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Starkey Duncan Jr, PhD’65, professor in psychology, died May 15 in Hyde Park. He was 71. Duncan, who joined the faculty in 1967, studied the interaction between nonverbal and verbal behavior. Coauthor of Face to Face Interactions: Research, Methods, and Theory (1977), he also studied interactions between parents and children and, most recently, children’s sequential behavior patterns to understand disorders such as autism. An avid Maroon fan, he was the University’s liaison to the NCAA; the banjo player also served as faculty representative to the U of C Folk Festival. Survivors include two sons, Arne Duncan, U-High’82, and Owen Duncan, U-High’88; a daughter, Sarah Duncan, U-High’85; his fiancée, Marilee Marchelya; a sister; and seven grandchildren.

Joseph V. Smith, the Louis Block professor emeritus in geophysical sciences, died April 6 in Boston. He was 78. After teaching at Cambridge University and Pennsylvania State University, Smith joined Chicago’s faculty in 1960. An expert in feldspar minerals, zeolites, east African volcanism, and lunar geology, he published some 400 articles, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society of London, and received the Mineralogical Society of America’s Roebling Medal, among many honors. Smith founded and directed the University’s Consortium for Advanced Radiation Sources (CARS), which produces X-ray beams for research. Survivors include his wife Brenda; two daughters: Virginia Smith, U-High’71, and Susan Smith Werther, U-High’72; and four grandchildren.


Joseph D. Lelewer, U-High’23, X’27, died November 26, 2004, in Sarasota, FL. He was 98. Lelewer was president of D. Lelewer & Son, Chicago’s largest hatter, for 52 years. Survivors include a daughter, four grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Vernon Baim, PhB’29, died March 15 in New York. He was 98. Baim owned and operated Flower Material and Handicrafts, a retail outfit in Chicago. A regular opera- and symphony-goer, he was also a lifelong dog owner. Survivors include two sons.


Ami “Jack” Frost Allen, AB’38, JD’39, a real-estate broker, died April 4 in Batavia, IL. He was 93. A WW II Army Air Forces veteran, Allen worked at Harris Trust and Savings Bank and the Chicago law firm Bell, Boyd & Marshall. In 1948 he joined his father at A. L. Allen & Sons, a real-estate brokerage, retiring 50 years later. A longtime Batavia resident, Allen was a local advocate for fair housing. Survivors include his wife Nancy, eight sons, two brothers, 17 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren

Arnold B. (Schlachet) Hartley, PhB’30, a broadcaster, died February 23 in Port Washington, NY. He was 97. Adopting the stage name Hartley, he legally changed it in 1940. Fluent in Italian, French, and Spanish, and conversant in Russian, Polish, German, and Yiddish, he specialized in foreign-language broadcasting. During WW II he produced antifascist programming that won a Variety award, a Peabody citation, and a nod from Billboard. He worked in Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York and owned radio stations in New York, Connecticut, Missouri, and Texas. He is survived by his wife Edna, a daughter, and three sons, including William J. Hartley, AB’73, AM’79, PhD’85.

William H. Hartz Jr., X’39, died April 1 in Ocean Ridge, FL. He was 88. A WW II navy veteran, Hartz joined the LaSalle Street Press, where he was vice president of sales, a board member, and partner. He chaired the University’s Cancer Research Foundation. Survivors include two daughters, two sons, a sister, and 11 grandchildren.


Edward J. Whiteley, MD’40, an otolaryngologist, died December 16, 2006, in San Francisco, CA. He was 90. A WW II veteran, Whiteley remained in the army until his 1961 retirement as colonel. He then became chief of the ear, nose, and throat department at San Francisco’s Kaiser Hospital. Survivors include his wife Mona, two daughters, two sons, ten grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Edward J. Furst, AB’41, AM’47, PhD’48, a professor of education, died March 6 in Springdale, AR. He was 87. A WW II army veteran, Furst taught at Ohio State University, the University of Idaho, and the University of Michigan before joining the University of Arkansas in 1966, retiring in 1987 as professor emeritus. A student and colleague of Chicago education professor Benjamin Bloom, PhD’43, he was a major contributor to Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, which measures educational achievement. Survivors include his wife Helene, a daughter, two sons, brother Warren A. Furst, MBA’62, a sister, nine grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

David Green, AB’42, AM’49, a political consultant and businessman, died March 26 in Naples, FL. He was 85. A WW II army veteran, in 1954 Green founded Quartet Manufacturing, an office-supply business, which he ran for more than four decades. The longtime Hyde Parker advised President Kennedy on the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 and helped elect Illinois Governor Dan Walker in 1973. In the late 1970s Green began a jury consultancy called DG Group. He endowed a curatorship at the Art Institute of Chicago, a chair at the Chicago symphony, and a professorship at the University. A volunteer for his 50th- and 55th-reunion committees, he chaired the 2002 Alumni Emeriti reunion, earning the Alumni Service Award. Survivors include his wife Mary Winton Green, AM’49; a daughter; two sons; and eight grandchildren.

