2001: CLASS NOTES, DEATHS,
D. O'Connell, AM'47, former vice president and dean
of students, died December 22. He was 79. A veteran of WW II and the
Korean War, O'Connell joined the University in 1952 as assistant director
of admissions after teaching at Roosevelt and Creighton Universities
and was named director of University Admissions and Aid in 1957. Dean
of students from 1967 until his 1986 retirement, O'Connell was a member
of the humanities faculty and was named an associate professor in 1970.
He also served as Secretary of the Facilities. In retirement he was
special assistant to President Hanna Gray. In 1999 he was awarded the
University Service Medal by the Alumni Association. O'Connell was active
in philanthropic and educational organizations, including the Chicago
Tribune Foundation, the Pullman Foundation, the College Entrance Examination
Board, where he chaired the board of trustees (1968-79), and the Educational
Testing Service, where he chaired the trustee committee on finance (1983-96).
Survivors include his wife, Margaret
Norheim O'Connell, AM'52, PhD'62.
a professor emeritus in English, died September 1. He was 96. During
WW II he commanded an Army Air Force intelligence unit that requisitioned
the Eiffel Tower, allowing the Allies to intercept German radio signals.
His academic work at Chicago, where he joined the faculty in 1947, focused
on Old English poetry and lyrics, medieval philosophy, and courtly love.
In 1997 he published Apocalypse of Paul, an expansion of his 1935 book
on the apostle's visit to heaven and hell. He is survived by his wife,
Poindexter Silverstein, AM'61, and a sister.
Evalyn Cohn, PhB'24,
a retired teacher, died in Chicago at age 98. Cohn taught in the Chicago
Public Schools for 38 years.
Wallace Ullmann, PhB'27, died September 3 in Lake Forest,
IL. She was 96. After studying in Paris, Ullmann taught French and Spanish
in Illinois and California. An early civil-rights activist, she marched
in Washington and met with South African leaders of the anti-apartheid
movement, and she was a past president of the League of Women Voters
of Lake Bluff-Lake Forest. A Quaker, Ullmann was a longtime member of
the Lake Forest Meeting. She is survived by her husband, Stuart; a daughter;
three sons; and 12 grandchildren.
B. Elliott, PhB'33, of New Harmony, IN, died June 6 at age
89. In 1937 he joined the WPA Archaeological Survey and, from 1942 until
his death, he ran his family's farm and taught anthropology at nearby
universities. Survivors include his wife, Josephine
Mirabella Elliott, PhB'32, AM'35, and a daughter, Claudia
M. Elliott, AM'72.
Demb, SB'34, a longtime resident of Marblehead, MA, died
October 5. He was 88. Demb was a retired industrial engineer and facilities-planning
manager at Sylvania Electric/GTE. Survivors include a daughter; two
sons; and four grandchildren.
J. Stevens, AB'36, JD'38, died September 29 in Chicago. He
was 86. A WW II veteran, Stevens practiced law with several Chicago
firms before starting a solo practice in the mid-1990s. In 1958, after
reading reports of price gouging at funeral homes, he founded the Chicago
Memorial Association to provide inexpensive funeral services. Survivors
include his wife, Jane; five sons, including William
J. Stevens, AB'62, and John
C. Stevens, AM'66, PhD'74; two brothers, including John
Paul Stevens, AB'41; and 12 grandchildren.
A. Meyer, AB'37,
died in Monroe Township, NJ, on October 14. He was 86. A WW II veteran,
Meyer was a technical editor and manager at RCA from 1946 until 1986.
He was also a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic
Engineers, founding and chairing its first professional group for engineering
writing and speech. Meyer led the Great Books discussion group at the
Maplewood Library for many years and served ten years as president of
the board of trustees of the South Orange-Maplewood Adult School. Survivors
include his wife, Helen; a daughter; two sons; and three grandchildren.
P. Klotz, SB'38, MD'38, a gastroenterologist, died March
14 in Tucson, AZ. He was 87. A battalion surgeon with the 255th Field
Artillery during WW II, he taught at Chicago as an instructor of medicine
from 1949 to 1954, when he joined the University of Kansas Medical Center
as a professor and chief of the gastroenterology section. After retiring
in 1975 he practiced medicine in Sun City, AZ, until 1985. Survivors
include his wife, Margaret; a daughter; three sons; and four grandchildren.
