Oct 222021

About half of the Alpha Omicron Pi class of ’65 got together for a Zoom reunion for IWU’s Homecoming. Thank you to Carroll (Mites) Bross ‘65 for sending this in! She remarks that they’ve “had so much fun reconnecting.”

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Oct 112021

Allen and Shari Anderson recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a luncheon and vow renewal ceremony with family and friends at the Sons of Norway Lodge in Bend, Oregon. They plan to travel on a Grand European River cruise and a trip to Outer Mongolia and China post pandemic. The couple was married on September 25, 1971 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Woodburn, Oregon.

They have two daughters; Heather Yunck, Salem, Or and Diana Anderson, Lebanon Or.

Allen is a Marine Corps veteran and served in Vietnam. While at IWU he was a member of Acacia Fraternity. He also attended Mount Angel College holding degrees in Behavioral Science and Real Estate. He was a Right-of-Way Agent in both public and private sectors for over 38 years. Allen was president of Sweetbriar Farm Homeowners’ Association, the City of Troutdale Planning Commission, and the Multnomah Cable Regulatory Commission, where he helped set up television cable services in the county.

After retirement in 1999, he began studying Chinese traveling to China five times and attending Dalian University of Technology. He enjoys tai chi, Zumba, cardio fitness, knitting and participating in poetry and haiku groups.

Shari was a special education teacher and elementary school teacher. She also served as a Senior Deputy Sheriff and is a certified Tai Chi instructor. She continues to volunteer in various activities.

They have lived in Central Oregon for 21 years.

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Oct 052021

Robert M Montgomery ’67, who the Young Alumni Award is named for, was posthumously inducted into the Monticello Hall of Fame in 2020 although the announcement was just recently made. View the full article here.

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Oct 042021

Franklin Lenberg ’65 of Moline, Illinois, died April 5, 2021. He was 84. Frank studied art at Illinois Wesleyan. He served in the U.S. Navy and went on to work for the National Licorice Company before later retiring from J.C. Penney Company. He was a member of Gospel Temple in Moline and Open Bible Church in East Moline. He enjoyed flea markets, reminiscing and sharing stories. He is survived by his wife, son, and many extended family members and friends. You can read the full obituary here.

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Sep 202021

John William “Bill” Locke ’60 of Chicago died Sept. 7, 2021. He was 83. Bill majored in sociology at Illinois Wesleyan and went on to earn a master’s degree in library science from the University of Chicago. He served as director of the Harold Washington College Library for 35 years, earning the college’s Distinguished Professor Award. Bill was also a volunteer leader for many groups, including the Chicago Chapter of the international nonprofit Society of Architectural Historians, the Caxton Club, Chicago Art Deco Society and Cliff Dwellers Club. Bill loved Chicago’s Newberry Library; he worked there briefly as a young man and returned in retirement as a volunteer. He is survived by his wife Judith (Rehnquist) Locke ’59, three sons and a grandson. You can read the full obituary here.

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Sep 202021

Rev. William Brown ’62 of Richmond, Virginia, died Nov. 29, 2020. He was 80. After graduating from Illinois Wesleyan, Bill earned a degree in sacred music from Union Theological Seminary in New York. He was a permanent deacon in the United Methodist Church. He served as minister of music at Trinity United Methodist Church in Henrico County, Virginia, for over 20 years. He also served congregations at Grace United Methodist Church in Kokomo, Indiana, and Ginter Park Baptist Church in Richmond. He was a former dean of the Richmond chapter of the American Guild of Organists and a former treasurer of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by two sons, six grandchildren, a brother, Donald Brown ’65, and many nieces and nephews. You can read more of his obituary here.

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Sep 172021

Richard Mund ’65 of Golden, Colorado, died June 24, 2021. He was 79. Dick majored in biology and was active in Student Senate at Illinois Wesleyan. He later earned master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Denver. He held roles as director of admissions, director of financial aid, and vice president of student affairs at Marshall University. He later moved on to Mobil Corporation, where he held multiple roles, including executive director of Mobil Foundation. He was elected chairman of the Conference Board of the Contribution Council, representing many of the country’s top companies. Dick and his wife Joan (Dennis) Mund ’65 retired to Golden in 2000, where they made many friends, as they did in all of the places they had lived previously. Dick was known for his dedication to education and philanthropy, his skills as a craftsman, and for being a proud husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, three children, five grandchildren and a brother.

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Sep 142021

Ralph Sackett ’60 died Aug. 18, 2021. He was 83. Ralph was a talented athlete who was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles out of high school, but instead chose to attend Illinois Wesleyan thanks to encouragement from a benefactor, the late Dale McMackin ’36. He helped Ralph obtain a full scholarship, meal-work exchange and housing, allowing Ralph to become the first member of his family to attend and graduate from college. Ralph met his future wife Alicia (Westwood) Sackett ’60 during his time at IWU. After graduation, he coached the Bloomington Bobcats baseball team while earning a master’s degree in mathematics at Illinois State University. He later coached at four Illinois high schools and Washington University in St. Louis, but started a new career in 1975 with Bloomington Federal Savings & Loan. Ever versatile, he later added real estate development to his resume. Ralph enjoyed golfing, fishing and cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals. He and Alicia loved spending time in Naples, Florida, and at their cabin in Lake Napowan, Wisconsin. He is survived by his wife, four children, 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Aug 192021

Sunday, August 22nd “60 Minutes” will re-run an episode on Dave and his connection with the Morton High School Lady Potters basketball team. An audience of 5-6 million viewers is expected.