The University of Chicago Magazine October 1995
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James D. Barber, AB'50, AM'55, the James B. Duke professor of political science and public policy at Duke University, reports that his research concentrates on creating and maintaining democracy and also on citizen presidents of the U.S. Wayne C. Booth, AM'47, PhD'50, the George M. Pullman distinguished-service professor emeritus of English at the U of C, received an honorary degree from Carleton College in June. Carl F. Christ, SB'43, PhD'50, see 1943, Carl F. Christ. Laurence A. Kaufman, AB'50, AM'53, president of public-relations firm/advertising agency Kaufman Ryan Stral, was honored by the Electronic Distribution Show and Conference in Las Vegas for 40 years of public-relations service to the show and to the industry. In November, Marion Lerner-Levine, X'50, had a solo exhibition of etchings and watercolors, "From a Place of Delight," at Gallery 107 in Brooklyn.

51 Reunion 1996, May 31-June 2

William M. Cross, HC'44, CLA'51, AM'51, a professor of sociology at Illinois College, received one of the school's 1995 Ernest H. Hildner, Jr., awards. Claire C. Patterson, PhD'51, a professor in the California Institute of Technology's division of geological and planetary sciences, received the 1995 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement for his research on lead and its potential health dangers. Thalia Cheronis Selz, AM'51, read some of her short fiction at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, in June, as a featured writer in the year-long series, "Investing in Dreams," sponsored by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. Kenneth W. Thompson, AM'48, PhD'51, director of the Miller Center-a University of Virginia-based institution with a focus on the presidency-is also editor of the Miller Center Journal, now in its second year. Kay Mya Yee, PhD'51, retired as a professor from the Institute of Education in Yangon, Myanmar (Rangoon, Burma) in 1979. She writes, "It is very interesting to learn how the U of C is prospering and reaching out to the four corners of the world."


David Ray, AB'52, AM'57, writes that his book Wool Highways (Helicon Nine Editions) won the 1994 William Carlos Williams award from the Poetry Society of America. He is now working on a prose memoir, The Endless Search, for which he would like to hear from classmates and others who were at the U of C in the 1950s. He can be reached at 5517 Crestwood Drive, Kansas City, MO 64110. F. Sherwood Rowland, SM'51, PhD'52, the Donald Bren professor of chemistry at the University of California, Irvine, and the codiscoverer of the effects of chlorofluorocarbons on the ozone layer, was elected to the American Philosophical Society in April.


G. Cal Hoyt, AM'54, retired as dean of the faculty of business administration at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. Carl Sagan, AB'54, SB'55, SM'56, PhD'60, the David Duncan professor of astronomy and space sciences and director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University, was elected to the American Philosophical Society in April.


Click here for alumni profile: Smaller, Freer, Better: Deborah Meier, AM'55 helped found a new inner city high school in New York.

Ellis A. Johnson, AM'51, PhD'55, a professor emeritus at State University of New York College at Cortland, retired from the college, where he taught history for nearly 40 years, in January. Robert K. LeBeck, MBA'55, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, turned 80 on January 1.

56 Reunion 1996, May 31-June 2

Herbert Garfinkel, AM'50, PhD'56, received an honorary alumni award from Michigan State University in recognition of his role as founding dean of James Madison College, a 25-year-old experimental unit of MSU. A professor emeritus and former vice president for academic affairs at the University of Louisville, Garfinkel lives with wife Evelyn in Peoria, near their daughter Laura, son Paul, and six grandchildren.


Sherry Feinberg Israel, AB'57, is an associate professor at the Hornstein Program of Jewish Communal Service, Brandeis University. She is also research director of the 1995 Jewish Community demographic study conducted by the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston.


Joseph M. Coogle, Jr., MBA'58, an adjunct associate professor at the University of Maryland University College, teaches graduate courses in strategic and marketing management. After retiring as executive vice president of Ketchum Communications in 1990, Coogle opened Coogle & Associates, a consulting firm. He and wife Maryhelen live in Annapolis, MD, where he also sails and golfs. Arnold E. Davidson, AB'58, AM'64, has been a research professor of Canadian studies at Duke University for five years. David W. Fox, MBA'58, chair and CEO of Northern Trust Corporation, was named the GSB's 1995 Distinguished Alumnus. Peter E. Pflaum, AB'58, AB'59, see 1929, Melanie Loewenthal Pflaum. William R. Rogers, DB'58, PhD'65, president of Guilford College, and his wife, Beverley, received distinguished service awards from the Guilford alumni association in May. Rogers plans to retire in June. Allan G. Roin, AB'58, an attorney, real-estate agent, and arts student, had an exhibition of his painting, sculpture, and mixed media at the Language House Gallery in Chicago in January. In June, he discussed psychological aspects of his art and the use of art as a healing force at the annual American Psychiatric Association meeting in Miami.


Mildred S. Dresselhaus, PhD'59, a professor at MIT and an expert on the electronic and conducting properties of graphite and the group V semi metals, was elected to the American Philosophical Society in April. Edward H. Kolbe, DB'59, is the new pastor of St. Andrew Christian Church in Arlington, TX. Vera Oravec Laska, PhD'59, produced her seventh book, Two Loves of Benjamin Franklin: Women and Diplomacy (Grafoprint), from research conducted while she was a Fulbright scholar in American history at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Laska discovered two letters that Franklin had written to Czech scientist Frantisek Steinsky. Gloria Leiser Magnuson, AB'59, AB'61, has been teaching near Cambridge, England, since 1964. Mary Lou Wickersheim Muehleis, BFA'59, has been "happily retired" with husband John for two years. She enjoys spending time with her first grandchild, traveling, writing fiction, and "catching up." In July 1994, Thomas W. Roberts, AM'59, was awarded an M.A., honoris causa, by the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Donald G. Tritt, PhD'59, retired as professor of psychology at Denison University after 36 years there.

Within Class News:

  • Preserving Camelot: Bradley Gerratt, AM'79, MBA'79 directs the John F. Kennedy Library.
  • Smaller, Freer, Better: Deborah Meier, AM'55 helped found a new inner city high school in New York.

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