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


A 2017 graduate of the master’s degree program in missional leadership, Richard Giorgi, died April 27, 2021. Obituary

Judy (Miller) Harbottle, a member of the class of 1962, passed away April 1, 2021. Obituary

Bert Bryan, a 2012 graduate of the university’s master’s degree program in missional leadership, passed away Jan. 2, 2021. Bert recently retired from Rochester University after completing a second career in the development office. His wife, Ann, retired recently from Rochester University as well, were she served in the education department. Obituary


A 1987 graduate, Cherie (Hunt) Elbrader, passed away Dec. 27, 2020. Obituary

A 1971 graduate, Clifford Masih, passed away Oct. 13, 2020. Clifford’s brother, Peter Masih, is a member of the class of 1973. Obituary

Jay Tyler, a 1987 graduate and student recruiter for Rochester University during the 1980s, passed away Sept. 19, 2020. Obituary

A 1963 graduate, Wayne Briggs, died Sept 8, 2020. Wayne’s two brothers, Mark and David Briggs, are members of the class of 1979. Obituary

Kay Glover, a member of the class of 1967, passed away July 15, 2020. Her father, Boyd Glover, managed the bookstore during the early 1970s.  Three of her brothers are also alumni: Bennie Glover (’65), Larry Glover (’68), and Joe Glover (’75). Obituary

A former employee of Rochester University, Sharlotte Roper, passed away July 14, 2020. Sharlotte taught psychology and sociology, and also served as dean of women. Her husband, Coy Roper, taught Bible from 1978-1987. Two of their children, Shannon (Roper-’86) Boren and Alec Roper (’87) are alumni. Obituary

Dean Oliver, a 1973 graduate and former student recruiter for the university, passed away May 28, 2020. Dean’s wife, Zan (Eubank) Oliver, is a member of the class of 1975. Two of their children, Hanni (Oliver-’01) Oskey and Nathan Oliver (’03), are also alumni. Obituary

A member of the class of 1968, Norma (Cagle) Frick, passed away May 8, 2020. Norma’s sister, Lorraine (Cagle) Weckerly, is a member of the class of 1967. Obituary