University obituaries

Recent faculty, staff, board, and alumni obituaries.

Faculty and Staff

Joseph Cropsey, distinguished service professor emeritus in political science, died July 1 in Rockville, MD. He was 92. Joining the faculty in 1958, Cropsey was a political philosopher, focusing on Socrates, Plato, and Adam Smith. He collaborated with UChicago professor Leo Strauss on the History of Political Philosophy (University of Chicago Press, 1963), now in its third edition, and also wrote Ancients and Moderns: Essays on the Tradition of Political Philosophy in Honor of Leo Strauss (Basic Books, 1964). In 1970 Cropsey received the University’s Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. He retired in 1990 but taught until 2004. The political-science department awards an annual prize for master’s students in classical and political philosophy in Cropsey’s honor. He is survived by his daughter, Rachel (Cropsey) Simons, U-High’69; a son; and three grandchildren.

Joseph B. Kirsner, PhD’42, former chief of gastroenterology and the Louis Block distinguished service professor emeritus of medicine, died July 7 in Chicago. He was 102. An expert on inflammatory bowel disease, Kirsner helped demonstrate the increased risk of colon cancer in patients with ulcerative colitis. Joining the faculty in 1935, he was an Army physician during WW II. Kirsner, who earned his MD at Tufts University, wrote 18 books, including a text on inflammatory bowel disease now in its sixth edition. In 1962, grateful patients formed the Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation, which has provided some $30 million to support research at the University, including the Joseph B. Kirsner Center for the Study of Digestive Diseases, which opened in 1986. In 1989 Kirsner received the University Alumni Association’s highest honor, the Alumni Medal, and the Medical and Biological Sciences Alumni Association honored him with its 1979 Gold Key Award and its 2006 Distinguished Service Award. Winning every major award in his field—except for the American Digestive Health Foundation’s Joseph B. Kirsner Award—he received the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991 and in 2002. Kirsner continued to see patients until age 95. He is survived by a daughter; son Robert Kirsner, U-High’58; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Donald Liu, section chief of pediatric surgery and surgeon in chief at the University of Chicago Medicine’s Comer Children’s hospital, drowned after rescuing two children August 5 near Lakeside, MI. He was 50. Known for his innovative approaches to minimally invasive surgery for children and to treating chronic abdominal pain syndromes in children, he focused his research on Hirschsprung’s disease, the pathogenesis of necrotizing enterocolitis, and the importance of gut bacteria in health and disease. Liu worked at Louisiana State University School of Medicine before joining Comer in 2001. His awards included the University’s Distinguished Senior Clinician Award. The recipient of two large National Institutes of Health grants, Liu also developed an affiliation between Comer and the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center, for which he was honored with an endowed chair at Jiao Tong University’s medical school and received the “1,000-Person Distinction” award from the Shanghai government. He is survived by his wife, Dana Suskind, professor of surgery and pediatrics and director of the University’s Pediatric Cochlear Implantation Program; two daughters; a son; and a sister.

Alvin Markovitz, professor emeritus of biochemistry and molecular biology, died in April in Chicago. He was 82. In 2001 Markovitz, who also held appointments in the Committee on Genetics and in the College, received the Medical and Biological Sciences Alumni Association’s Gold Key Award. He is survived by his wife, Harriet June; three daughters, Paula Markovitz, U-High’74, AB’78, Ellen Oberlin, U-High’78, AB’83, and Nancy Markovitz, U-High’81, AB’85; and five grandchildren.

Elsie M. Pinkston, professor emerita in the School of Social Service Administration, died May 31 in Chicago. She was 74. An expert on child welfare and parental interactions, Pinkston joined the SSA faculty in 1973. Cofounder of the applied behavior analysis course sequence, she directed the SSA’s elderly support program, the parent partnership program, and the program procedures project in child welfare. Pinkston also advocated for children’s rights on federal and state committees, including the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Retiring in 2002, Pinkston was the subject of a national research symposium organized by her former students and colleagues. Her husband, Donald Baer, AB’50, PhD’57, died in 2002.


