Alumni Updates Spring 2021


Bobby Gene Willis (’54 SCI/MATH) and Shirley Ann Nickle were married on April 13, 2019.

Isabel Thoma (MGMT/MKTG ’15) and Brett Glenn were married on Nov. 28, 2020.

Emily Roberts (ENGL EDU & CW EDU ’19) and Doug Smith were married on Sept. 19, 2020.

Thamoda Rodrigo (MECH ENGR ’20) and Zach Crossen (ALUM) were married on Oct. 3, 2020.


Ilah Ruth Bell Kane

Emily Bell (SPH/ENGL ’07 & M.S. CSP ’08) and Matt Kane, a daughter, Ilah Ruth, March 17, 2020.

Eduardo Garcia (IS ’07) and his wife, Nallely, a son, Ehden Liam, July 6, 2020.

Thomas Mosley (ART ’09) and his wife, Victoria Langley (ALUM), a son, Gabriel Alexander, July 27, 2020.

Tyler Bridges (EAM ’11 & M.S. EMHS ’13) and Rachel Rinehart Bridges (EDU ’14), a daughter, Caroline Jane Bridges, March 26, 2020.

Zach Columbus Draper (IT ’11) and his wife, Christina, a daughter, Amelia Jane, Sept. 25, 2020.

Jenna Mosher (NURS ’11) and Jared Mosher (AGBU ’12), a daughter, Josie Paige, Oct. 8, 2020.

James Thompson (IT ’11) and Sara Siebenmorgen Thompson (NURS ’14), a daughter, Addison Margaret, July 17, 2020. Addison has a brother, Anthony James.

T.J. Posey (MGMT/MKTG ’11) and Jenny Vining Posey (ECED ’11), a son, Will, Dec. 31, 2020. Will has two brothers: Drew and Wes.

Kassidy Jones (LPN ’12, MM ’16 & M.S. CSP ’19) and Tanner Jones (CP AST ’16), a son, Emmett Thomas, Oct. 18, 2020.

Laura Beth Anderson Brogdon (BUAD ’13) and Jeremy Brogdon (BPS & BSME ’13), a son, Major Joshua, Dec. 17, 2020. Major has a sister, Charley Dean.

Aaron D. Gammill (HIST EDU ’13) and Jessika Hintson Gammill (ECED ’14), a daughter, Aurora Paige, May 18, 2020. Aurora has a sister, Cecilia, and a brother, Theodore.

Matthew Haney (BPS-ID ’13) and his wife, Lisa, a son, Abel, July 6, 2020. Abel has a brother, Owen.

Whitley Sherman (’13 CT & ’13 SOC) and Tony Coats, a daughter, Aurora Ray, Aug. 24, 2020.

Hailey Vigil Canada (JOUR ’15 & M.S. CSP ’18) and Sam Canada (EAM ’15 & ACCT ’18), a daughter, Adelaide Michelle, July 30, 2020.

Paige Hickey (FA ’15) and Brent Tillery, a daughter, Millia Ann, Aug. 12, 2020.

Sarah Casey Wilson (‘15), and her husband, Keith, a daughter, Nora Jane, June 11, 2020.

Zayne Bryson (MECH ENGR ’16) and his wife, Brittany, a son, Carter Lane, July 28, 2020.

Dylan Edgell (ECON/FIN ’16) and Hannah Edgell (ENGL EDU ’17), a son, Jasper Rhys, April 30, 2020.

Emily Hill O’Riley (ECED ’16) and Zachary O’Riley (ALUM), a son, Kamden James, July 22, 2020.

Emily Epperson Stroud (CJ ’16 & MATH ’16) and her husband, Sam, a daughter, Joanna Lynn, Aug. 26, 2020.

Jay Baumgartner (BI ‘17) and his wife, Hailey, a son, Knox, June 25, 2020.

Calli White De Los Santos (PSY ’17) and her husband, Gavin, a daughter, Hudsyn Lynn, Dec. 13, 2020.

Emily Rachel Bruce Calhoun (MUED ’18) and her husband, Dawson, a daughter, Adeleine, July 28, 2020.


Clarence Boyle (BUAD ’59) was inducted into the Arkansas Tech University U.S. Army ROTC Hall of Honor during Homecoming 2020.


