2001: CLASS NOTES
Staff, and Friends
Ugo Fano, professor
emeritus of physics, died February 13 in Chicago at age 88. Fano's research
in theoretical atomic physics helped lead to the development of the
gas laser and radiation therapy. He began his career in 1934 working
first with Enrico Fermi at the University of Rome and then with Werner
Heisenberg at the University of Leipzig. After fleeing Europe in 1939,
he worked at the Washington Biophysical Institute, the Carnegie Institution
of Washington, the U.S. Army Ballistic Research Laboratory, and for
20 years at the National Bureau of Standards. Joining the U of C in
1966, Fano advised 30 Ph.D. students, most of whom have become physics
professors. He was elected to the Royal Society of London in 1995 and
the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in 1993. He received, among many
honors, the 1996 Enrico Fermi Award from President Bill Clinton. He
is survived by his wife, Camilla; two daughters, including Mary
Fano Giacomoni, MAT'69; a brother; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m. at the Max
Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th Street.
Novick, SB'40, PhD'43, a scientist, died December 21 in Eugene,
OR. He was 81. Part of the team that designed and built the first atomic
bomb, Novick left the Manhattan Project because he opposed military
control of the nation's nuclear program. From 1947 to 1958 Novick was
an associate professor at the U of C, and in 1959 he became the founding
director of the University of Oregon's Institute of Molecular Biology.
Survivors include his wife, Jane
Graham Novick, AB'45, and two sons.
J. Orland, SM'45, PhD'49, a retired professor in dental surgery
and researcher, died November 25 in Oak Park, IL. He was 83. A former
director of the dental clinic at Billings Hospital, Orland taught oral
microbiology at the University for 30 years. He edited the Journal
of Dental Research and served as president of the Society of Medical
History of Chicago, the American Academy of the History of Dentistry,
and the International Association for Dental Research. Throughout his
life, Orland was active in the Forest Park community, founding the town's
historical society. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis; a daughter;
and three sons, including
Frank R. Orland, AB'69.
H. Rust, PhD'56,
professor emeritus of radiology and pharmacological & physiological
sciences, died February 11 in Chicago at age 91. Rust combined early
training in veterinary pathology with his interest in radiation biology
to pioneer the study of radiation injury. His research on the effects
of radiation on farm animals became the standard models for estimating
human risk. After joining the University faculty in 1959, he designed
and served as director of the animal-research facility. He continued
to consult on radiation safety and toxicology for public utilities and
pharmaceutical companies after his 1973 retirement. He served on radiation
safety committees for the World Health Organization, the U.S. Public
Health Service, and the Environmental Protection Agency. He is survived
by two daughters; two sons, including Milbern
J. Rust, PhD'66; and eight grandchildren.
Howard Landau, PhB'24,
a real-estate developer and philanthropist, died February 8 in Chicago.
He was 98. In 1954 Landau and a partner opened the Woodmar Mall in Hammond,
IN. He became a major developer and manager of commercial property in
Illinois and Indiana. After retirement, he co-founded the Community
Ventures program of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, which linked
Jewish investors with community-development groups to build or renovate
affordable housing in the Humboldt Park, Grand Boulevard, and Pilsen
neighborhoods. A board member and president of the Young Men's Jewish
Council, he was also a founding member of the Illinois chapter of the
American Civil Liberties Union. He later worked with the Albert Einstein
Peace Prize Foundation to bring together U.S., Israeli, and Egyptian
scientists to develop technology for irrigating Egyptian fields. Survivors
include a daughter, Kay
Landau Berkson, AM'69; a son; and a grandson.
F. Charles, SB'25, MD'39,
a physician, died November 10 in Evanston, IL, at age 97. Charles opened
a successful obstetrics practice in the Beverly neighborhood and served
on the staff of Chicago Lying-In Hospital for many years. Survivors
include two nieces and a nephew.
