April 19, 2006: Memorials


Laddie died Jan. 6, 2006, in Sun City, Ariz. He was 97.

Born Sept. 15, 1908, in Brooklyn and raised in Rosemont, Pa., he prepared at the Haverford School, from which he graduated in 1926. Laddie entered Princeton as an expert golfer, and was also active in baseball, publications, and debating.

After Princeton, Laddie went to work as a manufacturer’s representative for his father’s office furniture company, Sikes Chair Co., in Philadelphia and Buffalo, N.Y. He married his wife, Dorothy, in 1940 in her hometown of Little Rock, Ark.

In addition to his business, Laddie had a long career as a competitive amateur golfer, having won a number of championships, including the Princeton University Championship and the Merion Cricket Club Championship. In 1970 he retired and moved with Dorothy to Arizona, where he continued to golf competitively and was an active member of the Faith Presbyterian Church.

Dorothy died in 2002. Laddie is survived by his sons, James Robert Koehn and George Waldemar Koehn; his grandchildren, James Alden Koehn, Susan Elizabeth Stuck, and Robert W. Koehn ’94; and seven great-grandchildren. To his family, the class extends its deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1930



Bob died Feb. 13, 2006, in Carefree, Ariz. His good friend Dave Dennison ’42 described his death as “gentle and filled with peace.”

Bob came to Princeton from The Hill School to major in engineering, graduating with high honors. He was circulation manager for the Prince, and a member of the Class Memorial Committee and Court Club. His roommates were Dal Dort and William Chaffee.

Bob’s post-graduation excitement was a month’s Baltic cruise on a 200-foot yacht. Thereafter he went to work at New Jersey Bell. His wartime service was with Western Electric, which manufactured radar equipment that saved Britain during World War II.

Upon retirement, Bob and his wife, Catheryn Craig, whom he married in 1939, moved to Carefree, where he served on various municipal committees and was active in Kiwanis. He was always involved in community service, including the Madison Square Boys Club in New York. His final public service was as grand marshal for the Carefree Hunger Walk, where, instead of parading in a fine car, he handed out water to the marchers.

Catheryn died in 1980. Bob is survived by a niece, Virginia Dowis, her children, and her grandchildren. With them, the class salutes a true example of Princeton in the nation’s service.

The Class of 1930


Herbert E. Cragin, Jr. ’33 *34

Herb died Feb. 16, 2006, just short of his 95th birthday, after several years of declining health.

He earned a bachelor’s in civil engineering and stayed on at the Graduate School of Engineering to earn a master’s in civil engineering with honors in 1934.

After serving in various capacities for 35 years with the Taylor Wharton Iron and Steel Co. in High Bridge, N.J., Herb became an independent consultant in foundry management and construction. First, he was with the United Nations in Taiwan and Vienna, Austria, and later he accepted assignments in Singapore, Korea, and Mexico. He also was a volunteer with the International Executive Service Corps. During the war he served as a lieutenant in the Navy.

Herb thoroughly enjoyed being P-rade marshal for the class and was proud of being a continuous donor to Annual Giving for 66 years. He had a good sense of humor and was fun to work with.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Cynthia Howell Cragin.

The Class of 1933



Bill, who at 93 continued working as managing director of Trainer, Wortham and Co. Inc., a NYC investment-counseling firm, where he had been since 1978, died peacefully at home in Greenwich, Conn., March 6, 2006.

He was the husband of Flora Roberts Ghriskey, who died in January 2005; the father of Susie, Bill, Marcia, Timothy, and Gigi; grandfather of 16; and great-grand-father of four.

Before joining Trainer, Wortham, Bill had been president of Neville, Rodie & Shaw, and, before that, with First Boston Co. During World War II he served as a lieutenant commander in the Navy.

Described as a great investor and trusted counsel to his clients, Bill was a former chairman and president of the Investment Counsel Association of America, and he served on the boards of the Hartridge School, Pingry School, the Edgartown (Mass.) Yacht Club, and St. Barnabas Church. He was a member of Round Hill Club in Greenwich and New York Racquet and Tennis Club.

“Still working full-time,” he wrote not long ago, “enjoying family, children, in-laws, all grandchildren.”

The Class of 1934


Samuel B. Rogers ’40

Sam died Feb. 5, 2006, at Peconic Landing of Southhold in Greenport, N.Y.

He graduated from the Lawrenceville School and earned his degree in civil engineering at Princeton, where he was a member of Colonial Club and played freshman, JV, and varsity football.

