Spring 2023: In Memory

Note: An * before a name means the alumnus was a faculty or staff member, too. So they are also listed under Faculty/Staff with their dates of service at Kent State.

1930s

Florence Quinette, BA ’38, MA ’41, July 5, 2022


1940s

Robert Henderson, BS ’48, January 3, 2023


1950s

Betty Graber, BS ’50, June 14, 2021

Florence Louise Woodward, BS ’50, January 18, 2023

June Brown, BS ’51, June 19, 2022

John Kapioltas, BBA ’51, March 6, 2022

Gordon Seaholts, BA ’51, October 4, 2022

Winifred Smith Steele, MEd ’51, October 27, 2022

William Weaver, BS ’51, July 8, 2022

Paul Zalog, BS ’51, December 1, 2022

Ronald Bacon, BA ’52, December 21, 2021

Lucille Blakey, BS ’52, December 22, 2022

Koon Ching, BBA ’52, September 14, 2022

*Frederick Marquis Worrell, BA ’52, July 10, 2022

Thomas Nero, BA ’53, July 12, 2022

Harris Brown, BBA ’55, MBA ’65, December 28, 2021

T. G. Vic Harisis, BBA ’57, November 21, 2022

John Caddey, BBA ’58, February 2, 2023


1960s

Adolphus “Al” Messenger, BBA ’60, August 29, 2022

Richard Smith, BBA ’60, April 1, 2021

William Sterbik, BA ’60, February 8, 2022

William Gray, BS ’61, PhD ’84, February 9, 2021

Robert Miller, MEd ’61, October 28, 2022 

Clarence Mixon, BS ’61, November 26, 2021

Richard Korecko, BA ’63, March 5, 2023 

Wilson Graham, BFA ’66, MEd ’68, April 22, 2021

Michael Berlin, DPM ’67, November 25, 2021

Susan Hart, BA ’67, September 3, 2021

Nancy Herr, BS ’67, MA ’69, September 26, 2022

Reloy Garcia, MA ’68, PhD ’68, March 14, 2023

Peggy (Unroe) Jirousek, BBA ’68, January 25, 2022

Jerome T. Mitchell, BBA ’68, October 12, 2021

Sandra Busler, MEd ’69, November 18, 2021

Nancy Rue, MLS ’69, February 4, 2023


1970s

Joyce Cooper, BS ’70, May 19, 2022

William Hahl, BBA ’70, June 3, 2022

Richard Brietstein, DPM ’71, March 29, 2022

Clarence Tussel, BBA ’71, December 10, 2022

*Bruce Barrett, BS ’72, MEd ’78, PhD ’90, July 10, 2022

Richard A. Blair, BBA ’72, January 4, 2023

Joseph E. Gains, BS ’72, May 17, 2022

Ronald “Mosch” Moschella, BS ’72, January 4, 2023

John Robert “Rob” Andrews, BA ’73, October 9, 2022

Dyan Carlson, BS ’73, October 9, 2022

Albert Pomplas, MA ’73, February 17, 2022

Keith Allen Raymond, BS ’74, October 19, 2022

Allen Tolchinsky, BS ’74, December 12, 2022 

Janice M. Bensley, BS ’75, September 1, 2022

Ronald Dubinsky, BS ’75, June 23, 2022

Chibuzor Nnate Nwoke, BBA ’75, April 11, 2022

Donald Zinz, BS ’75, MA ’75, November 15, 2022

Irene Carlson, AA ’77, August 10, 2022

Louis Cassimatis, PhD ’78, June 5, 2022

Michael Heaton, BA ’78, September 18, 2022

David Rausch, PhD ’78, January 4, 2023

N. Scott Ballard, BA ’79, September 13, 2022

Mark Collier, PhD ’79, February 8, 2022


1980s

*Joseph Cowperthwaite, BBA ’80, MA ’85, July 22, 2022

Paul Harding Taylor, BA ’80, January 8, 2023

Vicki Delaquila, BBA ’81, November 14, 2022

Catherine E. “Kate” Carter, BA ’84, December 3, 2020

Donarita (Priddle) Vocca, MLS ’84, July 1, 2022

Richard Brenneman, MBA ’87, April 28, 2022

Michael Lee, BBA ’87, February 7, 2022

Molly Callahan, BS ’88, September 29, 2022

Elaine Lumley, BS ’89, February 13, 2023


1990s

Kimberly Bayless, MEd ’90, January 14, 2022

Michael Greenly, BSN ’92, March 27, 2021

Jeffrey Infante, BS ’92, December 4, 2022

Betty Hurst, MLS ’93, January 2, 2023

Brian Dusho, BBA ’94, December 15, 2022

Susan Bacon, BA ’96, September 14, 2022

Carolyn Dean, AAS ’98, July 10, 2021

Evelyn Lichtenburg, MLIS ’98,  November 26, 2021


2000s

Denise Zito-Harper, BSE ’01, August 18, 2022

Brian DeLuca, MA ’02, MLIS ’04, February 22, 2023

Mandy Jenkins, BS ’02, MA ’04, February 26, 2023

 *Amanda Burke, BS ’04, MA ’07, MA ’13, PhD ’15, December 13, 2022


2010s

Timothy Mikes, AA ’15, BSPH ’17, January 28, 2023


2020s

Megan Richards, AA '20, September 4, 2022

Joseph “Joe” Chirozzi, BIS ’21, December 6, 2022

Cory Moore, AA ’21, October 31, 2022


Faculty/Staff

William “Bill” Howland Kenney, III, PhD, Professor Emeritus of History (1966–1995), July 26, 2020
