FREDERIC PEACHY, Ph.D. '48, died April 15, 1997, in Inverness, Cal. He was professor emeritus and former chairman of the department of classics at Reed College. He was also a former French amateur middleweight boxing champion and a decorated veteran of World War II who fought with the Marine Corps in Guadalcanal. His published works include Clareti Enigma: The Latin Riddles of Claret and Pound's "Cantos": A Greek Approach. He was a past president of the Philological Association of the Pacific Coast. He leaves his wife, Bernice, a daughter, Anna Desenberg, three sons, William, John, and Nicholas, and a brother, Peter Babalian.
MARY JANE LATSIS, M.P.A. '53, died October 27 in Plymouth, N.H. With Martha Henissart, LL.B. '56, she was half of the writing team that produced two dozen mystery novels under the pen name of Emma Lathen. Their protagonist, John Putnam Thatcher, executive vice president of Sloan Guaranty Trust in New York City, was the first first fictional sleuth to spring from the world of business and finance. The first book in the series, Banking on Death, appeared in 1961 and became an immediate hit on Wall Street; the most recent, A Shark Out of Water, was published this past October. The co-writers also produced a second series of detective books under the pen-name R.B. Dominic. Latsis leaves a longtime friend, Walter Frank '49.
DONALD NORMAN MEDEARIS JR., M.D. '53, died September 29 in Boston. He was retired chief of pediatric services at Massachusetts General Hospital and Wilder Distinguished Professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He was an expert on virology and the transmission of infections from mothers to newborns, and an advocate for specialized emergency-room care for children, serving as chairman of a recent study on the subject sponsored by the Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C. From 1979 to 1982 he was a member of the President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine, under Jimmy Carter. He leaves his wife, Ellen (Marble), two daughters, Ellen and Jennifer '94, two sons, Donald and John '85, and two brothers, Kenneth and Robert, M.B.A. '59.
JOHN ROWLAND ILLICK, Ph.D. '54, died May 2 in Kennett Square, Pa. He was professor emeritus of geography, geology, and environmental science at Middlebury College, where he taught for 40 years, and was active in college and community affairs. An ardent naturalist with wide-ranging interests, in retirement he led many travel groups to Asia, Africa, Europe, and Australia. He leaves his wife, Edith (Windels), three daughters, Virginia Jaskot, Priscilla Siano, and Martha, and a son, John.
NORMAN HILLAS MACMILLAN, A.M. '64, died in 1994 in Alfred, N.Y. He was a professor of metallurgy at Alfred University and a dedicated sailor and runner. He leaves his parents.
JOHN THOMAS PATTERSON, A.M. '74, J.D. '82, died of AIDS on October 9 in Boston. After practicing law in New York City for several years, he returned to Boston in 1988 and enrolled in a doctoral program in legal history at Harvard. He was a teaching fellow, academic adviser, and counselor at Mather House. He leaves his mother, Mildred, and a brother, Jeffrey.
PAUL DOUGHTY BARTLETT, Ph.D. '31, died October 11 in Lexington, Mass. He was professor of chemistry at Harvard from 1946 until 1974; after retiring from Harvard he became a research professor at Texas Christian University and remained on the faculty there for 11 more years. An expert on the interface between organic and physical chemistry, he played an important role in explaining the fundamental mechanisms that underlie all chemical and biological transactions, helping to change organic chemistry from a discipline requiring arduous rote memorization to one organized by basic principles. He received many prestigious awards, including the National Medal of Science. He leaves two daughters, Joanna Kennedy '63 and Sarah Hester, and a son, Geoffrey.
DONALD CHISHOLM HAGAR '22 died September 25 in Cohasset, Mass. He was the retired president of Rapid Service Press Inc., of Boston. He also was former director of Printing Industries of America and past president and treasurer of Historic Winslow House, in Marshfield. In 1972 he received the Benjamin Franklin Award for distinguished service in the graphic arts. He leaves his wife, Edith (Culver) '22, a daughter, Cynthia Krusell, and a son, Donald.
MELVILLE EHRLICH '25, LL.B. '28, died August 17 in Rockville, Md. He was a Washington lawyer for 40 years and a founding partner in the firm of Bell and Ehrlich. He practiced law in New York before moving to Washington to join the general counsel's staff in the Office of Price Administration. At age 75, because legal advice he supplied over the phone from his home in Bethesda counted as the practice of law, he took and passed the Maryland bar examination. He leaves his wife, Beatrice (Solow), a daughter, Lynn Chaitovitz, a son, Richard '55, and a sister.
