Joseph Stuart Berryman ~ Class of 1968

Stuart Berryman ~ Class of 1968

Arrived ~ 5/27/1950

Departed ~ 2/24/2021

Joseph “”Stuart”” Berryman, age 70, of North Port, Florida, passed away on February 24, 2021. He was born on May 27, 1950 in Norfolk, Virginia. He was an automobile mechanic and also a Go Cart Asian Grand Prix Champion in his youth. Stuart was also a veteran of the US Marine Corp. He is survived by his daughter, Tanya; a brother, Scott of North Port and several nieces and a nephew. Stuart was preceded in death by his parents, Rue & Jean Berryman; two brothers, Rue Berryman, Jr. and Stacy Berryman. A memorial gathering to celebrate Stuart’s life will be held at Farley Funeral Home in North Port from 4:30PM-6:00PM on Thursday, March 4, 2021. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, Florida 34238. A message of condolence may be sent by visiting

8 IS GONE!!!!!

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Karen Berkow ~ Class of 1968

Karen Berkow ~ Class of 1968

Arrived ~ 6/11/1950
Departed ~ 6/18/2023

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John M. Soderberg PhD ~ Class of 1968

John Soderberg ~ Class of 1968

Departed ~ 5/13/2023

Lovingly posted by John’s daughter, Misty.

Hello to all John Soderberg’s friends. This is Misty his daughter. I wanted to let everyone know that John passed away peacefully in his sleep last night. I want to keep this post short as we are all mourning his loss right now. I know John knew so many people so I wanted to share this sad news. I thank you for all the love you have shown him over the years (and the likes 👍) I will miss my father terribly. He knew how much he was loved ❤️ RIP John Soderberg

John M. Soderberg PhD
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Interview dates: September 12 & 14, 2015

“To me, art is not a luxury, but is a basic human necessity. Art can, and should, remind us of our humanity, and that of others, and enhance the quality of our lives. From the earliest artists, Stone Age storytellers around a fire in a cave, to the painters and sculptors and architects of today, art has pervaded and shaped our societies. To me, an artist is not primarily a creator, but is rather a conduit—absorbing, translating, and conveying messages of value to others, living or centuries yet to be born.”

John Soderberg circled the world eight times and visited more than 40 countries before graduating high school in Bangkok, Thailand. His father Richard had been commissioned in 1947 by the King of Afghanistan to build the first engineering school in that country. Born in 1950, John spent his first four years there, after which the family moved to India for five years, and then Thailand for eight years.

The Soderberg family was required to circle the world every two years. Loving art, they spent much time in Europe and Asia, visiting the world’s great art in museums, galleries, cathedrals and temples. In Rome, when John was five, his mother Betty held him up so he could touch the foot of Michaelangelo’s Moses. He experienced his first epiphany, and was amazed at the ability of sculpture to move people, centuries after the artist was gone. He dedicated himself to art, started painting in oils at age five, and studied teakwood carving with Thailand’s leading master, a Buddhist monk, from age 12.

After high school in Thailand, John came to America for college, in Washington State. Due to extreme culture shock, he dropped out and painted on the street in Berkely, California, in the middle of the riots of the late 60s. In 1970, for a life-change, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years. After receiving his Honorable Discharge, he worked as a machinist days and painted and made jewelry nights. Among others works, he completed a commission for a bracelet for Elvis Presley, then moved his family to Flagstaff, Arizona, to work in a bronze foundry to learn the art and craft of sculpture.

After numerous and interesting starving artist years, John began selling his art professionally, and served as Artist in Residence at Northern Arizona University. He later received his Ph.D. in Humane Letters from that institution. He has since completed monumental bronze commissions for private parties, corporations, churches, and organizations across the country, including Amnesty International, the Crystal Cathedral, the Sedona Synagogue, Rancho Feliz Charitable Group, Free The Slaves organization, Pepsico Corporation, Texas Winery Products, Jacmar Foods, the Honeywell Foundation, Wilden Pump and Engineering, and others. Along with his other works, he has sculpted numerous influential figures including Christ, Steve Biko, Al Stein, Moses, Merlin, Billy Graham, Norman Vincent Peale, Sacajawea, Mark Honeywell, Bill and Vieve Gore, Robert Schuller, Jim Wilden, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, St. Catherine of Siena, Gil Gillenwater, and others.

