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April 15, 2004


A Memorial Service of Remembrance for Alice Anne Callahan-Russell, 78, Baldwin City, will be Sunday at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Baldwin City. Mrs. Russell died Monday, April 12, 2004, at St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., following complications from heart surgery.

She was born February 24, 1926, at Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Charles and Ruth Jane (Laury) Callahan. She was raised through high school in Independence, graduating in 1944. She graduated from Baker University in 1948 with a Bachelor Degree in Music. She received a Master's Degree in Music from North Western University and taught music at South West Texas State College for two years. She returned to Baker to teach music, piano keyboard and music history.

In the 1950s, she attended a folk school in Denmark for one year and attracted a few students back to Baker University. In 1963, she helped launch the first Baker-in-Africa program in Botswana. She taught very basic music from traditional sonic sol-tah notations. After returning to Baker, she raised enough money to purchase a piano for the secondary school there.

In 1968, the first European Interterm was launched to Vienna and Denmark. On these trips the emphasis was on the visual arts and music, mainly in the form of Opera. Over time, these trips became attractions for many Baldwin residents.

She graduated with a Ph.D. in 1977 from Syracuse University.

In 1976-1977, she received the Outstanding Professor Award from Baker University.

She married Tom Russell on July 29, 1978. He survives of the home.

In 2001, she received the Distinguished Alumni award from Baker University.

She taught at Baker from 1953 to 1989. She was inducted into the Teachers Hall of Fame in the 1990s. After her retirement, she oversaw the Artist and Lecture Series sponsored by Baker.

Survivors include her husband; two sisters, Charleen Potter and Mary Jane Chubb, both of Baldwin City; children, Thomas Russell, Jr., and his wife, Irma, Memphis, Tenn., Jennifer Russell, Denver, Colo., Spencer Russell and his wife, Jeannie, Overland Park, Fletcher Russell and his wife, Carol, Emporia, Pamela Russell, and her companion, Wm. Jennings, Kansas City, Kan., and Tracey Russell, and her husband, Nemat Sanandaji, Denver, Colo.; seven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A private family burial will be held at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. Memorials may be made to Baker University and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS, 66006.


Graveside services for Geraldine Smiley, 89, Wichita, were April 10, 2004, at the Fairview Cemetery, Coffeyville. Mrs. Smiley died April 6, 2004, at Wichita.

She was born May 31, 1914, at Okmulgee, Okla., the daughter of Floid and Geneva (Hessick) Key. She was an assembler for Beech Aircraft and OA Sutton Co. She retired in 1980. She was a member of Park City Kansas Christian Church.

Survivors include her son, Floyd E. Geasland, Topeka; two sisters, Agnes Towbridge, Houston, Texas, and Alice Cavender, Baldwin City; five grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

Condolences may be emailed to the family at Cochran Mortuary, Wichita, is in charge of the arrangements.

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