1940s and 1950s
J. Biederman, AB'40, MBA'42, a retired accountant,
died March 16 in Highland Park, IL, at age 79. A WWII veteran,
he worked for Biederman, Stetter, and Silverman Co. for more than
50 years. He received the University's Alumni Service Citation
in 1993 for his fund-raising work. He is survived by his wife,
Marjorie; three sons, including Jerry
H. Biederman, JD'71; and six grandchildren.
L. Slayton, AB'40, AM'43,
an expert on urban renewal, died August 7 in Washington, DC, at
age 82. Slayton left a post with the Ford Foundation to become
commissioner of urban renewal under the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.
He later served as president of Urban America, Inc., and deputy
assistant secretary of state for foreign buildings. He is survived
by his wife, Mary; two daughters; a brother; and four grandchildren.
Thorberg Hartmann, AB'45, AM'49,
died May 26 in Evanston, IL, at age 78. Hartmann, a participant
in the civil-rights movement, was a social worker for the state
of Illinois and for the Chicago School for the Retarded. Upon
her retirement in 1983, she and her husband founded Artisans'
Stained Glass. Survivors include her husband, Henry; a son; a
sister; and two grandchildren.
Joice Spiess, PhB'45, SB'47,
died June 19 in Naples, FL, at age 72. Spiess was a statistician
for the Swift Company before joining the Joseph Spiess Company,
where she rose to vice president of business and to the board
of directors before her 1978 retirement. She volunteered for the
YMCA and the Junior Service Board. Survivors include her husband,
John; three daughters; a brother; and eight grandchildren.
C. Berthold, MBA'46, a retired executive with Marshall
Field's and Company, died June 13 in Wheaton, IL, at age 94. Berthold
worked for Marshall Field's for 40 years, retiring as controller
of the contract division in 1970. Survivors include his wife,
Ruth; two daughters; a son; and six grandchildren.
Shinn Emerson, X'46,
a retired artist and teacher, died May 22 in Huntington, WV, at
age 76. Emerson, an artist and teacher at the Huntington (WV)
Museum of Art, became its director for 16 years until her retirement
in 1987. She also founded the Arts Advocacy Committee of West
Wolkonsky, PhB'46, SB'50, MD'52, died
July 25 in Chicago at age 76. After serving as chief resident
of internal medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New
York and medical director of the Standard Oil Company of Indiana,
Wolkonsky became president of the Arthritis Foundation in 1974
and chair of its executive committee in 1978. In 1993 he was given
the Freedom of Movement Award by the organization. He is survived
by his wife, Mary; a stepson; and three stepgrandchildren.
Holzer Douthit, AM'48,
died August 11 in Indianapolis, IN, at age 74. Douthit was a social
worker for the Marion County Association for Retarded Citizens
and New Hope until her retirement in 1984. Survivors include her
husband, Harold; a daughter; and two grandchildren.
S. Farkas, AB'49,
former president of Alexander's department stores, died July 28
in Long Island, NY, of cancer. He was 69. Farkas helped build
the chain--founded by his father in 1928--into a 16-store business
with more than $500 million annual revenue. Farkas resigned in
1984. He is survived by his wife, Linda; two daughters; one son;
and three brothers.
L. Venable, AM'51,
a former CIA officer, died November 14, 1998, in Albuquerque,
NM, at age 71. Venable served in the CIA for 30 years until his
retirement in 1982, when he worked as a part-time real estate
appraiser. He is survived by a daughter and two sisters.
R. Allen, AM'52,
founder of the Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press, died
July 19 in Washington, DC, at age 78. Allen taught at Cornell
University in the early 1950s, then founded Women Strike for Peace,
a group that opposed nuclear weapons and the Vietnam War. She
founded the Women's Institute in 1972. Author of two books, she
was also editor of the Women's Institute newsletter. Survivors
include a son, three daughters, and a brother, Donald
C. Rehkoph, AM'54.
Nugent, AB'54, SB'56,
a mathematics teacher, died June 12 in St. Louis of a heart attack.
He was 65. After serving in the Army, Nugent worked as a high-school
and college mathematics lecturer, spending 30 years at the University
of Missouri-St. Louis. He is survived by his wife, Sookja; a daughter,
Lynne S. Nugent, AB'94; and a son.
V. Alhadeff, MBA'57, died
December 9, 1998, in Vallejo, CA. Alhadeff was a founding member
and former cellar master of the Marin International Wine and Food
Society. He also was treasurer of the German Wine Society, executive
secretary of the Society of Medical Friends of Wine, and publisher
of The Wine Register. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; a daughter;
a son; and two siblings.
J. Bellman, AM'57,
author of the best-selling 1987 novel Hot Flashes, died July 23
in Baltimore, MD, from complications after vascular surgery. She
was 63. Raskin was a flight attendant before teaching English
at Catholic and Georgetown Universities. She wrote a second novel
and also wrote for numerous publications, including the New York
Times. She is survived by a daughter, two sons, a brother, and
D. Gilreath, MBA'59,
a retired executive, died July 14 in Sarasota, FL, at age 79.
Gilreath, a WWII veteran, was a past vice president of Inland
Container Corporation and former president of Eastex Packaging.
Survivors include his wife, Jane; three sons; a sister; and eight
grandchildren. 1960s Ronald L. Danzig, SB'64, died April 26 in
Marietta, GA, at age 57. Danzig was the director of the Bucks
Rock Creative Arts Camp in New Milford, CT. He is survived by
his wife, Margaret; his mother; and two sons.