Alumni Newsletter of Antioch College
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Robert E. Hiller '27, a resident of Burbank for 61 years, passed away in Lancaster, CA on September 24, 2001, having just celebrated his 97th birthday. Born on September 17, 1904, the youngest of 11 children, he was raised in Hurley, New York. He received his B.S. in chemistry from Antioch College and his MS in metallurgy from M.I.T.
From 1931 to 1938, he worked as a metallurgist for Babcock and Wilcox Company in Barberton, Ohio. This work included two years at the construction site of Hoover Dam where he was in charge of X-raying the welds of the many miles of pipes in the dam. The following 32 years, he spent as a partner of Triplett and Barton, Inc., a chemical and metallurgical company in Burbank specializing in non-destructive testing of metals by X-ray. When the company sold in 1960, he became a metallurgical consultant, and also taught at Don Bosco Technical College until the late 1970s, finally retiring at age 75. A life member of the American Society of Metals, he also was involved in building and supporting the Burbank YMCA and was on the committee to save the Starlight Bowl.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, the late Eleanor Woodruff Hiller. He is survived by his 3 daughters: Lesley Menninger '58 of Iowa City, IA; Elizabeth Brinkworth of Golden, CO; and Catherine Sullivan of Lancaster, CA. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He will be remembered as a loving, kind, intelligent, and patient man, a help to all those who knew him.
LeRoy M. Dearing, PhD. '30, an inventor and longtime activist, died at the age of 94. Dr. Dearing was born in Sandstone, Michigan and attended Antioch College where he earned his B.S. in chemistry and his MS in biochemistry. He earned his PhD. in physical chemistry from Ohio State University in 1935. One of Dr. Dearings most recognizable inventions is the Solar Pool Blanket, a pool cover used worldwide.
He is survived by his son, Matthew Dearing; daughter, Mary Ellen Dearing; grandson, River Owen D. Blough; granddaughter, Meadow Jean D. Blough; sister, Alberta Atkinson; brother-in-law, Clarence Brown; nephews, Clancy Brown, Roy E. Brown and David Atkinson; nieces, Catherine Brown Brinnon and Ann Pellegrino; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Brown Haines. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Brown Dearing in 1977; and his second wife, Jane Lockridge Dearing in 1991; his dear friend, Nancy Hoover Pohl in 2001; his sisters, Aba Holtgren and Mildred Farrell, and brother Van Dearing.
Darton E. Greist Sr. '31 died Tuesday, May 14, 2002 at Watrous Nursing Home in Madison, Connecticut. Born on February 20, 1906, he was the son of the late Walter and Estelle Greist and was also the husband of the late Florence (Hartpence) Greist. Mr. Greist was one of the original officers of the Professional Equipment Co. For 33 years, through his company, he served Connecticut doctors and hospitals. He retired as the company's executive vice president in 1958.
In connection with his medical business, he was a frequent contributor of articles of various medical trade publications and the CT Medical Journal at New Haven hospitals. Mr. Greist helped originate some continuing activities, and was a charter member and officer of DeMolay, The Toastmasters Club. He was also a longtime member of the Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, and the YMCA. He was an assistant director of Civil Defense in New Haven and later head of the Civil Defense radiologoical monitoring team, Madison. He served on various Mayors' Committees in New Haven and for a time was on the Zoning Board of Madison. He was on the committee for organizing New Haven's very first Community Chest, and was a campaign worker and a division head for many years. During WWII, Mr. Greist originated and directed a pre-induction military training program, with space made available at the West Haven Armory and with guns donated by Marlin Fire Arms Company. In addition to drilling groups, he also organized and spoke at a repeating series of information meetings, headed by the Mayor, and attended by area families as their boys became Classified 1A. Besides his wife, he is survived by his son, Darton E. Greist, Jr.; one daughter, Mrs. Joy Greist Rose; 5 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Oliver A. Hyatt '33 died Sunday, April 21, 2002, at the Village of Fillmore Pond in Bennington, Vermont, where he and his wife have lived since March 2001. He was 92.
Oliver attended Edgewood School and graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1927. He also attended Antioch and served in the US Navy and was stationed in San Diego, California from 1929 to 1933. In 1933 he moved to Cherry Plain, New York and returned to the original Hyatt occupation of farming.
Oliver married the former Helen Lanphier on May 28, 1938. Together they farmed at the Hy-Ayr Farm for over 35 years. He served as a councilman on the Berlin town board for 10 years along with being a Republican committeeman in District 2. He was the first president of the Berlin Men's Club. He was instrumental in the formation of the Rensselaer County Soil and Water Conservation District, where he served as chairman for 20 years, following a flood in Berlin. The Soil and Water District sponsored the Little Hoosick River Flood Control Project, a pilot project in New York State. He also served as chairman of the Soil and Water Conservation Districts in New York State for two years and was co-chairman for the Second National Watershed Congress in Washington, DC.
Reba C. Charles '36 passed away in 2001 and is survived by two children.
