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Recent faculty, staff, and alumni obituaries.
Eugene Parker, professor emeritus of astronomy and astrophysics, died March 15 in Chicago. He was 94. Parker is considered a visionary in the field of heliophysics, which focuses on the sun and other stars. Trained at Michigan State University and Caltech, he joined the UChicago faculty in 1955. He is best known for theorizing the existence of solar wind, a supersonic flow of particles off the sun’s surface. The theory’s confirmation in 1962 reshaped understanding of space and the solar system. He also made important contributions to the study of magnetized shock waves, cosmic rays, and galaxies’ magnetic fields. His many honors include the US National Medal of Science and the Kyoto Prize. In 2017 NASA announced it would name its landmark solar mission for Parker. Soon after, he became the first person to witness the launch of a spacecraft bearing his name. Parker is survived by his wife, Niesje; a daughter, Joyce Marie Parker, SB’77; a son, Eric Glenn Parker, MBA’88; a brother; three grandchildren, including Miles Loh, AB’10; and two great-grandchildren.
Walter Kaegi Jr., professor emeritus in the Department of History and the Oriental Institute, died February 24 in Chicago. He was 84. Kaegi was noted for his scholarship on the Byzantine and Roman Empires as well as early Islam. With degrees from Haverford College and Harvard, he joined the faculty at UChicago in 1965, where he taught for 52 years. A military historian whose studies of warfare and strategy often drew upon a wide variety of sources, Kaegi demonstrated in his research a detailed knowledge of geography, honed by extensive travel to the regions he studied. Over his career, he authored, coauthored, or edited some 30 books while teaching and mentoring three generations of historians. His iconic Russian fur hat was included in the 1999 Scav Hunt. He is survived by two sons, a sister, and three grandchildren.
Dietrich Müller of Chicago, professor emeritus of physics, died December 22. He was 85. Born and educated in Germany, he spent more than 50 years as an experimental physicist at the University. His research focused on cosmic rays—energetic particles that travel through our solar system from elsewhere in the galaxy, offering a window into astrophysical phenomena and the universe. Müller built instruments that collected data during space shuttle flights and aboard high-altitude balloons above the Arctic and Antarctic. He worked on HEAT (High Energy Antimatter Telescope), which took measurements of the abundances and energy spectra of cosmic-ray positrons and antiprotons. He is survived by his wife, Renate; a daughter, Agnes B. Müller-Goldstein, LAB’92; two sons, Georg S. Müller, LAB’87, AB’91, MBA’97, PhD’98, and Michael Müller, LAB’89; a sister; a brother; and six grandchildren.
James W. Truran, professor emeritus of astronomy and astrophysics, of Olympia Fields, IL, died March 5. He was 81. A leading figure in nuclear astrophysics, he helped explain how stars and stellar explosions produce virtually all the elements of the universe. His research explored the mechanisms of novae and supernovae and the processes by which they produce elements heavier than hydrogen and helium. Educated at Cornell and Yale, Truran spent time at NASA, Caltech, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Yeshiva University—and taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign—before joining the UChicago faculty in the early 1990s. His many honors include the American Physical Society’s 2021 Hans A. Bethe Prize. He is survived by his wife, Carol; three daughters; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Vincent L. Scamurra, MBA’74, of Chicago, died January 2. He was 78. A graduate of Canisius College and Chicago Booth, he worked in UChicago’s Information Technology Services department from 1987 to 2010 as a programmer and software systems engineer. Survivors include three sisters.
Joshua Stampfer, SB’42, of Portland, OR, died December 26, 2019. He was 97. As rabbi at Congregation Neveh Shalom from 1954 to 1993, he helped grow Portland’s Jewish community. His legacy includes creating Camp Solomon Schechter near Tumwater, WA, establishing the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center and the Institute for Judaic Studies, building the Oregon Jewish Historical Society, and helping found the Oregon Jewish Museum. The son and grandson of rabbis, he was born in what was then Palestine and moved to the United States as a child. While working toward his chemistry degree in the College, he taught Hebrew in a synagogue. He is survived by four children, 20 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.
