associate professor and director of research in radiology and the
Franklin McLean Memorial Research Institute, died March 20 from
complications following surgery. He was 66. Cooper was a pioneer
in using PET scans to understand brain function and the effects
of both neuro-psychiatric medications and drugs of abuse. Educated
at the University of Edinburgh, Cooper came to the United States
in 1966, joining Chicago’s faculty in 1976. A prolific author,
he was a founding member of the Maryland Society of Nuclear Medicine,
a trustee of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, and a member of the
mental-health policy advisory group for Illinois Governor James
Thompson. Among survivors are his wife, Joanie, four sons, and two
Donald W. Fiske,
a professor emeritus of psychology who taught at Chicago for 55
years, died April 5 in Hyde Park. He was 86. His groundbreaking
1959 paper cowritten with Donald Campbell, “Convergent and
Discriminant Validation by the Multitrait-Multimethod Matrix,”
helped establish the principle that researchers should use two or
more methods in social-science studies, and his books—Face-to-Face
Interactions: Research, Methods, and Theory (1977, with Starkey
Duncan), Strategies for Personality Research (1978), and
Interaction Structure and Strategy (1985, with Duncan)—established
reliable methods of measuring personality traits. With bachelor’s
and master’s degrees from Harvard, Fiske taught at Harvard
and Wellesley before joining the U.S. Navy’s aviation psychology
section during WW II. He then taught at the University of Michigan,
where he completed his Ph.D. in psychology in 1948, the same year
he joined Chicago. In 1999 the psychology department, which he chaired
from 1982 to 1985, established an annual lecture series in his honor.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Page Fiske; a son, a daughter,
three granddaughters, three grandsons, one step-granddaughter, and
D. Gale Johnson,
the Eliakim Hastings Moore distinguished service professor emeritus
in economics and former University provost, died April 13 in Amherst,
MA. He was 86. An expert on agricultural economics, particularly
in the former Soviet Union and in China, Johnson wrote or edited
22 books and edited the journal Economic Development and Cultural
Change. An Iowa farm boy, he was encouraged to pursue economics
by Nobel Laureate Theodore Schultz, with whom he studied at Iowa
State, joining him on the Chicago faculty in 1944; the two worked
together for nearly 50 years. A University stalwart, Johnson served
as dean of the Social Sciences Division (1960–1970), economics
chair (1971–1975 and 1980–1984), and provost (1975–1980).
He also served as acting director of the University Library and
vice president and dean of the faculties, and he helped found the
Korean studies program in 1985, the same year he became director
of the economics program in the College, a position he held until
2002. Johnson also served for many years as president of the South
East Chicago Commission. Elected president of the American Economics
Association in 1999, he was a member of the National Academy of
Sciences, a frequent consultant to the World Bank, and an honorary
professor at Beijing University. In 2000 he received the University’s
Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. He is
survived by a daughter, a son, and four grandchildren.
Mark L. Krupnick,
professor emeritus in the Divinity School, died March 29 in Chicago
of Lou Gehrig’s disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
(ALS). He was 63. A scholar of New York Jewish intellectuals, Krupnick
was perhaps best known for his 1986 book Lionel Trilling and
the Fate of Cultural Criticism (Northwestern University Press).
The child of Yiddish-speaking immigrants, Krupnick was raised in
New Jersey. During college he took two years off to work for the
New York Post’s sports desk and frequent cafés
and bars in Greenwich Village, graduating from Harvard in 1962.
After earning his doctorate at Brandeis University, he was a Fulbright
scholar at the University of Cambridge. He taught at Smith College,
Boston University, the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee,
and the University of Illinois–Chicago before joining the
Divinity School in 1990. An inveterate essayist, Krupnick, diagnosed
with ALS in 2001, began writing about death and the obituary as
an art form. Weeks before his death he finished the manuscript for
an essay collection, Jewish Writing: The Deep Places of the
Imagination, to be published by the University of Wisconsin
Press. Survivors include his wife, Jean. K.
