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David W. Bailey '21
Former secretary for the University's two governing boards, the Corporation and the Board of Overseers, David W. Bailey '21 died on Jan. 1 at his home in Cambridge. He was 98 years old.
Warbury Professor of Economics emeritus John Kenneth Galbraith called Bailey a "great pillar of the Harvard community."
After beginning work for Harvard in 1928 as publications agent, Bailey joined the administration as secretary of both boards in 1943. He worked under Presidents James B. Conant '14 and Nathan M. Pusey '28.
Pusey called Bailey a "credit to the institution" and "the kind of person who went to Harvard, fell in love with it and studied it."
In the face of administrative opposition, Bailey also spearheaded the construction of the Cambridge Street overpass which joins what was then North Campus to South Campus. Before the construction, students had to cross the dangerous and busy street. The bridge now allows undergraduates to reach the Science Center from the Yard.
One year after his 1965 retirement, Bailey received an honorary degree from the University. He is survived by his wife Joyce W. Bailey, two children, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Eric M. Breindel '77
Eric M. Breindel '77, the former editorial page editor for The New York Post and a senior vice president of News Corporation, died March 7 after massive hemorrhaging and cardiac arrest. He was 42.
Breindel, a former Crimson editorial chair, was a well-known conservative commentator in New York. He was a leading voice for the Jewish community during the racial unrest in Brooklyn's Crown Heights in 1991.
He was hired as The Post's editorial page editor in 1986 after working for the Public Broadcasting Service and The New York Daily News. Breindel left the Post in 1997 but continued to write a weekly column in The Post and hosted a weekly TV show, "Fox News Watch," on the Fox News Channel.
Roger W. Brown
Roger W. Brown, a retired Harvard professor who made significant advances in the study of language skill development and wrote two classic psychology textbooks, died at his home in Cambridge on Dec. 11. He was 72.
Brown taught at Harvard following World War II and then accepted a full professorship at MIT in 1957. He returned to Harvard in 1962 and became Lindsley professor of psychology. He retired in 1995.
He was the author of the textbooks Social Psychology (1965) and A First Language (1973). Brown published an autobiography, Against My Better Judgement, in 1996, which dealt with his homosexuality.
Mary I. Bunting-Smith
The fifth president of Radcliffe College, Mary I. Bunting-Smith died Jan. 21 at the age of 87.
During her tenure as president from 1960 to 1972, Bunting-Smith worked to integrate women into Harvard University, introduced the House system to Radcliffe and raised funds for the construction of Hilles Library and Currier House.
"She had a clear-eyed sense of where women were heading at a time when Princeton and Yale were all-male institutions," said former Harvard President Derek C. Bok.
According to current Radcliffe President Linda S. Wilson, Bunting-Smith's "statesmanship, courage and imperturbability guided Harvard and Radcliffe's alliance during the turbulent period of national unrest."
When she arrived as president, one of Bunting-Smith's first proposals was to create an institute where women could overcome a climate of low expectations.
"[The creation of the Bunting Institute] was very, very timely because people didn't see the pendulum beginning to shift as early as she did," Bok said.
Since Bunting-Smith founded the institute in 1960, more than 1,300 women have held the one-year Bunting fellowships.
Bunting-Smith was a visionary who saw Harvard as a platform to implement her ideas, said her son Charles I. Bunting.
She is survived by eight children and step-children and four grandchildren.
William S. Burroughs '36
Beat Generation novelist and icon William S. Burroughs '36 died Aug. 2, in Lawrence, Kans., of a heart attack. He was 83.
The 1959 publication of Burroughs' experimental novel Naked Lunch challenged conventional literary forms in depicting an underground world fighting a self-destructing technological society and was the subject of a precedent-setting obscenity trial because of its violent and sexually explicit content.
Burroughs also dabbled in the visual arts and appeared in several films, including Drugstore Cowboy and Twister, as well as Nike commercials.
Robert W. Chasteney Jr. '31
Robert W. Chasteney Jr. '31, a retired managing editor of the Time, Inc. publication House and Home, died June 7, 1997, after a brief illness. He was 90.
