Andrew M. Boxer, AM83, PhD90, assistant professor
of psychiatry and director of the U of Cs Evelyn Hooker Center
for Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, died of lung cancer January 13.
He was 46. Boxer studied adolescent mental-health issues, particularly
the social, sexual, and psychological challenges facing homosexual
youths. With Gilbert Herdt, he wrote the 1993 book, Children
of Horizons: How Gay and Lesbian Youth Are Leading a New Way Out
of the Closet. On the board of Horizons Community Services,
he posthumously received the groups 1999 Humans First Award.
Survivors include his partner, Monte Hetland; his mother; and two
Henrietta M. Herbolsheimer, SB36, MD38, associate
professor emerita at the Pritzker School of Medicine, died March
22 in Chicago at age 86. Herbolsheimer worked at the Illinois Department
of Health for ten years before joining the U of C in 1951. She was
director of student health at University Hospitals from 1955 to
1964. Retiring in 1980 to direct the Chicago Health Departments
adult health and occupational medicine programs, she received the
Benjamin Rush Award from the American Medical Association in 1985.
Survivors include a sister, Catherine Herbolsheimer Hoobler,
Daniel J. Pachman, former instructor of pediatrics at the
Pritzker School of Medicine, died March 20 in Chicago at age 87.
Pachman taught at Pritzker from 1937 to 1940 after interning at
the U of C. A WWII veteran, he chaired pediatric departments at
several Chicago-area hospitals and taught at local medical schools.
He is survived by his wife, Vivian; two daughters, Lauren M.
Pachman, MD61, and Grace Pachman Allison, MAT69,
JD79; and three grandchildren.
James W. Ryan, associate professor of clinical radiology
and medicine, died February 2 of cancer in Chicago. He was 64. An
expert in detection of cancer regrowth, Ryan wrote some 30 articles
and book chapters and was a founding member of the American Society
of Nuclear Cardiology. The retired Army Reserves colonel served
in Panama in the 1960s and earned a Bronze Star in the Persian Gulf.
He had been chief of nuclear medicine at the Veterans Administration
Hospital in Fort Howard, MD, and taught at the University of Maryland
Hospital before coming to the U of C in 1978. Ryan is survived by
his wife, Diana, and a sister.
Fritz Schlenk, former professor of biochemistry, died July
6, 1998, in Downers Grove, IL, at age 88. Schlenk was on the faculty
at Chicago and a research associate at Argonne National Laboratory
from 1954 to 1974, later joining the University of Illinois at Chicago.
He specialized in the study of transamination, an enzyme reaction
that indicates tissue damage to the heart and liver after a heart
attack or organ failure. He retired in 1985. Survivors include his
wife, Tilde; a daughter; a brother; and a grandson.
Winfield S. Smith, a former lecturer at the Graduate School
of Business, died February 12 in Hyde Park at age 75. Smith was
an economist for the Federal Reserve Bank before joining the GSBwhere
he also was associate editor of the Journal of Businessin
1959. He retired in 1976. A lover of Gilbert & Sullivan, he
was president, technical director, and producer of Hyde Parks
Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company. Survivors include a son, a
daughter, a half-brother, and a half-sister.
Jack Tanzman, X45, former assistant professor of
social work, died February 24 in Phoenix at age 83. Tanzman was
a psychiatric social worker at Great Lakes Naval Hospital before
teaching at Chicago during the 1950s. He also had a private practice
in social work. He is survived by his wife, Mary Tanzman,
AM63; a son; a daughter; two brothers; a sister; and two grandchildren.
Leonard M. Weinstein, AB37, clinical professor of
orthopedic surgery at the Pritzker School of Medicine from 1984
to 1989, died April 9 in Chicago. He was 83. Weinstein, a WWII veteran,
practiced at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center for more
than 50 years. He also taught orthopedic surgery at Northwestern
and the University of Illinois at Chicago. A former president of
the Chicago Orthopedic Society, he had a private practice in the
city until the early 1990s. Survivors include his wife, Arlene;
a daughter; and three grandchildren.
Walter Wild, senior research associate in the astronomy
department, died January 11 in Chicago of heart disease. He was
44. Wild researched adaptive optics at a military laboratory before
joining the U of C in 1991. A designer of software that could improve
telescopes image resolution through the use of adaptive optics,
he also studied Einsteins theory of relativity, gamma rays,
and celestial mechanics. He is survived by his wife, Krystina; a
son; and his mother.