Jerry Adcock (MUED ’60) was inducted into the Arkansas Tech University U.S. Army ROTC Hall of Honor during Homecoming 2020.

Vicky Hatfield Kiehl (MUED ’67 & FMR FACULTY) and William Kiehl (ART ’69) celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on Jan. 19, 2021.


Alton Simpson (’74) retired June 30, 2020, after 30 years of service to the University of Memphis as the director of environmental health and safety.

Steve Womack (COMM ’79) was elected to his sixth consecutive term as the representative for the Third Congressional District of Arkansas.


Joyce Blakney (MATH ’82) retired after 35 years teaching high school math in Louisiana, Arkansas and Maine. Spring Sale Horizontal Crop

James Taylor (’85) was named group president and chief operating officer for physician and leadership solutions at AMN Healthcare.

Bob Burris (BUAD ’86) and LeAnne Linton Burris (ACCT ’88) celebrated their 30th year in the childcare business. They have owned and operated Happy Campers preschool and clubhouse since January 1990.

ATU Alumn Kevin Hern greets the camera at his McDonalds franchise headquarters
Kevin Hern

Kevin Hern (ENGR ’86) was elected to his second consecutive term as the representative for the First Congressional District of Oklahoma.

Dewayne Dove (MUED ’87) was named 2020 Arkansas Bandmaster of the Year. He is band director at Russellville High School.

Anthony Gortemiller (HPE ’87) was inducted into the Arkansas Tech University U.S. Army ROTC Hall of Honor during Homecoming 2020.

Luke Eggering (FW ‘88) was honored by the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) as a recipient of its 40th Anniversary Award. Luke was recognized for the contributions that he has made to wetland research, practice, education, communication and support. He is a senior project manager and biologist at Parsons Corporation.

Traci Webster Fennell (BUAD ’88) was promoted to vice president of On-Shelf Marketing Group. She and her husband, James, live in Bentonville.


David Spicer (BUAD ’91 & M.S. CSP ’19), public safety officer at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus, accepted the duties of facilities maintenance supervisor at ATU-Ozark.

Tina Tate Pomeroy (BUAD ’96) was promoted to information technology senior relationship manager at Arvest Bank.

Mary Alison Wish (COM SCI ’98) was named director of the Arkansas Coding Academy at the University of Central Arkansas.


Chris Campbell (HPE ’00) was named senior systems administrator for Epic at WellStar Health System in Atlanta, Ga.

Jazz Johnston (EAM ’00 & M.Ed. ’14) was selected as head boys’ and girls’ swimming coach at Russellville High School.

Ben Montgomery (JOUR ’00) wrote a book entitled “A Shot in the Moonlight: How a Freed Slave and a Confederate Soldier Fought for Justice in the Jim Crow South.” It was published by Little, Brown and Company on Jan. 26, 2021, and was named one of the 10 most anticipated books of 2021 by O, The Oprah Magazine.

Rhonda Fleming (’02) was No. 1 in new consultant sales for Thirty-One Gifts in Arkansas during fiscal year 2020.

Stephanie Jeffers Metcalf (HIM ’02) and Johnathan Metcalf (MGMT/MKTG ’04) opened Helping Hands Medical Center LLC. Johnathan also became owner of Metcalf Trucking Inc. and was selected to serve on the ATU Alumni Association Board of Directors. Each of their three children — John Paul, Jayci and Jordan — are ATU students.

Brandi Collins

Brandi Easterling Collins (CRWR ’03 & & M.S. CSP ’05) published her fourth novel, “One Shot,” in January 2021. She is the licensing, brand and editorial manager at Arkansas Tech.

Ryan Taylor

Ryan L. Taylor (JOUR ’03) produced, wrote, recorded, mixed and mastered a new solo album entitled “Enjoy the Aftermath.” It was released in July 2020. Ryan is the video production manager at Arkansas Tech.

Brittany Tate Blankenship (ECED ’04) was one of 15 Arkansas teachers accepted into the High Reliability Teacher (HRT) certification cohort sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Education in fall 2020. Brittany is a library media specialist for Danville Public Schools.

Jennifer Ford (COM SCI ’04) was named to Talk Business and Politics’ 2020 Forty Under Forty list. She is vice president of engineering and technology for J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. in Lowell.

Maggie Waymack-Cope (HPE ’04 & M.Ed. ’10) was elected to the Cabot City Council.

