George Hillocks Jr., 1934–2014. (Photo courtesy Marjorie Hillocks)

University obituaries

Recent faculty, staff, trustees, and alumni obituaries.

Faculty and Staff

Harry Fozzard, the Otho S.A. Sprague Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Medicine, died December 9 in Dana, NC. He was 83. Fozzard, who came to the University in 1966 and retired in 1998, was a pioneering cardiac electrophysiologist whose research into the chemical and electric signals within heart muscle cells helped lay the foundation for modern clinical electrophysiology. He authored or coauthored nearly 250 papers, reviews, editorials, and book chapters. Fozzard was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fulbright Scholar, and a Litchfield Professor at Oxford University, among other honors. He is survived by his wife, Lyn Lane; two sons, Richard Fozzard, LAB’74, and Peter Fozzard, LAB’78; four grandchildren; and a brother.

George Hillocks Jr., professor emeritus in English language and literature, died November 12 in Chicago. He was 80. He taught in the University’s Department of Education from 1971 to 2002, training future English teachers in the master of arts in teaching program. Hillocks was the author of Teaching Writing as Reflective Practice (1995), which received the David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research in the Teaching of English from the National Council of Teachers of English. He also wrote Teaching Argument Writing (2011) and The Testing Trap (2002). He is survived by a daughter, Marjorie Hillocks, LAB’77, MST’91; a son, George Hillocks, LAB’81; and three grandchildren.


Robert M. Halperin, PhB’47, trustee emeritus, died October 26 in Atherton, CA. He was 86. The former president of materials science firm Raychem, Halperin was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1981. He spearheaded the ARCH Development Corporation, which helped commercialize University-developed innovations. Dedicated and energetic in his service to the University, he chaired the College Fund from 1990 to 1996 and was a member of the Alumni Association Cabinet and the visiting committee of the Division of the Physical Sciences. In 1998 he was awarded the Alumni Service Medal, and Halperin’s eponymous House, formerly in the Shoreland, is now in the Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons. His wife, Ruth Halperin, died in 2008. He is survived by a daughter; two sons, including Mark Halperin, AB’81; a brother, Warren Halperin, LAB’47, AB’51; and seven grandchildren.


Evelyn Wainer Goodman, SB’34, of Palm Desert, CA, died in November. She was 101. Goodman was a longtime teacher of children with developmental disabilities; she also worked at the Robinsons-May department store for many years. She is survived by her companion, Barbara, and a brother, Raymond Goodman, SB’42, MD’44.

Rae Bribram Charous, AB’36, of Buffalo Grove, IL, died December 16. She was 100. Charous had a long career in social work and ran her own interior decorating business for more than 25 years. She enjoyed volunteering at the Chicago Botanic Garden. She is survived by a son, two grandsons, and two great-grandchildren.

Paul I. Lyness, AB’39, AM’41, died November 27 in Princeton, NJ. He was 96. A World War II veteran who served as a communications officer in the US Navy, he taught journalism at the University of Iowa before becoming president of the research firm Gallup and Robinson. Later he led his own marketing and advertising research company with clients including AT&T, RCA, and Standard Oil. He is survived by his wife, Mary; two daughters; a son; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Glenn LeRoy Pierre, AB’41, MBA’46, died October 20 in Colorado Springs, CO. He was 95. An accomplished gymnast whose College studies were funded by a gymnastics work-study program, Pierre served in the Mediterranean theater in World War II. He later worked as an executive with Illinois Bell and the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. He is survived by his wife, Elsabeth; two daughters; two sons; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Josephine Bovill-Erpf, AM’42, died November 18 in San Francisco, CA. She was 96. During World War II, she served in Normandy as an assistant field director for the American Red Cross. After returning to the United States with her husband, Bovill-Erpf became an artist who frequently exhibited her work in the San Francisco Bay area. She is survived by five sons, 11 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Franz M. Oppenheimer, SB’42, died November 28 in Washington, DC. He was 95. An attorney specializing in international banking and finance, Oppenheimer spent the early years of his career at the World Bank and later worked for several Washington-area law firms, retiring from Swidler, Berlin, Shereff and Friedman in 1996. He was also a member of the panel of arbitrators at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. His wife, Margaret Oppenheimer, AB’43, died on December 7 (see next obituary).

