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Obituaries 2007

·A. Hoover Dies; Was Emeritus Management Professor
·H. Johnson Dies; Was Longtime Secretary In English Language and Literature
·R. Spahn Dies; Was First Director Of Information For SIUE
·T. Regulus Dies; Was Chair Of Department Of Social Work
·M. Blixen Dies; Was Retired Library Tech Assistant
·T. Henesey Dies: Was An Assistant In Purchasing
· W. McAfee Dies; Was Emeritus Associate Professor Of Historical Studies
·H. Hoover Dies; Was Textbook Services Supervisor
·L. Long Dies; Was Pioneer Teacher In East St. Louis
·V. Wilson Dies; Was Assistant to the Provost
·F. Morrison Dies; Was Associate Professor Who Taught Spanish
·Former Assistant Dean/Professor Emeritus Coy Dies
·R. Hashimi Dies; Was Emeritus Professor Of Economics
· J. Enlow Dies; Was Building Service Worker


A. Hoover Dies; Was Emeritus Management Professor

Emeritus Management Professor Arthur E. "Art" Hoover, who was instrumental in the success of SIUE's off-campus MBA program that served many servicemen throughout the country, died Dec. 11 at his home in Madison, Wis. He was 86.

Joining the SIUE faculty as a professor of business administration and assistant dean of what was known in 1968 as the Business Division, Hoover later was named chair of the Department of Business Administration. He subsequently directed SIUE's off-campus MBA program and then became director of the MBA Program for the SIUE School of Business. He retired in 1984 as emeritus professor of management.

Taking the fledgling SIUE weekend off-campus MBA program, Hoover directed the program to great success. It gave opportunities to those in the Armed Forces to earn graduate degrees while serving on military bases including nearby Scott AFB. For some two decades, the program enrolled several hundred MBA students annually.

Hoover also created the Learning Through Integrated Faculty-Student Teamwork (LIFT) program that was groundbreaking then, but today is considered a major key to success in a residential campus environment. At a time when SIUE was a commuter campus, the LIFT program enrolled junior business students who studied and virtually lived together as a "cohort." Using his psychology background, Hoover encouraged the LIFT faculty to engender group interaction to help insure academic success. Later, LIFT won the Innovation in Higher Education Award from the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business.

A native of Chicago, Hoover earned a bachelor of science in 1945 in nautical science and shipping economics at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY; a bachelor's in psychology in 1947 at Roosevelt University in Chicago; a master of science at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago in 1951; and a doctorate in psychology at the institute in 1954.

He served 10 years in academe and 16 years in the business sector before coming to SIUE. During the 1940s, Hoover had been stationed in New York as second mate and watch officer, directing a crew of 20 in cargo handling and stowage. He also was assistant sales manager in the Domestic Appliance Division of the Hill-Shaw Co. in Chicago.

Hoover was an administrator at the University of Akron (OH) in 1954-55 and then became a professor of psychology and eventually dean of Student Services. He went on to become professor of management and chair of Akron's Personnel Administration Department. He also was administrator of that university's Ft. Sheridan extension program and graduate advisor in the MBA program.

A consultant from 1965-68 before joining SIUE, Hoover noted in his résumé that his "education and teaching consistently overlap with applied experience, reflecting a long-established behavior pattern of 60-70 hour work weeks."


H. Johnson Dies; Was Longtime Secretary In English Language and Literature

Henrietta "Henri" Johnson, secretary for nearly 35 years in the SIUE Department of English Language and Literature, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, at her home in Edwardsville. She was 70.

A native of Clinton, Johnson was employed by a railroad company in St. Louis for about 10 years before coming to SIUE in 1968. She was known as an animal lover and a lifetime supporter of animal rescue efforts. She also was fond of meeting friends at yard sales.

Her husband, Earl Dettmer, died earlier this year about the time she learned she had an aggressive form of cancer. Known as Henri to family and friends, department colleagues say she continued to live her life including adding a sun room to her home and entertaining friends.

She earned a bachelor's in 1983 in Psychology at SIUE.

Memorials may be made to Adopt-A Pet in Benld.


R. Spahn Dies; Was First Director Of Information For SIUE

Raymond Jurgen Spahn, the first information director for the Southwestern Illinois Campus of SIU, died Oct. 15 in Tucson, Ariz., just 30 days after his 98th birthday.

