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Obituaries 2011

R. Madison Dies; Was Student Center Director

7 December 2011, 5:13 pm

Richard Madison, of Edwardsville and retired director of what was then known as the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville University Center, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, at his home. He was 74.

A native of Pleasant Hill, Madison was named assistant director of the University Center in 1966 and became director eight years later. The center was named later for Delyte W. Morris, founder of the Edwardsville campus. As part of his duties as center director, Madison also had oversight of the University's housing facilities. He retired in 1992.

Before coming to SIUE, Madison had been a program director for the Louisiana State University Student Union.

An Edwardsville alderman for 14 years, Madison also served on the Board of the Edwardsville Public Library, where he was involved in building a new addition. He was a member of the ESIC Baptist Church in Edwardsville and the Edwardsville Rotary Club. Madison graduated from Edwardsville High School and earned a bachelor of science in education-with a specialization in business-and a master of science in counselor education in 1964 and 1971, respectively, both at SIUE.

Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at Weber & Rodney Funeral Home in Edwardsville; a funeral service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at ESIC Baptist Church, the Rev. Barry Harris officiating. Interment will take place at Sunset Hill Memorial Estate in Glen Carbon.

Memorials may be made to the Illinois Center for Autism. Condolences may be expressed online:

John 'Jack' Ades Dies; Was Pioneer Faculty Member In English

4 November 2011, 7:10 pm

John Irvine "Jack" Ades, professor emeritus of English Language and Literature and one of the pioneer faculty at SIUE, died Thursday, Nov. 3, at his home in Edwardsville. He was 86. A native of Cincinnati, Ades joined the Southwestern Illinois Campus of SIU in 1958 as an instructor of English Language and Literature in what was then known as the Humanities Division at the Alton Residence Center, just one year after the fledgling university began classes there and at East St. Louis.

He became an assistant professor in 1963, an associate professor in 1966 and a professor in 1971, and was named chair of the English department the following year. He retired in 1990.

Before coming to SIUE, Ades taught freshman English and American Literature at the University of Cincinnati from 1955-58. Before that he was an instructor in literature and poetry at Johns Hopkins and at the College of Wooster in Ohio. Ades earned a bachelor of science in zoology and chemistry in 1949 at the University of Cincinnati, a master's in English the following year at Middlebury College in Vermont, and a doctorate in English at Cincinnati in 1963. He also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

An author with several literary essays published, Ades was known locally for his popular collection: The Pizza Plot: And A Few Other Slices From Life (Daniel & Daniel Publications, 1989). He also wrote The Church on North Kansas Street (1993) and The Mattress Game (Minerva Press, 1999).

He is credited with being the first SIUE faculty member to have a literary piece published in the PMLA, the prestigious journal of the Modern Language Association of America. For many years Ades also served on the advisory board of SIUE's journal, "Papers on Language and Literature." For some 15 years, he was the fine arts critic for The Telegraph in Alton and was known for his musicianship as a plectrum banjo player in The Old Guys Jazz Band, a popular St. Louis Area band made up of SIUE faculty members.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the First Presbyterian Church in Edwardsville, Dr. John Hembruch officiating. Weber & Rodney Funeral Home in Edwardsville is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian, 237 N. Kansas St., Edwardsville, IL 62025 or to the American Parkinson's Disease Association, 660 S. Euclid Ave., Campus Box 811, St. Louis, MO 63110.

W. Bennewitz Dies; Was Pioneer Member Of Science And Technology Faculty

1 November 2011, 9:45 pm

William Bennewitz, professor emeritus of computer science in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering, died Oct. 28 at Eden Village in Glen Carbon. He resided in Edwardsville. He was 84. Joining the University in 1960 in what was then known as the science and technology division, Bennewitz joined the computer science faculty in 1986 and retired 10 years later after 36 years of service.

A native of Olney, Bennewitz graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor of science in mathematics in 1949 and went on to earn a master of science in mathematics from the U of I the following year. In June 1957, he received a doctorate in mathematics, also at Illinois.

From 1957 until joining SIUE, Bennewitz taught elementary math, beginning algebra and geometry, as well as general topology, at the University of Southern California. He also served two stints in the military-from 1944-46 in the U.S. Navy and from 1951-53 in the U. S. Air Force.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at Saksa Mateer Funeral Home in Edwardsville. His remains were cremated.

