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University obituaries

Recent faculty, staff, board, and alumni obituaries.


Estelle (Rochells) Greenberg, PhB’28, of San Francisco, died October 8. She was 105. Moving to Fresno, CA, with her husband, David, in the 1930s, she was the only trained family social worker in Fresno’s State Emergency Relief Association. When her daughter was born in 1936, Greenberg left the association and volunteered with local women’s groups. Survivors include her daughter, two grandsons, and four great-grandchildren.


J. Lester “Les” Fraser, PhB’31, of Atlanta, died December 25. He was 102. Founder of the national chain Casual Corner, Fraser started his retail career at Marshall Field & Company in Chicago, eventually joining Davidson-Paxon in Atlanta as senior merchandising executive. In 1951 he opened Casual Corner with his wife, Muriel, helping to develop the private-label concept. After selling his interests, he continued as a consultant as Casual Corner grew to more than 1,000 stores. Active in his community, he helped form what is now the Buckhead Business Association and for 32 years volunteered as a senior counselor for SCORE, which gives a national award in Fraser’s name. As a centenarian, the WW II Navy veteran was filmed by the Atlanta History Center for its video living-history library. Survivors include a son.

Bernard G. Sarnat, SB’33, MD’37, a plastic surgeon, died October 21 in Los Angeles. He was 99. A founding member of the Plastic Surgery Research Council in 1955, Sarnat was known for his research on facial deformities. He joined the University of California, Los Angeles, as an adjunct professor of oral biology in 1969, receiving a joint appointment in the medical school’s plastic-surgery division five years later. He also served on the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center staff for almost 35 years, retiring from surgical practice in 1991. The winner of a 1987 University of Chicago Medical Center Distinguished Service Award and a 2003 Alumni Association Professional Achievement Award, Sarnat endowed a chair at both Pritzker and UCLA’s medical school. He is survived by his wife, Rhoda (Gerard) Sarnat, AM’39; a daughter; a son; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Rubin Sharpe, PhB’33, JD’35, of Milwaukee, died November 8. He was 98. A WW II Navy veteran, Sharpe was general manager of an automobile dealership and later was a real-estate property manager. In retirement he volunteered for 28 years as a leader of the local SCORE chapter. He is survived by a daughter, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Margaret “Peggy” Chandler Gibbons, U-High’30, AM’36, died October 21 in San Jose, CA. She was 97. Serving in the Office of Strategic Services during WW II, in 1956 Gibbons moved with her family to Wilmette, IL, where she raised her children. In 2004 she moved to San Jose. Survivors include a daughter and two sons.

Margaret Schmalz, AM’38, died April 11, 2011, in Irving, TX. She was 97. Schmalz taught Latin and German at a Bozeman, MT, high school. Survivors include two sons.


A. Lee Hewitt, X’41, died December 23 in Lubbock, TX. He was 92. An Army veteran, Hewitt had a urology practice in Lubbock, also serving for a decade as an associate professor at Texas Tech’s medical school. Survivors include three daughters, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Ellen (Tuttle) Blattenberg, SB’44, of Leawood, KS, died October 24. She was 89. After working on the Manhattan Project, Blattenberg earned a master’s degree in behavioral sciences and joined Shawnee Mission (KS) School District, where she helped establish behavioral-modification protocols for at-risk children. She is survived by her husband, Robert; a daughter; two sons; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

June Rachuy Brindel, AB’45, AM’58, of Wilmette, IL, died November 4. Brindel was an associate professor of English at Chicago’s Wright Junior College and taught drama at the National Music Camp in Interlochen, MI. She published poems, short stories, and novels, including Ariadne (St. Martin’s Press, 1980). Survivors include a daughter, a son, six grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

George Curl, SB’45, MD’47, of River Forest, IL, died October 31. He was 91. A urologist, Curl worked for 43 years at West Suburban Hospital. His wife, Grace (Fleming) Curl, PhB’46, SB’47, died in 2008. Survivors include two daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren.

