The University of Chicago Magazine April 1996
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Arthur W. H. Adkins, the Edward Olson professor in classical languages and literatures and an expert on ancient Greek values and ethics, died February 13 at age 66. A native of Britain, he taught at universities there before joining Chicago in 1974. Adkins helped found the Committee on the Ancient Mediterranean World in 1979 and chaired the classical languages and literature department from 1975-80. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; a son; a daughter, Deborah Adkins Molasky, AB'88; and two grandchildren.

Michael F. Basch, former associate professor of psychiatry, died January 24 in Hyde Park. He was 66. Before joining Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in 1983, he was on the staff at Michael Reese Hospital and a faculty member in the BSD and at the Institute for Psychoanalysis of Chicago. In 1992 he was appointed to the Cynthia Oudejans Harris chair of psychiatry at Rush. Survivors include his wife, Carol; a daughter; and two sons.

William A. Pitcher, SB'34, DB'39, PhD'55, an associate professor emeritus in the Divinity School, died February 6. He was 82. After joining the U of C in 1952, he taught social ethics and helped shape the field of ethics and society. Pitcher retired in 1977 and was minister of social concerns at Hyde Park's University Church. A civil-rights activist and a former member of Operation Breadbasket, Pitcher was also a supporter of Operation PUSH and executive director of Covenant Development, which rebuilt and refurbished housing in Woodlawn. Survivors include his wife, Sara Wallace Pitcher, MST'75; three sons; two daughters; and nine grandchildren.


Daniel I. Leifer, director of the U of C's Hillel Foundation for 25 years, died March 10 at age 60. He came to Chicago as associate director of Hillel in 1964 after being ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Known for encouraging interfaith dialogue, Leifer ran lecture series, organized dinners for Jewish and Muslim students, helped build Hillel's library, and cofounded Hillel's first chavurah minyan. He also co-organized the annual Latke-Hamentash debate, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this fall. Survivors include his wife, Myra Leifer, PhD'71; a daughter; his mother; and a brother.

Oliver W. Tuthill, president of the John Crerar Library from 1966 to 1984, died December 2 in San Rafael, CA. He was 89. Tuthill, a retired vice president of Illinois Bell, helped merge the Crerar science, technology, and medical-research library with the U of C in 1984. He then became president of the John Crerar Foundation. Survivors include his wife, Virginia; three sons; and a brother.


Ionia J. Rehm, PhB'21, of Oak Park, died December 26 at age 98. After earning her master's at Columbia University, she taught in South Dakota, then joined the first faculty of Chicago's Steinmetz High School, where she headed the mathematics department until her retirement in the early 1960s. Survivors include three sisters.

Livingston Hall, PhB'23, the Roscoe Pound professor emeritus at Harvard Law School, died in Great Barrington, MA, on November 18. He was 92. A Harvard Law School graduate, he taught there from 1932 until 1971. His 20-year stint as vice dean was interrupted by wartime service. A past president of the Massachusetts Bar Association, he was a trustee of Simon's Rock College, which he helped his wife, Elizabeth, found. Among survivors are his wife; two sons; two daughters; a brother, J. Parker Hall, Jr., PhB'27; and 11 grandchildren.

Leonidas H. Berry, SB'25, MD'30, an authority on digestive diseases and endoscopy, died December 4. He was 93. The Hyde Park resident was the first black physician on the Michael Reese Hospital staff and the first black internist at Cook County Hospital, where he retired in 1975 as chief of endoscopy and senior attending physician. A pioneer in gastroscopy and endoscopy, he helped bring medical care to many black communities. Survivors include a daughter, Judith Berry Griffin, AB'59, AM'60; a brother; two sisters; and four grandchildren.

Helen Hill Miller, PhD'28, a biographer and journalist, died December 26 in Washington, DC. She was 96. Author of over 20 books, she was a staff writer for the Agriculture Department in the late 1930s, then a correspondent for The Economist and Newsweek, a contributing editor to The New Republic, and a writer for Harper's and Esquire. Among survivors are two sons and nine grandchildren, including Julia A. Thomas, AM'84, PhD'93.