D. Deloney Dies; Was Retired Cook From SIUE Dining Services

5 August 2011, 2:42 pm

Delphia L. Deloney, a retired cook from SIUE Dining Services who worked at the University for 8 years and retired in1989, died July 1, 2011.

Deloney, 85, of Granite City, was born Oct. 1, 1925 in Alto Pass. She died at the University Healthcare Rehabilitation Center in Edwardsville.

She was a member and past-president of the Eagles Auxiliary No. 1126 in Granite City.

C. Merkle Dies; Was Current Employee In Accounts Payable

5 August 2011, 2:37 pm

Catherine "Cathy" Merkle (nee Holland), 56, of Highland, died Thursday, July 21, 2011, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Merkle, originally from Hardin, was a current employee in Accounts Payable. She worked for the University for more than 24 years.

She bowled for many years on two different teams and followed local sports teams. She also liked landscaping.

F. Robbins Dies; Was Associate Professor Emeritus Of English

7 July 2011, 3:07 pm

Fred Robbins, associate professor emeritus of English Language and Literature and longtime editor of The Sou'Wester, died July 1 at Relais Bonne Eau Community Hospice Home in Edwardsville. He was 68.

A native of Martinsville, Va., Robbins earned a bachelor's in English at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., and also received a doctorate in English in 1970 at the University of Texas. He joined the SIUE faculty shortly thereafter in what was then known as the Humanities Division. Before coming to SIUE, Robbins had been a teaching assistant at UT-Austin. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserves and was discharged in 1969 as a first lieutenant.

During his tenure at SIUE, Robbins was editor of the S ou'Wester, a literary journal of fiction and poetry that he loved dearly. That publication continues to be published by the SIUE Department of English Language and Literature. Robbins retired in 2001.

An avid upland game hunter and trout fisherman, Robbins spent much of his free time hunting game birds in Illinois, with frequent expeditions to Michigan, Mississippi and elsewhere. He took pride in the five Brittanies he raised for bird hunting, especially his first dog, Belle, and his last dog, Vicky.

No funeral services were scheduled; memorials may be made to the Sou'Wester, c/o the Department of English Language and Literature, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1431. Condolences may be sent to Stephanie Robbins, 890 Vassar Dr., Edwardsville, IL 62025.

L. McAneny Dies; Was Emerita Lecturer

9 June 2011, 12:08 pm

Lucy Helen McAneny, an emerita lecturer in Instructional Services, died May 23 at the home of her son in Silver Spring, Md. She had lived much of her life in the Alton-Godfrey area. She was 85.

A native of Dodge City, Kan., McAneny graduated from the University of Kansas in 1946 with a degree in mathematics and taught math at SIUE from 1967 until she retired. She also had been a counselor at SIUE during the 1960s while earning a master's in math education. In the early 1950s, she taught math at Park College in Parkville, Mo. She earned a license as a private pilot and participated in the Ninety-Nines, an organization of women fliers.

A memorial service is being planned at a later date in the Alton area. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or to a charity of the donor's choice.

P. Riddleberger Dies; Was Professor Emeritus Of History

7 June 2011, 9:05 am

Patrick Riddleberger, professor emeritus of historical studies and one of the SIUE pioneers, died Saturday, June 4, at his home in Edwardsville. He was 95.

Joining the faculty in 1960 as an associate professor at the SIU Alton campus in what was then known as the social sciences division, Riddleberger went on to win the SIUE Teaching Excellence Award and the SIUE Alumni Association's Great Teacher Award. He also won a Fulbright to teach in India during the 1960s and was presented a president's award of merit by then-President Earl Lazerson in 1993. In 2000, he received an honorary doctor of humane letters from the University.

During his tenure at SIUE, Riddleberger also received the university's Outstanding Scholar Award. He was a prolific researcher who authored significant papers and books about the history of the South, especially about the American Civil War and the Reconstruction Era. He retired from SIUE in 1984 but continued his research well into his retirement years.

Colleagues remember Riddleberger as a gentleman scholar and others who knew him always had a kind word for the man. For many years after his retirement, Riddleberger could be seen on campus almost daily, enjoying lunch at the University Restaurant where the staff knew him by name. For his 90 th birthday, Riddleberger was presented a cake and a lifetime card entitling him to free lunches.