Carney, AM’84, PhD’86; son Joseph
Carney Krupnick, a Chicago graduate student in sociology;
his mother, and two sisters.
White Cockburn, a College recruiter and admissions officer
in the 1960s and 1970s, died March 2 in Lake Placid, FL. She was
91. During World War II she joined the Navy and was in the first
group of women officers in the Coast Guard. She spent 36 years as
a guidance counselor and teacher with the Montgomery County (MD)
public schools before joining the University. She lived in Rockville,
MD, from 1931 until the 1970s, when she moved to Florida.
Adolf Sprudzs, retired
foreign-law librarian, died February 12 in Chicago at age 80. Leaving
his native Latvia in 1935 Sprudzs attended law school in Tuebingen,
Germany, and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees
in economics and international relations from the Catholic University
of Louvain (Belgium). Moving to Chicago in 1956 he earned a library-science
degree from Rosary College (now Dominican University) and began
working as a law librarian, first at Northwestern University and
then at the University of Illinois, Urbana. He joined Chicago in
1967, retiring in 1999. A past president of the International Association
of Law Libraries, he received an honorary doctorate from the Latvian
Academy of Sciences (2001) for his work in helping to develop a
Latvian National Library in Riga and a distinguished-service award
from the American Association of Law Libraries (2000). Survivors
include his wife, Janina; two sons, Ugis Sprudzs,
AB’76, MAT’80, MBA’84, and Peteris
Sprudzs, AB’82, MBA’85; two daughters, including
Rita Sprudzs, AB’81; and six grandchildren.
Marie Louise Rosenthal,
a life member of the University Library Visiting Committee, died
March 20 in Tucson, AZ. She was 95. The lifelong Chicagoan’s
many philanthropies included the Field Museum, the Chicago Symphony
Orchestra, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Newberry Library,
as well as the University, where she funded a library book fund
and belonged to the Women’s Board. Survivors include a daughter,
seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Louise Mueller Phillips,
X’27, died February 21 in Los Altos, CA. She was 97.
A homemaker who worked part time as a bookkeeper and loved bridge
and travel, she was an accomplished pianist who first performed
in public in 1985; the last decades of her life included three piano
engagements each week. Survivors include a daughter and two grandsons.
Nancy Farley Wood, MAT’27,
an early feminist who worked on the Manhattan Project, died March
19 in Baroda, MI. She was 99. Trained as a teacher, the mother of
five was recruited to work on the Manhattan Project, helping to
design and build radiation detectors. In 1949 she founded the N.
Wood Counter laboratory, which supplied radiation detection-instruments
to scientists around the world, running the Hyde Park firm until
she retired at age 87. Active in feminist protests in the 1960s
and 1970s she served as the national secretary of the National Organization
for Women. Survivors include a son; three daughters, including Elizabeth
Wood Trimm, AB’51; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Gertrude Huebsch Gendel,
PhB’31, died February 2 in Chicago. She was 92. After
graduate studies in social work, she worked for more than 25 years
for the Illinois Bureau of Employment Security. In retirement Gendel’s
activities included work as a potter, a volunteer in Chicago preschools,
and a consumer advocate for radio station WBBM. Survivors include
a sister-in-law, a niece, and a nephew.
Esther Feuchtwanger Tamm,
PhB’33, of Atlanta, died March 25 at age 90. The retired
teacher majored in French at Chicago, where she was one of the first
Hutchins scholars, president of the Women’s Athletic Association,
and a tennis champion. Among survivors are a son, Sidney
Tamm, PhD’66; two daughters; and two grandchildren,
including Ingrid Tamm-Grudin, AB’93.
Lewis G. Groebe, AB’34,
JD’35, an attorney specializing in corporate law and
savings & loans, died October 6 in Palm City, FL. He was 89.
After graduation Groebe joined the law firm of Ungaro and Sherwood
and rose to partner. Enlisting in the Army in 1944, he fought in
Europe during WW II, receiving a Bronze Star and Presidential Unit
Citation. He is survived by a daughter; two sons; and six grandchildren.
