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2017
July
Glen
F
Sons
(BS '40 Vocational Agriculture)

Glen F. Sons recently celebrated his 100th birthday.

Glen began his journey with University of Illinois in the fall of 1936 when he enrolled in the Agricultural Program – the graduating class of 1940.   After teaching 3 years in the vocational program in Hillsboro High School, Illinois, he eventually worked for the  United States Federal War Food Stamp Program.  As a result of this position, he became  the University of Illinois Agricultural agent of Hamilton County.   He moved to Shelby County.  In 1961, he became the Extension  an Assistant Regional Director.  He retired in 1981.

He currently lives in Worden, Illinois and continues to tend his garden and chickens.



Dr.
Stephan
Schroeder
(BS '70 Agronomy)

Stephan A. Schroeder, '70 ACES, was honored as a Living Legend at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation in the field of land reclamation as someone who has spent a lifetime making the impossible not only happen but helping to formulate and evolve a profession that has made a profound difference in the world.



William
F
Kuenstler
(BS '72 Agronomy) William recently moved from Arlington, Texas to Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.  He volunteers one day a week at the local hospital and walks a two-mile section of beach one day a week looking for sea turtle nests.

Thomas
E
Stanger
(BS '76 Forestry) After graduation from the College of Agriculture in 1976, Thomas spent a summer with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County as a student forester marking trees for Dutch elm disease as well as other duties. After working at Brookfield Zoo and Loyola Medical Center, he is back where he started 41 years ago as the Assistant Division Superintendent of the Salt Creek Landscape Maintenance Division in the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and enjoying every minute of it!

 

Breanne
M
Harms
(BS '02 Agribusiness Markets and Management, MS '03 Agricultural Education) The Harms family recently relocated from the Des Moines area to the Quad Cities area. Brea accepted a new role as Division Manager, Customer Support for Division 3 of the Construction and Forestry Division, where she manages a team of seven Territory Customer Support Managers that cover the Midwest, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic. Her husband Ryan continues to serve as Executive Director of Development for the Iowa State University College of Engineering, a role which is does via both remote and on-campus work, in addition to his time spent with alumni and supporters.

 

Doug
Hankes
(BS '04 Animal Sciences)

Doug Hankes was inducted into the American Association of Meat Processors Cured Meals Hall of Fame.



March
Richard
T.
Lykins
(BS '04 Agricultural & Biological Engineering) Richard T. Lykins and his wife, Rebecca Lykins, College of Media alumni, have recently opened Grateful Pets, in the City of St. Louis. 

February
Donald
M.
Bay
(BS '57 Vocational Agriculture ) Donald Bay was inducted into the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Hall of Fame. 

Dr.
Bir
Bahadur
Singh
(MS '65 Agronomy , PhD '67 Agronomy ) Dr. B. B. Singh was elected to be a Fellow of the American Association for Advances of Science (AAAS). 

January
Lucas
N.
Frye
(BS '15 Finance Agribuisness )

Lucas Frye's, CEO of Amber Agriculture, prototype of his company's sensor that monitors the interior of a grain bin was named "Best Startup" in tech blog Engadget's "Best of CES 2017" awards. Read more about this achievement by using the following URL. 

 http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2017-01-12/local-startup-impresses-tech-publication-ces.html



2016
November
Mrs.
Janeen
K
Emory-Kolb
(BS '83) Janeen Emory Kolb passed away November 20th.

October
Wayne
N.
Meyer
(BS '55, MS '65) Wayne N. Meyer passed on October 24th, 2016. 

Helen
E
Davies
(BS '41 Home Economics ) Mrs. Helen E. Davies passed away October 6th, 2016. 

Eldon
Aupperlee
(BS '54 Ag Education, MS '60 Ag Education) Eldon R. Aupperle recieved the National FFA VIP Award at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN.

Mr.
Richard
P
Kesler
(BS '55, MS '65) Richard P Kesler passed away October 2nd.

Lisa
B.
Sherman
(MS '83 MEXED: Master of Extension Education) Lisa Sherman was awarded the OUtstanding Dietitian of the Year Award at the 2016 State of Nevada Dietetic Association Annual Meeting. 

Krystal
J.
Jungmann
(BS '00 Agribusiness Markets and Management) Mrs. Krystal J. Jungmann has recently been hired by the Illinois FFA Foundation! 

Sarah
E
Wright
(BS '16 Animal Sciences ) Sarah Wright has been accepted and enrolled into the Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. 

August
Mr.
Richard
H.
Johnson
(BS '62, '72 MEXED) Mr. Richard Harold Johnson passed away August 31st, 2016.

Stuart
D.
Hawbaker
(BS '62, '72 MEXED) Stuart was recently inducted into the National Associaltion of County Agricultural Agents Hall of Fame at their 101st annual meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas.

July
Bir Bahadur
Singh
(MS '65 Agronomy, PhD '67 Agronomy) Dr. B.B. Singh was honored with the Life Time Achievement Award as a Distinguished Mentor’ in a special ceremony held on July 8, 2016 organized by the "Pantnagar Clan", comprising Pantnagar Alumni from 1970 to 1978 batches. Dr. Singh was the Soybean Breeder and Associate Professor at G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, India from 1968 to 1979.

June
Dr.
Ifeanyi
J.
Arinze
(MS '68 Animal Science, PhD '72 Nutritional Sciences) Dr. Ifeany J. Arinze passed away on June 1, 2016. 

Arthur
Nor
(BS '71 Dairy Science) Arthur retired after working in the grain and feed industry for 44 years. He last worked for Sietsema Farms based in Allendale, MI. The Sietsemas, a family-owned livestock production operation, produce over 700,000 hots and 1.5 million turkeys per year.

May
Laurence
Smith
(BS '85 Human Development and Family Studies) Laurence celebrated 15 years at Merck & Co., Inc. this year.

Marguerite
Tan
(BS '03 Agricultural Engineering) Marguerite was appointed to the USDA's Ag Air Quality Task Force, starting April 2016.

April
Nate
Brown
(BS '07 Agricultural and Consumer Economics-Farm Management) Nathan Brown was named the new business manager of Livestock Products for Central Life Sciences. He will oversee all marketing efforts for the Livestock Product portfolio.

March
Janet
Greger
(BS '70 Foods & Nutrition) The American Soceity of Nutrition (ASN) made Janet Greger a Fellow in April 2016. Her latest thriller "I Saw You in Beirut" (published in November 2015) and her mystery "Murder: A Way to Lose Weight" (published in May 2016) contains snippets on nutrition research.

Laura
Aird
(BS '81 Human Development and Family Ecology) Laura Aird is the Manager of Disaster Preparedness and Response for the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Kristi
Linett
(BS '98 Agricultural Communications) Kristi recently was hired as the Sales Membership Manager for Cooper Fitness Center in McKinney, TX.

February
William
H.
Rosso
(BS '42 Vocational Agriculture, MS '49 Agriculture) William H. Rosso died on January 25, 2016 at the Evergreen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Effingham, IL. He was preceeded in death by his wife, parents, and four sisters and is survived by his three children and their spouses, his six grandchildren, and his brother.

2015
August
Col.
David
Lawson
(BS '48 Agriculture) died on Sunday, September 13, 2015 in Aledo, IL. He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, brother, and sister.

Dr.
Moez
Meghji
(BS '61 Forestry) passed away on July 31, 2015.

Dr.
Roger
Elmore
(MS '78 Agronomy, PhD '81 Agronomy) accepted a research position at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in January of 2014 and is now conducting studies on cover crops.

Maureen
Thompson
(BS '79 Agriculture Industries) was recently named commercial director of North America Professional Solutions by the FMC Corporation. Thompson was previously business manager for the Turf and Ornamental Solutions division.

Dr.
Rodney
Greder
(PhD '86 Agronomy) is the founder of Awear Technologies that has created a product that will be used to help attention deficit disorder. The set of neurosensing glasses, ConfiBoost Trainer, darken to get the attention of the wearer.

Gary
Lynch
(PhD '87 Animal Sciences) joined HORN’s Technical Sales Team, supporting HORN Animal Wellness. They specialize in the distribution of specialty animal ingredients.

Mark
Rebeiz
(BS '95 Agriculture, MS '99 Animal Sciences) was featured as a “newsmaker” in the Pittsburgh Tribune. He led a group that wrote a paper for the scientific journal, “Developmental Cell.”

Cory
Campbell
(BS '96 Human and Community Development) is the chief financial officer/controller at Saint Mary-of-the-Wood College. He started working at The Woods in 2014 as registrar.

Dr.
Joshua
Snyder
(BS '97 Biology, MS '99 Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences) is an orthopedic surgeon who just joined the Orthopedic & Spine Center of the Rockies as a hip scope and surgery specialist in Colorado.

Katherine
Ruholl
(BS '01 Crop Sciences) is the Southern Soybean and Wheat Grower Manager at the Beck’s Hybrids Neoga facility and was recently featured in an article talking about the role of women in agriculture.

Maria
Cox
(BS '06 Agribusiness) was recently featured in an article about daughters, in particular millennials, returning to family farms after having a successful career in agribusiness.

Alexander
Mills
(BS '08 Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences) has served as the president for the Orangeville, Illinois village since May 2013. He is now in the running for the position of the Community Development Director.

Dr.
Daniel
Loper
(BS '09 Animal Science, DVM '15) will be joining Animal Medical Clinic in Melbourne, Florida. The Animal Medical Clinic is now adding a new location in Indialantic, Florida.

Dr.
Eric
Anderson
(MS '10 Crop Sciences, PhD '81 Crop Sciences) was named the new Extension educator for field crops and specialty crop production in St. Joseph County (Michigan).

Lydia
Holste
(BS '12 Agricultural Communications) was recently featured in an article talking about the roles of women now in agriculture. After graduation from the U of I, Lydia worked for Case New Holland before farming alongside her husband.

Tyler
Thompson
(MS '13 Crop Sciences) became the farm manager of the San Louis Valley Research Center in Center, CO in June of 2015.

Drew
Lessaris
(BS '14 Technical Systems Management) is a franchisee owner and operator of uBreakiFix, who recently just decided to open a store in Carmel, Indiana. This is the third store he has with his uncle, managing partner.

July
William
F.
Whiteside
(BS '51 Vocational Agriculture, MS '67 Horticulture, PhD '73 Horticulture) died on July 22, 2015 at his residence in Batavia, IL. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his brother. He is survived by his two children, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Harold
F.
Wilkins
(BS '56 Ornamental Horticulture, MS '57 Horticulture, PhD '65 Horticulture) was featured in article series, chronicling his accomplishments in horticulture by one of his former students. The series, Grow with KARE, features different gardening and horticulture topics.

Mark
Scholl
(BS '73 Agricultural Economics) was elected chairman of the Board of Trustees of Farm Foundation on June 12, 2015. He is also currently the President of J and M School, Inc, a family agriculture holding company.

Ellen
Kuchenbrod
(BS '75 Veterinary Medicine, DVM '77 Veterinary Medicine) and Arrin Colgan are opening their own veterinary clinic with an emphasis on making visits as stress-free as possible for pets and their owners.

Mark
Russell
(MS '79 Animal Sciences, PhD '82 Animal Sciences) has been appointed professor and head of the Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Daryl
Cates
(BS '80 Agronomy) was named the new chairman of the board of the board of directors for the Illinois Soybean Association. Other alumni elected to the board include Doug Schroeder and John Longley.

Matthew
Claeys
(BS '85 Animal Sciences) will be a judge for the Open Show at the World Beef Expo at the Wisconsin State Fair Park.

Frances
Graham
(BS '87 Human Development and Family Ecology) was named the new interim director of the African American Cultural Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.

Kandeh
Yumkella
(PhD '92 Agricultural Economics) received the Grand Decoration of Honor in Gold with Sash for his outstanding services to the Republic of Austria. This award is one of the highest Austrian honors given to both Austrians and leading foreign leaders for their exemplary work to the Austrian people.

Heidi
Isenhart
(BS '93 Agricultural Communications) , along with her two partners at the law firm of SuffieldLowman, has been selected as a 2015 Florida Super Lawyer. This organization recognizes lawyers who have distinguished themselves in their legal careers.

Elizabeth
Flickinger
(BS '95 Animal Sciences, PhD '00 Nutritional Sciences) has joined the Ken Pet Group marketing department as the Senior Manager of Nutrition Development and Commericialization.

Lindsey
du Toit
(MS '95 Plant Pathology, PhD '98 Plant Pathology) was featured in an article in for Capital Press. The article spotlights her current research at Washington State University.

Christie
Cruise
(BS '98 -) has been named associate dean of students/diversity initiatives and affirmative action officer at Maryville University in Saint Louis. This appointment comes as part of the establishment of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

Tiffany
May
(BS '00 Human Development and Family Ecology) is the Mid-Atlantic region claims service manager for Liberty Mutual/Safeco Insurance.

Xi
Chen
(MS '12 Animal Sciences) was presented with the 32 Alltech Student Research manuscript at the 104th annual Poultry Science Association meeting in Louisville, KY. She is currently a PhD student at Purdue University.

May
Harold
Bergman
(BS '39 Agriculture) was featured in an article in the Daily Herald, describing the end of his family farming career, one that is five generations old. He will turn 99 in June.

Ronald
Alms
(BS '72 Agriculture) was named the 2014 Illinois Certified Crop Advisor of the Year by the Illinois Farm Bureau and the Illinois Certified Crop Advisors. He was presented with the award on December 6th, 2014.

Bobbie
Swires
(BS '72 Agriculture) was named to the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers Hall of Fame in February. He has been a member for 39 years. This honor serves to “recognize members who stature exemplify the highest

Mark
Bemis
(BS '83 Agriculture) was promoted to president, North America, at Archer Daniels Midland Company in April. He will also chair the new Geographic Council that coordinates ADM’s regional presidents to ensure best practices are being used across all markets.

Douglas
Deininger
(BS '84 Agriculture, MS '86 Agriculture) joined Land Pro LLC, a land real estate brokerage company, in December 2014, and will be serving the southern and southwestern Chicagoland areas.

Gregory
Heckman
(BS '87 Agriculture) was appointed as an independent non-executive member of the Board of Directors for OCI N.V.

Jacqueline
Peterson
(BS '94 Agriculture) joined SoundExchange as senior vice president, Communications. She brings a lot of knowledge and experience to the position.

Matthew
Lloyd
(BS '96 Agriculture) was named Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications and Strategy in the Indiana Governor’s Office. His responsibilities being late May.

Nicholas
Nagele
(BS '04 Agricultural and Environmental Communications) and James Walter were featured in a Daily Chronicle article, spotlighting their distillery, Whiskey Acres. The distillery is the only one in the country and Illinois’ first estate distillery. It is located in DeKalb, IL.

Nicole
Bridges
(BS '05 Agricultural and Environmental Communications) won the Champaign Urbana Public Schools Foundation’s Local Hero award in April. She currently works for University of Illinois Extension and runs Prosperity Garden, a nonprofit organization that educates local kids on gardening, marketing, selling, and eating produce that they grow in their garden.

Heather
Grindstaff
Ward
(BS '07 Animal Sciences) is currently employed at the Saint Louis Zoo as a carnivore keeper, and will be a part of the opening of the zoo's new McDonnell Polar Bear Point habitat.

February
William
Delmer "Del"
Murphy
(BS '51 Agriculture) of Scottsdale, Arizona passed away February 3rd, 2015. He attended the University on an ROTC Scholarship and went on to serve in the Navy during the Korean War before working for DuPont and his own drip irrigation company. His main pride and joy was his family, daughter Jill, sons, Dan and Grant, and his seven grandchildren.

Edward
L.
McMillan
(BS '69 Ariculture) has become a member of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees following Governor-elect Bruce Rauner's appointments.

Dr.
Barbara
Klein
(PhD '74 Unknown) of Champaign, IL passed away Tuesday, February 17, 2015.  Dr. Klein was a faculty member in the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition for 25 years, serving as the department head for two years. She also served as the director for the Illinois Center for Soy for eight years. Barbara was recognized in 2014 with the highest award from the ACES Alumni Association, the ACES Award of Merit. She leaves behind her her husband of 58 years, Miles Vincent Klein; two daughters, Cynthia (Cindy) Klein-Banai and Gail Isabelle Klein; their respective partners, Efraim (Effie) Banai and William Maisel; her three granddaughters, Alona, Rona and Sara Banai; and Rona's fiance, Ezra Kannof.

Paul
A.
Pittman
(BS '85 Agriculture) is the president and CEO of Farmland Partners Inc. and will elect REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) status, making the company one of only two publicly listed REITs specializing in domestic farmland.

Fredrick
J.
Long
(BS '88 Agriculture) has published a new book titled 2 Corinthians: A Handbook on the Greek Text with Baylor University Publishing.

Michelle
L.
Terry
(BS '96 Agricultural Education) was named 2014 Academic Advisor of the Month by the Council of Academic Advisors (COAA) at Western Illinois University College of Business and Technology.

Cynthia
J.
Ottemann
(BS '99 Animal Sciences) has also graduated from Parkland College with an associate's degree in nursing and was honored for graduating with a 4.0 GPA in all her courses. Cynthia completed her associate's degree after working in the field and realizing she wanted to work more with people to help them become healthier.

Andrew
M.
Pratt
(BS '00 Farm Management) was recently featured in the Illinois Farmer Today along with his family, talking about his seventh-generation farm that he took on right after graduating from the University.

Brian
M.
Colgan
(BS '03 Consumer Economics & Finance) was named Chief of Staff in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor following Governor-elect Bruce Rauner's appointments.

2014
November
Charles
Oathout
(BS '39 Agriculture) died on November 19 at the Illinois Knights Templar Home in Paxton, IL. He is survived by his three sisters and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his two sisters.

Wayne
H.
Freeman
(MS '40 Agronomy, PhD '45 Agronomy) received an honorary doctorate at the Kansas State University Graduate School commencement on December 12. He also served as the commencement speaker for the ceremony.

Dwight
Steve
Varner
(BS '41 Agriculture, MS '47 Animal Sciences) died on December 9 at his home in Monticello, IL. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Clusters, American POW medal and the Italian Military Cross for Valor. He is survived by his four sons, his caregiver, his six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and his two sisters. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, his parents, a brother and two sisters.

Merle
S.
Miller
(BS '55 Vocational Agriculture) died December 13, 2014 at home in Clinton, IL. He was 82. He was a U. S. Navy veteran, farmed and raised purebred, registered Angus cattle for 55 years, a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, and several civic organizations. He is survived by his wife, three sons, and four grandchildren.

Charles
Ferguson
(BS '55 Agriculture) of Pittsfield, IL passed away January 5, 2015.  He was better known as “Chief” to fellow teachers and students.  He was President of IAVAT in 1978-79, received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1991 and in 1992 was named IVA (now IACTE) Teacher of the Year.

James
M.
Hackett
(BS '57 Vocational Agriculture) died Christmas Day, December 25, 2014 at home in Monticello, IL. He was 82. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, Alpha Zeta, and Hoof and Horn Club. He was also initiated into several honoraria: Phi Eta Sigma, Gamma Sigma Delta and Phi Kappa Phi. James was also included on the Bronze Tablet. James farmed with his father and later worked with The First National Bank of Chicago as a farm manager, retiring in 1990. He is survived by his wife and three children, and ten grandchildren.

Carl
Burkybile
(BS '69 Agriculture) was honored by the cities of Champaign and Urbana with this year’s Humanitarian Relief Award for his work with teaching poor African farmers about different techniques and helping bring clean water to people in need. He has also been honored with the Champaign New Rotarian of the Year Award in 2013 and the 2014 District Rotarian of the Year award.

Roger
Morrison
(BS '72 Agriculture) recently started as R&D LifeSciences as their new Director of Technical Sales and Research. His new responsibilities include sales and customer support in the Midwest and coordinating company research in development of new products and support of existing products.

Leslie
Geissler
Munger
(BS '78 Interior Design) will be appointed to fill the Illinois Comptroller position vacancy by Governor-elect Bruce Rauner January 12, 2015.

Laura
Hill
(MS '90 Food Science) won the Daily Herald’s Home Baking Challenge, and qualified for the America’s Baking and Sweets Show, where she earned more than $1,000 in prizes. She is a semi-retired product developer for Kraft Foods.

Laura
Zuhone
(MS '90 Human Resources and Family Studies) has joined First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust as vice-present, director of marketing. In this role, she will lead corporate communications, advertising and brand management, public relations, sales promotions, website management and corporate giving.

Amy
Bugg
(BS '93 Agriculture Communications) has been named Verdesian Life Sciences vice president of communications, where she will oversee the execution of all promotional strategies for the corporate brand and the complete product portfolio.

Ryan
Vance
(BS '95 Agricultural Economics) was named one of seven of the 2014-2015 Soy Ambassadors by the Illinois Soybean Association. This two-year program grooms young farmers for future leadership roles.