Kathleen (Kay) Penn Shaw '36 died September 2, 2001 at her home in Mitchellville, Maryland. Born in Washington Court House, Ohio, to a conservative couple, Kay and her sister, Marjorie Penn, shocked their parents by deciding to attend Antioch College. There, Kay met and married Richard (Dick) L. Shaw '35. Because of the Depression, she dropped out and supported her husband until he graduated, and then he did the same for her. Together they lived in Washington, D.C., and Bay Village, Ohio, then traveled to Guatemala and Venezuela where Dick worked for various international agencies. Kay became a devoted amateur ornithologist and expert on the birds of Guatemala. She also did volunteer work for the American School of Guatemala's scholarship committee. When they returned to the United States, they settled first in Washington Court House, then in Waverly, Ohio, and continued their volunteer work for schools, parks and the Democratic Party. Dick Shaw died in 1996. They often expressed their pride in being Antiochians. They are survived by their daughters, Terri Shaw '63 and Dinah Shaw, and five grandchildren.
Ronah Gordon Posner '37, died on January 30, 2002, after a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease. She was 88. Her husband, Harold; two daughters, Prudence and Deborah; two sons, Joshua and David; and two grandchildren, Angela '94 and Sarah Pace. Elizabeth, Michael, Jessica and Matthew Posner survive her.
Ruth Godes Faine '37 writes: "While finishing my Freshman year at Antioch in May 1933, I wrote in my diary, 'I am so terribly glad I have Ronah! She is such a dear friend...She is so intelligent, intellectual, stimulating. And has such a delicate sense of humor...' In February, 2002, I write:'Ronah has been closer than a sister to me -- all my life. We grew from teenagers to adults to marriage and motherhood, to raising teenagers, to enjoying our relationships with our husbands and the four of us: through the many experiences of maturation and aging and death: death of our parents and other loved ones. And what I remember most throughout the years is Ronah's smile. I always looked for that smile eagerly. She was calm, knowing, gentle...and a fantastic positive support...'"
Dorothy Mason Headley '36, writes: "Ronah has been my dearest friend for sixty-five years even though, after college, we have lived a continent apart. When I visited them, I was introduced to their wide circle of friends, people like the founders of the Center for Constitutional Rights and editors of Monthly Review. When they visited us, except for memorable trips together to the Northwest and New England, they were likely to be on their way to China or the like. Such experienced travelers that when Harold retired they conducted tours to raise money for Monthly Review where he was a volunteer. She was quick to share in her friends' interests as when she sent money to help with my Nicaraguan project. My hearty thanks to and for Ronah!'"
Bruce Bowman '38 passed away at 88. Born in New York in 1914, Bowman was a long-time community activist and leader in cooperatives in Greenbelt, Maryland. In recognition of his contributions to various Greenbelt organizations between 1944-1982 that include Greenbelt Consumer Services, Greenbelt Veterans Housing Corporation and Greenbelt Homes, Inc., Twin Pines Savings and Loan, the Parent-Teacher Association within the city and county, the Greenbelt City Council, and Greenbelt Fair Housing, Bowman was named Outstanding Citizen of Greenbelt, Maryland in 1988.
In 1937 and while Bowman was a student at Antioch, he married fellow student Ruth Anne Skinner. He served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946. After the war he became education director for the Rochdale Cooperative in Washington, D.C. Later he worked for the U.S. Corps of Engineers. Bowman lived in the Greenbelt area until his death. He is survived by his son, Peter; his daughters, Sandra and Barbara; his granddaughter, Mary Joy Song; and his partner, Barbara Starbird.
William Eager Kelly, M.D., '38, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, died April 30, 2002, after a brief illness. He was the son of Charles Peck and Alice Eager Kelly, and the husband of Martha Leah Parks Kelly.
Dr. Kelly was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and grew up in Bristol, Virginia, where he graduated from Bristol High School in 1931. He attended Antioch College and the Alliance Francaise in Paris before graduating from the University of Virginia and the University of Virginia Medical School.
After service in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, he trained as a psychiatrist at Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. His psychoanalytical training was at the Institute of the Pennsylvania Association for Psychoanalysis. He received his board certification in Psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1951.
During his long and distinguished career, Dr. Kelly practiced privately and on the staff of the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. He was an instructor in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and a professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He served on the staff of the Veterans Hospitals in Philadelphia and Coatesville, Pennsylvania.
Following retirement from full-time practice, Dr. Kelly was on the staff of Western State Hospital in Staunton, Virginia, and a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Virginia. He continued to practice psychiatry part time until 1994.
Dr. Kelly was a life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society, and the American College of Physicians. He was an active member of the University of Virginia Medical Alumni Association serving on its board of directors, and on the board of trustees of the medical Alumni Foundation.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 49 years; his daughters, Dr. Susie Eager Kelly and husband, Dr. Paul Sayegh, Penelope Ellen and husband, Thomas Bayley; and his son, Benjamin Alexander Kelly and wife, Eileen. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Zachary Andrew Sayegh, Jennifer Emilia Sayegh, Timothy John Kelly, Mark William Kelly, Daniel Patrick Kelly, and David Benjamin Kelly; his sister, Margaret Kelly Dunham; his brothers, Elmer Kelly and Robert Kelly; his sister-in-law, Margaret Montgomery Kelly; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. He was predeceased by his brothers, Howard Kelly and Lawrence Kelly; and his brother-in-law, Louis Dunham.
Eleanor Logan Kebabian '39, passed away.
James G. Blackinton '40 died on January 28, 2002. Lucia Severson Blackinton writes: "I'll miss him terribly after 61 1/2 years of marriage."
