May 262020

Karla Barry ’69 Successfully defended her dissertation and earned a PhD. in organization learning, performance and change from Colorado State University on December 13, 2019. She Previously earned a master’s of applied communications degree from the University of Denver, where she has been an adjunct professor for several years. Karla currently consults with organizations on employee improvement interventions.

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May 222020

Congratulations to Gary Nickels ’68, who was named Midwest Scout of the Year by the MLB in December 2019. Gary was previously inducted into the Midwest Scouts Association Hall of Fame and the Mid Atlantic Scouts Association Hall of Fame in 2009. He has been a baseball talent evaluator for 48 years, having served in the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, San Diego Padres and the L.A. Dodgers organizations.

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May 182020

We regret to inform you of the passing of Gordon Williamson ‘61. Gordon Williamson ’61 passed away on May 10, 2020, in Peoria, Arizona. He was 81. Gordon was active in Sigma Chi and met his future wife Della (Nelson) Williamson ’62 at Illinois Wesleyan. He went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Loyola University Chicago College of Dental Surgery. He served two years as a dental officer in the U.S. Army at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. After his service, Gordon and Della moved to Pontiac, Illinois, where he opened his dental practice. He was active in the community as an elder at Pontiac Bible Church and served in the Kiwanis Club and the local school board. In 1980, the Williamsons moved to Phoenix, where he purchased the practice of a retiring dentist in Sun City, Arizona. He sold the practice in 2006 but continued working in other dentists’ offices until his 75th birthday. He was also active in his Arizona community, at Northwest Community Church, Christ’s Church of the Valley, and the Kiwanis Club. Gordon loved golf, snow skiing, travel and sports. He was a season ticket holder for the Phoenix Suns and Diamondbacks, and he was in the stands when the Diamondbacks won the World Series in 2001. Gordon is survived by his wife, three children, six grandchildren, brother Richard “Dick” Williamson ’56, and many nieces and nephews. 

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May 182020

Lyman Carpenter ’61 of Manteca, California, died Aug. 9, 2019. He was 84. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953-56 before attending Illinois Wesleyan. He later earned a master’s degree from Arizona State University. Lyman spent the majority of his career as a social worker. He was an avid genealogist and had traced his lineage back to his ancestors’ arrival in the United States. He is survived by his son, two granddaughters and two nephews.

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May 112020

Steven Adams ’68 passed away in Bloomington, Illinois on May 8th at the age of 73. He was born in Bloomington in 1946 and married Sandra Platta in 1977. He is survived by Sandra, his daughters and grandchildren.

Read the full obituary here.

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Apr 152020

James Proctor Brown, III, class of 1962, was recently interviewed concerning his Peace Corps experience to become a part of a national archive of interviews of ex-PCV’s. Mr. Brown also gave a lecture on the Peace Corps and Nigeria to the Southampton Roads Torch Club. In February he gave a lecture on African Art to 38 docents from the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk and provided them with a tour of the African Art Museum at Norfolk State University, which he helped to establish.

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Apr 152020

James Dohren ’66 authored his second book, Windy City Stories, a collection of 20 stories about Chicago, published by Sunbury Press under its Posey Press mark. The stories contained within the collection vary from the humorous to the terrifying, but all are factual and fascinating. Even lifelong Chicagoans will learn facts they didn’t know before. Jim is a retired public school teacher who taught history and government for 32 years in Downers Grove, Illinois. Windy City Stories is available on Amazon here.

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Apr 082020

Ways to Support Fellow Titans

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    • To share a word of support for your classmates at this time, submit a post to your class newsletter by emailing your editor or if your class does not have an editor, send your post to
    • You can provide support to the Titan Student Emergency Fund. This fund will provide relief to students with needs such as housing, travel, moving and storage, transportation and vehicle repair, and technology needs related to remote learning.
    • If you have expertise or a career opportunity that you can share with students, please connect with a Hart Career Center staff member for a phone or video appointment through a Handshake account here. You can also post job and internship opportunities on the site. View FAQs here.
    • University Archives & Special Collections wants to hear your experiences and reflections to keep a historical record of the impact of the pandemic on the Illinois Wesleyan community, you can learn more here.
    • Assist the IWU Admissions team in student recruitment efforts. Our alumni are the best and most qualified to meet with prospective students to share your IWU experience. Sign up here: Titan Alumni Ambassadors.
    • You can see more ideas here.


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