Professor Alison Winter at the award ceremony for the 2014 Gordon J. Laing Prize. (Photography by Robert Kozloff)

University obituaries

Recent faculty, staff, and alumni obituaries.

Faculty and staff

John Angelus, associate professor emeritus of physical education and athletics, died May 12. He was 82. Angelus played minor league baseball and was a corporal in the Army before joining UChicago in 1962 as the assistant coach of the baseball and men’s basketball teams. He later led both teams, serving as head baseball coach from 1971 to 1978 and as head men’s basketball coach from 1975 to 1991. During his head coaching tenure, the Maroons won a combined 201 games. In 1992 Angelus became the University’s director of intramural and club sports, retiring in 2000. He is survived by his wife, Judy; two sons; and three grandchildren.

Elizabeth Butler, AM’46, retired lecturer at the School of Social Service Administration, died May 27 in Chicago. She was 97. Butler worked in several hospitals before returning to SSA in 1959 as a field work assistant professor in the clinical training department. She was later an associate professor and then lecturer, retiring from UChicago in 1983. She joined the SSA Visiting Committee in 1985, becoming a life member, and served on the University’s Women’s Board from 1986 to 1994. In 1990 SSA established the Elizabeth Butler Award to recognize a recent graduate’s contributions to the field of social work. She is survived by her brother.

Abner J. Mikva, JD’51, former Law School faculty member, died July 4 in Chicago. He was 90. One of the few Americans to serve in senior positions in all three branches of the federal government, Mikva, a World War II veteran, was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1956 and to the US House of Representatives in 1968. In 1979 he was appointed to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, becoming chief judge in 1991. Three years later he joined President Bill Clinton’s staff as White House counsel. He then returned to the Law School, where he taught and directed the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic. In Chicago Mikva was a mentor to Barack Obama and launched the Mikva Challenge with his wife to encourage young people to get involved in politics. In 2014 he received the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as well as the University’s Benton Medal for Distinguished Public Service. He is survived by his wife, Zoe W. Mikva, PhB’47, AM’51; three daughters; and seven grandchildren, including Chicago Booth student Jake Mikva.

Robert L. Replogle, former chief of cardiac surgery at UChicago Medicine, died May 9 in Chicago. He was 84. Replogle was a pediatric surgeon at Boston Children’s Hospital before joining the University of Chicago Medicine in 1967 as director of the congenital heart surgery program. In 1970 he became the pediatric surgery section chief and then cardiac surgery chief in 1973. He received national attention in 1978 for performing a triple cardiac bypass on actor Jackie Gleason and is known for the Replogle tube, used in babies with esophageal malformations. He later held leadership positions at several Chicago hospitals and was president of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons while maintaining a private practice. Replogle retired in 1998. He is survived by his wife, Carol; two daughters, Jennifer Bremer, LAB’85, MD’93, and Edith Replogle Sheffer, LAB’92; a son, Robert Edward Replogle, LAB’84, MD’92; and nine grandchildren, including William Bremer, LAB’16, and Laboratory Schools student Joseph Bremer.

David Tod Roy, professor emeritus of East Asian languages and civilizations, died May 29 in Chicago. He was 83. Born in China, Roy learned to read and write Chinese in high school. He served in the US Army and taught Chinese literature at Princeton University for four years before joining the UChicago faculty in 1967. Roy is best known for his translation of the 3,000-page Ming dynasty novel Chin P’ing Mei; he started the project in 1982 and the final volume was published in 2013. He was an avid collector of Chinese-language books and by 2013 his collection contained more than 4,000 volumes. Roy retired from the University in 1999. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; and a brother.

Alison Winter, AB’87, professor of history, died June 22 of a brain tumor. She was 50. Winter taught at the California Institute of Technology before joining the UChicago faculty in 2001. Specializing in the history of medicine, Winter also taught undergraduate film and gender studies courses and worked with postdoctoral fellows at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. She continued teaching well into her illness, even participating in an undergraduate seminar via video chat from the hospital. Her book Memory: Fragments of a Modern History (2012) won the University of Chicago Press’s Gordon J. Laing Prize in 2014. She is survived by her husband, Adrian D. Johns, the Allan Grant Maclear Professor of History; two daughters, including Laboratory Schools student Zoe Johns; two sons, including Laboratory Schools student Benjamin Johns; her parents; her stepmother; two stepfathers; and her brother.


