2000: CLASS NOTES (print version)
Pillet, a professor emeritus of education and Romance languages
& literatures, died May 29 in Chicago. He was 82. A scholar of French
pedagogy, he emphasized teaching through filmstrips, records, and pictures
rather than via textbooks and rote memorization. He created grade-school
materials, including the classic storybook André François Villeneuve,
which taught the language through a narrative of a puppy prince and
his poodle friend.
1971, he was awarded the Ordre des Palmes Académiques. Cantor at the
former Temple Mitzpah in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood, he was
the principal tenor soloist for the Rockefeller Chapel Choir. Survivors
include his wife, Etiennette
V. Pillet, MST'75; a daughter; a son; two stepdaughters;
a stepson; two sisters; and nine grandchildren.
Gilbert, PhB'31, retired vice-president and controller of
the Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Company, died in Greenville, SC, on October
1, 1999. He was 89. In 1931, he joined Montgomery Ward in Chicago and
was promoted to assistant controller. During WWII, he was a lieutenant
in the Navy. He began working for Bigelow-Sanford in 1952, retiring
as vice-president and controller in 1975. He was later a member of the
Financial Executives Institute and the Poinsett Club in Greenville,
SC. Survivors include his wife, Aileen; and two sons.
W. Dyer, SB'32, president of the Tennessee River Towing Co.,
died June 18 in Paducah, KY, at age 90. A member of Phi Gamma Delta
and an intercollegiate national wrestling champion at the U of C, he
competed in the 1932 Olympics. A lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy
during WWII, he was an assistant chemist at Pure Oil Co. before moving
to Paducah to join Igert Towing Co. Dyer was active in local civic affairs,
including the Rotary Club and Girl Scouts. He is survived by his wife,
Florene; two daughters; a son; a stepdaughter; a stepson; and five grandchildren.
Segall, PhB'32, JD'34, a labor attorney, died May 13 in Milwaukee
at age 89. In 1965, he successfully represented the Amalgamated Meat
Cutters in a case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. He often worked
on employee-benefits cases and drafted many plans still in use by unions.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth; a daughter; a son, Ralph
M. Segall, MBA'70; three stepsons, including James
G. Bloch, MBA'69; and 11 grandchildren.
Cusack Irmiger, PhB'35, died August 15, 1999, in Chicago.
She was 92. Irmiger was one of seven siblings to graduate from the U
of C. Survivors include her brother Robert
E. Cusack, AB'38; a sister; and a grandson.
I. Johnson, AM'37, died May 14 in Denver at age 88. She entered
the Red Cross after graduation, working during WWII in the India/Burma
theater, where she met her husband. Survivors include three children
and three grandchildren.
Adinoff, SB'39, PhD'43, a chemist, died July 7 in Thousand
Oaks, CA. He was 81. Most of his career was spent in Detroit as chief
chemical engineer of research and development for Rockwell International.
Retiring to California in 1984, he began a second career in computer
science and taught in the master's program at California Lutheran University
and at Thousand Oaks Friends of the Library. Adinoff was also active
in local civic affairs. Survivors include his wife, Madeline; three
children; a brother; and six grandchildren.
F. Banfe Jr., X'39, a former airline pilot and professor
emeritus at Stanford University, died March 17 at age 82 in Tucson,
AZ. In 1958, Banfe made his first voyage around the world. After working
as an editor at Esquire Magazine, he became a pilot, flying for Pan
American Airways. He also taught business, technology, and airline management
at Stanford for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, June; two daughters;
three sons; and six grandchildren.
Cohen, AM'41, associate professor emeritus of economics at
the Illinois Institute of Technology, died May 20 in Chicago. He was
84. After serving in the Army during WWII, Cohen worked with his brother
in an industrial-contracting business. He began teaching labor economics
at IIT in 1964, retiring in 1980. A former vice-president of the National
Academy of Arbitrators, he was also an active member of K.A.M. Isaiah
Israel Congregation in Hyde Park. Cohen is survived by a daughter; a
son; and three grandchildren.
