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 1977 graduate, Jim Bodine, passed away Sep. 30, 2019. Jim’s wife, Lory (Palmer) Bodine, is also a member of the class of 1977. All three of Jim’s daughters and two of his sons-in-law are also alumni: Kevin (’04) and Sara (Bodine-’08) Stewart, James (’12) and Katy (Bodine-’13) Busam, and Emily Bodine (’17). Obituary

Ron Case, a member of the class of 1961, passed away July 6, 2019. Ron was preceded in death by his wife, Joan (Counsell) Case, a member of the class of 1960. Two of Ron’s brothers and a sister-in-law are also alumni: James Case (’61) as well as David (’67) and Jackie (Allen-’67) Case. Obituary

James Neal, a member of the class of 1968, died June 30, 2019. Jim’s wife, Helen (Tiner) Neal is also a member of the class of 1968. Their son, Brian, is a member of the class of 1991. Obituary

A 1985 graduate, Mike Thomas, passed away June 24, 2019. Mike’s wife, Simone (Hipkins) Thomas, is also a member of the class of 1985. Obituary

Kevin Galloway, a member of the class of 1989, passed away May 24, 2019. Kevin’s wife, Davena (Fields) Galloway, is also a member of the class of 1989. Obituary

Terry (McClure) Pitts, a 1983 graduate and former employee of the university, passed away May 11, 2019. Terry’s husband, Frank Pitts, is a member of the class of 1986 and serves on the faculty of Rochester University. Two of Terry’s siblings and one of their spouses are alumni: David (’84) and Susan (Loutner-’83) McClure, and Marymartha (McClure-’92) Bagwell. Her son and his wife, Matthias (’11) and Keilah (Blasingame-’11) Pitts are alumni. Two of her nephews and their wives, and her niece are alumni as well: Grant (’11) and Kami (Heater-’10) McClure, Cole (’19) and Kalita (Zila-’15) McClure, and Kayce McClure (’13). Obituary

Joan (Gentry) Tober, a member of the class of 1967, passed away Mar. 27, 2019. Joan’s sister, Sue (Gentry) Wasson, is a 1962 graduate. Obituary

A 1970 graduate, Ken Chaffin, passed away Mar. 26, 2019. Ken’s wife, Jannie (Bullock) Chaffin, is also a member of the class of 1970. Obituary

Maurice Hall, one of the university’s founding faculty members, died Mar. 8, 2019, at age 99. Maurice dedicated his life to world evangelism, serving as a missionary in Vietnam and France. He was also the founder of World Christian Broadcasting. News Article

Shirley Funston, a member of the university’s first graduating class (1961), died Feb. 27, 2019. Obituary

A 1961 graduate, David Coleman, died Feb. 17, 2019. Obituary


Howard Hagerman, a member of the Rochester University Board of Trustees from 1973-2009, passed away Dec. 6, 2018. Lois (French) Hagerman, a 1976 graduate of the university, is married to Dan Hagerman, the son of Howard and Joan. The daughter of Dan and Lois, Bethany (Hagerman) Rossetti, is a 2016 graduate. Obituary

A 2003 graduate, Keyvonne (King) Connie, passed away Nov. 30, 2018. Keyvonne’s sister, Katrina (King) Reed, is a member of the class of 1997. Obituary

Janie (Stewart) Keating, a member of the class of 1971, passed away Nov. 27, 2018. Three of her siblings and two of their spouses are alumni: Bob (’68) and Vivian (Hale-’67) Stewart, Larry (’70) and Lynne (Yoakum-’74) Stewart, and Ken Stewart (’82). Several of her nephews, nieces, and their spouses are alumni as well: Bob (’90) and Laura (Snyder-’89) Stewart, Ben Stewart (’92), Brian (’08) and Beth (Stewart-’02,’10) Bowers, Kevin (’04) and Sara (Bodine-’08) Stewart, Jared Cramer (’04), and Carmen (Stewart-’10) Chowning. Obituary