2008: new position as nurse practitioner at the Mental Health Institute in Mt. Pleasant Iowa. 2008: President of American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses
I have two daughters, Ashlee and Courtney and three grandkids.
The best trip I ever took was in 2004. The Tour of Normandy to celebrate the 60th anniversary of D-Day.

Memory:
A not fond memory was the long, cold walk between the women’s dorms on the east side of the river to the College of Nursing and UIHC.
A fond memory: I named my first daughter “Ashlee” after a pediatric patient who was assigned to me. Ashlee has become a very popular name since then.

Norma (Muegge) McNay

Personal Update:
I married Conrad McNay in 1956 and graduated in 1961 from UI. Since 1959 I have worked at the Blessing Hospital & Nursing Education in Quincy, IL. Our son Craig was born in 1965 and daughter, Sarah in 1969. I worked as a staff nurse in the 1990’s. In 2007 I developed & facilitated a new volunteer program, HeLP Corps.

Memory:
I have memories of excellent college of nursing professors and instructors. I had unbelievable clinical experience. I paid less than $10 tuition for my senior year the rest of forgiven for valued hospital service. The IMU was a wonderful “hang out” and opportunity for entertainment. I graduated with honors in four years with BSN.

Robert Williams

Personal Update:
M.S. degree 1970 from Simon School of Business, Rochester University, Rochester, New York

Mary Fishburn Norman

Persoanl Update:
After graduation I worked in Minneapolis for 7 years. I moved to New Mexico (via Norway) after I got married & worked as a nurse with the public schools for 20 years. In 2003 I got my MSN from the University of Texas El Paso as a Family Nurse Practitioner and have worked as an FNP in primary care since then. We have 3 children, one of whom is a current pediatric resident at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics!

Memory:
I remember med-surg with Shirley Veit.

Shirley Huls

Personal Update:
I have worked the better part of my married life in pediatrics. I received an MS degree from Indiana University in 1984. I retired from the Hammond School System in 1996. Don & I will be celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary in August. We have three children and 5 grandchildren. I am giving back to the community with lots of volunteer hours.

Memory:
Memories include walking across the bridge in bitter cold weather to attend class. I also remember walking thru the tunnel to the hospital from Westlawn. My nursing professor my senior year made me feel I could be an outstanding nurse & enjoy my profession. She was right, I have thoroughly enjoyed the ride.

Toni DeRyke

Personal Update:
I retired as staff nurse at University Hospital in 2005, after a variety of nursing experiences over the 51 years, since we graduated in 1954.

Jerry Luiken

Personal Update:
I am a CPA that started auditing with Arthur Young in Chicago in 1959. Arthur Young and Ernst & Whinney merged to become Ernst & Young. I transferred overseas in 1973 where I lived and worked for 22 years. I worked 20 years in Amsterdam, the Netherland office and 2 years in the Warsaw, Pland office. I retired as an Ernst & Young partner in 1995.

Jean Fuller Deliganis

Personal Update:
I graduated in 1964 with a BSN and worked in California with the Los Angeles Co. Health Dept. for 3 years. I returned to Iowa and joined Project HOPE on the hospital ship in Ceylong (SriLanka) until 1969 and then with Project HOPE’s land based program in Laredo, TX until 1971. Following this I taught in the nursing program at Laredo Community College until moving to San Antonio in 1978. I joined the nursing faculty at the University of the Incarnate Ward in 1983 and have been there until the present time.

Memory:
I enjoyed all of the nursing courses except psychiatric nursing—and that was the specialty area in which I eventually received a masters in nursing degree! I greatly enjoyed English Literature. The professor was superb. He always smoked a pipe in class that had a wonderful aroma. We relaxed in the spring on the Iowa River and trips to the Amana Colonies to eat and shop were pleasurable.

Janet Stageman

Personal Update:
I married John Stageman (SUI Medical School grad 1960) in 1960. We have three children (Chris, Albuquerque, N.M./Alex, Sault Ste. Marie, MI & Meg, Bozeman MT) They are all married. We have one grandson age 21. I worked in my husband’s office for 15 years. We both retired and motor home to sunny climates in winter and spend summers at home in Michigan.

Memory:
My time at Iowa were the best 5 years of my life!

Judith Howard

Personal Update:
My husband and I have been married 50 years and have three children and nine grandchildren. When I retired from nursing I had been working as Director of Nursing at a large retirement and nursing facility for 25 years. We have had lots of activities in our lives and most recently I am keeping up with church roles, band, volunteering weekly at the hospital, several community boards, and sorry to say, the ISU Cyclones, since we live very close and that is Bill’s alma mater. We have lots of fun with the friendly competition.

Memory:
The long winter walks across the Iowa River!

Carol Jones

Personal Update:
I retired in 1984 from the Colorado Department of Social Services as a Child-Care Licensing Specialist. My husband, Clyde and I met in a ski club and we celebrate our 58th wedding anniversary this year.  Our son, Cary is an architect in Salt Lake, UT and is married with one daughter and one son. Our daughter, Wendy Verdun has a math degree and is married with two daughters. Our other daughter, Karen Gage, is a physical Therapist and is married with two daughters. Our family hiked, back-packed, camped and skied together at a young age until each one left for college. We built and use a log cabin at 10,400 feet in the mountains. Clyde and I have spent time in the South Pacific Islands. Our favorite trips were Easter Island and Machu Picchu.