William Louis Fill Sr., PhB’34, MBA’52, of Conway, AR, died April 14. He was 100. Fill was a certified public accountant and a hospital administrator. He is survived by his wife, Dora; three daughters; six sons, including James Allen Fill, SM’79, PhD’80; ten grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Celeste Holm, X’34, an Academy Award–winning actress, died July 15 in New York. She was 95. Holm was launched into stardom when she was cast as Ado Annie in the original 1943 Broadway production of Oklahoma! Starring in several films, including Gentleman’s Agreement (1947) with Gregory Peck, for which she won the Oscar for best supporting actress, she also was nominated for her performances in Come to the Stable (1949) and All About Eve (1950). Between films Holm performed on Broadway, including in The King and I and as the title role in Anna Christie. Playing two roles before her death in still-unreleased movies, Holm performed in theater and cabaret into her late 80s. She is survived by her husband, Frank Basile; two sons; and three grandchildren.

Howard Mauthe, SB’35, PhD’41, MD’43, died May 10 in Santa Cruz, CA. He was 96. A WW II Navy veteran, in the early 1950s Mauthe joined St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac, WI, where he established the radiology department and remained until his 1982 retirement. Moving to Watsonville, CA, with his wife, Agatha (who died in 2007), Mauthe was elected to the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency board. He is survived by four sons, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Robert Lenzen Schmitz, SB’36, MD’38, of Chicago, died April 8. He was 98. A WW II Navy veteran, Schmitz chaired the surgery department at Chicago’s Mercy Hospital and Medical Center from 1967 to 1984. He is survived by four daughters, a son, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

George C. McElroy, U-High’34, AB’38, AM’39, died May 11 in Grosse Point, MI. He was 94. A WW II veteran, McElroy earned two Bronze Stars. After teaching at Michigan’s Wayne State University, where he met wife Jane Stedman, PhD’55, McElroy returned to Chicago, teaching English at Indiana University Northwest. Living in Hyde Park, McElroy and his wife both wrote for Opera News and participated in the the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company. McElroy also served as his class correspondent for the Magazine. His wife died in 2003. He is survived by two nieces.


Naoma Jean (Pinkert) Tanenberg, AB’40, of Coconut Creek, FL, died September 7, 2009. She was 90. Raising four children with her husband, Irving, Tanenberg taught elementary school in the Chicago Public Schools after her youngest child enrolled in high school. A fundraiser for the Democratic Party, Tanenberg was also active in her local synagogue. She is survived by her husband; two daughters; two sons; brother Robert Pinkert; two sisters, including Sylvia (Pinkert) Henikoff, AB’39; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

George H. Seymour, AB’42, died May 18 in Fletcher, NC. He was 91. A Navy veteran, Seymour served 27 years of active duty in the US military—including during WW II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War—and then 14 years with the US Defense Department as a liaison for the director of defense research and engineering and the Senate and House Appropriations Committees and the Senate and House Armed Services Committees. He is survived by a daughter.

Morton Camac, SB’43, a physicist, died April 12 in Lexington, MA. He was 89. After working under Enrico Fermi on the first nuclear reactor, Camac was recruited to work on the Manhattan Project, where he was part of a team that assembled the plutonium section of the bomb that hit Nagasaki, Japan. He later taught at the University of Rochester in New York and then spent 14 years as a senior scientist at Avco Everett Research Laboratory. In 1970 he cofounded Aerodyne Research Inc., where he worked until his 1992 retirement. He is survived by his wife, Marcia; two daughters; a son; two sisters; and five grandchildren.

Marilyn (Sill) Baugher, X’44, died May 9 in Glenview, IL. She was 88. While raising her family in Wilmette, Baugher taught nursery school at Trinity United Methodist Church. Baugher belonged to a local garden club and volunteered for the Chicago Botanic Garden. Her husband William Baugher, X’43, died in 1992. She is survived by a daughter, a son, five grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