CHARLES BARBER DELAFIELD '27 died September 22 in Glen Cove, N.Y. He was retired treasurer and former vice president for finance at Consolidated Edison, where he worked for 22 years. He had also served as chairman of Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Greater New York and was co-founder and former vice chairman of its Health and Hospital Planning Council. In 1972 he was appointed by Governor Nelson Rockefeller to head a commission on horseracing and off-track betting in the state. He leaves two daughters, Eleanor Everett and Harriet Smith; his wife, Helen Q. Thorndike, died in 1988.
ARCHIBALD CASON EDWARDS '28cl died March 21, in Oklahoma City. An investment banker and lifelong Oklahoma City resident, he spent his career in the family business, R. J. Edwards Inc., the oldest municipal bond firm in the state. A former Lampoon contributor, he wrote and published a newsletter, Pagan Century, and contributed to the literary publications of several colleges and universities. He received the State Arts Council of Oklahoma Award for his cultural contributions, and in 1996, Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma conferred on him the Sanger Legacy Award. He leaves his wife, Sarah (Stanley), four daughters, Sarah Baltzell, Elizabeth Amato, Hilary '58, and Mary, a son, Archibald '68, M.B.A. '71, and a sister, Mary Thach.
GEORGE GUY BAILEY JR. '29cl, M.D. '33, died September 11 in Sanford, Me. He was a retired orthopedic surgeon who had a private practice in Boston for 40 years. He served as a consulting surgeon at many area hospitals, and as an attending surgeon at Mount Auburn Hospital, in Cambridge, where he was chief of orthopedics from 1957 to 1971. He leaves a daughter, Joan Wood; his wife, Gretchen (Lovell), and a son, Charles, predeceased him.
CALEB CAUMAN '29 died September 21 in New York City. A lieutenant colonel in the army, he served in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II. He was the former owner of two companies, Display Division Co., a designer and distributor of display racks, and Teacher's Publishing Co., specializing in educational and how-to materials. A longtime tournament squash player, he was past president of the North Shore Tennis & Racquets Club of New York. He leaves his wife, Rebecca (Lowenstein), a daughter, Ann, a son, Richard, and a sister, Hannah Levin '34.
JOHN CODMAN FISKE '30, Ph.D. '54, died September 3 in Wenatchee, Wash. A diplomat, linguist, and educator, he served in the navy during World War II, then worked in naval intelligence in Moscow. While earning his doctorate, he was affiliated with Harvard's Russian Research Center. Later he taught French, Spanish, and Russian at Iowa State College before embarking on a 14-year career with the Foreign Service. After retiring, he taught French at the University of Idaho. He was a lifelong lover of nature and was active for many years in local Democratic Party politics. He leaves his wife, Janet (Murray), two daughters, Lindsay Hofman and Anne Long, and two sons, Jonathan and Frederick '70.
JOHN ROY STEWART '30 died July 16 in Jennersville, Pa. He was an early naval aviator and retired captain in the Naval Reserve who continued to fly until the age of 81. During the 1930s, after his initial tour of military service, he worked as an insurance broker and investment banker in New York and Philadelphia. After retiring from the Naval Reserve he spent several years as assistant director of West Chester University's computer center. He leaves his wife, Frances (Darlington), a daughter, Margaret Perla, and a son, Charles.
MATTHEW BRODY '31 died August 24 in New York City. He was chief of psychiatry and neurology at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital for 40 years and a past president of the King County Medical Society. He leaves his wife, Muriel (Pollacy), two daughters, Jane Anthony and Margery Gaffin, and two sisters, Sylvia Chandler and Jeannette Rattiner.
RUFUS WATSON MEADOWS '31, M.Arch. '36, of Buffalo, died December 21, 1997. A retired partner in the firm of James, Meadows & Howard, Architects, he designed many government buildings and hospitals in the Buffalo area and was active in community affairs for many years. His survivors include his wife, Margaret (Curtiss); his first wife, Kathryn (Davidson), died in 1948.
CAROLYN LIGHT BRINES '32cl died August 25 in Wayland, Mass. She leaves two daughters, Carol Kocher and Jane Simmons, M.B.A. '75; her husband, John, M.D. '36, and a son, Robert, predeceased her.
