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Edith Van Tuyle Phelan (BSJ46)

Edith Van Tuyle Phelan, a great-great-grandmother and lifelong volunteer, died June 19, 2019, at the age of 94. She was born in rural lllinois, but graduated from high school in Winchester in 1942.

She was active in the women’s athletic association, a sports reporter for the student newspaper and a member of the Chi Omega sorority.

Phelan was a member of Northwestern women’s rifle team, which was nicknamed the “Pistol Packin’ Mamas.” Before graduating, Phelan married Dick Phelan, a graduate of Northwestern’s engineering program, in 1945, and had four children.

As president of the Northwestern Alumnae Association she was honored with an award for her service in 1981, and in 1996 she served as co-chairman of her class’s 50th reunion celebration.

She volunteered for the Children’s Home and Aid Society of Illinois, and was recognized by the Chicago State Street Council for her efforts. She served as a librarian for the First Presbyterian Church of Evanston and for fifty-four years as a judge for Cook County elections.

She was a member of the Chicago North Shore Chi Omega Alumnae group, the Evanston Woman’s Athletic Club, the North Shore Senior Center and the Winnetka Genealogy Writers Group.

She is survived by her husband of 74 years, Richard A. Phelan; two daughters, Carolyn Arra and Peggy; two sons, Robert and James; one granddaughter, seven grandsons, one great-granddaughter, three great-grandsons and one great-great-grandson.

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Thomas “Tom” Duncan (BSJ62, MSJ63)

Thomas “Tom” Duncan, a pioneering marketing researcher and lifelong educator, died May 12, 2019. He was 79.

Duncan, a 2005 Medill Hall of Achievement inductee, wrote extensively on Integrated Marketing Communication in academic and professional publications, including texts such as “Principles of Advertising and IMC and Marketing,” and a respected professional book, “Driving Brand Value.”

Duncan was born and raised in Martinsville, Ind. and graduated high school there. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Medill, majoring in journalism and advertising. He returned to Martinsville High School and taught journalism there until leaving to earn his Ph.D. in journalism from Iowa University.

He worked first in research at the Leo Burnett advertising agency in Chicago, and then managed and directed marketing operations in Indiana and Minnesota.

With his extensive advertising and marketing experience, Duncan began a new career as a professor—first at Ball State University in Indiana, and then at the University of Colorado School of Journalism. At Ball State he twice taught a course abroad in London over international marketing, advertising, and mass communication.

At Colorado University, he developed an internationally recognized master’s program in Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) along with his wife, Sandra Moriarty. This led to consulting with agencies and clients in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, particularly with Japanese superagency, Dentsu, in Tokyo. He and Moriarty also conducted seminars and gave lectures worldwide on IMC.

After retiring from CU, he created a unique IMC program embedded in an MBA program at the University of Denver. He finished his academic career as visiting professor for one term at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

He and his wife retired to Bonita Springs in 2013, where he served on the Bonita Bay Strategic Planning committee, volunteered with a cancer treatment center and a thrift store, and played pickleball and bocce.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Moriarty; his two children, Elizabeth and Andrew; his sister, Melinda; his niece and nephew; and 5 grandchildren.


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Dr. Robert “Bob” Boyle (BSJ53, MSJ54)

Dr. Robert “Bob” Boyle shared his passion for English and journalism with students at New Trier High School for 34 years, and later mentored future teachers at Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy. He died May 12, 2019 at 86.

Boyle was born on May 16, 1932 in Iowa, and attended high school in Saginaw, Michigan. He received a full scholarship to Northwestern, where he studied education and journalism at Medill, and then earned his master’s in journalism a year later. He was placed as a student teacher at New Trier High School, and was promptly hired for a permanent position. As an English teacher, he taught drama, journalism and literature. He also sponsored the student paper, the New Trier News. The Chicago Tribune reported that Boyle taught students how to write journalistically and even held fake news conferences so his journalists could practice their reporting skills.

As a drama teacher, he specialized in Shakespeare, and directed 15 student productions at NTHS until his retirement in 1988. During summers he earned his doctorate in Theater Arts from New York University, and wrote his dissertation on Elizabethan Theatre.

Another former NTHS teacher told the Tribune, “He made kids like things they wouldn’t ordinarily think they wanted to like—Shakespeare being one…and that was because of Bob—he made it real in their lives.”