Chasteney, who was editorial chair of The Crimson, began his professional journalism and publishing career at the Keyport Weekly, a small newspaper in Monmouth County, N.J., Chasteney's home state.
By the fall of 1932, Chasteney was employed by Time, Inc. Chasteney worked for Time, Architectural Forum and Magazine of Building before helping to launch House and Home.
Chasteney served as a lieutenant colonel in World War II.
Lawrence E. Fouraker
Former Dean of Harvard Business School (HBS) Lawrence E. Fouraker died on Dec. 20 of viral pneumonia in Brookline, Mass. Fouraker was 74 years old.
After serving for 10 years as a professor of economics at Pennsylvania State University, Fouraker arrived at HBS in 1961 where he taught for nine years within the MBA and executive education programs.
Fouraker was named Ford professor of business administration in 1968, and University President Nathan M. Pusey '28 appointed Fouraker to the position of HBS dean in 1970. The school established a professorship in his name in 1981.
After leaving HBS in 1981, Fouraker joined the boards of several corporations including the General Electric Company and New England Mutual Life Insurance Company. He also served on the Board of Overseers at Harvard's Memorial Church.
Blout Professor of Biological Sciences at the School of Public Health (SPH) Edgar Haber died of multiple myeloma on Oct. 13. Haber, who had served as chief of cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital for 24 years, was 65.
Haber was "a giant in the field of cardiovascular medicine," said Arthur M. Lee, associate professor of biological sciences at SPH. His death was "a huge loss to heart research," he added.
Haber came to the Medical School in 1992, founding the Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. As the program's director, Haber led 37 scientists in "a molecular approach to identifying the genes that have an important role in the development of arteriosclerosis," Lee said. Arteriosclerosis, a condition in which the walls of the arteries narrow and thicken, is the leading cause of death in the United States.
In the last five years Haber developed a model to study the artery-clogging process in cardiac transplant patients.
Deshaun R. Hill '99
Adams House rising junior Deshaun R. Hill '99 was killed in a car accident July 3 in Monterey County, Calif. He was 20.
Hill was driving with classmate Harvard C. Nabrit Stephens '99 when he lost control of the vehicle, which crossed a divider and rolled over.
The two friends were on their way to Los Angeles for the Fourth of July weekend.
Mary Ann Hill said her son was both "happy-go-lucky" and a "perfectionist." And, she said, he had his priorities straight. "Christ was first in his life. Education was second," she said.
Hill, an electrical engineering sciences concentrator, was involved in the Black Students Association (BSA) and the Black Men's Forum. Dionne A. Fraser '99, then-vice president of the BSA, said Hill was probably "the greatest student who ever went to Harvard."
B. Leonard Holman
Dr. B. Leonard Holman, Cooke professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and a pioneer in nuclear medicine best known for his work on the effects of cocaine addiction, died of cancer Feb. 1 at his home in Newton. He was 56.
Holman was the chair of the radiology department at Brigham and Women's Hospital, having worked there since 1970. He joined the HMS faculty in 1981.
At Brigham and Women's, Holman led the development of single-photon emission computer tomography (SPECT).
While his work focused primarily on SPECT, some of Holman's most ground-breaking research came in 1987 when he used X-ray and CAT-scan imaging to analyze the bodies of several Egyptian mummies.
Daewoo Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School (HBS) Ramchandran Jaikumar suffered a fatal heart attack on Feb. 10, while mountain climbing in Ecuador. He was 53.
Jaikumar's work focused on manufacturing management and technology. He was a pioneer in the study of certain types of manufacturing systems.
"His influence on the academic field of operations management and on industrial practice has been profound," said Professor Marshall Fisher of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Jaikumar's doctoral adviser.
Jaikumar also won accolades for his teaching. "Jai cared greatly about what his students learned and it showed every time he entered the classroom," said Roy D. Shapiro, Phillips professor of manufacturing at HBS. "He set high standards."
