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Lawrence Z. Freedman, a professor emeritus in psychiatry, died October 6 in Hyde Park. He was 85. After teaching at Yale, Freedman joined the Chicago faculty in 1961. The next year he helped to write the Model Penal Code, which guided state legislatures in updating their mental-illness codes. After President Kennedy was shot, Freedman developed a psychological profile for assassins. He also delineated the psychiatrist’s courtroom role: to describe the mind of the defendant during a crime, but not to judge issues of responsibility and blame. He retired in 1985. Survivors include a daughter, four sons, and five grandchildren.

Edward D. Garber, a plant geneticist and ecologist, died October 9 in Chicago. He was 86. Garber specialized in the genetics of anther smut, a fungus that changes the sex expression of its host plant. He advised the Israeli fisheries industry and developed a genetics curriculum for Chicago’s public schools. After Army service, Garber joined the faculty in 1953, earning a Quantrell Award in 1982 and retiring in 1988 a professor emeritus. Survivors include his wife, Rosalie; two daughters; a son; and two grandchildren.

Langdon Gilkey, the Shailar Mathews professor emeritus in the Divinity School, died November 19 in Charlottesville, VA. He was 85. In 15 books and hundreds of articles, Gilkey, son of the Rev. Charles Gilkey, the first dean of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, explored the meaning of religion in an increasingly secular age. Before joining the faculty in 1963, he was caught in Japanese territory while teaching English in China, spending two years during the war in an internment camp and later writing a book on the experience. Gilkey studied under theologian Reinhold Niebuhr and was known as one of the foremost Niebuhr scholars. He publicly opposed Christian fundamentalist attacks on science, while arguing against a purely secular view of meaning and truth. Survivors include his wife, Sonja; a daughter; a son; and a grandson.

Howard Moltz, a psychologist, died November 26 in Chicago. He was 77. A developmental biochemist, Moltz was an expert on pheromones and how the brain affects male sexuality, showing that maternal pheromones in rats help attract and protect nursing pups and that sexual orientation in men is linked to brain metabolism. Joining the faculty in 1970, Moltz helped organize the Committee on Jewish Studies. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn; three daughters; and seven grandchildren.

Melba Phillips, a physicist, died November 8 in Petersburg, IN. She was 97. As a doctoral student at the University of California, Berkeley, Phillips trained under atomic-bomb physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, and with him described nuclear physics’ Oppenheimer-Phillips effect. During the McCarthy era she was working at Brooklyn College and Columbia University when she refused to testify against friends and colleagues before a Senate subcommittee, losing both jobs. Phillips joined Chicago in 1962 and helped develop physical-science courses for nonmajors. A nationally known physics educator, she received many teaching awards, retiring in 1972.


Margaret Alice Boell, AM’26, PhD’31, a writer and librarian, died August 25, 2002, in Boston. She was 97. Boell ghostwrote Biography of the Gods (Macmillan, 1941) for Chicago comparative-religion professor A. Eustace Hayden. She worked as the librarian for Chicago’s Meadville Lombard Theological School for 26 years. Survivors include two nieces and a nephew, Benjamin Muckenhoupt, MS’55, PhD’58.


Martin G. Rosenfield, PhB’30, cofounder of a Chicago-area cinema chain, died October 10 in Chicago. He was 95. During the 1950s Rosenfield and his brother-in-law invested in suburban indoor theaters and drive-ins, eventually operating some 100 screens. They are credited with opening Chicagoland’s first multiplex—an Evergreen Park theater boasting two screens—in 1964. Survivors include a brother, Maurice Rosenfield, AB’36, JD’38.

Daniel M. Seifer, PhB’32, an executive and teacher, died October16 in Portland, OR. He was 92. After 25 years in the electrical wire and cable industry, Seifer earned a doctorate in 1966, teaching at the Tuskegee Institute and the University of Toledo. Survivors include son Daniel J. Seifer, JD’69.