(This corrects an item in the April/02 issue.—Ed.)
Byron S. Miller, AB’35,
JD’37, an attorney who helped write legislation that
created the Atomic Energy Commission, died March 3 in La Jolla,
CA. After working for the federal office of War Mobilization and
Reconversion during WW II, Miller became an attorney for the American
Jewish Congress in Chicago. As a managing partner at the law firm
of D’Ancona & Pflaum, he continued to do volunteer work
for the American Jewish Congress and the American Civil Liberties
Union. Among survivors are his wife, Jeanette
Rifas Miller, AB’36, JD’37; three daughters,
including Theresa Miller, AB’63;
two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Norman Panama, AB’36,
screenwriter and director, died January 13 in Los Angles. He was
88. With Melvin Frank, PhB’34, Panama was part of a comedy
writing team that began with radio and vaudeville sketches. During
WW II Panama wrote for American Armed Forces radio. After the war
he and Frank moved to film, and their credits included Road
to Utopia (1945), Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
(1948), and (with Norman Krasna) White Christmas (1954).
The team also wrote and produced the book for the Broadway musical
L’il Abner. Survivors include a son and a daughter.
Delphi Elizabeth Snow,
AM’38, a retired language teacher, died February 1
in Oak Park, IL. She was 90. After graduating from Oberlin College
in 1934, Snow taught for a year in a French school north of Paris.
She then began a 32-year career teaching French and English at Glenbard
High School in Glen Ellyn, IL. She enjoyed bridge, golf, and the
arts, and in 1995 she became a charter member of Women Leaders in
Philanthropy, a group helping to develop the unrestricted endowment
of the Oak Park–River Forest Community Foundation. Survivors
include two nephews, a niece, and a grandniece.
H. Marvin Daskal, SB’40,
MD’42, of Stratford, CT, died February 9. He was 83.
A physician who served in the European theater during WW II, he
had a private practice in Chicago for many years, then served as
chief of staff and assistant chief of staff at Veterans Administration
hospitals in Chicago, Connecticut, and Brooklyn. Survivors include
his wife, Fern; a daughter, Diane D. Rubin,
AB’67, a son; a brother, Melvin
H. Daskal, PhB’45, MBA’47; and four grandchildren.
Joseph Wells Bishop, MBA’41,
died February 16 in Doylestown, Pa. He was 90. After earning a degree
in hospital administration at Chicago, he served as a lieutenant
in the Army Medical Administration Corps during WW II. He spent
his career in Pennsylvania, serving as superintendent of Wyoming
Valley Hospital, director of the Community Medical Center in Scranton,
and as assistant executive director at Abington Memorial Hospital.
Active in many professional associations, he was a past president
of the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania. Survivors include his
wife, Emily; a son, a daughter, two sisters, and three grandchildren.
Robert W. Jamplis, SB’41,
MD’44, died February 3 in Woodside, CA, at age 82.
Jamplis, whose U of C schooling began as a Lab Schools kindergartner,
was a member of the Maroons’ last Big Ten football team. Following
service in a naval hospital during WW II, he earned a master’s
in surgery and surgical pathology from the University of Minnesota.
After a 1952–54 tour of duty as a naval lieutenant in the
Pacific, he joined the Palo Alto Medical Clinic as a general and
thoracic surgeon. A longtime clinical professor of surgery at Stanford
University, Jamplis lobbied to change California law to permit not-for-profit
foundations to support medicine. Named the executive director of
the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in 1966, he retired as its president
and CEO in 1999. Survivors include his wife, Cynthia, a son, a daughter,
three stepsons, and five grandchildren.
Allen N. Wiseley III, SB’42,
MD’44, a retired physician, died March 8. He was 81.
In 1941 Wiseley captained the last golf team fielded by the University.
For more than 40 years he practiced medicine in Missoula, MT. Survivors
include his wife, Marceil, and three sons.
