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Obituaries 2010

·D. Hostetler Dies; Was Emeritus Professor Of PAPA
·R. Barringer Dies; Was Emeritus Professor Of Operations Management
·T. OBrien Dies; Was Professor Emeritus
·David E. Bear; Was Professor Emeritus In SIUE School of Education
·H. Elsbach Dies; Was Associate Professor Emeritus At Dental School
·L. Rendleman Leffler Dies; Was Widow Of SIUE President
·R. Elledge Dies; Was Head Baker
·W. Broadway Dies; Was In Facilities Management
·V. Dallape Dies; Was Office Supervisor
·O. Joyner Dies; Was Associate Professor Emeritus
·P. Eugene Gene Violette Dies; Was Founder Of SIUE Summer Writing Camp
·C. Hammonds Dies Just Before Teaching Class; Was Former Superintendent Of St. Louis Schools
·L. Williams Dies Suddenly; Was Head Of School Of Nursings Project GAIN Program
·V. Zaytzeff Dies; Was Professor Emerita Of Foreign Languages And Literature
·R.S. Winnett Dies; Was Business Manager For The SIUE Student Center
·G. Mabunda Dies; Was Associate Professor In School Of Nursing
·G. Arnold Dies; Was Pioneer Faculty Member, Environmentalist
·D. Henderson Dies; Was Building Mechanic At ESLHEC
·E. Sturley Dies; Was Pioneer Faculty Member
·S. Paul Dies; Was Retired Personnel Officer
·M.L. Smith Dies; Was retired Secretary


D. Hostetler Dies; Was Emeritus Professor Of PAPA

Dennis W. Hostetler of Collinsville, professor emeritus of public administration and policy analysis, died Dec. 31 after a long illness. He was 68.

Before joining the University in 1975 in what was then known as the Government and Public Affairs division, later part of the SIUE School of Social Sciences, Hostetler taught English and American culture for the Peace Corps at the College Moyen de Gafsa in Tunisia. He also was a teaching assistant at the University of Iowa, where he was studying for a masters and then a doctorate, both in political science. He earned the doctorate in 1974. He had received a bachelors in philosophy in 1965 at the University of Montana. From 1972-75, Hostetler was an assistant professor, teaching American government, public administration, state and local government, political statistics and analysis, among other subjects, all at Quincy (IL) College.

He served as department chair of the newly named SIUE Department of Public Administration and Policy Analysis from 1988-1996, and also served on committees for the Chancellors office during his career at the University. He was author of several publications on public finance, teaching, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, served as a consultant for state and local government agencies, and received the SIUE Teaching Excellence Award in 2003. He retired from the University in 2006.

Active in the LGBT community, Hostetler served on the boards of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (P-FLAG), Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (SAGE) of Metro St. Louis and Prime Timers St. Louis, an educational organization for older gay or bisexual men. Hostetler also was an avid world traveler, a competitive tennis player, bicycle enthusiast, member of the Gateway Squares (a gay square-dancing organization), and enjoyed playing bridge with friends. He relished intense discussions, usually about politics and life, and cherished extended family and friends.

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be conducted Saturday afternoon, Jan. 22. The family welcomes short, personal remembrances or stories, approximately one page or less, about Dennis to add to his written memoirs. For memorial service time and location and/or to send a story by e-mail: Memorials may be made to SAGE Metro St. Louis, 2710 South Grand Avenue, Ste. 109, St. Louis, MO 63118, or visit the website:


R. Barringer Dies; Was Emeritus Professor Of Operations Management

Robert L. Barringer, professor emeritus of operations management in the SIUE School of Business, died Saturday, Dec. 18, at his home in Midway, three weeks before his 83rd birthday.

A native of Evanston who grew up in Illinois, Ohio and Michigan, Barringer graduated from The Principia College in 1951 with a bachelor of science in physics and went on to earn a doctorate at MIT in nuclear physics seven years later. Barringer was part of the operations research staff at A.D. Little Inc. in Cambridge, Mass., from 1956-1963, and was a manager with Little from 1963-69. He spent two years at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., as director of academic and administrative computing, where he created the information and computer department. He joined SIUE in what was then known as the business division in 1972, first with the off-campus business administration program and then as associate professor of management science. He retired from the University in 1993.

