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In Memoriam

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C. William Heywood

Professor of history and dean of the college emeritus C. William “Bill” Heywood died Nov. 16, 2005, in Mount Vernon. He was 84.

He joined Cornell in 1954 and taught American, Latin American, and European history. In 1966 he introduced the first Cornell course in African-American history. He was active in the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and held offices in the national organization, serving two years as vice president. He was dean of the college (1983–87) and for six months acting president (1994). He served on the Board of Trustees (1992–2002) and then became a life trustee. Upon his retirement in 1987, Cornell awarded him an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. In retirement he co-authored Cornell College: A Sesquicentennial History with professor of history emeritus Richard Thomas.

Bill was elected to Mount Vernon’s school board (1965–71), serving as its president for four years, and to the city council for three terms.

He is survived by his wife, Vivian (professor emerita of art), two sons, a daughter, three grandchildren, two brothers, and a sister.

Memorial gifts in support of the library endowment may be given to the Heywood Fund at Cornell, through the Office of College Advancement, 600 First St. West, Mount Vernon, IA 52314.


F. Forbes Olberg

Life trustee F. Forbes “Ozzie” Olberg, who established a nearly four-decade career in banking and was tapped for public service by Iowa’s governor and numerous eastern Iowa civic groups, died Sept. 22, 2005, in Cedar Rapids. He was 81.

He spent 36 years associated with Merchants National Bank, rising to executive vice president. He was founding director in 1968 of Banks of Iowa, which owned Merchants and other Iowa banks, serving as president and CEO for 10 years (1971–81) and chairman of the board for nine (1978–87).

His civic involvement included past president of the Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce, the Community Theater of Cedar Rapids, and Jane Boyd Community House; chairman and president (1988–94) of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association; and director-at-large of the Iowa Environmental Council. Gov. Robert Ray named him in 1978 to the Iowa Development Commission, where he served 16 years, including eight as board chairman when it was known as the Iowa Department of Economic Development. He served Cornell’s Board of Trustees from 1969–88 before being named a life trustee.

He is survived by a son, two daughters, six grandchildren, and a sister. He was preceded in death by his wife.

Dorothy Mueller Hough '48

Dorothy Mueller Hough ’48
, a former lab technician who founded a Chicago school for children with disabilities, died Sept. 17, 2005, in Lincolnwood, Ill. She was 78.

After earning a biology degree, she became chief technician in a clinical and research blood coagulation laboratory at Rush University. When her son and daughter were diagnosed with severe mental disabilities soon after their births, she abandoned her career in the lab to establish Gateway to Learning Special Education and Training Center. Started in a church basement in 1974, the center today offers academic, vocational, and life skills programs for children and adults. Dorothy, who earned a master’s degree in education administration from National-Louis University in 1986, retired as Gateway’s executive director in 2004.

She is survived by a son, a daughter, a brother, three nieces, and a nephew. Her husband preceded her in death.

Merlin J. Ackerson '54

Life trustee Merlin J. Ackerson ’54, who spent nearly 40 years in the ministry of the United Methodist Church, died Nov. 11, 2005, in Keokuk, Iowa. He was 73.

He graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1958 and began a career during which he served eight different church appointments plus a term as district superintendent in northwest Iowa (1985–91). He retired in 1997 as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Mason City. He was a member of Cornell’s Board of Trustees from 1989-98 before being named a life trustee.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Irish Ackerson ’54, a son, two daughters, three grandchildren, and a sister.

Memorial gifts may be given to the Merlin and Helen Ackerson Endowed Scholarship at Cornell, through the Office of College Advancement, 600 First St. West, Mount Vernon, IA 52314.

Charles S. Field '68

Dr. Charles S. Field ’68, a conference wrestling champion and NCAA Postgraduate Scholar who became a physician at the Mayo Clinic, died June 11, 2005, in Rochester, Minn. He was 59.

A biology and chemistry major who won two Midwest Conference titles at 152 pounds and advanced to the quarterfinals of the national wrestling tournament, he is one of 25 Cornellians awarded the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in the history of the honor. He attended the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, graduating in 1972. He joined the Mayo Clinic in 1977, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology.

He is survived by his wife, Susan, two daughters, a son, his parents, Dr. Charles A. Field ’42 and Luverna Travis Field ’43, a brother, and three sisters.

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