In Memoriam: Spring/Summer 2016-17

In Memoriam

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.

Jim Laing and team
Jim Laing (center) and team after winning the state championship.

James M. Laing passed away on January 28, 2017 at the age of 90. Laing was a veteran of the U.S. Navy who served in World War II. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1950 and received his master’s of education from Colgate University in 1953. Laing taught English at USM for 45 years.

Beginning in 1964, Laing coached the USM boy’s tennis team to 36 Midwest Prep Conference and Midwest Classic Conference championships and 10 Wisconsin Independent Schools Athletics Association (WISAA) team championships. His players also won 24 WISAA state individual championships. In 1971, he began also coaching the girl’s tennis team. He led them to an all-time record 12 WISAA state team championships. His players also won 41 WISAA state individual championships before he retired as head coach in 2000. Wanting to remain involved with USM tennis, Laing stayed on as an assistant coach in both programs for several more years, finally retiring completely in 2008, 44 years after he accepted leadership of tennis at the School.

He was co-director of the Bachman-Laing Tennis Camp for more than 20 years. Known for his humor, he was well liked by his students, the players he coached, fellow faculyt, and staff.


’30s

Barbara Brumder Buzard MDS’36 – March 3, 2017, Chenequa, WI

Philip G. Brumder MCDS’38 – January 3, 2010, Hartland, WI

Virginia Uihlein Martin MDS’38 – January 3, 2010, Bozeman, MT

Nancy Higbee Pollock MDS’38 – December 1, 2016, Madison, WI

Elliot M. Ogden Jr. MCDS’39 – April 9, 2016, New York, NY

’40s

Kathryn Desh Brady MUS’40 – March 23, 2017, Milwaukee, WI

Alexander L. Paternotte MCDS’40 – January 27, 2017, Wilmington, NC

Catherine Murphy Folsom MDS’41 – December 16, 2016, Woodbridge, VA

Suzanne White Frank MDS’42 – January 29, 2015, Lafayette Hill, PA

Barbara Schranck Watson MDS’42 – May 14, 2017, Sarasota, FL

Keith C. Johnston MCDS’44 – December 20, 2016, Mequon, WI

William M. Thompson MCDS’44 – Wiscasset, ME

Andrew Boyd MCDS’45 – March 25, 2017, Milwaukee, WI

Nancy Miller Houdek MDS’46 – December 9, 2016, Milwaukee, WI

Lee C. Ziemer MUS’47 – February 21, 2017, Milwaukee, WI

Jane Bond Tennessen MUS’49 – January 15, 2017, Milwaukee, WI

’50s

Barbara Jensen Hartel MDS’50 – February 28, 2017, Winfield, IL

James G. Schlick MUS’51 – January 22, 2017, Omaha, NE

Patricia Gran Cameron MDS’52 – February 12, 2017, Huntington Beach, CA

Judith Cron Friedman MDS’53 – July 26, 2016, Canton, CT

David O. Decker MCDS’54 – March 25, 2017, Salem, MA

Ellen Huebsch Kraynik MDS’54 – November 3, 2016, Anaheim, CA

James L. Stocking MCDS’54 – March 22, 2017, Pewaukee, WI

Annemarie Karen Kessler Kreutner MDS’56 – May 13, 2017, Mount Pleasant, SC

Carol Lobb Kimball MDS’57 – December 15, 2017, St. Louis, MO

Barbara Abert Tooman MDS’58 – January 23, 2017, Grafton, WI

Holly Troyk McGucken MDS’59 – January 13, 2017, Brookfield, WI

’60s

Kenneth F. Burgess MCDS’62 – July 26, 2016, Cedar Park, TX

Michael H. Trost MCDS’62 – March 29, 2011, Rhinelander, WI

Perry R. Zien MCDS’62 – December 18, 2016, Milwaukee, WI

Nancy Knight Christiansen MDS’64 – December 2016, Oldsmar, FL

Bonnie Miller Droegemueller ’65 – December 2, 2016, Vero Beach, FL

Kristina Distenfeld Hutcheson ’66 – December 24, 2017, Toronto, Canada

Jennifer A. Young Ph.D. ’67 – March 3, 2017, Port Charlotte, FL

’70s

Randolph W. Goree ’70 – February 19, 2017, Muskego, WI

’90s

Adam E. Berk ’93 – December 31, 2016, Bedford, NH

Lance L. Stanwyck ’99 – February 15, 2017, Grafton, WI

Former Faculty/Staff

Judy Dolnick – April 20, 2017, Middleton, WI

Ruth Spooner – January 3, 2017, Milwaukee, WI

Friends

Nancy Holz – April 3, 2017, Elm Grove, WI
Mother of Erika Pond ’81, Pamela Rupright ’84, and Bradley Holz ’87

Christopher Kegel – February 2, 2017, Hales Corners, WI
Father of Noel Lukic-Kegel ’00

Janey MacNeil – January 22, 2017, Mequon, WI
Wife of Douglas M. MacNeil MCDS’57, Mother of Tracy Gallun ’86, Cog MacNeil ’84, Mike MacNeil ’88, and Amy Wolf ’94

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