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Camilla Jo (Keener) Alderfer,'76, 63, Phi
Mu, Dec. 28, 2017, Centralia, Kansas.
Survivors include her sisters Janice
(Keener) Towell, '75, and Jennifer
(Keener) Herre, '85.
Carol J. (Carter) Anderson, former
student, 89, Alpha Chi Omega, Dec. 12,
2017, Kansas City, Missouri,
Keith Anderson, '93, 59, Nov. 26, 2017,
Kansas City, Missouri.
played an influential
role in beginning
softball and women's
She was inducted
into Baker's Athletic
Hall of Fame in 2003 for her significant
contributions to the field of education,
recreational health, and sports, and
in her achievements in coaching
collegiate athletics at Baker. She
began her teaching and coaching
career at Baldwin High School. After
spending time at home with her two
sons, she returned to Baker University
in 1976 to teach and coach full time.
Her chief responsibility was to organize
and coach the university's first softball
and women's basketball programs.
She coached basketball from 1976 to
1978 and softball from 1976 to 1983.
At the 1981 National Association of
Intercollegiate Athletics for Women
Softball Tournament, Baker finished
ninth for Division III. The 1982
team finished third. Cowherd loved
teaching and coaching, providing the
educational and physical tools her
students and athletes needed. She
also knew that funding was essential
and put in place three scholarships
at Baker University that support
two of her passions: softball and
biology. She served on the Baker
Board of Trustees.
December 2017 - April 2018
Penny L. (Asel) Besecke, '65, 75, Alpha
Chi Omega, Jan. 8, 2018, Schaumburg,
Illinois. Survivors include her sister
Katharine (Asel) O'Bryhim, '70, and
brother-in-law Michael O'Bryhim, '69.
Anita (Moore) Billingsley, '47, 92, Dec. 17,
2017, McDowell, Virginia.
Marion Bonebrake, '47, 92, Delta
Delta Delta, March 20, 2018, Fort
Pierce, Florida. Survivors include her
husband, David Robert (Bob) Bonebrake,
Wendell Castle, '55, 85, Delta Tau
Delta, Jan. 20, 2018, Scottsville, New
York. Survivors include his brother, Wayne
Lawrence H. Channell, '51, 90, Oct. 24,
2017, Basehor, Kansas.
Coelet (Modacure) Cotton, '05, 57, Nov.
24, 2017, Lawrence, Kansas.
Emmalie C. (Gessner) Cowherd, '61, 78,
Delta Delta Delta, Board of Trustees 20112017, Athletics Hall of Fame, Feb. 4, 2018,
Carrollton, Missouri. Survivors include her
sons, Benjamin Polen, '89 and Dallas
Polen, '91, and daughter-in-law Leann
(Shores) Polen, '89.
Naomi (Cox) Dale, '47, 93, Zeta Tau
Alpha, Jan. 3, 2018, Cocoa Beach,
Fredrick E. Doebbeling, '63, 78, Delta
Tau Delta, Feb. 11, 2018, Kansas City,
Missouri. Survivors include his sister
Dee Ann (Doebbeling) Lenkey, '67, and
brother-in-law Terry Lenkey, '68.
Dr. John Cammel English, faculty '65'97, 83, April 5, 2018, Baldwin City,
Shirley A. Erickson, former employee, 86,
Nov. 10, 2017, Osawatomie, Kansas.
Gregory Evensen, '72, 67, Kappa Sigma,
Jan. 27, 2018, Iron Mountain, Michigan.
Michael A. Gayoso Sr., '97, 69, Oct. 26,
2017, Port Saint Lucie, Florida.
Edwin N. Gentry, '08, 65, Nov. 29, 2017,
Oskaloosa, Kansas. Survivors include his
mother-in-law Pat (Hahn) Blair, '57.
Dr. John English
joined the faculty at
Baker University in
1965, was promoted
to full professor in
1968, and served
as the chairman of
the Department of
History and Political Science from
1965 to 1973 and from 1983 to
1993. He was responsible especially
for courses on English history and
the techniques of historical research.
He fostered the teaching of Asian
civilizations and promoted the
humanities' role in undergraduate
education. He played a crucial role in
the design of the Shaping of Western
Thought program that integrated
history, literature, religion, theater,
psychology, and philosophy into
a two-semester sequence using
primary texts that spanned the 5th
century through the 20th century.
The life and times of John Wesley,
the principal founder of Methodism,
was the focus of English's research,
and he was the first American invited
to deliver the Annual Lecture of the
Wesley Historical Society of Great
Britain. He was the first recipient of
Baker's Distinguished Scholarship
award, and in February 2018 was
inducted into the Baker University
Faculty Hall of Fame.
Jack E. Goold III, '04, 46, Feb. 17, 2018,
Lee's Summit, Missouri.
Shirley Ann (Lovelady) Grove, '50, 88,
Alpha Chi Omega, Dec. 6, 2017, Kansas
City, Kansas. Survivors include her brotherin-law Richard Donovan, '51.
William K. Hall, '64, 76, Zeta Chi, March
3, 2018, Broomfield, Colorado. Survivors
include his sister, Mary Jane Hall, '57.
Gary Hammond, '68, 75, Jan. 25, 2018,
Joseph J. Hellmann, III, '68, 72, Oct. 6,
2017, Allen, Texas. Survivors include his
brother Robert Jones, '69.
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