Jan 222021

Richard Greene Watrous ’61 passed away June 14,2020 from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. He loved his time at Illinois Wesleyan. He always gave the professors of the university credit for teaching him to think and to become a life long learner. He is survived by his wife, Christine.

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Jan 212021

Marybeth (Solberg) Stoll ’64 of Minnetonka, Minnesota, died Jan. 4, 2021. She was 78.

Marybeth majored in music and English at Illinois Wesleyan, where she graduated cum laude. One of her greatest joys in life was playing the violin; she also studied violin performance at Indiana University. She played professionally as a soloist and in quartets in many Minneapolis-St. Paul area orchestras. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, where she gained many lifelong friendships. Throughout her professional career, she served in many administrative roles, with the Minnesota and St. Paul chamber orchestras, and most recently as a sales and marketing assistant for Wells Fargo International Trust. She also served as an interim instructor of Hardanger fiddle at St. Olaf College. She was proud of her Norwegian heritage, and she studied Norwegian language and the Hardanger fiddle for many years. Her faith, family and friends were always dear to her. She is survived by her husband, four children, three grandchildren, three siblings, and many nieces, nephew and friends.

You can read the full obituary here.

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Jan 082021

Rick King ’67 was recognized by the Florida State University College of Social Work among its 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients at a virtual event. Read more here.

Richard King is pictured on the far right.

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Jan 062021

David M. Diehl ’62 of Decatur, Illinois, died Dec. 16, 2020. He was 84.

David studied accounting and business administration at Illinois Wesleyan, and he went on to earn his certified public accountant’s license in 1967. He practiced for 51 years, first with his father at Gaugher and Diehl accounting firm, and later started his own CPA practice. David was a U.S. Army veteran, having served before his time at IWU. He was a past commander of the Decatur Power Squadron, past president of the Decatur Noon Lions Club, and a lifelong member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and First United Methodist Church of Decatur. He is survived by his wife, two children and five grandchildren.

You can read the full obituary here.

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Dec 202020

Jean (Smith) Ward ’65 of Creve Coeur, Mo, died October 20, 2020. She was 78. Jean earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and was active in Kappa Kappa Gamma at Illinois Wesleyan. She married her husband while attending IWU. The Wards relocated to Monroe, LA, shortly after Jean’s graduation. They had two children. Jean was a passionate educator . She spent the majority of her career as a teacher at Georgia Tucker Elementary in Monroe. Jean divorced in 1993. She began a new life as a retired, independent woman. She developed an incredible circle of friends, many from her church community at Jesus the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Monroe. She is survived by her two children, three grandchildren and two nephews.

Your may access her obituary here.

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Dec 142020

V. Stephen King passed away on Friday, November 20, 2020 at his home. He was 81.

He was a United States Army veteran, serving from 1960 to 1963. Steve worked in the banking industry from 1964 – 1993. After retiring from banking, he worked at On Hand Safety Supplies from 1994 – 2004 and he retired from Coldwell Banker Heart of America in 2014, after 10 years of employment. Surviving are his wife, Donna, three children, and seven grandchildren. Also surviving are a sister-in-law, three nephews and two nieces.

You can read the full obituary here.

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Dec 142020

Delmar Smith ’61 of Morton, Illinois, died Nov. 25, 2020. He was 86.

Delmar earned a bachelor’s degree at Illinois Wesleyan before earning master’s and doctoral degrees in divinity and ministry, respectively. He served 39-and-a-half years as an ordained clergyman in the United Methodist Church, including the final 19 years at Canton (Ill.) Wesley United Methodist Church. He is survived by two children, six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, a sister and a nephew.

You can read the full obituary here.

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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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