Max Ratner '40 was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1916 and died in January of 2002. Max's love of the outdoors and his social activism began early. As a high school student at Brookline High School, he was an Eagle Scout, camp counselor and an "agitator," helping with local union organizing drives. He enlisted the cooperation of a couple of Radcliffe students to help him organize the young shop women, who would not have been allowed to speak to him unchaperoned. His determination to work for a better world further developed at Antioch. In 1937, he wrote a paper setting forth the ideas upon which he acted throughout his life: "I see this disorganized, haphazard, competitive profit system as the root of most of our social ills. This system not only depraves vast portions of the population of the material necessities of life, but also harms those who are successful in the accumulation of material goods. It activates their undesirable qualities of selfishness, lack of personal integrity, and justice. My attitudes on this subject were determined by reading and observing the injustices which have resulted: slums, poverty, crime, unemployment and racial discrimination." He also expressed a deep concern about the war then developing in Europe.
Max had broad interests. In addition to political science, he also studied the Middle Ages and theater. He designed stage productions, which were remembered as being unusually innovative. His interest in theater, dance, sculpture and painting has been strong and consistent throughout his life. He himself sculpted in wood and stone and painted in oils as he had the time. In Peninsula, he redesigned an old barn into a theater, that served to produce the best summer theater in the area and became the home of the Peninsula Players.
After graduation from Antioch College in 1940, Max taught at the Maxwell School of Political Science at Syracuse University. Max joined with a small group of like-minded men and women in founding Ahimsa Farm, an intentional community near Cleveland. Its members combined hard physical labor with a rich intellectual life. They studied the ideas of Henry David Thoreau, Mahatma Gandhi and others about civil disobedience and non-violent direct action. Also, they entertained a flow of visiting activists. One of their actions foreshadowed the civil rights movement by 30 years: they conducted "swim-ins" to protest the segregation policy of a municipal swimming pool.
When WW II was declared, Max refused to register for the draft and spent three and a half years at the Danbury Federal Prison as a conscientious objector. He was one of a group of imprisoned conscientious objectors who successfully protested prison policies, especially the unduly harsh rules and the mandatory segregation of the African -- American prisoners.
Max made a pact with his friends, Bronson Clark, Chat Paterson, and Oscar Steiner, to build affordable housing. While in prison, Max taught himself architecture, which was one of his unique gifts. It was one example of his ability to immediately transfer "book learning" into producing tangible results. After his release from Danbury, he participated in building inter-racial housing sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee. In response to the acute housing shortage after the war, he helped Lorain, Ohio steel workers build their own homes.
Max loved his work and was in continuous practice for 56 years, until shortly before his death. He was registered to practice in sixteen states and was a holder of the Certificate of the National Council of Architectural Boards, a national license. He was involved in major redevelopment programs in Denver, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Buffalo, Newport News and Portsmouth, Virginia and in other smaller cities in New York and Michigan.
His works extended from high-rises, like Brook Tower in Denver, Colorado, (then the tallest building West of the Mississippi) to nursing homes, large urban hotels and office buildings. He was also engaged in historical building preservation.
Max's recent work included construction of housing for the elderly in Ohio and New York, with buildings specifically designed for their capacities. He was also the architect of halfway houses and homeless shelters, overcoming great official resistance to serving these under-served populations.
Max was a life-long fighter for civil liberties. Max joined with others in boldly challenging the McCarthy witch-hunts, beginning as a cofounder of the Oberlin, Ohio chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. He remained active on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Civil Liberties Union from its founding in 1954 until near his death. Max served on numerous civic committees throughout his life. He held memberships in the American Institute of Architects, the National Trust for Preservation, the American Arbitration Association and was chairman of the local zoning board. His love of nature and desire to preserve and make accessible wilderness was exemplified by his strong support of the Cuyahoga Valley Nation Park.
Arthur Dole '46, a fellow Antiochian and Ahimsa Farm participant, recalls Max as equally adept with tools and ideas. Not easily categorized, Max's character included many facets. He was extremely articulate, both practical and idealistic, deeply informed on a wide-range of subjects, tough, tender, fair-minded, independent and creative- all in this same complex individual…and he questioned every premise.
Max created a diverse and extended family: his wife, Edna; his brothers: Elliott, Irving, and David Ratner; his sisters: Adele Needle and Rose Edelstein; his children: Robert Ratner, Hannah Bradford Roth, Jonathan Bradford Ratner, and Seth Bradford; his grandchildren: Carla Ratner, Emma and Annie Bradford Roth, and Jory and James Tyler Bradford. In addition, his extended family includes Rika Mead, Sheila and Jess Bauman. The Baumens came deeper into the family after their parents, Helen and Pipp died. A number of others have described Max as being a second father to them, a mentor or a provocateur who changed their lives.
We all continue to reap the benefits of exposure to Max Ratner.
Elsie M. Brothwell '41 passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2001, following a valiant battle with old age at Alterra Wynwood East in Madison, WI. She was born on May 20, 1916, in Bloomfield, NJ., to William H. and Mary (Parsons) MacMillan, who were immigrants from England. She went to Antioch, where she earned a baccalaureate degree in biology and met her husband Wilbur (Bill) H. Brothwell, whom she married on November 27, 1941.
In many ways, Elsie was a woman ahead of her times. She firmly believed that women could and should have careers, in addition to being wives and mothers; she thought that smoking was unhealthy long before the Surgeon General warned us; and she bought and grew organic vegetables. After trying on and discarding several careers, she found her niche as a librarian and earned a MA in library science from Southern Connecticut State College.
