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Sidney Cohen, a professor emeritus in the Biological Sciences Division and an internationally recognized pioneer in treating infectious diseases, died June 4 in Hyde Park. He was 82. The former director of research and of microbiology at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center coauthored a 1966 landmark article that described bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics and warned against the indiscriminate use of such drugs. Survivors include his wife, Eva; a son; a daughter; a brother; a sister; and three grandchildren.
Reuel Denney died May 1 in Honolulu. He was 82. A professor in the College from 1947 to 1962, he taught American studies and English at the University of Hawaii until he retired in 1977. A poet and author of The American Muse, he also coauthored (with former U of C professor David Riesman) The Lonely Crowd (1950), a major study of 20th-century American society. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Norton Denney, AM'51, and a son, Randall L. Denney, AB'63.
Fruma Gottschalk, an associate professor emerita in Slavic languages & literatures, died July 23 at age 94. Joining the faculty in 1958 as a lecturer, she coordinated the M.A.T. program in Russian. The editor of several Russian-language instructional readers as well as classics by Gorky, Tolstoy, and Pushkin, she retired in 1977. She is survived by a son, Alexander Gottschalk, CLA'74.
Donnell M. Pappenfort, PhD'60, CLA'69, a professor emeritus in the School of Social Service Administration, died August 9 at his home in Chicago. He was 68. The author of studies on children's residential institutions, juvenile delinquency, and the stress felt by social workers, he taught at Columbia and NYU before coming to Chicago in 1965. He retired in 1989.
Reva Rubin, a former assistant professor at the University, died May 13 in Harrisville, PA. She was 79. An early specialist in maternity nursing, she called for hospital practices to promote mother-infant bonding. On Chicago's faculty in the late 1950s, she spent most of her career at the University of Pittsburgh.
Diana Woo, MD'68, an associate professor of clinical pediatrics and associate dean of students at the Pritzker School of Medicine, died of cancer August 18 at age 54. Woo, who specialized in caring for premature infants, joined the faculty in 1971 and had codirected Wyler Children's Hospital infant and family care program since 1991. She is survived by her husband, John C. ("Sean") Duggan, PhD'73; two daughters, including Catherine Duggan, U-High'94; her mother; a brother; and a sister.
Marjorie Neill Taylor, PhB'20, of Raleigh, died January 11. She was 96. Survivors include a daughter, Jeanne.
Charles A. Messner, AM'22, a retired professor of languages at New York State College at Buffalo, died April 23 in Lee's Summit, MO. He was 102. The WWI veteran taught briefly at Harvard and Tufts, then served for 37 years as professor and chair of foreign languages at Buffalo, retiring initially in 1963 but returning to teaching from 1968 until 1971. He is survived by a son, Charles A. Messner, Jr., PhB'45; three nieces; and two nephews.
Clarinda Brower Burchill, PhB'26, a retired dieti-tian, died May 17 at age 91. The El Dorado, KS, resident spent 40 years in the restaurant and catering business and was active in community and church activities. Survivors include her husband, William; a son; a foster sister; and two grandchildren.
David M. Cox, PhB'26, founder of the Chicago-based Cox & Cox public-relations firm, died November 11, 1993, in San Antonio. He was 88. After a successful business career, he taught sociology at several universities, including the U of C. The holder of two national bridge championships, he played in a tournament ten days before his death. He is survived by two sons, David and William, and 11 grandchildren.
August E. Johansen, PhB'26, DB'28, a five-term U.S. representative, died April 16 in Orlando. He was 89. A conservative Michigan Republican who served on the House Un-American Activities Committee, he was an ordained Congregational minister and had worked for Kellogg Company as an industrial-relations manager. Survivors include three daughters and eight grandchildren.
Michael Levin, PhB'26, JD'28, a Chicago attorney who championed divorce-law reform, died December 21 in Highland Park. He was 90. Survivors include his wife, Charlotte; two sisters; three nephews; and two nieces.
William M. Guthrey, SB'27, a retired geologist, died December 30 at age 93 in Tulsa. Guthrey, who put himself through the U of C by driving a taxi in the Loop, worked with Gulf and Texaco before turning to consulting in 1950. He retired in 1968. He is survived by his wife, Almena; one son; three daughters; and eight grandchildren.
Alice Mc Kim Walker, MBA'27, of San Rafael, CA, died in June 1993 at age 94. At age 75 she retired from her own CPA firm. Survivors include a daughter, Dorothy.