Memory:
I arrived wide-eyed to the immense campus and huge Currier Hall. The $65 per semester tuition included attendance to all athletic events and concerts. I enjoyed working with the other waitresses at Currier. My P.E. Major classmates from freshmen to seniors practically lived at the Women’s Gym. How could I forget racing across the Iowa River in winter after a swim class to arrive at biology class with frozen hair! My experiences in marching band and concert band were priceless. I was one of six girls chosen for the men’s marching band to meet the quota. The last class was running to the band practice field near the stadium, then racing back to Currier to don waitress uniform, eat and serve dinner. I have never forgotten how proud I was to be a one year member of the marching band, and three years in the concert band.

Ann (Fischer) Snell

Personal Update:
I am married to a U of I alumnus who became Iowa Supreme Court Justice. We have been together for 53 years. I am the recipient of the Albert Henry Award for outstanding work in the field of Public Health in the State of Iowa. We enjoy traveling.

Memory:
My great class of 1954 classmates.

Elizabeth (Rosenthal) Colloton

Personal Update:
I attended graduate school at Boston University in 1964/1965. I received my masters of science in Maternal-Child Heath Nursing/Teaching. In 1966, I married J. Michael Colloton, Law’66. We have 3 sons. Two of our sons live in Minneapolis, Mn. and one in Salt Lake City. I divorced in 1991 and joined the Navy Nurse Corps Reserve. I retired with 13 years in & great experiences. I was a contractor in Europe with the U.S. Army from 1996-1999. I am currently a PHN IV with the Chicago Dept. of Public Health since 2001.

Memory:
Two professors were important in letting me know I had options other than nursing. Second semester Literature teacher, Richard Kim (writer’s workshop-The Martyred) wrote on a paper I’d submitted: “You obviously are going to be a nurse. If you change your mind, consider writing.” Dr. Daniel Mae, professor of music, choir director at church, told me that if I decided not to be a nurse I could always teach music! Knowing I had options kept me going on those hard days.

Carol (Tangen) Hills

Personal Update:
After graduation I worked as a school nurse for the Cedar Rapids Community School District. When I became a mother, I stayed home to care for our daughter and son. After they were in school I substituted in the Cedar Rapids and College Community School systems. My husband of 50 years (M.E. ’59) and I travel for business and pleasure. Jared is still employed at our business, Divine Engineering, Inc. Our son and son-in-law also work there. We have 5 grandchildren. We are physically active and I enjoy volunteer work in many capacities.

Memory:
I met my husband at Iowa, so dating him includes some of my fondest memories. I remember Coke dates, studying in the library, and attending big band dances in the Union. Dr. Dawson (anatomy) stands out as a professor.

Marilyn Griffiths Lanphier

Personal Update:
M.P.H. University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill, 1981
Licensed Minister, 2004
Faith Community Nursing Program 2003
Speech and Theatre courses
Career of A.D Nursing Instructor, Mental Health Nursing,T.B.Consultant,P.H.Adolescent Health Program Director,Family Planning and Teen Specialist, Past President of St.Adolescent Coordinator Network, Sigma Theta Tau,Traveled in U.S.. to Europe and Wales (family heritage) Loves dachshunds---has Abigail, a wire-haired miniature.
Talkative-out of space

Memory:
The gorgeous falls we had and the Maple Trees -- how great to walk then.
Walking or hitchhiking across the river to class---particularly in winter----brrrr.

Gerald E. (Gerry) Myers

Personal Update:
Graduated in 1959 in Math and in 1960 in Engineering. Worked for GE 38 years in sales engineering and marketing management in various company locations. Retired to Naples FL in 1999. Currently keep busy as an area governor for Rotary in SW FL. Also serve on UI Alumni Association board, so get back to Iowa City regularly. Married 47 years to Ruth Eckhardt, 1962 BA-Dental Hygiene. We have 3 sons, one married with 2 grandkids, all living in Florida. We enjoy golf, genealogy, and travelling.

Memory:
Most memorable profs. were Jim Murray, Allen Craig, Don Madsen and Wayne Deegan. Favorite haunts were the engineering library, the DU house, and Doc Connell's. Remember tutoring freshmen football players in Math Skills for the Athletic Dept. so they'd be eligible to play as sophomores. I wasn't able to go to the Rose Bowl game when I was at Iowa, but my 13 year old granddaughter and 10 year old grandson have already seen Iowa play in 5 bowl games. It's a done deal - they are future Hawkeyes!

Jane Siepker Nolan

Personal Update:
My spouse, John Nolan, MD, died in October of 2006. I have four children. Two are Iowa alums: Elizabeth “Betsy” Nolan harris-Dental Hygiene 1985 and Robert J. Nolan-Business 1995 and 4 grandchildren. I retired from school nursing in 2002.

Dan Froning

Personal Update:
At 72 I still do a lot of lite construction work—mainly for friends & relatives and sometimes I get paid. My wife and I have done RAGBRI for the last 4 years. I am a past president of the Burney, CA Rotary but now attend many school functions with my wife, an Ogden, Iowa high school teacher.

Memory:
The Oldsmobile sponsored Rose Bowl train trip as a Hawkeye Marching Band member. Graduation day with my family. Dr. Hancher saying “Hi, Good Morning” to me as he entered Old Cap. The band, under Dr. Ebbs was a great experience.