Jaikumar was also widely published and served as an advisor to two congressional committees. Mountain climbing was one of his favorite pursuits. As a guide in the Himalayas during his college years, Jaikumar climbed a 23,000-foot peak in 1966. Last year, he became the first person to reach the top of a remote peak in Greenland, naming it "Minarjnik" after his wife, Mrinalini Mani, and his two sons, Arjun and Nikhil.
Eleanor Doermann Larrabee '43
Eleanor Doermann Larrabee '43, an architect and designer of university libraries, died Sept. 27, in New York City. She was 74.
In a time when women were only beginning to enter the field of architecture, Larrabee made large inroads into a profession dominated by men.
In 1955 Larrabee joined a New York architecture firm run by Charles H. Warner Jr. She was named an associate at WBTL Architects in Manhattan in 1963.
Larrabee served for about 10 years as a trustee of Barnard College.
Cromwell Professor of Law emeritus Louis Loss, widely considered "the intellectual father of securities law in the United States," died Dec. 13 of congestive heart failure. He was 83.
"His central contribution was a treatise on securities regulation," said Bemis Professor of International Law Detlev F. Vagts '49, one of Loss' colleagues.
The treatise spans 11 volumes and has been cited 50 times by the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a Harvard Law School (HLS) press statement.
In addition to numerous books on securities law, Loss wrote a work describing his career, titled Anecdotes of a Security Lawyer.
Loss taught at HLS beginning in 1952, becoming a professor emeritus in 1984. He also served as an honorary associate of Quincy House.
Marjorie S. Lucker
An assistant dean and registrar during 14 years of service at the Kennedy School of Government (KSG), Marjorie S. Lucker died Aug. 1 of complications from lung cancer. She was 66.
At a memorial service, more than 250 colleagues, family and friends turned out to pay tribute. Many said Lucker was someone people turned to with their problems, questions and concerns, always dispensing wise and ethical advice.
Merilee S. Grindle, Mason professor of international development, said the KSG depended on Lucker's wisdom, noting the frequency with which the phrase "Ask Marge" was heard around the school. "I confess to being a committed ask-Marger," she said.
Lucker sang, played piano and was a member of the Follen Church Choir. She had served on the Board of Directors of the John Oliver Chorale.
J. Anthony Lukas '55
Nearing the completion of his fifth book Big Trouble, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author J. Anthony Lukas '55 committed suicide in his Manhattan apartment June 5. He was 64.
Lukas, a former Crimson executive, graduated magna cum laude with a degree in government. He later studied as both a Nieman and an Institute of Politics Fellow and served as an adjunct lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government in 1979.
Best known for his work examining social trends through landmark events, Lukas began his career writing for The Baltimore Sun and The New York Times and taught at several prominent American universities.
His colleagues and literary critics hail Lukas as a talented historian.
Lukas "was a brilliant writer and one of the seminal journalists of his generation," said Carolyn Reidy, president and publisher of the Simon & Schuster Trade Division. "His death is a devastating loss."
Donald N. Medearis Jr
Wilder Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and retired Chief of Pediatric Services at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Donald N. Medearis Jr. died Sept. 29 of heart failure at the age of 70.
Medearis was a member of the HMS faculty from 1977 until his retirement in 1995, but worked daily until his death.
"His loss was immediately felt," said R. Alan Ezekowitz, the current Wilder professor of pediatrics and Medearis' successor at MGH.
Specializing in the study of pediatric infectious diseases, Medearis was especially interested in children's emergency room care. In 1993 he published a study concluding that in many cases, care and equipment in emergency rooms are not tailored to children's needs.
He also pioneered a combined medical-pediatric residency program at MGH and helped shape the Medical School's core curriculum.
HMS has named a research day in Medearis' honor and the Butler-Medearis Education Fund will raise money to endow a lectureship in his name. He also served on President Carter's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine.
Lillian B. Miller '43
Renowned art historian and scholar Lillian B. Miller '43 died of a cerebral hemorrhage on Nov. 27 at the age of 74.
Miller's main intellectual pursuit was the study of 20th-century American culture, art and literature. Among numerous teaching positions, she was an art history professor at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and a historian at the National Portrait Gallery.
