2001: CLASS NOTES
Staff, and Friends
Donald F. Lach, PhD'41, the
Bernadotte E. Schmitt professor emeritus in history, died October 26
at age 83. The Hyde Park resident was an expert on Asian-European interaction
in the 16th through the 18th centuries, writing or co-authoring many
books in the Asia in the Making of Europe series. Joining the history
faculty in 1948, he was a Fulbright scholar in France (1949-50) and
also taught in Taiwan and India. He is survived by his wife, Alma; a
daughter; and a grandson.
B. Lloyd, PhD'57, professor emeritus in ecology & evolution,
died October 14 in New Orleans, where he had lived since his 1992 retirement.
He was 73. Lloyd, a field biologist and an expert on the 13- and 17-year
periodical cicadas, won a 1988 Quantrell award for undergraduate teaching
and was a conservationist who worked to preserve the Central American
rain forests and Louisiana's coastal waters. A fellow of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science, the former editor of the
journal Ecology, and the author of some 40 scientific papers, he was
at work on a book on the evolution and ecology of periodical cicadas,
which his wife, Jo Ann White, PhD'74, will complete. In addition to
his wife, he is survived by two daughters and two sons.
L. H. Sullivan, registrar of the University from 1964 until
her 1999 retirement, died November 15. She was 77. She came to the University
in 1959 and became assistant registrar later that year. As registrar,
she maintained academic records of all University students and prepared
diplomas. Her signature appeared on 77,780 diplomas, more than 40 percent
of all the diplomas conferred by the University.
Terlecki, professor emeritus in Slavic languages & literatures,
died November 6 in Oxford, England. He was 95. An authority on the Polish
theater and dramatic literature, he was the author of numerous books,
including Christian Existentialism and Theatrical Matters. Terlecki
also edited the two-volume collective work Polish Literature Abroad
1940-1960. He taught at the University from 1964 to 1972. He is survived
by his wife, Nina Taylor-Terlecka.
Beatrice Watson Jasinski, PhB'26, AM'27,
PhD'48, an expert on the French writer and revolutionary
Madame de Stael, died in Cambridge, MA, on June 20. She was 95. Jasinski,
who taught at the University in the late 1940s and early 1950s, wrote
several volumes on de Stael's correspondence and for many years divided
her time between Paris and Cambridge, where her late husband taught
Reynolds Helfrich, PhB'28, died on May 31 at age 91 in Batavia,
IL. After working briefly as a legal secretary, she graduated from John
Marshall Law School in 1933. Following her 1939 marriage, she combined
motherhood with volunteer counsel to the PTA, the Girl Scouts, and her
church. An inveterate traveler (her first trip to China came in the
1930s; her last after her husband's retirement, when they went by "slow
boat" freighter), she often gave slide presentations of her trips.
She is survived by two daughters and a son.
Parker Prosser, PhB'30, a retired educator, died May 15 in
Southampton, NY, at age 91. A child prodigy pianist, she taught piano
to help pay her way through the College. A school principal in Alden,
MI, she later moved to Leesburg, FL, where she was active in the community
and was a director of the local bank. She is survived by two children
and five grandchildren.
C. Hornung, SB'31, SM'33,
a retired geologist, died March 28 in Ft. Myers, FL, at age 97. Although
he began his U of C studies in theology, he became a convert to geology.
Survivors include a daughter; a son, Gilbert C. Hornung, AB'52, SM'54;
and seven grandchildren, including Barbara Hornung Harvey, AB'79.
L. Kelly, AB'34,
a retired businessman, died in Summit, NJ, on February 1, 2000. He was
90. After working with the Ditto Company, he spent more than 30 years
with the NCR Corporation. Kelly was one of 17 family members who graduated
from the University. Survivors include his wife, Helen Varkala Kelly,
X'37; three daughters; and a son, Raymond Kelly, AB'65.
F. Hall, PhD'35,
a Lutheran minister and theologian, died in Evanston, IL, on October
20. He was 92. A graduate of Augustana College and Augustana Theological
Seminary, he was ordained into the Augustana Lutheran Church in 1934.
A missionary in East Africa, a professor at several Midwestern institutions,
and a pastor at churches in Gary (IN), Chicago, and St. Paul (MN), he
wrote college textbooks on Christianity and for the Christian Century.
Gonigam Warner, PhB'35,
a journalist and English teacher, died September 21 in Joliet, IL, at
age 88. A full-time resident of Michigan City, IN, since 1959, she was
a member of the Michigan City Historical Society, a docent at the Old
Lighthouse Museum, and a member of the Lutheran Church of the Dunes.
She is survived by two sons, five grandchildren, and two sisters.
Hiatt Dixon, AB'36,
a retired archivist, died October 18 in Vancouver, WA. She was 85. After
graduating from the University, she worked as an archivist at the National
Archives in Washington, DC, and the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos,
NM, during WWII. From 1946 to 1948, she was a curator of manuscripts
at Princeton University. She is survived by two sons and four grandchildren.
