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Horace R. Byers, a meteorology professor at the U of C for 25 years, died May 22 in Santa Barbara, CA. He was 92. Byers established Chicago’s meteorology department, where he taught from 1940 to 1965. In 1947, he directed the federal Thunderstorm Project. Byers was later dean of the College of Geosciences and a distinguished professor of meteorology at Texas A & M University. Author of a standard mete- orology text and a past president of the American Meteorology Society, he is survived by his wife, Frances; a daughter; a brother; and three grandchildren.

Floyd J. (“Jerry”) Gould, SB’58, PhD’67, professor emeritus of applied mathematics and management science at the Graduate School of Business, died May 12 in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. He was 62. A faculty member in 1967–1968 and from 1972 until 1993, Gould researched nonlinear programming, production, and inventory. His 1984 text, Introductory Management Science, written with GSB professor Gary Eppen, changed how management science is taught. Gould also helped found the Investment Research Company, an equity investment advisory firm, serving as chair until his death. He is survived by his wife, Karen; two sons; and two stepsons, including Matteo G. Levisetti, AB’90, MD’96.

Cyril O. Houle, PhD’40, a retired professor of education and expert on adult education, died May 6 in Sarasota, FL. He was 85. From 1939 to 1978, Houle taught at the U of C and served as the dean of University College. He published 14 books, 21 monographs, and more than 145 papers on education, receiving 11 honorary doctorates. Houle is survived by his wife, Bettie Eckhardt Houle, PhD’53; his son; and a grandson.

W. Allen Wallis, X’35, former dean of the Graduate School of Business and a presidential adviser, died October 12 in Rochester, NY. He was 85. Wallis taught at Yale, Columbia, and Stanford before joining the U of C faculty in 1946. Dean of the GSB from 1956 through 1962, he helped develop “the Chicago Ap- proach,” which focused on teaching the underlying theories and principles of business, rather than presenting case studies. From 1959 to 1961, Wallis was special assistant to President Eisenhower. Under Presidents Nixon and Ford, he chaired the President’s Commission on Federal Statistics and the Advisory Council on Social Security. He also chaired the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in 1977 and 1978 and was editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association. Wallis was named president and chief of the University of Rochester in 1962; he later served as Rochester’s chancellor, retiring in 1982. He is survived by two daughters and three grandchildren.

Allen P. Wikgren, AB’28, AM’29, PhD’32, a Divinity School professor emeritus, died May 7 in Conover, WI, at age 91. An ordained Baptist minister, Wikgren was a longtime member of the Committee for a Revised Standard Version of the Bible. He also created the religion department at the University of Ghana. At Chicago, he led the department of New Testament and early Christian literature from 1953 to 1972. Survivors include a brother, Arthur; two sons; and five grandchildren.


Frederic T. Jung, PhD’25, a retired Northwestern University Medical School professor, died July 3 in Evanston, IL. He was 100. A WWI Army veteran, he also served in the Army Medical Corps during WWII. Jung wrote 40 papers on physiology, as well as numerous medical articles. He taught physiology and pharmacology at Northwestern for 20 years, later working as an editor at the Journal of the American Medical Association, from which he retired in 1963. Among survivors are his son, Paul, and three granddaughters.

David W. Stotter, X’25, a retired advertising executive, died May 20 in Chicago. He was 94. Stotter helped design a campaign for Frigidaire refrigerators. Creative director at Lord & Thomas, he was later senior vice president at MacFarland, Aveyard & Co. and president of Drewry’s Ltd., a South Bend, IN, brewery. A longtime subscriber to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Stotter endowed the David W. and Lucille G. Stotter principal second-chair violin at the Civic Orchestra, the orchestra’s first and only endowed chair. He founded Congregation Solelin in Highland Park. Survivors include a son, Michael, and a sister.


Leon Werch, PhB’32, the first mayor of the village of Woodridge, IL, died May 3. He was 86. Werch’s organizational skills helped found Woodridge in rural DuPage County in 1959. He served two terms as Woodridge’s mayor. Werch, who taught at Chicago City Colleges, developed training programs for the U.S. Army and the Internal Revenue Service. Survivors include two daughters.

