Etta Moten Barnett
Etta Moten Barnett, 102, Chicago, died Jan. 2. She was a noted singer
and actress and the first African-American woman invited to sing at the
White House. In 1927, Barnett came to KU as a nontraditional student to
pursue a degree in fine arts. She helped establish the KU chapter of the
Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and performed in all-black plays. Barnett also
had her own show on the local radio station, and more than 1,000 people
attended her senior recital. She graduated from KU in 1931. While at KU,
she joined the fight to end segregation at the city swimming pool. In
2001, the dean of fine arts at the time, Toni-Marie Montgomery, traveled
to Chicago to give Barnett KU’s Pioneer Woman Award to honor her
historic contribution to humanity. Survivors include her daughter, Sue
Ish, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Jacob H. Carruthers Jr.
Jacob H. Carruthers Jr., 73, Chicago, died Jan. 4. The nationally renowned
scholar, historian and educator taught at KU in the 1960s. He was considered
a pioneer in the field of African studies. Survivors include his wife,
Linda; three sons, Jacob III, Darnell and Christopher; a daughter, Tawakalitu
Jogunosimi; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services took
place earlier this month in Chicago.
Joseph L. Conrad
Joseph L. Conrad, 70, Lawrence, died Dec. 21. Conrad earned his bachelor’s
degree from KU in 1955 and later became a professor of Slavic languages
and literatures. He was department chair from 1966 to 1975. He is survived
by his wife, Galina; his mother, Marguarete Conrad, Independence, Mo.;
two daughters, Belinda Jane Schuman and Karla Marie Conrad, both of Lawrence;
two sons, Lawrence Allan, Maryland, and Seva Samsonov, Lawrence; a sister,
Mary Ellen Swanson, Independence, Mo.; and four grandchildren. Memorials
may be made to Hospice Care in Douglas County or the Lawrence Humane Society
and can be sent in care of Lawrence Funeral Chapel, which is in charge
Lois Winifred Donahue
Lois Winifred (Krehbiel) Donahue, 88, Topeka, died Jan. 4. Donahue earned
a degree in medical technology from KU in 1936 and then worked for the
KU Medical Center. Survivors include a son, Patrick H., Lawrence, and
a brother, Robert H. Krehbiel, Hutchinson. The family suggests memorials
to Cottey College, Emporia State University or Topeka Presbyterian Manor,
sent in care of Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Funeral Home, 1321 S.W. 10th St.,
Topeka, KS 66604.
Francis M. Winterburg, 82, Lawrence, died Jan. 11. He taught in the KU
engineering department from 1967 to 1970. Survivors include his wife,
Ardella; three daughters, Vashti Winterburg, Martha Chapin and Marie Mack,
all of Lawrence; a son, Roy Edward, Batavia, Ill.; and seven grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to Trinity Episcopal Church, sent in care
of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.