A native of Virginia, Riddleberger had a family connection to the Civil War with both his grandfathers serving as officers in the Confederate Army. During World War II, Riddleberger served in Africa as a captain and enjoyed telling the story about how he and Ernie Pyle, the legendary war correspondent, spent a day riding around in a vehicle convoy taking on enemy fire.

Before the war, Riddleberger earned a bachelor's in liberal arts at the Virginia Military Institute and received a doctorate in history at the University of California in 1953. Before coming to SIUE, Riddleberger taught history at the University of Maryland for seven years.

A memorial service is being planned.

M. Webb Dies; Was Secretary To The Bursar

19 May 2011, 2:39 pm

Margaret E. Webb, a retired secretary to the SIUE bursar, died Tuesday, May 17, at her home in Wood River. She was 84. For many years, Webb worked in the bursar's office. She retired from the University in 1988.

Visitation is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at Pitchford Funeral Home in Wood River. Funeral services are scheduled at 10 a.m. Friday, May 20, at the funeral home. Pastor Martin Schultz will officiate. Burial will follow in Upper Alton Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Wood River Heritage Council or to a charity of the donor's choice.

J. Cingolani Dies; Was Pioneer Faculty Member In Social Work

18 April 2011, 3:36 pm

Judith Cingolani, professor emerita of Social Work, died Saturday, April 16, at her home in Ormond By the Sea, Fla., after a long illness. She was 72. Cingolani was one of the founders of the Social Work education program at SIUE, joining the faculty in 1973. Before coming to the University, Cingolani had been an administrator with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. She retired from SIUE in 2000.

She earned a bachelor's at Millkin University in Decatur, a master's in history at the University of Illinois, a master's in social work at Washington University in St. Louis and a doctorate in social work at Saint Louis University.

As a child, Cingolani and her family lived in England, and she attended secondary schools in Lebanon and Egypt. She and her husband, Bill, travelled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

No visitation or funeral service is planned. Memorials may be made to the Halifax Humane Society, 2364 W. LPGA Boulevard, P.O. Box 9035, Daytona Beach, FL 32120-9035

E. Rains Dies; Was SIUE Payroll Director

31 March 2011, 11:59 am

Ethel Mae Rains, former director of payroll at SIUE, died March 22 at NHC Health Care Home in Town and Country, Mo. She was 91. A native of Litchfield and raised in Morrisonville, Rains joined the University's payroll department as a clerk in 1958 at the Alton campus. She rose in the ranks to director by the early 1960s and retired from SIUE in 1980.

Before coming to the University, she held various positions including secretary to the state manager at Armco Drainage and Metal Products Inc. in Springfield from 1945-47. She also operated a "doll hospital," making dolls' clothing. Rains also studied for a degree in business administration at SIUE.

A memorial service will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9, at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 1485 Craig Road, Creve Coeur, Mo. Memorials may be made to that church or to Valley Park United Methodist Church, 436 Valley School Drive, Valley Park, Mo. 63088. Interment will take place in Morrisonville.

J. Bridwell Dies; Was Associate Professor Emeritus Of Geography And Earth Science

17 March 2011, 5:40 pm

James G. Bridwell, associate professor emeritus of geography and earth science and a decorated World War II aviator, career Air Force officer, business owner and senior Olympian, died Tuesday, March 15, of complications related to a stroke. He was 91 and resided in Edwardsville.

A native of Pittsburg, Ill., Bridwell was as an underage volunteer for the Civilian Military Training Corps and then joined the Civilian Conservation Corps as a lumberjack. During World War II, Bridwell served in the Army Air Corps and flew over the Himalayas in unpressurized aircraft, braving heavy ground fire to resupply allied forces. He earned three Distinguished Flying Crosses.

Bridwell tells the story that in 1952 he flew across country with Charles Lindbergh and was so proud that Lindbergh asked Bridwell to teach the great aviator how fly a modern aircraft. Bridwell also said during his Air Force career he flew Army generals, including Dwight Eisenhower, and also entertainers such as Bob Hope, Gary Moore and Shirley Temple to military installations. Bridwell eventually became an instructor of Air Force ROTC cadets at SIU Carbondale and was part of the Strategic Air Command until retiring from the Air Force in 1965 as a lieutenant colonel.

After retirement from the service, Bridwell and his wife, Maxine, moved to Edwardsville, where he purchased the Montclair Liquor Store, while at the same time taking graduate courses at SIU Edwardsville. There he earned a master's in geography, eventually began teaching at the University in 1967, and later chaired what was then known as the Department of Earth Science, Geography and Planning. He retired from SIUE in 1980.

