Irving B. Harris,
an executive and philanthropist, died September 25 in Chicago. He
was 94. A life trustee of the University, he was the chief benefactor
of the Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, which bears his
name. Harris, a graduate of Yale, founded the Toni Home Permanent
Company with his twin brother. After selling it in 1948, he chaired
the Pittway Corp. for 40-plus years; he also chaired the Liberty
Acorn mutual fund, stepping down in 2002. He was an advocate to
create Project Head Start in the 1960s, and his philanthropy included
helping to establish the Erikson Institute for Advanced Study in
Child Development, the Ounce of Prevention Fund, Millennium Park’s
Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, and the
Beethoven Project. Survivors include his wife, Joan; two daughters;
a son; a stepdaughter; two stepsons; a sister; ten grandchildren,
including Charles Polsky, MD’96,
and James H. Polsky, JD’92; and
Faculty & Staff
an economist who founded the field of law and economics, died September
11 in Los Altos Hills, CA. He was 102. Joining the University faculty
in 1946, Director applied microeconomic theories to legal analysis,
revolutionizing antitrust law along free-market lines. In 1958 he
founded the Journal of Law and Economics, and in 1965 he
left Chicago for Stanford’s Hoover Institution. Survivors
include a sister, Rose Director Friedman, PhB’32.
Moises G. Munoz,
a physicist, died September 13 in Orland Park, IL. He was 82. In
1959 Munoz moved from his native Spain to join the Enrico Fermi
Institute, studying experimental atomic physics; in 1968 he joined
Fermi’s astrophysics group, working with Chicago professor
John Simpson to design and test cosmic-ray instruments on Earth-orbiting
satellites and the Ulysses deep-space mission. He retired
in 1995. Survivors include his wife, Jacquie; a brother; and a sister.
Helen Harris Perlman,
the Samuel Deutsch distinguished service professor emeritus in the
School of Social Service Administration, died September 18 in Hyde
Park. She was 98. Perlman joined the Chicago faculty in 1945, after
earning a degree in English literature from the University of Minnesota
and a master’s in social work from Columbia. A leader in developing
the problem-solving approach known as the “Chicago School”
of social-work practice, she served on the editorial boards of
Social Work and the Journal of American Orthopsychiatry
and wrote numerous articles and eight books, including Social
Casework: A Problem-solving Process (1957). She also was a
published poet and short-story writer. Survivors include a son and
Harry V. Roberts, AB’43,
MBA’47, PhD’55, the Sigmund E. Edelstone professor
emeritus of statistics and quality management in the Graduate School
of Business, died August 14 in South Holland, IL. He was 81. A WW
II veteran, Roberts joined the U of C in 1949 as a statistics instructor,
rising to full professor ten years later. In 1997 he won the Alumni
Association’s Norman Maclean Faculty Award, recognizing his
46 years of contributions to teaching and campus life. Survivors
include his wife, June Hoover Roberts, SB’44;
a daughter; a son; and five grandchildren.
professor emeritus in the Biological Sciences Division, died August
30 in Hyde Park. He was 74. Joining the faculty in 1961, Yachnin
served as chief of the Hospitals’ hematology and oncology
section from 1972 to 1982; from 1990 until his 1996 retirement,
he chaired the University’s Pew Program for combined PhD/MD
students. He retired in 1996. Survivors include a daughter, a son,
and four grandchildren.
Elbert L. Little Jr., SM’29,
PhD’29, an expert on tree identification, died June
18 in Eugene, OR. He was 96. Chief dendrologist with the USDA Forest
Service in Washington, DC (1942–76), he wrote numerous books
on tree identification, including the National Audubon Society
Field Guide to Trees. Honored by the USDA, the Society of American
Foresters, and the Oklahoma Society of Scientists, he enjoyed world
travel and worked in many tropical countries. Survivors include
his wife, Ruby; two sons, a daughter, and four grandchildren.
Jay J. Stein, PhB’29,
an attorney, died August 6 in Los Angeles. He was 94. A WW II counterintelligence
interpreter, Stein practiced law in California for nearly 70 years.
He enjoyed tennis, fly fishing, and lawn bowling. Survivors include
a son, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Joseph T. Zoline, PhB’33,
JD’35, died September 23 in Beverly Hills, CA. He was
92. After practicing corporate law in Chicago, Zoline moved into
business. In 1968 he began developing the Colorado Rockies mining
town of Telluride into an elite ski resort, selling his shares in
1978. He is survived by two daughters, including Patricia
Zoline, AB’65; a son; and five grandchildren.
Louise Acker Roberts, AB’37,
AM’38, PhD’46, died October 2 in Oneonta, NY.