Ann Carolyn Risk Garber

Personal update:
I married Keith Garber. We had 4 children and practiced medicine in Corydon for 46 years. I practiced laboratory medicine for over 30 years. I established my own business in home production and packing. Being active in community affairs and in our church and in the AFS student exchange program has been an important part of my life. We have traveled extensively.

Memory:
The closeness of the laboratory medicine class at the Veterans Hospital was a source of great pleasure. The Friday nights in Keller’s basement was a fun social time. The relationship between the medical laboratory students and the medical students formed several life-long relationships.

Ann Teske

Personal Update:
My husband, Douglas, and I met at Iowa and this year will celebrate our 40th anniversary. We are blessed with a daughter, Amy, husband Hank, Jacob (8) and Peter (4). Our son, Brian, wife Cindy, Andrew (4) and Phillip (2) live nearby. Pete, son of our heart, wife Whitney, Bella (5) and Cole (3) are a part of our family. We sponsor a child through Christian Children’s Fund. My career began as a medical-surgical nurse which evolved into management for about 22. Recently I have been teaching graduate nursing courses at Otterbein College while writing authorization reports. My next “novel” will be fictional. In our spare time we love to hike.

Memory:
Our first home was half a Quonset hut in South Park from 1969-1971. We learned very quickly that only a thin sheet of wallboard separated us from our neighbors. On evening our neighbor entertained a lady quite late with much frivolity. The next morning he was shaving and sneezed. Without thinking I said “Gesundheit!” He stopped the water and apparently didn’t move for awhile. He moved out the next day!

Jennifer Caslavka Stoltenberg

Personal Update:
Husband—John Stoltenberg, MD, graduate of UI, class of 1971. General surgeon in Minneapolis, MN.

Children—Amy, health care consultant in Chicago, Erik, anesthesia resident at the University of Washington, Seattle, Mark, second year medical student at Loyola University in Chicago.

Memory:
Anne Overland, an OB/GYN Nursing Instructor was an outstanding educater.

Richard Lord

Personal Update:
I worked 28 years for Stanley Consultants Inc. of Muscatine Iowa and 19 years for Parsons Corp. in Atlanta, Georgia. I have worked in design of water and wastewater facilities domestically and internationally. International worked primarily in Africa and the Middle East. I obtained my Master of Science in Civil Engineering from SUI in 1969. I retired in 2008, but work on a casual basis on Dekalb County Wastewater Treatment expansion. I have a great wife, 3 children and 2 fantastic grandchildren.

Memory:
The inspiration to my career provided by Dr. Philip Morgan in Sanitary Engineering. I was also inspired by Dr. Wayne Paulson during work on my masters degree.

Alice Richardson Nevin

Personal Update:
After graduation from the UI, I moved to Reno, Nevada, and taught elementary school. A little later I worked as staff at the University of Nevada Reno., followed by a number of years working for the Governor’s Committee on Disability. I finished with several sessions as a Senate Attaché with the Nevada State Legislature. During these years I married, and had one daughter, Laura. I am now retired and spend my times volunteering at an elementary school; walking and hiking; socializing with friends; doing I guess whatever sounds like fun. I have traveled extensively, both adventure travel and sightseeing trips. Life is good!

Memory:
I really enjoyed my years at Iowa, and cherish those memories. Friends from those days are traveling buddies now. The campus is such a beautiful setting and I felt my education prepared me for life’s little ups and downs. I live in Nevada now, but am very proud of my Iowa heritage and visit family and friends there whenever I can.

Karon Lorenz Stanley

Personal Update:
My family includes son, Chris, a professor at the University of Texas Midland and a daughter, Susan Stanley Hamilton an attorney in Kansas City. I am divorced and sold residential real estate for 17 years. I have four rescue dogs, two Airedales, and two other mixes. I collect Williamsburg antiques and go to estate sales and do what I please.

Memory:
My fondest memory was finding out that maple butter syrup was not going to sell as a senior marketing project. Riding the Rock Island train between Iowa City and Chicago on Holidays. Going to the Rose Bowl.

Diane Bloodhart

Personal Update:
Most of my professional life was spent at UIHC. I spent 1966-1977 in Vietnam working as a nurse advisor in a civilian hospital. From 1976-1980 I worked in SICU at the King Faisal Hospital in Saudi Arabia. I volunteered with “operation smile” as a PACU nurse and went on three different missions to Vietnam. In 2001 I moved to VA and married a man I had met in Vietnam in 1967.

Memory:
I will always remember Betty Dales and Marjorie Moore, instructors in the College of Nursing. My fondest memory is the lifelong friends I made.

Barbara Evans

Personal Update:
I retired in 1998 from Nursing with the San Bernardino Health Department. I worked for 28 years. I’ve traveled extensively and volunteer in many capacities. My son is a captain with Southwest Airlines and my daughter is in public relations in California. Steve is in graphic arts.

Memory:
Sharing information about daily episodes and popcorn at Westlawn. My favorite class was Public Health. Obstetrics was a real joy. Best of all I met my husband in the medical department as he was a medical student working the summer wards. He has since passed away.

Joan McMillan

Personal Update:
I married in 1959. We raised 2 great sons. We divorced in 1990. I returned to Iowa City in 1989. In 1990 I earned my masters in Rehab Counseling. I work for Mideastern Council on chemical abuse upon retirement. I met my partner, Richard, at MECCA and am living happily ever after.

