Marie S. Matheny ~ F-Faculty

Mrs. Matheny ~ F-Faculty

Arrived ~ 10/26/1926

Departed ~ 7/10/2011

Lovingly submitted by Vincent Bennett ’67

Mrs. Marie Matheny was a chemistry teacher at ISB. She passed on in 2011. I became a Chemical Engineer because of her influence. I had reconnected with her in 2009. I would call her every 3-4 months. Ironically, I called one Monday morning and her son answered. She had a massive stroke the night before and died. Following is her obituary.

Matheny, Marie S. – Born October 26, 1926, passed away suddenly on July 10, 2011 of a massive stroke.

Born and raised in Ohio, Marie was the first in her family to attend college, the first woman in her college to graduate with a chemistry degree and the first woman chemist at Sylvania in the ‘50’s. Scientist she was, going on to teach science, math and chemistry, she was also an astrologer with an avid interest in people and their stories.

Married for 63 years to Raymond Matheny, they began as pen pals during WWII and traveled the world together, following Ray’s career from Ohio to Montana, to Oregon, to California, to Thailand to Ethiopia to Hawaii to Virginia to Maryland, and returning to California. In each place they called home, Marie taught the sciences and ended her career as the Chemistry Lab Manager for American University in Washington, D.C. Retired for almost 20 years.

Marie was always busy with her projects, crocheting, studying astrology, organizing a lifetime of slides, listening to audio books, and making friends with all she came in contact with. She became the caretaker for her husband, Ray who became blind in 2006.

She was very close to and proud of her children and their families: Dawn Matheny (daughter) and Milton Woolley, (grandchildren Tara and Peter, and their father Dr. Ron Schuster); Dr. Theo Matheny (son) and Ellen from Washington state; and Jim Matheny (son) and Yvonne from Kentucky.

Because of her fierce, loving, inquisitive spirit, her indomitable will and strength, her warm, nurturing and supportive self, she leaves a hole in the hearts of all who knew her.

A service honoring and celebrating her life was held on Sunday, July 17 2011 at 2:00 pm at Daniels Chapel of the Roses on 1225 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa. All who knew her were invited.

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Carol Ann Willis Strahan ~ Class of 1973

Carol Ann “Carolie” Willis ~ Class of 1973

Departed ~ 10/13/2012

Carol Willis Strahan LUBBOCK-Family and friends will gather to celebrate the life of Carol Willis Strahan, RN, MSN, CCRN and CEN, of Lubbock, at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers with a time of visiting and sharing one hour before and after the service. Our beloved Carol went to be with the Lord on Oct. 13, 2012, at the age of 56. Carol was born Oct. 28, 1955, to Harlan and Fannie Jo (Hester) Willis in Sasebo, Japan. She graduated high school from the International School of Bangkok. Carol received a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and a master’s degree from LCU. Carol was a registered nurse and was employed as an instructor by Texas Tech Health Science Center, where she greatly loved her students. She married the love of her life, Wesley Strahan, on Sept. 27, 1991, and Dr. Strahan preceded her in death on Sept. 3, 2011. Carol was a member of the Iota Mu chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau honor nursing society. She was vitally involved in many community pursuits, including the Friends in Training triathlon group, and was the nursing director of the Half Ironman medical tent. She was a member of Lake Ridge United Methodist Church. Carol is survived by her parents, Harlan and Jo of Lubbock; two sisters, Kaye Miller and husband Mark of Little Rock, Ark., and Robin Wood and husband Andy of Lubbock; a brother, Paul Willis and wife Sarah of Amarillo; five nieces; three nephews; and numerous great-nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorials may be made to the Missionary Kid (MK) Endowment, 100 Missionary Ridge, Birmingham, AL 35242, or the American Heart Association, 2514 82nd Street Suite B, Lubbock, TX 79423. To send your words of encouragement to Carol’s family and view her life and service tributes, visit


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Mrs. Alice Lorraine Finnigan ~ F-Faculty

Mrs. Alice Lorraine Finnigan ~ F-Faculty

Departed 1/09/11 ~ Details unknown

Mrs Alice Lorraine Finnigan, taught 4th grade on Bangkapi ISB campus 1969, and 1970. She passed away 1/09/11

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George Andrew “Andy” Clark ~ Class of 1973

Andy Clark ~ Class of 1973

Departed ~ 3/28/2011

Obituary: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 12:29 am

On March 28, 2011, George Andrew Clark went to be with our Lord and Savior after a lengthy illness. He was born to George Palmer Clark and Catherine West Clark in Wichita Falls on Feb. 18, 1955. Andy spent his first career as a clinical laboratory scientist specializing in hematology, special coagulation and bone marrow HLA typing.

After a severe accident with brain injury, he returned to school at UTSA where he graduated in history and went on to perform graduate studies in constitutional law. He loved tennis and golf and was an avid reader. His passion in life was challenging to reach their potentials.

He was preceded in death by both parents and grandparents.

He is survived by his wife Katherine Ruth Mosley-Clark of Medina; daughters Jacqueline Diane Rich and husband Wayne Hunter Rich of San Clemente, Calif., Natalie Ann Clark of Round Rock, Stephanie and William Talbert and children Braydon and Logan of San Antonio, and Marie Espinoza of San Antonio; sons George James David Clark of Austin, and Robert Espinoza of San Antonio; brothers James Karl Clark and wife Sandy and children Brooke and Ethan of Orange Grove, and Kenneth David Clark and wife Kathryn Elaine Clark and children Kalyn and Dylan of Stafford, Va.; sister Pamela Kay Espinoza and husband Jesus Albert Espinoza of San Antonio, their daughter Christina and husband Michael Findley and children Alexis, Anthony and Ryan of College Station; and favorite uncle Leon West of Raleigh, N.C.