Maynard Wishner, AB’45, JD’47, an attorney, died December 19 in Wilmette, IL. He was 88. After working as head of the Chicago Mayor’s Commission on Human Relations’ department of law and order and then as the commission’s acting director, in 1952 Wishner became chief city prosecutor. He next entered private practice, serving as senior partner at Cole, Wishner, Epstein & Manilow. He left the firm in 1963 to join Walter E. Heller & Company, where he became president and CEO. Wishner was active in Jewish organizations, serving in the early 1980s as national president of the American Jewish Committee and receiving the Chicago Jewish Federation’s highest honor, the Julius Rosenwald Memorial Award. Survivors include three daughters, including Ellen Kenemore, AM’73; sister Iona Wishner Levenfeld, AB’49, AM’51; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Evelyn F. Apperson Groves, BLS’46, died August 24 in Chapel Hill, NC. A librarian, Groves worked at North Carolina Central University and the University of Singapore. Survivors include her husband, Harry Groves, JD’49.

Stewart B. Fulbright Jr., MBA’47, the first dean of the North Carolina Central University School of Business, died January 1 in Durham, NC. He was 92. One of the Tuskegee Airmen, Fulbright joined North Carolina College (now North Carolina Central University) in 1947, chairing the school’s commerce department from 1968 to 1972, when it became the business school and he became the school’s dean, a post he held until 1976. He retired from teaching in 1982. He is survived by his wife, Della; a daughter; a son; a sister; and a granddaughter.

Richard C. Redden, AB’47, of Sunnyvale, CA, died October 17. He was 88. An optics engineer, he spent 30 years at Lockheed on projects including program management for the Hubble Space Telescope. He is survived by a daughter and a son.

John Schwartz, U-High’43, PhB’47, JD’50, longtime chief judge of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois, died November 28 in Chicago. He was 86. An Army Air Force veteran, Schwartz was an assistant US attorney before going into private practice in 1954. He was appointed to the bankruptcy court in 1984, retiring as chief judge in 1998 and remaining as a judge for the following decade. Survivors include his wife, Betsy; two daughters; a son; and three granddaughters.

Edward N. Hinman, AM’48, died April 11, 2011, in Durham, CT. He was 88. An Army and Air Force veteran, Hinman joined the National Security Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency as a research analyst and air attaché branch area officer before moving to the CIA. He retired in 1983. Survivors include a brother.

Kenneth C. Mulcahy, AB’48, MBA’50, died November 16 in Seneca, SC. He was 84. Mulcahy worked for the federal government for 33 years, ending his career in the Directorate of Accounting Policy for the Office of Secretary of Defense. Upon his retirement, he received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award. He is survived by his wife, Joan; a daughter; a son; two sisters; and a granddaughter.


Alan Bloomfield, AB’50, MBA’52, of Walnut Creek, CA, died July 18. He was 81. Bloomfield was an advertising executive before becoming a marketing consultant at On-Cor Frozen Foods. He is survived by his wife, Ellen; a daughter; a son; a sister; and a grandchild.

Edgar Brewer Hale, PhD’50, an animal behaviorist, died December 6 in Tucson, AZ. He was 94. Hale taught at Pennsylvania State University for 28 years, retiring in 1978 as professor emeritus. He is survived by his wife, Vinetta; two daughters; two sons; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Frank LeRoy Holloway, SM’49, PhD’50, died November 9 in Rock Hill, SC. He was 91. A WW II Navy veteran, Holloway worked for Allied Chemical and was a volunteer fireman for the Tega Cay (SC) Fire Department. He is survived by his wife, Alice Cochran Holloway, AM’52; a son; a granddaughter; two step-grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Fred C. Iklé, AM’48, PhD’50, died November 10 in Bethesda, MD. He was 87. Iklé held federal appointments, including director of the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency under Presidents Nixon and Ford and undersecretary of defense for policy during both Reagan administrations. He received the 1987 Distinguished Public Service Medal from the Department of Defense. In 1988 Iklé joined the Center for Strategic and International Studies as a distinguished scholar. Also holding positions with Harvard’s Center for International Affairs and the RAND Corporation, he published several books, most recently Annihilation from Within: The Ultimate Threat to Nations (Columbia University Press, 2006). Survivors include his wife, Doris; two daughters; and three grandchildren.

Eugene L. Fevold, PhD’51, of St. Paul, MN, died October 29. He was 93. An expert on Norwegian American Lutheranism, Fevold was a pastor and a professor at Luther Seminary. He is survived by three daughters, a son, two brothers, a sister, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Edna Beatrice Homa Hunt, AM’52, died September 20 in Cambridge, MA. She was 83. One of the first women to earn a doctorate of business administration from Harvard Business School, Hunt ran a management consulting company and wrote on business management. She is survived by a son and a granddaughter.