Lawrence J. Bates, SB’43,
died February 11 in Huntington, NY. He was 81. After serving as
a naval officer in the Pacific during WW II, he earned a degree
in naval architecture and marine engineering from the University
of Michigan. In 1951 he began a 35-year career at the American Bureau
of Shipping, including 13 years in London, where he helped develop
the rules governing the hull construction of super tankers; he retired
as executive vice president in 1986. Bates, who began to race small
sailboats in 1954, was active in U.S. and U.K. class associations
for 35 years, belonging to several yacht clubs. Survivors include
two sons and his companion, Mary H. McLaughlin.
Virginia Butts Berger,
AB’44, a public-relations executive, died February
2 in Chicago. She was 80. Her career in public relations began in
1946 and included writing and on-air appearances at WBBM-TV; in
1963 she became director of public relations for Field Enterprises,
which owned the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Daily News, and WFLD-TV;
in 1974 she was named vice president, continuing in the post until
1984. Trained in ballet, she did daily barre exercises until 2000.
Her husband, Jack Berger, SB’44, MD’46, died in 2001.
Albert R. Hibbs, SM’47,
a space scientist, died February 24 in Pasadena, CA. He was 78.
Hibbs, who earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the
California Institute of Technology, joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
in 1950 as a research engineer. System designer for Explorer I,
he served as a NASA spokesperson, explaining space flight to the
public, a role that led to a Peabody Award–winning job as
host of the 1960s NBC children’s program Exploring.
Author of many scientific papers and two textbooks, he cowrote an
undergraduate text with his friend Nobel laureate Richard Feynman,
and he wrote a foreword to Feynman’s 1985 book, Surely
You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! Survivors include his wife,
Marka; a daughter, a son, a stepdaughter, a stepson, and three grandchildren.
Kirk Sattley, PhB’47,
SB’50, a computer scientist in Wakefield, MA, died
in August 2002. He was 74. After serving with the U.S. Army Intelligence
Corps in Germany, he traveled for two years before returning to
the U of C, where he spent the next five years as a computer programmer.
In 1961 Sattley joined a new systems software company, working first
in “syntax-directed” compiler design and later on programming
environments for the computer language ADA. His hobbies included
amateur radio, flying single- and multi-engine aircraft, traveling,
classical music, reading, and following televised international
news in German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Russian. Survivors
include his wife, Joanne, and a son.
Robert E. Lamitie, AB’48,
of Leadville, CO, died January 26. He was 76. Lamitie served in
the U.S. Navy in WW II and Korea. A specialist in education planning
and finance who had a master’s in education from Springfield
(MA) College and a doctorate from Teacher’s College, Columbia
University, he held teaching and administrative positions in New
York and Massachusetts. He also served as New York State’s
assistant commissioner of education (1972–84) and Connecticut’s
associate commissioner of education (1984–88). In retirement
he taught English in China for five years. He volunteered with the
National Ski Patrol for more than 30 years and was active in the
Democratic Party, a member of the Lions Club, and an ambassador
at Ski Cooper. Survivors include his wife, Margaret; a son; three
daughters; four grandchildren; and a sister.