Edwin B. Main, PhB’34, AM’38, died March 1 in Decatur, IL. He was 85. Main was a professor of sociology at Chicago’s American School of Correspondence until retiring in 1977. Survivors include his sister, Phyllis E. Scwandt.

Sidney R. Lash, SB’37, MD’39, a gynecologist and obstetrician, died April 11 in Chicago at age 82. A WWII veteran, Lash worked for more than 50 years at Chicago’s Michael Reese Hospital, where he delivered more than 5,000 babies. Along with an uncle, he created the Lash surgical procedure to help prevent premature births. Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Chertow Lash, AB’37; three sons; a daughter; and four grandchildren.

Malcolm C. Spencer, MD’43, a dermatologist, died March 19 in Port St. Lucie, FL. He was 84. Spencer ran a private practice in Danville, IL. He also worked as an industrial physician for the Dodge Chicago plant, established the Illinois State Medical Society’s section of dermatology, and was recognized by the American Academy of Dermatology for research on depigmenting agents. Survivors include his wife, Jane; four daughters; five sons; 11 grandchildren; and a sister, Jean Spencer, MD’50.

Edgar W. Trout Jr., AB’39, AM’40, a former high-school teacher, died May 17 in Arlington Heights, IL. He was 81. A WWII veteran, Trout taught history, sociology, geography, and economics at Fremd High School in Palatine, IL, serving as the school’s senior chair of social sciences. He retired in 1978. Survivors include his wife, Jeanne; a son; and a sister.


Wilbur H. Boutell, AB’40, a Michigan businessman, died June 5 in Palm Beach, FL. He was 79. During WWII, Boutell commanded a minesweeper in the South Pacific. The owner and president of F. J. Boutell Driveaway Co. until 1982, he was active in local civic organizations and was a past chair of the regional and state Republican finance committees. Survivors include his wife, Anne; three daughters; two stepchildren; and five grandchildren.

Mary E. Grenander, AB’40, AM’41, PhD’48, a professor emerita of English at SUNY–Albany, died May 28 in East Berne, NY. She was 79. A professor for 41 years, Grenander gave more than $1 million to SUNY–Albany, establishing a professorship in memory of her husband, physicist James W. Corbett. The author of many books and articles and an expert on writer Ambrose Bierce, Grenander was a former Fulbright fellow. She is survived by two sisters.

Frank L. Martin, PhD’41, a retired meteorology professor, died April 2 in Monterey, CA. He was 82. For 30 years, Martin taught at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey. In 1969, he spent a sabbatical as a NASA researcher. A member of the American Meteorological Society, Martin coauthored a textbook on dynamical and physical meteorology. Survivors include his wife, Catherine; three sons; a daughter; and ten grandchildren.

Louis J. Gordy, AM’46, a former teacher in the Chicago Public School systems, died February 18. He was 90. Survivors include his wife, Gertrude; two sons; and three grandchildren.

Donald M. Hawkins, AB’46, JD’47, a longtime partner in the Toledo, OH, law firm Fuller & Henry, died January 1 in Atherton, CA. He was 76. A WWII veteran, Hawkins was a former president of Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio, Inc., and active in the local Methodist church. He worked in corporate tax law at Fuller & Henry for more than 50 years. Among survivors are his wife, Lucille; three daughters; a son; a brother; and ten grandchildren.

Fred V. Gwyer, PhB’48, SB’50, MD’52, a psychiatrist, died March 17 in New London, CT. He was 78. A WWII veteran, he had a private practice, working with children, adolescents, and parents, and was the senior attending staff doctor at Riveredge Hospital in Forest Park, IL, from 1966 until his 1987 retirement. During his career, he held a number of teaching and hospital appointments. Survivors include his sister, Leonora B. Gwyer.

Gay Secor Hardy, AB’48, Michigan’s first female solicitor general, died March 6 in Ann Arbor. She was 69. Hardy spent much of her career in the state attorney general’s office, starting by handling liquor control violations, and rising to solicitor general in 1990. That same year, she received the 1990 YWCA Diana Award, recognizing her professional and volunteer accomplishments. Survivors include two daughters, Jacqueline Hardy Grober, AB’83, and Lisa Hardy.

Thomas J. O’Donnell, PhB’48, founder of a manufacturer’s representative business that he managed for 30 years, died February 6. He was 76. O’Donnell is survived by his wife, Helen De Young O’Donnell, SB’44; two sons; three daughters; and ten grandchildren.

