In memoriam


Delma Kollar, 114, Phi Mu, Jan. 24, 2011, in Creswell, Ore. Ms. Kollar started her studies at Baker in the 1920s and earned her degree in 1947. She was believed to be the fourth-oldest person in the world at the time of her passing.


Dr. James L. Ruble, ’49, Dec 12, 2011, in Overbrook, Kan. He is survived by his daughter, Dr. Rebecca Ruble, ’78.

Dr. Al L. Stoskopf, ’44, Zeta Chi, Nov 9, 2011, in El Dorado, Kan. He is survived by his sister Mary M. Stoskopf, ’46.


Gary L. Ashburn, ’58, Kappa Sigma, Dec 7, 2011, in Palatine, Ill.

David Z. Hong, BA ’58, Nov. 14, 2011, in Los Angeles. He was one of the founding directors of Center Bank, having served continuously as a director of Center Bank for the past 26 years and of Center Financial Corporation for 11 years. Mr. Hong owned and operated his own public accounting practice for 41 years.

Jane Fothergill Johnson, ’59, Nov. 20, 2011, in Bluffton, S.C. She was a teacher who established a co-op nursery program and later a preschool in Collingwood United Methodist church in Toledo. She taught first and second grades and became a reading recovery specialist for children. She is survived by her husband, Gerald “Jerry” Johnson ’59; sister-in-law Ann Hursh Fothergill ’56; nieces Connie Fothergill Deel ’79/MLA ’98 and Lynne Fothergill, ’86 and nephews Wade Fothergill, ’87, Forrest Fothergill, ’91, and Cody, ’90 and his wife, Rita Rozgonyi Fothergill, ’98.

Donald L. Kelley, ’57, Kappa Sigma, Nov 16, 2011, in Overland Park, Kan.

William J. Radisch, ’51, 84, Zeta Chi, Jan 4, 2011, in Apex, N.C. He worked for Western Electric and AT&T for 35 years where he developed guidance systems and missile defense systems in various locations around the Unites States and the World.

Robert Thornburgh, ’56, 76, Nov. 30, 2011, in Hiawatha, Kan.


William J. Arnold, ’60, Nov. 26, 2011, in Apache Junction, Ariz. He is survived by his spouse, Donna Jones Arnold, ’60.

Robert A. Oesterreich, ’67, Zeta Chi, Dec. 19, 2011, in Las Cruces, N.M. He was a high school choral music teacher for 26 years before becoming an elementary and middle school music teacher for 12 years.

James E. Pantle, ’61, Zeta Chi, Jan 4, 2012, in Martinsburg, W.Va. He was a music professor at Shepherd University.


Roger Hornbeck, ’72, Delta Tau Delta, Dec. 31, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo.


Jeff J. Tillman, ’87, Nov. 9 2011 in the Florida Keys. He was from Lake Ozark, Mo.


Rachel Jo Beall, BSN ’01, 34, Dec. 18, 2011, in Emmett, Kan.

Dominic Thomas, ’05, Jan 12, 2012 in Florissant, Mo.

Friends of the University

Frank G. O’Neil, 85, Nov. 15, 2011, Wellsville, Kan. Frank was in the U.S. Navy and worked as a high line electrical construction worker for more than 40 years.

Bob Schmalberg, 84, Nov. 22, 2011 in Lawrence, Kan. He was the 1989 Baker University Business Person of the Year.

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