RUTH LIBBY DECOURCY died December 17 in Portland, Me. She was a nurse at Stillman Infirmary for 20 years before retiring in 1973, Before coming to Harvard she worked as a private duty nurse for many years. She leaves three daughters, Joan Wilson, June McGough, and Shirley Thatcher, and a brother, Richard.
MARTIN CORNELIUS GIDEONSE, A.M. '69, J.D. '71, of Arlington, Mass., died January 3. He was a supervising attorney and clinical instructor in the Law School's Prison Legal Assistance Project for more than 20 years. He was also an avid sailor. He leaves three daughters, Tanya, Celeste, and Angie, a son, Nicholas '82, a brother, Hendrik, and the mothers of his children, Elise Landau, M.A.T. '71, and Veda Wright.
ROY ORVAL GREEP died December 5 in Laguna Hills, Cal. A pioneering endocrinologist, he was director emeritus of the Laboratory of Human Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, Rock professor emeritus of population studies in the School of Public Health, and professor emeritus of anatomy. In the 1950s and 1960s he was a professor of dental science at Harvard and dean of the School of Dental Medicine. He was the editor of two widely used medical textbooks, on endocrinology and histology, and former editor-in-chief of the journal Endocrinology. He leaves three daughters, Ann Hogan '57, Ed.M. '61, Marjorie Franko, and Nancy '66, and three sisters, Luella Mauch, Gladys Romberger, and Norma McHugh; his wife, Eunice (Hauserman), died last June.
RAMCHANDRAN JAIKUMAR died February 10 of a heart attack while mountain-climbing near Quito, Ecuador. The Daewoo professor of business administration, he was a pioneer in the study of flexible manufacturing systems and the integration of computers into the manufacturing process. He joined the Business School faculty in 1980. An experienced mountaineer who worked as a guide in the Himalayas during his college years, last year he made the first ascent of a peak in Greenland and named it Minarjnik, a contraction of the names of his wife and children. He leaves his wife, Mrinalini Mani, two sons, Nikhil and Arjun, his mother, Leela Ramchandran, a sister, Kripa Srinath, and two brothers, Raj and Vasant Kumar.
JOHN CARRELL MORRIS II died December 20 in Morehead City, N.C. McKay professor of sanitary chemistry emeritus, he taught at Harvard for 38 years before retiring in 1982; from 1959 to 1974 he was senior tutor in Dudley House and later served as master. An expert on water treatment and purification, he was a former member and longtime adviser of the Cambridge Water Board and in retirement traveled extensively as a consultant to the World Health Organization and the engineering firm Camp, Dresser and McKee. He leaves two daughters, Elin Haugen and Susan Coulter, a son, John, and two sisters, Ruth Russo and Betty Sickels.
NINO PIRROTTA died January 15 in Palermo, Italy. He was an influential Italian musicologistwho served as chairman of Harvard's music department from 1965 to 1968. After leaving Harvard he taught at Princeton and Columbia, and in 1972 returned to Italy, where he became professor of music history at the University of Rome. A specialist in works of the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries, he brought new and rigorous techniques to the study of music, asserting that music history is best examined within the broader context of literature, philosophy, and art history. His works include Music and Theater from Poliziano to Monteverdi. He leaves four children.
ROBERT WILLIAM SCRIBNER died January 29. Professor of modern European Christianity at the Divinity School, he taught for 15 years at Cambridge University, where he was a fellow of Clare College and University lecturer and reader in the social history of early modern Europe, before coming to Harvard in 1996. His works include For the Sake of Simple Folk: Popular Propaganda for the German Reformation, Popular Culture and Popular Movements in Reformation Germany, The Reformation in National Context, and Germany: A New Social and Economic History. He leaves his wife, Lois (Rutherford), a daughter, Ellen, and a son, Samuel.
GLADYS OTTALEA BOLTON '18 died January 8 in Dorchester, Mass. She taught kindergarten at Collicot Elementary School, in Milton, for 41 years. She leaves no immediate survivors.
EVELYN BAIRD HOFFMAN '20cl, of Newton, Mass., died December 20. She served as secretary of her Radcliffe class for many years, and in June 1996 she was the oldest Radcliffe graduate in the alumi procession on the afternoon of Commencement Day. She leaves a daughter, Harriet Miller '53, and two sons, Rollyn '62 and Carrol; her husband, Carrol, predeceased her.
NATHAN DAVID TUMAROFF '22, of Boston, died December 30. He was a former attorney and Brookline resident who retired from the insurance business in 1962. His survivors include a daughter, Phyllis Fern.
MARJORIE I. A. LYNCH '23, of Dorchester, Mass., died December 8. She leaves no immediate survivors.
JAMES FRANCIS D'WOLF '24, M.D. '28, of Centerville, Mass., died December 3. A retired surgeon, he had a private practice in White Plains, N.Y., for 36 years and also served on the attending staff of White Plains Hospital. After retiring to Long Island, he worked as a clinician for the Suffolk County Department of Health and as a school physician. His survivors include his wife, Mary Ellen Syrjala, and a son, James '50.
