In Memoriam


Mark Biberstein

Mark Biberstein

Those who knew him say Mark Biberstein had a great sense of humor. In his spare time, he cultivated a variety of interests—poker, team roping, no-bake cookie eating, organizing (and drafting the rules for) his law firm’s holiday ornament exchange, learning to play guitar, listening to country music, fly fishing, and quoting lines from the movie “Animal House.”

They also remember his leadership qualities as a planner of Emporia State South Central Alumni Chapter events over the years.

Mark Alan Biberstein, 46, passed away February 13, 2013, in Wichita, Kan.

Biberstein was born on June 25, 1966, to Mike and Gail Biberstein in Emporia. He graduated from Carbondale’s Santa Fe Trail High School in 1984, and then attended Emporia State University, where he met Kimberly A. Riley of Elkhart, whom he would later marry on May 26, 1990. The Bibersteins had two children, Devon Nicole and Mason Riley.

At Emporia State, he served as the student body president and was an active member of the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. He graduated magna cum laude and went to work at Koch Industries, Inc., before heading to the University of Kansas School of Law.

Biberstein had been with the Foulston Siefkin LLP law firm since 1992 and was named a partner in 1998. 

James F. Harter

Harter family and Office of International Education staff

The Emporia State University community joined family and friends of James Harter to honor his life on Friday, March 1. Harter, former vice-president of international education at the university, died Feb. 20. He was 70.

A celebration of life in Albert Taylor Hall in Plumb Hall on the Emporia State campus preceded a gathering of Harter’s family and friends in Webb Hall of the Memorial Union.

Harter (BSE-Foreign Language ’65, MS-Master Teacher Secondary, ’68, Ed.S.-Counselor Education ’79) devoted his 40-year career to building the international student program at Emporia State University. Through extensive travels in China, Japan, Iraq and other countries, Harter helped secure articulation agreements that have resulted in approximately 500 international students attending classes and sharing their cultures on the Emporia State campus each semester.

Many of those students recalled Harter going the extra mile for them during their Emporia State experiences. “We were so blessed to have Mr. Harter,” said Mohsen Haidar (BS-Mathematics ’05), in a story appearing in Emporia State’s student newspaper, The Bulletin, following the memorial service. “It (coming to Emporia State) was a culture shock for us international students. We needed someone great to help us, and he was there.” 

Harter retired in June 2011. During ceremonies on Feb. 15, Emporia State’s Office of International Education was dedicated to Harter and his wife and renamed the James F. and Dorine D. Harter Office of International Education.

In addition to his wife, Dorine, Harter is survived by three sons: Pierre of Wichita, Derrek of Kansas City, Mo., and Erren of Emporia; and four grandchildren. The J. F. Harter International Fellowship Scholarship is established at the Emporia State Foundation to honor Harter’s memory.

Dr. Lloyd A. Stone and Twila Stone

Dr. Lloyd A. Stone and Twila Stone

The Emporia State University community lost two outstanding members with the passing of Lloyd and Twila Stone in February. 

Dr. Lloyd Stone, 77, died Feb. 13, 2013, at Presbyterian Manor in Emporia. Twila Jean (Anderson) Stone, 79, passed away at Presbyterian Manor after a two-year battle with cancer on Feb. 16, 2013, just three days after her husband.

Lloyd was born March 23, 1935, in Stevens County, Kan.
He married Twila, his wife of 56 years, Dec. 22, 1956, in Emporia. She was born July 5, 1933 in Kearny County, Kan.

The couple’s survivors include three sons, James Stone of Frisco, Texas, John Stone and wife Holly of Overland Park, Kan., and Benjamin Stone of Emporia; four grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Lloyd served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. He was the first Nationally Certified Counselor in the United States and was a member of numerous counseling associations. He also served for six years in the Kansas House of Representatives and was the board president of Newman Regional Health in Emporia.

As a student at Kansas State Teachers College, he was a member of the men’s tennis team and Phi Sigma Epsilon fraternity.

Lloyd joined the faculty at Emporia State University in 1965. In 1984, he was appointed as the chairperson of the Counselor Education and Rehabilitation Department where he served until 1994. He retired in 1996, and was honored with the ESU Distinguished Alumni Award in 1999. He returned to ESU as
a professor emeritus for the 2003-04 school year. 

Twila taught school in Salina, Allen, rural Lyon County and Cimarron. After her children were all in school, she worked for the Lyon County Health Department as a Healthy Start visitor, a job she dearly loved.

She served as secretary of the Newman Regional Health Auxiliary for more than 15 years. 

An avid golfer, Twila greatly enjoyed playing with family and friends. She also loved attending Emporia State athletic events with Lloyd and friends.

Memorial gifts may be made to scholarships established in either Lloyd or Twila Stone’s names at the Emporia State Foundation.