ROBERT ALBERT ROMERO JR. '57, of Newton, Mass., died September 18. He was an attorney who maintained his own practice on Milk Street in Boston for nearly 40 years. He had a passion for outdoor pursuits. He leaves his wife, June (Chadwick), a daughter, Elizabeth Bolen, three sons, Robert, Scott, and Christopher, and three brothers, James, Dennis, and Gene.
COLGATE SALSBURY '57 died June 17, 1999, in Baltimore. Remembered at Harvard for his portrayal of Hamlet at Sanders Theatre, he was a stage actor who went on to appear in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway productions, most recently in the role of Daniel Berrigan in The Trial of the Catonsville Nine. He also did television work, including appearances on daytime serials, narration of documentaries, and voice-overs for commercials. He was a founding member of the Baltimore Center Stage Company and chairman of the English and drama departments at Miss Hall's School for Girls. He leaves his wife, Rhea (Feikin), two daughters, Abigail Salsbury and Sherrod Bailey, two stepchildren, Daniel Feikin, M.D. '93, and Jennifer Feikin, J.D. '92, a brother, Baker, and a sister, Sherrod.
JOSEPH LAWRENCE CASEY '58mcl, M.B.A. '63mcl, died September 21 in Springfield, Mass. He was owner and chief executive officer of Atlantic Valve Corp., in Westfield, for 18 years. Earlier he served as a vice president of First National Bank of Chicago and president of Mark Controls Corp. He was chairman of the Valve Manufacturers Association, founding president of the National Valve Rebuilders Association, and a director of the International Association of Laryngectomees. He leaves his wife, Katherine (Milias) HRP '62, M.B.A. '63, two daughters, Elizabeth Potamianos '87, M.B.A. '93, and Katherine, and two sons, Mark, M.B.A. '98, and Michael.
HUGH COLLINS LAUGHLIN '60 died August 5 in Indianapolis. He was rector emeritus of Trinity Episcopal Church in Bloomington, where he served for 24 years. A leader in the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, he was elected several times as clergy deputy to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. He was a founder of Hospice of Bloomington. He also taught in the School of Music at Indiana University. He leaves his wife, Nancy (Crawford), a daughter, Sarah, and a son, Hugh.
JOHN SINGLETON COPLEY MORGAN '60, A.M. '63, died August 10 in Boston. He was a self-employed computer specialist. He leaves his daughter, Francesca '90, and two half-sisters, Anne and Gael.
HERBERT JAMES ALEXANDER '63mcl died August 27 in Evanston, Ill. A mathematics professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1975 until last year, he was internationally known for his contributions in the field of analytic functions of several complex variables. Before joining the UIC faculty he was a member of the mathematics department at the University of Michigan. He was the coauthor of Several Complex Variables and Banach Algebras. He leaves his wife, Susan Grossman, J.D. '67, two daughters, Meredith '96 and Leslie '99, and a brother, Joseph.
CAROLYN CLAY MERCER '63cl died September 25 in Manchester, N.H. She was long-range planning director of the New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center and earlier was associated with the New Hampshire Division of Mental Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For some years she also operated her own company, Social Planning Services Inc., in Watertown, Mass. An activist for environmental protection, she was the recipient of awards from the New Hampshire Sierra Club, Renew America, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She leaves two brothers, Thomas '65, PMD '79, and John '68, and her devoted companion, Steven McFadden.
PAMELA SPENCE RICHARDS '63mcl died September 20 in New York City. She was a professor in the School of Communications and Library Science at Rutgers University. A specialist in international relations among libraries, and especially with institutions in the former Soviet Union, she was the author of several books and award-winning articles in the field; at her death she was editing a book on international librarianship, Constructing the Heritage of Cultures. She leaves her husband, J.W. Smit, a daughter, Marijke, a son, Guy, two stepchildren, Tijn and Michiel, and a sister, Antonia Girard.
JOHN HENRY NOYES '69 died October 5 in Dartmouth, Mass. He was an allergist and immunologist in North Dartmouth for more than 20 years. He was a member of Allergy Associates of Dartmouth, a clinical instructor at Brown University School of Medicine, and an assistant medical examiner for Rhode Island. He leaves his wife, Anne (Terreault), two daughters, Heather and Kylie, a son, Bret, and a brother, Robert.
FANNIE ESTELLE DAVIS '75, of Flushing, N.Y., died July 1, 1995. She was a primary-care physician with Local Union 32-BJ of the New York City Department of Corrections, Health Management Division. She leaves her mother, Fannie.
