The University of Chicago Magazine Feb 1995
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Walter J. Blum, AB'39, JD'41, a professor emeritus at the Law School and an expert on taxes, insurance, bankruptcy, and corporate reorganization, died December 18 in Hyde Park. He was 76. Blum taught at the University from 1946 until 1988, first as the Wilson-Dickinson professor in law and then as the first Edward H. Levi distinguished service professor. Designer and director of the Law School's annual Federal Tax Conference, he chaired the University's Centennial faculty planning committee and in 1991 was honored with the Alumni Service Medal. Blum co-wrote The Uneasy Case for Progressive Taxation, a well-known critique of the income tax. During the 1960s, he was a consultant to the U.S. treasury and transportation departments. He is survived by two daughters, including Wendy Blum Coggins, U-High'66; and three grandchildren.

Philip M. Hauser, PhB'29, AM'33, PhD'38, the Lucy Flower professor emeritus in sociology, died December 13 in Hyde Park. He was 85. Hauser founded and directed the University's Population Research Center (1947-79), and authored a 1964 desegregation plan for Chicago public schools. A former president of the American Sociological Association and the American Statistical Association, from 1938 to 1947 he served with the U.S. Census Bureau, including tenure as its acting director. He is survived by a son, William B. Hauser, SB'60; a daughter, Martha Hauser Baxter, AB'63; a brother, Julius Hauser, SB'34; two sisters; and four grandchildren.

Hans Lenneberg, a professorial lecturer and librarian of music, died September 7 in Hyde Park. He was 70. A native of Germany, Lenneberg came to the United States in 1940 and taught at Brooklyn College. He joined the University in 1963 as an assistant professor and music librarian; in 1985, he became a professorial lecturer. Lenneberg was the author of two books and the editor of three others. He is survived by his wife, Johanna, and three sons.


Gertrude Weitzell Baker, AA'14, of Eldora, IA, died September 27. She was 101. Survivors include a cousin, Barbara Deacon Van Arsdale, PhB'48.


Marguerite Fry Brandner, X'22, of Duncanville, TX, died July 11. She was 95. Survivors include a son, Carl.

Jeanette Kennan Hotchkiss, PhB'24, of Highland Park, died September 7. She is survived by three sons.

Martha Bennett King, PhB'24, a noted expert on children's literature, died October 12 in Albuquerque, NM. She was 91. An author of children's books, a playwright, and a folk singer, she served as public-relations director for the Art Institute of Chicago from 1960 to 1967 and conducted the Tribune's Miracle of Books annual fair in the 1950s and 1960s. She is survived by two sons, a brother, and five grandchildren.

Marie Taylor Turney, PhB'25, of Flossmoor, died December 27, 1993. She was 89. Survivors include a sister-in-law, Myrtle Turney Kemp, PhB'26.

Louis Winer, PhB'26, former president and CEO of a Chicago clothing manufacturing company, died October 10. He was 90. An active philanthropist, Winer was secretary of the Chicago Council of Conservative Synagogues. He is survived by two daughters and four grandchildren.

Frank B. Herzel, AM'28, a pastor, died August 25. He is survived by his wife, Catherine.

Mildred McAfee Horton, AM'28, founder of the WAVES and former Wellesley College president, died September 2 in Berlin, NH. She was 94. In 1936, she became one of Wellesley's youngest presidents, returning to the college for three more years after WWII. During the war, Horton organized the Navy's Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service, rose to captain's rank, received the Distinguished Service Medal, and made the cover of Time. She taught economics and sociology at Tusculum College and was Oberlin College's dean of women, president of the American Association of Colleges, and vice president of the National Council of Churches. Survivors include four stepchildren and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Joseph O. Jones, MD'28, of Murray, UT, died May 18. Survivors include his son, J. Clarke Jones.

Loh Seng Tsai, PhD'28, of East Amherst, NY, died December 31, 1992. Survivors include his daughter, Dorothy Tsai Soong.

Albert W. Thompson, PhB'29, former dean of the College of Sciences and Arts, Washington State University, died September 19 in Princeton, NJ. He was 95. Thompson was with the faculty for 46 years-in 1972 the oldest building on the campus was renamed Thompson Hall in his honor. He is survived by a daughter; a son; a sister, Elizabeth Thompson Naibert, AB'37; and six grandchildren.


Eugene L. Cohn, PhB'31, JD'33, a retired Illinois state assistant attorney general, died June 11 in Chicago. Specializing in motor-carrier firms and associations, he practiced law for more than 50 years. Cohn chaired the section on public-utilities law of the Illinois State Bar Association. Survivors include brothers Bernard G. Colby, PhB'33, and Robert A. Colby, AB'41, AM'42, PhD'49; a sister; and two nieces.

