Spring/Summer 2022: In Memory

Note: An * before a name means the alumnus was a faculty or staff member, too. So they also are listed under Faculty/Staff below, with links to obituaries and other remembrances when available. If a name does not have a link to a public obituary, it means we were unable to find one. To submit a name for the In Memory listing, please click on the Share Your News button on the Class Notes page and fill out the form. 

1940s

Opal Pearl (Wigner) Boffo, BS ’42, MA ’48, December 8, 2021

*Richard James “Dick” Kotis, BS ’48, November 21, 2021

Bernard “Bernie” Rickelman, BS ’49, MEd ’52, June 26, 2021


1950s

William G. Ansley, BS ’50, April 20, 2020

Charles H. Shadel, BS ’50, May 4, 2021

Paul E. Powers, BS ’51, October 17, 2021

Richard G. Ellers, BA ’53, July 7, 2021

Edward H. Yursky, BS ’54, May 15, 2020

Robert F. Evans, BS ’55, MEd ’61, October 26, 2021

Ming C. Lee, BS ’55, May 8, 2021

Jack R. Cordier, BS ’56, MEd ’56, August 17, 2020

Thelma M. Wise, BS ’56, April 23, 2021

James A. Pastore, BBA ’57, November 17, 2020

Robert Wick, BFA ’57, January 13, 2022

Wick Poetry Center

Ruth Enold, BSE ’58, February 7, 2021

Janet L. Fencl, BS ’58, September 29, 2021

Francis E. “Frank” Quine, BS ’59, October 31, 2021


1960s

Phillip W. Hosmer, MEd ’60, December 24, 2020

Joseph H. Reed, BBA ’60, October 22, 2021

John W. James, BSE ’62, August 10, 2021

Laird Brown, BS ’63, November 29, 2021

John J. Cogan, BS ’63, August 15, 2021

Jerry Bals, BS ’64, July 14, 2021

Richard Douglas “Doug” Cowan, BBA ’64, December 3, 2021

Martha J. Cox, MA ’64, June 12, 2021

Leonard E. Frick, MEd ’64, October 2, 2021

Ann C. Greiner, BS ’64, MA ’78, November 13, 2021

Gary W. Huber, BS ’64, July 6, 2021

Janet H. Mather, BS ’64, September 18, 2021

Alice L. Staman, BA ’64, March 30, 2020

Leslie A. Barta, BBA ’65, January 18, 2022

Kathleen E. Miller, BA ’65, PhD ’82, September 23, 2021

Mary Jo Ruggieri, BS ’65, March 11, 2020

Lysle Burky, BS ’67, MBA ’68, March 3, 2020

Gary D. Fair, BS ’67, July 4, 2021

Daniel R. Koch, BA ’67, May 12, 2020

Stephen L. Reid, BS ’67, MEd ’78, November 2, 2021

Frances J. Ritz, MEd ’67, November 29, 2019

Peter Stilton, BA ’67, December 11, 2020

John M. Strefeler, BS ’68, September 26, 2021

Chi Chen, MA ’69, April 1, 2020

George Ferencz, BA ’69, September 14, 2021


1970s

Leona W. Farris, MA ’70, February 27, 2022

Akron Beacon Journal

Gerald A. “Jerry” Johnson, BArc ’70, July 6, 2021

Linda (Gibson) Klein, BS ’70, July 27, 2021

Robert T. Pickett Jr., BA ’70, January 18, 2022

Harold C. “Hal” Walker, BA ’70, June 21, 2021

Laurence Clisby, BS ’72, February 27, 2021

Stanley R. Miller, BBA ’72, September 9, 2021

Ivan M. Welch, BS ’72, MEd ’75, January 4, 2022

William G. Arthrell, BS ’73, January 31, 2022

The Chronicle

WKSU

Michael A. Carroll, BA ’73, December 11, 2021

Stephen R. Sheil, BBA ’73, September 3, 2021

William Buttermore, MEd ’74, June 2, 2021

James R. Erwin, AAS ’74, April 8, 2021

Linda Thompson, BA ’75, June 20, 2020

Barbara Commins, MM ’77, February 13, 2020

Rudy G. Donatelli, BS ’77, January 9, 2022

Robert L. Albright, PhD ’78, September 18, 2021

Roy E. Allen, BBA ’78, July 17, 2021

Shirley R. Terrass, MEd ’78, PhD ’83, June 29, 2021

Nancy Birk, BA ’79, MLS ’82, October 16, 2021

Michaela “Mike” Cox, AA ’79, February 19, 2021

Allan Macdonald, MS ’79, May 28, 2021


1980s

Karen Franklin, BA ’81, August 25, 2020

Janice R. Niepert, MLS ’81, August 1, 2021

John C. Decker, BBA ’82, May 10, 2021

Judson C. “Jud Logan, BA ’82, January 3, 2022

Kent State Sports

Michael Conto, DPM ’83, July 9, 2021

Louis J. Rodgers, BBA ’86, August 14, 2021

Paula Sheets, AAB ’86, May 8, 2021

Thomas E. May, BA ’88, March 19, 2021


1990s

Malinda Gavins, MEd ’93, December 25, 2020

Craig A. Rice, BA ’93, December 6, 2021

Joy Kimpel, AAB ’94, October 22, 2020

Amy Christine Franjesevic, BA ’95, December 1, 2021

Geoff D. Lambert, BA ’96, August 21, 2021

Christina McDonald Smith, BSN ’96, February 10, 2021

