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Samira Sayeh

Samira Sayeh, assistant professor of French and Italian, specializes in Francophone literature and culture and the history of countries other than France that speak the language. Read More

In Memory

Max E. Jones

Max E. Jones Sr., 72, died Dec. 2. He worked at KU in concessions and was an electrical supervisor in the housing department. He retired in 2002. Survivors include his wife, Cynthia Ann Oakes; four sons; a daughter; several grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Frank M. Young Jr.

Frank M. Young Jr. died Dec. 3. He taught industrial design at KU. Survivors include three sons, six grandchildren, his father, a sister and his partner, Liz Farley.

The family suggests memorials to ftd-picks.org.

Thomas C. “Tom” Hitchcock

Thomas C. “Tom” Hitchcock, 79, died Dec. 23. From 1978 to 1988, he was assistant to the dean at the School of Pharmacy. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Stiles; two sons; one daughter; and four grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Palliative Care, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

John Walter Pozdro

John Walter Pozdro, 85, died Jan. 1. He was a member of the KU music faculty from 1950 through 1992, serving as chair of music theory for 26 years and chairing the KU Symposium of American Music from 1958 through 1969. Survivors include his wife, Shirley Winans; a son; a daughter; a sister; a sister-in-law; four grandchildren; a nephew; a great-nephew; and a great-niece. The family suggests memorials to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Oncology Center or First Presbyterian Church, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

Rachel M. Crown

Rachel M. Crown, 91, died Dec. 31. She taught English at KU from 1975 until her retirement in 1982. Survivors include a brother and a sister. The family suggests memorials to Lawrence Free Methodist Church, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

Jessie Marie Cassidy Branson

Jessie Marie Cassidy Branson, 88, died Jan. 3. She worked at the KU Medical Center as a critical care nurse during and in the years following World War II.

Survivors include three daughters, a son, a brother and eight grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Trinity Episcopal Church or Cottonwood Inc., sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

Jay Turnbull

Jay Turnbull, 41, died Jan. 7. Turnbull worked at KU for 20 years, most recently as an office and clerical assistant at the Beach Center on Disability. Survivors include his parents H.R. “Rud” and Ann Turnbull, founders and co-directors of the Beach Center on Disability.

Gregory M. Cahill

Gregory M. Cahill, 50, died Jan. 6. Cahill was a research assistant professor in anatomy and cell biology at the KU Medical Center until 1994. Survivors include a sister and four brothers.

Phyllis “Susie” Harlan McEldowney

Phyllis “Susie” Harlan McEldowney, 86, died Jan. 7. She worked for 25 years as a secretary for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and for the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, retiring in 1986. She is survived by her husband, Robert McEldowney; a son; two daughters; a brother; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Lawrence Free Methodist Church, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.


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