Robert G. Frazier, LAB’41, PhB’43, SB’45, MD’47, died October 13 in Prospect Heights, IL. He was 98. As executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics in the 1960s, he testified before Congress on the value of the new Head Start program. A lifelong advocate of the great books, Frazier taught the course Medical Ethics and Literature for Medical Students at Loyola University Chicago. He was an avid woodworker who received a patent for his tetrahedral joint, which required no nails or glue. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Ann (Johnson) Frazier, LAB’44, AB’49; daughter Carolyn Ruth Frazier, MLA’01; a son; and three grandchildren.
Walter Lawrence Jr., PhB’44, SB’46, MD’48, died November 9 in Richmond, VA. He was 96. During the Korean War, he was chief of surgery in a mobile Army surgical hospital (MASH). In 1963, as a surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Lawrence performed the first renal transplant in New York City. At the Medical College of Virginia (later Virginia Commonwealth University), where he served for some 50 years, he helped establish the first academic division of surgical oncology in the United States. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from UChicago’s Medical and Biological Sciences Alumni Association in 1976. His wife, Susan Shryock Lawrence, PhB’44, AM’47, EX’48, died in 2019. He is survived by a daughter; three sons; eight grandchildren; and brother Arthur Gene Lawrence, SB’50, MD’52.
Marion (Levin) Swerdlow, SB’46, of Highland Park, IL, died December 16. She was 97. After graduating from the College, she worked as a bacteriology technologist at Michael Reese Hospital and in mycology laboratories at the University. Swerdlow also studied classical guitar and played the piano. Her husband, Martin A. Swerdlow, a professor of pathology and associate dean in the Pritzker School of Medicine, died in 2012. She is survived by two sons, Steven H. Swerdlow, LAB’67, and Gary Swerdlow, LAB’70; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Donald R. Gerth, AB’47, AM’51, PhD’63, died December 6 in Carmichael, CA. He was 93. Gerth spent 45 years as a professor of political science and leader in the California State University (CSU) system. Born in Chicago, he worked in a steel mill before entering the College at age 16. With his master’s in political science, Gerth served in the Air Force during the Korean War and later returned to the University to earn his doctorate. Following appointments at San Francisco State, Chico State, and as president of CSU Dominguez Hills, he became the longest-serving president in the history of Sacramento State University. As president he expanded facilities and academic programs, increased and diversified student enrollment, and defended affirmative action programs. He is survived by his wife, Beverly; two daughters; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Connie (Holubar) Hogarth, PhB’47, SB’48, died February 11 in Beacon, NY. She was 95. A lifelong activist, she prepared for a medical career and studied dance as a scholarship student in the College. Moving to New York with her first husband, she protested the Rosenberg trial in 1951 at the White House. Hogarth later became involved in Vietnam War protests and in 1973 cofounded the Westchester People’s Action Coalition. For almost a quarter century as WESPAC’s executive director, she led protests, lobbying, and educational efforts around issues including nuclear power, South African apartheid, the Iraq War, women’s rights, and the environment. After retiring she taught students to become social activists at the Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action at Manhattanville College. She is survived by two sons and a grandson.
Erle M. Korshak, EX’47, of San Francisco, died August 26, 2021. He was 97. Korshak, a science fiction editor, publisher, bookseller, and fan, was an early organizer of Worldcon, the World Science Fiction Convention. A World War II Army veteran, Korshak attended the University upon his discharge but left to cofound Shasta Publishers, which issued several seminal science fiction books. After the press closed in 1957, Korshak earned a JD and went on to practice law in California and Nevada. During this time, he and his son, Stephen D. Korshak, LAB’69, AB’74, began collecting and exhibiting classic science fiction art; in 2009, they revived Shasta Publishers as Shasta-Phoenix. The elder Korshak was inducted into the First Fandom Hall of Fame in 1996 and received the Barry R. Levin Lifetime Collectors Award in 2000. He is survived by his son and four grandchildren. (For more, see Notes.)