Felisha Weaver
Felisha Weaver

Felisha Sutton Weaver (JOUR ’04) was appointed to the University and College designers Association (UCDA) Board of Directors for a four-year term beginning in January 2021. She is currently serving as the UCDA conference chair for the 2021 annual conference in Denver. Felisha is the director of publications & creative services at Arkansas Tech.

Brian Hilburn (INTL STUDIES ’05) completed a federal judicial clerkship for a United States magistrate judge in the southern district of New York and started a second clerkship for a U.S. bankruptcy judge, also in the southern district.

Brandon Rodgers (JOUR ’05) gained employment at First Baptist Church of Broken Arrow, Okla., as communications pastor.

Emily Bell (SPH/ENGL ’07 & M.S. CSP ’08) was promoted to director of the Trojan Transition and Assistance Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Sara Reed Brownlee (ENGL EDU ’07 & M.S. CSP ’19) was hired as teacher prep advisor in Student Support Services at Arkansas Tech University.

Beau Dollar (ECON/FIN ’07) was selected best financial planner by the readers of The Courier for a second consecutive year. He operates Beau Dollar Wealth Management Inc.

Crystal Frost-Reeves (MUED ’07) and Brad Reeves (MUED ’09 & M.Ed. ’16) won their third Arkansas state marching band championship in four years with the Van Buren High School Marching Band in November 2020.

Stephen C. Rogers (M.S. CSP ’07) received the 2020 National Orientation Directors Association Outstanding Orientation, Transition and Retention Professional Award. Stephen is assistant director of student engagement at Collin College in Plano, Texas.

Liz Chrisman
Liz Chrisman

Liz Chrisman (GRAPH DESIGN ’09 & M.A. MMJR ’12) was named University and College Designers Association (UCDA) design awards co-chair for 2021. She will subsequently serve as UCDA awards chair in 2022. Liz is the director of photography at Arkansas Tech.

Amanda Gale Jones (SPH ’09) is employed by Connected Foster Care through the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home as a case manager.


Lydia Grate (PR, JOUR and SPH ’11) was one of 39 women from around the United States selected to the B.A. EmpowHER 2020 cohort.

Hannah Goetz (BUAD ’12 & M.S. CSP ’14) joined Apptegy in Little Rock as a client success manager.

Allyson Johnson (JOUR ’12) began a new job at Edelman as account supervisor for the company’s corporate technology team. She is also serving as president of the Public Relations Society of America Hoosier Chapter.

Tanner W. Corbin (GEOL ’15 & M.Ed. ’17) completed a Master of Science degree in geology at the University of Arkansas in December 2020. He was also commissioned by Gov. Andy Beshear as a Kentucky Colonel.

Isabel Thoma Glenn (MGMT/MKTG ’15) completed her Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2020 and was subsequently hired by Friday, Eldredge and Clark to work in its Rogers office as part of the mergers and acquisitions practice group.

Joshua Donn Laffoon (CHEM ’15) graduated from the University of Illinois with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in fall 2020.

Kirsten Adams Robles (ECED ’15) earned a master’s degree in reading and dyslexia from the University of Central Arkansas in December 2020.

Paul Smith (M.S. CSP ’15) was named second vice president for the D2 Sports Information Directors Association. He is slated to serve as president from 2024-26. Paul serves as assistant director of athletics for communications at Texas Woman’s University.

Suede Graham (MUS ’16) accepted a position with Moelis and Company in New York City. He will work in recruiting and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

Gavin Cox (JOUR ’17) earned a position at J.B. Hunt corporate headquarters in Lowell in November 2020.

Skylar Kincaid (MGMT/MKTG ’17) earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Central Arkansas in August 2020 and became a Certified Associate in Project Management through the Project Management Institute in December 2020.

John Vincent Davis (BUAD ’18) was hired as finance manager for Everett Infiniti of Central Arkansas.

Evan M. Hanna (JOUR ’18) was promoted to director of chapter operations for Kappa Alpha Order’s national office.

Asphen Beard (PSY ’19) is teaching first grade at Highland Park Elementary School for the Texarkana Independent School District (Texas).

Jaime Gardner (REHAB SCI ’19) is working in disability determination for the U.S. Social Security Administration.


