The University of Chicago Magazine

October-December 1996



George Bugbee, a professor emeritus of hospital administration, died August 4, 1995, in Waukesha, WI. He was 80. He was an administrator at the University of Michigan Hospital and at City Hospital in Cleveland before becoming executive director of the American Hospital Association. In 1954, Bugbee was named president of the Health Information Foundation, an independent agency in New York affiliated with the University. He moved to the campus in 1962. In his 20 years at the U of C, Bugbee also was director of the graduate program in hospital administration and a professor in the GSB. He is survived by his daughter and two grandchildren.

Chase P. Kimball, a professor of psychiatry and medicine, died August 24 at age 64. A leader in psychosomatic medicine, he wrote the field's standard text, The Biopsychosocial Approach to the Patient. Kimball taught at the University of Rochester and Yale before coming to Chicago in 1972. Survivors include his wife, Anne G. Kimball, JD'76; three daughters, including Lisa G. Kimball, AB'87, and Allison E. Kimball, U-High'81; a son, James G. Kimball, U-High'85; and a grandson.

Julian H. Levi, PhB'29, JD'31, a former professor of urban studies with the Law School, died October 16 at his home in San Francisco. He was 87. The brother of U of C president emeritus Edward H. Levi, PhB'32, JD'35, Julian Levi chaired the Chicago Plan Commission in the late 1970s and is credited with racially and economically stabilizing Hyde Park in the 1950s and 1960s as executive director of the South East Chicago Commission. He taught at the U of C from 1963 to 1980 and then became a professor at Hastings College of Law, affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco. In addition to his brother, he is survived by his wife, Marjorie; his son, William G. Levi, U-High'59; a daughter; another brother, Harry J. Levi, AB'40, LLB'42; and four grandchildren.


Gardner H. Stern, a University life trustee and retired Chicago business executive and civic leader, died August 24 in his North Side home. He was 92. A director of Encyclopaedia Brittanica and the Chicago Title & Trust Co., he also served on the boards of Roosevelt University, Adler Planetarium, and Michael Reese Hospital. Stern was a vice-president of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and headed the Chicago chapter of the United Negro College Fund. The WWII veteran retired in 1969 as president of Hillman's, Inc., a food-store chain. Survivors include four sons and 12 grandchildren.


Maurice F.X. Donohue, X'52, a former U of C dean of adult education, died in winter 1995 at age 85. A WWII veteran, he helped shape the University's Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults.

Janet Kelso Lowrey Gager, AM'52, died July 18 in Sweet Briar, VA. She was 72. Curator of the University's Modern Poetry Library from 1962 to 1965, she helped develop the collection into one of the world's finest resources for early 20th-century poetry. During the 1960s and 1970s, she was an editor at the U of C Press and director of GSB publications. The former Chicago State University teacher later became director of publications and public relations at Sweet Briar College. She is survived by her husband, Forrest; a daughter; a stepdaughter; a stepson; a sister, Edith L. Kelso, AM'44; and nine grandchildren.

Ethel Gaines Rosenthal, SM'63, died July 18 in Chicago. She was 75. From 1964 through 1974, she served as a statistician and programmer for the registries of cytology and neoplastic diseases at the U of C Hospitals. She is survived by her husband, Ira Rosenthal, U of C clinical professor of pediatrics; two daughters; and a grandson.

Donald C. Stewart, a chemist and former associate director of Argonne National Laboratory, died August 24 in California. Stewart worked on the Manhattan Project and wrote two books on radioactive materials. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; two daughters; a brother; and four grandchildren.

Solomon Wexler, SB'41, PhD'48, a retired senior chemist at Argonne, died July 1 in Arlington Heights, IL. He was 77. Wexler worked on the Manhattan Project as a doctoral student and was present at the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear reaction at Stagg Field. As a result of his work on molecular beam chemistry, he helped develop a new technique for uranium isotope separation. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; a son; a daughter; two brothers; a sister; and a grandson.


Henriette R. Klein, PhB'24, died May 11 in New York City. She was 94. A pioneer in the study of childhood schizophrenia, Klein was a clinical professor emerita of psychiatry at Columbia University, where she taught and practiced for six decades. She was also the first woman to head the Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine and the first female member and president of the New York Psychiatric Society. She is survived by a daughter, a son, and three grandchildren.