Diverted into the field of aeronautical engineering during World War II, Sam worked in research for Lockheed Aircraft in California and served in the Navy at the Great Lakes Naval Base near Chicago.

He spent the next 37 years at Grumman Aerospace Corp. as a systems engineer for aircraft and spacecraft and then as Grumman’s technical representative at the Naval Air Development Center at Warminster, Pa. He also was an associate fellow at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the National Security Industrial Association.

Sam served on the local school board and the board of the Visiting Nurse Association. He also was active in the Boy Scouts and Princeton’s Annual Giving. In retirement, Sam said he “pursued a perfect lawn and the source of a roof leak” he never found.

He is survived by Constance, his wife of 61 years; daughters Julie and Robin Rogers-Browne; sons Samuel B. Jr., Christopher, and Richard; a sister, Margaret Ann Sappington; and six grandchildren.

The Class of 1940


Raymond Joseph Schweizer ’40

“An extraordinary teacher, who enriched many lives,” was the description of Ray given by the San Francisco Chronicle upon his death Feb. 15, 2006.

Ray prepared at St. George’s School. At Princeton, he majored in classics, was on the varsity soccer and JV baseball teams, and was a member of Cap and Gown Club.

His love of sports was to color his later life, and he remained active in golf, tennis, and mountain hiking. He also was an avid fan and supporter of San Francisco’s professional teams.

Ray began his career with the Borden Milk Co. and Western Airlines before he found his true calling in 1949 as a bridge instructor. “His love of the game was deep; for 40 years he was able to impart that feeling and teach the game to an enormous number of bridge enthusiasts,” according to the Chronicle.

Ray served as regional representative of our reunion committee. He also felt strongly about his community, supporting the San Francisco Opera and Symphony, the California Tennis Club, St. Luke’s Church, and the Red Cross.

Ray’s classmates wish to extend their deep sympathies to his survivors: his wife, Lee M. McGrath; his son, Raymond; his daughter, Jill; three grandchildren; and his brother, Thomas Francis Schweizer.

The Class of 1940


Earl Dudley Boorman Jr. ’46

Earl Boorman died Jan. 13, 2006, at home in Louisville, Ky. He had retired there in 1986 after a long career as a refrigeration engineer with General Electric.

A graduate of New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill., he came to Princeton in 1942 and studied engineering until earning his bachelor’s in 1946. He earned a “P” in track.

Earl is survived by Jeanne, his wife of 54 years; his children Jeff, Sue, Kathy, Liz, Jim, and David; and 10 grandchildren. The class joins the family in remembering a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

The Class of 1946


Kenneth William Keuffel ’46

Ken Keuffel, the Lawrenceville School’s beloved football coach and English professor for 41 years, died of prostate cancer Feb. 19, 2006.

A native of Montclair, N.J., Ken graduated from Andover and entered our class in February 1943. After wartime Navy duty from 1943 to 1946 as an ensign, he earned his bachelor’s in 1948 with a brilliant football record.

After two years with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, Ken began coaching freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania while working on a Ph.D. in English literature, which he received in 1953. He then began his long football coaching and English teaching career at Lawrenceville, achieving a 151-89-8 record there, and authoring two acclaimed books on single-wing football. He also coached from 1961 to 1967 at Wabash College in Indiana.

To his wife, Betsy; children Ken Jr., Elizabeth, and Catherine; and four grandchildren, the class extends its deep sympathy on the loss of a great sportsman and loyal Tiger.

The Class of 1946


David F. Brandley ’48

Dave died Feb. 12, 2006.

He was the epitome of loyalty. He was loyal to family, to clients, to friends, to Princeton, to the Class of 1948. He was forever thoughtful. He was very much a people person.

Dave was a graduate of Severn School in Maryland and graduated from Princeton with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering. He was in the NROTC program from 1944 to 1946, was on the JV lacrosse and JV wrestling teams, and dined at Colonial.

After Princeton there were three years at Columbia Law School followed by admission to the New Jersey bar and partnership at his father’s law practice. Dave’s general practice was in the Caldwell, N.J., area, where he also served as a municipal magistrate from 1960 to 1963.

Rather whimsically Dave remarked, “I probably don’t know any more about law than engineering, but the clients haven’t caught on so far.”

In 1953 Lynn Ward and Dave married and produced David Jr. and daughter Dana. Lynn died in 1983. A year later he married childhood friend Joan Cassidy.

Dave is survived by Joan, his children, three stepchildren, 11 grandchildren, countless other relatives, and a host of friends and admirers. The class extends condolences to them all on the death of one of our own, a great favorite.