Milton A. Levenfeld, PhB’47, JD’50, died October 21 in Canton, MA. He was 94. Early in his law career, Levenfeld argued a case before the US Supreme Court. In 1963 he cofounded Levenfeld & Kanter (later Levenfeld, Kanter, Baskes & Lippitz), a nationwide tax, trust, and estate law firm. It was later restructured as Levenfeld Pearlstein, a regional general practice law firm in Chicago. He is survived by his wife, Iona Wishner Levenfeld, AB’49, AM’51; a daughter; two sons, including David M. Levenfeld, AM’79; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Meyer Rubin, SB’47, SM’49, PhD’56, died May 2, 2020, in Manassas, VA. He was 96. Rubin joined the US Army Air Corps in 1943, studying meteorology at the University of Michigan before duty as a field meteorologist in the Pacific theater during World War II. A geochemist, he spent his career at the US Geological Survey in Washington, DC, and made major contributions in radiocarbon dating, mass spectrometry, and climate science. He is survived by three sons, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Eve Spiro Jones Bonner, SB’48, SM’48, PhD’53, of Los Angeles, died September 16, 2021. She was 96. Trained as a psychologist, she worked under Bruno Bettelheim at the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School in the 1950s, providing psychological testing and counseling. She published two parenting books, and her nationally syndicated advice column, Parents’ World, appeared for over a decade in more than 100 US newspapers. After moving to California, she taught psychology at Los Angeles City College until her retirement in 1992; she also maintained a private practice. An avid rosarian, she competed in rose shows. The University recognized her with an Alumni Service Award in 2001. She is survived by three daughters, one son, a sister, eight grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.
Warner C. White, AM’50, of Burlington, VT, died April 16. He was 95. During his graduate studies in English, he met and married Phyllis Cox White, LAB’44. Ordained an Episcopal priest in 1953, he served as rector of the Church of St. Paul & the Redeemer in Hyde Park during the 1960s and ’70s and took an active role in the civil rights movement. In 1979 he moved to Marshall, MI, where he served at Trinity Episcopal until his retirement in 1991. He and Phyllis, who died in 2007, moved to Vermont in 1999. He is survived by his second wife, Roberta; two daughters; three sons, including Sumner Warner White, SB’73; two stepdaughters; a stepson; 16 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Mary Elizabeth “Molly” Felker Lunsford, AB’52, AM’57, died November 26 in Nashville, TN. She was 90. At UChicago she served as cohead of Linn House in Burton-Judson with her then husband, Terry Farquhar Lunsford, AB’51, JD’57. She later worked as a budget analyst for the State of Colorado and the University of California; as a community organizer and volunteer in Berkeley, CA; and in volunteer and staff positions in the Peace Corps. Before retiring and moving to Tennessee in 2018, she was a teacher of English as a foreign language and computer lab librarian at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD. Survivors include a son and a granddaughter.
Mary (Deters) O’Dowd, AB’52, died January 22 in Lakewood, NJ. She was 89. She worked most of her career in college and university administration and lived in Chicago and Evanston, IL. An accomplished singer and musician, she sang in several choral and Renaissance music groups, including the Rockefeller Chapel Choir during her College years. She moved to New Jersey in 2017. Survivors include her daughter.
Norman Mages, AB’53, MD’58, of Kentfield, CA, died November 9. He was 86. After attending Chicago public schools, he entered the College at age 16 and continued to medical school, specializing in psychiatry. Early in his career, he worked with narcotics offenders at a prison hospital in Texas. He later joined the faculty of the University of California, San Francisco, and opened a private practice in psychiatry. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Noel; two daughters; three sons; and two grandchildren.
Marshall J. Hartman, AB’54, JD’57, of Skokie, IL, died September 21, 2021. He was 87. Hartman’s legal career began when he was hired as the only lawyer probation officer at the Juvenile Court of Cook County. Moving to the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender, he successfully argued three cases before the US Supreme Court. He drafted legislation to create the Illinois Office of the State Appellate Defender, which represents indigent persons in criminal appeals. He later served as chief public defender of Lake County and led OSAD’s Capital Litigation Division. The Illinois State Bar Association recognized Hartman with a 2017 Laureate Award. Survivors include his wife, Patricia; two daughters; two sons; a sister; and nine grandchildren.
Terrance Sandalow, AB’54, JD’57, died January 29 in Washington, DC. He was 87. An influential scholar in the fields of constitutional law, federal courts, and local government, he served on the University of Michigan Law School faculty for 34 years and as the school’s dean from 1978 to 1986. Early in his career, he clerked for Justice Potter Stewart of the US Supreme Court. A strong supporter of the constitutionality of affirmative action, he authored the brief submitted to the Supreme Court in the 1978 Regents of the University of California v. Bakke case on behalf of the American Association of University Professors. In 1995 UChicago recognized him with a Professional Achievement Alumni Award. His wife, Ina Faye Davis Sandalow, EX’58, died in 2020. He is survived by three children; five siblings, including Michael Sandalow, AB’62; seven grandchildren; and multiple great-grandchildren.
