Hans Bänziger, Professor Emeritus of German, died March 8, 2005 in Romanshorn, Switzerland. Professor Bänziger was born in Romanshorn in 1917, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Zurich in 1942. He came to Bryn Mawr in 1967 from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and taught German previously at Middlebury College's summer program in 1963 and 1965. Beginning in 1977 he divided the year between Bryn Mawr and Switzerland, teaching German and philosophy at Swiss high schools in the beginning of the academic year, and German at Bryn Mawr in the second semester. He retired in 1982 but continued to publish, writing over a dozen books and numerous articles. His books were chiefly on Swiss and German literature, but he also wrote a book about his daily life at Bryn Mawr entitled College-Erinnerungen: Gegen US- und CH-Vorurteile: 15 Jahre Lehrtätigkeit in Bryn Mawr. Bänziger is survived by his wife, Claire, three daughters and many granchildren and great-grandchildren.
Frances Bondhus Berliner, emeritus Lecturer of Chemistry and wife of Ernst Berliner, emeritus Professor of Chemistry, died in her home Friday, January 11, 2002. There are no plans for services for Mrs. Berliner.
Phyllis Pray Bober, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences from 1973 to 1980 and Leslie Clark Professor Emeritus in the Humanities, died at her home on May 30, 2002. She was 82 years old. Dale Kinney, Dean of GSAS wrote about Phyllis' death as follows:
“Professor Bober held a joint appointment to the Departments of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology and History of Art, and after stepping down as Dean in 1980 she taught graduate and undergraduate courses until her retirement in 1991. She supervised and advised a number of graduate students, and she continued to be an important presence on campus until just a few weeks before her death. Phyllis Bober was a polymathic scholar, whose publications include Renaissance Artists & Antique Sculpture: a Handbook of Sources (London and New York, 1986) and Art, Culture, and Cuisine: Ancient and Medieval Gastronomy (Chicago, 1999). She was at work on a second volume on culture and cuisine when she died. Her professional contributions were equally diverse and distinguished. She served as president of the College Art Association and director (with Julia Gaisser) of NEH Summer Seminars at the American Academy in Rome. Her honors were legion, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1979, a senior fellowship at the Society for the Humanities in 1984, election as an honorary fellow of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in 1995, election to the Dames d'Escoffier in 1995, and election to the American Philosophical Society in 1999.”
Prof. Bober is survived by her sons Jonathan and David. Jonathan is Curator of Prints, Drawings, and European Paintings at the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art of the University of Texas at Austin. David is self-employed and lives in New York City.
Annie Leigh Hobson Broughton was the Director of Admissions from 1942-1965, and also the Dean of Freshmen until 1959 when the position was split. She was the widow of T. Robert Broughton, Professor of Latin from 1928-1965, who died in 1993. She died on September 19, 2005 in Charleston, South Carolina. Annie Leigh was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1908, and grew up in Richmond. She received an A.B. from Bryn Mawr in 1930, and an M.A. in Latin in 1936. She taught Latin at Concord Academy and the Baldwin School, and freshman Latin at Bryn Mawr before becoming the Director of Admissions and Dean of Freshmen. In 1965 the Broughtons moved to Chapel Hill when Bob Broughton accepted a Classics professorship at the University of North Carolina. Annie Leigh became Academic Dean of Freshmen at The Woman's College of Duke University, and she retired from Duke in 1971.
Throughout her life Annie Leigh was a strong advocate for broadening educational opportunities for women. She was very active in the Alumnae Association over many decades, as Class President, President of her local Bryn Mawr Club and member and chair of numerous committees. She was a Special Representative to the Board of Trustees from 1986 to 1989. In 1992 she received the Helen Taft Manning Award for outstanding service to Bryn Mawr College. In 1999 the gates at the entrance to the Isabel Benham Gateway building were given in her honor by Nancy Frederick.
Annie Leigh is survived by a daughter, Margaret B. Tenney of Charleston, a son, T. Alan Broughton of Burlington, Vermont, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Her family's ties to Bryn Mawr are strong: a cousin of her mother's, and a cousin, niece and granddaughter of Annie Leigh's graduated from the College; and a great-granddaughter is a member of the Class of 2007.
Frederica Annis Lopez de Leo de Laguna, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, died on October 6, 2004. She had recently celebrated her 98th birthday. For her obituary, which appeared in the New York Times, click here.
Freddy was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on October 3, 1906. She did her undergraduate work at Bryn Mawr, graduating summa cum laude in 1927. She earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University in 1933. Freddy served as a Field Director of the University Museum in Philadelphia and a soil conservationist for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service before returning to Bryn Mawr to teach. She received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1972, three years prior to her retirement.
A distinguished scholar and leader of expeditions to Alaska, Freddy's major work began in 1949 when she first traveled to study the Tlingit Indians, resulting in a pioneering study of one culture, Under Mount Saint Elias: The History and Culture of the Yakutat Tlingit, published by the Smithsonian Institution in 1972. She also authored numerous articles and papers as well as three popular novels, an autobiographical work on anthropology and two books of verse.
