Jun 102019

Jean Holdridge Reeves, 99, died June 5, 2019.  Jean was born January 27, 1920 in Marion, Ohio. She graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University as a Kappa Kappa Gamma sister with a degree in home economics and from the University of Connecticut with master’s degree in child development.  In 1944, feeling a sense of duty as the youngest of four sisters, she enlisted in the American Red Cross to serve during WWII and was stationed in New Guinea and the Philippines. Her tour of duty in the Red Cross is digitally documented in the UNC-G Women Veterans Historical Project. 

You can view her obituary here.

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Jun 052019

Ruth Eleanor Martin Parks, 100, of Macomb, formerly of Blandinsville passed away at 7:55 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb. Ruth was born in Wahpeton, North Dakota on December 29, 1918, but lived most of her life on the family farm near Blandinsville, Illinois. She began her teaching career at age 19 at Starr Commonwealth, a private school for boys in Albion, Michigan, and then returned to Illinois Wesleyan University to complete her degree in 1942. She later received her Masters degree from Western Illinois University.

You can view her obituary here.

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Jun 042019

James “Jim” Hershbarger ’48 of Champaign, Illinois, died April 15, 2019. He was 93. Jim won letters as a member of Illinois Wesleyan’s football, basketball and baseball teams. He was named to multiple all-conference teams and was elected to the Order of Titans. Jim spent 32 years in the auto industry. He also served as an insurance agent for American Family Insurance before retiring in 1995. He was a member of Champaign’s St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, where he was on the consistory and church treasurer for two years. He was also a member of the Elks, Moose and Phi Gamma Delta, where he served as a member of the Interfraternity Counsel. He is survived by his wife, daughter, three grandchildren and a brother.

You can view his obituary here.

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May 222019

Dennis E. Stark ‘59 received an Honorary Doctorate degree (in Business) from Alderson Broaddus University (AB) in Philippi, West Virginia at their commencement on Saturday, May 4, 2019.  Dennis was Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer of the university from 2015-2018.

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May 222019

Marilyn Ames, 91, of Gibson City, formerly of Sibley, died peacefully on Friday, April 26, 2019 at OSF Hospital in Urbana.  She graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1950 and earned a Master’s Degree from Illinois State University in 1974. Mrs. Ames taught history at Melvin-Sibley Junior-Senior High School for 30 years. 

You can view her obituary here.

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May 202019

WWII Fighter Pilot, Art Leach ’42 spoke at the  Bloomington Public Library, Thursday, May 16. He fought in the Pacific Theater flying off the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and is ninety-nine years old.

Leach shared how he was one of the two of his group of five hundred to be accepted into pilot training. He was the only one of his pilot training group to be sent to the U. S. Navy, fulfilling his dream of flying off of an aircraft carrier.  He started out training in bi-planes and moved on to flying Brewster Buffalos, Grumman Wildcats, Grumman Hellcats, Grumman Bearcats, Vought Corsairs and early jets.

Leach attends to WWII memorial celebrations across the country, participates in Skype interviews with classrooms of students around the world and has recorded an oral history for future generations to hear a first hand account of his experiences.  Last year he flew fellow pilot’s self-built plane over the local area.

Art Leach ’42
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Apr 152019

You did it, Titans! You were the key to our success. On April 11, 2,205 donors collectively raised $518,316. And thanks to the generosity of our pacesetter challenge donors, our grand total is $776,316 (and still counting!)

This video captures a few successes from #AllInforWesleyan.  Check out the social media activity and revisit iwu.edu/all-in to see how your gifts made a difference.

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