Dorothy Jean Barker MacLean, an advocate of higher education
for whom the Universitys MacLean Center for Clinical Medical
Ethics was named, died February 24 in Chicago at age 93. MacLean,
a Wyoming schoolteacher in the 1920s and a member of the Winnetka,
IL, school board in the 1940s and 1950s, also funded programs at
Smith College, Dartmouth College, and Colorado College. Survivors
include two sons, David and Barry, and 11 grandchildren.
Janet Lewis, PhB20, a writer of poetry, short stories,
childrens books, novels, and opera librettos, died November
30 in Los Altos, CA, at age 99. Lewis, who published poetry in every
decade of the century, began as a poet of the imagist school, but
soon branched into other areas of literature, writing a collection
of short stories and three historical novels. One of her novels,
The Wife of Martin Guerre, inspired an opera, for which Lewis
penned the libretto. She is survived by a daughter, a son, and three
David L. Sternfield, PhB27, died August 27, 1998,
in Schaumburg, IL, at age 94. Sternfield, a WWII veteran, owned
a series of restaurants in Chicago, including Davids Inn,
before retiring in 1972. He is survived by his son, Bruce.
Ida Brevad DePencier, PhB28, AM50, a retired
Laboratory Schools teacher, died November 11, 1998, in Cape Coral,
FL, at age 105. DePencier, who won a 1996 Alumni Service Citation,
taught fifth grade at the Lab Schools from 1925 to 1958. She became
a docent at the Oriental Institute Museum in 1970. DePencier wrote
The History of the Laboratory Schools, published in 1967,
which was the basis for the 1996 book she co-wrote, Experiencing
Education, 100 Years of Learning at the University of Chicago Laboratory
Schools. She is survived by her niece, Dorothy Burhans.
Marion A. Budinger, PhB29, a retired elementary school
principal, died April 7 in Alsip, IL, at age 91. Budinger taught
in the Chicago public schools from 1930 to 1952 before becoming
principal of Gladstone Elementary School and Ethan Allen Branch
School, retiring in 1972. Budinger also taught religious classes
at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. She is survived by a nephew
and a niece.
Francis S. Wilson Jr., PhB30, a retired investment
banker, died March 31 in Lake Forest, IL, at age 92. Wilson was
the midwestern analyst for Standard & Poors, became executive
vice president of H. M. Byllesby and Co., and ended his career with
Woolard and Co. He retired in 1978 and served on the boards of Planned
Parenthood, the Association House of Chicago, and the Travelers
Aid Society. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn A. Wilson,
PhB20; four sons; and nine grandchildren.
Benjamin M. Brodsky, PhB31, JD33, a retired
tax attorney and former managing partner at the law firm of Gottlieb
and Schwartz, died January 5 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, at age 88.
After stints with the Public Works Administration, the Treasury
Department, the IRS, the Justice Department, and the Judge Advocate
Generals Department, Brodsky joined Gottlieb and Schwartz
in 1946, retiring in 1984. He is survived by his wife, Erika; three
daughters; and seven grandchildren.
Walter D. Herrick, PhB31, a retired attorney specializing
in wills and estates, died January 30 in La Grange Park, IL, at
age 89. Herrick had represented the city of Oak Park and the Oak
Park Board of Education and worked at the law firm of Herrick, Peregrine,
Towle, and Howie. He retired in 1986. Herrick was active in the
Oak Park Community Chest and the First Congregational Church of
Oak Park. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; a son; a daughter; and
Hertsell S. Conway, SB32, PhD37, died January
11 in Munster, IN, at age 84. An associate editor of Chem Abstracts,
Conway was a research chemist and head of information services at
the American Oil Company for 30 years. A teacher at Temple Beth-El
in Hammond, IN, he volunteered for Hadassah and the Oriental Institute.
He is survived by a son, a daughter, and five grandchildren, including
Naomi S. Jacobs, AB94.
Gertrude Dempster Davis, PhB32, a retired elementary
and junior-high school teacher in Hazel Crest, IL, died January
24 in Olympia Fields, IL. She was 88. Davis was active in the Illinois
Education Association and volunteered at a local residence for the
mentally ill. She is survived by a son and a daughter.
Jessamine M. Durante, PhB32, a former vice president
of Harris Bank in Chicago, died April 6 in Hilton Head, SC, at age
88. Hired as a secretary, Durante became the banks first female
vice president and pioneered banking services for women, especially
widows, before retiring in the 1970s. Survivors include her niece,
William M. Batten, X34, former chair of the New York
Stock Exchange and former chair and chief executive of the J. C.
