JUNE 2000: CLASS NOTES (print version)
Crabb, the associate director of undergraduate and graduate
studies in computer science and a senior lecturer in computer science,
died February 26 in Chicago from pancreatic disease. He was 44. Crabb
began teaching at the University as a history graduate student in 1979.
He wrote a syndicated Chicago Sun-Times column, hosted a radio
program on WGN, and appeared weekly on the local television show Fox
Thing in the Morning, speaking about computers and the Internet.
Crabb also wrote several books and edited for Hayden Books. He is survived
by his parents and a sister.
the Tiffany and Margaret Blake distinguished service professor emeritus
in the Oriental Institute, Near Eastern languages & civilizations, and
linguistics, died March 29 in Chicago at age 91. Born in Germany, Güterbock
taught at Turkey's Ankara University from 1936 to 1948, joining the
Oriental Institute in 1949. His research focused on the Hittites. Combining
philology and his command of the Akkadian language with archaeology
and history, he co-launched the Chicago Hittite Dictionary project
in 1976 and served as co-editor until his death. In 1996, Güterbock
received the American Oriental Society Medal of Merit for his lifetime
contributions to Hittitology. Survivors include his wife, Frances; two
sons; and five grandchildren.
A. Morrissette, the Bernard E. and Ellen C. Sunny distinguished
service professor emeritus in Romance languages & literatures, died
February 6 in Chicago at age 88. A critic of 20th-century literature
and cinema, Morrissette was known for heralding the "new novel" that
revolutionized French literature after WWII and for his books on French
novelist and filmmaker Alain Robbe-Grillet. After living in Paris in
the early 1930s, Morrissette returned to the U.S., taught at Washington
University, and joined the Chicago faculty in 1962, becoming the chair
of his department. He is survived by his son, James.
a former professor in the biological sciences, died January 11 in New
Haven, CT, of a heart attack. He was 66. After completing a medical
residency, Sigler switched to basic research, becoming a chemist, structural
biologist, and crystallographer. After spending 21 years on the Chicago
faculty, Sigler became a professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry
at Yale University in 1989. He is survived by his wife, Jo; five children;
and eight grandchildren.
PhB'23, a retired teacher, died January 29 in Nashville,
TN, at age 98. He taught the first class in modern Hebrew in the Chicago
high schools, as well as courses in English, Latin, and math. After
retiring in 1969, Bush wrote poetry and toured with Free Street Too,
a senior theater company, throughout Chicago and the nation until 1986.
He is survived by two daughters, including Nancy
Bush Sherman, PhB'45, JD'48; a son; and two grandchildren.
Berliss Rosenbaum, PhB'29,
died September 5, in Vienna, VA, at age 91. Rosenbaum was a homemaker
and active volunteer with many civic and charitable organizations in
Chicago and Cook County. She is survived by a daughter, a son, and four
Stevenson Harper, PhB'33,
died January 2 in Lake Forest, IL, at age 89. An adventurer who skied,
rode horses, and climbed mountains, Harper also established an international-studies
program for the art school at Lake Forest College. She is survived by
a daughter; two sons; a brother, James
M. Stevenson, AM'59; and six grandchildren.
H. Kasper, PhB'33,
a writer, editor, and public-affairs officer with several government
agencies, died February 5 in Olney, MD. He was 88. In the 1960s, he
was chief of press services for the Department of Housing and Urban
Development. Kasper spent five years with the Labor Department's manpower
administration as director of information before retiring in the 1970s.
Survivors include his wife, Helen; three children; and three grandchildren.
Hamilton Keare, JD'33,
died January 17 in Highland Park, IL, at age 91. Keare taught English
as a Second Language to children at the Highland Park YMCA, was PTA
president at Highland Park High School, and sat on the school board.
She served on more than 30 boards and committees throughout her life.
Dedicated to environmental and population-control issues, she was a
local board member for Planned Parenthood and was on the national board
of the Sierra Club for seven years. Survivors include two daughters,
two sons, and 14 grandchildren.
F. Picken, AM'33,
former president of Peerless Confection Company, died December 24 in
Hyde Park at age 89. Picken, a political consultant and social activist
for nearly 50 years, became president of the business five years after
joining Peerless Confection, known for its red-and-white peppermint
candies. Picken was also an active fund-raiser for the U of C and a
Simpson College trustee. He is survived by his wife, Rita, and a daughter,
Picken, AB'72, AM'74.