Edward M. Bernstein, PhB'27, died June 8 in Washington, DC. He was 91. A Treasury Department official from 1940 to 1946, Bernstein was an adviser to the 1944 U.N. Monetary and Financial Conference, which resulted in the founding of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The first director of research at the fund, he left in 1958 to found EMB Ltd., an economic consulting and research organization. Later he spent more than a decade as a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution. He is survived by his wife, Edith; three sons, including George L. Bernstein, AM'72, PhD'78; and four grandchildren.

Jessie M. Bierman, MD'27, a pediatrician who pioneered health care for pregnant women and infants, died on August 26 in Carmel Valley, CA. She was 96. She taught public health at UC Berkeley for 16 years. During the Depression, Bierman helped set up health-delivery programs for the U.S. Children's Bureau and created well-baby clinics in her native Montana. In the 1950s she headed the maternal and child health unit for the World Health Organization. Her study on genetics and environment, "The Children of Kauai," formed the basis of early-childhood intervention programs begun in the 1960s.

John M. Meyer, Jr., PhB'27, died July 4 in Greenwich, CT. He was 89. A former chair of J.P. Morgan and its subsidiary, the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company, Meyer helped develop some of the modern systems that allow for easier settlements of securities trades. He retired in 1971 and became chair of the company's directors advisory council for 13 years. He is survived by two daughters, a son, and six grandchildren.

Emelie Fisher Tobey, PhB'29, died May 23 in Midland, MI. She was 91. A former resident of both Oak Park, IL, and Colorado Springs, CO, she participated in local educational, civic, and Republican party activities. She is survived by her husband, George M. Tobey, Jr., X'28; three sons; eight grandchildren; a sister; and a brother.


Eleanor A. Davis, PhB'30, AM'38, of Lombard, IL, died May 4. The former teacher was 86.

C. Kenneth ("Ken") Pearse, SB'30, SM'32, died August 25 in Palisade, CO. He was 89. Pearse spent almost 30 years with the U.S. Forest Service conducting research at the Intermountain Forest and Southwestern Forest experiment stations. As a grasslands ecologist specializing in improving rangelands in semi-arid climates, he spent 16 years on foreign technical-assistance missions for the State Department and the U.N. Among survivors are his wife, Jessie; three sons, including John S. Pearse, SB'58; and seven grandchildren.

Gerhardt S. Jersild, JD'31, died July 22 in Oak Park, IL, at age 89. A retired lawyer, Jersild specialized in general business and family law. A board member and general counsel of United Charities of Chicago, he also was the organization's president for two terms. He was an attorney for Lutheran Charities of Chicago. Survivors include his wife, Harriette; a daughter; a son, Thomas N. Jersild, AB'57, JD'61; and five grandchildren.

Ruth Abells Douglas, PhB'32, SM'35, a retired child psychologist and active member of the Society of Friends, died July 9 in Boise, ID. She was 84. Survivors include her daughter, Dorothy, and a granddaughter.

Lucy Riddell Huntington, PhB'32, died August 9 at age 86. She was a student at the Art Institute of Chicago and studied piano and voice before moving to Spartanburg, SC, in 1950 and becoming active in the DAR, the Red Cross, and civic organizations. Survivors include her husband, Donald; three sons; two sisters; and eight grandchildren.

Samuel L. Jacobson, JD'32, died May 9 at his Chicago home. He was 89. From 1945 to 1972, Jacobson worked at O'Leary & Jacobson, the law firm he helped establish. He continued to practice until his death. He is survived by two daughters and three grandchildren.

Michael Ference, Jr., SB'33, SM'34, PhD'37, a physicist who headed scientific research and development for Ford Motor Co., died July 24 in San Antonio, TX. He was 84. Ference joined Ford in 1953, retiring as vice-president of research in 1970. A former director of the Rand Corporation and the Carnegie Institution, Ference was also a former department chair at Wayne State University. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Wilfinger Ference, SB'37; three daughters; two sons; two brothers, Albert Ference, AB'38, and Edward G. Ference, SB'42, MD'44; and nine grandchildren.

Judith Lewis Heyman, PhB'33, of Chicago, died May 9 at age 83. Survivors include her sister, Barbara Lewis Jaffe, AB'40.

Helene J. McMurtry, AM'33, died July 10 in Oak Park, IL. She was 93. A high-school Spanish teacher in Chicago for more than 20 years, McMurtry, a soprano, performed with the Lyric Opera and from 1950 to 1965 toured throughout the U.S. and Latin America under the stage name Jay Murio.

