bleeding heartsRochester University students and employees often refer to the university community as a family. The Rochester University family expresses its sympathy for the loss of the following alumni and former employees during the last twelve months. If you know of other alumni or former employees who have passed away, please contact Larry Stewart at

Kevin Galloway, a member of the class of 1989, passed away May 24, 2019. Kevin’s wife, Davena (Fields) Galloway, is also a member of the class of 1989. Obituary

Joan (Gentry) Tober, a member of the class of 1967, passed away Mar. 27, 2019. Joan’s sister, Sue (Gentry) Wasson, is a 1962 graduate. Obituary

A 1970 graduate, Ken Chaffin, passed away Mar. 26, 2019. Ken’s wife, Jannie (Bullock) Chaffin, is also a member of the class of 1970. Obituary

Maurice Hall, one of the university’s founding faculty members, died Mar. 8, 2019, at age 99. Maurice dedicated his life to world evangelism, serving as a missionary in Vietnam and France. He was also the founder of World Christian Broadcasting. News Article

Shirley Funston, a member of the university’s first graduating class (1961), died Feb. 27, 2019. Obituary

A 1961 graduate, David Coleman, died Feb. 17, 2019. Obituary

Howard Hagerman, a member of the Rochester University Board of Trustees from 1973-2009, passed away Dec. 6, 2018. Lois (French) Hagerman, a 1976 graduate of the university, is married to Dan Hagerman, the son of Howard and Joan. The daughter of Dan and Lois, Bethany (Hagerman) Rossetti, is a 2016 graduate. Obituary

A 2003 graduate, Keyvonne (King) Connie, passed away Nov. 30, 2018. Keyvonne’s sister, Katrina (King) Reed, is a member of the class of 1997. Obituary

Janie (Stewart) Keating, a member of the class of 1971, passed away Nov. 27, 2018. Three of her siblings and two of their spouses are alumni: Bob (’68) and Vivian (Hale-’67) Stewart, Larry (’70) and Lynne (Yoakum-’74) Stewart, and Ken Stewart (’82). Several of her nephews, nieces, and their spouses are alumni as well: Bob (’90) and Laura (Snyder-’89) Stewart, Ben Stewart (’92), Brian (’08) and Beth (Stewart-’02,’10) Bowers, Kevin (’04) and Sara (Bodine-’08) Stewart, Jared Cramer (’04), and Carmen (Stewart-’10) Chowning. Obituary

A 1975 graduate, Keith Sliter, died on September 14, 2018. Obituary

Brenda (Wells) Risinger, a member of the class of 1966, died July 31, 2018. Obituary

Karen (Bennett) Kennamer, a member of the class of 1965, passed away June 9, 2018. Karen’s daughter, Andrea (Kennamer) Tolchard, is a member of the class of 1998. Obituary