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Julian R. Goldsmith, SB’40, PhD’47, a geochemist and founder of the University of Chicago’s geophysical sciences department, died January 23. He was 80. Goldsmith pioneered research on minerals under high temperatures and high pressures to better understand processes within the Earth’s crust. He also studied feldspars and carbonate minerals. In 1961, he helped to merge the U of C’s departments of geology and meteorology into the geophysical sciences department. Associate dean of the Division of Physical Sciences from 1962 to 1972, he became chair of the geophysical sciences department in 1963, a position he held until 1971. Goldsmith was president of the Geochemical Society, the Mineralogical Society of America, and the Geological Society of America. Appointed by President Lyndon Johnson, he was on the National Science Board from 1964 to 1970. In 1988, Goldsmith received the Toebling Medal of the Mineralogical Society of America for career achievement. He is survived by his wife, Ethel Frank Goldsmith, AB’40; two sons, including Richard N. Goldsmith, AM’69; and a daughter.

William R. Keast, AB’36, PhD’47, an English professor and university president, died June 27, 1998, in Lebanon, NH. He was 83. Keast was president of Wayne State University from 1965 to 1971. By attacking racism, establishing the Center for Urban Studies and the Commission on the Status of Women, and leading his students in protest marches, Keast kept Wayne State from experiencing the violence common to campuses in the 1960s. Earlier, he taught English at the U of C (1938–1951), and served as chair of the English department, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and vice president of academic affairs at Cornell. Keast finished his career at the University of Texas, where he chaired the English department and was director of special library collections. Survivors include a son; two daughters; and several grandchildren.


Jay A. Pritzker, a University life trustee, board chair of Hyatt Corp. and Hyatt International Corp., and one of Chicago’s top philanthropists, died January 23 at age 76. He helped build his family’s wealth through entrepreneurial risk-taking and innovation in business ventures like the Hyatt Hotel chain, pioneering the atrium design now standard in hotel architecture and offering the first real airport hotels. Pritzker was also active in his family’s philanthropic activities, especially toward the University of Chicago Hospitals and the Pritzker School of Medicine. Among survivors are his wife, Cindy; three sons, including Thomas J. Pritzker, JD’76, MBA’76; a daughter; and 13 grandchildren.


Charles N. Eckstein, X’27, an expert on the rules of golf, died November 18 in his Ann Arbor, MI, home. He was 92. Director and president of the Chicago District Golf Association in the 1950s and director of the Western Golf Association from 1959 to 1972, Eckstein volunteered throughout the country at major and amateur golf tournaments. In 1996, the United States Golf Association gave him its first Joseph C. Dey Award for meritorious service as a volunteer. Eckstein wrote the Western Golf Association’s caddie training manual, still used today. Survivors include his wife, Virginia; a son; a sister; and a granddaughter.

Margaret E. Terrell, AM’27, a home economics professor at the University of Washington for 42 years, died August 19 at age 98. Terrell specialized in the principles of the food-service business; her nationally known dietetics internship program at UW trained more than 400 students. Revisions of her best-selling cookbook, Large Quantity Recipes, kept her busy well past her 1970 retirement. Terrell is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Anna H. Alexa, SB’28, SM’41, an educator and social activist, died March 25, 1997, at age 89. She taught science and geography at Shurz and Tully High Schools in Chicago until retiring. An accomplished pianist, Alexa assisted the American Friends Service Committee and other Quaker endeavors, visited shut-ins, and read for Recordings for the Blind.


Mary Baldridge Connors, PhB’30, died October 1 in Winfield, IL. She was 89. Connors, a pianist and violinist, started her second career as a teacher and principal at age 50. She served as principal of Sandridge School in Dolton, IL, and later tutored children at St. James the Apostle Catholic Church in Glen Ellyn, IL, for 10 years. She is survived by three sons, including Chester L. Connors, MBA’67; a daughter; a sister; and 20 grandchildren, including Timothy L. Connors, MBA’91.

Stella Winn Bergman, PhB’36, died September 6 at her home in Evanston, IL. She was 95. As a social worker with the Jewish Family and Community Service from 1962 to 1976, Bergman taught refugees from the former Soviet Union, Morocco, and Egypt how to live in Chicago—from renting an apartment to shopping for groceries. A state casework supervisor for the Federal Transient Division in Omaha, and a district medical supervisor for the Chicago Relief Administration, she also worked for the Cook County Department of Public Welfare. Survivors include two sons; two sisters; and four grandchildren.