Ethel M. Miller, AM'29, of Wichita, Kansas, died July 27. She was 96. Survivors include a sister, Irene.


Paul Niederman, PhB'30, JD'32, died in Washington, DC, on May 31. A chief prosecuting attorney in the Nuremberg trials after WWII, he later was deputy director of maritime law. In 1966, he went into private practice in Washington. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; a stepson; a sister, Loretta Niederman Kuklin, SB'34; and two stepgrandchildren.

Rena Lipschitz Young, PhB'31, CLA'38, of Northbrook, IL, died November 3 in Chicago. She was 84 and had worked for the Illinois Department of Public Aid for more than 40 years. After retiring in 1975, she was active in the Highland Park chapter of Hadassah and in her local synagogue. Among survivors are two sons and two granddaughters.

Anthony Alic, PhB'32, a retired Ford Motor Company executive who lived in Birmingham, MI, died November 7 at age 84. In retirement, he enjoyed reading, rose gardening, golf, and bridge. He is survived by a daughter; two sons, including James M. Alic, MBA'72; a brother; and three grandchildren.

Mildred Spiro Hurwitz, X'32, died November 23 at age 86. The Skokie resident cofounded the Chicago-area committee for the State of Israel Bond Organization, which named her its "Man of the Year" in 1978. She was active in a number of Jewish organizations, including the Jewish National Fund. A teacher, book reviewer, and part-time theatrical reviewer, Hurwitz is survived by two sons and three grandchildren.

Francis J. Cimral, AB'35, died December 28 in Vista, CA. He was 82. Survivors include his wife, Jane; two sons; and a daughter.

Hubert L. Will, AB'35, JD'37, a U.S. district judge in Chicago for 34 years, died December 9. He was 81. A WWII veteran who received a Bronze Star, Will practiced law in Chicago until he was named to the federal bench in 1961; he achieved senior status in 1979. A founder of the Federal Judges Association, his judicial honors include the 1991 Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice award. Survivors include his wife, Jane; two daughters; a son, Jon N. Will, AM'68; and several grandchildren.

Paul H. Whitney, PhB'36, of Woodland Park, CO, died in December 1994. He was 81. Among survivors are his wife, Veronique; two daughters; a son; a brother, Ross B. Whitney, PhB'33, MBA'59; and six grandchildren.

Marguerite V. Young, AM'36, a noted literary figure, died November 17. She was 87. The Indianapolis native taught writing for many years at New York's New School. Her 1965 novel, Miss MacIntosh, My Darling, was hailed as a tour de force--and included a character known as the "opium lady," modeled after a wealthy drug addict and arts patron for whom Young worked during her U of C days.

William S. Fife, MD'38, died March 5 at age 85. A psychiatrist in Sacramento, CA, for more than 40 years, he served on the staff of numerous local hospitals and helped found American River Hospital in the 1960s. A fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, he was honored in 1991 for more than 50 years of service. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis; five sons; one daughter; four stepdaughters; and 18 grandchildren.

Amorette L. Freese, AM'38, a retired psychiatric social worker at Harbor General Hospital, died August 23 in San Pedro, CA. She was 81.

Alexia Harter Mancina, AB'38, died December 20 in Rochester, MN. She was 83.

Bernard H. Gold, SB'39, AM'41, PhD'54, the first president and dean of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, died December 12 in Naples, FL. He was 79. A WWII and Korean War veteran, he had a private practice for 30 years. A former pharmacology professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he also was chief clinical psychologist at Westside VA Hospital. Among survivors are his wife, Nancy Schonbrun Gold, AM'55; two sons, including Mitchell S. Gold, MBA'89; a daughter; and a sister.