E. Lawson, SB'37, MD'39,
a longtime member of Northwestern University's medical faculty, died
October 28 in Chicago. She was 86. Lawson joined Northwestern in 1942,
specializing in internal medicine. In 1985 she received a distinguished-service
award from the university's Department of Medicine. On the women's board
of the Easter Seal Society of Metropolitan Chicago, Lawson volunteered
for its sister organization, The Briar Patch. Among survivors are three
("Kay") Herbolsheimer Hoobler, SB'38,
a dietician and civic leader, died July 11 in Cleveland at age 82. After
graduate studies at the University of Michigan, she worked with one
of the first camps for disabled children. In 1940 she moved to Cleveland,
where she served on the Women's Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art
and the board of the Cleveland Musical School Settlement. In 1960 the
U of C Alumni Association recognized her work for College admissions
with an Alumni Service Citation. She is survived by a daughter, two
sons, and eight grandchildren.
S. Greenlee, AB'39, AM'41, PhD'50,
a retired college professor and administrator, died June 21. He was
81. Greenlee, who had lived in South Royalton, VT, since 1973, was a
Navy lieutenant during WWII. He taught at Simpson College, Antioch College
(where he also served as dean), Coe College, and Tuskeegee Institute.
A parishioner at Christ Church in Bethel, VT, he wrote on Episcopal
Church architecture. He served as a town selectman, on the Hanover Food
Co-op's board, and as a justice of the peace. He is survived by his
wife, Helen Schwartz Greenlee, AB'44; a daughter; a son; four grandchildren;
and a sister, Ruth Greenlee Davis, AB'45, AM'47.
L. Hafer, SB'39, MD'42,
a retired anesthesiologist, died April 3 in Sun City West, AZ. After
serving with the Navy Medical Corps during WWII (attached to the Marine
Corps, he saw action in the South Pacific and at Iwo Jima), he practiced
anesthesiology in Pomona, CA, for 39 years, retiring in 1979 and moving
to Arizona in 1987. He is survived by his wife, Winifred; two daughters;
two sons; three stepdaughters; and 15 grandchildren
John W. ("Jack") Bernhardt, AB'40,
died September 15. The Lake Bluff, IL, resident was 82. Captain of the
water polo team as a Chicago undergrad, Bernhardt was decorated for
heroism as a Navy lieutenant in WWII. After the war, he became a captain
in the Naval Reserves and joined the Chilton firm, working in sales
and marketing for its magazines until his retirement at age 80. He is
survived by his wife, Florence; four daughters; and nine grandchildren.
a retired professor of history, died August 10 in Milledgeville, GA.
She was 91. Greene, who taught at Georgia College and State University
from 1933 until her 1973 retirement, quietly subsidized the cost of
college for many students. The creator of her campus's international-relations
club, she also sponsored international students. In 1997 an oak tree
was planted in her name on the GC&SU campus.
died August 5 in Austin, TX. She was 83. After earning a B.S. from Carnegie
Mellon University and an L.L.B. from the University of Pittsburgh, she
practiced law. Following her husband's academic postings, she later
moved to Boston and then to Austin, where she taught law and business
ethics at the University of Texas School of Business and was active
in civic affairs, serving as a director of the Austin Symphony Society.
She is survived by her husband, William W. Cooper, AB'38.
Frech Geiger, AB'46, CLA'46,
a former social worker, died October 14 in The Woodlands, TX. She held
volunteers posts with the League of Women Voters, the Girl Scouts, and
local libraries in Illinois, Florida, and Texas. Survivors include four
daughters, three grandchildren, and a sister-in-law, Janet Geiger Kohrman,
AM'40, AM'49, a professor emerita at the School of Social Service Administration.
D. Jarrett, PhD'47,
former president of Atlanta University, died July 6 at age 88. An Army
officer during WWII, he joined Atlanta University in 1947 as a professor
of English, becoming department chair in 1957 and dean of the School
of Arts and Sciences in 1960. As Atlanta's president (1968-77), he helped
establish additional doctoral programs and academic departments. Active
with the United Negro College Fund, the Department of Health, Education,
and Welfare, and the Southern Regional Council, he received the U of
C Alumni Association's Professional Achievement Citation in 1980. Among
survivors are his wife, Annabelle Gunter Jarrett; a daughter; and a
an economist, died March 5 at age 74 in East Grand Rapids, MI. She had
worked with Robert McNamara's group in the Ford Motor Company's financial-analysis
unit, had written on economics for a Grand Rapids publication, was an
adjunct instructor at the Grand Rapids Community College, and directed
market research for Wolverine World Wide. She also taught social studies
in the Detroit public schools and was active in the local League of
Women Voters, serving as its president. Survivors include her husband,
Allen Bobroff, PhD'58; two daughters, including Carol Bobroff, MBA'90;
a son, Norman Bobroff, AB'77; and seven grandchildren.
