Saturday, July 15th, 2017

Venetta G. Bilger

The campus community mourns the passing of Venetta G. Bilger, 94, who died on Saturday, July 15. Venetta worked in Facilities, retiring in 1985 after nearly 22 years of service. She was born on November 24, 1922 in Union County, a daughter of the late Elmer E. and Pearl M. (Wirth) Gotshall. On April 26, 1941, she married Kenneth Beaver Bilger, at Christ’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lewisburg. Mr. Bilger passed away on February 24, 2001. During retirement, she and Ken spent many years traveling with the Lewisburg Ramblers Club, visiting several states on the East coast, the eastern provinces of […]

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Monday, June 26th, 2017

Thomas A. “Tommy” Thompson

The campus community mourns the passing of Thomas A. “Tommy” Thompson ‘60, 78, who died on Sunday, June 25. Tommy spent 37 years at Bucknell University as an assistant coach or head coach for Men’s Basketball, Baseball and Golf until his retirement in 2001. Tommy was a son of the late Lloyd and Edith (Johnson) Thompson. On August 3, 1979, he married the former Robynn Jackson, the love of his life, who survives. Tommy was a 1956 graduate of Kane Area High School. Following graduation, Tommy went on to pitch professionally for the Detroit Tigers organization for three seasons until […]

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Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Mary Elizabeth (Bower) Gavitt

Dear Colleagues: The campus community mourns the passing of Mary Elizabeth (Bower) Gavitt, 54, who died on Tuesday, May 9. Mary was employed as an Animal Caretaker in the Animal Behavior Laboratory; specifically the primate, since 1991. Mary was born July 14, 1962, a daughter of the late Donald E. and A. Elizabeth (Gross) Bower and was raised in the country near Watsontown. Like her Grandmother Gross, Mary had a passion for animals and the family home housed a menagerie of pets. Mary was an accomplished equestrian, riding her Tennessee Walkers, Encore and Scout. Mary was a social member of […]

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Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Karl Patten, Jr.

The campus community mourns the passing of Karl Patten, Jr., who died on Sunday, April 16, 2017.  After 41 years of service to the University, Karl retired as Professor Emeritus of English in 1997. Born February 28, 1927, in Beverly, Massachusetts, Karl was the son of the late Karl Watson and Elinor (Noble) Patten. He was married on December 31, 1947, to the former Isabelle Cameron, who predeceased him. Karl graduated from Salem High School and earned a B.A. from Williams College and a Ph.D. in English literature from Boston University. While at Bucknell, he taught courses on subjects as […]

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Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Gene Bowman

Dear Colleagues: The campus community mourns the passing of Gene Bowman, who died on Thursday, April 6, 2017.  Gene served as custodian at Bucknell, beginning in 1968, and retired from the University. He was born in Sunbury on August 23, 1937, a son of the late Lloyd and Sara (Sanders) Bowman. He married the love of his life, Sandra L. Faust, on March 29, 1970, who passed away on May 30, 2010. Gene attended school in Sunbury, and served in the Army Reserves. He loved being with his wife (whom he missed dearly) and family. His life revolved around his […]

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Friday, March 10th, 2017

Rob Kaleta

Dear Colleagues, The campus community mourns the passing of Robert “Rob” Kaleta, 46, who died on Friday, March 10.  Rob joined Bucknell and the L&IT Enterprise Systems (ES) team in late 2013 as the administrator of our Banner Applications. He was quickly promoted to an Assistant Director role with expanded responsibility for the team that supports the daily operations of some of our most critical systems. Rob was born April 22, 1970, in Ashland, a son of Robert John and Diane (Shuey) Kaleta, of Ranshaw. On Sept. 10, 1994, in St. John’s United Church of Christ, Shamokin, he married the former Kelle […]

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Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Michael Payne

The campus community mourns the passing of Dr. Michael David Payne, 75, of Lewisburg, on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Riverwoods, Lewisburg. Born January 17, 1941 in Dallas, TX, he was a son of the late Fred G. Payne and Jocie (Kirkham) and Lester Lundberg. He was a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and Southern Oregon College. Michael then earned his doctorate in English from the University of Oregon. Michael retired in 2007 as Professor Emeritus of English from Bucknell where he joined the faculty in 1969.  During his tenure at Bucknell, he served as a Presidential Professor […]

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Monday, August 15th, 2016

James Hornberger

The campus community mourns the passing of James Hornberger, who died on Tuesday, August 9. James worked for dining services, retiring in 1987. James was born May 15, 1921, in Philadelphia, a son of the late George and Johanna (Weinrich) Hornberger. On July 9, 1937, in Elkton, Maryland, he married the former Margaret E. Foss, who preceded him in death April 17, 2011. James served in the Navy during World War II from 1944 until his honorable discharge in 1945. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church, Mifflinburg. He was a founding member of the Twin Hollows Hunting […]

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Monday, July 18th, 2016

Edith Kreps

The campus community mourns the passing of Edith Kreps, 79, who died on Monday, July 18.  Edith worked for the University for 15 years, retiring as custodian in 2000. She was born Jan. 12, 1937, in Lewisburg, a daughter of the late Arthur R. and Vivian Alda (Gardner) Baney. She was married to Arthur Kreps who preceded her in death. Edith graduated from Lewisburg High School and worked as a beautician before coming to Bucknell. Edith enjoyed playing bingo, sewing and taking bus trips. She especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She will be sorely missed by her […]

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Friday, May 20th, 2016

Madhu Malik

The campus community mourns the passing of Madhu Malik, who died on Friday, May 20. Madhu joined the Bucknell Faculty in 1983 and after teaching for 26 years, retired as Professor Emeritus of Russian in 2009. A native of India, where she was born in 1947 on the eve of India’s independence, Madhu received her BA and MA in Russian Language and Literature from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, and her PhD in Slavic Folklore from the University of Virginia in 1982. From 1974 to 1976, she studied at Moscow University, where she coauthored a monograph in Russian, Translation as an […]

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