Henry J. Shames, AB’42, an attorney, died March 1 in Santa Barbara, CA. He was 86. A WW II navy veteran, Shames practiced as a corporate litigator until his 1988 retirement. Survivors include his wife Beverly, three daughters, and a son.

A. James Hartzler, SB’43, SM’44, PhD’51, a physicist, died February 21 in Alexandria, VA. He was 84. After a stint at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Hartzler joined the CNA Corporation’s Operations Evaluation Group, working in Vietnam during the war. He later worked with the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, earning a distinguished-service medal. Survivors include his wife, Mary Peterson Hartzler, U-High’47, AB’50; a son, Peter H. Hartzler, AB’81; a brother; a sister, Eleanor H. C. Knight, AB’42; and two grandchildren.

Daniel J. Monaco, AM’46, an attorney, died February 13 in Hillsborough, CA. He was 84. A WW II veteran, Monaco cofounded a San Mateo, CA, law firm. His pro bono work included positions with the World Jurist Association and the Peace Through Law Center. Survivors include two daughters and two grandchildren.

DeWitt J. Brady, DB’47, a Congregational minister, died January 22 in Tucson, AZ. He was 82. Ordained in 1947, Brady served in Preston, England; Los Angeles; Honolulu; Phoenix; and Torrance, California. Founding Good Shepherd Church of Christ in Covina, CA, and the Church of the Painted Hills in Tucson, he continued to serve in retirement as an interim minister in two New Zealand churches. An active alumnus, Brady was a class agent for his 50th reunion. Survivors include his wife Jean.

Joseph “J. O.” Orme Evans, AB’47, an architect, died March 5 in Fernandina Beach, FL. He was 83. A WW II army veteran, Evans designed buildings in Illinois, including structures for several universities. Survivors include his wife Barbara, a daughter, two sons, and seven grandchildren.

Kathleen Williams Boom, PhD’49, a historian, died September 12, 2005, in Memphis, TN. She was 87. A research analyst and historian with the Pentagon during WW II, Boom later assisted her husband, Aaron M. Boom, PhD’48, in his career as a historian and chaired the English department at Memphis’s State Technical Institute. Survivors include two sons and seven step-grandchildren.

F. Clark Howell, PhB’49, AM’51, PhD’53, an paleoanthropologist, died March 10 in Berkeley, CA. He was 81. A WW II navy veteran, Howell joined Chicago’s anthropology faculty in 1955. In 1970 he moved to UC Berkeley, retiring in 1991. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, he received the Charles Darwin lifetime achievement award in physical anthropology. A number of newly discovered species, many of them extinct, were named for him. Survivors include his wife Betty, a daughter, a son, two sisters, and a granddaughter.

Ely M. Liebow, AM’49, a literature scholar, died March 30 in Riverwoods, IL. He was 82. A WW II navy veteran, Liebow joined the Northeastern Illinois faculty, where he taught courses on British literature, detective fiction, and the Bible, retiring as professor emeritus. A lifelong Sherlock Holmes fan, Liebow held membership in two Chicago chapters of the Baker Street Irregulars, receiving the club’s “two-schilling award” in 1991 for his dedication to the fictional sleuth. Survivors include wife Phoebe, three daughters, and two granddaughters.


Kenneth W. Holmgren, MBA’51, died March 27 in Oakland, CA. He was 86. A longtime Chicago resident, Holmgren worked with Halicrafter’s Aircraft, Wilson Meat Packing, Arrow Petroleum, ARA Services, and Classic Coffee. Survivors include two daughters and three grandchildren.

James Kaplan, AM’54, died March 25 in San Francisco. He was 78. Pursuing varied careers, Kaplan worked as a shepherd, a bartender, a cinder snapper, an executive of a bridge-building firm, a health-care administrator, and a community activist. In retirement he volunteered in local schools and a health clinic. Survivors include his wife Susan D. Kaplan, AB’56, AB’57, AM’63, a daughter, a son, and a granddaughter.

