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of 93. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha and actuary for College Life Insurance Company of America for 42 years. Survivors include his wife, Mary Hinton Henry ’48.

Robert W. Brumitt, June 7, 2014, in Wilmette, Ill., at the age of 90. He was a member of Sigma Nu and manufacturer’s representative. Survivors include his wife.

Phillip G. Powell, June 14, 2014, in Terre Haute, Ind., at the age of 94. He was a member of Men’s Hall Association, farmer, music teacher and choir director. Survivors include his wife.

Edward J. Gruener, June 2, 2014, of Avon, Ind., at the age of 87. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi and manufacturer’s representative. Survivors include his wife.

Margaret Ward Daniel, June 29, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla., at the age of 89. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi, speech and theatre instructor, and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband.

Joyce Josephsen Brewer, June 17, 2014, of Findlay, Ohio, at the age of 86. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi, community volunteer and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband.

1948

Betty Sageser Kennedy, Sept. 4, 2014, of Normal, Ill., at the age of 87. She retired as administrative secretary from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1992. Alice Sheridan Deputy, Aug. 4, 2014, in Naples, Fla., at the age of 87. She was a member of Alpha Phi and retired public school teacher and librarian. She was preceded in death by her husband; father, Lauren E. Sheridan, Class of 1919; mother, Florence Swank Sheridan, Class of 1919; great-uncles, Edgar S. Sheridan, Class of 1885, and Wilbur F. Sheridan, Class of 1885; and great-grandfather, Andrew Sheridan, Class of 1846. Survivors include her brother, Charles H. Sheridan ’43; sister-in-law, Marjorie Hamblin Sheridan ’44; and niece, Cynthia Sheridan O’Connor ’73. Jean Soltow Freshwater, June 27, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif., at the age of 87. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi, teacher, counselor and principal in Pasadena City Schools, property manager and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband. Mary Walton Bichler, June 24, 2014, of Cedar Park, Texas, at the age of 88. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, George C. Bichler ’45.

1949

S. Benjamin Beeson, July 22, 2014, of Downers Grove, Ill. He was a member of Sigma Nu and investigator for Cook County (Ill.) State’s Attorney’s office. Survivors include his wife. 54 DEPAUW MAGAZINE FALL 2014

Patricia Scudder Merritt, Aug. 23, 2014, of South Hadley, Mass., at the age of 87. She was a member of The Washington C. DePauw Society and retired elementary vocal teacher at Holyoke Public Schools. Survivors include her husband.

1950

C. Kenneth Bjork, Aug. 1, 2014, of Phoenix, at the age of 88. He retired from Dow Chemical Company as manager of the international patent section. He was preceded in death by his wife. Mary Miller Bickel, March 4, 2014, of Louisville, Ky., at the age of 85. She was a homemaker and community volunteer. She was preceded in death by her husband and mother, Virginia Ferguson Miller ’29. Survivors include her daughter, Nancy Bickel Tafel ’79. Donald D. Young, June 4, 2014, of Granville, Ohio, at the age of 85. He was former owner of Granville Times Book Cellar. He was preceded in death by his wife.

1951

Edward J. Casassa, June 24, 2014, of Monticello, Ind., at the age of 87. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta, The Washington C. DePauw Society, band and choral director at Delphi (Ind.) High School, and retired from ExxonMobil Foundation. Survivors include his wife. James “Dick” R. Everard, July 13, 2014, in Freeburg, Ill., at the age of 85. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi and worked in management positions at General

Motors Corporation for 32 years. He was preceded in death by his wife. Survivors include his daughter, Pamela Everard Kniepkamp ’78. Joan Foster Brabec, July 17, 2013, in Indianapolis. She was a member of Delta Gamma, retail merchandiser and retired executive director of Community Associations Institute in Indianapolis. Mark W. Stephens, May 12, 2014, in Evansville, Ind. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi and Phi Beta Kappa, Rector Scholar, lifetime member of The Washington C. DePauw Society, professor of psychology at Purdue University, and therapist and administrator. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Walton M. Wheeler, Class of 1887; his grandmother, Minnie Haskell Wheeler, Class of 1889; his mother, Charlotte Wheeler Stephens, Class of 1915; and great-aunt, Etta Haskell Harper, Class of 1889. Survivors include his wife. Ruth Strickland Outland, May 21, 2014, of Grosse Pointe, Mich., at the age of 84. She was a retired educator, community volunteer and homemaker. Helen Stovall Coulter, May 30, 2014, of Dallas, at the age of 86. She was a member of Delta Zeta and homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Allan T. Coulter ’52.

1952

Don B. Ansel, Aug. 10, 2014, of Zionsville, Ind., at the age of 86. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi and Phi Beta Kappa, lifetime member of The Washington C. DePauw Society and retired corporate comptroller of Shakeproof Division of Illinois Tool Works. Survivors include his wife, Irene Koebke Ansel ’52, and daughter, Susan M. Ansel ’82. Susanna Bowers Ellinwood, Aug. 23, 2014, in Kewadin, Mich., at the age of 83. She was a member of Alpha Phi and elementary school teacher for gifted and talented children. Survivors include her husband, Charles R. Ellinwood ’51, and son, Steven P. Ellinwood ’81. Betty Call Purvis, Sept. 17, 2014, of Fort Wayne, Ind., at the age of 84. She was a member of Delta Zeta and homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her first husband. Survivors include her husband. Marilyn Grosvenor LeMaster, July 7, 2014, of Fort Wayne, Ind., at the age of 83. She was a member of Alpha Phi and Phi Beta Kappa, homemaker, self-employed interior designer and associate professor of interior design. She was preceded in death by her brother, Homer M. Grosvenor III ’58. Survivors include her husband, Charles R. LeMaster ’52; daughter, Cynthia D. LeMaster ’82; sister, Thelma Grosvenor Trudgen ’55; brother-in-law, Spencer F. Trudgen ’55; nephew, David S. Trudgen ’91; and nieces, Anne Trudgen Dillon ’81 and Valerie Trudgen Hooton ’86. Helen Hoagland Graham, Aug. 25, 2014, of St. Louis, at the age of 84. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, lifetime member of The Washington C. DePauw Society, composer and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Hoagland Devaney ’49. Survivors include her husband and son, Robert C. Graham III ’77. Joyce Moore Gouwens, June 13, 2014, in St. Joseph, Mich., at the age of 82. She was a homemaker, community volunteer, played viola with Fort Wayne Philharmonic for 25 years, and later, played with Southwest Michigan Symphony for 10 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert V. Gouwens ’51. Carol Rylander Reitan, May 12, 2014, in Normal, Ill., at the age of 83. She was a member of Delta Gamma and homemaker. Survivors include her husband. Sarah “Sally” Symon Stevens, July 4, 2014, of Lexington, Ky., at the age of 84. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, lifetime member of The Washington C. DePauw Society and homemaker. Survivors include her husband, David B. Stevens ’51; daughter, Patricia Stevens Ardery ’80; and granddaughters, Mary E. Ardery ’15, Grace K. Ardery ’12 and Rachel S. Ardery ’10.

1953

Carolyn Burckhalter McGahey, June 30, 2014, in Terre Haute, Ind., at the age of 82. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega, home economics teacher, homemaker

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