J. Lynch, AB'42, an attorney, died May 11 at age 79 in Franklin,
TN. A lifelong resident of the Chicago area, Lynch was a partner in
the law firm Braun, Lynch, Smith, & Strobel, retiring in 1998. He served
in the Army during WWII, receiving the Purple Heart. He was a member
of the Civil War Round Table, a group of 150 history enthusiasts, and
was attending one of its conferences at the time of his death. Survivors
include his wife, Susan; five children; and four grandchildren.
Lois Samuelson, PhB'44, an attorney from Oak Park, IL, died
January 5. She was 76. A past president of the Women's Bar Association
of Illinois, Samuelson was a lawyer with the Chicago land clearance
commission for 15 years, later joining her husband's law firm. On the
board of her condominium building, she enjoyed golf and traveling, most
recently visiting Antarctica. Survivors include two cousins.
Z. Friedenberg, PhD'46, a professor emeritus at Dalhousie
University, died June 1 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was 79. A scholar
of education and gender studies, Friedenberg left the U.S. during the
Vietnam era. His 1959 book, The Vanishing Adolescent, a sociological
study of teens, has been reprinted ten times and translated into several
languages. He was active in the Canadian Civil Liberties Union.
A. Gordon, PhB'47, SB'48, MD'52, a surgeon, died June 20
at age 73 in Los Gatos, CA. After interrupting his studies to serve
in the Army during WWII, Gordon earned his medical degree and practiced
general surgery in San Jose, CA. He also collected antique clocks and
did carpentry in his home workshop. He is survived by his wife, Elsa
L. Gordon, PhB'47, SB'50, MD'52; two daughters; two sons,
R. Gordon, MD'81; a brother; a sister; and nine grandchildren.
Fritz, AM'50, a sociologist, died May 5 at age 79. Fritz,
a resident of Montgomery Village, MD, specialized in the study of human
and organizational behavior in emergencies and disasters and in the
organizational mechanisms needed to manage such events. During WWII,
he served as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps and was assigned to the
Strategic Bombing Survey in England. He remained in the Air Force Reserve
until 1981, earning the Air Force Systems Command Meritorious Service
Award. He wrote or co-wrote more than 100 books, scientific reports,
and journal articles and had advised every presidential administration
since Eisenhower on dealing with the effects of nuclear war. In 1995,
he received the first Fritz Award for contributions to disaster research.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia; a daughter; a son; a sister; and
Delmar Gibbs, PhD'50, a professor emeritus at the University
of Puget Sound, died April 22 in Tacoma, WA. He was 88. An assistant
dean and chair of the education department at UPS, Gibbs was a member
of Phi Delta Kappa, Kiwanis, and other professional and civic organizations.
He is survived by two daughters, a son, and six grandchildren.
T. Holton, JD'50, an attorney in the Chicago area for 45
years, died April 2 in Freehold, NJ. He was 76. Interested in English
legal history, in his retirement, he was writing a book on the prefaces
of Sir Edward Coke, who served as attorney general under Elizabeth I.
He is survived by his former wife,
Felicia Antonelli Holton, AB'50; a daughter; and two grandchildren.
S. Wilson, SM'50, PhD'51, a retired research chemist and
professor emeritus, died June 6 at age 79 in Redmond, WA. In 1943, he
joined the Manhattan Project at Iowa State College, studying x-ray diffraction
studies of solid structures. After receiving his doctorate, he worked
as a research chemist at the Hanford Laboratories. He authored or co-authored
57 technical works, and held four patents in nuclear-fuel processing.
For 18 years, he was a professor of chemistry at the University of Minnesota,
retiring in 1989. Survivors include his wife, Ivon; a daughter; two
sons; two brothers; and two grandchildren.
Stewart Pappert, AM'53, a health administrator, died April
26 at age 73 in Naperville, IL. President of the Illinois chapter of
the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, she also held
medical-administration positions with the Telephone Pioneers of America,
AT&T, New York Telephone, and Illinois Bell. In 1997, she received honors
from the American Association of University Women. Surviving are her
husband, Howard; three daughters; and two sisters.