Matthew
Minnes
(BS '05 Agribusiness, Farm and Financial) shared Precision Drone news for 2015. Precision Drone is currently featured in the new 2015 Ford F-150 commercial; shown during College Bowl Games and NFL Playoff games on all major networks.  Precision Drone has also released a new website http://www.PrecisionDrone.com. Matt is a three-time varsity letter winner for the Fighting Illini Football team.  While a student, he worked for the U of I Farm in the Department of Plant Pathology under Dr. Wayne Pedersen.  Matt is married with two children and resides in Westfield, IN.

Jeffery
Coulter
(MS '05 Crop Sciences, PhD '08 Crop Sciences) was recognized as one of Vance Publishing’s “40 Under 40.” This list honors leadership among individuals aiding in efforts to double food production by 2050.

Tyler
Uden
(BS '06 Agribusiness, MS '08 ACE) was named one of seven of the 2014-2015 Soy Ambassadors by the Illinois Soybean Association. This two-year program grooms young farmers for future leadership roles.

John
Griesbaum
(BS '06 NRES, MS '12 NRES) started as the new district wildlife biologist for the state. He works under the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, but is located in the Rock Springs Nature Center. His district includes Macon, Piatt, DeWitt, Champaign, and Logan counties.

Dr.
Jonathan
N.
Smiley
(BS '07 Animal Sciences) joined the Humbert Road Dentistry workforce after graduating from Southern Illinois University – Faculty of Dental Drugs.  Dr. Smiley was a pitcher with the University of Illinois baseball team. He has volunteered for the Give Kids a Smile program, Illinois Mission of Mercy, and traveled to Jamaica to do a dental mission trip.

Jayne
Widhalm
Bosch
(BS '09 Animal Sciences) shared that after moving to Seattle, WA and becoming a dog trainer with Family Dog Training Center, a miniature pig, named Amy Trotter, was enrolled in her puppy manners class with seven other dogs.  The story was published by Ranny Green January 1, 2015 on the Seattle Kennel Club website, http://www.seattledogshow.org/amy-trotter-is-beyond-just-cute-shes-become-arole-model-for-the-other-dogs-in-classes-so-far/.

Austin
Rincker
(BS '10 ACE) appeared in Illinois Farmer Today in an article series discussing various outlooks on farming. He is a fourth generation farmer from Moweaqua, IL.

Tatyana
McFadden
(BS '13 HDFS) won the women’s wheelchair division of the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon. This win follows titles at Boston, London, and Chicago, capping off her second grand slam and eighth consecutive major marathon win.

Michelle
Pearion
(BS '13 Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences) is the new resource conservationist of the Kankakee County Soil and Water Conservation District.

September
Cornelius
A. VanDoren
(BS '28 Agriculture, MS '29 Agriculture, PhD '33 Agronomy) died on March 16, 2007 at the age of 101. He was survived by his wife, four children, 6 grandchildren, and 1 great-granddaughter.

Helen
Lawton
(BS '40 Home Economics) died on July 1, 2014 at Heritage Square Health Center in Dixon, IL. She is survived by her son, two grandsons, four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband and brother.

Herbert
Wendler
(BS '41 Agriculture) died on August 20, 2013 at Liberty Village in Pittsfield, IL.

Eugene
Wind
(BS '41 Agriculture) died on July 24, 2014 in Scottsdale, AZ. He is survived by his four children, 14 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, one step-great-grandchild, 12 great-great-grandchildren, and two step-great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, son and daughter-in-law.

Agnes
Zumwalt
(BS '43 Home Economics) died on May 30, 2014 in her home in Colusa, CA. She was beloved by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Tom
Thompson
(BS '48 Agriculture) died on July 24, 2014 in Elmhurst, IL. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, four children, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Nels
Peter Rasmussen
Sr.
(BS '51 Agriculture) died on August 18, 2014 at his home in Goreville, IL. Nels was also a US Army Veteran. He is survived by his four children, eight grandchildren, one great granddaughter, and one sister. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son, and brother.

Robert
Bear
(BS '51 Agriculture) died on July 2, 2014 at Rose Arbor Hospice. He is survived by his wife, son, two granddaughters, brother, sister, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, and a brother.

LTC
Edward
Gilbert
(BS '51 Agriculture) died on June 20, 2014 in Delaware, OH. He is survived by his wife, daughter, sons, and cat, along with several nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter.

Marion Dale
Bateman
(BS '51 Agriculture) died on October 19, 2014 in his home in Monticello, IL. He was 85. He married Margaret Jean Bortell in 1954. Mr. Bateman is survived by his wife, Margaret, his four children, 16 grandchildren, and 3 siblings. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister.

Jacqueline
Canzone
(MS '52 Home Economics) died on July 11, 2014. She is survived by her four children and grandson. She was preceded in death by her husband.

Barbara
Lohman
(BS '52 Home Economics) died on June 24, 2014 at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, IA. She is survived by her children, grandchildren, sisters, brother and sister-in-law. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and three brothers.

Donald
Koehler
(BS '52 Agriculture) died on June 28, 2014 at Pekin Hospital. He is survived by his wife, their daughter and son-in-law, two grandchildren, and two brothers. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Charles
Vavrus
(BS '52 Agriculture) died on June 29, 2014 with his loving family by his side. He is survived by his wife, two children, eight grandchildren, brother, sister, and several nieces and nephews and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, four sisters, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Jeffrey
Mitchell
(BS '53 Agriculture) died on July 20, 2014 in Oak Hill Skilled Care Center in Waterloo, IL. He is survived by his three children, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, one son, and two brothers.

Betty Joan
Searls
(BS '54 Home Economics) died on August 2, 2014 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, IL. She married George Tolson Searls in 1953. Mrs. Searls is survived by her husband, three children, 10 grandchildren, one great-grandson, and sister.

William
Akers
(MS '54 Dairy Science) died on July 6, 2014 at the East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro, GA. He is survived by his three children, five grandchildren, sister, and brother. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years.

Conrad
Skimina
(BS '55 Agriculture) died on April 30, 2014. He is survived by his wife, his son, daughter-in-law, grandson, two sisters, brother, sister-in-law, three nephews and their families.

Jerry
Kuykendall
(BS '56 Agriculture, MS '70 Agricultural Education) died on July 27, 2014 at the Lincoln Rehabilitation Center in Decatur, IL. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, his granddaughter, his brother, and his mother and father in-law. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, his eight brothers, his son in-law, his niece, and his nephew.

Frances
Bloxam
(BS '56 Home Economics) died on July 5, 2014 at her home in Bath, ME. She enjoyed a successful career as a writer of children's books. She is survived by her husband, five children, and six grandchildren.

Alva
Erisman
(BS '56 Agriculture, MS '57 Agricultural Education) died on June 20, 2014 at Creekside Hospital. He is survived by his two children. He was preceded in death by his wife and younger brother.

Roger
Schnell
(BS '59 Agriculture) died on June 17, 2014 at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, IL. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, sister-in-law, eight grandchildren, and one niece. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, and brother.

Ron
Warfield
(BS '65 Agriculture, MS '67 Agricultural Education) and his wife, Melanie, donated an endowment to the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation to fund a seminar in the two-year Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program. The seminar will focus on issues relating to the international aspect of agriculture.

Dr.
Islam
Siddiqui
(MS '66 Plant Pathology, PhD '69 Plant Pathology) has been named a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in its Global Food Security Project.

Glenn
Irvin Lipp
(BS '67 Agriculture) died on August 22, 2014 at Good Shepherd Hospice in Port Jefferson, NY after battling leukemia. He is survived by his wife, Susan Lipp, his 2 children, and 2 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister.

Dr.
Charles
George
Pheil
(PhD '67 Food Science) died on August 7, 2014 in Petaluma, CA. He is survived by his wife, four children, and seven grandchildren. He enjoyed antique Chris Craft boats and summers spent in Lake Tahoe, UT.

Stuart
Levenick
(BS '76 Forestry) has retired from Caterpillar Inc. after 37 years with the company. During his time with the company, his main focus was their Asia-based divisions before he became a group president.

Dr.
Been-Huang
Chiang
(MS '79 Animal Sciences, PhD '83 Food Science) has been named the minister of health and welfare of Taiwan. He is the country's first health minister whose focus was not in medicine. He was a professor at National Taiwan University's Institute of Food Science and Technology before assuming his new role.

Andrea
Van Proyen
(MS '79 Human Resources and Family Studies) died on June 28, 2014 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Surviving are her son, sister, brother and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and mother.

Penelope
Tuinstra-Gioja
(BS '80 Agriculture) received her "diamond" 4-H leader pin for 20 years of volunteer service to the organization. She and her husband own and operate a small direct-market diversified farm.

Dr.
Paul
Pocius
(PhD '80 Dairy Science) died on June 21, 2014 at his home in Glen Ellyn, IL. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and sister.

Rebecca
Rundquist Wedekind
(BS '82 Agriculture) and her family were honored as the 2014 Illinois Farm Family of the Year, an award sponsored by Burris Hybrids and AgriNews.

Sandra
Stiles
(BS '85 Home Economics) and her family were honored as the 2014 Illinois 4-H Family Spirit Award winners. The family, comprised of 49 participants, has devoted 444 years over four generations to 4-H volunteering.

Lisa
Adams
(BS '85 Agricultural Communications) received the 2014 National Agri-Marketing Association Professional Development Award of Excellence for public relations. These awards honor NAMA members based on outstanding achievement in each of four professional development areas: public relations, marketing communications, product/species management and sales. Lisa was honored at the NAMA Fall Conference in Chicago.

James
Augur
(BS '85 Food Industry) died on June 20, 2014 while traveling in London. He is survived by his wife, daughters, father, sisters, brother, sister-in-law, mother-in-law, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and great nieces. He was preceded in death by his mother and father-in-law.

Robert
Rhea
(MS '87 Agricultural Education) has been elected to the board of directors at Farmers State Bank of Camp Point.

Kenneth
Walker
(BS '87 Agricultural Mechanization) died on August 1, 2014 surrounded by his family at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL. Kenneth married Susan Hanna in 1994. Mr. Walker is survived by Susan, his two children, mother, and his three sisters. He was preceded in death by his father and nephew.

Robert
Duncan
(BS '87 Agriculture) died on August 4, 2014 in Prairie Home, MO. He is survived by his parents, life partner, two siblings, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother.

William
Harmon
(BS '88 Agriculture, MS '89 Agronomy) was named Pearson Master Teacher of the year at Lincoln Land Community College. He currently serves as the Program Coordinator for Agriculture and Horticulture there, which had record enrollment for agriculture students this fall.

Diane
Siewert
(BS '91 Human Development and Family Studies) died on August 18, 2014 in Champaign, IL. She is survived by her father, stepmother, two daughters, three sisters, one stepbrother and one stepsister. She was preceded in death by her mother and grandmother.

Holly
Spangler
(BS '98 Agriculture) was honored with the Ruth White Media Award by the Mid America CropLife Association. The award is presented to someone who has demonstrated unbiased and accurate reporting on American agriculture and the many issues related to it.

Michael
Strauss
(BS '99 Human Resources & Family Studies) has been named to the 40 Under Forty 2014 List for Chicago Daily Law Bulletin /Chicago Lawyer Magazine. He works at Lake County Illinois Family Law Firm, Schlesinger & Strauss, LLC, where he is a partner.

Andrea
Braundmeier-Fleming
Ph.D
(BS '99 Agriculture, MS '02 Agriculture, PhD '05 Animal Sciences) has been named an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in their medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology, and obstetrics and gynecology departments. Her research focus is reproductive diseases.

Michael
Fitzgerald
(BS '05 Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences) and his wife Carrie welcomed their first daughter, Sofia Charlee Fitzgerald on April 15, 2014.

Allison
Tegge
(BS '06 Animal Sciences, MS '08 Bioinformatics) was awarded the Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences through the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards program. The fellowship will provide up to three years of support for promising postdoctoral researchers who have the potential to become productive, independent investigators.

Abrigail
Temple
(BS '06 Animal Sciences, MS '08 Food Science & Human Nutrition) has published a cookbook entitled "Flavors of Fall," featuring produce and products from her parent's farm. Her cookbook can be purchased at the farm store at Gail's Pumpkin Patch in Beason, IL.

Emily
Kalnicky
(MS '07 Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences) was named director of science education and research for the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA. She oversees all science-education programs at Phipps for kids and the Botany in Action research program for college students.

Manuel
Colon
(BS '10 Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences) was honored by the Peace Corps with the Franklin H. Williams award, along with 5 other volunteers. This award is for volunteers with diverse ethnic backgrounds who continue to display commitment to community service and the Peace Corps' Third Goal of promoting a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

July
Lois
H.
Yontz
(BS '35 Home Economics) of Peoria died April 6, 2014. She was 100. Her husband Merle Raymond Yontz preceded her in death. She is survived by five daughters and a son, 20 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren.

Irvin
L.
Pocklington
(BS '38 Agriculture) died March 22, 2014 at Girard, IL. He was 98. Mr. Pocklington served in the Timberwolf Infantry, including the Battle of the Bulge, receiving a Bronze Star. Afterwards, he started a commercial seed corn business with family. He married Lucille Denby, who preceded him in death. He later married Nancy Denby Dow. He was chosen for an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Mr. Pocklington is survived by his wife, Nancy, and four children, two step-children, eight grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mary
Elizabeth
Coffman
(BS '39 Vocational Agriculture) of Sun City, AZ died March 23, 2014 at the age of 95. She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Neal Chellis Coffman, and a daughter.

Emma
M.
Benson
(BS '39 Home Economics) of rural Jacksonville, died April 19, 2014 at 97 years old. Her husband, Horace "Ben" Benson preceded her in death. She taught for 11 years, worked at Olin Industries in Alton, then 17 years at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.

Elizabeth
Ann
Ewing Read
(BS '40 Home Economics) died April 15, 2014 in Springfield, IL. Her husband, Theodore, preceded her in death along with a grandson. In addition to teaching English and Home Economics for many years, she was the Home Extension Advisor in Kankakee County for five years. She is survived by two children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Rudolph
H.
Harms
(BS '41 Agriculture) died March 8, 2014 at the age of 95, at Great Falls, MT. He married Thelma Burley. She survives. Rudy served in World War II with the Army Air Corp. He worked at Grogan Robinson Wholesale from 1943 until retirement in 1987.

Dale
J.
Price
(BS '41 Vocational Agriculture) of Naples, FL passed away May 15, 2014 at the age of 94. Dale served in the United States Navy during WWII. He taught agriculture at Cissna Park and later became a partner in the Markwalder-Price Grain Company. He is survived by his wife, June, and three sons, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Edna
R
Ruth
(BS '41 Human & Community Development) of Watseka, Il died May 31, 2014 at the age of 96. Edna was a home economics teacher and served on the Illinois Board of Vocational Education. She was also a volunteer and life member of the Iroquois County Historical Society. Edna was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, and one nephew. She is survived by two nephews and one niece.

Ruth
Elaine
Weaver
(BS '41 Home Economics) of York, PA died March 13, 2014 at the age of 95. She married Warren J. Weaver, who preceded her in death. She is survived by the couple's three children, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Nelda
May
Hassler
(BS '42 Home Economics) died April 7, 2014 at Savoy, IL. She is survived by two sons, a daughter, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her husband, Norman W. Hassler, preceded her in death.

Helen
V
Hurd
(BS '46 Home Economics) of St. Louis died May 15, 2014. She was 90. Helen was married and had 3 children. Helen was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority Alumni Association for over 60 years.

Bertren
Ernest
Sinclair
(BS '47 Agriculture) died March 23, 2014 at the age of 96 in Carlyle, IL. He married Marian E. Piggott. She preceded him in death. He is survived by a two children and a granddaughter. Bertren served in WWII with the United States Army. Afterwards, he worked as the assistant farm advisor in Jersey and Washington Counties. He then served as Farm Advisor in Clinton County from 1953 until he retired in 1977. He organized the first Clinton County Fair in Carlyle in 1951, continuing to serve on the fair board. He also served on the St. Louis Dairy Council, Illinois Poultry Council, was a member of the Clinton County Farm Bureau, Clinton County Holstein Club and 4-H.

Merret
B.
Sanders
(BS '49 Vocational Agriculture, BS '50 Agricultural Engineering) of Catlin died April 13, 2014 at the age of 90. He was preceded in death by his wife Frances R. Logan. Surviving are the couple's two children. He served in the United States Marine Corps. Merret worked for Oliver Farm Equipment in Shelbyville. He retired as a design engineer from Hyster Co., in Danville, in 1990.

Leonard
Otis
Payne
(MS '49 Agronomy) of Gainesville, FL died April 8, 2014 at the age of 94. Leonard served in the United States Air Corp and trained as an aerial gunner and received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters. Afterwards he worked as an Agronomist at the Everglades Experiment Station. He married Ruth Jameson. He taught seventh and eighth grade science. He was preceded in death by his wife and a son. He is survived by three children, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Rober
Carl
Iftner
(BS '50 Vocational Agriculture, EDM '58 Education Administration) died April 29, 2014 at the age of 91 at Naples, FL. He is survived by his wife, Hazel Marie, five children, ten grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He taught vocational agriculture in Shabbona and Harvard, before becoming principal.

Dale
A.
Hewitt
(BS '50 Vocational Agriculture, MEXED '66 Extension Education) of Dickinson, TX, formerly Paris, IL, passed away May 3, 2014. He is survived by his wife Clara "Jackie" Jacobs, two children, and two grandchildren. He served in the United States Navy. He was a farm advisor with the Extension Services, served on the state professional organization with the Illinois Extension Advisory Association board and belonged to the National Association of Country Agricultural Agents. He was also chairman of the state 4-H advisory committee from 1956 – 1962, FFA Honorary Chapter Farmer Award in 1967 and many other volunteer organizations.

Jan
Ann
DiVall Schaaf
(BS '50 Home Economics Education) of Janesville passed away at the age of 85 June 3, 2014. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma. She is survived by her husband, Christ Schaaf, two daughters, three grandchildren, two step-children, and a step-grandchild.

Gene
L.
Elliott
(BS '50 Vocational Agriculture, EDM '55 Education Administration) of Springfield, IL, died May 13, 2014 at the age of 85. He taught vocational agriculture and was FFA advisor for 37 years in Middletown and Farmer City. He is survived by his wife Mary Catherine and six children, 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Ralph
Ernest
Painter
Jr.
(BS '50 Vocational Agriculture) of rural LaHarpe, IL, died at the age of 85. "Ernie" was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. He also served on the U o I Livestock Judging Team. He served in the United States Army. The rest of his career was spent farming. He also owned and operated the LaHarpe soil-testing lab, worked at the Disco, IL Elevator and owned and operated the Disco Farm Supply selling fertilizer and other farm needs. He is survived by his wife Pat and two children, four grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Ari
van Tienhoven
(MS '51 Dairy Science, PhD '53 Animal Sciences) died at 91 years of age January 31, 2014. Dr. van Tienhoven came to the United States from the Netherlands in 1947. He was emeritus professor of animal physiology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University. His wife Ans van Tienhoven preceded him in death. He is survived by three children and several grandchildren.

Shirley
M.
Clark
(BS '51 Home Economics Education) of Mahomet, IL died May 1, 2014 at the age of 86. She married Art Clark, who preceded her in death. She is survived by five children, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Mary
Elaine
Ryan
(MS '52 Home Economics) of Bloomington, IL died April 14, 2014 at the age of 88. She is survived by her husband Harold Ryan, two daughters, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She taught home economics for five years.

Robert Eugene Rogers
Eugene
Rogers
(MS '53 Agricultural Economics) of Jerseyville, IL passed away May 4, 2014 at the age of 87. He was preceded in death by his wife Regina Milles Rogers and a son. Robert farmed in the White Heath area, and spent 35 years in farm management in Greene, Jersey, Calhoun and Macoupin counties. He is survived by four children, and nine grandchildren.

Charles
B.
Rizer
Sr.
(BS '53 Vocational Agriculture) of Lisle, IL died April 8, 2014 at the age of 82. He was in the United States Army, serving 27.5 years. His wife, Lorene Taylor Rizer survives, along with three children, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Edna
F.
Weber
(BS '54 Home Economics) died at the age of 83 July 4, 2014. She worked as a school teacher and also as a hospital nutritionist. Edna is survived by her husband Arnold Weber, three sons and eight grandchildren.

John
Dewitt
Mersereau
(BS '55 Vocational Agriculture) died April 19, 2014 at the age of 83. John served in the Air Force Reserves, and worked in the Horticultural Department at the University of California. He later worked in Air Pollution Research and Control for the County of Riverside, operated nursery and landscape business, followed by the Toro Company as Field Test Supervisor for the West Coast before retiring. He is survived by wife Mary, three children, a step-daughter, and seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Dr.
Ryan
Baker
Jr.
(PhD '55 Animal Sciences) died March 31, 2014 at the age of 91. He served in the United States Army. He married Nona Jumper. She survives, as does a daughter, two grandsons, and four great-granddaughters. Dr. Baker taught and conducted research at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, then returned to Mississippi State University to teach and conduct research. He was department head of Animal Science from 1968 – 1987, and received the MSU Alumni Association Faculty Classroom Teaching and Research Award.

