Larry Dale Clark, 82, dedicated his career to theater and education

Dr. Clark joined the faculty of MU in 1966 as an assistant professor of speech and dramatic art and was named dean of the College of Arts and Science in 1988. He also worked as chair of the Department of Theatre.

The Rev. James Blanton enjoyed astronomy and was deeply involved in civil rights

James Miller Blanton, founding pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, died Dec. 29, 2014, at The Bluffs care center. He was 96.

Elijah Douglas Blackburn, Oct. 17, 1932–Dec. 27, 2014

Elijah Douglas Blackburn of Columbia died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014. He was 82.

Barbara Ann DeVore, Nov. 10, 1935-Dec. 29, 2014

Barbara Ann DeVore of Columbia died Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. She was 79 years old.

Dr. Jerome Peters served in two wars, enjoyed a wide range of hobbies

Dr. Jerome "Jerry" Peters served in the Army during World War II and the Air Force during the Korean War. He also enjoyed woodworking, Siamese fighting fish and his blue Sunbeam Alpine.


Alan R. 'Butch' Calhoun, 67, served in Army

Alan R. “Butch” Calhoun of Centralia, Missouri, formerly of Montgomery City, Missouri, died Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, at his home. He was 67.


Lynda Nelson served her country, attended school in Japan

Ms. Nelson served in the Army and then worked for the state of Missouri for 14 years before retiring.

William “Bill” Laskin Fairman, 67, founded data management firm

William “Bill” Laskin Fairman of Columbia died Dec. 25, 2014, in his home. He was 67. Fairman was a former MU professor and the founder of an international database management firm.

Norma Lee Wilkening was active in U.S., international missions

For more than 20 years after retirement, Mrs. Wilkening and her husband served others in need during mission trips around the United States and in other countries, such as the Czech Republic and Mozambique.

Norma Wilkening, April 20, 1925 — Dec. 24, 2014

For more than 20 years after retirement, Norma Wilkening and and her husband, Walter, served others in need during many mission trips around the U.S. and in other countries, such as the Czech Republic and Mozambique.

Dennis Lee Long, 60, of Hallsville, enjoyed golfing, fishing

Mr. Long worked for the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department for 20 years. He enjoyed spending time with his children and watching them play sports.

Daryl Jerome Hobbs, 80, championed global development

Dr. Hobbs' daughter remembers her father's hard work on behalf of rural communities. Dr. Hobbs joined the MU faculty in 1964 as a professor of rural sociology.


Harold Skrabal, 66, was a University Hospital pharmacist for four decades

Harold Skrabal was a talented craftsman who made scroll saw art and worked on his 1930 Model A Ford. He was a member of Campus Lutheran Church. Mr. Skrabal, 66, died Friday, Dec. 19.

John Ford Beaman was an avid sportsman

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Fayette, the Howard County Trail Riders and the Fox Hunters Association of Missouri.

Catherine C. Seltsam was member of First Christian Church, enjoyed time at Access Arts

The Columbia resident, who died Sunday at 59, graduated from MU in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in education.

Shelia Burnett worked in finance industry, was longtime member of Boonesboro Christian Church

Mrs. Burnett enjoyed gardening, canning, baking, camping and spending time with her grandchildren.

Daniel Niday loved faith and family

Daniel Niday died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. He was 93.

Beverly Murrell was known for an academic and musical lifestyle

Beverly Robertson Murrell was a well-respected doctor and academic, working for decades in the medical field. She died Dec. 11, 2014. She was 78.

Dr. Roy Brown was a veterinarian, veteran

Dr. Roy Edward Brown of Columbia died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at Lenoir Woods Care Center. He was 97.

Annie Ratliff, former Stephens College postmaster, remembered for love of children

Annie E. Ratliff of Columbia died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. She was 71.