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Wayne C. Booth, AM’47, PhD’50, the George M. Pullman distinguished service professor emeritus in English, died October 10 in Chicago. He was 84. Joining the University faculty in 1962, Booth cofounded Critical Inquiry and was College dean from 1964 to 1969. Winner of the University’s Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and namesake of the Wayne C. Booth Graduate Student Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, he was also an American Academy of Arts and Sciences fellow and Modern Language Association president (1981–82). Booth’s publications included The Rhetoric of Fiction (University of Chicago Press, 1961) and The Company We Keep: An Ethics of Fiction (University of California Press, 1988), which helped define modern narrative theory and literary criticism. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis; two daughters; and three grandchildren.

Clyde A. Hutchison Jr., the Carl William Eisendrath distinguished service professor in chemistry, died August 29 in Chicago. He was 92. A member of the Manhattan Project, Hutchinson joined the faculty in 1945, chairing the chemistry department from 1959 to 1963. An expert in magnetic resonance spectroscopy, he was a former editor of the Journal of Chemical Physics, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Survivors include a daughter, two sons, a sister, and four grandchildren.

Richard J. Jones, a physician and former medical professor, died September 6 in Chicago. He was 87. Joining the faculty in 1950, after a stint as a WWII Navy medical officer, Jones researched diet, cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease. In 1976 he left the U of C to direct scientific affairs at the American Medical Association, retiring in 1992. Survivors include two daughters, two sons, and nine grandchildren.

James H. Lorie, PhD’47, the Eli B. and Harriet B. Williams professor emeritus of business administration, died August 6 in Chicago. He was 83. During his 45-year University career, including five years as associate dean of the GSB, Lorie developed what became known as the “Chicago Approach to Management Education,” which emphasized research into business problems in contrast to the case-study method. In 1960 he cofounded the GSB’s Center for Research in Security Prices, which he directed for 15 years. Survivors include three stepdaughters, a stepson, and four grandchildren.

Norman A. McQuown, professor emeritus of anthropology and linguistics, died September 7 in Chicago. He was 91. Cofounder of the University’s Language Laboratories and Archives, McQuown was a prominent anthropological linguist. His pioneering work on Mexican and Guatemalan languages expanded field linguistics to include body language and other nuances and introduced mainframe computer technology to linguistic research. Survivors include his wife, Dolores; a daughter; and a grandson.

Vladimir R. Reichl, a book designer, died June 17 in Michigan City, IN. He was 94. Reichl worked at the University of Chicago Press as an assistant manager in book production from 1961 to 1966. Survivors include his wife, Virginia Blaha Reichl, AB’46; daughter Pamela Reichl Collebrusco, AB’72, AM’74; and four sons, including Arleigh Reichl, AB’82, Alexander Reichl, AB’82, and Christopher Reichl, X’77.

Fred L. Strodtbeck, professor emeritus in sociology and psychology, died August 7 in Chicago. He was 86. A WWII Army captain, Strodtbeck joined the faculty in 1956, pioneering microsociology, the study of small groups. Directing the University’s social-psychology training program and social-psychology laboratory, he studied juries, gangs, families, and cross-cultural encounters. Survivors include three sons and two grandchildren.


Hazel Renfroe Huggins, PhB’33, an art educator, died August 15 in Chicago. She was 100. Beginning her career as an art teacher in the Chicago Public Schools, Huggins earned a master’s in art education from the Illinois Institute of Technology and rose to a district supervisor of arts. An expert in African American art, she advised the Art Institute of Chicago on its collection and cultivated her own.

Armand Deutsch, AB’35, a movie producer, died August 13 in Los Angeles. He was 92. After WWII Navy service Deutsch moved to Hollywood, producing films, including the Academy Award–nominated The Magnificent Yankee (1950). A friend of Ronald Reagan, in 1981 he was appointed to the Presidential Task Force on the Arts and Humanities. He served on the boards of Warner Bros. and the Los Angeles Music Center. Survivors include his wife, Harriet, and four children.

