Bernard S. Cohn,
a professor of anthropology, died November 25 in Chicago. He was
75. An expert on the British Raj, Cohn came to the University as
a postdoctoral fellow in 1957, joining the faculty in 1964. A past
chair of the anthropology department (1969–72), he was elected
to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998. Survivors
include his wife, Rella Israly, AM’73,
PhD’95; three daughters; a son; a brother; and two
Francis H. Dowley, AM’41,
PhD’53, an art historian, died December 5 in Chicago.
He was 87. A WW II naval officer, Dowley held fellowships in New
York and Paris before joining Chicago’s faculty in 1949. Earning
tenure in 1958 and a full professorship in 1978, he was an expert
on early-modern French art. Dowley belonged to the College Art Association
of America and La Société de l’Histoire de l’Art
Anton B. Burg, SB’27,
SM’28, PhD’31, a chemist, died November 19 in
Los Angeles. He was 99. Joining the University of Southern California
faculty in 1939, within a year Burg was named chair of the chemistry
department. An expert on boron, he synthesized several compounds
widely used in organic chemistry. Burg continued to do laboratory
research into his 90s. A bicycling enthusiast, he refused to drive.
Charles B. Cleveland, AA’38,
a journalist, died November 17 in Lake Forest, IL. He was 85. A
WW II lieutenant in the Army, Cleveland worked with the Chicago
Times and the United Press International before moving to the Chicago
Daily News. Former editorial director at WIND-AM and WBBM-Channel
2, he served nine years as deputy press secretary in the Illinois
attorney general’s office before retiring in 1995, the same
year he was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame. Survivors
include his wife, Jean; a daughter, Alyna Tung-Mei
Chien, AB’89, SM’95, MD’01; a son; and
Arthur Loewy, SB’40,
SM’42, MD’43, an otolaryngologist, died September
4 in Chicago. He was 85. A professor emeritus at the University
of Illinois at Chicago, Loewy also ran a local private practice.
Survivors include his wife, Rayna DeCosta Loewy,
AB’39, SM’40; a daughter, Susan
Lacoste, AB’68, AM’70; and two grandsons.
June Cover Wylie, SB’40,
a journalist, died June 28 in Chicago. She was 85. Wylie was a Kenilworth
reporter for Wilmette Life from the 1960s until her 1986 retirement.
Survivors include a son, Davod A. Wylie, U-High’62,
and a brother, John H. Cover Jr., SB’41.
John A. Crosby, SB’43,
a professor of geography, died October 4 in Fresno, CA. He was 82.
Serving in the Army during WW II, Crosby taught briefly at the Universities
of Washington and Toronto. In 1956 he moved to California and cofounded
Fresno State College’s geography department, retiring in 1991.
Survivors include his wife, Myrtle Oak; two daughters; two sons;
and five grandchildren.
Joan Augustus Dix, SB’43,
died November 20 in Whidbey Island, WA. She was 81. A physical therapist,
Dix also enjoyed genealogy, traveling several times to Ireland to
trace her family’s history. An avid quilter, in 1978 she received
a Good Housekeeping award for her Colorado Centennial quilt. Survivors
include two daughters, two sons, a sister, and five grandchildren.
Edgar W. Nelson, AB’43,
a marketing executive, died October 28 in Hilton Head, SC. He was
82. A WW II Navy veteran, Nelson practiced marketing with several
firms before establishing a construction business in 1976. After
suffering a stroke in 1979, he became a community activist for the
disabled. Nelson’s hobbies included umping local tennis matches
and painting. He is survived by a daughter; a son; ten grandchildren,
including Aaron M. Ackermann, AB’98;
and two great-grandchildren.
Haskell M. Block, AB’44,
a literature and philosophy professor, died November 7 in New York.
He was 80. A two-time Fulbright scholar, Block taught at several
New York institutions, including SUNY–Binghamton, Queens College,
Brooklyn College, and CUNY, where he established the graduate program
in comparative literature. Survivors include two daughters; a son,
Randall S. Block, AB’71; a sister; and five grandchildren.
