Edwin G. Lawrence, emeritus associate professor of philosophical studies, died Dec. 27 at his sister’s home in Seward, Neb., where he was under hospice care. He had just turned 75 in December.
In 1969, Lawrence joined SIUE as an instructor of philosophical studies in what was known then as the Humanities Division. He was named associate professor in 1979.
During his tenure at SIUE, Lawrence received a summer fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to further his research at The Ohio State University in Later Platonism and the Philosophy of Aristotle. He also participated in what was then known as Off Campus Programs by working with the developmentally disabled at Alton Mental Health Center. He retired from SIUE in 2002.
An avid violinist and a violin maker by hobby, Lawrence also was a member of the SIUE Symphony Orchestra for many years.
Before coming to SIUE, Lawrence had been a mathematics, physics and chemistry instructor in Milwaukee and Chicago high schools and a college instructor at Valparaiso (Ind.) University, Purdue University, Concordia Seminary in Melrose Park and the University of Wisconsin at Wausau.
He earned a diploma at Concordia Junior College in 1951 in Milwaukee, and a bachelor of arts in theology in 1953 and a bachelor of divinity in 1956, both at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. Lawrence went on to receive a master’s in theology in 1957 at Washington University in St. Louis and a doctorate in Philosophy and Greek at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
A memorial service is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Edwardsville. Eulogies and remembrances may be shared during a reception after the service.
Kermit Grover Clemans, one of the pioneer mathematics faculty and a former dean of what was then known as the Division of Science and Technology, died Dec. 27 at Maryville Manor nursing home. He was 85.
A native of North Dakota, Clemans was a statistician for the U.S. Naval Ordnance Test Station at China Lake, Calif., before joining the Department of Mathematics in 1959 as a professor at SIU’s East St. Louis Residence Center. The following year he was named head of what was then known as the Science Division.
In 1964, Clemans was named interim chair of applied science when the University underwent a restructuring. Two years later he was named dean of what was then known as the Science and Technology Division. Clemans retired in 1987.
In addition to his work with the Navy from 1953-59, Clemans had been a lecturer at UCLA and an instructor both at the University of Oregon and Willamette University.
He earned a bachelor of science in mathematics and physics in 1943 at Jamestown College, a master’s in physics in 1948 at the University of Minnesota and a doctorate in math in 1953 at the University of Oregon.
A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at Irwin Chapel of Glen Carbon, I-270 and Illinois 159. Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Southern Illinois, 305 S. Illinois, Belleville, IL 62220.
Shirley Carter Dunn of Edwardsville, a retired admissions clerk, died Dec. 14 at her residence. She was 78.
Dunn was an admissions clerk at SIUE and at the SIU School of Dental Medicine in Alton for 25 years, retiring in 1993. Her memberships included the Eden United Church of Christ, Order of Eastern Star 667, and the Madison County Genealogical Society.
Visitation and funeral services took place Dec. 18 at Saksa Mateer Funeral Home in Edwardsville; burial was in Valley View Cemetery,also in Edwardsville.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Hospital, Shriner’s Children’s Hospital or to the Madison County Genealogical Society.
White joined the University in October 1981 and retired in April 1995. Visitation is from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. services Saturday, Dec. 16, at Mount Joy Baptist Church in Edwardsville. Cathy M. Williams and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Robert F. Erickson, one of the “pioneer” faculty members of the Southwestern Illinois Campus of SIU and SIUE emeritus professor of Historical Studies, died Nov. 30 at his home in Davidson, NC. He had just celebrated his 83rd birthday on Oct. 10.
He joined SIU in 1958 as an assistant professor of Historical Studies and shortly thereafter became chief academic advisor at SIU’s East St. Louis Residence Center. Erickson was named acting head of what was then known as the Social Sciences Division in 1961 to replace Herbert Rosenthal who in turn was assigned to administrative duties for the vice president of operations. Erickson was named to the permanent Social Sciences position in 1963. Erickson returned to full-time teaching in 1965. He later became chair of the Department of Historical Studies and in 1979 was named acting dean of the School of Social Sciences.
