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In Memory of Eleanor Healy Anderson ’48
Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement
1948
Racine, WI
Obituary

In Memory of Eleanor Healy Anderson ’48

Eleanor Healy Anderson
Eleanor Anderson
Class of 1948
Racine, WI
Obituary

ELEANOR HEALY ANDERSON ’48 of Racine, Wisconsin, died June 7, 2022. At Ripon, she majored in speech communication and history and participated in Alpha Phi/Kappa Sigma Chi. She taught at Union Grove High School from 1948 until 1961. She enjoyed being outside, gardening, writing short stories and traveling with her husband. They had been to all 50 states, and countries including Europe, Israel and China. She was a member of Calvary Memorial Church and was involved in Sunday school, camp life, missions and youth group ministries. Survivors include her husband, Henry Anderson; one son and one daughter; and a sister, HELEN HEALY EDINGER ’55. Her uncle was SILAS EVANS, a longtime president of Ripon College.

Full obituary: www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/journaltimes/name/eleanor-anderson-obituary?pid=202167868

Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement

In Memory of Elizabeth Elton Merchant ’55
Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement
1955
Rothschild, WI
Obituary

In Memory of Elizabeth Elton Merchant ’55

Elizabeth Merchant
Class of 1955
Rothschild, WI
Obituary

ELIZABETH ELTON MERCHANT ’55 of Rothschild, Wisconsin, died May 22, 2022. At Ripon, she majored in biology and participated in Alpha Xi Delta/Kappa Theta. She attended from 1951-1953. She lived in Germany for two years while her husband served in the U.S. Army. They then lived in Beloit. She moved to Rothschild in 2009. She loved gardening, her cats, doing cross stitch, antiquing, reading and traveling, especially camping and visits to Sanibel Island, Florida, Mazatlán, Mexico, and their cabin in northern Wisconsin. Survivors include two sons and one daughter. Her husband, GEORGE D. MERCHANT ’55, died in 2007.

Full obituary: www.beloitdailynews.com/records/obituaries/elizabeth-ann-elton-liz-merchant/

Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement

In Memory of Sheryl Gumz Albers-Anders ’76
Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement
1976
Cottage Grove, WI
Obituary

In Memory of Sheryl Gumz Albers-Anders ’76

Sheryl Albers-Anders
Sheryl Albers-Anders
Class of 1976
Cottage Grove, WI
Obituary

SHERYL GUMZ ALBERS-ANDERS ’76 of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, died May 28, 2022. At Ripon, she studied art. She earned a law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a certificate in human resources from Madison College. She worked on the family farm, served on the Sauk County Farm Bureau Board, was a founding member of the Sauk County Women in Agriculture-Eagle Bluff Chapter, and was a member of the Wisconsin Mint Growers Association, Wisconsin Muck Growers Association and Wisconsin Drain Boards Association. She was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in a special election and served until her retirement in 2009. She also practiced law, worked in human resources at the Department of Corrections and had a private pilot’s license. She enjoyed sewing and tailoring, traveling, attending races and entertaining friends. Survivors include her husband, STEVE ANDERS; one son and four stepchildren; and seven siblings, including JOLANDE “JONDI” GUMZ ’75 and JOY GUMZ ’78.

Full obituary: www.gundersonfh.com/obituaries/Sheryl-K-Albers-Anders

Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement

In Memory of Todd Truesdale
Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement
Oshkosh, WI
Obituary

In Memory of Todd Truesdale

Todd Truesdale
Todd Truesdale
Class of 0
Oshkosh, WI
Obituary

Adjunct Instructor of Music TODD A. TRUESDALE of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, died Thursday, May 19, 2022, after a brief illness. He received music degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and enjoyed performing and teaching percussion. In addition to Ripon College, he taught at Xavier High School, Neenah High School, Shattuck Middle School of Neenah, Little Chute High School, Oshkosh West High School and Appleton Music Academy. He also performed with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, Manitowoc Symphony, Vento Winds, Wisconsin Symphonic Winds and his hometown band 3 Way Street. He was self-employed through Truesdale Drum Works and also repaired percussion equipment and restored vintage drums. He also enjoyed building things, barbecuing, camping and bow hunting. Survivors include his wife, Hannah; and two children.

