Lois Grote ’44 Bruns of Downers Grove, Ill., on May 6, 2018. She is survived by daughters Patricia Bruns ’69 Olsen and Janet Bruns ’72 Moser, and son, William Bruns ’74. She was the wife of long-time trustee Carl Bruns ’47.
Mary Gamertsfelder ’46 Geier of Ortonville Minn., on June 11, 2018.
Paul Wesley Iwig ’55 of Topeka, Kan., on February 27, 2018.
Ursula Bratton ’58 Crull of St. Cloud, Fla., on June 14, 2018.
Shirley D. Schmidt ’47 Johnson of Menomonee Falls, Wis., on March 24, 2018.
Patricia Smith ’57 Stroud of Bothell, Wash., on March 12, 2018.
Mary Lutz ’50 Spreng of Grand Rapids, Mich., on February 12, 2018. She is survived by her husband, Jarvis L. Spreng ’50.
Jo Ann Derencin ’61 Rossi of Gloversville, N,Y,. on November 14, 2017.
Carolyn Bouldin ’62 Reed of Geneva, Ill on June 9, 2018. She is survived by her husband, Paul Reed ’63.
Dwight Lewis ’65 of Chicago, Ill., on October 23, 2017.
Ray Boehmer ’68 of Urbana, Ill., on April 19, 2018.
Robin E. Burlingham ’84 Paarmann of St. Charles, Ill., on March 23, 2018.
Charles W. Bartsch ’73 of Washington, DC., on January 17, 2018.
Diane Duvigneaud of Key Largo, Fla., Professor of Art Emerita, passed May 4, 2018 at the age of 100. She received her bachelor’s (‘38) from the Massachusetts School of Art and her master’s (‘50) from Northwestern University. She went on to serve as a professor of art at North Central College from 1945 to 1983 before moving to Florida to continue working as an abstraction artist. Her 38 years as an educator at North Central helped forge the outstanding reputation of the art department. A 1988 issue of North Central Now named Diane as one of North Central’s top 10 professors. In 2012, the “Vantage Point” art exhibit at the Oesterle Library Gallery, a collection of faculty and alumni work, celebrated her legacy as an artist and educator. Each year, an art and design award named in her honor is given to a senior art major who exemplifies outstanding work ethic, growth and creativity—ensuring that Duvigneaud’s legacy will continue to live on at North Central.
Clarence F. Schmidt ’37 of Asheville, N.C., on November 8, 2017.
Edward Grau ’45 of Portage, Mich., on October 15, 2017.
Helga H. Henningsen ’48 Connors of Maryville, Tenn., on December 9, 2017.
The Reverend Carl R. Lemna ’52 of North Manchester, Ind., on February 23, 2017. He is survived by his wife Lois Holmers ’55 Lemna.
Edward Du Plessis ’55 of Galena, Ill., on August 5, 2017.
C. Jay Buikema ’60 of Naperville on December 5, 2017. The C. Jay and Dot Buikema Track honors a significant gift received in 1996 to rebuild the track after it flooded.
Dr. John C. Sippy ’60 of Naperville on January 17.
JoAnn Derencin ’61 Rossi of Gloversville, N.Y., on November 14, 2017.
The Reverend Robert L. Gossett ’63 recently of Lombard, Ill., on December 10, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Jerilyn Heup ’63 Gossett, sons Timothy ’89 and Finn, and daughter Christina Gossett ’92 Hull, brother in law Jim Heup ’72 and sister in law Ina Carlin ’73 Heup.
Ronda Orwig ’66 Smith of Camdenton, Mo., on November 29, 2017.
Robert J. Byrne S ’69 of Waukegan, Ill., on June 22, 2016.
Donna Szufnarowski ’73 Krzywicki of Temecula, Calif., on October 16, 2017.
Nancy A. Lengel ’79 of Los Angeles, Calif., on November 29, 2017.
Alicia Thompson ’87 Wolff of West Tisbury, Mass., on December 7, 2017.
Ryan P. Borchardt ’12 of Aurora, Ill., on October 29, 2017.
