Class Notes


Paul Morey ’50 and his wife, Peggy, live in Quincy, Ill. Paul is a retired general director of personnel for the Union Pacific Railroad and also retired lieutenant colonel for the U.S. Army Reserve (30 years).

Murray Akers, Sr. ’51 fell in February and broke his ankle. He had to wear a cast for six weeks. He said, “Fun things happen to you when you’re ninety!” Murray lives in Wickliffe, Ky.

Bob Glass ’52 and his wife, Iris, live in Brisbane Australia. Bob recently celebrated his 86th birthday with a trip to Taco Bell (there is only one in the whole state of Queensland, so there was quite a crowd waiting in line). Another birthday party was celebrating there (mostly four-year olds) and Bob and Iris enjoyed meeting a much younger group celebrating a birthday milestone.

Jeanelle (Nelson) Hendrix ’52 has a new great granddaughter, Haley Ann Hoepf, born Augusut 26, 2017 to Jill and Matt Hoepf. Jim and Terri (Hendrix) Jungers ’82 are grandparents.

Pauline (Wang) Tso ’53 traveled with members of the Towne Singers to participate in the National Memorial Day Choral Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. on May 27, 2018. Pauline lives in Los Angeles, Calif.

Patricia (Clark) Baker ’55 continues to live in Clearfield, Utah after the death of her husband, Carl in 2016. She remains active in Community Church (ABC/USA) teaching a women’s Bible class and chairing the Mission Ministry.

Gilbert Wojtal ’59 has moved to Green Valley, Ariz. He really likes the area because there is not any snow, but in the summer it gets hot, really hot!


William Austin ’63 and his wife, Karen, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary December 23, 2017 with their two sons, Todd ’93 and Brian. Dr. Austin is a psychotherapist for Tidewater Pastoral Counseling Services in Norfolk, Va.

Lonna (Wood) Clinch ’68 is retired and lives with her husband, Tom, in San Antonio, Texas.

Craig Ritz ’69 has finally retired after 45 years of college teaching. He will become a ski bum this winter and start building some wood-stripe canoes. He lives with his wife, Karen, in Haskell, NJ.


The Illinois Supreme Court announced Scott Neville ’70, 1st District Appellate Court Justice, to serve the remainder of Justice Charles Freeman’s term when he retired in June, 2018. Neville was admitted to the bar in 1974 and worked in private practice until 2000 when he was elected a Cook County judge. He was appointed to the Appellate Court in 2004 and won election in 2012.

Kenneth Bentley ’71 has retired from Deluxe Corp. He is a self-employed cartoonist. He lives with his wife, Mary, in Bloomington, Ill.

Murray ’76 and Sue (Salmon) ’77 Frick live in Brussels. Sue completed the Camino de Santiago solo (500 miles, backpacking across northern Spain) to celebrate her 60th birthday. She serves as the president of the American Women’s Club of Brussels and represents American and Belgian interests at the local and international federation level. Sue is presently finishing work on her second cookbook and hopes it will be done late spring. Murray was recently a guest speaker at the European Commission’s Security Conference. He pastors a small, international congregation representing 30 countries and 18 mother languages. He is an avid bicycle commuter, commuting daily 10 miles to and from church.

Gary Willis ’76 was chosen to go on the Indianapolis Honor Flight to Washington D.C. in May 2018. The honor flights are for veterans who served in World War II, Korea and/or the Vietnam War. Gary was in Vietnam while he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960 to 1981. Gary and his wife, Marjorie, live in Noblesville, Ind. They have been retired since 2004. Marjorie has Parkinson’s disease.

Laura (Loudon) McDonald ’78 was ordained as an Elder of the United Methodist Church on June 9, 2018. After serving 30 years in church music and Christian education, Laura moved to her first full-time position as Pastor of Rising Sun and Quercus Grove United Methodist Churches in southeast Indiana in 2017. Mark ’78 retired as an Unix system administrator after 19 years with UPS. Laura and Mark have been married 41 years.

Donna (Dieterich) Pierce ’78 is the Library Director for the City of Krum, Texas where she resides.

DeWayne Rucker ’78 has written and published a fiction book called Swift Justice about domestic terrorism taking place mostly in Jefferson City, Mo. After retirement from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, he went back to work at the Federal Courthouse in Jefferson City as a court security officer. Maureen (Keller) Rucker ’78 is retired and spent three months in the Philippines in 2017 teaching first grade at an American Christian school on the island of Mindanao.

Tim Wilkerson ’79 was appointed collector of Callaway County, Missouri. He previously served as the assistant vice president of Bank Star One, having started his banking career in 1978.


Ken Carson ’80 teaches science at Round Rock Opportunity Center in Round Rock, Texas. He lives with his wife, Connie Stried, in Liberty Hill, Texas.