Later, Bridwell purchased an ice cream parlor and snack shop in Maryville. During the 1979 Illinois Senior Olympics, Bridwell won four gold medals as well as a silver and a bronze. He also served a term as an alderman for the city of Edwardsville and lost a bid for mayor.

A funeral service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. today at Rodney and Weber Funeral Home in Edwardsville. Interment will take place at Valley View Cemetery in Edwardsville.

G. Wittig Dies; Was Professor Emerita Of Biological Sciences

14 March 2011, 5:21 pm

Gertraude Wittig, professor emerita of biological sciences and a tireless advocate for women in the sciences, died March 1 in Vienna, Austria. She was 82.

A native of Glauchau, Germany, Wittig came to SIUE in 1968 after serving as a research microbiologist at Oregon State University. She first came to the United States on a Fulbright Scholarship in 1958 to extend her research experience in entomology and insect pathology at the University of California at Berkeley, where she also learned electron microscopy. In 1959 Wittig joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a research specialist in insect pathology and electron microscopy.

From the mid-1940s until she left for the states, Wittig taught biology and German at the Musterschule Glauchau in Germany and at the pre-university school in Neckarsulm, Germany.

She received a doctorate in zoology and botany from the University at Marburg in 1955 and completed the staatsexamen (state exam) later the same year in biology, chemistry and physics at the Universitat Tϋbingen, where she remained as a research scholar for three more years.

A year after coming to SIUE, Wittig received an NSF instructional equipment grant to fund an electron microscopy curriculum at the University and also to write a manual for creating an electron microscopy lab. At the time, her class was the only regular electron microscopy course in the region. Later, she received another NSF grant to develop entomology instruction in the SIUE Department of Biological Sciences and also to write a manual and study guide for the insect morphology lab at the University. She retired from SIUE in 1998 and recently returned to Europe.

For many years, Wittig encouraged participation of women in the sciences through affirmative action programs and women's studies. She worked toward that goal as a committee chair within the American Association of University Professors and also as SIUE area representative of the Affirmative Action Goals and Actions Committee for the Association for Women in Science.

She also was a member of numerous other professional societies and civic organizations, including the Society for Ethnic and Special Studies and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

R. Koepke Dies: Was Emeritus Professor Of Geography And Earth Science

17 February 2011, 4:00 pm

Robert Koepke, long-time advocate for economic and industrial development in the Metro East and Southwestern Illinois, and a professor emeritus of geography and earth science, died Thursday, Feb. 17. He was 74.

Koepke was named an assistant professor of geography at SIUE in 1966 in what was then known as the Social Sciences Division. He had been teaching at the University for two years before that. By 1979, Koepke was a professor of earth science, geography and planning, and also had been appointed by then-Provost Earl Lazerson as coordinator of area development for the University. The appointment was part of the University's move to become even more involved in economic development in the region.

Later, the area development unit merged with the Office of Regional Research and Development Services, and Koepke was named associate director of the new unit. He returned to teaching in what was then known as the Department of Geography and Earth Science in 1988. During the 11 years he was involved with the University's area development efforts, Koepke provided economic development assistance and expertise to communities throughout Southwestern Illinois, and continued in that role with various organizations even after he retired from SIUE in 1995.

He most recently served on the I-55 Corridor Planning Team, The Charles Melvin Price Army Material Support Center Redevelopment Team and The Commonwealth Edison Economic Development Education Team. He also had been a consultant to the Illinois Metro East Corporation, the East-West Gateway Coordinating Council and the Linclay Corporation. Koepke had been vice president of the Illinois Geographical Society, a member of the board of the Great Lakes States Industrial Development, a member of the Economic Development Committee of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis and a member of the Business Climate and Economic Development Committee of the St. Louis Regional Industrial Development Corporation.

A native of Berwyn, Koepke was a research assistant while studying at SIU Carbondale and graduated with a bachelor's in geography in 1958. He attended the University of Wisconsin, studying for a year before going on to the University of Illinois where he earned a master's in geography in 1961. He earned a doctorate at the U of I in 1965.

Over his career, Koepke received a host of regional and national awards including Honorary Life Member of International Economic Development Council (since 1990), the 1987 Richard Preston Award for Educational Merit from the AEDC Educational Foundation, the International Economic Development Council 2008 Chairman's Award and the Edwardsville-Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award.