JOHN HENRY CUTLER '32mcl, Ph.D. '36, died September 16 in Duxbury, Mass. He was publisher and editor of the Duxbury Clipper, a weekly newspaper he founded in 1950 with his late wife, Roberta (Sumner). He was also a syndicated columnist and the author of several books, including a memoir, Make the Bold Move, and two short, humorous volumes on the small-newspaper trade, Put It on the Front Page, Please! and Cancel My Subscription, Please!, and served as ghostwriter for James Michael Curley's autobiography, I'd Do It Again. He was an activist in Duxbury town affairs for more than four decades. He leaves two daughters, Margaret Chandler and Abigail, and two sons, Robert and David; another son, John, predeceased him.
LOUIS JOSEPH HALLE JR. '32 died August 13 in Geneva, Switzerland. He was a scholar and author. In 1947, while working as a Latin American specialist for the State Department, he penned Spring in Washington, a paean to the birds, flowers, cloud patterns, sunrises, and sunsets in that city that remains a classic among nature lovers. After moving to Geneva in 1956 to become a professor at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, he wrote 22 more books on international politics, nature, and philosophy, including Out of Chaos and The Cold War as History. He leaves his wife, Barbara (Mark), three daughters, Julia, Robin, and Annie, and two sons, John and Mark.
RUTH GLOVER MONSEES '33mcl died August 30 in Clearwater, Fla. A former longtime resident of Bath, Maine, she volunteered with the Girl Scouts while raising her family; later she worked for 17 years on the executive staff of the Greater Portland and Kennebec Girl Scout Council. She was a lifelong music lover who performed with two local groups, the Bath Municipal Band and the Kennebeckers, and a licensed amateur radio operator. She leaves her second husband, Arthur, a daughter, Frances Vanderbeck, a son, John Butcher, and a sister, Katharine Cutler '39; her first husband, Frank Butcher, died in 1986.
HERMAN HERBERT LACKNER '34, of Winnetka, Ill., died June 24. A retired architect, he was a naval veteran who served with the Seabees on Guadalcanal and the Philippines. After the war he opened his own practice in Winnetka, where he worked for 53 years. His specialty was the building and remodeling of houses on Chicago's North Shore, especially the updating of classic residences. He leaves a sister, Antoinette Webster.
MALCOLM FRANK TOPALIAN '34, of Alpine, N.J., died August 18. A native of Istanbul who emigrated to America in 1922 after the Turkish genocide of the Armenians, he served in World War II as a master sergeant in the aerial photographic division of Eisenhower's headquarters; the general presented him with a certificate of merit in 1945. Later he founded Topalian Trading Co., in Manhattan, and became an internationally recognized expert on oriental rugs. He taught at the New York School of Interior Design for more than 25 years. He leaves his wife, Anita (Norian), two daughters, Suzanne and Elyse, and a son, Mark.
BETTY HERMAN LAUB '35mcl, of Swampscott, Mass., died September 19. She leaves a son, Rick; her husband, Bernard, predeceased her.
MIRIAM LITTLEFIELD BROOKS '36cl died October 9 while visiting Passau, Germany. A former elementary-school teacher of learning-disabled children, she volunteered for many years in the areas of education, social justice, historic preservation, and the arts, notably with the Family Service West Agency and the Boston Legal Advocacy and Resource Center. She was a 60-year member of the Weston-Wayland Shakespeare Club. She leaves her husband, John '34, LL.B. '37, two daughters, Miriam Hall '61 and Sarah, three sons, John '64, M.D. '69, Christopher, and W. Blair, a sister, Katharine Poor '41, and a brother, John '46, M.D. '47.
RICHARD COBB '36cl, MOC '46, formerly of Alexandria, Va., died August 16. He was a retired Navy Supply Corps captain who had served in the Pacific theater. Later he spent 20 years as manager of the Navy Federal Credit Union. A past vice president of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions, he received the organization's Professional of the Year Award in 1980. He leaves his wife, Marian (Colwell), a daughter, Diana Ansley, and a son, Winthrop.
MELVIN LENNARD '36cl, J.D. '39, died June 12 in Pacific Palisades, Cal. A labor arbitrator, he was active in California Democratic politics and served as chairman of the Los Angeles County Employee Relations Commission. His survivors include his wife, Evelyn (Stern) '39.