A lifelong christian scientist and a member of First Church of Christ, Scientist in Edwardsville, Barringer enjoyed travel, wildlife, music (particularly opera) and spending time with family. A memorial service was conducted Dec. 27 at First Presbyterian Church in Alton; arrangements for cremation were handled by the Neptune Society. Memorials may be made to First Church of Christ, Scientist in Edwardsville.


T. O�Brien Dies; Was Professor Emeritus

Thomas C. O'Brien, professor emeritus of curriculum and instruction at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a tireless advocate for advanced math studies at the grade school level, died Dec. 6, 2010, after a long illness. He was 72.

Born in New York City, O'Brien was educated by the Irish Christian Brothers at Iona Preparatory School and at Iona College, New Rochelle, N.Y. Awarded a New York State Regents Scholarship and a New York State Regents Teaching Fellowship, he earned a masters at Columbia University and a doctorate at New York University. In 1970, O'Brien joined the education faculty at SIUE, where he directed The Teachers Center Project, a federally funded program designed to strengthen the teaching and learning of elementary school mathematics. Formerly the mathematics editor for the Macmillan Company, OBrien also taught at Iona Prep and Iona College, and at Boston University.

He lectured in the United States, Canada, the U.K., Germany, Hungary, South Africa and Brazil on the development of children's mathematical thinking, and in 1978 was named the first NATO Senior Research Fellow in Science. As a curriculum developer, OBrien authored more than 50 books for children, in the United States, the UK, Germany and Brazil, and wrote more than 80 papers on children's mathematical problem solving. His work has been translated into Hebrew, Portuguese, Icelandic and German. He also developed prizewinning educational software for Sunburst Communications and also Palm. Active in the educational technology community, he was awarded the Technology in Learning Leadership Award by the Computer Using Educators (CUE) in October 2002.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 21, at St. Anselm Church, 530 South Mason Road, Creve Coeur, Mo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society; the Holy Trinity/Grand Endeavor Scholarship Fund, c/o St. Anselm Parish, St. Louis, Mo.; or the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.


David E. Bear; Was Professor Emeritus in the SIUE School of Education

David Eli Bear, of Godfrey, professor emeritus in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education and a pioneer educator at the University, died Dec. 4 at Alton Memorial Hospital. He was 93.

Retired from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1978, Bear joined the faculty of Southern Illinois University in 1957 and served for many years as the chair of the SIUE Department of Elementary Education, pushing the school to take a more active role with education in the Metro East "in areas where the need is greatest," according to SIUE University News Service archives.

Born in Tuscumbia, Mo., Bear graduated from Iberia (MO) Junior College in 1938. He earned a bachelor's at Springfield State Teachers College in Missouri in 1941, now Missouri State University; and earned a doctorate of education from Washington University in St. Louis in 1958.

Through the years, Bear served in various leadership capacities in organizations including the National Education Association, the Illinois Education Association, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Phi Delta Kappa Education Fraternity and the Illinois Elementary Principals Association. He also was elected treasurer and president of the Illinois Reading Council.

Before coming to SIUE, he was a principal in the Alton School District. He also was a member of the Alton School Board in the 1970s, helping the district through difficult financial times.
A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, at Upper Alton Baptist Church, 2726 College Ave.


H. Elsbach Dies; Was Associate Professor Emeritus At Dental School

Dr. Henry George Elsbach, retired chair of the Department of Growth, Development and Structure at the SIU School of Dental Medicine, died Nov. 19 in St. Peters, Mo. He would have been 80 on Dec. 3.

A native of Hamburg, Germany, Elsbach joined the dental school faculty part time in 1974 and was appointed chair of what was then known as the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in 1989. He retired in 2002 and was named associate professor emeritus two years later. He earned a bachelor's at the University of California in 1956 in bacteriology, a DDS at Loyola University in 1958 and a certificate in pedodontics in 1960 at the University of Iowa. From 1960 until his retirement he maintained a pediatric dentistry practice in Alton.

Visitation will take place at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at All Saints Parish in St. Peters, followed by a memorial mass. His body will be donated to Saint Louis University. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to All Saints Parish-St. Vincent DePaul, 7 McMenamy Road, St. Peters, MO 63376; SIU School of Dental Medicine, 2800 College Ave., Alton IL 62002; or to the Happy Hearts Rescue Ranch, P.O. Box 301, Fenton, MO 63026.


