Frances Mottey Beck, MAT’55, PhD’80, a former assistant dean of students in the Graduate School of Education, died October 26 in Hyde Park at age 79. Beck worked at the U of C from 1958 to 1975, then joined DePaul University. From 1985 to 1993, she taught kindergarten in two Chicago public schools. Her writings touched on teaching reading, testing mentally impaired youngsters, and motivating students. Survivors include her husband, John M. Beck, AM’47, PhD’53; and a sister.
Dorothy Moore Gazaway, AM’59, an associate professor emeritus and former associate dean of students in the School of Social Service Administration, died October 14 at age 83. Gazaway, the first African American in Chicago recognized with the Junior Association of Commerce and Industry’s Good Government Award, worked for 20 years as a caseworker, supervisor, and director of the children’s division of Chicago’s welfare department. Later she became associate director of the children’s division of the Cook County Department of Public Aid. Survivors include a son, Stephen, and a grandson.
William D. Pattison, PhB’48, AM’52, PhD’57, a retired associate professor of education, died December 16 in Valparaiso, IN. He was 76. Before joining the U of C, the WWII veteran taught at University College in London, UCLA, and San Fernando Valley State College. At Chicago, he taught courses on the role museums play in education and worked with the Oriental Institute. Pattison also was an associate professor of geography, chairing that department for two years. He concluded his career as the education department’s secretary, helping students plan their master’s programs and serving as department historian. He is survived by a son, a daughter, and a grandson.
David N. Schramm, vice president for research and the Louis Block distinguished service professor in the physical sciences, died December 19 when the twin-engine plane he was piloting crashed near Denver. He was 52. A world leader in theoretical astrophysics, Schramm was an authority on the Big Bang model of the formation of the universe. Calculating the number of families of elementary particles in the universe, he also helped determine the amount of ordinary matter in the universe, leading to the theory that “dark matter” comprises most of the universe. Schramm joined the Chicago faculty in 1974 and received its award for excellence in graduate teaching in 1994. He is survived by his wife, Judith; two sons; three stepdaughters; one stepson; his mother; and two brothers. (For a fuller obituary, please see “Chicago Journal,” page 15.)
Rufus A. Schneiders, MD’25, a physician specializing in internal medicine and diseases of the chest, died August 19 at age 96. After 17 years as a private physician with the Rees-Stealy Clinic, in 1952 he joined the San Diego public-health department’s bureau of tuberculosis control. The California Tuberculosis and Health Association awarded him its highest honor, the California Medal, in 1959. Survivors include his wife, Madeline; a daughter; and six grandchildren.
Donald J. Sabath, SB’26, MD’31, an obstetrician and gynecologist who delivered more than 5,000 babies in two Chicago-area practices, died November 23 at age 92. A former associate clinical professor at Chicago Medical School, he was also a past president of staff at St. Anthony Hospital and the hospital’s first medical director. During WWII, he served in the Army Medical Corps. Survivors include his wife, Sylvia; a daughter; a son; and two grandchildren.
Hastings Kamuzu Banda, PhB’31, former life president of the Republic of Malawi, died November 25 at age 91. With degrees from Meharry Medical College and the University of Edinburgh, Banda practiced medicine in England and Ghana, becoming active in African independence movements. Campaigning against British rule of Malawi (then Nyasaland), Zambia (then Northern Rhodesia), and Zimbabwe (then Southern Rhodesia), he became Malawi’s first prime minister in 1963. Malawi gained its independence a year later, and Banda became its first president in 1966 after his Malawi Congress Party swept multiparty elections. He was declared president for life in 1971. His single-party regime was marked by full diplomatic relations with South Africa and the suppression of his opponents. Increasing domestic protests and pressure from Western nations forced open elections in 1994, ousting him from office. Acquitted in 1995 of the 1983 murder of four political opponents, Banda received a state burial.
Mina S. Rees, PhD’31, the first woman president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the founding president of the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, died October 25 in New York City. She was 95. Rees began her career as a mathematician at Hunter College, and then worked for the military, eventually becoming deputy director of the science division of the Office of Naval Research. Many of her ideas played a role in fast computer technology. She returned to Hunter in 1953, then became CUNY’s first dean of graduate studies eight years later. From 1964 to 1970, Rees was a presidential appointee to the National Science Foundation’s board.
Joseph J. Kwiat, PhB’35, a retired professor at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, died March 3. He taught in the English and humanities departments, as well as the American studies program. He is survived by his wife, Janice; a son; a daughter; and two grandchildren.
Phineas Indritz, AB’36, JD’38, a civil-rights lawyer and counsel to several House of Representatives committees, including Government Operations and Conservation and Natural Resources, died October 15 at age 81. A native of Moline, IL, Indritz helped draft legislation to end racial segregation at colleges receiving federal funds, to stop sex discrimination in insurance premiums, and to fight job discrimination against pregnant women.
Lorraine Matthews Weaver, SB’36, who taught physics at the Girls’ Latin School in Chicago during the 1930s, died June 24 at age 82 in Hinsdale, IL. Her most famous pupil was Nancy Davis, who later became First Lady Nancy Reagan. Weaver, an award-winning professional flower arranger who specialized in Japanese arrangements, also golfed and played tennis. Survivors include her husband, William H. Weaver, AB’36; a son; a daughter; a sister; and six grandchildren.
H. Guenther Baumgart, SB’37, MBA’39, the first president of the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, died October 5 in Evanston, IL. He was 83. Baumgart led home-appliance industry associations for more than 28 years and was a past president of the American Home Laundry Manufacturers Association. He had also been chief economist for the Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry. He is survived by his wife, Ardis Manney Baumgart, AB’39; two sons; a daughter; and eight grandchildren.
