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Obituaries 2009

·J. K. Wannamaker Dies; Was Retired Executive Secretary
·J. Whitted Dies; Was First SIUE Track And Field Coach
·E. Hudlin Dies; Was Professor Emeritus Of Philosophical Studies
·A. Stueber Dies; Was Retired Professor Of Geography
·M. Tebbe Dies; Was Office Support Specialist In Pharmacy
·C. Lark Dies; Was Assistant Professor Of Art And Design
·A. Zahalsky Dies: Was Emeritus Professor Of Biological Sciences
·H. Oertel Dies; Was Retired Lieutenant
·K. Ramers Dies; Was Retired Benefits Manager
·P. Hinch Dies; Was Retired Graphics Expediter
·B. Rogers Dies; Was Emeritus Professor Of Psychology
·L. �Zeke� Holden Dies; Was Emeritus Professor Of Mathematics And Statistics
·M. Turner Dies; Was Retired Library Specialist
·W. Farrar Dies; Was Academic Scheduling Coordinator
·H. Broadbooks Dies; Was Emeritus Professor Of Biological Sciences
·R. Miller Dies; Was Lab Manager At ERTC
·W. Claudson Dies; Was Emeritus Professor Of Music


J. K. Wannamaker Dies; Was Retired Executive Secretary

J. Kay Wannamaker, a retired executive secretary, died Monday, Dec. 14, at her home in Godfrey. She was 73. She joined SIUE in 1964 and retired as executive secretary in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration in 1991. She was a member of the 12th St. Presbyterian Church in Alton, the Alton Services League, Leisure Friends and The National Woodcarvers Association. A memorial service is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at 12th St. Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. David Olson officiating. Gent Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to 12th St. Presbyterian.


J. Whitted Dies; Was First SIUE Track And Field Coach

Jack Johnson Whitted of Chesterfield, an SIUE health education instructor who became the first track and field coach for the University, died Dec. 7 at Missouri Baptist Hospital after a long illness. He was 83. Whitted, who began his teaching career with SIUE in 1967, also was head of intramural sports at the SIUE East St. Louis campus until his appointment in 1969 as head track coach. He held that position until 1978 when he stepped down to devote full-time to teaching in what was then known as the Department of Health, Recreation and Physical Education.

A native of Danville and a graduate of Danville High in 1944, Whitted went on to attend the University of Illinois and then earned a bachelor of science at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. He received a master of science in physical education in 1961 at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2007, with his record of 63-20-1 for SIUE, Whitted was inducted into the University�s Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame as winner of the Jean McDonald Distinguished Service Award. He also was a supervisor of student teachers and president of the Southwestern Health, Recreation and Physical Education District. Whitted had a 191-41-1 record throughout his 28 years as a coach.

Before joining SIUE, Whitted had been athletic director for the Illinois State Training School for Boys in Hillsboro and a football, basketball and track coach at the old Rock Junior High School in East St. Louis. He retired from SIUE in 1988. During his retirement, Whitted and his wife, Mildred, co-founded the Professional Skills Institute, a tutoring service in St. Louis. He also was employed at Casey Sports Co. for several years.

Visitation will be at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1260 Hamilton Ave., St. Louis, from 10-11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, when funeral services will be conducted. Interment will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.


E. Hudlin Dies; Was Professor Emeritus Of Philosophical Studies

Edward Warrington Hudlin of Glen Carbon, an emeritus professor of philosophical studies, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, of a heart ailment at Alton Memorial Hospital. He was 68.

Joining the SIUE Philosophical Studies faculty in 1969 in what was then known as the Humanities Division, Hudlin taught philosophy until his retirement in 1996. While at SIUE, he wrote several grants and also had been a visiting professor on several occasions including stints at Harvard University�s DuBois Institute, the College of the Holy Cross, Babson College and Mount Holyoke College. The nine months of research and teaching Hudlin did at Harvard was for a book about W.E.B. DuBois as a philosopher.

A 1959 graduate of Cahokia High School, Hudlin studied philosophy at MacMurray College in Jacksonville in 1960 and went on to earn a baccalaureate in philosophy at SIUE in 1965 as well as a doctorate in philosophy at Columbia University in 1973. Before coming to SIUE full time, Hudlin had been a tutor at the SIUE East St. Louis campus, a teacher�s aide at the High School of Art and Design and a tutor for the Lutheran Child Welfare Association.