Phyllis (Zacovitch) Killian, AM’52, a psychiatric social worker, died April 19, 2011, in Madison, WI. She was 84. Killian served many years as a social worker in the Rochester (NY) City School District, launching a program to help pregnant teens finish high school. In 1971 she opened a private practice in Syracuse and joined the faculties of SUNY Health Science Center and Syracuse University School of Social Work. Survivors include a daughter, a son, three stepchildren, two brothers, and four grandchildren.

Joyce Ellman McLean, U-High’49, AB’52, of Los Gatos, CA, died December 13. She was 77. McLean was a member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom for more than 50 years. In May 1966, in an act of civil disobedience, she blocked the loading of napalm heading to Vietnam as one of the four “Napalm Ladies,” a group who inspired two songs by Pete Seeger. She is survived by her husband, Arthur D. “Douglas” McLean, PhD’67; three daughters; two sons; a brother; and 12 grandchildren.

George Eric Massey, X’53, died November 15 in Ashland, OR. He was 92. Massey taught philosophy at California State University, Long Beach, for 28 years and founded the school’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter, honors program, and student advisory program. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; three daughters; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Virginia “Ginnie” Melevage, AM’53, a nurse, died June 6 in Valparaiso, IN. She was 90. After serving in the Army Nurse Corps, Melevage was the assistant and associate director at St. Margaret Hospital School of Nursing in Hammond, IN, until its 1967 closing. The next year she helped start the health-occupations programs at Ivy Tech Community College Northwest. She chaired the programs until 1990. Survivors include a brother.

Paul H. Reitan, AB’53, a geologist, died October 30 in Amherst, NY. He was 83. Reitan taught at the University of Buffalo for more than three decades, serving as dean of the natural-sciences and mathematics department from 1976 to 1979. In 2005 he was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In retirement he coordinated conflict-resolution workshops for the Alternatives to Violence Project. He is survived by his wife, Reidun; a daughter; a son; and two grandchildren.

Leonard Barrington, PhD’55, a biochemist, died July 8 in Grayslake, IL. He was 87. Barrington worked in industry, government, and research, retiring from the technology-commercialization program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. A member of the Chicago Literary Club, he wrote two novels and three poetry collections. He is survived by his wife, Sharyn; a daughter; a brother; and two sisters.

Robert Reusche, MBA’55, died November 15 in Lake Forest, IL. He was 83. For 18 years Reusche led the trust department of Chicago’s Northern Trust Corporation, retiring in 1990 as the bank’s vice chair. He also helped found the Lake County Community Foundation in Waukegan, IL. Survivors include his wife, Mary; two daughters; a son; and six grandchildren.

Wilmer C. Bohnaker, MBA’56, died November 4 in Milwaukee. He was 91. A WW II Army veteran, he continued working for the Army as a comptroller. Retiring as major, Bohnaker was a tax preparer, working independently and in the Office of the Commissioner of Revenue Service in Hampton, VA. He is survived by his wife, Madelyn; a daughter; a son; three brothers; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Leroy H. Linder, PhB’58, of Costa Mesa, CA, died September 7, 2005. He was 88. A WW II veteran, Linder worked for the Atomic Energy Commission in Idaho and held faculty positions at the Universities of Texas and Southern California. Moving to Costa Mesa, CA, in 1959, he joined aerospace company Ford Aeronutronic, where he was manager of technical information services until his retirement. He is survived by two daughters and a son.

Steven E. Murphy, AB’58, of Columbia, MO, died December 29. He was 86. Murphy’s careers included work as a piano salesman, researcher, pastor, and teacher. Survivors include his wife, Jan; a daughter; a son; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Jon J. Kabara, PhD’59, a medical researcher, died March 24, 2011, in Lakewood Ranch, FL. He was 84. Kabara taught for two decades at Michigan State University, where he helped launch the first affiliated school of osteopathic medicine. Holder of more than 16 patents, he founded Med-Chem Laboratories Inc. and created a nutritional supplement. In 2005 Kabara and his wife, Betty, gave a gift to St. Mary’s University to establish the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. He is survived by his wife, four daughters, 11 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

John F. Noble, PhD’59, of Warwick, NY, died May 18. He was 82. A pharmacologist, Noble spent three decades with American Cyanamid/Lederle Laboratories, rising to head of toxicology evaluation. He later founded pharmaceutical-research company Innapharma. Noble retired in 1999 and consulted to pharmaceutical and biotech companies. He is survived by his wife, Lenora “Lyn”; a daughter; a son; a brother; a sister; and three grandchildren.