After retiring from NTHS, he worked for Northwestern at the Newberry Library and SESP, where he helped place student teachers at Chicago schools and organized seminars for teachers to learn about research.

He is survived by Mac Detmer, his spouse and partner of seventeen years; his stepchildren, Stuart and Allison; his sister, Patricia Boyle Savage; and nieces, nephews, friends and generations of students.

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John Lucadamo (MSJ70)

John Thomas Lucadamo, a Chicago reporter turned high school teacher, died April 14, 2019. Born Feb. 8, 1946, in Rahway, N.J., he was 73. Lucadamo first earned a bachelor’s degree from Alfred University in western New York in 1968 and then a master’s degree in journalism from Medill in 1970.

Lucadamo reported and edited in Chicago for almost 20 years before changing course and becoming an English and journalism teacher at New Trier High School in Winnetka, according to the Chicago Tribune. Before coming to Chicago, he worked as a reporter and as a copy editor at the Louisville Courier-Journal in Kentucky from 1970 until 1976, and then joined the Chicago Sun-Times in 1976 as a copy editor.

After nine years at the Sun-Times, Lucadamo became a copy editor for the Chicago Tribune in 1985 and then shifted to working as a metro reporter, covering suburban news for the Tribune. Just 3 years after arriving at the Tribune, Lucadamo covered the well-publicized discovery of a Chicago Outfit burial ground in southeastern DuPage County, wrote the Tribune.

Lucadamo eventually developed a respectable and reliable beat covering public schools in the northern Chicago suburbs.

His interest in education led Lucadamo to eventually leave the Tribune in order to explore a career as a schoolteacher. He took classes at Loyola University to earn a state teaching certificate and in 1996 took a job as an English and journalism teacher at New Trier.

Lucadamo also was the faculty sponsor for the New Trier News student newspaper, and he often worked late into the night to help students meet their deadlines and produce compelling journalism that would pique the interest of the student body.

After retiring from New Trier in 2011, Lucadamo taught classics like William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens at Northwestern’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, where he organized classes in his free time.

Lucadamo is survived by his wife, and his children Kirk and Eleanor.

Photo credit: Chicago Tribune

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Margaret “Midge” Carol McGilvray (BSJ60)

Margaret “Midge” Carol McGilvray, a public schoolteacher and principal, died January 29, 2019, in Annapolis, Maryland. She was 80.

McGilvray, according to the Spokesman-Review, was born into a blue-collar family, where she developed a strong work ethic. A fast learner and high achiever, she studied journalism at Medill on a full scholarship.

After college she began working in the public education system in Oakland, California. In 1979 she, her husband Donald, and her two sons Douglas and Ross, moved to Spokane, Wash., where McGilvray earned a master’s in education from Whitworth, became an elementary school principal, and was known to seek out more challenging positions at schools with disadvantaged students, according to the Spokesman-Review.

She is remembered for her determination to achieve excellence for herself and for all whom she knew. The Spokesman Review said that McGilvray was kind, loving and truly concerned about the welfare of others, adding that her spirit and drive were inextinguishable, and would be sorely missed by those who knew her.

She is survived by her brother Robert McAllen, her sons, their wives, and a multitude of granddaughters and great grandchildren.

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Barbara Louise Norby (BSJ55)

Barbara Louise Norby of Bainbridge Island, Wash., died Feb. 28, 2019. She worked in public relations and marketing, practiced yoga, studied Sanskrit, raised a family, and traveled the world. She was 85.

Norby was born in Rowayten, Conn. in 1933 but spent her childhood in many places, including Virginia, where she and her friends would often race up the stairs of the Washington Monument.

Norby, who was valedictorian of her high school class, went on to major in journalism at Medill on a full scholarship, where she met Richard Palmer Hollis (BSJ55). The couple dated exclusively, and after graduating in 1955, they married. Norby worked in New York City as a public relations specialist, until the birth of her three sons: Charles Palmer, James Richard and John William. In 1966 the family moved to Los Altos, Calif.

As her children grew, she returned to the workforce. Rapidly she climbed the ladder, rising to manage entire marketing departments for high-tech and biomedical firms.