Stuart O. Zimmerman, AB’54, PhD’64, died October 2 in Houston. He was 86. After earning a PhD in mathematical biology, he served as a research associate, instructor, and assistant professor at UChicago. In 1967 Zimmerman was appointed chair of the Department of Biomathematics at Houston’s MD Anderson Cancer Center, a position he held until his retirement in 2001; he continued in a part-time appointment until 2012. His first wife, Mary Joan (Spiegel) Zimmerman, AB’56, AB’58, died in 2008. He is survived by his second wife, Judy McConathy; a son; and two grandchildren.
Leona Jacker Peterson, AM’55, PhD’71, died January 4 in Elmhurst, IL. She was 92. Trained as a nurse, she received her doctorate in education at the University. After working at the US Embassy in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, she taught nursing at Purdue and at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is survived by her husband, Arthur; two daughters; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Johan E. Hille, AM’56, of Lake Zurich, IL, died December 3, 2018. He was 88. An educator in suburban Chicago, he taught at Hadley Junior High School in Glen Ellyn and served as principal of Hauser Junior High School in Riverside. He was an Army veteran and active in various volunteer organizations, including the Kiwanis Club. He is survived by a daughter, a son, a sister, and a granddaughter.
Philip M. Phibbs, AM’56, PhD’57, of Tacoma, WA, died March 21. He was 90. Following his graduate studies in political science, he taught at Wellesley College, where he also served as executive vice president. In 1973 he became the 11th president of the University of Puget Sound, leading the institution until 1992. In retirement Phibbs spent a decade working with artist Dale Chihuly to establish the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. He served on the boards of the Seattle Opera, the Museum of Glass, and the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church, among others. He is survived by his wife, Gwen; two daughters; a brother; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Jean Lani Kwon Herrmann, AB’57, died December 3, in Hana, HI. She was 85. Born in Hana, eastern Maui, she was a musician and folklorist. She and Cal C. Herrmann, AB’51, SM’56, married in 1961. Over her long career she performed at music venues and festivals across the United States and Europe; she also restored traditional instruments and produced books on folk music. Herrmann cofounded the Folklore Society of Greater Washington in 1964 and the farmers’ market in Richmond, CA, in 1984. She later earned a master’s degree in library and information science. She is survived by her husband, a daughter, two sons, and six grandchildren.
Irene M. (Samorajski) Moody, SB’57, died June 21, 2021, in Shelburne, MA. She was 86. Born at home on the family farm in Shelburne, she attended Arms Academy before enrolling in the College. With a master’s in education from Fitchburg State University, she taught science for 27 years at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School. She also sang with the Nashoba Valley Chorale and the Hundredth Town Chorus. She is survived by a daughter, Lisa Moody, AB’86; two sons, including Robert Moody II, MBA’99; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
James F. O’Donnell, PhD’57, died September 7, 2021, in Rockville, MD. He was 93. A Korean War veteran, O’Donnell spent a decade at the University of Cincinnati conducting research on liver disease. In 1968 he joined the National Institutes of Health, rising to the position of director of extramural affairs by his retirement in 1999. He was selected in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter as a charter member of the federal Senior Executive Service. O’Donnell volunteered to participate in a decades-long study on Alzheimer’s, in honor of family members affected by the disease, and donated his brain to this research as part of his legacy. His wife, Winifred Locke O’Donnell, AM’54, died in 2011. He is survived by two daughters, a son, two brothers, two grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
Harriet E. Manelis Klein, AB’58, died September 4, 2021, in Briarcliff Manor, NY. She was 84. Growing up in an English- and Yiddish-speaking household in New York City, she studied ancient languages and classics in the College. She later pursued her doctorate at Columbia University, concentrating on indigenous languages in Argentina and Panama. A linguistic anthropologist, she joined the faculty of Montclair State University in 1972. Active in the professional associations of both disciplines, she particularly focused on advancing gender equity. Klein retired to Long Island, NY, and became a visiting scholar in linguistics at Stony Brook University. Survivors include a daughter, two sons, and several grandchildren.
