We fondly remember the classmates, teachers and staff, and Academy friends, who have passed from our presence on earth. Family members may contact Director of Donor Relations Kelly Neuert H`17 to advise us of the passing of a loved one that we might include them in our remembrances.
Nancy V. Robinson `61 – September 28, 2021
Nancy V. Robinson, nee Ferguson, 78, passed away September 28, 2021 at her home in Glenview with her son, Eric N. Robinson, and daughter-in-law, Jennifer L. Harder, at her side. She was a devoted mother of Eric (Jennifer) (Sacramento, CA) and grandmother of Henry (Sacramento) and Leigh Robinson (Los Angeles). Nancy dedicated her life to rearing her son and to 32 years of public school teaching in East Main Township District 63. Nancy grew up at 6557 N. Tahoma Avenue in the Edgebrook neighborhood on Chicago's North Side. After graduating in 1961 from Wayland Academy high school in Beaver Dam, Wis., Nancy attended Western Michigan University, earned a B.A. in 1965 from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and later earned a Master's Degree from National College of Education in Evanston. She married Dennis Robinson (Buffalo, NY) in 1965 and was divorced in 1975. Meanwhile, Nancy started teaching at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in 1969 and taught fourth grade at Washington Elementary School in Glenview for most of her career, retiring in 2001. Nancy shared her enthusiasm for life-long learning, travel, sports, and outdoor adventures with her family, students, and many beloved friends. She traveled the world, hiked and camped the Rocky Mountains, skied Sierra Nevada powder at the age of 70, played tennis and golf, biked Chicago's lakefront and the Botanical Gardens with her friends, enjoyed the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, opera, ballet, and theater productions large and small. Nancy's zeal for life was fierce, particularly as she battled with Parkinson's disease over the last three years. Nancy was preceded in death by her brother, James Ferguson (Sandra) (Woodstock), and by her mother and father, Margaret and Burton Ferguson (Edgebrook). She is survived by her son, daughter-in-law, two grandchildren, and nieces, Krista Ferguson (Tuscson) and Lori Nitzsche (Richard) (Westchester) (Rachel, Conlan, Ethan). Nancy's life will be celebrated at a wake from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, October 8 at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 6150 Cicero Avenue, Chicago, IL 60646; and at a memorial service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 9 at Edgebrook Lutheran Church, 5252 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60646. She will be buried at the family plot in Mendota, Ill., where her parents were born and raised. For funeral info 773-736-3833 or visit Nancy's memorial at www.smithcorcoran.com
Victor "Vic" S. Falk III `63 – February 9, 2021
Victor S. Falk, Ill passed away peacefully on February 9th, 2021 after a two-year battle with cancer. Linda, Vic's wife of forty-nine years, was by his side until the very end.
To know Vic was to love him. A gentleman in the truest sense of the word, he was humbly brilliant, quietly confident, soft-spoken and incredibly sweet. He had a subtle, dry sense of humor and an unforgettable, contagious laugh.
Born on March 20, 1945, to Dr. Victor and Marjorie Falk, Vic grew up on a farm in the small town of Edgerton, Wisconsin. At age thirteen Vic studied for a year at Institut Dr. Schmidt in Lausanne, Switzerland. He attended high school at Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and upon graduation, he matriculated at Princeton University. Vic's four years at Princeton were interrupted by a stint in the U.S. Army, being honorably discharged with the rank of ES (Sergeant). Following graduation from Princeton, Vic married Linda (Spooner) and they moved to Madison, Wisconsin where he attended the University of Wisconsin Law School. Upon receiving his law degree, Vic and Linda moved to Miami, Florida and he earned a Master's in Tax Law from the University of Miami.
Vic and Linda settled in Miami and he began his career at Wometco Enterprises, a large media company with diversified holdings. He worked in the company's legal department for many years and eventually became General Counsel. During the last eight years of his career, Vic served as Vice President of Wometco Cable Corporation and retired in 1994.
After living in Miami for twenty-four years and raising their family there, Vic and Linda moved to the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida in 1997. They are also members of Card Sound Golf Club and Key Largo Anglers Club. Vic served on the board of the Ocean Reef Rod and Gun Club for many years and received the club's Sportsman of the Year Award in 2018. Vic and Linda split their time between Ocean Reef and their beloved log cabin in Wisconsin. Vic was a lifelong sportsman with passions for skiing, waterfowl and upland bird hunting, fishing, and playing golf. In his teens he was not only a three-time Wisconsin state waterskiing champion but also a competitive tennis player. Vic's love of the outdoors took him on many adventures—marlin fishing in the Bahamas, downhill skiing in the West and in Europe, and salmon fly fishing in Canada, to name a few. In later years his favorite pastime was grouse and woodcock hunting with his English setters in the woods of Northern Wisconsin.
Vic is survived by his wife Linda, son Christian (Morgan), daughter Megan Burley, brothers Tom and Fred, and grandchildren Beckett, Finn, Thad, Dexter, Reeve, and Wallis.
Beverly Dohmann H`64 – December 7, 2020
Beverly, or Bev, taught at Wayland Academy for 25 years and was a parent to three Wayland alumni (Bonnie `70, Steven `73, and David `79). In her tenure at the school, she and her students won state and national awards each year for their creative talents. She was honored with a special award from the National Art Education Association, the Wisconsin Art Supervisor, and the Wisconsin Art Education Supervisor for providing a climate of exemplary support for a balanced curriculum and the arts in education. She traveled throughout the Midwest evaluating school art programs.
Bev organized the first elementary school art show and initiated a movement that resulted in the hiring of Beaver Dam’s first elementary art teacher. Appointed by the Governor of Wisconsin, she served on the board that set the foundation for the Wisconsin Arts Board. She was a founding member of the Beaver Dam Art Association Exhibit, Chair for the Seippel Center for the Arts, and lectured and demonstrated the art of creativity to numerous schools and organizations. And the list goes on.
Bev is survived by her son, David `79; son-in-law, Roland (Lorna) Moll; her grandchildren, Robert Goes, Joshua Goes, Ryan Moll, Derrick Dohmann, and MacKenzie Dohmann; and her great-grandson, Scott Goes; as well as many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald; son, Steven `73; daughter, Bonnie `70; and numerous other relatives.
Vaughn Friday `67 – November 13, 2020
Vaughn attended Wayland Academy (1963-1966) but graduated from Monona Grove in 1967. After high school, Vaughn attended the Wisconsin School of Electronics and achieved a two-year degree. He would open his own HI-FI stereo company and used his electronic mastery at WISM radio station, Wisconsin State Patrol Radio Shop, and General Communications.
He married and in 1975 became a father to his daughter Becki.
Vaughn was proceeded in death by his parents John and Edythe Friday. He is survived by his daughter, Becki, two granddaughters, Alex and Charlee, and brother, John (Ursula).
Thomas M. Brown `69 – March 3, 2021
Tom attended the Latin School, Wayland Academy, and was a Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity member at Arizona State. Big T played basketball in high school, his freshman year in college, and continued to play at the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) for the next twenty-five years. He had a weekly Northwestern University sports radio show and because of his vast knowledge of sports, was often a celebrity call-in guest on local radio sports shows. Big T, Tall Tom, T, the Pied Piper of puppies, a copious contributor to canine causes, was a generous contributor to many Chicago animal charities.