Helen J. (Abney) Krathwohl, X’44, died April 11 in Glen Ellyn, IL. She was 89. A member of the United Church of Fayetteville [NY], Krathwohl served on the board of deacons and elders and taught Sunday school. She also volunteered for Planned Parenthood of Syracuse and for the Everson Museum of Art. She is survived by her husband, David Krathwohl, SB’43, AM’47, PhD’53; two daughters; a son; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Jacob J. Zuidema, MD’44, died April 29 in Bozeman, MT. He was 92. An Army and Air Force veteran, Zuidema joined Colorado’s Greeley Clinic in 1950, working as an ear, nose, and throat specialist. He also was a past president of the Colorado Society of Otolaryngology and chief of staff of Weld County Hospital. Retiring in 1976, Zuidema moved to the Big Thompson Canyon, where he served as director of the Chapel of the Interlude in Drake, CO. He is survived by three daughters, a brother, a sister, six grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.

James S. Miles, MD’45, died April 13 in Jacksonville, FL. He was 90. A Navy veteran, Miles joined the University of Colorado medical school’s surgery department in 1952, heading the orthopedic-surgery division. In 1973 he became chair of the University of Colorado medical center’s orthopedics department, a position he held until his 1986 retirement. Moving to San Diego, Miles consulted for local hospitals and continued to practice until 2005. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; a daughter; three sons; two stepdaughters; grandchildren; step grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and step great-grandchildren.

Merrill Frederick Nelson, SB’45, MD’47, died August 20 in Signal Mountain, TN. He was 87. A Navy and Army veteran, Nelson practiced internal medicine for three decades in Chattanooga, TN. Active in local Presbyterian churches, Nelson served as a deacon at Brainerd Presbyterian Church. He is survived by three sons, a sister, ten grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Doris Lloyd Grosh, SB’46, died June 8 in Manhattan, KS. She was 87. After completing her PhD in statistics at Kansas State University, she became the first woman faculty member in its College of Engineering, with a joint appointment in the statistics department. Grosh received the engineering college’s Hollis Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1975 and was twice voted the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering’s most outstanding teacher by students. Upon her 1990 retirement, students presented her with the department’s first Mother Hen Award. Grosh’s books include A Primer of Reliability Theory (John Wiley and Sons, 1988). She is survived by three daughters, a brother, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Seymour P. Keller, SB’47, SM’48, PhD’51, died June 6 in Brighton, MA. He was 89. Keller spent his career at IBM as director of the physical-science research department and as a consultant to the director of research. He is survived by his wife, Pearl; two daughters, including Jan Keller Schultz, AM’76; two sons; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Donald Hugh Peckenpaugh, PhB’48, AM’54, PhD’68, died May 14 in Orland Park, IL. He was 83. Peckenpaugh started his career as a social worker and school psychologist. He became an elementary and secondary school principal and then superintendent of schools for four consecutive public-school districts. He retired in 1994. He is survived by his wife, Mary Frances; two daughters; and two grandsons.

Melvin Seiden, AM’48, died June 10 in Binghamton, NY. He was 88. A WW II Army veteran, Seiden was awarded a Purple Heart. In 1959 he joined Binghamton University, where he taught English until his 1994 retirement. He published works on Renaissance and Shakespearean drama, including Measure for Measure: Casuistry and Artistry (Catholic University of America Press, 1990). He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline (Smith) Seiden, AM’48; two daughters; two sons; and six grandchildren.

Miles M. Shishido, DB’48, AM’62, PhD’67, died March 21 in Portland, OR. He was 91. A Christian minister in Hawaii and then in Rollo, IL, in 1963 Shishido joined Pacific University’s faculty in Forest Grove, OR. There he chaired the philosophy and religion department and was named a distinguished university professor. He is survived by his wife, Florence (Kuwasaki) Shishido, DB’48; two sons; and five grandchildren.

Ernest Callenbach, PhB’49, AM’53, died April 16 in Berkeley, CA. He was 83. Starting his career as an assistant editor for the University of California Press, he became editor of Film Quarterly in 1958, leading the magazine for 33 years. An environmentalist, Callenbach published a cult novel, Ecotopia (Banyan Tree Books, 1975), which has sold nearly one million copies. He is survived by his wife, Christine Leefeldt; a daughter; a son; and five grandchildren.