A native of Chicago, Erickson earned a baccalaureate in history at Cornell University in 1948 and a master's and a doctorate, both in history, at the University of Illinois in 1951 and 1955, respectively. He was a member of the history faculty at Butler University in Indianapolis before coming to SIU. Both Erickson’s undergraduate and graduate studies were interrupted when he served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean Conflict, respectively.
Burial took place in the military cemetery in Salisbury, NC. He is survived by his wife, Sara, and three sons. Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Sara Erickson, 403 Northwest Drive, Davidson, NC 28036.
Bonnie Jean Chenoweth, retired SIUE payroll clerk, died at 12:15 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2, at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield, just four days after her husband, Charles, died. She was 68.
Bonnie Chenoweth first came to SIUE as a temporary Civil Service employee in 1982-83, joining the permanent staff as a typing clerk in the SIUE Bookstore the following year. She transferred to Procurement as a clerk in 1986 and became a payroll clerk in 1989. She retired from SIUE in 1996.
A graduate of Roxana High School, Chenoweth attended Eastern Illinois University. Before coming to SIUE, she was a bookkeeper for Fairfax Mobile Homes and payroll director at Wood River Printing and Publisher.
Chenoweth was a member of St. Timothy United Methodist Church, Wood River First United Methodist Church, the Wood River Heritage Council and was a troop leader for the Girl Scouts of America. She also was the Alton area coordinator for the Marriage Encounter group.
Visitation is scheduled from 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, until a 2 p.m. joint memorial service for her and her husband, at Marks Mortuary in Wood River. The Rev. Mark Schleeter will officiate. Burial will follow at Woodland Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Wood River Heritage Council or the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Janet Kay McReynolds, the retired associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs who may be most remembered for her tireless efforts in coordinating SIUE commencement exercises for more than 20 years, died Monday, Sept. 25, at Belleville Memorial Hospital after a bout with cancer. She was 67.
McReynolds retired in June 2003 but returned as an assistant to the provost’s office, leaving the University in December 2004.
A native of Ottumwa, Iowa, McReynolds earned a bachelor’s in Sociology in 1960 at Iowa Wesleyan College and a master of science in English education at Central Missouri State University in 1968. She also earned a specialist’s degree in supervision and reading at CMSU in 1967. In 1971, McReynolds completed a doctorate in English education at SIU Carbondale.
McReynolds went on to receive a master’s in management in 1977 from what was then known as Webster College.
She began her career as an instructor in Iowa high schools, moving to higher education in 1965 as an assistant professor of freshman English and American literature at William Penn College in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
As a graduate assistant at CMSU, McReynolds taught freshman composition and reading until 1968 when she became a graduate student at SIUC, where she taught undergraduate courses in reading and secondary education until 1971.
She also served as an instructor at Rend Lake College in Ina and an associate professor of teacher education at McKendree College in Lebanon, where she also was chair of the Division of Teacher Education.
In 1977 she joined the faculty at SIUE as an assistant professor in the University’s Experiment in Higher Education program (EHE) at the East St. Louis Center. The EHE was considered an innovative academic program operated by SIUE between 1966 and 1979. Begun under the direction of Hyman F. Frankel, the EHE concept was targeted at high school graduates from low-income families and featured “teacher-counselers,” a curriculum tailored to underprepared students, and a system of work-study jobs to provide practical work experience.
Five years later, McReynolds was named coordinator of curriculum and research in SIUE’s Academic Resource Center. She became assistant to the provost and vice president (now vice chancellor) for academic affairs in 1982, with several duties including coordinator of the University’s commencement ceremonies, SIUE Honors Day (later Honors Convocation), and PREVIEW SIUE.
She became associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs in 1996.
McReynolds also may be remembered, among her many accomplishments at SIUE, as coordinator and co-founder of what came to be known as Weekend University. McReynolds also reviewed English textbooks for publishers McGraw-Hill and Prentice-Hall.
Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. The funeral will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29, also at Lakeview Memorial Gardens. Interment will take place Sunday, Oct. 1, in McCormick Cemetery, Highland Center, Iowa.
Memorials may be made to Family Hospice.
Alfred Kahn, an emeritus professor of Geography, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, of complications from leukemia at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo. He was 82.
Joining the University in 1967 as a faculty member in what was then known as the Department of Earth Sciences, Geography and Planning, Kahn also was named associate director of the old Center for Urban and Environmental Research and Services (CUERS) and later director of that unit When CUERS was combined in 1987 with the Office of Area Development, headed by Robert Koepke, to become the Office of Regional Research and Development Services (RRDS), Kahn and Koepke were named associate directors of the new unit with Lew Bender as director. Kahn retired from the University in 1989.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Kahn served in the European Theater during World War II in the U.S. Army infantry, earning the Purple Heart. He earned a bachelor's in economics in 1947 at New York University and a master of science in Public Administration and Planning in 1954 at the University of Denver. He also studied at the University of Texas in Austin and at Rutgers.
Kahn had been a planner with the New Jersey Department of Conservation, and the Kansas City, Mo., city plan commission before moving came to St. Louis in 1956 an assistant director of the St. Louis County Planning Commission and a research associate with the St. Louis Metropolitan Survey. From 1963-66 he also was an instructor at Washington University in St. Louis where he taught urban planning and land utilization.
For five decades, Kahn was an environmental activist. He was the first president of the Jewish Environmental Initiative and a founder of the interfaith group, Voices for Survival.
Kahn may have been best known during the early 1970s as program director of an air pollution study, funded with a $94,000 National Science Foundation grant to SIUE. The study—involving Washington University and Saint Louis University schools of medicine—showed cigarette smoking was more of a concern in controlling carbon monoxide problems in the region. Kahn's findings showed that ambient carbon monoxide, largely from vehicle exhaust, “did not appear” to have more than a “minor effect on the levels of humans” in the St. Louis Area.
The study also found that 92.2 percent of the participants, whose blood had two percent saturation, were smokers, industrial workers or both. Of those participants with three percent or more carboxyhemoglobin (a cause of heart disease), 97 percent were smokers, industrial workers or both. Kahn maintained that “further reduction of ambient (carbon monoxide) levels would not have any appreciable effect on the carbon monoxide burden in our St. Louis regional population.”
As part of the findings, Kahn decried the catalytic converter on cars as a way to reduce carbon monoxide levels (the EPA had recently called for the device to be put on all vehicles), but called instead for a ban on smoking in public places, more use of public transportation and car pooling.
Internment took place Friday, Sept. 15, at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, 7500 Olive Blvd., St. Louis. Memorial contributions may be made to the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, 6267 Delmar Blvd., Suite 2E, St. Louis, MO 63130, or the Jewish Environmental Initiative, (314) 442-3894.
Barbara Jo ‘Bobbie’ (O’Neal) Walston, formerly a chief clerk in Audio-Visual Services, died Friday, Aug. 25, at Bethalto Care Center. She was 75.
O’Neal joined the University in 1968 as a bookkeeping machine operator in Administrative Accounting, but left a year later. She returned in 1970 as a secretary and by 1975 she had become chief clerk in A-V, where she remained until retiring in 1986.
The funeral was conducted at Christian Church in Wood River on Tuesday, Aug. 29. Burial took place at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.
Memorials may be made to Christian Church’s building fund.
William Howard “Bill” Bond Jr., retired admissions and records officer, died Tuesday, Aug. 22. He was 69.
Bond joined the University in 1964 as assistant to the registrar and became assistant recorder shortly thereafter. He then joined the Office of Admissions and Records, where he retired in 1996.
He earned a marketing degree at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1961.
A private funeral service was conducted by Marks Mortuary in Wood River.
