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Deaths: 1920s and 1930s

image: Class Notes headline Harry G. 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.

William 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.

Leo 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.

Margaret 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.

Eleanor 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.

Bernard 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.

Charles 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.

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