Earl Lee Cowley

Earl Lee Cowley, a 20-year employee of the Food Service Division of the UI, died Oct. 7 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. He was 56.

He worked as a kitchen laborer at the Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Hall since January 1977 and was featured in three in-house training videos. He also assisted in new employee training each fall. He was nominated for the Chancellor's Distinguished Staff Award by his last three food production managers.

Survivors include his wife, Earlene; his mother; six children; one sister; and eight grandchildren.

Jefferson L. Humphrey

Jefferson L. "Jeff" Humphrey, formerly assistant dean of students in the Housing Division and the office of financial aid, died Oct. 23 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. He was 71.

Before coming to the UI, Humphrey was the dean of men at Winston-Salem State University and was housing director at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He received his bachelor of education degree from Winston-Salem and a master of science degree in education from New York University. He pursued doctoral studies at the UI. He was inducted into Kappa Epsilon chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu honor society in 1952 at Winston-Salem. Humphrey was a founding member of Sigma Xi chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity at the UI. He was initiated into the fraternity at Winston-Salem in 1951. He also organized the Phalanx Club at the UI and conducted racial skills and cultural diversity workshops at the UI.

Humphrey was a former member of the Urbana School Board, served in he U.S. Army from 1946 to 1949, and was an active member of the Urbana Assembly of God church.

He is survived by his wife, Vera; two daughters and two brothers.


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