Margaret Oppenheimer, AB’43, died December 7 in Washington, DC. She was 93. A teacher at the Kingsbury Center in Washington in the late 1940s, she was also a member of the District of Columbia’s Board of Appeals and Review and a founder of the library at Hyde-Addison Elementary School in Washington, DC. She and her husband are survived by a daughter, two sons, and five grandchildren.

Patrick Suppes, SB’43, of Stanford, CA, died November 17. He was 92. Suppes joined the faculty of Stanford University in 1950, retiring there as Lucie Stern Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and as professor emeritus of statistics, psychology, and education. He cofounded Stanford’s Institute for Mathematical Studies in the Social Sciences. He is survived by his wife, five children, five grandchildren, and three stepchildren.

Etta Irene Brown, AB’44, AM’61, of Kaneohe, HI, died February 14, 2013. She was 89. Brown was a longtime social worker at Palama Settlement, a nonprofit social service agency in Honolulu. She is survived by a sister.

Audrey Marguerite Joyce Mallery, AB’44, died January 26, 2006, in Whitney Point, NY. She was 83. Mallery served in the Women’s Army Corps from 1944 to 1946, and worked for radio stations in Montana and California before teaching in public and private schools on the East Coast for many years. She later held radio and local government positions in New York, retiring in 2000 as director of senior services at the Otsego (NY) County Office for the Aging. She is survived by four daughters, four sons, 12 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Craig Leman, AB’46, died July 13 in Corvallis, OR. He was 91. A World War II veteran who received a Silver Star for his actions during the battle of Iwo Jima, Leman was a general surgeon and primary care physician at the Corvallis Clinic from 1957 to 1999. He volunteered his medical expertise both at home and overseas and was an accomplished pianist who enjoyed writing program notes for local musical organizations. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Leman, PhB’44, AM’48; five children; and four grandchildren.

Anne (Kopp) Hyman, BSS’47, of Buffalo Grove, IL, died December 5. She was 89. A longtime teacher of social work, Hyman founded the Kopp Center for Continuing Education in Wisconsin and later created a model for intentional housing communities for seniors, detailed in her book Architects of the Sunset Years (2005). She is survived by two daughters, including Amie Hyman, AM’83; a son; two granddaughters; and a grandson.

Norman Dale Clayton, AM’48, died October 28 in Oakland, CA. He was 93. Clayton served in the US Army during World War II, and his experience caring for soldiers with psychological trauma inspired him to become a social worker and an advocate for people with disabilities. He worked for the State of California for three decades, retiring as bureau chief for programs and services for the developmentally disabled. He is survived by three sons and two granddaughters.

Marvin “Murph” Goldberger, PhD’48, died November 26 in La Jolla, CA. He was 92. A US Army veteran, Goldberger was a student of Enrico Fermi and a particle physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project. He taught at the University and at Princeton before being named president of Caltech in 1978. He was later the director of the Institute for Advanced Study in New Jersey and taught physics at the University of California’s Los Angeles and San Diego campuses. A member of the National Academy of Sciences and other honorary societies, Goldberger served on the President’s Science Advisory Committee in the 1960s and consulted for the Department of Defense. He is survived by two sons and three grandchildren.

Esther Conwell Rothberg, PhD’48, died November 16 in Brighton, NY. She was 92. A student of Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar at Chicago who went on to become a pioneer in the field of semiconductor research, Rothberg was an industrial scientist and professor at the University of Rochester. She was named one of Discover magazine’s 50 Most Important Women of Science in 2002, and in 2010 was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Barack Obama. She is survived by a son, two sisters , and two grandchildren.

Marshall Winokur, PhB’48, died December 8 in Old Greenwich, CT. He was 86. A US Army veteran, Winokur served in Japan during the Korean War. After completing his service, he practiced law with his wife, Rae, in Chicago for more than 40 years. He is survived by his wife, a daughter, and four grandchildren.