Wallace Wray Booth Jr., AB’48, MBA’48, died June 9 in Los Angeles. He was 93. An Army Air Corps veteran, Booth was managing director of the Ford Motor Company’s Australia branch before joining Rockwell International as executive vice president in 1968. He later served as CEO of United Brands and then Ducommun Inc. An active philanthropist, Booth gave to many children’s and educational charities and was a past president of the Southern California United Way. A University trustee, he endowed a faculty chair at Chicago Booth. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary; a daughter; a son; a stepson; two granddaughters; a grandson; three great-granddaughters; and two great-grandsons.

Jack W. Fuller died of lung cancer June 21 in Chicago. He was 69. Fuller first worked at the Chicago Tribune in high school, returning in 1973 as a general assignment reporter. After serving from 1975 to 1977 as special assistant to US attorney general (and former UChicago president) Edward H. Levi, LAB’28, PhB’32, JD’35, Fuller became the Tribune’s Washington correspondent. He was editorial page editor from 1981 to 1987 and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for his commentary on constitutional and legal issues. He was named executive editor in 1987 and became president of Tribune Publishing Company in 1997, presiding over the acquisition of the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun, and other city papers. He also published several novels. Fuller retired in 2004. He is survived by his wife, Debra K. Moskovits, PhD’85; a daughter; and a son.


Charles A. Barnes, SB’35, MD’37, of Ponte Verda, FL, died March 16. He was 103. Barnes completed his internship and residency in Philadelphia before being commissioned into the Army during World War II, rising to the rank of major. After the war he was in private medical practice in Pennsylvania and Ohio for 54 years. He is survived by five children, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

LeRoy “Roy” T. Carlson Sr., AB’38, of Evanston, IL, died May 23. He was 100. A World War II veteran, Carlson held managerial and executive positions in a variety of businesses before founding Telephone and Data Systems in 1969. He was CEO until 1986, during which time TDS founded subsidiary US Cellular, and was chairman of the board until 2002. He is survived by his wife, Margaret D. Carlson, AM’43; two daughters; two sons; a sister; and 10 grandchildren, including Anthony Carlson, LAB’05.


Sara Hilda Richman Harris, AB’41, died May 15 in Albany, NY. She was 95. Harris cofounded the Center for the Study of Aging in Albany and served as its executive director for more than 50 years. She was active in the Albany Artists Group, served on the boards of the Albany Interracial Council and the Bleeker Library, and founded the Red Cross Friendly Visitor Service. She is survived by two daughters; two sons, Jonathan Oren Harris, AB’74, and Alan Michael Harris, AB’76; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Margaret O. Gulley, AB’42, died May 11 in Chapel Hill, NC. She was 96. Gulley volunteered overseas with the Red Cross during both World War II and the Korean War before becoming the business manager of the University of North Carolina’s pathology department in 1957. When she retired in 1990 she was recognized with the C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award for her service to UNC. She is survived by a daughter and two granddaughters.

Bernard B. Bell, EX’42, MBA’42, of Chicago, died June 6, 2015. He was 94. Bell was an international financier who helped advise many deals, from the development of hotels in Israel to subways in Venezuela. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Bell, AB’42; two daughters, including Judy Tatar, MST’77; a sister; five grandchildren, including Benjamin Freed, MD’04; and five great-grandchildren.

Margaret Gray Exter, EX’42, died April 22 in Bend, OR. She was 96. Exter spent her early career as a model, later organizing fashion shows for retailers and philanthropic organizations and teaching charm school. She enjoyed swimming and singing and was a devoted member of New Hope Church in Bend. She is survived by two daughters, three sons, 16 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

Julian S. Lorenz, SB’42, of Chico, CA, died April 14. He was 94. Lorenz practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Chico before joining the Butte County Health Department as a health officer in the child heath and disability prevention program. He sponsored several foreign exchange students from the Middle East and had friendships around the world as a ham radio operator. He is survived by his wife, Betsy; three sons; a granddaughter; a grandson; and a great-grandson.

