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What’s the news? We are always eager to receive your news at the Magazine, care of the Class News Editor, University of Chicago Magazine, 1313 East 60th St., Chicago, IL 60637, or by e-mail: No engagements, please. Items may be edited for space. As news is published in the order in which it arrives, it may not appear immediately. Please specify the year under which you would like your news to appear. Otherwise, we will list: (1) all former undergraduates (including those who later received graduate degrees) by the year of their undergraduate degree, and (2) all former students who received only graduate degrees by the year of their final degree. .


34 The Class of 1934 celebrates its 65th reunion on June 4-6, 1999. In May, Irving M. Wolfe, PhB'34, and his wife, Evelyn, joined the "Iraq Sanctions Challenge" group of nearly 100 Americans who took $4 million worth of medicine to Iraq to protest the U.S. sanctions and travel ban. Because of the prohibition on flying into Baghdad, they had to drive 21 hours across the Syrian Desert from Amman, Jordan. "We were all shocked to see irrefutable evidence of the continuing genocidal effects of the sanctions seven years after the cessation of hostilities," he writes. "At 85, I had some notoriety as the oldest member of the delegation."

37 Ralph O. Baird, SB'37, and his wife, Betty, have been married for 70 years. Baird worked on a Navajo reservation as an agronomist in charge of revegetation before transfering to the grazing service as a regional range examiner in Wyoming. After military service, he joined the Bureau of Reclamation as chief of lands, retiring in 1953 after a heart attack. Baird has built two adobe houses. He continues to enjoy good health and gets around with a cane as a "third leg." He writes, "Our door is always open to U of C grads here in Tubac, AZ. Stop by." Florence Wissig Dunbar, AB'37, MBA'39, of Orlando, FL, who holds a J.D. and a Ph.D. in economics and industrial engineering, has taught business law, worked as an industrial psychologist, and lectured on the law, ethics, and animal rights. She served on the State of Illinois Governor's Advisory Council, was invited by Sandra Day O'Connor to be admitted to Supreme Court practice, was an adviser to the NIH, and is adjunct professor of ethics and jurisprudence in the veterinary pathobiology department at the University of Illinois.

38 College alumni-George C. McElroy, AB'38, AM'39, writes: Dale C. Hager, SB'38, MD'41, is "just holding on." Vera Miller, AB'38, AM'40, PhD'47, retired as vice president and director of research for the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers' Union only to take over her late husband's music production and publishing company. She finds the change refreshing and pleasant, not least because it sends her abroad several times a year. Her daughter "is flourishing in the wine business." George J. Rotariu, SB'39, SM'40, was given a certificate of appreciation this March by the American Nuclear Society when it designated the Morton Grove, IL, irradiator he designed for Cook Electric Co. a Nuclear Historic Landmark. For 20 years, the irradiator has used gamma rays to sterilize/pasteurize food, cosmetics, and medical supplies. Muriel Levin Siegle, AB'38, retired in 1979 from teaching English and music in the Newton, MA, schools, and until 1992 directed volunteers and edited the newspaper for the Massachusetts chapter of the ACLU. Until recently, she played in chamber music and solo piano recitals. Peter E. Siegle, AB'38, PhD'59, after using his French and German in a small group of WWII "disinformation pioneers," taught with wife Muriel in universities in Bordeaux and Nancy, France; in Holland; and in Scandinavia. In 1982, he became an Africanist, spending six months every two years in the bush of Sierra Leone as Begu (elder and chief) of the Safroka Limbas. Now at Ethnikon, cross-cultural consultants, he's editing his field notes into a public document. Elizabeth Lee Strong Simmons, SB'38, is "enjoying retirement" from her job as a librarian. Robert D. Solomon, SB'38, retired after 56 years as a pathologist and scientist. Thirty-eight years ago, he proved the reversibility of atherosclerosis, then experimented with carcinogenesis, aging, and chemotherapy while holding full professorships at three universities.

College alumni, please send your news to: George C. McElroy, AB'38, AM'39, 1411 E. 54th Place, Chicago, IL 60615-5404. Phone: 773/288-4918 (h).

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