Gilbert S. Hardie, MD'39, died December 19 in San Diego, CA. He was 81. A Pearl Harbor survivor, he served as a flight surgeon and at the San Diego Navy Hospital during WWII, then spent 45 years in an obstetrics and gynecology practice. He is survived by a sister; two children; two granddaughters, including Liza C. Leif, AB'86; and a grandson.


Annette Axelrad Cohen, SB'40, of Bellevue, WA, died November 27 at age 76. Formerly head dieti-tian at Michael Reese Hospital, she moved to Seattle in 1948, where she worked for ten years in real estate, led the Council of Jewish Women, served numerous community groups, and was a precinct committeeperson in "Scoop" Jackson's presidential campaign. Cohen is survived by a daughter, a son, a brother, and five grandchildren.

Iris A. Byler, AB'41, BLS'46, of Narbeth, PA, died November 6. She was 77. An enthusiastic traveler, she spent her career on the staff of the University Library. She is survived by her sister, Daisy.

David L. Francis, AM'41, of Farmington, CT, died in spring 1995. Survivors include his wife, Sarah.

William H. Bell, Jr., X'42, died December 13. A WWII Air Force veteran, the Orland Park, IL, resident worked as a purchasing agent in the electronics industry. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; a son; and three grandchildren.

Edward R. Woodward, MD'42, a retired gastrointestinal surgeon, died January 7 at age 79. Founder of the University of Florida College of Medicine's surgery department, he advanced understanding of peptic-ulcer disease and surgical treatment on the esophagus and stomach. The WWII veteran also taught at UCLA.

Michael Bonfiglio, MD'43, a professsor emeritus of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Iowa, died June 13. He was 78. The WWII veteran received a distinguished service award in 1972 from the University's BSD alumni association. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; three sons; a daughter; and a sister.

Lorraine Johnson Creel, PhD'43, an expert on Confucius and the history of the Far East, died Nov. 23 after falling into a creek near her home in Palos Park, IL. She was 80. During WWII, she helped break Japanese naval codes. She and her late husband, U of C professor Herrlee Creel, PhB'26, AM'27, DB'28, PhD'29, helped establish the University's Far Eastern Library.

William A. Johnson, AM'44, pastor emeritus of St. John Church-Baptist on Chicago's South Side, died December 21 at age 95. Johnson was dean emeritus and a trustee of the Chicago Baptist Institute and a trustee for the Baptist Theological Union. Active in other Baptist organizations, he also spoke on civil-rights issues.

James B. Inskeep, PhB'46, AM'49, a professor emeritus at Bakersfield College in California, died December 22 at age 71. He taught political science and Western civilization at Bakersfield for over 30 years. A WWII and Korean War veteran, Inskeep received two Purple Hearts. Survivors include his wife, Dorothea; a stepson; a stepdaughter; and a brother.

Marabell Smith San Fratello, PhB'46, of Chicago, died January 6 at age 69. Survivors include a son and a daughter, Katherine L. San Fratello, AB'85.

Gerald W. Breese, PhD'47, a professor emeritus of sociology at Princeton, died August 25. He was 83. An expert on urban growth in developing countries, he taught at Princeton from 1949 to 1977 and led its Bureau of Urban Research for 16 years. He taught and lectured at universities throughout the world and was active on Princeton Township planning boards. He is survived by his wife, Alice; four children; five stepchildren; and seven grandchildren.

Murray Mogel, AB'47, of New York City, died December 8 at age 68. A state supreme court judge, he was in private practice in New York before joining the Legal Aid Society and becoming chief of its federal defenders unit in New York's southern district. Appointed to the criminal court in 1978, Mogel served there until named to the supreme court in 1986. He is survived by his mother, Bertha, and a brother.

John W. Paul, MAT'47, died January 1 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, at age 87. Born in Scotland, he was raised in Saskatchewan, where he taught in elementary schools for more than two decades, interruped by four years overseas with the Regina Rifles Regiment. He later joined the University of Saskatchewan, retiring from its College of Education in 1972 as a professor emeritus. Paul is survived by two daughters and six grandchildren.

