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Paul Arnow, an infectious-disease specialist, died March 28 at his vacation home in Wisconsin. He was 58. An authority on hospital-acquired infections, Arnow, who joined the faculty in 1979, served as acting chief and then chief of infectious disease at the Hospitals (1987–2002). For many years he spent a month annually working in Cambodia, where he conducted projects such as designing a new hospital and assessing the nation’s AIDS risk. Beginning in 2002, he worked for Management Sciences for Health, a nonprofit dedicated to improving international health. Survivors include his wife, Hilary; a son; and a sister.

William Kruskal, a professor emeritus in statistics, died April 21 in Chicago. He was 85. Kruskal developed the statistical framework that federal agencies use in public-policy development. In 1970, as a Nixon appointee, he became the first chair of the National Research Council’s Committee on National Statistics. Kruskal cocreated the Kruskal-Wallis test, which allows scientists to contrast data from several groups of subjects. Joining Chicago as an instructor in 1950, he helped found the Department of Statistics, which he chaired from 1966 to 1973. Survivors include three sons, a sister, two brothers, and five grandchildren.

Paul Ricoeur, the Divinity School’s John Nuveen professor emeritus, died May 20 in Chatenay-Malabry, France. He was 92. A native of southeastern France, Ricoeur was a schoolteacher when the Germans captured and imprisoned him for four years during WW II. An antiwar activist who wrote on Christian socialism and pacifism, Ricoeur was known for his work in phenomenology, the study of how reality is based on perception. He taught at the University from 1971 until 1991 and also taught at the Sorbonne, Yale, Columbia, and several other universities. Survivors include three sons and a daughter.


Alexander Ropchan, PhB’28, MBA’32, a public-health administrator, died May 1 in West Palm Beach, FL. He was 101. In 38 years with the city of Chicago’s Council for Community Services (originally the Chicago Council of Social Agencies), Ropchan was executive secretary of the health division and later associate director, and he helped establish programs providing tuberculosis control, school health services, and community mental-health care. In 1947 he also helped organize and direct the U.S. Public Health Service Cook County health survey—the first such comprehensive study in the nation. Survivors include a son, three brothers, and five sisters.
Irene Bell Tipler McCurry, PhB’29, died April 4 in Evanston, IL. She was 98. An amateur painter and a lifelong patron of the arts, McCurry taught art in the Chicago Public Schools. Survivors include two daughters, a son, three grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


Irving E. Slott, SB’31, MD’35, a physician, died April 23 in Chicago. He was 94. After WW II Army service, Slott worked for several years as a ringside doctor, treating such boxers as Sugar Ray Robinson and Rocky Marciano. He later had a long career in internal medicine at Chicago’s Columbus Hospital and served on the University of Illinois faculty. Survivors include his wife, Carol.

Clarence W. Monroe, MD’33, a plastic surgeon, died March 5 in Waverly, Ohio. He was 99. During WW II Monroe was chief of surgery in a 750-bed evacuation hospital. After service at Hines (IL) Veterans Hospital, he became chief of plastic surgery at Children’s Memorial Hospital (1953–73). While there, Monroe and a colleague devised a technique for correcting cleft palates in newborns. Survivors include his wife, Lois; a son; a daughter; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Mabel Eads, AM’34, SM’38, died February 22 in Phoenix, AZ. She was 98. Eads worked for the Department of Commerce’s Japan section and received the federal government’s Bronze Medal for Meritorious Service. Survivors include a sister.

C. Russell Cox, SB’37, SM’39, MBA’50, former CEO of Andrew Corporation, died April 16 in Burr Ridge, IL. He was 89. Cox began his career at Andrew in 1937, hired as a technical assistant a year after the global-communications company’s formation in Orland Park, IL. In addition to serving as CEO from 1971 to 1983, Cox was a company director from 1947 until 1990, when he was named chair emeritus. Cox served on visiting committees for the Divinity School and the Division of the Physical Sciences. Survivors include his wife, Florence; two daughters; and two grandchildren.