Billy
B.
Tucker
(PhD '55 Agronomy) of Stillwater, OK died at the age of 86 on June 5, 2014. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard before attending the Oklahoma Agriculture and Mechanical College where he received his master's degree before attending the University of Illinois. Billy began his agricultural career as a soil scientist until his retirement as a Regents professor. He then continued his soil science career as a private consultant. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife (Christine until her passing in 2002), and wife (Shirley until her passing in 2006). Billy is survived by his three children, eight grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.

Malcolm Daniel Lane, Sr.
Daniel Lane, Sr.
Lane
Sr.
(PhD '56 Animal Sciences) of Catonsville, MD died at 83 April 10, 2014. His wife Patricia Sonquist Lane preceded him in death. He is survived by the couple's two children, four grandchildren, and three great-grandsons. Dr. Lane was a scientist, authored more than 325 research papers published in major scientific journals, and most proud of his work in enzymology.

Donald
E.
Larson
(BS '58 Food Science) of Chicago died at the age of 78 in March 2014. He is survived by his wife Joy, a daughter and grandson. Donald was a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity. He was a research and development director for General Foods.

Gary
J.
Whittaker
(BS '62 Vocational Agriculture) from Toulon, Illinois died July 6, 2014. Gary was a retired farmer.

O.
Dean
Hubbard
(PhD '64 Agricultural Economics) passed away May 15, 2014 at Fort Worth, TX. He was 89. Dr. Hubbard served in the United States Army during WWII and the Korean War. He served on the faculty of Oklahoma State University, then to Kimbell Milling Co. He then went into business for himself. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, five children, 11 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Maurice Lee (Shorty) Tompkins
Lee (Shorty)
Tompkins
(BS '66 Vocational Agriculture) died February 24, 2014 at the age of 70. He was living in Vandalia at the time of his death. Surviving are a daughter, Clara Carpenter, his mother, 3 brothers and a sister. Shorty served in the United States Navy as a pilot during the Vietnam Conflict.

Mary
Jo
Lorimier
(BS '68 Home Economics) of Vero Beach, FL died at the age of 67 April 2, 2014. She is survived by her husband Bradley, two daughters, and four grandchildren.

Laurel
L. (Koop)
Turner
(BS '69 Home Economics) died March 22, 2014 in Barrington. She was 67. Her career was project manager for 36 years with Brown Printing Co., Woodstock.

Jacob
Assam
Ayuk-Takem
(MS '71 Agronomy) of the Republic of Cameroon, died January 21, 2013. He was 68. He became the first General manager of IRAD (Institute of Agronomic Research for Development) before being appointed minister of Scientific research.

Steven
Cash
Devall
(BS '73 Agricultural Economics) of Newton, IL died March 31, 2014 at the age of 63. His wife Karen Lea Harrison survives along with the couple's four children and two grandchildren. Steven began his career with FS in 1978 and recently retired from South Central FS.

George
Brenton
Swallow
(MEXED '74 Extension Education) of Madison, WI died March 9, 2014 at the age of 91. George was in the United States Marine Corps during WWII. He first worked as a field supervisor for Larson Canning Company, then as a livestock buyer for Oscar Mayer. He became an agriculture extension agent in Lee County, IL, Jo Daviess County, then with the Zamare Project in Zambia, East Africa before returning to the Galena area. He is survived by three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Betty.

Alan
P.
Brosseau
(BS '75 Animal Sciences) of Matteson passed away May 29, 2014 at the age of 60. He is survived by his wife, Marie, four children, seven grandchildren, and a great-grandson. Alan had retired from Avatar.

Leslie
M
Auriemmo-Jonas
(BS '81 Forestry) has returned to Northern Michigan as forest supervisor fo the Huron-Manistee National Forests. Leslie has worked as acting forest supervisor for the Kisatchie national Forest in Louisiana and the national Forests in Alabama. She also served as deputy forest supervisor of the Cherokee national Forest in Tennessee.

Jeffrey
J.
Yordy
(BS '82 Ornamental Horticulture) of Libertyville, IL died March 29, 2014 at the age of 55. Jeff was a horticulture teacher at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview for 30 years. His is survived by his wife Patty Yordy and their three sons.

Debra
L.
O'Connor
(BS '85 Animal Sciences) has joined Kemin's animal nutrition and health division as a dairy technical service manager. Kemin Industries, Inc. is located in Des Moines, IA. Previously, Debra was with Prince Agri Products for 25 years.

Tom
A
Stock
(BS '85 Crop Sciences) was promoted to senior vice president and senior loan officer of Cissna Park State Bank.

Rodney
L
Morris
(BS '87 Agricultural Economics) is the vice president of First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust in Mattoon, Il and now is believed to be the one only father and son combination to both serve as FFA Presidents for the state of Illinois.

Victor
J
Lenkaitis
III
(BS '88 Agricultural Economics, MS '91 Agricultural Economics) and Michelle M. Lendaitis (MS '94 Agricultural Economics) were featured in Iowa Living Magazine for their vehicle license plates hanging in their garage. The license plates tell their Midwest story from leaving graduate school at the U of I through their next 23 years; from Illinois to Ohio, Wisconsin, and finally Iowa.

Matthew
S
Bell
(BS '92 Agronomy) has been named to AbCelex Technologies Board of Directors, a privately-held biotechnology company committed to the discovery and development of innovative solutions to advance the health of food animals and human food safety.

Rachel
L
Perl
(BS '93 Agricultural Economics) recently joined the Chicago real estate company @properties as a real estate broker in Winnetka.

Michelle
M
Lendaitis
(MS '94 Agricultural Economics) and Victor J. Lenkaitis III (BS '88, MS '91 Agricultural Economics) were featured in Iowa Living Magazine for their vehicle license plates hanging in their garage. The license plates tell their Midwest story from leaving graduate school at the U of I through their next 23 years; from Illinois to Ohio, Wisconsin, and finally Iowa.

David
C.
Armstrong
(BS '96 Agricultural Economics) of Little York, Il died June 10, 2014 at the age of 44. David was a dispatcher at Waste Management, volunteer fireman, and Sumner Township Supervisor. He is survived by his wife, parents, daughter, four step-daughters, six grandchildren, and a niece.

Kathleen
Kulovitz Laughlin
(BS '00 Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences) has joined Prime Law Group LLC in Woodstock. She will be responsible for municipal prosecution, civil litigation and family law.

Carrie
R
Pollard
(BS '03 Animal Sciences, MS '05 Animal Sciences) was invited to speak at the Pecatonica Rotary Club in July, where she had the opportunity to share stories about farm animal care, the environment and the science and technology of growing healthier food. She and her husband Brent farm more than 300 acres of corn and alfalfa to support their dairy cows and pigs they raise at their Rockford farm.

Laura
J
Weitzel
(BS '06 Human Nutrition, MS '08 Nutritional Sciences) graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine May 2014 with a combined MD / JD degree in medicine and law. She began internal medicine residency at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis in July.

Bruce
M
Henry
(BS '07 Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences) is the new natural history biologist in the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) in Cape Girardeau.

Seth
R
Reed
(BS '07 Horticulture) has developed, along with Mason Day, of Ball Horticultural created an application gardeners can use to upload pictures of flowers and plants and other information about gardening to connect with other gardeners. The application is called "GrowIt!" and will be a way younger people can connect about gardening.

Tatyana
McFadden
(BS '13 Human Development and Family Studies) won the Boston Marathon women's wheelchair race for the second straight year. She crossed the finish line in 1 hour, 35 minutes, 6 seconds. Tatyana also won the 2013 New York city marathon women's wheelchair race after winning in Boston, London and Chicago in the same year.

Guy
K
Kirby
(BS '14 Agriculture and Consumer Economics) oined the Brenda Keith Realty Team at Re/Max Realty Associates as sales partner.

Kiersten
A
Edgar
(BS '14 Agricultural Education)  married John Curtis Edgar July 19, 2014. She is the agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor at Sparta High School.

April
Erlene
Elizabeth
Barron Buford
(BS '40 Home Economics) died March 15, 2014 at the age of 101. She married Samuel Buford in Grayslake, who preceded her in death. The couple's two children and two grandchildren and a great-grandson survive. Erlene taught high school home economics in Westfield and Cissna Park, and was an Extension home economist in Stark and JoDaviess Counties. Erlene was a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, University of Illinois Alumni Association, C-U Antique Study Group, C-U Art League, Stockton Heritage League, Stockton Art League and the Grayslake Historical Society. She was also a 4-H leader in JoDaviess and Lake Counties as well as an Extension volunteer for more than 30 years. Erlene was a board member of the UI Mom's Association for four years, board member of the UI Home Economics Alumni Association and received the UI Loyalty Award.

Ruth
R.
McGrath
(BS '43 Home Economics) died March 14, 2014 at the age of 92. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph L. McGrath. Ruth worked in early cancer research with Dr. Warren Cole, UI Chicago. She is survived by a stepdaughter and two grandchildren.

Mary
June
Griffith Nesbitt
(BS '43 Home Economics, MS '72 LAS) of Springfield, IL, died June 20, 2014. She was 93. Mary June lived in 4-H House. She taught Home Economics in Chenoa, Mason City and Pawnee, IL. She taught for 30 years in Springfield before retiring. Mary June was a member of the Philanthropic Education Organization (P.E.O.) Chapter in Springfield. She is survived by two children, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Doris
Ganson
Kruger
(BS '45 Home Economics) of Wheaton, IL died May 19, 2014 at the age of 90. She was the president of the Isabel Bevier Home Economics Club, a member of the 4-H House, an active alumnus and the treasurer of the U of I Home Economics Alumni Association. Doris received the Illinois 4-H Alumni Award in 1984, and was awarded the Loyalty Award for Devotion in Leadership in 1989. She taught home economics for 36 years at Peotone High School. She was preceded in death by her husband Russell C. Kruger. She is survived by the couple's two children.

Alten "Al"
F.
Grandt
Sr.
(BS '46 Agronomy, MS '47 Agronomy) died February 24, 2014 at the age of 95. As a graduate student at the UI in the late 1940's, Al began his carrier as a "strip mine farmland man." He was dedicated to demonstrating that former surface coal-mined land could be productively used for agriculture and recreation. Al served in World War II Army Air Corp, Knox County Farm Extension, 4-H Club Leadership, and former Yates City School Board. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth. The couple's three children survive.

Ralph
D.
Dralle
(BS '46 Agriculture) died March 8, 2014 at the age of 90. Mr. Dralle was president and publisher of Big Farmer magazine, Woman's Golfer Magazine and owner of National Farm Data Bank. He served as vice-president of Farm Journal magazine. Ralph was a member of Farmhouse Fraternity, state livestock judge, and traveled as a representative for Earl Butz, Secretary of Agriculture, to Russia and Amsterdam. Among others, he established scholarship funds for Farmhouse Fraternity and Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Ralph was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis Ann (Beaver) Dralle and a daughter. He is survived by four daughters, 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Arthur
F.
Howard
(BS '48 Vocational Agriculture) died June 17, 2014 at the age of 90 in Indianapolis, IN. Arthur worked for the U of I as a dairy herd improvement supervisor. He served in the United States Army. Arthur was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, and was a member of the Dairy Judging Team. He was a dairy specialist working with Holstein Guernsey, Jersey and other dairy related groups for Elkhart County, IN Extension. He also worked in Noble County as an Extension Educator specializing in livestock programs. Mr. Howard also worked in banking for 24 years, including Grabill Bank. He is survived by his wife Mary Jeanne and the couple's two daughters and four grandchildren.

Paul
J.
Ambrose
(BS '48 Agriculture) died November 22, 1974 at Clarendon Hills, IL. He married Alda Messar. The couple had one son.

Lois
Finley Beals
(BS '48 Home Economics Education, MS '51 Home Economics Education) of East Liverpool, OH died June 8, 2014 at the age of 86. Her husband, Robert J. "Bob" Beals, preceded her in death. She is survived by three children and seven grandchildren. Lois had taught home economics in Watseka, IL in 1948, then became Assistant Professor of Foods and Nutrition at Northern Michigan College of Education, and also was a research dietician at the University of Illinois. From 1976 to 1994, she served as Home Economics and Learning Disabilities teacher with East Liverpool City Schools.

Richard "Dick"
Lloyd
Williams
(BS '50 Vocational Agriculture) died May 19, 2014. He was a fourth-generation lifelong farmer, residing at Avon, IL. He was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho agriculture fraternity, Fulton County Farm Bureau, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Pork Producers, and Bushnell United Methodist Church. Dick was also the Farm Bureau Chairman for Harris Township for several years, and served one term on the Board of Trusties for Lee Township. He is survived by his wife Marjorie L. Nelson, two children and four grandchildren.

Donald
Ray
Tate
(BS '51 Vocational Agriculture) died June 13, 2014. He was 84. Donald was an Army veteran, serving from 1951 – 1953. He returned to farm the family farm at Homer. He is survived by his wife Joan Wiese and the couple's four children, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Theodore
W.
Kendall
(BS '51 Food Science, MS '56 Food Science) died May 31, 2014, at the age of 87 at his Kalamazoo, MI home. Mr. Kendall was a World War II veteran of the United States Navy. He worked in the food technology and postharvest physiology industries. He also helped coordinate U.S. and Chilean blueberry growers to achieve a year-round supply for consumers, primarily in America. Mr. Kendall was preceded in death by his wife Ruth E. Gatterdam and a daughter. He is survived by six children, thirteen grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Melvin
W.
Rapp
(BS '53 Agriculture) 84, died June 10, 2014 at Wheaton, IL. Mel was a member of the Acacia Fraternity and served on the Acacia National Foundation Board and the Illinois Acacia Corporation Board. He married Carol Linde. Mel worked in the dairy industry for Borden, and retired from Quality Chekd Dairy Association in 1990. He is survived by Carol and one daughter, a son-in-law, and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter and a grandson.

Clyde
E.
German
(BS '55 Agriculture) died March 14, 2014 at the age of 80. His wife Joyce (Dunham) German preceded him in death. He later married Norma "Skip" (Vineyard) Hepworth. She survives. Four children also survive. Clyde also raised two granddaughters. Twelve grandchildren and six great grandchildren also survive. Clyde worked for DeKalb/Monsanto for over 50 years. He was a member of the Gifford Lions Club, was a scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts, and a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Flatville.

Dr.
Earl
Crittenton Spurrier
(PhD '56 Crop Sciences) died at the age of 91 May 23, 2014 in Sarasota, FL. Dr. Spurrier began his career with Monsanto Company, St. Louis, MO in 1958. He retired in 1982. Dr. Spurrier became Vice President for Regulatory Affairs and then State Affairs with the National Agricultural Chemical Association until 1991. He was preceded in death by his wife Peggy. He is survived by his second wife, Dolores, three children and two step-sons and eleven grandchildren.

Melvin
O.
Larimore
(BS '57 Vocational Agriculture) died May 26, 2014 at Paw Paw, IL. He was 78. Melvin worked for the Illinois Farm Bureau, and later for the American Farm Bureau. He served in the United States Army. In 1974, he opened the True Value Hardware Store in Paw Paw, which he owned and operated until he retired after 35 years. He is survived by his wife Nancy and the couple's two children and three grandchildren.

Jerald
E.
Binkley
(BS '58 Vocational Agriculture, EDM '63 Education Administration)  from Ridge Farm, died June 19, 2014 at the age of 82.

John
D.
Wilcox
(BS '61 Vocational Agriculture) died May 17, 2014 at the age of 75, at New Berlin, IL. John served in the United States Army, and then returned to operate the family's centennial farm. John is survived by his wife Sara Lovekamp, three children, and two granddaughters and two step-grandchildren.

Richard
B.
Curtiss
(BS '61 Agriculture) died at the age of 74 at Stockton, IL May 24, 2014. Dick was a member of Farmhouse Fraternity, and a veteran of the Illinois National Guard. He was preceded in death by wife Carol Evans. He later married Donna Noller. He was a dairy farmer and later established a seed company. He is survived by his wife Donna and their three children and ten grandchildren.

Donald
Ray
McCormick
(BS '63 Agriculture) died February 28, 2014 at the age of 72. He was former Inspector General for the California National Guard at Sutter Medical Center in Roseville, Ca. He attended the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA, and was a Vietnam veteran. After retiring from the National Guard as an Army colonel, Don was an investigator for the State Fair Political Practice Commission and worked with the State Department of Veteran's Affairs. He is survived by his wife Michele.

James
E.
Mohr
(BS '63 Agriculture) died March 1, 2014 at the age of 73, of Lexington, IL. His wife Patty (Downes) Mohr, three children and seven grandchildren survive. James and Patty began farming and raising livestock in 1963, living there and operating the farm for over 50 years. He served two terms on the Lexington School Board, nine years as a Farm Service Agency County committeeman, 30 years on the Lexington Fire District Board, and 30 years as a clerk and trustee of Money Creek Township.

Jeremiah
Gard
(BS '63 Agriculture) died March 18, 2014, at Monticello, IL. He was 72. He married Ellen Marie (Behnke) Gard. She survives, along with two daughters and three grandchildren. Jerry served as senior vice president for the National Bank, Marine Bank, and Banc One of Monticello. He was a member of the Monticello Masonic Lodge No. 58 AF&AM, the Bloomington Consistory, the Ansar Shrine, the Decatur Shrine Club and the First Christian Church of Monticello. He was also a former member of the Monticello Rotary Club, Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, Woodlawn Country Club and the Decatur Ski Club. Jerry was a director and originator of Tatman Village, director of the Monticello Grain Company, director of the local chapter of the Robert Morris Association and Illinois Bankers Association and treasurer of Phi Sigma Epsilon Alumni Association, as well as having served in the National Guard.

Duane
Strunk
(BS '63 Agriculture) died May 23, 2014 at the age of 74. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nancy L. (Smith) Strunk, and the couple's four children and ten grandchildren. Duane was an Illinois licensed general appraiser, farm manager, rural appraiser and real estate managing broker. Duane served on the College of Agriculture Board of Directors over 15 years, and the UI Board of Directors. He was a member of the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, and earned the AFM & ARA designations; Champaign County Farm Bureau and past BOD member, IFB Equine Grits Committee, 4-H Leader, State Extension Council and C-U Kiwanis member.

Donald
R.
McDonald
(BS '63 Vocational Agriculture) of Brandon, MS died May 28, 2014 at the age of 74. He retired as a Commander with the United States Navy. He was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma. Mr. McDonald retired as Finance Director with the MS Farm Credit Bank, and later worked at the Hercules Credit Union in Hattiesburg. He is survived by his wife Helene, two daughters and two granddaughters.

Jack
Dennis
Harrold
(BS '65 Vocational Agriculture) of Taylorville, IL died at the age of 70 October 23, 2012. Jack was an ag teacher in Newman, Williamsville, and Cerro Gordo, and was a soil consultant until he retired in 2004. He is survived by his wife Lois and three children.

Patrick
O'Rourke
(BS '69 Agriculture) is retiring from his position with Illinois State University June 14, 2014. Pat wanted to share with friends and colleagues that he is grateful for his beginnings with UI and Department of Agriculture, Consumer Economics.

Elsya
Lea
Turkington Coleman-Elbert
(BS '69 Home Economics) died June 1, 2014 at the age of 67 in Indianapolis, IN. Lea became a registered dietitian, spending 25 years at Marquette Manor. She opened "Perfect Pastries" bakery. She was a member of the American Dietetic Association, and supporter of Meals on Wheels. Lea is survived by her husband Samuel Elbert, two children and five grandchildren.

Mindy
C.
Meads
(BS '74 Home Economics) has been named the first chief executive for Calypso St. Barth (Long Island City, NY). Mindy was formerly president of Aéropostale, Inc., New York, and previously, Victoria's Secret Direct Division of Limited Brands, Inc., Columbus, OH. Calypso St. Barth is a high-end island and resort brand of apparel and accessories, founded on St. Barth in 1992.

Susan
P.
Monckton
(BS '74 LAS, MS '76 Food Science)  has died at the age of 61, on March 20, 2014.

Dennis
A.
Ross
(BS '79 Agricultural Economics) died June 21, 2014 at the age of 57. Dennis was a VP of Business Banking at Peoples Bank and Trust of Pana, IL. He had retired as VP of Financial Services from Farm Credit Services in Shelbyville after 27 years and was a crop insurance specialist for many years. He farmed all his life. He was a U of I Alumni Association member, and past president of Shelbyville FFA Alumni Association. He is survived by his wife Kendra, two daughters and a grandson.

Roger
C.
Johnson
(BS '80 Animal Sciences) received the Distinguished Extension-Industry Service Award, which was established in 1965 to recognize outstanding achievement in meat science extension and service to the industry, and is sponsored by the American meat Institute Foundation (AMIF). Dr. Johnson is Director of Pork Quality, Smithfield-Farmland Corporation, Denison, IA.