She was 86. The first woman to win the College’s Quantrell
award, Roberts taught English at Chicago during the 1940s. Her 67-year
career also included positions at City College of New York, City
University of New York, and State University of New York at Oneonta
(1984–2004). She is survived by two daughters, Ann
Roberts Harper, AM’70, and Mary
Roberts Sumner, AM’69; two sons; three brothers; seven
grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Geraldine Kidd Barbaras,
SB’40, PhD’46, a chemist and composer, died July
3 in Wilmington, DE. She was 84. After working at the University
on a Navy rocket-propellant project, Barbaras moved with her husband,
Glen D. Barbaras, PhD’49, to DuPont’s
Cleveland laboratory. In 1950 she retired to raise a family. She
later composed classical chamber music, organizing and presiding
over a professional chamber-music group. Survivors include her husband,
two sons, a daughter, and a brother.
Ralph E. Lapp, SB’40,
PhD’46, a physicist, died September 7 in Alexandria,
VA. He was 87. After time with the Manhattan Project and as assistant
director of Argonne National Laboratory, Lapp served as the lab’s
atomic-energy liaison to the armed services. He spent 50 years,
working first at the energy-management company QuadriScience Inc.
and then his own firm, Lapp Inc., advising the public on how to
protect itself from nuclear war while stressing the safety of nuclear
power. Survivors include his wife, Jeannette, and two sons.
Paul B. Newman, SB’40,
AM’54, PhD’58, a poet and English professor,
died August 18 in Charlotte, NC. He was 85. A WW II Army officer,
Newman taught at the University of Puerto Rico, Kansas State University,
and Queen’s College, where he chaired the humanities department.
Winner of the U of C’s John Billings Fiske Poetry Prize as
an undergrad, he went on to publish more than 300 poems. Survivors
include a daughter; a son; a brother, Murray
A. Newman, SB’49; and two grandchildren.
William E. Siri, SB’42,
a biophysicist and outdoorsman, died August 24 in Berkeley, CA.
He was 85. A member of the Manhattan Project, Siri joined the University
of California in 1945, doing research at Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory. An active climber, he was president of the national
Sierra Club (1964–66) and scaled Mount Everest three times.
Survivors include his wife, Jean; two daughters; and two grandchildren.
Irving T. Diamond, AB’43,
PhD’53, a psychology professor, died September 14 in
Durham, NC. He was 81. A WW II Army veteran, Diamond taught at Chicago
for a decade before moving to Duke University in 1958. A neuropsychologist
who studied the evolution of the primate brain and the function
and structure of the neocortex, he was the author of more than 100
papers and was named to the National Academy of Sciences in 1982.
Philip L. Small, X’43,
died September 6 in Chico, CA. He was 82. After reporting and editing
at the Berkeley Daily Gazette, Small joined Kaiser Aluminum
and Chemical’s public-relations department in 1954; he later
became Kaiser’s sales training manager, retiring in 1981.
Small also was a professional woodcarver, selling his wares in Bay
Area stores and galleries. Survivors include his wife, Audrey; a
daughter; a son; a sister; and three granddaughters.
Fay Horton Sawyier, AB’44,
PhD’64, died October 11 in Hyde Park. She was 80. An
expert on Hume, Sawyier taught philosophy at the Illinois Institute
of Technology (1964–88), chairing the department and founding
the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions. After retiring
from IIT, she taught at Indiana University, Northwest, and middle-school
math in Chicago. Recipient of a 1971 Alumni Service Citation, Sawyier
was president of the U of C Alumni Association (1967–70),
a reunion volunteer, and a member of the Women’s Board. Survivors
include a daughter, Terry S. Straus, AM’70,
PhD’76, professor of anthropology at the University;
three sons, including Michael T. Sawyier, JD’72;
a brother, John T. Horton, PhB’46; a sister; 12 grandchildren,
including Julianne Sawyier Migely, AB’91,
AM’02; and three great-grandchildren.
Jay Y. Roshal, PhB’48,
SB’49, SM’50, PhD’53, died July 12 in Arlington,
VA. He was 81. A biology professor, Roshal taught at the University
of Minnesota until his 1984 retirement. Survivors include his wife,
Hertha Googe Schlefer Roshal, PhB’49.
James D. Barber, AB’50,
AM’55, a political scientist, died September 12 in
Durham, NC. He was 74. An expert on the American presidential character,
Barber joined Duke University’s faculty in 1972, teaching
until his 1995 retirement. Survivors include his wife, Amanda; two
daughters; two sons; a brother; and two grandchildren.
Robert D. Cumming, PhD’50,
a philosophy professor, died August 25 in New York. He was 87. A
Rhodes Scholar, Cumming served in Europe during WW II. Teaching
at Columbia University from 1948 until his 1985 retirement, he chaired
the philosophy department from 1961 to 1964. His major work was
a four-volume study of the phenomenological movement, issued by
the University of Chicago Press. Survivors include his wife, Jeanne;
a daughter; a sister; and a grandson.