Beatrice (Gershenson) Rosenberg, AM’49, died May 15 in Long Branch, NJ. She was 91. After working on an atomic bomb project during WW II, Rosenberg went on to a career as a real-estate broker at Coldwell Banker in Illinois, where she received a lifetime achievement award. Retiring in 1989 following a spinal-cord injury, she received the AARP’s community-service award for spearheading a senior housing directory, later used to help secure housing for seniors on Chicago’s North Shore. She is survived by a son and three grandchildren.

Elias Schwartz, AM’49, died April 5 in Chapel Hill, NC. He was 89. A WW II Air Force veteran, Schwartz received a Purple Heart. After eight years teaching English at the University of Notre Dame, Schwartz joined Binghamton University, retiring as professor emeritus of English in 1985. A Shakespeare expert, he published The Mortal Worm: Shakespeare’s Master Theme (Associated Faculty Press, 1977) and The Forms of Feeling: Toward a Mimetic Theory of Literature (Kennikat Press, 1972). He is survived by his wife, Marjory; a daughter; four sons; a brother; a sister; and 13 grandchildren.


Melvin Sikes, AM’48, PhD’50, died May 16 in Austin, TX. He was 94. A Tuskegee Airman during WW II, Sikes taught educational psychology at the University of Texas from 1969 to 1983. He cowrote Living with Racism: The Black Middle-Class Experience (Beacon Press, 1994) and became dean of two historically black colleges, Wilberforce University in Ohio and Bishop College in Marshall, TX. He is survived by his wife, Zeta.

Eugene Telser, AM’50, died May 22 in San Diego. He was 86. A WW II veteran, Telser worked in the public-opinion and survey-research business for more than 50 years, including as a vice president and executive vice president at Wade Advertising. He also started his own consulting business. In retirement and after suffering laryngeal cancer, Telser mentored other cancer patients and educated children about smoking’s consequences. He is survived by his wife, Phoebe Steele Telser, AM’60; three daughters; a stepdaughter; two stepsons; and 12 grandchildren.

Don Kleine, AB’50, AM’53, died March 31 in Washington, DC. He was 82. An Army veteran, Kleine taught English literature at the University of Maryland for four decades, retiring in 2007. He is survived by his wife, Julaine; a daughter; and two grandchildren.

James Madison Whitehead, AB’51, died May 4 in Alexandria, VA. He was 82. After practicing law in Louisiana, Whitehead earned a library-science degree, holding academic library positions at Louisiana State University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the College of William and Mary, and the University of Georgia Law Library. He retired in 1996, moving to Williamsburg. In 2006 he published Sonnets (Cambridge University Press), a collection of more than 600 poems, one of which, “New Orleans,” won second place in the 2010 National Amateur Poetry Competition. He is survived by his wife, Elena; a daughter; three sons; and five grandchildren.

Charles Wilbur “Bill” Lomas, MBA’52, died April 16 in Poulsbo, WA. He was 88. A WW II veteran, Lomas worked for the Naval Undersea Warfare Engineering Station (NUWES) at Keyport in Washington, retiring in 1983 as a supervisory distribution facilities specialist and lead quality circles facilitator. Lomas also was a founding member and president of the Lofall Community Corporation. He is survived by a daughter, a son, a sister, and three granddaughters.

Elias Snitzer, SM’50, PhD’53, died May 21 in Brookline, MA. He was 87. A pioneer in laser-glass research, Snitzer studied and taught at American Optical, Rutgers University, Honeywell, United Technologies, and Polaroid. In 1961 Snitzer demonstrated the first optical fiber laser, and he also codeveloped the first fiber-optic laser amplifier with laser glass. He received awards including the Otto Schott Research Award and the Optical Society’s Charles Hard Townes Award. His wife, Shirley (Wood) Snitzer, AB’50, died in 2009. He is survived by three daughters; two sons, including Louis Snitzer, AB’80; ten grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

John M. Allen, PhD’54, died April 20, 2011, in Ann Arbor, MI. He was 84. Joining the University of Michigan’s zoology department in 1952, he served as chair from 1966 to 1971. A cell-biology expert, Allen published some of the first studies to explain in chemical terms the functions of intracellular organelles including the Golgi systems. In the 1960s Allen helped to organize the American Society for Cell Biology. He retired as professor emeritus in 1989. He is survived by his wife, Sally (Lyman) Allen, PhD’54.