Ellmore C. Patterson, AB’35, a banker, died November 5 in Locust Valley, NY. He was 90. After WW II Navy service Patterson joined JPMorgan, where he spent his banking career. From 1971 to 1978, when New York City faced bankruptcy, he served as chair and chief executive, advising bankers not to bail out the city but rather to attract investment. Survivors include his wife, Anne Hyde Choate; five sons; and 15 grandchildren.

Emilio D. Lastreto, MD’37, a family physician, died October 29 in Napa, CA. He was 95. Beginning his career as a Navy doctor in the Solomon Islands, during the 1950s Lastreto treated boxers including Rocky Marciano as ringside physician for the San Francisco Boxing Commission, earning him election as the only nonathlete in the San Francisco Sports Hall of Fame. Survivors include a brother.


Esther May Durkee Bullard, AB’41, died October 27, 2003, in Oklahoma City. She was 83. A social worker in California and Maryland, Bullard developed programs for families and returning veterans. After moving to Oklahoma she worked as a librarian and taught English. Survivors include two daughters and seven grandchildren.

Martha Baldwin Lang, PhB’45, an ethnographer, died May 4, 2003, in Santa Fe, NM. Lang did fieldwork in partnership with her husband, Gottfried O. Lang, AM’51, studying groups including the Northern Utes; Great Plains ranchers and farmers; the Sukuma in Tanzania; tribal people in Irian Jaya, Indonesia; and Bavarian villagers. Survivors include her husband.

Edward M. Wasserman, PhB’46, SB’48, died October 24 in Chicago. He was 76. A psychiatrist, Wasserman practiced in Chicago and Indiana until his death. Survivors include his wife, Eileen; four daughters; and three grandchildren.

Ann Morrissett Davidon, X’47, a peace activist, died May 7 in Tucson, AZ. During the Vietnam War Davidon wrote antiwar pamphlets, articles, and op-ed pieces; organized protests with her former husband, Haverford professor William Davidon; and cofounded the Main Line Peace Center. At age 60 she joined the Peace Corps and taught English in Czechoslovakia. Survivors include two daughters, two brothers, and five sisters.

Tamotsu Shibutani, AM’44, PhD’48, a sociologist, died August 8 in Santa Barbara, CA. He was 83. A California native, Shibutani was interned with other Japanese Americans in 1942; two years later he was drafted to serve as an interpreter at the war crimes trials in Yokohama. He taught for 29 years at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and wrote about rumor, ethnic relations, and social psychology. Survivors include his wife, Sandra Uyeunten; three stepchildren; and two grandchildren.

Marjorie Abrams Strauss, AB’48, SM’51, died August 14 in Lexington, MA. She was 76. Survivors include her husband, Alan J. Strauss, PhB’44, SB’46, PhD’56; two daughters; son Edward T. Strauss, AB’76; and six grandchildren.


Frederick A. Morgan Jr., JD’50, a labor lawyer, died October 16 in Oakland, CA. He was 78. After WW II Air Force service, Morgan practiced law in Oregon and California for 53 years, retiring in 1988 as a senior partner in the San Francisco firm Bronson, Bronson, and McKinnon. Survivors include his wife, Beverly; two daughters; and a sister.

Joseph J. Sisco, AM’47, PhD’50, a diplomat and college president, died November 23 in Washington, DC. He was 85. A WW II Army veteran, in 1951 Sisco began a diplomatic career that spanned five presidential administrations, working on the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and South Asia. After retiring from the State Department he served as president of American University from 1976 to 1980. Survivors include two daughters and two brothers.