Daniel B. Blake III, AB’36, JD’37, MBA’51, an attorney for the U.S. State Department, died September 23 in Alexandria, VA, at age 86. A WWII veteran, Blake served on the industry team that helped to restore public services in Germany after the war. Retiring from the Army in 1972 as a colonel, Blake helped organize the Gary, IN, Junior Chamber of Commerce. From 1954 to 1978, he worked for the State Department as a contracts negotiator for international assistance programs, then returned to private practice. He is survived by his wife, Leone Bruce; three children; and four grandchildren.

Robert E. Haythorne, AB’36, JD’38, a retired partner with the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, died October 15 in Geneva, IL. He was 82. After graduation, Haythorne was a staff attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC. The WWII veteran was assigned to the staff of the U.S. chief counsel for the Nuremburg war-crime trials. After leaving active duty, he worked at two Chicago law firms, was vice president and general counsel of American Marietta Corp., and returned to private practice in 1961, joining Kirkland & Ellis in 1963. There, he represented such clients as the Chicago Tribune, the Portland Cement Association, and, during the 1968 drivers’ strike, the Checker and Yellow Taxi Companies. Survivors include a son, Robert E. Haythorne Jr., MBA’75, and a daughter.

Allen D. Schwartz, AB’39, AM’40, died August 28 in Skokie, IL. He was 79. Schwartz owned Conway Camera on Chicago’s Near North Side for more than 35 years, retiring in 1977. He organized theater trips, conducted literary discussion groups, and led outings to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Schwartz also taught literature at Oakton Community College and New Trier Extension and served as Skokie’s fine arts commissioner. Among survivors are his wife, Vivian Mitchel; three sons; two daughters, including Julie M. Schwartz, AM’98; and eight grandchildren.


Thomas Brill, SB’40, a member of the U of C’s Manhattan Project team, died September 28 at age 78. Joining the Manhattan Project in April 1942, he designed the instrumentation used to measure the first nuclear chain reaction. He continued at Argonne National Laboratory until 1960 as director of the electronics division. From 1961 to 1970, Brill worked at Honeywell edp and then Sangamo. In 1971, he joined Metrix, where he built perfusion equipment for medical and research uses until his 1993 retirement. Brill is survived by his wife, Betty; two daughters; one son; and three grandchildren.

Edward H. Norton, AB’40, JD’42, an attorney in Chicago for 52 years, died in Ventura, CA, on February 19, 1998. He was 79. Survivors include his brother, Raymond M. Norton, AB’42, JD’48; three sons; one daughter; and a grandson.

Ai C. Tsai, AM’40, DB’41, a Seattle minister, died August 6 at age 84. After translating for the U.S. Navy during WWII and for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in China, he moved to Seattle in 1948, where he was pastor of the Japanese Congregational Church until his retirement in 1979. Survivors include his wife, Ryo Morikawa; three children, including daughter Bilin P. Tsai, SB’71; a brother; a sister; and seven grandchildren.

Walter Adams, X’42, an expert on corporate power and antitrust issues, died September 8 in East Lansing, MI. He was 78. After fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and earning the Bronze Star in WWII, Adams taught economics at Michigan State University from 1947 to 1993, serving as president of MSU for nine months in 1969. In 1953, he joined a federal committee to study antitrust laws. A defender of antitrust legislation, Adams wrote or co-wrote 14 books highlighting the dangers of putting economic power in the hands of the few, including The Tobacco Wars, published last September. Adams is survived by his wife, Pauline; a son; and two grandsons.

Arthur I. Bloomfield, PhD’42, an economist and educator, died October 6 in Bethesda, MD, at age 84. After receiving his Ph.D., he joined the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, serving as senior economist and consultant until 1958. Bloomfield advised both the Korean Ministry of Finance and the United Nations Korean Reconstruction Agency. In 1958, Bloomfield joined the University of Pennsylvania, where he remained until 1985. Bloomfield wrote many books on international trade and finance, including Capital Imports and the U.S. Balance of Payments and Monetary Policy under the International Gold Standards, 1880–1914. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; a sister; and a stepson.