RUSSELL DEWART '25, of Salem, Mass., died January 21. He was rector emeritus of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Beverly. After retiring, he acted as an assistant to the rector at Old North Church, where his father served as rector earlier in the century. He was also a visiting chaplain at Beverly Hospital and at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, in Boston. He leaves his wife, Ann (Stevenson), two daughters, Lucille Rowe and Judith Stinson, four sons, Timothy, Alan, Brian, and William, two sisters, Frances Morgan and Elizabeth Scott-Kilvert, and a foster daughter, Eleanor McLaughlin, Ph.D. '68, BI '75.
JOSEPH MAY GREELEY '25, M.B.A. '27, of Naples, Fla., died October 21 (see "Obituaries," March-April, page 76N). As executive vice president and director of Leo Burnett Inc., he was instrumental in developing the "cents-off" promotion technique now in use worldwide. He leaves a daughter, Margery Watson '51, and a son, Samuel '58; two wives, Margery (Gerould) '30 and Elizabeth (Knode), predeceased him.
LOUIS K. WECHSLER '25 died December 29 in Chicago. After a career as an educator in New York City, including nine years as principal of the High School of Music and Art, he became a writer. He leaves his wife, Tatyana (Podryski), a son, Bruce, and a sister, Edith Delman; a daughter, Antonia Baer, predeceased him.
HENRY IRVING ZIMMERMAN '25cl, of Brooline, Mass., died January 21. He was a retired kitchen designer for Ray Mucci Co., of Boston. He leaves his wife, Bona (Brunn), a daughter, Bambi, and a son, Walter.
EDWARD STURGES BABBITT '26, M.B.A. '34, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., died January 2. He was comptroller emeritus of Mount Holyoke College. Earlier he served as comptroller, treasurer, and administrator of Western Newspaper Union, in New York City.
ROBERT GEORGE DREW-BEAR '26, M.B.A. '31, formerly of Ojai, Cal., died March 12, 1996. He had been alumni secretary and director of student activities at Bryant College and an assistant professor of marketing in the School of Business, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. After retiring he worked part-time for the Center for Integrative Education, in New Rochelle, N.Y. He was also active in the Theosophical Society of America. His survivors include a son, Thomas, Ph.D. '72.
ROBERT RANLET JR. '26 died December 22 in Keene, Va. He was a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer. He leaves his wife, Suzanne (Hanckel).
CHARLES PHILIP ENGELHARDT JR. '27, of Bedford, Mass., died December 30. An architect, he was also a longtime lecturer in production design at Northeastern University. He lived for more than 60 years on a farm in Bedford, raising livestock early on and later growing trees and vegetables. He leaves his wife, Marion (Tucker), and three daughters, Beverly Pritchard, Gretchen Callaway, and Merle Erban.
RICHARD THOMAS FLOOD '27, A.M. '42, died December 24 in Bedford, Mass. He was on the faculty of Noble and Greenough School from graduation until his retirement in 1971, serving the school as history teacher, hockey coach, and administrator. He also enjoyed writing sports fiction for children. In retirement he worked as senior fundraising agent for the Harvard College Fund, of which he was a former chairman. For his legendary service as a fundraiser he was awarded the Harvard Medal, and a leadership award in his name was established by the Harvard College Fund. He leaves his wife, Ellen (Brewer), two sons, Richard and Laurence '59, and a sister, Frances Thomas.
HARRIET BETTONEY HASTEDT '27, of Westwood, Mass., died January 28. She leaves a daughter, Christine; her husband, Arthur, predeceased her.
ABRAHAM HIRST KALISH '27cl, A.M. '31, of Silver Spring, Md., died November 23, 1996. A retired teacher, writer, and editor, he was a former feature writer for the U.S. Information Agency and taught writing for 13 years at the U.S. Defense Intelligence School. He was former executive secretary of Accuracy in Media and published his own newsletter, Veritas, for a number of years. He leaves his wife, Hilda (Fox), a son, George, and a daughter, Emilie Anne Rogan.
ALFRED FRANKLIN LEMMON '27, of Reno, Nev., died in December 1983. After working for 12 years with Blackstone Valley Gas & Electric Co., in Pawtucket, R.I., he moved to Reno, where he found work in the gambling, construction, and aircraft industries, and spent 15 years as senior gardener with the City of Reno park department.
CATHERINE CROWLEY NORTON '27 died December 10 in Dorchester, Mass. She was a retired Boston schoolteacher who taught at the Jeremiah Burke and Girls' Latin Schools. She had also served as secretary for her Radcliffe class. She leaves two sons, Gilbert and William; her husband, Gilbert, predeceased her.
ROBERT KENNETH STRAUS '27, M.B.A. '31, died February 24 in Santa Barbara. He was a former New York City councilman who worked for Franklin D. Roosevelt both when governor of New York and when president. After moving to California in 1958 he bought a small newspaper, the San Fernando Valley Sun, and later founded Sun Litho Inc., a commercial printer. He was also the founder of the Straus Thinking and Learning Center at Pace University and mainstay and past officer of the Institute of General Semantics, in Englewood, N.J. He was an active alumnus and Harvard benefactor. He leaves his wife, Barbara (Flower), a daughter, Penelope More, a son, Christopher '72, and a stepson, Simon Flower.
JOSEPH ANTHONY BRUGGEMAN '28, LL.B. '31, died April 27, 1996, in Fort Wayne, Ind. He was a former partner in the Fort Wayne law firm of Barrett, Barrett & McNagny. His survivors include his wife, Marie (Cellard).