Susan Sontag, AB’51, died December 28 in New York. She was 71. A novelist, essayist, and public intellectual, Sontag earned master’s degrees in English and philosophy from Harvard. After study in Paris and Oxford, in 1959 she moved to Manhattan, working as an editor, teacher, and essayist. Beginning with her 1964 essay “On Camp,” she was an influential and controversial figure, winner of a MacArthur Foundation genius grant and known for outspokenness. Her essay collections include Against Interpretation (1966); On Photography (1977), a National Book Critics’ Circle Award winner; and Illness as Metaphor (1978), based on her experience with cancer. Her final novel, In America (1999), won a National Book Award. Survivors include a son, David Rieff (her longtime editor), and a sister.

Malcolm Goldman, PhD’55, a mathematician and teacher, died March 18 in New York City. An advocate for improving undergraduate education, Goldman worked at Bells Labs in New Jersey and taught mathematics at the University of Michigan, Reed College, and New York University’s Courant Institute from 1965 to 2003. Survivors include his wife, Ruby; a brother; and a sister.

Faye Allen Lewis, AB’54, a University administrative assistant, died August in Chicago. For 30 years she assisted Professor Albert Wohlstetter, Vice President Jonathan Fanton, and former Hospitals President Ralph Miller. Survivors include her husband, Sherman Lewis, AB’49, AM’56; a daughter; son Mark H. Hankin, AB’80; and three grandchildren.

Frederick P. Seymour Jr., MBA’57, an engineer and business executive, died August 20 in Evanston, IL. He was 80. A WW II veteran, Seymour worked for commercial presses for 30 years, forming his own logistics and support firm in 1980. He was also on the boards of the Association for Postal Commerce and the Postmaster General’s Mailers Technical Advisory Committee. Survivors include his wife, Janet; a daughter; two sons; a brother; a sister; and two grandchildren.

Alan Pavel, MD’58, an orthopedic surgeon, died October 2 in Honolulu. He was 71. After Navy service Pavel moved to Hawaii in 1966, teaching at the University of Hawaii and working at the Queen’s Medical Center and other area hospitals. Survivors include his wife, Honey; two daughters; a son; two sisters; and three grandchildren.


Susan Roth Sherman, AB’60, died of cancer June 3 in Albany, NY. She was 66. A distinguished service professor in the University of Albany’s School of Social Welfare and a past president of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Sherman received a lifetime achievement award from the Gerontological Society of America. Survivors include her husband, Malcolm J. Sherman, SB’60, SM’60, whom she met in Christian Mackauer’s Western Civilization section in 1958; a daughter; son Michael J. Sherman, AB’91; and two granddaughters.

Robert C. Bills, JD’61, died October 25 in San Francisco. He was 68. A lawyer, Bills practiced in San Francisco, Redwood City, and San Jose. Survivors include his son and two grandchildren.

Thomas A. Carpenter, BFA’61, died October 21 in Chicago. He was 69. A commercial artist, Carpenter worked in advertising and designed illustrated books, embracing the transition to electronic production. He was a Mason and served as a docent at Chicago’s Terra Museum of American Art. Survivors include his wife, Mary, and two daughters.

Robert W. Nordan, PhD’68, a psychologist and children’s book writer, died November 8 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He was 70. Nordan was chief psychologist and director of children’s services at the Katherine Wright Center at Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago. His children’s books include a historical novel about the Underground Railroad and the Mavis Lashley series of mysteries set in the rural South.


Barry W. Homer, JD’75, a lawyer, died of melanoma October 14 in San Francisco. He was 54. An expert on employee benefits and executive compensation, Homer served on the American Bar Association’s Committee on Employee Benefits and was elected to the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. For 20 years he was a partner in the San Francisco law firm Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. Survivors include his wife, Donna; two sons; and a brother.

Arthur D. Beard, MBA’69, PhD’78, died of prostate cancer October 10 in Sun City West, AZ. He was 69. After Navy service, Beard worked in fashion merchandising and magazine publishing in Chicago. He later taught marketing at Texas Tech University, the University of Iowa, and Central Michigan University. For the last 17 years of his career, he worked as an internal consultant for DuPont. Survivors include his wife, Sharon; a daughter; two sons; and three stepsons.