Benjamin H. Cohen, AB’60, died October 28 in Park Ridge, IL. He was 73. Cohen practiced law in the Chicago area for almost 50 years. He is survived by his wife, Gail; two daughters, including Rochelle (Cohen) Lodder, AB’89; brother Phil Cohen, U-High’49, X’53; and two grandchildren.

Mark Snyder, U-High’50, MD’60, of Yakima, WA, died April 8, 2011. He was 76. After serving as an Army physician, Snyder ran a thoracic-surgery practice in Washington. He later started an open-heart surgery program and was chief of medical staff at what was then Providence Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Jenny; two daughters; a son; and two grandchildren.

Robert J. Wozniak, AB’60, died November 13 in Washington, DC. He was 76. A Navy veteran, Wozniak joined the US Information Agency in the early 1960s and held jobs at US embassies in Greece, Syria, and Morocco and at NATO headquarters. Retiring in 1996, Wozniak spent several years as a distinguished diplomat in residence at American University’s Center for Global Peace and chaired the American Foreign Service Association for ten years. Survivors include his wife, Farida; two daughters; two sons; two brothers; and four grandchildren.

Edgar Ballard, AB’61, died June 19, 2009, in Hamilton, OH. He was 63. Ballard was a supervisor at Southwestern Ohio Steel for 35 years before joining United Performance Metals, retiring in 2009. He is survived by his wife, Rita; two sons; and four grandchildren.

Ramona O. Fogerty, AM’61, died April 18, 2011, in Chicago. She was 82. After teaching in the Chicago Public Schools for 12 years, in 1965 Fogerty founded the Potential School for Exceptional Children, where inclusive classrooms brought together students of different ability levels. The school operated in Chicago until the 1990s.

Mildred “Mimi” Shaw Hayes, U-High’58, AB’62, died November 20 in Chicago. She was 70. Active in the Chicago Area Friends of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Hayes helped to organize the Delta Ministry Freedom Corps in Mississippi. Moving to Chicago, she became a television producer and then relocated to Washington, DC, where she was an editor for the Drum and Spear Press and produced a children’s radio show. In the early 1970s, Hayes helped a Northern Virginia television station win a grant to produce a program for minority teenagers, later coproducing the show, Gettin’ Over, which aired on PBS in the mid-1970s. Returning to Chicago, she was an associate at the Publicity Works and served on the organizing committee of the Chicago SNCC History Project. She is survived by several cousins.

Lael (Swinney) Stegall, AM’64, a women’s-rights activist, died October 25 in Deer Isle, ME. She was 70. After serving as director of the National Women’s Political Caucus advocacy group, Stegall helped found both the Windom Fund, spending eight years as its executive director, and Emily’s List, a fund that backs Democratic women who support abortion rights. In the 1990s Stegall cofounded the Strategies, Training, Advocacy, and Resources Network, which helped women in the Balkans. Moving to Deer Isle in 2000, she started a lobstering business. She is survived by her husband, Ronald; a daughter; a son; a brother; and three grandchildren.

Donald G. Schmidt, MBA’65, of Hinsdale, IL, died April 20, 2011. He was 85. Schmidt directed the DuPage and Hinsdale historical societies and consulted for the Executive Service Corps of Chicago. He is survived by his wife, Beverly; two daughters; a son; two stepchildren; and six grandchildren.

Robert Silbey, PhD’65, died October 27 in Boston. He was 71. A pioneer in condensed-phase theory and quantum biology, Silbey joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty in 1966. After serving as head of the chemistry department and director of the Center for Materials Science and Engineering, in 2000 he was named dean of MIT’s School of Science. In his 45 years on the faculty, he received almost every graduate and undergraduate teaching award the school gives. He was also a member of a committee that produced a landmark 1999 report on the status of women science faculty at MIT. Survivors include his wife, Susan (Sorkin) Silbey, AM’67, PhD’78; two daughters; and four grandchildren.