One of his many accomplishments included writing and directing a series broadcast on KETC-TV Ch. 9 in St. Louis about the history of the East St. Louis area. Titled �East Side Story,� the six-part series follows the settlement and development of the east side region from early times to the present. He also was project director for the Alton Humanities Project as well as director/moderator for three television shows about the humanities and the arts.

According to his obituary on the StlToday Web site, published Monday, Nov. 30, �Hudlin�s interests and talents were wide-ranging. He had extensive knowledge of World War II, had memorized all of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas and many Broadway musicals, was an avid gardener and artist, and wrote a one-act play called Prism that was produced at SIUE and at the University of Illinois.�

A memorial service was conducted in Edwardsville on Saturday, Nov. 28.


A. Stueber Dies; Was Retired Professor Of Geography

Alan Stueber of Edwardsville, retired professor of geography, died Saturday, Oct. 24, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. He was 72. Before joining SIUE in 1982, when the Department of Geography was in what was then known as the School of Social Sciences, Stueber had been an associate professor of geology at Louisiana State University for three years. From 1977-79 he was a research geochemist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. From 1967-1975 Stueber taught at California State University in Los Angeles and at Miami University in Ohio. At SIUE, he taught earth science, geo-hydrology, ground water hydrology and a special tutorial in environmental geochemistry until he retired in 2003.

Stueber earned a bachelor of science in geological engineering in 1958 and a master�s in geology in 1961, both from Washington University in St. Louis. He received a doctorate in earth sciences from the University of California at San Diego in 1965. Memberships included the Geological Society of America, the American Geophysical Union, the Geochemical Society, Sigma Xi and Tau Beta Pi. He was author of several papers and reports presented at professional meetings, and was co-author of several books regarding geology and geochemistry.

There will be no visitation or services. Interment will be at St. James Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorials may be made to the Metro East Humane Society c/o of Weber and Rodney Funeral Home in Edwardsville.


M. Tebbe Dies; Was Office Support Specialist In Pharmacy

Marsia A. Tebbe, office support specialist in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, died at home Oct. 10 after a long illness. Today, Oct. 14, she would have been 58. A native of Granite City, Tebbe earned a baccalaureate in liberal studies, with minors in philosophy and women�s studies, from SIUE. She is survived by her husband, Thomas, of 32 years. She also was a member of St. John�s United Methodist Church in Edwardsville.

Before joining the School of Pharmacy, Tebbe had been with the School of Engineering from July 15, 2004, to Aug. 2005, first as a secretary in what was then known as the Concrete Construction Unit, part of the Department of Construction, and then as a secretary in the Dean's Office. Before joining the University, she held positions with the federal government�the Farmer�s Home Administration and what was then known as the Defense Mapping Agency, as well as the National Personnel Records Center.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois in Belleville or to St. John�s.


C. Lark Dies; Was Assistant Professor Of Art And Design

Carol Vandiver Lark, assistant professor of art and design, died Oct. 7 at her home in Webster Groves, Mo., after a long illness. She was 63. A native of Tampa, Fla., Lark traveled around the world as a daughter of a career Air Force aviator and World War II veteran.

Family members say it was the exposure to varied cultures and experiences that led to what they called Clark�s �life-long quest for knowledge and healing others.� In 1967 she settled in St. Louis to raise a family. But once her children were in school, Lark continued her education to eventually become a teacher at a university. She earned a bachelor of science in art therapy in 1983 at what was then known as Lindenwood College and did post graduate work in art therapy at several venues including Toronto, Phoenix and St. Louis. Lark received a masters in counseling psychology, with an emphasis in art therapy, in 1985, also at Lindenwood. She earned a doctorate in applied psychology and art therapy at the Union Institute and University, based in Cincinnati, in 1998.

Before coming to Edwardsville, Lark had been in private art therapy practice with adults at The Art Therapy Center of St. Louis. From 1985-1993 she had been a psychiatric art therapist full time at St. John�s Mercy Medical Center, was a rehabilitation art therapist part time at St. Johns and a community art therapist part time for the Craft Alliance Family Arts Program in St. Louis. She also was director of The Art Therapy Center in St. Louis and was an accomplished artist and a community artist-teacher. Lark joined the SIUE art and design faculty in 2003.

Family and friends said that in addition to career accomplishments, Lark had interests in sailing, baking pies, tending to her gardens and caring for her pets. As a supporter of the arts in St. Louis, they said Carol �added to the arts landscape through her artistic abilities, her talent at drumming, her skill in constructing and honoring the labyrinth as a healing tool, and in countless other contributions to her community, university and patients.�

A memorial service was conducted Saturday, Oct. 10, in Kirkwood�s Bopp Chapel. In addition, a grand memorial is being planned for November; in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to or to the Missouri Botanical Gardens, or to the St. Louis Leukemia Lymphoma Society.


