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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

Carol (Killian) Martinez, a member of the class of 1964, passed away Dec. 7, 2022. Carol’s husband, Aaron Martinez, is also a member of the class of 1964. Two of the couple’s children, Tracy Martinez (’85) and Francie (Martinez) Holder (’86) are also alumni. Obituary

Ron Brown, a 1971 graduate, died Nov. 21, 2022. Obituary

A member of the class of 2000, Shannon (Perne) Simons, passed away Oct. 29, 2022. Shannon’s husband, Bill Simons, is also a member of the class of 2000. Obituary

Priscilla Redmond, a 1967 graduate, passed away Oct. 24, 2022.  Priscilla’s brother, Tom Redmond, is a member of the class of 1968. Obituary

A 1962 graduate, Dean Moore, passed away Sept. 19, 2022. Dean’s wife, Mary (Branstetter) Moore, and Dean’s sister, Diana (Moore) Phipps, are also members of the class of 1962. Dean and Mary’s daughter, Kelly (Moore) Coppage, is a 1984 graduate. Obituary

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

Lorrie Wonfor, a 2006 graduate from the accelerated program, died Sept. 6, 2022. Obituary

A member of the class of 1981, Karen Helsing, passed away Aug. 1, 2022. 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

Kitty (Curry) Murnan, a member of the class of 1977, died March 27, 2022. 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