Edgar A. Grunwald, AB'31, a retired McGraw-Hill Publishing executive, died May 13 in Northport, NY. He joined Business Week in 1941 and three years later was promoted to managing editor. From 1959 to 1973, Grunwald was editor of Purchasing Week. He is survived by his wife, Janie, a daughter, and three grandchildren.

Charles A. Hoffman, PhD'32, of Minot, ND, died June 5. He was 91. He taught botany at Minot State University from 1935 until his retirement, spending one of those years at Ahwaz University in Iran on a Fulbright lectureship. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; two daughters; and three grandchildren.

Robert A. Hollands, SB'33, MD'37, a retired physician, died August 21 of pneumonia. Prior to practicing in Battle Creek, MI, and San Bernardino, CA, he served during WWII as chief of the tropical disease service at Ashford General Hospital in White Sulphur Springs, WV. He is survived by his wife, Helen; a daughter; a stepdaughter; and two grandchildren.

Lita Dickerson Howard, PhB'34, a pioneer in dance therapy, died October 22 in Lexington, VA. She was 80. After WWII-in which she served as an aircraft-identification specialist near Washington, DC-Howard worked for several years at Walter Reed Hospital and Halloran Hospital in New York, developing new techniques to teach dance to veterans with artificial limbs. She was active in several social and environmental groups. She is survived by a son, a daughter, and a grandchild.

Allan E. Sachs, SB'34, MD'37, a retired surgeon in the Seattle area, died September 29. He was 81. Sachs was chief of surgery at Group Heath Cooperative of Puget Sound and at Cabrini Hospital. He and his wife helped found the area's Jewish Community Center in 1955. Survivors include his wife, Bernice; a son; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Anne Armstrong Wallis, X'34, died October 10 in Washington, DC. She was 82. She is survived by her husband, W. Allen Wallis, X'35, former dean of the GSB (1946-62); two daughters, including Nancy Wallis Ingling, U-High'58; two sisters; a brother; and three grandchildren.

Michael S. Paulson, X'35, of Secane, PA, died September 16. He was 79. For 47 years until his retirement in 1992, Paulson worked with his brother in the rug business founded by their father in 1914. He is survived by two daughters, three sons, a brother, two sisters, and eight grandchildren.

Alice Hilbert Canty, PhB'37, a former teacher in Chicago, died September 23. She was 98. She is survived by two daughters, a sister, a brother, eight grandchildren, a niece, and a nephew.

Helen Anderson Lewis, AB'37, CLA'37, a retired social worker, died July 28 in Venice, FL. She handled adoptions in the Chicago area for many years. Survivors include her husband, Samuel R. Lewis Jr., AB'35, JD'37; three sons; and six grandchildren.

Richard H. Loyer, AM'38, died September 25 in Ewing, NJ. He was 87. After retiring as manager of magazine circulation sales for McGraw-Hill, he was a direct-marketing consultant for more than 20 years, ending in 1989. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; a daughter; a son; two granddaughters; a nephew; a niece; and nine cousins.

Manuel L Stillerman, SB'38, MD'41, a Chicago ophthalmologist, died September 25. He was 78. Specializing in pediatric neuro-ophthalmology, he chaired the ophthalmology department at Michael Reese Hospital (1961-85), maintained a private practice, and taught at the University of Illinois. An accomplished musician, he worked his way through medical school as a violinist and vocalist for the Lou Diamond Orchestra at the Palmer House. He is survived by his wife, Arlene; two daughters; a son; a brother; and five grandchildren.

Seymour J. Burrows, AB'39, MBA'53, died August 6. Survivors include his wife, Louise Mayer Burrows, AB'42, and a cousin, Homer B. Goldberg, AB'47, AM'48, PhD'61.

James R. Henderson, Jr., AB'39, of Green Valley, AZ, died August 13. He was 78. A member of several transportation societies and the National Press Club, Henderson worked many years with the Union Pacific Railroad as a foreign-freight and traffic manager. Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Coolman Henderson, X'38.


George L. Bach, PhD'40, a retired professor and university administrator, died September 29 in Portola Valley, CA. He was 79. Bach served as the dean of the business school at Carnegie Mellon University from its founding in 1946 until 1962, when he joined Stanford's faculty, retiring in 1983. His textbook Economics: An Introduction to Analysis and Policy has gone through 11 editions and been printed in four languages. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; four children; and eight grandchildren.

Josephine Bailey Meschter, AM'43, of Clarendon Hills, IL, a former social worker, died October 16, 1993. She had been a social worker in St. Louis and Chicago and was active in church and charities. Survivors include her husband, Elwood F. Meschter, X'40, MBA'49.