Herbert Garfinkel, AM’50,
PhD’56, an academic administrator, died September 27,
2003, in Peoria, IL. He was 83. The founding dean of James Madison
College at Michigan State University, Garfinkel also served as provost
and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Nebraska
at Omaha and the vice president for academic affairs at the University
of Louisville. Survivors include his wife, Evelyn; a daughter; a
son; and six grandchildren.
Marilyn Mendel Lichton,
AB’50, died September 2 in Honolulu. She was 74. Lichton
worked as a secretary in Stanford University’s physics department,
in the University of Hawaii’s tropical-medicine department,
and at Honolulu’s Temple Emanu-El. She cofounded the Hawaii
chapter of Hadassah. Survivors include her husband,
Ira J. Lichton, PhB’47, and a son.
William J. Browne, MD’51,
a physician, died August 11 near Pittsburgh. He was 89. One of the
first physicians to diagnose alcoholism as a medical problem, in
1955 Browne founded an outpatient treatment program at Pittsburgh’s
St. Francis Hospital, where he worked for more than 40 years. His
career also included posts with the Veterans Administration in Pittsburgh
and Woodville State Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Martha;
three daughters; and four grandchildren.
Walter Feit, AB’51,
SM’51, a mathematician known for his work in finite
group theory, died July 29 in Branford, CT. He was 73. In 1953 Feit
joined Cornell University’s faculty, moving in 1964 to Yale
University, where he served the mathematics department as director
of undergraduate studies, director of graduate studies, and chair.
Elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy
of Arts and Sciences, he also won the American Mathematical Society’s
Cole Prize in Algebra. Survivors include his wife, Sidnie; a daughter;
and a son.
Richard L. James, AB’51,
an obstetrician and gynecologist, died September 4 in Statesville,
NC. He was 73. After Army service in the late 1950s, James practiced
in Wisconsin and North Carolina, punctuated by a four-year return
to active military duty (1976–80). In 1984 he established
a private practice in King, NC. Survivors include his wife, Sue;
a daughter; two sons; a sister; and seven grandchildren.
Joan A. Krueger, AB’59,
AM’60, a civil-rights activist, died of cancer August
7 in Chicago. She was 66. Leaving a teaching post at Chicago’s
Washington High School to register Southern voters in 1964, Krueger
later returned to the city, where she joined local civil-rights
organizations. In the 1980s she became director of preceptorship
at the Chicago Area Health and Medical Careers Program and the Council
for Bio-Medical Careers, organizations aimed at increasing the number
of minorities in medical professions. Survivors include her mother,
a brother, and a sister.
Ruth Greenfield Surgal,
AB’60, AM’63, a social worker, died of an aneurysm
August 29 in Hyde Park. She was 66. A leader in Chicago’s
underground Abortion Counseling Service, code-named Jane, during
the 1960s and ’70s Surgal also spent nearly 20 years working
for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. In
the late 1970s she began to focus on pottery, teaching at a local
studio. Survivors include her husband, Joel
R. Surgal, MAT’70; two daughters; a son; a sister;
and a grandson.
Sarah Wallace Cogan, AB’66,
died of lung disease July 23 in Ypsilanti, MI. She was 59. As systems
librarian at Eastern Michigan University Cogan, who trained in classical
languages, adapted automated information technology to implement
a robotic storage system. Survivors include her husband, Marc R.
Cogan, AB’65, PhD’74; her father; and three sisters.
Janet Perloff Fossett,
AM’77, PhD’81, an expert on maternal and child
health, died of breast cancer August 29 in Albany, NY. She was 50.
After holding research positions at the American Academy of Pediatrics
and the Veterans Administration in Chicago, Fossett taught at the
University of Illinois. In 1989 she moved to Albany, where she joined
the University at Albany’s Schools of Social Welfare and Public
Health, where she became professor and associate dean for research.
Survivors include her husband, James; a son; her mother, and two
Justin L. Johnson, AB’83,
an attorney, died in a car accident August 21 in Atlanta. He was
41. After earning his law degree at Harvard at age 22, he practiced
law in Pittsburgh before moving to Georgia, where he worked for
Turner Broadcasting System and the law firm Alston & Bird before
joining Atlanta Life Financial Group as vice president and general
counsel. A board member of the Gate City Bar Association and the
Altanta Children’s Shelter, he also was active in such charities
as 100 Black Men of Atlanta and the United Way. Survivors include
his father, Justin M. Johnson, AB’54,
JD’62; his mother; a brother; and a sister.
Richard J. Winkle, AM’93, died
unexpectedly September 20 in Denver. He was 35. Survivors include
his wife, Ana L. Acena, AB’93,
and his parents.
Charles E. Clifton, AM’02,
an AIDS activist, died of a pulmonary embolism August 15 in Chicago.
He was 45. Promoting HIV/AIDS awareness, Clifton joined Chicago’s
Test Positive Aware Network in 1996, becoming its executive director
in 2002 and working with the Chicago Department of Public Heath
on several city initiatives. Survivors include his partner, Kurt