J. Israel, AB'50, a rabbi, civil-rights advocate, and author,
died July 12, while climbing Mount Lafayette in New Hampshire. The Newton
Centre, MA, resident was 70. For most of his career, Israel was a Hillel
Foundation director at college campuses, including UCLA, Yale (where
he helped break down the Jewish quota system), Princeton, Duke, and
UMass. Executive director of the Hillel Council of Greater Boston, he
wrote dozens of articles and two books, including The Kosher Pig and
Other Curiosities of Modern Jewish Life, a collection of humorous essays
on the tensions in the life of a modern Jew. Among survivors are his
wife, Sherry Feinberg Israel, AB'57; two daughters; two sons; and five
a state and federal legislative aide, died April 8 in Boston. He was
72. Woodworth, who was president of Student Government as a Chicago
undergraduate, was an advisor to the minority leader of the Massachusetts
State Senate at the time of his death. His government career included
service as an aide to Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass.) and as an assistant
to Margaret Heckler during her time as a U.S. Representative, as Secretary
of Health and Human Services, and as U.S. ambassador to Ireland. Survivors
include his brother, three nephews, a niece, and longtime friend Richard
C. Adams Jr., PhD'53,
former U.S. ambassador to Niger, died May 24 in Houston. He was 79.
Adams joined the Economic Cooperation Administration, the predecessor
of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in 1952, and
was posted to Indochina, Saigon, Vietnam, and Cambodia, Nigeria, Mali,
and Morocco. After serving as ambassador to the Republic of Niger (1968-69),
he returned to USAID as assistant administrator for its African bureau,
retiring in 1975. Survivors include his wife, Evelyn.
Meller, AM'51, PhD'55,
a professor emeritus of political science, died July 19 in Honolulu,
at age 86. Meller, who practiced law before attending the University,
joined the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1947 as director of the
legislative reference bureau and was appointed a professor in 1955.
A specialist in Pacific Island government and politics, he helped draft
Hawaii's "hope chest constitution." Survivors include his
wife, Terza; a son; two grandchildren; and two sisters.
I. Howard, PhD'59,
a Northwestern University psychologist, died October 19 in Evanston,
IL, after a long illness. He was 68. Howard, who taught at Northwestern
for 33 years, coordinated outpatient research at Northwestern Memorial
Hospital's Institute of Psychiatry and had a private psychotherapy practice
for some 20 years. He was the cofounder and president of both the Society
for Psychotherapy Research and the Midwestern Society for Multivariate
Experimental Psychology. Survivors include his wife, Sue; three daughters;
three sons; two stepsons; eight grandchildren; his father; a brother,
Robert H. Howard, MBA'61; and a sister.
M. Schlesinger, JD'60, a judge in the Superior Court of New
Jersey, died September 17, at age 64. Schlesinger, who was brought to
America to escape the Holocaust, earned the Order of the Coif at the
University. Before being appointed to the Superior Court in 1992, he
practiced law for 30 years. President of the Burlington County Bar Association
and a trustee of the New Jersey Bar Association, he was a former chair
of the New Jersey Heart Association. He is survived by his wife, Ruth
Ann; a daughter; two sons; and a grandson.
J. Rohn Jr., MBA'62,
a technical writer and editor, died September 27 in Elmhurst, IL. He
was 80. In 39 years with International Harvester, Rohn wrote and edited
advertising materials, sales films, and product brochures. After retiring
in 1982 he began his own firm, Elmdale Marketing Services. A Navy lieutenant
during WWII, Rohn loved to study history and to travel, visiting more
than 70 countries. Survivors include his wife, Katherine; three daughters;
a son; seven grandchildren; and a brother.
an attorney, died in Grand Ledge, MI, on June 11. He was 62. Since 1965
he had practiced law in Grand Ledge, where he was active in social-service
agencies, cultural organizations, and professional groups. Among other
projects, he helped to develop the historic Grand Ledge Opera House
into a community center. He is survived by his wife, Lorene; a daughter;
a son; three grandchildren; his mother; and three brothers.
a former McDonald's executive, died July 5 in Downers Grove, IL, of
complications related to diabetes. He was 67. Duncan began his career
as a corporate lawyer with Montgomery Wards and then Interlake Steel.
After earning his business degree, he joined the overseas legal department
at McDonald's; beginning in 1978 he led the international legal department
for 17 years, overseeing negotiations that took the chain to Moscow
and Beijing. He is survived by his wife, Glenda; three daughters; and
R. Kinsley, AM'66, PhD'70, a professor of religious studies,
died of lung cancer on April 25, his 61st birthday. Kinsley had taught
at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, since 1969. The author
of eight books-on goddesses, ecology and religion, healing and religion,
and Hinduism, his academic speciality-he won a number of teaching awards.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn C. Kinsley, X'67; his mother; his
stepfather; a sister; a brother; and a stepbrother.
J. Hamman, AB'94, MD'99, died of lymphoma on July 23 in Cleveland.
He was 28. Hamman was in an otolaryngology residency at Southern Illinois
University when he was diagnosed with acute T-cell lymphblastic lymphoma.
Survivors include his parents.