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.
Shirley Myers ’37 Chivas of Naperville on April 1.
Ruth Hammersmith ‘39 of Naperville on July 2.
Melvin Miller ’48 of Savanna, Ill., on May 15.
Reuben Thomas “R.T.” Stibbe ’50 of Naperville on April 29, 2015.
Arthur Rawers ’51 of Stickney, Ill., on January 10.
Reverend Carl Lemna ‘52 of North Manchester, Ind., on February 23. He is survived by his wife Lois Helmers ‘55 Lemna.
Ruth Hahn ‘54 of Dayton, Ohio, on July 5. She is survived by her cousin Elizabeth Libby ’57.
Robert Fletcher ’58 of Lisle, Ill., on April 6. He is survived by his wife A. Eleanore Fletcher ’82; daughters Christine and Donna ‘88; and grandchildren Thomas, Patricia ’18 and Jacalynn.
Dorothy Sikora ’59 Reidy of Palos Hills, Ill., on May 16.
Ruth Gillingham ’62 Coleman of Joliet, Ill., on June 17, 2016.
Carole Engel ’62 Higley of Sarasota, Fla., on September 25, 2016. She is survived by her husband Leonard Higley ’58.
John Canniff ’63 of East Lansing, Mich., on April 22. He is survived by his wife Jo Ann Swank ’63 Canniff.
Thomas H. Williams ‘65 of Petoskey, Mich., on April 10. He is survived by his wife Marjorie “Marje” Parks ‘64 Williams, sons Christopher ‘92 and Benn ‘96, sister Mary Williams ‘67 Lewandowksi, and in-laws, nephews and nieces, many of whom are North Central alumni.
Anthony Perusich ’75 of Glendale Heights, Ill., on October 15, 2016.
William “Billy” Smith ’84 of Darien, Ill., on March 22, 2016.
Jessica Coates ’10 of Rockford, Ill., on June 15.
Helen Muleya ‘12 of DeKalb, Ill., formerly of Zambia, Africa, on May 8.
Professor Emeritus B. Pierre Lebeau
Bernard Pierre Lebeau of Naperville, Professor of History Emeritus, passed away May 28 at age 84. He grew up in occupied France during WWII and came to the United States in 1952 to study at the University of Ohio, where he received his bachelor’s (’55) and master’s (’75) degrees. At North Central, his 44 years as an educator, mentor, campus leader and historian were significant and impactful. In modern and classical languages he served as a professor of French and often department chair. His career included nearly 20 years as a professor of history. He taught European Intellectual History in the History of Ideas program in addition to Illinois History. His lifelong scholarship work included French colonial studies, and he founded the Alliance Francaise of DuPage County. Lebeau served as assistant vice president of academic affairs from 1986 to 1991 and participated in the academic and governance life at North Central until his retirement in 2010. In 2011 he coauthored the College’s history book, “150 Years. A Promising Start.” Lebeau is survived by his wife, Marcia, and his daughters Gabrielle Majewski and Brigitte Fleischer.
Professor Emeritus Wesley Stieg
Wesley Stieg ’56, Ph.D., of Naperville, Professor of Biology Emeritus, passed away April 8 at age 82. He taught biology at North Central College for 40 years, specializing in microbiology, nutrition and genetics. Stieg received his bachelor’s in biology and chemistry from North Central, his master’s in zoology from the University of Illinois, and his doctorate in microbiology at Chicago Medical School. He was a passionate educator who inspired countless students in the fields of science and health. He was instrumental in the creation of opportunities for undergraduate research and campus membership in student honorary societies, guiding students toward graduate education and professional success. Outside of teaching, Stieg was enthusiastic about gardening and cultivating a myriad of houseplants, orchids and African violets in his home. He is survived by his daughters Catherine ’97, Elisabeth Hooper and his granddaughter Abigail. A celebration of his life will be held September 9 in Koten Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Stieg’s name to North Central College’s Wentz Science Center as part of the Brilliant Future Campaign.
Life Trustee Theodore “Ted” Desch
Ted E. Desch of Naperville passed away July 5. He joined the Board of Trustees in 1974 and became a Life Trustee in 2003. In 2004, Desch was recognized for 30 years of service to the College. He was a leader and example of securing corporate gifts to the College, along with his own strong commitment. He served for more than 20 years as a member of the College’s Business Affairs Committee and chaired the Inauguration Planning Committee when Gael D. Swing became the College’s eighth president. He was a graduate of the University of Illinois School of Law, and for most of his active trusteeship, senior vice president of law and corporate affairs at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Kay Desch.
Ian MacKenzie Rolland of Fort Wayne, Ind., passed away July 1. He and wife Mimi Flickinger ’55 Rolland have been among the College’s most loyal donors. They have generously supported the renovation of Old Main, an endowed chair, the conversion of the original boilerhouse into the Rolland Center Boilerhouse Café, construction of the Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center, and most recently the new Science Center. Rolland began his career at Lincoln National Corporation in 1956 and was chairman of the board when he retired in 1998. He was passionate about improving the lives of people in Fort Wayne through involvement with nonprofit organizations, mentoring future leaders and establishing a foundation. He is survived by his wife Mimi.
Life Trustee Roger Hruby
Former board chair and Life Trustee Roger Hruby Sr. ‘58 (H) ‘11 passed August 12. A full obituary about Roger’s extraordinary support for his alma mater will appear in the next issue.