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Class Notes

Class Notes

Class of 1958  John LeBar (BSEd ’58), who holds a doctorate, published a book titled, “Marching Toward Madness: How To Save the Games You Always Loved,” about the good and the bad of big-time athletics. It also discusses players’ abilities to compete at a high level and still be able to excel academically. LeBar taught and coached for 53 years in higher...
Kelly Borden

Kelly Borden

Pittsburg State faculty, staff, students, and alumni are mourning the loss of Kelly Borden, a longtime administrative   specialist in the Department   of Biology who died on Dec. 31, 2019, after a battle with genetic lung cancer. She was 58.  A 1979 graduate of Pittsburg High School, she attended PSU and in 1990, married Joe Borden....

Martin and Carlson leave legacy of Music

Two Music Department Professors Emeriti who impacted generations of students died within a few weeks of each other last September: Carolann Martin and Paul Carlson.  Martin, 83, taught from 1977 to 2001 and was a former conductor of the Southeast Kansas Symphony, propelling it into a regional ensemble.  “Her love for Pitt State, the SEK Symphony, and...
Barry Bengsten

Barry Bengsten

Former colleagues and alumni are mourning the death of retired longtime theater educator and director Barry   Bengsten, associate professor emeritus, who died on Jan. 20. He was 80.  Bengsten, who held a bachelor’s in theater, a master’s in design, and post-graduate studies in theater, joined the faculty at PSU in 1969 as designer/technical director/assistant professor...
Helen Louise Rua

Helen Louise Rua

Pittsburg State University is mourning the death of a generous longtime university supporter, Helen Louise Rua, of Pittsburg. She died on Dec. 28, 2019, at age 95.  She was the widow of August “Augie” Rua, a longtime Pittsburg businessman, who attended PSU after serving in the U.S. Army in World War II. He earned his bachelor’s in...

New book club features PSU authors

Before he was the author of a novel described as “downright dazzling” by the New York Times, Steve Weddle was a graduate student at Pittsburg State University. As of January, his book, “Country Hardball,” also carries another distinction: it’s the first selection of the new Gorilla Alumni Book Club.    The club is virtual, operated through...
Harry E. Krug

Harry E. Krug

Retired Art Department Chair and noted artist Harry E. Krug, Jr., 89, of Pittsburg, died Nov. 27, in Pittsburg. Colleagues remembered him as one who championed art and one who continued to be involved in the department beyond his retirement.  Krug joined the faculty at PSU in 1958, earning a promotion to full professor in...

Campus mourns passing of former vice presidents

Robert Ratzlaff Faculty, staff, and alumni mourned the loss this year of retired Vice President and Professor Emeritus Robert Ratzlaff, 78, who died on May 19, 2019, at his residence in Pittsburg. Ratzlaff was employed by PSU for 40 years and the Outstanding Faculty Award was named in his honor. He earned a master’s degree...

In Memory

Deaths are listed based on information received from families or reported in local newspapers. They are listed by graduation or attendance date.   1934 Margaret Kinne, Erie, Kan.   1940 Louise J. Hutson, Fort Worth, Texas Gussia J. Butler, Kan. City, Mo. Mary V. Gadberry, Columbia, Mo.   1942 Bob I. Maurer, North Arlington, NJ...

Class Notes

Class of 1962 Gary Arnett (BS, MS ’63) was inducted into the Clay Center Community High School Hall of Fame. He had a career with NASA from 1963-1985, serving as research scientist, branch chief, and payload engineer. Among his many responsibilities and accomplishments, he advanced the “Heat Flow and Convection” experiment for Apollo 17. The...

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 Ginny (Fiaccavento) Schneider, Frontenac, Kan. Walter L. Shear, Rowland Heights, Calif.   1920 Fannie (Smiley) Flower, Topeka, Kan.   1938 Ray Rowland, Leawood, Kan.   1940 Betty (Dorsey) Smith, Patoka,...

Class Notes

Class of 1940 Lt. Richard Schiefelbusch (BSEd) celebrated his 100th birthday and served as the Grand Marshal of the Lawrence, Kan., Veterans Day Parade.   Class of 1966 Jim Triplett (BA, MS ’68), a longtime award-winning conservationist and retired biology faculty member, was appointed as the first Special Assistant to the President for Sustainability at...