Goldberg Terkel, PhB'33,
a retired social worker and activist, died December 23 in Chicago at
age 87. Terkel did relief work, worked with children, and fought for
peace, fair housing, and civil rights. She also helped husband Studs
Terkel, PhB'32, JD'34, with his books, appearing under pseudonym
as a character in several, including Hard Times. Terkel is survived
by her husband, a son, a brother, and a sister.
A. Walton Jr., PhB'33,
a retired bank executive, died November 30 in Willowbrook, IL, at age
88. A WWII veteran, Walton began his career as a mail boy for Lake Shore
National Bank-now Bank One-working his way up to vice chair of the board
by the time he retired 40 years later. Afterward, Walton served as president
and manager of several smaller banks and was on the board of directors
for OEI Business Systems in Itasca until 1997. He is survived by his
wife, Joan; three sons; two stepdaughters; a stepson; and six grandchildren.
Zacharias, PhB'33, JD'35, a retired businessman and legal
activist, died October 29, in Winnetka, IL, at age 87. After practicing
law for three years, Zacharias entered the plastics industry, served
in the Army, and then joined his brother as a partner in Precision Plating
Company. He retired in 1989. Zacharias was a member of the board of
directors, executive committee, and advisory council of the ACLU and
in 1999 was awarded the group's Roger Baldwin Award for longtime commitment
to civil liberties. Zacharias also helped to develop the Dove Bar ice-cream
bar. Survivors include his wife, Bobette; two daughters; a son; and
Fessler Niemann, SB'35,
a retired teacher, died May 17, 1999, in Rockville, MD, at age 85. After
teaching high-school math in the 1930s, Niemann worked as an accountant
and taught shorthand and typing in the 1940s. Active in the Seventh-Day
Adventist Church, she retired in 1973 after conducting Red Cross first-aid
and nutrition classes. Survivors include a stepson, two sisters, and
R. Giedt, MD'37,
a retired doctor and laboratory chief, died September 30 in Seattle
at age 94. Giedt served as Washington state's epidemiologist and chief
of laboratories for nearly 30 years. In 1985, a new Department of Health
laboratory was built and named for Giedt, who was the West Coast team
leader for Jonas Salk's polio trials and a specialist in Rocky Mountain
spotted fever. He is survived by two daughters and four grandchildren.
McMurtrie Godley, X'39,
a retired foreign ambassador, died November 7 in Oneonta, NY, at age
82. Godley joined the Foreign Service in 1941 and had a number of international
posts before being named ambassador to Congo in 1964. As ambassador
to Laos during the Vietnam War, he helped to direct Laotian and Thai
guerrillas fighting North Vietnamese troops. Godley then became ambassador
to Lebanon. The founder and president of the Glimmerglass Opera, he
chaired the boards of Fox Hospital and of Hartwick College in Oneonta,
NY. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; two sons; a brother; and
W. ("Jack") Webster, AB'39, died October 15 in Hinsdale,
IL, at age 83. He is survived by two daughters, a brother, and three
Becker, SB'40, a former medical professor, died February
13 in Farmington, CT, at age 81. After teaching at the University of
Illinois and Georgetown University, Becker was department chief at Walter
Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, DC, for 18 years. He
was an expert on the biochemistry of acute allergic reactions. Joining
the University of Connecticut's new medical school in 1970, Becker was
its first professor to hold an endowed chair. He is survived by his
wife, Carol; two daughters; a son; a brother; and three grandchildren.
T. Conway, AB'40,
a Kennedy and Johnson administration official, died January 6, 1998,
in Sarasota, FL, at age 80. Conway went to Washington in 1960 as the
deputy administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Agency, helping
to draft the act that established the Department of Housing and Urban
Development. Under Johnson, Conway headed the Community Action Program,
a part of the War on Poverty, and helped arrange financing for the Head
Start and Job Corps programs. From 1970 to 1975, he was the first president
of Common Cause, which opposed the Vietnam War and promoted finance
reform. He later served as executive director of the American Federation
of State, County, and Municipal Employees and as senior vice president
of the United Way of America. He is survived by his wife, LuVerne; two
daughters; a son; and five grandchildren.
