Paul H. Bateman

Paul H. Bateman, a longtime UI faculty member, died Aug. 2 at Meadow Brook Healthcare Center, Urbana. He was 86.

Bateman received a bachelor of science degree in agriculture in 1932, a bachelor of science degree in agricultural engineering in 1934 and a master's degree in mechanical engineering in 1948, all from the UI.

From 1934 to 1936, he was an engineer in the Soil Conservation CCC camps in western Illinois. He was a faculty member of the UI department of agricultural engineering from 1936 to 1968.

He started the Agricultural Engineering Research Farm in 1950 and conducted studies on tillage methods and on adapting the combine to harvest corn. He did consulting studies for the Planter Works of Deere and Co. for several years after his retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Lorennie.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Champaign.

Steven Blasingame

Steven Blasingame, a graduate student and health educator at the UI's McKinley Heath Center, died Aug. 3 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. He was 30.

At McKinley, Blasingame was the assistant coordinator of the Special Populations Health Program, which targets minority Americans, international students and those with disabilities.

He earned a scholarship to the UI and received a bachelor of science degree in biology. He completed a master's degree in immunology and a doctoral degree in molecular and cellular biology and was working on a second doctoral degree in science education.

After entering the UI as an undergraduate in 1985, he was active in numerous organizations. He was a tutor with Upward Bound, which helps minority students prepare for college, and the UI's Bridge program. He also helped launch a tutoring program at Douglass Center.

Surviving are his parents, three brothers and four sisters.

Jay W. Jensen

Jay W. Jensen, who has been credited with building the national reputation of the UI's journalism department, died Aug. 5. He was 80.

Jensen became a journalism instructor at the UI in 1948. He earned a bachelor's degree from Emory University in Atlanta in 1948, then received master's and doctoral degrees from the UI in 1949 and 1957. He served as department head from 1957 to 1977. He taught for several more years before retiring in 1981.

Jensen came to the UI after a career as a reporter, editor, political publicist, news director and public relations person. He worked at newspapers in California, Georgia, Illinois and Iowa.

During World War II he was a communique writer for Gen. Douglas MacArthur and spent three years in the Pacific theater as a platoon leader, company commander and staff officer.

Jensen designed a much-imitated curriculum emphasizing a professional journalism program within a liberal arts context, said Kim Rotzoll, dean of the UI College of Communications.

Jensen's specialty was the historical and philosophical background of the mass media, especially the American concept of press freedom. He was a primary author of the award-winning book "Four Theories of the Press," still in use 40 years after its publication, Rotzoll said.

Jensen is survived by his wife, Jessie; two daughters; a granddaughter and a brother.

The College of Communications will hold a memorial service for Jensen in September.

Contributions may be made to the J.W. Jensen Scholarship Fund for Journalism Students, in care of the UI Foundation, Harker Hall.

Richard B. Malek

Richard Barry Malek, a former UI faculty member, died Aug. 2 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. He was 61.

Malek received a bachelor of science degree in forestry and his master's degree in entomology from the University of Maine, Orono. He received a doctorate degree in nematology from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.

He was an assistant professor of plant pathology specializing in nematology at South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D., from 1964 to 1968. From 1968 until his retirement in 1991, he was an associate professor at the UI, where he did research and taught at the graduate level in nematology and plant pathology.

Survivors include three daughters, his mother, one brother and one sister.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Audubon Society or the Champaign County Humane Society.

Charles D. Plotner

Charles Duane Plotner, a former employee of the UI, died Aug. 7 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. He was 58.

Plotner was an operating engineer at Abbott Power Plant at the UI for 35 years before he retired in 1991.

He then worked as an independent driver for Worden-Martin of Champaign from 1991 to 1996.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; four sons; a sister and a brother.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


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