Merton S. Krause, PhD’59, of Evanston, IL, died July 23, 2021. He was 90. Krause, who published nearly 100 papers, was a highly regarded expert and critical scholar of research methods and psychometric measurement. One of the earliest members of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, he devised creative ways to measure and evaluate treatment progress. His wife, Carroll Bordelon, AB’58, died in 1983. He is survived by his companion, Catharine Jones.
Alvin Platt, AM’60, died June 17, 2021, in Palo Alto, CA. He was 86. After studying social sciences at the University, he worked as a teacher and counselor in the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School and Chicago Public Schools. For more than 25 years he held educational and administrative positions at North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe, IL. Later, as executive director of the Jewish Community Federation of the South Peninsula Region in Palo Alto, he helped create what is now the Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School. He served as president and board member of the Palo Alto Humane Society. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two daughters; three sons; a sister; a brother; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Walter T. K. Nugent, PhD’61, died September 8, 2021, in Seattle. He was 86. A historian whose research focused on western migration in the US, populism, and demography, he taught for 21 years at Indiana University–Bloomington, also serving as an associate dean, director of study abroad programs, and chair of the history department. In 1984 he joined the University of Notre Dame as its inaugural Andrew V. Tackes Professor of American History. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and two Fulbright Awards, he authored, coauthored, or edited numerous books, including Color Coded: Party Politics in the American West, 1950–2016 (2018). He is survived by his wife, Suellen Hoy; six children, including Katherine Nugent Yngve, AM’86; a sister; a brother; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Nicholas Snowden Hopkins, AM’64, PhD’67, died June 9, 2021, in Cairo. He was 82. An anthropologist, he conducted his dissertation fieldwork in a small town in Mali, studying local politics and development. While teaching at New York University in the early ’70s, he researched agrarian and social change in northern Tunisia. He joined the faculty of the American University of Cairo in 1975, where he stayed for the remainder of his career. At AUC he served as a department chair and dean of the humanities and social sciences and pursued research on development and social change in Egypt and India. He is survived by his wife, Ferial Ghazoul; two sons; a sister; a brother; and three grandchildren.
Albert E. Dahlberg, LAB’54, MD’65, PhD’68, died March 1 in Providence, RI. He was 83. A professor of molecular genetics and biochemistry at Brown University, he focused on the structure and function of the ribosome. He received 43 years of uninterrupted funding from the National Institutes of Health for his investigations; published widely; and taught and mentored countless students and postdoctoral researchers in his laboratory. He is survived by his wife, Pamela; a daughter; two sons; a sister, Cordelia D. Benedict, LAB’53, AM’67; a brother, James E. Dahlberg, LAB’56, PhD’66; and six grandchildren.
Marden D. Paru, AM’65, of Sarasota, FL, died September 1, 2021. He was 79. An educator and author, he was the dean and cofounder of the Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva, an adult Jewish studies institute. Trained as a social worker, he served as a Jewish Federation executive and directed other nonprofit organizations. He met his wife, Joan Kemeny Paru, when they were matched by a computer program created on the Harvard-MIT mainframe in 1965; their engagement made the front page of the Chicago Daily News. He is survived by his wife, a daughter, a son, a sister, and two grandchildren.
Thomas W. Cole Jr., PhD’66, of Atlanta, died April 14. He was 81. An organic chemist, Cole served as a teacher and administrator at several historically Black colleges and universities throughout his career. He was a professor at Atlanta University Center, later becoming provost and vice president for academic affairs. In the early 1980s he served as president of West Virginia State University. In 1988, as president of Clark College, Cole led its consolidation with Atlanta University; he remained president of Clark Atlanta University for more than a decade. He is survived by his wife, Brenda; a daughter; a son; two grandchildren; and three sisters.
Sandra Jane Kelley Musgrave Harvey, AB’67, AM’68, of Wilmington, DE, died October 1. She was 76. After studying the humanities and English literature at UChicago, she worked in computer programming and data processing. Moving to Delaware with her family, she embarked on a 24-year career in state government, working as a data center manager and in the information resources management unit of the Department of Health and Social Services. She is survived by a daughter, a son, and a sister.
Maurice “Mo” D. Levi, AM’68, PhD’72, died April 28, 2021, in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was 75. An economist, he joined the faculty at the University of British Columbia in 1974. Known for his ability to explain complex ideas to students of all levels, he won eight teaching awards during his career at the UBC’s Sauder School of Business. He wrote acclaimed textbooks on international finance and several economics books. Survivors include his wife, Kate; a daughter; and two sons.