Patricia Lamb Beard McElwee (’41) died Nov. 27, 2020. Patricia lived in Searcy. She was 100.

D.A. Buell (’42) died Nov. 14, 2020. D.A. lived in Pasadena, Texas. He was 96.

Jennie Niederlander Shaw (’43) died Sept. 6, 2020. Jennie lived in Colliers, W.Va. She was 86.

Milford Oscar Sharp (’45) died June 5, 2020. Milford lived in Perry. He was 92.

Flora Lee Casey Thompson (EDU ’45) died Oct. 30, 2020. Lee lived in Little Rock. She was 95.

Cecil Guenzel “Charlie” Ball (AA ’46 & BPS ’12) died July 15, 2020. Charlie lived in North Little Rock. He was 97.

Bennie Evelyn Kunze Fairley (’46) died July 23, 2020. Bennie lived in Memphis, Tenn. She was 93.

Lewis Earl Bailey (ENGR ’48) died July 21, 2020. Lewis lived in Eugene, Ore. He was 93.

Charles Edwards Jr. (AGBU ’48) died July 27, 2020. Junior lived in Harrison. He was 92.

Jeff Ellis Jr. (ENGR ’48) died Nov. 24, 2020. Jeff lived in Newport. He was 94.

Elizabeth Long Brewer (’49) died Sept. 3, 2020. Elizabeth lived in New Hartford, N.Y. She was 90.

Milton Bard Scott (AGBU ’49) died July 22, 2020. Milton lived in Benton. He was 95.

Raymond Curtiss Merchant (’50) died June 5, 2020. Curtiss lived in Texarkana. He was 93.

Henry Lee Jacobs (’51) died Oct. 3, 2020. Hank lived in Russellville. He was 91.

Frank Herbert Nelson (EDU ’51) died Aug. 12, 2020. Chief lived in North Little Rock. He was 93.

Betty Lou Longley Reather (’51) died Aug. 19, 2020. Betty lived in Fort Smith. She was 89.

James A. Spencer (’51) died March 24, 2013. James lived in Bentonville. He was 82.

William Woodiel (HPE ’51) died Nov. 26, 2020. Bill lived in Mountain Home. He was 93.

William A. West (BUAD ’53) died Aug. 29, 2020. Bill lived in Bryant. He was 88.

Harold Dean Gooden (AGBU ’54) died June 6, 2019. Harold lived in Springdale. He was 85.

Dr. Patricia Jordan Sacrey (EDU ’54) died Aug. 22, 2020. Patricia lived in Edmond, Okla. She was 87.

James A. Bibler (BUAD ’55) died Jan. 15, 2021. James lived in Russellville. He was 86.

Betty J. McIlroy Erikson (ENGL ’55) died June 6, 2020. Betty lived in Carrollton, Texas. She was 85.

Taylor Alfred Landthrip (’55) died Nov. 4, 2020. Taylor lived in Van Buren. He was 85.

Wilma Juanita Wilson (ELED ’55) died Aug. 12, 2020. Wilma lived in Knoxville. She was 90.

Glenna Sue Bibler Boland (’56) died Aug. 10, 2020. Glenna lived in Hector. She was 84.

Dr. William Alton Drewry (’56) died June 23, 2020. Bill lived in Fayetteville. He was 83.

Eldon Jack Edgin (’56) died July 9, 2020. Eldon lived in Dallas, Texas. He was 84.

Wayne Edwin Lindsey (’56) died died June 25, 2020. Wayne lived in Little Rock. He was 83.

Charles R. Owen (BUAD ’56) died Sept. 4, 2020. Charles lived in Maumelle. He was 86.

William Bryan Williamson (’56) died July 7, 2019. Bill lived in Russellville. He was 82.

James Bartlett (’57) died June 3, 2020. James lived in Jerusalem. He was 91.

Dorothy “Dottie” Knoll Gunnell (’57) died Nov. 5, 2020. Dottie lived in DeWitt. She was 81.

Bobby Joe Trusty (BUAD ’58) died Sept. 9, 2020. Bobby lived in Russellville. He was 87.

William Carroll Griffin (’59) died June 30, 2020. William lived in Atkins. He was 83.

Brasel Jones (BUAD ’59) died Aug. 15, 2020. Brasel lived in Cabot. He was 84.

