In Memoriam: Fall/Winter 2020-21

Dr. Warren Coleman Bowlus MUS’48

Dr. Warren Coleman Bowlus MUS’48 died on Aug. 26, 2020 at age 90, of post-coronavirus pneumonia. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 70 years, Marcia Bowlus MUS’49, their children and  grandchildren, and fondly remembered by the many students and athletes he challenged to be their best on the playing field and in their daily lives.

Bowlus earned degrees in physical education from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, the University of Colorado, and Indiana University. He taught and coached football at high schools in

Wisconsin and later at Western Illinois University. As athletic director for the Davenport City Schools, Bowlus strengthened K-12 physical education and sports programs and oversaw the implementation

of sports for young women under Title IX. Later, he served as chairperson/director of the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics at the University of Wisconsin–Stout for eight years before retiring in 1989 and being inducted to its Hall of Fame the next year.

During his 32-year career, he coached numerous candidates to successful collegiate and professional careers and was known for attracting and hiring the best teaching and coaching staffs. His contributions at the local, conference, state, and national levels were well recognized by the communities he served.

Bowlus was also a devoted husband and father. He loved to travel with his family, and later explored the world on cruises and tours all over Europe, Asia, and the Americas with Marcia during their retirement. He led a long and fruitful life, and will be celebrated and missed by his family and the many people he influenced. Read more about Warren MUS’48 and Marcia MUS’49 Bowlus, including their early days as high school sweethearts, at


Charles Palmer MCDS’37 – Oct. 28, 2013, Sykesville, Md.


Anne (Bradley) Bodtke MDS’40 – Oct. 15, 2020, Peoria, Ill.

Patricia Oberembt Cleary MDS’44 – July 19, 2020, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Alan Glen MUS’44 – Verdi, Nev.

Sally Maier Tolan MDS’44 – Oct. 3, 2020, Milwaukee

Barbara (Walker) Chudik MUS’46 – April 22, 2020, Holland, Mich.

Rachel Finger MDS’47 – Oct. 18, 2020, Greendale, Wis.

John Huth MUS’47 – Sept. 23, 2020, Milwaukee

Walter Schwarting MUS’47 – Aug. 25, 2020, Oconomowoc, Wis.

Walter Widrig MUS’47 – July 28, 2019, Houston

Jean Luginbuhl Krueger MDS’48 – July 11, 2020, Neenah, Wis.

Luther Paine D.D.S. MCDS’48 – July 7, 2020 Sun Lakes, Ariz.


Marianne Koch Dawes MDS’51 – Aug. 30, 2020, Nashotah, Wis.

Ann Doepke Miller MDS’51 – June 17, 2020, Mequon, Wis.

Marcia (Hoffmann) Bowes MUS’52 – May 18, 2020, Mequon, Wis.

James Sullivan Sr. MUS’52 – Sept. 6, 2020, Centennial, Colo.

Barbara Fisher Sheyer MDS’53 – July 28, 2020, Milwaukee

Ronald Darling MCDS’54 – June 26, 2020, Tampa, Fla.

Constance Driessen Katz MUS’55 – Salt Lake City, Utah

Karla Struck Tobar MUS’56 – July 11, 2020, Wilmington, Dela.

Douglas Dingman MUS’59 – Dec. 16, 2019, Scottsdale, Ariz.


James Fox MUS’60 – June 25, 2020, Simi Valley, Calif.

Penelope Gillett Harper MDS’60 – Sept. 10, 2020, Milwaukee

Douglas Kuehn MCDS’60 – Sept. 26, 2020, Tucson, Ariz.


Thomas Baumann ’72 – July 15, 2020, Mequon, Wis.


Samuel Wilson ’83 – Dec. 2, 2019, Lake Geneva, Wis.


Benjamin McDougall ’06 – May 13, 2020, Waukesha, Wis.


Harold Emch Jr. – Oct. 25, 2020, Milwaukee
Father of Peter Emch ’78 and Elizabeth Cornwell ’80

Eileen Gruesser – Oct. 10, 2020, Fox Point, Wis.
Mother of Jennifer Jansen ’84

Julie Herschede – Aug. 17, 2020, Whitefish Bay, Wis.
Former employee

Carol James – Sept. 28, 2020, Fox Point, Wis.
Mother of Wendy Daggett ’71, Susan Moore ’71, and Todd James ’77. Grandmother of Lindsay Kalmes ’99, Charles Moore ’99, Allison Brodin ’01, Sarah Moore ’02, Chelsea Daggett ’04, Katharine Moore ’04, Molly Wentzel ’06, Kesley James ’07, Charles James ’10, and Sally James ’12

Robert Slater – June 23, 2020, Whitefish Bay, Wis.
Father of Robert Slater Jr. ’81 and John Slater ’85

Sue Wernecke – June 16, 2020
Mother-in-law of Robert Juranitch, Upper School science and computer science teacher; and grandmother of Ellen Wernecke ’02, Claire Wernecke ’04, Chloe Wernecke ’09, Maxwell Wernecke ’09, Raymond Juranitch ’22, and Laura Marlin ’15

Selma Williams – Sept. 23, 2020, Mequon, Wis.
Mother of Michael Williams ’70 and grandmother of Matthew Williams ’10 and Colleen Williams ’12

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