Oct 212020
 

Dianne (Smith) Williamson ’62 of Bloomington, Illinois, died Oct. 16, 2020. She was 80. Dianne majored in theatre at Illinois Wesleyan. She worked as publisher and editor of Bloomington-Normal Magazine, was a copywriter for WJBC and WBNQ radio stations, and retired from Illinois State University as events coordinator. Dianne was honored as the League of Women Voters of McLean County’s “Leaguer of the Year,” was named McLean County United Way “Volunteer of the Year” and was a McLean County YWCA Women of Distinction nominee. She was active in all three organizations for many years. Dianne and her husband had a passion for travel that began when they lived in Ireland for a year. Dianne was many things to many people, but a friend to all. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  You will find her full obituary here.

Oct 192020
 

We are saddened to share that Louise (Sudkamp) Terrell ’62, wife of Richard Terrell, Sigma Chi, 1962, died on September 16, 2020 in Lincoln Nebraska. Richard and Louise were married September 1, 1962. Richard is a retired art professor at Doane University in Crete, Nebraska. Louise was a Special Education teacher in the Lincoln Nebraska public schools.

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Oct 142020
 

Gilbert “Gil” Dorsey ’62 is the recipient of the 2020 IWU Loyalty Award.

Dorsey graduated from Illinois Wesleyan with a major in Insurance. Immediately following graduation he joined Procter and Gamble as a Field Advertising Representative and later a Case Food Salesman. He is retired from The Eureka Company in Bloomington, a division of A.B. Electrolux of Sweden.

Over his 34 year career at Eureka, Dorsey served as President, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Vice President of Product Planning, Product Manager, and various sales office related positions. He traveled multiple times to Stockholm, Sweden and extensively on business and pleasure throughout the World and USA. He also served six years in the Army Reserves and Illinois Air Force National Guard.

Dorsey has been very active as an alumnus and has a long history of service to the University. He has served on the Illinois Wesleyan Board of Trustees since 1992 and currently holds an Emeritus position. He served as Chairman of the search committee responsible for hiring President Richard “Dick” Wilson. As a Trustee, he headed the Campus Life Committee, served on the Executive Committee as Vice President, and a Trustee of the Rupert Trust benefiting IWU Nursing. Dorsey is an avid Titan fan and supports IWU Athletics and enjoys all Illinois Wesleyan activities.

He participates in the Bloomington-Normal community where he is an active member of Calvary United Methodist Church, currently leading a men’s study group. Since 1986, he has been a member of the Bloomington Kiwanis Club, serving as President and as a member of other committees. In the past, he served on the BroMenn Hospital and Foundation Boards, Red Cross Evening of Stars Committee, Past President, and later Interim Director of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce.

Submit a note of congratulations to Gil Dorsey here .

Gil Dorsey

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Oct 022020
 

Judith (Gilmore) Kirby ’62 of Frankfort, Illinois, died Aug. 7, 2020. She was 80. Judy earned a bachelor’s degree in music education at Illinois Wesleyan, where she was also active in Sigma Kappa, Delta Omicron and other musical groups. She went on to a 35-year career as a music teacher at Western Avenue Elementary School in Flossmoor, Illinois, where she led musicals, Christmas concerts and variety shows. She also directed choir at Flossmoor Community Church. In her final days at a care facility, her former students sang for her — mostly through virtual means, over cell phones and laptop computers — from outside her window. Judy’s former students’ tribute to their elementary school teacher was featured in a segment on Chicago’s WGN Evening News.

Oct 022020
 

After retiring from teaching composition and literature for 30 years at Geneseo High School and Black Hawk College, Gayle began a new career researching, writing, and giving Power Point programs about local history. In 2004 she wrote a chapter in the history book Grand Excursions on the Upper Mississippi River about 19th century logging in Wisconsin and the rafting of logs to Upper Mississippi River sawmills. In 2020 she published Artist Edwin Willard Deming, A Biography (1860–1942); From Childhood a Passion to Paint Native American Traditions. Growing up on a Geneseo, IL prairie farm, he became acquainted with Winnebago children, whose families in the winter came down from Wisconsin to hunt and fish near the Deming farm. This experience influenced him to dedicate his life to capturing in his art Native American Indian traditions. In addition to the Sioux, Crow, and Blackfeet, his friends included artist Fredrick Remington and President Theodore Roosevelt.

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Oct 012020
 

Gayle Bruch Rein, BA IWU 1962 and MA in Expository Writing from U. Iowa. After retiring from teaching composition and literature for 30 years at Geneseo High School and Black Hawk College, she began a new career researching, writing, and giving Power Point programs about local history.  In 2004 she wrote a chapter in the history book Grand Excursions on the Upper Mississippi River (U of Iowa Press)  about 19th century logging in Wisconsin and the rafting of logs to Upper Mississippi River sawmills.

In 2020, she (age 80)  published Artist Edwin Willard Deming, A Biography (1860–1942 : From Childhood a Passion to Paint Native American Traditions. Growing up on a Geneseo, IL prairie farm, he became acquainted with Winnebago children, whose families in the winter came down from Wisconsin to hunt and fish near the Deming farm.  This experience influenced him to dedicate his life to capturing in his art Native American Indian traditions. In addition to the Sioux, Crow, and Blackfeet, his friends included artist Fredrick Remington and President Theodore Roosevelt.

Aug 282020
 

Richard Jenkins ’69 will appear in three feature films slated for release in 2020. Richard stars in the crime comedy-drama Kajillionaire and comedy The Last Shift, both of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2020. Richard will also star in The Humans, a comedy currently in post-production. He was filming Nightmare Alley this spring when production was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the photo below, he pictured to the right in his role in The Last Shift.

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Jul 292020
 

Lynne (Ehrhart) Lewis ’67 passed away on December 5th, 2019. She was born May 20, 1945 in Great Falls, Montana. She is survived by her husband, mother-in-law, daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Read the full obituary here.

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