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Paul Harper, professor emeritus in surgery and radiology, died July 15 in Glencoe, IL. He was 89. A pioneer in the diagnostic and therapeutic uses of radiation and in developing and testing radiotracers, Harper was the grandson of the University’s first president. After his residency at the U of C—interrupted by WWII Army service—he joined the faculty. Promoted to professor of surgery in 1960, he became a professor of radiology in 1972, retiring in 1986 and continuing to do research until 2004. The author of nearly 200 book chapters and articles and founder of the American Board of Nuclear Medicine, he received the Society of Nuclear Medicine’s Paul Aebersold Award. Survivors include two daughters; two sons; a sister, Jane H. Overton, PhD’50; a niece; a nephew; and two grandchildren.


Mary Nixon Andress, PhB’27, died March 31 in Leesburg, FL. She was 97. After a stint as the University’s registrar, in 1941 Andress moved to Florida, where she and her husband ran a citrus grove. A community volunteer, she logged 30,000 hours at the Lake Regional Medical Center and sang in the Morrison United Methodist Church choir for 60 years. Survivors include two daughters, two grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

Miriam Clark Andrus, PhB’28, died May 11 in Santa Fe, NM. She was 98. Andrus was head of social services at Veterans Affairs hospitals in Minnesota, Illinois, and New Jersey until her 1968 retirement, and she was active in community, political, and cultural organizations. Survivors include a daughter, a son, a brother, four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Isaiah Sol Dorfman, PhB’28, JD’31, an attorney, died June 1 in Chicago. He was 98. At the National Labor Relations Board, Dorfman defended labor’s right to collective bargaining. An OSS agent during WWII, he later founded labor-law firm Dorfman, DeKoven, & Cohen. Survivors include two sons and 11 grandchildren.


Ethel Shanas Perlman, AB’35, AM’37, PhD’49, a sociologist, died January 20 in Evanston, IL. She was 90. After appointments with Chicago’s Committee on Human Development, sociology department, and the National Opinion Research Center, in 1965 she joined the University of Illinois at Chicago, retiring in 1982. An authority on the sociology of medicine and aging, she was a former president of the Illinois Sociological Society, the Midwest Sociological Society, and the Gerontological Society of America, and in 1979 she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine. Survivors include her husband, Lester J. Perlman, SB’40, and a son.

Lucy Reum, AB’36, a racing industry reformer, died July 18 in Oak Park, IL. She was 91. Appointed to the Illinois Racing Board in 1973, in 1976 she became its first female chair, working to improve housing, safety, health services, and education for racetrack employees. In 1979 she created the Racing Industry Charitable Foundation, which provides medical, dental, and social services to industry workers and their families. Reum was named 1975 Horseman of the Year by the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. She also served on women’s auxiliary boards of the Salvation Army, Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago, Lyric Opera, and the Infant Welfare Society of Oak Park. Survivors include two sons and five grandchildren.

Jean Boyd Appleford, AB’37, a schoolteacher, died July 10 in Chula Vista, CA. She was 89. Survivors include her husband George; two daughters; and three grandchildren.

Dorothy B. Christelow, AB’37, an economist, died May 28 in Hanover, NH. She was 89. Christelow worked for the Treasury Department’s international monetary research division and the Offices of Price Administration and War Mobilization and Reconversion before joining Standard Vacuum Oil in 1953. In 1974 she moved to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, retiring in 1986. She later served on the Yale China Association board and the town of New Canaan, CT, board of finance. Survivors include a daughter, a son, and two grandchildren.

Grace Elizabeth Abney Kuizenga, AB’38, died June 20 in Oakland, CA. She was 87. A sculptor, painter, seamstress, and dollmaker, Kuizenga taught art in Maryland, Illinois, and California. Survivors include four daughters; two sisters, including Helen Abney Krathwaul, X’44; and seven grandchildren.