Susan Keefe Schultz, AB’44, died April 26 in Montecito, CA. She was 93. Schultz worked for Mandel Brothers department store in Chicago before moving to California with her family. She enjoyed travel, golfing, and keeping up with world affairs. She is survived by her husband, University trustee emeritus Arthur W. Schultz, AB’67; a daughter; three sons, including Peter Keefe Barker, MBA’71, and Michael Terence Barker, MBA’84; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

James F. Doster, AM’36, PhD’48, died April 15 in Northport, AL. He was 103. Doster taught American history at the University of Alabama for 52 years and was the author of several books on how Native Americans and the railroads shaped the development of the United States. He enjoyed traveling around the world but remained a proud Southerner. He is survived by a daughter, a son, a grandson, and two great-grandchildren.

Janet Benson Kaye, AB’48, AM’67, of Santa Fe, NM, died July 17, 2015. She was 87. Kaye spent most of her career as an elementary and high school teacher. She later ran a special classroom for students with learning disabilities and won awards for her teaching. She enjoyed skiing with her husband, E. Donald Kaye, AB’49. She is survived by Donald; a daughter; and a son, Michael B. Kaye, AB’80.

William Alan Black, AB’49, JD’53, of Wheaton, IL, died November 5. He was 86. A US Navy veteran, Black practiced law in Chicago at Russel and Bridwell and later at Bradley, McMurray, Black, and Snyder. He retired in 1996. His twin sister, Anne Funkhouser, AB’49, died in 2010. He is survived by his wife, Joan; two daughters; a son; and six grandchildren.


Charles M. Harper, MBA’50, died May 28 in Omaha, NE. He was 88. Harper spent 20 years at Pillsbury before joining struggling food company ConAgra in 1974, where he became CEO in 1976. He stabilized and grew the company by acquiring subsidiaries and launching the Healthy Choice line in 1988. Later he was the CEO of RJR Nabisco from 1993 to 1996. Chicago Booth’s Hyde Park building is named after Harper in recognition of his landmark 2007 gift. He is survived by three daughters; a son; 11 grandchildren, including Bregan A. Wherry, MBA’11, and Nicholas J. Harper, MBA’15; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Ida Buccicone Santaquilani, AM’52, of Crown Point, IN, died March 8. She was 87. Santaquilani worked for Warner Brothers in Rome, translating films’ voice tracks for dubbing and other production purposes. She later spent 25 years as an English teacher in the Gary, IN, public school system, and taught at Indiana University Northwest and Ivy Tech. She is survived by seven sons, 13 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Stanley A. Zahler, SM’49, PhD’52, of Cardiff by the Sea, CA, died April 26. He was 89. An expert in bacterial genetics, Zahler joined Cornell University’s microbiology faculty in 1959. He cofounded Cornell’s biology and society major and was the associate director of the biological sciences division and chair of the genetics and development section. His work in gram-positive bacteria contributed to modern understanding of how antibiotic resistance genes spread. Zahler retired from Cornell in 1994. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Jan Zahler, EX’52; two daughters, including Kathy A. Zahler, MST’77; a son; a granddaughter; and two grandsons.

Gladys Engel Lang, PhD’54, died March 23 in Cambridge, MA. She was 96. A sociologist, Lang taught at several New York universities before joining the University of Washington in 1984 as a professor of sociology, political science, and communications. Along with her husband, Kurt Lang, AB’49, AM’52, PhD’53, she was an expert on the media’s influence on public opinion and perception, and the couple pioneered the modern political exit poll. Lang retired from UW in 1990. She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Glenna Engel Lang, AB’72; a son; and three granddaughters.

Henry Clinton Maguire Jr., MD’54, died June 11 in Merion, PA. He was 88. After serving as a captain in the Army Medical Corps, Maguire practiced and held appointments at several Philadelphia-area hospitals. His research focused on cancer immunology, and he was a main figure in the emerging field of immunotherapy. He is survived by his wife, Elise; a daughter; two sons, including Henry Clinton Maguire III, MD’83; and eight grandchildren.

Theodore King Phelps, MBA’55, died February 17 in Parkville, MD. He was 97. A World War II veteran, Phelps spent 38 years as a telephone systems engineer for Western Electric Company. In retirement he continued his lifelong hobby as a ham radio operator and enjoyed traveling with his wife. He is survived by two daughters, a son, three granddaughters, two grandsons, and three great-grandchildren.

