1940s and 1950s
A. 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, including Joseph
R. Gordon, MD'81; a brother; a sister; and nine grandchildren.
E. 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 two granddaughters.
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
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,
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
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.