James Ryosaku Morita, PhD’68, of Lincolnshire, IL, died March 9, 2021. He was 89. Raised in Daianji, Okayama, Japan, he moved to the US in 1958 with his wife, Ichiko, where both pursued graduate studies. He taught at the University of Oregon for three years and for more than 20 years at the Ohio State University. A specialist in tanka—a genre of classical Japanese poetry—he published seven books and many scholarly articles. Survivors include his wife, Ichiko T. Morita, AM’64; two daughters, including Louise Morita Landry, AB’80; a sister; and five grandchildren, including Erik S. Landry, SB’13.
Kenning M. Anderson, PhD’69, died March 1 in Evanston, IL. He was 88. A biochemist who focused on cancer, he received BA, MSc, and MD degrees at Northwestern University. In the 1960s, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in UChicago’s Ben May Department for Cancer Research, mentored by Nobel laureate Charles B. Huggins. After completing his PhD, Anderson held faculty appointments at the University of Toronto and Rush University. He authored hundreds of publications in oncology. He is survived by his wife, Marion Anderson, CER’05; a daughter; two sons; and three grandchildren.
Thomas Jobe, MD’69, died March 16 in Chicago. He was 78. A psychiatrist, he taught and practiced at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1978 to 2005. There he cofounded a neuropsychiatry program, treated patients, and researched and wrote extensively on topics in psychiatry and neurology. His interests also included the history of neuroscience, which he taught at UChicago early in his career. Well into retirement, he pursued longitudinal research with a colleague on the neurological effects of psychotropic drugs, publishing an influential series of articles that called into question the long-term efficacy of psychiatric medications. His wife, Patricia Hawkins Jobe, AM’81, died in 2011. Survivors include his life partner, Anna Weaver, and a son.
Jo N. Hays, PhD’70, died March 20 in Chicago. He was 83. A professor of history at Loyola University for 37 years, he studied the history of science and disease. His books include The Burdens of Disease: Epidemics and Human Response in Western History (1998) and the coauthored Epidemics and Pandemics: From Ancient Plagues to Modern-Day Threats (2021). In his hometown of Oak Park, IL, he volunteered at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and with Reading for the Blind. He is survived by his wife, Rosalind Conklin Hays, AB’60, AM’61, PhD’64; a daughter; a son; and three grandchildren.
Barry Bauman, AM’71, died February 5 in Riverside, IL. He was 73. Following his graduate studies in art history, he trained and worked as a conservator at the Art Institute of Chicago and for private clients. In 1983 he launched the Chicago Conservation Center to serve smaller organizations, restoring flood-damaged paintings for the Chicago History Museum and Works Progress Administration murals in Chicago schools. He later created Barry Bauman Conservation to provide pro bono services for nonprofit institutions, donating his labor to restore more than 1,500 paintings. His work made national headlines in 2011, when he identified a portrait of Mary Todd Lincoln as a fake. He is survived by his wife, Mary; two sons; and two sisters.
William Bruce Carney, AB’72, of Sitges, Spain, died October 5. He was 71. After graduating from UChicago, he attended Mannes School of Music and became a professional musician. He sang with numerous groups nationally and internationally, including the Gregg Smith Singers, the choir of Saint Thomas Church in New York City, and at Trinity Cathedral and St. John’s in Miami, where he became the director of music. In 2012 he moved to Spain with his husband and partner, Ross Borsody, and founded Sitges Canta!, a choir of singers and instrumentalists who perform throughout Catalonia. He also began a new career as a film actor and taught music at the Institute of Arts Barcelona. He is survived by his husband and a brother.
James Frank Bartusek, MBA’73, died January 15 in Prescott, AZ. He was 95. As a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign undergraduate, he studied engineering, played football, and ran track. He served with the Navy in the Pacific during the final stages of World War II, returning to Chicago to finish his undergraduate work and begin an engineering career. As plant manager at Argonne National Laboratory, he oversaw roughly 2,000 employees and led several major research and engineering projects, earning his MBA along the way. He was active in the Freemasons and Shriners. He is survived by his wife, Ann; two sons; and three grandchildren.
William S. Cox, AM’74, died November 8 in Englewood, CO. He was 73. Cox grew up on the family cattle ranch near Cheyenne, WY. He was an outdoorsman and conservationist whose travels took him to every continent except Antarctica. He was laid to rest with his parents in the family mausoleum at the Wyoming Angus Ranch. Survivors include a sister and a brother.