Jeff
Yordy
(BS '82 Ornamental Horticulture) passed away March 29, 2014. He is survived by his wife and three sons. Mr. Yordy taught Agriculture / Horticulture at Glenbrook South High School, IL. Glenbrook South's horticulture department developed a nationally-recognized horticulture and floriculture program.

Scott
Fairfield
(BS '83 Agricultural Education) was recognized as an IAVAT Excellence in Teaching Award winner at the June 2014 IAVAT Conference in Decatur, IL.

Mark
Gossett
(BS '83 Agriculture Economics) was promoted from Executive Vice President to Chief Credit Officer, Northern Trust Bank, Naperville, IL. Mark is a son of William and Nancy Gossett, (BS '56 ACES).

Rita
H.
Murrel
(BS '84 Food Science) died June 5, 2014. She ran a food booth at the Saturday Market in Eugene, and worked as a bookkeeper for Paul's Bicycle Way of Life, as well as caregiver for several local families.

Ted
J.
Patterson
(BS '86 Animal Sciences) was named 2014 SRS Specialist of the Year at the 2014 Select Reproductive Solutions (SRS) Conference held June 2-5, 2014 in St. Louis, Mo. Ted and his wife Elizabeth have three daughters and a grandson. The family resides in Milledgeville, IL.

Margaret
M.
McGuire
(BS '86 Human Resources and Family Studies) was recently named new executive director of Project HELP, a child abuse prevention program that has served the Elmhurst community since 1992.

Todd
C.
Maisch
(BS '88 Food Science and Human Nutrition) is being promoted from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce executive vice president, overseeing several departments, including the business services division, government affairs, membership and marketing to CEO July 1, 2014.

Heidi
M.K.
Isenhart
(BS '93 Agricultural Communications) was recently recognized as a 2014 Florida Super Lawyer, in Orlando. Owned by Thomson Reuters, Super Lawyers recognize attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice. Isenhart practices in elder law, Medicaid planning, guardianship, probate and trust administration, probate and guardianship litigation, estate planning and special-needs trusts. Isenhart is a partner with Shuffield Lowman Attorneys and Advisors.

Noah
Freeman
(BS '99 Crop Sciences, MS '02 Crop Sciences) has been appointed to AgReliant Genetics, LLC, an affiliated company of PRIDE Seeds to the position of Manager of Precision Ag Technologies, located in Westfield, IN.

April
A.
Finan
(BS '01 Animal Sciences, DVM '05 Veterinary Medicine) has opened a new animal hospital in Darien, IL. A Grand Opening of Finan Animal Hospital was held June 14, 2014. Patient comfort and pet owner education are of utmost importance. The new clinic's mission is for pet owners to make educated decisions for their pets.

Anna
M.
Payton
(BS '03 Animal Sciences) has been named executive director of the Naperville Area Humane Society. Previously, Anna was the head of Kendall County Animal Control. She has also worked as an animal control officer and humane education and public events coordinator for DuPage County Animal Care and Control, and volunteered with humane societies and breed-specific rescues. Anna has also been a department instructor at the University of Illinois.

Joshua
D.
St. Peters
(BS '03 Agriculture & Environmental Communications & Education) is joining Osborn Barr as Public Relations Director. A disconnect between farms and consumers challenges the local communications agency, Osborn Barr. Josh has been hired to meet this challenge. He left DuPont Pioneer's Global Public Affairs team, where he led issues management and crisis communications efforts to join Osborn Barr.

Thomas
Kinyanjui
(PhD '03 Food Science and Human Nutrition) shares that he is a lecturer at Egerton University, Kenya. Thomas is married and the couple has three boys.

Edwin
R.
Curry
(MS '05 Agricultural Education) was recognized as an IAVAT Excellence in Teaching Award winner at the June 2014 IAVAT Conference in Decatur, IL.

Bria
J.
Sauder
(BS '07 Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences) will be moving, with his wife Gab, to Chicago as executive director of Faith in Place, a statewide nonprofit whose mission is "to help people of faith understand that issues of ecology and economy – of care for Creation – are at the forefront of social justice." Brian previously established a branch office of Faith in Place at the University YMCA, and served as a catalyst for change.

Ashley
M.
Leverenz
(BS '08 Animal Sciences) has continued her education since graduating from UI in 2008 to obtain a Master's degree in biotechnology and chemical science in 2010 from Roosevelt University in Chicago, to receiving a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine May 17, 2014. She will begin an internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency at Medical College of Wisconsin and its affiliated hospitals in Milwaukee in July.

February
Erlene
Buford
(BS '40 Home Economics) at the age of 101, died March 15, 2014 at Urbana, IL. Erlene married Samuel W. Buford, who preceded her in death. She taught high school home economics in Westfield and Cissna Park, and was an Extension home economist in Stark and JoDaviess counties. For more than 30 years, Erlene was a 4-H leader and an Extension volunteer. She was a board member of the UI Mom's Association, board member of the UI Home Economics Alumni Association and had received the UI Loyalty Award. Erlene is survived by two daughters, Jane Scherer of Urbana, and Margaret Engelmann of Godfrey, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Evelyn
L.
Newlon
(BS '41 Home Economics) passed away April 17, 2006 at Sarasota, FL. She was 86. Evelyn is survived by four children, 14 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Ruth
E.
Icenogle
(BS '41 Home Economics) passed away at the age of 90 June 11, 2008. Ruth and the late Elmer were married 61 years. She taught elementary school in Wauconda more than 25 years.

Paul
Buchanan
(BS '42 Agriculture, MS '47 Agricultural Economics) passed away March 21, 2013 in Vancouver, WA. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Sheila, and their two daughters and son.

H.
Leon
Hallberg
(BS '53 Human and Community Development) died at the age of 83 in Bettendorf, IA February 16, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Nedra, and the couple's children. Following his service in the United States Army, Leon taught vocational agriculture, and later worked in private business, retiring from Merck & Co. in 1992.

Dr.
Roger
H.
Beorma
(MS '70 Agronomy, PhD '73 Agronomy) is the executive director of the University of Georgia Seed Development, overseeing a program that produces foundation plant material and markets seed and plant materials designed to improve crop yields for Georgia growers, as well as across the United States. He is the fourth scientist to be featured in the DTN Progressive Farmer Crops

William
F.
Kuenstler
(BS '72 Agronomy) of Arlington, TX retired January 2014 after more than 39 years working for USDA-NRCS. He worked as a District Conservationist and Conservation Agronomist in Illinois, Kentucky, Florida, Delaware, Colorado and Texas.

John
L.
Doty
(BS '75 Agriculture & Consumer Economics) Five Point Farms, Mattoon, IL, owned by John and Susan Doty, have been named Coles County Farm Bureau's Outstanding Members of the Year for 2014. John has been a director or member of the county Farm Bureau nearly 30 years. Five Point Farms is a grain farm.

David
L.
Chicoine
(PhD '79 Agricultural Economics) was honored by being named the 2013-14 Chief Executive Leadership Award by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VI. This award is in recognition of the leadership of a higher education chief executive officer who demonstrates the ability to create a vision and inspire others. Dr. Chicoine serves as South Dakota State University President.

Todd
W.
Wise
(BS '84 Agriculture and Consumer Economics) has been appointed to the Lincoln Land Community College Foundation Board of Directors. Todd also serves as president and CEO of United Community Bank, and as a board member for Memorial Medical Center, board director at United Community Bank, Brown County State Bank in Mt. Sterling and Marine Bank & Trust in Carthage. Todd is also a past president of the Central Illinois Foodbank, served on the board of directors for Ball-Chatham Education Foundation and as a volunteer for United Way and Chatham youth athletics.

Gary
M.
Smith
(BS '90 Animal Sciences) is now the Director of Training, Improvement Solutions & Food Safety at SAI Global, Cedar Lake, IN. Gary is also the recipient of the 2013 SQF Distinguished Service Award, SQF Institute.

Adam
M.
Schwartz
(BS '06 Agribusiness, Farm & Financial,, MAS '07 Accounting) Former campus Relay for Life committee chair Adam Schwarts was made the Hall of Fame's eighth inductee. He was quoted by saying "There's no other organization in the health arena, not just the cancer arena, that has accomplished what the American Cancer Society has accomplished." In June, Adam will open a new fundraising season around Chicago.

2013
December
Mimi
Liu
(BS '47 Home Economics, MS '55 Home Economics) died at the age of 20 October 9, 2013. Mimi and a friend were walking on Campus when a pickup truck jumped a curb and hit the two, killing Mimi and injuring her friend. A student of ACES, Mimi was also a very talented pianist.

Alice
Isabel
Hancock Barnes
(Attendee '39) 97, died on the morning of Christmas Eve following a long illness at her home. She was preceded in death by her husband. Mrs. Barnes was a bookkeeper for her husband's business, Barnes Lumber Company. She was a member of the board of trustees of Mitchell-Carnegie Library for 52 years. While attending the University of Illinois, she was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority.

William
E.
Keithley
(BS '39 Ornamental Horticulture) 98, passed away on December 26, 2013, three days before his 98th birthday. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lydia Bruce Tilley. He served in the Pacific during World War II. He retired as nurseryman for Bowater Paper Company in 1982.

Marion
L.
Coyle
(BS '41 Home Economics) 94, passed away on December 18, 2013. At the University of Illinois, Marion was a member of its Delta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She is preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Jay Coyle. After his death in 2004 she moved to Dallas. She was a master at Mexican dominos and knitting.

Juanita
Flexman
(BS '41 Home Economics) 94, passed away on January 1, 2014. Juanita is survived by her husband George Ransom Flexman and their five children. Juanita was a licensed dietician.

Jack
E.
Moore
(Attendee '41) 96, passed away January 24, 2014. Jack was married to Mary U. Walsh, who preceded him in death. The couple is survived by three children, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. After attending the University of Illinois, College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Jack joined the United States Army. Jack was a farm manager and master craftsman and machinist. He volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America.

John
Herbst
(BS '42 Agriculture, MS '51 Education, PhD '57 Agriculture Economics) 92, passed away on December 14, 2013. Survivors include his wife, Mava; children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. John was a professor emeritus of agricultural economics and vocational agriculture at the University of Illinois. He authored a textbook on farm management that was used in many colleges for over 40 years. He traveled all 50 states of the United States as well as Canada and Europe.

Elsie
Jacobs Harmon
(BS '42 Home Economics) 93, passed away on December 29, 2013. Elsie was a mother and homemaker survived by four children, ten grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. She taught in Divernon while her husband was at war. She served as a Red Cross volunteer in many countries. Elsie taught young mothers who were not allowed to attend high school.

Paul
E.
Hemp
(BS '43 Agriculture, MS '47 Education, EDM '55 Education) 91, passed away January 26, 2014 at Urbana, IL. He is survived by his wife, Gladys Anderson and their three sons and seven grandchildren. Dr. Hemp served in the United States Air Force during World War II. He taught agricultural education at Wenona High School, University of Vermont and Purdue University, and retired as chair of the Department of Agricultural Education in the College of Education at the University of Illinois.

Virginia
M.
Dorn
(BS '44 Home Economics) 91, passed away December 16, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. William Van Buren Dorn. She was employed as a social worker for the state of Connecticut for several years before her retirement in 1984.

Patricia
Herriott
(BS '45 Home Economics) 89, passed away on December 21, 2013. She is survived by her husband and son. She was a Sunday school teacher, 4-H leader, and the Home Economics teacher at Roberts-Thawville and later at Ford Central. She enjoyed playing the piano at nursing homes, and sewing was her favorite hobby. She made costumes for church events and the PBL Choral Department. Patricia and her husband Jean were avid fans of all PBL Panther sports.

Grace
Louise
(Anderson) Wepner
(BS '47 Home Economics) 87, of Gilman, IL died February 13, 2013. She had taught elementary school in Yorkville, IL and also worked for the University of Illinois Home Extension Office. She was married to Robert Wepner, who preceded her in death.

Louise
Rice Hassenplug
(BS '47 Home Economics, MS '55 Home Economics) 87, of Rock Hill, SC died December 21, 2013. She was married to H. Fred Hassenplug, who preceded her in death in 2001. Louise taught at the University of Illinois and was also involved in Extension work, the University of Louisville, and at Northwest Missouri State College before teaching for 20 years and retiring in 1986 from Winthrop College in the School of Home Economics. She was president of the SC Home Economics Association 1983 – 1985; named Winthrop's Teacher of the Year in 1985.

Ralph
J.
Swan
(Attendee '50) 81, of Aurora, passed away September 19, 2009. Ralph worked in the office furniture industry for over forty years, and was president of Bentson Industries. Ralph is survived by his wife, Lois, and their four children, 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Robert
J.
Thompson
(BS '50 Agriculture) 87, passed away January 15, 2014. Bob served in the United States Navy, stationed in Okinawa. He was a member of Farmhouse Fraternity. Bob farmed in the Atlanta, IL area all his life, and volunteered on many civic boards and organizations. Bob is survived by his wife, Kathryn "Kay" Carson, and two sons and a daughter-in-law.

Dwight
M.
Esarey
(BS '52 Agriculture) 84, died January 14, 2014 in Evansville, IN. Dwight was a District Conservationist for Crawford, Jasper, Lawrence and Wayne Counties, was awarded the Wayne County Friend of FH Award, and was elected to the Illinois FH Hall of Fame in 2012. Dwight was a woodworker. He is survived by two sons and two daughters, 12 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.

Jessie
A.
Manring
(MS '52 Home Economics Education) 85, of Stillman Valley, IL died December 5, 2013 in Omaha, NE. Jessie taught family and consumer science in the Stillman school district for 33 years until her retirement. She married Gerald Manring. They both were licensed pilots, owning their own plane. They were married 44 years at Gerald's passing. Jessie is survived by a daughter and two grandsons. She was also a published artist, displaying many of her pieces at the Rockford Art Center. Many pieces were also donated to various area schools and other institutions.

Jeannien
Adelle
Ludwig
(BS '53 Home Economics)  81, of Tulsa, OK passed away Christmas night, 2013. She was a former University of Illinois beauty queen and lifelong supporter of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She was a print and runway model in Chicago in the 1950's. She was a talented painter and weaver. Jeannien lived in Evanston, IL from 1961 – 1994 and was a member of the Evanston Art Center. She was married to the late Henry George Grossman, and then to the late George Ludwig. She is survived by three children and six grandchildren.

Thomas (Tom)
Carlisle
Warfield
(BS '56 Agriculture, MS '58 Agriculture) 83, of Decatur passed away January 5, 2014. Tom served in the Korean War, stationed in Japan, before completing his degree at the University of Illinois. A corn breeder first at Bear Hybrids, Decatur, Tom then went to work for Van Horn Hybrids in Cerro Gordo, and then opened his own company, Hybrid Concepts, in the converted one-room school house he'd attended as a child, Prairie Dell School. Tom created machines, devices, and developed computer systems for corn breeding. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Carol Bulkley Warfield.

Leeta
C.
West
(MS '57 Home Economics) 82, died October 3, 2011 at Gainesville, FL. She worked as a researcher for the School of Home Economics at the University of Florida when her husband, Shirley, was a professor there. He preceded her in death. The couple is survived by a daughter.

James
J.
Albrecht
(PhD '58 Food Science and Human Nutrition) received the Institute of Food Technologists' 2013 Calvert L. Willey Award for distinguished service. He also earned Certified Food Scientist accreditation in the inaugural class of DVS recipients. Dr. Albrecht is serving as president of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary Board.

Richard
L.
Langenfield
(BS '58 Agriculture, EDM '63 Education) 79, of Dixon, IL died December 19, 2013. After graduating from the University of Illinois, he served in the United States Army, and married Margaret Jane Blair. She survives, along with three children, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Dick was a vocational agriculture teacher and school administrator in northern Illinois. Dick owned several "Coast-to-Coast" stores, and "Super Wash" car washes.

Lowell
L.
McNaught
(BS '58 Agriculture) 80, passed away December 20, 2013, at Auburn, IL. He married Mary Alice Darst, who preceded him in death. He later married Sue Allen Fuiten. She survives. He was preceded in death by a son and two grandchildren. Surviving are his wife, Sue, two daughters, one son, a daughter-in-law, a stepson, two stepdaughters, 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandsons. Lowell served in the United States Navy. He served on several civic and agricultural organizations. He was a fifth generation farmer in the Auburn area, and a licensed pilot with his own landing strip on his farm ground.

Robert (Bob)
C.
Wade
(MS '59 Animal Sciences) 79, of Elizabethtown, died January 8, 2014 at home. Bob farmed in the Glendale area. He is survived by his wife, Ella Mae, three sons and nine grandchildren. Bob was in the United States Army, serving in Korea. He also served as director for several Harding County Kentucky agricultural organizations.

John
Buric
(PhD '60 Animal Sciences) 93, passed away October 21, 2013 at Gaithersburg, MD. His wife, Rose Matilda Buric, preceded him in death. The couple is survived by five children and seven grandchildren.

John "Jack"
M.
Pitzer
Sr.
(BS '63 Agriculture) has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Agricultural Editors' Association at the 15thAgricultural Media Summit in Buffalo, NY. He worked for Future Farmers of America until 2009, and now serves on the National FFA Foundations' Individual Giving council. He and his wife live in Alexandria, VA.

Steve
Ricketts
(BS '67 Forestry, MS '75 Plant Pathology) was elected a Fellow in the Society of American Foresters in 2012. Steve was a retired recreation manager. He and his wife, Gloria Whitney Ricketts (BS '68 Home Economics) live in Port Hadlock, WA.

Steven
Ament
(BS '69 Agriculture) 66, of Peoria passed away January 7, 2014 at home. Surviving are his wife, Janie (Hamby) and the couple's two children and five grandchildren. Steven worked for Caterpillar in both domestic and foreign markets, retiring after 30 years, and recently for Morton Supplies.

Janet
Greger
(BS '70 Home Economics) has published Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight, a mystery-suspense novel in April, under the name of J.L. Greger. The book is the second in a series.

Alan
L.
Borhart
(BS '70 Agriculture) 63, of Elkhorn, NE died June 4, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Teri, three children and four grandchildren.

Jeffrey
Reuber
(BS '76 Agriculture) 63, of Ridott died December 24, 2013 at home. He is survived by his wife, Jane Schriver, and a daughter. Jeff was a United States Army Vietnam Veteran. Jeff was a teacher at Burlington Central High School and Mid Valley Area Vocational School. He was an agriculture mechanic for Reed Brothers Implement, farmed the family farm for 30 years, and helped the Black Hawk Farm Business Farm Management with annual record books.

Michael
S.
Edmonds
(MS '84 Animal Sciences, PhD '87 Animal Sciences) has written a book, Healthy Eating Made Easy, and includes a forward written by George C. Fahey, Jr., U of I professor emeritus in animal sciences.

Thomas B. Nedved
B.
Nedved
(BS '85 Forestry) 52, died December 3, 2013. Thomas lived in Spring Grove, IL and worked for many years at Abbot Laboratories.

Karen
Komosa-Hawkins
(BS '94 Human Resources and Family Studies) published a book in 2013: Creating Safe and Supportive Learning Environments: A Guide for Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Question Youth and Families. The book is published by Routledge.

Emily
Masalski
(BS '02 Agriculture and Environmental Communications) an associate attorney at the Chicago Law firm of Deutsch, Levy & Engel, Chartered, has been elected an Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) "Under 35" delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates.

Sarah
Foust
(BS '03 Animal Sciences, DVM '07 Veterinary Medicine) and Terry Foust (BS '04 Animal Sciences, DVM '09 Veterinary Medicine) established a veterinary practice together in Port Byron in April 2013, River View Veterinary Service, www.riverviewvets.com. The practice focuses on small animals, but they treat large animals such as cattle and horses, too. In addition to starting a veterinary practice, Terry and Sarah also started a family. They have a 21-month old daughter, Cecilia.

Terry
Foust
(BS '04 Animal Sciences, DVM '09 Veterinary Medicine) and Sarah Foust (BS '03 Animal Sciences, DVM '07 Veterinary Medicine) established a veterinary practice together in Port Byron in April 2013, River View Veterinary Service, www.riverviewvets.com. The practice focuses on small animals, but they treat large animals such as cattle and horses, too. In addition to starting a veterinary practice, Terry and Sarah also started a family. They have a 21-month old daughter, Cecilia.

Julio
Lopez
(PhD '13 Food Science and Human Nutrition) joined ADM Foods & Wellness where he will be leading the marketing efforts for the Health & Nutrition market segments and supporting ADM's marketing efforts in Latin America.

Tatyana
McFadden
(BS '13 Human & Community Development) is meeting a new challenge with competing for a cross country skiing medal at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi. Following Winter Paralympics, Tatyana will be headed to London, Boston, Chicago, and then New York for 2013 marathons.