Gordon Roper, AM’38, PhD’44, an English professor, died in February in Peterborough, Ontario. He was 93. A Melville expert, Roper edited the Northwestern-Newberry edition of Melville’s works. He taught at the University and Yale before returning to his native Canada to head the Trinity College English department at the University of Toronto, where he became a leading scholar in the emerging field of Canadian literature. Survivors include a daughter and a son.

Muriel Taylor Collier, X’39, northern California’s first African American social worker, died March 25 in Oakland, CA. She was 95. The daughter of a Fisk University graduate and a Pullman porter, Collier was one of four black students in the University of California, Berkeley, Class of 1931. Collier spent most of her career as a social worker for the Veterans Administration in Palo Alto, CA. Survivors include two daughters, a grandson, and a great-granddaughter.


Lois Hay Swisher, SB’40, died April 27 in Greenville, SC. She was 88. Married to the late orthopedist Forrest M. Swisher, MD’40, Swisher raised her four children in Alexandria, VA. Survivors include a daughter, three sons, eight grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Patricia Kachiroubas Bartholomew, AB’43, AM’44, died March 7 in Illinois. She was 83. Bartholomew taught high-school Spanish and English for many years. In retirement she continued to teach at Berlitz, an international language-instruction company, adding Greek to her repertoire. Survivors include two daughters, Therese Speropoulos, AB’80, and Mary Mastricola, AB’93, and a son.

Mary Lu Price Miller, AB’43, died July 3 in Summit Hills, SC. She was 84. A member of Spartanburg’s Episcopal Church of the Advent since 1962, Miller was also involved with other local civic, charitable, and historic organizations, including the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Spartanburg County Historical Society, and the Literary Guild Book Club. She was also the Magazine’s correspondent for the Class of 1942. Survivors include three daughters; two sons; a sister, Barbara Price McDougal, X’47; and eight grandchildren.

Maurice Hilleman, PhD’44, “godfather of the modern vaccine era,” died April 11 in Philadelphia. He was 85. Hilleman is credited with saving millions of lives by developing vaccines for mumps, measles, rubella, chicken pox, bacterial meningitis, flu, and hepatitis B. He contributed to discoveries in virology, cancer, immunology, epidemiology, and vaccinology, publishing more than 500 articles and serving more than 50 years on the World Health Organization’s Expert Advisory Panel. His honors include the Lasker Medical Research Award and the National Medal of Science from President Ronald Reagan. Hilleman retired in 1984 as senior vice president of Merck Research Labs in West Point, PA. Survivors include his wife, Lorraine, and two daughters.

Ellen Troy Parker Schmidt, AB’44, died Septem ber 10, 2001, in Rapid City, SD. She was 81. She enjoyed Elizabethan literature, garden design, and cooking. Survivors include her husband, Roland Schmidt, MD’45; a daughter; a son; brother Watson Parker, AB’48; and four grandchildren.

Richard R. McCollough, SB’47, an airline-industry employee, died April 4 in Aptos, CA. He was 81. McCollough was active in outdoor sports including windsurfing, skiing, and fishing; studied in France after retiring; and had read most of his 51-volume set of the Great Books. Survivors include his companion, Lillian Smith; a daughter; two sons; and several grandchildren.
Martin Picker, PhB’47, AM’51, a musicologist, died February 23 in Charlottesville, VA. He was 75. After Army service, Picker taught at the University of Illinois and at Rutgers University, specializing in Renaissance music. He served as editor of the Journal of the American Musicological Society. Survivors include his wife, Ruth; two daughters; a son; a sister; and three grandsons.

Ned B. Williams, PhD’47, a microbiologist, died April 25 in Hilton Head Island, SC. He was 92. Williams taught at the University of Pennsylvania, where he chaired the microbiology department. Survivors include three daughters and a son.