Emil J. Haller, PhD’66, died November 20 in Rochester, NY. He was 78. An Army veteran, Haller taught educational administration at Cornell University for 30 years, retiring as professor emeritus in 1997. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; two daughters; two sons; a sister; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Phillip Harold Lewis, AM’53, PhD’66, an anthropologist, died December 10 in Evanston, IL. He was 89. A WW II Army Air Corps veteran, Lewis spent nearly 40 years as a curator at the Field Museum, studying Melanesian culture and bringing back masks and art from his research trips to Papua New Guinea. He retired in 1992. He is survived by two daughters, a son, a sister, and two grandchildren.

Daniel Lyons, AM’62, PhD’67, died January 27, 2010, in Fort Collins, CO. He was 79. A Korean War veteran, Lyons, a philosophy professor at Colorado State University for 34 years, spoke out against the Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan wars. He is survived by his wife, Mary; two daughters, including Jean Lyons, AB’88; son Thomas Lyons, AB’87, AM’91, PhD’98; and five grandchildren.


Cynthia Lyons, AM’70, died August 15 in Naperville, IL. She was 65.  Lyons ran a law practice in Naperville until her death. In the 1990s she started aerobatic flying, participating in more than 70 contests with the International Aerobatic Club. Survivors include her husband, David Underwood, SM’68, PhD’73; a daughter; a son; a brother; and two grandchildren.

Miriam Barkin Karnow, AB’71, of Spring Valley, NY, died of a pulmonary embolism November 3. She was 63. With her husband, Gerald Karnow, AB’67, SM’74, MD’74, she helped build and maintain the Fellowship Community in Spring Valley, a multigenerational community. Karnow was also a flutist and movement artist. She is survived by her husband, a daughter, and a stepson.

Timothy Whitlock Scholl, AM’71, of Virginia Beach, VA, died November 5. He was 73. Serving as dean of admissions at Reed College, he later joined the University of Rochester as dean of admissions and financial aid and as associate dean of arts and science. After recovering from a stroke, in 1988 he joined Gonzaga University as admissions director. In retirement he moved to Virginia Beach. He is survived by three daughters, a brother, six grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren, and a step-great-great-grandchild.

Wayne E. Jones, MBA’73, died November 3 in St. Charles, IL. He was 83. A Korean War veteran, Jones was an accountant at Arthur Andersen and a financial analyst at Ford Motor Company before joining Outboard Marine Corporation in Waukegan, IL. He spent almost three decades there, rising to vice president of strategic planning. Jones retired in 1993. He is survived by his wife, Berniece; three daughters; and five grandchildren.

Adrienne Cooper, AM’72, died of adrenal cancer December 25 in New York City. She was 65. Helping to popularize klezmer music and the Yiddish language in the 1970s and ’80s, Cooper, as associate director of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, cofounded KlezKamp, which draws hundreds of musicians and Yiddish speakers to the Catskills each December. The mezzo-soprano also recorded and composed Yiddish music, performing in Carnegie Hall and European concert halls. Most recently Cooper was director of external affairs at Jewish social-welfare organization the Workmen’s Circle. She is survived by her partner, Marilyn Lerner; a daughter; her mother; and two brothers.

Richard J. Kohout, MBA’75, died July 8 in Tyrone, PA. He was 81. A Vietnam veteran, Kohout was an Air Force navigator for 20 years and retired as lieutenant colonel. He then joined United Airlines, working on flight-operation computer applications. He retired in 1988. He is survived by his wife, Jean; two daughters; two sons; and six grandchildren.


David Salzman, SM’82, PhD’89, died of complications from bile-duct cancer in Baltimore. He was 53. Salzman founded several start-up companies, including Polychip and LightSpin Technologies. Survivors include his wife, Beth Kevles; two sons; his mother; and two brothers.


George Lundy, PhD’95, died December 20 in New Orleans of complications following a stroke. He was 64. After serving as director of Loyola University New Orleans’s Institute for Human Understanding (now the Twomey Center for Peace Through Justice), Lundy became the school’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. His other academic posts included three years as president of Wheeling Jesuit University. At the time of his death, he had returned to the Twomey Center to direct a campaign to ban capital punishment. He is survived by his mother and three sisters.