PAUL WILLIAM GREEN '86mcl died July 30 in Houston after a brief illness. He was vice president for investments with American General Investment Management, in Houston. A Crimson editor and Navy ROTC midshipman while at Harvard, he served for five years on active duty as a nuclear power officer before entering the M.B.A. program at the University of California, Berkeley. He leaves his wife, Avalyn Castillo '86, two children, Nicholas and Kathryn, his parents, William and Terry, and two sisters, Tanya and Jennifer.
PAUL H. ELMEN, Ph.D. '48, died July 13 in Woodstock, Conn. He was a clergyman, educator, and author. He served in several parishes in Connecticut, including Christ Episcopal in Pomfret, and taught moral theology and Christian ethics at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary for 22 years. He contributed to numerous books and magazines, including the New Yorker and the Shakespeare Quarterly. He was former vice president of the Swedish-American Historical Society and a recipient of the Royal Order of the North Star. He was also president of the American Society of Christian Ethics and the Chicago Theological Institution. As an army chaplain during World War II, he served at the Battle of the Bulge and was wounded while trying to rescue a soldier from a minefield in France; his valor earned him the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart. He leaves his wife, Gretalyn (Lund), a daughter, Elisabeth Levesque, and a son, John.
ROBERT GEORGE LEESON WAITE, Ph.D. '49, died October 4 in Hartford, Conn. A veteran of World War II, he was a professor emeritus of history and former department chairman at Williams College, where he taught for 39 years. An internationally known scholar of Nazism who did pioneering work in the field of psychohistory, he was the author of The Psychopathic God: Adolf Hitler; Vanguard of Nazism; Kaiser and Fuhrer: A Comparative Study of Personality and Politics, and a memoir, Hitler, the Kaiser, and Me, released to bookstores last September. He sat on the editorial board of the Journal of Modern History and on the board of examiners for advanced placement examinations in European history. He was an avid bicyclist and practitioner of needlepoint and a longtime volunteer for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. He leaves two sons, Geoffrey '69 and Peter; his wife, Anne (Barnett), died in 1991.
RICHARD VENABLE GAINES, Ph.D. '52, died January 21 in Earlysville, Va. He was a geologist who had a 22-year career with Cabot Corp., exploring worldwide for economically important deposits of beryllium- and tantalum-containing minerals. His travels enabled him to amass a significant mineral collection. He was the principal author of Dana's New Mineralogy. During World War II he served in East Africa and South Asia as a warrant officer in the Army Corps of Engineers. He leaves his wife, Denise (Martin), two daughters, Elizabeth and Leslie, two sons, David and Richard, his former wife, Dorothy (Brown), and three stepchildren.
ALAN CLARK BUECHNER, Ed.D. '60, of Glen Cove, N.Y., died December 10, 1998. He was an influential musicologist and co-founder of the Sonneck Society, a scholarly association devoted to research in American music.
JAN PETER VAN DER ZIEL, Ph.D. '64, died September 9 in Plano, Texas. He retired in 1991 from AT&T Bell Labs in Murray Hill, N.J., after 26 years of service and became Distinguished Professor of microelectronics at the University of Texas in Dallas. He was a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and served as president of its Dallas chapter. He leaves his wife, Madeline (Lange), a daughter, Nancy, a son, Peter, and two sisters, Cornelia '68 and Joanna Beachy.
EDGAR GROSSMAN, A.B.E. '66, of Newton, Mass., died September 15. A business executive, World War II veteran, and philanthropist, he was treasurer of his family's firm, MassEnvelopePlus, of Somerville, where he had worked for 63 years. After receiving his master's in counseling psychology from Boston College in 1969, he worked as a part-time counselor and staff psychologist at Harvard and at Boston College. He was the founding president of the Harvard Extension Alumni Association and, with his wife, Shirley (Dane), co-founder and benefactor of the Grossman Library and Senior Common Room at the Harvard Extension School. He was also a former member of the Board of Overseers Visiting Committee at Harvard and a trustee and past president of the Boston chapter of the National Braille Press. Besides his wife, he leaves two daughters, Mary Ellen and Amy, a son, Steven, M.B.A. '69, a sister, Sara Sidel, and a brother, Jerome '38.
PETER ROBERTSON WEITZ, A.M. '67, AMP '86, died September 7 in Washington, D.C. He was deputy director, treasurer, and secretary of the Institute for International Economics. He also served as a consultant to nonprofit organizations, including the Open Society Institute, where he assisted in developing policy-oriented research institutes in Eastern Europe and in strengthening public participation and institutional governance in the countries of the former Soviet bloc. Earlier he worked for 25 years as director of programs and acting director at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, an international foundation, and was a former member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was fluent in five languages. He leaves his wife, Judith (Humphreys), a daughter, Jessica, a son, Thomas, his parents, Charles and Gretchen, and a sister, Barbara.