The Class of 1948



Phil died Dec. 9, 2005, while under hospice care in Pinellas Park, Fla.

Born in Cincinnati, and a graduate of its Walnut Hills High School, Phil majored in modern languages at Princeton. After a short stint in the Army and several jobs in his native Cincinnati area, he took a job in Houston in 1957 to eschew the northern winters. By our 25th he had moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., where for 25 years he was city treasurer.

Phil was a championship bridge player who was a leader of Princeton’s Bridge Club during his undergraduate days and a Life Master at age 28. He also played the organ.

Our condolences go to his sister, Liz Hall, and Leon Scher, his companion for more than 35 years.

The Class of 1950



Harry died of leukemia on Cape Cod Oct. 29, 2005. He was a person with a great outlook on life and was fun to be with. We will sorely miss him.

Though born in Paris, Harry grew up in Morristown, N.J., and graduated from Exeter. At Princeton, he majored in economics, was in the NROTC program, and was a member of Quadrangle, on whose board he served in later years. He ran cross-country and distances in track all four years, lettering in both.

Upon graduation, Harry was commissioned into the Navy. At the outbreak of the Korean conflict, he was transferred to the Pacific, where he took part in the Inchon landing. At one time during his three years in the Navy, he was chief engineer of an LST.

Harry retired in 1992 after 33 years with the Bell system, and continued to live in his boyhood home until he moved to Falmouth, Mass., in 1996. He greatly enjoyed boating and tennis, which he played until a few months before his death.

We share Harry’s loss with Marcia, his wife of 50 years; his children, Marky ’78, Alice, Henry, Bill, and Julie; and his 10 grandchildren.

The Class of 1950



One of our true class scholars died Dec. 25, 2005, in his New York home.

Phil Zabriskie, a son of ’20, came to Princeton from Groton. He graduated with highest honors in history, having distinguished himself as class officer, chapel deacon, baseball player, Ivy Club and Phi Beta Kappa member, and salutatorian. All this culminated with Phil winning a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford.

After completing studies at Virginia Theological Seminary in 1954, he held offices in the National Episcopal Church and received a doctor of divinity degree from Kenyon College. In 1968 he went to Zurich to study psychoanalysis at the C.G. Jung Institute. He then moved to New York City with his wife, Beverley, to pursue his second career.

Phil was board president of the Jung Foundation, president of the New York Jung Institute, and a founding member of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association. He served on boards of the Manhattan Country School and Yorkville Common Pantry.

Phil was an inspiring orator, writer, and teacher. His life was marked by integrity, curiosity, and adventure in exploring the world around him and within.

We share this great loss with Beverley; his daughter, Alexandra ’93; his son, Philip Gray ’94; his sister, Mary; and brothers George ’50 and Alexander ’52.

The Class of 1950



Roger was born May 15, 1930, in Berkeley, Calif., and died Aug. 11, 2005, at home in Fairfield, Conn., of prostate cancer. He was the son of Evan Clifford and Lillian Baxter Williams; his father was the founder of Shell Development Co., and is believed to have been one of the first persons to receive the degree of chemical engineer.

Roger prepared for Princeton at Millbrook School, majored in chemical engineering, was a member of Key and Seal, and roomed with Bob Bohner, Charles Hardy, and Bill Tate. He left Princeton senior year, and after serving for two years with the Army

Rangers (11th Airborne, 15th Ranger Company), returned to graduate with the Class of 1954.

He then went to work for the Standard-Vacuum Oil Co., serving as a Far Eastern economic adviser. In 1990 he retired from Mobil Corp., where he was general manager of investor relations and information coordination.

Roger’s first marriage ended in divorce. He is survived by Priscilla, his wife of 36 years; his children, Jennifer Williams-Porto, Pamela Bowen, and Ian; five grandchildren; his and Priscilla’s children, Christopher and Katherine; and a foster son, Jason McCaffrey.

His family is his legacy. Rangers lead the way!

The Class of 1951



Bill died Dec. 10, 2005, of spinal cerebral ataxia, a neurological disease that afflicted him for much of his life but never broke his positive spirit. That spirit shines through his warm entry in the Book of Our History, in which he generously offers to consult with interested classmates as an “expert” on handicap accessibility.