Full obituary: legacy.com/us/obituaries/name/todd-truesdale-obituary

Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement

In Memory of John Ackley Sr. ’62
Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement
1962
Pewaukee, WI
Obituary

In Memory of John Ackley Sr. ’62

John Ackley
Class of 1962
Pewaukee, WI
Obituary

John Michael Ackley Sr. was born on December 2, 1940, in Waukesha, WI, and lived nearly his entire 81 years in Pewaukee, WI. He attended Ripon College where he received his degree in Finance and Economics and went on to complete his Masters of Business Administration at Ohio University. He was an avid sports fan and especially loved all of his Wisconsin teams including the Badgers, Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers. Over his lifetime, John was a successful business executive, loving family man and avid cyclist. He passed away on May 16, 2022, at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Sr. and Anita, and brothers James Jr., Michael and Eugene. He is survived by his wife of 59 years and 11 months, Helen, son John Jr., daughter Donna (husband Mark Muehl), granddaughter Ashley (husband Michael Wright), and great-granddaughters Kami and Skyler.

Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement

In Memory of Paul Hoffman, Sr.
Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement
1973
Clintonville, WI
Obituary

In Memory of Paul Hoffman, Sr.

Paul Hoffman '73
Paul Hoffman, Sr.
Class of 1973
Clintonville, WI
Obituary

PAUL M. HOFFMAN SR. ’73 of Clintonville, Wisconsin, died May 12, 2022. At Ripon, he majored in physical education and participated in football, baseball and Phi Kappa Pi (Merriman). He earned a master’s degree in education and was assistant defensive football coach at Northern Michigan University. He also coached football at Kansas State University. He worked for the Soo Line Railroad in Escanaba, Michigan, for a time, then in corporate insurance for about 25 years. He ran his own insurance firm, Paul Hoffman & Co., in Chewelah, Washington, and owned a 120-acre beef ranch. He moved back to Clintonville last year and was a member of Christus Lutheran Church. He enjoyed traveling to Mexico, coaching, and watching professional sports teams. Survivors include his wife, Kathryn; one son and two daughters.

Full obituary: https://www.tchdailynews.com/2022/05/16/paul-m-hoffman-sr/

Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement

In Memory of Jeffrey Gohlke ’68
Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement
1968
Viroqua, WI
Obituary

In Memory of Jeffrey Gohlke ’68

Jeffrey Gohlke
Jeffrey Gohlke
Class of 1968
Viroqua, WI
Obituary

JEFFREY L. GOHLKE ’68 of Viroqua, Wisconsin, died May 3, 2022. At Ripon, he majored in economics and participated in Phi Kappa Pi (Merriman) fraternity. He served in the U.S. Army and had a long, distinguished career helping build Milwaukee’s economy and contributing to the success of local businesses. He started at the Department of City Development in 1971 and retired as vice president of industrial development from the Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation in 2001. After retiring in the Viroqua area, he served for six years as Viroqua city administrator and held officer roles at the Vernon Economic Development Association, Viroqua Development Association and the Viroqua Area Rotary Club. Survivors include his wife, Carol; two sons and two daughters.

Full obituary: legacy.com/us/obituaries/lacrossetribune/name/jeffrey-gohlke-obituary

Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement

In Memory of Marcia Macleish Higgins ’63
Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement
1963
Sarasota, FL
Obituary

In Memory of Marcia Macleish Higgins ’63

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Marcia Higgins
Class of 1963
Sarasota, FL
Obituary

MARCIA MACLEISH HIGGINS ’63 of Sarasota, Florida, died Jan. 29, 2022. At Ripon, she majored in history, participated in Alpha Phi/Kappa Sigma Chi and served as Class Agent and 45th Reunion Committee coordinator. She was a teacher and later the office manager for Libertyville Vision Center. She was an avid golfer who enjoyed travel and boating on Green Lake, Wisconsin. Marcia is survived by her husband, JUDSON HIGGINS ’62; two sons; a sister, and sister, LORNA MACLEISH ’64; and a cousin, PHILIP K. MCCULLOUGH ’69.