Penney Company, died January 22 in Hilton Head, SC. He was 89. A
WWII veteran, Batten began his career at Penneys, rising to
president and chief executive in 1958. He chaired the company from
1964 to 1974. Leading the New York Stock Exchange from 1976 to 1984,
he oversaw a $70 million renovation of the exchange floor and the
installation of electronic equipment that tripled daily trading
capacity. Survivors include his wife, Kathryn; a son; a daughter;
a sister; and two grandchildren.
Theodore A. Fox, SB37, MD37, former team physician
for the Chicago Bears, died March 28 in Evanston, IL, at age 86.
A WWII veteran, Fox was the teams doctor for 31 years, until
1978. He also practiced orthopedic medicine at Illinois Masonic
Hospital and taught orthopedic surgery at the University of Illinois.
Survivors include his wife, Marcella; two daughters; two sisters;
and three grandchildren.
Hope Petersen Hooe Stepan, AB37, JD40, died
February 12 in Chicago at age 83. Stepan served as assistant to
the legal attaché in the American embassy in Costa Rica before
becoming an assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago. Stepan was also
active in civic, legal, and arts organizations. She is survived
by a son; a sister, Lois Petersen Collor, PhB35; and
Lewis B. Hamity, AB39, a former Chicago Bears player,
died February 22 in Winnetka, IL, at age 81. Hamity played on the
1941 NFL championship team before becoming a salesman for Phil Maid
Lingerie. Later the WWII veteran bought Mapes and Sprowl Steel,
serving first as president, then as chair from 1990 until his death.
He is survived by his wife, Iris; a son; two daughters; and six
Toyse T. Kato, AB39, died March 12 in Riverdale,
UT, at age 83. Kato, a farmer and operator of a trucking business
that shipped local produce to wholesalers, was a former board member
of the Riverdale Irrigation and Canal System and past president
of the Japanese American Citizens League. Survivors include his
wife, Maxie; a daughter; a brother; three sisters; and three grandsons.
Irving B. Slutsky, SB39, SM41, former executive
vice chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago, died April 9 in
Evanston, IL, at age 80. A WWII veteran, Slutsky began teaching
chemistry at Wright College in 1946 before becoming the schools
registrar and then the president of Crane Collegenow Malcolm
X College. As executive vice chancellor, he oversaw the development
of seven Chicago college campuses. He is survived by his wife, Bette
Coleman Slutsky, SB45, SM46; a son, Michael H.
Slutsky, JD76; a sister; and four grandchildren.
Morris Tish, AB39, AM40, professor of English
and journalism, died February 8 in Skokie, IL, at age 80. Tish,
a WWII veteran, taught at the City Colleges of Chicago for 44 years.
He taught Shakespeare and poetry on Channel 11s T.V. College
for 12 years. Tish was a nationally ranked table-tennis player and
a gold life master in duplicate bridge. He is survived by his wife,
Suzanne Harris Tish, AB51; two sons; a sister; and
James Weishaus, SB39, founder and former medical director
of the Day Treatment Clinic at Northridge Hospital in the San Fernando
Valley, died June 21, 1998, in Studio City, CA. He was 79. Weishaus,
a veteran of WWII and the Korean War, maintained a private practice
in couples therapy and psychopharmacology until his death. He is
survived by his wife, Sylvia Silverstein Weishaus, AB42;
two sons; three sisters; and a grandson.
Bernard M. Abraham, SB40, PhD46, a retired physicist,
died February 26 in Oak Park, IL, at age 80. Abraham worked on the
Manhattan Project and joined Argonne National Laboratory in 1947,
inventing a process to produce tritium for the hydrogen bomb. Abraham
spent much of his career at Argonne and as a research professor
at Northwestern University. He was an Oak Park village trustee and
past president of the school board. Survivors include his wife,
Annabel; two sons, including Daniel E. Abraham, AB74; a daughter,
Abigail Abraham, JD92; a sister; and two grandchildren.
Helen Lasker Stout, AM40, a social worker, writer,
and artist, died February 26 in Seattle at age 89. Stout was a social
worker for the Childrens Home Society in Seattle from 1955
to 1974. She then wrote and illustrated six self-published books,
illustrated a book of poetry, and exhibited her paintings and prints.
Stout also volunteered for the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. She
is survived by two sons, David and Peter Gilmartin.
