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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. .


42 College alumni—Mary Lucene Price Miller, AB’43, writes: Ruth Mortenson Sowash, AB’42, and her husband, William B. Sowash, AB’39, AM’41, joined U of C classmates Robert H. Harlan, AB’40, JD’42, and Lois Whiting Harlan, AB’41, AM’42, for a joyful reunion aboard the Delta Queen, cruising the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers from Memphis, TN, to Cincinnati. All are retired from the U.S. Foreign Service and have kept in touch in and out of the country. The couples never served at the same posts abroad, but crossed paths in Washington, and were together at the 1992 U of C Centennial Reunion. For the Harlans, the cruise was in celebration of their 56th wedding anniversary. The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy honored Jeanette Shames Fields, AB’42, at its 1998 annual awards dinner at the Rookery in Chicago. She was involved in the preservation and restoration of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park, IL; Wright’s Unity Temple in Oak Park; and the Arthur Davenport House in River Forest, IL (Fields’ own home, which she shares with her husband). She was executive director of the Chicago Architecture Foundation, then worked with the Glessner House on Prairie Avenue, in which docents were trained under her aegis and the first Chicago architectural-tour program was organized. A founding board member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, she is the author of Guidebook to the Architecture of River Forest. Harold R. Kamp, AB’42, writes, “As a member of the Class of ’42, I’m happy to keep breathing!”

College alumni, please send your news to: Mary Lucene Price Miller, AB’43, 1019 Glendalyn Circle, Spartanburg, SC 29302-2170. Phone: 864/583-0063 (h).

Other alumni news includes: Joann Mitchell Warfel, AB’42, reports that Laurence Brundall, AB’35, and his wife, Frances, gave a rose window to their Unitarian church in Santa Barbara, CA. The Brundalls, Warfel, and her husband, George, live in The Samarkana, a retirement facility. Other alumni who live there are Ruth M. Werner, AM’48, PhD’60, and Bettyann Nelson Gray, AB’35.

43 College alumni—Beata Hayton, AB’43, writes: Richard C. Reed, AB’43, JD’48, retired in 1989 as senior partner of his law firm, Reed McClure, in Seattle. He is currently a management consultant to Altman Weil Pensa and a director of Washington Federal, Inc. An author of five books, he is past chair of the American Bar Association’s law practice management section and past president of the College of Law Practice Management. He and his wife, Darelyn, have three children and four grandchildren. They spend four months a year at their oceanfront condo in Maui. Richard M. Stout, AB’43, JD’44, of Defiance, MO, still practices law “on a reduced basis.” Twice widowed, he has three children and six grandchildren. He spends “a fairly large amount of time” at South Padre Island, TX. H. Elizabeth (“Betty”) Berry von Dallwitz-Wegner, AB’43, lives in Munich, Germany, travels in Europe, and comes to the U.S. for visits.

College alumni, please send your news to: Beata Hayton, AB’43, 1020 Grove St., Evanston, IL 60201-4235. Fax: 847/475-5969.

Other alumni news includes: After a 35-year career in teaching and publishing, Doris Kerns Eddins, MAT’43, has enjoyed 20 years of retirement. She remembers fondly professors Newton Edwards and William S. Gray, PhB’13, PhD’16. Jessie C. Obert, SM’43, retired in 1976 from the Los Angeles County Health Department, where she was director of nutrition service for 24 years. A practicing nutritionist for 45 years, in her retirement she has maintained her professional interests and contacts.

47 College alumni—Norman L. Macht, PhB’47, writes: Shakespeare didn’t always get it right. “The evil that men do lives after them, The good is oft interred with their bones,” was clearly not true of Edwin Diamond, PhB’47, AM’49.

Diamond, who died in 1997 at age 72, was posthumously honored with the 1997 Bart Richards Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Penn State’s College of Communications, for his career in writing and teaching media criticism. That career included writing and editing positions at Newsweek, New York Magazine, and the Washington Journalism Review, and teaching positions at MIT and New York University. In his last two years, he wrote a weekly column, “Medium Cool,” for Politics-, a Web site devoted to coverage of politics. He was married to Adelina Lust Diamond, AB’47.

Extensive world traveler Leon H. Bloom, SB’47, is a retired orthodontia specialist living in Encino, CA. Bloom’s travels began in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He was one of the returning veterans who helped make the Class of ’47 the largest in U of C history (and caused our playing field adjacent to Burton-Judson to be covered with Quonset hut housing).

College alumni, please send your news to: Norman L. Macht, PhB’47, 226 S. Washington St., Easton, MD 21601. Phone: 410/770-4539 (h).

48 College alumni, please send your news to: Marilyn Corliss Durst, PhB’47, 17 Stonewall Way, Falmouth, ME 04105. Phone: 207/797-5987 (h). E-mail:

Bernard H. Baum, PhB’48, AM’53, PhD’59, would like to thank all members of the Class of ’48 who helped to make their gift of $6,821,007 the largest class gift in the University’s history.

49 The Class of 1949 celebrates its 50th reunion June 4–6, 1999.

Aaron Asher, AB’49, AM’52, worked for almost 40 years as an editor, editor in chief, and publisher at major trade-book publishing houses with many distinguished writers.

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