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In Memoriam

1940 - 1949

Lillian B. Ridgway '40
Mary L. Dibble '45
Dorothy J. Gross '46
Billy A. Key '49

1950 - 1959

Emil G. Bargfrede '52
Marjorie M. Morrow '56
Robert E. White '57
Hazel C. Baumgarner '58
Kay T. Calvert '58
William O. Ruwwe '59

1960 - 1969

James N. Guilford '60
JoAnn Caldwell '61
Caskel Stallard '61
Lois E. Musick '63
Kenneth D. McMurtrey '64
Roberta M. Allen '65
Mildred A. Caruthers '66
Ellen M. Elster '66
Sandra K. Collins '67
David L. Tackett '64 (CH), '68
Betty L. Lloyd '68
James Ulchinsky '68
Bonnie C. Hunter '69

1970 - 1979

Ralph W. Knipp '70
Tom R. Williams '70
Edwin L. Belser '73
Mitzi L. Dentler '73
Robert E. Sanders '74
Nicholas K. Corry '75
Bill M. Armontrout '76
Clark R. Powell, Sr. '76
Edward A. Huwaldt '78
Charles N. Leary '79
David N. Myers '79

1980 - 1989

Rafael G. Gonzalez '80
Rick D. Alley '82
Timothy W. Rucker '85

1990 - 1999

Moss R. Prewitt '94
Allen D. Clem '98

Former Students

Mary K. Davis
Roscoe E. Finer


Fleta M. Gee
Garland E. Hendren
John H. Hilker
Gina R. Larkan
William G. Ray
Brian L. White
Joyce A. White
Joy E. Whitener, Sr.


Joseph D. Albrecht


Joseph Albrecht, 90, of Warrensburg, Mo., professor emeritus of industrial technology, died Jan. 20, 2014. Albrecht earned a bachelor's degree in 1949 from the University of Northern Iowa and a master's in education in 1952 from Ohio University in Athens. He taught industrial arts and general science at public schools in Elgin, Iowa, and Kansas City, then worked as a standards engineer for Chrysler Corporation in Huntsville, Ala., and Westinghouse Electric in Kansas City. In 1965, he joined the UCM faculty as an instructor in industrial arts and technology, providing 22 years of service before retiring in 1987.


Ronnie Bailey


Ronnie Gene "Ron" Bailey, 67, a 1969 Central Missouri graduate and former Mules football player, whose athletic and high school coaching career extended to several NFL players, died Feb. 4, 2014, in Bolivia, N.C. He was born Feb. 9, 1946, to the late Acey White and Ruby Dale Gibson Bailey. He lettered in high school varsity football in 1962-1964. He also lettered in high school track in 1964. For these accomplishments, he was inducted into the Man (W.Va.) High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. He attended Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyo., where he lettered in football in 1966 and led the team in scoring for touchdowns. He earned an athletic scholarship to attend then Central Missouri State University where he lettered in football in 1967, 1968 and 1969. He was awarded the Ironman Trophy in 1969 for being comeback player following major injury. He also was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. After graduating in 1969, Bailey was an educator and coach in the Maryland public school system for 27 years. For most of his career, he taught physical education, U.S. history and functional math at several locations in the Washington, D.C., area. Bailey coached many notable former NFL stars at the high school level, including Bobby Green of the Chicago Bears, Ron Edwards of the St. Louis Rams and Julian Peters, Seattle Seahawks. He was named Offensive Coordinator of the Year by the Maryland State Football Coaches Association in 1992 and in 1996 received recognition for 21 years of outstanding service by the association. During summer breaks, Bailey managed one of the Prince George's County Parks and Recreation swimming pools and directed the water aquatics program for special needs children. When not at the pool, he was on the softball field pitching for several county AAA teams. He was awarded the PGCMSL Most Valuable Player trophy in 1979 for his conduct both on and off the field. He retired from teaching, coaching and athletic administration in 1998. In his retirement, Bailey lived in Ocean Isle Beach with his wife, Joyce. He was an avid golfer and huge fan of high school football. Survivors include siblings, Wannis (Macel) Bailey of Dale City, Va.; Arlene (Norman) Bailey of Stafford, Va.; Dennis (Fran) Bailey of Severn, Md.; and Ailene (Larry) Peters of Man.