Joel L. Alexander, AB’36, JD’38, died August 23 in Santa Cruz, CA. He was 90. A WWII Army veteran, Alexander worked for Spiegel, Inc. and the Chicago Metallic Corporation before going into business as a metal broker, retiring in 1980. Survivors include his wife, Faye Q. Alexander, AB’38; a daughter; two sons; a sister, Leila Keyfetz, PhB’29; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Lola Fennig Townsend, SB’38, a dietitian, died June 23 in Lake Bluff, IL. She was 89. Following work at the Chicago Relief Administration advising welfare recipients, Townsend joined the University supervising dining-hall service and the Navy Cooks and Bakers School. After marrying Frank Townsend, AM’46, PhD’52, she contributed a monthly food column to Institutions Magazine and taught home economics at the local middle school. Survivors include her husband, two daughters, a son, a sister, and four grandchildren.

William E. Murphy, AB’39, a two-time Big Ten doubles champion, died May 16 in Tucson, AZ. An inaugural inductee into the U of C Athletics Hall of Fame with his twin brother and tennis partner, Chester W. Murphy, AB’39, Murphy served as an aviator during WWII, winning the Navy Cross and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He later taught and coached tennis at the Universities of Michigan and Arizona. In addition to his brother, survivors include his wife, Mimi; a daughter; and a son.


Albert E. Busch, AB’40, MBA’58, died March 22 in Green Valley, AZ. He was 86. A lifelong artist, Busch also worked as a radio engineer, a business executive, and a management professor. Survivors include his wife, Joan; three sons, including David F. Busch, MD’68, and Thomas H. Busch, AB’69; two daughters; and nine grandchildren.

Richard L. Longini, SB’40, an electrical engineer, died August 28 in Pittsburgh. He was 92. In 1962 Longini joined Carnegie Mellon University, working in urban affairs and biomedical systems. He held more than 100 patents in solid-state electronics. Survivors include a daughter, a son, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Ruth Huenemann, SM’41, a nutritionist, died August 19 in Oakland, CA. She was 95. After teaching for ten years at the University of Tennessee, in 1953 Huenemann joined the University of California, Berkeley, heading its nutritional-sciences department and chairing the social and administrative health department. A childhood-obesity expert, she founded a public-health nutrition program and initiated several key longitudinal studies. After retiring in 1977, Huenemann continued to lecture at Berkeley and other universities. Survivors include a brother.

Ronald Cramer, AB’43, an insurance executive, died August 3 in Evanston, IL. He was 85. After a stint at Merrill Lynch, Cramer moved to Allstate in 1950, serving on the finance committee, and as vice president and director of Allstate Enterprises Management. He retired in 1983. A devoted husband, he wrote his wife, Corlita, a daily love letter for 61 years. Survivors include his wife; a daughter; three sons, including Greg Cramer, MBA’73, and Chris Cramer, MBA’76; a brother; and three grandchildren.

Bruce R. Heinzen, MD’46, a surgeon, died September 11 in Plandome, NY. He was 84. After training at New York Hospital and Bellevue, Heinzen joined North Shore Community Hospital, continuing there in private practice and teaching with the Cornell University Medical College until his 1989 retirement. He was also a visiting and attending surgeon at Bellevue and the Manhattan and Bronx VA Hospitals. Survivors include two daughters and two sons.

Natalie R. Haimowitz, PhD’48, a psychologist, died September 4 in Oakland, CA. She was 82. In 1950 Haimowitz founded a private practice in Evanston, IL, specializing in humanistic psychology, transactional analysis, and Gestalt therapy. With her husband, Morris Haimowitz, PhD’51, she wrote Suffering is Optional, a 1976 college textbook. Survivors include her husband, three daughters, a brother, and five grandchildren.

Robert C. Stone, AM’46, PhD’49, a sociologist, died July 26 in Oakland, CA. He was 86. A WWII Air Force pilot, Stone taught at Stanford, Tulane, the University of Arizona, and San Francisco State University, where he directed the Institute for Social Science Research. Survivors include his wife, Frederica; a daughter; two sons; a sister; and five grandchildren.


Irving Friedman, PhD’50, a geochemist, died June 28 in Colorado. He was 85. A member of Nobel laureate Harold Urey’s lab at Chicago’s Institute for Nuclear Studies, Friedman helped build the first mass spectrometer. During and after WWII he served at the Naval Electronics Laboratory, moving in 1952 to the U.S. Geological Survey and retiring in 1995. Survivors include his wife, Rita.