John E. Fagg, AM’39, PhD’42, a historian of Latin America and Spain, died October 3 in Austin, TX. He was 81. Teaching at New York University from 1946 to 1981, Fagg chaired its history department during most of the 1960s and directed its center for Latin American and Caribbean studies (1961–1965, 1977–1979). While at NYU, he was also assistant dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Science. Fagg served as a consultant to the Department of Defense and to Crowell-Collier Publishing Company. His books include Cuba, Haiti, & the Dominican Republic, Pan Americanism, and Latin America: A General History. He is survived by a cousin, John Tom Campbell, and four nephews and nieces.

Mildred E. B. Smith, AB’42, an agricultural economist, died August 12 in Hartford, CT. She was 99. Smith left college during WWI to join the Women’s Land Army in Vermont, where her farming experiences led to a career at the Connecticut Agricultural College (later the University of Connecticut). During WWII, she worked for the Office of Price Administration, monitoring New England’s milk production. After returning to the University of Connecticut as an assistant professor, Smith started a TV program called Millie’s Market Basket, featuring advice on nutrition. Smith retired in 1963. Survivors include nine nieces and nephews.

Glenn G. Wiltsey, PhD’44, founder and first chair of the political science department at the University of Rochester, died August 25 in Rochester at age 95. As department chair from 1945 to 1962, Wiltsey oversaw the development of its honors program and laid the foundation for its graduate program. Wiltsey also taught at the University of Nebraska and what is now Roosevelt University in Chicago. A former president of the New York State Political Science Association, he headed the Rochester School Board and the Rochester/Monroe County Humane Society. Wiltsey is survived by his son, Robert.

Jean McEldowney Fultz, X’45, a Chicago activist, died October 10 at age 77. Former president of the Mary McDowell Settlement and a board member of the Chicago Commons Association, Fultz was active in the U of C Service League and the Scholarship and Guidance Association. Among survivors are her husband, Dave Fultz, SB’41, PhD’47, professor emeritus of geophysical sciences at the U of C; two daughters, Katharine R. Fultz, AB’82, and Martha Fultz Monlick, U-High’64; a son, David Fultz, U-High’69; and two grandchildren.

Arnold M. Flamm, PhB’47, JD’50, died July 20 at age 73 in Chicago. An expert in local and state taxation, he began a private practice in 1950. During the 1970s, Flamm argued the constitutionality of a state tax law before the U.S. Supreme Court. Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s real-estate taxation and constitutional law committees, he made the Order of the Coif and was editor of the Law Review at the U of C. Survivors include his wife, Lola; four sons, including Eric M. Flamm, MBA’82; and six grandchildren.

John E. Yarnelle, SM’47, a professor of mathematics, died September 11 in Arizona at age 88. He taught mathematics for 28 years at Hanover College in Indiana and, after retiring, was a visiting professor of mathematics at Baylor University in Waco, TX. Survivors include his wife, Catherine.

Signi L. Falk, PhD’48, a professor emerita of English at Coe College, died November 24 in Grinnell, IA. She was 91. Falk wrote two books, Tennessee Williams and Archibald MacLeish, before her 1971 retirement from Coe. Active in the League of Women Voters, the Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, Common Cause, and the Unitarian Universalist Church, Falk served on the Iowa advisory committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (1972–1982) and on a White House committee on the elderly in 1981. Survivors include a sister, Florence, and a nephew.

Miriam Dubin Holsen, AB’48, an educator, died June 11, 1998, at age 69. Beginning her career as a teacher in Spain and Chile, Holsen then taught math and computer programming in the Washington, DC, public schools from 1966 until her 1990 retirement. She is survived by her husband, John A. Holsen, AB’48, AM’52; four daughters; one son; and five grandchildren.

Arthur W. Fort, PhB’49, SM’51, a chemistry teacher and researcher, died May 13, 1998, at age 74. A WWII Army lieutenant, he was a professor of organic chemistry at the University of Kentucky for several years before becoming a research chemist with Shell Oil in northern California. For the past 20 years, he was a senior research chemist at the Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research. Fort is survived by four children; three sisters; and six grandchildren.

Martin J. Svaglic, PhD’49, professor emeritus of English at Loyola University Chicago, died October 4 in Evanston, IL. He was 80. Svaglic, an authority on 19th-century literature and a specialist in the Oxford Movement, taught at Loyola for almost 45 years before his 1983 retirement. He published the Oxford English translation of Cardinal John Henry Newman’s Apologia Pro Vita Sua and Newman’s Idea of a University with Rinehart Books. A visiting professor at the U of C in 1964, Svaglic wrote articles for Modern Philology, Victorian Studies, and Proceedings of the Modern Language Association, for which he was also a reader. Chair of the Modern Language Association’s Victorian section, he served as president of the College English Association of Chicago.