Benjamin D. Paul, AB’38, PhD’42, a medical anthropologist, died May 24 in Atlanta. He was 94. Joining Harvard’s faculty, he directed the School of Public Heath’s social-science program (1951–62), then moved to Stanford, chairing the anthropology department (1967–71) and retiring a professor emeritus in 1976. A former president of the Society for Medical Anthropology and recipient of the American Anthropological Association’s distinguished-service award, Paul studied how traditional communities adopt health-care innovations. Survivors include a daughter; son Robert Paul, AM’66, PhD’70; a brother; a sister; and two grandchildren.

Carl E. Billings, SB’39, MD’42, died May 30 in Rockville, IN. He was 89. A WWII combat surgeon, Billings had a medical practice in Tucson, AZ. In 2005 he published One Veteran’s Story: A Memoir of World War II. Survivors include two daughters, a son, and two grandchildren.


William H. Lovell, AB’41, died May 29 in Elgin, IL. He was 85. A WWII Army veteran, Lovell worked at Chicago Rawhide Industries, rising to vice president of personnel before his 1981 retirement. Named Man of the Year by the Greater Elgin YMCA, Lovell also was a member of the Elgin Community College Foundation board, the Elks Lodge, the Elgin Rotary Club, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Elgin. Survivors include two nieces and three nephews, including Thomas W. Knowles, MBA’66, PhD’71.

Walter E. Wolff, AB’41, died May 12 in Sarasota, FL. He was 87. A WWII Navy veteran, Wolff wrote for the Stars and Stripes in Germany during the 1960s and ’70s; he also worked for Lindsay-Schaub Newspapers and as a social worker in Florida. He belonged to the Democratic Executive Committee of Sarasota County, the Hemlock Society, and the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Sarasota. Survivors include his wife, Josephine.

John H. Johnson, X’42, founder of Ebony and Jet magazines, died August 8 in Chicago. He was 89. Johnson left the U of C to work at Supreme Liberty Life Insurance Company; asked to compile a digest of news about the black community, he had the idea for a publication focused on African Americans. Introduced in June 1942, Ebony became the cornerstone of Johnson Publishing Company, a publishing, cosmetics, television production, and fashion firm, and Johnson became one of the nation’s most influential black businessmen, honored in 1995 with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Survivors include his wife, Eunice; his daughter, Linda Johnson Rice, U-High’75; and a granddaughter.

Teresa Carterette, AB’47, a psychologist, died in October 2004. She was 83. Following two years of fieldwork in the Northwest Territories, Carterette earned a doctorate in mathematical psychology before joining Simmons College, establishing its first experimental-psychology lab. After her 1990 retirement as professor emerita, Simmons established an award in her honor.
Harry Moses, SM’48, a meteorologist, died in June 2004. He was 87. A WWII Air Force veteran, he headed Argonne National Laboratory’s meteorology group and worked for the U.S. Department of Energy. Survivors include his wife, Edith; daughter Elissa S. Moses, AB’75; and two sons.

Walter J. Strauss, PhB’48, SB’49, SM’50, died April 27 in Chicago. He was 80. A WWII Army veteran, Strauss worked for the University’s Institute for Air Weapons before becoming an operations analyst at Caywood-Schiller, where he remained as a principal when the firm was acquired by A. T. Kearney. After his 1993 retirement, he volunteered in the Michael Reese Hospital lab and as a docent at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies. Survivors include his wife, Edith Tersch Strauss, SB’49; a daughter; a son; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


Carol Mongerson, PhB’50, died May 27 in East Concord, NY. She was 77. After teaching philosophy at Fredonia State College, she joined the League for the Handicapped’s Preschool Learning Center, retiring in 1992. An activist against nuclear waste, she was an artist, participated in Buffalo’s Playback Theater, and helped found the Springville Center for the Arts. Survivors include four sons; two sisters, including Janet Vanderwalker Myers, SB’48; and six grandchildren.

Donald E. Stewart, AB’50, an encyclopedia editor, died June 8 in Evanston, IL. He was 77. Joining Encyclopaedia Britannica in 1951, by 1965 he had risen to managing editor, overseeing Britannica’s 15th edition. In 1974 he moved to the American Library Association. Retiring in 1982, he freelanced for Britannica and other encyclopedia publishers. Stewart was active in the Committee for a SANE Nuclear Policy, the Evanston Peace and World Affairs Center, and Amnesty International. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; two daughters, including Judith Stewart Pappenhagen, AM’85; and four grandchildren.

