Health Professions - Class Notes

We salute your achievements!

The KUMC Alumni Association welcomes the chance to inform your fellow graduates of the events and activities in your life. Publications, awards, marriages, retirements, moves, promotions, birth announcements-you're sure to come across news from someone you remember. Browse here by class to find news of your former classmates and take a moment to submit a note of your own.

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1964 (Audiology) - In Memoriam: Steven N. Angell
Steven N. Angell, 81, Ozark, passed away Sunday, December 15, 2013 in ManorCare, Springfield. He was born September 24, 1932 in St. Charles, Illinois the son of the late Nicholas Samuel Brown and Minnie Ruth Pattee. He was united in marriage to Mary L. Hollaway on April 4, 1959 in Beloit, Kansas. He was also preceded in death by a son, Jeff Angell in 2001 and a sister Virginia Gregg.Steve was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a graduate of Park College and obtained his master's degree in Audiology from Kansas University. He moved to Springfield in 1968 and was Springfield's first Audiologist. He retired from Smith-Glynn-Callaway Clinic in 1999. He was a member of Ozark Presbyterian Church; Christian County Elks Lodge No. 2777 and Fremont Hills Country Club. He was also a member of Solomon Lodge No. 281 and Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Temple where he was active in the Directors Staff, past Rajah of Christian County Shrine Club, a member of the Christian County Shrine Cook Crew and served as Aide to several Potentates. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, mowing the lawn, "cattle ranching", and tinkering in his shop. He is survived by his wife, Mary; a son, John Angell, Ozark; two daughters, Jeanne Angell, St. Louis; and Joanne Angell, Springfield; a sister-in-law, Betty Vernon and her husband Bob, Beloit, KS; and many, many friends.

1969 (Physical Therapy) - In Memoriam: Christine Crawford Hyde
Christine Moon Hyde, 68, of Olathe, Kansas, passed away peacefully on June 23rd at the Olathe Hospice House in Olathe, KS, her loving family was by her side. Chris had been a 10-year breast cancer survivor. She was born on the 5th of March 1948 in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Robert Hanes Crawford and Gloria Sharman Moon. She lived in Des Moines for a short period of time before moving to Prairie Village, Kansas. She initially attended Notre Dame de Sion and St. Anne's schools before graduating from Tomahawk Grade School. She attended Broadmoor Junior High School and graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School in 1965. In the Fall of 1965 Chris attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Following her Sophomore year at OSU she enrolled at the University of Kansas in Lawrence in the Physical Therapy program. She graduated with a B.Sc. in Physical Therapy in August of 1969. Read more(Updated July 2016)


1970 (OT) Peggy Hundley Spitz
Peggy Spitz is still plugging away with Perfect for the pediatric OTs, PTs, STs and teachers who work themes in the classroom. (Updated March 2016).

1974 (PT) - Vickie J. Anderson
Vickie retired from The University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City, OK after 25 years of service. During her employment, she was a Physical Therapist Service Coordinator for Rehab Services. (Updated September 2015)

1975 (PT) - Mark A. Anderson
Mark retired from The University of Oklahoma Health Science Center Campus after 35 years as a professor of Physical Therapy at The University of Oklahoma. (Updated September 2015)

1975 (Nurse Anesthesia) - In Memoriam: Donna Whitney Hetherington
Donna Gayle (Whitney) Hetherington, 63, passed away July 4, 2014. Donna was born August 8, 1950 to Warren and Marilyn (Wiggins) Whitney in Kansas City, MO. She graduated from Ruskin High School. Donna earned her nursing degree at St. Luke's School of Nursing and continued her education at KU Medical Center where she earned her Nurse Anesthetist degree. Following 37 years of service, she retired from St. Joseph Hospital as a Nurse Anesthetist. Donna was a member of CFA for many years as well as a member of MO-KAN Cat Club. Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Warren and Marilyn Whitney; granddaughter, Whitney Anderson; and great-grandson, Braydn Westover. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her son, Ron (Lynda) Hetherington of Kingsville, MO; daughter, Elizabeth (Tim) Anderson of South Elgin, IL; brothers, Douglas Whitney of KCMO, David (Kim) Whitney of St. Charles, MO and Donald (Cynthia) Whitney of Belton, MO; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; 3 nieces; 4 nephews; 2 great nieces and 2 great nephews.

1978 (PT) - Grace M. Knott
Grace Knott was awarded the Mary Ellen Sacksteder Award in October 2015 - it is the highest award given to a member of the Nebraska Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association. The award is for outstanding contribution to the advancement of physical therapy. She was deeply honored to receive this from her adopted state!