Spahn was hired Sept. 16, 1957, at the old East St. Louis Residence Center. His wife, Betty, was hired a week later as a lecturer in mathematics. He was put in charge of what was then known as Information Services. The office later was named University News Services and then Public Affairs.

At the same time, Spahn also was hired to teach German at the Alton Residence Center. In 1961, Spahn became an associate professor of German full time in the old Humanities Division. He was succeeded as director of Information Services by Ed Hasse who later was succeeded by A.R. Howard and then Sam Smith.

Spahn became a full professor in 1965 and was named acting chair of Foreign Languages and Literature in 1970.

During his career as a German scholar at SIUE, he translated letters and documents of Swiss settlers who had migrated to Highland, Ill. Many of these translations were accomplished in collaboration with Betty, who died in 2005, and John C. Abbott, known as the founder of library services at SIUE, who also died in 2005. During the mid 1990s, Spahn and Abbott collaborated in editing a book about settler Heinrich Lienhard and his travels to America from Switzerland.

A firm supporter of the SIUE library, Spahn served as president of the Friends of Lovejoy Library from 1976-1984. He was active with the American Association of Teachers of German and chair of the German Section of the Central States Modern Language Association. Spahn also was a member of the Chicago German Literary Society.

He retired from SIUE in 1977 and, later, moved with Betty to Tucson, Ariz.

A native of Lawton, Iowa, Spahn earned a bachelor's in German in 1931 from the University of Iowa, a master's in German in 1932 and in 1938 a doctorate, both from Northwestern University. He also received a certificate in the German language from Jena University in Jena, Germany.

He taught German and English and was an admissions counselor at Maine Township High School and Junior College in Des Plaines from 1932-1945, and was an admissions counselor at Lake Forest (IL) College during the summer of 1944. From 1945-48 Spahn was director of Information Centers and director of Youth Education for the U.S. State Department in München, Germany. He was director of personnel for the American College Bureau in Chicago from 1949-1957 when he left to join SIU.


T. Regulus Dies; Was Chair Of Department Of Social Work

Thomas Regulus, a professor of Social Work and former chair of that department, died Sunday, Nov. 4, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was 62.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at McLaughlin Funeral Home, 2301 Lafayette St., St. Louis.

A native of Miami, Regulus received a bachelor of science in biology at Northern Illinois University in 1966 and earned a master's in social work at the University of Chicago in 1974. He earned a second master's in sociology at the University of Michigan in 1980 and a doctorate in social work and sociology two years later, also at Michigan.

Before joining the SIUE faculty in 1996, Regulus had been a faculty member in the Department of Criminal Justice at Loyola University of Chicago since 1988. He also held faculty positions at the University of Illinois-Chicago and was a research associate at Chicago and Michigan.

In addition, Regulus had been a research associate with the Department of Correctional Service in Jamaica, West Indies, a research assistant with the Washtenaw County Michigan Council for Children at Risk, and a corrections executive and an assistant superintendent at the Illinois Youth Center at Geneva and then at Dupage, respectively, both with the Illinois Department of Corrections. From 1966-69, Regulus taught at the Sheridan Industrial School for Boys, for the Illinois Youth Commission.

Memorials may be made to the Regulus Gilmore Scholarship Award, SIUE Foundation, P.O. Box 1082, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1082.


M. Blixen Dies; Was Retired Library Tech Assistant

Marjorie Blixen, a retired technical assistant for Lovejoy Library, died Oct. 22 at Eden Village Care Center in Glen Carbon. She was 88.

Before joining the University in July 1964 as a library clerk, Blixen had attended business school in St.Louis. A native of Edwardsville, she was a graduate of Edwardsville High School. She retired from SIUE in August 1979 as a library technical assistant.


T. Henesey Dies: Was Retired Purchasing Agent

Thomas Henesey, a retired assistant in the SIUE Office of Purchasing, died Oct. 22 at Rosewood Care Center. He was 89.

Before joining the University in October 1966, Henesey held various positions with Olin Corp.for 25 years, including explosives sales. A native of Alton, Henesey operated Henesey B&B in Alton from 1964-65. He served in World War II with the U.S. Army.