https://libertyvillefuneralhome.com/tribute/details/905/Marcia-Higgins/obituary.html

Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement

In Memory of Philip B. Clarkson
Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement
Carmel, CA
Obituary

In Memory of Philip B. Clarkson

Philip Clarkson
Philip Clarkson
Class of 0
Carmel, CA
Obituary

PHILIP B. CLARKSON of Carmel, California, professor of theatre at Ripon from 1963-1972, died April 29, 2022. At Ripon, he was head of the drama department and interim dean. He received the May Bumby Severy, Class of 1908, Award in teaching, and an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree in 1994. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and also trained at Central School, London, and the University of Paris. He had extensive experience as a director and producer, wrote numerous books and was literary executor to playwright William Inge. He also served Norwich University, Morningside College and SUNY at Plattsburgh. He lived in Carmel Valley for more than 40 years, was active in his church, taught at Monterey Peninsula College, worked in community theatre and led a play reading group for more than 25 years.

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/montereyherald/name/philip-clarkson-obituary?id=34641482

Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement

Lynn Benson Schenck ’72 and friends celebrat...
Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement
1972
St Louis, MO
Sightings

Lynn Benson Schenck ’72 and friends celebrate 50 years

Class of 1972 Sailing
Lynn Schenck
Class of 1972
St Louis, MO
Sightings

Recently six alumni were celebrating the Class of 1972’s 50th anniversay by sailing the British Virgin Islands. Pictured left to right:

JACK SEAVER ’72, RUTH ANN DELESS SEAVER ’73 , BOB SCHENCK ’72, LYNN BENSON SCHENCK ’72, STEVE SANDSTROM ’72, and Nancy Sandstrom.

Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement

In Memory of Robert J. Gill ’93
Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement
1993
Dunstable, MA
Obituary

In Memory of Robert J. Gill ’93

Robert Gill
Robert Gill
Class of 1993
Dunstable, MA
Obituary

Robert J. Gill, III ’93 of Dunstable, MA, died March 29, 2021, after a lengthy illness, his family at his side. Born in Lowell on September 3, 1971, the son of Robert J. Jr. and Linda (Ely) Gill of Dunstable. He received his early education in the Norfolk, VA and Lowell school systems. He graduated from Bishop Guertin HS with the class of 1989. He furthered his education at Ripon College in Ripon Wisconsin earning a BA in Economics in 1993. After graduating, he was offered a full scholarship in the PHD program at Boston College. He rejected that and moved to California to work in the high-tech industry for many years. When he became ill, he moved back to his family and did independent programming, taught himself the Russian language, enjoyed his family, his dogs and sports. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Jonathan P. Gill of Dunstable, and his two favorite dogs, Bustah and Eva.

Full obituary: tributearchive.com/obituaries/20575676/Robert-Gill

Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement

In Memory of John X. Jamrich ’43
Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement
1943
Savannah, GA
Obituary

In Memory of John X. Jamrich ’43

John Jamrich
Class of 1943
Savannah, GA
Obituary

JOHN X. JAMRICH ’43 of Savannah, Georgia, died Feb. 20, 2022. At Ripon, he majored in mathematics, physics and German and participated in music and Lambda Delta Alpha/Delta Upsilon. He received Ripon’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1983. He also received degrees from the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps before embarking on a career in higher education administration. He served in Iowa and Nebraska, then as the eighth president of Northern Michigan University from 1968 to 1983. He impacted academic programs, autonomous student life and infrastructure. John X. Jamrich Hall is named in his honor. After retiring, he was a consultant and volunteer. An accomplished pianist, he performed at nursing homes and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Survivors include his daughters.

Full obituary: canalefuneral.com/obituary/639384/dr.-john-x.–jamrich/

Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement