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Deaths: 1920s and 1930s

image: Class Notes headline 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.

Elizabeth 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.

Frank 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.

Harold 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.

Harold 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.

Libby 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.

Frederick 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.


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