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Norman Thorpe '58

Norman Ralph Thorpe, 87, of Birmingham, Michigan, died on 24 January 2022.

Rebecca Ayars Baker '58

Rebecca Jean Ayars Baker, a member of the 1956 United States Olympic team and a recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award from the University of Illinois College of Law, has passed away at the age of 84. She was part of a groundbreaking class of women when she enrolled at the University of Illinois College of Law in 1955. She entered law school at a time when women faced formidable obstacles in the legal profession: Harvard Law School had admitted its first female student only five years earlier, in 1950. Becky was one of only three women in a class of 300.

Roderick Courtright MacLeod '58

Roderick Courtright MacLeod of Mountain Home, Arkansas, passed away September 26, 2020, in Mountain Home, Arkansas at the age of 89.

Keith H. Hyzer '58

Keith H. Hyzer passed away on February 19, 2020.

Wayne L. Bickes '58

Wayne L. Bickes, 87, of Decatur, IL, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur, IL. After graduation from law school, he joined the firm of Rosenberg and Rosenberg, and became a partner in the firm. Wayne was a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, American Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association, and the Decatur Bar Association. In 2018 he retired from Bickes, Wilson, & Moss, after serving as an attorney for over 50 years.