Brenda Milcik

Aug 062019

2020 is IWU’s 150th Anniversary and the 125th Anniversary of Admitting Women.

The Class of 1970’s 50th Class Reunion!
October 10, 2020

When: Our Gala Dinner takes place on Saturday, October 10, 2020. Pre and post events include a Fat Jack’s Friday gathering, a Memorial Service, and more –  October 9 and 10. More details to come, but for now – mark that calendar!

Soon: Our very own website created by the class reunion committee! We’ll be asking for stories, pictures, and music.

NOW: Getting organized. Steering Committee members and committee heads are listed below – and we can use more help! If you want to be part of the planning, email Bill Devore ( or Kathy Lewton (

Steering the Effort: Dave and Barbara Grace Wilson, Karen Short Mills, Bill Devore, Earl Franz, Kathy Lewton, Sonny Freeman, and Steve Burrichter.

Committee Leaders: Lana Weiss Brown (Back to College program), Pat McAvoy (assisting with everything), Brent A. Anderson and Debbie Moorehead Thorpe (inviters and arrangers), and Spen Sauter (website creator and manager). Many more to come!



May 162018

Jane Brue, 84, of Bloomington, passed away Saturday, May 12, 2018 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.  A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. this Friday, May 18, in Evelyn Chapel, with a visitation prior to the service from 9-10 a.m. in the Chapel.

Jane was a nursing professor at Illinois Wesleyan for 21 years, leading many study abroad classes and receiving multiple accolades from students and colleagues. More details on her dedication to her profession, to IWU basketball, and to her family are in her obituary. Our thoughts are with her family at this time.
Jan 062017

Lee W. Short

It is with great sadness that I report to you the passing of Lee Short.  Lee, an IWU icon and loyal alum, was an honorary member of the Class of ’70 and the father of our classmate Karen Short Mills. He was the one who made sure all of us became Titans back in the 1960’s.


Pictured in the Homecoming Edition of the 2015 Something Like the Argus, are Karen Short Mills, Alan Cooke, and Lee Short.

IWU President Eric Jensen, said today:

It is with great sadness that I must report the death of Lee Short ’44, Director of Admissions from 1952-1978.  Services for Lee will be held next Thursday, January 12 at 10:30 a.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church. An obituary will be published in The Pantagraph on Sunday.

Please join me in offering sympathy to Lee’s wife, Phyllis, his children, and his nephew Trey.

Lee’s many contributions to Illinois Wesleyan are chronicled in this IWU Magazine article from 2010.

You may read his obituary here.

Service and Memorial Information:

Funeral Service

Thursday, January 12, 10:30 AM

Wesley United Methodist Church

Lunch will be after the service where the family will receive friends.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, Westminster Village Foundation, or the Lee Short Student Scholarship at Illinois Wesleyan University.

As stated by Mark Sheldon, “This is very sad, and we all send our condolences and support to Karen and all the Short family.  Lee was a grand human being and did so much for IWU over the years.”

Dec 212016

I’m sad to report that my husband of 12 years, Jon R Hall, passed away at our home in Crescent City, IL on October 15th. Beloved by many and respected in his agriculture world, GO John Deere Green, Jon will be deeply missed! (ne 1947)

An obituary can be seen here.