Norby is remembered for her curiosity and wide range of interests, including yoga. She became the founder and president of the Yoga Society of America and learned Sanskrit. She explored self-hypnosis, studied nutrition and traveled widely.

She and her husband retired in 1995 and moved to Bainbridge Island, where they remained active in the local church community. After finding a deep passion for the Eastern healing art of Reiki, Norby founded one of the first Christian Reiki groups.

Norby is survived her husband by nine years and her grandchildren.

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Glen W. Bays (MSJ59)

Glen Weldon Bays, a former member of the National Guard and a dedicated fraternal worker for the church, died April 26, 2019, in Stillwater, Okla. He was 87. Bays, born in Stillwater on Aug. 12, 1931, graduated high school there in 1949, then joined the National Guard and served a tour of duty in the Korean War.

Bays returned to Stillwater and attended the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, where he met Betty Katherine Steelman. After what their local paper, the Stillwater News Press, called“a courtship propelled by a Harley Davidson motorcycle,” the couple married Oct. 17, 1953.

Bays and his wife had two children, Yvonne Glenda Housley and John Steelman Bays. Bays received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Oklahoma A&M on May 28, 1956, followed by a master’s degree from Medill, and a doctorate from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

Glen and Betty Bays served as fraternal workers for the church in Africa and Papua, New Guinea, before returning to the U.S. to lead churches in Kansas and Minnesota.

They retired to Stillwater in 2000, and lived surrounded by friends. Bays is survived by his wife, his sister, and his daughter and her family.

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Connie Kang (MSJ64)

Kyonshill Connie Kang (MSJ64), thought to be the first Korean American female reporter in the United States, died Aug. 1, 2019. She was 76.

Kang was born in 1942 in what is now North Korea. By the time she was 4 her family had fled their ancestral homeland, settling first in Okinawa, Japan, and later in San Francisco, according to a biography of Kang in “Distinguished Asian Americans: a Biographical Dictionary.” Kang’s passion for English and writing blossomed through her “tumultuous and circuitous”  journey to America–across three countries and in three languages.

Kang studied journalism as an undergraduate at the University of Missouri, according to her biography, and then in 1964 she became the first Korean to receive her master’s degree from Medill.

After graduating she wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner. Kang became the first Korean-speaking reporter at the Los Angeles Times in 1992, the Times said in an Obituary of Kang, after the paper acknowledged a growing need for reporters who could share the voices of Los Angeles’ Asian American communities.

“She would be flooded with calls from Korean Americans who wanted to get their stories out there, because no one else in the mainstream media spoke their language,” Hyungwon Kang, a former LA Times photo editor, told the Times.

Connie Kang also wrote a regular column for Koreatown Weekly, where coworkers spoke of her invaluable contributions to journalism.

In her final years at the Los Angeles Times, Kang began reporting and writing about religion, and then left the paper to become a minister. She graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2017, passed the U.S. Presbyterian Church’s ordination exam, and dreamed of building a Christian school in North Korea.

Friends told the LA Times they remembered her as “aesthetic-minded”: that she wore colorful wide-brimmed hats, drove with gloved fingers, and grew orchids.

Kang was buried next to her parents and younger brother in San Francisco, according to Hyungwon Kang.

Photo Credit: LA Times

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Robert H. Mann (BSJ72)

Robert Harris “Bob” Mann, a radio talk show host, reporter, and betting columnist, died Aug. 19, 2019.  He was 68. He is remembered for his lifelong interest in people, stories, and wagering.

Mann was born Sept. 26, 1950, to Paul Harold and Judith Berenson Mann, and grew up in New York. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Medill, he worked first as a radio talk show host in Ohio. He wrote for the National Enquirer and for CNN, which at that time was a fledgling network on its way to becoming a media giant.

Known for his friendliness and curiosity, Mann’s affability afforded him lifelong friends everywhere he worked, including in Nevada’s casino industry, where he moved in the late 1980s. Here Mann met Sondra Lynn Lynch, whom he married in March 1999. Mann successfully founded an enterprise printing parlay cards for casinos, and he wrote well-researched stories about gambling, particularly horse racing, for several publications, including Gaming Today and Sports Handle.

Friends remember that Mann enjoyed tennis and golf, and spending time at the racetrack. He is survived by his wife, Sondra; siblings Bruce, Beth and Steven; and his nephew’s family.

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