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Analylle ("Anne") S. Morency, AM'62, PhD'76, psychologist, died February 27 in her home in Mexico. She was 73. A research associate and assistant project director in behavioral science from 1973 until she retired in 1996, Morency served on the board of directors for the Illinois Humane Society and was a pediatric psychologist at the U of C Children's Hospital. Survivors include two daughters, Catherine Morency and Carolyn Morency Bauer, and four grandchildren.


Richard R. Scholz, PhB'28, an accountant, died November 20 at age 91 in Birmingham, AL. Scholz, who worked for several firms in Chicago; Muncie, IN; and Cincinnati, also served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Survivors include his wife, Laura, and his niece, Vivian Berquist Najjar, AB'54.

Bernard Robert Halpern, SB'29, an engineer, technical writer, and consultant to the graphic-arts industry, died April 5 in San Rafael, CA. He was 89. Halpern was awarded 12 patents and wrote four books on graphic arts and printing. He had been president of the Technical Association for the Graphic Arts and was Marin County's outstanding senior citizen in 1988. He is survived by two sons, Roland and Stephen; a daughter, Kalli; and two grandchildren.


Charles A. Bane, AB'35, a lawyer and civil-rights activist, died April 5 in West Palm Beach, FL. He was 84. A Rhodes scholar and WWII veteran, Bane counseled a Chicago commission fighting organized crime and, under President Jimmy Carter, co-chaired the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Active in United Charities Chicago, he founded the United Way of Illinois in 1977. Bane is survived by his wife, Eileen; two daughters; a son; and six grandchildren.

Marie Halun Bloch, PhB'35, an author, died February 7 in Cambridge, MA. She was 88. Bloch wrote two adult books and 18 children's books, including Aunt America and Ukranian Folk Tales. Born in Komarno, Ukraine, she was active in the Ukrainian-American community and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Before her writing career, she worked briefly as an economist for the U.S. Department of Labor. In 1976, Bloch founded the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Survivors include a daughter; two granddaughters; and a sister.

Moreau S. Maxwell, AB'39, AM'46, PhD'49, an anthropology professor at Michigan State University, died January 30 in East Lansing at age 79. An expert in arctic archaeology, Maxwell often traveled to Canada's Baffin Island to study Eskimo life. As an archaeologist for the Michigan State University Museum, he led the restoration of Fort Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City, MI. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor; one daughter; three sons; four grandchildren; and one sister.

Lucy Prescott Winslow, AM'39, a librarian, died on January 25 at age 83 in Exeter, NH. Winslow began her career as a reference librarian becoming director of the Sprain Brook Library in Yonkers, NY. She was active in many civic groups, including the League of Women Voters and the Literacy Volunteers of America. Survivors include her husband, Richard; two sons; a daughter; and three grandchildren.


Chalmers W. Sherwin, PhD'40, a physicist, died February 20 at age 81 in San Diego. During WWII, Sherwin helped develop an advanced distant-warning system and airplane-mounted radar. As head of research at General Atomic, he oversaw the development of a carbon heart valve. He also worked for MIT, Columbia University, the University of Illinois, the U.S. Air Force, and Aerospace Corp. He wrote two college physics texts and secured numerous patents. He is survived by his wife, Irene; seven children; and 12 grandchildren.

Richard E. Wheeler, AB'40, died April 28 in Green Valley, AZ. He was 80. Wheeler played on the University's last Big Ten football team. He worked 28 years for the Georgia-Pacific Corp. and retired as manager of its paperboard division in 1984. He is survived by his wife, M. Betty Smith Wheeler, X'39; and three sons.

Lloyd J. Mendelson, AB'46, AM'48, PhD'62, a pioneer of city-suburb student exchange programs, died March 3 in Evanston, IL, at age 74. A WWII veteran, Mendelson worked in the Chicago public schools for 40 years as a teacher, principal, and administrator. In the late 1960s, his Operation Wingspread brought together suburban and inner-city students. Survivors include his wife, Eva E. Mendelson, PhB'44; two sons; a daughter; a brother; and six grandchildren.

Ray E. Poplett, AB'46, JD'50, died February 23 in Chicago at 75. For more than 40 years, Poplett had a general civil-law practice in Chicago. In 1988, he published a ten-volume reference set titled West's Illinois Forms, covering legal procedures on divorce, bankruptcy, real estate, trusts, and wills. A WWII veteran, he served as president of the Portage Park Chamber of Commerce, the Oak Park River Forest Community Chest, and other groups. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn; two sons; and a granddaughter.

Paul G. Reynolds, AB'46, MBA'49, a mortgage banker and real-estate developer, died December 28 in Chicago. He was 75. Reynolds was both owner and president of McElvain-Reynolds Co., a mortgage banking firm in Chicago, and chaired Curto-Oelerich-Reynolds, a Des Plaines, IL-based developer of industrial property. Survivors include his wife, Sheila; 12 children, including Paul G. Reynolds, Jr., MBA'75, and Shaun D. Reynolds, MFA'77; two brothers; and 19 grandchildren.