An enthusiastic Denver native, he was a graduate of both East High School and New Mexico Military Institute. At Princeton he was a chemical engineering major and a member of Court Club. He went on to serve in the Army, to work as a chemical engineer for seven companies in four states, and to play active roles in his church and community. For 13 years he volunteered in the library at Denver Botanic Gardens. And, according to the Denver Post, he was Denver’s greatest Bronco fan.

Above all, Bill was a devoted family man. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Patricia, and is survived by his four children, G. Hayden, Cynthia, Andrew, and Peter; and nine grandchildren.

To them, the class extends deepest sympathy, and with them, it remembers a man of profound heart and steadfast courage.

The Class of 1952



John died of cancer Dec. 19, 2005, in London.

A Philadelphia native, he entered Princeton from Germantown Academy, majored in politics, belonged to Cottage Club, and served on the business board of the Daily Princetonian.

Following service in the Navy, John joined his family’s firm, General Public Warehouse. In the 1960s, after the firm was sold, he was an investment banker on Wall Street before embarking on a distinguished career as a golf administrator.

Golf played a major role in John’s life, and he played exceptionally important roles in the game: president of Merion Golf Club, president of the Pennsylvania Golf Association; executive director of administration for the U.S. Golf Association; and commissioner of the LPGA. He also was an executive for the International Management Group, promoters of golf tournaments. As LPGA commissioner in the 1980s, John strengthened the women’s tour dramatically by doubling prize monies and introducing medical and retirement benefits.

When presented golf’s Herb Graffis Award in 1988, John’s citation, which rings true for all who knew him, read in part: “gentlest, kindest, most thoughtful and loving (of) human beings.”

John is survived by his second wife, Sally Bott; his son, John Jr.; his daughters, Ann and Helen; brother Curtis; and eight grandchildren. To them, the class extends deepest condolences.

The Class of 1952



Phil died unexpectedly Feb. 17, 2006, in Orlando, Fla., where he had resided since 1984. Born in Highland Park, Mich., Phil lived for many years in Allentown, Pa.

He enjoyed his Princeton years, finding them challenging and rewarding. Phil considered his Princeton experience as key to his success in life, and felt strongly about the University’s educational base through liberal arts and engineering.

After graduating with a bachelor’s in civil engineering and spending two years as a Naval officer, Phil worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad and then for Orinoco Mining in Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela, where he met his wife-to-be, Frances Palmer. In 1961, Phil joined Western Electric, where he remained in management positions for 35 years. He was a leading expert in the field of clean-room engineering.

Phil was an avid tennis player, proud gardener, and faithful science-fiction reader. He will be fondly remembered as a merry and merciless hearts and cribbage enthusiast!

Phil is survived by Frances, his wife of 47 years; sons Vance and Daniel; daughters Helen, Sarah, and Faith ’83; and 11 grandchildren. He was predeceased by son Philip Jr. ’82.

To Frances and the family, the class extends deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1955


Charles Francis Stein III ’55

Charlie died of pneumonia Feb. 8, 2006, at his home on Gibson Island, Md.

He prepared for Princeton at Gilman School in Baltimore, and majored in political science at Princeton. While attending UVA law school, he contracted polio and spent months in an iron lung. He returned to UVA and graduated in 1960. He maintained a general law practice in Baltimore and Towson until retiring in 2005 because of failing health. As a result of his polio, he used a wheelchair since the mid-1990s.

Charlie, who started to sail at 10, was one of the best-known and highly respected skippers on the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic seaboard. He won hundreds of races and was named the most successful bay sailor in his class five times. A friend and crew member said, “It is amazing how he overcame his physical drawbacks in order to keep sailing. He was always smiling, happy, and never complained.”

He continued sailing until his deteriorating physical condition forced him to stop. He then turned his competitive energies to bridge and chess.

The class extends its deepest sympathy to Ann, his wonderful wife of 36 years; his daughter, Laura; son Chad; and two grandchildren. Charlie will be greatly missed.

The Class of 1955


Nelson Garrett Conover ’67

Last year, a strong, smiling Gary Conover was known in Talladega, Ala., as the attorney with the salt-and-pepper hair and strange New York accent who never quite wanted to end a conversation. Abruptly diagnosed with colon cancer and an abdominal aneurysm, but comforted by family and friends, Gary died Sept. 11, 2005.

Gary was raised in East Aurora, N.Y. An honors graduate of Nichols School, he captained soccer, hockey, and baseball teams, and was a champion golfer. At Princeton, Gary majored in politics, played freshman hockey, was the renowned entertainment director at Charter and was a King’s Inn regular. His roommates included George Bassett, Jay Bramhall, John Fisher, Allen Schroeter, Jim Slocum, and Frank Talcott. A distinctive sense of humor and an easygoing manner won Gary many friends, for whom he cared deeply.