1980 (Respiratory Therapy) - Helen M. Arnold
Helen has retired after 37 years in the medical field. Her respiratory therapy career led her into nursing for 24 years. Helen worked in Hyperbaric Medicine, Telemetry, Critical Care and the Post Anesthesia Care Unit. She wants to volunteer to work with cancer and hospice patients doing alternative therapies of healing touch, imagery and emotional freedom techniques. Helen looks forward to auditing classes at the community college and the University of Washington. Travels and home projects with her husband are in the future. (Updated March 2015)

1980 (Med Tech) - In Memoriam: Lyle T. Sinor, PhD
Lyle T. Sinor of Roswell, GA, passed away Monday January 12, 2015, at the age of 57. Dr. Sinor is responsible for the development of solid- phase technology, helping innovate blood banking practices around the world. Among his honors and awards included the Jean Julliard Memorial Prize and Morton Grove- Rasmussen Memorial Award. Lyle Sinor earned undergraduate degrees in microbiology and medical technology and a PhD in immunohematology from the University of Kansas. He is survived by his wife; Jessie Sinor, daughters; Meghan Sinor, Mollie DeCouto (Mitchell), son; Ben Sinor, and brother; Kyle Sinor. 

1981 (OT) - In Memoriam: Kathy A. Sherrow
Kathy Anne Sherrow, 58, of Overland Park, Kan., passed away June 2, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. Kathy was born Jan. 10, 1958, in Kansas City, Mo. She was a graduate of The University of Kansas with a Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy, specializing in geriatric care. Kathy provided home healthcare services primarily in the Midtown area through Visiting Nurses Association. She had an unending love for her family, particularly her nieces, Lauren and Whitney. Her talent was bringing people together through her cooking, card and Scrabble games and her love of life. Kathy was a nurturing, generous and caring woman and will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Kathy is now at peace in the arms of the Lord with Grandma Lillie. She is survived by her devoted parents, Annette and Pete Sherrow; her loving sister and brother-in-law, Alana and Jim Estes; her nieces, who were her pride and joy, Lauren and Whitney; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and her four-legged, constant companion, Marley. In lieu of flowers, if desired, contributions in Kathy's name may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and/or Sister Servants of Mary, 800 N. 18th St., KCK. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Doctors Julia Chapman, John Dunlap and Richard Morgan, as well as Shanna, Cindy and Marilyn of Heartland Hospice. (Updated June 2016).

1981 (Radiation Therapy Tech) - In Memoriam: Patricia Streeter Williams
Patricia E. Williams, 66, passed away on Saturday, November 14, 2015 in Kansas City, KS. (Updated December 2015)

1982 (OT) - Denise A. Fine
Denise had worked full-time since graduation and for the past 8 ½ years she has worked in Ireland as an Occupational Therapist. Now she is exploring private duty instead (updated August 2016).

1985 (OT) - In Memoriam: Janet Rasmussen
Janet (Burdick) Rasmussen, 85, of Marshfield, MA passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by family at Proprietors Green of Marshfield on February 8, 2015. Beloved Wife of the late George A. Rasmussen, loving sister of Lois and her husband Ed Young, sister Karen and husband Tom Illingworth, the late Mary Lynn Stewart and Father Thomas Burdick, daughter of the late John N. Burdick and Bernadette (Fitzgerald) Burdick, dear Mother of Charlotte M. Rasmussen of Marshfield, Neil M. Rasmussen and his wife Stephanie of Lawrence Kansas, Mark Rasmussen and wife Iani Moreno of Beverly, loving grandmother of Michael and Nicholas Rees, Eli Rasmussen and Abby Wilson. Janet was born in Buffalo New York where she attended Case Western Reserve receiving her Bachelor's degree with distinction and where she met her beloved husband George. Janet and George moved to Westwood Massachusetts in 1969 where they raised their children and developed many dear lifelong friendships. They then moved to Lawrence Kansas where Janet continued her education at the University of Kansas and graduated at the top of her class with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. They then moved to Hillsborough North Carolina where Janet worked 10 fulfilling years as an occupational therapist to the schoolchildren of Orange County, and created dear friendships through her affiliation with Holy Family Church. (Updated February 2015)


1992 (OT) - Dee Leman, OTR/L
Dee Leman, OT'92, has been appointed the National Director of Rehabilitation Services for the Goodman Group. In her new role, Leman will oversee all Rehabilitation Services offered at The Goodman Group's managed senior living and healthcare communities, including physical, occupational and speech therapy, and will collaborate on restorative therapies. Leman has more than 25 years of experience in Rehabilitation Services. (Updated June 2015)


2002 (HIM) - Rebekah Mussman
Congratulations to Rebekah Mussman, HIM'02, who was named President and CEO of Crete Area Medical Center in Crete, NE. She has spent her career serving Nebraska critical access hospitals and rural communities. Read more. (Updated October 2015)


2010 (PT) - Mary Power Rush, DPT
Mary gave birth to a baby boy, Jackson Ray Rush, on April 14, 2014. Congratulations! (Updated March 2015)

2013 (PT) - Amy Bullerman, DPT
Amy married Ryan Duckersin on June 27, 2015 in Kansas City, KS. (Updated June 2015)

Last modified: Sep 15, 2016