Memorials may be made to the St. Paul United Methodist Church of Rosewood Heights, 10 N. Center, East Alton, IL or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.


W. McAfee Dies; Was Emeritus Associate Professor Of Historical Studies

Wilbur C. McAfee of Metropolis, emeritus associate professor of historical studies, died July 23 at Mount Carmel Regional Medical Center in Pittsburg, Kan. He was 90.

A native of Clifton, Tenn., McAfee was principal of Willard School in Champaign in 1945-46; an associate professor of history at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., from 1946-1950; associate professor of history and government at Southern University in Baton Rouge, La., from 1952-1960; principal of Horace Mann School in Blue Island from 1961-63; and associate professor of history, geography and government at Savannah (GA) State College from 1963-69.

He joined the SIUE Historical Studies faculty in 1969 and retired in 1980. In 1975, he received SIUE's Teaching Excellence Award. He also had received a similar award at Savannah State.

McAfee earned a bachelor of education in history and government in 1939 at what was then known as Southern Illinois Normal University at Carbondale and a master's in history and government in 1948 at the University of Illinois. He also studied at Northwestern University. McAfee served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, achieving the rank of master sergeant while stationed at Chanute Field, Ill.

The Wilbur C. McAfee Debating Society at Savannah remains as a legacy to his contributions to both students and faculty at that institution. Since his retirement from SIUE, McAfee had been an active member of choirs for several churches in Paducah, Ky. He also was involved in the yearly organization of the annual Metropolis homecoming.

Burial took place at the Masonic Cemetery in Metropolis.


H. Hoover Dies; Was Textbook Services Supervisor

Herbert C. Hoover, retired supervisor of Textbook Services, died Thursday, July 19, at Eden Village in Glen Carbon. He was 88.

Hoover joined the SIUE staff in 1971 and was Textbook Services supervisor until his retirement in 1983.

A graduate of Belleville High School in 1942, Hoover joined the U.S. Navy, achieving the rank of chief petty officer by the time he left in 1953. From 1953 until he joined the University, Hoover was a self-employed salesman.

Visitation is scheduled from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, July 26, at St. John's United Methodist Church in Edwardsville, with a funeral following at the church, the Rev. Sheryl Palmer officiating. Interment is scheduled at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to St. John's UMC or the charity of a donor's choice. Saksa Mateer Funeral Home in Edwardsville is in charge of arrangements.


L. Long Dies; Was Pioneer Teacher In East St. Louis

Leonard Long, one of the first graduates of SIUE and one of the early pioneers who taught in the University's Experiment in Higher Education (EHE) at East St. Louis, died Sunday, July 15. He was 69.

A 1962 graduate in botany from the old SIU campus in East St. Louis, referred to as "Tenth Street Tech" by Long himself, liked to tell the story of how his commencement was conducted in a cornfield just off old U.S. 66, which would one day be the site of the entrance to SIUE's University Park.

A native of Venice and a graduate of East St. Louis High School in 1956, Long was a laborer for the old Hunter Packing Co. when he decided to enroll at SIU in 1958. After graduation he was employed by National Lead where he was a technician and then an environmental chemist. In 1970, Long graduated with a master's in sanitary and environmental engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.

SIUE then courted Long to teach natural sciences in the EHE, where he remained until it closed its doors in 1982. He moved to the SIUE School of Engineering's Environmental Resources Training Center, where he taught until his retirement in 2000. After retirement, Long worked through the SIUE Alumni Association to help establish an alumni chapter in East St. Louis and to encourage area youth to enroll at SIUE. During his tenure with SIUE, Long was awarded a faculty science fellowship from the National Science Foundation and was cited in 1975 in Marquis' Who's Who in Government.

That listing in Who's Who came as a result of Long's stellar record of community service including memberships and involvement in the Illinois Housing Development Authority, the St. Clair County Health Commission, the American Water Works Association, Citizens for Aldermanic Form of Government, the Health and Welfare Council of St. Clair County, Save Our Children, the Independent Democratic Citizens of St. Clair County, the East St. Louis Housing Board and St. Luke's AME Church, as well as several air and water pollution control associations.

