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Obituaries 2008

·G. Rutman Dies; Was Professor Emeritus Of Economics
·H. Bruce Brubaker Dies; Was One Of The Early Pioneers
·M. Robinson Dies; Was Retired Director Of MUC
·V. Meyer Dies; Was Emerita Professor Of Curriculum And Instruction
·L. Bobka Dies; Was Emeritus Associate Professor
·R. Phillips Dies; Was Instructor In School Of Business
·W. Going Dies; Was Emeritus English Professor And First Dean Of Instruction
·J. Owens Dies; Was Emeritus Professor Of Curriculum And Instruction
·M. Rodgers Dies; Was administrative assistant at the East St. Louis Center
·R. Nimmo Dies; Was Clerk At SDM Dental Clinic
·S. Bouman Dies; Was Associate Professor Of Music
·B. Hickman Dies; Was Retired Secretary
·L. Deininger Dies; Was Word Processor Operator
·L. Linder Dies; Was Chemistry Lab Manager
·G. Bergschneider Dies; Was Administrative Secretary for The SIUE Foundation
·C. Burrus Dies; Was Retired Building Service Worker
·S. Byington Dies; Was LPN In Health Services
·P. Herdman Dies; Was Emeritus Associate SIU School of Dental Medicine Professor


G. Rutman Dies; Was Professor Emeritus Of Economics

Gilbert Lionel "Gil" Rutman, emeritus professor of economics who was chair of that department and director of what was known as the Center for Economic Education (CEE), both in the SIUE School of Business, died Dec. 16 at his home in Edwardsville. He was 73. Rutman's wife, Valerie Meyer, an emerita professor of curriculum and instruction, died last month at the age of 63 (see below).

With specialties in economic development, regional and urban economics, and manpower issues, Rutman joined the Business Division faculty at SIUE in 1969. He was assistant professor of economics at West Virginia University at Morgantown from 1967-69. In addition, Rutman had been an assistant professor of economics at the University of Arizona at Tucson, a research fellow at Rhodes University in South Africa, and an instructor at Duke University. He retired from SIUE in 1999.

Rutman earned an associate's degree in liberal arts, a bachelor's in economics and a master's in economics, all at Boston University, in 1954, 1956 and 1962, respectively. He earned a doctorate in economics at Duke University in 1965. From 1956 to 1959 he served in the U.S. Air Force as a first lieutenant and then as a captain in the USAF Reserve.

He was a member of the SIUE Foundation Board and the Illinois Board of Higher Education and in 1998 was recipient of the Great Teacher Award from the SIUE Alumni Association, but voted by former students. He was particularly adept at finding current examples to illustrate the theories that were discussed in the classroom and was particularly proud of his work in GBA300, a course that emphasized the application of theory and concepts to the problems and issues encountered in the real world.

From the late 1960s to the early 1990s, Rutman studied various aspects of the mineworker labor force that was employed in South African mining. His work was supported by grants from the South African Chamber of Mines as well as grants from the U. S. Department of Education and internal funding from the SIUE Graduate School. This work that was part of a research program sponsored by the Chamber of Mines led to a quadrupling of the wages paid to the mineworkers, much of which was remitted to their families throughout Southern Africa.

He also investigated the labor market for economists, the development of property rights in the tribal areas of Eastern and Southern Africa, and the economics of the U. S. railroad industry that led to the Federal Employers Labor Act (FELA). In addition to a book and more than 30 articles in professional journals, Rutman co-authored more than 100 other papers that were presented before the meetings of virtually all of the national and regional economics associations in the United States and several international organizations.

Visitation has been scheduled for 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Weber & Rodney Funeral Home in Edwardsville, with services from the funeral home beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. Interment will be in Zziller Cemetery in West Roxbury, Mass. A University memorial service is being planned for after the first of the year.

Memorials may be made to the Abraham Rutman Fund, c/o the SIUE School of Business, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1051. Checks should be written to the SIUE Foundation referencing the Rutman Fund on the check memo line.

Some information for this obituary was written and submitted by David Ault, emeritus professor of economics and finance in the School of Business.


H. Bruce Brubaker Dies; Was One Of The Early Pioneers

Harlan Bruce Brubaker, emeritus professor of educational leadership and SIUE administrator, and one of the founding pioneers of SIUE, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Westmont (IL) Convalescent Center. He was 93.

