C. Banfield, AM'50, PhD'51, former faculty member and
opinion maker on urban--policy issues, died September 30 in Vermont.
He was 83. Banfield was a professor emeritus of government at
Harvard University, noted for his sharp criticism of mainstream
liberal domestic policy, particularly federal aid for the urban
poor. Survivors include his wife, Laura Fasano; a daughter; a
son; and four grandchildren.
PhD'48, a theologian and former Divinity School dean, died September
26 in Chicago. He was 78. An ordained Lutheran minister and an
authority on Puritanism and the history of Christianity in America,
Brauer served on the faculty for 49 years, retiring in 1991. He
wrote and edited numerous books. Survivors include his wife, Muriel;
a daughter; two sons, including Christopher
N. Brauer, AM'77; and four grandchildren.
Danos, a visiting scholar at the Enrico Fermi Institute,
died August 30 in Washington, DC. He was 77. A physicist at the
National Institute of Standards and Technology for 40 years, Danos
also founded the Rayex Co., where he developed high--power X--ray
tubes for small CAT scanners. In 1990, he became a visiting scholar
at the U of C, retiring in 1994. Survivors include his wife, Sheila
Fitzpatrick, a distinguished service professor in history at the
U of C; two daughters; a son; two brothers; and two grandchildren.
professor emeritus and former chair of biochemistry and molecular
biology, died October 5 in Chicago at age 89. Regarded as a magnanimous
leader and scientific pioneer, Evans contributed to modern molecular
biology with his study of radioactive isotopes. At 21, he completed
the first part of a 15--year process to identify the amino acids
that make up protein. After joining the U of C in 1937, he proved
that animals, like photosynthetic plants, could use carbon dioxide
for carbohydrates. Evans retired in 1980, after publishing more
than 90 research papers and receiving numerous honors. He is survived
by a son and a great niece.
PhD'23, a sleep researcher and retired professor emeritus of psychology,
died August 13 in Los Angeles at age 104. In 1953, Kleitman and
his associates identified the period of sleep known as REM, rapid
eye movement. His cumulative studies on sleep deprivation established
sleep research as a separate and important medical field. He is
survived by two daughters.
John Sepkoski Jr.,
a paleontologist and professor of geophysical sciences, died May
1 of heart failure in Chicago. He was 50. In 1984, Sepkoski attracted
national attention for his conclusion that mass extinctions strike
every 26 million years. Sepkoski made other important discoveries
illuminating the fossil record. Survivors include his wife, Christine
M. Janis; his son, David
C. Sepkoski, AM'96; his father; and two sisters.
a retired professor of education, died in Indianapolis on July
19. She was 93. Thurston organized the Children's Center at the
American Baptist Assembly in Greenlake, WI, serving on the board
of directors for 39 years. She taught childhood education at various
institutions for more than 40 years, including the Dalton School,
Indiana University, and the University of Chicago. Survivors include
one nephew and three nieces.
a theoretical physicist and former director of the Argonne National
Laboratory and the Enrico Fermi Institute, died April 14 in Chicago
at age 82. Sachs helped establish Argonne and studied asymmetry
between matter and antimatter in the universe, and the physics
of time reversal. Sachs also created the division of particles
and fields at the American Physical Society. Survivors include
his wife, Carolyn; three daughters; two sons; three stepchildren;
and 14 grandchildren.
AM'45, PhD'51, a professor emeritus in political science, died
August 7 in Hyde Park. He was 80. An expert on modern China, Tsou
was an independent thinker who was often at odds with leaders
in the U.S., China, and Taiwan. He wrote six books on Chinese
politics, and was named an honorary professor at Beijing University
in 1986 and an honorary member of the Chinese Academy of the Social
Sciences in 1997. Tsou is survived by his wife, Yi--Chuang
Lu, AM'42, PhD'50.
a professor in medicine; neurobiology, pharmacology and physicology;
and organismal biology and anatomy, died September 21 in Chicago
at age 68. Zak's research concerned the abnormal growth and thickening
of the heart wall that can result from high blood pressure or
partial aortal blockage. He joined the U of C faculty in 1965,
winning both the Quantrell award and the University's Gold Key
award in 1989. He is survived by his wife, Emilia; two sons; and