Morris E. Opler, PhD'33, professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, died May 13 in Norman, OK. He was 89. Also a professor emeritus at Cornell University, where he taught from 1948 until 1969, Opler had been president of the American Anthropological Association and a senior fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Keith I. Parsons, PhB'33, JD'37, an attorney and civic leader, died May 31 in La Grange Park, IL. He was 84. A senior partner at the law firm of Rose & Hardies for much of his career, the WWII veteran was on the boards of Hinsdale High School and Illinois State Colleges and Universities and was a life trustee of both the Chicago Child Care Society and the Community House of Hinsdale. Survivors include two sons, Robert K. Parsons, MBA'67, and James D. Parsons, JD'77; a daughter, Susan Parsons Eblen, MAT'71; seven grandchildren; a brother; and a sister.

Elizabeth Johns Drake, AB'34, PhD'42, a sociologist, died July 24 in Palo Alto, CA. She was 81. A social activist and member of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Drake taught at Roosevelt University and the U of C. In 1954 she and her husband, St. Clair Drake, PhD'54, received a Ford Foundation grant to study the impact of Western media in Africa's Gold Coast. They lived and worked in Africa for many years. Among the survivors are a daughter; a son; six sisters, including Margaret Johns Ellenboyen, X'38, and Clara R. Johns, MD'41; and a brother.

Richard D. Pettit, SB'34, MD'37, died May 14 in Pasadena, CA. He was 84. The obstetrician and gynecologist taught at Harvard, the University of Southern California, and Loma Linda University. He was in the Army Medical Corps during WWII, participated in D-Day, and was present when Buchenwald was liberated. He is survived by a daughter and a son.

Merlyn S. Pitzele, AB'34, a labor-union specialist, died August 13 at his home in Poughkeepsie, NY. He was 85. He moved to New York in 1940 to be a management consultant and the labor editor of Business Week, where he became senior editor in 1955. Pitzele was principal labor adviser during the presidential campaigns of Thomas Dewey and Dwight Eisenhower and taught at Columbia University Teachers College. In 1960 he founded Retirement Advisors Inc., which advised unions and businesses, and ran it until 1975. He is survived by his son, Peter, and two grandchildren.

Joseph R. Shapiro, X'34, founding president of the Museum of Contemporary Art and a life trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago, died June 16 at age 91. The art collector and philanthropist was a developer. A member of the University's Visiting Committee on Visual Arts, Shapiro formed the "Art to Live With" collection of some 400 works of art available on loan to U of C students. In 1995, the Smart Museum's board of governors gave him its first annual Joseph R. Shapiro Award. He is survived by a son, Donn.

Omar J. Fareed, SB'37, MD'40, the U.S. Davis Cup team physician from 1976 until 1991, died April 15 in Los Angeles. He was 80. His expertise in tropical medicine took him to work at Albert Schweitzer's clinic in Lambaréné, Gabon, early in his career. Survivors include a son, George.

Julius L. Fried, SB'37, MD'40, died August 1 in Evanston, IL. The WWII veteran was 79. An internist, Fried practiced in Chicago for 40 years. Survivors include his wife, Marian; two daughters, including Miriam Fried Landesman, SB'68; a son, David S. Fried, SB'71, SM'71; a sister; and six grandchildren.

Georgene N. Lestina, AB'37, AM'43, a pianist and former elementary-school principal, died June 2 in Tacoma, WA. She was 90. She is survived by a brother and a sister.

Carl G. Anthon, AB'38, an emeritus professor of history at American University in Washington, DC, died August 11. He was 85. The past chair of American's history department joined the faculty in 1961 and retired in 1975.

James F. Fleming, AB'38, a TV news pioneer who helped start NBC's Today show and produced many award-winning documentaries, died August 10 at his home in Princeton, NJ. He was 81. Fleming started his career in radio, then worked for all three major television networks and produced specials for public TV. His 1967 documentary Africa won an Emmy. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane; two daughters; two sons; a sister; and a brother.

Otto L. Schlesinger, SB'38, died February 29 in Los Angeles. Survivors include his son, Barry M. Schlesinger, SB'63, SM'64, PhD'69.


William H. Easton, PhD'40, a paleontologist and authority on fossil corals, died July 7 in Westlake Village, CA. He was 80. On the faculty of the University of Southern California since 1946, Easton chaired the geological-sciences department for three years and was acting chair of the French and Italian department for two years. Easton was a former president of the Paleontological Society and a fellow of the Geological Society of America. He is survived by his wife, Phoebe Jane; a son; and a daughter.