Robert C. Thompson, X'43, of Indianapolis, died June 19. Survivors include his wife, Shirley Borman Thompson, AB'42.

Stella A. Wuerffel, SB'44, AM'57, a former senior dietitian at Michael Reese Hospital, died August 31 in Ann Arbor, MI. She was 93. Survivors include a nephew, Arthur Mueller, and several cousins, including Andrew J. Chaveriat, AB'85, MBA'87, and Richard H. Luecke, PhD'55.

Burton W. Michel, PhB'46, AM'51, a former employee of the U.S. Civil Service Commission, died September 4 in Naperville. He was 72. Michel served with the U.S. Army during World War II, earning a Purple Heart, and was an active member of his church. He is survived by a daughter, a son, and many nieces and nephews.

Bertha Hensman, AM'42, PhD'47, of Oxford, England, died June 17. Survivors include her brother, Jack.

John G. Sevcik, MBA'47, former manager of McCormick Place, died October 7. He was 85. Before managing the convention center, Sevcik rose from stock boy to president of the Burton-Dixie Corp., where he worked from 1925 until 1949. He earned five academic degrees, including his MBA, by attending night school. He is survived by a daughter, a son, and four grandchildren, including Courtney C. Shea, MBA'85.

Joy Allen Raulfs, SM'48, a former schoolteacher in Virginia, died August 17. She was 70. In addition to teaching, she was active in community and school activities. She is survived by her husband, George; a son; a daughter; a sister; two grandchildren; one niece; and one nephew.

Richard T. Stearns, AB'48, AM'50, of Ormond Beach, FL, died May 27. He was 71. His career was primarily in finance, focusing on the rental-car field. An avid book collector, Stearns served as vice president of the Florida Bibliophile Society. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Williams Stearns, PhB'48; two daughters; and a brother, Robert E. Stearns, AB'48, AM'50.

David L. Ladd, AB'49, JD'53, commissioner of patents in the Kennedy administration, died October 12 in Alexandria, VA. He was 68. Ladd co-authored a 1962 study that led to the creation of the World Intellectual Property Organization, a U.N. agency that safeguards patents and copyrights. In 1963, he returned to practicing law and taught patent law at Ohio University and the University of Miami. He was U.S. register of copyrights and assistant librarian of Congress for copyright services (1980-85) and worked with a Washington law firm until his 1987 retirement. He is survived by his wife, Ann, and a sister.

A. Delbert Peterson, SB'49, a retired meteorologist, died May 16 in Forest Grove, OR. He was 75. Peterson served as chief of the data and information branch of the Air Force's Air Weather Service. He is survived by his wife, Marcia; a son; two daughters; a sister; and five grandchildren.

Norman L. Pinkert, SB'49, of Wilmette, died September 24, 1993. Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Grawoig Pinkert, PhB'49; sister Mae Pinkovitz Fields, PhB'34, MAT'57; and sister Sylvia Pinkert Henikoff, AB'39.


Philip H. Ashby, PhD'50, died recently. He was 77. He was retired from Princeton University and is survived by his wife, Mabel Kelley.

John A. Kehoe, MD'50, a physician in Riverdale, MD, died December 26, 1993. He was 79. Practicing medicine in Maryland since 1952, Kehoe served as county medical examiner and chief of staff at Prince George's Hospital Center. He is survived by his wife, Shirlee; four children; and four grandchildren.

William F. Klatte, AB'50, AM'53, PhD'57, died recently. Survivors include sons Philip Klatte, AB'92, and David H. Klatte, a postdoctoral student in biochemistry; and a daughter.

George J. Resnikoff, SB'50, a former professor and administrator at California State University, Hayward, died September 5 in Oakland, CA. He was 79. Having founded and chaired CSUH's statistics department, he served as dean of the School of Science and dean of Graduate Studies. He is survived by his wife, Florence, and a son.

George M. Stanfield, MBA'50, of Lincoln City, OR, died March 22. He was 79. Survivors include his wife, Betty.

Jesse H. Wheeler, Jr., PhD'50, a professor emeritus of geography at the University of Missouri at Columbia, died July 8. He was 75. He is survived by his wife, Margery.

Ray L. Birdwhistell, PhD'51, an anthropologist at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication, died October 19. He was 76. Birdwhistell did his best-known research in nonverbal communication and was an expert in kinesics. He is survived by his wife, Anne; two daughters; a brother; and four grandchildren.

Janet Musgrove Grandle, AM'51, a social worker and counselor in Hillsborough, CA, died September 29. She was 68. Survivors include her husband, Frank H. Grandle, X'53; a son; a daughter; one grandchild; two nephews; and a cousin.