Martin H. Studier, PhD'47, a nuclear scientist, died March 9 in Hinsdale, IL. He was 80. Studier was a member of the U of C team that helped obtain the plutonium used in the atomic bombs detonated at Alamogordo, NM, and Nagasaki. Later, at Argonne National Laboratory, he contributed to the discovery of the elements einsteinium and fermium. He received the University's distinguished-service award in 1978. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor C. Studier, SB'45; three sons; one daughter; two sisters; and three grandchildren.

Edwin G. Bruell, AM'48, a high-school English teacher, died February 18 at age 83 in Chicago. He taught at Bremen High School in Midlothian, IL, for nearly 30 years, retiring in 1980 as chair of its English department, a position he had held since 1957. Previously, Bruell taught at Chicago's Morgan Park Military Academy and in Hammond, IN. In retirement, he taught creative writing at South Suburban College, recorded for the blind, and wrote poetry. He is survived by a daughter and a brother.


Gilbert Pratt Ellithorpe, AM'50, a former CIA agent, died April 5 at age 75 in San Rafael, CA. After a brief stint as a high-school teacher, the WWII veteran re-enlisted, serving with the Army in Germany until 1954. He joined the CIA in 1955; a specialist in Eastern European covert operations, he worked in Nuremburg, Berlin, and Tokyo before retiring in 1977. The CIA awarded him its certificate of distinction in 1966 and a career intelligence medal in 1975. Survivors include his wife, Lavina; three daughters; a brother; and eight grandchildren.

Clifford B. Reifler, AB'51, a leader in college health services, died May 12 in Rochester, NY. He was 66. Reifler directed the University of Rochester's health service from 1970 until his 1994 retirement, helping to establish the "public health model" of college health services, focusing on prevention and better living and working conditions for students. He held faculty appointments in psychiatry, health services, and preventive, family, and rehabilitation medicine; edited the Journal of American College Health; and was president of the American College Health Association. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; three daughters; a brother; and a sister.

Muriel H. Moss, AM'57, a nurse and health educator, died April 23 at age 72 in Buhl, ID. After working as a nurse and administrator for the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago and the Illinois State Pediatric Institute, she started a career in education at the University of Illinois College of Nursing, earning tenure as an assistant professor in public-health nursing. Moss coauthored the book Health Assessment. Survivors include her brother, Jere.


Daniel P. Bergen, AM'61, died January 6, 1996, of a heart attack. He was 60. Professor emeritus in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Rhode Island, he is survived by his wife, Carol; two daughters; two sons; and seven grandchildren.

Gordon L. Briggs, X'61, died April 20 of a heart attack in Chicago Heights, IL. He was 62. At the time of his death, Briggs was editor of the ASHI Reporter, the publication of the American Society of Home Inspectors. He had been the director of publications for the College of American Pathologists. Briggs is survived by his wife, Donna Davis Briggs, AB'69, and two daughters.

Thomas L. Minder, AM'63, a pioneer in information science, died February 26 in Chicago at age 72. Author of the first successful program for computer acquisition of library materials, Minder was a WWII vetern and helped NATO and the CIA computerize their research databases in the mid-80s. In the mid-70s, he established a School of Information Science at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. Minder is survived by his wife, Claire; two daughters; six sons; two sisters; and nine grandchildren.

L. Eugene Thomas, AM'66, PhD'68, a professor at the University of Connecticut for 30 years, died of cancer on March 11 in Storrs, CT. He was 65. From 1959 to 1964, Thomas was pastor of the United Presbyterian Church in Pattersonville, NY. As a UConn professor of human development and family relations, he studied how religious life affects the quality of life as one ages. During two senior Fulbright research fellowships, he traveled to India and Turkey. Among survivors are his wife, Susanna; a son; a daughter; and eight brothers and sisters.


Frank Wood, Jr., AB'73, a jeweler and jewelry sales representative, died April 17 at age 74 in Lebanon, IN. A WWII veteran, Wood worked with Rogers Jewelers and L.S. Ayres and Co., then spent 20 years as a jewelry sales representative for B.A. Ballou and Co. Survivors include his wife, Anne; two sons; two daughters; four sisters; and seven grandchildren.

Ronnie West Lee, MD'76, director of emergency medical services at Loyola University Health Systems, died March 3 following surgery. He was 48. Lee also worked as a staff physician for the Chicago fire department, as an EMS consultant for the Illinois Department of Public Health, and as the EMS project medical director at Loyola. Survivors include his mother, Earnestine Fitts; his father, T.C. Lee; two sisters; two brothers; and his grandfather.


Fotios K. Litsas, PhD'80, a professor of Byzantine history and Greek archeology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, died of cancer March 15 in Chicago. He was 55. In 1980, Listas joined UIC as an assistant professor and in 1981 became director of its Greek studies program. His books included Greek Folklore Weddings and Little Odyssey of the Greek Americans. Active in Chicago's Greek community, he was director of Greek education for the Greek Orthodox Diocese and editor of A Companion to the Greek Orthodox Church. Litsas is survived by his wife, Maria; six brothers; and his aunt, Evangeline Mistaras, PhB'46, AM'50, AM'53.

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