Edith Birdsall Slayton, AM’53, died July 3 in Fort Myers, FL. She was 79. After the 1957 death of her first husband, Slayton worked for the relief agency CARE. In 1961 she remarried and moved to River Forest, IL, where she volunteered with the PTA, the school board, and the League of Women Voters. In her Florida retirement she was a trail guide for a local conservation foundation and helped establish a local chapter of the Democratic Party. Survivors include a daughter, two sons, a brother, a sister, and eight grandchildren.

Joseph DuCoeur, AB’54, JD’57, an attorney, died April 13 in Monterey, CA. He was 72. After a stint clerking with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, DuCoeur joined Kirkland & Ellis, working first in its DC office and later in Chicago, specializing in antitrust law. Survivors include his wife, Susan; a daughter, Emilia Smith, AB’77, AM’78; a son; and four grandchildren.

Annette Martin Cronin, X’56, AM’88, died June 26 in Chicago. She was 71. An artist and pianist, in 1978 Cronin joined the U of C’s special-events staff, serving as director from 1980 to 1982. In 1979 she founded the Humanities Open House, an annual day of lectures and programs on culture, art, music, philosophy, and literature. Survivors include her husband, James W. Cronin, SM’53, PhD’55, University professor emeritus in physics and astronomy & astrophysics; two daughters; a son; brother John Martin, PhD’63; and four grandchildren.
Earl E. Elliott, AM’58, a social worker, died January 17 in Sonoma, CA. He was 75. In a 40-year career, he worked in private practice, clinics, and agencies in Chicago and Carson City, NV. He spent the last six years in Santa Rosa, CA, helping to treat youth chemical dependency. Survivors include three daughters, two sons, and five grandchildren.

John W. Stettner, AM’59, a pastor, died July 5 in Beaverton, OR. He was 83. A WWII Army veteran, he worked at First Presbyterian Church while attending the Divinity School, joining McCormick Theological Seminary in 1955 as an associate professor and later dean of students. A founding member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, he was an associate pastor at Kenilworth (IL) Union Church and the Birmingham (AL) Independent Presbyterian Church, becoming chaplain at its retirement facility. Survivors include his wife, Mary Elizabeth; a daughter; a son; a brother; and a sister.


Lavern V. “Bud” Rasmussen, PhD’61, an educator, died June 10 in Spooner, WI. He was 78. After service in the Merchant Marine, Rasmussen was a public-school teacher, principal, and superintendent in Ohio and Minnesota. In 1969 he joined Florida State University as chair of the educational-administration, curriculum & supervision department, and he headed the educational-leadership department from 1978 until his 1992 retirement as professor emeritus. Survivors include his wife, Susan Kelley-Rasmussen; two sons; and four grandchildren.


Robert D. Laurent, PhD’70, an economist, died of a heart attack June 30 in Glenview, IL. He was 65. A senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, where he worked for 30 years, he joined the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Stuart School of Business in 1999 and, from 2001 on, also taught at the U of C’s Graham School of General Studies. Survivors include his former wife, Laurette J. Laurent, AB’67, as well as a daughter, a son, a brother, a sister, and two grandchildren.

George C. “Nick” Turnbull Jr., MFA’74, of University Park, WA, died June 3. He was 59. After work at the Association of Planning Officials, he left Chicago to work as a planner in Washington state until his 2003 retirement. Survivors include his wife, Mary Thompson Turnbull, PhD’78; a daughter; and a son.

Jonathan Harris Spanbock, AB’79, an attorney, died February 10 in New York. He was 47. Survivors include his wife, Carol Zingale, AB’79; two daughters; and a son.


Robert A. Gaffney Jr., SM’89, died June 13, 2004, in Long Beach, CA. He was 39. After doing research at Northwestern University’s Medical School, he joined Bio-Rad Laboratories, rising to division marketing manager for the quality systems division. Survivors include his parents and two sisters.