Elsie was a passionate reader and finished a book the day before she died. In addition, she was a gardener; weaver; seamstress; knitter; protester against nuclear war; a voluminous correspondent; and the creator of the Brothwell Bugel, an annual newsletter for relatives and friends. She was also extraordinarily interested in alternative medicine and health, and was a fountain of information for others interested in these topics. Elsie was smart, curious, interesting, fun to be around, and capable of finding kindred souls and inspiring other's love and affection even late in life. With Bill, she created a warm, welcoming home for their offspring to return to and sponsored much-anticipated family vacations on Cape Cod.
She loved her children, their spouses and her grandchildren unconditionally, and they will miss her very much. Elsie is survived by her brother, William P. (Nancy) MacMillan; her three children, Marjorie (Hickory) Hurie, Hilton (Gail Neely) Brothwell and Charles (Lisa) Brothwell; her grandchildren, Justin and Andrew Hurie, and Merritt and Sarah Brothwell; her nieces Laura MacMillan and Jane (Wallor) Collins; her nephews, William C. (Joan) MacMillan and Alan (Peggy) Wallor; her grand-nieces, Jessica Collins and Tracy Wallor; and grand-nephews, Edward Wallor and Evan Collins. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Bill, who was her heart's companion for 51 years and who passed away on November 6, 1992. Elsie's family is touched and grateful for the loving care given Elsie by the staff of Alterra Wynwood East.
Willa Sargisson '44, died in August of 2001.
Charles Michael Lucas '45 passed away on September 20, 2002 after a brief illness. Lucas was born in Waterbury on April 5, 1916, son of Attorney and Mrs. Casimir M. Lukosius, he was a graduate of Crosby High School, Antioch College, and received his doctor of philosophy degree from Ohio State University in 1951.
Dr. Lucas was a professor of psychology at Western Connecticut State University from 1969 until his retirement in 1986. Prior to that he taught Psychology at the State University of New York at Oswego and at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA. Dr. Lucas was also a member of the American Psychological Association and the Eastern Psychological Association from 1948 to the present. He was a founder and secretary of the Foundation for Animal Protection, Inc. and a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
Dr. Lucas was married to Mildred G. Lucas and had one child, Charles M. Lucas, Jr. He is also survived by his daughter-in-law, Dr. Karen Lucas Breda, and one granddaughter.
Vera Bloch '46 passed away on September 7, 2001. Her long-time friend Dorothy Ettinger '48 writes: "She had finally been getting better from a back ailment when she came down with very severe pneumonia. On October 21
relatives and friends gathered to remember Vera. We exchanged memories, all of which related to her active life of helping people and toward social action in her community."
Charlotte Drake '46 of Yellow Springs died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002 in the Friends Care Center in Yellow Springs. She was 77 years of age. Born March 8, 1924, in Yellow Springs, she was the fourth child of Carl V. and Bertha (Weiss) Drake.
A 1942 graduate of Bryan High School, she went on to Antioch College to continue a relationship that began in 1927 when she attended the Antioch Nursery School. She went to work as a secretary in the Antioch College president's office in 1946, beginning a long career at the college. In 1957, she became coordinator of public occasions and in 1974 she accepted the position of director of alumni affairs. She retired from Antioch in 1986.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Yellow Springs, where she served in many positions over many years. She was also a member of the Antioch Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister; her sister, Martha D. Bryson; brother, William Eugene "Gene" Drake; and her great-nephew Benjamin Bruening. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Mary Frances (Bahns) Drake, of Williamsburg, Va.; three nieces and their husbands, Harriet and Frank Bruening of Toledo, Leslie and Tom Coe of Williamsburg, Va., and Molly and Scott Beitel of Cincinnati; nephew John C. Drake of Dayton; step-niece, Jo Leonard, of Spring Valley, New York; great-nephews and nieces, Andrew, Nathaniel and Alex Bruening, Jessica and Betsy Coe, Justin Drake, and Caitlin, Lauren and Drake Beitel. Also surviving are her dear friends Gary, Julie, Maya and Lydia Stutzman of Yellow Springs and step-great-niece and nephew, Jennifer and J.L. Leonard.
Robert S. Lugg '46 passed away on August 7, 2001.
Ruth Knecht, longtime catalog and acquisitions assistant for the Olive Kettering Library of Antioch College, passed away at the age of 90.
Ruth moved to Yellow Springs from her native Germany in 1948, 16 months after her husband Walter, a physicist, came to the US to conduct electronics research at Wright-Patterson AFB. They met on a blind date in 1931 as college students in Munich and were married for 56 years. Ruth worked in the library for 20 years, retiring in 1976.
Ruth was a person of rare talent and enthusiasm. In retirement she became a prolific painter; tended the library and gardens at Oakwood Village retirement community in Springfield, Ohio, where she had most recently resided; and was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Yellow Springs. Her wit, warmth and zest for live will be sorely missed.
Kinnon Lilligren '49, Kinnon started Antioch in the fall of 1941. In the spring of 1943, he joined the Marines and then the Navy. He returned to Antioch in the fall of 1946 and graduated in June of 1949.
Kinnon married Patricia Sherwood in the spring of 1947. They moved to Minnesota in 1961. His death followed a fourteen-year experience with metastatic prostate cancer.
John Reed '49 died on September 19, 2000.
Anaise Blanchard Betsher '50 passed away on July 8, 2001.
Eileen Yongen Wright '50 died on January 18, 2002.