Memory:
Living in Westlawn, pizza at Kesslers, using the tunnels to get to the hospital in the winter.

Carol Holm

Personal Update:
After graduating from SUI in 1959, my husband and I moved to Los Angeles where I pursued a Master’s degree in politics and taught. We got involved in politics. We were at the Ambassador for Bobby Kennedy’s victory party when he was shot. We returned to the Midwest where I ran Political campaigns and lobbied for the League of Women Voters. In 1982 I earned a law degree from the University of Dayton. I have regularly taught courses on law at Capital University and the University of Dayton. I served as assistant prosecutor. I have had a private practice in family law, probate, and education law. I continue to work 50 hours a week for clients. In my spare time I read non-fiction books, travel, enjoy opera and my family.

Memory:
Going to lectures at the Capitol building, going to see Adlai Stevenson at the National Plowing Contest and to see JFK at the Jefferson Dinner in Cedar Rapids. Climbing the roof of the chemistry building and watching Sputnik progress through the night sky. Seeing “Madame Butterfly”, going to a mystery lecture and finding the guest was Herbert Aptheter of the American Communist Party. Working for Dr. Witshi of the zoology Department and hearing Pete Seeger sing in 1959 after SUI refused him the use of the Union.

Brenna Snider

Personal Update:
My primary career was as a school nurse in Los Angeles. I have been happily retired since July 2005. Through the years I had a lot of great trips to Mexico, Canada, the western United States, Europe, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Kenya and Tanzania, China, Nepal and India. Some of them included hitch-hiking, hiking, camping and bike riding and I loved them all. Now I am content to do things around Los Angeles including hiking with my dogs in the foothills near where I live and visiting with friends.

Memory:
I enjoyed our clinical experience and particularly remember my first instructor on orthopedics, Ms. Lorenz, who was very inspiring, and Ms. Overland on obstetrics. Like others I remember crossing the river on those cold winter days and going from Westlawn to the hospital through the tunnel.

Janice (Jan) Bode Christensen

Personal Update:
Jobs: School Nurse, Psych Supervisor, Private Scrub Nurse, Med/Surgery Supervisor,Ortho/GU/Derm Nurse Manager 2000-2004 at UIHC. I retired in June of 2004. I developed Follicular Non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2003. On December 28, 2008, I had a so far successful stem cell transplant. My husband, Chris, & I have raised and put "3 sons" thru college. We lost our anacephalic daughter in '66. We love to travel & take grandkids out West and to Canada. I work hourly in RWJ Falls Study-research. I love working in the first magnet hospital in Iowa

Memory:
The best class was Public Health in Des Moines as that is where I met the love of my life, my husband. I remember those 4 years as intense and mainly that I was giving a bath on C-33 when Kennedy was shot. Living in Westlawn Dorm and walking the tunnel in the winter was very memorable. The thing I hated was walking across the Iowa River to class during the Winter.

Kay (Accola) Strobel

Personal Update:
I’ve worked in hospital in-service, Public Health physician office & I taught nursing assistants. My last 15 years before retirement I worked in medical management coordinating, Dr. appointments,  therapies, insurance coverage & modification to work place. In retirement my husband & I enjoy travel. We’ve attended 13 elder hostels including several international trips. We enjoy biking, skiing & swimming & are active at our YMCA. We also travel in our RV, have a time share in Hawaii & a condo in Vail, CO. We have 3 grown sons & 9 grandchildren in MN & WI. We live in what originally was our cabin on the Mississippi River & enjoy watching eagles & other migrating flocks & feeding other birds.

Memory:
I enjoyed my time on the Union Board representing the College of Nursing because of contacts with top students in other colleges & seeing names of many of those students in the new of state offices, congress & the world of arts & athletics. Religion classes as electives have been most memorable through the years.

Deborah Tyler

Personal Update:
I completed my masters in Public Health from Loma Linda University in San Bernadine, CA. I have been employed by the Kern County (CA) Dept. of Public Health for 30 years—starting as a PHNI to Assistant Director of Nursing. I have 2 daughters, Tammy and Katie, and two granddaughters, Karlie and Harper. I was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau as a community member for my work with AIDS patients—a case manager and then director of the project.

Memory:
We decorated our dorm doors at Christmas. At finals time there was always a bridge game going somewhere on the floor. To get to our section of the dorm we had to go through the snack bar. We frequently stopped to get a scoop of chocolate ice cream topped with marshmallow cream. We averaged 4 miles a day to and from classes. I had great roommates for my 3 years and am still in contact with 3 of the 5 of them.

Lorainne Kruse

Personal Update:
I was a teacher in Santa Clara, CA in 1959-1960. I married Dr. Bruce T. Kruse in Iowa in 1960. I was a substitute teacher in Macomb, IL from 1973-1980 after that. I got my masters degree at Western Illinois University in 1984. I was the academic enrichment coordinator in St. Cloud, MN from 1988-1991. I was the field service director for the department of education in St. Paul, MN. I have three children—one attorney, one civil engineer, and one music educator.

Memory:
I worked as head resident at Westlawn Dormitory—then a student nursing dormitory. I worked one summer for Dr. Lindquist. Mrs. Kathryn Moon, a housemother at Westlawn was a very special mentor.