Wilfred A. Gibson, PhB’51, a psychologist, died June 3, 2004, in Port Jefferson, NY. He was 81. A WWII veteran, Gibson taught at the Universities of Illinois and North Carolina before moving to the Army Personnel Research Office, where he headed the statistical research and consultation unit. Joining the Queens College–CUNY faculty in 1963, he retired a professor emeritus in 1991. Survivors include his wife, Louise; three daughters; a son; a sister; and eight grandchildren.

John Bahcall, SM’57, an astrophysicist, died August 17 in New York. He was 70. After teaching at the California Institute of Technology, in 1971 Bahcall joined Princeton’s Institute of Advanced Study. Best known for his theoretical work on solar neutrinos, he was a founding father of the Hubble Space Telescope. A past president of the American Astronomical Society (1990–92), he published more than 500 papers and five books. Survivors include his wife, Neta; a daughter; and a son.

Brockie Dilworth, AB’53, AB’55, AM’57, a social worker, died August 12 in Chicago. He was 77. After duty with the Marines, Dilworth worked for local services including the Illinois Youth Commission, Taylor House, and the John Howard Association. In 1971 he became executive director of Gads Hill Center, a resource organization for recent immigrants. There he founded Head Start, domestic violence, and employment programs before his 1991 retirement. Survivors include his wife, Olive; four daughters; a son; two sisters; three brothers; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Alice S. Pfaelzer, AB’58, a homemaker and philanthropist, died of pancreatic cancer August 8 in Highland Park, IL. She was 69. In 1979 Pfaelzer founded the Merit School of Music, which provides lessons to Chicago-area schoolchildren, retiring as executive director in 1993. She was also a lifetime trustee of Highland Park Hospital. Survivors include her husband, Ellard; three daughters; and six grandchildren.


Joel Schwartz, AB’62, AM’65, PhD’72, an urban historian, died of leukemia August 10. He was 62. After teaching at Roosevelt University, the University of Illinois, and Brooklyn College, Schwartz moved to Montclair State University, where he taught for more than 30 years, twice chairing the history department (1988–94 and 2001–02). He was a lifelong member of the Columbia University Seminar on the City and taught at Columbia’s architecture school. Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Fox Schwartz; daughter Marjorie Schwartz Poulos, AB’97; and son David J. Schwartz, AB’03.


Paul J. Weber, PhD’77, a political scientist, died of cancer October 9 in Louisville. He was 67. Joining the University of Louisville in 1972, Weber chaired the political-science department (1988–97) and was founding director of the McConnell Center for Political Leadership. From 2000 to 2003 he directed U of L’s Grawemeyer Awards, which grant $200,000 prizes for music, education, psychology, religion, and improving world order. Survivors include his wife, Maddie Reno; a son; his parents; five brothers; and two sisters.


Dennis H. Cotcamp, MD’80, a pediatrician, died July 2 in Saginaw, MI. He was 50. After working at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati for eight years, Cotcamp moved to Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw, where he directed the pediatric intensive-care unit. Survivors include his wife, Nancy; two daughters, including Ann Cotcamp, AB’04; his parents; and three sisters.

Nurcholish Madjid, PhD’84, a Muslim scholar, died of liver and kidney failure August 31 in Jakarta, Indonesia. He was 66. Joining Indonesia’s Islamic Institute, Madjid taught a liberal brand of Islam, advocating pluralism. After encouraging former Indonesian President Suharto to step down, he was asked to run for the post but withdrew after a brief candidacy. Survivors include his wife, Omi Komaria; a daughter; and a son.

Francis Liu, MBA’87, a management consultant, died in an accident July 25 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was 41. Joining Booz Allen Hamilton’s New York office, Liu became vice president and partner of the firm’s Sao Paulo office. Survivors include his ex-wife, Andrea, and a son.


Lauren F. Carter, AB’00, died July 29, in Woodhaven, NY. She was 28. Survivors include her parents and a brother.

David Y. Song, AB’00, died September 6 in Los Angeles. He was 29. Survivors include his parents, a brother, his sister-in-law, and nephew.