2017
July
Thomas
E
Stanger
(BS '76 Forestry) After graduation from the College of Agriculture in 1976, Thomas spent a summer with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County as a student forester marking trees for Dutch elm disease as well as other duties. After working at Brookfield Zoo and Loyola Medical Center, he is back where he started 41 years ago as the Assistant Division Superintendent of the Salt Creek Landscape Maintenance Division in the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and enjoying every minute of it!

 

Breanne
M
Harms
(BS '02 Agribusiness Markets and Management, MS '03 Agricultural Education) The Harms family recently relocated from the Des Moines area to the Quad Cities area. Brea accepted a new role as Division Manager, Customer Support for Division 3 of the Construction and Forestry Division, where she manages a team of seven Territory Customer Support Managers that cover the Midwest, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic. Her husband Ryan continues to serve as Executive Director of Development for the Iowa State University College of Engineering, a role which is does via both remote and on-campus work, in addition to his time spent with alumni and supporters.

 

March
Richard
T.
Lykins
(BS '04 Agricultural & Biological Engineering) Richard T. Lykins and his wife, Rebecca Lykins, College of Media alumni, have recently opened Grateful Pets, in the City of St. Louis. 

2016
October
Krystal
J.
Jungmann
(BS '00 Agribusiness Markets and Management) Mrs. Krystal J. Jungmann has recently been hired by the Illinois FFA Foundation! 

June
Arthur
Nor
(BS '71 Dairy Science) Arthur retired after working in the grain and feed industry for 44 years. He last worked for Sietsema Farms based in Allendale, MI. The Sietsemas, a family-owned livestock production operation, produce over 700,000 hots and 1.5 million turkeys per year.

May
Marguerite
Tan
(BS '03 Agricultural Engineering) Marguerite was appointed to the USDA's Ag Air Quality Task Force, starting April 2016.

April
Nate
Brown
(BS '07 Agricultural and Consumer Economics-Farm Management) Nathan Brown was named the new business manager of Livestock Products for Central Life Sciences. He will oversee all marketing efforts for the Livestock Product portfolio.

March
Laura
Aird
(BS '81 Human Development and Family Ecology) Laura Aird is the Manager of Disaster Preparedness and Response for the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Kristi
Linett
(BS '98 Agricultural Communications) Kristi recently was hired as the Sales Membership Manager for Cooper Fitness Center in McKinney, TX.

2015
August
Dr.
Roger
Elmore
(MS '78 Agronomy, PhD '81 Agronomy) accepted a research position at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in January of 2014 and is now conducting studies on cover crops.

Maureen
Thompson
(BS '79 Agriculture Industries) was recently named commercial director of North America Professional Solutions by the FMC Corporation. Thompson was previously business manager for the Turf and Ornamental Solutions division.

Dr.
Rodney
Greder
(PhD '86 Agronomy) is the founder of Awear Technologies that has created a product that will be used to help attention deficit disorder. The set of neurosensing glasses, ConfiBoost Trainer, darken to get the attention of the wearer.

Gary
Lynch
(PhD '87 Animal Sciences) joined HORN’s Technical Sales Team, supporting HORN Animal Wellness. They specialize in the distribution of specialty animal ingredients.

Cory
Campbell
(BS '96 Human and Community Development) is the chief financial officer/controller at Saint Mary-of-the-Wood College. He started working at The Woods in 2014 as registrar.

Dr.
Joshua
Snyder
(BS '97 Biology, MS '99 Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences) is an orthopedic surgeon who just joined the Orthopedic & Spine Center of the Rockies as a hip scope and surgery specialist in Colorado.

Katherine
Ruholl
(BS '01 Crop Sciences) is the Southern Soybean and Wheat Grower Manager at the Beck’s Hybrids Neoga facility and was recently featured in an article talking about the role of women in agriculture.

Alexander
Mills
(BS '08 Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences) has served as the president for the Orangeville, Illinois village since May 2013. He is now in the running for the position of the Community Development Director.

Dr.
Daniel
Loper
(BS '09 Animal Science, DVM '15) will be joining Animal Medical Clinic in Melbourne, Florida. The Animal Medical Clinic is now adding a new location in Indialantic, Florida.

Dr.
Eric
Anderson
(MS '10 Crop Sciences, PhD '81 Crop Sciences) was named the new Extension educator for field crops and specialty crop production in St. Joseph County (Michigan).

Tyler
Thompson
(MS '13 Crop Sciences) became the farm manager of the San Louis Valley Research Center in Center, CO in June of 2015.

Drew
Lessaris
(BS '14 Technical Systems Management) is a franchisee owner and operator of uBreakiFix, who recently just decided to open a store in Carmel, Indiana. This is the third store he has with his uncle, managing partner.

July
Mark
Scholl
(BS '73 Agricultural Economics) was elected chairman of the Board of Trustees of Farm Foundation on June 12, 2015. He is also currently the President of J and M School, Inc, a family agriculture holding company.

Ellen
Kuchenbrod
(BS '75 Veterinary Medicine, DVM '77 Veterinary Medicine) and Arrin Colgan are opening their own veterinary clinic with an emphasis on making visits as stress-free as possible for pets and their owners.

Mark
Russell
(MS '79 Animal Sciences, PhD '82 Animal Sciences) has been appointed professor and head of the Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Daryl
Cates
(BS '80 Agronomy) was named the new chairman of the board of the board of directors for the Illinois Soybean Association. Other alumni elected to the board include Doug Schroeder and John Longley.

Frances
Graham
(BS '87 Human Development and Family Ecology) was named the new interim director of the African American Cultural Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.

Elizabeth
Flickinger
(BS '95 Animal Sciences, PhD '00 Nutritional Sciences) has joined the Ken Pet Group marketing department as the Senior Manager of Nutrition Development and Commericialization.

Christie
Cruise
(BS '98 -) has been named associate dean of students/diversity initiatives and affirmative action officer at Maryville University in Saint Louis. This appointment comes as part of the establishment of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

Tiffany
May
(BS '00 Human Development and Family Ecology) is the Mid-Atlantic region claims service manager for Liberty Mutual/Safeco Insurance.

May
Mark
Bemis
(BS '83 Agriculture) was promoted to president, North America, at Archer Daniels Midland Company in April. He will also chair the new Geographic Council that coordinates ADM’s regional presidents to ensure best practices are being used across all markets.

Douglas
Deininger
(BS '84 Agriculture, MS '86 Agriculture) joined Land Pro LLC, a land real estate brokerage company, in December 2014, and will be serving the southern and southwestern Chicagoland areas.

Gregory
Heckman
(BS '87 Agriculture) was appointed as an independent non-executive member of the Board of Directors for OCI N.V.

Jacqueline
Peterson
(BS '94 Agriculture) joined SoundExchange as senior vice president, Communications. She brings a lot of knowledge and experience to the position.

Matthew
Lloyd
(BS '96 Agriculture) was named Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications and Strategy in the Indiana Governor’s Office. His responsibilities being late May.

Heather
Grindstaff
Ward
(BS '07 Animal Sciences) is currently employed at the Saint Louis Zoo as a carnivore keeper, and will be a part of the opening of the zoo's new McDonnell Polar Bear Point habitat.

February
Edward
L.
McMillan
(BS '69 Ariculture) has become a member of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees following Governor-elect Bruce Rauner's appointments.

Paul
A.
Pittman
(BS '85 Agriculture) is the president and CEO of Farmland Partners Inc. and will elect REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) status, making the company one of only two publicly listed REITs specializing in domestic farmland.

Fredrick
J.
Long
(BS '88 Agriculture) has published a new book titled 2 Corinthians: A Handbook on the Greek Text with Baylor University Publishing.

Cynthia
J.
Ottemann
(BS '99 Animal Sciences) has also graduated from Parkland College with an associate's degree in nursing and was honored for graduating with a 4.0 GPA in all her courses. Cynthia completed her associate's degree after working in the field and realizing she wanted to work more with people to help them become healthier.

Brian
M.
Colgan
(BS '03 Consumer Economics & Finance) was named Chief of Staff in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor following Governor-elect Bruce Rauner's appointments.

2014
November
Roger
Morrison
(BS '72 Agriculture) recently started as R&D LifeSciences as their new Director of Technical Sales and Research. His new responsibilities include sales and customer support in the Midwest and coordinating company research in development of new products and support of existing products.

Leslie
Geissler
Munger
(BS '78 Interior Design) will be appointed to fill the Illinois Comptroller position vacancy by Governor-elect Bruce Rauner January 12, 2015.

Laura
Zuhone
(MS '90 Human Resources and Family Studies) has joined First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust as vice-present, director of marketing. In this role, she will lead corporate communications, advertising and brand management, public relations, sales promotions, website management and corporate giving.

Amy
Bugg
(BS '93 Agriculture Communications) has been named Verdesian Life Sciences vice president of communications, where she will oversee the execution of all promotional strategies for the corporate brand and the complete product portfolio.

Matthew
Minnes
(BS '05 Agribusiness, Farm and Financial) shared Precision Drone news for 2015. Precision Drone is currently featured in the new 2015 Ford F-150 commercial; shown during College Bowl Games and NFL Playoff games on all major networks.  Precision Drone has also released a new website http://www.PrecisionDrone.com. Matt is a three-time varsity letter winner for the Fighting Illini Football team.  While a student, he worked for the U of I Farm in the Department of Plant Pathology under Dr. Wayne Pedersen.  Matt is married with two children and resides in Westfield, IN.

Jeffery
Coulter
(MS '05 Crop Sciences, PhD '08 Crop Sciences) was recognized as one of Vance Publishing’s “40 Under 40.” This list honors leadership among individuals aiding in efforts to double food production by 2050.

John
Griesbaum
(BS '06 NRES, MS '12 NRES) started as the new district wildlife biologist for the state. He works under the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, but is located in the Rock Springs Nature Center. His district includes Macon, Piatt, DeWitt, Champaign, and Logan counties.

Dr.
Jonathan
N.
Smiley
(BS '07 Animal Sciences) joined the Humbert Road Dentistry workforce after graduating from Southern Illinois University – Faculty of Dental Drugs.  Dr. Smiley was a pitcher with the University of Illinois baseball team. He has volunteered for the Give Kids a Smile program, Illinois Mission of Mercy, and traveled to Jamaica to do a dental mission trip.

Michelle
Pearion
(BS '13 Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences) is the new resource conservationist of the Kankakee County Soil and Water Conservation District.

September
Dr.
Islam
Siddiqui
(MS '66 Plant Pathology, PhD '69 Plant Pathology) has been named a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in its Global Food Security Project.

Stuart
Levenick
(BS '76 Forestry) has retired from Caterpillar Inc. after 37 years with the company. During his time with the company, his main focus was their Asia-based divisions before he became a group president.

Dr.
Been-Huang
Chiang
(MS '79 Animal Sciences, PhD '83 Food Science) has been named the minister of health and welfare of Taiwan. He is the country's first health minister whose focus was not in medicine. He was a professor at National Taiwan University's Institute of Food Science and Technology before assuming his new role.

Robert
Rhea
(MS '87 Agricultural Education) has been elected to the board of directors at Farmers State Bank of Camp Point.

William
Harmon
(BS '88 Agriculture, MS '89 Agronomy) was named Pearson Master Teacher of the year at Lincoln Land Community College. He currently serves as the Program Coordinator for Agriculture and Horticulture there, which had record enrollment for agriculture students this fall.

Andrea
Braundmeier-Fleming
Ph.D
(BS '99 Agriculture, MS '02 Agriculture, PhD '05 Animal Sciences) has been named an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in their medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology, and obstetrics and gynecology departments. Her research focus is reproductive diseases.

Emily
Kalnicky
(MS '07 Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences) was named director of science education and research for the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA. She oversees all science-education programs at Phipps for kids and the Botany in Action research program for college students.

July
Leslie
M
Auriemmo-Jonas
(BS '81 Forestry) has returned to Northern Michigan as forest supervisor fo the Huron-Manistee National Forests. Leslie has worked as acting forest supervisor for the Kisatchie national Forest in Louisiana and the national Forests in Alabama. She also served as deputy forest supervisor of the Cherokee national Forest in Tennessee.

Debra
L.
O'Connor
(BS '85 Animal Sciences) has joined Kemin's animal nutrition and health division as a dairy technical service manager. Kemin Industries, Inc. is located in Des Moines, IA. Previously, Debra was with Prince Agri Products for 25 years.

Tom
A
Stock
(BS '85 Crop Sciences) was promoted to senior vice president and senior loan officer of Cissna Park State Bank.

Matthew
S
Bell
(BS '92 Agronomy) has been named to AbCelex Technologies Board of Directors, a privately-held biotechnology company committed to the discovery and development of innovative solutions to advance the health of food animals and human food safety.

Rachel
L
Perl
(BS '93 Agricultural Economics) recently joined the Chicago real estate company @properties as a real estate broker in Winnetka.

Kathleen
Kulovitz Laughlin
(BS '00 Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences) has joined Prime Law Group LLC in Woodstock. She will be responsible for municipal prosecution, civil litigation and family law.

Laura
J
Weitzel
(BS '06 Human Nutrition, MS '08 Nutritional Sciences) graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine May 2014 with a combined MD / JD degree in medicine and law. She began internal medicine residency at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis in July.

Bruce
M
Henry
(BS '07 Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences) is the new natural history biologist in the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) in Cape Girardeau.

Guy
K
Kirby
(BS '14 Agriculture and Consumer Economics) oined the Brenda Keith Realty Team at Re/Max Realty Associates as sales partner.

April
Patrick
O'Rourke
(BS '69 Agriculture) is retiring from his position with Illinois State University June 14, 2014. Pat wanted to share with friends and colleagues that he is grateful for his beginnings with UI and Department of Agriculture, Consumer Economics.

Mindy
C.
Meads
(BS '74 Home Economics) has been named the first chief executive for Calypso St. Barth (Long Island City, NY). Mindy was formerly president of Aéropostale, Inc., New York, and previously, Victoria's Secret Direct Division of Limited Brands, Inc., Columbus, OH. Calypso St. Barth is a high-end island and resort brand of apparel and accessories, founded on St. Barth in 1992.

Mark
Gossett
(BS '83 Agriculture Economics) was promoted from Executive Vice President to Chief Credit Officer, Northern Trust Bank, Naperville, IL. Mark is a son of William and Nancy Gossett, (BS '56 ACES).

Margaret
M.
McGuire
(BS '86 Human Resources and Family Studies) was recently named new executive director of Project HELP, a child abuse prevention program that has served the Elmhurst community since 1992.

Todd
C.
Maisch
(BS '88 Food Science and Human Nutrition) is being promoted from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce executive vice president, overseeing several departments, including the business services division, government affairs, membership and marketing to CEO July 1, 2014.

Noah
Freeman
(BS '99 Crop Sciences, MS '02 Crop Sciences) has been appointed to AgReliant Genetics, LLC, an affiliated company of PRIDE Seeds to the position of Manager of Precision Ag Technologies, located in Westfield, IN.

April
A.
Finan
(BS '01 Animal Sciences, DVM '05 Veterinary Medicine) has opened a new animal hospital in Darien, IL. A Grand Opening of Finan Animal Hospital was held June 14, 2014. Patient comfort and pet owner education are of utmost importance. The new clinic's mission is for pet owners to make educated decisions for their pets.

Anna
M.
Payton
(BS '03 Animal Sciences) has been named executive director of the Naperville Area Humane Society. Previously, Anna was the head of Kendall County Animal Control. She has also worked as an animal control officer and humane education and public events coordinator for DuPage County Animal Care and Control, and volunteered with humane societies and breed-specific rescues. Anna has also been a department instructor at the University of Illinois.

Joshua
D.
St. Peters
(BS '03 Agriculture & Environmental Communications & Education) is joining Osborn Barr as Public Relations Director. A disconnect between farms and consumers challenges the local communications agency, Osborn Barr. Josh has been hired to meet this challenge. He left DuPont Pioneer's Global Public Affairs team, where he led issues management and crisis communications efforts to join Osborn Barr.

Bria
J.
Sauder
(BS '07 Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences) will be moving, with his wife Gab, to Chicago as executive director of Faith in Place, a statewide nonprofit whose mission is "to help people of faith understand that issues of ecology and economy – of care for Creation – are at the forefront of social justice." Brian previously established a branch office of Faith in Place at the University YMCA, and served as a catalyst for change.

Ashley
M.
Leverenz
(BS '08 Animal Sciences) has continued her education since graduating from UI in 2008 to obtain a Master's degree in biotechnology and chemical science in 2010 from Roosevelt University in Chicago, to receiving a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine May 17, 2014. She will begin an internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency at Medical College of Wisconsin and its affiliated hospitals in Milwaukee in July.

February
Dr.
Roger
H.
Beorma
(MS '70 Agronomy, PhD '73 Agronomy) is the executive director of the University of Georgia Seed Development, overseeing a program that produces foundation plant material and markets seed and plant materials designed to improve crop yields for Georgia growers, as well as across the United States. He is the fourth scientist to be featured in the DTN Progressive Farmer Crops

William
F.
Kuenstler
(BS '72 Agronomy) of Arlington, TX retired January 2014 after more than 39 years working for USDA-NRCS. He worked as a District Conservationist and Conservation Agronomist in Illinois, Kentucky, Florida, Delaware, Colorado and Texas.

Todd
W.
Wise
(BS '84 Agriculture and Consumer Economics) has been appointed to the Lincoln Land Community College Foundation Board of Directors. Todd also serves as president and CEO of United Community Bank, and as a board member for Memorial Medical Center, board director at United Community Bank, Brown County State Bank in Mt. Sterling and Marine Bank & Trust in Carthage. Todd is also a past president of the Central Illinois Foodbank, served on the board of directors for Ball-Chatham Education Foundation and as a volunteer for United Way and Chatham youth athletics.

Gary
M.
Smith
(BS '90 Animal Sciences) is now the Director of Training, Improvement Solutions & Food Safety at SAI Global, Cedar Lake, IN. Gary is also the recipient of the 2013 SQF Distinguished Service Award, SQF Institute.

2013
December
Janet
Greger
(BS '70 Home Economics) has published Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight, a mystery-suspense novel in April, under the name of J.L. Greger. The book is the second in a series.

Michael
S.
Edmonds
(MS '84 Animal Sciences, PhD '87 Animal Sciences) has written a book, Healthy Eating Made Easy, and includes a forward written by George C. Fahey, Jr., U of I professor emeritus in animal sciences.

Karen
Komosa-Hawkins
(BS '94 Human Resources and Family Studies) published a book in 2013: Creating Safe and Supportive Learning Environments: A Guide for Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Question Youth and Families. The book is published by Routledge.

Emily
Masalski
(BS '02 Agriculture and Environmental Communications) an associate attorney at the Chicago Law firm of Deutsch, Levy & Engel, Chartered, has been elected an Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) "Under 35" delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates.

Sarah
Foust
(BS '03 Animal Sciences, DVM '07 Veterinary Medicine) and Terry Foust (BS '04 Animal Sciences, DVM '09 Veterinary Medicine) established a veterinary practice together in Port Byron in April 2013, River View Veterinary Service, www.riverviewvets.com. The practice focuses on small animals, but they treat large animals such as cattle and horses, too. In addition to starting a veterinary practice, Terry and Sarah also started a family. They have a 21-month old daughter, Cecilia.

Terry
Foust
(BS '04 Animal Sciences, DVM '09 Veterinary Medicine) and Sarah Foust (BS '03 Animal Sciences, DVM '07 Veterinary Medicine) established a veterinary practice together in Port Byron in April 2013, River View Veterinary Service, www.riverviewvets.com. The practice focuses on small animals, but they treat large animals such as cattle and horses, too. In addition to starting a veterinary practice, Terry and Sarah also started a family. They have a 21-month old daughter, Cecilia.

Julio
Lopez
(PhD '13 Food Science and Human Nutrition) joined ADM Foods & Wellness where he will be leading the marketing efforts for the Health & Nutrition market segments and supporting ADM's marketing efforts in Latin America.

2017
July
Dr.
Stephan
Schroeder
(BS '70 Agronomy)

Stephan A. Schroeder, '70 ACES, was honored as a Living Legend at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation in the field of land reclamation as someone who has spent a lifetime making the impossible not only happen but helping to formulate and evolve a profession that has made a profound difference in the world.



Doug
Hankes
(BS '04 Animal Sciences)

Doug Hankes was inducted into the American Association of Meat Processors Cured Meals Hall of Fame.



February
Donald
M.
Bay
(BS '57 Vocational Agriculture ) Donald Bay was inducted into the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Hall of Fame. 

Dr.
Bir
Bahadur
Singh
(MS '65 Agronomy , PhD '67 Agronomy ) Dr. B. B. Singh was elected to be a Fellow of the American Association for Advances of Science (AAAS). 

January
Lucas
N.
Frye
(BS '15 Finance Agribuisness )

Lucas Frye's, CEO of Amber Agriculture, prototype of his company's sensor that monitors the interior of a grain bin was named "Best Startup" in tech blog Engadget's "Best of CES 2017" awards. Read more about this achievement by using the following URL. 

 http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2017-01-12/local-startup-impresses-tech-publication-ces.html



2016
October
Eldon
Aupperlee
(BS '54 Ag Education, MS '60 Ag Education) Eldon R. Aupperle recieved the National FFA VIP Award at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN.