A. Zahalsky Dies: Was Emeritus Professor Of Biological Sciences

Arthur Zahalsky of Edwardsville, an emeritus professor of biological sciences in what was then known as the SIUE School of Sciences, died Aug. 26 at his home. He was 78. A native of New York, Zahalsky came to SIUE in 1971 to chair the department of biological sciences in what was then known as the Science and Technology Division. Prior to SIUE, Zahalsky held dual appointments as a member of the department of biology faculty of Queens (NY) College and as a member of the biology and biochemistry graduate faculties of the City University of New York (CUNY). During summer 1970 he was a guest investigator for the East African Trypanosomiasis Research Organization in Uganda, which became his main focus of research.

Before teaching, Zahalsky had been a research collaborator at the Medical Microbiology Division of the Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, NY, and a research associate and then assistant director of the Microbiology Group at the Haskins Laboratory in New York, all from 1958-1971. From 1954-57 he was a captain in the U.S. Air Force School of Aviation Medicine. Zahalsky earned a bachelor of science in genetics in 1952 at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and a doctorate in biochemistry in 1963 at New York (NY) University Medical Center.

During his tenure at SIUE, Zahalsky received federal funding and faculty research grants and was director of a continuing research study about trypanosomiasis, also known as African sleeping sickness. He published numerous articles in the area of tropical medicine and parasitology, most particularly related to the pathophysiology and therapy of African sleeping sickness. He retired from SIUE in 1994.

A memorial service is scheduled from 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2 , at St. John�s United Methodist Church in Edwardsville. Contributions may be made to The American Diabetes Association.


H. Oertel Dies; Was Retired Lieutenant

Henry O. Oertel Jr. of Hartford, a member of the SIUE Police for nearly 25 years, died Tuesday, Aug. 18, at Alton Memorial Hospital. He was 83. A World War II Marine Corps veteran, he was an avid fisherman and a member of the Illinois Police Association. He joined the SIUE Police in 1964 as an officer and retired in 1988 with the rank of lieutenant.

Services were held at Marks Mortuary in Wood River on Saturday, Aug. 29. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or the Parkinson�s Disease Foundation.


K. Ramers Dies; Was Retired Benefits Manager

Kenneth Ramers of Swansea, remembered by former co-workers as an easy-going and friendly person, died Saturday, Aug. 22, at Forest Park Hospital in St. Louis. Ramers, who retired in 1989 as employee benefits manager after 20 years of service to the University. He was 89.

A native of Louisville, Ky., Ramers and his family moved to Lima, Ohio, in 1934 and five years later he enrolled at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. In February 1941, Ken was drafted into the U.S. Army and spent part of his 4 1/2 years service in Germany with the 100th Division. He later married and relocated to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where he was employed in banking and insurance. In 1966, the family moved to Belleville and three years later Ramers joined the SIUE Office of Personnel. During his time at SIUE, he was active in the local Myllan Smyers Chapter at SIUE of the State Universities Annuitants Association and served as president for two years. Following his retirement in 1989, he became active in the Illinois Annuitants Association, elected president of that organization in October 1991. He was later elected to the State Universities Retirement System Hall of Fame.

Visitation is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday from Signal Hill Lutheran Church in Belleville. Burial will be in Valhalla Gardens of Memory, also in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Signal Hill Lutheran Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at Most of this information came from today�s edition of the Belleville News-Democrat.


P. Hinch Dies; Was Retired Graphics Expediter

Pamela Hinch of Collinsville, who was a retired expediter in what was then known as University Graphics and Publications, died Wednesday, July 8, at her residence. She was 63.

A native of East St. Louis, Hinch joined the SIUE staff in the early 1970s. Among many other duties, Hinch was known as the face of Graphics because every job request had to start with her. Clients were always greeted with a smile and could make Pam laugh without too much effort.

Visitation is scheduled from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, July 12, at Herbert A. Kassly Funeral Home in Collinsville; the funeral service will follow immediately, with Fr. John Beveridge officiating. Per Pam�s wishes, her remains were cremated; memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Fund or to the American Heart Association.


B. Rogers Dies; Was Emeritus Professor Of Psychology

Billy J. Rogers of Golden Eagle, emeritus professor of psychology, died June 17 at his home. He was 79 years old.