Charlotte Hilton Lyons, X43, died December 24, 1997,
in Washington, DC, at age 96. Lyons taught art and art history in
Chicago and Massachusetts, and she held more than two dozen art
exhibits of her prints, which were recognized in 1992 as a National
Treasure by the Cambridge Art Association. She is survived
by a daughter, Irene Lyons Berns, AB48; a son, Philip
B. Lyons, AB53, AB61, AM63, PhD71; and
John F. Deters, SM45, former chair of Valparaiso
Universitys chemistry department, died March 31 in Shakopee,
MN, at age 83. A research chemist with the Standard Oil Company
from 1939 to 1954, he retired from Valparaiso in 1981. A longtime
elder of Valparaisos First Presbyterian Church, he is survived
by his wife, Ruth Ketler Deters, AM33, SM43;
two sons; a daughter; a sister; and seven grandchildren.
George W. McGurn, LLM46, of Wheaton, IL, died February
6 at age 84. A WWII veteran, McGurn retired from the Army Reserves
as a colonel in 1966. He was chief counsel of the Illinois Toll
Highway Commission from 1958 to 1964. McGurn specialized in transportation
and construction issues at the law firm he founded in 1964, Healey
and McGurn. He retired in 1981. Survivors include his wife, Antoinette;
two sons; two stepsons; four daughters; and 17 grandchildren.
William D. Alton, AB51, former director of University
Theater at Chicago, died March 22, 1998, in New York City. President
of Alton Films, Alton was an actor, director, and teacher who also
taught drama at Bennington and Sarah Lawrence Colleges. He was a
founding member and director with Second City and Playwrights Theater
Cyrus C. DeCoster, AM40, PhD51, former chair
of Northwestern Universitys Spanish and Portuguese department,
died January 29 in Evanston, IL, at age 84. DeCoster, a WWII veteran,
taught at Carleton College and chaired the Romance languages department
at the University of Kansas. He taught Spanish at Northwestern from
1969 until his retirement in 1985, specializing in 19th- and 20th-century
peninsula Spanish literature. He is survived by his wife, Barbara;
three sons; a daughter, a sister; and three grandchildren.
Bess House Hopkins, X51, died of cancer January 16
in Cambridge, MA, at age 66. Hopkins worked as a paralegal, a real-estate
agent, and an assistant to cooking expert Julia Child on the television
show The French Chef. She is survived by three sons, a daughter,
a sister, and six grandchildren.
Fumi Yamamoto, AB51, died January 9 in Champaign-Urbana,
IL, at age 76. An editor, Yamamoto rewrote classic plays for children.
Alfred D. (Al) Remson, AB56, PhD63,
of Bucks County, PA, died of a heart attack December 8 at age 64.
Remson worked with Benton & Bowles Advertising Agency and the
Chicago Tribune market research department before becoming
a New Yorkbased consultant. He was an ardent supporter of
theater who volunteered time and skill in the marketing of Off-Broadway
productions. Survivors include his wife, Alverne, and two sons.
C. David Peebles, JD59, a retired attorney, died
January 3 in Fort Wayne, IN, at age 64. Peebles co-wrote four volumes
of Wests Indiana Practice. He is survived by his wife, Donna;
a son; and two daughters.
Sergei P. Ignashev, AM76, acting head of the cataloging
department at the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), died May
27, 1998, in Chicago from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was 60. Ignashev was a linguistics and literature bibliographer
who translated many works between the Tagalog and Russian languages
before emigrating from the Soviet Union to the United States. He
joined the CRL in 1975. Survivors include his wife, Diane Nemec
Ignashev, AM76, PhD84, and a sister.
Stephen Diamond, AB83, artistic director of the Discovery
Theatre at the Smithsonian Institute, died February 26 of neuroendocrine
cancer. He was 37. Diamond was managing director of the Tree House
at the Philadelphia Zoo before joining the Smithsonian in 1994.
He was also active in the International Museum Theatre Alliance.
Survivors include his wife, Marie-Elise, and a son.
Stanley Owens, MBA94, former chair of Mayor Richard
J. Daleys Advisory Commission on School Board Nominations,
died March 1 in Chicago at age 85. Owens worked for Mesirow &
Co. in the 1930s before moving to Continental Coffee Co.now
CFS Continental Inc.where he became vice chair of the board
of directors, retiring in 1984. Owens was a former president of
the Boone Elementary School PTA and his synagogue, Emmanuel Congregation.
He is survived by a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren