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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. .


50 Wayne C. Booth, AM’47, PhD’50, see 1980, James M. Schiffer. For 29 years, Gerald L. Garden, AB’50, taught English and cartooning at Blair High School in the Pasadena (CA) Unified School District. In 1996, he retired and became a volunteer docent for the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles. He has also been doing editorial cartoons for the United Teachers of Pasadena Voice and the Autry Museum volunteers’ newsletter. In June, the Voice awarded him a certificate of appreciation for his “insightful cartoons.” Jordan H. Leibman, AB’50, MBA’55, received the Ralph C. Hoeber Award in August from the Academy of Legal Studies in Business for the outstanding article in volume 35 of the American Business Law Journal. The article was an empirical study of civil jury verdicts under comparative fault instructions. In January 1999, Leibman became an emeritus professor of business law at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. He lives with his wife, Joan Zabronsky Leibman, AB’48, AM’52, in Indianapolis. Joan continues to backpack and remains active in numerous civic organizations. They announce the April 1998 arrival of their sixth grandchild, Camille Louise Torfs-Leibman.

51 Abraham J. Falick, MBA’51, served as 1997–98 president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Business Economists.

52 In September, Christopher Holabird, SM’52, and his wife spent three weeks as volunteer teachers of conversational English in Xi’an, China.

53 College alumni—J. Ward Wright, AB’53, JD’56, writes: Brockie Dilworth, AB’53, AB’55, AM’57, and his wife, Olive, took a trip to China, where they had an opportunity to observe the construction of the giant Yangtze River dam. Richard L. (“Smoky”) Garcia, AB’53, AB’55, MBA’55, has had a career in human resources and now works as an independent consultant. He has recently taken the time to attend various campus events and “would love to hear” from his old Chicago acquaintances. Sheldon A. Patinkin, AB’53, AM’56, chair of the theater department of Columbia College Chicago for the past 18 years, is a busy man in the Chicago art world. He is artistic consultant for Second City and acting coach at the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, and he directs shows around town. He is currently writing a history of the American musical.

College alumni, please send your news to: J. Ward Wright, AB’53, JD’56, 148 Lakeshore Drive, Richmond, KY 40475. Phone: 606/623-8953 (h).

Other alumni news includes: Milton H. Polin, AM’53, recently retired from Kingsway Jewish Center in Brooklyn, NY, after serving as rabbi for 24 years. He has served congregations in St. Louis; Louisville, KY; and Cheyenne, WY. During his rabbinate in Brooklyn, he was elected to two terms as president of the Rabbinical Council of America and headed other national, regional, and local organizations. He now lives in Jerusalem.

54 The Class of 1954 celebrates its 45th reunion June 4–6, 1999.

The latest publications by Elinor Stoneman Shaffer, AB’54, are The Third Culture: Literature and Science (W. De Grugter) and “Philosophical Dialogues,” published in Comparative Criticism, an annual journal of Cambridge University Press.

57 College alumni, please send your news to: George Karcazes, AB’59, JD’60, 30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 4020, Chicago, IL 60602. Phone: 312/332-4550 (w).

58 After 27 years at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Robert A. DeVries, SB’58, MBA’61, retired as program director in January 1999. He had served as founding director of the Kellogg International Leadership Program and director of international study grants. He will continue as consultant for several of the foundation’s U.S. and international programs. On May 17, 1998, W. Allaudin Mathieu, AB’58, performed a concert of medieval and contemporary music at the Sebastopol United Methodist Church with the Bay Area trio Ephemeros. Gudrun Wallgren Merrill, AM’58, was a 1998 recipient of the Swedish Council Award of Merit.

59 The Class of 1959 celebrates its 40th reunion June 4–6, 1999.

Carl Wolz, AB’59, is “retired, but busier than ever as executive director of the World Dance Alliance and writing my family history.”

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