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today spring 11 obits

In Memoriam

1930 - 1939

Alice G. Woodby '30
Mary F. Carter '35
Dorothy B. Dunn '39

1940 - 1949

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

1950 - 1959

Wilfred C. Lee '51
Evalee A. Fergason '52
Edgar B. Freund '52
Doris E. McIntyre '52
Robert B. Campbell '54
George B. Henley '54
Jean L. Frudeger '55
Wilbern C. Hayes '55
Patricia A. Stapleton '55
Norma L. Reed '56
Jane S. Kneemiller '57
Joyce A. Luschen '57
Richard H. Norris '57
Donald W. Donath '58
Normand E. Fontaine '58, '60
David D. Helmuth '58
Dorothy F. Smith '58

1960 - 1969

Marvin L. Baker '60, '63
Karel L. Reuck '61
Esther E. Jarrett '62
Lawrence R. Baker '63
Rebecca J. Crouch '63, '75
Dianna L. Gibler '63, '81
Cora L. Lister '63
Ruth E. Massey '63, '71
Martha E. Stephenson '63
Robert R. Dunning '64
William D. Malloy '64
Carol A. Schafer '64, '68, '85
Robert M. Bauer '66
Joseph B. Brown '66
Dorothy H. Hodes '66, '69
Elaine M. Laursen '66
Juanita L. Rhodes '66
Russell D. Stone '67
William J. Gnefkow Jr. '69
Janice C. McKeehan '69, '90
Morris W. Rockwood '69
Beverly J. Schwaab '69
Richard M. Sharp '69, '74

1970 - 1979

Jean G. Miller '70
Keith N. Ridgway '70
Clark G. Anderson '71
Gary A. Baranyai '71, '77
Denzell B. Ekey '71
Richard A. Maas '71, '90
Virginia A. Smith '71
Glenn W. Bill '72
Raymond W. Huggett '72
Jean Potts '72
Mark Schulze '72, '76
Mitzi L. Dentler '73, '78
Danny L. Gillam '73
James E. Taylor '73
James S. Grigsby '74
Ralph W. Behrens '74
Jean D. Booth '74
Michile D. Bosch '74
Kenneth E. Jennings '74
Stephen L. Mullins '75
David D. Upton '75
Earl R. Fredrich '77
Jefferson R. League '77
James W. Rudd '78
J. Diane Schumacher '78
Lyle M. Pointer '79

1980 - 1989

Dennis D. Grotjan '80
Dale G. Redel '80, '81
Kristin L. Snoble '81
Ron E. Festa '82
Stephen R. Mullen '82, '86
T. Diane Simpson '82
Rhonda M. VanSickle '82
Mary K. Williams '82
Stefan K. Teles '83
Clark E. Brinkmeyer '85
Dwight A. Heming '86
David P. Simpson '86, '87

1990 - 1999

Deborah L. Jones '91
Oliver S. Preiss '92
Peggy S. Seitz '93
Dianna L. McBaine '94
Joseph W. Bunch '95
Cheryl K. Taraskewich '98
Shelly D. Groff '99

2000 - 2009

Lee W. Dubois-Bailey '00
Brett A. McCulloch '02
Kristina K. Ahmad '06

2010 -

Mary Talken '11
Scott Savage '12

College High

Charlene V. Brown '48
Elbert M. Gallemore Jr. '50
Ethel Goring '33
Mary F. Hall '42
Marjorie L. Miller '41
Marvin A. Rhodes '35
William E. Smith '53

Former Students

Rebecca L. Blackburn
Faye L. Castle
Waunda L. Comeaux
Sherri A. Dade
Stansel E. Defoe
William V. Denton
Nina L. Dixon
Andrew J. Dorman
Lorene B. Emmerson
Lucille Farris
Emile Gauchat
Evelyn D. Gelb
Ann J. Goddard
William E. Goodwin
Rachel Green
Fall C. Mac
Nora D. Marsh
Aaron R. Miller
Tonia D. Miller
Victor D. Nielsen
Janet G. Norris
Dalton S. Rardon
Mary L. Roach
Howard R. Shifflett
Robert Stafford
V. Carol Stith
Johnye C. Sturcken
Dustin L. Watkins
Cory W. Wierman