Van Tyson (’59, FMR FACULTY) died Feb. 27, 2021. Van lived in Atkins. He was 83.

Thomas J. Loyd Jr. (PHYS SCI ’60) died June 15, 2020. Tom lived in Dardanelle. He was 71.

William Edward Rainey (SS ’60) died Aug. 25, 2020. Bill lived in Springfield, Mo. He was 84.

Beal Clarence Halbrook (HPE ’61) died Sept. 23, 2020. B.C. lived in Leesburg, Ga. He was 86.

Floyd Ronald Reid (’61) died July 23, 2019. Ron lived in Russellville. He was 77.

Gloria Nell Snider Duncan (’62) died Oct. 30, 2020. Gloria lived in Nashville, Tenn. She was 82.

Frank Evan Fulmer (MATH ’63) died Aug. 8, 2020. Frank lived in Hot Springs. He was 78.

James Larry Gershner (HPE ’63) died Oct. 5, 2020. Larry lived in Rogers. He was 79.

Glenda Grace Hannon (MUED ’63) died Oct. 22, 2020. Glenda lived in Clarksville. She was 78.

Brenda Metcalf Hipp (ELED ’63) died Oct. 25, 2020. Brenda lived in Little Rock. She was 79.

Carlos Neil Mitchell (’63) died July 19, 2020. Carlos lived in Dardanelle. He was 78.

Dr. John William Phillips Jr. (’63) died Sept. 16, 2020. John lived in Tulsa, Okla. He was 78.

Don R. Hankins (’64) died June 18, 2019. Don lived in Dover. He was 97.

Merrill Mack Osborn (’64) died June 30, 2020. Mack lived in Little Rock. He was 76.

Bobby Leon Rollans (’64) died Nov. 26, 2020. Bobby lived in Dardanelle. He was 80.

Darral Sparkman (POL SCI ’64) died Oct. 14, 2020. Darral lived in Van Buren. He was 77.

James Wilson Mills (’65) died Oct. 25, 2020. Jim lived in Paragould. He was 76.

Arlice Faye Roberts (’65) died June 20, 2020. Arlice lived in Dover. He was 81.

Charles Eugene Session (’65) died Oct. 17, 2020. Charles lived in Morrilton. He was 75.

Robert Dewey Simpson (’65) died Oct. 2, 2020. Robert lived in San Angelo, Texas. He was 90.

David Frank Whitlow (BUAD ’65) died July 31, 2020. David lived in Hot Springs Village. He was 77.

Jo Ellen Chotard (ENGL ’66) died Jan. 11, 2021. Jo Ellen lived in Van Buren. She was 75.

David Leamon Sharpe (’66) died Nov. 28, 2020. David lived in Bartlett, Tenn. He was 77.

Linda Marie Brown (SS ’67) died Aug. 31, 2020. Linda lived in Greenbrier. She was 73.

James “Carlton” Dean (POL SCI ’67) died June 14, 2020. Carlton lived in Tulsa, Okla. He was 77.

Dale Eugene Brown (MATH ’68) died July 19, 2020. Dale lived in Fayetteville. He was 73.

Alvin Wayne Hogrefe Drittler (MATH EDU ’68 & M.Ed. ’87) died Nov. 26, 2020. Al lived in Russellville. He was 75.

Philip Wayne Bowlin (POL SCI ’69) died June 2, 2020. Phil lived in Fayetteville. He was 78.

John Ray Needham (HPE ’69) died June 7, 2020. John lived in Russellville. He was 76.

William Lee Vick Jr. (CHEM ’69) died June 10, 2020. Bill lived in Oak Creek, Wis. He was 73.

John Robert Coleman (POL SCI ’70) died April 13, 2020. John lived in Hot Springs. He was 71.

Julius “Grady” Clay (RPA ’71) died Aug. 21, 2020. Grady lived in Burleson, Texas. He was 74.

Maggie Mae Faulkenberry Graves (ELED ’71) died Nov. 21, 2020. Maggie lived in Delaware. She was 87.

Mary Evelyn Rice (ELED ’71 & M.Ed. ELED ’89) died Aug. 20, 2020. Mary lived in Dardanelle. She was 81.

Robert Ellis Hendrickson (’72) died June 28, 2019. Robert lived in Mabelvale. He was 72.

