1983 – Fall ’19 Class Letter

Barb Williams Clay

612-749-5010 / [email protected]


Greetings, Class of 1983. We have reached the end of an era with the last of our professors, “Doctor Bob” Wallace and Professor Paul Schoofs, retiring. It is with a sad heart that Ripon had to say good-bye to Julie Johnson, coach and athletic director, who lost her battle to cancer. A court in Weiske Gymnasium in the new Willmore Center recently was renamed the Johnson/Gillespie Court in her honor.

Spring in Paris was a highlight and I was able to meet up with PAUL EVENSEN ’83 for dinner (which happened to be the day that Notre Dame caught fire). My travel mates and I were thankful that we had the opportunity to see Notre Dame on the Saturday before it burned. Paul sends a big hello to his Ripon friends.

PATRICK YARBROUGH ’83 of Rockford, Illinois, will retire as associate circuit judge of the 17th Circuit Court on Aug. 31, 2019.

Thank you, Class of 1983, for an excellent demonstration of support for the May 1 #OneDayRally. Our class topped the chart with a donation of $129,259 and provided 12% of the total $1,085,314. Increasing our participation rate to be in the top 10 will be our next goal.

It’s fun to read class notes, so please contact me with updates to share.