In Memoriam

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  • Robert R. Lee (Bob) (1965-66): 1936 – 2002

    Robert R. Lee was an Idaho state senator who was an expert on his state’s water issues, and known as well for his attempts to pass legislation to censure PBS in Idaho. He died Sept. 27, 2002 of cancer at age 70. An obituary from the Nevada Daily Mail in September, 2002: Former state Sen. […]

    posted: January 1, 2003
  • John W. Holmes (80-81): March 27, 1946 – 2002

    Here is a wonderful article about John written by his wife Marsha (page 13 of the University of Michigan publication). The University of Michigan offers a scholarship in John’s name.

    posted: March 30, 2002
  • John W. Gardner: October 8, 1912 – February 16, 2002

    By ROBERT D. McFADDEN Published in the New York Times: February 18, 2002 John W. Gardner, an eloquent voice for citizen participation who founded the Common Cause lobby, championed campaign finance reform and introduced Medicare as secretary of health, education and welfare in the heyday of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society, died Saturday, February […]

    posted: February 18, 2002
  • Kelsey Phipps (80-81): 1951 – 2000

    Kelsey Marie Phipps, 48, died in a plane crash Sunday, October 2, 2000, in California. Phipps is buried at Shiloh Cemetery near Lerna, where Abraham Lincoln’s father is buried and which was donated by John Gordon, Kelsey’s great-great-grandfather. Phipps was born in 1951 in Mattoon. She moved to Scotts Valley in 1991. She graduated from the University of Illinois in 1973 […]

    posted: October 30, 2000
  • Betty L. McCormick (74-75): 1939-1999

    Betty L. McCormick was a White House Fellow in the class of 1974-1975. Please help us make the White House Fellows Memoriam pages complete.  If you have a copy of this White House Fellow’s obituary or can provide more information about them, please contact us at

    posted: January 1, 2000
  • David K. Lelewer (WHF 1968-69): August 4, 1940 – February 23, 1997

    A graduate of Amherst College and Stanford Law School, David was selected as a White House Fellow, with responsibilities in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW). He subsequently served as special assistant to John D. Rockefellr, III, managing Rockefeller’s personal philanthropic projects. As Director of Communications of the Family Health Foundation in New […]

    posted: March 14, 1997
  • James E. Connor (68-69): 1935 – October 30, 1994

    Obituary from the Washington Post A bio from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library website A reflection from his classmate, Glen Wegner:  

Jim was assigned to then Bureau of the Budget (BOB), now Office of Management and Budget and I believe went to wall street from the fellowship and died just a few years after […]

    posted: November 2, 1994
  • Preston Townley (67-68): January 1, 1939 – September 30, 1994

    Preston Townley, president and chief executive of the Conference Board, a not-for-profit business-research organization, died on Friday at Baptist Medical Center on Amelia Island, Fla. He was 55 and lived on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. He suffered a heart attack on a tennis court on the island, where he was attending a business meeting, said […]

    posted: October 3, 1994
  • Michael H. Walsh (65-66): July 8, 1942 – May 6, 1994

    Obituary from the New York Times: By ALLEN R. MYERSON Published: May 7, 1994 Michael H. Walsh, who struggled to complete the turnaround of Tenneco Inc., one of the nation’s largest companies, as he battled a brain tumor, died yesterday. He was 51. Mr. Walsh resigned in February as chairman and chief executive of the […]

    posted: May 8, 1994
  • Robert Sansone (69-70): 1942-1991

    Robert Sansone was a White House Fellow in the class of 1969-1970. Obituary from the New York Times Bob Sansone: My Friend For the WHF Class of 1969 By Percy A. Pierre, Class of ‘69 September 28, 2015  Bob was truly an extraordinary individual who was extremely successful as a business man and also made a […]

    posted: January 1, 1992
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