L. Rendleman Leffler Dies; Was Widow Of SIUE President

enora Rendleman Leffler, widow of SIUE President John S. Rendleman, died Thursday, Nov. 4, in Carbondale. She was 76. A native of Jonesboro, she married Rendleman in 1956; he preceded her in death in 1976. She later married Thomas Lee Leffler who preceded her in death in 2004.

A tireless advocate for the expansion and growth of SIUE, John S. Rendleman was known as a colorful administrator who made SIUE an equal partner in the SIU system for the first time. During 1970-1971, the SIU Board of Trustees initiated a transition to maximum feasible decentralization within the system, appointing Rendleman as president of SIUE and Robert G. Layer as president of SIUC. Thus, the two campuses reached autonomy for the first time. Rendleman also was credited with helping deter campus violence at SIUE unlike other campuses, where protest was rampant during the Vietnam era, including SIU Carbondale.

A civil rights advocate who valued education, Mrs. Leffler was most passionate about her family. A graduate of Jonesboro (IL) High School, Lenora received her bachelors at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Her love for Southern Illinois was strong and pulled her back to the area to teach and attend graduate school. An avid equestrian, Lenora rode horses as a young girl and would later lend a helping hand with her daughter's horse. She enjoyed studying history, which she expressed through her antique collection and her knowledge of things pertaining to the Civil War, Southern Illinois and her family's past.

While married to John Rendleman, she and her husband were known around Carbondale and later Edwardsville for hosting fabulous parties. John and Lenora lived in Carbondale from 1957 until 1968 when John came to SIUE. In Edwardsville, Lenora became the first lady of SIUE. She served that role with grace and pride. She often said one of her proudest accomplishments during their stay in Edwardsville was helping to establish the Mississippi River Festival, along with her husband, and in so doing, brought to Edwardsville and the Metro East area performances of many talented rock and folk bands, as well as regular appearances by the Saint Louis Symphony. When Rendleman died, Lenora made the decision to stay in Edwardsville because her children were still in the area. After her marriage to Leffler, they returned to Carbondale. Family members pointed out that Lenora and Tom spent many happy years together, traveling and enjoying visits to extended family. After Tom died, Lenora continued to travel, spending time with family.

A private burial took place in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park in Murphysboro. Memorials may be made to the Washington University School of Neurology, Epilepsy Unit.


R. Elledge Dies; Was Head Baker

Rose A. "Alice" Elledge, of Edwardsville, died Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Rosewood Care Center in Edwardsville. She was 84. A native of Pulaski County, Alice retired in 1991 after 24 years of service as head baker in what was then as Food Service at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She also was a member of the Liberty Worship Center in Edwardsville. Interment took place in the Mount Olive Cemetery at Dongola.

Memorials may be made to the Liberty Worship Center in Edwardsville or Heartland Hospice. Condolences may be expressed online:


W. Broadway Dies; Was In Facilities Management

William T. Bill Broadway, a retiree in the Office of Facilities Management, died Thursday, Oct. 21, at VIP Manor in Wood River. He was 82.

A graduate of Wood River Township High School in 1946, Broadway went on to become an operating engineer for nearly 40 years at Owens-Illinois Glass in Alton before coming to the University in 1989. He retired in 1997.

Interment was at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto. Memorials may be made to the Metro East Humane Society or the Bethalto United Methodist Church Building Fund.


V. Dallape Dies; Was Office Supervisor

Vernita Herke Dallape, a retired office supervisor in the Office of the President (now Chancellor), died Thursday, Oct. 14, in Wood River. She was 89.

A native of Evansville, Ind., Dallape was a graduate of Bramwell Business College in Evansville. She joined the SIUE staff in 1964 and became office supervisor in 1971. She retired in 1993 after serving three presidents.

A private family memorial and burial service were conducted at Park lawn Cemetery, Georgia Chapel, in Evansville. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association.


O. Joyner Dies; Was Associate Professor Emeritus

Orville Delong Joyner, associate professor emeritus of educational leadership who traveled the world as a consultant for international education, died Saturday, Sept. 18, at his home in St. Louis. He was 83.

