T. (Ted) Fujita, the Charles E. Merriam distinguished
service professor emeritus in the geophysical sciences, died November
19 in his Chicago home. He was 78. Fujita, who received NASAs
public service medal, did pioneering research in mesometerology,
the study of mid-sized atmospheric phenomena. With his wife, Sumiko,
he devised the Fujita Tornado Scale, the internationally accepted
standard for measuring tornado severity. Investigating a 1975 airplane
crash, he discovered microbursts, small downdrafts that induce 150-mile-an-hour
winds. Fujita came to Chicago in 1953 as a research associate in
meteorology and directed the Mesometeorology Research Project from
1956 to 1962, when he became an associate professor in geophysical
sciences. He directed the Satellite and Mesometeorology Project
from 1964 to 1987 and the Wind Research Laboratory from 1988 until
his death. Survivors include his wife and son.
professor of history and former dean of the College, died May 5
in Lake Forest, IL. He was 85. Joining Chicagos faculty in
1946 and winning a Quantrell Award in 1952, Simpson became dean
in 1959. In 1964, he left Chicago to become the seventh president
of Vassar College, leading the all-women institutions shift
to coeducation and retiring in 1977. Survivors include his wife,
Mary; two daughters; and two grandchildren.
E. Heller, SB29, MD34, a Chicago surgeon for more
than 50 years, died May 30 at age 90. Until 1996, he taught anatomy
at Northwestern Medical School. Heller practiced general surgery
at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and did research at Northwestern
and at Michael Reese Hospital. He also studied sculpting in Rome
each fall and belonged to the Chicago Cultural Center writers
group. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Moss Heller, PhB33;
a son; two sisters; a brother; and two grandchildren.
Brodsky, PhB30, a writer, researcher, and historian, died
June 12 at age 90 in Winnetka, IL. While running his own advertising
agency, from which he retired in 1991, Brodsky wrote poetry, some
of which appeared in the New Republic and Poetry.
His last major project was a 400-page history of Winnetka Community
House. Just before WWII, Brodsky coauthored with U of C professor
Frederick L. Schuman Design for Power, about the balance
of world power. During WWII, he was a lieutenant colonel in the
Air Force, rewriting its survival and rescue manuals. Survivors
include his wife, Janice; three daughters; and four grandchildren.
Clark, PhB30, of Denver, died May 1 at age 88. Clark was
a substitute teacher in elementary education. Survivors include
her daughter, Judith.
E. G. Stanley
Baker, X33, a retired professor of zoology, died April
29 in Kalamazoo, MI, at age 88. He taught for 24 years at Drew University
in Madison, NJ, and also held posts at Catholic University of America,
Corpus Christi Community College, and Wabash College. A WWII veteran,
he received several teaching awards and served on numerous school
and government boards in New Jersey. Survivors include three children,
eight siblings, and three grandchildren.
Lorne Cress, PhB33, a retired elementary school teacher
and longtime community activist, died July 12 in Hyde Park. She
was 92. Teaching mostly kindergarten and primary grades at Drake
Elementary School on the South Side, she worked in Chicago public
schools for 41 years, retiring in 1971. A founding member of the
All Souls Unitarian Fellowship and the 61st and Woodlawn Block Club,
Cress also set up a scholarship fund for black medical students
and helped establish the DuSable Museum and the South Side Community
Arts Center. In 1988, she was inducted into the Chicago Senior Citizens
Hall of Fame. Survivors include three daughters and a grandson.
Felsenthal, SB33, of Memphis, TN, died July 29 at age
87. He was the former co-owner of Felsenthals Department Store
in Brownsville, TN. A WWII veteran, he was past president of Temple
Adas Israel, Brownsville Exchange, and Brownsville Cancer Fund.
He is survived by a son; two daughters; a sister, Karolyn Felsenthal
Feltenstein, PhB28; and six grandchildren.
Holton Jordan, PhB34, AM42, died June 26 at age
89 in Michigan. During WWII, she was a psychiatric social worker
with the American Red Cross in Asia. She witnessed the signing of
the post-war United Nations charter and also helped establish the
Michigan chapter of the American Association for the United Nations.
An artist, writer, and public speaker, Jordan belonged to the Flint
(MI) Unitarian Universalist Church for almost 50 years. She is survived
by her sister, a son, and five grandchildren.
L. Bateman, AB37, of Rochester, MN, died December 1, 1997.
He was 81. Batemans last book, Open to Question (Jossey-Bass,
1990), has been translated into Dutch. Shortly before his death,
he was named an alumnus of notable achievement by the University
of Minnesotas College of Liberal Arts. Survivors include his
wife, Sue, and his brother, Henry L. Bateman, PhB34.