Blank, SB'39, MD'42,
died in Key Biscayne, FL, October 5. He was 83. A leading dermatological
researcher, Blank was the first to show that the chicken pox and shingles
viruses are identical. During WW II Blank served as chief of dermatology
at hospitals in China, India, and Burma. In 1956 he became the founding
chair of the University of Miami School of Medicine dermatology division,
a post he held for 29 years. He had recently been studying how a particular
tree bark he had encountered abroad might be used to alleviate skin
diseases. In 1988 the American Skin Association presented Blank with
its Lifetime Achievement Award in Medicine and Science. Survivors include
his wife, Joan; five children; and two grandchildren.
J. Surkin, AB'39,
died September 15 at age 83. Surkin, who served in the Navy during WW
II, worked for Blatteis Realty. A San Francisco resident since 1960,
Surkin was active in the Shriners and the Masonic Lodge. Survivors include
his wife, Nancy
Elliott Surkin, PhB'44; two daughters; a sister, Bernys Surkin
Nierman Levin, PhB'34; and two grandsons.
Lee J. Cronbach,
PhD'40, died in Palo Alto, CA, October 1. He was 85. A major
contributor to educational psychology and psychological testing, Cronbach
developed the most frequently used reliability measure in psychological
or educational testing. Known as "Cronbach's alpha," it assured
that a subject's test performance could be consistently tracked. In
the 1970s he directed the Stanford Evaluation Consortium, a research,
service, and training organization sponsored by Stanford's School of
Education. Survivors include his wife, Helen; two daughters; and a son.
McKim Brake, SB'41,
died July 21 in Albuquerque, NM. She was 81. Brake was one of the first
female members of the technical staff of Sandia National Laboratories,
where she specialized in heat transfer as applied to nuclear weaponry.
She is survived by three daughters, including Susan
L. Brake, AM'77, and a son.
E. Henry, PhD'41,
a professor emeritus at Howard University and a prominent researcher
in magnetism and low-temperature physics, died October 31. He was 92.
During WW II Henry developed video amplifiers used in portable radar
systems on warships. As a supervisory researcher at the Naval Research
Laboratory (1948-60) he studied cryomagnetism, the magnetic properties
of materials at low temperatures. At Howard, which he joined in 1968
and where he chaired the physics department in the late 1970s, he encouraged
minority students to pursue scientific careers. Henry received the National
Science Foundation lifetime achievement award for community service,
the National Society of Black Engineers's lifetime engineering achievement
in industry award, and the U of C Alumni Association's Professional
Achievement Citation. Survivors include a daughter, two sisters, and
J. Kinsler, SB'41, MBA'50, of Whitefish Bay, WI, died September
5. He was 83. Kinsler served in the Army during WW II at Aberdeen Proving
Ground in ordance testing. He worked as a statistician at Oscar Mayer
and a computer programmer for the University of Wisconsin until his
1983 retirement. A member of Temple Beth El since 1951, he also served
on its board. Kinsler's survivors include a daughter, a brother, and
A. Sebeok, AB'41,
a pioneer in semiotics, died on December 21. He was 81. Distinguished
professor emeritus of linguistics and semiotics at Indiana University-which
he joined in 1943 to help run an Army training program in foreign languages-he
also chaired the Research Center for Language and Semiotic Studies.
Born in Budapest, he came to Chicago in 1937 after a year at the University
of Cambridge; his graduate work was at Princeton. His 600-plus publications
include works on folksongs, charms, games, poems, and the supernatural;
early computer analyses of verbal texts; and, with Charles Osgood, the
classic Psycholinguistics (1954). In Speaking of Apes (1980), he critiqued
attempts to teach apes language. Sebeok taught in 17 countries, and
his awards included five honorary doctorates, the Service Award of the
American Anthropological Association's Service Award, IU's President's
Medal, and a 1992 Professional Achievement Citation from the U of C
Alumni Association. Among survivors are his wife, Jean Umiker-Sebeok,
and three daughters, including Jessica
A. Sebeok, AB'97, and Erica
L. Sebeok, AB'01.
H. Roger Smith, AB'41, MBA'50, died October 1. He was 80.
During WW II he served in the Army Air Force as a link trainer instructor.
From 1946 until 1966 he was credit manager at Zonolit Corporation in
Chicago, then worked as director of the Education Development Corporation.
In 1970 he became vice president and chief financial officer at George
Williams College, retiring from the Downers Grove, IL, school in the
1990s. Smith spent 1996-97 as the interim CEO of Friendship Village,
a Schaumburg, IL, retirement home, where he was a board member for several
decades. He is survived by his wife, Betty; a daughter; a son; a brother;
and a sister.
P. Torri, MD'45, died June 8 in Monterey, CA. He was 83.
He served in the U.S. Army (1942-45) while in medical school and after
graduation worked for the U.S. Public Health Service. In 1950 he became
the first doctor to set up an office in Carmel Valley, CA. Three years
later he moved to Monterey, where he practiced until his 1987 retirement.