A native of Kokomo, Ind., Joyner attended Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., Indiana University and the University of Pittsburgh. He also was an exceptional photographer of Americana and international culture.

An open house in celebration of Orville Joyner's life will take place from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at The Aquinas Institute of Theology, 23 S. Spring St. at Forest Park Boulevard in St. Louis. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Aquinas Institute through the website:, Forest Park Forever through the website:, or BJC Hospice through the website:


P. Eugene �Gene� Violette Dies; Was Founder Of SIUE Summer Writing Camp

Philip Eugene Gene Violette, emeritus assistant professor of English Language and Literature and founder of the SIUE Summer Writing Camp, which he directed for some 20 years, died Thursday, Sept. 16. He was 73.

Violette came to SIUE in 1965 as an instructor for the department in what was then called the School of Humanities. Before joining the University he had been a teaching fellow, a teaching assistant and an instructor from 1959-65 in freshman composition, remedial English, 18th Century literature and introduction to literature, all at Saint Louis University where he was studying for a doctorate. He also was an instructor during summer 1959 and 1960 at St. Michaels College in Winooski Park, Vermont, teaching rhetoric and freshman composition. He received a bachelors in English and the humanities at St. Michael's in 1959. The SIUE camp was founded in 1983 and Violette took great pride in its accomplishments and in overseeing all of the camps operations. He retired from the University in 2002.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Lindell and Newstead, at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23; no visitation is planned. Interment will take place in Van Buren, Maine, Genes birthplace. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at the Cathedral Basilica. Lupton Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


C. Hammonds Dies Just Before Teaching Class; Was Former Superintendent Of St. Louis Schools

Cleveland Hammonds, a career educator and a part-time lecturer in the SIUE Department of Educational Leadership for many years, died Tuesday afternoon after collapsing just before he was to teach a class in education administration. He died later after being taken by ambulance to Anderson Hospital in Maryville. He was 74.

Hammonds, who had a long distinguished career in education, was best known in the area as superintendent of St. Louis Public Schools from 1996 to 1993. A graduate of SIU Carbondale, with a degree in history in 1958 and a masters in guidance counseling in 1963, Hammonds was a member of the SIUC Alumni Associations executive board. Hammonds went on to earn a doctorate at the University of Illinois before embarking on his career. He also was named superintendent of the year in North Carolina and for a time was superintendent of Birmingham (AL) Schools.

Speaking about Hammonds passing, SIUE School of Education Dean Bette Bergeron said: As a former superintendent, we were privileged to have someone of Cleveland Hammonds expertise in sharing his knowledge with our graduate students in our administration programs. He was highly respected by our students and faculty, and will be greatly missed.


L. Williams Dies Suddenly; Was Head Of School Of Nursing�s Project GAIN Program

Lorraine Williams, an associate professor of primary care and health systems nursing, died suddenly Sunday, Sept. 5, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville after being stricken while driving on campus. Williams, who was head of the School of Nursing's Project GAIN (Get Ahead in Nursing) program, died after nearly 20 years of service to the University. She was 74.

A native of Lovejoy, Williams earned three degrees at SIUE: a BSN in 1968, a master of education in 1973 and an MSN in psychiatric-mental health nursing in 1991. In 1989, Williams also earned a doctorate in educational administration and higher education in 1989 at SIU Carbondale. She joined the SIUE Nursing faculty two years later. Williams' clinical interests included substance abuse/AIDS, effectiveness of pre-college education interventions for minority students, as well as the impact of domestic and street violence on learning ability. Her research interests included educational intervention and psychiatric-mental health nursing education.

Before coming to SIUE, Williams held positions from 1979-1991 at St. Louis State Hospital including nursing director of psychosocial rehabilitation and nurse director of the three acute psychiatric nursing unitsIntensive Care; Emergency Care; and Home Health Care Outreach and Day Hospital. She began her career as an evening supervisor at Bethesda General Hospital in St. Louis and as a teacher in East St. Louis Public Schools. Other positions she held included evening supervisor at the Jewish Center for the Aged, instructor and coordinator at the Municipal School of Nursing, and director of patient care services and director of nursing at Central Medical Center Hospital, all in St. Louis. Williams also was an instructor at the St. Louis campus of Tarkio College.

