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Family Loss

Rochester University students and employees often refer to the university community as a family. The Rochester University family expresses its sympathy for the loss of the following alumni and former employees during the last twelve months. If you know of other alumni or former employees who have passed away, please contact Larry Stewart at lstewart@RochesterU.edu.

2022

Mildred Eckstein, an instructor from 1986 to 2000, passed away Sept. 10, 2022. She was preceded in death by her husband, Steve Eckstein, former professor of Bible, and her daughter, Nan (Eckstein) Fox, former director of financial aid. Obituary

A 1966 graduate, Jana (VanEaton) Waltman, passed away May 29, 2022. Jana’s daughter, Sandi (Waltman) King, earned degrees from Rochester University in 1989 and 2005. Obituary

Kevin Maskill, a member of the class of 2021, passed away March 17, 2022. Obituary

A member of the class of 1962, Jim Dillinger, passed away Feb. 3, 2022. Jim also completed a bachelor’s degree at Rochester University in 2001. Obituary

Nikki Bruce, a 2011 graduate, passed away suddenly Jan. 18, 2022. Obituary

2021

A member of the class of 1973, Denise (Green) Spencer, passed away Dec. 26, 2021. Denise’s father, Coy Green, was a member of the class of 1961. Her sister, Jeanette Green, attended in 1980. Obituary

Sherry Hazel, a 1992 graduate, passed away Dec. 9, 2021. Four of Sherry’s siblings are also alumni: Rodney Hazel (’86, ’99), Shelly (Hazel-89) Morgenstern, and Troy Hazel (’02). Obituary

Dan Ferguson, a member of the class of 1968, passed away Nov. 15, 2021. Dan’s wife, Phyllis (Huckaba) Ferguson, is also a member of the class of 1968. Dan’s sister, Letha Ferguson, is a 1982 graduate and his daughter, Lydia (Ferguson) Horvath, a 1991 graduate. Obituary

A member of the class of 1974, Chuck Mangion, died Nov. 9, 2021. His sister, Margaret Mangion, is a 1966 graduate. Obituary

Steve Crosson, a member of the class of 1976, passed away Oct. 11, 2021. Two of Steve’s sisters, Barb (Crosson-’77) Harper and Gail (Crosson-’78) Shortridge, are alumni. His son, Kyle Crosson, is a member of the class of 2013. Obituary

A 1977 graduate, Keith Wellstead, passed away Oct. 2, 2021. Keith’s wife, Andra, is a member of the class of 1978. Obituary

Keith Price, a 2003 graduate, passed away Aug. 21, 2021. Keith’s wife, Lora (Ryan) Price, is a 1971 graduate. Two of their children, Lanalee Price (’91) and Keira Price (’12), are also alumni. Obituary

A 1985 graduate, Cheryl (Ingersoll) Wilson, passed away Aug. 8, 2021. Cheryl’s son, Chris Krupinski, is a member of the class of 2013. Obituary

Mark Wheeler, a member of the class of 1998, died Aug. 8, 2021. Obituary

Angelo Griffis, a member of the class of 2017, passed away July 17, 2021. Obituary

A member of the class of 1968, Diane (Downey) Watkins, passed away July 17, 2021. Obituary

Everett Foster, a member of the class of 1983, passed away June 29, 2021. Everett volunteered countless hours on campus during the 1970s and 1980s doing electrical work. His wife, Maxine Foster, is a former president of the Associates. Their children, Darlene (Foster-’82 and ’08) Gardner and Jody (Foster-’86) Siegel,  are alumni. Their grandson, Justin Siegel, is a current Rochester University student. Obituary

Mandy Arena, a 1991 graduate, passed away June 15, 2021. Obituary

Richard Fruzia, a member of the class of 1963, died June 10, 2021. Obituary

Bryan Williams, a 2000 graduate, passed away June 3, 2021. Bryan’s father, Art Williams, was a 1966 graduate. Obituary