Feb 232018

We remember the following alumni who have passed and celebrate their lives.

Bert Bigham ’42 – 4/4/17, Doris (Haynes) Chiado ’45 – 6/1/16, Constance (Sigler) Coomer ’48 – 8/6/17, Robert Dinius, Ph.D. ’49 – 7/27/12, Colonel James Freda ’40 – 4/27/17, Dean Izatt ’41 – 12/5/17, Edgar King ’49 – 2/4/17, John Miller ’45 – 1/29/17, Helen (Zick) Olson ’47 – 7/21/17, Roger Rasmussen ’44 – 5/4/17, Fred Reed, III ’40 – 1/1/16, Mary (Sargent) Theole ’49 – 9/28/17, Alice (Kraft) Williams ’44 – 12/7/16, Frank Zern ’49 – 6/25/16

 Posted by at 4:51 pm
Feb 162018

We are deeply sorry to announce that Donald Maxwell Forkner ’58 passed away at home on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017.

Donald served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 1959-1965. He moved to Madison in 1969, and began working for WISCO Industries in Oregon, Wis. He retired as Sales and Marketing VP from WISCO after being with the company 41 years. Donald was a long-time member of Midvale Community Lutheran Church where he sang in the choir. He was active in and President of Sales and Market Executives. Don was a member of Nakoma Golf Club for 35+ years. He was a member of Zor Shrine, and the Royal Order of Jesters. In the Masonic Organizations he served on a number of Boards and Foundations.

Throughout Don’s life he enjoyed reading and learning, photography, music, dancing, traveling and spending time with his family and friends. In 2013, he and Bonny retired to Green Valley, Ariz., where they enjoyed the sunshine, mountain views, bird watching, a more relaxed lifestyle, and the many wonderful new friends that they made. He joined a very welcoming golf group, the BRAVO’S, and spent many enjoyable days on the links with this special group of friends.

Read his full obituary here: http://host.madison.com/news/local/obituaries/forkner-donald-m/article_e5b8715c-84c7-50fa-96f4-3d60bd277304.htm

 Posted by at 3:31 pm
Jan 232018

We are deeply sorry to announce that Marilyn (Hubble) Ryan ’50 passed away suddenly on January 7, 2018. During her time at IWU, Marilyn was an active member of the IWU Kappa Delta sorority where she forged many friendships that have lasted a lifetime. She taught home economics in Illinois before starting her own family. Marilyn’s kindness and infectious good humor will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Read her full obituary here: http://www.desmondfuneralhome.com/obituary/Marilyn-Ryan/_/1774222

 Posted by at 3:49 pm
Jan 222018

Inis King ’58 was featured in Galesburg’s The Register-Mail where she talks about her lifetime of playing music. You can read about it here

 Posted by at 2:38 pm
Jan 222018

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 Posted by at 12:48 pm
Dec 152017

The spirit of giving is all around us this holiday season, please consider giving the gift of bright futures to current and future Illinois Wesleyan University students. Your gifts provide opportunities and experiences that will be remembered for a lifetime.

 Posted by at 10:54 am
Dec 142017

James Hennessey ’58 is having an art exhibition in Baltimore, MD. His art will be on display from 12/9/17 through 1/13/18.

 Posted by at 2:55 pm
Dec 012017

We regretfully inform you that Charles Burger Marvin ’59 died from ampullary cancer in the early morning of October 29, 2017. Charlie was born in Peoria, Illinois, grew up in Illinois, and graduated as a philosophy major from Illinois Wesleyan University. In what proved to be an impactful decision, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1959, attended intensive Russian language classes at Syracuse University and was stationed in Pakistan and Germany. Upon his Air Force discharge, he moved to New York City where he met his wife, Mary Jo Van Kirk when both were working for Colliers’ Encyclopedia. They were married in St. Paul’s Chapel, Trinity Parish, in New York City in June 1965.

Guided by his Air Force experiences in intelligence analysis, he was accepted into the Central Intelligence Agency Training program in 1966 and moved to the Washington, D.C., area. Charlie stayed in the intelligence business for the rest of his career, except for a brief stint as a real estate broker in Capitol Hill. He worked for the CIA, experimented with real estate sales, and then joined GTE Government Systems as an analyst of foreign communications systems until retirement.  At the same time, the Marvins bought and renovated eight houses in Georgetown, Capitol Hill, Arlington, Bethesda, and Potomac, Maryland.  Charlie was an avid motorcyclist from the time he was 19 until his early 60s; he renovated several antique motorcycles and was a member of the Classic and Vintage Motorcycle Association in Washington area.

Charlie retired in November of 1997 and  moved to Jaffrey Center, NH where he and Mary Jo bought and restored another old house. Charlie served three terms as Trustee of the Trust Funds in Jaffrey, as Treasurer of the Jaffrey Center Village Improvement Society, and a Trustee of the First Church in Jaffrey. The Jaffrey board of Selectmen named him Volunteer of the Year in 2011. In addition to volunteering in Jaffrey, Charlie was the treasurer of the Window Shop at the Monadnock Community Hospital for 18 years. Soon after moving to Jaffrey, Charlie was invited to join the OFC men’s lunch group and became a regular attendee. In 2012, the Marvins reluctantly downsized, selling their house on Thorndike Pond Road and moving to Governor Square in Peterborough. Charlie was a member of its condo board until illness forced him to resign. In later retirement, his passions included tackling the New York Times crossword puzzles, having a good craft beer with lunch, listening to the music of Gustav Mahler, and genealogy research.

Charlie will be deeply missed by all whose lives he touched.


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