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Quad-Cities' late greats remembered

Some of the people who have made the Quad-Cities great no longer are with us.

The following is a list of just some of the well-known Quad-Citians who contributed to the greatness of the area before their deaths in the past year:

-- Jan. 13, 1997: Dave Youngvorst, much-admired teacher and coach at Moline High School who died of a heart attack hours after he was recognized for his community involvement beyond his work responsibilities.

-- Jan. 21, 1997: Frank Hayes, Moline architect whose projects included the Galvin Fine Arts Center and MidAmerican Energy's Rock Island offices.

-- March 29, 1997: William Tatman, three-term mayor of Silvis and two-term Silvis city clerk. Mr. Tatman also was a watchmaker who owned a jewelry store with his wife, Alberta.

-- March 31, 1997: Charles Hamilton, president of Hamilton Technical College, Davenport, died when his ultralight aircraft crashed into a Davenport office building.

-- May 21, 1997: Richard Greene, former principal at United Township High School who was instrumental in the creation of the Western Big 6 conference.

-- June 2, 1997: Gerald ``Jerry'' Green, former president of Rock Island Board of Realtors, office holder for state and national real estate boards and active in many local community groups.

-- June 19, 1997: Bob Anderson, former Moline mayor who steered the city out of one of its worst economic periods. Mr. Anderson owned a bicycle store on Moline's 23rd Avenue for several decades.

-- June 28, 1997: Joseph Rosborough, longtime Moline attorney who served on nearly a dozen local community groups.

-- July 12, 1997: Peter ``Pete'' Peterson, a Davenport bird-watching enthusiast who co-founded the Quad-City Bald Eagle Days. Mr. Peterson was a two-time president of the Quad-City Audubon Society and author/editor of several bird-watching books.

-- Oct. 8, 1997: David Evans, chairman of the George Evans Corp., Moline, which was founded by his grandfather. Mr. Evans was past chairman of the Moline Community Chest and Rock Island/Scott County United Way as well serving on many other community boards.

-- Oct. 9, 1997: Don E. Williams, owner of Don E. Williams Co., Rock Island, described as a friend to all his employees.

-- Oct. 19, 1997: Joe Ryan, attorney who, over the years, represented East Moline, Green Rock and Hampton Township. Mr. Ryan also served eight years as mayor of East Moline and served on many other community organizations.

-- Nov. 11, 1997: Robert O. Williams held the 5th-ward seat on the Rock Island city council at the time of his death. Mr. Williams also was well known as a local stockbroker and minister.

-- Nov. 22, 1997: Bernard Gillman was in his 40th year as legal counsel to the city of Rock Island when he died. A successful private-practice attorney, Mr. Gillman also was a former president of the Rock Island County Bar Association.

-- Dec. 23, 1997: Dr. Conrad Bergendoff, teacher, dean and president of Augustana College -- largely considered ``the soul'' of Augie. Dr. Bergendoff served on countless community organizations and state and national Lutheran groups and Swedish organizations.

-- Dec. 26, 1997: Paul Johnson was the second former Moline mayor who died in 1997. During his reign, the Quad-City airport opened, the second span of what is now the I-74 bridge was constructed and the first dial telephones were installed at city hall.

-- Jan. 2, 1998: Charles ``Chuck'' Wright, former Davenport police chief and mayor died after struggling nearly a year to recover from injuries he suffered in a car accident in Moline. He and his wife owned Bi-State Consulting, Rock Island.

-- Jan. 4, 1998: Bruce Riley McDaniel was serving as president of the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau when he died suddenly. He is credited with establishing the first-ever Quad-Cities Sports Commission and with bolstering the area as a tour, travel and meeting destination.

-- Jan. 4, 1998: Charles Meyers, Rock Island police chief from 1967-77, who joined Eagle foods in Milan for 16 years following his retirement from the police department.

-- By Barb Ickes (February 9, 1998)

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