Hunter Wolf, X'29, a Broadway director, died November 3 in
Hamden, CT. She was 95. From 1931 to 1933 Hunter played the part of
Marge on the WGN radio comedy Easy Acres. One of the first female
directors on Broadway, she made her debut with the 1944 production of
Horton Foote's Only the Heart. In 1945 she directed Carib
Song, the first black Broadway musical. She founded the American
Actors Company and helped Lawrence Langner establish the American Shakespeare
Theatre in Stratford, CT, serving as executive director and later as
associate producer. She is survived by her husband, Herman
Wolf, AB'33; a stepdaughter; two stepsons, including David
P. Wolf, AB'65, JD'68; and six grandchildren.
B. Lewy, SB'30, MD'35, a physician, died October 6 in Chicago
at age 91. Lewy, who practiced medicine for 50 years in Chicago and
taught at the University of Illinois, developed surgical techniques
and instruments, including the Lewy laryngoscope holder. A former president
of the Laryngological and Otological Society, in retirement he became
a regular member of the roundtable at the Quadrangle Club. He is survived
by a daughter; a son, Alfred
J. Lewy, SB'67, MD'73, PhD'73; and a brother, Lawrence
E. Lewy, AB'34, JD'36.
A. Simon, AB'36, PhD'43, an economics Nobel laureate, artificial-intelligence
expert, and professor, died February 9 in Pittsburgh. He was 84. Simon
studied how computer science, economics, administration, and psychology
affect decision making and problem solving in social institutions. A
founder of the field of artificial intelligence, he used computers to
simulate human thinking. He joined the Carnegie-Mellon University faculty
in 1959 and helped develop its cognitive-science group. Among his distinctions
are the 1975 A. M. Turing Award for work in computer science, the 1978
Nobel Prize in economic sciences, and the 1986 National Medal of Science.
Simon also was a fellow or member of the National Academy of Sciences,
the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, and the Econometric
Society. Survivors include his wife,
Dorothea Pye Simon, AM'41; two daughters; a son; and six
Melvin B. Gottlieb, SB'40,
PhD'52, a physicist, died December 1 in Haverford, PA, at
age 83. Among the first Westerners to inspect the Soviet Union's fusion-energy
program in 1958, Gottlieb helped plan joint research projects and promoted
cooperation between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. As director of the Princeton
Plasma Physics Laboratory from 1961 to 1980, Gottlieb oversaw the project
to increase production of fusion energy for peaceful scientific purposes.
Survivors include his wife, Golda
Gehrman Gottlieb, PhB'48; a daughter; and two grandchildren.
R. Hunter, AM'40, an innovator in philanthropy, died November
25 in Port Washington, NY. He was 84. During his career in nonprofit
organizations and government, Hunter served as executive director of
the Stern Fund, a Manhattan-based foundation whose causes included protecting
battered women and promoting environmental justice. Author of The
Slums: Challenge and Response, he also designed urban anti-poverty
programs. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two stepsons; and two
A. Greenwald, AB'41,
a foreign service official, died October 30 in Washington, DC. He was
82. Greenwald served as ambassador to the Organization for Economic
Cooperation and Development in Paris from 1969 to 1972 and to the European
Community in Brussels from 1972 to 1976. Retiring in 1976 as assistant
secretary of state for economic and business affairs, he became president
of the Japanese subsidiary of the Bendix Corporation and later practiced
international law. Survivors include his wife, Virginia; a daughter,
Jawj E. D. Greenwald, JD'80;
two sons; and five grandchildren.
C. Blakeslee, AB'43, AM'46,
a professor emeritus of English, died April 7, 2000, in Santa Barbara,
CA. He was 78. Blakeslee taught at Northwestern University, Wisconsin
State College, and San Fernando Valley State College (now California
State University), where he remained until his 1992 retirement. He was
the author of the folk song "Passing Through." Survivors include
his wife, Pat; three daughters; a son; and nine grandchildren.
M. Fleming, AB'43, AM'50,
a staff member at the Field Museum, died December 20 in Oak Park, IL.
She was 78. Fleming worked for the museum until retirement. Survivors
include her sister.
C. Berger, SB'44, MD'46, a psychiatrist and former surgeon,
died January 2 in Chicago at age 77. Berger's experience during the
Korean War inspired him to become a plastic surgeon, and he continued
to work with veterans. In mid-career, when the onset of complete blindness
prevented him from practicing surgery, he became a psychiatrist. He
retired in 1991. Survivors include his wife, Virginia
"Ginny" Butts, AB'44, and a sister, Lois
Berger Woodbridge, PhB'46.
De Grazia, AB'44, PhD'48,
a political philosopher and biographer, died December 31 in Princeton,
NJ. He was 83. Best known for his 1990 Pulitzer Prize-winning biography,
Machiavelli in Hell, De Grazia taught political philosophy at
Rutgers University from 1962 to 1988. Survivors include his wife, Lucia;
a daughter; four sons; and three brothers, including Alfred De Grazia,
AB'39, PhD'48, and Edward R. De Grazia, AB'48, JD'51.
J. List, SB'46, SM'47,
a retired U.S. Weather Bureau meteorologist, died December 22 in Alexandria,
VA, at age 81. An expert at tracking radioactive fallout from U.S. and
Soviet nuclear tests, List testified at Congressional hearings for the
Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963. After serving in WWII as a commissioned
officer in the Navy, he edited the 1949 Smithsonian Meteorological
Tables, a standard reference book for scientists before the computer
age. Survivors include his wife, Ernestine; a daughter; a son; a stepdaughter;
a stepson, Daniel M. Katz,
JD'69; and nine grandchildren.
