Sep 042019

We are saddened to announce the passing of Frederick Ritscher ’64. Frederick passed away on July 14, 2019.  He is survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. To view his full obituary, click here.

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Aug 022019

The Walter Wickiser Gallery of New York City announces a solo show of Dennis Kleidon’s recent
paintings, August 29 through September 25. The show, titled Taliesin | Unleashed, covers two recent phases of Kleidon’s work, shown in about twenty-four paintings, acrylic on canvas or archival Arches paper. The opening reception will be on September 5, from 6-8:00 PM.

Dennis Kleidon is a Professor of Art Emeritus from the University of Akron, co-founder and CEO of
Kleidon & Associates (a marketing communications firm in Akron, Ohio), and author of the soon-to-be-published Unleashing Your Imagination. He maintains studios in Akron and Phoenix, Arizona. He is a member of the WHAM Art Association and the Sonoran Arts League.

The Walter Wickiser Gallery is located at 210 Eleventh Avenue, Suite 303, New York, NY (212-941-1817). Kleidon’s work can be seen at


Dennis Kleidon at his Ohio studio.


Taliesin Unleashed #3 appears on the cover of the Wickiser Gallery show catalog and in Arts & Antiques magazine.

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Jul 292019

Alan C. Law ’67 passed away on the morning of July 5th, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, wife, one granddaughter and two great grandchildren. He is survived by his three children, 9 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren.

View the full obituary here.

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Jul 152019

Janet G. (Radakovich) Huss ’63, age 78, of Shorewood, passed away Friday, July 5, 2019 at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center.  She was born in Joliet, IL. Janet graduated from Joliet Township High School and attended Illinois Wesleyan University for two years. Janet enjoyed traveling with her family and shopping. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Frank Huss ’61 and two children.

Read her full obituary here.

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Jul 092019

Gerri Friedberg ’60 has lived in Door County for almost 20 years and is on the Board of Midsummer’s Music, chamber music series. She play regularly for the Unitarian Fellowship in Ephraim. She also volunteers as docent at the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay. She urges classmates to come visit!


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Jun 262019

James Proctor Brown III ’62, recently gave a lecture on African Art and led a group through the Norfolk State University African Art Museum. Mr. Brown also just put his novel Naked Nights and Naked Truths: Kenyan Prelude, on Amazon in Kindle form and paperback. Also he just copyrighted his Country and Western song, called “One More Night of Suitcase Livin‘”

Congratulations James!


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Jun 242019

Jerry Hahn ’61 stopped by campus to donate some of his beloved camera equipment to the Illinois Wesleyan Ames School of Art. “It will be super-satisfying to have this equipment used in the manner of supporting IWU and today’s students,” he said.

You can read more about Jerry from a 2006 edition of IWU Magazine!

Jerry and Julie Johnson, Interim Director / Associate Professor of the School of Art
Jerry Hahn ’61
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May 152019

Charles Robert “Bob” Berg ’65 of Detroit died May 8, 2019. He was 76. Raised in central Illinois, Bob became a spokesman and adviser for two of Michigan’s most influential politicians: former Michigan Governor William Milliken and former Detroit Mayor Coleman Young. After his time at Illinois Wesleyan, Bob held reporting roles in Iowa and Nebraska. He left for Lansing, Michigan, to head a state capital bureau for United Press International. He later became state capital bureau chief of Panax Newspapers and, by 1977, was hired to work in the public affairs office of Milliken, the longest-serving governor in state history. He held the role until Milliken left office in 1982, at which point he was hired as a press secretary for Young, the city’s first black mayor. When young left office in 1994, Bob started a public relations firm that lives today as Van Dyke-Horn Public Relations. During his time in Detroit, Bob worked to form a relationship between the Detroit Public Schools and Illinois Wesleyan, in which IWU became the only out-of-state university to participate in the district’s Wade McCree Scholarship Program. Bob was recognized in 2000 with IWU’s Loyalty Award, in 2014 with a John Rakolta Jr. Leadership in Race Relations Award, and in 2018 by the Urban League of Detroit as one of its Distinguished Warriors. He served on the boards of the Coleman A. Young Foundation, Roeper School, Detroit Police Foundation, Detroit Urban League, and Caring Athletes Team for Children’s & Henry Ford Hospitals. He was also a member of Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his longtime partner, three children, four grandchildren and two siblings, including Karen (Berg) Dolan ’70.  An obituary may be viewed here.

A public visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 16 at Swanson Funeral Home, 14751 West McNichols Road in Detroit. A funeral will begin at 1 p.m. May 17 at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church, 8625 E. Jefferson Avenue in Detroit. 

A second funeral will be held at 11 a.m. May 20 at Cissna Park United Methodist Church, 221 W. Koplin Ave. in Cissna Park, Ill. Burial will be at Floral Hill Cemetery, 301 W. Main St. in Hoopeston, Ill. 

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