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’46

Carol (Paeschke) Hadley
Jul. 31, 1928 – Aug. 21, 2021

Carol Hadley was born in Harrisburg, Oregon. After briefly attending Willamette, she worked in accounting for the Eugene Fruit Growers' Association. After retiring, she held head bookkeeper and assistant comptroller positions. She is survived by her children, John, Paul, Joan and Glen.

’47

Gordon A. Kunke
Mar. 19, 1922 – May 11, 2021

Gordon Arthur Kunke was born in Turner, Oregon. He enrolled in Willamette to study education and play baseball. When the U.S. entered WWII, he was trained and commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy and served on the destroyer USS Conyngham in the South Pacific. After the war, he returned to Willamette and his bachelor’s in education. After graduating, Gordon taught math and coached football, basketball, baseball and track. Later, he served the Dallas School District as a teacher and coach, and led his basketball teams to five Willamette Conference titles. Gordon is survived by his children, Steve, Lori, Beck, Terry and Tom.

Suzanne (Zimmerman) Edwards
Jul. 13, 1925 – Mar. 14, 2021

Susan Zimmerman was born in Lake Grove, Oregon. At age 15, she joined the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland and competed in swimming under International Swimming Hall of Fame coach Jack Cody. She went on to win 15 national titles over eight years, with her biggest achievement in the sport coming at the 1948 Olympics, where she won a silver medal in the 100-meter backstroke. Later, Susan lived around the world with her husband, Gordon Edwards, but came back to Portland to live out the rest of her life. In 1988, she was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. Survivors include by her children, Christopher and Ann.

 

’48

Audrey Ann Talbott Oxley
1928 – Jul. 10, 2021

Audrey Oxley was born in Salkum, Washington. She worked for her father’s business part-time while in high school and returned to work for him when her children started school. With dreams of becoming a journalist, one of the highlights of her life was writing for the Lewis County News. Audrey is survived by her sister, Donna; and children, Leah and Alan.

’49

Frank Newell
Feb. 2, 1925 – Mar. 21, 2022

Frank Newell was born in Pender, Washington. While at Willamette, Newell earned his degree in Political Science. Between high school and college, he served in the Pacific Combat Area in World War II as crewman on a B-24, radio operator, aerial gunner, and aerial photographer in the 7th Air Force. After his service, Newell began a distinguished 58-year career in newspaper management, publishing, and media consulting serving news outlets across the nation. Newell also had a great interest in writing which led him to create the Frank H. Newell Creative Writing Prize, awarded annually through Willamette University's English Department for outstanding student work in short fiction. He is preceded in death by his wife, Susanne. He is survived by his partner Marilyn Evens and both children.

’50

Louise Royce
Jan. 12, 1929 - Mar. 9, 2022

Louise Royce was born in Washington State. While at Willamette University, Louise was sister of the Delta Gamma sorority as well as a Psychology major. After WU, she moved to Seattle and was a member of Grandview United Methodist Church Women, the Summit County Genealogical Society, and the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She enjoyed historical research and loved nature. Louise is preceded in death by husband Rodney D. Royce; and is survived by daughter Diana and son David.

Leopold J. Pospisil
Apr. 26, 1923 - Oct. 25, 2021

Leopold Pospisil was born in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia. While at Willamette University, Pospisil studied sociology and completed his PhD in anthropology at Yale in 1956. He remained at Yale to become a professor of anthropology and curator of the Peabody Museum. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1984 and from 1980 to 1984 he was president of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts & Sciences, for Czech and Slovak exiles. He is survived by his wife Zdenka Pospisil; and his daughters and sons-in-law Zdenka Jonak, Jiri Jonak, Mira Pospisil and John Lane.