M. Blaut, PhB'48, SB'50,
a professor, author, and fighter for social justice, died November 13
in Chicago. He was 73. Blaut taught geography and anthropology at the
University of Illinois and developed theories on how land affects the
way people live and learn. He believed strongly in justice for developing
nations and supported Puerto Rican independence. Survivors include his
wife, America, and a daughter.
Ray Dobbins, AM'51, a minister, died December 28 in Nashville,
TN, at age 81. Dobbins, who served the Cumberland Presbyterian Church
in Memphis, TN, edited its denominational news and opinion magazine,
the Cumberland Presbyterian Press. From 1984 to 1985 he moderated
the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, a 100,000-member
denomination in 22 states and five countries. He served nine years on
the board of the Associated Church Press of U.S. and Canada. Survivors
include his wife, Mary Alice; four daughters; three sons; and ten grandchildren.
an attorney who lived in Hyde Park, died December 24 at age 69. After
law school Patner became the administrative aide to
Leon M. Despres, PhB'27, JD'29, who led the small opposition
movement against the late Mayor Richard J. Daley. As a cooperating attorney
for the Illinois division of the American Civil Liberties Union, Patner
argued before the Supreme Court in the free speech case of comedian-activist
Dick Gregory v. the City of Chicago. Later he co-created Businessmen
in the Public Interest, a civic organization that supported such groups
as the Chicago-based Friends of the Parks and the Coalition to Save
the South Shore Railroad. He also founded a private litigation practice.
A lover of food and conversation, Patner joined with friends to start
the Medici Coffee House and Gallery on East 53rd Street in 1958. He
is survived by his wife, Irene; three sons, including Andrew
Patner, X'81, X'88; and a brother, Bruce
D. Patner, JD'60.
R. Yates, AB'63, JD'67, a Cook County judge, died December
15 of Lou Gehrig's disease in his Streeterville home. He was 60. Yates,
the son of the late U.S. Representative Sidney
Yates, PhB'31, JD'33 (D-IL), served as an associate judge
for the city from 1976 until 1988, when he was elected a full judge.
In 1994 he became the first Illinois judge to rule that same-sex couples
could adopt children. Survivors include his mother, Adeline
Holler Yates, PhB'34; two daughters; and a son.
H. Schwartz, JD'66,
an attorney and former public defender, died October 14 in Washington,
DC, of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 58. In the early 1970s Schwartz
handled class-action cases for the Center for Law and Social Policy,
a public-interest law firm in Washington, DC. He helped found the private
law firm Stiller, Adler and Schwartz and taught and lectured for the
National Institute of Trial Advocacy and as an adjunct professor at
Georgetown University Law Center. Survivors include his wife,
Judith Levey Schwartz, AM'67, and three sons.
J. Murnane, AM'68, PhD'73, a scholar of Egyptian history,
died November 17 of heart failure in Memphis, TN. He was 55. The author
of The Penguin Guide to Ancient Egypt, Murnane also served as
an expert for television programming including the History Channel.
He taught undergraduate and graduate courses as an adjunct professor
at the University of Memphis's Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology.
He is survived by his mother and a sister.
P. Mortara, MBA'74,
a partner at Goldman Sachs, died November 12 of a brain aneurysm in
his Litchfield, CT, home. He was 51. Mortara was an innovator in the
market for mortgage-backed securities. After working for Salomon Brothers
from 1974 to 1987, he joined Goldman Sachs to head its mortgage-backed
securities division, later becoming co-head of fixed income, currencies,
and commodities, and president and chief executive of GS Ventures, a
venture capital offshoot of Goldman Sachs. He is survived by his wife,
Virginia, and two sons.
M. Klarich, MBA'76,
a former aide to Mayor Richard M. Daley and former chief of Chicago
Technology Park, died December 30 of lung cancer in Chicago. She was
61. During her three-year position as president and CEO of Technology
Park, a small business incubator, Klarich increased occupancy rates.
In 1991 she assumed a leadership role in the Department of Economic
Development and continued to oversee her small-business consulting firm.
She is survived by her mother and two brothers.
M. Sullivan, PhD'93,
an anthropologist, died November 8 of a heart attack in his Hyde Park
home. He was 50. A self-taught computer programmer, he developed an
information system to evaluate programs at the Ounce of Prevention Fund,
a Chicago-based organization that helps teenage mothers and their children.
A former employee of the National Opinion Research Center and United
Charities (now Metropolitan Family Services), Sullivan contributed to
a study of high school health clinics and their effects on teen smoking
and alcohol abuse. Survivors include a sister.