Brubaker retired from SIUE in 1985 after 26 years of service. He began his career with the University in 1959 as coordinator of functions of the General Office at what was then known as SIU's Alton Residence Center and assistant to the president of SIU. He later became assistant to SIU Vice President for Operations Clarence W. Stephens. He went on to be named assistant dean of University Extension Services and then chairman of SIUE's Department of Educational Administration.

In addition to his service to the University, Brubaker also was known for his civic and community leadership, as well as for his love of music and strong religious faith. He was one of the original founders and members of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois, formerly known as the Epilepsy Association of Southwestern Illinois. He worked for some 20 years to establish a hospital in Edwardsville and later became one of the founders of Anderson Hospital in Maryville, for which he served on that hospital's board of directors for 20 years. He was a member of the Glen Carbon-New Bethel United Methodist Church, for which he served in several leadership positions, and also had been a member of St. John's United Methodist Church in Edwardsville. Brubaker and his wife, Ruth, participated with the church choir-he sang and his wife played the church organ. Ruth herself taught Kindergarten in Edwardsville for more than 28 years and also taught elementary school for 10 years in Gary, Ind.

Born May 12, 1915, in LaFontaine, Ind., Brubaker served as a U.S. Navy lieutenant on an LST1024 in the South Pacific during World War II. Upon returning home, Brubaker completed his education, earning a bachelor's at Manchester (IN) College in Manchester in 1947, a master's in 1948 and a doctorate in education in 1952 at Indiana University. It was in 1952 that Brubaker moved with his family to Oxford, Miss., to become a professor of education at the University of Mississippi. His life in Oxford inspired talks he held later at SIUE about his acquaintance with Nobel and Pulitzer prize-winning author William Faulkner. Brubaker's talks were titled "My Neighbor, William Faulkner."

In his early career, Brubaker taught band, orchestra and chorus at high schools in LaPaz and Gary, Ind. He also served for two years as principal of Butler (IN) High School. He belonged to several community and professional organizations, including Rotary International, the Chamber of Commerce, Phi Delta Kappa, the National Education Association/Illinois Education Association, the Illinois Association of School Administrators and the American Association of School Administrators. He was president of the Alpha Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa at Indiana University.

A visitation is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at Weber & Rodney Funeral Home, 304 N. Main Street, Edwardsville. The funeral services are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at New Bethel United Methodist Church, 131 N. Main, Glen Carbon, with burial to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Edwardsville.


M. Robinson Dies; Was Retired Director Of MUC

Mary Robinson, director of SIUE's Delyte W. Morris University Center for 13 years before she retired June 30, died Nov. 22 at The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis after a brief illness. She was 69. Before joining the SIUE staff in July 1995, Robinson had been director of the Student Union at Saint Louis University since 1983.

Before her employment at SLU, Robinson held several positions including consultant to Minact Inc. in Jackson, Miss., where she was responsible for program evaluation of all Job Corps Centers operated by Minact; deputy director and director of training for the St. Louis Job Corps Center; educational director and director of social services for Providence Programs Inc., St. Louis; social service supervisor for the Human Development Corp. of St. Louis; social service positions with Specialized Services Inc. and the Illinois Youth Commission in East St. Louis; and activity therapist for the Department of Mental Health at Alton State Hospital.

Robinson earned a bachelor's in sociology at what was then known as Webster College in St. Louis, and a master's in social service administration, also from Webster. She was associated with several professional and community organizations and boards, receiving SLU's 1991 Woman of the Year Award, the Mary C. Bruemmer Award in 1993, also from SLU, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Woman of the Year Award for 1993.

Arrangements were pending as of noon Monday, Nov. 24.


V. Meyer Dies; Was Emerita Professor Of Curriculum And Instruction

Valerie Meyer of Edwardsville, emerita professor of curriculum and instruction, died Thursday at Missouri Baptist Hospital from complications following surgery. She was 63.

Before joining the Education faculty full-time in 1980 as an assistant professor of secondary education, Meyer had been employed in elementary and secondary schools in Missouri and Illinois as a teacher of remedial reading, social studies, English and art. From 1975-1980, she was at the Venice (IL)-Lincoln Technical Center teaching remedial reading and life skills to adults. During that same time frame Meyer was a visiting lecturer at SIUE. Meyer became an associate professor in 1986 and a full professor in 1992. She retired from the SIUE School of Education in 2004.