 

’52

Clifford R. Girod E’56
Mar. 27, 1930 – Feb. 19, 2021

Clifford Roland Girod was born in Salem. At Willamette, he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and played on the 1952 basketball team that won four consecutive Northwest Conference championships. After earning his degree in education, he went on to teach and coach at Brookings High School before serving two years in the U.S. Army. While in Korea, he played in the Far East Armed Services basketball championship game. Later in his career, Clifford served as a counselor and guidance chairman at McNary High School. Outside of the classroom, Clifford always enjoyed working with young people in his church and in other volunteer activities. Survivors include his wife, Jeanie; brother, Daryl Girod ’55; and children Curtis, Douglas, Eric, Elizabeth and Julie.

’54

Donald G. Sandstrom
Apr. 5, 1931 – May 1, 2022

Donald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He originally attended Northwestern University, but transferred and graduated from Willamette University with a degree in Philosophy. The next fall, he enlisted in the Army and was stationed in Panama. After the Army, Don attended Philadelphia College of Art and received his BFA in Sculpture which led him to teach at Indiana University and then a year with Temple University Tyler School of Art in Rome. Don was predeceased by his mother and father. He is survived by his wife, Marion; his sons, Jeffrey, Anders, and Per.

Carolyn Crane Hitchman
Jan. 20, 1932 – Apr. 18, 2022

Carolyn Hitchman was born in St. John, Washington. She enrolled at Willamette University on a scholarship, graduating with a degree in the Arts. As a gifted watercolor painter, she created colorful and evocative landscape scenes of the Oregon Coast. Her paintings have been exhibited at many galleries and after establishing a women's clothing company, sent handmade skirts to customers including First Lady Betty Ford and Kathryn Hepburn. After graduation, she worked for United Airlines as a stewardess, based in NYC and Denver. Carolyn was preceded in death by son, Brian; and is survived by three children, Daniel, Megan, Kan., and Caryn; and three grandchildren.

Nicholas D. Zafiratos JD’55
May 9, 1926 – Apr. 18, 2021

Nicholas Dan Zafiratos was born in Mill City, Oregon. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he worked as a railroad engineer to help support his parents and younger brother. He then attended the University of Oregon, Oregon State University and Willamette, where he graduated top of his class and received a law degree. At Willamette College of Law, his classmates honored him by electing him class president. After graduation, he began his law career as assistant city attorney in Salem, first with the welfare and recovery division and later with the state forestry board. Later, Nick would go into private practice and was known as a dynamic, well-respected attorney throughout the state. He was predeceased by his wife, Virginia (Ginny), and survived by his daughters Ann, Molly, and Jane.

’55

George E. Carlisle
Jan. 21, 1933 – July 2, 2021

George Carlisle was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. He graduated from Willamette with a bachelor's degree in economics and after graduating, moved with his wife Marilynn to Washington, where he took a position in the accounting department for Crown Zellerbach. A devout Christian, George served for several years on the Salvation Army Advisory Board and believed strongly in the importance of serving people in economic distress. He is survived by Marilynn and their children, Kerrie, Kevin, Kelly, and Shelley.

’56

Peter C. Harvey
July 10, 1934 – Jan. 14, 2021

Peter Chase Harvey was born in Portland, Oregon. At Willamette, he played baseball and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Peter went on to work in local government, serving in a multitude of roles, including as city manager for the City of Tacoma (Washington) from 1969-1978. Later, he served as the city manager for Lake Oswego, Oregon and Peoria, Arizona. Peter received the Career of Excellence Award from the Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration in 1990. Throughout his life, Peter was a generous donor to Willamette.

’57

Paul E. Edwards
Oct. 25, 1934 – Aug. 20, 2021

Paul Everett Edwards Jr. was born in Monrovia, California. He graduated from Willamette before obtaining his Ph.D from American University in Washington, D.C. Paul was a professor and administrator at Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College for more than 50 years, also serving as dean, vice president and later provost. Some of Paul's fondest memories were of traveling to more than 40 countries with his wife, Peggy (Doerfler) Edwards ’60, and his best friend, the late Father Jude Molnar. Survivors include Peggy and sons Paul III and Christopher.