A memorial visitation is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, to meet family and friends, at Weber and Rodney Funeral Home, 304 N. Main St., Edwardsville. A memorial service has been scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at St. John United Methodist Church, 7372 Marine Road, Edwardsville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the building fund of St. John's United Methodist Church or to The Gardens at SIUE, SIUE Foundation, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1082. Messages of condolence may be sent to Jean Koepke, 2 Orchid Ct., Edwardsville, IL 62025.

K. Sanders Dies; Was Member Of SIU Board Of Trustees

13 January 2011, 3:57 pm

Keith R. Sanders, a member of the SIU Board of Trustees since 2004 and former executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), died Jan. 12 from complications of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 71.

A Benton native, Sanders was an SIU Carbondale graduate, holding both a bachelor of science and a master of science in speech/psychology. He earned a doctorate in communications at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, Sanders currently was studying for another graduate degree at the University of Chicago.

Sanders' distinguished career in higher education spanned five decades, including serving as the executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education from 1998 until his retirement in 2002, various appointments in the University of Wisconsin system from 1989 to 1997, including senior vice president and COO for the University of Wisconsin System and chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. Sanders' academic service at SIUC included stints as dean of the former College of Communication and Fine Arts from 1983 to 1989 and as professor in communications from 1967 to 1989. His tenure on the SIU Board will be most remembered for his promotion of affordable access to a public higher education degree. Sanders, who served as chair of the board's Finance Committee, was a strong voice on the board in support of last year's enactment of a tuition rate freeze.

In 2006, Sanders and his wife, Carol, endowed an alumni scholarship at SIUC to support the academic goals of high-achieving, low-income students from Franklin County. At last month's board meeting, Sanders pledged the first financial contribution to the newly proposed Student Success Center on the Carbondale campus. "The thoughts and prayers of our entire university community go out to today to Carol and her family for their loss," SIU President Glenn Poshard said. "Dr. Sanders' contributions to this University over the last 50 years have been many; but in my view, his greatest gift was the constant vigil he kept for those least able to afford a college education. No one was truer to the mission of this University and its role of lifting students of modest means into this country's great middle class than Dr. Sanders."

SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift said Sanders had a profound understanding of higher education that paid "great dividends to our University" and also noted: "During his service on the Board of Trustees, he was particularly committed to access and affordability for our students and influenced development of scholarship programs. Public higher education and SIU have lost a great servant."

A memorial service is being planned for later this year at SIU Carbodnale.

J. Kendall Dies; Was Music Professor Emeritus

6 January 2011, 3:55 pm

Music Professor Emeritus John Dryden Kendall, founder of the internationally known Suzuki String Program at SIUE and one of the earliest proponents of the Suzuki String Teaching Method in the United States, died Jan. 6 at Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor, Mich. He was 93.

Kendall joined SIUE in 1963 in what was then known as the fine arts division after serving on the music faculty for 17 years at Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio. While there, Kendall served as director of the Muskingum Conservatory and was chair of the college's arts division. He previously held faculty positions at Drury College in Springfield, Mo., and at Iowa State University.

A native of Kearney, Neb., Kendall received a baccalaureate in music and chamber music studies in 1939 at Oberlin College Conservatory in Ohio and earned a master of music education six years later at Columbia Teachers College in New York City. He also studied at the Dalcroze and Juilliard schools, at Indiana University and with Ivan Galamian before coming to SIUE. From 1943-46 Kendall served in the Civilian Public Service, an alternative at the time to military service.

Kendall said he first discovered the "listen-and-play" teachings of Shinichi Suzuki while at Muskingum when he viewed a newsreel at an American String Teachers Association meeting in 1958. "We were amazed," he said, "to see as many as 1,000 violinists, ages six to 14, performing in unison without a conductor and without printed notes …" That moment proved life changing as Kendall began the first of several trips to Japan to study the method under Suzuki. In fact, it was Kendall who asked Suzuki to help adapt the method for children in the United States. Although he would demure at such accolades, Kendall was often credited with being the first educator to bring the method to North America. Kendall eventually traveled throughout the world touting the method as a viable way to teach strings and piano.