Homer Cox, a professor who taught business education at SIUE in what was then known as the Business Division from 1967 until his retirement in December 1978, died May 12 in Sun City, Ariz. He was 93.
A native of Jonesboro, Tenn., Cox had been a professor of business communication at Bowling Green State University in Ohio for a year before coming to SIUE. He also was an associate professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder and at Northwestern University in Chicago. Cox taught high school in Nokomis, Park Ridge, Jerseyville, and Elmhurst before turning to higher education.
He earned a degree at Illinois State University in 1936 and a master’s and a doctorate in business education, both at Northwestern, in 1945 and 1955, respectively.
Michael Davis, formerly an events coordinator in the Office of Campus Recreation, died Sunday, July 16, at his residence in St. Louis, after a long illness. He was 47.
A native of Chicago, Davis went on to graduate from SIUE in 1987 with a bachelor of science in business. He joined the staff at the Vadalabene Center two years later as an audio-visual/special events technician and then moved to Campus Recreation in 1990 as a coordinator. He went on disability in 2000 because of his health.
Family members said Michael was not only devoted to his family but also was a committed basketball coach and mentor to many. They added that he showed “unselfish allegiance” to those he instructed in the game.
Visitation is scheduled for 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, at the White House Chapel, 10192 Halls Ferry Road, St. Louis. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 20, at St. Alphonsus Liguori “Rock” Catholic Church, 1118 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis. (The "Rock" Church is about a mile north of I-64/40 and 2.5 miles south of I-70, at the corner of Cook and Grand).
Memorials may be made to the Lymphona Research Society, 111 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10006.
Mennell Harvey Taylor Sr. of Pleasant Grove, Utah, a retired instructor of Educational Leadership, died Sunday, June 18, in Provo, Utah. He was 68. He is survived by his wife, Velma Whetten, of 48 years.
He earned a bachelor’s in Anthropology in 1960 at Brigham Young University and a master’s in Spanish Languages and Literature and Philosophy of Education, also at BYU, in1963. Taylor did doctoral work in comparative education and Latin American Studies at the University of Illinois. He also did advanced graduate studies at Wayne State University in multi-cultural education and linguistics from 1978-80.
Taylor joined SIUE in 1967 in what was then known as the Education Division. He retired as an instructor of Educational Leadership in the SIUE School of Education in 1998. Before joining SIUE, he was an archaeologist for the Amerind Foundation in Mexico and worked throughout Central and South America as a consultant.
Visitation is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Olpin Family Mortuary and from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the Pleasant Grove (Utah) Stake Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Interment will be in Goshen City Cemetery.
Katherine Dunham, emerita University professor for the SIU system and retired adjunct faculty member in the SIUE Department of Anthropology, died Sunday in her apartment on the Upper West Side of New York City. She would have been 97 next month.
A native of Chicago, Miss Dunham—after a storied 35-year, worldwide career as a dancer and choreographer in the theater and in film—came to the SIU Carbondale campus in 1964 when she was invited to choreograph a student opera. It was during that time she first visited East St. Louis, which was to become her second home and base of operations. In 1967, Miss Dunham was appointed visiting artist-in-residence in what was then known as the Fine Arts Division of SIUE. She became a University Professor and adjunct professor of Anthropology in 1975 She retired in 1982.
Miss Dunham founded the Katherine Dunham Center for Performing Arts at SIUE’s East St. Louis Center, when it was located in the old Broadview Hotel, 411 E. Broadway, and also the Dynamic Museum, also in East St. Louis. Later, it was named the Katherine Dunham Dynamic Museum, 1005 Pennsylvania Avenue.
The Kennedy Center Honor was bestowed on Miss Dunhan in 1983, for her long service to the arts, and she was awarded a National Medal of Arts at the White House. The American Dance Festival presented her with its Samuel H. Scripps Award in 1986, and in 1987 the Alvin Ailey Dance Company created a retrospective, “The Magic of Katherine Dunham.” These are only a small example of the many awards and honors she received throughout her career.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a birthday celebration was being planned for Miss Dunham's 97th birthday at the Missouri History Museum. The event was set for next month, the Post noted, and was to include performers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico and Afriky Lolo.