Lisa
B.
Sherman
(MS '83 MEXED: Master of Extension Education) Lisa Sherman was awarded the OUtstanding Dietitian of the Year Award at the 2016 State of Nevada Dietetic Association Annual Meeting. 

August
Stuart
D.
Hawbaker
(BS '62, '72 MEXED) Stuart was recently inducted into the National Associaltion of County Agricultural Agents Hall of Fame at their 101st annual meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas.

July
Bir Bahadur
Singh
(MS '65 Agronomy, PhD '67 Agronomy) Dr. B.B. Singh was honored with the Life Time Achievement Award as a Distinguished Mentor’ in a special ceremony held on July 8, 2016 organized by the "Pantnagar Clan", comprising Pantnagar Alumni from 1970 to 1978 batches. Dr. Singh was the Soybean Breeder and Associate Professor at G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, India from 1968 to 1979.

March
Janet
Greger
(BS '70 Foods & Nutrition) The American Soceity of Nutrition (ASN) made Janet Greger a Fellow in April 2016. Her latest thriller "I Saw You in Beirut" (published in November 2015) and her mystery "Murder: A Way to Lose Weight" (published in May 2016) contains snippets on nutrition research.

2015
July
Kandeh
Yumkella
(PhD '92 Agricultural Economics) received the Grand Decoration of Honor in Gold with Sash for his outstanding services to the Republic of Austria. This award is one of the highest Austrian honors given to both Austrians and leading foreign leaders for their exemplary work to the Austrian people.

Heidi
Isenhart
(BS '93 Agricultural Communications) , along with her two partners at the law firm of SuffieldLowman, has been selected as a 2015 Florida Super Lawyer. This organization recognizes lawyers who have distinguished themselves in their legal careers.

Xi
Chen
(MS '12 Animal Sciences) was presented with the 32 Alltech Student Research manuscript at the 104th annual Poultry Science Association meeting in Louisville, KY. She is currently a PhD student at Purdue University.

May
Ronald
Alms
(BS '72 Agriculture) was named the 2014 Illinois Certified Crop Advisor of the Year by the Illinois Farm Bureau and the Illinois Certified Crop Advisors. He was presented with the award on December 6th, 2014.

Bobbie
Swires
(BS '72 Agriculture) was named to the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers Hall of Fame in February. He has been a member for 39 years. This honor serves to “recognize members who stature exemplify the highest

Nicole
Bridges
(BS '05 Agricultural and Environmental Communications) won the Champaign Urbana Public Schools Foundation’s Local Hero award in April. She currently works for University of Illinois Extension and runs Prosperity Garden, a nonprofit organization that educates local kids on gardening, marketing, selling, and eating produce that they grow in their garden.

February
Michelle
L.
Terry
(BS '96 Agricultural Education) was named 2014 Academic Advisor of the Month by the Council of Academic Advisors (COAA) at Western Illinois University College of Business and Technology.

2014
November
Wayne
H.
Freeman
(MS '40 Agronomy, PhD '45 Agronomy) received an honorary doctorate at the Kansas State University Graduate School commencement on December 12. He also served as the commencement speaker for the ceremony.

Carl
Burkybile
(BS '69 Agriculture) was honored by the cities of Champaign and Urbana with this year’s Humanitarian Relief Award for his work with teaching poor African farmers about different techniques and helping bring clean water to people in need. He has also been honored with the Champaign New Rotarian of the Year Award in 2013 and the 2014 District Rotarian of the Year award.

Laura
Hill
(MS '90 Food Science) won the Daily Herald’s Home Baking Challenge, and qualified for the America’s Baking and Sweets Show, where she earned more than $1,000 in prizes. She is a semi-retired product developer for Kraft Foods.

Ryan
Vance
(BS '95 Agricultural Economics) was named one of seven of the 2014-2015 Soy Ambassadors by the Illinois Soybean Association. This two-year program grooms young farmers for future leadership roles.

Tyler
Uden
(BS '06 Agribusiness, MS '08 ACE) was named one of seven of the 2014-2015 Soy Ambassadors by the Illinois Soybean Association. This two-year program grooms young farmers for future leadership roles.

Tatyana
McFadden
(BS '13 HDFS) won the women’s wheelchair division of the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon. This win follows titles at Boston, London, and Chicago, capping off her second grand slam and eighth consecutive major marathon win.

September
Penelope
Tuinstra-Gioja
(BS '80 Agriculture) received her "diamond" 4-H leader pin for 20 years of volunteer service to the organization. She and her husband own and operate a small direct-market diversified farm.

Rebecca
Rundquist Wedekind
(BS '82 Agriculture) and her family were honored as the 2014 Illinois Farm Family of the Year, an award sponsored by Burris Hybrids and AgriNews.

Sandra
Stiles
(BS '85 Home Economics) and her family were honored as the 2014 Illinois 4-H Family Spirit Award winners. The family, comprised of 49 participants, has devoted 444 years over four generations to 4-H volunteering.

Lisa
Adams
(BS '85 Agricultural Communications) received the 2014 National Agri-Marketing Association Professional Development Award of Excellence for public relations. These awards honor NAMA members based on outstanding achievement in each of four professional development areas: public relations, marketing communications, product/species management and sales. Lisa was honored at the NAMA Fall Conference in Chicago.

Holly
Spangler
(BS '98 Agriculture) was honored with the Ruth White Media Award by the Mid America CropLife Association. The award is presented to someone who has demonstrated unbiased and accurate reporting on American agriculture and the many issues related to it.

Michael
Strauss
(BS '99 Human Resources & Family Studies) has been named to the 40 Under Forty 2014 List for Chicago Daily Law Bulletin /Chicago Lawyer Magazine. He works at Lake County Illinois Family Law Firm, Schlesinger & Strauss, LLC, where he is a partner.

Allison
Tegge
(BS '06 Animal Sciences, MS '08 Bioinformatics) was awarded the Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences through the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards program. The fellowship will provide up to three years of support for promising postdoctoral researchers who have the potential to become productive, independent investigators.

Manuel
Colon
(BS '10 Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences) was honored by the Peace Corps with the Franklin H. Williams award, along with 5 other volunteers. This award is for volunteers with diverse ethnic backgrounds who continue to display commitment to community service and the Peace Corps' Third Goal of promoting a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

April
Roger
C.
Johnson
(BS '80 Animal Sciences) received the Distinguished Extension-Industry Service Award, which was established in 1965 to recognize outstanding achievement in meat science extension and service to the industry, and is sponsored by the American meat Institute Foundation (AMIF). Dr. Johnson is Director of Pork Quality, Smithfield-Farmland Corporation, Denison, IA.

Scott
Fairfield
(BS '83 Agricultural Education) was recognized as an IAVAT Excellence in Teaching Award winner at the June 2014 IAVAT Conference in Decatur, IL.

Ted
J.
Patterson
(BS '86 Animal Sciences) was named 2014 SRS Specialist of the Year at the 2014 Select Reproductive Solutions (SRS) Conference held June 2-5, 2014 in St. Louis, Mo. Ted and his wife Elizabeth have three daughters and a grandson. The family resides in Milledgeville, IL.

Heidi
M.K.
Isenhart
(BS '93 Agricultural Communications) was recently recognized as a 2014 Florida Super Lawyer, in Orlando. Owned by Thomson Reuters, Super Lawyers recognize attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice. Isenhart practices in elder law, Medicaid planning, guardianship, probate and trust administration, probate and guardianship litigation, estate planning and special-needs trusts. Isenhart is a partner with Shuffield Lowman Attorneys and Advisors.

Edwin
R.
Curry
(MS '05 Agricultural Education) was recognized as an IAVAT Excellence in Teaching Award winner at the June 2014 IAVAT Conference in Decatur, IL.

February
John
L.
Doty
(BS '75 Agriculture & Consumer Economics) Five Point Farms, Mattoon, IL, owned by John and Susan Doty, have been named Coles County Farm Bureau's Outstanding Members of the Year for 2014. John has been a director or member of the county Farm Bureau nearly 30 years. Five Point Farms is a grain farm.

David
L.
Chicoine
(PhD '79 Agricultural Economics) was honored by being named the 2013-14 Chief Executive Leadership Award by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VI. This award is in recognition of the leadership of a higher education chief executive officer who demonstrates the ability to create a vision and inspire others. Dr. Chicoine serves as South Dakota State University President.

Adam
M.
Schwartz
(BS '06 Agribusiness, Farm & Financial,, MAS '07 Accounting) Former campus Relay for Life committee chair Adam Schwarts was made the Hall of Fame's eighth inductee. He was quoted by saying "There's no other organization in the health arena, not just the cancer arena, that has accomplished what the American Cancer Society has accomplished." In June, Adam will open a new fundraising season around Chicago.

2013
December
James
J.
Albrecht
(PhD '58 Food Science and Human Nutrition) received the Institute of Food Technologists' 2013 Calvert L. Willey Award for distinguished service. He also earned Certified Food Scientist accreditation in the inaugural class of DVS recipients. Dr. Albrecht is serving as president of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary Board.

John "Jack"
M.
Pitzer
Sr.
(BS '63 Agriculture) has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Agricultural Editors' Association at the 15thAgricultural Media Summit in Buffalo, NY. He worked for Future Farmers of America until 2009, and now serves on the National FFA Foundations' Individual Giving council. He and his wife live in Alexandria, VA.

Steve
Ricketts
(BS '67 Forestry, MS '75 Plant Pathology) was elected a Fellow in the Society of American Foresters in 2012. Steve was a retired recreation manager. He and his wife, Gloria Whitney Ricketts (BS '68 Home Economics) live in Port Hadlock, WA.

2016
November
Mrs.
Janeen
K
Emory-Kolb
(BS '83) Janeen Emory Kolb passed away November 20th.

October
Wayne
N.
Meyer
(BS '55, MS '65) Wayne N. Meyer passed on October 24th, 2016. 

Helen
E
Davies
(BS '41 Home Economics ) Mrs. Helen E. Davies passed away October 6th, 2016. 

Mr.
Richard
P
Kesler
(BS '55, MS '65) Richard P Kesler passed away October 2nd.

August
Mr.
Richard
H.
Johnson
(BS '62, '72 MEXED) Mr. Richard Harold Johnson passed away August 31st, 2016.

June
Dr.
Ifeanyi
J.
Arinze
(MS '68 Animal Science, PhD '72 Nutritional Sciences) Dr. Ifeany J. Arinze passed away on June 1, 2016. 

February
William
H.
Rosso
(BS '42 Vocational Agriculture, MS '49 Agriculture) William H. Rosso died on January 25, 2016 at the Evergreen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Effingham, IL. He was preceeded in death by his wife, parents, and four sisters and is survived by his three children and their spouses, his six grandchildren, and his brother.

2015
August
Col.
David
Lawson
(BS '48 Agriculture) died on Sunday, September 13, 2015 in Aledo, IL. He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, brother, and sister.

Dr.
Moez
Meghji
(BS '61 Forestry) passed away on July 31, 2015.

July
William
F.
Whiteside
(BS '51 Vocational Agriculture, MS '67 Horticulture, PhD '73 Horticulture) died on July 22, 2015 at his residence in Batavia, IL. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his brother. He is survived by his two children, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

February
William
Delmer "Del"
Murphy
(BS '51 Agriculture) of Scottsdale, Arizona passed away February 3rd, 2015. He attended the University on an ROTC Scholarship and went on to serve in the Navy during the Korean War before working for DuPont and his own drip irrigation company. His main pride and joy was his family, daughter Jill, sons, Dan and Grant, and his seven grandchildren.

Dr.
Barbara
Klein
(PhD '74 Unknown) of Champaign, IL passed away Tuesday, February 17, 2015.  Dr. Klein was a faculty member in the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition for 25 years, serving as the department head for two years. She also served as the director for the Illinois Center for Soy for eight years. Barbara was recognized in 2014 with the highest award from the ACES Alumni Association, the ACES Award of Merit. She leaves behind her her husband of 58 years, Miles Vincent Klein; two daughters, Cynthia (Cindy) Klein-Banai and Gail Isabelle Klein; their respective partners, Efraim (Effie) Banai and William Maisel; her three granddaughters, Alona, Rona and Sara Banai; and Rona's fiance, Ezra Kannof.

2014
November
Charles
Oathout
(BS '39 Agriculture) died on November 19 at the Illinois Knights Templar Home in Paxton, IL. He is survived by his three sisters and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his two sisters.

Dwight
Steve
Varner
(BS '41 Agriculture, MS '47 Animal Sciences) died on December 9 at his home in Monticello, IL. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Clusters, American POW medal and the Italian Military Cross for Valor. He is survived by his four sons, his caregiver, his six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and his two sisters. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, his parents, a brother and two sisters.

Merle
S.
Miller
(BS '55 Vocational Agriculture) died December 13, 2014 at home in Clinton, IL. He was 82. He was a U. S. Navy veteran, farmed and raised purebred, registered Angus cattle for 55 years, a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, and several civic organizations. He is survived by his wife, three sons, and four grandchildren.

Charles
Ferguson
(BS '55 Agriculture) of Pittsfield, IL passed away January 5, 2015.  He was better known as “Chief” to fellow teachers and students.  He was President of IAVAT in 1978-79, received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1991 and in 1992 was named IVA (now IACTE) Teacher of the Year.

James
M.
Hackett
(BS '57 Vocational Agriculture) died Christmas Day, December 25, 2014 at home in Monticello, IL. He was 82. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, Alpha Zeta, and Hoof and Horn Club. He was also initiated into several honoraria: Phi Eta Sigma, Gamma Sigma Delta and Phi Kappa Phi. James was also included on the Bronze Tablet. James farmed with his father and later worked with The First National Bank of Chicago as a farm manager, retiring in 1990. He is survived by his wife and three children, and ten grandchildren.

September
Cornelius
A. VanDoren
(BS '28 Agriculture, MS '29 Agriculture, PhD '33 Agronomy) died on March 16, 2007 at the age of 101. He was survived by his wife, four children, 6 grandchildren, and 1 great-granddaughter.

Helen
Lawton
(BS '40 Home Economics) died on July 1, 2014 at Heritage Square Health Center in Dixon, IL. She is survived by her son, two grandsons, four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband and brother.

Herbert
Wendler
(BS '41 Agriculture) died on August 20, 2013 at Liberty Village in Pittsfield, IL.

Eugene
Wind
(BS '41 Agriculture) died on July 24, 2014 in Scottsdale, AZ. He is survived by his four children, 14 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, one step-great-grandchild, 12 great-great-grandchildren, and two step-great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, son and daughter-in-law.

Agnes
Zumwalt
(BS '43 Home Economics) died on May 30, 2014 in her home in Colusa, CA. She was beloved by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Tom
Thompson
(BS '48 Agriculture) died on July 24, 2014 in Elmhurst, IL. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, four children, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Nels
Peter Rasmussen
Sr.
(BS '51 Agriculture) died on August 18, 2014 at his home in Goreville, IL. Nels was also a US Army Veteran. He is survived by his four children, eight grandchildren, one great granddaughter, and one sister. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son, and brother.

Robert
Bear
(BS '51 Agriculture) died on July 2, 2014 at Rose Arbor Hospice. He is survived by his wife, son, two granddaughters, brother, sister, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, and a brother.

LTC
Edward
Gilbert
(BS '51 Agriculture) died on June 20, 2014 in Delaware, OH. He is survived by his wife, daughter, sons, and cat, along with several nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter.

Marion Dale
Bateman
(BS '51 Agriculture) died on October 19, 2014 in his home in Monticello, IL. He was 85. He married Margaret Jean Bortell in 1954. Mr. Bateman is survived by his wife, Margaret, his four children, 16 grandchildren, and 3 siblings. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister.

Jacqueline
Canzone
(MS '52 Home Economics) died on July 11, 2014. She is survived by her four children and grandson. She was preceded in death by her husband.

Barbara
Lohman
(BS '52 Home Economics) died on June 24, 2014 at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, IA. She is survived by her children, grandchildren, sisters, brother and sister-in-law. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and three brothers.

Donald
Koehler
(BS '52 Agriculture) died on June 28, 2014 at Pekin Hospital. He is survived by his wife, their daughter and son-in-law, two grandchildren, and two brothers. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Charles
Vavrus
(BS '52 Agriculture) died on June 29, 2014 with his loving family by his side. He is survived by his wife, two children, eight grandchildren, brother, sister, and several nieces and nephews and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, four sisters, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Jeffrey
Mitchell
(BS '53 Agriculture) died on July 20, 2014 in Oak Hill Skilled Care Center in Waterloo, IL. He is survived by his three children, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, one son, and two brothers.

Betty Joan
Searls
(BS '54 Home Economics) died on August 2, 2014 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, IL. She married George Tolson Searls in 1953. Mrs. Searls is survived by her husband, three children, 10 grandchildren, one great-grandson, and sister.

William
Akers
(MS '54 Dairy Science) died on July 6, 2014 at the East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro, GA. He is survived by his three children, five grandchildren, sister, and brother. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years.

Conrad
Skimina
(BS '55 Agriculture) died on April 30, 2014. He is survived by his wife, his son, daughter-in-law, grandson, two sisters, brother, sister-in-law, three nephews and their families.

Jerry
Kuykendall
(BS '56 Agriculture, MS '70 Agricultural Education) died on July 27, 2014 at the Lincoln Rehabilitation Center in Decatur, IL. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, his granddaughter, his brother, and his mother and father in-law. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, his eight brothers, his son in-law, his niece, and his nephew.

Frances
Bloxam
(BS '56 Home Economics) died on July 5, 2014 at her home in Bath, ME. She enjoyed a successful career as a writer of children's books. She is survived by her husband, five children, and six grandchildren.

Alva
Erisman
(BS '56 Agriculture, MS '57 Agricultural Education) died on June 20, 2014 at Creekside Hospital. He is survived by his two children. He was preceded in death by his wife and younger brother.

Roger
Schnell
(BS '59 Agriculture) died on June 17, 2014 at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, IL. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, sister-in-law, eight grandchildren, and one niece. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, and brother.

Glenn
Irvin Lipp
(BS '67 Agriculture) died on August 22, 2014 at Good Shepherd Hospice in Port Jefferson, NY after battling leukemia. He is survived by his wife, Susan Lipp, his 2 children, and 2 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister.

Dr.
Charles
George
Pheil
(PhD '67 Food Science) died on August 7, 2014 in Petaluma, CA. He is survived by his wife, four children, and seven grandchildren. He enjoyed antique Chris Craft boats and summers spent in Lake Tahoe, UT.

Andrea
Van Proyen
(MS '79 Human Resources and Family Studies) died on June 28, 2014 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Surviving are her son, sister, brother and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and mother.

Dr.
Paul
Pocius
(PhD '80 Dairy Science) died on June 21, 2014 at his home in Glen Ellyn, IL. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and sister.

James
Augur
(BS '85 Food Industry) died on June 20, 2014 while traveling in London. He is survived by his wife, daughters, father, sisters, brother, sister-in-law, mother-in-law, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and great nieces. He was preceded in death by his mother and father-in-law.

Kenneth
Walker
(BS '87 Agricultural Mechanization) died on August 1, 2014 surrounded by his family at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL. Kenneth married Susan Hanna in 1994. Mr. Walker is survived by Susan, his two children, mother, and his three sisters. He was preceded in death by his father and nephew.

Robert
Duncan
(BS '87 Agriculture) died on August 4, 2014 in Prairie Home, MO. He is survived by his parents, life partner, two siblings, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother.

Diane
Siewert
(BS '91 Human Development and Family Studies) died on August 18, 2014 in Champaign, IL. She is survived by her father, stepmother, two daughters, three sisters, one stepbrother and one stepsister. She was preceded in death by her mother and grandmother.

July
Lois
H.
Yontz
(BS '35 Home Economics) of Peoria died April 6, 2014. She was 100. Her husband Merle Raymond Yontz preceded her in death. She is survived by five daughters and a son, 20 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren.

Irvin
L.
Pocklington
(BS '38 Agriculture) died March 22, 2014 at Girard, IL. He was 98. Mr. Pocklington served in the Timberwolf Infantry, including the Battle of the Bulge, receiving a Bronze Star. Afterwards, he started a commercial seed corn business with family. He married Lucille Denby, who preceded him in death. He later married Nancy Denby Dow. He was chosen for an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Mr. Pocklington is survived by his wife, Nancy, and four children, two step-children, eight grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mary
Elizabeth
Coffman
(BS '39 Vocational Agriculture) of Sun City, AZ died March 23, 2014 at the age of 95. She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Neal Chellis Coffman, and a daughter.

Emma
M.
Benson
(BS '39 Home Economics) of rural Jacksonville, died April 19, 2014 at 97 years old. Her husband, Horace "Ben" Benson preceded her in death. She taught for 11 years, worked at Olin Industries in Alton, then 17 years at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.

