Sep 222017

We are deeply sorry to announce that The Rev. Dr. John Burton Wolf (’49), 92, a Unitarian Universalist minister, father, and grandfather died on September 19, at Clarehouse, in Tulsa, OK.

Dr. Wolf, author of the book, “The Gift of Doubt” was the senior minister of All Souls Church in Tulsa for 35 years, before becoming the Minister Emeritus in 1995.

Through his leadership, All Souls grew to become one of the largest Unitarian Universalist churches in the country and helped to establish two other Unitarian Universalist churches in Tulsa.

Read his full obituary here:

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Sep 202017

Class of 1957 60th Reunion Celebration

Join your classmates for the “Golden Titan Club” Reunion Dinner

Saturday 6 PM Cocktails and 6:30 PM Dinner

Bloomington Country Club 605 Towanda Avenue, Bloomington

You can register now here

A few noteworthy events:

  • President’s Reception Friday 4-5:30 PM – President’s House, 1201 N. Park St.
  • Alumni Awards Dinner Friday 6-8 PM (Cost: $20)- Young Main Lounge in the Memorial Center
  • Back to College Classes Friday and Saturday – The Ames Library, Beckman Auditorium
  • Family Fun on the Quad Saturday 8:30-11 AM – Eckley Quadrangle
  • Titan Tailgate Featuring Local Food Trucks Saturday 10AM-1PM – Shirk Center Parking Lot

You can see the full schedule of Homecoming 2017 events here

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Sep 192017

Bob Byler ’52 has been a lifelong journalist and still, film, and video photographer with avocational passions for jazz and other music, travel, and home remodeling.  After IWU, Bob received his M.A. in journalism at Missouri U and his Ph.D in communications at Bowling Green. Bob then applied and was hired to head the journalism division at Evansville University from 1958 to 1973. He returned to Bowling Green S.U. in Ohio from 1973 to 1990. He taught 21 courses total, with emphasis in magazine and public relations, as well as professionally-oriented internships for students.

During his time at IWU, Bob was a member of a student vocal group, The Three Twins, who sang “jazzy tunes” such as “The Rambler” in a TKE fraternity chorus that serenaded at sorority houses. Bob is now a promoter of jazz music and archivist. His intention is to preserve and share the jazz culture that has been such an inspiration in his own life life.

Check out a bit of Bob’s work here:

Bob and Ruth Byler Archival Jazz Videos:

Bob says, “Jazz is like a river, ever-changing, fed by many tributaries that alter its contours to display new musical horizons and inspirations that appeal to many tastes, moods and activities.”

You’re an inspiration, Bob! Keep up the good work!

 Posted by at 12:26 pm
Sep 112017

We are deeply saddened to announce that Howard Berggren, class of ’54, passed away in his sleep on Sept. 1, 2017. Howie was an outstanding athlete at IWU, selected for all conference teams in both baseball and basketball. He played on the same teams as Bobby “Ace” Winkles, ’52 and Earl Neeman, ’53. He attended many IWU events trough the years and was co-chair of the 50th, 55th, and 60th alumni reunions with Jim Ridenour’54.

Howard is survived by his wife Penny, daughter Kathy Pollcita, Louisville, CO, son Mark, daughters Ashley and Erica Bunting in the Aurora, IL area.

Contributions can be made in memory of Howie at Scholarship Funds, Illinois Wesleyan University or by calling 1-800-689-9743.

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Sep 072017
Since his retirement as a psychiatric social worker, (at age 79), it has been the goal of Harlan Dalluge (’58) to visit all 59 national parks.  To date, Harlan and his wife, Jeannine, have visited and toured 29 of those 59 parks. He says his philosophy is : “Tour those parks with agility, while I still have the ability…before I reach senility”. Their favorites to date include Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Sequoia/Redwoods, and several parks in Utah.  In August, Harlan and Jeannine visited and toured Crater Lake in Oregon–“very impressive”. The adventuring pair have 30 more to go.  The attached photo is from Yosemite:
We can’t wait to see where you two go next! Good luck, Harlan!
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Sep 052017

Rev. Elmer A. Dickson (’53) made an 18 day trip to Europe in August of 2017.  The center piece of the journey was a week of two classes at Oxford University and 3 days in London.  The courses were: “C.S. Lewis and the Christian Imagination” and “The Protestant Reformation and the Scientific Revolution.”  Elmer also spent 3 days in Wittenberg, Germany for the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation sparked by Martin Luther.  The homeward trip included 2 days in Lisbon, Portugal, the oldest city in Western Europe.

What a wonderful trip, Elmer!

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Aug 312017

Mary Winn ’43 will be a guest of honor at the Broadview Mansion bell dedication on September 7, 2017 at 4 pm. Mary attended the last bell dedication in 1940. You can read more about it here. 

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Aug 312017

We are deeply sorry to announce the passing of William Whiteside ’51 on June 8th, 2017. William was a resident of Wilmington, Illinois at the time of passing. He was raised and educated in Wilmington, and graduated from the Wilmington Public Schools with the class of 1945. Bill went onto honorably serve in the United States Navy along with the United States Air Force.

You may read his full obituary here:

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