Elizabeth “Libby” Eggleston Griffin, AM’75, died November 30 in Winter Haven, FL. She was 91. As a graduate student in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Griffin studied Hittite language and culture. She participated in archaeological digs in Syria and Turkey, publishing her findings in the Journal of Near Eastern Studies. A dedicated family historian, she preserved family letters and photographs from the mid-19th century through the present.
Jean O. Kelly, MST’75, of Roseville, CA, died March 3. She was 82. After graduating from Monmouth College and the University, she embarked on a long career as a teacher in public elementary schools and reading programs. In her 20s she traveled around the world, briefly teaching at the Lahore American School in Pakistan. She later taught college-level teacher-training courses and tutored people of all ages with learning disabilities. She is survived by two brothers, including James Kelly, AM’56; four step-children; and four grandchildren.
Sidney Roy Lehky, AB’75, PhD’85, of Montgomery Village, MD, died of cancer November 15. He was 67. With his doctorate in biophysics and theoretical biology, he embarked on a distinguished career in cognitive and computational neuroscience, researching the complexities of the visual cortex. He worked at the National Institute of Mental Health, the Salk Institute, and RIKEN in Japan, collaborating with international scientists to develop neural models of visual processing. Survivors include his wife, Jennifer Schumacher, and two sisters.
Emil Mariani, AB’77, died of a brain tumor April 3, 2021, in Manchester, MO. He was 66. As a high school honor student in Gary, IN, he attended the College with an academic scholarship. Along with a successful career in publishing and banking, he contributed to his community as a volunteer. He did computer literacy work with homeless women at a local shelter, which named him its volunteer of the year, and started and ran the computer rehab ministry at Manchester United Methodist Church, reconditioning more than 500 computers that were donated to people without computer access. Survivors include his wife, Karen; a daughter; and a son.
Gary L. McDowell, AM’78, of Richmond, VA, died August 6, 2021. He was 72. McDowell served as chief speechwriter for Attorney General Edwin Meese during the Reagan administration and directed the Office of the Bicentennial of the Constitution at the National Endowment of the Humanities. A constitutional law expert, he taught at Harvard Law School, the University of London, and the University of Richmond, where the Gary L. McDowell Institute was named in his honor. McDowell was a lifelong Republican who never let politics interfere with friendship; he enjoyed mentoring and helping liberals as much as fellow conservatives. Survivors include his wife, Brenda, and a sister.
Sheila Anne Williams Boyd, MBA’92, of Homewood, IL, died November 6. She was 70. A graduate of Roosevelt University, Boyd was a certified public accountant and certified internal auditor. After more than 15 years at BP Amoco Corporation, she served as chief financial officer at several companies. She later created SAWB Consulting to support nonprofits and small and emerging businesses. A past president of Chicago Booth’s Executive MBA Program Club, her many honors include being counted among Ebony magazine’s “Promising Women in Corporate America.” Survivors include a daughter, three sisters, two brothers, and a granddaughter.
Jonathan Stong Groat, AB’94, died November 26, in Royal Oak, MI, after a brief illness. He was 49. A sociology major in the College, he attended law school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and spent a decade at the law firm Dickinson Wright PLLC, becoming a partner. He later held senior legal positions at Delta Dental Plan of Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio and at Credit Acceptance Corporation. Known for his kindness and wit, he was passionate about books, music, movies, comic books, travel, and his watch and Lego collections. He is survived by his parents, two sisters, and a brother.
Mark P. Pitts, EX’99, of Wilmington, VT, died December 29. He was 64. His career in the US Army included a tour of Korea with the 17th Cavalry Squadron and helicopter search-and-rescue missions in the Alaskan wilderness. After studying Russian at the Defense Language Institute, he worked at Dun & Bradstreet in Russia. A graduate of Indiana University, he attended Chicago Booth’s Executive MBA Program. Survivors include three daughters, one son, two sisters, and three grandchildren.
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Joining past UChicagoans, Katharine Graham, AB’38, receives an accolade that will stick.
Reunited, and it felt so good.
Lee Lozano, AB’51 (1930–99), began her career as a painter and ended as the artist who wouldn’t.
A Special Collections exhibition charts medical history through its imagery.
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