A. Thorsen, JD37, a Chicago lawyer for 60 years, died
June 25 in Glenview, IL, at age 85. Taking the bar exam before age
21, two years later he made the first of his 19 appearances before
the Illinois Supreme Court. In 1935, he cofounded the law firm of
Madigan and Thorsen, which handled mostly corporate clients. The
firm merged with another in 1983, and Thorsen retired nine years
later. He is survived by his daughter, two sons, a sister, and seven
S. Berger, AB41, assistant director of the American Society
of Planning Officials for 30 years, died August 7 in Chicago at
age 82. Helping to map such issues and trends as suburban planning
and urban renewal, Berger produced the societys monthly newsletter
and organized annual conferences. At the Office of Price Administration
during WWII, she consulted and reported on wartime developments
for the British government. Bergers nephew James Koch survives
Fields, SB41, a leading scientist at Argonne National
Laboratory, died May 3 in Chicago. He was 79. After working for
the Tennessee Valley Authority and on the Manhattan Project, Fields
joined Argonne at its founding in 1946. During his 36 years at the
laboratory, he headed the chemistry and science-support divisions
and worked as a senior scientist and associate laboratory director.
His analysis of moon rock samples from an Apollo mission brought
him much acclaim. He is survived by his wife, Bernice; two daughters;
and a son.
K. Gassler, MD43, a physician in Waco, TX, for more than
30 years, died May 30 at age 82. A WWII and D-Day veteran, he was
noted for his work with polio victims. Retiring in 1983, Gassler
had been president of the McLennan County Medical Society, chief
of staff at Providence Hospital, vice president of staff at Hillcrest
Hospital, and a board member for several medical and humanitarian
organizations. He is survived by his wife, Lois; two daughters;
a son; five grandchildren; and a brother.
H. Dunne, PhD44, a Jesuit priest and ecumenist, died June
30 in Los Gatos, CA. He was 92. Dunne began fighting poverty and
racial segregation in the 1940s, giving speeches, writing articles,
and taking part in civil-rights demonstrations. He also studied
Chinese theology and language, and wrote plays and books. Later
in his career, Dunne taught at Loyola Marymount University and Santa
Clara University. Six nieces and two nephews survive him.
Lewis, AB44, died February 8, 1998, in Chevy Chase, MD.
Lewis began her career with Scott, Foresman and Company as an educational
consultant, then held editorial positions with the company from
1950 to 1962. After earning her M.A. in urban affairs and American
government in 1969, she worked as a freelance editor and a substitute
teacher in Washington, DC, high schools. Active in the local Republican
party and in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Lewis belonged
to the Montgomery County (MD) Literacy Council. She is survived
by her nephew, Charles A. Lewis, and four nieces.
A. Chambers, AM46, died April 3 in Charleston, WV, at
age 77. She was a retired social worker for Johns Hopkins University
and a social service worker at Childrens Hospital in Washington.
Her brother, John, survives her.
Dooley, X48, died December 12, 1997, in Dayton, OH, at
age 73. He worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory and in the U.S.
Air Forces foreign-technology division, writing several studies
on electronics technology and national security. After retirement,
he continued his research while operating a real-estate investment
and property management firm. He is survived by two brothers and
Pence Hansen, PhB48, of Orland Park, IL, died December
17, 1997, at age 69. A teacher with the Archdiocese of Chicago for
17 years, she volunteered for Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago, the
Christ Hospital Womens Auxiliary, and the Palos Community
Hospital Auxiliary. Hansen was also a chemist at Western Electric
Corporation. Survivors include her husband, Gilbert, and her daughter.
Schuster, AM48, a leader in the Jewish community, died
June 21 in Highland Park, IL, at age 77. He founded the Schuster
Insurance agency in 1950, retiring in 1988. A WWII veteran, he served
on the board of his synagogue and was president of the local lodge
of Bnai Brith and the midwest region of the National
Federation of Jewish Mens Clubs. He also initiated a national
program to fight alienation of Jewish youth at high schools and
universities, and campaigned in support of Israel and Soviet Jews.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley; three daughters; a son; a brother;
and eight grandchildren.
Luck, SB49, a cell biologist, died May 23 in New York
City. He was 69. Luck was the Alfred E. Mirsky professor and vice
president for academic affairs at Rockefeller University. His early
research focused on how growing cells form mitochondria, while his
later work investigated microtubules. Before going to Rockefeller
in 1958 as a graduate fellow, Luck was a physician at Massachusetts
General Hospital for five years. The editor of Molecular and Cellular
Biology, he was a former chair of the molecular-biology study section
of the National Institutes of Health and a member of the National
Academy of Sciences. He is survived by a sister.
G. Rudney, AM49, died January 10 at age 74 in Washington,
DC. From 1954 to 1982, Rudney was assistant director of tax analysis
at the treasury department. In 197475, he also served as research
director of the Commission on Private Philanthropy and Public Needs.