Katcoff, SB'40, PhD'44,
a retired chemist and researcher at Brookhaven National Laboratory,
died October 17 in New York at age 81. As part of the Manhattan Project,
he conducted radiochemical studies on fission projects. He joined Brookhaven
in 1948, determining the half-life of iodine-129, studying the nuclear
decay properties of isotopes, and isolating 17-minute half-life uranium-242.
In the 1980s, he established and taught classes on nuclear and radiochemistry
for undergraduates. Katcoff received the 1998 Seaborg Medal of the American
Nuclear Society. Survivors include his wife, Edith
LaPorte Katcoff, AB'42, CLA'42, and two sons.
V. Shostrom, AB'40,
a former bank executive, died December 24 in Indian Head Park, IL, at
age 81. A loan officer and vice president at several Chicago banks,
Shostrom was also a former president of the Chicago Tennis Association.
Survivors include his wife, Harriette; a daughter; two sons; and two
Woods Corbett, AM'36, PhD'41, a former classics professor,
died December 7 in Illinois at age 86. After serving as a Latin professor
and dean of women at DePaul University in 1936, Corbett taught at Howard
University for 30 years. Author of books and articles on Andrea Alciato
and St. Gregory of Nyssa, Corbett was an American Fellow of the Royal
Society of the Arts. Survivors include several cousins.
B. Rinaldo, AM'37, PhD'41,
died November 29 in Des Moines, IA, at age 87. Rinaldo, a WWII veteran,
worked for the National Park Service, the Civilian Conservation Corps,
and the Chicago Museum of Natural History. He also taught at Cochise
College in Dragoon, AZ, and was a director of the Flexible Steel Lacing
Company. Survivors include his wife, Ruth, and a brother.
Davis Carroll, SB'43, SM'44, MD'48,
a retired family physician in Crown Point, IN, died January 23 at age
78. Carroll, who maintained a private practice for 45 years before retiring
in 1995, was a former president of both the Lake County Indiana Medical
Society and the medical staff of St. Anthony Medical Center. She was
also medical director for the St. Anthony Home for 20 years. Survivors
include her husband, William; two daughters; a son; and five grandchildren.
Silverstein Firestone, AB'44,
a retired public-school counselor, died February 19 in Boston at age
76. Firestone worked in the Brookline, MA, school system for almost
25 years, retiring in 1992. She was involved in the League of Women
Voters, the Circle for Charity, and other community organizations. She
is survived by her husband, Edwin; two sons; a brother; a sister; and
D. Hartwig, PhB'44, MBA'44,
a lawyer in St. Joseph, MI, died February 9 at age 87. While teaching
at Boston and Michigan State Universities, Hartwig earned a J.D. from
Harvard and entered private practice in 1956. A chair of the Michigan
bar's taxation section and a member of its trust and estate-planning
council, Hartwig also helped organize a local Great Books club and a
recycling center. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie
Clemens Hartwig, AB'44, MBA'44; a daughter; and two granddaughters.
J. Fischer, SB'45, SM'50,
a retired nuclear scientist, died January 11 in Hyannis, MA, at age
81. Fischer, a former scientist with Argonne National Laboratory, worked
for Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York from 1973 until his 1983
retirement. He was a member of the Sierra Club and the League of Women
Voters. Survivors include his wife, Alice; a son; and two sisters.
J. Lifton, PhB'45,
a jazz pianist and social worker, died March 13 in Taos, NM. He was
75. A WWII veteran, Lifton performed in several clubs in the Chicago
area. In the 1950s, he moved to New York to study under Lennie Tristano.
After earning a social-work degree, he had a full-time job as a social
worker during the day, performing in New York clubs at night. In 1983,
he released a solo recording, Summer of 81, Stash Records. Survivors
include a daughter; a son; a brother, Robert
B. Lifton, AB'42; a sister; and three grandchildren.
S. Fujioka, PhB'47, SB'51,
a retired chemical engineer, died December 21 in Boca Raton, FL. He
was 70. His career with Exxon spanned more than 30 years, specializing
in logistics and transportation. Upon retirement, he became a consultant
to the food-services industry. Survivors include his wife, Sue; two
children; and two sisters.
Oxenhandler Hillard, PhB'47, AM'50, a retired psychologist,
died February 29 in Caledonia, MO, at age 71. A former high-school English
teacher, Hillard maintained a private psychology practice--specializing
in children--until her 1982 retirement. She also wrote a book about
the impact of divorce on grown children. Survivors include her husband,
Robert; three children; and four grandchildren.