James J. Carpenter '51 died suddenly March 16, 2002 at his home in Shell Point Retirement Community in Fort Myers, Florida. Carpenter was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1924 and began his career after graduating Antioch with Booz Allen and Hamilton as a consulting Engineer. He spent much of his professional life overseas in Iran and Kuwait and afterwards became president of Rubloff Development Corporation in Chicago, IL and president of the Clearwater Downtown Development Corporation in Florida.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Rosemary; a son, Jeffrey; a daughter-in-law, Mendi; granddaughter, Sydney of Manassas, VA; brother, Elmer and his wife, Sharon of Louisville, KY.
Irving Wentworth Wood (Woody) '51 died on February 2, 2002, at his home on Sandy Pond Road in Northport, Long Island, New York. He was 75, born April 28, 1926 in San Francisco, California where he also lived in Berkeley and Mill Valley. In New York, he lived in Rye, New York City and, for forty years, in Northport. Long was devoted to Antioch; he attended the college in 1946-1949 where he married Ruth Semans Wood '52 in the Glen, who died two years ago in Northport after almost 50 years of marriage.
For thirty-four years, he was Audio Engineer and Vice President, first of Sound Systems Inc. and then with the Hubert Wilkie audio and acoustical engineering firm in Manhattan until his retirement in 1994. In June, he was honored by the audio engineering profession for his contribution and an article about him will appear in AEM, the professional magazine. He leaves his loving family: his sister, Judith Wood Spock '54; his brother-in-law, Michael Spock '59; and his sister-in-law, Patricia Semans Meier '53. Also eight nieces and nephews; dear friends in Northport and in the Thimble Islands and Stony Creek, Connecticut. His other sister, Janet Bieri '50 died in 1978.
Paul S. Carey '53 passed away on August 1, 2002, at Otterbein Home, Lebanon, Ohio. Mr. Carey was a World War II Army veteran; husband of Dorothy (Dewalt) Carey; father of Leslie (fiancé Jeff Bove) Carey, Steve Carey, and Philip Carey; and grandfather of John Carey. His wife writes: "Paul retired from the Dow Chemical Company in 1982 after about 30 years. He had gone there on a co-op period before graduation and was hired on as a permanent employee. He had five major job changes during his career with Dow Chemical Company.
Of special note, Paul was an avid downhill skier right up to the time of he was taken ill. He last skied in the spring of 1999. He was operated on in March of 2000 for pancreatic cancer and was never in real good health after that. He got all the kids on skis and our youngest, Phil, teaches skiing in Washington on the weekends. He is an engineer with Boeing. Paul had many ski trips with all his children in Michigan and many other resorts.
We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary on July 12. He really enjoyed the small gathering of friends from Otterbein and, of course, our family. He died about three weeks later."
Dr. Stephen Greenwald '56 was the medical director of the Hennepin County Mental Health Center for more than 30 years. He died suddenly at the age of 68.
Greenwald began working at the center in 1964 when it was still part of the old Minneapolis General Hospital. When that became Hennepin County Medical Center in 1978, he was instrumental in expanding and moving the Mental Health Center. As a consultant to Anoka Regional Treatment Center from about 1965 to '81, he worked with chronically and persistently mentally ill patients. Greenwald also worked with general mental-health problems. In a 1972 report in the Minneapolis Tribune, he noted that older people who resort to drugs face the same problems as the young -- alienation and loneliness
Greenwald is survived by his daughter, Rebekah Greenwald; his partner, Mary Martin; his sons, Joshua and David Greenwald; the children's mother, Barbara Davis; and his seven grandchildren.
Dan Solomon '56, died on September 7, 2002 of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in Oakland, CA. Dan was born May 11, 1933 in Chicago to the late Isadore and Esther Solomon. He earned his PhD. in Social Psychology at the University of Michigan in 1960, and he enjoyed a successful career in educational research. His work focused on factors supportive of children's cooperation, concern for others and sense of community, as well as achievement.
His positions included Senior Research Associate for the Institute for Juvenile Research in Chicago, 1963-71, and Social Psychologist and later Coordinator for the Department of Research and Evaluation for the Montgomery County Public Schools in Rockville, Maryland, 1971-78.
During this time he was a partner in Social Research Consultants with friend and colleague Art Kendall, who has called Dan "the original data miner." They were founding members of Capitol Area Social Psychologists, part of the national organization Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) in which Dan was a Fellow. He was a Project Manager for the Center for Demographic Studies, Social Research Branch, U.S. Bureau of the Census from 1978-80.
Daniel Druckman, a friend who first knew Dan as a colleague for six years at the Institute for Juvenile Research, said, "He was extraordinarily inventive, discovering patterns that eluded most investigators. He enjoyed all the turns and twists of the many forms of analysis that could be tried with a data set."
In 1980, Dan moved to Oakland, CA to work with Eric Schaps on a grant to create a school-based program that would foster children's prosocial development. The ensuing Child Development Project was funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Dan was a co-founder of the Developmental Studies Center, formed to house it and similar projects. He was Director of Research there for 18 years until his retirement in 1998. He continued as a consultant for DSC and other organizations until shortly before his final illness.
Solomon was a co-author of more than 30 research articles, notably one with Marilyn Watson and Victor Battistich, "Effects of Teaching and Schooling on Moral/Prosocial Development," a chapter in Handbook of Research Teaching, Fourth edition, 2001. Battistich called Dan very thorough. "He pulled everything together and explained it in a way easy to grasp." Schaps, current President of Developmental Studies Center, said, "Dan Solomon was one of the most modest and quiet people one could ever hope to meet, and yet he was a nationally prominent, very well respected researcher in American Education. People here loved him and loved working with him."
