The University of Chicago Magazine

June 1997

Class News

1920s and 1930s

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Leslie J. Flora, PhB'29, rediscovered his piano-playing ability and, having been alone for more than two years now, keeps busy by entertaining residents of a seniors' home with popular songs of the 1910s and '20s. Amalia Nemec Hauswald, SB'29, is an independent resident of the Oak Crest Retirement Center in DeKalb, IL.


Elise Rosenwald Schweich, PhB'30, who is "still one of the survivors," inquires: "Who else?"


Ernest H. Tilford, AM'47, of Tucson, AZ, reports that the city's Human Relations Commission honored Albert T. Bilgray, PhB'32, with the Make a Difference award at the commission's ninth annual Martin Luther King, Jr., breakfast in January. Bilgray, whose lobbying helped establish the Tucson commission, also served as its president; in the 1940s and '50s, he worked to desegregate Tucson schools and businesses.


The American Political Science Association honored Lynton K. Caldwell, PhB'34, PhD'43, this past August with its John Gaus award for "a lifetime of exemplary scholarship in the joint tradition of political science and public administration." The third edition of Caldwell's book, International Environmental Policy, was published by Duke University Press in November. James E. Edmonds, PhB'34, who in December will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his retirement as an information writer and researcher, recalls that his career developed "just as the post-WWII information explosion was taking on steam." Muriel Wilson Winters, SB'34, MAT'38, lives in a retirement home in Phoenix, and has written and self-published her autobiography, My Life Journey.


John T. Charnow, PhB'35, AM'36, after more than 40 years as a senior UNICEF official, is enjoying a "new career" as a docent at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, where he is developing an outreach program for seniors. Paul A. Samuelson, AB'35, see 1937, Norman R. Davidson. Helen Rosenberg Weigle, AB'35, reports that her grandson, Michael B. Maltenfort, SM'92, earns his Ph.D. in math this June, continuing a U of C family legacy that began in 1896 when Maltenfort's great-great-granduncle, Hyman E. Goldberg, received his S.B. degree. The family's alumni include Maltenfort's great-grandmother, Doris Jonas Rosenberg, SB'28, and his late grandfather, Maurice S. Weigle, PhB'33, JD'35. Thirteen more family members received degrees between 1923 and 1975.


Shirley Meyerovitz Zatz Berc, SB'36, has "a new hip" and underwent cataract surgery. She writes: "Enjoying being an octogenarian and hope my classmates are, too!" Vivian Klemme Sawyer, AB'36, MBA'37, who spent the winter holidays "right on the beach" in Acapulco, reports temperatures of 85 F, as compared with the 20 F weather "back home" in Delmar, NY. James M. Wood, AB'36, see 1942, Eugene C. Pomerance.


Alice Caroline Hutcheson Acree, AB'37, AM'40, looking forward to reunion 1997, sent regards to classmates with "the same priorities." Norman R. Davidson, SB'37, PhD'41, a professor emeritus of chemistry and biology at the California Institute of Technology, continues his molecular-neurobiology research and his administrative role in the school's biology division. At a White House ceremony last July, President Clinton awarded Davidson and Paul A. Samuelson, AB'35, the National Medal of Science. Of the ceremony, Davidson writes simply, "It was fun." John G. Morris, AB'37, see 1938, William H. McNeill.


At Amsterdam's Royal Palace, the Netherlands' Erasmus Prize was awarded to historian William H. McNeill, AB'38, AM'39, the University's R. A. Millikan distinguished service professor emeritus. Photojournalist John G. Morris, AB'37, attended the December ceremony honoring McNeill, who lives in Connecticut. "My only distinction, vis-a-vis Bill," says Morris, "is that I shall always remain a year ahead of him." Elizabeth Eckhouse Rosenthal, SB'38, has been living in Seattle since October 1988, when she moved there from Washington, DC. Mary Walter Woodrich, AB'38, a writer living in northeast Ohio, was honored by the Poets' League of Greater Cleveland for her contributions to the literary community. In 1993, Woodrich founded the Poem Exchange, connecting "urban and suburban children through their poems on universal themes." She also edited the exchange's anthology, The Sky is a Long Way to Jump! Poems of Sky Sun Water Earth, (New Day Press). Bruce A. Young, AB'38, AM'40, has been reelected president of the Friends of the Library in Cedar Key, FL, "a minute island town in the Gulf of Mexico." Young also edits "the occasional book" for his former employer, the U of C Press.


Alfred J. de Grazia, AB'39, PhD'48, launched a Web site on Valentine's Day, publishing the WWII love letters he exchanged with Jill Oppenheim, X'40, now deceased, who was then a graduate student at the University. He invites classmates to visit "the world's largest collection of World War II love letters" on the Internet at

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