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 Marlene Hunt passed away on July 21, 2017, from a massive stroke.  Marlene was the Graphics Manager at Harper for many years.  Diane Kinn visited Marlene last March at Marlene’s home in Puget Sound, and says that Marlene was the picture of health at that time.  “Such a lovely person, always happy to see her old friends.  She had a beautiful smile.”  Messages of condolence can be sent to Marlene’s daughter:
Sylvia Hunt
2530 NE Jacobsen Rd., E
Poulsbo, WA  98370

Pat Paulford passed away 6/16/17.  Pat worked in Music & Art for many years and retired about 12 or so years ago.  There was no visitation but a memorial mass was held at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Naperville.  You may access her obituary here.

From Bonnie Henry – We have just learned that Tom McCabe has passed away. So many of us have fond memories of Tom and his passing brings great sadness. I’m sure we will want to keep Dorothy and the others in Tom’s family close in our hearts and minds. Visitation and funeral information follow.


  • Thursday, July 6 from 3:00 – 8:00PM
  • Gibbons Funeral Home
  • 134 South York Street
  • Elmhurst, IL


  • Friday, July 7 at 9:15AM
  • Visitation Parish
  • 779 South York Street
  • Elmhurst, IL

 From Bonnie Henry – My guess is that many of us have any number of memories about our former police chief, Kevin King.  I know I do.  I can still visualize him walking into my office to share some important news or stopping to talk in the hallway, or after retirement serving on the Board of HCAA or of driving a bus full of retirees to some event downtown.  I always felt Kevin was dedicated to the College, to providing the best service he and his officers could and to doing what he could to ensure that our environment was safe and secure.

Kevin has passed away.  He worked at Harper from July, 1978 through May, 2000.  Following is the obituary:

Visitation for Kevin Patrick King of Elgin, formerly of Streamwood will be held Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from1:00-9:00 PM at the Countryside Funeral Home and Crematory, 1640 Greenmeadows Blvd. (at Barrington Rd.) Streamwood/Schaumburg.  The funeral will be on Wednesday at 9:15 AM at St. John the Evangelist Church.  Mass is at 10:00 AM.  Interment is at St. Michael the Archangel.

Born September 25, 1941 in Chicago, Kevin died Monday February 6, 2017.

Retired Police Chief of Harper College, Kevin is also the Chairman of the Streamwood Fire and Police Commission.

He is the beloved husband of 50 years of Eileen Mary nee Hickey; loving father of Colleen (Erick) Bergquist, Dave (Dena) and Nancy (Derik) Kick; cherished grandfather of Keegan and Ashton Bergquist, Kate-Ann, Mary and Brandon King, Jesse, Alex and Adela Martinez; dear brother of Eileen (Bob) Styka. He will also be missed by his dog, Rubie. Call (630) 381-1697 or visit for more information.

February 10th Harper 50th Anniversary Update:
Harper College celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2017. There will be special annuitant-oriented events, as well as other ways for our retirees to be involved.

  1. You can submit “Your Harper Story,” a brief memory or special moment/experience you had while working at Harper College. Forward your thoughts to: Trygve Thoreson at:
  2. There will be an Annuitants Reunion, most likely to coincide with the big Harper Alumni Reunion. Date and time to be announced. This event will include a special recognition of the founding faculty/administrators/staff from the years 1967 – 1977.
  3. A Foundation Paver project will raise funds for the Promise effort. Most likely, this program will be launched in the Fall of 2016 through the Harper College Foundation and offer Harper alumni, annuitants, faculty, administrators and staff an opportunity to have paver bricks with their names on them in a special area of the College (to be announced). Brick donations will probably cost approximately $150 to $300. More information will be shared when available.
  4. “A Year of Service” will be a part of the 50th Anniversary celebration. This volunteer/outreach effort will involve a series of community projects which will take place within the 22 communities Harper serves. Again, more information will be shared when available

Please realize that much of the year-long celebration is still in its developmental stage, so many details remain to be worked out. If you have questions or ideas, please direct them to Michael Nejman (, HCAA representative to the 50th Anniversary Steering Committee.

