Willard Gehrke (BS ’42) of Appleton, Wisconsin passed away in October. In 1942 Bill started work for the Monsanto Corporation as a chemical engineer. In 1947 he moved to Marathon/American Can and in 1968 to Curwood Inc., a division of Bemis Corp, retiring in 1985 as vice-president and director of research. In retirement, Bill was appointed to the office of Council on Recycling for the State of Wisconsin, reporting to the Governor. He was an avid gardener and took pleasure in growing unique vegetables for family and friends. Bill enjoyed canoeing trips, photography, play group and mall walking. Bill shared nearly 56 years with his wife, Natalie, before her death in 2000. He is survived by three sons and two grandchildren.
Henry Kalbus (BS ’51) of Akron, Ohio died this past October. He retired in 1985 as Chemical Plant Production Superintendent for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company after 35 years with the company. Henry is survived by his wife, Pauline, two sons and three granddaughters.
Ronald Kapheim (BS ’57, MS ’62) of Appleton, Wisconsin died in September. Ron was a retired major of the United States Air Force where he served 23 years. In 1962 he married the former Monica Grant in Sparta. Over the years Ron was employed by S.C. Johnson & Co., Kimberly-Clark and the Institute of Paper Chemistry. He worked for many years with the Boy Scouts of America and served as a liaison for the Air Force Academy. He was a private pilot, and enjoyed photography, skiing and tennis.
Fred Kubal (BS ’42) of Naples, Florida died in November. Fred owned a construction business in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin.
Richard P. Likwarz (BS ’65) of Marshall, Wisconsin passed away last September. He worked for Allen Bradley in Milwaukee for eight years and Rayovac in Madison for 26 years. Then he received a degree in medical coding and worked for the UW-Madison Medical School, Department of Dermatology where he greatly enjoyed the doctors, nurses, and staff. Richard is survived by Janet, his wife of 42 years, a daughter, son, and two grandchildren.
Gerald Ohm (BS ’58) of Bellevue, Washington died in November. Jerry earned his Master’s degree from the University of Washington in chemical engineering. He worked 40 years at Boeing as a fuel systems engineer on most of the airplanes that still fly the skies. He loved cruising and traveled to many parts of the world. Jerry is survived by Heather, his wife of 51 years, his daughter, and two grandchildren.
Rahul Shah (PhD ’00) of St. Paul, Minnesota, passed away unexpectedly in March. Rahul was a Senior Research Engineer with 3M’s Display and Graphics Film Laboratory where he was known as an enthusiastic and passionate researcher, strong collaborator and good friend. Rahul is survived by his parents, wife Javnika, son Naman, and daughter Kshama.
George Stolze (BS ’42) of Kingsford, Michigan died in October. Following his graduation, George worked for Allis-Chalmers during the war on the Manhattan Project. George retired as plant manager/sales manager from Arwood Corp. in Cleveland. Following his retirement 23 years ago, he and his wife, Enola, relocated to Michigan. He was an active member of his church, singing groups and stamp clubs. He was a University of Wisconsin Alumni Association member and went to two Rose Bowls to watch his Badgers play. He and Enola participated in the handicap riders program. George enjoyed golfing, hunting and fishing and especially enjoyed spending time at the family cabin in Fence, Wisconsin. George is survived by his four children and their families.