"Academics was her life," said Nathan Miller, her husband of 49 years. "It meant thought. It meant being with students. It meant the hashing out of ideas. It meant assimilating American culture. It was the essence of her life, the pursuit of ideas."
Miller wrote several volumes on the Peale family of artists. Her scholarly attention greatly augmented the reputation of the previously-unrecognized family, leading to the $4 million sale of a portrait by Rembrant Peale in 1986.
The first member of her family to go to college, Miller commuted from Mattapan and worked her way through Radcliffe as a secretary.
John Thomas Patterson
Former resident tutor and non-resident history tutor of Mather House John Thomas Patterson died Oct. 9. Patterson, who was 45, died of AIDS-related complications.
"I was very proud of him. He was everything you would ever want in a son," said his mother, Mildred R. Patterson.
Mather House Master Sandra A. Naddaff said Patterson would be deeply missed. "I think every once in a while a House is lucky enough to have a person like John," she said. "He was very involved in the life of the undergraduates."
Jeffrey P. Moran, a resident tutor in Mather, said Patterson was "an intellectual and social role model."
"He was very up-front about being gay," he said. "He really wanted to be an example to students who were gay, but also to students who weren't."
Patterson's involvement in the Harvard community stretched back into the mid '70s when Patterson was a proctor at Matthews Hall and a teaching fellow at the College.
William G. Perry '35
William G. Perry '35, founder of the Bureau of Study Council (BSC) and professor of education emeritus, died in January of pneumonia at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He was 84.
Perry created the BSC to bring together a variety of counseling services with a common mission under one roof. Under Perry, the BSC sought to use clinical psychology to address problems specific to college students. This approach remains in use at Harvard and has been adopted by dozens of other colleges.
Perry was born in Paris, graduated from St. Mark's School and later received both bachelor's and master's degrees from Harvard. In addition to his work in education, Perry published a translation of Homer's Iliad with Alston Hurd Chase in 1950.
Harvard C. Nabrit Stephens '99
Shortly after completing his sophomore year, Harvard C. Nabrit Stephens '99 died in a tragic car accident along with fellow student Deshaun R. Hill '99 on July 3.
At Harvard, Stephens, a computer science concentrator, volunteered with the Fresh Pond Enrichment program and was a member of the Black Students Association (BSA), the Black Men's Forum and the Spee Club.
During the summer, he had been working for Microsoft in Redmond, Wash.
Friends called him warm and accommodating. "His door was always open--for partying and for studying," said Dionne A. Fraser '99, then-vice president of the BSA.
Ivan A. Tcherepnin '64
Ivan A. Tcherepnin '64, a composer and the director of the University's Electronic Music Studio for over 25 years, died April 11 at the age of 55.
Tcherepnin's students included a number of prominent musicians including cellist Yo-Yo Ma '76 and violinist Lynn Chang '75.
In 1996, his piece "Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra" won the $150,000 Grawmeyer Award from the University of Louisville.
Tcherepnin had a rich musical background. Born in Paris, he was the son and grandson of composers. He studied in Europe and worked with composers John Cage and David Tudor while living in San Francisco.
Isadore Twersky, Littauer professor of Hebrew literature and philosophy, died Oct. 11 at Massachusetts General Hospital following a long illness. He was 67.
Twersky, an associate of Dudley House, was an authority on rabbinical literature and Jewish thought as well as a leader in Brookline's Jewish community.
Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from 1963 to 1969, Twersky later served as director of Harvard's Center for Jewish Studies from 1978 to 1993.
Twersky volunteered as a spiritual leader at the Congregation Beth David, the temple where he worshipped, and was a frequent visiting professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem where he also served on the Board of Governors.
Donald P. Warwick
Senior Lecturer on Sociology Donald P. Warwick died Dec. 6. He was 63.
Warwick's academic career spanned more than 30 years and three continents.
For the past 21 years, Warwick combined teaching responsibilities in the Graduate School of Education and the Department of Sociology with frequent consultations with ministries of education in developing countries.
Warwick was director of the Comparative International Studies Program and lecturer on social relations for the sociology department from 1967 to 1971. He joined the Harvard Institute of International Development as an Institute Fellow in 1976.
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