Francis J. Gerlits, JD’58, died April 13 in Boise, ID. He was 85. Gerlits joined Kirkland & Ellis in 1958 and was named partner in 1964. Over his 50-year career in corporate law, he honed pioneering strategies for mergers, hostile takeover defense, financial structuring, and major litigation. Gerlits enjoyed sailing, tennis, hunting, hiking, and horseback riding. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; three daughters; one son; a brother; two granddaughters; and three grandsons.

Charles Bolton, PhD’59, died January 1 in Portland, OR. He was 94. Bolton taught at Portland State University from 1964 to 1987, where he held dual appointments with the sociology department and the School of Urban Studies. He served twice as sociology department chair and was the acting dean of the urban studies program. Bolton was active in peace, environment, and social justice causes. He is survived by three daughters, nine grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Walter Perschke, EX’59, died May 20 in Chicago. He was 77. Perschke was a businessman, finance columnist for the Chicago Daily News, and a regular guest on PBS’s Wall Street Week. A coin dealer and numismatist, he was known for owning a 1787 Brasher doubloon, the first gold coin made in the United States. Later he became interested in spirituality, publishing Conscious Community Magazine. He is survived by a daughter, three sons, two brothers, and a granddaughter.

David W. Satterley, MBA’59, of Boulder, CO, died March 14, 2015. He was 81. A US Army veteran, Satterley was a computer specialist at American Motors and then an assistant registrar at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He worked for American College Testing and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and later was the computer director at the Colorado School of Mines. He is survived by his wife, Fritz, and a son.


Lydia Cochrane, AM’61, died January 5 in Chicago. She was 87. Cochrane lived in Rome and California before moving to Hyde Park in 1957, where she taught French at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and later worked as a translator for the University of Chicago Press. She was active in the Fortnightly and other civic organizations in Chicago. Her husband, Eric Cochrane, a professor of Italian history at UChicago, died in 1985. She is survived by two sons, including John H. Cochrane, a distinguished senior fellow at Chicago Booth; and six grandchildren, including Sally Cochrane, LAB’07, AB’11, and Eric F. Cochrane, LAB’09, AB’13.

Susan J. Tolchin, AM’62, died May 18 in Washington, DC. She was 75. A political scientist, Tolchin founded the Washington Institute for Women in Politics at Mount Vernon College and spent 20 years as a professor of public administration at George Washington University before joining the George Mason University faculty in 1998. She wrote or cowrote with her journalist husband numerous books on topics including women in politics, voter anger, and political patronage. She is survived by her husband, Martin; a daughter; and a grandson.

John F. Keller, MBA’63, of San Mateo, CA, died March 28. He was 91. An Army veteran, Keller worked for the Miller Brewing Company and Hamm’s Brewery before joining Heublein’s wine division in 1971 as CFO, eventually becoming chairman and CEO. He later held management roles with a number of California wineries and in 1996 conducted a feasibility study on developing a wine industry in southern Russia. A devoted Catholic, Keller was honored as a Knight of Obedience in the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. He is survived by four sons, 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

J. Michael Pilz, AB’63, died April 9 in Southwest Harbor, ME. He was 74. Pilz taught at Temple University before joining the faculty of Bucks County Community College in Philadelphia, where he was an English professor for 25 years. In 1999 he retired to Maine and turned his attention fully to hobbies including reading, teaching, cooking, traveling, and music. He is survived by his wife, Marsha.

Lee Arnold Pederson, PhD’64, of Atlanta, died May 6, 2015. He was 84. Pederson served in the US Army during the Korean War, earning two Bronze Stars, before joining the English department at Emory University in 1966. An expert in American lexicography, Pederson published more than 100 articles, reviews, and books, and at Emory developed and led the Linguistic Atlas of the Gulf States project, a record of Southern dialect. He retired from Emory with emeritus status in 2007. He is survived by a daughter, a son, and two grandsons.

William M. Gray, SM’59, PhD’64, died April 16 in Fort Collins, CO. He was 86. An expert on hurricanes, Gray was a professor of atmospheric science at Colorado State University from 1961 to 2005. He was known for creating modern seasonal forecasts for Atlantic storms, and later in life he became a vocal critic of climate change science. He is survived by two daughters, a son, and two grandsons.