He was a member of the California Medical Association and the Monterey
County Medical Association. Survivors include his wife, Arleene; a daughter;
a son; and two grandsons.
R. Feinstein, SB'47, SM'48, MD'52,
an epidemiologist, died October 24. He was 75. Feinstein was known for
developing what he called "clinimetrics," the idea that physicians
can produce consistent assessments by using clinical indexes and rating
scales for evaluating conditions like pain, distress, and disability.
In the late 1950s he joined Irvington House, an affiliate of New York
University, as medical director. There he challenged the belief that
proper treatment after an early diagnosis of rheumatic fever prevented
severe heart disease, correctly arguing that the disease has two forms-one
that causes heart disease and one that doesn't. The author of more than
400 clinical studies and six books, Feinstein is survived by his wife,
Lilli Sentz; a daughter; and a son.
L. Nieburg, PhB'47, AM'52, PhD'60, died September 27 at age
73. Nieburg was a political-science professor at SUNY-Binghamton for
25 years, founding the university's political journalism major. He retired
in 1995. The Korean War veteran was an international expert on political
conflict and a confidant of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Senator
Paul Simon. He wrote hundreds of articles and several books, including
the best-selling In the Name of Science. Survivors include his wife,
Janet; three daughters; a son; a stepdaughter; a stepson; a brother;
two sisters; and six grandchildren.
S. Randall, AB'47, BLS'48,
died October 7 in Frederick, MD. He was 92. Randall worked for a number
of libraries, including those at Stanford University and Southern Illinois
University, where he was head librarian from 1965 until 1974. He served
in the Army Air Force during WW II and was a member of the American
Association of Professors and Beta Phi Mu. He is survived by his wife,
Baldwin Randall, PhB'33; two stepdaughters; and two
R. Silverman, SM'50, PhD'50, a petroleum geologist, died
October 23 in Whittier, CA. He was 82. A world-recognized expert on
isotopes, Silverman began his career with the U.S. Geological Survey
in Washington, DC, and later became a senior research associate at the
Chevron Oil Field Research Laboratory in La Habra, CA. The WW II veteran
was a part-time geology professor at California Polytechnic University,
active in geology associations, and a contributing author to the Encyclopaedia
Britannica on the subject of isotopes. Survivors include a daughter
and two sons.
Wallace Tudor, X'50, a Sears, Roebuck, and Co. executive,
died in Cherry Hill, NJ, September 3. He was 90. In 1936 he began his
career at Sears selling refrigerators in the firm's Indianapolis store
and rose through the ranks to become vice president of personnel and
employee relations, retiring in 1974. Active with charities, he volunteered
on the state and national levels of the American Cancer Society. Survivors
include his wife, Mildred; a son; and two grandchildren.
F. Deegan, AM'62, of Hinsdale, IL, died June 1 at age 62.
An English professor at St. Xavier University, where he helped found
his department's graduate program, Deegan was instrumental in running
the university's film society. A member of Chicago's film community
during the 1970s, he directed the 1970 independent film De Mortuis Nil
Nisi Borum (Speak nothing of the dead but good). He is survived by his
wife, Janice; two daughters; a son; and a sister.
A. Levy, AM'66,
an attorney, died August 1 in Alexandria, VA. He was 59. Levy most recently
specialized in representing policyholders against insurance companies.
An expert in environmental insurance, he was the author of Surviving
the FEA Audit and Underground Tank Leak Insurance. His career also included
stints teaching political science at the University of Georgia and work
at the Defense Department and the Office of Emergency Preparedness.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra
Sciacchitano Levy, AB'62; a daughter; two sons, including,
N. Levy, AB'92; his mother; and a brother.
A. Rehling, MBA'69,
died February 12, 2001. He was 55. Rehling spent most of his career
in the medical information field; his self-owned firm supplied statistics
to pharmaceutical companies. His civic and volunteer activities included
serving as supervisor of the Gwynedd Valley (PA) township. Survivors
include his wife, Janice; two daughters; a son; and a granddaughter.
J. Murphy, MBA'00, died in the September 11 terrorist attack
on the Pentagon. He was 38. A lieutenant commander in the Naval Reserve,
Murphy received nuclear propulsion training in 1986 and served for five
years aboard the USS Sand Lance. After leaving the Navy, he worked for
a number of firms, including Brach's Confections and the Alberto Culver
Company. At the time of the attack he was on a two-week standing duty
assignment with the Navy Command Center. Survivors include his wife,
Masako; two sons; his mother; two brothers; and three sisters.