Ann Laird Millizen, SB’51, a retired nurse, died June 1, 1998, in Monticello, IL. She was 92. In 1935, Millizen joined the University of Illinois Research and Education Hospital, and was director of nursing from 1939 to 1956. She taught Red Cross nurse’s aides during WWII and was one of the first nurses in Chicago to receive a Red Cross pin. A founder of the University of Illinois College of Nursing, Millizen was its acting director from 1943 to 1951.

Richard H. Earle, AB’52, SB’54, MD’57, SM’57, an expert in pulmonary medicine, died October 31 at age 65. Chair of the internal medicine department at Christ Hospital and Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL, Earle had previously led the hospital’s pulmonary disease section. From 1965 to 1973, he was an associate professor at the University of Chicago Hospitals. Earle taught at Rush Medical College and the University of Michigan, writing more than a dozen articles on pulmonary medicine. He also served in the Army as a preventive-medicine captain. Survivors include his wife, Jane; a daughter; two sisters; and two brothers.

Lynn L. Hageman, DB’56, founder of a center for addicts in Harlem, died October 3 in East Harlem, NY. He was 67. After graduation, Hageman worked in Chicago’s welfare department and with a drug-rehabilitation program at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. In 1959, he moved to East Harlem and became an Evangelical United Brethren minister, his attempt to enter the Episcopal ministry having been denied because he was married to a black woman. In 1963, Hageman founded Exodus House using a rehabilitation approach that included spiritual guidance, group therapy, and artisan training. His program helped thousands of addicts. A participant in the civil-rights movement, Hageman spent time in an Albany, GA, jail with Martin Luther King Jr. He is survived by his wife, Leola; two sons; a daughter; a sister; and three granddaughters.


Walt P. Risler, AM’49, PhD’62, a professor of sociology and public and environmental affairs at Indiana University, South Bend, died June 2. A specialist in criminology, counseling, and the sociological aspects of mental illness, Risler was the coordinator of the university’s criminal justice programs. He was director of the Parkview juvenile detention home, chief probation officer of St. Joseph County Juvenile Court, president of the St. Joseph County Sheriff Merit Board, and vice president of the South Bend Crime Commission. Risler is survived by his wife, Doris; five children; and five grandchildren.

David C. Mendelson, SM’66, a physician and champion of medical ethics, died of brain cancer June 23, 1998, in Rochester, NY. He was 55. Mendelson, who began a private internal medicine practice in Rochester in 1979, was a member of New York’s Board of Professional Medical Conduct. Shortly before his death, he established the David C. Mendelson Fund for Medical Ethics at Genesee Hospital in Rochester. Among survivors are his wife, Leslie; two children; and two brothers, including Alan Mendelson, PhD’71.

Russell E. Mooney Jr., MBA’67, died of cancer August 30 in Memphis, TN. He was 69. During his career, Mooney served as financial vice president of Montgomery Ward & Co. in Chicago, financial vice president and treasurer of Montgomery Ward Credit Corp. in Wilmington, DE, and financial vice president and treasurer of Republic Mortgage Investors in Miami. He also established Mooney & Associates in Miami, working in financial consulting and commercial real estate. Survivors include his wife, Liz.

Herbert W. Miller, MBA’69, owner of Pearce Lighting Co. in Indianapolis and designer of the exterior lighting for Chicago’s Tribune Tower, died October 12 in an automobile accident near his Lebanon, IN, home. He was 58. After spending several years in Taiwan, Miller settled in Lebanon in 1985. He is survived by his wife, Lois; two daughters; two brothers; a sister; and one grandson.


Lawrence B. Evans, X’75, died of renal cancer November 11 at age 45. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Schreckengost Evans, X’75.

Timothy R. Renner, SM’74, PhD’79, a nuclear physicist, died November 17 of colon cancer. He was 48. A staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, he did biomedical research. One of Renner’s projects achieved unprecedented precision in radiation treatment for cancer patients. He and his colleagues’ work in radiation treatment has become a basic technique in the international field. As a team leader of a project at the laboratory’s Advanced Light Source, Renner helped to create and build a system that reliably directs X-rays to targets one-50th the diameter of a human hair. Survivors include his wife, Susie; a daughter; a son; his mother; a brother; and a sister.

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