William J. Grimshaw, AB’65, of Chicago, died March 30. He was 77. Grimshaw taught political science at the Illinois Institute of Technology for three decades and was a visiting associate professor at the University of Chicago. Deeply involved in Chicago politics, he helped Harold Washington become the city’s first black mayor in 1983. He is survived by his wife, Jacky; a daughter, Kimberly Bolton, LAB’82; a son, Christopher Grimshaw, LAB’94; a brother; and four grandchildren.

Zane Miller, PhD’66, died March 15 in Pensacola, FL. He was 81. A scholar of American urban history, Miller taught at the University of Cincinnati for 34 years, retiring with emeritus status in 1999. The author of many books and coeditor of three history series, he was a founder and later president of the Urban History Association and was involved in local historical preservation organizations. He was an active Democrat and a fan of jazz music. He is survived by his wife, Janet, and two sisters.

Quin A. Denvir, JD’69, died June 3 in Sacramento, CA. He was 76. Denvir served in the Navy and worked at the Pentagon before becoming a criminal defense lawyer. He was a California state public defender from 1978 to 1984 and was appointed federal defender for the Eastern District of California in 1996. An outspoken opponent of the death penalty, he was known for striking the deal that kept Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski off death row. He retired in 2005. He is survived by his wife, Ann; a daughter; a son; and several grandchildren.


Daniel A. S. D’Ippolito, AB’71, of Erie, CO, died April 3 of pancreatic cancer. He was 66. A plasma physicist, he worked at the FOM Institute; Los Alamos National Laboratory; the University of California, Los Angeles; and Science Applications Inc., before joining Lodestar Research Corporation in 1987. He retired as president of Lodestar in 2016. D’Ippolito was a classical pianist and trumpet player. He also loved hiking; the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies, and Colorado Avalanche; books; movies; and philosophical conversations. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and three daughters.

Karen Hermann Pugh, MST’73, died May 23 in Wellesley, MA, of complications from multiple myeloma. She was 65. Pugh taught children with learning disabilities in Chicago and then elementary school students in Wellesley. Later she was an assistant elementary school principal and volunteered with several civic and environmental organizations. She is survived by her husband, James; a daughter; a son; and a brother.

Elizabeth Gierlowski Kordesch, AB’78, died May 17 in Athens, OH. She was 59. Kordesch was a postdoc at the Freie Universität Berlin before becoming a professor of geological sciences at Ohio University in 1989. She founded the Geological Society of America’s limnogeology division and enjoyed organizing science fairs at local schools. She is survived by her husband, Martin Eric Kordesch, AB’78; a daughter; and two sisters.

Arthur R. E. Broadbent, MBA’79, of Ridgewood, NJ, died April 15. He was 62. Broadbent spent his 29-year career with J. P. Morgan’s investment banking business, where he developed computer programs capable of handling some of the company’s most complicated transactions. In retirement he enjoyed spending time with his family and singing in local choirs. He is survived by his wife, Wendy; two daughters; a son; his mother; and a sister.


Allan L. McCutcheon, AM’77, PhD’82, of Lincoln, NE, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, died May 3. He was 66. An expert on survey research and methodology, McCutcheon taught at the University of Delaware before joining the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 1996. He was the founding director of the UNL-Gallup Research Center and the founding chair of the school’s survey research and methodology program; he was also part of the national team of statisticians who helped news networks make projections during the 2012 election. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Jean Crockett, PhD’86; a daughter; two brothers; and a grandson.


Philip Mazzini, MBA’93, of Atlantic Highlands, NJ, died April 26. He was 50. Mazzini served as president of retail tax services at H&R Block and spent 16 years with consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser. At the time of his death, he was COO of Wichita, KS–based Tiger Financial. Mazzini was a member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Ocean Township, NJ. He is survived by his wife, Yannah; three daughters; a son; his mother; a sister; and a brother.

Adrienne Becker Goodman, AM’96, died April 25 in Chicago. She was 67. Goodman was a staffer for the Chicago City Council and later for senator Carol Moseley Braun, JD’72. An advocate for LGBTQ rights, Goodman helped pass Chicago’s human rights ordinance and campaigned for the city’s first openly gay aldermanic candidate. She was elected Democratic committeewoman of the Ninth Congressional District in 1996 and remained active in politics. She is survived by a brother.