He was founding member of the 20-unit Swans Way Cohousing near Oakland's City Center and 12th St. BART station. In March, 2000, Dan and other residents moved into their customized homes which took three years to plan and build, and began eating cooperative suppers several times a week in the common dining room.
Dan was an enthusiastic traveler and nature photographer. He sculpted in stone, and spent several weeks in Zimbabwe studying with native Shona sculptors using local materials. "He was adventurous," said Gretchen Muller '59. "He would always try new things and put himself wholly into them." In August he had been looking forward to a photography workshop in the White Mountains on the Nevada border, "home of the bristlecone pine," he said in a letter to Nancy Loughridge '53.
He is survived by a son, Nicholas of Oakland; a daughter, Paula of Grants Pass, Oregon; and a grandson, Ian also of Grants Pass, Oregon. His wife Jean Soerens Solomon died in 1996.
James W. Wheeler Jr. '57 died of a liver ailment November 6, 2001. Dr. Wheeler was born in Clarksburg, W.Va. and received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Antioch College and a doctorate in organic chemistry from Stanford University. Dr. Wheeler taught at Howard from 1964 until retiring in 2000. His research focused on pheromones and other compounds present in insects, mammals and reptiles. Dr. Wheeler undertook several expeditions over the years, including one to the Amazon River. In 1998, he was named Howard's "Most Productive PhD. Faculty Mentor."
Dr. Wheeler is survived by his wife of 44 years, Janet Wheeler; his son, Theodore J. Wheeler; and his brother.
Garrett Smith '59 died on January 13, 2002 of a heart attack in his home in Mexico. A graduate of Antioch College, he served on the faculty from 1962 to 1969, and was active in the Yellow Springs community and the Riding Centre. He contributed numerous things to the mental health field, and in 2000, he was honored with an award from the consumers/survivors of Oregon in recognition of his many efforts to promote equality, freedom and recovery for persons with mental illness. He is survived by his son, Eric, of Newport, Oregon; his sister Zona King, of Brunswick Maine; and his wife from 1964-1980, J. Bentley-Bell of Prescott Valley, Arizonia.
William (Bill) E. Alexander '59: Bill lived his Antioch values of consciousness, inclusivity, adult learning and life experience.
Antioch got Bill Alexander in touch with his mind, with his mental and intellectual capabilities. His mother Marda Greenberg Alexander saw that her fun-loving, laid-back son had deeper possibilities and suggested he apply to Antioch after freshman year at University of Illinois in Chicago. At Antioch, he was deeply influenced by George Geiger, Professor of Philosophy, whom Bill credited with teaching him how to think analytically. He was also deeply affected by his canoe trips with his fiancé and her cousin, Michael Murtha '63.
Bill created several of his own co-op jobs, including driving with a group of students to California, picking up another co-op student, and driving on to Alaska, where he packed cans of salmon and another of his crowd played bass for a 50's band. When canning season was over, Bill worked for his uncle splitting street car rails for scrap metal in Minneapolis. Later, he and Bert Risser '59, developed the concept of the "silent butler," hired Bud Steinhilber of Yellow Springs to design it, and then sold it to college bookstores throughout the country. The silent butler displayed humorous messages indicating that a student was out of the dorm room and telling the visitor where they were.
Bill married Julie Couillard '62 and a Yellow Springs native, in the Antioch Chapel, December 30, 1961. In 1962, Bill entered the George Maxwell School of Public Policy in Syracuse, NY and received his PhD. in Sociology in 1968, writing his dissertation on happiness as experienced in a population of diagnosed schizophrenics. While in graduate school, he and a friend created and sold "Goldwater '64 -- Hot Water '65" and "Help Goldwater Stamp Out Peace" bumper stickers. This duo also sold used ski equipment out of a storefront, which didn't last long because Bill accepted an assistant professorship in the Educational Planning Department of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Bill loved OISE's combination of teaching, research and field development.
In the late '70s, Bill moved to the Adult Education Department, where he was asked to head the Developing Human Resources section. He immersed himself in professional development, training with University Associates and National Training Labs. Bill designed an orientation program for new students in DHR, focused around a canoe trip for which the students became an organization in order to plan and execute a four night trip on the French River in Ontario. The students then studied their own organization. He also put in a lot of effort to support applicants with good life and work qualifications but not academic qualifications that met the U. of T.'s entrance requirements. His former students have been influential in Canadian corporations, and government and non government agencies and educational settings.
Bill and Julie, seasoned Antiochians, (Julie had co-oped and studied in Mexico) approached sabbaticals as grown-up co-ops and spent a year in Columbia, South America with their two sons, three months in Europe, and four months in Costa Rica. In the 1990s, Bill proposed a new business venture with the University of Toronto, developing a successful diploma/certificate program in HRD for business professionals which is still going strong.
Having smoked heavily for many years, Bill quit in 1985. He was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer in November 2000. His first reaction was fear, his next reaction was deep appreciation for the life he had lived and was living at that moment. He wished for the course of his illness to be transparent as a learning opportunity for others, consistent with his long-held commitment to teaching. About a week before he became bed-ridden, Bill and Julie attended a "Vipassana" (mindfulness) meditation retreat where they gave a presentation on mindful living with dying. Toronto's Trinity Hospice organized a group of 25 of Bill's friends into a hospice care team, which helped him remain at home during the last weeks of his life. During this time he continued to share his experience as his strength allowed. His great sense of humor remained even when his voice became a whisper.