John Goodlad, PhD’49, died November 29 in Seattle, WA. He was 94. Goodlad was a renowned teacher and education researcher who taught at a number of institutions, including UChicago and the University of California, Los Angeles, where he worked for 25 years and served 16 years as dean of the graduate school of education. He retired in 1991 from the University of Washington, where he created the Center for Educational Renewal. The past president of the American Educational Research Association, his best-known work, A Place Called School (1984), was a comprehensive study of the state of the nation’s schools. He is survived by a daughter, a son, and five grandsons.


Isadora Sherman, AM’50, died November 30 in Chicago. She was 91. A social worker and district administrator of Jewish Family and Community Service (JFCS) in Highland Park, IL, Sherman was known for her work to prevent teen suicide. After retiring from JFCS in the 1990s, she remained in private practice until 2003. She is survived by a daughter, two sons, and two granddaughters.

Harvey Folks Zimand, AM’51, died November 10 in New York City. He was 86. A partner in the firm of Kelley Drye & Warren for more than 50 years, he specialized in trusts and estates. He is survived by two daughters, four grandchildren, two stepsons, and two step-grandchildren.

Richard Allen Chase, AB’52, died September 2 in New York City. He was 81. Chase was an associate professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His research on how infants and toddlers play and learn led him to found a toy company, later known as Learning Pathways Inc, that made child development toys. He is survived by a brother, two nieces, and three nephews.

Anne Donchin, PhB’53, of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, died August 26. She was 84. Donchin, cofounder of the International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, helped to shape the women’s studies program as a longtime professor at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Lilly Endowment, Donchin was the coeditor of two books, served on the editorial boards of several bioethics journals, and was an affiliated research scholar in the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine’s bioethics program. She is survived by her partner, Edmund Byrne; a daughter; three sons; and three grandchildren.

Elmer Hess, SM’53, died December 2 in Valparaiso, IN. He was 84. A US Army veteran, Hess spent his entire career at Valparaiso University, where he taught geography and geology and worked as a librarian at the law school and at Moellering Library. He also volunteered at the university’s art museum and at Porter Memorial Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Beatrice; three daughters; a sister; and four grandchildren.

Eugene S. Uyeki, AM’52, PhD’53, died September 5. He was 88. He began his teaching career as a member of the sociology faculty at Case Institute of Technology but was drafted into the US Army, where he served as a psychiatric social worker. After completing his service, Uyeki returned to Case (later Case Western Reserve University), retiring as professor emeritus of sociology in 1998. He is survived by his wife, Martha Uyeki, AM’56, and two sons.

Alford Claudon Diller, MD’54, died November 7 in Sacramento, CA. He was 89. A US Navy veteran who served in World War II, Diller was a family practice physician in Ohio and founded a computer data-processing company; he later became medical director for the Karuk tribe in California and retired from clinical practice in 2005. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; a daughter; four sons; two sisters; three brothers; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a stepson.

Albert Edward Castel III, PhD’55, died November 14 in Columbus, OH. He was 86. After serving as a special agent in the US Army counterintelligence corps, Castel spent most of his career as a professor of history at Western Michigan University. An authority on the Civil War in the western United States, Castel wrote 16 books, including Decision in the West: The Atlanta Campaign of 1864 (1992). He is survived by a daughter, a son, and three grandchildren.

Edward Nelson, SM’52, PhD’55, died September 10 in Princeton, NJ. He was 82. A mathematician, Nelson is best known for his application of probability to quantum field theory, work that earned him the American Mathematical Society’s Steele Prize in 1995. He joined the Princeton faculty in 1959, retiring as professor emeritus in 2013. He is survived by his wife, Sarah; a daughter; a son; a brother; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, including Cynthia A. Wong, MD’84.

Joseph G. Behm, MBA’57, of Cave Creek, AZ, died November 23. He was 89. A World War II veteran, Behm began his career as an electrical engineer at General Electric. He went on to work for several other engineering firms and retired in 1990 as vice president of sales at the Advance Transformer Company. He is survived by his wife, Lucille; a daughter; two sons; and four grandchildren.

