Wayne Grove ’62 of Morris, Illinois, died Aug. 8, 2019. He was 79. Wayne was a member of Phi Gamma Delta at Illinois Wesleyan, where he also played football and baseball. Wayne taught in Cleveland and Le Roy, Illinois, prior to a banking career. He was an elder at the Presbyterian Church in Princeton, Illinois, and later a deacon at First Presbyterian Church of Morris. He served in the Army National Guard of Illinois, from 1966-68, and the U.S. Army Reserve, from 1968-72. He was a 50-year member of the AF & AM Lodge 534, Valley of Bloomington Scottish Rite and Mohammed Shrine of Peoria, Illinois. He was an avid supporter of his grandchildren’s athletic endeavors and took pleasure in hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife Linda (Wilson) Grove ’65, two daughters, including Jennifer (Grove) Heinsius ’89, three grandsons and four siblings.
We all remember the first moon landing. Many of us were able to watch it real time on television. Many others read about the coverage in their local newspaper. Alan Leahigh ’67 was a reporter for Bloomington’s Pantagraph at the time. Read his description of the Pantagraph’s early coverage of the first moon landing here.
Alan is a member of the IWU Alumni Association Board of Directors and was a reporter for the Pantagraph until 1970.
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.
We are sad to share that George Allen ’60 passed away on June 1, 2019.
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.
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.
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!
We are saddened to share that Bruce McGee, classmate from 1968, passed away June 11, 2019. He had been living in Houston TX for many years. Please access his obituary here.
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 Books.com in Kindle form and paperback. Also he just copyrighted his Country and Western song, called “One More Night of Suitcase Livin‘”
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!