The SIUE Suzuki String Program, which Kendall founded, became known internationally for its use of Suzuki's methods. In turn, educators from throughout the globe came to SIUE to study under Kendall. After retiring from SIUE in 1987, he continued to teach at the University, and also tirelessly conducted numerous workshops and seminars throughout the United States and in several countries as a proponent of the Suzuki teaching method. His work as a music educator spanned more than five decades.

After leaving SIUE in 1994, Kendall and his wife, Kay, relocated to Takoma Park, Md., to be closer to their three children. The couple often returned to Edwardsville because of their interest in the Watershed Nature Center they helped create. She preceded him in death in 1998 and in 2005 Kendall followed his son, Christopher, to Ann Arbor where the younger Kendall had been named dean of music at the University of Michigan. A memorial service is being planned for spring. Memorials be made to Nature Preserve Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 843, Edwardsville, IL 62025.

M. Matta Dies; Was Professor Emeritus Of Chemistry

3 January 2011, 3:48 pm

Michael S. Matta of Edwardsville, professor emeritus of chemistry, died Jan. 3 at his home. He was 70.

Joining the faculty at SIUE in 1969 in what was then known as the Science and Technology Division, Matta was a mentor to numerous SIUE chemistry students who received their master of science in chemistry. In 1973, Matta was awarded the SIUE Teaching Excellence Award, the highest honor paid to faculty at the University. He was department chair from 1980-83 and retired in 1996.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Matta received a bachelor of science in chemistry from the University of Dayton in 1962 and earned a doctorate in organic chemistry at Indiana University in 1966. He then spent two years in postdoctoral work at Amherst College in biochemistry. He also served as a senior research assistant at Monsanto Corp. in Miamisburg, Ohio, from 1966-68. Matta published extensively in scientific journals about organic synthesis, enzymology and microbiologic profiling. The National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health as well as Vitek Systems Inc., of St. Louis, sponsored his research activities. Matta also held patents for the synthesis of several important chemicals.

For the past 34 years, Matta wrote or contributed to college and high school level chemistry textbooks, some of which were translated into Spanish, Italian and Bahsa Indonesian. The eighth edition of Pearson Chemistry was released in late 2010. He also was known locally for his fine woodworking and watercolors, and was a member of the Edwardsville Area Woodworkers Club, displaying his work at local shows.

Visitation will take place from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at Weber and Rodney Funeral Home in Edwardsville, with a memorial service scheduled at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at the funeral home with Deacon Dan Corbett, of St. Boniface Church in Edwardsville, officiating. Condolences may be expressed online at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to KETC-TV (Ch. 9), 3655 Olive St, MO 63108; or St Louis Public Radio, One University Blvd, St Louis, MO 63121.

B. Teters Dies; Was Retired SIUE Provost

1 January 2011, 3:47 pm

Barbara Joan Teters, retired SIUE provost, died Jan. 1 at Sunshine Gardens Nursing Home In Spokane Valley, Wash. She was 84.

Before joining the University as provost in 1981, Teters was vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas at Monticello for two years and from 1973-78 was professor of political science and chair of that department at Mississippi State University. She held faculty rankings from 1960 to 1973 at the University of Iowa, teaching East Asian politics and history, comparative politics and international relations. During the 1950s, Teters taught at the University of Montana and also overseas.

A native of Wenatchee, Wash., about 150 miles east of Seattle, Teters received a bachelor's in 1946 from the University of Michigan, and a master's in 1949 and a doctorate in 1955 in political science, both from the University of Washington. Her dissertation studied "The Conservative Opposition in Japanese Politics, 1877-1894."

Teters' five years as provost at SIUE-where she held the rank of professor of government and public affairs, later political science-was fraught with controversy as she oversaw many personnel changes and streamlining of academic procedures, bringing criticism from several members of the faculty. She created new programs at SIUE, including September Option, which allowed students to take classes between the summer and fall quarters (when SIUE was on the quarter system), and Weekend University, a program of classes scheduled on Saturdays. Both programs continued for several years after Teters announced her retirement in 1986.

She resided in Edwardsville until the early 1990s and then moved to Priest Lake in Northern Idaho, where she built a cabin near property where her grandfather had resided. Her nephew, Daniel Teters, said that after her retirement, and while still in Edwardsville, his aunt aided international students and Asian families coming to this country, helping them acclimate to the culture. She also was a voracious reader, he said.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 8, at The Holy Cross Cemetery Chapel in Spokane.

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