Betty Jean (Gerkin) Cagna

Betty Jean (Gerkin) Cagna, 83, a 1952 Central Missouri alumna and former home economics professor, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, in Lexington, Mo. She was born in 1930 to Mary Rutherford and Gus Gerkin. In high school, her favorite class was home economics especially sewing, which later became her college major. During the late 1940s and early 1950s, it was not unusual to find girls attending one summer in college, take a test for a teaching certificate and teach the next September. Cagna followed the crowd to summer school but continued her education. She went to college one year and passed the test to teach two years. The school year was eight months and she taught to earn money to continue her education. She went back to what was then Central Missouri State Teachers College in the spring and summers for three years and obtained a bachelor's degree in 1952. She followed up with a master's degree in 1962. She married Joe Cagna in 1952 in Hawaii. While he served in the Marine Air Group in Kanoche Bay, she taught school in Kailua and Kaneohe. They returned to Lexington in 1952. She taught at schools in Lexington, Odessa, Wellington and Mayview until 1969. In 1966, Cagna was proud to represent Missouri in the Mrs. America pageant. In 1973, she opened Betty's See-N-Sew in Higginsville, Mo., where she gave sewing lessons. She joined the UCM faculty in 1975. In 1979, she sold the business to teach full time at UCM in fashion merchandising. She worked as an assistant professor until her retirement in 1981. Surviving are a son Chris Cagna of Lexington; daughter Theresa "T-Ann" (Dave) Heimsoth of Shawnee Mission, Kan.; brother Bill (Evelyn) Gerkin of Tigard, Ore.; sister Dorothy Hoefer of Higginsville; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Hazel B. Dove


Hazel B. Dove, 82, a former cook for the University of Central Missouri, died April 3, 2014, in Sedalia. She was born in 1931 in Syracuse, Mo., the daughter of John Ralph and Mae Billingsley Williams. She was married in 1951 to Albert F. Dove, who preceded her in death in 1971. Hazel attended school in Syracuse. In addition to Central Missouri, she worked as a cook at the Coffee Pot Café and North 65 Café, both in Sedalia. She is survived by three daughters, Betty Paxton (Doug) of Windsor, Mo.; Earline Keele (Carroll) of Sherwood, Ark.; Joyce Rutledge (Steve) of Bloomington, Ill.; one son, Roy Dove (Christine) of Weiser, Idaho; two sisters, Jennie Waddell (Hulon) of Holt, Mo.; Shirley Wood (Norman) of Willow Springs, MO, 19 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.


Michael L. Stanfield


Michael Lee Stanfield, 67, of Grandview, Mo., died March 7, 2014, in Bonaire, Netherlands Protectorate while scuba diving. He was born Aug. 15, 1946, in Warrensburg, the son of Elbert Harvey "E. H." and Eula Lee "Peggy" (Davidson) Stanfield. He grew up on a farm near Holden and attended Centerview Elementary School. After graduating from Warrensburg High School, he attended the University of Central Missouri, graduating with a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1967. He married Jennifer Jones '69 in 1964. After graduating from college, he worked for Arthur Young & Co. and served with Metropolitan Community College. He started a Husqvarna motorcycle business out of his garage in 1974 and two years later, opened his first store in Warrensburg. He owned both Freedom Cycles and Warrensburg Cycles and was involved in local and national motorcycle racing for four decades. He rode in the Dakar Rally, a 14-day, 5,000-mile off-road motorcycle rally through Argentina, Chile and Peru, in 2011 and 2012. He rode in the one-week Ruta 40 Rally in 2013. In 2012, he founded Freedom Rally Racing. He was a member of the Dakar Rally Support Team in 2013 and 2014. Michael began scuba diving in 1997 and had completed more than 1,000 dives. Scuba diving was his second love to motorcycle riding. He also loved underwater photography. He had a passion for life. He was featured in the summer 2013 issue of Today. Survivors include his wife, Jennifer; sons, James M. Stanfield and wife, Donna, of Grandview; and Jeffery L. Stanfield and wife, Amy, of Lee's Summit, Mo.; brother, Marion H. Stanfield and wife, Charmian, of Freeport, Fla.; and four grandchildren. Memorials are suggested to the Elbert H. and Eula L. Stanfield Scholarship, UCM Foundation, Smiser Alumni Center, Warrensburg, MO 64093 or online at