The University of Chicago Magazine December 1995
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Holding the Line

Reenacting the battle of Crécy-or maybe just fending off baseball players encroaching on their practice range-these women warriors appeared in the 1930 yearbook. Archery classes were held daily on Dudley Field, behind Ida Noyes Hall.

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Class News Highlights

"My home by the ocean, 'Casa al Mare,' offers me the opportunity to return to my marine-biology days studying the barrier islands."
-Peter S. Amenta, PhD'58

"In the great tradition of the U of C, two alumni decided to marry each other rather than prowling the bars trying to talk to Northwestern graduates."
-Carlos J. Barrionuevo, AB'90, and Alexandra Quere, AB'90

"... caused a stir this summer when we raised two goats at our urban Cincinnati home. Nancy fielded questions from police as Don herded the four kids."
-Donald C. Dowling, Jr., AB'82, and Nancy Hill Dowling, AB'84

Within Class News:

  • Art for all: Barbara Mirecki, AM'71 helped bring the Monet exhibit to Chicago.

  • Setting Sail: Ben Morgan, AB'92looks to the 1996 Olympic sailing championships.

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    Loraine Richardson Green, PhB'18, AM'19, celebrated her 107th birthday in November. The block-long stretch of 57th Street between Stony Island Avenue and the Illinois Central train tracks has been named for her.


    Janet Lewis Winters, PhB'20, age 96, writes that a new edition of her novel The Wife of Martin Guerre has been published by Swallow Press.


    Helen Weber Mathews, PhB'22, is busy in retirement.


    Violet Feilchenfeld Himmel, X'23, age 90, was featured on the front page of Skyline, a Chicago paper, for her volunteer work at the Michael Reese Service League Thrift Shop, which closed in August. Himmel, who cofounded the league, has volunteered for the hospital for more than 50 years.


    Katherine Barrett Allen, PhB'25, age 93, is still in good health and doing volunteer work. She enjoys "keeping up with the marvelous things today's students are doing." James W. Cooksey, PhB'25, reports that his wife, Helen, died last year, and that he "lunches at Greenwich Senior Center with a happy group." He encourages other classmates to send in their news.


    Reunion 1996, May 31-June 2

    Donald J. Sabath, SB'26, MD'31, reports that "old age is taking over and limiting" his and his wife's activities. Eva Wayman Weber, PhB'26, age 90, lives in a retirement home where she volunteers in the library and calls on friends in the health center. "My education," she writes, "is a continuing source of satisfaction."


    William H. Abbott, PhB'27, JD'28, see 1942, Eugene F. Folks. Mildred Schieber Standish, PhB'27, turned 90 in February and still does volunteer work on income taxes, travels, and plays bridge. "Except for surgery for a left rotator cuff, I can't complain," she writes.


    Allan M. Wolf, PhB'28, JD'30, lost his wife two years ago after 62 years of a happy marriage. He has five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, who were born in 1995. He writes, "Good luck and long life to all graduates."


    Jay J. Stein, PhB'29, age 86, continues to practice law in Los Angeles County, which he has done since 1933 except for two years in military service. He plays singles tennis twice a week. His wife, Lorayne, died in 1993. His son, Richard, chairs the English department at the University of Oregon, Eugene. Granddaughters Rebecca and Sarah are graduate students at Stanford and travel often, mostly to Israel. Stein, his son, and his granddaughters are all members of Phi Beta Kappa.


    Harriet Hathaway Fearon, PhB'30, lived "across her backyard fence" from the University of Maine at Orono before moving to Bellefontaine, OH, in September to live with her son, John. She is a retired staff writer and editor at the Bangor(ME) Daily News. Leo Rosten, PhB'30, PhD'37, has published his 36th book, Leo Rosten's Carnival of Wit (Dutton/Penguin).


    Reunion 1996, May 31-June 2

    Alexander Coutts, PhB'31, age 91, had a date to sing a recital of Broadway musical tunes in December at the Fine Arts Building in Chicago.


    Albert R. Kramer, PhB'32, a retired airline executive, spends winters in Florida and summers at his home on Martha's Vineyard, MA. He has traveled extensively in Europe and Asia. Gilbert F. White, SB'32, SM'34, PhD'42, a geology professor emeritus at the University of Colorado, received Sweden's annual Volvo environmental prize in October. White, who has studied environmental issues for more than six decades, is best known for his work in waterconservation and the environmental effects of nuclear war.


    Elizabeth Jones Borst, PhB'33, X'35, returned from a trip-by sea-to Cape Town, South Africa, "just in time to act again as class agent for the class of 1933." She looks forward to hearing from classmates, "with checks enclosed for the College Fund."


    Earnest K. Jordan, PhB'34, and Dorothy Fuhrman Jordan, PhB'34, report that at ages 84 and 85 they are still in good health and able to travel around the country, visiting their children and old friends. Malcolm L. Smith, AM'34, is retired and living in downtown Washington, DC. Wendell A. Smith, AB'34, has been enjoying 26 years of retirement, spending half the year in Florida and the other half in Michigan. "Golfing is great when you have lots of time," he writes. "Wish all in my class could have had as good health and as good a time as I have."


    In May, Theodore Kahan, SB'35, competed in the tenth annual Philadelphia Senior Games: In the 70-84 age groups, he won first place in the 100-, 200-, and 400-meter runs, and in the 80-84 age group, he took first place in singles tennis and second in the softball throw.


    Reunion 1996, May 31-June 2

    P. Blair Ellsworth, SB'36, MD'39, age 84, enjoys retirement in Sun City, AZ, but has health problems that prevent traveling long distances.


    Since retiring from the Chicago Board of Education as an elementary teacher in 1969, Phoebe Clanton Arrington, PhB'37, has done some traveling, including a recent three-week trip to Cape Town, South Africa. William C. Buchanan, Jr., AM'66, reports that Mahanambrata Brahmachari, PhD'37, a monk and Neo Vaishnavist, celebrated his 90th birthday on Christmas Day 1994. Buchanan has compiled Brahmachari's biography, excerpts from his diary, a bibliography of his writings-including Lord's Grace in My Race, an account of his voyage to America and his first weeks in Chicago-and recollections from friends into a booklet called "My Impressions." Brahmachari's followers in India are interested in hearing from anyone who recalls him from his Chicago days. Dena Polachek Epstein, AB'37, writes that the Music Library Association has established an award in her name for archival and library research in American music. William Horwitz, SB'37, an adviser with the FDA, is the first recipient of the AOAC International William Horwitz Award. Horwitz, executive director of the association from 1955 to 1979, is also the only living holder of its most exclusive designation: honorary membership. Milton G. Johnson, AM'37, and wife Miriam celebrated their 50th anniversary in October. The Maryland couple have four children and three grandchildren. Morris L. Slugg, SB'37, retired to Maine in 1967, and he still enjoys it. In June, Ruth Patterson Wolfe, AM'37, received the Canada Volunteer Award of Honour for her work in establishing educational, women's, and seniors' groups.


    Jerome M. Sivesind, AB'38, has four children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He's "doing fine for 80." Grand-<\n>daughter Kari-an all-conference basketball forward and a senior at the University of California, Davis-is starting for her third year. Sivesind sees most of her games.

    Within Class News:

  • Art for all: Barbara Mirecki, AM'71 helped bring the Monet exhibit to Chicago.

  • Setting Sail: Ben Morgan, AB'92looks to the 1996 Olympic sailing championships.

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