William B. Hugle, PhB’46,
SB’57, inventor and entrepreneur, died October 13 in
Mesa, AZ. He was 76. Founding the semiconductor manufacturer Siliconix
with his wife Frances Sarnat Hugle, PhB’46,
SB’57, who died in 1968, Hugle was defeated in his
1972 bid for Congress. Moving to Europe in 1984 (after he was implicated
in a Cold War espionage scandal), he returned ten years later to
promote his company’s flat-panel display technology. Hugle
founded or cofounded 12 companies and held more than 30 patents.
Survivors include his second wife, Helga; three daughters; a son;
six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Sanford Cohn, JD’48,
a coffee executive, died August 14 in La Jolla, CA. He was 79. After
a stint practicing law, Cohn joined Superior Coffee and Tea, which
his father had founded more than 40 years earlier. Helping expand
the gourmet-coffee business, he was appointed president in 1973,
selling the company to Sara Lee in 1979. In retirement Cohn volunteered
with civic and charitable organizations. Survivors include his wife,
Phyllis; a daughter; three sons, including Stuart
A. Cohn, AB’75, MBA’77, JD’80; and six
Vivian Chaya Hannawalt,
AB’49, AM’54, a lawyer, died October 20 in San
Francisco. She was 72. Earning a law degree from Stanford in 1955,
Hannawalt clerked for an appellate court and was admitted to the
United States Supreme Court in 1970. After starting a private practice,
she joined the legal staff of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District,
retiring in 1991. Hannawalt then volunteered at the local library
and helped senior citizens prepare their tax returns. Survivors
include her husband, Willis D. Hannawalt, AB’49,
JD’54; two daughters; a son; a brother; and six grandchildren.
Robert D. Harper, AM’39,
PhD’49, an American-literature and theater professor,
died October 15 in Estes Park, CO. He was 90. A naval officer in
Alaska during WW II, Harper taught at the University of Nebraska,
Omaha, from 1948 to 1976, serving ten years as dean of the College
of Arts and Sciences. After retirement, he joined several Estes
Park community boards and reviewed theater for the local paper.
Survivors include a brother.
Robert G. Bartle, SM’48, PhD’51,
a mathematician, died September 18 in Ann Arbor, MI. He was 75.
A postdoctoral fellow at the Atomic Energy Commission, Bartle taught
at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for 35 years.
In 1990 he moved to Eastern Michigan University, retiring in 1998.
The author of 65 articles and ten textbooks, in 1997 Bartle received
one of the Mathematical Association of America’s highest honors
for his paper “Return to the Riemann Integral.” Survivors
include his wife Carolyn; two sons; a sister; and five grandchildren.
Harry B. Brown, AM’51,
died September 25 in Berkeley, CA. He was 88. Leaving his family’s
chicken farm, Brown joined Keystone Manufacturing Company to earn
money for flight lessons. An aerobatics instructor and WW II Air
Force veteran, after earning his Chicago degree he became an assistant
professor at the University of Iowa, moving in 1960 to the University
of California, Berkeley. In retirement he founded a B&B reservation
service. Survivors include his wife, Jean O’Leary
Brown, PhB’47; a daughter; two sons; and five grandchildren.
William B. Macomber Jr.,
AM’51, a diplomat and museum president, died November
19 in Nantucket, MA. He was 82. A Marine during WW II, Macomber
served in the CIA before moving to the State Department, where he
held several appointments, including ambassador to Jordan and Turkey,
until 1977. In 1978 he became president of the Metropolitan Museum
of Art in New York, retiring eight years later to teach social studies
and coach football at Nantucket High School. Survivors include his
wife, Phyllis, and a brother.
John F. Speer, PhD’51,
an English professor, died November 8 in Rochester, MN. In 1951
Speer joined the faculty of Iowa State University, where he taught
for 34 years. Active in the community library, he enjoyed travel
and music. Survivors include two daughters, two stepdaughters, a
stepson, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Pauline Cederberg Mainson,
AM’53, died September 29 in Berkeley, CA. She was 75.
An author and poet, Mainson had several careers, including investment
librarian, life-insurance agent, and landlord. Active in her church,
she participated in the Berkeley Property Owners Association and
the Dividends Unlimited Club. Survivors include two daughters, a
son, two brothers, a sister, and four grandchildren.