Miss Dunham appeared on the SIUE campus in November—speaking in the hall which was named for her in 1998—as she took part in the Festival of the Black Arts Movement on the SIUE campus and in other venues in the St. Louis Area.
The festival was sponsored by the University through Drumvoices Revue, a multicultural literary journal published by the Department of English Language and Literature, and the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club of East St. Louis. The festival also featured jazz saxophonist Hamiett Bluiett and area poets, such as Melba Boyd, Jayne Cortez, Sherman Fowler, and K. Curtis Lyle. Also appearing with Miss Dunham was a drum ensemble.
During her career as an anthropologist, Miss Dunham anticipated the way anthropologists treat research today by documenting her relationships with the people she studied, according to the late SIUE Emerita Professor Joyce Aschenbrenner. In 2002, Aschenbrenner published a book, Katherine Dunham: Dancing a Life. about Miss Dunham’s career. It was Aschenbrenner’s second book about the legendary choreographer.
According to Aschenbrenner, Dunham recorded not only the facts, but also her interactions with the people in the Caribbean and in other societies. When Dunham did the research about a particular culture, she demonstrated and interpreted that research in a dance medium.
“I recall many years ago,” Aschenbrenner said during an interview when her book was published, “Ms. Dunham spoke at Yale about her research, but also brought along her dancers to interpret the research through dance.
“I don’t think the academics at Yale had ever seen that before,” Aschenbrenner said with a chuckle. “She had become immersed in the culture of a country and presented it as anthropology research, but also as art.”
SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift said the University ommunity is saddened by the news of the Miss Dunham’s death. “Miss Dunham’s career as a world-renowned dancer, choreographer and educator spanned seven decades,” Vandegrift pointed out. “She will be remembered for her great accomplishments but also for her vision and spirit.
“Katherine Dunham was an extraordinary woman, one who performed on stages throughout the world and in film.,” Vandegrift said. “SIUE will especially remember her for her dedication to the students of the East St. Louis Center, where she spent many years teaching the dance techniques that she created and that have become a staple for choreographers and dancers everywhere.
“Her legacy as a gifted dancer of international acclaim and a supporter of culture and arts in the Metro-East will proceed her for generations to come. Her vision is alive and well in her beloved East St. Louis. Her spirit will always be felt on the Edwardsville campus, as students learn and study in Dunham Hall, named for the late artist.
Denise Scannell, assistant director of Human Resources, died suddenly Sunday, May 14, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. She was 54.
A native of St. Louis, Scannell joined the University staff in 1974 as a clerk in the Graduate School. She became assistant director of Human Resources in 2000. She also had been a clerk at the SIU School of Dental Medicine and a clerk in the SIUE Office of Admissions and Records, as well as an accounting clerk in the Office of Payroll. She joined the staff of Human Resources in 1989 as a coordinator of Information Systems. Before coming to the University, Scannell had been with Melles Griout Inc. in Irvine, Calif.
Scannell earned a bachelor of science in Accountancy at SIUE.
Visitation is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Weber Funeral Home in Edwardsville. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Church in Edwardsville.
Annette Peters, retired administrative aide in the College of Arts and Sciences associate dean's office, died May. 5. She was 67.
Joining the University in 1980, Peters began her career as a clerk. By 1990 she had become an administrative aide in the office of Sam Pearson, who was dean of what was then known as the School of Social Sciences. When the School became part of the College of Arts and Sciences, Peters became administrative aide to Associate Dean David Steinberg. She retired in May 2000.
Before coming to SIUE, Peters held various positions at Florists Mutual, Trinity Lutheran School in Worden, Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwardsville, and in Earl Vuagniaux's office, also in Edwardsville.
