Jul 292020

Judy (Naylor) Sinn ’62 passed away on November 1, 2019. She was born on April 24, 1940. She majored in art education at Illinois Wesleyan and taught for years in Palatine, Illinois. Read the full obituary here.


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Jul 202020

Hal Graff ‘69 is featured in the Summer/Fall issue of the IWU magazine for the publication of his 61st novel, The Credit Card Murders: A Davis Finn Mystery, Volume 35. The Credit Card Murders and other novels in the series are available on Amazon.
Congratulations, Hal! 

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Jul 092020

William Richard “Dick” Setchell ’68 of Mendota, Illinois, died December 28, 2019. He was 73. Dick studied political science and theology at Illinois Wesleyan, and was a member of Theta Chi. Dick was a farmer and owner of several businesses. He was an avid historian and antique collector, with particular interests in antique firearms and Native American artifacts. He was also invested in passing on family history and traditions. He enjoyed his grandchildren, fishing and debating spiritual or political matters. Dick was a member of Rotary International and was active in church council, church youth groups and confirmation classes. Dick is survived by his wife, two daughters, two stepdaughters, six grandchildren, two siblings, and many nieces and nephews.

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Jul 092020

Joan (Kaisler) Orth ’61 died November 25th, 2019, in Durham, North Carolina. She was 80. Joan was initially a music major, but switched to education and later obtained a master’s degree in reading arts from Cardinal Stritch University, where she taught remedial reading for 10 years before retiring, Joan was an avid Green Bay Packers fan and stockholder. She decided to take up the harp–at age 76–through the Duke University continuing education program. She was a lifelong supporter of classical music in Milwaukee and the Raleigh-Durham area. She is survived by her husband and three children.

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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 252020

Ruth Monsell ’68 authored Frances Perkins: Champion of American Workers. Her novel was scheduled for publication on May 5, 2020 but the date has been delayed because of COVID-19.  Her work was inspired by her visit to the Frances Perkins homestead in Newcastle, ME near Ruth’s home. Published by Islandport Press, Monsell’s novel is “an inspirational young adult biography of a little-known architect of the New Deal and the first female Cabinet Member.” Perkins served as the U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945.


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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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