Scot ’83 and Terri (Clark) ’82 Wade recently sold their home and moved to Terri’s childhood home in Hannibal, Mo. Scot has spent the last year completely remodeling the house. Terri retired from the State of Missouri and works part-time for the Hannibal Municipal Court. Scot works for French Gerleman as Electrical Sales Representative. Their oldest son, Seth, settled in Hannibal after college and works at Mark Twain Behavioral Health and is a talented musician performing under the name of FRATE. Their youngest, Shay, is a sophomore in college studying electrical engineering.

Laura (Anderson) Zimmer ’83 works for the University of Missouri as a Pre-Employment Transition Specialist. She lives in Warrenton, Mo.

David Perkins ’84 is a captain for the Missouri State Highway Patrol. He lives in Jefferson City, Mo., with his wife, Annette Rengier-Perkins.

Kurt Sangmeister ’84 and his wife, Gina, are Turtle Patrol Volunteers which is a program administered through Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota, Fla. It involves searching for sea turtle crawls on Gulf coast beaches before dawn and marking nests so that the eggs can be staked off and protected. When the turtle hatchlings emerge, they look for their small flipper prints in the sand to ensure they head towards the Gulf rather than wooded or populated areas where they would not survive. The Sangmeisters live in Venice, Fla.

Dawn (Clapper) Whitcomb ’87, adjutant for the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, Ill. received the Woman of Impact award by the YWCA. She has been especially active in suicide prevention and has worked in a number of areas connected with mental health.


Heath Richmond ’90 became Program and Evaluation Coordinator for the Community Foundation Service of West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri in Quincy, Ill. He lives with his wife, Kathy, in Ursa, Ill.

Carrie Thompson ’94 lives in Royse City, Texas. She is a manager in the training department for Bio-Rad Laboratories.

Donald Harris ’96 and his wife, Lois, live in Quincy, Ill. where he is employed by Quincy Media, Inc.

Ryan McCoy ’96 has been named controller, Corporate Accounting at ADM. He will assume leadership of the Global Corporate Accounting department. Ryan and his wife, Jenny (White) ’99, live in Decatur, Ill. with their four sons.

Kevin Ferry ’98 was awarded the Illinois High School Association Heart of the Arts Award for section four which includes Ilinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin. Kevin was chosen as the IHSA’s nominee for his incredible success as a music teacher despite being legally blind. He has led three different member high schools to IHSA Musical Organization state final trophies, including three state championships, while coaching countless individuals who have placed in the IHSA’s Solo & Ensemble competitions.

Jeanne Kerr ’99 lives in Memphis, Tenn. with her husband, Nick, and their children, Evelyn and Arthur. Jeanne is a stay-at-home parent.

Jeff Weckback ’99 and his wife, Ashley, and daughters, Eva and Laila, live in Jacksonville, Fla. where he works for Constellation Brands.


Sara (Ellis) Hooker ’03 is an executive administrative assistant to the hospital president and vice president for SSM St. Mary’s Hospital in Clayton, Mo. Sara and her family live in Imperial, Mo.

Jesse Uhlmeyer ’03 will become superintendent of the Canton R-5 School District in Canton, Mo. in July, 2018. He lives with his wife, Lindsay (Gaither) ’04 and their four children in Canton, Mo.

Adam Duesterhaus ’06 has been named director of communications and development for the United Way of Adams County. He was assistant marketing manager for the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. Adam lives in Quincy, Ill.

Tracy (Thurman) Fountain ’07 was named Teacher of the Year by the Palmyra, Mo. Chamber of Commerce. Tracy is a freshman English teacher at Palmyra High School and also serves as a technology coach.


Amanda Eisele ’11 has moved to Myrtle Beach, SC, and is the director of fraternity and sorority life for Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C.

Cynthia (Van Zante) Gain ’11 is employed as an assistant controller for Triad Manufacturing. She lives with her family in St. Charles, Mo.

Katelyn Gibson ’11 teaches first grade in the Bevier C-4 School District in Bevier, Mo. and resides in Macon, Mo.

Brian Richardson ’11 started the Krimson Leadership Academy at a local elementary school in Bloomington, Ind. The academy focuses on leadership development for young men of color in fourth through sixth grade. Brian is the assistant director for the office of student diversity and inclusion at Indiana University for the School of Public Health.

Corey Meyer ’12 graduated from Brite Divinity School and has moved to Kansas City, Mo. He is serving as the Director of Mission Partnerships for Country Club Christian Church in Kansas City, Mo.

Ethan Bragg ’13 lives in Kansas City, Mo. and works at William Jewell College as a financial aid specialist.

Tim Maples ’13 was the guest artist at Culver-Stockton College for the theatre production, Impossible Marriage in April, 2018. Since graduating from C-SC he has worked as an actor and theater administrator at various theaters around Chicago. When he is not acting, he works full-time as the audience services manager at the Greenhouse Theater Center in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, Ill.