O. Bond, MD'50,
died November 9 in Sandy Spring, MD, at age 76. An epidemiologist in
the field of public health, Bond worked for the Florida Board of Health,
the Encephalitis Laboratory in Tampa, FL, the World Health Organization,
and the Pan-American Health Organization. He wrote some 70 scientific
publications and several books. Survivors include four daughters, a
son, a stepdaughter, a stepson, and two granddaughters.
H. ("Halsey") Gulick Jr., AM'48, PhD'52, a retired professor,
died January 1 in Pleasant Hill, TN, at age 77. Gulick, a WWII veteran,
taught geography at Florida State University, Winona State College in
Minnesota, and the State University of New York College at Potsdam (1962-1985).
Survivors include his wife, Chris; two daughters; a son; and four grandchildren.
I. Hirsh, AB'52, JD'55, a retired labor lawyer, died December
5 in Evanston, IL, of leukemia. He was 67. Hirsh worked for the National
Labor Relations Board before becoming general counsel for the Brotherhood
of Railway and Airline Clerks in 1969. He later became involved in the
Supreme Court case Ellis v. Railway Clerks. Hirsch spent the
last 20 years of his career in private practice, retiring in 1999. He
was active in the community and in Beth Emet Synagogue. Survivors include
his wife, Judith
Kitz Hirsh, AB'56, AM'76; a daughter; a son, Adam
D. Hirsh, JD'91; and two grandsons.
A. Athanson, JD'55, former mayor of Hartford, CT, died there
on January 9. He was 72. A Democrat who taught international relations
at the University of Hartford, Athanson served as Hartford's mayor for
five terms, from 1971 to 1981. Upon leaving office, he practiced law
and hosted a public-access television program called By George, It's
Athanson. He is survived by his wife, Zoe, and a son.
died January 19 in Tokyo at age 75. Shino, the former president of the
Pfizer Pharmaceutical Company in Japan, had also been president of the
U of C's alumni club in Japan. He is survived by three children, including
a retired nurse, died July 24, 1999, in Skokie, IL, at age 87. Her professional
positions included director of nursing at Research Hospital in Kansas
City, MO, and supervisor of nursing at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago.
She was a longtime member of Emanuel Congregation. Survivors include
P. Kapantais, AB'58, a retired lawyer, died January 31 in
Huntington, WV, at age 65. Kapantais practiced in Maine for many years,
specializing in indigent criminal defense and poverty law cases. He
later joined the Social Security Administration as a legal adviser.
After retiring in 1987, he collected writings documenting the history
of the U.S. progressive, socialist, and communist movements, donating
them in 1997 to Frostburg State University in Maryland.
AB'71, died January 30 in Pittsburgh of a brain tumor. She
was 49. Horowitz, the first woman to receive a Ph.D. degree from MIT,
specialized in the relationship between metaphysics and semantics. After
teaching at Vassar College, NYU, and the State University of New York
at Purchase, she joined the University of Pittsburgh faculty. She became
the first woman to chair its philosophy department a few months before
her death. Her book The Backtracking Fallacy will be published
posthumously. She is survived by her brother, Josh Howard.
John J. Ryan,
AM'69, PhD'72, a former assistant professor at Loyola University
in Chicago, died February 20 in Montreal at age 74. After serving as
a priest in the Peoria, IL, diocese for 13 years, Ryan began teaching
at Loyola in 1964. He joined the Concordia University (Montreal) faculty
in the late 1970s, remaining there until his retirement. Survivors include
a brother and four sisters.
H. Hannemann, MBA'73, a banker, died January 21 in Naperville,
IL, of stroke-related ailments. He was 58. Hannemann was an Army interpreter
and linguist in Vietnam. After serving as vice president of Continental
Bank in Miami for 16 years, he became vice president of Continental
Illinois, Continental Bank, and Household International Bank. He is
survived by his wife, Dolores; two sons; his mother; three brothers;
and a sister.
V. Kilinski, AB'77, a consultant, died in October in Andover,
MA. He was 45. Kilinski had worked for Arthur Andersen Consulting, Visibility,
and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Survivors include his daughter, Megan; his
mother; and a sister.