Bea Briggs ’77, a resident of Archbold, Ohio, and retired science and health teacher at Archbold Junior High School, died April 26. She also coached basketball and volleyball and was the recipient of the Ohio Science Teachers award. While a student at Adrian, Bea played basketball, volleyball, tennis and field hockey and was inducted into the Adrian College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993. Bea is survived by her sister and a cousin, Ron Hoag ’70, and his wife, Vicky Erbskorn Hoag ’69. Ron stated that Bea was “like a younger sibling.” John Castle ’78, a resident of Tecumseh, Mich., and sports writer for The Daily Telegram in Adrian for 35 years, died Sept. 3, 2015. John was known for his love of local sports, especially for track and field, and The Daily Telegram Individual Invitational meet that he helped organize for 30 years. He is survived by a sister and a brother. Frank Zupan, Jr. ’80, a resident of Madison, Ohio, died March 3. Frank was retired from Lincoln Electric as a production technician after 35 years of service. Frank is survived by his wife of 31 years, Cindy, a daughter, a son, his mother, a sister and a brother. Susan Agosti Kelly ’86, former captain of Adrian College’s women’s volleyball and basketball teams, died Feb. 1. She was inducted into the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. Sue and her family had lived in Lakeland, Fla., since 1997. Survivors include her husband, Dan Kelly ’84, two daughters, her father, two brothers and a sister, Julie Agosti ’92.
Diana Jones ’87, a resident of Bellingham, Wash., died Sept. 21, 2015. Diana was an associate professor in the human services program at Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University and had been named the new program director. She received a Ph.D. in community research and action from Vanderbilt University, an M.T.S. in theology from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and an M.A. in sociology from Emory University. Victoria Sharpe Willey ’89, a resident of Romeo, Mich., and teacher in the Utica Community School system for eight years before becoming a stay-at-home mom, died Aug. 29, 2015. Vicki received her master’s degree in elementary education in 1992 from John Carroll University. She is survived by her husband Tim of 22 years, three children, two sisters and her parents. Juanita Best Hartman Donegan ’90, a resident of Lima, Ohio, and college educator at Indiana University, died Oct. 8, 2015. Survivors include her husband, Timothy Donegan, two sons and a sister. Candie Jo Glover ’90, a resident of Adrian and hairdresser, died April 3. She is survived by her mother, two daughters, a son and four grandchildren.
Friends Tom Flagg, retired psychology department professor and resident of Albuquerque, N.M., died March 29. He had been ill the past several years. Survivors include his wife, Sandra Vallie.
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Art “Doc” Jones, professor emeritus and former chair of the music department, died Dec. 29, 2015. Doc was director of the Adrian College choir and Singers group for approximately 25 years, retiring in 1990 to Pisgah Forest, N.C. Surviving are two sons, including Mark Jones ’88, a daughter and several grandchildren. Doc was preceded in death by his wife, Reda. A memorial service and tribute was held on the Adrian College campus on May 7, attended by approximately 100 former choir students, guests and community friends. Donations may be made to Adrian College for the Doc Jones Classroom in Spencer Hall or the Art and Reda Jones Music Scholarship. Ioan Young Stepp, a resident of Adrian and former director of student affairs, director of placement, and registrar of Adrian College, died Jan. 13 at the age of 95. She retired as professor emeritus in 1985 after 43 years of service. Ioan also taught English and physical education, and she was instrumental in starting the College’s women’s basketball program. She was inducted into the Adrian College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986. When her husband, Kenneth Stepp ’51, was inducted in 2001, they were the first couple in the Hall of Fame. Ioan also received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 1982. Surviving are a daughter, a son, seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and a brother, Dale Young ’51. She was preceded in death by her husband of almost 52 years, a son, a daughter and a sister. Leonard Steuwe, a resident of Tecumseh, Mich., and former Adrian College employee for 20 years in the Plant Dept., died Oct. 22, 2015. Leonard was also a former cub master in Britton, Mich. Survivors include his wife, Sandra, six children, including Don Teboe ’92 and Paul Teboe ’94, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Robert “Ike” Westfall, a resident of Adrian and former accounting instructor at Adrian College, died November 17. Ike was an entrepreneur who started several businesses, including Ike Westfall Sealing and Striping, BAM Ltd. and Southeastern Security. He was a former chair of the Siena Heights College business and economics program. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Marr, two daughters, a son, three step-daughters, 10 grandchildren, a sister and a brother.