In Memoriam: Spring 2016

University School of Milwaukee wishes to acknowledge and celebrate the lives of our dearly departed alumni and friends. We thank them for enriching our lives throughout their friendship.

Leland C. Johnson MCDS’45 passed away on May 20, 2016, at the age of 88. Johnson joined the Marines the day after he graduated from Milwaukee Country Day school at age 17 and served in World War II. Upon his return, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an engineer and joined the family business, which at that time had been producing sand casting in a foundry on Milwaukee’s south side. Johnson was the owner, president, and CEO of Johnson Brass and Machine Foundry Inc. (also known as Johnson Centrifugal Technology) for more than 30 years, and under his leadership, the company moved to Saukville, Wis. where he modernized the manufacturing process, greatly increased productivity, and ensured the success of the company as it transitioned to a fourth generation of family ownership.

While engaged in numerous civic, political, social, and athletic endeavors throughout his life, Johnson’s family was his central focus. He especially relished his roles as grandfather, mentor, college advisor, chief fan at sporting events, and golfing buddy. As a result of Johnson and his family’s generosity to USM, the Johnson Family Fund was endowed in 1993 to support the School’s athletic department. Johnson enjoyed reconnecting with his MCDS classmates during their annual December lunch.

Johnson was preceded in death by his wife Gloria and is survived by his brother Llewellyn Johnson MCDS’49; sister Blanche Johnson Ervin; children Renee Johnson Tyson ’70, Lance Johnson ’79, and Kevin Johnson; and his seven grandchildren Taylor Tyson Haywood ’02, Ben Tyson ’03, Amanda Johnson ’12, Robinette Johnson ’16, Mia Johnson ’20, Olivia Johnson, and Mark Johnson. Gifts made in his memory may be made to University School of Milwaukee.


Margaret Banta Humleker MDS’37 – June 14, 2016, Fond Du Lac, Wis.


Harold E. De Bona MUS’40 – March 18, 2016, Dorset, Vt.

Jane Severns Vogt MDS’40 – November 9, 2015, Canton, GA

Richard C. Bennett MUS’41 – June 5, 2016, Milwaukee, Wis.

Charles A. Gutenkunst III MCDS’46 – June 22, 2016, Hartland, Wis.

Polly Gotfredson Rabion MDS’46 – February 20, 2016, Whitefish Bay, Wis.

Fredric G. Schneider MCDS’46 – April 1, 2016, Mequon, Wis.

Joanne Creager Waterman MDS’46 – March 16, 2016, Surprise, Ariz.

James F. Kuether MUS’49 – April 23, 2016, Oostburg, Wis.

Elise Tiernan Meyer MDS’49 – June 28, 2016, Milwaukee, Wis.


Hugh R. Tewels MCDS’50 – March 6, 2016, Glendale, Wis.

Natalie Meyer McKenzie MDS’54 – June 16, 2016, Arlington Heights, Ill.

Mary Ellen Johnston Birckhead MDS’55 – March 19, 2016, Milwaukee, Wis.

Ruth Sauerteig Nobis MDS’57 – December 28, 2015, Fort Wayne, Ind.


J. Carroll Kieckhefer ’65 – April 20, 2016, Grafton, Wis.


Martha H. Roper ’70 – June 28, 2016, New Haven, Conn.

Douglas O. Kloppenburg ’75 – June 26, 2016, Malvern, Penn.


Michael Mayerson ’98 – March 3, 2016, Milwaukee, Wis.


Isabel Denning ’13 – April 24, 2016, Madison, Wis.


Sue Anne Banaszak – Grandmother of Sophia ’18 and Sebastian ’20, May 12, 2016, Milwaukee, Wis.

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