During Bill's last year, he enjoyed visits from Antiochians Janet Craig Krack '62, Marty Bloom '59, Sherry Lovering Bloom '61.
During Marty's visit they enjoyed phone calls to Antiochians Bennett Kremen '60 and Bill Phillips '66. Bill and Julie together enjoyed playing bridge, Bill played tennis avidly as long as he had breath to do so, sometimes with Ken Shepard '61.
He leaves sons Bennett Jarvis and Matthew Giles and his wife Julie. Bill and Julie inspired Bill's younger cousin Sally Greenberg '75 to attend Antioch College in Yellow Springs.
Lovingly prepared by Julie Alexander '62; her cousin, Michael Murtha '63; Bill's cousin, Sally Greenberg '75; and Toronto friend, Ken Shepard '61.
Eleanor Boltson Harris '59 of Bangor, Maine, died of pancreatic cancer on May 27, 2002. She was 64. She leaves behind Peter, her husband of 45 years; son, Daniel; daughter, Marion; and granddaughter, Ariel. She also leaves behind her sister, Elizabeth Gordon and husband, Jerry; her brother Donald Boltson and wife, Marion and other beloved relatives. She will be missed as well by countless friends and students throughout the world to whom she was a great inspiration and mentor. At the time of her death, Eleanor was on leave from her position as Director of the International Center for Language Studies at Husson College. She and Peter moved to Maine in 1989. Prior to that, the Harrises lived in Jamaica and then made their home in Costa Rica for 17 years. Eleanor had an extensive career in International Education, serving numerous programs in many different countries, promoting education and cultural understanding worldwide. She loved to travel and visited many parts of the world on business and pleasure with Peter. Eleanor was an avid reader, an enthusiastic gardener and tennis player, and a great cook. She delighted in her 11-year-old granddaughter, Ariel.
Eleanor was born Eleanor Ruth Boltson in Rego Park, Queens, New York. She graduated from Forest Hills High School and Antioch College. She earned a MA in Bilingual Education from the University of Florida. Eleanor was passionately committed to social justice and creating a better world.
Sharon Schutt Lestenkof '66 passed away on December 14, 2001.
Susan Green '67 died at age 57 of cancer. Green was a speechwriter and assistant to former first lady Barbara Bush. Green wrote speeches on learning, education and literacy. She also served on as the first lady's chief liaison to literacy and advocacy organizations and helped develop related projects and activities. She is survived by her mother, a brother, and a sister.
Betty Kapetanakis '74, Community Activist, Executive Director of the North Star Fund, a leader in New York's progressive funding community, was killed by a truck as she was crossing a street in Manhattan on Monday, July 29, 2002. She was 50 years old.
For the last seven years of her 15-year tenure, she was the Executive Director of the North Star Fund, a source of funding for projects organizing for social change in New York City. During her time at the Fund, she helped raise and distribute millions of dollars to thousands of small and mid-sized grassroots groups throughout the five boroughs.
She was well known in the larger activist community as a lifelong, tireless champion of empowerment, civil rights, gender and racial equity, workers‚ rights and peace.
Born in Greece on April 1, 1952, Ms. Kapetanakis and her family immigrated to Asbury Park, New Jersey in 1955 and she became an American citizen in 1967. Ms. Kapetanakis attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where she graduated with a BA in Literature and Communications in 1974. She also studied at the Centro De Estudios Universitarios Colombo-Americano in Bogota, Colombia.
It was as a student that she made a lifetime commitment to activism. She worked as an organizer for the United Farm Workers Union in Oakland, California, as well as with the group "Women in Greece Foreign Living," and countless others. She became Program Associate at the North Star Fund in 1987, and its Executive Director in 1995.
What attracted Ms. Kapetanakis to the North Star Fund is that, unlike many other funding organizations, it is a partnership between donors and community activists which makes grants to new and emerging groups committed to social justice and as well as organizations overlooked by traditional funding sources.
Ms. Kapetanakis helped expand that principle to include ever more diverse areas of life in New York. During the wave of Chinese immigration in the late 70s, many of the new immigrants found both employment and abuse in the underground garment industry. Some of the workers formed an organization to fight for their rights as workers, and they soon turned to Ms. Kapetanakis and the North Star Fund for help. That money seeded the Chinese Staff and Workers Association, now a successful and thriving advocacy organization based in Manhattan.
Ms. Kapetanakis is survived by two sisters, Georgia and Natalia; her brother, Dino; and her mother, Constantina.
Paul L. Carriere '76, a longtime Chicago psychologist whose work has helped tens of thousands of young people get off the streets died in his home of a heart attack. Mr. Carriere, 50, founded Teen Living Programs 27 years ago. The facilities help youths move into emergency shelters, independent-living programs or foster care.
Mr. Carriere was a native New Yorker who went to school at Antioch and traveled the world before settling in Chicago. He earned a degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Teen Living assists about 6,600 teens a year. Its services include apartments supervised by foster parents, substance-abuse services, educational tutoring and counseling, emergency shelters and supervised independent-living programs. Friends appreciated his dry sense of humor and his commitment to honesty. He is survived by his father, Wilbur; a brother, Alan; and sisters Deborah Schleedee and Cindy.