After retiring, Rudney became a senior research associate with Yales
program on nonprofit organizations, coordinating a study on the
creation and growth of private foundations. He is survived by his
wife, Shirley; a son; a daughter; and three grandchildren.
Powers, AB50, MBA53, a former partner in KPMG Peat
Marwick, died November 2, 1997, in Atlanta. He was 70. A specialist
in accounting and retail, he wrote The Retail Inventory Method
Made Practical and many articles for business publications.
Powers joined KPMGs precursor in 1954, then left to become
executive vice president of Lewis Business Products. He rejoined
KPMG in 1969 and retired in 1986. During his retirement, he helped
create three small high-tech companies. Powers is survived by his
wife, Dorothy Koenig Powers, SM52; a daughter, Victoria
A. Powers, AB80; a son; and three grandchildren.
Turner, PhD50, died August 1 at his home in Santa Barbara,
CA. He was 79. A Navy officer for three years during WWII, Turner
was a founding member of the political science department at the
University of California, Santa Barbara, and was its first chair.
He retired from the university in 1987. He received State Department
and Fulbright grants to teach overseas. He wrote four books and
more than two dozen articles. Survivors include his wife, Mary;
a daughter; two sons, including John A. Turner, PhD77;
a sister; and seven grandchildren.
Warn, AM52, of Grosse Pointe, MI, died June 9 at age 73.
During her 26-year association with Wayne State University, she
worked toward a Ph.D. and was first an academic adviser, and later
administrative assistant to the English department chair. Warn belonged
to the League of Women Voters, the Grosse Pointe Arts Center, the
Alliance Francaise and the Grosse Pointe Jewish Council. Survivors
include her husband, Edward; two daughters; a son; a sister; two
brothers; and three grandchildren.
Binder, SB60, president and CEO of Success National Bank
and Success Bancshares Inc., died of a heart attack July 12 in Evanston,
IL. He was 58. Under his leadership, the bank grew from one office
and $10 million in assets in 1982 to having $425 million in assets
and 10 branches in the Chicago area. Binder, who had also been president
at two other banks, donated funds to Jewish schools and served on
the boards of the Community Foundation of Jewish Education and Chicagos
Anti-Defamation League. He is survived by his companion, Joan Kerlow;
two daughters; a brother; and a grandson.
J. Menges, X61, died of natural causes April 14 in Evanston,
IL, at age 59. As professor of education and social policy at Northwestern,
Menges researched the learning process and conducted teaching workshops
for faculty members. Chairing the committee that proposed the creation
of the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence (built in 1991), he
led Northwestern to financially reward instructors with 11 new endowed
chairs. Survivors include his wife, Gay Menges; two sons; and two
Costin, AB63, died June 24 of a heart attack in Chicago.
She was 56. As a development officer at St. Ignatius High School,
she helped raise $20 million within five years. Costin was also
president of the schools mothers club and organized an annual
fund-raising fashion show. In 1994, St. Ignatius gave her its Golden
Rose award. A trustee of the Chicago Chamber Music Society, Costin
served on the U of Cs athletic center committee and the steering
committee of the Universitys Womens Board. She is survived
by her husband, J. Laurence Costin, Jr., AB66; a daughter;
a son; her mother; three sisters; and a brother.
Kelly, PhD65, a former academic vice president and provost
of Western Washington University, died of lung cancer on May 23.
He was 69. Kelly joined Westerns education faculty in 1965
and later became dean of graduate affairs. When the universitys
president and two vice presidents died in a 1987 plane crash, Kelly
led the school as vice president and provost, then retired in 1989.
Kelly also was one of the founding trustees of Whatcom Community
College, which opened in 1970. Survivors include his wife, Barbara;
two daughters; and three grandchildren.
Stephens, AB74, AM78, PhD84, died of cancer
June 17 in Ann Arbor, MI. She was 46. Stephens taught at Johns Hopkins,
the U of C, and, most recently, the University of Michigan, where
she was an assistant professor in the schools of anthropology and
social work. She also did research in northern Scandinavia and worked
at the Center for Child Research in Trondheim, Norway, for four
years. Her research focused on such issues as the effects of current
environmental and political policies on the lives of children. She
is survived by her husband, Richard L. Talaga, SM73,
PhD77; her daughter; her mother; and her sister.
Thackery, AM79, AM83, curator of local and family
history at Chicagos Newberry Library, died of a heart attack
while jogging July 17. He was 45. Leading Newberrys genealogy
department for 15 years, Thackery expanded the librarys services
and collections in that area, especially by acquiring resources
to serve ethnic minorities. He also arranged for the Mormon Church
to share its genealogical data with Newberry patrons. His A Light
and Uncertain Hold, his history of the 66th Ohio Volunteer Infantry,
a Civil War regiment, will be published by Kent State University
Press in 1999. Thackery is survived by his mother, Enid.