Zenos E. M. Hawkinson, AM’49, a history professor emeritus at North Park University and Theological Seminary, died October 25. He was 72. Hawkinson taught at North Park University, where the annual award for teaching excellence is named in his honor, for 34 years. A founder and former president of North River Commission, a community redevelopment group, Hawkinson helped convert the old Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium and its grounds into a community resource. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; three sons; a daughter; and ten grandchildren.
Marian Elliott Koshland, SM’43, PhD’49, an immunologist and professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley, died October 28 in Berkeley. She was 76. A member of the National Academy of Sciences and a former president of the American Association of Immunologists, she studied how antibodies fight disease and discovered they differ in their amino-acid composition. Koshland also discovered a molecular chain that allows antibodies to be exported from a cell and circulate in the bloodstream. During WWII, she helped produce a vaccine for cholera and assisted on the Manhattan Project. Survivors include her husband, Daniel E. Koshland, Jr., PhD’49; three daughters; five sons; and nine grandchildren.
Raymond J. Nelson, PhD’49, an emeritus professor of philosophy at Case Western Reserve University, died March 17, 1997, at age 79. The WWII veteran was a mathematician and engineer for IBM before joining the Case Institute of Technology as the first director of the computing center. He invented computer circuits and held several patents for large-scale electronic sorting systems. Nelson, a talented pianist, also wrote three books and numerous articles on philosophy, computer science, mathematics, logic, and psychology. He is survived by his wife, Hendrieka; two sons, including Peter R. Nelson, AB’97; a daughter; and six grandchildren.
Epaminondas P. Panagopoulos, PhD’52, a professor emeritus of U.S. constitutional history at San Jose State University, died February 5, 1997, in Redwood City, CA. He was 82. Pana-gopoulos taught at San Jose from 1956 until 1985, and before that at Wayne State University. Author of several books, he earned grants from the American Philosophical Society and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and also received a Fulbright fellowship to teach at the Ionian University of Corfu, Greece. He won Greece’s highest medal of honor during WWII. He is survived by his wife, Beata Kitsikis Panagopoulos, AM’56; a son; a daughter; and a grandson.
Kenneth Russ, MBA’53, a businessman, attorney, and former professor of business law, died October 22 in Skokie, IL. He was 87. A senior partner in the Chicago law firm of Burke, Russ & Rawson, Russ taught for 18 years at Lake Forest College and three years at Loyola University Chicago. On the board of many educational, civic, and cultural organizations, he helped develop home-building projects on the North Shore. Russ also served as a non-governmental delegate to the 21st General Assembly of the United Nations as a consultant on China. Among survivors are his wife, Elne; a daughter; a son; and five grandchildren.
Louis Auslander, PhD’54, a distinguished professor of mathematics and computer science at the City University of New York, died February 25, 1997, at age 68. A native of Brooklyn, he taught at Yale; the University of Pennsylvania; and Indiana, Purdue, and Yeshiva Universities before joining CUNY’s faculty in 1971. Auslander’s research covered pure and applied mathematics, from group theory to computational X-ray crystallography, and he wrote several textbooks. He is survived by his wife, Fernande; a daughter; two sons; and his mother.
Leonard A. Sagan, MD’55, a retired senior medical scientist with the Electric Power Re-search Institute in Palo Alto, CA, died December 8 at his home in Atherton, CA. He was 69. Sagan, an epidemiologist, was a former associate director of environmental medicine at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. He is survived by his wife, Ginetta; a daughter; two sons; his mother; a sister, Terrye Sagan Wilder, AB’56; and six grandchildren.
Russell C. Leaf, AB’58, a member of Rutgers University’s psychology faculty since 1969, died September 25 at age 61. His research focused on conditioned emotional responses, therapeutic outcomes, placebo effects, and personality disorders. From 1984 to 1988, Leaf was director of clinical evaluation and a part-time staff therapist at the Institute for Rational-Emotive Therapy in New York City. His last manuscript was a methodological, empirical critique of The Bell Curve. Survivors include his wife, Diane; two sons; a daughter; and a sister.
Stephen R. Ell, AM’71, PhD’76, a former associate professor and section chief of chest radiology at the University of Utah, died August 3 in Salt Lake City. He was 48. Also the chief of radiology service at the Salt Lake City V.A. Hospital, Ell had been an intern, resident, and faculty member at the U of C during the 1980s. He co-invented the CT examination of variable airway disease and wrote frequently on plague and leprosy in the Middle Ages, having received his doctorate in medieval history. In his spare time, he coached soccer. Ell is survived by his wife, Ann; a daughter; a son; his mother; and a sister.
Stephen F. Borysewicz, X’78, a technology coordinator for Evanston publisher McDougal Little, died in a motorcycle accident on August 23 at age 39. Before transferring high-school textbooks to the Internet for the publishing company, Borysewicz developed exhibits and wrote for Chicago’s Field Museum, leading a team that designed the museum’s Web site. He had been a consultant to the Shedd Aquarium and the Boston Museum of Science and had worked for the American Medical Association. Survivors include his fiancée, Debra Bean; his parents, Daniel and Mary; a brother; and a sister.
Jack D. Pressman, AM’80, an associate professor of the history of health sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, died June 23 at age 40. His book Last Resort: Psychosurgery and the Limits of Medicine (Cambridge) was published posthumously. Pressman was active in the History of Science Society’s Forum for History of Human Science and the American Association of the History of Medicine. He is survived by his wife, Wendy; a son; a daughter; his parents; and his sister.