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DePauw Magazine marks the passing of alumni, faculty, staff and friends of DePauw University. Obituaries in DePauw Magazine do not include memorial gifts. When reporting deaths, please provide as much information as possible: name of the deceased, class year, fraternity/sorority/living unit, occupation and DePauw-related activities and relatives. Newspaper obituaries are very helpful. Information should be sent to Alumni Records, DePauw University, Charter House, P.O. Box 37, Greencastle, IN 46135-0037. You may also fax us the information at 765658-4172 or email dmcdermit@depauw.edu.

IN MEMORIAM

1928

Thelma Vaughn Cummings Sloan, June 6, 2014, in Jasonville, Ind., at the age of 100. She was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta, lifetime member of The Washington C. DePauw Society, homemaker and house mother at Lambda Chi Alpha for three years. She was preceded in death by her first and second husbands.

1932

Jane Rhue Somers, July 28, 2014, in Angola, Ind., at the age of 103. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and The Washington C. DePauw Society, high school teacher, house mother for several sororities at Michigan State University and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband and sister, Mary Rhue Rogers ’30. Survivors include her son, John E. Somers ’65, and granddaughter, Stephanie Somers ’86.

1937

Ellen Beebee Diehl Shelby, Aug. 1, 2014, of Louisville, Ky., at the age of 98. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, music teacher, community volunteer and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her first and second husbands. Survivors include her son, Robert B. Diehl ’69. Elizabeth Maxwell Bunn, July 12, 2014, in Morrisville, N.Y., at the age of 98. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, homemaker and real estate agent. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul A. Bunn ’36.

1938

Marjorie Harter Lisby, Sept. 23, 2014, of Winter Haven, Fla., at the age of 99. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband. Survivors include her son, Charles M. Lisby ’72, and daughterin-law, Kathy Rambadt Lisby ’72.

John S. Lynn, Aug. 23, 2014, of Indianapolis, at the age of 97. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi, and retired secretary and general manager of Lilly Endowment, Inc. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Shideler Lynn ’38. Survivors include his granddaughter, Abigail L. Lynn ’04. Helen Miller Mummery, May 30, 2014, of Colorado Springs, Colo., at the age of 97. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta, community volunteer and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband. Paul P. Van Riper, July 11, 2014, in Loveland, Colo., at the age of 97. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa, Rector Scholar, professor of political science, administrator and community activist. He received an alumni citation from DePauw in 1966. He was preceded in death by his wife.

1940

Jane Preston Watson, May 30, 2014, in Sarasota, Fla., at the age of 94. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, lifetime member of The Washington C. DePauw Society and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stuart D. Watson ’38, former trustee of DePauw. Survivors include her daughter, Beth Watson Noujaim ’65.

1942

Barbara Carson McGrath, May 14, 2014, in Dodgeville, Wis., at the age of 94. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband. Lois Dahlstrom Usinger, July 24, 2014, of Milwaukee, at the age of 93. She was a member of Alpha Phi, homemaker and community volunteer. She was preceded in death by her husband. Harold J. Hilliger, July 17, 2014, in

Manteno, Ill., at the age of 94. He was a member of Delta Chi and self-employed building contractor. He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Webber Hilliger ’41. Survivors include his daughter, Nancy Hilliger Coan ’69, and grandson, Jonathan T. Coan ’98. Robert I. Landis, Aug. 11, 2014, in Point Loma, Calif., at the age of 93, of prostate cancer. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi, Rector Scholar, playwright, performer and retired newspaper executive. He was preceded in death by first wife, Virginia Bridge Landis ’44. Survivors include his wife. Jean Mayne Welter, April 20, 2014, in Morganton, N.C., at the age of 94. She was a member of Alpha Phi, community volunteer and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband and sister, Barbara Mayne Gasser ’47. Martha Stanford McCoy Wright, Jan. 7, 2012, of Alpharetta, Ga., at the age of 90. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Kenneth B. McCoy ’42, and second husband. Survivors include her son, Kenneth B. McCoy Jr. ’64; daughter, Loryne McCoy Coffin ’70; son-in-law, Donald A. Coffin ’69; and grandson, Stanford K. McCoy ’93.

Tau Omega, attorney and retired judge from Superior Court in Merced County (Calif.). Survivors include his companion. Ralph W. Fritz, July 7, 2014, of Indianapolis, at the age of 91. He was a farmer and regional sales manager for Farm Bureau Insurance. He was preceded in death by his wife.

1945

Harold F. Closz Jr., May 11, 2014, of Muskegon, Mich., at the age of 90. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta and manager and sales representative for Roadway Express Inc. He was preceded in death by his brother, William H. Closz ’52. Survivors include his wife. Shirley Kennedy Thorne, June 8, 2014, of Austin, Texas, at the age of 90. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta, retired dietitian and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband and sister, Ruth Kennedy Langgood ’48. George A. Schneider Jr., July 15, 2014, in Huntsville, Ala., at the age of 91. He was employed at Lone Star Industries in Greencastle, Ind., for 41 years. Survivors include his wife.

1946

Phyllis Heather Martin, Aug. 22, 2014, of Conneaut Lake, Pa., at the age of 94. She was a hospital director of occupational therapy and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband.

Virginia Bundy Neier, May 31, 2014, in Greencastle, Ind., at the age of 89. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband; father, Walter E. Bundy, Class of 1912; and aunt, Esther Bundy Kramer ’25. Survivors include her daughter, Heather E. Neier ’72.

Roberta MacLean Heiden, May 26, 2014, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at the age of 92. She was a member of Alpha Phi, community volunteer and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband.

Carolyn Jones Welch Cole, May 31, 2014, of Lakeland, Fla., at the age of 89. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and Phi Beta Kappa, and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her first and second husbands.

Wanda Stewart Wheeler, May 22, 2014, of Indianapolis, at the age of 92. She was a vocal music supervisor and teacher in Indianapolis public schools, and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, James R. Wheeler ’48.

Lee A. Wood Jr., June 20, 2012, of Coarsegold, Calif., at the age of 87. He was a member of The Washington C. DePauw Society, public school teacher, electronics instructor and worked for the Internal Revenue Service. Survivors include his wife.

1943

1944

Donald R. Fretz, July 31, 2014, of Napa, Calif., at the age of 92. He was a member of Alpha

1947

Leo R. Henry, June 6, 2014, of Indianapolis, at the age

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