Class Notes

SPEA hosted members of our 2007 class of master’s students and their families. We hosted a reception in the new O’Neill Graduate Center as part of a weekend of activities, tours, and other events organized by the class. It was great to see familiar faces, meet families, and catch up on careers.

In Memoriam

Lori Hallal, MPA’06, of Louisville, Ky., passed away on March 10, 2017. She was the fiscal administrator with the Louisville Metro Government at the time of her death, after a distinguished career in local government management.

Mark S. Miller, BSPA’79, of Connorsville, Ind., passed away on June 21, 2017. Mark was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

David Welch, MSES/MPA’01, PhD’07, of Chapel Hill, N.C., passed away on July 4, 2016. At his most recent position as the director of the Plant Conservation Program at the North Carolina State Department of Agriculture, he managed the acquisition and stewardship of thousands of acres of land from the North Carolina mountains to the coast for the preservation of endangered native plants.


Al LyonsProfessor Al Lyons died in March, 2017 at the age of 66. He had taught at SPEA since 2005 and was appointed as a full-time lecturer in 2013. Dr. Lyons was teaching and advising students until just weeks before an illness claimed his life. During his time at SPEA, he directed numerous management courses with a particular focus on nonprofit management and social entrepreneurship. He also directed the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program and played a major role in developing the undergraduate major in nonprofit management and leadership. Dr. Lyons was deeply involved as a participant, consultant, and advocate for Bloomington-area arts and community groups.

Tom SimonProfessor Tom Simon died in July, 2016 at the age of 57. He had over 35 years of experience working with complex environmental ecosystem issues evaluating anthropogenic impacts on aquatic assemblages. His experience included 25 years of government service and many years as an adjunct instructor at SPEA. Dr. Simon mentored students in IU’s Sustainability Scholars program. Dr. Simon was an active member of his church and coached youth sports in Bloomington.

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