Andreas Garnes

Personal Update:
I retired in 2002 from the Federal highway Administration, and then served for 5 years as director of the Ohio Asphalt Paving Conference. I now do volunteer work for Boy Scouts, our church, and Red Cross Disaster Services. I married Sara Schindler Garnes (BA 1960, retired professor from Ohio State University) in Danforth Chapel. We frequently make trips back home to Norway and recently to France, Italy, Mexico and Antarctica.

Memory:
I worked as a draftsman in the Physics Department during the heyday of the Van Allen radiation belt research—exciting!

James H. Meyer

Personal Update:
I received a BA in zoology in 1959 at Iowa and got interested in Science education and have largely been involved with this endeavor for the past fifty years. I have graduate degrees from Indiana University and the University of Michigan. Biology teaching has taken me to many locales including Illinois, Colorado, Michigan, Iowa, Washington, and Oregon. At this time I continue to teach at a community college in Oregon.  A major portion of my career was spent teaching and being a science department chair at Cedar Falls High School in Iowa. About 15 years ago, my wife Pat and I decided to move to the Pacific Northwest to enjoy the environment that we had frequented on numerous summer vacations. After 43 years of marriage we continue to enjoy exploring this region together. We have one son who is an architect in Madison, WI.

Memory:
Professor J. Kollros and (at the time) teaching assistant R. Kessel of the zoology department along with Professor R. Yager of science education were extremely helpful in academically orienting and directing a new transfer student (me).  The student union was always a great place to “hang out”. For the times it was a very comprehensive college facility. The camaraderie of the Quadrangle was also a positive experience.

Mary Slofer

Personal Update:
I married Iowa grad Bernie Slofer in 1959 in Munich Germany. He was a career army engineer officer. We moved 20 times in 30 years, living from Germany to Hawaii to California to Maine. Nursing was a good professional choice. I was able to work at Evanston Hospital when he was on tour to Vietnam & Thailand. We retired in Maine, and are busy with volunteer work, travel, gardening and cooking.

Carole Starrett McWilliams

Personal Update:
In the summer of 1959 I married Erik McWilliams who also graduated from S.U.I. that year. We have raised three children and have two grandchildren. My nursing degree from Iowa allowed me to work when my husband was in graduate school and when the children were older. I retired from nursing in 2000 and now enjoy two book clubs, yoga practice and classes for seniors at the Johns Hopkins campus nearby.

Memory:
My fondest memory has to be my sectional modern literature class held in one of the quonset huts, where I met my future husband, in the fall of 1956. The class ended just before lunch, so we could walk together up Clinton St. toward our respective residences.

Being a member of the Scottish Highlanders and performing at home games was always a highlight. Going to the Rose Bowl in 1957
was a special treat.

Erik McWilliams

Personal Update:
Carole Starrett and I married in 1959, then I entered the Air Force and we spent a year in Chicago, where I studied meteorology. After forecasting weather for 2 years in Tennessee, we moved back to Chicago, where I obtained an M.S. in mathematics and worked in the computation center. After directing computing at Cornell and R and D programs at the NSF, I obtained a PhD from Maryland and ran my own computer business for 20 years. We also raised 2 sons and a daughter, and have 2 grandchildren.

Memory:
Math classes by professors Oberg and Armentrout were pretty influential in my life. I also enjoyed classes in physics and literature. Watching SUI football and basketball games was a delight, particularly since our teams were so strong. My fondest memories are those from the Memorial Union or other sites where Carole Starrett and I talked, danced, and fell in love during a 3-year courtship. (But I also miss the delicious sausage subs from Bob's Dairy Bar. I've yet never found their equal!)

Carolyn Marner Kacena

Personal Update:
I last worked as a nurse in 1974 when we moved from Iowa City to Burlington. I have been active in family business the last several years just with rental units. I enjoy studying and collecting antiques—mainly Flow Blue and Flower Frogs. I am active in supporting the local historical museums and helping at the library. I play bridge, take yoga lessons, and travel. Our family of 5 children has grown to 11 grandkids and 3 great grandchildren. My husband Jim died last April, 2008. This year 2 granddaughters are graduating in nursing. One finishing the new masters program here at UI.

Memory:
Since Iowa City was my home town it was interesting to get acquainted with the campus and buildings that I had seen all my life but not been in. I think the variety of our student experience—moving from one area to another throughout the last two years was especially rewarding in preparing for after graduation work.

William Whitney

Personal Update:
Career: Iowa BA, 1959; Harvard PhD, 1968; Assistant Professor of Economics, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1964-1974; Associate Director, Wharton Undergraduate Division 1974-2000; Founder and Director, Joseph Wharton Scholars Honors Program, 1988-2000; Semi-retired since 2000; Lecturer in Business & Public Policy, 2000-present; Wharton Ombudsman, 2001-present.
Family: Married Dr. Joan Greenhouse Whitney (Director of the Villanova University psychological Counseling Center), 1975. Daughters Jenni (Seattle) and Katie (Portland, OR) and son Andrew (White Plains, NY). Three grandchildren.
Hobbies: Travel, Golf, Reading, Logic Puzzles

Memory:
Before the computer age, registration for courses was conducted in the old armory, where each academic department issued permits into open courses. An informal chat with Professor Paul Olson, chairman of the Economics Department, persuaded me to fill out my sophomore schedule with his section of the introductory course. That led to an economics major at Iowa, to graduate school at Harvard on a Danforth Fellowship, and to forty-five years spent in teaching and administration at the University of Pennsylvania. A less cordial interaction with Professor Olson could easily have resulted in me selecting a course in another department and thereby embarking on an altogether different career path.

