In memoriam

Fall 2018 Edition


Hal Sandy

Hal Sandy

Hal Sandy (j’47) died Dec. 9, 2017, at the age of 93. Sandy, who lived in Prairie Village, Kansas, was the creator of the “smiling Jayhawk,” the current version of the Kansas Jayhawk. Sandy created the Jayhawk in 1946 when he was a journalism student at KU and the administration wanted to revamp the “fighting Jayhawk.” Sandy said he created only one version of the Jayhawk, and it was the only cartoon he ever drew. He founded Hal Sandy Associates as a marketing and advertising agency in 1952.

David Johnston (j’94), KU Alumni Association vice president, recalled meeting Sandy in 2005 when he was director of marketing at KU and sought Sandy’s permission to replace the “KU” on the beloved Jayhawk with the new Trajan KU font. “I had grown up a fan of KU and considered the Jayhawk sacred. Hal Sandy was a legend to me,” the starstruck Johnston recalled. Sandy was “a kind, generous soul, always smiling,’ Johnston remembers. “One of the proudest moments of my life came a few days later, sitting in a dark room at a computer, when we carefully placed the new KU logo on the Jayhawk, with his final blessing,” Johnston said. (Watch this video of Sandy talking about the Jayhawk.) (Read his obituary.)

Elizabeth Joan Cook (j’48) died March 6 in Lansing, Kansas, at the age of 91. (Read her obituary.)

Elizabeth Webb Feagans (j’50) died Feb. 11 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, at the age of 88. (Read her obituary.)

Bonnie Rose Nelson (j’50) died May 17, 2017, in Hudson, Florida, at the age of 89. (Read her obituary.

Dorothy Kolb Mosley (j’51) died Dec. 31, 2017, in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the age of 87. (Read her obituary.)

Helen Fry Wiens (j’52) died March 5 at the age of 88. (Read her obituary.)

Lee Young

Lee Young

Lee Young, who founded the magazine sequence at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications in the 1960s, died Aug. 30.

Young served as associate dean, acting dean and head of the advertising sequence during his tenure at the school. 

“Lee helped build the foundation of the J-School and set it on the path of being one of the top journalism programs in the country,” said Dean Ann M. Brill.

Young received a journalism degree from Syracuse University after serving in the Navy in World War II. He worked at several advertising firms in New York and Kansas City and was a co-owner and general manager of a veterinary medicine magazine. At age 38, he enrolled in the J-School’s graduate program and began teaching part time at KU. In 1964 when Young joined the J-School, there were a dozen faculty members and 116 undergraduate students. By 1969, he was teaching full time and serving the first of two stints as acting dean. During his career, he taught classes in every sequence and several graduate seminars.

Young turned a single, three-hour magazine class into a nationally recognized magazine program and his magazine class began the school’s Jayhawk Journalist publication.  As the magazine’s advisor, Young taught the students with individualized exercises and collaborative lessons that were engaging and fun. Faculty and students enjoyed his sense of humor and his commitment to teaching and advising students.

Susanne Shaw, professor emerita at KU who retired in July, worked with Young for more than 15 years in the J-School.

“Lee Young was an outstanding teacher in the School of Journalism and a great mentor for students and younger faculty members,”  Shaw said. “He served the school in many ways, including as the associate dean and interim dean of the school.”

In 1985, Young was named the J-School’s first William Allen White Professor of Journalism. He also was a finalist eight times for the Senior Class H.O.P.E.  (Honor for Outstanding Progressive Educator) Award.

Young retired from teaching in December 1989 and in 2015, Diane Gray Quinn, a former student of Young’s, established a fund to endow the Lee F.  Young Professorship in Journalism at the school.

Quinn, a 1971 graduate, said Young was “a great man” who led her to pursue a career in magazine/publication journalism.

“Lee was fun, intelligent, approachable and very caring about students,” Quinn said.  “He filled many roles in the journalism school, all done professionally and with good humor.  He and John Bremner were classic gentlemen and teachers, and I feel grateful to have been in the school when they were there.”

