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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, Rochester, NY 14620. The e-mail address is



Contrary to the report published in the last issue of Review, Karen Besenfelder Howland '65 is alive and well. Due to an error in processing information she provided to the University, we incorrectly reported her death and not the death of her mother, Grace Montana Besenfelder '27, who died in July 1997. We regret the error.

Miriam Goldblatt Wershub '20, November 1998

Laura Reeves Russell '23, September 1998

Lamonte W. Brockway '24, September 1998

Leonora Granata Willett '25, January 1997

Rose McChesney Stewart '27E, August 1998

Louise Gelli Wendt '28, November 1998

Helen Dibble Coppens '29E, September 1998

Hunter Johnson '29E, May 1986

Laurette Siebold Magin '29, September 1998

Helen Phillips Maloney '29, May 1998

Hilda Hart Coddington '30N, March 1994

Marie C. Harper '30E, May 1998

Grant S. Miller '30, August 1998

Charles L. Resler '30, October 1998

Robert W. Salter '30, October 1998

Marian McManus Spencer '30, '31N, November 1997

Janet Brown Fisher '31, '32N, July 1998

William H. DeCamp Jr. '32, November 1998

Margaret Kenyon Dieckman '32, October 1998

Jane Dorn Mosher '32, September 1998

Susan Lipsky Berman '33, December 1997

Huntington Burdick '33E, May 1995

Waldo Williamson '33E (Mas), March 1996

Ruth Atwood Blackwell '34, April 1998

Justus B. Roberts '34M (MD), June 1998

Joseph Albert Fortuna '35E, June 1998

Charles E. Hilton '35, September 1998

Katharyn Becker Smith '35, September 1998

Violet Rentschler Blazey '36, May 1997

Henry Lyon '36, October 1998

Carl E. Amt '37E (Mas), August 1998

Melvin Clement '37E, January 1998

Mary Toomey Kinsella '37, September 1998

G. Robert Schermerhorn '38, October 1998

Mary Steichen Calderone '39M (MD), October 1998

Robert J. Hudak '39, August 1998

Eugene Kilinski '39E, '40E (Mas), August 1998

Nathaniel M. Patch '39E, '41E (Mas), November 1998

Burnett Anderson '40, November 1998

Harry W. Hoffmann '40E, July 1997

Roger G. Metcalf '40M (MD), June 1998

Irene Holcombe Clark '41 (Mas), April 1998

Virginia Bettys Kihn '41, December 1997

Richard E. Kuehnel '41E, September 1998

Helen Baker Texeira '41E, September 1998

Harold Fleisher '42, '43 (Mas), August 1998

Frederick L. Stone '42 (Mas), '48 (PhD), October 1998

Thomas G. Donohue '43E, October 1998

John F. Faulkner '43, September 1998

Walter Lohrmann '43M (MD), September 1998

Eugene Thomas Skelly '43, April 1998

Frances Lehr Snyder '43, August 1998

Gordon C. McCowan '44, June 1998

Donald Balch Hoff '45, October 1998

Norma Nutter Jackson '45N, September 1996

Flora Chiarappa Silini '45E, July 1998

Harriet Fogel Lewis '46, July 1998

Norman Lampkin Matthews '46M (MD), October 1998

Shirley Thorpe Swertfager '46N, August 1998

Edward T. Kern '47, '72S (MBA), June 1998

Edward K. Ryder '47M (MD), September 1998

Marjorie Van Wyckhouse Vann '48E, April 1998

Gilbert M. Crane '49, '52 (Mas), March 1998

Robert C. Thoman '49, August 1997

Robert Church Stroud '50M (Mas), '52M (PhD), August 1998

Wilson Bond '51, February 1998

Jonas E. Richmond '51M (Mas), '54M (PhD), June 1998

Evelyn Smith Winfrey '51E (Mas), July 1998

Madeline Therese Kelso '52 (Mas), October 1998

John C. Robinson '54, October 1998

Paul H. Earls '55E, '56E (Mas), '60E (PhD), September 1998

Martin G. Koesterer '55, October 1998

Sandy E. Norris '55, August 1998

Helen V. Ininger '56E, January 1998

John B. McKelvey '56, October 1998

James Andrew Gilroy '57M (Res), August 1998

Joel D. Wagner '57, July 1997

Teresa Magdalen Simpson '60E (Mas), July 1998

David R. Bossart '61E, July 1998

Kurt I. Altman '63M (PhD), January 1998

Hugh Alan Ewart '65 (PhD), October 1997

Brett T. Watson '65E (Mas), May 1998

Robin Hambly '68E, July 1998

Carol Behrndt Scott '70, October 1998

Daria Johnson Upson '78, December 1998

Matthew Petersheim '80 (Mas), '82 (PhD), October 1998

Richard A. Berry '84, October 1998


Emmanuel Goldberg '32, '35 (MS), founder and retired president of the Nalge Company, died January 8. He was 87.

First elected to the University's Board of Trustees in 1969, Goldberg was active in several Rochester- area community service organizations and international philanthropies. He also served on the board of directors of the Eastman Dental Center.

He received a bachelor's and a master's degree, both in chemistry, from the University. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946.

Goldberg founded Nalge, a plastics manufacturing company, in 1951. The company was acquired by the Sybron Corporation in 1966.

Goldberg served on Sybron's board of directors for many years.


Harry W. Fischer, M.D., former chair of the Department of Radiology, died on November 1, 1998. He was 77.

In the course of his teaching career at the universities of Iowa, Michigan, and Rochester, he was a pioneer in the research of diagnostic techniques. At the time of his retirement in 1991, he was known as one of the world's foremost experts on the use of contrast material.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Land Use Institute (PO Box 22, Benzonia, MI 49616), or the H.W. Fischer Research Fund, c/o University of Rochester Medical Center (Box 648, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642).

Martin Lessen, professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, died January 24, in Rochester. He was 78.

Lessen joined the University faculty in 1960 as the chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Sciences and is credited with playing an important role in forming the department following the establishment of the College of Engineering. He served as chair from 1960 to 1970.

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