A native of Oak Park, Meyer earned a bachelor's in philosophy and sociology at Marquette University in Milwaukee in 1968, a master of science in secondary education and reading at SIU Carbondale in 1972 and a doctorate in educational leadership at SIUE in 1980. Meyer was author and co-author of several publications about reading and literacy, and conducted many workshops throughout Illinois during her career. In 1981, the Illinois Adult and Continuing Educators Association awarded her Teacher of the Year for her work in adult literacy.

She is survived by her husband, Gilbert Rutman, SIUE emeritus professor of economics and finance. Visitation is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at Weber & Rodney Funeral Home in Edwardsville. A service at the funeral home is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10. Memorials may be made in her name to the SIUE School of Education Development Fund.


L. Bobka Dies; Was Emeritus Associate Professor

Louis Bobka of Collinsville, emeritus associate professor of kinesiology and health education, and one of the pioneer faculty at SIUE, died Oct. 18 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville. He was 77.

A native of Harrisburg, Bobka attended Harrisburg Township High School where he lettered in football, basketball and track, and was co-captain of a conference football team. He also was named to the All-State team. He was a starter in football at SIU Carbondale during his freshman year and was captain of the 1951 team. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1952-56, and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, interrupting his college career. He became a research assistant and a consultant in the Department of Community Development at the Carbondale campus after he earned a bachelor of science in education in 1958.

Bobka came to the new southwestern Illinois campus of SIU in 1959 in what was then known as the Department of Health, Recreation and Physical Education after earning a master of science in education at SIU Carbondale that same year. After serving the SIU system for more than 35 years, Bobka retired from SIUE in 1993.

Visitation is scheduled from 9:30-11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, with service to follow at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Carterville. Memorials may be made to Trails West Council for Boy Scouts in Wood River, the American Diabetes Association or the Family Hospice in Belleville.


R. Phillips Dies; Was Instructor In School Of Business

Robert R. Phillips, an instructor of economics and finance who won the SIUE Alumni Association's Great Teacher Award in 2006, died Friday, Sept. 5, following surgery. The Great Teacher Award, given annually by the association, recognizes a faculty member who is nominated directly by alumni.

Phillips earned a BS in chemical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA at the University of Illinois. Phillips said he had been employed by several "high-profile companies," such as IBM Corp. and Mars Inc., before joining the economics and finance faculty at SIUE in 1997. He believed that those experiences, along with owning a private firm himself, allowed him opportunities to share real-world examples to illustrate practicalities in classroom concepts.

There will be a reception honoring Phillips' life from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in Room 2316 of Alumni Hall, near the Economics and Finance offices.

Memorials may be made to the Robert R. Phillips Scholarship Fund, created by the family, in the SIUE School of Business. For more information, contact Judy Woodruff, (618) 650.2317, or by e-mail:


W. Going Dies; Was Emeritus English Professor And First Dean Of Instruction

"All of us must be able to employ this fabric of language and logic to understand the immortality of ideas and skills that make the humanities a lasting, malleable art and science, acquiescent and philosophically flexible."
~William T. Going
speaking during SIUE's 25th Anniversary lecture series in 1982.

William Thornbury Going, who was hired as the first full professor of English at the old Alton Residence Center in 1957 and the next year appointed the first dean of Instruction and Academic Affairs, died Sept. 7 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. He was 93. Although some would later refer to Going as the first Provost at SIUE, he would demure, saying he and the faculty developed the curriculum in those early days of the fledgling University.

But, there's no question Going was a significant force in the evolution of SIUE, including teaching literature after stepping down from his administrative duties in 1965. He retired in 1980 as emeritus professor of English Language and Literature in what was known then as the School of Humanities.

The quiet educator from Birmingham, Ala., began his career at Duke University, where he served as a Scholar Fellow from 1936-38. During summer 1938, Going was appointed an assistant professor at Howard College in Birmingham; he also taught in that city's West End High School during 1938-39. He accepted a position in 1939 as an associate professor of English at the University of Alabama and continued there until coming to SIUE.

He received a baccalaureate from the University of Alabama in 1936, his master's from Duke and a doctorate in education from the University of Michigan in 1954, specializing in 19th and 20th century literature in America and England. He was devoted all his life to studies in the Humanities. In 1973 Going was honored with the Outstanding Educator of America Award from the Outstanding Educators of America organization in Washington, D.C. He also was a prolific author, essayist and editor.