Sharon Russell Johnson (ELED ’72) died Oct. 2, 2020. Sharon lived in Little Rock. She was 69.

Jack Gordon Stone (’72) died June 20, 2019. Jack lived in North Little Rock. He was 67.

Benny Shepherd Jr. (’73) died Oct. 5, 2020. Benny lived in Fort Smith. He was 70.

Lynda Louise Walker (ELED ’73) died Aug. 1, 2020. Lynda lived in Ozark. She was 69.

Lloyd Ritchie Warren (’74) died Nov. 24, 2020. Lloyd lived in Dardanelle. He was 71.

Mark David Burns (’75) died Aug. 9, 2020. Mark lived in Russellville. He was 67.

Cathy Gardner Core (SPH ’75) died Oct. 9, 2020. Cathy lived in Russellville. She was 68.

James Richard Hampton (HPE ’75) died Oct. 3, 2020. Rick lived in Brinkley. He was 68.

Randall Lee Hendrix (MATH ’75 & M.Ed ’78) died June 16, 2020. Randall lived in Goodyear, Ariz. He was 73.

Nancy Caroline Faulkner Horne (ACCT ’75) died June 26, 2020. Nancy lived in Little Rock. She was 75.

Phillip Lee Almond (PHYS SCI ’76) died Oct. 19, 2020. Phillip lived in Russellville. He was 81.

Robert Wayne Wagner (PHYS SCI ’76) died June 21, 2020. Robert lived in Mulberry. He was 66.

Dr. Norma Jean Compton (ELED ’77) died Oct. 23, 2020. Norma lived in Mountain View. She was 81.

Austa Kathryn Rodgers McCormick (ELED ’77 & M.Ed. ELED ’78) died Dec. 9, 2020. Kathryn lived in Dardanelle. She was 89.

Winford A. Hoover (’78) died Oct. 6, 2019. Winford lived in Russellville. He was 95.

Glenna Hawkins Long (’78) died Dec. 4, 2020. Glenna lived in Conway. She was 94.

Dr. Richard A. Parker (’78) died July 3, 2020. Doc lived in Atkins. He was 63.

Cicero Archie Dale Pilgrim (’78) died July 31, 2020. Archie lived in Conway. He was 64.

Wannetta Marie Wilson (’78) died June 6, 2020. Wannetta lived in Russellville. She was 64.

Mary Ann Oldham Grice (ELED ’79) died Sept. 1, 2020. Mary lived in Bentonville. She was 62.

Gary Dale King (MATH ’79 & PHYS SCI ’80) died Nov. 16, 2020. Gary lived in Clarksville. He was 66.

LaDonna Kay Graham (’79) died Nov. 1, 2020. LaDonna lived in Kissimmee, Fla. She was 62.

Charles L. Haynie Jr. (HIST ’79) died May 23, 2020. Charlie lived in Russellville. He was 62.

Shirley Lou Anderson White (M.Ed. ELED ’79) died Nov. 29, 2020. Shirley lived in Fort Smith. She was 83.

Sarah Jane Mock Woody (NURS ’79) died Feb. 14, 2020. Sarah lived in Little Rock. She was 67.

Shirley Goddard Brock (’80) died June 9, 2020. Shirley lived in Dover. She was 72.

Robert Russel Prochazka (’80) died Sept. 27, 2020. Robert lived in Russellville. He was 60.

Judy Lynn Davis (M.Ed. ’81) died May 31, 2020. Judy lived in Deer. She was 67.

Kimberly Jo Miller (PHYS SCI ’81) died Aug. 31, 2020. Kimberly lived in Dover. She was 60.

Sherry Paulette Morris (SSCI ’82) died Sept. 24, 2019. Sherry lived in Dover. She was 68.

Elaine Marie Newman Averette (ELED ’84) died Sept. 7, 2020. Elaine lived in Tuscaloosa, Ala. She was 57.

Lisa Anne Best-Sanchez (POL SCI ’84) died Sept. 3, 2020. Lisa lived in Harrison. She was 59.

Fred “Pete” Arthur Petersen (’84) died July 17, 2019. Pete lived in Russellville. He was 83.

Danny L. Reed (RPA ’84) died Oct. 21, 2020. Danny lived in Ola. He was 60.

Juanita Williams Clary (M.Ed. ELED ’85) died June 1, 2020. Juanita lived in Russellville. She was 78.