Erich Rosenthal, AM'42, PhD'48, a retired sociologist, died November 10 at age 83. An expert in income distribution and acculturation, he brought national attention to high intermarriage and low fertility rates among American Jews through his work on Jewish assimilation and group identity. After teaching at several universities, he joined the faculty of Queens College from 1951 to 1978. Rosenthal is survived by a daughter and a son.

Claude E. Whitaker, Jr., JD'48, of Glenview, IL, died November 29 at age 74. An assistant corporation counsel in the 1950s, he served on the Illinois Industrial Commission and was appointed to the Cook County circuit court in 1977. As a juvenile-court judge from 1981 until his retirement in 1991, he oversaw some of the toughest cases in the system. He is survived by his wife, Roxie; a daughter; a brother; a sister; and two grandchildren.

Jay M. Jensen, SB'49, MD'51, died December 8 at age 71. A 35-year staff member at Latter-day Saints Hospital, an examiner for the American Board of Surgery, and a professor at the University of Utah, he advanced methods for controlling surgical infection and aided the 3M Company in developing surgical technologies. He is survived by his wife, Bebe; three daughters; four sons; including James C. Jensen, MD'86; and 12 grandchildren.

Charles V. Kralovec, JD'49, a Chicago trial lawyer and former assistant U.S. attorney, died December 24 in his Northbrook, IL, home. He was 74. Awarded the Bronze Star in WWI, Kralovec specialized in personal-injury law and in 1960 founded the Chicago firm Kralovec, Marquard, Doyle and Gibbons. He retired in 1990 and is survived by his wife, Rosemary; a son; four daughters; and eight grandchildren.


Joseph E. Clettenberg, PhD'50, founder and first director of the extension program at Northern Illinois University, died November 4 at age 86. The Dallas resident is survived by his wife, Esther; a daughter; a son; and five grandchildren.

Thomas A. Kelly, MBA'50, former president of LaSalle Steel, died in December at his Chicago home. A Purple Heart recipient, he joined the steel company after WWII and retired in 1984. Survivors include his wife, Janet; a son; and two sisters.

Charles E. Kirkpatrick, MAT'51, died July 1 at age 74. He had worked in the Dallas school system for 42 years as a teacher, principal, and assistant personnel director. The WWII veteran was also active in Big Brothers, the Boy Scouts, the YMCA, and the United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Hazel, and a brother.

Claire C. Patterson, PhD'51, a geochemist who made the first accurate measurement of the Earth's age, died December 5. He was 73. A professor emeritus at Caltech and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Patterson was awarded the 1995 Tyler prize for environmental achievement. His work was cited by proponents of the Clean Air Act of 1970 and the phasing out of lead in gasoline. He is survived by his wife, Lorna; two daughters; two sons; a brother; a sister; and three grandchildren.

Dorris A. Flesner, AM'53, a retired professor at what is now Luther Seminary, died May 2, 1995, at age 80. Before joining the seminary in 1957, he was a parish pastor for 17 years at churches in Indiana and Iowa. The Roseville, MN, resident helped organize the Lutheran Historical Conference and was its first chair. Survivors include his wife, Ruth; two sons; and a daughter.

Lloyd L. Brandborg, MD'55, a retired gastroenterologist and professor emeritus of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, died in 1995. The WWII veteran was 71 and is survived by his wife, Donna, and his son.

Eura A. Sargent, AM'56, of Indianapolis, died December 13 at age 90. A social-services worker for 30 years at Attucks High School, she was active in a local Baptist church and the Red Cross. She is survived by a sister, Mary Ruth.

Ellen C. Calvary, CLA'58, a medical researcher, died December 22 at age 85. The longtime Hyde Park resident was involved in research with new drugs at Northwestern, Michael Reese, and U of C hospitals before retiring in 1975. Survivors include a sister, Gertrude, and a nephew.

Wolfram F. Hanrieder, AB'58, AM'59, an authority on German foreign policy and a political-science professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, died November 22. He was 64. Hanrieder taught at Princeton before going to Santa Barbara, and lectured and taught around the world. Germany awarded him its Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit in 1991.