Lila Adams
Robert G. Askren
Paul M. Ballew
Ed Barnes
George T. Barrows
Jane S. Beudette
James C. Bedwell
Joyce A. Boosinger
Warren Carter
Lawrence E. Christian
Eleanor W. Drake
Edna M. Egbert
Harold L. Enloe
William E. Finn
Anna Fleischmann
Rose H. Gallemore
Winifred Gard
Robert M. Gnefkow
Ruby M. Hatfield
Ruth C. Hofstetter
Dwight C. Johnson
Demova J. Keffer
Sherman H. Kneemiller
William J. Kremer
L. D. LeResche
Kathryn M. Lewis
Delores D. Looney
William D. Lynch
William R. Mann
Lowell R. McCuskey
Bud McDaniel
Kenneth McMurtrey
Vera L. Menefee
Frances W. Messerly
Patricia D. Murray
Kenneth E. Norman
Sharon Proett
G. Dale Reesman
Jack B. Ridley Jr.
Richaed J. Rippeto
E. Benedick Samson
Donald. E Schomacker
Myron G. Sheddrick
Dorothy M. Smith
Donald L. Spencer
Marilyn M. Spradling
Clair R. Swan
Robert T. Vostal
Miriam G. Wakeman
Betty L. Watkins
Tim Williams


Jacqueline Adair


Jacqueline Lewis Adair, age 92, a generous friend and former student of the University of Central Missouri, died June 13, 2014, at her home in Stillwater, Okla., where she was an active community leader.She was born in 1921, the only child of Overton M. and Martha Helen (Cooper) Lewis. She married Joseph Adair in 1939 when they attended Central Missouri State Teachers College. The couple lived in Kansas City until 1948 when they moved to Stillwater. Her husband preceded her in death in 1994. She remarried in 2002 to Wilton T. Anderson; he preceded her in death in 2012. Her volunteer activities included the Daughters of American Revolution, Daughters of American Colonists, P.E.O. Stillwater, Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, Stillwater Country Club, First Presbyterian Church, Stillwater Hospital Auxiliary, Stillwater Literary Program, American Legion Auxiliary, Oklahoma City Petroleum Club, Stillwater Women’s Club, Delta Zeta Epsilon Gamma Chapter, Payne County Genealogy Society, Delta Zeta Alumna Chapter of Stillwater and the Sheerar Cultural Center and Museum. She was active in nursing homes and lobbied the Oklahoma legislature for improving them throughout the state. Memorials are suggested to the James W. and Minnie Waugh Adair Scholarship, UCM Foundation, Smiser Alumni Center, Warrensburg, MO 64093.


Clifton Baile


Clifton A. Baile, 74, a 1962 agriculture and business University of Central Missouri alumnus who received the UCM Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010, died May 19, 2014, following a cerebral aneurysm. Baile's career spanned three decades in academia, including faculty positions at two Ivy League universities and 17 years in industry. Most recently he was the D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Biotechnology at the University of Georgia. His research focused on the physiology and biochemistry of obesity and bone disorders and in 2012, he became director of UGA's campus-wide obesity initiative. His achievements included more than 300 abstracts, 350 journal articles, 18 patents and $50 million in research and faculty grants. He helped found eight biotech companies. His industrial experience included the titles of distinguished fellow and director of research and development for Monsanto and manager of research for SmithKline and French. He received many other honors, including in 2011 being named a Fellow of the American Society for the Advancement of Science. Baile had deep ties to UCM and Warrensburg. He attended the university's lab school from first grade through College High. His two sisters, brother and numerous cousins also graduated from College High. His wife of 53 years, Beth (Hoover) who survives, attended UCM and completed two degrees at the University of Missouri. His son, Christopher, graduated from UCM in 2000. His father, Harold, graduated from College High in 1926.


Herbert Eschliman

Herbert Eschliman, 88, the first person to head the University of Central Missouri English department, died Aug. 4, 2014, at his home. He was born Oct. 31, 1926, in Freeman, S.D., to Alvin Eschliman and Anna Mary Allgyer. A staff sergeant in the Counterintelligence Corps during World War II, he received a B.A. from Dakota Wesleyan University, an M.A. from the University of South Dakota and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He married Verlyn "Lynn" Thomson in 1951, and they moved to Warrensburg in 1960. A retired English language, literature, and composition teacher at the college level, he taught for 37 years, mostly at UCM. He was head of the Language and Literature Division and the first head of the English department when it became a separate entity. He also began team teaching, started a tutorial program for all composition students and designed the office complex in the Martin Building.


Evalee Fergason


Evalee Fergason, 96, a 1952 Central Missouri alumna, died Feb. 9, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. She was born July 23, 1917, to John and Myrdith Melissa Eldridge Adrian in Carroll County and graduated from Bogard High School in 1934. During her 42-year education career, she taught elementary school for Round Grove and Floyd in Carroll County, Lexington Elementary and Tina from 1954-1979. She retired from Raytown Public Schools, where she spent the last 25 years of her career. Memorials are suggested to the Charles G. Kuhn Memorial Scholarship Fund, UCM Foundation, Smiser Alumni Center, Warrensburg, MO 64093.