Robert Wesley Habenstein, AM’49, PhD’54, died July 19, 2011, in Columbia, MO. He was 96. A WW II Army veteran, Habenstein joined the University of Missouri’s faculty in 1950, where he taught sociology until his 1981 retirement. He is survived by three daughters, a sister, a brother, and three grandchildren.

William Senteza Kajubi, SM’54, died May 1 in Bugolobi, Uganda. He was 86. Kajubi helped shape Uganda’s education system, serving as director of the National Institute of Education, as vice chancellor at Makerere University, and as vice chancellor of Nkumba University, where he worked until his 2008 retirement. In 1963 Kajubi was one of 19 members of the Uganda Education Commission, and in the 1980s he chaired the Education Policy Review Commission. Kajubi also chaired the committee to choose Uganda’s national anthem in the early 1960s. He is survived by six children and several grandchildren.

Carl Herman Krekeler, PhD’55, died January 1 in Seattle. He was 91. Joining Valparaiso University’s biology faculty in 1947, he chaired the department for more than two decades and was a member of the university senate from its launch in 1966 through 1981. Receiving a distinguished teaching award in the late 1970s, Krekeler spent summers as chief naturalist at the Indiana State Parks. He retired as professor emeritus in 1987. An ordained Lutheran minister, Krekeler officiated at services at Valparaiso’s chapel. He is survived by two daughters and two sisters.

Robert “Bob” A. Barbee, MD’58, died May 20 in Tucson, AZ. He was 79. An internal-medicine professor emeritus at the University of Arizona, Barbee retired in 1998. He is survived by his wife, Joey; three daughters; a son; and nine grandchildren.

R. Bruce Kellogg, SM’53, PhD’58, a mathematician, died April 30 in Landrum, SC. He was 81. Joining the University of Maryland in 1966, Kellogg was an expert on fluid dynamics, doing research for the Navy and the National Institutes of Health. He retired in 2000 as professor emeritus. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo; a daughter; two sons; a sister; and four grandchildren.


Henry Robert Scheunemann, AB’61, AM’63, died March 28 in Chicago. He was 78. A Korean War Army veteran, Scheunemann was a psychoanalyst and clinical social worker, focused on children and adolescents. His wife, Yolanda (Ridley) Scheunemann, AM’65, died in 2011. He is survived by daughter Alyssa Scheunemann, U-High’97; two sons, Carl Scheunemann, U-High’80, and Mark Scheunemann, U-High’78, AM’83; and two sisters.

Robert Eugene Wheeler, SM’61, of Hockessin, DE, died June 28. He was 80. An Air Force veteran, Wheeler worked for the Illinois Institute of Technology and for DuPont Company before starting ECHIP, an experimental-design software company that closed in 2006. Wheeler is survived by a daughter, a brother, and three grandchildren.

David D. Bissell, MD’63, died April 12 in Norman, OK. He was 74. An Air Force veteran, Bissell served as chief of hospital services at the Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana for two years. He also was hospital commander at several Air Force bases, including Ellsworth in South Dakota, named the best hospital in the Strategic Air Command under his leadership. After serving as the occupational medicine physician at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, he retired in 1997. He earned a master’s in public health from the University of Oklahoma and worked with the state’s Disability Determination Services as a medical consultant in pediatric cases, retiring in 2012. He is survived by his wife, Paula; two daughters; three sons; three brothers; a sister; and three grandchildren.

Edward Lloyd Bradley, MBA’63, died May 4 in Glenview, IL. He was 86. A Navy veteran, Bradley was an executive with Fluor Power Systems and with Pioneer Service and Engineering. Active in his community, he was president of the District 34 Board of Education and a Little League coach. He is survived by a daughter, a son, and three grandchildren.

Donald Clarence Emmons, PhD’63, of Brighton, MA, died May 4. He was 78. Trained as an engineer, Emmons taught at several colleges before settling in Concord, NH. There his love of classical music led to a stint as an announcer for a New Hampshire Public Radio station. Emmons is survived by two daughters, a brother, and a granddaughter.

