In Memoriam: Spring 2017

Barbara (Long) Beery, ’52, 85, Zeta Tau Alpha, Nov. 11, 2016, Kansas City, Missouri.

Rebecca A. (Pinger) Bond, ’69, 69, Zeta Tau Alpha, Dec. 21, 2016, Troy, Kansas. Survivors include sons Christopher T. Bond, ’92, and Peter J. Bond, ’97.

Zachary “Zach” Boydston, ’07, 32, BSN, Jan. 19, 2017, Chicago, Illinois. Survivors include his sister Nikki D. Boydston, ’11.

Mary Anna (Coleman) Broadfoot, ’41, 97, Alpha Chi Omega, Jan. 8, 2017, San Diego, California. Survivors include a son Bob Broadfoot, ’66, a daughter Karen (Broadfoot) Mitchell, ’67, a son-in-law Cliff C. Mitchell, ’65, and a sister Betty Jean (Coleman) Deel, ’41.

William E. Brown ’67, 69, Nov. 26, 2016, Little Rock, Arkansas.

James W. Cackler, ’69, 70, Nov. 18, 2016, Shawnee, Kansas. Survivors include a son Wes Cackler, ’95.

James “J.T.” Cardens, director of the Physical Plant (1996-2003), 75, Dec. 29, 2016, Baldwin City, Kansas. Survivors include a son Jay Cardens, ’03.

Ralph Jaquin Carlson, ’51, 86, Nov. 30, 2016, Overland Park, Kansas.

William Cassell, ’59, 80, Zeta Chi, Oct. 17, 2016, Pleasanton, California. Survivors include his wife, Francis “Fran” (DeLude) Cassell, ’59.

William D. Deel, ’71, 68, Dec. 8, 2016, Lawrence, Kansas. Survivors include his wife, Kathy (Lamb) Deel, ’72, a brother Sam Deel, ’66; sisters-in-law Margy (Long) Deel, ’67Connie (Fothergill) Deel, ’79, MLA ’98, and Ronda O’Hara Deel, ’63; and a niece Mattie (Deel) Cooper, ’12.

Arthur G. Flenker, ’56, 84, Oct. 24, 2016, Overland Park, Kansas. Survivors include a daughter Robin (Flenker) Brown, ’76, and son-in-law Kendall Brown, ’75.

Joseph W. Foraker, ’50, 88, January 28, 2017, Camarillo, California.

Jared J. Grantham, M.D, ’58, 80, Zeta Chi, former Board of Trustees member, Jan. 22, 2017, Leawood, Kansas. Survivors include his wife, Carol (Gabbert) Grantham, ’58, daughter Janeane (Grantham) Houchin, ’84, son Taylor Grantham, ’85, and daughter-in-law Julie (Earnshaw) Grantham, ’85. Grantham, a world-renowned nephrologist, established both the University of Kansas Kidney Institute and the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation, an international organization that supports patients around the world. He served on the Baker University Board of Trustees and the President’s Advisory Council. He and his wife, Carol, were among the donor champions for the $11.3 million renovation of the science facility.

Shirley A. Gray, 81, former student, Oct. 29, 2016, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Richard Douglas Hammond, former student, 51, Jan. 24, 2017, Leawood, Kansas.

Evelyn (Copeland) Horn, ’39, 98, Nov. 2, 2016, Cedar County, Missouri. Survivors include a son Michael Horn ’64, and daughter Linda (Horn) Leaderer ’65.

Lana S. (Kessler) Koren, ’77, 62, Dec. 30, 2016, Cave Creek, Arizona.

Harold D. Leitnaker, ’50, 88, Jan. 12, 2017, Ottawa, Kansas. Survivors include his wife, Marge (Elliott) Leitnaker, ’52, and daughter-in-law Vickie (Hayes) Leitnaker, ’79.

C. Alan Mauch, ’72, 67, Kappa Sigma, Board of Trustees, Dec. 11, 2016, Parkville, Missouri. Survivors include his sister,
Dr. Pam Mauch, ’70. Mauch, a history and political science major, remained engaged with his alma mater throughout his life. He was known for his dedication to the Kappa Sigma fraternity and the parMentor program in addition to supporting many of the university’s most meaningful capital projects. For the last two years, Mauch served as the Chairman of the Baker University Board of Trustees; his tenure on the board spanned 18 years and three presidencies. Mauch worked for 23 years in the reinsurance industry, retiring as executive vice president at Employers Reinsurance Corp. (G.E.).

Nancy (Blackburn) Monasmith, ’07, 42, Nov. 29, 2016 Independence, Missouri

Marcia S. Morris, former student, 63, Dec. 9, 2016, Butler, Missouri.

Ruth (Hahn) Perry, ’62, 104, Dec. 29, 2016, Baldwin City, Kansas. Survivors include a daughter Mary (Perry) Ellis, ’66.

James E. Scott, ’91, 48, Jan. 5, 2017, Spring, Texas.

Patricia (Turner) Stigall, ’53, Nov. 6, 2016, Kansas City, Missouri.

Samuel T. Stump, ’50, 92, Jan. 7, 2017, Blue Mound, Kansas.

Allene (Bass) Talmage, ’45, 93, Nov. 17, 2016, East Hampton, New York.

Dr. Ralph M. Tanner, Baker President 1980-1987, 89, Nov. 24, 2016, Baldwin City, Kansas. Survivors include son Clay Tanner, ’85; daughters Caroline Tanner, ’88, and Susanne (Tanner) Smith, ’85; and son-in-law Mark Smith, ’83. Tanner, Baker’s 25th president, was a lifelong educator and active member in his community. He served as president of two universities: his alma mater, Birmingham-Southern College, as well as Baker University. After leaving the president’s post at Baker, he served in the Kansas House of Representatives, chairing the House Education Committee. Tanner’s family is directing memorial contributions to establish the Dr. Ralph M. Tanner Endowed Scholarship to honor him and his dedication to higher education. Additional contributions are invited.

Altha (Warner) Tilghman, ’44, 94, Dec. 2, 2016, Topeka, Kansas. Survivors include her sisters Helen (Warner) Atherton, ’42,and Lois (Warner) Icenogle, ’55, and a son Phil Tilghman, ’70.

Kimberly (Teel) Turner, former student, 63, Oct. 27, 2016, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Dr. Jerald C. Walker, Baker President 1974-1979, 78, Dec. 24, 2016, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Walker, Baker’s 24th president, led the university from 1974-1979 before moving to his career post as president of Oklahoma City University, where he would become OCU’s longest-serving president. Walker was an accomplished leader in the faith of the United Methodist Church and multiple academic communities.

Donald “Paul” Weimer, ’00, 68, Jan. 20, 2017, Topeka, Kansas.

Joe W. Wenzel, ’65, 74, Nov. 12, 2016, Wichita, Kansas.