Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Iowans Remembered

Mary Lundby

Rosemary Thompson

Dick Damrow

I was just thinking the other day about all the great people we lost over the last year, both in my own universe, but also of our larger community. A couple on this larger "Iowa" public list found at http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/80207217.html were very close to me and I miss them terribly. All contributed a great deal to improve the lives of many while they were here. Join me to take a moment and remember those who have passed from our earthly presence.

Looking Back: Notable Iowans Who Died in 2009
By Becky Ogann

Among the notable Iowans and Eastern Iowans who died in 2009:

George Hidinger, 87, of Cedar Rapids, first Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School football coach and athletics director, Jan. 3

Rosemary Thomson, 72, of Marion, served in Iowa House from 1995 to 2000, Jan. 19

Mary Lundby, 60, of Marion, served in Iowa House from 1987 to 1994 and Iowa Senate from 1995 to 2008, Jan. 17

Loyd Shaffer, 66, of Marion, former Marion High School wrestling coach, Feb. 18

B.B. Stamats, 76, of Ridgefield, Conn., co-founder and inspiration behind Indian Creek Nature Center, Feb. 11

Brian Carr, 57, of Cedar Rapids, CEO of Henry Russell Bruce advertising agency, Feb. 21.

Dick Damrow, 60, of Cedar Rapids, vice president for marketing resources at Stamats Communications and founder of Contract Marketing Resources, Feb. 24

Robert M.L. Johnson, 88, of Cedar Rapids, served as Cedar Rapids mayor from 1962 to 1967, April 13

Ed Thomas, 58, of Parkersburg, AplingtonParkersburg High School football coach, June 24

Terry Trueblood, 61, of Iowa City, longtime Iowa City park and recreation director, July 3

John McDonald, 65, of Iowa City, served on Iowa City Council from 1982 to 1993, including three stints as mayor, July 8

Donald “Buzz” Sawyer, 69, of Center Point, served as Linn County Sheriff from 1980 to 1984, July 14

Johnny Ketelsen, 87, of Marion, founder of Ketelsen RV and leader of The Johnny Ketelsen Band, Aug. 17

James E. Bromwell, 89, of Cedar Rapids, represented the 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1960 to 1964, Sept. 11

Norman Borlaug, 95, of Dallas, scientist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Sept. 12

Larry Meyers, 58, of Solon, Johnson County supervisor, Sept. 22

Peg Mullen, 92, of La Porte City, author and former Iowa farm wife who hounded the U.S. military to find the truth about her son’s death in Vietnam, Oct. 4

J. Scott McIntyre Jr., 75, of Cedar Rapids, chairman of United Fire & Casualty Co., Oct. 6

Dr. Ingacio Ponseti, 95, of Iowa City, University of Iowa orthopedics professor known for developing a low-cost, non-surgical treatment for clubfoot, Oct. 18

Forest Evashevski, 91, of Petoskey, Mich., coached the University of Iowa football team to three Big Ten titles and two Rose Bowl wins, Oct. 30

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