Going and his good friend, Harold See, also considered invaluable in garnering grass roots support for establishing the Southwestern Campus of SIU, each received the President's Award of Merit at SIUE in 1992. it was noted that as dean of Instruction and Academic Affairs Going recruited and hired faculty, who taught at the early residence centers and then moved to the Edwardsville campus. During this time he also established academic standards based on the premise that teaching and scholarship best flourish as "intertwined enterprises." In this regard he served as a role model for other faculty, teaching courses from freshman English through graduate seminars and continuing his scholarly endeavors throughout the years of his administrative service.

Under Going's guidance, the faculty developed its first general education program and created a unified academic advisement structure to support student learning. He began an honors program and initiated the campus' first honors day during the 1958-59 academic year. According to the bio, Going strongly supported the view "that if the Southwestern Illinois Campus was to serve its constituencies properly, it had to be academically independent; not merely a duplication of the academic organization in Carbondale." As a result, the bio states, the SIU Board of Trustees in 1960 approved an educational organization for SIUE that created "an initial structure of academic divisions each led by a division head. This was the seed from which grew SIUE's academic school and department structure" that continued intact until 1993 with some remnants of that structure enduring.

The Board's action, the bio continues, "also recognized that a fundamental reason for establishing the structure was to encourage the development of curricula appropriate to this region's needs." In addition, Going helped develop independent graduate programs and was instrumental in locating a nursing program at SIUE. "He pursued the establishment of other professional programs at SIUE," according to the bio, "and helped lay the groundwork for creating the School of Dental Medicine."

In recent years, Going established the William and Margaret Going Professorship to recognize and honor outstanding faculty achievement, and continued to keep in touch with SIUE administrators and faculty. He also was a member of the SIUE Foundation during his retirement years.

At SIUE's 2000 Spring Commencement, Going was given a Doctor of Humane Letters degree. In his genteel southern way he charmed the audience with a humorous dissertation about how SIUE had a connection to the old Shurtleff College in Alton, because after closing and becoming part of the new campus of SIU, many of its professors continued as SIUE faculty. Because of that continuity, Going reasoned, Shurtleff's founding date of 1827 was shared by SIUE; therefore, making it older than the University of Illinois by some 40 years.

Going was preceded in death by his wife, and, at his request, there will be no memorial service. Memorials may be made to the William and Margaret Going Professorship endowment through the SIUE Foundation, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1082.


J. Owens Dies; Was Emeritus Professor Of Curriculum And Instruction

James L. Owens Jr. of St. Louis, emeritus professor of Curriculum and Instruction, died July 26, just four days before his 71st birthday. A lifelong educator, Owens began his career in 1960 as a teacher in the Pruitt School in St. Louis, after graduating with a bachelor's in elementary education at what was known then as Harris Teachers College in St. Louis. He earned a master's in educational administration at the University of Illinois in 1967.

After leaving Pruitt, Owens became coordinator of the elementary student teaching program at the U of I until 1970. That year he became director of special programs at the old State Community College in East St. Louis. Owens joined the SIUE School of Education in 1970 and went on to earn a doctorate in elementary education from Saint Louis University in 1971. He retired from SIUE in 2002 after 32 years of service to the University.

Visitation is scheduled from 9-10:30 a.m. tomorrow, Aug. 2, at St. James AME Church, 4301 St. Ferdinand, St. Louis, with a KAPPA Fraternity Service following until funeral services at 11.


M. Rodgers Dies; Was Administrative Assistant At The East St. Louis Center

Maggie Rodgers, a retired administrative assistant at the East St. Louis Center, died at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 2. She had just turned 61 on June 14. A graduate of Lincoln Senior High School in East St. Louis in 1965, Ms. Rodgers received a certificate from the Mildred Louise Business College. She was employed at Stanley Photo Co. in St. Louis from 1965-66. She joined the East St. Louis Center staff in August 1966 and retired Dec. 31, 2001.

Visitation is scheduled until noon today, July 7, at Kings Chapel, 89th and State Sts., East St. Louis (across from the Post Office). Funeral services will follow. Burial will be in Sunset Gardens of Memory in Millstadt.


R. Nimmo Dies; Was Clerk At SDM Dental Clinic

Rebecca "Becky" Nimmo of Godfrey, a clerk in the SIU School of Dental Medicine Main Clinic, died March 10 at St. Anthony's Health Center in Alton. She was 61 and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Godfrey, where she sang in the choir for 25 years, and was a member of the Order of Easter Star Chapter 775.

