Class Notes – January 2021

Have you recently celebrated a wedding, baby, new job, promotion, or honor? Been published, moved into a new home, or welcomed a grandchild? Share your news with the CSU alumni family by submitting a class note. Approved class notes will be published here and in Colorado State University Magazine.

Phil Bayly with his new book, Loving Lucy


Dorothea Hubble Bonneau (B.A., ’66) published her novel, Once in a Blood Moon, which has received critical accolades, including 2020 Best Books Award Winner;  2020 American Fiction Award Winner; New York Book Festival: Honorable Mention; and the Chanticleer Book Contest, Long List. (Acorn Publishing, 2020)


Phil Bayly (B.A., ’76) has followed his popular debut novel, Murder on Skis, with a sequel titled Loving Lucy: A Murder on Skis Mystery. The thrilling new mystery returns television journalist JC Snow as he tracks a cold case. The path may lead him to a cold-blooded killer hiding in Colorado’s snow country.


Kay Cornelius (B.S., ’90; M.S., ’94) was recently named general manager of Panorama Organic Grass-Fed Meats, a subsidiary of Perdue Farms based in Westminster. Panorama is the nation’s largest producer of 100 percent grass-fed and grass-finished organic beef, raised by family cattle ranchers in nine Western and Midwestern states. Cornelius, who studied meat science and was a member of the CSU Meat Judging Team, was earlier vice president of sales for Niman Ranch. She and her husband, Hampton Cornelius (attended 1988-90), are partners in Coyote Ridge Ranch, a third-generation family operation raising registered Hereford cattle in LaSalle, Colorado. The ranch won reserve grand champion Polled Hereford bull and champion Hereford pen of three bulls at the 2020 National Western Stock Show.

Kay Cornelius at the CCC Ranch in LaSalle, Colorado, in 2020. Photo by Matt Nager


Julie Artz (M.S., ’01) wrote the short story, “The Wending Way,” which was published by Glimma Publishing in its speculative anthology, Beyond the Latch and Lever. It features stories from eleven emerging authors with ties to the Pacific Northwest. Click for more for more information.

Kristin Golliher (B.A., ’04), founder of WildRock Public Relations & Marketing®, recently published her debut book Change. Adapt. Rock., available in both paperback and e-book versions. The book, which hit number 1 on Amazon’s new release list, gives any business owner access to the valuable PR and marketing tips from one of the fastest-growing agencies in Northern Colorado.


Amy Liefer

Amy Liefer (B.A., ’11; M.S., ’17) was recently promoted to General Manager for VITAS Healthcare in St. Louis, Missouri. In her new role at the nation’s largest end-of-life care provider, Liefer oversees operations for hospice and palliative care services throughout St. Louis City and surrounding counties. A distinguished scholar, Liefer earned her Master of Science in organizational leadership and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and technical communication.


In Memoriam


Byron McCandless, Ph.D. (B.S., ’48)

Helen Williams (B.S., ’49)



Edmund Marks (B.S.,, ’50)

Harold Waters (D.V.M., ’52)

Ralph Freeman (B.S., ’53)

Col. James Mathews, USAF (RET) (B.S., ’53)

Carleen Dodson (B.S., ’55)

Jim Hartman, Jr. (B.S., ’55)

Lloyd Kindsfater (B.S., ’56)

Sarah Vattano (B.S., ’56)

Fred Rutherford (B.S., ’58)

Andrew Brown (B.S., ’59)



Roger Burgess (B.S., 60)

Dr. Cheryl Beckett (B.S., ’65; M.S. ’69)

Charles Bonham (Ph.D., ’66)

Eugene Hein (M.Ed., ’66)

Larry Stucky (B.S., ’66)

Gary Wetterberg, Ph.D. (B.S., ’66; M.S., ’72)

Bill Shirey (B.S., ’67; D.V.M., ’68; M.S., ’72)

Johnnie Brewer (B.S., ’68)

James Frazier (B.S., ’69)

Donald Lawhead (B.S., ’69)



Floyd Dean (B.E., ’70; M.Ed., ’73)

Marvin Dunkle (M.Ed., ’70)

Carl James (B.S., ’73)

David Holsworth (B.S., ’75)

Cary Hung (Ph.D., ’75)

Robert Balliew (B.S., ’77; B.S., ’07)

Gretchen Sheridan (M.A., ’77)

Dennis Schanz (M.S., ’78)



Theodore Hunker (B.S., ’81)

Linda Koepsell (B.S., ’82)

Joel Theis (B.S., ’83; M.S., ’85)

Steven Rowe (B.S., ’84)

Janice Porter-McKee (B.S., ’86)

William Carder, Jr. (B.A, ’87)

James Conant (B.S., ’88)

Paul VonLoh (B.S., ’92; M.S., ’95)



Jamie Rogers (B.S., ’01)



Marvin Heller, Ph.D.

Marlene Kelly



Nancy Andrews

Phyllis Goldsberry

Dr. Ralph Grasso

Marilyn Kress

Dr. James Mitchell

Robert Vandenberg

Dolores Wallace


Alumni non-graduates

Alvena Blatchley

Roy Edwards

Tara Guetz

Bob Haynes