Marshall Pattullo, SB’48,
MD’52, an orthopaedic surgeon, died February 1. He
was 81. Originally a member of the Class of 1943, he interrupted
his studies to train with the Naval Air Corps during WW II. From
1957 until 1977 he practiced at Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids,
MI. He then worked for 20 years as a medical consultant in legal
cases. An epicure who found local restaurants wanting, from 1974
to 1979 he ran his own, Pattullo’s, in Rockford (MI) with
his wife as chef. A volunteer with Senior Neighbors and the Kent
County Literacy Council, he also served on the Grand Rapids Library
Foundation. Among survivors are his wife, Josephine Wiener Pattullo;
six children, including Amy Pattullo, AM’82;
two brothers, including Edward Pattullo, AB’49;
13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Robert C. Spiker, SM’48,
of Virginia Beach, VA, died December 8. He was 81. A retired lieutenant
colonel in the U.S. Army, Spiker majored in chemistry and physics
at West Virginia University and received his master’s in nuclear
physics from the U of C. The WW II and Korean War veteran received
the Silver and Bronze Star as well numerous other awards and commendations
including the Purple Heart and the Croix de Guerre Medal. After
leaving the military, he worked for the U. S. Civil Service as a
research analyst, retiring in 1986 to Albuquerque, N.M. An avid
bridge player, he was awarded a life master certificate. Survivors
include his wife, Dorothy, a daughter, two sons, two stepdaughters,
a sister, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Harmon Craig, PhB’49,
SM’50, PhD’51, a pioneer in chemical oceanography,
died March 14 in La Jolla, CA. He was 76. Entering the University
in 1943, he served in the U.S. Navy during WW II and did research
at the Enrico Fermi Institute until 1955, when he joined the Scripps
Institution of Oceanography. Over the next 47 years he led scientific
expeditions to Tibet, Polynesia, and the Great Rift Valley in East
Africa. In 1969 Craig helped demonstrate that the isotope helium-3,
trapped in the Earth’s interior at the time of its formation,
was being released from mid-ocean volcanoes and sea-floor spreading
centers. He participated in the Geochemical Ocean Sections Study,
a global investigation launched in 1970 that produced the most complete
set of ocean chemistry data ever collected. He also showed that
the atmosphere’s methane content has doubled over the past
300 years—reinforcing evidence of the greenhouse effect. A
member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National
Academy of Sciences, he was the first geochemist to win the Balzac
Prize (1998), and he received the V. M. Goldschmidt Medal of the
Geochemical Society and the Arthur L. Day Medal of the Geological
Society of America. His honorary degrees include one awarded during
Chicago’s Centennial celebration. Survivors include his wife,
Valerie Kopecky Craig, MBA’48;
three daughters; a brother, John R. Craig
III, PhB’49, SM’50; and four grandchildren.
Eugene Fox, X’49,
an immunologist turned yacht broker, died February 24 in Kensington,
CA. He was 75. As part of a Chicago research team in the late 1960s
and early 1970s, Fox developed a vaccine for strep throat—an
approach that lost out to cheaper antibiotics. In 1978 he joined
Cutter Laboratories’ vaccine division. Upon retirement he
and a partner bought and refurbished a sailboat, which they then
sold, and in 1985 Fox, a lifelong sailor, went into boat brokering
full time. Survivors include his wife, Eloise, a daughter, a son,
two grandchildren, and a sister.
Esther Milner, PhD’49,
professor emerita at Brooklyn College, died February 24 in Hudson,
NY. She was 84. Born in Alberta, she was a member of the Canadian
civil service during World War II. After receiving her doctorate
from the Committee on Human Development she taught at Atlanta University,
the University of Alberta, and Brooklyn College. The author of three
books, including The Failure of Success: The American Crisis
in Values (1959), she wrote pioneering papers on reading readiness
and parental interaction, social irresponsibility among those in
higher-status occupations, and citizen-scientist collaboration.
A visiting fellow in Scotland and Tasmania, Milner retired in 1976
to Hudson, where she was active in music societies, environmental
causes, and the local library. She also established scholarship
funds at several institutions, including the University and Bard
Ruth Rudys Ferro, AB’50,
a retired librarian and teacher, died March 7. She was 72. (Friends
also knew Ferro as Ruth Rudys Krisciunas and Ruth Rudys Abbate.)
After earning a master’s in library science from Rosary College
(now Dominican University) in 1970, she worked for the LaGrange
Public School District in suburban Chicago. When she retired in
1995 she taught English as a second language and enjoyed line dancing,
the theater, and the Lyric Opera. Survivors include three sons,
including Kevin Krisciunas, AM’76;
a stepdaughter; stepson; and four grandchildren.
