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Deaths: 1920s and 1930s

image: Class Notes headline John A. Morrison, SB'25, SM'27, PhD'38, a geopolitics expert, died December 6 in Quincy, IL, at age 96. Morrison served as deputy chief of the U.S.S.R. division of the Office of Strategic Services during WWII, and later worked for the U.S. State Department. Survivors include his wife, Frederica Ann; a son; and three grandchildren.

Dina Rosi Congino, PhB'29, of Evergreen Park, IL, a former teacher, died April 4 at age 90. Congino taught for 42 years in the Chicago public schools. Survivors include her brother, Reno Rosi, SB'32.

Gertrude Smith Lee, AM'30, a former teacher, died September 25 in Hyde Park at age 101. Lee chaired the history department at North Carolina's R. J. Reynolds High School until she moved to Chicago, where she lived with the family of sculptor Lorado Taft. Among survivors are three daughters, including Caroline Lee, AB'53, and Evelyn Lee, AM'66; a sister; and six grandchildren, including Lindsey Johnson Suddarth, AB'81.

Morris Chertkov, PhB'31, JD'33, a lawyer, died September 29 in Silver Spring, MD. He was 90. Chertkov was named executive director of the Civil Aeronautics Board during the Kennedy administration. After retirement, he served as general counsel and executive director of the Alaska Public Utilities Commission. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Naomi; a son; and two grandchildren.

Russell L. Marshall, PhB'31, a former postal worker, teacher, and chaplain, died in September in Tucson, AZ. He was 94. One of Chicago's first African-American Roman Catholic deacons, Marshall taught in the Chicago public schools and spent 15 years as an assistant chaplain at Cook County jail.

George H. Otto, SB'31, PhD'42, a retired geological consultant, died August 27 in Wilmette, IL, at age 91. Otto was a consultant for the construction of Chicago's subway system and the John Hancock Building. He also worked at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography before opening his own consulting firm in the 1970s. He is survived by a daughter, Anne Otto Earle, SB'60, MAT'62, and two grandsons.

David K. Easton, PhB'33, a former research librarian, died August 26 in Middletown, OH, at age 89. Easton worked as a research librarian for the Caribbean Commission in Trinidad, the American Library Association, and Saudi Arabia's University of Petroleum and Minerals. Survivors include his wife, Claire; two daughters; a son; and two grandsons.

Velma Cook Williams, PhB'35, a former teacher, died September 18 in Indianapolis. She was 87. For 21 years, Williams taught high-school Latin and English. For more than 50 years, she was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Survivors include two daughters, a son, and a grandson.

Gerald B. Demarest, SB'38, MD'38, a cardiologist who lived in Reno, NV, died October 22 in Wilton, CT. He was 87. Elected Fellow of the American College of Cardiology in 1975, Demarest practiced internal medicine and cardiology at the Westfield Medical Group for 37 years. He was also president of the medical staff at Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ. Survivors include his wife, Marian; three daughters; three sons; and 13 grandchildren.

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