Emil G. Stunz JD'59
Aug. 22, 1926 – April 8, 2021

Emil Gene Stunz was born just outside of Cascade, Idaho. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the end of 1943, and was sent to college at the University of Washington where he graduated from the NROTC program. After being called to active duty during the Korean War, Stunz enrolled in law school here at Willamette. After graduating, Stunz became a partner with Harold Henigso at a firm now known as Stunz, Fonda, Kiyuna and Horton. While he and his wife Helen Sallee lived in Nyssa, Oregon, he was very dedicated to the community serving on the school board and later on the Oregon State School Board Association. Along with the education community Stunz was also on the Malheur Memorial Hospital Board, Irrigation District North Board of Control, and many more companies. After retiring, Stunz and his wife travelled and visited family. Survivors are his wife Helen and their four children Suzanne (Stunz) Baldwin ’70, Betsy, Laurie, and Eric.

’58

Mary Lou Lieser Connelly
April 29, 1926 – March 10, 2022

Mary Lou Connelly was born in Vancouver, Washington. She attended Willamette University for two years before transferring to the University of Washington. At UW she met her husband, Glenn Connelly. Mary taught kindergarten at the Episcopal Day School of St. Matthew in San Mateo for over 30 years. After retirement, Mary volunteered with Ability Path and the Coyote Point Museum Auxiliary as well as with hospice. Mary is survived by her children, Mike, Lisa, and Chris; her six grandchildren and her brother Herb.

Larry C. Martin
Dec. 20, 1936 – Aug. 13, 2021

Larry Clifford Martin was born in Dalton, Nebraska. While at Willamette, he studied political science and continued those studies at University of Oregon. He served in the Oregon Army National Guard and the Air Force Reserve while attending college. Following graduate school, he began his active-duty career as an intelligence officer in the Air Force. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Danell; sons, Tom, Dan and Jack; and daughter, Anne.

Larry J. Buckner
July 20, 1935 – Feb. 14, 2021

Larry James Buckner was born in Parker, South Dakota. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Willamette before joining the U.S. Air Force and serving as an officer for nearly 12 years. Following his service, Larry and his family returned to the Willamette Valley. Survivors include his wife, Bonnie; and children, Marcie and Jim.

’59

Herb Talabere
Sep. 4, 1937 – Jun. 26, 2022

Herb Talabere, age 84, passed away on June 26, 2022. Herb translated his deep respect for diversity and his gentle wisdom into meaningful actions for community change throughout his work life and as a volunteer. He graduated from Willamette University with a BA in History in 1959. He then graduated from Yale Divinity School and began his career in urban ministry in a high-rise housing project in New Haven, CN. During this time, he also took part in civil rights marches in Selma and Washington DC. He moved to Syracuse, NY where he worked for the Council of Churches. His desire to be engaged in a broader approach to urban change led him to complete a master’s degree in Public Administration at Syracuse University. From there, he moved to Columbus to take a position with the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development in grant management for cities in Ohio. After several years, he fulfilled his dream of establishing his own business, selling books and small items to book and gift stores in Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Just prior to retirement, he taught small business development to immigrants from Ethiopia, Somalia, and Russia at the Jewish Community Center. However, his commitment to the community did not end with retirement. He became actively engaged in the Eastmoor Civic Association, serving as president for two terms. He also was active in the Mideast Area Community Collaborative (MACC) which became the Mideast Area Commission, organizations that serve 15 neighborhoods on the east side of Columbus. Working closely with these organizations and many others, Herb worked tirelessly to establish a Special Improvement District (SID) on East Main Street which is funded by the businesses in the area and has led to many improvements. On June 7, 2022, Herb was honored for his community work with a street named “Herb Talabere Way”. A private, green burial took place at Kokosing Nature Preserve in Gambier, OH on June 30. A celebration of Herb's life was held on August 13 in Columbus, OH.

