John W. Andresen, 90, died Dec. 10 at Clark-Lindsey’s MeadowBrook Health Center, Urbana. He was a U. of I. visiting professor for the department of natural resources and environmental sciences from 1987 to 2006.
Gerald Brighton died Feb. 13. He was a U. of I. professor of accounting for 42 years, retiring in 1988 as professor emeritus. Memorials: Gerald D. and Lois R. Brighton Scholarship Fund at the U. of I. Foundation, the Wesley Foundation and the University YMCA.
Artha L. Chamberlain, 97, died Feb. 18 at Champaign County Nursing Home, Urbana. She began working at the U. of I. in 1946 and retired as a publications counsel in the U. of I. department of aeronautical and astronautical engineering in 1984. She then returned as a lecturer in the department of mechanical and industrial engineering from 1985-93.
Margaret Ann Harsacky, 93, died Feb. 14. She worked as a junior clerk stenographer in the U. of I. Bursar’s Office from 1942-47.
Martin Donald Ignazito, 77, died Feb. 3. He was the U. of I.’s chief engineer of operations and maintenance for 11 years, retiring in 1999. Memorial: Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Gifts may be left during the visitation or service or may be mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.
Plessa Edward Mast, 89, died Feb. 19. He was a U. of I. professor of electrical and computer engineering for 35 years, retiring in 1987 as professor emeritus. Memorials: First Presbyterian Church of Urbana or the Clark-Lindsey Legacy Fund in care of Renner-Wikoff, 1900 S. Philo Road, Urbana IL 61802.
Frederick A. Rodgers, 77, died Feb. 16 in Winter Springs, Florida. He was a U. of I. professor of education administration for 28 years, retiring in 1998 and receiving professor emeritus status in 2000. Memorials: Development of Alzheimer’s Research at the Mayo Clinic “In Memory of Frederick A. Rodgers,” 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905; or Frederick A. Rodgers Award, U. of I. Foundation, 414 Harker Hall, 1305 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801.
Joseph T. Verdeyen, 83, died Feb. 16 at his home. He was a U. of I. professor of electrical and computer engineering for 36 years, retiring in 1994 as professor emeritus. Memorials: St. Matthew Catholic Church, 1303 Lincolnshire Drive, Champaign, IL 61821; St. Camillus Hospice, 10101 W. Wisconsin Ave., Wauwatosa, WI 53226; or to firstname.lastname@example.org, which was founded by a family member to serve the poor in Honduras.
A visitation for Frances Jo Freeman Crawford will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Feb. 27 at University Place Christian Church, 403 S. Wright St., Champaign. Crawford, 82, died Feb. 19 at Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy, Ohio. She was a professor of voice at the U. of I. School of Music for 33 years, retiring in 2000 as professor emerita. She continued to teach and advise students until 2002.