AB’39, PhD’42, a professor emeritus of business economics, died
March 4 in San Diego. He was 80. Joining the GSB faculty in 1957,
Brozen helped develop the Chicago School of Economics. During his
30-year tenure, he did research in applied economics, microeconomics,
industrial organization, and technology. Brozen also directed the
GSB’s programs in applied economics and research and development
administration. A consultant to the Department of Justice’s antitrust
division, the National Science Foundation, and corporations such
as General Motors and AT&T, Brozen also served on President Ronald
Reagan’s transition team. He is survived by his wife, Katherine;
two sons, Reed Brozen, U-High’84, MD’92, and Yale Brozen
II, U-High’81; and a sister.
Alberto P. Calderón,
PhD’50, a University professor emeritus in mathematics, died April
16. He was 77. Known for his work in mathematical analysis, Calderón
joined the U of C faculty in 1959. With mentor Antoni Zygmund, he
formulated the Calderón-Zygmund theory, positing that singular integrals
are actually finite when analyzed correctly. Calderón later showed
how singular integrals could offer new ways to study partial differential
equations. A member of the National Academy of Sciences and the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Calderon received the 1991
National Medal of Science, the 1989 Wolf Prize, and the 1989 Steele
Prize from the American Mathematical Society. He is survived by
his wife, Alexandra; and two children, including Mary J. Calderón,
Alton A. Linford,
AM’38, PhD’47, a professor emeritus and former dean of the SSA,
died April 18 in Bellflower, CA, at age 89. While dean (1956–1969),
Linford helped stabilize the school’s financial situation, increase
student enrollment, create a more diverse curriculum, and revive
the SSA Alumni Association. Survivors include his wife, Marie; three
children, including Ann Linford Roeseler, U-High’64; and
Viola C. Manderfeld,
AM’34, a professor emerita in Germanic studies, died March 25 in
Rochester, MN. She was 95. An expert in language pedagogy and methodology,
Manderfeld joined the faculty in 1937 and participated in the U.S.
Army’s U of C–based language-training program during WWII. Manderfeld
tried to strengthen ties between the U of C and Germany by establishing
the Manderfeld Fund, which supports work in Germanic studies, and
the Gardner Fund, which supports University High School students
in the school’s German-exchange program. Manderfeld received a Quantrell
Award in 1958 and retired in 1968.
Rachel B. Marks,
AM’44, PhD’50, the Samuel Deutsch professor emerita in the SSA,
died April 13 in Williamsburg, VA. Marks was a Chicago social worker
and taught at the Universities of Indiana and Illinois before joining
the U of C in 1952. Editor of The Social Service Review,
Marks was a Fulbright professor in Colombia and a consultant on
Peruvian and Greek social-work education. Survivors include two
sisters-in-law; three nieces; and two nephews.
an anthropology professor and expert on Hawaii and Indonesia, died
of cancer April 25 in Santa Monica, CA, at age 53. A scholar of
political systems, kinship and marriage, and anthropological theory,
Valeri conducted field work in Indonesia, Micronesia, Malaysia,
and Hawaii. His book Kingship and Sacrifice: Ritual and Society
in Ancient Hawaii has been lauded as one of the best Western
studies of comparative theology. Two collections of his essays and
two books on the Huaulu people of Indonesia will be published posthumously.
He is survived by his wife, Janet; a son; two daughters; his mother;
and a sister.
Ruth House Webber,
a professor emerita of romance languages and literatures, died January
13 in Berkeley, CA. She was 78. An expert in Spanish medieval and
Renaissance literature, especially traditional poetry, she taught
at Roose-velt University, Oakland City College, and the Berkeley
public schools before joining the U of C in 1958. The associate
chair of the department and director of the undergraduate program
(1965–69), she retired in 1981.
Henry S. Commager,
PhB’23, AM’24, PhD’28, a historian and author, died March 2. He
was 95. Commager taught history and American studies for 36 years
at Amherst College, 18 at Columbia University, and 12 at New York
University. His essays appeared in newspapers, journals, and magazines,
while his numerous books include The Growth of the American Republic,
The American Mind, and The Empire of Reason: How Europe
Imagined and America Realized the Enlightenment. Commager stood
against McCarthyism and opposed the Vietnam War. A member of the
National Academy of Arts and Letters, he received its Gold Medal
for History in 1972. Survivors include his wife, Mary; two daughters;
and five grandchildren.
