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Bernard Drell, PhB’31, AM’34, PhD’39, a social science professor at the University for 11 years and a retired chief historian for the Central Intelligence Agency, died January 12 at age 87. While with the CIA, Drell studied Soviet economic institutions. When he retired in 1978, Drell became financial director of his condominium building. He is survived by his wife, Lula Cherry Drell, AM’42, and a sister, Alice R. Drell, AB’39, AM’42.

Theodore W. Schultz, winner of the 1979 Nobel Memorial Prize in economic sciences and the C. L. Hutchinson professor emeritus at the University, died February 26 in Evanston, IL. He was 95. Schultz introduced the “human capital” concept, arguing that education increased the nation’s productivity. The pioneering agricultural economist also emphasized the importance of farmers to the country’s economy. During WWII, Schultz, then the chair of Iowa State College’s economics department, made the unpopular suggestion that margarine replace butter for consumer purposes. He joined the U of C in 1943, where he chaired the economics department from 1946 to 1961, helping to develop the Chicago School of economics.


Ragnar O. Moline, PhB’25, a Lutheran minister, died on February 3, 1997, at age 94. Formerly a pastor in Michigan, Indiana, and Chicago, he led Salem Lutheran Church in Rockford, IL, for nearly 20 years, helping to establish the town’s Luther Center and its Center for the Sight & Hearing Impaired. The Northern Illinois Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America recognized Moline in 1994 for his 65 years in ministry. Among survivors are three sons, including Norman T. Moline, AM’66, PhD’70, and seven grandchildren.

Allen S. Weller, PhB’27, PhD’42, dean emeritus of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois, died November 16 at age 90. Weller chaired the U of I’s art department (1948–54) and directed its Krannert Art Mu-seum. Before joining Illinois in 1947, Weller taught at the University of Missouri. He was a charter member of the Illinois Arts Council. Survivors include his wife, Rachel Fort Weller, PhB’27, AM’28, and three children, including Judith Weller Harvey, X’52.

Conrad J. Bergendoff, PhD’28, president emeritus of Augustana College, died December 23 in Rock Island, IL. He was 102. As Augustana’s president (1932–1962), Bergendoff doubled enrollment and oversaw major new construction. Both Augustana’s fine-arts building and its first endowed professorship are named for him. Bergendoff was honored by the Luther Institute with its Wittenberg award for lifetime achievement and by the Church of Sweden with its medal of honor. He was named a Commander of the First Class in the Order of the North Star by the King of Sweden. Survivors include his son, Conrad L. Bergendoff, AM’48, and two daughters.

Dorothy Carter Snow, PhB’29, a homemaker who broadcast radio cooking shows for Mc-Cormick Spices, died November 26 in Boulder, CO. She was 89. Survivors include a nephew and a great-nephew.


Irene Heineck McAdam, PhB’30, a foreign-language teacher, died December 12 at age 88. McAdam taught French and Latin at the Samuel Ready School for Girls (MD) for 22 years. Survivors include two sons; a sister, Aimee Heineck Rupert, PhB’28, AM’30; and three grandchildren.

Paul Rudnick, SB’30, PhD’36, died in his Los Alamos, NM, home at age 86 on January 12, eight days after the death of his wife, Jessie Weed Rudnick, SB’35, SM’36. An astronomer and physicist, he worked at MacDonald Observatory in Texas and taught at the University of Texas at Austin before joining RCA Laboratories in Princeton, NJ, and Farnsworth Electronics Co. in Fort Wayne, IN. After 13 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Rudnick concluded his career at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, retiring in 1977. He is survived by two sons, a daughter, and four grandchildren.

Benjamin Greenstein, PhB’31, AM’33, a retired chief of research and statistics for the bureau of employment security in Chicago’s labor department, died August 5 at age 88. The WWII Army veteran is survived by his wife, Muriel; his daughter, Phyllis Greenstein Willard, MBA’86; his son; two brothers; and four grandchildren.

M. Lorraine Lee Larson, X’33, of Chilton, WI, died November 15 at age 87. From 1962 until 1975, she worked in Wisconsin state adoption services; after retiring, she traveled to Korea to escort orphans to homes in the U.S. Head of many local civic and charitable organizations, Larson also taught English to Hmong immigrants and delivered for Meals On Wheels. Survivors include husband Alpheus; a daughter; two sons; a brother; and eight grandchildren.

Mary Schultz Norris, PhB’33, died in Evanston, IL, on January 13. She is survived by a son, a daughter, and six grandchildren.

