Jun 212019

Dr. Karen Hockenyos (Yarnell) Goodwin, PhD, age 70 of Pagosa Springs, CO, passed away at home on April 24, 2019, surrounded by family after a year-long struggle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, (John G Goodwin, Jr.), two children (Sarah and Jacob), two grandchildren (Madeleine and Carson), siblings (Jon, Kris, and Mark) and their extended families.

You can read her full obituary here.

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Jun 172019

James D. “Jim” Robinson, Jr., age 67, Normal IL passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. A service celebrating his life will be 3:00 PM Tuesday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. Rev. Jan Hazekamp will be officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, June 18th from 2:00 PM-3:00 PM at the memorial home. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL. Jim will be remembered for his boisterous personality, as an enthusiastic runner, church involvement, and forever as a proud father.

You can view his obituary here.

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Jun 102019

Jack Sikma ’77 was recognized by the Metropolitan King County Council for his upcoming induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

See full story here.

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Jun 052019

This has been a big year for alumna Birda Ferguson of the Class of 75! She became a grandmother on May 9, 2018 when William Lucas Oliveros, the first son of her daughter, Kirstin Ferguson Oliveros, was born. On February 1, 2019, she retired from First Presbyterian Church of Hackettstown, NJ where she had served as pastor for 9 years. She moved to South Carolina at the end of February with her husband, Glenn. Together, they are enjoying exploring the area and making new friends!

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May 222019

Gwenn (Bailey) de Mauriac ’72 and her sophomore year IWU roommate, Kathe Loyd Heyer, are spending three weeks in Europe this summer, visiting Amsterdam, traveling down the Rhine River to Basil, Switzerland and then taking the train to spend a few days in northern Italy. This will be their second trip together.

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May 152019

Christine Ellsworth Coyne ’74 trained for and ran in her first marathon when she completed the 2017 Chicago Marathon. Christine is a customer service representative at Molex, Inc., in the Chicago area. She has 4 children, 6 grandchildren and a 7th on the way! Here she is with one of her grandchildren:

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Apr 302019

Charles (Charlie) McCarthy ’73 passed away at the age of 86 on April 10, 2019 in Normal. Charlie was a marine veteran who received his bachelors of science in sociology from Illinois Wesleyan. His obituary can be found here.

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Apr 292019

Jim Molinari ’77 has joined the University of Oklahoma’s men’s basketball team staff as assistant coach. Click here to read more about Jim’s accomplishment.

Congratulations, Jim!

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Apr 082019

Paul E. Pedersen, M.D., was sworn in as president of the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) during its 2019 annual meeting. Dr. Pedersen is board-certified in internal medicine and is Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. Since 1995 he has served on various committees and functions within OSF including local, system wide and Board Committees primarily focused on IT development, Quality & Safety and Ethics. He earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois Chicago campus.

Dr. Pedersen is active in many areas of organized medicine. He has been a member of ISMS since 1980. At the local level, Dr. Pedersen is active in the McLean County Medical Society, where he has served as its president from 1995 through 1996. Since 1992, Dr. Pedersen has served on the board of the Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program (RIMSAP) and is currently board president. RIMSAP is a program started in 1948, sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau and the ISMS. It has helped many qualified applicants to hurdle financial needs and other barriers to a medical education. This program has assisted over 800 students with a recommendation and/or loans to the University of Illinois. This program is designed to provide doctors in rural communities in Illinois. Dr. Pedersen will serve as president through April 2020.

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