Don Moravec ’69 passed April 21, 2017, and his legacy as a student, tennis coach and loyal alumnus has been memorialized with the planting of an Ulmus Triumph Elm tree near the entrance of the campus tennis courts. While receiving his bachelor of arts degree from North Central, he played football, won a conference title in wrestling, played in a rock band and met the love of his life, Eliza Keating ’68. He was in one of the first classes taught by coach Al Carius (H) ’16 in 1966. Moravec was dean of students and coach for 31 years at Downers Grove North High School, retiring in 2001, and joining the Downers Grove North Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002. He and wife Eliza were honored with North Central College Outstanding Alumni Awards in 2004. In 2005, Moravec was hired to take over as the Cardinals’ head women’s tennis coach—a role he took to heart. He created a welcoming and supportive atmosphere that changed the landscape for women’s tennis. He retired in 2015 with a coaching record of 102-76-2, the best in school history. Movavec also enjoyed codeveloping patents for Keating of Chicago—a restaurant equipment business founded by the grandfather and father of Eliza.
Helen Muleya ’12, who passed May 8, 2017, was honored at a North Central College women’s basketball game in January. In addition, coach Michelle Roof, the team and her family gathered on campus in summer 2017 to celebrate her life. A graduate of DeKalb (Ill.) High School, she played guard and majored in exercise science.
Rosemary Russell ’42 Schmidt of Fort Wayne, Ind., on September 17. She is survived by her daughter Peggy Schmidt ’71 Nahrwold.
June Gilbert ’45 Striffler of Arden Hills, Minn., on September 30. She is survived by her husband Dr. Russell C. Striffler ’45.
Mary Holt ’47 Kepner of Canton, Miss., on September 7.
Ruth Booher ’48 Hahn of St. Mary’s Ohio., on July 5.
Warren Breithaupt ’51 of Delaware, Ohio., on September 12. He is survived by his wife Edythe Marshall ’50 Breithaupt.
Herbert P. Jordan ’52 of Madison, Wis., on July 7.
John (Jack) Gans ’53 of Monticello, Ill., on July 9.
David D. Edmonson ’58 of La Salle, Ill., on September 20.
Barbara Redman ’59 Finlayson of Tinley Park, Ill., on August 15.
John Canniff ’61 of East Lansing, Mich., on April 22. He is survived by his wife Jo Ann Swank ’63 Canniff.
Carol Rose Ehrhardt ’61 Dallman of Blacksburg, Va., on July 25.
Mary Shirer ’63 Roca of Cape Cod, Mass., on October 16. She is survived by her husband Ruben Roca ’62, brother Bruce Shirer ’62, sister Katherine Shirer ’62 Nothacker and nephew Jeffrey Nothacker ’91.
Robert William Connerth ’76 of Roselle, Ill., on July 20.
Christopher Larsen ’78 of Elmwood Park, Ill., on July 23.
Amy Cerny ’96 Ramsay of La Crosse, Wis., on September 16.
David H. Farnham of Missoula, Mont., on June 27.
Helen Gene Kennell of Eureka, Ill., on September 10.
Life Trustee Roger Hruby
Roger Hruby ‘58 (H) ‘11 passed away on August 12, 2017. A member of North Central College’s Board of Trustees from 1991 to 2017, Hruby served as board chair for three years before becoming a life trustee.
Hruby and his wife, Nadeane, were devoted and generous supporters of the College. They endowed a scholarship to help working students, funded a state-of-the-art graphics lab in Meiley-Swallow Hall, endowed the Roger and Nadeane Hruby Professorship in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, and established the Hruby Challenge Grant to inspire giving to the Science Center.
For devotion to his alma mater, Hruby earned the College’s Outstanding Alumni Award in 1995 and the Gael D. Swing Award for Meritorious Service in 2007. In 2011 Hruby was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree at North Central’s Commencement. After graduating with a chemistry degree, Hruby put his scientific background and business acumen to work by founding the specialty chemical company CFC International Inc., where he served as chairman and CEO. Hruby later earned an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and served as CEO and managing partner of Redshift Capital LLC.
At the College’s October 20 trustee meeting, Hruby’s philanthropic leadership was honored posthumously with a Dr. Myron Wentz Science Center medal. The award was accepted by his daughter Julie Hruby Jessup.
The award read, in part:
“With heartfelt appreciation for Roger’s unwavering commitment to his alma mater and its students; admiration for his generous challenge gift to North Central College’s trustees in 2012; respect for his unshakable resolve and philanthropic leadership to put a shovel in the ground, ensuring forward movement on a remarkable project; reverence for his life as a scientist, entrepreneur, husband, father and grandfather....”
Hruby was married to the late Nadeane Lee Menees Hruby for 58 years. He is survived by six children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.