John Burwell Angelo, AB’48, JD’49, an attorney, died March 23 in Venice, FL. He was 82. After WW II service with the Army Corps of Engineers, Angelo joined the Chicago firm Ross & Hardies, where he became a trial lawyer and partner. Survivors include a daughter, three sons, 11 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.


Harry Elmer Nagle, SM’51, died January 30 in Austin, TX. He was 82. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn, and a son.

Erwin J. Remboldt, MBA’56, a health-care administrator, died June 5, 2004, in Hanford, CA. He was 88. After WW II Army service, Remboldt worked as a medical-center administrator in California. He chaired hospital boards in Hawaii, California, and Arizona and was a trustee of Loma Linda University and Pacific Union College. Survivors include his wife, Donna; a daughter; two sons; and three grandchildren.


Louise Arnold Westergaard, X’60, a Broadway producer, died of leukemia May 6 in New York. She was 67. Best known for her production of Sophisticated Ladies, based on Duke Ellington’s music, Westergaard also produced Broadway shows Say Goodnight, Gracie; Dream; and Stardust. Survivors include her husband, Stephen O’Neil; two daughters; two sons; and three grandchildren.

Katherine Dusak Miller, AB’65, MBA’68, PhD’71, died of cancer May 6 in Hyde Park. She was 61. Miller taught at Northwestern University before joining the Real Estate Research Corporation. She later became treasurer of Sanwa Bank of Chicago. After the death of her husband, Nobel Prize–winning U of C economist Merton Miller, she served as his literary executor. An active alumni volunteer, Miller received the Alumni Service Citation in 1997. Survivors include three stepdaughters and two stepgrandsons.


Debra Lynn Kittenbacher, AB’74, died May 7 in Richardson, TX. She was 52. A claims representative for the Social Security Administration since 1977, Kittenbacher belonged to the Dallas Professional Photographers Association and American MENSA. Survivors include her husband, Ralf; a daughter; her parents; and a sister.

Barbara C. Schaaf, MBA’76, a Chicago freelance journalist and press secretary, died of cardiovascular disease March 29 in Harvey, IL. She was 67. An executive secretary and legislative assistant to several political groups and politicians, Shaaf was Richard M. Daley’s press secretary during his 1980 run for Cook County state’s attorney. She wrote several books set in Chicago, including Mr. Dooley’s Chicago, which won the Carl Sandburg Award from the Chicago Friends of Literature. Schaaf was a trustee of the Harvey Public Library District for 23 years. Survivors include four sisters and a brother.

Michael T. Woo, AM’77, SM’78, a power-company executive, died January 18 in Virginia of injuries from a car accident. He was 51. Woo was vice president of strategic development at USEC in Bethesda, MD. Before joining USEC, he served on the staff of Congressman John Dingell and of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Survivors include his wife, Linda; two sons; a brother; and a sister.

Robert Larson, AB’79, a software engineer, died October 26 in Portland, OR, from complications after donating a kidney to his 6-year-old nephew. He was 47. Larson was a Sun Microsystems software analyst who played competitive tennis, jogged, biked, and raced sports cars. Survivors include his wife, Carol J. Studenmund, AB’79; a daughter; a son; his parents; three sisters; and his nephew.


Peter D’Agostino, AM’87, PhD’93, an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, died of head injuries inflicted by an unknown attacker June 22 in Oak Park, IL. Moving from Stonehill College in Massachusetts, D’Agostino joined the UIC faculty in 2001, teaching history and Catholic studies. His 2004 book, Rome in America (University of North Carolina Press), won the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize of the American Society of Church History. Survivors include his wife, Mary Mapes; a daughter; and four siblings.


Samuel Litvachuck, AB’00, died of brain cancer June 1 in Sacramento, CA. He was 27. Graduating from the University of California–Davis medical school in 2004, Litvachuck was doing his residency at the UC Davis Medical Center Department of Neurological Surgery. A classical-music appreciator, he had cultivated a large collection. Survivors include his wife, Emi Maia Nam, AB’00; his mother; his brothers; and his grandmother.