Richard R. Carlson, AB’65, of Herndon, VA, died June 1, 2009. He was 66. Carlson started his 44-year information-technology career working for IBM, followed by several other companies. Before his death, he had started to research his family’s genealogy. He is survived by his wife, Michelle (Surveyer) Carlson, AB’66; a daughter; two sons; and five grandchildren.

Allen Tough, PhD’65, died April 27 in Toronto. He was 76. Tough was a professor of adult education at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, retiring in 1997. Inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame in 2006, Tough also published papers for SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) and founded the Invitation to ETI website. He is survived by his wife, Cathy; a daughter; and a son.

Robert Rucinski, MBA’66, died November 30, 2011, in Charleston, SC. He was 69. After a career in finance, Rucinski retired in 2007. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; a daughter; a son; a brother; and two grandsons.

Gerald Raymond Bouwkamp, MBA’67, died March 4 in Grand Rapids, MI. He was 87. A Navy veteran, Bouwkamp joined Stanadyne Corporation as a salesman in 1953, rising to president and CEO by 1985. He retired in 1988 and was a board member for institutions including the American Red Cross and United Way. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; two daughters; two sons; a brother; two sisters; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Thomas Howell Hawkes, AM’62, PhD’67, died May 5 in Rockledge, FL. He was 72. Joining Temple University in 1968, Hawkes taught psychoeducational processes in its Graduate School of Education. Retiring in 1999, Hawkes volunteered for Meals on Wheels and served as deacon at a local church. He is survived by his wife, Leah Jean; two daughters; and three grandchildren.

James Stephan Renthal, AB’68, died May 6 in Phoenix. He was 68. Renthal had a 35-year career in the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, where he worked in Arizona, Idaho, and Oregon field offices. On assignment in Washington, DC, he contributed to an exhibit in the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; a son; a brother; and a granddaughter.

May Weber, X’68, died May 19 in Chicago. She was 93. A psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Weber had a full-time medical practice for 41 years and was a founding member of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Institute of Psychiatry. An art collector, in 1987 Weber started the May Weber Museum of Cultural Arts in Chicago, which closed in 1998. She continued to curate exhibitions at local museums from her collection, which included some 3,000 pieces from around the world. She is survived by her husband, Gerald, and two daughters.

Robert D. Cadieux, MBA’69, died March 29 in Louisville, TN. He was 74. Joining Amoco in 1959 as an accountant, Cadieux rose to executive vice president of the chemical company by 1981. He became president and chair of Amoco Chemical’s board two years later, and in 1991 he was named executive vice president of Amoco Corporation and elected a member of the executive committee. In 1993 Cadieux became president and chief executive officer of Air Liquide America Corporation. He served on the board of trustees for the Illinois Institute of Technology and also on the University of Chicago’s Council on Chicago Booth. He is survived by his wife, Mary; a daughter; two sons; a sister; and seven grandchildren.

Lawrence Halley Hunt Jr., JD’69, died April 27 in Evanston, IL. He was 68. Becoming a partner at Sidley Austin LLP in 1975, Hunt became a member of the firm’s executive committee ten years later. He retired in 2007 and started his own legal-consulting firm. He is survived by his wife, Katherine; two daughters; a son; a stepdaughter; stepson Peter Werner, JD’01; his mother; four brothers; two sisters; and two grandchildren.

Jean Mather, AB’69, died of heart failure June 13 in Philadelphia. She was 65. After a career teaching college history, Mather was ordained in the Episcopal Diocese of Illinois in 1995. Since 1999 she had been the rector of Christ Church and St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Germantown, PA. Mather also served on the board of Episcopal Community Services. She is survived by a sister, Janet Mather, SB’63, SM’64.


Dale P. Pattison, AM’55, PhD’70, died April 16 in Kalamazoo, MI. He was 83. A Marine Corps veteran, Pattison joined Western Michigan University’s faculty in 1963. A scholar of British intellectual and Latin American history, Pattison retired as professor emeritus in 1995. He is survived by his wife, Kelley, and a daughter.