Drawn to the South, Gary earned his law degree at Ole Miss, interrupted by Army service in Vietnam.

Gary married his sister’s roommate at the University of Alabama, Muffett Robbs, and settled in her hometown, Talladega, where he became a deputy district attorney and developed a thriving law practice. Gary and Muffett were married for 31 years, and Gary had a wonderful relationship with their daughter, Bry. The class extends condolences to Gary’s family and many friends.

The Class of 1967


Carey Field Davis ’73

Carey Davis died Nov. 6, 2005, of ovarian cancer.

Throughout her life, Carey worked in education and with young people. She was director of the Presidio Hill School in San Francisco, served as board member for several other schools, taught at Castilleja School in Palo Alto, was associate director of the Mountain School in Vermont, and worked at the Windsor Mountain Camp in New Hampshire and the Telluride Institute in Colorado. She earned a master’s in education from Harvard in 1991.

Sept. 21, 2005, was Carey Davis Day in San Francisco.

The eldest of five, Carey was raised on a working farm in Sparks, Md. She created dynamic programs for underserved girls, performed in children’s theater companies, and directed a round-the-world one-man show. She traveled extensively overland from Afghani deserts to Himalayan peaks and Balinese temples, believing that slow travel on the ground was a superlative learning experience.

The class extends deepest sympathy to Carey’s partner, Cissy Lewis; her parents, Herbert ’49 and Ruth Anne Davis; her siblings, nephews, and nieces; and a wide circle of admiring friends, colleagues, and students. She was a model of positive energy, enduring hope, and deep gratitude for the blessings of life.

The Class of 1973


Jerry Scott Stockdale ’73

With a great sense of loss, the class notes the death of Jerry Stockdale, a brilliant mind and creative spirit, affectionately known as “Sticky” to his many friends, on Nov. 23, 2005, in Tryon, N.C.

At Princeton, Jerry majored in Romance languages and literatures and developed his lifelong interest in literature and in writing. He was a well-known member of Charter Club and a devoted percussionist in the marching band, which awarded him the Osborn Award for Loyalty and Service. After earning a master’s in English literature from Indiana University, he moved to North Carolina, where he served as director of communications for Davidson College and associate vice president for communications at Queens University.

At the time of his death, he was a freelance writer and musician. Jerry will be remembered as a proud and self-confident individualist with a heart for people and a sharp sense of humor. He was a loving father and husband and a true friend who will be greatly missed by all who loved him.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Cathy; two children, Jeff and Jenny; and his brothers, Steve and Dave. To them and all his friends, the class extends heartfelt sympathy.

The Class of 1973



Like too many of us, perhaps, we fall out of touch with roommates and friends from Princeton, and found out unexpectedly last Christmas that our classmate Elliott Harrison died Feb. 6, 2005, after a long battle with multiple sclerosis.

Randy Riley and Stu Francis, his senior-year roommates, have many wonderful memories of Elliott. He was fun-loving, positive, and always willing to lend a helping hand.

Elliot hailed from Shaker Heights, Ohio, and lived most of his adult life in Holliston and Worcester, Mass. He was a member of Quadrangle Club and had many friends and good times there. After Princeton, Elliott earned a law degree from Boston University, where he served as leader of the moot court program. In his professional life, Elliott was associate general counsel for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts and served on many boards, including that of the Boston Ballet and the Princeton Alumni Association of New England. Elliot was a mentor to many students and an advocate of Princeton’s spirit of giving back! He will be missed greatly.

Elliott leaves his wife of 27 years, Renee Freedman Harrison; his children, Jayme and Dana; his mother, Evelyn Brown; and a sister, Stephanie Brown.

The Class of 1974

Graduate Alumni


William O. Baker *39, a prominent scientist and emeritus trustee, died Oct. 31, 2005, in Chatham, N.J., of heart failure. He was 90.

Baker grew up on a Chesapeake Bay farm, where his mother’s deft chemical control of turkey parasites was an early lesson in the fascinations of science. After graduating from Washington College, Baker earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from Princeton. He joined Bell Labs in 1939, rising from research scientist to vice president of research to president from 1973 to 1979, and chairman of the board from 1979 to 1980.

During World War II, Baker’s work contributed to the development of synthetic rubber. His subsequent research in new materials and organic solid-state chemistry, much of it patented, earned him the Priestley Medal, the highest award given by the American Chemical Society, and the National Medal of Science.

