The University of Chicago Magazine

August 1996

Class News

1920s and 1930s

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Helen O'Toole Cannon, X'28, recalls the Prince of Wales's October 1924 visit to the campus: "We, members of the freshman class, were urged to greet the prince on our way to a noon meeting. We dutifully cried `Hip, Hip, Hooray!' to the handsome young prince who smiled and waved his hand. Years later he resigned as King Edward VIII of England to become the Duke of Windsor." She adds that daughter-in-law Susan A. Henderson, JD'69, practices law in Chicago and stepdaughter Patricia Cannon Willis, AM'66, PhD'72, is in charge of the American collection at Yale's Beinecke Library and lectures on poetry. Estelle Rochells Greenberg, PhB'28, lives at Windham Retirement Residence in Fresno, CA. This year she retired from 20 years of volunteer work at St. Agnes Medical Center, and celebrates her 90th birthday in August. "I am proud of the fact that a new public school in Fresno is being named for my late husband, Rabbi David L. Greenberg, who served his congregation and the community for 62 years," she writes.


Harriet Dean Hathaway Fearon, PhB'30, writes, "Classmates may recall that I was `The Dean' in the Daily Maroon column by William Read Harshe. Now I'm `Dee' to current friends and `GGD' (great-grandmother Dee) to the newest generation. I was the first radio copywriter for J. Walter Thompson Advertising in Chicago and retired as an editor at the Bangor (ME) Daily News. Old soldiers aren't the only ones who never die!" Fearon lives with her son, Dr. John R. Fearon, at 2859 Township Road 179, Bellefontaine, OH 43311, and would enjoy hearing from others "remembering past days."


Laurence Brundall, AB'35, lives in a retirement community in Santa Barbara, CA, and writes that Bettyann Nelson Gray, AB'35, also lives in the community. Brundall worked in petroleum exploration. "During my time at the U of C, the geology department was one of the finest in the country," he notes. "It was hard for many of us `old-timers' to get used to the new department of geophysical sciences." Theodore Kahan, SB'35, competed in the 80-84 age group at the Philadelphia Senior Games held in May. He won gold medals in the 100-, 200-, and 400-meter runs; in singles tennis; and in the softball throw. Isabelle Kennedy Rice, PhB'35, has four grandsons and two granddaughters. One grandson and two granddaughters have bachelor's degrees; another grandson is entering college this fall. Rice and her husband, Bob, had three daughers: Roberta, who died in 1983; Laura, a tenured professor of comparative literature at Oregon State University; and Mary, who has two master's degrees and teaches in Long Beach, CA.


In May, Albert A. Goldman, AB'36, a rabbi, educator, author, and community activist, delivered the baccalaureate sermon at Washington and Jefferson College, where he also received an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Marion McWilliams Mitchell, AB'36, AM'59, retired in June 1978 as director of foster care and adoption for the Chicago Child Care Society.


Richard M. Adams, SB'39, SM'48, was honored in April as a 50-year member of the American Chemical Society at a dinner meeting of the organization's Wyoming chapter. He retired from Argonne National Laboratory in 1983. Longtime residents of Hyde Park-Kenwood, Adams and wife Marjorie moved to Laramie, WY, in 1993. Son Rich is an archaeologist in the Wyoming State Office of Archaeology in Laramie; daughter Tori is a newspaper reporter in Rawlins, WY. David Kritchevsky, SB'39, SM'42, was awarded the 1996 Supelco-American Oil Chemists Society research award for his work on cancer and atherosclerosis as well as cholesterol metabolism. John R. Van de Water, AB'39, JD'41, and his wife still swim miles each week at the Alaska Club Pool. He married Saradell Ard on the 1990 summer solstice and has six children. Preparing for a new career as an author and journalist, Van de Water writes, "Life could not possibly be better!" Most recently, he has chaired the National Labor Relations Board, counseled two secretaries of labor, and mediated and arbitrated between federal labor unions and the management of federal agencies. He also has been a faculty member and director of senior-executive educational programs at three universities, an attorney at law, a labor-relations representative for Ford Motor Co. and North American Aviatics, and director of the League of Nations Association and the Comission to Study the Organization of Peace.

Within Class News:

  • Alumni Medal : Abner Mikva, JD'51, "Dissenting Opinion."

  • University Alumni Service Medal: Joseph Ceithaml, SB'37, PhD'41

  • Part of Something Larger: The Public Service Citations:
    • Angelica Harter, AM'60
    • Thelma Iselman Hayes, AB'40
    • Lorraine Moss, PhB'33
    • William Naito, AM'51

  • At the Top of Their Class: The Professional Achievement Citations
    • Roger Black, X'70
    • Bimla Buti, PhD'62
    • Joseph Epstein, AB'59
    • John Mace Grunsfeld, SM'84, PhD'88
    • Donald Hopkins, MD'66
    • Tsuen-hsuin Tsien, AM'52, PhD'57
    • Nicholas T. Zervas, MD'54

  • True to Their School: The Alumni Service Citations
    • Andrew W. Brown, AB'80, AM'80, MBA'82
    • Ida DePencier, PhB'28, AM'50
    • Danette (Dani) Gentile Kauffman, AM'69
    • Edgar Micael Larsen, MBA'68
    • Stephanie Dolan Larsen, AM'66
    • Brace Pattou, AB'45
    • Sydney Rosen, PhB'46, AM'49, PhD'73
    • Dennis C. Waldon, AB'69

  • Leading the Way: The Young Alumni Service Citations
    • Elizabeth Hutar, AB'83
    • Punita Khanna, AB'83, SM'86
    • Elana Muehleip, MBA'90
    • Robert Robinson, AM'87

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