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Deaths: Faculty, Staff, and Friends

image: Class Notes headline FACULTY - B. Peter Pashigian, a professor emeritus in economics at the GSB, died October 18 in his Hyde Park home. He was 68. A member of the GSB faculty since 1961, Pashigian conducted research on pricing and shopping practices; from his work in retail pricing of new automobiles, he recently proposed revisions in the Bureau of Labor Statistics's used car price index. His numerous books and articles include Price Theory and Applications and "Internalizing Externalities: The Pricing Space in Shopping Malls" in the Journal of Law and Economics. He was co-editor of the Journal of Business and on the executive committee of the GSB's George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State. He is survived by his wife, Rose; a daughter; a son, Peter A. Pashigian; and a sister.

John A. Simpson, the Arthur H. Compton distinguished service professor emeritus in physics, died August 31 in Chicago at age 83. Simpson joined the U of C in 1943. After the U.S. dropped the first two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II, Simpson organized a campaign for the peaceful use as well as civilian control of atomic energy, co-founding the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. His inventions include the neutron monitor, which measures cosmic rays, and the Dust Flux Monitor Instrument, which will be aboard the Stardust mission and will measure the size of dust particles and map their distribution around the nucleus of Comet Wild-2. Simpson directed the Fermi Institute from 1973 to 1978 and was the Smithsonian Institution's Space Science History chair in 1987 and 1988. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; a daughter; a son; and three grandsons.

John E. Ultmann, a professor of medicine and founding director of the U of C Cancer Research Center, died October 23 in his Hyde Park home at age 75. A pioneer in oncology, Ultmann is best known for his work on precise staging of Hodgkin's lymphoma and the uses of staging as a treatment guide. A former chair of the board of scientific counselors for the National Cancer Institute's Division of Cancer Treatment, he also served as president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. At the U of C, Ultmann revised the medical-school curriculum to increase student-patient contact during the first two years of medical education. He also facilitated the $21 million gift from the Duchossois family that helped create the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine. Under his direction from 1973 to 1991, the U of C Cancer Research Center became one of the nation's leading cancer centers. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; two daughters; one son; and five grandchildren.

STAFF - Dorothy Star, a researcher and advocate for the disadvantaged in Chicago, died August 16 in Chicago at age 80. After working her way through Illinois Institute of Technology by wrapping chocolate bars on a Mars Candy assembly line, Star joined the American Red Cross as a counselor for families of servicemen stationed overseas during WWII. Later, she worked for the Illinois Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and spent 17 years at the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) as a field worker. She is survived by her husband, Jack; four daughters; a son; three sisters; and five grandchildren.

FRIENDS - Helen Breasted, a volunteer at Chicago's Hull House, died in Tamworth, NH, on August 20 at age 90. The wife of James Breasted, the founder of the Oriental Institute, Breasted volunteered at Hull House in the 1930s, helping immigrant families settle in the Chicago area. She is survived by a sister and five grandchildren.

 

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