A native of Shawneetown, Rogers played professional baseball in Kansas City for a year after high school. Joining the U.S. Air Force in 1948, Rogers became a radio instructor and was a forward observer attached to the Third Division during the Korean Conflict from 1952-53. He later wrote a book about his experiences but it was never published. He also served stateside and in Alaska. Rogers won the National Defense, Korean Service, United Nations and Good Conduct medals and remained a ham radio operator until his death, preferring to use the old Morse Code to communicate.

Rogers earned a bachelors at SIUE in 1962 and a master's at SIU Carbondale four years later; he went on to receive a doctorate in 1972 from Saint Louis University. Before joining the SIUE faculty in 1969, Rogers was a research assistant for the eminent psychologist Raymond B. Cattell at the University of Illinois. Rogers served as the chief psychologist at Alton Mental Health Center before coming to SIUE. He also served as a consultant to many agencies including his work as a court-appointed evaluator for the Madison County courts.

In 1976, Rogers was co-recipient of the SIUE Alumni Association�s Great Teacher Award and was twice nominated for what was then known as the Outstanding Teacher Award. He received an Emeritus Faculty Award in 2005. He retired in 1997.

Visitation is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, June 21, at Hanks-Gress Funeral Home in Brussels; the funeral service will begin at 9:30 the next day at the funeral home. Interment with full military rites will take place in St. Joseph Cemetery at Meppen. Those attending will be invited to a meal afterwards at the church hall. Memorials may be made to the Disabled and Paralyzed Veterans, Jerseyville Community Hospital�Pulmonary Rehab Program or to St. Luke�s Hospital.


L. �Zeke� Holden Dies; Was Emeritus Professor Of Mathematics And Statistics

Lyman Sanford �Zeke� Holden of Alton, one of the pioneer faculty and who was known for playing a Sousaphone with the smiley face, died Friday, April 24, at Christian Hospital Northeast in St. Louis. He was 82.

Holden joined the University in 1958 as an instructor of mathematics in what was then known as the Science and Technology Division, teaching classes at the Alton Residence Center, now the SIU School of Dental Medicine. He became an associate professor in the School of Science and Technology in 1974 and won the SIUE Teaching Excellence Award in 1982. He retired in 2004 after 46 years of teaching and then continued teaching until 2007. He was an emeritus professor of mathematics and statistics.

A native of Oberlin, Ohio, Holden earned a bachelor�s in mathematics in 1950 at Oberlin College and a master�s in math in 1958 at The Ohio State University. From 1953-56, he taught general science and algebra at Schaaf Junior High School in Parma, Ohio. During the 1963-64 academic year, Holden was granted leave to work on his doctorate at Ohio State. His love of music led him to study classical piano for several years. His wife, Loyce, created a covering over the bell of Holden�s Sousaphone that depicted a �Smiley Face,� which became his trademark as he performed in bands, including Dixieland Jazz, the SIUE Old Guys Band, the Port of Alton Jazz Band, the Edwardsville Muny Band, the Granite City Community Band, the New Horizons Band and the Melody Lane Band.

A memorial service was conducted from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, at the SIUE Center for Spirituality and Sustainability, formerly the Religious Center.


M. Turner Dies; Was Retired Library Specialist

Mary Sally Turner of Edwardsville, a retired library specialist at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville�s Elijah P. Lovejoy Memorial Library, died Sunday, April 19, at her home. She was 55. She had retired from the library June 1 of last year after 30 years of service to the University.

An avid musician and a 1975 graduate of SIUE with a bachelor�s in music, Turner played the violin and the flute. She also was a member of the SIUE Concert Chorale. She currently was pursuing a master�s in counseling at the University.

Visitation is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Laughlin-Richeson Funeral Home in Troy, with funeral services to follow at the funeral home. Interment will take place at Friedens Cemetery in Troy. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at Memorials may be made to Lovejoy Library.


W. Farrar Dies; Was Academic Scheduling Coordinator

William Leslie �Les� Farrar Jr. of O'Fallon, a pioneer staff member at the East St. Louis campus of SIU, died Easter Sunday evening after sustaining injuries in a vehicle-pedestrian accident in O�Fallon. He was 75. O�Fallon Police said Farrar was crossing Hartman Lane in the 500 block near his home about 10 p.m. Sunday, April 12, when he was struck. He was pronounced dead later at Belleville Memorial Hospital.

A 1951 graduate of East St. Louis High School, Farrar joined the SIU staff in 1958 as a manager in the general office of the old East St. Louis Residence Center. He left SIUE in 1965 to attend the University of Illinois, where he studied for a doctorate in American history. He also studied Latin American history and Latin American anthropology. Farrar left the U of I before finishing the degree program and returned to SIUE in 1967 to become an enrollment officer. He retired from SIUE in 1994 as an academic scheduling coordinator in the Office of the Registrar.