He taught American studies and history. An avid jazz clarinetist and pioneering researcher in jazz studies, he wrote several books on the cultural history of jazz.
     “I remember Dr. Kenney as an authority on American colonial history. An excellent and thought-provoking lecturer, he exposed students to some of the latest knowledge in the field and we were expected to do work as demanding as more selective academic institutions.” —Thomas M. Grace, BA ’72

*Frederick Marquis Worrell, BA ’52, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Kent State University at Stark (1966–1994; 1995–2009; 2012–2013), July 10, 2022
He held a variety of administrative and teaching positions after serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was an executive director for the YMCA, associate executive director and planning director for the United Way, director of community schools and director of the Midwest Writers Conference.
     He received a Fulbright Award to teach sociology and social work at Trent Polytechnic in Nottingham, England, for the 1982-83 academic year in its division of social sciences. He resumed his teaching mainly on the Stark Campus of Kent State University between 1966 and 2012. In 2019, he wrote his book, A Religious Journey: The Sun of God.

Robert “Pete” William Flexer, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Special Education (1979–2010), October 18, 2022
As a scholar and researcher in the 1970s, he championed the cause of supported employment and was among the leading voices for people with severe disabilities.
     After coming to Kent State University in 1979, he began obtaining federal funding for personnel development that focused on transition coordinator competencies and was instrumental in launching Ohio’s statewide Transition-to-Work (TTW) endorsement for secondary special education.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Drs. Pete and Carol Flexer Endowed Scholarship at Kent State University.

Ronald P. Brown, PhD, assistant dean and assistant professor of Pan-African studies at Kent State Ashtabula (1984–1998), March 26, 2022
He served as assistant dean of Academic Affairs, director of Multicultural Affairs and assistant professor of Pan-African studies at Kent State University at Ashtabula for 14 years.

*Bruce Robert Barrett, BS ’72, MEd ’78, PhD ’90, senior research officer, (1986–2007) July 10, 2022

*Joseph “Joe” Cowperthwaite, BBA ’80, MA ’85, inaugural managing director at Porthouse Theatre and Kent State University Theatre (1990–1991), July 22, 2022

Robert D. Hisrich, PhD, Bridgestone Chair of International Marketing and director of the Global Management Center (2015–2023), February 1, 2023
He was a world-renowned expert and author on entrepreneurship. In December 2021, Hisrich was named one of the top 2% of researchers worldwide in a study published by Stanford University scholars.
     In honor of his gift to Crawford Hall, the Robert D. Hisrich Faculty and Staff Lounge will be named for him in the new building.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Dr. Robert D. Hisrich Memorial Scholarship or by mail to KSU Foundation, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH, 44242. Please indicate Foundation Fund # 10062F on a check when making a gift.

 *Amanda Burke, BS ’04, MA ’07, MA ’13, PhD ’15, associate professor in the School of Health Sciences (2021–2022), December 13, 2022
Prior to being promoted to associate professor in 2021, she was an assistant professor (2015–2021) and an adjunct faculty member (2010-2015). In addition to touching the lives of students in her classrooms, she published academic research on intimate partner violence and substance abuse.
     She was a problem gambling prevention specialist at Townhall II and worked at Horizon House Residential Treatment for Women. She also was president of the board of directors for United MSD Foundation, a charity dedicated to finding a cure for Multiple Sulfatase Deficiency, as her son, Jett, has this terminal illness.


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