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Aug. 20, 2004
Vol. 29, No. 1

Roadshow rocks across Kansas
• Med Center exec Hagen to retire; Atkinson to succeed
Biology Center attracts magnet
General education subject of CTE summit
Surprise patrol!
Faculty-staff basketball ticket info forthcoming
Edwards expansion
Student center gets new name, director
HDFL now Applied Behavioral Sciences department

Record grant boosts biomedical research
KU, Fort Leavenworth establish faculty, student exchange program
KU ‘New Literacies’ conference goes global
Alumni center creates campus TGIF events

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Uniform brings Civil War to life for history buffs
Multicultural scholars find success after KU
System to increase parking lot security
TV time
Medical school marks 100th class
Former dean pledges $500K for professorship
Allison named policy advisor
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Beulah Elizabeth Duncan

Beulah Elizabeth Duncan, 84, Lawrence, died July 9 at her home. She was an extension assistant with the Adult Life Resource Center, a unit of Continuing Education, from 1967 to 1987. Survivors include two sons, Craig Duncan, Peoria, Ariz., and Kirk Duncan, Overland Park; a brother, Lyle Talbot, Albuquerque, N.M.; and three grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the KU Endowment Association or Plymouth Congregational Church, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Mary E. Miller

Mary E. Miller, 46, Lawrence, died July 28 at her home. She joined the KU Libraries as an employee in July 1979. During the course of her 25 years with the Libraries, she worked in the special collections, cataloging and reference departments, as well as in the administrative office. Employed initially as a member of the classified staff, she later held unclassified professional positions. Since 1997 she had served as the technology coordinator, working primarily with the Libraries’ reference and instruction programs. Stella Bentley, dean, KU Libraries, said “Mary was an outstanding person and a very hard worker. She will be missed tremendously by her co-workers and others who knew her. Our sympathy goes out to her family.” Survivors include her husband, Martin; a daughter, Melodie Ruth Miller; and a son, Matthew Joseph Robert Miller, both of the home. The family suggests memorials to the Victory Bible Church, Veritas Christian School or the Lawrence Children’s Choir, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

George Edward Parks

George Edward Parks, 54, Lawrence, died Aug. 7 at his home. He was a custodian at KU for 15 years. Survivors include stepparents, Jim and Doris Marshall, Pineville, Mo.; three brothers, Donald Parks, Anderson, Mo., Harry “Butch” Stone, Colorado Springs, Colo., and James B. Marshall Jr., Baldwin; and a sister, Cherie Marshall, Lawrence. The family suggests memorials to Cottonwood Inc., sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent at

Elsie D. Pohlmann

Elsie D. Pohlmann, 89, Normal, Ill., died July 3 at BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal. She was a graduate of the KU School of Nursing and had worked at KU Medical Center. She is survived by her husband, Vernon; two sons, James Pohlmann, Bloomington, Ill.; and Kenneth Pohlmann, South Miami, Fla.; one sister, Edna Uppendahl, Scott City, Kan.; and two grandsons, Michael and Kevin Pohlmann. Kibler-Smith Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

James Edward Rouviere

James Edward Rouviere, 48, Lawrence, died July 13 in Lawrence. He had been an electronics technician in the chemistry department since March 1991. Survivors include his mother, Elizabeth R. Cowen Rouviere, Topeka; his father and stepmother, Ed and Diane Rouviere, Topeka; two sisters, Valerie Harper and Susan Rouviere, both of Topeka; and a brother, Kevin, San Antonio. The family suggests memorials to Heartland Hospice or American Cancer Society, sent in care of the Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 S.W. Urish Road, Topeka 66614.Condolences may be sent at

Richard Earl Tessel

Richard Earl Tessel, 60, Lawrence, died July 18 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He became assistant professor in the department of pharmacology and toxicology at KU’s School of Pharmacy in 1975. He retired as a professor after 28 years. He is survived by his wife, Julie; one son, Zachary, of the home; three daughters, Megan Tessel, of the home, Lauren Levin, Olathe, and Jennifer Groves, Simi Valley, Calif.; and three grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association or to Lawrence Schools Foundation, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent at

Patricia An Zahniser

Patricia An Zahniser, 71, Independence, Mo., died July 14 at Independence Regional Health Center. She had formerly worked with the Learning Disabilities Institute at KU. Survivors include two daughters, Terry McDermid, Joplin, Mo., and Nadine Bennetts, Olathe; two sons, Steve Zahniser, Lawrence, and Alan Zahniser, Lee’s Summit; two sisters, Dixie and Marja; and nine grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Outreach International or Graceland University. Geo. C. Carson and Sons Funeral Home, Independence, is handling arrangements. Condolences may be sent at


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