RoAnne Pechar (j’68) died Feb. 5 at age 71 in Kansas City. (Read her obituary.

Charla R. Jenkins (j’69) died July 25 in Lawrence, Kansas, at the age of 70. (Read her obituary.)

William A. Bott (j’70) died April 25 in Olathe, Kansas, at the age of 70. (Read his obituary.)

James Lange (j’71) died March 30, 2018, at the age of 71. (Read his obituary.

David Dary interviewing President Kennedy for CBS News about the Cuban missile crisis.

David Dary interviewing President Kennedy for CBS News about the Cuban missile crisis.

David Dary, a KU alumnus who taught at the School of Journalism for 20 years, died March 15, 2018.  At KU, Dary taught reporting, public relations, broadcast news and history of journalism. He also was director of University Relations from 1973-1976 and publisher of the University Daily Kansan from 1976 to 1978.

Dary earned his bachelor’s degree at Kansas State University and his master’s degree at KU in 1971. Before teaching, he worked in broadcast news and covered the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations for CBS News. He covered the Cuban missile crisis when he was just 28 years old and introduced President Kennedy on CBS for the president’s speech to the nation on the crisis. 

He went on to work at NBC and returned to Kansas to help build a new NBC television station, KTSB, before joining the faculty at KU.

Dary left KU in 1989 to become director of the H.H. Herbert School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma. He retired in 2000 to return to writing and published numerous books about the American West. He is in the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame and won several awards for achievement and writing. (Read his obituary and listen to this 2008 interview.)

Richard Pendergrass (j’72) died April 13 in North Little Rock, Arkansas, at the age of 68. (Read his obituary.

Teresa Ann Rogers (j’73) died April 18 in Fairway, Kansas, at the age of 67. (Read her obituary.

Donald Wright "Tad" Selzer Jr. (j’74) died July 4 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the age of 65. (Read his obituary.)

Mark T. Trotter (j’78) died April 14, 2018, at the age of 63. (Read his obituary.

Laurie Anderson Tuley (j’78) died April 25 in Overland Park, Kansas, at the age of 63. (Read her obituary.

Michael A. Riley (j’79) died Oct. 13 in Leavenworth, Kansas, at the age of 62. (Read his obituary.)

Lori Fenimore (j’81) died Feb. 1 at age 59 in McPherson, Kansas. (Read her obituary.)

Robert M. O'Connor (j’82) died April 10 in Topeka, Kansas, at the age of 68. (Read his obituary.

Richard F. Stroud III (j’82) died July 24 in Kansas City at the age of 59. (Read his obituary.)

 Joseph Adler (j’83) died July 17 in Lawrence, Kansas, at the age of 58. (Read his obituary.

Andrew deValpine (j’83) died June 23 at the age of 57. (Read his obituary.)

Candie Hammons Sackuvich (j’83) died March 19 in Kansas City, Kansas, at the age of 69. (Read her obituary.)

Shawna Allison-Leslie (j’84) died Dec. 3, 2017, at the age of 60. (Read her obituary.)

William Shockley (j’85) died Feb. 12 in Lawrence at the age of 54. (Read his obituary.

Marc Coan (j’86) died Aug. 21 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at the age of 56. (Read his obituary.

Michele Porter Ricard (j’91) died Nov. 30, 2017, at the age of 55. (Read her obituary.)

Erik Abrahamson (j’91) died Jan. 26 at age 54 in Shawnee, Kansas. (Read his obituary.)  

Tina Gilliam Yonally (j’91) died Dec. 11, 2017, at the age of 54. (Read her obituary.

Kathleen Pudas (j’18) died July 19 in Vietnam at the age of 21. (Read her obituary.

Ed Hundley, a longtime Kansas broadcaster who studied at the KU School of Journalism, died March 28 in Overland Park at age 92. Hundley and his wife, Zora Belle, owned and operated radio stations in Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas. Ed received the Distinguished Service Award from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters, and the couple received the Grover C. Cobb Award from KU in 1985 for excellence in broadcasting and public service. He and his wife recently established the Ed and Zora Belle Hundley Scholarship in the J-School. (Read his obituary.)