Speaking about Williams passing, SIUE Nursing Dean Marcia Maurer said: Aside from her dedication to psychiatric nursing and nursing education, Dr. Williams had been tireless in promoting nursing to young men and women from educationally, socially and economically depressed communities. As director for Project GAIN for over 13 years, Maurer said, Dr. Williams recruited numerous students into nursing. Just this year, she was awarded a $900,000 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to head the SIUE Student Nurse Achievement Program (SNAP), a project aimed at recruiting disadvantaged men and women into nursing.

Dr. Williams work with minority students is indeed her legacy.

Visitation will take place at Officer Funeral Home, 2114 Missouri Avenue, East St. Louis, from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10. Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at St. Paul Baptist Church, 1500 Bond Ave., East St. Louis.


V. Zaytzeff Dies; Was Professor Emerita Of Foreign Languages And Literature

Véronique Zaytzeff, an associate professor emerita of Foreign Languages and Literature, died Thursday, July 8, at her home in Glen Carbon. She was 73.

A native of Casablanca, Zaytzeff was born of Russian parents who settled there by way of Bulgaria, Turkey and Paris to escape the overturning of czarist Russia. Later, the family moved to Buenos Aires, where her mother practiced dentistry, but the family moved back to Casablanca after only 18 months.

In 1959, Véronique accepted a position as a teacher and vice principal at a NATO boys school in France. She arrived in the United States in 1967 to accept a position as a teaching associate at Indiana University and two years later joined the SIUE Foreign Languages and Literature faculty. She became a U.S. citizen in 1976. She retired from SIUE in 2008.

She earned a baccalaureate in modern sciences in 1957 and degrees in Russian and French in 1964, both from the University of Bordeaux, and a degree in Russian in 1967 at the University of Paris.

A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 14, at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road, Glen Carbon, IL.


R.S. Winnett Dies; Was Business Manager For The SIUE Student Center

Robert Steven Steve Winnett, retired business manager for the SIUE Morris University Center and a retired accountant, died Monday, May 31, at Relais Bonne Eau in Edwardsville. He was 79.

He joined the fledgling campus in 1965 as assistant to the vice president with special assignment related to the state board of higher education. By 1976 Winnett had become staff assistant to the SIUE vice president for business affairs and by 1979 was named business manager for the SIUE student center. He retired in 1995. Before coming to SIUE, Winnett was an accountant at Ernst & Ernst from 1958-1962, comptroller of Interstate Finance in Dubuque, Iowa, from 1962-64 and auditor for Securities Investment from 1964-65.

A native of Cumberland, Winnett graduated in 1957 from what was then known as Eastern Illinois State Teachers College with a bachelors in education and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1968 with a masters in accountancy. Winnett served five years in the U.S. Navy and also served 25 years on the Wood River Library Board of Trustees. He was a 45-year member of First United Methodist Church of Wood River, the U.S.S. Valley Forge Happy Valley Reunion Club, the American Legion, the Ainad Shriners and the Moose.

He was interred at Harmony Cemetery near Greenup. Memorials may be made to Wood River Library Foundation, 326 E. Ferguson, Wood River, IL, 62095, and First United Methodist Church of Wood River, 30 N. 6th St., Wood River, IL, 62095.


G. Mabunda Dies; Was Associate Professor In School Of Nursing

Gladys Mabunda, an associate professor of family and community health nursing in the SIUE School of Nursing, died suddenly of a heart attack May 29 while visiting her sister in South Africa.

The ninth of ten children and reared by a single parent in South Africa during the era of apartheid, Mabunda fought for a college education and eventually came to the United States to earn additional degrees. Undaunted by obstacles put in her path, she earned master's and doctoral degrees at Saint Louis University. Mabunda joined the SIUE School of Nursing faculty in 1996. A member of the national organization of Transcultural Nursing as well as international global nursing and public health organizations, Mabundas research and publications reflected her interest in African emigrés and their adaptation to America, particularly in terms of health-seeking behaviors. She held office in the international scholarship organization, Sigma Theta Tau, and the SIUE School of Nursing chapter of Epsilon Eta.

