July 12, 1996

Deaths

Frank C. Nelick

Services for Frank C. Nelick, 77, Lawrence, were held July 10. He died July 6.

Mr. Nelick came to KU in 1951 as an English instructor. He became an assistant professor in 1952 and an associate professor in 1957. He became a full professor in 1965, a position he held until his retirement in 1983.

Mr. Nelick received the H. Bernerd Fink Outstanding Classroom Teacher of the Year Award in 1963. He was cited from 1951 to 1960 in "Our Outstanding Teachers" at KU and was nominated for the HOPE Award several times. As a professor emeritus of English, he taught in the Pearson Integrated Humanities Program.

Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Nelick, of the home; his daughter, Elizabeth Profeta, United Arab Emirates; two sons, Timothy F. Nelick, Galveston, Texas, and James. M. Nelick, Lawrence; and four grandchildren.



Willie Alfred Reed

Services for Willie Alfred Reed, 67, Lawrence, were held July 10. He died July 4.

Mr. Reed worked for the KU Department of Student Housing as a maintenance laborer for 23 years until his retirement in 1977.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy G. Reed, of the home; his mother, Helen Hogan Reed Austin, of Lawrence; and a son, Paul A. Reed, Lawrence.



Thomas J. O'Donnell

Services for Thomas J. O'Donnell, 57, Lawrence, were held July 6. He died July 3.

Mr. O'Donnell came to KU in the fall of 1970 as an assistant professor of English and became an associate professor in 1977. He became a full professor in 1992, a position he held until his retirement last May. Mr. O'Donnell's publications include two books, The Confessions of T.E. Lawrence in 1979 and Crazymaker in 1992.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Klayder; and his mother, Margaret Guilfoyle O'Donnell, Ottawa, Ill. A daughter, Erin O'Donnell, died in April.



Kenneth Steele White

Services for Kenneth Steele White, 73, Lawrence, will be held later. He died June 29.

Mr. White came to KU in 1965 as an associate professor of French, a position he held until his retirement in 1986. He published a book of poems in 1981. Survivors include a son, Alan M. White, Philadelphia, and a daughter, Valerie Gwinner, Washington, D.C.



Leonard A. Walker

Services for Leonard A. Walker, 81, Lawrence, were held June 29. He died June 25.

Mr. Walker studied engineering at KU, where he taught for about five years. Survivors include his wife, Violet Gloria Walker, of the home; a son, Larry L. Walker, Baldwin; a stepson, Robert E. Fox, Lawrence; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.



Oleta Lou McKenzie Services for Oleta Lou McKenzie, 64, Lawrence, were held June 29. She died June 23.

Mrs. McKenzie was a computer operator at Computing Services for 23 years until her retirement in 1991. She had lived in Lawrence for 40 years.

Survivors include her husband, Lynn McKenzie, of the home; a son, Randy L. McKenzie, Lawrence; three daughters, Nancy L. Novak, Kenya, Sandra K. Kuenkel, West Chester, Ohio; and Catherine S. Ison, Lawrence; and seven grandchildren.



Genevieve H. Simpson

Services for Genevieve H. Simpson, 75, Duncanville, Texas, were held June 28. She died June 24.

Mrs. Simpson, a homemaker, had lived in Lawrence until she moved to Texas two years ago. She was a cook for KU.
Survivors include a daughter, Shirley Simpson, Duncanville; two sons, Maurice Simpson, Lawrence, and Anthony Simpson, Seattle; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.



Zona Ellen Smith Services for Zona Ellen Smith, 86, Lawrence, were held June 21. She died June 18.

Mrs. Smith and her husband moved to Lawrence in 1952, where she attended KU and worked in the journalism school as administrative assistant to the dean until her retirement in 1973.

Survivors include two sons, Gregory Hyland Smith, Lawrence, and Bradford Slocum Smith, South Lake Tahoe, Nev.; a daughter, Claudette Martin, Houston; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.



Lillian Esper Nadine Peterson Services for Lillian Esper Nadine Peterson, 77, Lawrence, were held June 11. She died June 6.

Mrs. Peterson was a computer specialist at KU and lived in Lawrence for about 55 years.

Survivors include her husband, Emery Edwin Peterson, of the home; a daughter, Carole E. Peterson, Topeka; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.



Lorraine Moore Services for Lorraine Moore, 60, Lawrence, were held June 15. She died June 6.

Mrs. Moore came to KU in 1982 as head of cataloging for university libraries, a position she held until her death.

She was a volunteer for the Douglas County Aids Project and faculty adviser to KU's Straight Allies group.

Survivors include her husband, Donald Moore, of the home; and two daughters, Margaret Moore, New York, and Muriel Moore, Lawrence.



Lenore L. Shull

Services for Lenore L. Shull, 86, Lawrence, were held July 12. She died July 6. Mrs. Shull was a secretary in the Department of Physics and Astronomy for many years.

Survivors include two daughters, Amanda Carolyn Cater, Bozeman, Mont., and Nanci Ann Smith, Lawrence, and three grandchildren.



Harlan Gene "Tom" Dankenbring Services for Harlan Gene "Tom" Dankenbring, 56, rural Lawrence, were held July 6. He died July 3.

Mr. Dankenbring moved to Lawrence in the early 1960s and worked as a press operator for KU Printing Services for 10 years. He was a commercial truck driver for the past 20 years.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie M. Dankenbring, of the home; a son, James, Lawrence; a daughter, Lisa Dankenbring, Lawrence; and three grandchildren.


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