 January Letter from Tryg Thoreson Regarding 50-Year History of Harper College:
Dear Colleagues:

As some of you know, I’ve been working on a fifty-year history of Harper College, due to be published to coincide with the 50th Anniversary celebration coming up in 2017-18.  In addition to archival research, I’ve been interviewing folks with long associations with the college, people like Dave Williams, John Muchmore, Mary Jo Willis, Bonnie Henry, Maryanne Gasparaitis, Rich Geary, John Gelch, Roger Mussell, Tom McCabe, Dave Macaulay, Bob Tillotson, Rosemary Murray, Liz McKay—the list goes on and on.

Some of you may wonder, “Why not me?  I was here for x-number-of-years, too.  I could tell you a thing or two about this place!” Here’s why.  There are so many of you!  An embarrassment of riches, I like to say.  Don’t get me wrong—it’s a great problem for an author to have.  But space (in the book) and time are limited, and I won’t be able to get to all the likely suspects.

So here’s what I’d like to do.  If you have a story about Harper College that you think deserves to be included in its history—about events, memorable persons, behind-the-scenes rigmarole, whatever—please write it up and send it to me at  I can’t promise it will get in, but I’ll promise to consider it and will, with your permission, submit it for safekeeping to the Harper archives.  If it does get in the book, your contribution will be properly credited.

It’s fun to relive the past—go ahead and do it, if there’s something you’d like to share and that you think others will enjoy reading about.  If not, just enjoy the book when it comes out.

Thanks in advance,
Tryg Thoreson

nejman_book_coverRetiree Michael Nejman‘s new book, “Laughing at the Sun: The Story of a Man Who Changed His Spots,” is now available on in paperback and Kindle editions.  One reviewer said it’s “a hilarious mid-life coming of age story, told against the backdrop of a road trip that has gone very, very wrong.”  Another said, “…(it’s) engaging, funny and enlightening.”  Think “Sideways” meets “Tuesdays with Morrie.”  For further details, and to purchase the book, go to: .  (Please note: this story contains sexually explicit content.)

Best Seat in the House cover pic1Retiree Bruce Bohrer‘s book, “Best Seat in the House — Diary of a Wrigley Field Usher,” would make a GREAT gift for Cubs fans!  The book is about Bruce’s nine seasons working as an usher for the Chicago Cubs.  It’s filled with hundreds of stories about what takes place on the other side of the wall at Wrigley.  From humorous crowd-control episodes to poignant marriage proposals at the Cubs dugout, it’s a great read about the fans who come from all over the world to see the shrine called Wrigley Field.  Here’s a comment from a reviewer Mike Terson (former PA announcer for the Cubs) — “Bruce was immersed in what makes experiencing a major league baseball game at a venue such as Wrigley Field so fascinating.  I’m sure you will enjoy hearing these stories from his vantage point in the ‘Best Seat in the House’.”

For further details, and to purchase a copy, go to  or call 847.394.2797

Harper’s Jodie Olsen writes:  “I get some calls from retirees curious about our construction, and I’ll bet there are many who have no idea of all the changes here on campus.  I thought some may get a kick out of  the flicker link showing the construction goings-on.   Now you’ll have the answer if anyone asks ‘what’s up at Harper?’ “

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Karen Lotz, Admissions Supervisor, passed away on Jan 15, 2016.  An employee at Harper klotzfor nearly two decades, Karen was pursuing a Masters degree in higher education administration at Robert Morris College.  She was killed by her husband in a domestic dispute. Karen is also survived by her 2 sons. Services will be held on Sunday, January 24, at St Anne’s Church in Barrington; wake at 1:30-3:30pm, and service at 3:30pm.

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