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In Memory

Deaths are listed based on information received from families or reported in local newspapers. They are listed by graduation or attendance date. Unknown Year Charles E. Kellogg, Jr., Pittsburg, Kan. Patricia A. Behlar, Pittsburg, Kan. Donald M. Cash, Independence, Mo. Constance W. Gangwer, Pittsburg, Kan. Ron G. Hopkins, Salina, Kan. Karen S. Rowland, Oswego, Kan. William J. Sollner, Arma, Kan. Pat M. Swartz, Bentonville, Ark....

Campus mourns loss of retired, current faculty

Students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni are mourning the loss of two retired faculty members and a current faculty member. Dr. Jack Fay, a professor emeritus of accounting in the Kelce College of Business, died Jan. 19, 2018. He was 79. PSU President Dr. Steve Scott called him a “true scholar” who cared deeply about...

Don Cash recalled as passionate, tough

Don Cash Sr., a retired faculty member who taught in the Kelce College of Business for 30 years and served as a department chair for 10, died on Dec. 5, after a long illness. He was 87. Cash came to PSU in 1966, teaching accounting for 30 years and serving for 10 years as chair...

Schick remembered for her innovative and enduring art style

Porter Hall lost a little of its color last fall: Marjorie Schick, who taught 50 years as a college professor and was known internationally for her wearable art, died Dec. 17, 2017, after a short illness. She had just retired at the end of the Spring Semester. “Marjorie was the innovation, she was the revolution,...

AuBuchon leaves visible mark in Pittsburg

Brig. Gen. James “Jim” AuBuchon, a retired longtime PSU administrator, died Sept. 1, 2017, at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He was 77. For nearly 40 years, he played a significant role in the expansion of the campus, university programming, the growth of Pittsburg, and in military service. President Steve Scott said AuBuchon was...

University mourns the death of Dr. Joseph Grady Smoot

PSU vice president emeritus Joseph “Grady” Smoot died Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Via Christi Village in Pittsburg. He was 85. “Grady loved this university and this community,” said President Steve Scott. “But, more than that, he loved life. He has left a legacy at Pittsburg State that will benefit Gorillas for generations to come....

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Class of 1959 Clara Reida (BSE) is the subject of a recent book, “Because We Wanted To: Two Women, A Dream, and a Ranch Called Singing Acres,” written by award-winning author Carol Ann Wilson. The story chronicles Reida’s adventures with Margaret Locarnini, whom she met at a Girl Scout Camp and who, like her, dreamed...

In Memory

Deaths are listed based on information received from families or reported in local newspapers. They are listed by graduation or attendance date. Unknown Year Robert J. Pursley, Katy, Texas Laurence E. Smerchek, Arma, Kan. Evelyn W. Cattelino, Kingwood, Texas Harold Holder, Wichita, Kan. Lucy K. (O’Reilly) McFall, Girard, Kan.   1938 Margie E. (Banzet) Miller,...

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Classes of 1969 & 1970 Tom McDaniel (BFA, MS 1989) & Anita Harvey McDaniel (BSE, MS 1989) co-authored the book Beantown, USA: The History of Erie, Kansas (1866-2014) and Neosho County, Kansas Old Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Reunion with a group of Erie residents. After completing the book in 2014, Tom and Anita began working on...

In Memory

In Memory Deaths are listed based on information received from families or reported in local newspapers. They are listed alphabetically followed by graduation or attendance date. James T. Akers, 1961 Tina L. Allen, 2006, Pittsburg, Kan. Gregory N. Ambrose, 1975, Olathe, Kan. Dorothy L. (Shade) Ames, 1963, Fort Scott, Kan. Helen L. Anderson, 1949, Parsons,...

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Class of 1976 Robert J. Grassino (BSEd, EDS 1992) retired in 2012 after more than 28 years in public education. Dr. Grassino spent 16 years working in the Circle School District, USD 375, in Towanda, Kan. While at Circle, he served as the elementary principal, the high school principal, and the assistant superintendent. In addition...

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Class of 1960 John Kekec (BSEd, MS 1966), with his wife, Mary, have published “The Kansas/Missouri Border War,” the second book in their Our American Heritage Series. The book is about two pioneer families that migrated west from North Carolina and Pennsylvania and then came together in southeastern Kansas Territory just in time to be...