bleeding heartsRochester College students and employees often refer to the college community as a family. The Rochester College family expresses its sympathy for the loss of the following alumni and former employees during the last twelve months. If you know of other alumni or former employees who have passed away in the last year, please contact Larry Stewart at

A member of the class of 1991, Dan Bies, passed away October 1, 2015. Dan’s father, Tim Bies, and mother, Judy (Milam) Bies, are members of the class of 1962. Dan’s sister, Wendy (Bies) Hannum, is a 1983 graduate, and his brother, Chris Bies, a 1990 graduate. Obituary

Faye Kuchenmeister, a 1995 graduate, died July 20, 2015. Obituary

Marcel Bertholet died May 23, 2015 at age 95. Marcel served as the college’s maintenance supervisor from 1968 until this retirement in 1989. Obituary

Walter Gilfilen, the college’s fourth president, passed away May 22, 2015. The student body warmed quickly to Walt Gilfilen, who served as president from 1978 to 1980. He was a kind and gentle Christian man who influenced countless individuals during a life well-lived. Obituary

A member of the class of 1963, Betty (Bowersock) Hurston, died May 22, 2105. Obituary

Joanne (King) Wentworth, a member of the class of 1969, passed away April 3, 2015. Her brother, David King, is a member of the class of 1981. Obituary

Marion (Cross) Smith, a member of the class of 1963, passed away Dec. 30, 2014. Her husband, Keith Smith, is also a member of the class of 1963. Two of her siblings and a son are alumni: Betty (Cross-’61) Losher, Paul Cross (’62),  and Steve Smith (’87). Obituary

A member of the class of 2011, Joshua Shaw, died Sept. 19, 2014. Obituary

Jon Fulton, a member of the classes of 1979 and 1991, passed away Oct. 14, 2014. Jon’s wife, Linda (Brown) Fulton, is a member of the class of 1980 and a former college employee. Two of Jon and Linda’s children, Jen (Fulton-’07) Porter and Liz Fulton (’11) are alumni and employees of the college as well. Their son, Jonathan Fulton, is a current student. Obituary

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