Helen Baer Graham, X’49, died of lung cancer May 23 in Evanston, IL. She was 68. Graham, an artist, a longtime member of the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, and an Evanston Hospital volunteer for 20 years, was known as the “Gingerbread Lady.” Her annual holiday cookie bake produced thousands of cookies for friends, family, and neighbors. Survivors include her husband, Ira E. Graham, MBA’74; a son; a daughter; a brother; and three grandchildren.


Dietrich C. Reitzes, AM’41, PhD’50, a professor emeritus of sociology at Chicago’s Roosevelt University, died May 22 in Atlanta. He was 81. A WWII veteran, Reitzes worked on a study chronicling the Army’s record of dealing with freed felons during war. He also researched the rehabilitation of convicts and was deputy director of the Chicago Commission on Youth Welfare. For 17 years, he chaired the sociology and anthropology departments at Roosevelt. Survivors include his wife, Hilde; a son; two daughters; and seven grandchildren.

Eugene Aserinsky, PhD’53, a pioneer in the field of sleep studies, died July 22 at age 77. He lived in Escondido, CA. His Ph.D. thesis, “Eye Move- ments During Sleep,” introduced his discovery of rapid eye movement, or R.E.M. Aserinsky taught at Jefferson Medical College, Marshall University Medical School, and West Virginia University. He is survived by his wife, Angela; a son; two daughters; and three grandchildren.

Luther A. Allen, PhD’55, a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, died Febuary 27. He joined the faculty of the university in 1952 and for two decades was a key participant in residential undergraduate education on the campus. A scholar of international relations, he had a special knowledge of French politics. Allen also worked for a liberal Vietnamese political solution. He wrote on urban planning and actively participated in politics in his adopted city, Montréal, Quebec, where he retired. Survivors include a sister, Carlene Allen Raper, SB’46, SM’47.

Bruce R. Colby, AB’55, MBA’60, a financial expert, died April 25 in Washington, DC. He was 63. In 1982, Colby founded his own management firm, Marquette Capital Management, after holding financial-analyst posts with Delaware’s Delfi Capital Management, the Baltimore-based Mercantile Safe Deposit, and the trust department at Detroit’s City National Bank. At Marquette, he managed the pension funds of the Detroit police and firefighters and workers for the city of Detroit. Colby is survived by his wife, Lestina Larsen Colby, AB’58; two sons, including Charles C. Colby II, JD’91; a daughter; and a grandson.

Grace L. Alke, AM’58, a kindergarten teacher, died June 17 in Chicago at age 77. A teacher at Volta Elementary School on the North Side for 35 years, Alke began a tutoring program that brought parents into the classroom. A Francophile, Alke took French classes at Truman College for 20 years. Survivors include a brother, Fred, and a sister, Anne.


Joshua Fein, AB’73, a social-services professional and founder of a Unitarian Universalist Church, died June 14 of cancer. He was 46. Helping the mentally retarded and others in need throughout his life, Fein was director of mental retardation services for a Massachusetts state district office, executive director of Koinonia Homes in Cleveland, a research associate for the Institute for Disabilities at Temple University, and executive director of People’s Place in Milford, DE. He also helped found the first Unitarian Universalist church in southern Delaware. Fein is survived by his wife, Sheryl; three daughters; his mother, Edith Schneiderman Fein, PhB’47, AM’49; two sisters, Ann B. Slater, AM’77, AM’80, and Lisa Fein Siegel, AB’79; and a brother, Jeremy B. Fein, AB’83.

Roscoe E. Mitchell, Jr., MBA’76, died April 10 in Chicago of cancer. He was 63. A former director of equal employment opportunities for Zenith Electronics Corp. and executive director of the Federal Talent Assistance Program, Mitchell helped advise many minority-owned businesses. In 1990, Mitchell joined the Chicago Transit Authority as general manager of real estate, a post he held until his death. Survivors include his wife, Jackie; two sons; three daughters; three grandchildren; and a sister.


William E. Flanagan, AB’83, died February 14 in Chicago at age 36. He was a 1990 graduate of Harvard Law School. Survivors include his son, Francis Michael; his former wife, Joanna Sears Flanagan, AB’83; his father; and six sisters and brothers.

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