Preceded in death by his son Mark Talabere; his grandson Colin Talabere; parents Frank and Annie Talabere; sister- in-law Carol Koble. Survived by his wife of 61 years Laurel Talabere; son Andrew Talabere; daughter Deborah Talabere; daughter-in-law Tiffany Talabere; grandchildren Alexander Talabere, Kirsten Talabere, Nora Talabere, Catherine Gunckel-Talabere, Brian Talabere; great-grandchildren Gavin Kunce, Haven Horton-Kunce, Bree Talabere, Blaise Talabere; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

’62

Bonnie A. Kremer
Feb. 27,1941 – Jan. 8, 2022

Bonnie Kremer was born in Coral Gables, Florida. While she was at Willamette, Kremer majored in English and was a sister in Alpha Chi Omega. Willamette is also where Bonnie met her husband Peter Kremer ‘62. Bonnie was dedicated to her family and instilled in them a love of healthy food and reading; both modeled after Bonnie’s love for each. Survivors include her husband Peter; and her daughters and sons-in-law Leslie and David Seidner and Audrey and Steve Monke.

’63

Elaine Halnan
May 25, 1941 – May 4, 2022

Elaine Halnan was born in San Diego, California. While attending Willamette University for an English degree, Elaine was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. She began her professional life in New York City then worked for Time Life Books before returning to San Francisco. She became very active in the non-profit sector following her retirement; She mentored young girls at a Girls Inc. after school program in Oakland. She is survived by her husband William; two sisters, Suzanne and Jennie; sister-in-law, Jane; and four nephews and three nieces.

’66

Roger Bergmann BA'66
Feb. 3, 1944 – May 10, 2022

Roger was born in Newberg, Oregon. While attending Willamette, he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. After graduating, Roger served our Country in the United States Army until 1968. Roger then attended the University of Nevada, Reno where he earned his Masters of Business Administration and was elected as a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. After receiving his Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, Roger received his license to practice law from the State of Nevada Supreme Court where he was a member of The Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Roger is predeceased by his brother Floyd. Roger is survived by his brother Ken; and sisters Bonnie and Barbara.

’67

Gay-Leigh Ann (Glenn) Camp
Jun. 5, 1945 – Jan. 24, 2021

Gay-Leigh “Gay” Camp was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She graduated from Willamette with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Gay would go on to serve as the student financial aid director at Brown Institute in Minnesota, and held other administrative positions in county government and non-profit organizations in California and Colorado. Survivors include her brother-in-law, David.

’72

Caroline Dye
Oct. 31, 1948 – Jun. 19, 2021

Caroline Dye was born in Walla Walla, Washington. Before coming to Willamette, she studied English and literature at Vassar College in New York. Following graduation, Caroline spent most of her career as a librarian for the Eugene Public Library, Albany Public Library and Oregon State University. She was a prolific reader and an accomplished pianist, even competing in OSU Bands Concerto Competitions. Caroline is survived by her brother, Peter.

’80

Martin Butkovich
Jan. 27, 1958 – Mar. 8, 2022

Martin Butkovich was born in Roslyn, WA. While at Willamette University, Martin played baseball and received his master's in counseling and Psychology. After WU, he lived in Spokane and earned his retirement by working as regional administrator for Washington State in various health services positions for over 35 years. He is survived by his mother Jean, his two daughters Carly and Kennedy, his sister Lisa, and four nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father John and his brother Benny.

’08

Matthew J. Bicocca
Aug. 1, 1985 – Mar. 28, 2022

Matthew Bicocca was born in Jackson, California. He continued his education at Willamette University where he played football and baseball and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. After graduating, Matthew earned a spot in USC’s medical school, Keck School of Medicine, where he earned his MD. Matthew next traveled to Texas for an OB-Gyn residency at the University of Texas/Methodist Hospital, where he was elected Chief Resident during his final year and offered a fellowship in his chosen specialty of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at UT. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne; stepson, Samuel de Llano; and parents, Vince and Barbara Bicocca.

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