Farrar earned a bachelor�s in Spanish in 1955 at SIU Carbondale and then attended SIU classes at East St. Louis while he was employed there, earning a master�s in history from SIUE in 1964. Before coming to SIUE, he had been a terminal manager with ABC Freight Corp. and a special investigations officer while serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1956-58 when he was discharged a captain.

No information has been published about a funeral service, interment or memorial service.


H. Broadbooks Dies; Was Emeritus Professor Of Biological Sciences

Professor Emeritus Harold Eugene Broadbooks, a member of the first biology faculty who continued service from Shurtleff Baptist College in Alton in 1957, to what was then known as the Science and Technology Division of SIU, died Sunday, March 29. He was 93. A memorial service was conducted on April 11 in Boulder, Colo.

A native of Wilbur, Wash., Broadbooks� research involved small animals, especially the pika (or rock rabbit), which took him throughout the Northwest including his native state, Southern British Columbia and Alaska. He earned a bachelor�s in English Literature in 1937 at the University of Washington, and a master�s and a doctorate, both in zoology and both at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, in 1940 and 1950, respectively.

He was an associate professor of biology at Austin (TX) State College in 1949-50, an assistant professor of zoology at the University of Arizona in Tucson from 1950-52 and a professor of biology and acting head of the Natural Science Division at Shurtleff just before he transferred to SIU. From 1953-56, Broadbooks did research with the salmon population of the Northwest through the U.S. Department of Fisheries. He retired from the SIUE School of Sciences in 1985.

Broadbooks served in the U.S. Army Air Force Signal Corps from 1941 to 1945. He was a photographer and amassed a collection of more than 100,000 slides and negatives. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jane McCoy Broadbooks of Boulder.


R. Miller Dies; Was Lab Manager At ERTC

Robert J. Miller, a lab manager at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville�s Environmental Resources Training Center (ERTC), died Thursday, Feb. 19. He had just turned 51 last month.

A native of Minneapolis, Minn., Miller, an alumnus of SIUE, had trained students in water and wastewater management since 1983. His co-workers said he was always a fount of information on which they could rely. He was a member of SIUE�s Professional Staff Association and the Illinois Education Association, as well as The National Educational Association (IEA-NEA). There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Marks Mortuary in Wood River, with Bob Tracy officiating.


W. Claudson Dies; Was Emeritus Professor Of Music

William Dolan Claudson of Edwardsville, who joined Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in what was then known as the Fine Arts Division in 1970, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.. He was 76.

A Nebraska native, Claudson had been a professor of choral music education and associate dean at State University of New York in Potsdam from 1963-66 and a professor of choral music education from 1966-1970 at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Earlier in his career, Claudson taught vocal music at public schools in Colorado. At the time of his retirement from SIUE in 1999, Claudson was a professor of music education. He was chair of that department from 1986-1993. He also had been president of the SIUE Faculty Senate and was granted emeritus status upon retirement.

Claudson earned a bachelor of music education in 1955 at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, a master of music education in 1958 at Northwestern University and a doctorate in music education in 1965, also at Northwestern. He was choir director at First Presbyterian Church in Edwardsville for more than 30 years and also was a choir director later at Our Lord�s Lutheran Church in Maryville for three years. he also had been a choir director at churches in Colorado and Florida.

Memberships included Phi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Delta Kappa, the American Association of University Professors, the Music Educators National Conference, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Our Lord�s Lutheran Church and was president of the SIUE Chapter of the State University Annuitants Association.

In addition to a lifelong love of music, Claudson also showed a great talent for photography, sharing many of his images over the years at galleries and universities. A permanent exhibit of his black-and-white photos is on display at the N.O. Nelson Edwardsville campus of Lewis & Clark Community College.

A gathering will be conducted from 10:30-11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, at Our Lord�s Lutheran Church, 150 Wilma Dr., Maryville. Guitarist Rick Haydon, trombonist Brett Stamps, pianist Reggie Thomas and bassist Zeb Briskovich, all members of the Jazz Studies faculty in the SIUE Department of Music and long-time friends of Professor Claudson, will perform. Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church, with Rev. Dr. John D. Lottes officiating. Memorials may be made to the Children First Foundation, 2600 W. Main, Belleville, IL 62223. Irwin Chapel in Glen Carbon is in charge of arrangements.

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