Robert H. O’Brien, LLB’33, a retired movie executive who shepherded the filming of Doctor Zhivago and 2001: A Space Odyssey, died October 6 in Seattle. He was 93. Before joining Paramount Pictures in 1945, O’Brien had a legal career with the government. He eventually became executive vice president of ABC–Paramount Theatres, then treasurer and vice president of Metro Goldwyn Mayer, ending his career as MGM’s president. Retiring in 1970, he was active with educational institutions and religious organizations. Among survivors is his wife, Minna.

Jessie Weed Rudnick, SB’35, SM’36, a scientist who also helped establish New Mexico’s first farmers’ market in Los Alamos, died January 4, eight days before the death of her husband, Paul Rudnick, SB’30, PhD’36. She was 84. Rudnick worked at MacDonald Observatory in Texas and Palmer Physics Laboratory in New Jersey before becoming a computer programmer at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. While working with the National League of Women Voters, she advised the Environmental Protection Agency on the Clean Water Act. Survivors include two sons, a daughter, and four grandchildren.

Dorothy Turner MacDonald, AB’37, died December 28 at age 81. Employed by the U.S. Censor’s Office during WWII, MacDonald taught in Chicago and Maryland, later becoming a medical receptionist. Having lived in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Brazil, she retired to Bradenton, FL, in 1982. Survivors include her husband, Charles; three sons; and three grandchildren.

Edith Lunn Rafter, PhB’37, died December 30 at age 92. The philanthropist supported Religious Community Service, Habitat for Humanity, the League of Women Voters, the Sierra Club, and the Democratic party.

Lawrence A. Solberg, MD’37, died July 24 at age 91. In WWII, he was a captain and flight surgeon in the 112th Army Air Force. He then entered private practice in Madera, CA, retiring in 1978. Survivors include his daughter, his son, and five grandchildren.

C. Gregg Geiger, AB’38, MBA’46, a retired marketing executive for Johns Manville, Borg-Warner, and the Lionel Corporation, died December 10 at age 81. In retirement, he served on local and state emergency-medicine committees in Florida. The WWII bomber pilot is survived by his wife, Dorothy Frech Geiger, AB’46; four daughters; a sister, Janet Geiger Kohrman, AB’40, AM’49, a senior lecturer emeritus in the SSA; and three grandchildren.

Frederick B. Lindstrom, AB’38, AM’41, PhD’50, a professor emeritus of sociology at Arizona State University, died January 8 at age 82. An expert in demography as well as the history of jazz, Lindstrom taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst before joining ASU in 1953. He received a distinguished-achievement award from ASU’s College of Liberal Arts in 1994. Survivors include his wife, Laura; his daughter, Naomi E. Lindstrom, AB’71; two sons; and three grandchildren.

Robert H. Mohlman, AB’39, JD’41, a vice president of Inland Container Corporation for 20 years, died December 26 at age 79. After leaving Inland, he worked for Ball Corporation in Muncie, IN, for 22 years, retiring as CFO in 1988. Mohlman was a board member and trustee of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Among survivors are his wife, Ina; two sons, including Robert P. Mohlman, AB’66; two brothers; and three grandchildren.


Elizabeth Beach Keller, SB’40, a professor emeritus of biochemistry and molecular and cell biology at Cornell University, died December 20 at age 79. From 1949 to 1965, she conducted research on protein synthesis at Harvard, MIT, and Cornell. Joining Cornell in 1965, Keller worked with Robert Holley on a study of transfer-RNA’s structure, winning Holley the Nobel Prize. Keller’s later research focused on cancer-causing genes. She is survived by her husband, Leonard, and two sisters.

Sigrid P. Stearner, SB’41, SM’42, PhD’46, an Argonne National Laboratory researcher who studied the effects of ionizing radiation, died in her Naperville, IL, home on November 17 at age 78. Stearner gained world recognition for defining dose-rate effects of X rays on vertebrates. An activist for women and the disabled, she had cerebral palsy and, as president of the Illinois Independent Living Center, helped establish the independent-living movement for the disabled.

Erling B. Struxness, MD’45, died in Aurora, CO, on December 23. He was 82. He practiced medicine in Hutchinson, KS, before entering government emergency-medical services, from which he retired in 1973. Struxness was a medical officer in Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and the U.S. during the Korean Conflict. Survivors include a son, two daughters, a stepson, two brothers, four sisters, and seven grandchildren.

John W. Hanni, MD’46, a Chicago-area psychiatrist, died December 5 at age 75. Joining Rush-Presbyterian–St. Luke’s Medical Center in 1954, he helped plan the reopening of Rush Medical School in 1969. Ten years later, he joined the Hinsdale Hospital staff and started a private practice. Survivors include his wife, Lillian; a son; two stepdaughters; two stepsons; two sisters; and 15 grandchildren.