Nina Peyton Langrall Petrulis '77, died at her home in the care of her family on Friday, September 22, 2000, after a six-year struggle with breast cancer. She was 46. She was a psychotherapist, artist and teacher. After completing her BA, she lived in Vermont and Oregon, and moved to Seattle, Washington in 1979 to pursue graduate studies at Antioch University, Seattle. She and her husband, Bob, met in Seattle and had two daughters. In 1995, they moved to Becket, Massachusetts and then to Marshall, Michigan in 1996. While living in Marshall, she raised her children, taught classes at Olivet College, and produced materials about women in non-traditional roles, which were used in several area schools and libraries. She was a member of the Baha'i Faith, and was committed to a vision of the unity and equality of humanity, and tried to put that ideal into practice in many ways. She was active in the Institute for Healing Racism. She was also intensely interested in natural foods cooking, and participated in the Marshall Food Coop, and did volunteer work at the Creative Health Institute near Union City. Surviving are her husband and daughters Sarah and Erin, as well as her mother Margaret Langrall, sister Rebecca Langrall, and brother Charles Langrall. She had one niece and two nephews.
John B. Gauci Sr. '78, died of prostate cancer in his home. Gauci was a high-ranking official at several area cooperatives that helped seniors and small businesses pool their resources.
Gauci was an executive director of the National Cooperative Business Association's Cooperative Development foundation where he played a major part in creating rural development programs and the United Co-op Appeal. In the late 90s, he was executive director of Cooperative League of the USA (CLUSA) and helped fund a Web site as a resource to help start seniors cooperatives. In 2001, he was inducted into the National Cooperative Business Association's Cooperative Hall of Fame.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Patricia Beramsingh Gauci; two children, John B. Gauci Jr. and Michelle Soumah; and a grandson.
Dan Dunlap '79, age 46, died November 5, 2000, of a heart attack while kayaking on a river in Ecuador. Death came suddenly but gently for Dan, taking him as he was doing one of the things he loved best.
Dan attended Antioch College in 1974 and graduated with a degree in philosophy from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington in 1977. He earned his juris doctorate degree from the University of San Francisco in 1980. After law school, Dan moved to East Bay San Francisco, where he was in the private practice of law in Walnut Creek until his death. He was a member of both the California and Montana state bar associations.
Dan traveled the world extensively for white water rafting and kayaking and in 1999, McGraw Hill published a book he co-authored, World Whitewater, a global guide to whitewater rafting. He had run rivers on every continent except Antarctica and his friends say he had become an excellent river runner.
Dan held dual citizenship in Ireland and the United States. His endearing personality attracted many friends, many of which he managed to keep in contact with. He married Martha Kendall, in 1998, and they named their daughter, 20 months old at the time of Dan's death, Madison McKenzie after two rivers.
Survivors include his wife, Martha; daughter, Madison; and mother, Kathleen Dunlap of Butte, Montana.
Elizabeth L. Wilderson (Powers) '80 died on March 12, 2001 from ovarian cancer.
Lyda Craig '84 died on May 13, 2002 from complications due to Glioblastoma. She was 40 years old. She is survived by her husband John Lamacchia and son Benjamin.
William R. "Bud" Farally '87 died of a heart attack on April 17, 2002. Farally served in the Air Force in the 1960s and was a labor official for the sheet metal workers in Philadelphia before moving to the Washington area in 1996. He is survived by his wife, Diane Farrally; their three children, Dianna Valvardi, William Farrally and Todd Farrally; two brothers; a sister; and two granddaughters.
Samuel Baskin PhD., former Professor of Psychology and Director of Educational Planning and Development at Antioch, passed away suddenly on May 20, 2002 after an eight-month recuperation period following a car accident. Dr. Baskin spent his entire professional life in the education field and was a pioneer in creating and developing alternative life study programs. Dr. Baskin was a graduate of Brooklyn College and New York University. After being a faculty member at NYU and Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, he moved to Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. There he progressed from professor of Psychology to Director of Educational Planning and Development. His greatest achievement was his developing and leading as a founding President, the Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities, Union Graduate School, University Without Walls, a non-traditional higher education study paid through the U.W.W. He also founded the Goodwin Watson Institute for Research and Development, a doctoral degree program with special focus in institutional change, program development and research in higher education. In his later years, Dr. Baskin was a senior consultant for University Consultants, Dayton Communications Crop., and the Ford foundation, among others. among his many awards was the Distinguished Alumni Achievement, New York University. Dr. Baskin is survived by his loving wife Florence, devoted sons, Robert and David, daughter-in-law, Miriam, grandchildren, Avshalom, Adit Zisel and Moshe of Israel and numerous other nieces and nephews.
George Cooper recently passed away at the age of 85 in Centerville, Ohio. Cooper was a Co-op faculty member in the late '60s and one of the Golden Thirteen. The Golden thirteen was a group of 13 black officers commissioned by the Navy in 1944 under pressure of the NAACP and the National Urban League when there were zero African-American officers despite 120,000 enlisted African-American personnel. Cooper was also one of the founders of the Golden Thirteen Naval Scholarship Fund established in 1994 through The Dayton Foundation in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Golden Thirteen.
Alex Evans, long-time instructor and interim direct
at Antioch's London
Centre, died on May 10, 2002, at the age of 96. Antioch gave Alex an honorary
doctorate in 1980 of which he was quite proud. Paula Spier, Director of Antioch
Education Abroad, Emerita, writes that Alex died "peacefully in his
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