William Jett Lauck, a retired administrative assistant who specialized in typewriter repair for the University, died Wednesday, May 3. He was 71. His daughter, Linda Skelton, is a staff assistant in the University’s Office of Research and Projects.
Lauck graduated from SIU Carbondale, later becoming an automotive instructor and inspector in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. During his lifetime, he founded and co-owned two businesses—United Typewriter Service and A & L Automobile Appraisal and Consulting Service. Lauck also was co-owner of the Cobden Museum. He retired from SIUE in 1991.
Lauck’s hobby was cars, and he spent his free time restoring antique cars. He was a longtime member and past president of the Alton Antique Auto Association and the Southern Illinois Mustang Association. He was a lifetime member of the Mustang Club of America and was one of the original founders of the Roxana Car Show, active in car shows and parades.
He was appointed and served 16 years as a judge for the Illinois Secretary of State Car Show held each year in Springfield. In his later years, he was a well-known and well-respected independent automobile appraiser.
Visitation is scheduled from 1-6 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at Gent Funeral Home in Alton, where funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, May 8. Burial will be at Brighton City Cemetery, with full military honors by the Alton VFW Post 1308.
Memorials may be made to the Alton Antique Auto Association or the Southern Illinois Mustang Association.
Information for this obituary was gathered from The Telegraph in Alton.
Frank Edwin Oakes of St. Louis, an emeritus associate professor at Lovejoy Library, died March 23, five days after his 92nd birthday.
Joining the SIUE faculty in 1970, Oakes came to the University from St. Louis Public Library where he had been supervisor of Technical Services since 1964. He retired from SIUE in 1984.
A native of Rochester, NY, Oakes also had been head of the order department at the Flint (Mich.) Public Library, a cataloguer for the Chicago Public Library, as well as the libraries at Northwestern University and at the University of Alabama.
He earned a baccalaureate in French at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa. in 1935; a master’s in French at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1937; and a master’s in Library Science at Florida State University in Tallahassee in 1951.
A memorial service us scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 600 North Euclid Avenue (at Washington), St. Louis, Mo. , (314) 361-4655.
Ik-Ju Kang of Glen Carbon, professor emeritus of Physics, died Friday, Feb. 24, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. He was 77. His wife, Hee Yong Kang, survives.
Joining SIUE in 1969 in what was then known as the division of Science and Engineering, Kang became a full professor in 1970 in the division of Science and Technology, which later became the School of Sciences and then the College of Arts and Sciences. Kang had been a faculty member in the department of Physics at SIU Carbondale before coming to the Edwardsville campus. He retired from SIUE in 1998.
Before coming to SIU, Kang had been a research associate at Brandeis University and an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts.
A native of Korea, Kang began his career as a meteorologist, earning three degrees at Yonsei University and, later, a doctorate in physics at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
A former department chair at SIUE, Kang was named an Outstanding Educator of America in 1971 and also served as president of the Illinois Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, the state chapter of the national association for physics teachers in high schools, colleges, junior college, and universities.
During his career at SIUE, Kang received numerous research grants, including three from the National Science Foundation. After he retired, Kang continued his research and in 2004 patented a mathematical formula for calculating the direction of hurricanes, making the formula part of a software package he hoped to market to meteorologists.
Memorials may be made to the Kavlico Endowment which funds the Ik-Ju Kang Student Scholarship, Attn: Marilyn Marsho, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1608.
A memorial service for Professor Annette Baich, who died Dec. 8, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at the SIUE Religious Center. Baich was professor emerita of Biological Sciences.
Carl Shipley Lossau of Edwardsville, emeritus professor of Geography and one of the pioneer faculty for SIU in Southwestern Illinois, died Monday, Jan. 16, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. He was 74.
A native of Chicago, Lossau came to SIUE in 1963 as a member of what was known then as the Special Sciences division, specializing in regional planning and geography. He later became professor of Earth Science, Geography and Planning at the University.