Helena Znaniecka Lopata,
PhD’54, a sociologist known for her pioneering studies
of homemakers, died February 12 in Milwaukee. She was 77. Born in
Poland to an American mother and a Polish father, as a teenager
she and her mother spent time in a Nazi concentration camp before
they were allowed to join her father, a sociologist at the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1969 she joined the sociology
department at Loyola University Chicago; two years later her groundbreaking
work, Occupation Housewife, was published. Lopata also
studied widows, grief, loneliness, aging, families, and gender,
and did research in Egypt, South Asia, the Middle East, Mexico,
India, and Hungary. Named Loyola faculty member of the year in 1975,
she was a past president of groups including Sociologists for Women
in Society and the Illinois Sociological Association. Survivors
include a daughter, a son, and three grandchildren.
Alvin W. Skardon, AM’47,
PhD’60, a retired history professor, died October 2
in Charleston, SC. He was 89. Skardon, who served in the Army during
WW II and was captured during the Battle of the Bulge, was an adviser
to International House students (1949–1955) while at Chicago.
An urban historian, he was professor of history at Youngstown University
and a visiting professor at Louisiana State University. Survivors
include a stepson and a stepdaughter, a sister, and two brothers.
Hoda J. Kaplan, AB’66,
AM’68, AM’78, died August 21 from injuries suffered
in an automobile accident. She was 57. While a graduate student
in the Committee on Social Thought she taught at the University
of Illinois, the University of Chicago, and the Urban Skills Institute.
In 1978 she joined Chicago’s Department of Public Works; as
a liaison with the subway renovation program, she discovered her
passion for subways. In 1984 she moved to Brooklyn, NY, and worked
for the NYC Metropolitan Transit Authority, responsible for long-range
planning on IRT line construction projects. Kaplan, who learned
to sail with the American Youth Hostel program in Chicago, racing
in Lake Michigan and teaching sailing with AYH, was captain of the
Sunnyside, a cat boat she co-owned and moored in Long Island
Sound; for 15 years she volunteered on the restoration crew of the
South Street Seaport Museum’s Watertree, a full-rigged
ship built in 1885. She also volunteered at a soup kitchen and a
shelter for homeless women in Brooklyn. She is survived by her sister,
Laura K. Kaplan, AB’69. (This corrects an item
in the December/02 issue.—Ed).
Michael C. Weinberg, PhD’67,
died of cancer in December in Tucson, AZ. A professor in materials
science and engineering at the University of Arizona, he specialized
in the field of ceramics, including the nucleation and crystallization
of glasses. Survivors include his wife, Joan.
Patricia Ann Schwalm, PhD’81,
of Shabbona, IL, died November 29. She was 53. After receiving her
degree in evolutionary biology, she taught at Chicago for a year
as an instructor. In more recent years she was the proprietor of
the Vast Vaseland Antiques, specializing in American art pottery.
Active in the Garden Clubs of Illinois and other environmental organizations,
she was also a horsewoman, competing in endurance races and horse
shows on her two Morgan horses. She is survived by her husband,
Peter Dordal, SB’78, AM’78;
her son and daughter and their father; her brother and sister, and
Anthony G. Kalinoswki,
PhD’82, of Belmont, MA, died February 9 in a diving
accident off Cape Ann, MA. He was 51 and an instructor in psychology
in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Survivors
include his wife, Barbara, two daughters, a brother and a sister,
and his mother.
Loren Butler Feffer, PhD’92,
died of cancer January 20 in Long Branch, NJ. She was 40. An independent
scholar and musician, she had been a lecturer in history and sociology
of science at the University of Pennsylvania and a postdoctoral
fellow at the IEEE Center at Rutgers University. With a bachelor’s
degree from Princeton University and a master’s from the University
of Michigan, both in mathematics, she wrote widely on the history
and philosophy of science, especially the history of mathematics,
and her articles appeared in ISIS, Historical Studies
in the Physical Sciences, Historia Mathematica, and Spectrum. She
played violin for the Monmouth (NJ) Symphony Orchestra. Survivors
include her husband, Stuart Feffer, AB’88,
her parents, a brother, and a sister.