Charles E. Meili, MBA’55, died April 5 in Pompano Beach, FL. He was 83. A WW II navy veteran, Meili joined Beloit Corp., which manufactures papermaking machinery. In 1957 he moved to Montreal to found Beloit’s Canadian division, becoming its president and later CEO. Survivors include his wife Helen, three daughters, and three grandchildren.

John A. Brentlinger, AB’58, a philosopher, died March 6 in Florence, MA. He was 72. A Korean War navy veteran, Brentlinger joined the University of Massachusetts philosophy department, where he taught until his 1996 retirement. He cofounded the Socialist/Feminist Philosophers Association (SOFPHIA) and wrote on land reform in Puerto Rico and on Nicaragua’s Sandinistas. In 1999 he founded the Solentiname Friendship Group of Western Massachusetts. Survivors include his wife Sandy, two daughters, three sons, a brother, a sister, and five grandchildren.

Paul Cohen, SM’54, PhD’58, one of the world’s top mathematicians, died March 23 in Stanford, CA. He was 72. Cohen joined Stanford University in 1961, retiring in 2004 as professor emeritus. Tackling long-standing mathematical problems, he won the 1964 American Mathematical Society’s Bocher Memorial Prize for his work on the Littlewood conjecture and the 1966 Fields Medal for his solution to the Continuum Hypothesis. In 1968 he received the National Medal of Science. Elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Mathematical Society, and the American Philosophical Society, he spoke six languages, played piano and violin, and sang in several musical groups. Survivors include his wife Christina, three sons, a brother, and a sister.

Philip M. Coleman, AB’59, died of kidney disease April 27, 2006, in Highland Park, IL. He was 67. An aviation entrepreneur, Coleman founded Scot Air, selling pilot supplies by mail-order; Coleman Aircraft Corporation, a sales and brokerage company that distributed for Beech Aircraft Corporation; and Interlease Aviation Corporation, leasing commercial aircraft to small domestic air carriers. Survivors include his wife Monica, three daughters, a son, and five grandchildren.


Maurice E. Cope, AM’49, PhD’65, an art historian, died February 26 in New Castle, DE. He was 81. A WW II veteran, Cope taught at Valparaiso University, Chicago, Pomona College, Ohio State University, and, for 20 years, at the University of Delaware, where he won an award for excellence in teaching. Traveling to Italy as a student, he returned for 18 months in 1967 to help restore flood-damaged art in Florence. Survivors include a daughter, two sons, a sister, and four grandchildren.

Nancy Sperling Scheftner, AM’66, a social worker, died April 6 in Hinsdale, IL. She was 65. Scheftner worked at the Madden Mental Health Center and the Stickney Mental Health Center. She also was a docent at the Brookfield Zoo. Survivors include her husband William; a daughter; a son, Douglas Scheftner, SM’04; a sister; and a grandson.


Daniel D. Chaffee, AB’70, died of cancer March 10 in Newton, MA. He was 58. An attorney in Boston for many years, Chaffee was most recently creating a cider orchard in Antrim, NH. Survivors include his wife Ouida, three sisters, and a brother.

Kurt Vonnegut, AM’71, novelist and social critic, died April 11 in New York. He was 84. A WW II army veteran, Vonnegut worked as a police reporter, in public relations, and at an advertising agency while launching his literary career. Publishing his first novel, Player Piano, in 1952, he went on to write 13 more novels as well as short stories, essays, and plays. Among the best known are Slaughterhouse-Five, or the Children’s Crusade (1969), which revisited his experience as a prisoner of war in Dresden, Germany, during the Allied firebombing, and Cat’s Cradle (1963), which the University accepted as his master’s thesis almost 25 years after the anthropology department rejected his original paper. His final book was his 2005 collection of nonfiction, A Man Without a Country. Survivors include his second wife, Jill Krementz; three daughters; and fours sons.

Melinda Stern, AB’72, a pediatrician, died of breast cancer February 24 in San Diego. She was 56. Survivors include her husband Lon, a daughter, a son, a brother, and a sister.


Tania Forte, AM’87, PhD’00, an anthropologist, died of a cerebral aneurysm November 17, 2005, in St. Paul, MN. She was 46. An expert on the Palestinian–Israeli conflict, Forte taught at Israel’s Ben Gurion University of the Negev. At the time of her death she was a visiting scholar at Hamline University in St. Paul. Survivors include her husband, Samuel W. Kaplan, AM’86, PhD’96.