Alphadine "Dean" Martin


Alphadine "Dean" Martin, 86, professor emerita and former chair of the Department of Physical Education, died June 20, 2014, after battling cancer. Martin was born in Laurel Branch, W. Va., March 21, 1928. She earned a bachelor's degree from Bridgewater College, a master's degree form Peabody College in Nashville, and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. From 1950-1954, she taught physical education and coached athletic teams at Montevideo High School in Virginia. She came to Warrensburg in 1954, teaching at the Laboratory School and the University of Central Missouri until she retired in 1991 as a physical education professor and department chair. She created and developed the first fitness center on campus for faculty, staff and students engaged in the fitness curriculum. Upon her retirement, she was honored with a monogrammed park bench on the campus quad. Memorials are suggested to the Dr. Alphadine Martin Scholarship, UCM Foundation, Smiser Alumni Center, Warrensburg, MO 64093.


LeRoy McLaughlin


LeRoy "Mac" McLaughlin, 82, a University of Central Missouri alumnus and generous donor, of Bates City, Mo., died June 19, 2014. He was born Oct. 20, 1931, in Osceola, Mo., to Ivy and Georgia McLaughlin. He earned three degrees from UCM: a bachelor's degree in industrial arts and technology in 1957, followed by a master's degree in 1960 and an education specialist in 1967. He was a teacher for the Raytown school district and St. Paul's Episcopal Day School in Kansas City. Memorials are suggested to the LeRoy and Doris McLaughlin Endowed Scholarship, UCM Foundation, Smiser Alumni Center, Warrensburg, MO 64093.


Dalton Rardon

Dalton Shane Rardon, 22, of Polo, Mo., died June 16, 2014, in an automobile accident. He was born Sept. 20, 1991, in Liberty Mo., to Shane and Jill Rardon. A current student at the University of Central Missouri, he was working on a bachelor's degree in secondary education. He was a member of the Knoxville Community Church and was beginning his third year of coaching as an assistant at the Lexington, Mo., school district. He was active with the Missouri State High School Activities Association. Memorials are suggested to the Dalton Rardon Scholarship Fund, UCM Foundation, Smiser Alumni Center, Warrensburg, MO 64093.

Jack Ridley Jr.


Jack Bernard Ridley Jr., former campus security officer, died May 10, 2014, at his home. Ridley married Ann Verdin ,who survives, in 1955 in Twickenham, England. He moved to Knob Noster, Mo., with his family in 1969 and retired from Whiteman Air Force Base in 1975. He was a policeman for UCM for 10 years, after which he became a bus driver for the Knob Noster School District.


Chuck Smith

Chuck Smith, 87, former Mules basketball coach, died July 27, 2014. He was born June 27, 1927, in Ridgway, Ill. He enrolled at Washington University in St. Louis in 1947 after serving in the Navy during World War II. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1951 and a master's in 1952. He was a three-year basketball letterwinner for the Bears. Smith coached the men's basketball team at the University
of Missouri St. Louis from 1959-1965. After posting a school-best 21-6 record his final season, he came to Warrensburg and coached the Mules from 1965-66. He was inducted into the Missouri Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990 and the UMSL Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

Ronald "Doc" VanDam


Ronald "Doc" VanDam, 77, legendary and beloved head athletic trainer at the University of Central Missouri, died July 26, 2014. He was born Jan. 22, 1937, in Kalamazoo, Mich., the son of Rev. Leonard and Marian Perkins VanDam. He married Jonell Willis May 30, 1964, in Milton, Ky. She survives as well as two daughters, two brothers and five grandchildren. Following his arrival on campus in 1969, he assumed a split assignment between athletics and academics. He developed the athletic training program into one recognized throughout the country while developing and expanding the Athletic Training Education Program into one of the nation's premier degree programs for preparing future generations of athletic trainers. During his 31 years at UCM, he was an integral part of 78 MIAA Championships, 41 MIAA Conference Tournament Championships, 26 NCAA Regional Championships and three NCAA National Championships. In 1993, the Student Trainer Alumni Club of UCM established the Dr. Ronald VanDam Student Athletic Training Scholarship. In 2011, the university named the new 6,000-square-foot athletic training facility in the recently renovated Morrow-Garrison complex in his honor. VanDam was inducted into the Missouri Athletic Trainers' Hall of Fame in 1988, the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1994, the District V Mid-American Athletic Trainers' Hall of Fame in 1997, and the UCM Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. Memorials are suggested to the Dr. Ronald VanDam Student Athletic Training Scholarship, UCM Foundation, Smiser Alumni Center, Warrensburg, MO 64093