Feb 172020

Jean Gaines ’53 reports that she has eight grandchildren and welcomed her first great-grandchild on May 1, 2019. She lives at The Mayflower Retirement Community in WinterPark, Florida. She enjoys hearing from her old classmates and friends!

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Feb 172020

We are saddened to inform you that Helen Mae LaCroix (Johnson) ’53 passed away February 10th, at the age of 88. She was born on January 22, 1932 in Chicago. At Illinois Wesleyan University she met Chuck LaCroix, and during their marriage the two had five children. She was a wonderful mother who valued the time she had with her loved ones. Her art has been exhibited in several art galleries, and she taught workshops at Gorton Community Center. She is survived by four children and four grandchildren.

Read the full obituary here.

Helen LaCroix monoprint as displayed by The Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art.


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Feb 072020

Thank-A-Giver Day (TAG Day) is Monday, February 10. This day provides the IWU campus community with the opportunity to thank donors who support Illinois Wesleyan. IWU celebrates each year in mid-February because it marks the symbolic point during the academic year – about 70% of the way through – when we rely on support from alumni and friends, our endowment, and external grants.

If you would like to be celebrated as a donor today, you can make a gift at iwu.edu/give.

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Feb 042020

We regret to inform you of the passing of Robert Conrad Price ’50, who passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by loved ones on January 25, 2020. Here is his full obituary.

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Jan 242020

Charles Gaines ’53 ’54 died Nov. 11, 2018. He was 86. Charles studied music at Illinois Wesleyan, where he was active in many music-related organizations and professional societies, and earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees at IWU. He taught elementary school music and managed church music programs in Illinois and, later, New York, while he pursued a doctorate from Union Theological Society. Charles began his academic career at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina, in 1965. He remained chair of the school’s department of fine arts until shortly before his retirement in 1998. He also served as director of music for the First Presbyterian Church of Clinton and the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwood, South Carolina, and founded and directed the Laurens County (S.C.) Chorale. Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford conferred The Order of the Silver Crescent, the South Carolina Legislature recognized his leadership in a proclamation, and the mayor of Greenwood later proclaimed June 15, 2012 as Charles T. Gaines Day. Charles is survived by his wife Jean (Reichert) Gaines ’53, three children, including Deborah (Gaines) Abbott ’76 and Betsy (Gaines) Bone ’82, and eight grandchildren.



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Jan 092020

We are saddened to inform you that Dorothy Faughn (Stokes) ’47 passed away on January 5, 2020. Dorothy was the proud mother of 4 children and a legendary band director in Malden, Missouri. She is missed by former students, church friends and her children. She had wonderful memories of her time at IWU. A Celebration of Life is planned for 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Schweitzer United Methodist Church. A reception will be held in the Memorial Hall following the service.

Read Dorothy’s full obituary here.

Dorothy Faughn

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Dec 182019
On 21 November I performed with three others on A Guest Artist Recital of clarinet chamber works at Western University, London, Ontario, CANADA. Three of the works on the program were written for me. Invited to Arizona State University, I spoke to clarinet doctoral candidates about commissioning composers for new works and gave a master class for the clarinet students on 4 December. The next night I performed the MOTOR CITY MEMOIR by Alan Torok (US Premier), 10 autobiographical movements accompanied by powerful videos about growing up in Detroit in the 1960s.
Nov 262019

Warren J. Gitersonke ’51 reports that he reached the young age of 90 on October 24, 2019 and enjoys good health. He plays golf at least once a week and really enjoys playing his clarinet and saxophone in the South Ft. Myers Florida Big Band, which plays music of the 30’s and 40’s. Glad to hear from you, Warren!

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Nov 192019

Dr. Jill Waldron ’58 reflects on the many things she is grateful for at IWU, including: the excellence of the education, the library, her professor of poetry Ms. Ogle, her Economics and Philosophy professors, the Art Department, the small classes, and the chance to succeed. We are grateful for her, too!

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