Lee Short ’44, Director of Admissions from 1952-1978, passed away on January 4th. Services for Lee will be held Thursday, January 12 at 10:30 a.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church. An obituary will be published in The Pantagraph on Sunday.
Please join me in offering sympathy to Lee’s wife, Phyllis, his children, and his nephew Trey.
You may read his obituary here.
Robert “Bob” Denny Kennedy ’60, age 79, of Pekin passed away at 8:40 p.m. Saturday, December 31, 2016, at the Villas of Holly Brook in Pekin. A sports fanatic, he had been captain of the football team at Illinois Weslyan University. You may read his obituary here.
We are sorry to announce longtime IWU Advancement employee (retired) Harry Lovell ’60, passed away on Christmas morning after fighting cancer for just a few short weeks. Harry served the Advancement Office for 28 years. He had a special kind of enthusiasm for life and will be missed by his family and friends.
Carolyn Louise (Holcomb) Griffith of Indianapolis, died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in Franklin, IN.
You can read her obituary here.
Linda (Gitzendanner) Hines ’68 enjoyed a visit from IWU classmate Coral (Snyder) Swanson ’68 for 2 ½ days in September. We had a wonderful time together sharing stories about our lives since graduation and reminiscing our fun IWU / AOPII memories. While Coral was here, we enjoyed visiting some local attractions including the beautiful, 100+ year old Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, the Anheuser Busch Brewery, and the Missouri Botanical Gardens (see picture).
At Homecoming, the Class of ’66 received their Reunion Booklet, highlighting their time at Illinois Wesleyan. Omitted from the In Memoriam page was Mr. David W. Divine. David was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and the wrestling team. He passed away on June 20, 1986. Thanks to his sister-in-law, Cheri Divine ’66, for the chance to correct the information.
Left to right: Bruce Borton ’69 Baritone, William Eichorn ’69 Tenor, Russell D. Seaton ’69, Lead, Z. Edmund Toliver ’70 Bass. At the piano in the picture was Jim Stahly ’62, I think. He was our liaison in the beginning. An IWU grad and former Apollo Member, I think. Our piano player (not pictured) was Byron Blair ’70. Everyone was a Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonian, except Bill Eichorn!
Today is All In for Wesleyan at IWU. Dr. Randy Reed ’73 has offered to give $500 for each class year with 30 donors today, and an additional $500 for each class with 60 donors. Seriously – every dollar counts! Help your class meet this Challenge. Click this link to donate https://www.iwu.edu/all-in You can also see how your class is doing in the challenge.
You can see All In on campus by clicking here.
As befits a lit major I continue to read a lot. I also am passionate about dog rescue and training. I train therapy dogs and have two greyhounds who are certified therapy dogs. I also evaluate therapy dogs. I live in Mexico most winters and Topeka Kansas the rest of the time. I would love to hear from Wesleyan friends.
-Sharon Linton Fricke ’60
This is a photo of my greyhound Azul who is a certified therapy dog. We visit many places and are best friends.