QIWEN LU, Ph.D. '98, died of cancer on August 11 in Cambridge. He was an associate professor of Asian business at the European Institute of Business Administration, in Fontainebleau, France, and a leading scholar of the Chinese high-technology industry. He recently completed work on a book, China's Leap into the Information Age, to be published by Oxford University Press later this year. He leaves his wife, Li Li, two children, Mindy and Jessie, and two siblings, Qiming and Lingling.
EDWARD CHRISTIE BANFIELD, Markham professor of government emeritus, died September 30 in East Montpelier, Vt. From 1959 until 1972 he was Shattuck professor of urban government. An expert on urban policy and the causes of poverty, he was one of the intellectual leaders of the Harvard-MIT Joint Center for Urban Studies in the 1960s and 1970s, where he became known as a brilliant maverick. He was a critic of nearly every mainstream liberal idea in domestic policy, notably the use of federal aid to help relieve urban poverty, arguing that culture played a more important role in impeding a group's economic progress than such factors as discrimination or lack of education. He served on policy task forces under Presidents Nixon and Reagan. His published works include Politics, Planning, and the Public Interest; The Moral Basis of a Backward Society; The Unheavenly City, researched in collaboration with his wife, Laura (Fasano); and The Democratic Muse: Visual Arts and the Public Interest. Besides his wife, he leaves a daughter, Laura Hoguet '64, and a son, Elliott.
ZVI GRILICHES, Warburg professor of economics, died November 4 in Cambridge. He was a preeminent empirical economist who played a key role in returning Harvard to prominence as a center of economic scholarship. A Lithuanian-born Jew who lost both parents in the Holocaust, he was a teenager when Patton's Third Army liberated the Dachau work camp in which he was interned; he later immigrated to Palestine and served in the Israeli army. He taught for 12 years at the University of Chicago before coming to Harvard in 1969. In the literature he is most often paired with his Harvard colleague Dale Jorgenson, Ph.D. '59, with whom he collaborated on devising new techniques of productivity measurement and statistical estimation. He was a past president of the Econometric Society and the American Economic Association, a founder of the Moscow School of Economics, and, since 1980, director of the productivity workshop of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He leaves his wife, Diane (Asseo), a daughter, Eve, and a son, Marc.
RICHARD CURRY MARIUS, director of the Expository Writing Program from 1978 until 1998 and senior lecturer on English, died November 5 in Belmont, Mass. In addition, he played an important role in Harvard's annual Commencement pageantry by coaching the student orators and composing honorary degree citations. Before coming to Harvard he taught for 14 years at the University of Tennessee, his alma mater. His many published works include two major biographies, Thomas More and Martin Luther, which challenged prevailing orthodoxies by presenting their subjects not as saints but as men of their time, and four historical novels about Tennessee: The Coming of Rain, Bound for the Promised Land, After the War, and a fourth due out this year. He also published A Writer's Companion and A Short Guide to Writing about History, and contributed to many periodicals, including Daedalus, the Sewanee Review, and this magazine (see page 6). He leaves his second wife, Lanier Smythe, and three sons, Richard, Frederick, and John.
HAMILTON VAUGHAN BAIL '13 died August 27 in Medford, N.J. He was Harvard's oldest living alumnus. He was an army veteran of both world wars, serving as chief historian on General Douglas MacArthur's staff during World War II; before the U.S. entered World War I, he served with a cavalry squad on the Mexican border. A certified public accountant for 50 years, he retired in 1957 as treasurer of the Franklin Institute, in Philadelphia. From 1935 to 1941, he was a director of Madison Square Garden. He leaves a daughter, Barbara Collins '43.
VICTOR HAROLD SALSMAN '23 died October 29, 1996, in Peterborough, N.H. He was retired from the financial department of New York Life Insurance Co., in New York City, where he was employed for many years. He enjoyed working with his hands in the garden and the workshop and was an able linguist who enjoyed traveling the world. He leaves his second wife, Elizabeth (Abbott).
CARL ADAM WAGNER '23 died January 7, 1997, in Jacksonville, Fla. A retired account supervisor with the Cleveland advertising agency Ashby & Associates, he was also a longtime member of the South Euclid (Ohio) city council and a former member of the city's civil service commission. His survivors include his wife, Katherine (Scott).
GEORGE P LUDLAM '25 died August 1 in East Dorset, Vt. He was a cofounder and former vice president and director of the Advertising Council in New York City. He also served as commissioner of the Manhattan Council of Boy Scouts of America and taught fencing at the New York City Boys Club. After retiring to Dorset, he served on the board of selectmen and as a trustee of the town library. He leaves his wife, Kathleen (Kieffer), a daughter, Anne Wichelns, and a son, Stephen.