Cheryl (Immerfall) Allen

Personal Update:
MSN 1989. I taught ADN program for 19 years, retired 5/08. Now I am working on my "Bucket List" of travels (Hawaii), activities (biking trips), and family (ID, FL, WI).

Memory:
Crossing campus from Burge Hall through any building that was warm (chemistry, Union) in the winter to go across the river for early 7 AM hospital clinicals. Working a 3-11 clinical, walking back to the Nurse's dorm through the tunnel and hurrying past the Psych hallway.
Hoopla of football, Homecoming, and yellow mums. Graduation bonfire in the dorm parking lot.

Tom Burrows

Personal Update:
I was with a commission through the UI ROTC, two years in the infantry, with the reserve in Iowa City while in Law school. I practiced law in Daytona Beach, FL and then at Merritt Island FL. I am now semi-retired and traveling the world. I have children in North Carolina and Florida. I have four grandchildren.

Memory:
We all recall Iowa playing in—and winning—the Rose Bowl game on January 1, 1957. But the good times began earlier, in the fall of 1956.

I was earning a little picket money ushering at Hawkeye football games that fall. So there I was wearing black and old gold helping with crowd control on Saturday, November 17, 1956. The Ohio State buckeyes were on the field playing our underdog Hawkeye’s coached by Forest Evashevski. After the thrilling win, I was one of those fanatic fans on the field and then, somehow, on top of the north goal post. The only crowd control that seemed appropriate at the time was to tear down that goal post. Our Hawkeye’s were Big Ten champs and we were headed to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena—a dream trip. I didn’t personally carry that broken pipe, symbol of victory, to the Airliner, but it got there. I could not have been any prouder of my team and the University of Iowa.

Every time I see a rerun of the movie “The Music Man”, a fond memory of Meredith Wilson in Iowa City springs forth. As a journalism major and reporter on the Daily Iowan, I drew the assignment to cover the evening event for The Daily Iowan. I was no music critic, but knew that Iowa born Meredith Wilson wrote The Iowa Fight Song in 1950, and led the Hawkeye Marching Band at the Rose Bowl. Wilson soon had us all entranced with the timing, rhythm and lines that we Iowans living in a river city appreciated. Even as a jock, I knew this was fun and why he had scored a hit, even if I didn’t know how to express this in technical music terms. I still recall fondly the essence of the lead paragraph in the morning edition of the Daily Iowan: “Meredith Wilson charmed an Iowa City audience last night with “The Music Man.” I am still charmed.

Diane Forsek Oostendorp

Personal Update:
I married Virgil (BA 1964) two weeks after graduation. He’s in the insurance business. I worked for Hines V.A. (orthopedics) for four years and re4tired from Hinsdale hospital in December 2008. I remain on casual status. I’ve been staff nurse, supervisor, and currently Case Manager. We have been blessed with three daughters; Kristin, a first grade teacher, Heather, a speech pathologist, and Kimberly, a physical therapist. All have master’s degrees, are married and live in the area. We have nine grandchildren, the oldest a sophomore at Iowa!

Memory:
I remember Whetstone’s drug, Kessler’s pizza (grand hamburger dinner plate size), The Airliner, Hamburg #1 & #2—the best burger in town. Curfews for dorm and driving 90 mph from Nichols. New Burge Hall (my granddaughter lived there her first year), Westlawn, walking across the river, watching TV in the basement of Westlawn with my future spouse, making popcorn to take to the movies to save money, public health rotation out in “no where” (Downey?). Catheterizing my first male patient, burning homecoming monuments in front of Old Capitol, yellow mum corsages at homecoming.

Virginia Krejcie Humble Bureau

Personal Update:
After my graduation in 1959 I taught English and Social Studies in the Minneapolis and Denver public schools.

I married twice. My first husband, William Humble, was a DU and we moved to Denver immediately after our marriage. Sadly, Bill died in a freeway accident a few years later. We had 1 daughter. I married Ben Bureau some years later and moved with him back to the Twin Cities where we had 2 sons. Another tragic accident took my daughter’s life when her college apartment caught fire and she succumbed to smoke inhalation.

I took a position with the Minneapolis Star Tribune and later became a development representative at Twin Cities Public Television. In December my post as development director for a non-profit was eliminated due to the weakened economy.

Now I can spend more time with my 5 grandchildren. Life continues to be good. I salute all of my fellow graduates in this 50th anniversary year with a short prayer: May your needs be few and your joys many!

Memory:
My fondest memories of the four years I spent at the UI are 1956-1959, that I lived in the Alpha Chi Omega sorority house. I met my future husband, William Humble, when he attended a party at my sorority house with his Delta Upsilon brothers. Bill proposed on New Year’s Eve 1960 and we were married in August. Our only child, Laura, was born on Halloween 1961.

Bill died in an accident in 1965 but the University of Iowa brought us together and for that I will always be grateful

Alvin E. Nelson

Personal Update:
Retired as V.P. from a wholesale hardware firm in Omaha.