William P. Conway, MBA’55,
a business professor and college administrator, died October 22
in Hinsdale, IL. He was 78. Serving in both WW II and the Korean
War, Conway began teaching in the City Colleges of Chicago system
in 1965. President of Daley College from 1980 until his 1993 retirement,
he developed the institution’s vocational programs. Survivors
include his wife, Dolores; two daughters; two sons; and seven grandchildren.
Joel E. Segall, MBA’49,
AM’42, PhD’56, an economist and college president,
died October 9 in Branford, CT. He was 80. After serving in the
Air Force during WW II, Segall taught at the Graduate School of
Business for 20 years. In the 1970s he served as deputy assistant
secretary for tax policy in the Treasury Department, deputy undersecretary
for international affairs in the Department of Labor, and a consultant
to the Securities and Exchange Commission. In 1977 he became president
of Baruch College in New York. Survivors include his wife, Joan
Downey Segall, AB’58; a daughter; two sisters; and one grandson.
This entry corrects information published in a previous issue.
Richard G. Swift, AM’56,
a composer, died November 8 in Davis, CA. He was 76. After teaching
in the Army’s Third Armored Division Band School, Swift joined
the music department at University of California, Davis, serving
as chair (1963–71) and developing the artist-in-residence
program before his 1991 retirement. Recording on the Orion, NEW,
PNM, and CRI labels, he received several honors, including the American
Institute and Academy of Arts and Letters Award and the UC Davis
Distinguished Teaching Award. Survivors include three sons, three
sisters, and six grandchildren.
Blair Perkins Grumman,
AM’60, a community activist, died of multiple myeloma
November 6 in Chicago. She was 67. Joining the Childcare Center
of Evanston board in 1964, Grumman became director of the center’s
home day-care program in 1980 and executive director five years
later, developing a model day-care network. She retired in 1998.
Survivors include her husband, David; two daughters; a son; two
bothers; a sister; and three grandchildren.
David L. Auton, SB’62,
SM’64, PhD’69, a nuclear physicist, died of a
cerebral hemorrhage October 17 in Fairfax, VA. He was 64. Chief
of radiation policy and head of the human response office with the
Defense Nuclear Agency (now the Defense Special Weapons Agency),
Auton later moved to ITT Industries. Focusing on the effects of
nuclear weapons, he modeled strategies of population protection.
Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Cada Auton,
SB’62, MAT’66; a daughter; and a son.
Aase George, X’63,
a social worker, died August 4 in Lenexa, KS. She was 98. After
14 years of work in family agencies and at Ohio State University,
George joined the University of Kansas, where she helped its social-work
department develop into the School of Social Welfare. Recognized
as Social Worker of the Year by the local chapter of the National
Association of Social Workers in 1974, she retired soon thereafter.
Nicholas E. Monsour, JD’64,
a financial consultant, died of a heart attack July 12 in Powder
Springs, GA. He was 63. A Vietnam veteran, Monsour was a stockbroker
with Lehman Brothers. Active in his church, he also belonged to
the Smyrna Optimist Club. Survivors include his wife, Sarah; a son;
two stepsons; his mother; two sisters; and two grandchildren.
Carville V. Earle, PhD’73,
a geographer and anthropologist, died October 9 in Baton Rouge,
LA. He was 60. After 16 years at the University of Maryland, Baltimore,
Earle then chaired Miami University’s geography department
for five years before joining Louisiana State University. He wrote
four books and some 50 articles. Earle enjoyed coaching his children’s
basketball and baseball teams. Survivors include his wife, Mary
Louise; a daughter; and three sons.
Robert P. Bapes, MBA’75,
motivational speaker, died of kidney cancer November 11 in Oak Park,
IL. He was 57. After naval service in Vietnam, Bapes began a career
in marketing, later moving to corporate speaking. Adopting the moniker
“Idea Doc,” he also served as a business consultant
and seminar leader. An outdoorsman, Bapes enjoyed skiing, hiking,
and bicycling. Survivors include a daughter, his mother, and three
Steven L. Serfling, MBA’00,
died from motorcycle-accident injuries November 25 in Chicago. He
was 42. First selling advertising for a meat-processing industry
magazine, Serfling continued work with several trade associations,
joining the American Fence Association as executive director in
2002. Survivors include his wife, Paula; two daughters; his parents;
and a brother.