John became involved with service-work in the military, and has since donated a large portion of his time and work to others, focusing on children and women in need. He has worked with domestic abuse shelters, Amnesty International, Free The Slaves, Rancho Feliz, Big brothers, Big Sisters, and many other groups and causes. In the late 90s, John was knighted by Ulf Hamilton, a Swedish Count, for his service.

John lives and works in the Sedona, Arizona area. His daughters, Heather and Misty, both noted professional sculptors, work with him on all of his monuments. They each began spontaneously sculpting at age one, turned professional at age two, (at their own choice,) and were featured on Paul Harvey News, People Magazine, National Geographic World, That’s Incredible T.V., and other media, and showed their work in galleries in Scottsdale and Houston, all before eight years of age, and all before their father achieved any professional success, whatever.

Cultural Value of Bronze

“Standing in front of the ovens in Auschwitz at age ten and traveling through Southern India, I witnessed the pain and brutality of humanity; but from that same humanity, I have witnessed also instances of humanity’s rare and unearthly beauty, of hope, compassion and faith”.

“One of the most crucial human qualities, I believe, is empathy. Given empathy, brutality becomes impossible. Empathy is at the heart of our humanity, and in fact is the heart of our humanity, for it reduces the barriers of race, religion, and creed to items of mild interest, while unlocking our true, inherent human dignity.

John M SoderbergDeep Water Blow Eyes
The act of encapsulating empathy in some medium, be it dance or music, painting or sculpture, simple stories or more complex forms, is my definition of art. The feeling and then the sharing of an emotion or idea — which is the essence of art — is what makes us human”.

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Dr. Lee W. Riley ~ ISB Class of 1968

Dr. Lee W. Riley ~ Class of 1968

Arrived ~ 10/15/1949

Departed ~ 10/20/2022

Gloria M. Riley-Schaaf ’76 lovingly wrote:

It is with a heavy heart that I bring the news of the passing of my brother, Dr. Lee W. Riley. Lee passed away this morning at 6:22 at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley California with his family. I am so grateful that I had the last 3 months of precious time with my brother as I cared for him in California as he was battling bladder cancer. He has touched the world in so many ways and will always be remembered and missed by many. I will post all information of upcoming services that will be held in his honor by the family and by the University of California, Berkeley, Department of Public Health so those who knew Lee can attend.❤️

UC Berkeley Online Master of Public Health

Berkeley Public Health is heartbroken to announce that Professor Lee W. Riley, world-renowned leader in the field of infectious diseases and vaccinology and friend and mentor to many, has died. We will post an obituary soon, and we keep those whose lives he touched close in our hearts. Dr. Riley will be greatly missed.

Oral history interview with Lee W. Riley
1997-Dec-29 – 1997-Dec-31

Lee W. Riley was born Hiroshi Satoyoshi: he spent his first ten years with his mother in Yokohama, Japan, then lived for a short time in a Japanese orphanage before being adopted by the Riley family, at which time he moved to Tachikawa, outside Tokyo, Japan.

The family moved to Bangkok, Thailand, in time for Riley to attend high school there. Like his biological parents, his adoptive father was African-American and his mother Japanese; Riley has two sisters who were adopted as well. In Riley’s early years his Japanese, schoolteacher grandfather had a great influence on his schooling, encouraging his questioning nature; living in Japan in the aftermath of World War II impacted Riley’s perspectives on life, as well as his Buddhist heritage and being multiethnic.

Riley attended an international high school in Bangkok, about which he talks at length, and had several influential teachers who stimulated his early interest in physics. Riley decided not to attend a Japanese university, but Stanford University instead; he wanted to become a physician and practice medicine in Bangkok.

Aware during the sixties of the countercultural movement and anxious about the draft at Stanford, Riley found his perceptions of the American presence in Southeast Asia changing. His growing interest in public health led him to spend a year in Japan after college. Riley chose to enroll the University of California, San Francisco, to pursue his medical degree; during his first year he undertook a clinical rotation in a missionary hospital in Thailand.

After deciding to shift from clinical medicine to public health he completed his internship and residency at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He found interesting the differences between the types of medical conditions encountered in New York and those encountered in Thailand, and he entered the Epidemiologic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he used enteric pathogen fingerprinting technology to identify strains of Salmonella and identified E. coli 0157:H7 as the cause of an outbreak in Oregon.