During her tenure at SIUE, she taught public health theory and clinical nursing to undergraduates as well as the RN-to-BS students. Mabunda also taught epidemiology to graduate nursing students. he School of Nursing faculty and staff are deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Mabunda, said Nursing Dean Marcia Maurer. A memorial service will be held in August when all faculty return and students are also in class so that all can remember Gladys.


G. Arnold Dies; Was Pioneer Faculty Member, Environmentalist

George Arnold, associate professor emeritus of civil engineering who at one time was coordinator of a fledgling environmental studies program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and an early pioneer in creating the bike trail system that now runs throughout the Metro East and the state, died Friday, May 14, at his home in Edwardsville. He was 93.

A highly vocal proponent for adopting the metric system in the United States, Arnold taught physics on the SIU Carbondale campus and the new SIU campus in Alton and East St. Louis from 1953-1960 and then left to seek a doctorate in environmental science at Washington University in St. Louis. In fact, Arnold said he was the first person to receive a doctorate in air pollution from Wash. U. Shortly after receiving the doctorate in 1964, Arnold became chief of Industrial Hygiene and Air Pollution Services for the St. Louis County Health Department and later was named chief of technical services for the Missouri Air Conservation Commission in Jefferson City, Mo.

Arnold returned to academe in 1967 as a research associate for what was then known as the Public Administration and Metropolitan Affairs unit at SIUE. He later became a faculty member of what was then known as the technology and engineering division. By 1970 Arnold was chair of the metropolitan St. Louis Transportation Conference and was a member of the Great River Road Committee. Those groups were charged with studying transportation needs in the St. Louis area and the larger region. In the early 1970s, Arnold joined the movement that was concerned with global oil shortages and called for more mass transit opportunities in the St. Louis area. He was an early supporter of a light rail system and suggested a line between Alton and Waterloo, connecting with a similar system to serve the St. Louis area. Arnold was among those who predicted a "telecommunications explosion" that would bring about a global interconnection of people around the world. Arnold also believed that cable television would have widespread appeal by offering many educational opportunities as well as recreational programming.

In 1979 he was appointed to the St. Louis Section of the Air Pollution Control Association and was a local air monitor for the national EPA. The following year he was appointed by then-Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson to the Illinois Chapter of the Mississippi River Parkway Commission. With the help of the late Illinois Sen. Sam Vadalabene, Arnold helped introduced legislation in 1970 for creating bikeways throughout the state of Illinois. Thirty years later, Arnold was honored by Madison County Transit for the role he played paving the way for a world class bikeway system.

In 1986, as a member of the Lewis and Clark Society, Arnold promoted Wood River as the number one site of the National Lewis and Clark Trail. Along with U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello and then-Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar, Arnold helped identify $7 million in funding for the construction of the Lewis & Clark bicentennial Interpretive Center which saw 185,000 visitors during its first year.

Throughout his career, Arnold encouraged thinking that was aligned with the concept of a global economy and that the metric system should be taught in the schools so that the United States could keep pace with other countries. But his interest in metrics actually was born out of his scientific study of air pollution and his belief that air quality measurements needed to be consistently noted throughout the world. Often concerned about pollution in the Metro East, which at one time he called the second most polluted spot in the state of Illinois, Arnold testified before state committees on several occasions in the 1960s and 1970s to help encourage legislators to work toward cleaner air.

A native of Carbondale, Arnold earned a bachelor of education in physics at SIUC in 1939 and a master of science in physics in 1940 at the University of Illinois Urbana. From 1940-42 Arnold taught classes at Kemper Military School in Boonville, Mo., before enlisting in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1942-46. During World War II, Arnold was an ensign at the Great Lakes (IL) Naval Station and was later stationed at the Glenview (IL) Naval Air Station, where he taught physics, navigation and meteorology to cadets. From 1943-44, he was at Annapolis studying aerology and then was assigned to the U.S. naval station in Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies. He later was assigned as an instructor to the naval station in Corpus Christi, Texas. From 1946-1953, he was a partner in Arnold Orchards in Carbondale.