Susann Shinkle

Personal Update:
I married Terry Shinkle (’57 BA) in 1959. He died in 2006. I moved to the Kansas City area in ’59, where I’ve been ever since. I have two children—Stacey Van Bogaert, born 1960 (’83 BA, Northwestern) and Jay David Shinkle, born 1963 (’86 BA, Iowa). I have five grandsons. In 1974 I got a MA at the University of Kansas and taught med-surg. Nursing for 25 years. Since retirement I spend my time: as a Docent at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (which I’ve done for over 25 years), volunteering with the Kansas City Symphony Alliance (I’m President Elect this year), and serving on the board of Pets-for-Life, the organization which sponsors my two therapy dogs who visit hospitals, nursing homes, and schools. They are also certified Reading Education Assistance dogs, who read with kids at schools, libraries, and community centers. I love to travel. I went to Paris last year with the Iowa Voyagers and my daughter and I are going to Germany this summer.
 
Memory:
I remember:

  • Living in Currier Hall, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority House, and Westlawn. Riding on the “gold Train’ to the 1957 Rose Bowl game, where my husband and I had our first date, and watching Iowa beat Oregon State 35 to 19.
  • Going to local landmarks such as Whetstones’s Drugstore, The airliner, Kessler’s, Bob’s Dairy Bar, Joe’s, Hamburg Inns--#1 & #2, The Lark, Shannon’s, The Lighthouse, and John’s Grocery Store where we bought supplies for picnics at Lake McBride.
  • Needing “passes” to go home on weekends. Hurrying back to the dorms by the curfew hour and getting “late minutes” when we didn’t make it in time. Never really understanding what “senior hours” were.
  • Watching my first two deliveries, which amazingly were both sets of twins. I was convinced that they must all come in twos. Making up names for the premies—I still remember one we called Rex, because he looked like Rex Harrison. I also remember the first time a patient that I was taking care of died.
  • Embarrassing myself by asking Dr. Paul to sweep up broken glass, when I thought he was the janitor. Which he graciously did! And having Dr. Lawrence play Santa Clause for us at Westlawn.
  • Trudging through 16” of snow to make home visits, while on Public Health in Des Moines during a record snowy February. Going to Babe’s for pizza on the weekends during that same rotation.
  • Also, best of all, I remember feeling very proud of being an Iowa graduate during my career in nursing!
Leo W. Riegel

Personal Update:
I spent my entire 43 year working career with John Deere as a manufacturing engineer, in both Horicon, WI and Des Moines, IA. I retired in 2001 and moved to Denver, Co. My wife and I both enjoy skiing and biking as a pastime.

Robert O. Johann

Personal Update:
I have an M.A. degree in Educational Administration from 1959. I retired from the Cedar Rapids Community Schools in 183. I was in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1948. I graduated from Upper Iowa in 1948 with a B.S. degree. I have traveled all the states except Alaska and also Europe. My wife is deceased—1977. We have 3 children, Shirley, Alan, Karen, 3 grandchildren, Jason, Kristin and Juliana and one great granddaughter—Makenzie.

Memory:
Sitting under a tree by East Hall with 3 classmates and opened the letter that read—You have passed all the requirements for your Master of Arts Degree, and the graduation ceremonies in Hancher Auditorium. Following “Hawkeye Football” which I still do, and also basketball.

Marilyn Wright Gingles

Personal Update:
I have retired from nursing. I worked in the surgical field for many years. My husband Don and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary this year. We made our 19th move into a new home on a golf course in northern Florida. I keep busy with golf, competitive croquet, mah jongg, bocce, book club, church and travel. Our children live in Iowa City and Lafayette, California. I am blessed to have great friends and neighbors, a loving family, good health and five wonderful grandchildren.

Mary K. Stoufer

Personal Update:
I was married in 1959 to Don Stoufer (Capt. USN Ret) class of 1961. We have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. I retired in 2003 from the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md. Where I held supervisor positions in mother/infant Health Care Dept. Now we travel, participate in community service and support the arts, especially music education in the Washington DC area.

Memory:
Prof. Weber—World Civ—made history come alive and was sooo good looking. There was very little relaxing in the college of nursing in those days. Just getting our multiple buttoned and pinned uniform together took ages—not to mention a proper starch job on the cap!

Katie “Fowler” Butler

Personal Update:
I have been married almost fifty years. We have a son and daughter in law plus a daughter and son in law plus four grandchildren all living in Missouri. Since graduating I’ve worked on pediatrics, obstetrics, med/surg., E.R. and house supervisor. I also taught in both an LPN and RN program. The last 27 years I was head nurse in the Jefferson City Public Schools. The University of Iowa prepared me for all these positions. My husband, Gordon (a 1959 University of Iowa grad), was a hospital administrator.

Memory:
My first day as a student on “the ward” I observed the insertion of a nasal gastric tube! I nearly fainted! Mrs. Lorenz (my favorite teacher0 told me later she was concerned I wouldn’t make it—and when I did she was proud of me! She was so inspiring! She greatly disliked it when someone used the term “nursing training”. She would correct us saying “You train seals! You are receiving a Nursing Education! WOW!