Lossau received his undergraduate (1953), a master’s (1954), and a doctorate (1962) at Northwestern University. He also was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the occupation of Germany. He was an Edwardsville alderman, served on the city planning commission, and was active with the Edwardsville Little League and Boy Scouts.
Before joining SIUE, Lossau had been a planner with the Chicago Department of City Planning and later the St. Louis City Plan Commission as a chief planner. He also had been a lecturer at DePaul University in Chicago.
During retirement, Lossau was active with the YMCA as an officer in the Fencing Club. He was nationally ranked in the American Fencing Association's Senior Division.
Visitation is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Weber Funeral Home in Edwardsville. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dr. Kathleen Lossau, pastor of Williamsville United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Edwardsville.
Memorials may be made to the SIUE Foundation in support of an award in geography for undergraduate students, or to the Edwardsville YMCA.
Hans Steffen of Edwardsville, emeritus professor of Management in the School of Business, died Jan. 12, at Saint Louis University Hospital. He was 76.
A native of Hannover, Germany, Steffen was a part-time instructor at Fairleigh Dickinson University and at Rutgers University, both in New Jersey, before joining the faculty in 1969 of what was then known as the Business Division at SIUE. He retired from the SIUE School of Business in 1996.
He also had been a consulting psychologist with American Management Psychologists in New York and was a licensed practicing psychologist in the state of New Jersey. He also had been an elementary teacher in Germany from 1952-57 and was a resident consultant in marketing research with Prudential Insurance Co. in Newark, N.J., from 1960-69.
Steffen earned a bachelor’s in elementary education in 1952 at the Teachers College in Hannover, and received a master’s and a doctorate, both in educational psychology and both from the University of Nebraska, in 1955 and 1960, respectively. He joined the SIUE faculty to teach courses in industrial psychology and educational psychology.
A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at Christ Lutheran Church, 1 Selma, Webster Groves, Mo. Memorials may be made to: Gateway Regional Hospice, 2100 Madison Avenue, Granite City, IL 62040.
Leo Christopher Chears, known to WSIE-FM listeners and to many jazz aficionados throughout the country as “The Man In The Red Vest,” died Monday, Jan. 2, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital after a long illness. He was 72.
Chears, who began his broadacasting career in 1960 at the old WAMV radio station in East St. Louis, went on to make a name for himself as a jazz broadcaster in the early 1960s at KADI Radio in St. Louis, where he shared the airwaves with the likes of Spider Burks, one of the first black disc jockeys in St. Louis. Chears said he learned much from Burks about jazz and decided to devote the rest of his life to the music he referred to as “America’s Art Form.” Over the years, Chears appeared countless times on stage as welcoming host to jazz greats from around the world who came to perform in St. Louis.
As was the case with many radio broadcasters in the early days, especially black announcers, the pay was low and Chears held a full-time day job for many years at Barnes Hospital as lab technician. In 1970, he moved to KSD Radio in St. Louis as host of an all-night jazz show. He also wrote and produced several radio commercials for Anheuser-Busch while at KADI and then at KSD. In fact, executives at A-B gave Chears the impetus for the moniker—“The Man in the Red Vest”—which became his signature.
Chears went on to establish a long-standing popular jazz show at WMRY Radio from 1974-1986 at the station operated by the Oblate Missionary Fathers at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. After a five-year stint at WRTH Radio, he joined the staff of WSIE-FM at SIUE, where he played his favorite music for nearly 15 years.
Radio managers found that when they hired Chears, his vast jazz record library was part of the deal, and he turned to it frequently to bolster a station’s jazz holdings.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chears was a native of Lamar, Miss., and moved to Brooklyn, Ill., with his family in 1940 at the age of eight. The family eventually resided in East St. Louis, where Chears graduated from Lincoln High School. He went on to serve in the military from 1955-57 at Ft. Lewis, Wash., and attended classes at Puget Sound City College in Tacoma, Washington.
Visitation is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at Nash Funeral Home, 144 N. 16th St., East St. Louis. A funeral service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church, 3424 LaSalle St., St. Louis. Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.