She earned an associates degree at Anna-Jonesboro (IL) Community College in 1964 and graduated in 1978 with an associates in dental tech from Lewis and Clark Community College. She also attended what was then known as Belleville Area College, now Southwestern Illinois College. Nimmo was a clerk for Melbourne Mfg. in St. Louis from 1965-66, a bill estimator for what was then known as D'Arcy-McManus & Masius from 1967-69, a production estimator from 1969-1970 at Alton Boxboard. She joined the SIU School of Dental Medicine in 1978 as a dental assistant and retired in 2007 after nearly 29 years of service.

Burial was in Valhalla Memorial Park in Godfrey; Gent Funeral Home in Alton was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Godfrey.


S. Bouman Dies; Was Associate Professor Of Music

Sandra Sliker Bouman, associate professor of music, died June 22 at her home in St. Louis after a valiant fight against breast cancer. It has been said that Bouman's work at SIUE was marked by a drive to improve the quality of instruction in her field and to diversify opportunities for professional development, culminating in the creation of a new certificate program in vocal pedagogy aimed at the needs of working school teachers. She was 68.

Serving as a judge of the Metropolitan Opera's Regional Auditions in Minneapolis, and conducting a workshop with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, Bouman also was central to an expansion of the Opera Theatre of St. Louis's "Artist in Training" program for high school students as that program expanded into Southwestern Illinois.

A native of Philadelphia, she was reared in York, Pa., and attended Penn State University. For several years, she taught elementary and secondary music in the public schools of suburban New York and continued her studies at the Juilliard School. She took extra work in New York as a professional choral singer with the Camerata Singers and the Collegiate Chorale. She was in the choir that Leonard Bernstein utilized in a recording of his Chichester Psalms with the New York Philharmonic.

Bouman returned to Penn State in 1965 to earn a master's and an MFA in music. In 1967 she began a college teaching career at Johnson State College in Vermont, where she remained until 1986. She also held an appointment on the voice faculty of Middlebury College from 1972 through 1978, and at Dartmouth College from 1979 through 1996. In 1975-76 she earned a diploma in French vocal music at the Ravel Academy in southern France, studying with the renowned teacher, Pierre Bernac. Later, Bouman coached extensively with the renowned John Wustman in Champaign, Ill.

Singing extensively in concert, performing solo vocal recitals, operas, oratorios, and chamber music well into her sixties, Bouman appeared in productions with Vermont Opera Theatre, Opera North, Dartmouth Summer Theatre, and, in 1995, in Robert DeCormier's production of Viktor Ullmann's The Emperor of Atlantis, which toured Vermont before a final performance in New York's Merkin Hall. In 1991 she joined the voice faculty at the University of Vermont, remaining there until her move to SIUE in 1996. During that period, Bouman was a soloist with the Panama National Symphony, and she began regular appearances for 10 years as a featured soloist at the International Music Festival in Pitten, Austria.

A memorial service is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis, with refreshments to be served afterward at the Cathedral. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Vocal Performance Music Student Assistance Fund at SIUE or to the Opera Theatre of St. Louis Artist in Training Program. For more information about or assistance with making a gift to the SIUE fund, contact Marilyn Marsho, director of development for the College of Arts and Sciences, (618) 650-5048.


B. Hickman Dies; Was Retired Secretary

Barbara Hickman, formerly of Edwardsville and a retired secretary in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies, died Sunday, June 15, at her home in Oakville, Mo. She was 67. She began her career as a secretary at the SIU School of Dental Medicine in 1992 and went on to become a secretary in Sociology, where she retired in 2006

Visitation is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, at Paynic Home for Funerals in Rosewood Heights. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, June 19, at Saint Paul Epsicopal Church in Alton, with Fr. David Boase officiating. Burial will be at Moro Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.


L. Deininger Dies; Was SIUE Health Services Nurse

Laura Deininger, a nurse in SIUE Health Services, died June 11 at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo. Deininger, 46, originally from Staunton and a lifelong resident of Worden, had been on sick leave since March 3. She had enjoyed volunteering for church, club and civic activities, especially those involving her children.

Deininger first came to SIUE as a word processing operator in 1987. She earned an associate's degree at Lewis and Clark Community College in 1988. She left SIUE in 1995 and went on to earn an LPN in 1996 and an RN two years later, also at L&C. She joined Rosewood Home Health in 1999 until she became a nurse in SIUE Health Services the following year.