Jerry Blumenthal, AB’58, AM’59, died November 13 in Chicago. He was 78. A filmmaker and founding partner of Chicago-based Kartemquin Films, Blumenthal was a director, producer, editor, and sound recordist on films including The Chicago Maternity Center Story, The Last Pullman Car, and Golub. He is survived by his wife, Vera Milenkovich, and a daughter.

Ward Farnsworth, JD’58, died December 3 in Winnetka, IL. He was 83. A veteran of the US Marine Corps, Farnsworth spent more than three decades at the First National Bank of Chicago, where he headed several divisions. He was a director and the treasurer of the Chicago Bar Foundation and Jobs for Youth, and a board member of Winnetka’s First Church of Christ, Scientist. He is survived by his wife, Jean; two daughters; a son, Ward Farnsworth Jr., JD’94; and nine grandchildren.


Annette (Fishbein) Hartenstein-Waugh, AM’62, of Maryland, died December 8. She was 79. Hartenstein-Waugh was an expert in workforce development who taught at the University of Southern California and served as editor of publications for the International Federation of Training and Development Organizations. She had recently worked as a legislative aide in the Maryland state legislature, and was active in the AFL-CIO and in the Alliance for Retired Americans. She is survived by her husband, David Waugh; a brother; a stepdaughter; and a stepson.

Julian Katz, MD’62, of Gladwyne, PA, died November 5. He was 77. A US Navy veteran, Katz founded one of the largest private gastroenterology practices in Pennsylvania and performed influential early research on lactose intolerance. He was a clinical professor at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and at Drexel University, the editor of multiple medical textbooks, and president of the Philadelphia County Medical Society and the Pennsylvania Society of Gastroenterology. He is survived by his wife, Sheila; a daughter, Sara Ward, MD’94; a son, Jonathan Peter Katz, MD’93; and six grandchildren.

Robert Simpson, PhD’62, died December 19 in Washington, DC. He was 102. A meteorologist, he was the “Simpson” in the Saffir-Simpson wind scale used by forecasters to rank the severity of hurricanes on a scale of 1 to 5. Director of the National Hurricane Center from 1968 to 1974, he also helped to establish the Mauna Loa Observatory and taught at the University of Virginia. He is survived by two daughters, a brother, seven grandchildren, a great-grandson, and three stepchildren.

Thomas Hungerford, SM’60, PhD’63, of Chesterfield, MO, died November 28. He was 78. He taught mathematics at the University of Washington and at Cleveland State University and was the author of a number of research papers in algebra as well as more than a dozen mathematics textbooks. He is survived by a daughter, a son, a sister, and a brother.

Fredric “Fred” Branfman, AB’64, died September 24 in Budapest, Hungary. He was 72. After receiving a master’s degree in education from Harvard in 1965, Branfman taught first in Tanzania and then in Laos, where he uncovered and helped to expose the US bombing of the country during the Vietnam War, detailed in his book Voices from the Plain of Jars (1972). He went on to head the California Public Policy Center and the jobs-focused nonprofit Rebuilding America, and his political and social activism continued throughout his life. He is survived by his wife, Zsuzsanna, and three brothers.


Barbara Barnum, PhD’76, died October 29 in New York City. She was 77. Barnum was a nurse educator who taught at Columbia University and New York University; at Columbia’s Teachers College, she was director of the Division of Health Services, Sciences, and Education. She was also the author of several books, including The Nurse As Executive (1975) and Nursing Theory (1984). Her survivors include a daughter and a sister.

Clark Hungerford Jr., MBA’76, died December 11 in Lake Bluff, IL. He was 87. Hungerford spent his career in railroad operations, working for several railroad companies and retiring as president of the Western Weighing and Inspection Bureau. He is survived by his wife, Twila; three daughters; two sons; a brother; and 11 grandchildren.

Soo Peck Eng, PhD’79, of Shaker Heights, OH, died January 8, 2014. He was 82. Eng was a lecturer at the Teachers’ Training College (TTC) in Singapore when he received a scholarship to attend a doctoral program in economics at UChicago. He later returned to TTC, where he created curricula and became the deputy director of academics. Eng received the prestigious National Day Award from the government of Singapore for his contributions to education. He is survived by his wife, Siok Mui Eng, and his daughter, Charis Eng,AB’82, PhD’86, MD’88.