Eloise Parsons Baker,
PhD’23, MD’24, a gynecologist and activist, died February 25 in
Neponset, IL. She was 102. One of five women to graduate from Rush
Medical College in 1925, Baker completed a surgery fellowship at
the Mayo Clinic and then settled in Chicago, practicing as an obstetrician
and gynecologist for 40 years. In 1971, Baker moved to Neponset,
where she led a campaign to close a local nuclear waste dump. Among
survivors are two sons, including William H. Baker, MD’62;
and six grandchildren.
Harlan H. Hatcher,
X’25, the eighth president of the University of Michigan, died February
25, in Ann Arbor, MI. He was 99. During Hatcher’s presidency (1951–1967),
he oversaw an enrollment increase of 20,000 students, a fourfold
budget increase to $186 million, and the construction of several
campus buildings, including one for the School of Music and an undergraduate
library. Hatcher also helped develop satellite campuses in Flint
and Dearborn. Before coming to Michigan, he was dean of the College
of Arts and Sciences and a vice president at Ohio State University.
Hatcher also wrote three novels and several books on the history
of the Great Lakes region. He is survived by his wife, Anne; a daughter;
a son; and four grandchildren.
Lucy Lamon Merriam,
PhB’26, died December 19 at age 93 in San Rafael, CA. Merriam taught
high-school Latin in Chicago before moving to Omaha, NE, where she
volunteered with the parks and recreation program, the Joslyn Art
Museum, the Child Welfare Association, and the Junior League. In
the 1960s, she was secretary-treasurer of the Board of Regents at
the University of Omaha, now the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
After moving to San Francisco in 1972, she was active in music and
arts organizations. Among survivors are a son and a granddaughter.
Frances R. Brown,
AM’30, a retired associate professor of English at Longwood College
in Farmville, VA, died February 7. She was 90. Brown taught English
and music history before retiring from Longwood in 1973 as associate
dean of students. She participated in the St. Francis Episcopal
Church as a lay reader, vestry member, and chorister.
Julian J. Jackson,
PhB’31, founder of a public-relations firm that he managed for nearly
60 years and former president of the U of C Alumni Association,
died March 1 at age 89. One of the first publicity firms in Chicago,
the Julian J. Jackson Agency represented clients such as the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra, the Brookfield Zoo, and the Chicago Historical
Society. Jackson founded the Chicago Publicity Club and was a member
and former president of the Chicago Literary Club. He is survived
by his cousin, Arthur Loewy, SB’40, SM’42, MD’43.
Albert T. Bilgray,
PhB’32, rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Tucson, AZ, died March 19 at
age 87. Rabbi of the congregation since 1947, Bilgray helped build
a new temple, worked for desegregation in Tuscon public schools,
was on the board of the Tucson Medical Center, and was a charter
member of Tucson’s Commission on Human Relations. He also taught
Hebrew at the University of Arizona (1950–1978), initiating degree
programs in religious studies, Hebrew language and literature, and
Judaic studies. Among survivors are his wife, Clara, and a son.
John Coltman II,
PhB’33, died December 18 at age 86. Coltman worked in sales management
at Continental Oil (now Conoco) until his retirement to Delray Beach,
FL. He is survived by two daughters.
William H. Hoster,
Jr., PhB’33, a steel-industry executive who specialized in the
manufacture and fabrication of reinforcing bars, died March 1 at
age 85. Hoster was president and/or general manager of 10 different
companies, many in Oklahoma. Most recently, Hoster served on the
board of directors of Tulsa REBAR, Inc., and operated his own companies,
Hoster Steel Co. and Hoster Steel Corp., in Oklahoma City. He also
belonged to the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and the Association
of Iron and Steel Engineers. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor;
two sons; one daughter; and 11 grandchildren
Noah B. Levin,
SB’33, MD’37, a family physician and retired internist who specialized
in diabetes, died March 11. He was 86. Levin worked in the clinics
at Michael Reese and Mt. Sinai Hospitals, supporting a program that
brought doctors to the bedsides of elderly citizens on Chicago’s
South Side. During WWII, Levin was a lead medical officer for the
Office of Strategic Services in India, Burma, and China. Levin founded
the South Side Center of the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago
and was president of Sinai Temple. He is survived by his wife, Amy
Henschel Levin, X’42; two sons; a daughter, Susan Levin Mason,
AM’81; and five grandchildren.
Charles E. Redfield,
SB’35, AM’40, a businessman and former professor, died January 18,
1997, in Juno Beach, FL, at the age of 83. Redfield, who taught
at New York University and the University of Pittsburgh, left teaching
for management in 1960. He directed the Pioneer Fund, became a partner
of Blair and Co., and later started his own investment advisory
firm. The Redfield Foundation, which he established in 1954, focused
on medical research, foreign students, and criminal science. Redfield
also volunteered at a local hospice and belonged to civic organizations
in Cleveland and Florida. He is survived by his wife, Margaret;
one daughter; and two grandchildren, including Marina L. Peterson,
T. Richard Marquardt,
MD’37, a family physician, died March 17 at age 86. A native of
Lombard, IL, Marquardt practiced medicine there for nearly 40 years,
serving on the staff and the governing board at Elmhurst Hospital.