Visitation is scheduled from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, with funeral services to follow immediately after, all at St. Luke's, 414 N. 14th St., East St. Louis. Interment will be in Sunset Gardens Mausoleum. Officer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


V. Wilson Dies; Was Assistant to the Provost

Vance Wilson, who for many years was assistant to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs before he retired in 1996, died Monday, June 4, at his home in Owensboro, Ky. He was 79.

Wilson joined the University staff as an accountant in research and projects in the fiscal management office in Dec. 1967. He joined the Provost's office in 1981, where he was in charge of budget and personnel matters. He retired after nearly 30 years of service.

A native of Kankakee, Wilson earned a bachelor's in political science in 1947 at the University of Illinois and received an MBA from SIUE in 1982.

Before coming to SIUE, Wilson was a teacher for the Decatur (IL) Public Schools and for 11 years was an office supervisor in Belleville for what was then known as Illinois Power Co.

Visitation and a funeral service, as well as interment, are scheduled in Owensboro.


F. Morrison Dies; Was Associate Professor Who Taught Spanish

Frederick MacLaurin "Rick" Morrison, associate professor of foreign languages and literature who taught Spanish, died Monday, May 28, at Peace Haven, a Christian Science nursing facility in St. Louis. He was 64.

Before joining the SIUE faculty in 1985, Morrison had taught Spanish language courses at the University of Michigan. In addition, he was an interpreter in the U.S. Navy from 1964-1970.

A native of Highland Park, Mich., Morrison earned a bachelor's in Spanish in 1964 at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., and a master's and a doctorate at the University of Michigan in 1984, both in Spanish. He also studied Spanish for a year at Universidad de Madrid in Madrid, Spain, in 1964-65 and Russian at the Defense Language Institute West Coast in Monterey, Calif., in 1967.

A memorial service is being planned for September on the SIUE campus.


Former Assistant Dean/Professor Emeritus Coy Dies

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Richard E. Coy, professor emeritus and former assistant dean of the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, died Tuesday, March 13, at Eden Village Retirement Center from complications arising from pneumonia. He was 81.

Originally from New Kensington, Pa., Coy began his career in the U.S. Armed Forces, serving from 1943-45 as a hospital corpsman on the U.S.S. Currituck AV-7 for the U.S. Navy. He spent part of his time while in the service as a dental officer in the U.S. Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan.

Coy graduated from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Dental Medicine, earning a B.S. degree in 1949, a D.D. S. in 1951 and an M.S. in prosthodontics in 1959. He married Grace McKallip in 1957; she and the couple's two children and five grandchildren survive.

Coy maintained a private practice and taught at his alma mater until 1970.

He taught at the SIU School of Dental Medicine from December 1970 until he retired as the assistant dean and a professor emeritus in September 1985.

The author of dozens of articles in dental journals and a national and international lecturer for post-graduate and continuing education programs, Coy was appointed a professor and head of the removal of prosthodontics at Washington University's School of Dentistry in St. Louis from 1985-1988. He was in private practice in Belleville until 2001.

While there will be no visitation ceremony a memorial service will take place to honor Coy at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at Eden United Church of Christ in Edwardsville.

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Memorials are suggested to the SIUE Foundation to benefit the School of Dental Medicine or the University of Pittsburgh's School of Dental Medicine.


R. Hashimi Dies; Was Emeritus Professor Of Economics

Rasool M. H. Hashimi, emeritus professor of economics, died Feb. 20 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. He was 87.

A native of Iraq, Hashimi earned a bachelor of science in mathematics and physics in 1944 at the Higher Teacher Training College in Baghdad. He was a high school teacher in that country until 1951 when he came to the United States as a Fulbright Scholar to pursue a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

After receiving the doctorate in 1957, Hashimi became a lecturer at Michigan State University. Three years later he became a visiting assistant professor at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. He joined the economics faculty at SIUE in 1965 and retired in 1990.


J. Enlow Dies; Was Building Service Worker

John Enlow, a building service worker, died Jan. 11 at his home in East St. Louis after a long illness. He was 66.

He joined the University staff in 1969 and went on disability in 2003. A native of East St. Louis, Enlow attended Lincoln Senior High School.

Visitation is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Church of Grace in East St. Louis with funeral services at noon the same day at the church.

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