Ann Wemple Henry, AM'41, died July 27 in Chicago. She was 77. A sculptor and a painter, she was active in the women's board of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Fortnightly Club of Chicago, and the Flossmoor Service League. Survivors include her husband, Richard V. Henry, Jr., AB'36.

George W. Rothschild, JD'42, died June 25 in Evanston, IL. He was 79. A retired associate judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Rothschild was general counsel, vice-president, and director of GATX Corp. from 1955 to 1978. His career also included service as counsel for the postwar Marshall Plan. Rothschild was a trustee of Hull House Association and on the U of C's Law School Association board. He is survived by his wife, Valerie; a son; a daughter; and three grandchildren.

Harry Schaffner, AB'42, a senior statistician with the Chicago Housing Authority for 34 years, died February 3 at age 75. After his retirement in 1985, Schaffner volunteered for the Chicago Public Library. Among survivors are his wife, Nancy; a son; and a grandson.

Zella R. Stewart, AM'42, died June 8 in Seattle. She was 92. She taught in the Seattle public schools from 1942 to 1952, then became a math assistant until her retirement. Survivors include her brother, Gerald.

Granville K. Thompson, MBA'42, died July 16 in Wawa, PA, at age 75. The WWII veteran worked in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was a CFO at several colleges and hospitals, and worked as a management consultant with Coopers and Lybrand. After retiring in 1983, he served with mission organizations in the U.S. and around the world for eight years. Thompson is survived by his wife, Marion Seidler Thompson, AB'42; three children; and five grandchildren.

Charles F. Williams, MD'42, died February 8, 1994, in his home in Eugene, OR. He was 76. A specialist of internal medicine through 1983, he spent retirement in travel, gardening, fly-fishing, tennis, and photography. He is survived by four sons, a daughter, and eight grandchildren.

Ruth Sherrick Brumbaugh, MAT'43, died August 6 at age 103. Survivors include a daughter, D. June Brumbaugh Breckshot, U-High'43, and three grandchildren.

Mary E. Jones, SB'44, a biochemist and enzymologist whose studies of DNA components were part of the foundation of basic cancer research, died August 23 at age 73. Known for isolating carbamyl phosphate and her work in metabolism, Jones researched and taught at Brandeis University, the University of Southern California, and the University of North Carolina­Chapel Hill, where she was a professor emerita. She is survived by a daughter; a son; a sister; two brothers, including Elmer E. Jones, PhB'48, SB'50; and a grandson.

Allen H. Postel, PhB'44, an associate professor of clinical surgery and an attending surgeon at New York University School of Medicine, died July 14 in Katonah, NY. He was 70. Postel, a pioneer in treating shock by lowering the patient's body temperature, was medical director and director of surgery at Goldwater Memorial Hospital. In recent years, he devoted most of his practice to treating breast cancer and melanoma. He survived by his wife, Diana Diamond Postel, AB'44, AM'49; a son and a daughter; and his brother, Sholem Postel, SB'45.

Robert R. Coveyou, SB'46, a research mathematician who worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, died February 20 in Oak Ridge, TN. He was 81. An authority on random-number generators, he was also a dedicated worker for racial equality and spearheaded efforts to desegregate a local high school. Survivors include his son, Michael.

Harold H. Benowitz, AM'47, of Seal Beach, CA, died July 13 at age 75. An executive director of Jewish federations and community centers in California, Florida, Tennessee, and Texas, Benowitz devoted his career to programming and fund raising for Jewish causes. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; three sons; a sister; and six grandchildren.

John E. Breckshot, AB'47, died August 13. He is survived by his wife, D. June Brumbaugh Breckshot, U-High'43.

Richard Dennis, X'48, president of the Great Books Foundation from 1960 to 1989, died August 19 in Chicago. He was 72. The foundation--founded in 1947 by Robert Maynard Hutchins--provides people from all walks of life with the opportunity to read, discuss, and learn from outstanding literary works. Dennis, a WWII veteran, initiated the Junior Great Books program in the early 1960s; it now involves more than one million students in all 50 states and other countries. Survivors include his wife, Rosalind; two daughters; and two grandsons.