Virginia Streeter Cleland, AM'52, professor emerita in the nursing school at the University of California, San Francisco, died September 8. She was 69. Prior to directing graduate programs at UCSF from 1985 until 1992, Cleland was a professor and administrator at Wayne State University for 33 years. She is survived by her husband, Wallace; a daughter; a son; three sisters; and a grandchild.

George H. Isaacson, MBA'53, of Joliet, died May 14. He was 85. Isaacson was former general manager of the American Institute of Laundering, past president of the Will County Manager's Association, and a member of the Lewis University Symphony Orchestra. Survivors include his wife, Nelda; two daughters, including Linda Isaacson Godson, SB'56; a sister; and eight grandchildren.

Falk S. Johnson, PhD'56, a former professor of linguistics at the University of Illinois, Chicago, died October 5. The Morton Grove resident was 80. A member of Northwestern University's English department for four years, Johnson joined UIC in 1949, retiring in 1984. He authored several articles and books on language, and conducted a series of English courses on WTTW/Channel 11 during the 1950s. He is survived by his wife, Laura; two sons; a daughter; a sister; and three grandchildren.

Clifford D. Lewis, DB'58, of Lindsborg, KS, died November 12, 1993. He was 61. He is survived by his wife, Janice, and five children.

Frederic P. Roehr III, JD'58, an attorney in Portland, OR, died February 15. He was 60. He is survived by his wife, Anna; a son; his parents; and a brother.

Robert A. ("Chuck") Bray, MD'59, a retired physician in Livingston, MT, died May 24. He was 60. Bray served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during the Vietnam War and then returned to a practice in Livingston, retiring in 1993. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; a son; two daughters; a brother, George A. Bray, MD'63; a stepbrother; a stepsister; a niece; and a nephew.

Donald B. Ward, DB'59, of Bermuda Dunes, CA, died September 27. He was 75. He served for several summers as rector of the Little Stone Church on Mackinac Island, MI. Survivors include his wife, Vera.


Sidney P. Abramson, JD'60, died August 27. A judge in Ramsey County, MN, for ten years, he resigned in 1982 to become a partner at the Minneapolis law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi. He was active on the boards of two local hospitals and with St. Paul's United Way and the St. Paul Jewish Community Center.

George N. Trujillo, AM'60, died May 31. He was 67. He is survived by his wife, Sandra.

Ruth Jaffe Kraines Dubocq, AM'60, PhD'63, a former therapist and counselor in Chicago, died October 15 in Durham, NC. She was 79. She is survived by her husband, John W. Dubocq, X'56; three sons, including Richard L. Kraines, MD'63; two brothers; and seven grandchildren.

William E. Creighton, MBA'65, died May 25 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. At the time of his death he was an executive vice president and chief operating officer of Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay, OH. Survivors include his wife, Lynn.


William P. Fornaciari, Jr., SM'71, a lecturer at California State University, died of a heart attack on May 28 in Pasadena, CA. He was 46. Survivors include his father, Paul, and his mother, Louise.

Barbara E. Tenor Livingston, AB'71, of Monona, WI, died June 20, 1993. She was 49. Survivors include her husband, Daniel.

William H. Wethers III, MBA'74, an executive with the YMCA in Chicago and cofounder of BUILD, Inc., died of a heart attack on March 15. He was 61. He is survived by his wife, Jan; a son; a daughter; his father; and two grandchildren.


Barry C. Bishop, PhD'80, a professor and mountain climber, died September 24 in an auto accident near Pocatello, ID. He was 62. In 1963 Bishop was part of the first American team to reach the summit of Mount Everest. He conducted or participated in a dozen other expeditions in Asia and North America. Bishop was an adjunct professor of earth sciences at Montana State University and from 1992 to 1994 was the Landegger distinguished professor at Georgetown University. He also chaired the National Geographic Society's committee for re-search and exploration. Survivors include his wife, Lila; a son; and a daughter.

James P. Dunlop, AB'85, MBA'87, a vice president with Citicorp Credit Services in Long Island City, NJ, died October 18 of a heart attack. He was 30. While a student, Dunlop worked in the GSB's development office; at the time he received his MBA, he was assistant director of the school's annual fund. Survivors include his wife, Claudia; a daughter; his mother; brother Michael J. P. Dunlop, AB'87; and his father-in-law, Harry Harootunian, the Max Palevsky professor of East Asian Languages & Civilizations.


Robert G. Smith, MBA'94, of Las Vegas, died March 14. He was 75. Recipient of an executive M.B.A. program certificate in 1955, Smith was among those denied an M.B.A. for lack of an undergraduate degree until the policy was changed last year. From 1988 to 1992, he was a consultant at R. G. Smith & Associates in Las Vegas. Survivors include his wife, Josephine, and a daughter.
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