Richard B. Greene

Personal Update:
I earned my MSHC after Iowa at Trinity University, San Antonio Texas. Over a 30 year career, I served as Administrator of The Williamsport Hospital in Pennsylvania for 16 years. I am a certified LIFE DIPLOMATE in the American College of healthcare Executives. I recently moved from our country home and 180 acre mountain site to a new city condo. I have spent winters in Scottsdale, AZ for over 12 years and am planning on trying Florida due to less travel distance. I enjoyed traveling twice to Europe attending Kiwanis International Conventions. I served two separate terms as President, one with Knights of Columbus locally.  I received Silver Beaver and St. George Awards for Distinguished Service To Youth from Boy Scouts of America in 1978. We now have four great-grandsons; our children live in Arkansas, Iowa, Montana and Pennsylvania. All have completed college in those states and now provide terrific vacation settings. Today would be my parents 100th Wedding Anniversary. No TV, cell phone, computer, electricity, car, airplane or credit card available to them on that date. I try to job daily, golf weekly and carve (birds, fish, animals) when I have time. Bow and arrow provided enjoyable hunting, when I fish I keep them, no catch and release as practiced with our children. Reading and playing cards provide my greatest relaxation.

Memory:
Eligible for married student housing thru the GI bill (Korean vet), I arrived with my belongings at Riverside park, now Hancher Auditorium in time to claim the last available rental unit. We lived across from Cal and Darlene Phelps (BSC Mktg), Harry and Betty Schwartz (PhD Pharm) who were influential to me along with Carroll Lusk (BSC Mktg). We had the pleasure of somewhat private pedestrian bridge crossing to and from the main campus. The best classes were summer school and the last full semester carrying 18 hours, studying at the library, working part time at Pickart Mattress in Coralville. The instructors in Business Statistics, Advertising and Marketing did a great job conveying the material pertaining to my major. Athletic activities following basketball teams including Don Nelson and the unfulfilled prospects of high school teammates Hawking (Connie) and Hankins as Freshmen was spectacular while it lasted. Forrest Evasheskie (sp?) elevated the football program with teammates of Alex Karas and a Rose Bowl quarterback. Wrestling was entering a long journey of success, not to slight other sporting activities. Hands down fondest memory for me was hearing the UI band playing “Pomp and Circumstance” when we marched in the Field House on Graduation Day.

Mary Jo Bennett (Peitzman)

Personal Update:
School nurse at Bondurant-Farrar schools for 23 years. I am now retired. My husband, Carroll, and I have been married for 50 years in July. We have four sons, 11 grandchildren. We have a family total of 13 UI degrees.  We have traveled extensively in the U.S. and foreign countries.

Memory:
Dances at the Memorial Union—Louie Armstrong, Les & Larry Elgant, Ray Anthony, the Dorsey Band etc.  Attending football games “in uniform” then dashing over to the hospital to work. The excitement of our “capping ceremony” and putting on our uniforms the first time. Sharing such times with my roommate Judy Crawford who became a lifetime good friend until her death this December.

Romaine “Ben” L. Bendixen

Personal Update:
After medical school I spent 10 years as a physician and flight surgeon/fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy. After the Navy, I spent 30 ½ years of family practice in Denison, Iowa, retiring 22 November 2002. We had 4 children: Anne, John, Mary, & Amy. I spent 1979-1989 in the Sioux City, Iowa Air National Guard. My wife, Jan, and I have been married 13 years and moved to Coralville 28 May 2008.
 
Memory:
I will never forget the emotions I felt during the welcoming address by President Hancher on the west steps of Old Capitol. In the fall of 1955 everybody seemed to be “pre-med”. The confusion and dust of my first registration at the old Field House seems still fresh in my mind.

Lynn Schneider Bernstien

Personal Update:
Taught English and Reading in Davenport, Council Bluffs, and Richardson, Texas. Married for 35 years to Mark S. Bernstien, M.D of Omaha. Mark practices OB-gyn in Dallas. Two wonderful sons. Aaron, Tulane graduate, owns Lincoln Energy Services in Chicago. Joel is a resident physician at UNC Chapel Hill and is married to Megan, who he met at the University of Virginia. For eight years I have worked in Human Resources for Neiman Marcus; training employees, and continue decades of volunteer work.

Memory:
David Morrell, American Literature professor and now a prolific, award-winning author was most influential. Taught literature from perspective of form and content. Worked at D & K Bootery, The Vine, and was a life guard at City Park. Loved the Liner, The Wheel Room, Hawkeye sports, Hawkeye Band. Studied too hard, and remember the turbulent years of the Viet Nam War, the campus protests, the National Guard. Best honor: Tapped for Mortar Board. Biggest regret: Did not attend graduation.

Marvin L. Hiddleson "Marv"

Personal Update:
I can not believe fifty years have passed. That must make me old, however, I do not think of myself being old. I have lived in the Des Moines/West Des Moines area since graduation. With an accounting major and having passed the CPA examination the first time, I have had employment at Iowa-Des Moines National Bank (now Wells Fargo), Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co (now KPMG), American Federal Savings and Loan Association of Iowa, Savings and Loan Computer Trust (now FiServ) and The Dana Company.

Memory:
I especially remember various accounting classes with Billy Barnes and Gil Maynard as instructors. Billy was an x Price Waterhouse employee, and he constantly mentioned Price Waterhouse, this and Price Waterhouse that. Gil's enuciaciation will always be remembered. I appreciate Billy being instrumental in the building of Carver Hawkeye arena, as basketball and football at Iowa have been an important part of the life of my wife, Ruth and me. I enjoy being an officer of the Central Iowa Alumni.

 

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