T. Wiley, MBA'54, an Air Force officer, died May 3 in Seattle.
He was 81. A member of the Tuskegee Airmen, Wiley was one of the 24
original members of the 99th Pursuit Squadron and was in the first group
of U.S. fliers to land in North Africa. He continued his service until
1965, then worked as an Air Force representative to Boeing until his
1980 retirement. Survivors include his wife, Ruby; a daughter; two sons;
and eight grandchildren.
Koukol SB'55, PhD'59, died May 26, 1999, in a car accident
in Merced, CA. She was 67. A clinical laboratory specialist at Valley
Medical Center in Fresno, CA, she is survived by a sister.
Lange Rheingold, PhD'55, a child psychologist and professor
emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, died April
29 in Chapel Hill. She was 92. Interested in infant social behaviors,
she studied valued traits, like sharing. In 1985, she addressed the
18th World Congress on Early Childhood Education in Jerusalem. That
same year, she coordinated a symposium for the Society for Research
in Child Development. She is survived by her husband, Don; two sons;
and six grandchildren.
B. Basa, SB'56, a chemist, died June 21 in Des Plaines, IL,
at age 72. In 1945, Basa served in the Army Signal Corps in Korea. A
researcher for Swift-Armour and NASA, Basa worked as a flavor chemist
and laboratory manager for H. B. Taylor and Co. for 35 years. A member
of his church choir, he was also active in the local Boy Scouts. Survivors
include his wife, Amparo; a daughter; four sons; and seven grandchildren.
Eric Lincoln, DB'56, a professor emeritus of religion and
culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, died May
14 in Durham, NC, at age 75. Lincoln wrote some 20 books on the sociopolitical
influences on African Americans, including The Black Muslims in America,
the first academic text on the movement. Before turning to academe,
he worked for Pepsi Cola, as a manager of a Memphis nightclub, as an
ordained Methodist minister, and as a road manager for the Birmingham
Black Barons baseball team. He is survived by his wife, Lucy; four children;
a brother; and six grandchildren.
Venturella, AM'56, a social visionary, died June 4 in Chicago.
He was 78. Devoted to the teachings of Henry George-a 19th-century social
reformer who believed in abolishing all taxes for a single tax on land-Venturella
was Chicago branch president of the Henry George School of Social Science
for 20 years and opened a facility for the school in 1986. He also worked
as a city planner for Chicago and as a substitute elementary-school
teacher. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; two daughters; two sons;
and three grandchildren.
Clegg, AM'65, a social worker, died June 19 of cancer in
Palos Heights, IL. He was 61. In 1973, Clegg started a mental-health
program at Metropolitan Family Services, expanding the program to serve
more than 5,000 people. He became known as "Mr. Mental Health of the
South Suburbs." Survivors include his wife, Jantina; two daughters;
a son; two brothers; and a sister.
R. Krauss, SB'65, a physicist at Argonne National Laboratory,
died June 26 in Naperville, IL, of cancer. He was 56. As the leader
of the particle-surface interaction group at Argonne, Krauss won several
awards for his work with ionization phenomena. He was also an accomplished
photographer; his work was exhibited this past summer in New York at
the Center for Digital Art and the Nexus Gallery. He is survived by
his wife, Julie
R. Krauss, SB'73, and a daughter.
W. Kern, AM'61, PhD'66, a history professor at the University
of New Mexico for more than 30 years, died April 15 of cancer in Albuquerque,
NM. He was 65. A founding member and former officer of in the Society
of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies and of the Southwestern
Labor Studies Association, he wrote ten books on Spanish history. Survivors
include his wife,
Susan L. Brake, AM'77, and two sons.
N. Reckles, MD'67, an orthopedic surgeon, died of a brain
tumor June 26 in Duluth, GA, at age 58. After serving as a commander
in the Navy Medical Corps, he entered private practice in Orlando, FL.
When he moved to Georgia in 1991, Reckles joined the Medical Association
of Atlanta, becoming an advocate of medical law and ethics in a collaboration
with the Atlanta Bar Association. He also lectured as a clinical instructor
in surgery at both Emory University and Morehouse College. He is survived
by his wife, Bonnie; a daughter; a son; a stepson; his mother; and a