Riley then accepted a postdoc in the Gary Schoolnik lab at Stanford to study enteropathogenic E. coli using molecular biology technology. Next he studied tuberculosis (TB) for two years in India and published a paper in Science identifying the invasion gene for TB. He then proceeded to an assistant professorship at Cornell University Medical College, where he worked on devising a technique to identify primary and reactivation TB. Through his understanding of the molecular basis for disease transmission he identified why a high percentage of drug users in New York City had a particular strain of tuberculosis. Riley’s interest in approaching biological questions from the standpoint of public health led him to work on developing a Salmonella vaccine for chickens.

From Cornell Riley accepted a position as professor of infectious disease and epidemiology at University of California, Berkeley, and he has since become Director of the Fogarty International Center Global Health Equity Scholars Program at University of California, Berkeley, where he continues to work on TB pathogenesis, drug-resistant Gram-negative bacterial infections, and global health focusing on infectious diseases of urban slums.

During the interview Riley discusses his acquisition of the scientific skills and knowledge necessary to accomplish his research goals; his belief in the need to make science understandable to the public and obstacles to that understanding; the scientific community’s response to his dual focus on epidemiology and pathogenesis; his desire to advance on the strength of his work rather than through self-advertising; and his relationship with other Pew Scholars.

He elaborates on his decision to work with Stanley Falkow and Gary Schoolnik at Stanford and explains how he collaborated with Schoolnik to establish the geographic medicine program at Stanford. He concludes his interview by describing how he attempts to balance career and life with his wife, Jesse Frances Furman, and three children.

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Lanny Mitchell ~ Class of 1968

Lanny Mitchell ~ Class of 1968

Departed ~ 7/15/2022

Lanny Mitchell on bass with Scott Deatrick playing the remote.

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From: Pamela Mitchell Boyd pamelasboyd51 at gee mail dot com
Subject: Lanny Mitchell

Lanny attended ISB as a Jr and Sr in 1966-1968. He was the bass player in the band, Flowers. I wanted anyone who remember him to know that he passed away on Friday, 7/15/22 peacefully at home. We miss him already.

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Bette Dianne Tabor Plant ~ Class of 1968

Bette Dianne Tabor ~ Class of 1968

Departed ~ 11/13/21

Bette Tabor Plant

Bette Tabor Plant, beloved mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, aunt, sister and friend, left us on November 13th, 2021. She had fought illness for some time and finally surrendered to rest. Her loving family and friends will miss her, but take solace in knowing she is at deserved peace. We will always know of her love for us and the joys of this world. We are grateful for her life and love. She leaves behind Miriam and Michael, her beloved daughter and son-in-law, Tobi and Nancy, her two sisters, and her nephews and their extended families.

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Mary Lou Kuehn ~ Class of 1967

Mary Lou Kuehn ~ Class of 1967

Departed ~ 7/25/2021

Mary Lou Kuehn

Mary Lou Kuehn was 72 years young when she passed away on July 25, 2021, from acute myeloid leukemia. Diagnosed in March, Mary Lou spent 5 months fighting with every fiber of her being to stay with us–a testament to her iron will and fierce love. While her loss will resonate timelessly with her loving network of family and friends, we will remember her unending curiosity, enduring passion, and selfless commitment to her loved ones. We take solace in Mary Lou spending her final days in comfort and surrounded by love.

Mary Lou was born on March 15, 1949, in Yakima, Washington to Colonel Robert John Kuehn and Mary Salatino Kuehn. Her father’s career in the Air Force took Mary Lou and her five siblings all over the world. Mary Lou spent portions of her youth in San Antonio, TX; Colorado Springs, CO; Boston, MA; Wiesbaden, Germany; and Bangkok, Thailand—where she graduated from the International School of Bangkok. She then attended the University of Washington where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and later a Certificate in Intellectual Property Management. In the 1980’s she had three children, Matthew, Rosemarie and Christopher. While her selfless, dedicated parenting flowed from her grace and patience, her career path was emblematic of her curiosity and adaptability. She worked many jobs, including running a home daycare, before entering the legal field as a paralegal–most notably for firms Lane Powell and Mills, Meyers, Swartling—working for the latter in several capacities for 14 years.