Andrew Patner, EX’81, EX’88, died February 3 in Chicago. He was 55. A respected writer, arts critic, and radio host in his hometown of Chicago and beyond, Patner held positions with Chicago magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and WBEZ. At the time of his death, he was the Chicago Sun-Times’ classical music critic, a position he had held since 1991, and the host of the popular Critical Thinking and other shows on Chicago’s WFMT. He was also the author of IF Stone: A Portrait (1990).He is survived by his partner, Tom Bachtell; his mother; and two brothers.

Eva Ritz Gaetz, MBA’82, of Wheaton, IL, died November 25. She was 62. Gaetz worked as a business software developer for many years before retiring in 2004. She and her husband helped to raise 15 foster children, two of whom they adopted. She was an avid pianist, gardener, and traveler. She is survived by her husband, Michael; a daughter; a son; her mother; a sister; and two brothers.

Fernando Coronil, AM’70, PhD’87, died of lung cancer in New York City on August 16, 2011. He was 67. Coronil taught at the Universidad Católica in Venezuela and at the University of Michigan, where he helped to establish the doctoral program in anthropology and history. At the time of his death, he was distinguished professor of anthropology and Latin American studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He was the author of The Magical State (1997), among other works. He is survived by his wife, Julie Skurski, AM’70, PhD’93, and two daughters.

Bernard James Lammers, JD’87, of Canton, NY, died December 20. He was 83. Lammers was a professor of public law and government at St. Lawrence University for nearly 40 years, earning his degree from the Law School during his tenure there. A Democratic candidate for the US House in 1984, he was a member of numerous progressive political organizations. He is survived by his wife, Jane; two daughters; a son; two sisters; and two grandchildren.

Anthony “Tony” Smith, MBA’87, died November 29 in Cleveland Heights, OH. He was 53. One of the nation’s most successful Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen franchisees, Smith owned and operated 16 restaurants in northeastern Ohio. He was a volunteer at his church, a member of 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, and a trustee emeritus of the Great Lakes Science Center. He is survived by his wife, Vanessa Whiting, and three children.

Mary (Rippey) Anderson, MBA’88, of Munster, IN, died of ovarian cancer November 24. She was 55. Anderson, who also earned a JD from Valparaiso University Law School, worked as a certified public accountant and taught at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, IN. She is survived by her partner, Jeff Mitchell; five daughters; her mother; a sister; and a brother.


James Derks, MBA’93, of Eden Prairie, MN, died March 16. He was 49. An investment banker, Derks worked at Wall Street financial firms and led mergers and acquisitions teams for LaSalle Bank and ABN AMRO. At the time of his death, Derks was the managing director of Allegiance Capital Corporation’s Minneapolis office. He is survived by his wife, Carrie; four sons; and five sisters.

Philip Lenihan, AM’95, died of an apparent heart attack October 31 in Woodstock, NY. He was 61. In the late 1970s, Lenihan managed punk bands and published the underground magazine Sluggo in Austin, TX. He later worked as a paralegal in San Francisco and New York. In 2010 he moved to Roxbury, NY, and opened an art gallery/newsstand/gift shop along with a museum devoted to eight-track tapes. He is survived by his mother, two sisters, and two brothers.


Maria Elena Martinez-Lopez, AM’91, PhD’02, died of cancer November 16 in Los Angeles. She was 47. A native of Mexico, Martinez-Lopez was a professor of history at the University of Southern California who specialized in the history of colonial Latin America. She was an organizer of the annual Tepoztlán Institute conference and was the author of Genealogical Fictions (2008). She is survived by her mother and four brothers.

Thaddeus Novak, PhD’09, died November 1 in Durham, NC, of complications following a double lung transplant. He was 34. After earning his doctorate in biochemistry, Novak enrolled at Columbia University for a master’s degree in journalism and wrote about college basketball for the website Bleacher Report. He is survived by his parents and his stepfather.