Randall Gray (M.Ed. ’85) died July 16, 2020. Randall lived in Russellville. He was 81.

Jody Callaway Jenkins (HPE ’85) died Sept. 29, 2020. Jody lived in Atkins. He was 57.

Michael Jay Rice (HIST ’86) died July 7, 2020. Michael lived in Fayetteville. He was 56.

Michael H. Barras (GEOL ’87) died Jan. 8, 2021. Michael lived in Fort Smith. He was 64.

Terry Gayle Aynes Thone (ELED ’87) died Aug. 14, 2020. Terry lived in Dardanelle. She was 57.

Janet Lee Burdine Rhoades (ELED ’88) died May 24, 2020. Janet lived in Grandview, Mo. She was 61.

Earle Douglas Maxwell III (ELED ’89) died Oct. 6, 2020. Earle lived in Fort Smith. He was 79.

Melinda Jo Bryant Cook (ACCT ’90) died Dec. 16, 2020. Melinda lived in Ozark. She was 52.

Clay Reed (PHYS SCI ’90) died Aug. 13, 2020. Clay lived in Russellville. He was 68.

Thomas Peter Van Schaik (PHYS SCI ’90) died Aug. 4, 2020. Tom lived in Mountain Home. He was 73.

Meridith L. Whitson (ENGL ’91) died June 18, 2020. Meridith lived in Russellville. She was 74.

Stephanie Mobley Walker (ELED ’92 & M.Ed. ’94) died July 1, 2020. Stephanie lived in Morrilton. She was 71.

Jackee Lynn Brown (M.Ed. ’98) died June 8, 2019. Jackee lived in Rogers. She was 73.

David Eugene Croyle (HPE ’98) died June 19, 2020. David lived in Odessa, Texas. He was 47.

Sara Elizabeth Rains-Hurston (SPH ’98) died Aug. 29, 2019. Sara lived in Ozark. She was 43.

Daniel Tereza (REHAB SCI ’98) died Aug. 18, 2020. Danny lived in Hector. He was 75.

Michele Langston (CW ’99) died July 6, 2020. Michele lived in Jacksonville. She was 44.

Laurie Evaline Cochran (ELED ’00) died Oct. 5, 2020. Laurie lived in Yukon, Okla. She was 50.

Jennifer Marion Stone Murillo (JOUR ’04 & MLED ’09) died Nov. 17, 2017. Jenni lived in Bryant. She was 40.

Kayla Lea Peek Morris (AS’06 & BPS ’17) died Mar. 1, 2021. Kayla lived in Danville. She was 35.

Michael Anthony Russo (SPAN ’06) died Sept. 2, 2020. Michael lived in Russellville. He was 36.

Joseph George Wichmann (M.A. ENGL ’09) died Oct. 7, 2020. Joe lived in Russellville. He was 71.

Debra Lynn Morrow Sampley (AAS-BST ’11) died June 26, 2020. Debra lived in Alma. She was 63.

Christopher Alexander Earls (AAS-GT ’12) died Oct. 28, 2020. Christopher lived in Fayetteville. He was 31.

Dwayne L. Miner (CP ’12) died May 17, 2020. Dwayne lived in Hartville, Ohio. He was 43.

Morgan Paige Muncy Hopper (REHAB SCI ’15) died Aug. 3, 2020. Morgan lived in Pencil Bluff. She was 27.

Paula René Chaney Riddle (REHAB SCI ’15) died Nov. 20, 2020. Paula lived in Morrilton. She was 48.

Aloysius Larue Keaton (’17) died June 27, 2020. Aloysius lived in Little Rock. He was 58.

Chase Corbin Reel (CP ’18) died Oct. 3, 2020. Chase lived in Russellville. He was 21.

Caitlin Amanda Krohn (MBA ’20) died July 2, 2020. Caitlin lived in Windermere, Fla. She was 30.

Dr. Vrege Amirkhanian (FMR FACULTY) died Dec. 8, 2020. Vrege lived in Russellville. He was 73.

Dr. Edward John Connelly, Jr. (FMR FACULTY) died Oct. 2, 2020. Ed lived in Lake Barrington, Ill. He was 88.

Ronald Reynolds (FMR FACULTY) died Nov. 16, 2020. Ron lived in Russellville. He was 80.