Retirement did nothing to slow Mary Lou down. After her parents’ deaths, she assumed the mantle of family matriarch and planned everything from reunions to weddings, baby showers, and family Zoom calls, always doing her best to hold everyone together. She spent her golden years pursuing a myriad of interests: she extended her role as organizer in chief through part time positions at several nonprofits; volunteered with Moms Demand Action; took up birdwatching; and mastered the arts of gardening, needlework and baking-most notably her famous pecan pie. At the age of sixty-eight, she decided that she would hike the Wonderland Trail at Mt. Rainier, coaxing her sister Liz and other family along on a series of rigorous backpacking trips. While she was unable to complete the trail in her lifetime, those that were fortunate enough to accompany her on these adventures treasure their time with her in the wilderness.

Mary Lou is survived by her three children: Matthew McCulloch, his wife Jessica and their children Aidan and Piper; Rosemarie Chartier, her husband Tim, and their newborn son Milo; and Christopher Chartier; her five siblings: Robert J. Kuehn Jr and his wife Elizabeth; Thomas J. Kuehn and his wife Sydney; Kathryn Kuehn O’Leary and her husband David; Stephen J. Kuehn and his wife Jean; and Elizabeth C. Kuehn; and numerous nieces and nephews and their children whom Mary Lou loved and who loved her in return.

To honor Mary Lou, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the organizations that allowed for her to have superlative care through her illness or one of the charitable organizations she supported through her life: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Bloodworks Northwest, Washington Trails Association, and Doctors Without Borders. A celebration of life will be held in the spring.
Published on October 3, 2021


Lovingly submitted by Marti Doggett Class of 1967

More sad news….I had an email from Kathryn Kuehn O’Leary ’68 that her sister, Mary Lou Kuehn ’67 (and my very close friend senior year at ISB)passed away last Sunday, July 25, 2021.

Kathy wrote: “Mary Lou was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, but we thought she had a good chance of survival. We were pretty shocked when the doctors told us it was time to move her to “comfort care” which was the result of complications from the disease……Rosie (Mary Lou’s daughter) is about to deliver Mary Lou’s first grandchild. It was heart wrenching that Mary Lou did not survive to see this precious little gift that she was so thrilled about and anxiously awaiting.”

I’ve had several email exchanges with Kathy…a memorial service will be held but it may be a while as Rosie settles into motherhood and has a chance to plan the service.

Kathy knows that I’m sharing this news with you.

Marti Doggett Class of 1967

William Bill Clarke wrote:

So very sad to hear about the passing of ISBer Mary Lou Kuehn, Class of 1967, we were friends at ISB in 1967, and we keep in touch after Bangkok, I only have one letter I could find of her life and feelings in 1968, she was a good student, carrying a 3.333 QPA, and for a freshman, that was quite an undertaking by the academic standards then, she had a really cute sense of humor, and we laughed a lot together at ISB, in Bangkok, my condolences to the entire Kuehn family, I had seen Kathy Kuehn at the San Diego reunion, God Bless Mary Lou Kuehn


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Patricia Pat Lynn Couston Langhagen ~ Class of 1968

Pat Couston ~ Class of 1968

Departed ~ 1993

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Marvin L. Kennaugh ~ Class of 1968

Marvin L. Kennaugh ~ Class of 1968

Departed ~ 1/15/2021

Two Sorely Forgotten. Jon Cole and Marvin Kennaugh 1968 Erawan.

Dennis Lloyd Kennaugh wrote:

Marvin passed away at 1pm 01/15/21. He was tested twice at the hospital for Covid, and 2nd one was positive. He went to hospital to find out he had a minor stroke, but no bleeding in brain, also was type 2 diabetes, HBP, complete blockage of one aorta, partial blockage in another aorta, had trouble walking long distances which is why he still was working at Dulles Airport USPS Distribution Center 2 wks  before going to hospital why he never retired, he loved the work, and co-workers he worked with, only exercise he got.

Our family appreciates all the prayers, and blessings given.
He appreciated, and loved all his families/relatives, FB friends , and of course all his ISB’er friends, especially 67, 68, 69 & 70.

He went peacefully in his sleep with wife Shin, his son Jonathan, and daughter Stephanie(they all came to the 1990 San Antonio reunion, only one he ever attended) at his side.

God bless, and is resting in peace.

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