Harold J. Johnson, PhD'58, a professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Western Ontario, died October 23 at age 76. In his 35 years at Western Ontario, he specialized in medieval philosophy and was convenor of the Student Christian Movement Study Group. Survivors include his wife, Lucy.

Robert W. Sellen, AM'55, PhD'58, a history professor at Georgia State University, died November 23. He was 65. Specializing in American diplomatic history, he coedited two books, wrote many articles and book reviews, and lectured widely. He is survived by his wife, Donna, and two brothers, including Albert R. Sellen, AM'50, PhD'54.

Joseph P. Bjerklie, X'59, of Austin, TX, died November 8 at age 71. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Hough Bjerklie, AB'50, MBA'54; a son; and a daughter, Margaret A. Bjerklie, AB'79.

Robert K. Dobberstein, AM'59, a historian and former chair of the social-sciences department of Wright College, died December 17 in Naperville, IL. He was 63. Dobberstein joined Wright in 1960, receiving the college's award for outstanding service in 1994. He wrote the history of the City Colleges of Chicago and also had served as a part-time faculty member at the College of DuPage. He is survived by his wife, Delores, and a son.

William B. Nixon, AM'59, of Santa Barbara, CA, died December 11 in a car accident. An urban planner, he worked for Ventura County until his 1991 retirement. He had also been a planner and grants-management chief of a regional commission for senior citizens and an assistant professor at the University of Oregon. He is survived by his wife, Lessie; three daughters; a son; a stepson; and a granddaughter.


Fauneil J. Rinn, AM'54, PhD'60, a professor emerita of political science at San Jose State University, died November 24. She held several administrative positions at San Jose, was on the Academic Senate, and helped establish the women's-studies program. Rinn also edited the journal San Jose Studies for ten years. She is survived by a sister and a brother.

Edward E. Yalowitz, JD'60, of Evanston, died November 23 after a heart attack. He was 59. An expert in land use and zoning, he was a partner with the Loop law firm Holleb and Coff. Former president of Beth Emet Synagogue, he had also chaired the B'nai B'rith Youth Organization. Survivors include his wife, Nancy Barnett Yalowitz, AB'60; a daughter; a son; two sisters; two brothers; and a grandson.

Edward J. Thullen, MBA'62, died January 2 in Seattle at age 62. Vice president and regional manager for Protection Mutual Insurance, he joined the firm in 1967 after working for the Cook County Inspection Bureau. Survivors include his wife, Connie; two daughters; two sons; and a sister.

Sung Ok Kim, AM'57, AM'65, died January 3 at age 64. As assistant superintendent for pupil-support services, she was the highest-ranking Asian American in Chicago's public-school system. Founder of the Korean Women's Association, she chaired the mayor's committee on Asian affairs and served on the mayor's commission on women's affairs. Survivors include her husband, Peter T. Kim, AM'57; a son; a daughter; her mother; two brothers; a sister; and a granddaughter.

Robert H. Nee, PhD'69, a retired Barry University associate dean, died recently in Miami. He was 69. The coauthor of a social-work textbook, he helped build Barry's School of Social Work and taught there for many years, retiring in 1991. Among survivors are two sisters and a brother.


Barbara A. Hayhome, SM'67, PhD'70, died May 11, 1995, of cancer at age 52. She was associate chancellor for academic affairs and associate dean for graduate studies at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, which she joined in 1978. A geneticist, she previously taught at two California universities and Creighton University Medical School. She is survived by an aunt, Barbara.


Andrea Sykes Foote, JD'80, a Chicago attorney, died November 3 of cancer. She was 43. A former partner in the law firm Lord, Bissell & Brook, she opened her own practice in 1990. Active with the Junior League of Chicago, she also was on the board of the Chicago Council on Urban Affairs. Survivors include her husband, William; three daughters; a sister; and two brothers.

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