He returned to teaching in 1953 at what was then known as Southeastern Missouri State College in Cape Girardeau, Mo. In fall 1953, Arnold joined the faculty at SIU Carbondale to teach physics and was eventually assigned to the old Alton and East St. Louis campuses of SIU when the new university opened in 1957. Three years later he entered doctoral studies at Wash. U. and began teaching there. He returned to SIUE in 1967 and retired from the SIUE School of Engineering in 1984. In 1993, Arnold received a Distinguished Service Award from SIUE for his dedication to the University and the region.

He married Mildred Caviness on Dec. 22, 1956, in Pinckneyville. She preceded him in death in 1997. A trained journalist, Mildred was editor for several years of the SIUE Alumnus magazine. Visitation is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, at Weber & Rodney Funeral Home in Edwardsville. Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 20, at the funeral home with the Rev. William B. Lewis officiating. Interment with military honors will be conducted at Woodlawn Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorials may be made to Illinois Bikeways, the Lewis & Clark Society, or VFW Post 1299. Condolences may be expressed online at


D. Henderson Dies; Was Building Mechanic At ESLHEC

Dennis Henderson, a building mechanic in Facilities Management for the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus, died Sunday, April 26, at his home in Collinsville. He was 61. Henderson came to SIUE in 2005 following retirement as a tool-and-dye machinist after many years of service. He was a member of the United Steel Workers. He also was a decorated U.S. Army veteran with combat service in the Vietnam War.

Visitation is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, at Herr Funeral Home, 501 W. Main St., Collinsville. A funeral service will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 29, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1300 Belt Line Road, Collinsville. Interment will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in South St. Louis County.


E. Sturley Dies; Was Pioneer Faculty Member

Eric Sturley of Edwardsville, one of the first faculty members hired at what was to become Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, died Tuesday, March 23, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. He was 94. His remains were donated to Washington University in St. Louis. Sturley was hired in October 1957 as associate professor of mathematics and acting head of the Science Division at the residence center in Alton, formerly Shurtleff College, where he arrived in January 1958.

A native of England, growing up in Nova Scotia and Connecticut, Sturley taught math at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., before coming to SIUE. He also had taught at the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass., and the Lawrenceville (N.J.) School. Sturley earned a bachelor's in math and physics and a master's in math and statistics, both from Yale; he received a doctorate in education from Columbia University in New York City in 1955. He also studied French and German for a time in Europe.

He was a member of the American Association of University Professors, the Mathematical Association of America, the American Mathematical Society, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the American Statistical Association. In 1961, Sturley was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in Burma. However, a month before he was to leave, the Burmese government announced a ban on Americans visiting the country. Three years later, Sturley was named to head an SIU team of educational consultants in the Republic of Mali in West Africa under terms of a three-year pact with the U.S. State Departments Agency for International Development. The team, based in the capital city of Bomako, studied the Mali school system and a teachers college that was newly formed at the time. The team made recommendations to the Mali minister of education.

Sturley, who became assistant dean of the Graduate School, also is credited with creating and guiding the Deans College program at SIUE. He retired in 1984. When asked in a 1998 interview about what it was like for a world traveler such as Sturley to come to the Midwest, he replied: Allegheny was a delightful place, but when I got an offer to come out here, to start something new, I thought it was exciting. Also, they offered me a lot more money than I was making at Allegheny.

A memorial service is being planned at the Unitarian Church in Alton.


M. L. Smith Dies; Was Retired Secretary

Marilyn L. Smith, a retired secretary in the Department of Art and Design, died Friday, Feb. 5, at Alton Memorial Hospital. She was 84..

A native of Hickman Hills, Mo., she joined the University in 1981 in the art education area of the department. She retired in 1991. Before coming to SIUE Smith had been a secretary at Olin Corp. and Helmkamp Construction Co. and was a member of the College Avenue Presbyterian Church in Alton.

Burial was in Valhalla Cemetery in Godfrey. Memorials may be made to the 5A Humane Society of Alton.


S. Paul Dies; Was Retired Personnel Officer

Sue Paul, a retired personnel officer IV in what was then known as the Office of Personnel Services, died today, Feb. 19, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville after a long illness. She was 78.

She joined the University in 1963 and retired in 1995. Graveside services are scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, at Woodlawn Cemetery in Edwardsville. Weber & Rodney Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Among others, Sue Paul was survived by her husband, Jim, who retired from SIUE as a publications editor in 1991.

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