During WWII, Marquardt was the only flight surgeon in Europe to
fly a combat mission in a fighter aircraft. He belonged to the Lombard
Historical Society, the American Legion, and the American Medical
Association. Survivors include two daughters and five grandchildren.
Seidman, AB’38, AM’49, an editor at the Northwestern University
and University of Chicago Presses, died February 16. She was 81.
A resident of Evanston, IL, Seidman joined Northwestern’s press
in 1968, then moved to the U of C Press in 1974, retiring in 1986.
Seidman edited such scholars as Jacques Derrida, the late Divinity
School professor Mircea Eliade, and English professor emeritus Wayne
C. Booth, AM’47, PhD’50. She also edited many translations of
Greek classics. She is survived by a daughter; a son; five grandchildren;
and a brother.
Marshall W. Wiley,
PhB’43, JD’48, MBA’49, a lawyer and former ambassador to Oman, died
January 31 at age 72. Wiley joined the Foreign Service in 1958 and
served in Yemen, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, and Saudia Arabia.
In 1978, he became the ambassador to Oman. Wiley retired in 1981
and practiced law with Sidley & Austin in Washington, DC, for the
next ten years. He was president of the United States–Iraq Business
Forum from 1985 to 1990. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; two
sons, including Steven R. Wiley, SB’86; and a daughter.
Robert T. Blackburn,
SB’47, SM’48, PhD’53, a professor emeritus in the University of
Michigan’s Center for the Study of Higher Education, died March
1. He was 74. Blackburn was a U of C research associate in the early
1950s, then became associate professor of physical science at San
Francisco State University. He also taught and was dean of the faculty
at Shimer College, joining the University of Michigan in 1966 and
retiring in 1997. Blackburn won the research award of the Association
for the Study of Higher Education and cowrote the book Faculty
at Work (Johns Hopkins University Press). He is survived by
his wife, Mary Jane; three sons; a grandson; and a brother.
Daniel L. Harper,
PhB’48, a designer and art director, died November 11 at age 73.
The WWII veteran began his career as an artist at Esquire, later
working as an art director at several advertising agencies in Chicago,
including Dan Harper & Associates. He is survived by his wife, Joan;
three daughters; two grandchildren; and two brothers.
Richard G. Kenyon,
AB’59, a hardware retailer and poet, died March 10 of emphysema
and lung cancer. He was 60. After graduate work in the philosophy
of science, Kenyon moved to Sausalito, CA, where he worked for Waterstreet
Hardware. He continued to study the philosophy of science and also
wrote poetry and created art in pen, pastel, and tempera. Among
survivors are his son; his daughter; two sisters, Barbara J.
Whitmore, AM’47, and Judith Kenyon Kirscht, AB’53; and
Wendy Savin Mesnikoff,
AM’57, an activist and environmentalist, died March 10 of leukemia
and Parkinson’s disease. She was 67. In the 1970s, Mesnikoff was
a naturalist at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. A resident
of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, Mesnikoff worked on numerous committees
for the development and preservation of the environmental future
of the town and its waterfront. She founded the political New Hastings
Party to further her advocacy. She is survived by her husband, Alvin
M. Mesnikoff, MD’54; two daughters; one son; and four grandchildren.
John B. Mullen,
MBA’62, a manufacturing engineering consultant, died October 8.
He was 81. Mullen began his career as a chemical engineer in battery
development, took part in research to develop proximity fuses for
anti-aircraft shells during WWII, and then consulted, retiring in
1996. As a 22-year member of the Cuba Township Board of Trustees,
he headed environmental-preservation efforts in the Barrington,
IL, area. He is survived by his wife, Jeannette; a son; two sisters;
and two grandsons.
Rose Steinberg Stamler,
AM’62, a professor emerita of preventive medicine at Northwestern
University Medical School, died February 28 at age 75. Stamler joined
the Northwestern faculty in 1972, researching heart disease and
its prevention. With her husband, Stamler conducted a 20-year study
of 39,000 Chicago workers, proving that lifestyle changes can lessen
the chance of heart disease. She also helped conduct international
seminars in heart-disease prevention. Before joining Northwestern,
Stamler organized screenings for chronic disease risk factors in
public-housing residents with the Chicago Health Department. She
is survived by her husband, Jeremiah; a son; and a sister.