1920s and 1930s
David W. Bransky, SB'21,
a research chemist, died June 15 in Peoria, IL, at age 102. He
joined Standard Oil of Indiana in 1925, retiring in his 60s. Survivors
include his daughter, Ellen
Bransky Solovy, PhB'46, SB'47; a son; and six grandchildren.
G. Norcross, PhB'27, former editor-in-chief of House
Beautiful and a proponent of Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture,
died September 3 in Frederick, MD. She was 94. Norcross worked
in the promotion department for Good Housekeeping before becoming
editor of House Beautiful in 1941, a position she held for 23
years. She championed modernity, climate control in home building,
sliding doors, and a richer style of architecture. She became
close friends with Wright after she published an attack on the
International style. Survivors include a goddaughter and a sister-in-law.
W. Herlihy, SB'30, a retired president of Herlihy Mid-Continent
Company, died June 3 in Chicago at age 91. An engineer, he designed
and built highway bridges and Chicago tunnels and worked for the
Fermi Lab and the Adler Planetarium. A longtime member of the
American Mathematical Association, he studied mathematics and
physics throughout his life. He is survived by three children,
including Joanna Herlihy Burnette,
AB'53, and eleven grandchildren.
Sidney R. Yates, PhB'31, JD'33,
former U.S. congressman (Dem.-IL) and champion of government support
for the arts, died October 7 in Washington, DC. He was 91. A liberal
Democrat who represented lakeside Chicago in the House of Representatives
for more than 50 years, Yates pushed for the legislation that
established the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in 1965
and chaired the House Appropriations Interior subcommittee that
oversaw the endowment. He lost the chair seat in 1994 but vigorously
defended the NEA from Republican efforts to cut its funding. He
believed in the government's obligation to help the least fortunate
in society and was a strong force behind the creation of the Holocaust
Memorial Museum and a protector of national parks. Survivors include
his wife, Adeline Holler Yates,
PhB'34; a son, Stephen
R. Yates, AB'63, JD'67;
and three grandchildren. Virginia
Hunter Cables, PhB'33, died September 9 at age 87.
A resident of La Habra, CA, she volunteered actively in the school
where her daughter was a principal. Survivors include a daughter
and four granddaughters.
T. V. Johnson, PhB'33, of Crete, IL, died July 27 at
the age of 89. Johnson worked for the Index Publications in Chicago
from graduation until his retirement 45 years later. Survivors
include three children and six grandchildren.
L. Hitchens, AB'35, AM'36, PhD'59, a retired colonel
in the U.S. Air Force, died September 1 in Aurora, IL. He was
85. After serving as a flight instructor during WWII and flying
50 combat missions in the Korean War, Hitchens became a founding
member of the faculty at the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1955, serving
until 1963 as faculty secretary and associate professor in history.
He also served in Vietnam as a battle staff controller. In retirement,
he was a senior research associate at the University of Pittsburgh,
where he also served as an aide to the chancellor and supervised
research projects. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn
Buck Hitchens, AA'40; four children; a sister, Jean
Hitchens Anderson, SB'38; and six grandchildren.
Winer Fain, AB'37, of Hamilton, Bermuda, died August
1 at age 83. Fain and her husband traveled from 1965 to 1992.
She is survived by a daughter, three sons, two sisters, and seven
grandchildren. Leslie M. Lipson, PhD'38, an author and a professor
of political science at the University of California-Berkeley,
died August 15 in Berkeley at age 88. Best known for his textbook
The Great Issue of Politics, which was translated into 100 languages,
Lipson taught at Berkeley for 34 years. From 1963 to 1976 Lipson
was a regular panelist and reporter for the PBS weekly program
World Press. After retirement in 1984, he continued to lecture
and write opinion pieces for the San Francisco Chronicle. Survivors
include his wife, Helen; a son; a stepdaughter, Lisa
Fruchtman, AB'70; and a granddaughter.
C. Bock, AB'39, PhD'50, a retired scientific researcher
who piloted one of the planes monitoring the dropping of the atom
bomb on Nagasaki, died August 25, in Scottsdale, AZ. He was 82.
He rose to the rank of major in the Army Air Forces and was awarded
the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. After the war,
he did research in zoology with an emphasis on genetics and mathematical
statistics. He is survived by his wife,
Helen E. Bock, AM'67; two daughters; a son; a sister;
and two grandsons.