Edson A. Knight Sr., MEd ’97, June 19, 2021

Shawniese L. Harmon, AA ’98, May 24, 2020

Randy L. Eppinger, BS ’99, July 31, 2021

Amy L. McRoberts York, AAS ’99, September 14, 2020


2000s

Richard Harden, BA ’00, February 24, 2020

Carmel J. Katich, AAS ’00, BA ’02, June 12, 2020

Bonnie L. Chapman, AAS ’02, June 10, 2021

William “Bill” Ebert, MA ’03, August 28, 2021

Terrance J. Melville, BBA ’04, May 20, 2020

James A. “Jim” Baughman, AAB ’07, BS ’09, October 16, 2021

Sean Conroy, BBA ’07, February 26, 2021


2010s

Michael F. Boland, BBA ’10, August 13, 2021

Adrianne Hailey, BSN ’12, September 8, 2020

Hannah Baldwin-May, BSN ’15, October 12, 2017

Vincent J. Saluppo, BBA ’15, February 17, 2020

Devante M. Strickland, BS ’15, July 26, 2020

Rhys Daniel Winter, BA ’17, December 10, 2021

Luke Grandjean, BS ’18, April 20, 2021

Brian W. Wessels, BBA ’18, November 13, 2021


Faculty/Staff

Sue (Gambaccini) Briers, former secretary and administrative assistant at Kent State, (1943 to 1977), January 23, 2022
She lived her entire life in Kent and died just days from her 100th birthday. She worked for Kent City Schools and Kent State University in several roles, including secretary and university treasurer of the Board of Trustees. She said she especially loved her time as secretary to the president of Kent State, Robert I. White (1964 to 1971). 

David R. Brunton, assistant professor at JMC, now the School of Media and Journalism (1982-1988), December 26, 2021
“He came to Kent State from the private sector and taught advertising courses, including Advertising Copywriting and Advertising Campaigns. He was faculty advisor of the KSU Ad Club (student chapter of AAF, the American Advertising Federation), and he had a biweekly column in The Plain Dealer called ’Marketing and More.’ After Kent State, he taught at Lakeland Community College and had a small advertising agency. He was an engaging teacher, a great advisor and a good friend.”—Phil Soencksen, BS ’89

William F. Dollard III, former KSU director of alumni and development (1980 to 1982), February 19, 2022
“He led the development of the Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising during his tenure at Kent State. He and then-President Brage Golding worked tirelessly to bring the fashion design school to KSU. Mr. Dollard was well known for his charming personality and his love and appreciation for classical music, fine wine and gourmet cooking. He was 93 years old.”—Gerald Canton, BS ’79, MEd ’98

Richard James “Dick” Kotis, BS ’48, former KSU assistant football and basketball coach, November 21, 2021
He played varsity football for Kent State from 1946 to 1948 and later was appointed as an assistant coach for football and basketball, serving from 1951 to 1957. He then joined the Fred Arbogast Co., became president in 1959 and retired in 1991. A legend in the sport fishing world and a founder of the Fish Ohio program in 1980, Kotis was inducted into the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Hall of Fame in 2010. He was a lifetime member of the Kent State University Alumni Association, a member of the President’s Club, and a member of the Blue and Gold and Varsity “K” clubs. He was named Varsity K “Person of the Year” in 1997. There will be a celebration of his life in spring 2022.

Myron Julius “Mike” Lunine, former KSU Honors College dean (1968-1972), May 4, 2020
“Dr. Lunine, along with Glenn Frank and Seymour Baron, worked to convince Gen. Robert Canterbury not to open fire a second time on students who had massed on the Commons soon after the shootings. Film footage of the day shows Dr. Lunine doing all that he could to avert an even wider slaughter. Another alumnus called Dr. Lunine one of the ‘unsung heroes of May 4th.’ In addition to the irony of his death date, Dr. Lunine, even at his advanced age, had been prepared to return to the campus for the 50th commemoration. The pandemic, and his death, intervened.”—Thomas M. Grace, BA ’72

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