Charles G. Leonard, MBA’48, founder of a manufacturer’s-representative business that he managed for 40 years, died December 6 at age 78. A civic leader and volunteer, Leonard was a past president of the Kankakee County (IL) Historical Society, a board member of the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra Association Foundation, and a member of the Masons, the Shriners, and a local Methodist church. He is survived by his wife, Janet.

James C. Price, X’48, died December 30 at age 80. While in the U.S. Army from 1949 to 1957, Price served in Korea and became a captain. Settling in Santa Cruz, CA, he tutored high-school students in chemistry and math, also helping to found the parish Our Lady Star of the Sea. He is survived by a cousin, C. G. (“Buddy”) Godard.

Jarlath J. Graham, AB’49, a former editor of Advertising Age and vice president of Crain Communications, died January 24 at age 78. As Advertising Age editor (1969–1975), Graham expanded its coverage of Washington, DC, and of the federal government’s increasing regulation of the advertising industry. He later directed Crain’s editorial development and wrote a marketing column for Crain’s Chicago Business. Survivors include his daughter, Carol.


Rolf W. Brandis, PhB’50, an award-winning short-film and television producer who also founded an acting workshop, died January 20 in his Evanston, IL, home. He was 67. His workshops attracted hundreds of actors in the 1970s and 1980s. Brandis later coordinated philosophy and film classes at Northwestern University’s Institute for Learning in Retirement. Survivors include his wife, Marlene; son Alan D. Brandis, AB’77; two daughters; and two grandchildren.

Don E. Fehrenbacher, AM’48, PhD’51, a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian, died December 13 in Stanford, CA, at age 77. His book The Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in American Law and Politics, won a Pulitzer in 1979, while David M. Potter’s The Impending Crisis: 1848–1861—which Fehrenbacher edited and finished after Potter’s death—won in 1977. In 1984, Fehrenbacher retired from Stanford University as the William Robertson Coe professor of history and American studies. Survivors include his wife, Virginia; a son; two daughters; a sister; two brothers; and eight grandchildren.

Louis Gluck, MD’52, a pediatrician and creator of the modern intensive-care unit for newborns, died November 29 in Laguna Hills, CA, at age 73. Gluck also developed a test to determine whether a fetus’s lungs are mature. Survivors include his wife, Gloria; three sons; a daughter; and five grandchildren.

Richard F. Pannabecker, PhD’57, a professor emeritus of biology at Bluffton College in Ohio, died October 24 at age 75. After seven years at Ohio Northern University, he taught at Bluffton for 32 years. Pannabecker was also a shop manager, active Mennonite, and former Boy Scout master. Survivors include his wife, Wanda; four sons; a daughter; a brother; a sister; and six grandchildren.

Leslie I. Poste, PhD’58, an antiquarian bookseller and former SUNY–Geneseo professor of library and information science, died July 23, 1996, at age 77. While in the U.S. Army, Poste helped return art and archives seized by Germany during WWII to their countries of origin. He taught at the Universities of Kentucky and Denver before joining SUNY–Geneseo (1958–78), then sold books full time. Survivors include his wife, Virginia Lloyd Poste, AM’49, and a daughter.

Peggy Craig Rast, AM’58, a former librarian, died January 11. She was 64. Rast worked in San Francisco’s Mechanics Institute Library, as well as the World Book Encyclopedia Library and the Ryerson Library of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is survived by her husband, Carlisle L. Rast, AM’57, and a sister.

John P. Raynor, PhD’59, a Jesuit priest and Marquette University’s 20th president, died November 14 in Milwaukee at age 74. During his 25 years as president—Marquette’s longest presidential term—the university’s enrollment increased, its campus grew, and its financial status improved. He was named university chancellor in 1991. Survivors include four sisters and two brothers.


Julian L. Simon, MBA’58, PhD’61, an economist and business-administration professor at the University of Maryland, died February 8 at age 65. Simon argued that the earth’s resources were not being overconsumed and that people would find solutions to prevent future poverty, hunger, and overcrowding. In the 1970s, Simon persuaded airlines to handle overbooking by asking volunteers to disembark in exchange for a free ticket. Survivors include his wife, Rita James Simon, PhD’57; two sons; a daughter; and a grandchild.

David J. Simkin, SB’62, a physical chemistry professor at McGill University in Montreal for 30 years, died July 14. His research interests included laser spectroscopy of rare earth materials, and his hobbies included breeding award-winning Siberian huskies. A former post- doctoral fellow in the U of C’s James Franck Institute, Simkin is survived by his wife and two children.

Harold H. Buls, AM’57, PhD’70, a retired professor at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN, died September 5 at age 77. Buls taught at several other colleges and wrote a series of exegetical notes for pastors on the New Testament. A missionary in Nigeria and Russia, Buls was honored in 1997 by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Board for Mission Services. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; three sons; and a daughter.