Helen E. (Bergstrom) Young, AB’70, died March 18 in Salem, OR. She was 63. Young met her husband, Larry, while working as a secretary at the University of Oregon’s biology department. The couple had three children, and Young became a stay-at-home mother, volunteering for her children’s school and extracurricular activities. She is survived by her husband, a daughter, two sons, her stepmother, and a brother.

Arthur Z. Loesch, SM’68, PhD’73, died April 5 in Guilderland, NY. He was 69. A member of University at Albany–SUNY’s atmospheric-sciences faculty from 1973 to 2007, Loesch was an expert in geophysical fluid dynamics. Also an audio enthusiast, he cofounded amplifier-design company Tempo Electric. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; two daughters; three sons; two sisters, including Grace Kalay, AM’83, PhD’93; and two grandchildren.

Patricia (Mosbo) Meckstroth, AM’65, AM’76, died May 6 in Bloomington, IL. She was 69. Holding English and library-science degrees, Meckstroth taught at Valparaiso University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Illinois State University. She was a librarian at Northwestern and at Illinois State, where she also served as original acting director of the general education program. She is survived by her husband, Edward Stephen Meckstroth, AB’64, AM’65, AM’74; two sons, including Christopher Meckstroth, AM’05, PhD’10; and two brothers.

David Arthur Rawling, MD’78, a physician, died of cancer April 17 in Salt Lake City. He was 64. After practicing at the University of Utah and VA hospitals, he started Wasatch Cardiology Consultants, where he worked in private practice for more than 12 years. He is survived by a daughter; two sons, including David Charles Rawling, SB’07; and two stepsons.

Richard Clifford, MBA’79, of Purcellville, VA, died of a heart attack April 26 in New Delhi, India. He was 60. Clifford started his career as financial officer of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Texcoco, Mexico. In 1988 he joined the World Bank, where he worked as a budget officer, as senior country officer to the Latin American region, as sector leader of infrastructure in Mexico City, as country manager in Moscow, and as the lead urban specialist in Delhi. In 2010 Clifford retired and began consulting for the World Bank. He is survived by his wife, Katherine; a daughter; two sons; a brother; and a sister.


Barbara (Bitting) Jurgensen, AM’75, DMN’82, died July 1 in Columbus, OH. She was 83. A retired Evangelical pastor, Jurgensen published several books and was the first ordained woman professor at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus. She is survived by two daughters, a son, a sister, and three grandchildren.

David Adam Raskin, AB’84, MD’92, of Oakland, CA, died of acute myeloid leukemia June 13. He was 49. Raskin was an anesthesiologist at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, CA. He is survived by his wife, Deanne; two daughters; his father; a brother; and a sister.

Joseph G. Walsh, AB’89, died of cancer June 6 in St. Paul, MN. He was 50. Walsh worked in development for the Chicago Historical Society before earning his law degree at Cardozo School of Law and practicing copyright and trademark law in New York. Moving to Minnesota in 2005, Walsh joined William Mitchell College of Law as assistant director of admissions. He is survived by his wife, Ann, and three brothers.


Daoud “David” Ghaussy, AB’90, of Barrington, IL, died June 17. He was 45. Director of international business for the College of the American Pathologists, Ghaussy also served on the Japanese American Society of Chicago’s board of directors and volunteered for the University of Chicago’s Metcalf program. He is survived by his wife, Aimee; a daughter; a son; his parents; and two brothers, including Sulaiman Ghaussy, AB’88.


Stephanie Fleur Couzin, AB’03, died January 28 in Toronto. She was 30. Graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a master’s degree in art history, Couzin received a JD from the University of Toronto. She worked at a Canadian firm in commercial litigation. She is survived by her parents, Robert Couzin, AB’67, AM’68, and Phyllis (Hymowitz) Couzin, AB’67, and a sister.

Helen Schendl-Stenger, MLA’08, died August 7, 2011, in Brimfield, IL. She was 76. With degrees in nursing, public health, pastoral studies, pastoral counseling, and the liberal arts, Schendl-Stenger worked in these fields and taught nursing at Illinois Central College. She is survived by her husband, Eugene; three daughters; five sons; 26 grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.