Elizabeth
Ann
Ewing Read
(BS '40 Home Economics) died April 15, 2014 in Springfield, IL. Her husband, Theodore, preceded her in death along with a grandson. In addition to teaching English and Home Economics for many years, she was the Home Extension Advisor in Kankakee County for five years. She is survived by two children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Rudolph
H.
Harms
(BS '41 Agriculture) died March 8, 2014 at the age of 95, at Great Falls, MT. He married Thelma Burley. She survives. Rudy served in World War II with the Army Air Corp. He worked at Grogan Robinson Wholesale from 1943 until retirement in 1987.

Dale
J.
Price
(BS '41 Vocational Agriculture) of Naples, FL passed away May 15, 2014 at the age of 94. Dale served in the United States Navy during WWII. He taught agriculture at Cissna Park and later became a partner in the Markwalder-Price Grain Company. He is survived by his wife, June, and three sons, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Edna
R
Ruth
(BS '41 Human & Community Development) of Watseka, Il died May 31, 2014 at the age of 96. Edna was a home economics teacher and served on the Illinois Board of Vocational Education. She was also a volunteer and life member of the Iroquois County Historical Society. Edna was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, and one nephew. She is survived by two nephews and one niece.

Ruth
Elaine
Weaver
(BS '41 Home Economics) of York, PA died March 13, 2014 at the age of 95. She married Warren J. Weaver, who preceded her in death. She is survived by the couple's three children, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Nelda
May
Hassler
(BS '42 Home Economics) died April 7, 2014 at Savoy, IL. She is survived by two sons, a daughter, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her husband, Norman W. Hassler, preceded her in death.

Helen
V
Hurd
(BS '46 Home Economics) of St. Louis died May 15, 2014. She was 90. Helen was married and had 3 children. Helen was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority Alumni Association for over 60 years.

Bertren
Ernest
Sinclair
(BS '47 Agriculture) died March 23, 2014 at the age of 96 in Carlyle, IL. He married Marian E. Piggott. She preceded him in death. He is survived by a two children and a granddaughter. Bertren served in WWII with the United States Army. Afterwards, he worked as the assistant farm advisor in Jersey and Washington Counties. He then served as Farm Advisor in Clinton County from 1953 until he retired in 1977. He organized the first Clinton County Fair in Carlyle in 1951, continuing to serve on the fair board. He also served on the St. Louis Dairy Council, Illinois Poultry Council, was a member of the Clinton County Farm Bureau, Clinton County Holstein Club and 4-H.

Merret
B.
Sanders
(BS '49 Vocational Agriculture, BS '50 Agricultural Engineering) of Catlin died April 13, 2014 at the age of 90. He was preceded in death by his wife Frances R. Logan. Surviving are the couple's two children. He served in the United States Marine Corps. Merret worked for Oliver Farm Equipment in Shelbyville. He retired as a design engineer from Hyster Co., in Danville, in 1990.

Leonard
Otis
Payne
(MS '49 Agronomy) of Gainesville, FL died April 8, 2014 at the age of 94. Leonard served in the United States Air Corp and trained as an aerial gunner and received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters. Afterwards he worked as an Agronomist at the Everglades Experiment Station. He married Ruth Jameson. He taught seventh and eighth grade science. He was preceded in death by his wife and a son. He is survived by three children, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Rober
Carl
Iftner
(BS '50 Vocational Agriculture, EDM '58 Education Administration) died April 29, 2014 at the age of 91 at Naples, FL. He is survived by his wife, Hazel Marie, five children, ten grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He taught vocational agriculture in Shabbona and Harvard, before becoming principal.

Dale
A.
Hewitt
(BS '50 Vocational Agriculture, MEXED '66 Extension Education) of Dickinson, TX, formerly Paris, IL, passed away May 3, 2014. He is survived by his wife Clara "Jackie" Jacobs, two children, and two grandchildren. He served in the United States Navy. He was a farm advisor with the Extension Services, served on the state professional organization with the Illinois Extension Advisory Association board and belonged to the National Association of Country Agricultural Agents. He was also chairman of the state 4-H advisory committee from 1956 – 1962, FFA Honorary Chapter Farmer Award in 1967 and many other volunteer organizations.

Jan
Ann
DiVall Schaaf
(BS '50 Home Economics Education) of Janesville passed away at the age of 85 June 3, 2014. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma. She is survived by her husband, Christ Schaaf, two daughters, three grandchildren, two step-children, and a step-grandchild.

Gene
L.
Elliott
(BS '50 Vocational Agriculture, EDM '55 Education Administration) of Springfield, IL, died May 13, 2014 at the age of 85. He taught vocational agriculture and was FFA advisor for 37 years in Middletown and Farmer City. He is survived by his wife Mary Catherine and six children, 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Ralph
Ernest
Painter
Jr.
(BS '50 Vocational Agriculture) of rural LaHarpe, IL, died at the age of 85. "Ernie" was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. He also served on the U o I Livestock Judging Team. He served in the United States Army. The rest of his career was spent farming. He also owned and operated the LaHarpe soil-testing lab, worked at the Disco, IL Elevator and owned and operated the Disco Farm Supply selling fertilizer and other farm needs. He is survived by his wife Pat and two children, four grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Ari
van Tienhoven
(MS '51 Dairy Science, PhD '53 Animal Sciences) died at 91 years of age January 31, 2014. Dr. van Tienhoven came to the United States from the Netherlands in 1947. He was emeritus professor of animal physiology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University. His wife Ans van Tienhoven preceded him in death. He is survived by three children and several grandchildren.

Shirley
M.
Clark
(BS '51 Home Economics Education) of Mahomet, IL died May 1, 2014 at the age of 86. She married Art Clark, who preceded her in death. She is survived by five children, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Mary
Elaine
Ryan
(MS '52 Home Economics) of Bloomington, IL died April 14, 2014 at the age of 88. She is survived by her husband Harold Ryan, two daughters, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She taught home economics for five years.

Robert Eugene Rogers
Eugene
Rogers
(MS '53 Agricultural Economics) of Jerseyville, IL passed away May 4, 2014 at the age of 87. He was preceded in death by his wife Regina Milles Rogers and a son. Robert farmed in the White Heath area, and spent 35 years in farm management in Greene, Jersey, Calhoun and Macoupin counties. He is survived by four children, and nine grandchildren.

Charles
B.
Rizer
Sr.
(BS '53 Vocational Agriculture) of Lisle, IL died April 8, 2014 at the age of 82. He was in the United States Army, serving 27.5 years. His wife, Lorene Taylor Rizer survives, along with three children, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Edna
F.
Weber
(BS '54 Home Economics) died at the age of 83 July 4, 2014. She worked as a school teacher and also as a hospital nutritionist. Edna is survived by her husband Arnold Weber, three sons and eight grandchildren.

John
Dewitt
Mersereau
(BS '55 Vocational Agriculture) died April 19, 2014 at the age of 83. John served in the Air Force Reserves, and worked in the Horticultural Department at the University of California. He later worked in Air Pollution Research and Control for the County of Riverside, operated nursery and landscape business, followed by the Toro Company as Field Test Supervisor for the West Coast before retiring. He is survived by wife Mary, three children, a step-daughter, and seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Dr.
Ryan
Baker
Jr.
(PhD '55 Animal Sciences) died March 31, 2014 at the age of 91. He served in the United States Army. He married Nona Jumper. She survives, as does a daughter, two grandsons, and four great-granddaughters. Dr. Baker taught and conducted research at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, then returned to Mississippi State University to teach and conduct research. He was department head of Animal Science from 1968 – 1987, and received the MSU Alumni Association Faculty Classroom Teaching and Research Award.

Billy
B.
Tucker
(PhD '55 Agronomy) of Stillwater, OK died at the age of 86 on June 5, 2014. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard before attending the Oklahoma Agriculture and Mechanical College where he received his master's degree before attending the University of Illinois. Billy began his agricultural career as a soil scientist until his retirement as a Regents professor. He then continued his soil science career as a private consultant. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife (Christine until her passing in 2002), and wife (Shirley until her passing in 2006). Billy is survived by his three children, eight grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.

Malcolm Daniel Lane, Sr.
Daniel Lane, Sr.
Lane
Sr.
(PhD '56 Animal Sciences) of Catonsville, MD died at 83 April 10, 2014. His wife Patricia Sonquist Lane preceded him in death. He is survived by the couple's two children, four grandchildren, and three great-grandsons. Dr. Lane was a scientist, authored more than 325 research papers published in major scientific journals, and most proud of his work in enzymology.

Donald
E.
Larson
(BS '58 Food Science) of Chicago died at the age of 78 in March 2014. He is survived by his wife Joy, a daughter and grandson. Donald was a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity. He was a research and development director for General Foods.

Gary
J.
Whittaker
(BS '62 Vocational Agriculture) from Toulon, Illinois died July 6, 2014. Gary was a retired farmer.

O.
Dean
Hubbard
(PhD '64 Agricultural Economics) passed away May 15, 2014 at Fort Worth, TX. He was 89. Dr. Hubbard served in the United States Army during WWII and the Korean War. He served on the faculty of Oklahoma State University, then to Kimbell Milling Co. He then went into business for himself. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, five children, 11 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Maurice Lee (Shorty) Tompkins
Lee (Shorty)
Tompkins
(BS '66 Vocational Agriculture) died February 24, 2014 at the age of 70. He was living in Vandalia at the time of his death. Surviving are a daughter, Clara Carpenter, his mother, 3 brothers and a sister. Shorty served in the United States Navy as a pilot during the Vietnam Conflict.

Mary
Jo
Lorimier
(BS '68 Home Economics) of Vero Beach, FL died at the age of 67 April 2, 2014. She is survived by her husband Bradley, two daughters, and four grandchildren.

Laurel
L. (Koop)
Turner
(BS '69 Home Economics) died March 22, 2014 in Barrington. She was 67. Her career was project manager for 36 years with Brown Printing Co., Woodstock.

Jacob
Assam
Ayuk-Takem
(MS '71 Agronomy) of the Republic of Cameroon, died January 21, 2013. He was 68. He became the first General manager of IRAD (Institute of Agronomic Research for Development) before being appointed minister of Scientific research.

Steven
Cash
Devall
(BS '73 Agricultural Economics) of Newton, IL died March 31, 2014 at the age of 63. His wife Karen Lea Harrison survives along with the couple's four children and two grandchildren. Steven began his career with FS in 1978 and recently retired from South Central FS.

George
Brenton
Swallow
(MEXED '74 Extension Education) of Madison, WI died March 9, 2014 at the age of 91. George was in the United States Marine Corps during WWII. He first worked as a field supervisor for Larson Canning Company, then as a livestock buyer for Oscar Mayer. He became an agriculture extension agent in Lee County, IL, Jo Daviess County, then with the Zamare Project in Zambia, East Africa before returning to the Galena area. He is survived by three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Betty.

Alan
P.
Brosseau
(BS '75 Animal Sciences) of Matteson passed away May 29, 2014 at the age of 60. He is survived by his wife, Marie, four children, seven grandchildren, and a great-grandson. Alan had retired from Avatar.

Jeffrey
J.
Yordy
(BS '82 Ornamental Horticulture) of Libertyville, IL died March 29, 2014 at the age of 55. Jeff was a horticulture teacher at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview for 30 years. His is survived by his wife Patty Yordy and their three sons.

David
C.
Armstrong
(BS '96 Agricultural Economics) of Little York, Il died June 10, 2014 at the age of 44. David was a dispatcher at Waste Management, volunteer fireman, and Sumner Township Supervisor. He is survived by his wife, parents, daughter, four step-daughters, six grandchildren, and a niece.

April
Erlene
Elizabeth
Barron Buford
(BS '40 Home Economics) died March 15, 2014 at the age of 101. She married Samuel Buford in Grayslake, who preceded her in death. The couple's two children and two grandchildren and a great-grandson survive. Erlene taught high school home economics in Westfield and Cissna Park, and was an Extension home economist in Stark and JoDaviess Counties. Erlene was a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, University of Illinois Alumni Association, C-U Antique Study Group, C-U Art League, Stockton Heritage League, Stockton Art League and the Grayslake Historical Society. She was also a 4-H leader in JoDaviess and Lake Counties as well as an Extension volunteer for more than 30 years. Erlene was a board member of the UI Mom's Association for four years, board member of the UI Home Economics Alumni Association and received the UI Loyalty Award.

Ruth
R.
McGrath
(BS '43 Home Economics) died March 14, 2014 at the age of 92. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph L. McGrath. Ruth worked in early cancer research with Dr. Warren Cole, UI Chicago. She is survived by a stepdaughter and two grandchildren.

Mary
June
Griffith Nesbitt
(BS '43 Home Economics, MS '72 LAS) of Springfield, IL, died June 20, 2014. She was 93. Mary June lived in 4-H House. She taught Home Economics in Chenoa, Mason City and Pawnee, IL. She taught for 30 years in Springfield before retiring. Mary June was a member of the Philanthropic Education Organization (P.E.O.) Chapter in Springfield. She is survived by two children, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Doris
Ganson
Kruger
(BS '45 Home Economics) of Wheaton, IL died May 19, 2014 at the age of 90. She was the president of the Isabel Bevier Home Economics Club, a member of the 4-H House, an active alumnus and the treasurer of the U of I Home Economics Alumni Association. Doris received the Illinois 4-H Alumni Award in 1984, and was awarded the Loyalty Award for Devotion in Leadership in 1989. She taught home economics for 36 years at Peotone High School. She was preceded in death by her husband Russell C. Kruger. She is survived by the couple's two children.

Alten "Al"
F.
Grandt
Sr.
(BS '46 Agronomy, MS '47 Agronomy) died February 24, 2014 at the age of 95. As a graduate student at the UI in the late 1940's, Al began his carrier as a "strip mine farmland man." He was dedicated to demonstrating that former surface coal-mined land could be productively used for agriculture and recreation. Al served in World War II Army Air Corp, Knox County Farm Extension, 4-H Club Leadership, and former Yates City School Board. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth. The couple's three children survive.

Ralph
D.
Dralle
(BS '46 Agriculture) died March 8, 2014 at the age of 90. Mr. Dralle was president and publisher of Big Farmer magazine, Woman's Golfer Magazine and owner of National Farm Data Bank. He served as vice-president of Farm Journal magazine. Ralph was a member of Farmhouse Fraternity, state livestock judge, and traveled as a representative for Earl Butz, Secretary of Agriculture, to Russia and Amsterdam. Among others, he established scholarship funds for Farmhouse Fraternity and Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Ralph was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis Ann (Beaver) Dralle and a daughter. He is survived by four daughters, 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Arthur
F.
Howard
(BS '48 Vocational Agriculture) died June 17, 2014 at the age of 90 in Indianapolis, IN. Arthur worked for the U of I as a dairy herd improvement supervisor. He served in the United States Army. Arthur was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, and was a member of the Dairy Judging Team. He was a dairy specialist working with Holstein Guernsey, Jersey and other dairy related groups for Elkhart County, IN Extension. He also worked in Noble County as an Extension Educator specializing in livestock programs. Mr. Howard also worked in banking for 24 years, including Grabill Bank. He is survived by his wife Mary Jeanne and the couple's two daughters and four grandchildren.

Paul
J.
Ambrose
(BS '48 Agriculture) died November 22, 1974 at Clarendon Hills, IL. He married Alda Messar. The couple had one son.

Lois
Finley Beals
(BS '48 Home Economics Education, MS '51 Home Economics Education) of East Liverpool, OH died June 8, 2014 at the age of 86. Her husband, Robert J. "Bob" Beals, preceded her in death. She is survived by three children and seven grandchildren. Lois had taught home economics in Watseka, IL in 1948, then became Assistant Professor of Foods and Nutrition at Northern Michigan College of Education, and also was a research dietician at the University of Illinois. From 1976 to 1994, she served as Home Economics and Learning Disabilities teacher with East Liverpool City Schools.

Richard "Dick"
Lloyd
Williams
(BS '50 Vocational Agriculture) died May 19, 2014. He was a fourth-generation lifelong farmer, residing at Avon, IL. He was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho agriculture fraternity, Fulton County Farm Bureau, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Pork Producers, and Bushnell United Methodist Church. Dick was also the Farm Bureau Chairman for Harris Township for several years, and served one term on the Board of Trusties for Lee Township. He is survived by his wife Marjorie L. Nelson, two children and four grandchildren.

Donald
Ray
Tate
(BS '51 Vocational Agriculture) died June 13, 2014. He was 84. Donald was an Army veteran, serving from 1951 – 1953. He returned to farm the family farm at Homer. He is survived by his wife Joan Wiese and the couple's four children, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Theodore
W.
Kendall
(BS '51 Food Science, MS '56 Food Science) died May 31, 2014, at the age of 87 at his Kalamazoo, MI home. Mr. Kendall was a World War II veteran of the United States Navy. He worked in the food technology and postharvest physiology industries. He also helped coordinate U.S. and Chilean blueberry growers to achieve a year-round supply for consumers, primarily in America. Mr. Kendall was preceded in death by his wife Ruth E. Gatterdam and a daughter. He is survived by six children, thirteen grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Melvin
W.
Rapp
(BS '53 Agriculture) 84, died June 10, 2014 at Wheaton, IL. Mel was a member of the Acacia Fraternity and served on the Acacia National Foundation Board and the Illinois Acacia Corporation Board. He married Carol Linde. Mel worked in the dairy industry for Borden, and retired from Quality Chekd Dairy Association in 1990. He is survived by Carol and one daughter, a son-in-law, and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter and a grandson.

Clyde
E.
German
(BS '55 Agriculture) died March 14, 2014 at the age of 80. His wife Joyce (Dunham) German preceded him in death. He later married Norma "Skip" (Vineyard) Hepworth. She survives. Four children also survive. Clyde also raised two granddaughters. Twelve grandchildren and six great grandchildren also survive. Clyde worked for DeKalb/Monsanto for over 50 years. He was a member of the Gifford Lions Club, was a scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts, and a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Flatville.

Dr.
Earl
Crittenton Spurrier
(PhD '56 Crop Sciences) died at the age of 91 May 23, 2014 in Sarasota, FL. Dr. Spurrier began his career with Monsanto Company, St. Louis, MO in 1958. He retired in 1982. Dr. Spurrier became Vice President for Regulatory Affairs and then State Affairs with the National Agricultural Chemical Association until 1991. He was preceded in death by his wife Peggy. He is survived by his second wife, Dolores, three children and two step-sons and eleven grandchildren.

Melvin
O.
Larimore
(BS '57 Vocational Agriculture) died May 26, 2014 at Paw Paw, IL. He was 78. Melvin worked for the Illinois Farm Bureau, and later for the American Farm Bureau. He served in the United States Army. In 1974, he opened the True Value Hardware Store in Paw Paw, which he owned and operated until he retired after 35 years. He is survived by his wife Nancy and the couple's two children and three grandchildren.

Jerald
E.
Binkley
(BS '58 Vocational Agriculture, EDM '63 Education Administration)  from Ridge Farm, died June 19, 2014 at the age of 82.

John
D.
Wilcox
(BS '61 Vocational Agriculture) died May 17, 2014 at the age of 75, at New Berlin, IL. John served in the United States Army, and then returned to operate the family's centennial farm. John is survived by his wife Sara Lovekamp, three children, and two granddaughters and two step-grandchildren.

Richard
B.
Curtiss
(BS '61 Agriculture) died at the age of 74 at Stockton, IL May 24, 2014. Dick was a member of Farmhouse Fraternity, and a veteran of the Illinois National Guard. He was preceded in death by wife Carol Evans. He later married Donna Noller. He was a dairy farmer and later established a seed company. He is survived by his wife Donna and their three children and ten grandchildren.

Donald
Ray
McCormick
(BS '63 Agriculture) died February 28, 2014 at the age of 72. He was former Inspector General for the California National Guard at Sutter Medical Center in Roseville, Ca. He attended the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA, and was a Vietnam veteran. After retiring from the National Guard as an Army colonel, Don was an investigator for the State Fair Political Practice Commission and worked with the State Department of Veteran's Affairs. He is survived by his wife Michele.

James
E.
Mohr
(BS '63 Agriculture) died March 1, 2014 at the age of 73, of Lexington, IL. His wife Patty (Downes) Mohr, three children and seven grandchildren survive. James and Patty began farming and raising livestock in 1963, living there and operating the farm for over 50 years. He served two terms on the Lexington School Board, nine years as a Farm Service Agency County committeeman, 30 years on the Lexington Fire District Board, and 30 years as a clerk and trustee of Money Creek Township.

