Feb 172021

Ralph Sackett ’60 was the guest of honor at a surprise celebration organized by his former players on August 8, 2020, in Bloomington, Illinois.

Ralph coached at Illinois High Schools in Bloomington, Octavia, Reddick and Granite City, Washington (Mo.) University, and for Bloomington’s American Legion Post 56. Ralph left coaching at age 34 to embark on a successful career in banking and finance. But his impact left on student-athletes during his coaching tenure was evident at the surprise celebration, which was chronicled by Randy Kindred in The Pantagraph.

You can read the article here.

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Feb 092021

Carol Wiborg ’64 of Glenwood, Illinois, died Feb. 5, 2021. She was 78. Carol earned a bachelor’s degree at Illinois Wesleyan and a master’s degree at the University of Illinois. She spent the majority of her career with the Department of Defense, teaching in Japan and Germany. She also taught for four years in the Flossmoor (Ill.) school district. She enjoyed travel, music, photography, theatre and reading. She sang in choirs in Japan, Germany and suburban Chicago, including the chancel choir at First Presbyterian Church of Chicago Heights, where she was also in the hand bell choir, served as an elder, and participated in women’s organizations and other committees. She is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Read the full obituary here.

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Feb 052021

Dave Kindred ’63 was recently featured in an IWU article about the Memoir he wrote, Leave Out the Tragic Parts: A Grandfather’s Search for a Boy Lost to Addiction. Read more here.

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Feb 052021

Monday, February 8 is Thank-A-Giver Day at Illinois Wesleyan and we’re eager to celebrate generous Titans!

Thank-A-Giver (TAG) Day is the symbolic point during the academic year — about 70% of the way through — when tuition dollars are exhausted and Illinois Wesleyan relies on donor generosity to continue providing a world-class education and rewarding collegiate experiences.

Each and every year, every gift matters. Contributions benefit students and faculty, enhance academic excellence, and strengthen the IWU community.

Thank you to all who give back to move IWU forward.

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Feb 022021

Charles Bimba ’66 died Jan. 12, 2021, in Sarasota, Florida. He was 77. Chuck played baseball and studied business administration at Illinois Wesleyan. He went on to serve as president and chief executive officer of Bimba Manufacturing Co., in University Park, Illinois, a company founded by his father in 1957. In the 1990s, he became involved in business consulting and lay ministry work. Chuck was proud of his Luthuanian heritage and taught business classes at Vilnius University soon after the country gained its independence. Some of Chuck’s favorite days were spent fly-fishing in a trout stream, and some of his favorite evenings were spent at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago. He was an avid fan of the Chicago White Sox and University of Illinois athletics. Chuck was known for his sense of humor and for being kind, ethical, humble and guided by faith. He is survived by his wife, four children, five grandchildren and two sisters.

Read the full obituary here.

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Jan 262021

We regret to inform you that Carol Zavatsky ’63 passed away on April 20, 2019. She was born November 27, 1941 in Chicago.  She was a member of the Sassy Sisters Red Hat Society, volunteered often, and his survived by her son, stepchildren, and grandchildren. You can read her full obituary here.

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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) Stull ’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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