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Deaths: 1940s and 1950s

image: Class Notes headlineRussell J. Parsons, AB'40, JD'42, a former attorney at Borg--Warner Corp., died March 19 at age 80 in Ft. Myers, FL. While at the U of C, Parsons was president of the Omega Chapter of Psi Upsilon and of the Senior Honorary Society and played on the 1939 football team, the last team before the Maroons withdrew from the Big Ten. From 1946 to 1984, he worked at Borg--Warner Corp. as general counsel, senior vice president, secretary, and director. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; two daughters; one son; one sister; and five grandchildren.

Jack V. Chambers, SB'42, SM'47, died April 16, 1998, in Clermont, FL. An associate professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Chambers is survived by three daughters and two sons.

Jean Bushing Makas, AB'42, AM'43, a former teacher and resident of Rockford, IL, died May 14, 1998, at age 77. After working as a substitute teacher, Makas joined in 1945 the faculty of Northwestern College in Minneapolis, where she became English--department chair. She emphasized helping college--bound and remedial--reading students, and opened a business tutoring young students and producing audio--workbooks for spelling and reading. Survivors include her husband, George Makas, AB'44.

Robert C. Spencer, AB'43, AM'52, PhD'55, a former professor and dean, died April 30 in Chicago at age 79. Spencer taught political science at several institutions, including St. Michael's College and the University of Rhode Island, where he was dean of the graduate school. In 1969, he became founding president of Sangamon State University and, after retiring in 1985, was a visiting professor and research associate at Montana State. He is survived by his wife, Edith McCarthy Spencer, SB'36; three daughters; two sons; and three siblings.

Anne M. Macpherson, AB'44, SB'45, AM'54, a teacher, died May 7 in Albany, CA, at age 75. Macpherson taught at elementary schools in Seattle, Tokyo, Chicago, and Oakland, and at the Universities of California, Berkeley, and Davis. She volunteered for the Oakland Museum, the Natural Sciences Museum of the California Academy of Sciences, and Meals on Wheels. She is survived by two brothers, including Roderick J. Macpherson Jr., PhB'49.

Mae Colin Chase, BLS'46, AM'51, a psychiatric social worker, died February 8 in Chicago, at age 83. Chase practiced psychiatric social work for more than 35 years as a private practitioner and in hospitals, clinics, and agencies in Chicago and New York. Chase specialized in child therapy and supervised the field work of interns. She is survived by many close friends.

Meyer L. Burstein, PhB'47, JD'50, AM'55, PhD'57, an economist and resident of New Smyrna Beach, FL, died April 8. He was 72. Burstein's numerous publications are noted for their explanations of the economic theories for tie--in prices and full--line forcing. Survivors include his wife, Milka; a stepdaughter; a stepson; and three step--grandchildren.

George M. Cohen, X'48, an artist and teacher, died April 18 at age 79 in Evanston, IL. A member of the Chicago School artistic movement, which challenged the Art Institute of Chicago's policy of excluding student art from its annual Chicago Exhibition, he taught art at Northwestern from 1948 to 1984. Survivors include two daughters and three grandchildren.

Edith Taylor Bender, AM'49, a medical social worker, died May 8 in Seattle at age 88. Bender played the organ at many weddings and special occasions. She was also an active volunteer and a member of Fauntleroy Church, UCC. Survivors include her lifelong friend, Alicia Alton, and two godchildren.

Dawson Bradshaw Jr., AM'49, a director of a social--service agency, died March 15. He was 89. Bradshaw helped found Family Service Inc., a social--service agency in Stillwater, MN, as well as an animal shelter in Afton, MN. He served three terms as president of the Washington County Red Cross, as well as on the Afton Park and Recreation Board. Survivors include his sister, Ruth; a nephew; and four nieces.

Arden L. Phillips, AB'51, a computer specialist and editor, died June 1 in Boston. She was 70. A scholar of ancient Chinese and a music lover, Phillips had worked in England and India. She later worked in the engineering department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Esther Silverman Rich, AM'51, a former teacher, died March 17 in Los Angeles. She was 70. Rich was at various times an Air Force wife, a teacher, a degreed librarian, an archivist, and an aficionado of detective novels. She is survived by two daughters, including Helena S. Rich, AM'85, and a son.

Charles F. Russ Jr., JD'51, a former trial lawyer, died of cancer last December. He was 72. A Cook County assistant state's attorney, Russ established his own human--resource consulting firm, Charles Russ Associates, Inc. As chair of the legal advisory group of Patient Advocates for Advanced Cancer Treatments, the nation's largest prostate cancer support group, Russ gave pro--bono assistance to prostate cancer patients. Survivors include his wife, Marcia.

Sherwood E. Fohrman, X'52, a photographer, died April 27 in Evanston, IL, at age 68. Fohrman's photos have been shown in Chicago galleries and were featured in a 1994 Chicago Tribune Magazine article. Survivors include his wife, Elaine Skorodin; two sons; a sister; and three grandchildren.

Richard Y. Mine, X'55, died June 7. He was 76. Mine is survived by his wife, Margaret Poznak Mine, X'52; his son, Andrew S. Mine, AB'81; a sister; and three grandchildren. Eileen Lovejoy, AM'56, a casework supervisor in Mountlake Terrace, WA, died May 28 in Seattle. She was 73. A longtime employee of the King County Juvenile Court system, Lovejoy maintained her interests in volunteer court work, traveling, and gardening after retiring in the 1980s. Survivors include her brother, James, and two nieces.

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