Karl A. Olsson, AM'38, PhD'48, president emeritus of North Park College, died June 2 in Columbia, MD. He was 82. A pastor, professor, Army chaplain, and author, Olsson helped North Park move from a junior college to a four-year liberal arts program. He left in 1970 to become director of training for Faith at Work, a fellowship for promoting Christian ethics in business and personal lives. He taught at the University from 1945 to 1948. He is survived by his wife, Sally; three sons, including Karl F. Olsson, AM'69, PhD'74, and Kurt O. Olsson, PhD'68; a daughter; and seven grandchildren.

Donald S. Tull, SB'48, MBA'49, PhD'56, a professor emeritus of marketing at the University of Oregon, died August 24 at age 71. Tull joined Oregon in 1967, chaired the department three times, and was acting dean of the business school for one year. A Fulbright lecturer in Yugoslavia and Germany, Tull also taught at California State College at Fullerton, worked for Autonetics, and consulted for corporations and government agencies. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie; a daughter; two sons; a sister; and five grandchildren.

Seymour Banks, MBA'42, PhD'49, died May 29 at his Hyde Park home. An active community member, he was 78. Banks worked for the Leo Burnett advertising agency from 1951 to 1980, retiring as vice president of media research. He also taught at the U of C, DePaul, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Michigan State, and the University of Grenoble in France. Survivors include his wife, Miriam Gollub Banks, SM'47; two sons; a daughter; five grandchildren; and a sister.

Ross Chism, AM'49, died in July 1995 in Santa Fe, NM. Survivors include his wife, Joan Beckman Chism, AB'46, AM'49; three children; and two grandchildren.

Grant G. Guthrie, JD'49, died July 8 in Dunedin, New Zealand. He was 74. The former associate director of the Securities Exchange Commission, he received several citations for his work reorganizing bankruptcies and utilities. Survivors include his wife, Kitty Wilson Guthrie, X'45; his daughter; his brother; and three grandchildren.


Warren C. Miller, AB'50, AM'54, an author, poet, and teacher, died July 14 in Daytona Beach, FL, at age 71. Author of two chapbooks and nearly 200 published short stories and poems, he was cited in Martha Foley's Best American Short Stories three times. Besides giving creative-writing workshops, Miller had taught in St. John's College's continuing-education program, and at both Woodrow Wilson Junior College and Shimer College. He is survived by his wife, Elinor Smith Miller, AM'54, PhD'66; three sons; a daughter; and three grandchildren.

Hugh W. Speer, PhD'50, a founding board member of Johnson County Community College and a dean emeritus of the department of education at the University of Missouri­Kansas City, died June 21 at his home in Merriam, KS. He was 90. A principal witness for the plaintiffs in Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Speer later wrote books on the issue. In 1970 he turned his farm into a petting zoo, museum, and playground and conducted educational tours for thousands of local children. He is survived by two daughters and six grandchildren.

M. Henry Pitts, AM'38, PhD'51, an associate professor emeritus of psychology at North Carolina State University, died May 19 in Phoenix. He was 79. A specialist in community mental-health issues and the psychology of the black experience, he also taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Howard University. During the 1970s he directed the Garfield Park Comprehensive Community Health Center in Chicago. Survivors include his wife, Helen Lowery Pitts, BLS'47; his daughter, Delia C. Pitts, AM'74, PhD'78; his son, Steven C. Pitts, U-High'70; and four grandchildren.

Robert Druyan, AB'52, SB'54, MD'56, a professor of medicine at Loyola­Stritch School of Medicine, died September 19 at his Hinsdale, IL, home. He was 64. As a researcher, Druyan identified key enzymes in the porphyria disease group, leading to treatments to help control the illness. He is survived by two daughters, including Lara C. Druyan, AB'89.

William D. Murphy, AM'55, died June 3. He was 80. Head librarian at the Chicago law firm Kirkland & Ellis from 1952 to 1988, Murphy also had been treasurer, president, and acting executive director of the American Association of Law Libraries. He is survived by his brother, Robert.

William A. Ward, AM'55, a visiting professor of Egyptian archaeology at Brown, died September 13 at age 68. Chair of the school's program in ancient studies, he came to Brown in 1986 from the American University of Beirut, where he chaired the religious-studies, history, and archaeology departments and was associate dean of the faculty of arts and sciences. The author of nine books and 75 articles, he also coedited the archaeological journal Berytus. He is survived by his wife, Ula; two sons; four daughters; a sister; and nine grandchildren.

Marion D. Pugh, AM'56, an ethnographer devoted to furthering the development of tribal peoples in northeast India, died June 19 in Shillong, Meghalaya, India. She was 68. Director of a state library and ethnographic museum in the Khasis/ Garos state of Meghalaya, she had taught at Kohima College in Nagaland and been a field anthropologist. She is survived by two brothers, including Berkeley D. Pugh, AM'51.

Henry H. Ebihara, AM'57, a social worker, died July 2 at his Wilmette, IL, home. He was 75. A native of Japan, Ebihara was a counterintelligence agent with the U.S. Army during WWII. As a social worker, he was affiliated with Jewish Family and Community Service, Travelers Aid, Ada S. McKinley School, and Evanston/Skokie Family Services. Survivors include his wife, Nancy; two daughters; a son; four sisters; three brothers; and three grandchildren.

George Starbuck, X'57, a poet and teacher of creative writing, died August 15 in Tuscaloosa, AL, at age 65. A retired English professor, he most recently taught at Boston University.


William W. Shropshire, MBA'60, founder and former president and chair of American Chemet Corp. in Chicago, died August 31 at his home in Georgetown, KY. He was 93. Shropshire also was founder and chair of Columbia Paint Co. in Helena, MT. Survivors include a son; a sister; a granddaughter; and a grandson.

William S. Griffith, PhD'63, a professor and former chair of adult education at the University of British Columbia, died August 12 at age 64. A resident of Point Roberts, WA, he had also taught at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, the U of C, the Australian National University, and the University of Sydney. Griffith worked and traveled with USAID in population education and was active in professional organizations and church groups. Survivors include his wife, Beverly; a son; two daughters; five grandchildren, and a sister.

Theodore C. ("Ted") Heagstedt, MBA'66, of Chicago, died in September at age 76. He is survived by his wife, Thelma; two sons, including Bruce W. Heagstedt, MBA'85; a daughter; a sister; and four granddaughters.

Kenneth A. Raider, AB'67, owner of the Seattle restaurant Al Boccalino, died May 30 of a heart attack in San Diego. He was 51. Raider had also been a professional photographer and managed several restaurants. Survivors include his longtime companion, Nancy; two children; a brother; and his mother.

Jerry L. Ulrich, AM'68, of Glenview, IL, died on January 30 at age 54. He had been a member of the Chicago Board of Trade and is survived by his wife, Emily, and three daughters, including Lara Ulrich Lighthouse, U-High'86, and Sonya M. Ulrich, U-High'88.

Warren E. Atwater, Jr., PhD'69, died on June 6 at age 70. A resident of Fearrington Village, NC, he wrote several psychology texts and was an Episcopal clergyman. Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Kellogg Atwater, DB'57, AM'59.


Patrick E. Foley, AM'81, died of cancer May 21 in St. Paul, MN. The 44-year-old poet was an agent in the legal-publishing division at West Publishing in St. Paul. He is survived by his son, Owen; his father; and five brothers.

Rebecca R. Alm, AM'83, age 36, and Bradley Z. Snyder, AM'83, age 35, died March 19 in a Greenfield, WI, apartment fire that also killed their 4-year-old daughter, Elizabeth. Married in 1986, the couple lived in Pennsylvania until moving to the Milwaukee area in 1994. Alm, the education/development assistant for the Endometriosis Association, previously worked for TV Guide, edited and wrote publications for Swarthmore College, and taught at Beaver College. Snyder, a paralegal for a local law firm, had worked for Marvin Snyder and Associates and Certaineed Corporation in Pennsylvania. Alm is survived by her parents, her aunt and uncle, and her brother. Snyder is survived by his parents, a brother, a grandfather, and a grandmother.

Ann O'Hara Graff, AM'74, PhD'86, an assistant professor of theology at Seattle University, died of ovarian cancer June 9 in Port Orchard, WA. She was 45. Graff specialized in Catholic systemic theology and recently edited a book on feminist theology in the Catholic Church. Before joining Seattle, she taught at the Institute for Pastoral Studies at Loyola. She is survived by her husband, Peter; two daughters; her parents; and five sisters.

  • Poetic Justice: Sylvia Major, PhB'34, became a poet in her 50s and started graduate school at age 69, pursuing her interest in peace, civil rights, women's rights, and ecology.
  • Ban the Box: Jean Lotus, AB'88, edits The White Dot, a newsletter about what it's like to live without a television.

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