Baker advised several U.S. presidents on scientific issues, including Cold War information-gathering technology. He later played an important role in higher education as member of the New Jersey Board of Higher Education, chairman of the board of Rockefeller University, and as a Princeton graduate alumni trustee and charter trustee. Princeton awarded him an honorary doctor of laws degree in 1993.

Baker’s wife, Frances, predeceased him in 1999. He is survived by his son, Joseph.


Serge Lang, a leading mathematical theorist and gadfly, died Sept. 12, 2005, in Berkeley, Calif., apparently from heart disease. He was 78.

Born in Paris, Lang moved to California as a teenager, and earned an undergraduate degree from Cal Tech and a Ph.D. from Princeton in mathematics. As a professor at Columbia until 1971 and at Yale until his retirement in 2004, Lang focused on number theory and algebraic geometry, writing more than 40 textbooks and monographs and over 100 articles. He won the prestigious Frank Nelson Cole Prize for outstanding research. In addition, he was a gifted, challenging teacher.

Self-described as a “congenital troublemaker,” Lang also circulated large files of letters, essays, news articles, and congressional testimony challenging unscrupulous and sloppy thinking. He criticized the misuse of mathematical equations in economics and other social sciences to give “the illusion of science without any of its substance.” He also attacked the suppression of dissident ideas by the scientific establishment. Notably, in the mid-1990s, he argued that the scientific evidence that HIV causes AIDS was faulty.

Lang was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1985. In 1998, he published Challenges, a collection of his non-mathematical works.

YARDLEY BEERS *41, Physics, Oct. 1, 2005

GEORGE F. DRAKE *42, Modern Languages and Literature, Dec. 29, 2005

JOHN W. HUIZENGA *47, History, Nov. 12, 2005

FRANK L. MOORE JR. *49, Physics, July 7, 2003

FREDERIC N. CLEAVELAND *51, Politics, Dec. 19, 2005

LAURENCE B. RICHARDSON JR. *51, Aeronautical Engineering, Dec. 14, 2005

PETER C. BADGLEY *52, Geology, Sept. 2, 2005

RICHARD A. FERRELL *52, Physics, Nov. 14, 2005

C. FINK FISCHER *53, Aeronautical Engineering, Oct. 3, 2002

JOHN R. ISBELL *54, Mathematics, Aug. 6, 2005.

This issue has an undergraduate memorial for Herbert E. Cragin Jr. ’33 *34.

THEODORE P. WILLIAMS *59, Chemistry, May 2, 2003

DAVID L. BOWLER *64, Electrical Engineering, Dec. 22, 2005

ROBERT W. CARRUBBA *64, Classics, Dec. 12, 2005

HALUK M. DERIN *72, Electrical Engineering, Feb. 24, 2002

JOSEPH L. GREENBERG *77, English, Nov. 6, 2005

ALBERTO O. MENDELZON *79, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, June 16, 2005

CURTIS W. LASELL *80, Music, Dec. 20, 2005.

NORMAN P. WILL *83, English, Sept. 15, 2005

KARL P. PETERSON-BUENGELER *87, Woodrow Wilson School, Nov. 30, 2005

WAYNE O. WILSON *98, Religion, Nov. 1, 2005

DAMIEN DIXON *00, Electrical Engineering, Nov. 25, 2005

MICHAEL D. CAROLUS *05, Chemistry, Nov. 29, 2005


Nobel Prize-winning chemist Richard Errett Smalley died of leukemia Oct. 28, 2005, in Houston. He was 62.

Born in Akron, Ohio, Smalley shared his mother’s love of science and his father’s mechanical bent. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he worked for some years as an industrial chemist and then earned a Ph.D. at Princeton in chemistry.

At Rice University, where he began his professional career in 1976, he established himself as a highly creative scientist who opened up new fields of research about every two years. Having conceived a new approach to some phenomenon, he constructed the necessary apparatus, demonstrated the potential of his method, and typically moved on.

In 1985 Smalley and two colleagues discovered a geodesic dome-like form of carbon called buckminsterfullerenes, for which they won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1996. With the subsequent isolation of related carbon nanotubes, Smalley focused on placing the new field of nanotechnology on firm grounds. Even as he battled cancer, he worked tirelessly to convince Congress and the world that nanotube technology held tremendous promise for advance in medicine and clean energy.

Smalley is survived by his wife, Deborah; two sons; two stepdaughters; and a granddaughter. end of article


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