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In Memory

Vivian Bertha Sutter

Vivian Bertha Sutter, 90, died June 13. She was a KU employee. Survivors include two nieces and a nephew. The family suggests memorials to Alma Manor, 234 Manor Circle, Alma, KS 66401.

Dr. Vernon L. Branson

Dr. Vernon L. Branson, 88, died June 19. He established the Birth Defects Center and taught in the Department of Pediatrics, both at the KU Medical Center. Survivors include his wife, Jessie Marie; a son; three daughters; and eight grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Cottonwood Inc. or Trinity Episcopal Church, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

Alexander L. Boyle Jr.

Alexander L. Boyle Jr., 80, died July 4. He joined KU's design department in 1953 and retired in 1992. Survivors include his wife, Marion; four daughters; two sons; and seven grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association, student scholarships at the St. Lawrence Catholic Center or a charity of the donor's choice. They may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

Jerry E. Hutchison

Jerry E. Hutchison, 73, died July 14. Hutchison held various positions in KU's Office of Academic Affairs from 1970 to 1993, including assistant and associate vice chancellor, acting dean of continuing education, director of summer session, acting vice chancellor for academic affairs and executive director of the Mid-America State Universities Association. He was coordinator of research and educational programs between KU and Haskell Indian Nations University from 1971 to 1993. Survivors include his wife, Ellen; a son; and four daughters.

George Whiteman Forman

George Whiteman Forman, 86, died July 19. He taught courses in machine design, strength of materials, mathematics and thermodynamics at KU for 30 years. He was chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering from 1973 to 1979. Survivors include his wife, Ruth; a son; and a daughter. The family suggests memorials to the George W. Forman Mechanical Engineering Scholarship Fund through KU Endowment, in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

James Allen Vequist

James Allen Vequist, 56, died July 22. He was the director of Budig Hall. Vequist assisted with the design and installation of three large computer mediated classrooms in Budig Hall. Survivors include his wife, Marciana; his mother, Betty; a son; a daughter; three stepchildren; two brothers; and a sister. The family suggests memorials to the Kansas Forest Service, Community Forestry Program, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home in Lawrence.

Paul F. Conrad

Paul F. Conrad, 84, died July 25. He was a mathematics professor at KU from 1970 until he retired. He was elected twice by KU students to receive the G. Baley Price Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was appointed the Henry J. Bischoff professor of mathematics. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn; a son; a sister; and a grandchild.

Bertha May Sulzen

Bertha May Sulzen, 81, died July 30. She was an account clerk from 1972 to 1993. She worked at the Facilities and Organizations office as well as the Comptroller's office. Survivors include two daughters, a brother, a sister, two grandchildren and one great grandchild. The family suggests memorials to the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

Martha E. Peterson

Martha E. Peterson, 90, died July 16. She was an instructor in the KU mathematics department from 1942 to 1952, assistant dean of women from 1947 to 1952 and dean of women from 1952 to 1956. During her tenure, she was credited with the installation of the dormitory system for freshmen women at KU. She is survived by her lifelong friend and partner, Dr. Maxine Bennett. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center at KU.

Michael "Mike" E. Mertz

Michael "Mike" E. Mertz, 65, died June 7. He taught at KU's Edwards Campus. Survivors include his mother, Louvenia "Vena" Mertz Smith; a sister; and a nephew.

Daniel L. Hall

Daniel L. Hall, 54, died July 22. He worked for KU's building and grounds department in the 1970s. Survivors include his wife, Sheree; his mother; a son; a daughter; a sister; and three grandchildren.

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