John W. Golosinec, PhB'28, JD'30, a Chicago lawyer with John Golosinec and Associates for 63 years, died January 21, 1994, in Morton Grove. He was 88. The WWII veteran was a director of Security Federal Savings and Loan in Chicago and worked with the Selective Service Appeal Board and the Czechoslovak Relief Board in Washington, DC. More than 50 years ago he formed and was musical director of the Zora Chorus. He is survived by his wife, Lydia; a son; and two sisters.
Herbert J. Knudten, PhB'28, an administrator and financier whose career spanned several fields, died April 24 in Indian River Shores, FL. He was 89. A former competitive speed skater, he also served as an Olympic official and judge. Survivors include his wife, Germaine; a son; a daughter; a brother; and five grandchildren.
Willis H. Johnson, SM'29, PhD'32, a retired researcher and professor of biology at Wabash College, died November 11, 1994, at age 91. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth.
Corinne Weil Mattuck, PhB'30, of Plainfield, VT, died March 23 at age 85. She had worked for 51 years in child development and psychology at Goddard College, which posthumously awarded her an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Survivors include her husband, Robert.
Paul Niederman, PhB'30, JD'32, a prosecutor in the Nuremberg Trials, died May 31 in Washington, DC. He was 86. In a legal career that included service in the federal government and private practice, he specialized in maritime law. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; a stepson; a sister; and two stepgrandchildren.
Fannie Novick Perron, JD'30, assistant corporation counsel for the city of Chicago for more than 50 years, died May 28 at age 93. She was active in the Women's Bar Association and many charitable organizations.
Kenneth H. Lange-McGill, X'31, a government researcher and statistician for more than 40 years, died June 8 at age 91. A native of Burt County, NE, he worked for the Selective Service System and other agencies, retiring in 1970. Survivors include a son, Kenneth Jr.; two sisters; and two grandchildren.
Viola Tilling Pertle, PhB'31, of Chicago, died June 22. She was 94. She is survived by her husband, Lester; a son; and two grandchildren.
Theodore L. Harris, PhB'32, AM'38, PhD'41, a retired professor of education, died February 14 in Tacoma. He was 84 and had taught for many years at the University of Puget Sound. Survivors include his wife, Sylvia.
Ralph Lewis, PhB'32, AM'58, a researcher and sociologist who spent most of his career with the U.S. State Department, died June 10 in Santa Barbara. He was 88. Serving as a chaplain during WWII, he organized what were thought to be the first discussion groups among service personnel. He continued his work for the State Department until his retirement in 1979. In 1992 he established the Ralph Lewis professorship in sociology from an endowment started in 1986.
Charles J. Komaiko, PhB'33, a retired lawyer for Allstate Insurance, died April 30 in Lombard. He was 83. The WWII veteran also served as an attorney for the U.S. Labor Department and in 1951 headed a federal commission on wage violations in the Midwest. Retiring in the early 1970s, he trained as a counselor and volunteered in Catholic and prison programs. He is survived by a daughter, a son, and three grandchildren.
Paul R. Engberg, PhB'34, of Sarasota, FL, died February 17 at age 86. He was a retired manager and buyer for Sears, Roebuck and active in the Elks and National Audubon Society. Survivors include his wife, Louise; three sons; and eight grandchildren.
Marion Rice Andersen, X'35, a former government archivist, died May 7 at age 85. The Bethesda, MD, resident had served on the national fellowship committee of the AAUW. Survivors include her husband, Charles, and a brother.
M. Ruth Walters Bohnen, AB'35, of Oak Brook, IL, and Lost Tree Village, FL, died May 10 at age 81. Survivors include her husband, Robert G. Bohnen, SB'33; two daughters; three sons, including James E. Bohnen, MAT'76; and 17 grandchildren.
Wallace Byrd, MD'35, a retired physician, died January 25 at age 89. The Coalgate, OK, resident had been a member of the Oklahoma State Board of Health and operated the Byrd Clinic until his retirement in 1992.
Matthew E. Welsh, JD'37, former governor of Indiana, died May 28 at age 82. In public service for 50 years, he was a state representative and senator and U.S. attorney before his gubernatorial term (1961-65). The WWII veteran is survived by his wife, Virginia; two daughters; a sister; a brother; and three grandchildren.
