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In Memoriam

Editor's note: We know that timely reporting of alumni deaths is important to our readers. At the same time, we must ensure that our reports are accurate. Therefore, we ask that friends and family send us either an obituary or a letter of confirmation in notifying us of someone's death. Please write to the Alumni Association, University of Rochester, 685 Mt. Hope Avenue, Box 278993, Rochester, NY 14627-8993. The e-mail address is


Esther McGowan Low '24, April 1997.

Helen Fay Samuelson '27, March 1997.

Charles Holmes Green '28, May 1997.

Helen Louise Eberle '31E, '47E (Mas), May 1997.

Louise M. Hemenway '31N, May 1997.

Harold Milne Giffin '32E (Mas), '33E, May 1997.

Julia J. Lifshitz Roth '32E, May 1996.

Charles Roger Allison '36M (MD), November 1996.

Marie Allen Maloney '38E, April 1997.

Orson J. Britton '39, November 1996.

Robert C. McGlenn '39, August 1995.

Frederic C. Werle '39E (Mas), May 1997.

Douglas H. Parks '40, '48 (MA), May 1997.

Mary Walker Reed '40E, May 1995.

Virginia Corcoran Buyck '42, June 1997.

Esther V. Gott '42 (Mas), November 1996.

John Clyde Lane '42, August 1996.

Norma Stewart Clark '43N, June 1997.

Jane Robertson Taylor '44, November 1996.

Phyllis Wood Shear '45, May 1997.

Thomas E. Barber '47M (MD), June 1997.

Martin S. Reider '47, August 1996.

Jane Lally Skane '47N, December 1996.

Mamie Kose Marchand '48 (Mas), April 1997.

Gordon A. Allen '49 (PhD), February 1997.

Richard Handschin '53M (MD), April 1997.

Charles L. Elworth '63 (PhD), May 1997.

Dorr Warner Bouldin '68, May 1995.

Joan Marie Kelley '71W (PhD), November 1996.

Sandra Lee Blaney Good '79N (MS), November 1996.


Ronald Bittner '78S (MBA), chairman of the board and former CEO of Frontier Corp., died August 31. He was 55.

Bittner is credited with transforming Frontier from a small monopoly utility to a competitive force in the telecommunications industry. He joined Rochester telephone in 1963, spending his entire career there and with its successor, Frontier. After being named CEO in 1992, he began a series of acquisitions that made Frontier the nation's fifth-largest long-distance company.

A Rochester trustee since 1992, he had served on a number of board committees, most recently on the health affairs committee overseeing the University Medical Center.

Virginia Dwyer '43, who chaired the Board of Trustees from 1988 to 1991, died September 29 in New York City after a long illness. She was 76.

She joined the board in 1979 and became its president following her retirement as senior vice president for finance at American Telephone & Telegraph Co. During her 43-year career at AT&T, she was cited regularly as one of the first women to reach the highest levels of management in a major American corporation. She was also the first woman to serve as chair of the University board.

Her first job out of college was as a statistical clerk for Western Electric, the manufacturing unit of the former Bell System. At night, she studied economics at New York University and earned her master's degree in 1953.

At the University she held various positions on its governing bodies, among them the visiting committees of the Graduate School of Management (as the Simon School was then called) and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the executive, investment, and personnel committees of the Board of Trustees.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Virginia Dwyer Scholarship Fund, University of Rochester, Box 270032, Rochester, NY 14627-0032.


Alexander Dounce, professor emeritus of biochemistry who was known for his work on the chemical basis of the genetic code, died on April 24. He was 87.

He joined the medical school's Department of Biochemistry as an instructor in 1941 and shortly thereafter began his research on the isolation of cell nuclei. In 1952 he became the first to propose a genetic code in which two nucleotide bases coded for the 20 amino acids, a concept he later revised and refined and which eventually helped lead to the deciphering of the code.

Karl Knigge, a medical researcher who was widely acclaimed in the field of brain research, died on May 1. He was 70. He was internationally acknowledged as a pioneer who defined the discipline now known as neuroendocrinology, the study of the brain's control of the secretions from the pituitary gland and other autonomic mechanisms such as the hypothalamus and the thyroid.

Founder of the Neuroendocrinology Unit at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, in 1981, he was the first editor-in-chief of the Journal of Neuroendocrinology. He had been a member of the Rochester faculty since 1965.

Gifts may be made in his memory through the University of Rochester Gift Office, 30 Administration Building, Rochester NY 14627.

Sam Nolutshungu, professor of political science and African politics, died on August 12 in Rochester.

He was an internationally recognized expert on South African politics. In December 1996 he was selected as the next vice chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, considered one of the most powerful and prestigious academic positions in that country. But for health reasons, in January he declined.

Author of five books and numerous articles on Africa, he came to Rochester in 1991 from the University of Manchester, England.

William Osseck '41E, '42E (Mas), professor emeritus of woodwinds, died September 5. He was 80.

In 1946 he was appointed a clarinet instructor at Eastman and later became the school's first saxophone instructor. He founded and directed the Eastman Clarinet Choir. Also for 27 years a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, he held the positions of first, second, E-flat, and bass clarinets and alto and tenor saxophone He retired from the orchestra in 1968, and continued to teach at Eastman until 1988.

Seth McCoy, professor of voice whose passing in January was noted in the Fall 1997 issue of the Review: A scholarship fund has been set up in his name. Contributions may be made to the Seth McCoy Scholarship Fund, Eastman School of Music, 26 Gibbs St., Rochester NY 14604.

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