Burial was in Worden City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Worden Christian Church.


L. Linder Dies; Was Chemistry Lab Manager

Louis Linder of Belleville, retired lab manager in the Department of Chemistry, died at Memorial Hospital in Belleville on May 7, three days before his 92nd birthday and after a long illness. Before joining the SIUE staff in 1971, Linder had been with Alcoa Aluminum as a research chemist for 25 years. His accomplishments led to membership in the Society of Applied Spectroscopy, with one term as its treasurer, and inclusion in as Who's Who of Men of Science. He retired from SIUE in 1986 after 15 years of service.

Linder attended Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., and Saint Louis University, as well as Washington University in St. Louis, where he graduated with a bachelor of science in Chemistry. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946 under Douglas MacArthur at the invasion of the Philippines, as well as during the occupation in Japan. After the war, Linder briefly was employed at the Eagle-Picher Lead Company before joining Alcoa.

He was a member of the East St. Louis United Methodist Church and later joined the Signal Hill United Methodist Church. Linder also was a lifetime member of the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and participated in "Meals on Wheels."

Burial was at Mount Hope Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Signal Hill United Methodist Church or to the American Lung Association.


G. Bergschneider Dies; Was Administrative Secretary for The SIUE Foundation

George Ann Bergschneider, retired administrative secretary for the SIUE Foundation, died April 27 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. She was 78. She joined the University in 1961 as a secretary in the Office of Student Affairs and went on to hold secretarial positions with Student and Area Services, International and Area Services, the Systems Office and the Foundation. She retired in August 1987 after 26 years of service.

A 1947 graduate of Edwardsville High School, Ms. Bergschneider was employed for a year at United Shoe Machinery in St. Louis and then joined Associated Services, a collection agency in Edwardsville, for more than 10 years.

Visitation is scheduled from 4:30-8 p.m. today, April 30, at Weber and Rodney Funeral Home in Edwardsville, where the Rev. Sheryl Palmer will officiate at services at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 1. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Metro East Humane Society.


C. Burrus Dies; Was Retired Building Service Worker

Cecil Burrus, a retired building service worker, died March 12 as a result of a fire at his home in Wood River the day before. He was 83. His wife, Patricia A. Achuff Burrus, also died as a result of the fire that broke out while the couple was asleep. The couple's daughter-in-law and granddaughter escaped the blaze, according to The Telegraph newspaper. Firefighters from three departments were called to the scene.

Cecil Burrus joined the University in 1980 as a building service worker I in what was then known as Plant Operations, later known as Facilities Management. He retired in 1989 as a building service worker II. Before joining the University staff, Burrus had been in sales with ServiceMaster Carpet Cleaning, the Edwardsville Creamery and Marie's Party Chalet.

He was a graduate of Edwardsville High School.


S. Byington Dies; Was LPN In Health Services

Sharon Byington of Alton, a licensed practical nurse in Health Services, died Jan. 29 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was 58.

Before coming to SIUE in 1995, Byington had been an LPN at St. Anthony's Health Center in Alton, Community Memorial Hospital in Staunton and at Bethalto Care Center. She earned an LPN at the Olin Vocational School of Practical Nursing in 1976. She was placed on disability leave at SIUE in 2003.

Burial took place at Valhalla Memorial Park in Godfrey; memorials may be made to the New Wine Family Church Missions Fund.


P. Herdman Dies; Was Emeritus Associate SIU School of Dental Medicine Professor

Peter R. Herdman, emeritus associate professor at the SIU School of Dental Medicine, died Friday, Jan. 25. He was 64.

A native of Eastchester, N.Y., Herdman had been a resident of Jacksonville, Fla., since 2003 after retiring from the SIU School.

A staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and a Vietnam veteran, Herdman earned a doctorate in anatomy at Saint Louis University in 1976, then taught neuro anatomy at the SIU School for 27 years. Before coming to SIU dental school in Alton, Herdman attended New York University from 1961-65 and earned a bachelor of science in biology at Parsons College in 1967. He went on to earn a master's in anatomy at Saint Louis University in 1972.

From 1967-68 Herdman was a research assistant at SLU and then St. John's Mercy Hospital. From 1975-76 he was an assistant professor at SLU Medical School.

The family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, 1430 Prudential Dr., Jacksonville, Fla. 32207.

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