Donald B. Anderson, SB'38, a retired sales executive with Sherwin-Williams, died May 2 at age 80. A resident of Shaker Heights, OH, the Army veteran was an expert in chemical warfare. Survivors include his wife, Maxine; three daughters; a brother; two sisters; and four grandchildren.
Walter H. Hoskins, PhD'39, a retired biochemist, died February 22 in Medford, NJ. He was 82. Involved in new drug research and development at several companies, he was director of medical communications and a clinical research associate at Warner-Lambert. Survivors include three sons, a daughter, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Daniel J. Fortmann, MD'40, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and former L.A. Rams team physician, died May 24 at age 79. The Los Angeles resident was a guard on the Chicago Bears while attending medical school. The Rams' doctor from 1947 to 1963, he retired from practice at Saint Joseph Medical Center in 1984. Survivors include two sons, a brother, two sisters, and five grandchildren.
Joseph H. Krivanek, SB'40, of Riverside, IL, died March 13 at age 75. He is survived by his wife, Libbie, and two daughters.
James M. Wilson, AB'42, MBA'50, an investment analyst, died at his Hinsdale home May 19. The WWII veteran was 74. He is survived by his wife, Peggy; a stepson; a stepdaughter; and a sister.
Charlotte F. Andress, AM'43, of Bridgeport, CT, died June 5 at age 85. Survivors include a nephew, Don.
William J. Howell, MBA'44, a pioneer developer of profit-sharing plans, died June 13 in Vineyard Haven, MA, at age 81. The Winnetka resident and WWII veteran was a founding partner of Howell & Sisler Associates and served on several philanthropic boards. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; a daughter; three sons; a brother; a sister; and two grandchildren.
Mary Kinnucan Samuels, AB'45, a concert pianist residing in Flossmoor, IL, died January 10. She had also taught piano and volunteered in community activities. Survivors include her husband, Richard L. Samuels, AB'44, JD'50; a daughter, Mary H. Samuels, AB'79; two sons; a sister, Barbara Kinnucan Bennett, SB'40; and two grandchildren.
John Y. Cooper, AB'46, MBA'48, a retired Ford executive who lived in Plymouth, MI, died February 11. Survivors include his wife, Louise.
James R. Hoatson, Jr., AA'46, SB'47, a research chemist and patent lawyer, died May 13 in Hinsdale after a 30-year battle with multiple sclerosis. He was 73. A WWII veteran, Hoatson worked for Universal Oil Products as a research chemist and then as a patent manager, pursuing his law degree at night. Appointed chief patent counsel in 1962, he held the post for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, Joan; three daughters; two sisters; and seven grandchildren.
Bernice Ackerman, SB'48, SM'55, PhD'65, a retired meteorologist, died July 5 at her Chicago home. She was 70 and a veteran of the WAVES. One of the first women to become an atmospheric-research scientist, she held posts at the U of C's Cloud Physics Laboratory and Argonne. She joined the University of Illinois faculty in 1972, became head of meteorology, and retired in 1988.
Lawrence J. Howell, X'49, a retired metallurgical chemist, of Morningside Gardens, NY, died February 3 at age 71. Noted for his Columbia School of Mines work on zirconium, in his retirement he became an avid photographer. He is survived by his wife, Lois, and brother, Ernest.
Douglas M. A. Jones, SB'49, SM'49, of Champaign, a retired radar meteorologist for the Illinois State Water Survey, died April 30. The WWII veteran was 74. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ellen; a daughter; two sons; a brother; two sisters; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Sue Smulekoff Moyerman, AB'49, AM'52, special assistant to Pennsylvania's health and public-welfare departments and a health-care administrator, died June 9 of cancer. The Camp Hill, PA, resident was also an aviator and sculptor. Survivors include her sister, a son, a daughter, and two grandchildren.
Virgil J. Vogel, AM'49, PhD'66, a retired professor of history at Truman College, died January 10, 1994, in Northbrook, IL. He was 75. The author of several books on Native-American history, medicine, and place names, he also served as president of the Charles H. Kerr Co., helping to revitalize the historic Chicago publishing firm. Survivors include his wife, Louise; a daughter; two sons; two brothers; and two grandchildren.
Sara Roberta Church, X'50, a minority-groups consultant to the U.S. government and administrator with the Department of Health and Human Services, died July 15 in Memphis. She was 81. The member of a pioneer family of Memphis, in 1952 she became the first African-American woman elected to public office in that city.