Jeremiah
Gard
(BS '63 Agriculture) died March 18, 2014, at Monticello, IL. He was 72. He married Ellen Marie (Behnke) Gard. She survives, along with two daughters and three grandchildren. Jerry served as senior vice president for the National Bank, Marine Bank, and Banc One of Monticello. He was a member of the Monticello Masonic Lodge No. 58 AF&AM, the Bloomington Consistory, the Ansar Shrine, the Decatur Shrine Club and the First Christian Church of Monticello. He was also a former member of the Monticello Rotary Club, Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, Woodlawn Country Club and the Decatur Ski Club. Jerry was a director and originator of Tatman Village, director of the Monticello Grain Company, director of the local chapter of the Robert Morris Association and Illinois Bankers Association and treasurer of Phi Sigma Epsilon Alumni Association, as well as having served in the National Guard.

Duane
Strunk
(BS '63 Agriculture) died May 23, 2014 at the age of 74. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nancy L. (Smith) Strunk, and the couple's four children and ten grandchildren. Duane was an Illinois licensed general appraiser, farm manager, rural appraiser and real estate managing broker. Duane served on the College of Agriculture Board of Directors over 15 years, and the UI Board of Directors. He was a member of the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, and earned the AFM & ARA designations; Champaign County Farm Bureau and past BOD member, IFB Equine Grits Committee, 4-H Leader, State Extension Council and C-U Kiwanis member.

Donald
R.
McDonald
(BS '63 Vocational Agriculture) of Brandon, MS died May 28, 2014 at the age of 74. He retired as a Commander with the United States Navy. He was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma. Mr. McDonald retired as Finance Director with the MS Farm Credit Bank, and later worked at the Hercules Credit Union in Hattiesburg. He is survived by his wife Helene, two daughters and two granddaughters.

Jack
Dennis
Harrold
(BS '65 Vocational Agriculture) of Taylorville, IL died at the age of 70 October 23, 2012. Jack was an ag teacher in Newman, Williamsville, and Cerro Gordo, and was a soil consultant until he retired in 2004. He is survived by his wife Lois and three children.

Elsya
Lea
Turkington Coleman-Elbert
(BS '69 Home Economics) died June 1, 2014 at the age of 67 in Indianapolis, IN. Lea became a registered dietitian, spending 25 years at Marquette Manor. She opened "Perfect Pastries" bakery. She was a member of the American Dietetic Association, and supporter of Meals on Wheels. Lea is survived by her husband Samuel Elbert, two children and five grandchildren.

Susan
P.
Monckton
(BS '74 LAS, MS '76 Food Science)  has died at the age of 61, on March 20, 2014.

Dennis
A.
Ross
(BS '79 Agricultural Economics) died June 21, 2014 at the age of 57. Dennis was a VP of Business Banking at Peoples Bank and Trust of Pana, IL. He had retired as VP of Financial Services from Farm Credit Services in Shelbyville after 27 years and was a crop insurance specialist for many years. He farmed all his life. He was a U of I Alumni Association member, and past president of Shelbyville FFA Alumni Association. He is survived by his wife Kendra, two daughters and a grandson.

Jeff
Yordy
(BS '82 Ornamental Horticulture) passed away March 29, 2014. He is survived by his wife and three sons. Mr. Yordy taught Agriculture / Horticulture at Glenbrook South High School, IL. Glenbrook South's horticulture department developed a nationally-recognized horticulture and floriculture program.

Rita
H.
Murrel
(BS '84 Food Science) died June 5, 2014. She ran a food booth at the Saturday Market in Eugene, and worked as a bookkeeper for Paul's Bicycle Way of Life, as well as caregiver for several local families.

February
Erlene
Buford
(BS '40 Home Economics) at the age of 101, died March 15, 2014 at Urbana, IL. Erlene married Samuel W. Buford, who preceded her in death. She taught high school home economics in Westfield and Cissna Park, and was an Extension home economist in Stark and JoDaviess counties. For more than 30 years, Erlene was a 4-H leader and an Extension volunteer. She was a board member of the UI Mom's Association, board member of the UI Home Economics Alumni Association and had received the UI Loyalty Award. Erlene is survived by two daughters, Jane Scherer of Urbana, and Margaret Engelmann of Godfrey, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Evelyn
L.
Newlon
(BS '41 Home Economics) passed away April 17, 2006 at Sarasota, FL. She was 86. Evelyn is survived by four children, 14 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Ruth
E.
Icenogle
(BS '41 Home Economics) passed away at the age of 90 June 11, 2008. Ruth and the late Elmer were married 61 years. She taught elementary school in Wauconda more than 25 years.

Paul
Buchanan
(BS '42 Agriculture, MS '47 Agricultural Economics) passed away March 21, 2013 in Vancouver, WA. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Sheila, and their two daughters and son.

H.
Leon
Hallberg
(BS '53 Human and Community Development) died at the age of 83 in Bettendorf, IA February 16, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Nedra, and the couple's children. Following his service in the United States Army, Leon taught vocational agriculture, and later worked in private business, retiring from Merck & Co. in 1992.

2013
December
Mimi
Liu
(BS '47 Home Economics, MS '55 Home Economics) died at the age of 20 October 9, 2013. Mimi and a friend were walking on Campus when a pickup truck jumped a curb and hit the two, killing Mimi and injuring her friend. A student of ACES, Mimi was also a very talented pianist.

Alice
Isabel
Hancock Barnes
(Attendee '39) 97, died on the morning of Christmas Eve following a long illness at her home. She was preceded in death by her husband. Mrs. Barnes was a bookkeeper for her husband's business, Barnes Lumber Company. She was a member of the board of trustees of Mitchell-Carnegie Library for 52 years. While attending the University of Illinois, she was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority.

William
E.
Keithley
(BS '39 Ornamental Horticulture) 98, passed away on December 26, 2013, three days before his 98th birthday. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lydia Bruce Tilley. He served in the Pacific during World War II. He retired as nurseryman for Bowater Paper Company in 1982.

Marion
L.
Coyle
(BS '41 Home Economics) 94, passed away on December 18, 2013. At the University of Illinois, Marion was a member of its Delta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She is preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Jay Coyle. After his death in 2004 she moved to Dallas. She was a master at Mexican dominos and knitting.

Juanita
Flexman
(BS '41 Home Economics) 94, passed away on January 1, 2014. Juanita is survived by her husband George Ransom Flexman and their five children. Juanita was a licensed dietician.

Jack
E.
Moore
(Attendee '41) 96, passed away January 24, 2014. Jack was married to Mary U. Walsh, who preceded him in death. The couple is survived by three children, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. After attending the University of Illinois, College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Jack joined the United States Army. Jack was a farm manager and master craftsman and machinist. He volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America.

John
Herbst
(BS '42 Agriculture, MS '51 Education, PhD '57 Agriculture Economics) 92, passed away on December 14, 2013. Survivors include his wife, Mava; children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. John was a professor emeritus of agricultural economics and vocational agriculture at the University of Illinois. He authored a textbook on farm management that was used in many colleges for over 40 years. He traveled all 50 states of the United States as well as Canada and Europe.

Elsie
Jacobs Harmon
(BS '42 Home Economics) 93, passed away on December 29, 2013. Elsie was a mother and homemaker survived by four children, ten grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. She taught in Divernon while her husband was at war. She served as a Red Cross volunteer in many countries. Elsie taught young mothers who were not allowed to attend high school.

Paul
E.
Hemp
(BS '43 Agriculture, MS '47 Education, EDM '55 Education) 91, passed away January 26, 2014 at Urbana, IL. He is survived by his wife, Gladys Anderson and their three sons and seven grandchildren. Dr. Hemp served in the United States Air Force during World War II. He taught agricultural education at Wenona High School, University of Vermont and Purdue University, and retired as chair of the Department of Agricultural Education in the College of Education at the University of Illinois.

Virginia
M.
Dorn
(BS '44 Home Economics) 91, passed away December 16, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. William Van Buren Dorn. She was employed as a social worker for the state of Connecticut for several years before her retirement in 1984.

Patricia
Herriott
(BS '45 Home Economics) 89, passed away on December 21, 2013. She is survived by her husband and son. She was a Sunday school teacher, 4-H leader, and the Home Economics teacher at Roberts-Thawville and later at Ford Central. She enjoyed playing the piano at nursing homes, and sewing was her favorite hobby. She made costumes for church events and the PBL Choral Department. Patricia and her husband Jean were avid fans of all PBL Panther sports.

Grace
Louise
(Anderson) Wepner
(BS '47 Home Economics) 87, of Gilman, IL died February 13, 2013. She had taught elementary school in Yorkville, IL and also worked for the University of Illinois Home Extension Office. She was married to Robert Wepner, who preceded her in death.

Louise
Rice Hassenplug
(BS '47 Home Economics, MS '55 Home Economics) 87, of Rock Hill, SC died December 21, 2013. She was married to H. Fred Hassenplug, who preceded her in death in 2001. Louise taught at the University of Illinois and was also involved in Extension work, the University of Louisville, and at Northwest Missouri State College before teaching for 20 years and retiring in 1986 from Winthrop College in the School of Home Economics. She was president of the SC Home Economics Association 1983 – 1985; named Winthrop's Teacher of the Year in 1985.

Ralph
J.
Swan
(Attendee '50) 81, of Aurora, passed away September 19, 2009. Ralph worked in the office furniture industry for over forty years, and was president of Bentson Industries. Ralph is survived by his wife, Lois, and their four children, 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Robert
J.
Thompson
(BS '50 Agriculture) 87, passed away January 15, 2014. Bob served in the United States Navy, stationed in Okinawa. He was a member of Farmhouse Fraternity. Bob farmed in the Atlanta, IL area all his life, and volunteered on many civic boards and organizations. Bob is survived by his wife, Kathryn "Kay" Carson, and two sons and a daughter-in-law.

Dwight
M.
Esarey
(BS '52 Agriculture) 84, died January 14, 2014 in Evansville, IN. Dwight was a District Conservationist for Crawford, Jasper, Lawrence and Wayne Counties, was awarded the Wayne County Friend of FH Award, and was elected to the Illinois FH Hall of Fame in 2012. Dwight was a woodworker. He is survived by two sons and two daughters, 12 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.

Jessie
A.
Manring
(MS '52 Home Economics Education) 85, of Stillman Valley, IL died December 5, 2013 in Omaha, NE. Jessie taught family and consumer science in the Stillman school district for 33 years until her retirement. She married Gerald Manring. They both were licensed pilots, owning their own plane. They were married 44 years at Gerald's passing. Jessie is survived by a daughter and two grandsons. She was also a published artist, displaying many of her pieces at the Rockford Art Center. Many pieces were also donated to various area schools and other institutions.

Jeannien
Adelle
Ludwig
(BS '53 Home Economics)  81, of Tulsa, OK passed away Christmas night, 2013. She was a former University of Illinois beauty queen and lifelong supporter of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She was a print and runway model in Chicago in the 1950's. She was a talented painter and weaver. Jeannien lived in Evanston, IL from 1961 – 1994 and was a member of the Evanston Art Center. She was married to the late Henry George Grossman, and then to the late George Ludwig. She is survived by three children and six grandchildren.

Thomas (Tom)
Carlisle
Warfield
(BS '56 Agriculture, MS '58 Agriculture) 83, of Decatur passed away January 5, 2014. Tom served in the Korean War, stationed in Japan, before completing his degree at the University of Illinois. A corn breeder first at Bear Hybrids, Decatur, Tom then went to work for Van Horn Hybrids in Cerro Gordo, and then opened his own company, Hybrid Concepts, in the converted one-room school house he'd attended as a child, Prairie Dell School. Tom created machines, devices, and developed computer systems for corn breeding. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Carol Bulkley Warfield.

Leeta
C.
West
(MS '57 Home Economics) 82, died October 3, 2011 at Gainesville, FL. She worked as a researcher for the School of Home Economics at the University of Florida when her husband, Shirley, was a professor there. He preceded her in death. The couple is survived by a daughter.

Richard
L.
Langenfield
(BS '58 Agriculture, EDM '63 Education) 79, of Dixon, IL died December 19, 2013. After graduating from the University of Illinois, he served in the United States Army, and married Margaret Jane Blair. She survives, along with three children, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Dick was a vocational agriculture teacher and school administrator in northern Illinois. Dick owned several "Coast-to-Coast" stores, and "Super Wash" car washes.

Lowell
L.
McNaught
(BS '58 Agriculture) 80, passed away December 20, 2013, at Auburn, IL. He married Mary Alice Darst, who preceded him in death. He later married Sue Allen Fuiten. She survives. He was preceded in death by a son and two grandchildren. Surviving are his wife, Sue, two daughters, one son, a daughter-in-law, a stepson, two stepdaughters, 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandsons. Lowell served in the United States Navy. He served on several civic and agricultural organizations. He was a fifth generation farmer in the Auburn area, and a licensed pilot with his own landing strip on his farm ground.

Robert (Bob)
C.
Wade
(MS '59 Animal Sciences) 79, of Elizabethtown, died January 8, 2014 at home. Bob farmed in the Glendale area. He is survived by his wife, Ella Mae, three sons and nine grandchildren. Bob was in the United States Army, serving in Korea. He also served as director for several Harding County Kentucky agricultural organizations.

John
Buric
(PhD '60 Animal Sciences) 93, passed away October 21, 2013 at Gaithersburg, MD. His wife, Rose Matilda Buric, preceded him in death. The couple is survived by five children and seven grandchildren.

Steven
Ament
(BS '69 Agriculture) 66, of Peoria passed away January 7, 2014 at home. Surviving are his wife, Janie (Hamby) and the couple's two children and five grandchildren. Steven worked for Caterpillar in both domestic and foreign markets, retiring after 30 years, and recently for Morton Supplies.

Alan
L.
Borhart
(BS '70 Agriculture) 63, of Elkhorn, NE died June 4, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Teri, three children and four grandchildren.

Jeffrey
Reuber
(BS '76 Agriculture) 63, of Ridott died December 24, 2013 at home. He is survived by his wife, Jane Schriver, and a daughter. Jeff was a United States Army Vietnam Veteran. Jeff was a teacher at Burlington Central High School and Mid Valley Area Vocational School. He was an agriculture mechanic for Reed Brothers Implement, farmed the family farm for 30 years, and helped the Black Hawk Farm Business Farm Management with annual record books.

Thomas B. Nedved
B.
Nedved
(BS '85 Forestry) 52, died December 3, 2013. Thomas lived in Spring Grove, IL and worked for many years at Abbot Laboratories.

2017
July
Glen
F
Sons
(BS '40 Vocational Agriculture)

Glen F. Sons recently celebrated his 100th birthday.

Glen began his journey with University of Illinois in the fall of 1936 when he enrolled in the Agricultural Program – the graduating class of 1940.   After teaching 3 years in the vocational program in Hillsboro High School, Illinois, he eventually worked for the  United States Federal War Food Stamp Program.  As a result of this position, he became  the University of Illinois Agricultural agent of Hamilton County.   He moved to Shelby County.  In 1961, he became the Extension  an Assistant Regional Director.  He retired in 1981.

He currently lives in Worden, Illinois and continues to tend his garden and chickens.



William
F
Kuenstler
(BS '72 Agronomy) William recently moved from Arlington, Texas to Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.  He volunteers one day a week at the local hospital and walks a two-mile section of beach one day a week looking for sea turtle nests.

2016
October
Sarah
E
Wright
(BS '16 Animal Sciences ) Sarah Wright has been accepted and enrolled into the Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. 

May
Laurence
Smith
(BS '85 Human Development and Family Studies) Laurence celebrated 15 years at Merck & Co., Inc. this year.

2015
August
Mark
Rebeiz
(BS '95 Agriculture, MS '99 Animal Sciences) was featured as a “newsmaker” in the Pittsburgh Tribune. He led a group that wrote a paper for the scientific journal, “Developmental Cell.”

Maria
Cox
(BS '06 Agribusiness) was recently featured in an article about daughters, in particular millennials, returning to family farms after having a successful career in agribusiness.

Lydia
Holste
(BS '12 Agricultural Communications) was recently featured in an article talking about the roles of women now in agriculture. After graduation from the U of I, Lydia worked for Case New Holland before farming alongside her husband.

July
Harold
F.
Wilkins
(BS '56 Ornamental Horticulture, MS '57 Horticulture, PhD '65 Horticulture) was featured in article series, chronicling his accomplishments in horticulture by one of his former students. The series, Grow with KARE, features different gardening and horticulture topics.

Matthew
Claeys
(BS '85 Animal Sciences) will be a judge for the Open Show at the World Beef Expo at the Wisconsin State Fair Park.

Lindsey
du Toit
(MS '95 Plant Pathology, PhD '98 Plant Pathology) was featured in an article in for Capital Press. The article spotlights her current research at Washington State University.

May
Harold
Bergman
(BS '39 Agriculture) was featured in an article in the Daily Herald, describing the end of his family farming career, one that is five generations old. He will turn 99 in June.

Nicholas
Nagele
(BS '04 Agricultural and Environmental Communications) and James Walter were featured in a Daily Chronicle article, spotlighting their distillery, Whiskey Acres. The distillery is the only one in the country and Illinois’ first estate distillery. It is located in DeKalb, IL.

February
Andrew
M.
Pratt
(BS '00 Farm Management) was recently featured in the Illinois Farmer Today along with his family, talking about his seventh-generation farm that he took on right after graduating from the University.

2014
November
Jayne
Widhalm
Bosch
(BS '09 Animal Sciences) shared that after moving to Seattle, WA and becoming a dog trainer with Family Dog Training Center, a miniature pig, named Amy Trotter, was enrolled in her puppy manners class with seven other dogs.  The story was published by Ranny Green January 1, 2015 on the Seattle Kennel Club website, http://www.seattledogshow.org/amy-trotter-is-beyond-just-cute-shes-become-arole-model-for-the-other-dogs-in-classes-so-far/.

Austin
Rincker
(BS '10 ACE) appeared in Illinois Farmer Today in an article series discussing various outlooks on farming. He is a fourth generation farmer from Moweaqua, IL.

September
Ron
Warfield
(BS '65 Agriculture, MS '67 Agricultural Education) and his wife, Melanie, donated an endowment to the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation to fund a seminar in the two-year Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program. The seminar will focus on issues relating to the international aspect of agriculture.

Michael
Fitzgerald
(BS '05 Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences) and his wife Carrie welcomed their first daughter, Sofia Charlee Fitzgerald on April 15, 2014.

Abrigail
Temple
(BS '06 Animal Sciences, MS '08 Food Science & Human Nutrition) has published a cookbook entitled "Flavors of Fall," featuring produce and products from her parent's farm. Her cookbook can be purchased at the farm store at Gail's Pumpkin Patch in Beason, IL.

July
Rodney
L
Morris
(BS '87 Agricultural Economics) is the vice president of First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust in Mattoon, Il and now is believed to be the one only father and son combination to both serve as FFA Presidents for the state of Illinois.

Victor
J
Lenkaitis
III
(BS '88 Agricultural Economics, MS '91 Agricultural Economics) and Michelle M. Lendaitis (MS '94 Agricultural Economics) were featured in Iowa Living Magazine for their vehicle license plates hanging in their garage. The license plates tell their Midwest story from leaving graduate school at the U of I through their next 23 years; from Illinois to Ohio, Wisconsin, and finally Iowa.

Michelle
M
Lendaitis
(MS '94 Agricultural Economics) and Victor J. Lenkaitis III (BS '88, MS '91 Agricultural Economics) were featured in Iowa Living Magazine for their vehicle license plates hanging in their garage. The license plates tell their Midwest story from leaving graduate school at the U of I through their next 23 years; from Illinois to Ohio, Wisconsin, and finally Iowa.

Carrie
R
Pollard
(BS '03 Animal Sciences, MS '05 Animal Sciences) was invited to speak at the Pecatonica Rotary Club in July, where she had the opportunity to share stories about farm animal care, the environment and the science and technology of growing healthier food. She and her husband Brent farm more than 300 acres of corn and alfalfa to support their dairy cows and pigs they raise at their Rockford farm.

Seth
R
Reed
(BS '07 Horticulture) has developed, along with Mason Day, of Ball Horticultural created an application gardeners can use to upload pictures of flowers and plants and other information about gardening to connect with other gardeners. The application is called "GrowIt!" and will be a way younger people can connect about gardening.

Tatyana
McFadden
(BS '13 Human Development and Family Studies) won the Boston Marathon women's wheelchair race for the second straight year. She crossed the finish line in 1 hour, 35 minutes, 6 seconds. Tatyana also won the 2013 New York city marathon women's wheelchair race after winning in Boston, London and Chicago in the same year.

Kiersten
A
Edgar
(BS '14 Agricultural Education)  married John Curtis Edgar July 19, 2014. She is the agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor at Sparta High School.

April
Thomas
Kinyanjui
(PhD '03 Food Science and Human Nutrition) shares that he is a lecturer at Egerton University, Kenya. Thomas is married and the couple has three boys.

2013
December
Tatyana
McFadden
(BS '13 Human & Community Development) is meeting a new challenge with competing for a cross country skiing medal at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi. Following Winter Paralympics, Tatyana will be headed to London, Boston, Chicago, and then New York for 2013 marathons.

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