Severn Darden, X'50, a founding cast member of the Second City comedy troupe, died May 26 at his Santa Fe home at age 65, following a debilitating stroke last year. While at Chicago he performed with the Compass Players, then went on to stand-up comedy and theater, television, and movie roles, including Planet of the Apes and The President's Analyst. He is survived by his wife, Heather, and son, Scott.
William H. Harlan, PhD'50, professor emeritus of sociology at Ohio University, died July 4 at his Oxford, OH, home. He was 78. Specializing in social psychology and the emigration of Indian nationals to England, he was appointed to the Ohio faculty in 1953 and retired in 1987. The former conscientious objector became a decorated WWII veteran. He is survived by four daughters, including Anne Harlan Strohm, AM'79; a son; and eight grandchildren.
Mary Lee Marksberry, PhD'51, of Blairstown, MO, died May 28 at age 85.
G. Fred Libbey, AM'52, of Ypsilanti, MI, died July 12 at age 73. He had been a high-school English teacher and was active in his community and church. The WWII veteran is survived by his wife, Elaine; three daughters; four sisters; and four grandchildren.
Arthur K. Shapiro, MD'55, a clinical professor of psychiatry and Tourette's syndrome expert, died June 3 of lung cancer at age 72. The Scarsdale, NY, resident taught at Cornell and Mount Sinai medical schools and was director of the Tourette Research Foundation, where he worked with his wife, Elaine Schlaffer Shapiro, PhD'63. He is survived by his wife, a son, two daughters, a brother, and three grandchildren.
Richard M. Ferme, AM'56, an attorney for the National Organization of Paralyzed Veterans of America and a lobbyist for the disabled, died June 10 in Chicago. He was 68. Before retiring in 1981, he served as a probation officer and maintained a private practice as a psychiatric social worker. Survivors include his daughter, Cathy; a brother; and two grandchildren.
Edward H. Van Ness, X'58, former executive VP of the National Health Council, died July 7 of lung cancer. He was 66. A staunch health-education advocate, he helped develop New York's Medicaid and Pure Waters programs and lectured at Chicago, New York, and Cornell universities.
Elizabeth Phelps Davey, AM'61, of Hyde Park, a retired teacher, died May 25 at age 84. She taught for 25 years in Chicago's public schools and also ran reading clinics. She is survived by her husband, John R. Davey, AM'35, a U of C associate professor emeritus in humanities; a son, John P. Davey, AB'61, JD'62; and two granddaughters.
Richard W. Seaton, PhD'62, an associate professor emeritus of architecture at the University of British Columbia, died February 20. He was 71. The Vancouver resident was the first sociologist/social psychologist to teach full time in architecture, first at UC-Berkeley, then at British Columbia (1969-89). Survivors include his wife, Paula; two daughters; a son; and two grandchildren.
Robert Deshman, AB'63, a professor of history at the University of Toronto, died recently. His book The Benedicational of Aethelwold was published this year by Princeton University Press. Survivors include his wife, Linda; two daughters; and a son.
C. Joseph Ehrenberg, X'64, cofounder of Chicago City Theatre and the Joel Hall Dancers, died May 31 in Chicago at age 65. In the mid-1960s he was executive director of JOBS, a program for unemployed youth. While a graduate student at Chicago, he established the International Players. He is survived by his longtime companion, Joel Hall; his mother; his brother; and his sister.
Robert L. J. Gillispie III, X'64, an investment banker and senior VP with Chicago Corp., died of cancer July 5. The Homewood, IL, resident was 53. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; four daughters; a son; his parents; two sisters; and three grandchildren.
Clifford C. Clogg, AM'74, SM'74, PhD'77, distinguished professor of sociology at Pennsylvania State, died May 7 of a heart attack. He was 45. Joining Penn State's faculty in 1976, he became a widely respected expert on quantitative methods and demography, and served as editor on several publications, including Demography and Journal of the American Statistical Association. He is survived by his wife, Judy; four daughters; his mother; two sisters; and a brother.
Keith R. Garrity, MBA'94, chairman and CEO of HBD Industries, died June 1 in Chicago at age 63. The Libertyville resident was former chair and COO of Fansteel, where his career spanned 34 years. The Navy veteran is survived by his wife, Milli; two daughters; a son; and five grandchildren.