Freddy was a member of many learned societies, including the National Academy of Sciences, where she and Margaret Mead were among the first female anthropologists admitted in 1975.
Arthur P. Dudden, Fairbanks Professor Emeritus in the Humanities and Professor of History Emeritus, passed away at home on Friday October 14 at the age of 87. Professor Dudden earned his B.A. at Wayne State University (1942) and his M.A. (1947) and Ph.D.(1950) from the University of Michigan. Professor Dudden enlisted in the Navy in 1942, and served for three years as a aviation machinist mate on Navy blimps patrolling along the North Atlantic and North Africa, in particular guarding the Strait of Gibraltar from attack by submarine.
Professor Dudden came to Bryn Mawr in 1950, and served on the faculty of the History Department for 42 years, before retiring in 1992. He was both a Fulbright Research Scholar and later a Fulbright Lecturer in Western Europe. His research interests were broad, with foci on the historic role of the U.S. in the Pacific, with an emphasis on the China Seas, and on the role of humor in the conduct of American politics. He authored or edited sixteen books and numerous articles, including an article on Woodrow Wilson at Bryn Mawr College. After Professor Dudden retired, he served as a Katharine E. McBride Professor for three years and was an active and welcoming member of the Emeritus Faculty Lecture Series.
Professor Dudden is survived by his three daughters and four grandsons.
Edith English, who worked in the Dean's and President's Offices from the mid 1950s until the late 1970s, died on January 14, 2003. Those who knew and worked with her in those years valued her cheerfulness and obvious enjoyment of life. She retired over twenty years ago, but continued to stay in touch with many College friends. Edie is survived by her sister Elizabeth Duer of Berwyn and several nieces and nephews.
Joaquín González-Muela, emeritus Professor of Spanish, died suddenly on March 19th at his home in Radnor. Born in Madrid in 1915, Joaquin received his Ph.D. from the University of Madrid in 1946 and lectured in Switzerland and England before coming to Bryn Mawr College as a Lecturer from 1958-59. He then held professorships at the University of Oregon and Western Reserve University and returned to Bryn Mawr as a Professor in 1964. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1963-64, and received grants from the American Council of Learned Societies and the American Philosophical Society while at Bryn Mawr. In 1983, the year of his retirement, he was awarded the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Joaquín was a scholar of modern Spanish poetry, and a poet himself. Highly regarded in his field, he is remembered as an excellent teacher. He was the author of or contributor to over a dozen books, including many on 20th century Spanish poets, a Spanish language manual, and a book on the Spanish civil war. He was also the author of numerous articles and book reviews.
Joaquín is survived by his son John, daughter Elena G. Shaffer and a grandson.
Howard S. Hoffman, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, died on August 31, 2006 at the Quadrangle in Haverford. Howard Hoffman was born in New York City in 1925. He received his B.A. from the New School for Social Research (1952), his M.A. from Brooklyn College (1953), and his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut (1957). Before coming to Bryn Mawr in 1970, he taught at UConn and Penn State. Howard retired in 1991 and taught the occasional courses for a few years after that. He had an international reputation for his work in experimental psychology, notably imprinting, studies of the startle reflex and human memory. He received grants from N.S.F, N.I.H. and the National Institute for Mental Health. A prolific writer, he authored and co-authored hundreds of journal articles and reviews and wrote several books. His book about his experiences as a scientist, Amorous Turkeys And Addicted Ducklings: A Search for the Causes of Social Attachment (Authors Cooperative, 1996), is currently being translated into Japanese. He also wrote Vision and the Art of Drawing(Prentice Hall, 1989) and created a computerized version of his statistics course, Statistics Explained, with his son Russell. Books written with his wife Alice included The Cruikshank Chronicles: Anecdotes, Stories and Memoirs of a New Deal Liberal, with a Foreword by Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter (Archon Books, 1989), and Archives of Memory: A Soldier Recalls World War II (University Press of Kentucky, 1990). The latter book, a study of memory, dealt with his experiences as a mortar crewman and forward observer during World War II..
Howard almost became a painter instead of a psychologist and after his retirement returned to this early love. Examples of his work can be seen in the Psychology Department, where you can also see a brief autobiography, A Life in Science and in Art. He is survived by his wife Alice, daughters Gwen and Martha, sons Russell, Franklin and Daniel and nine grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his son Randall.
Margaret Anne Hollyday, Professor of Biology and Psychology, died on July 14, 2006, after a valiant battle with cancer. Peggy was born in New Jersey on June 23, 1947. She graduated from Swarthmore College in 1969 and earned her Ph.D. at Duke University in 1974. After postdoctoral research at Washington University in St. Louis, Peggy joined the faculty of the University of Chicago. She became Professor of Biology and Psychology at Bryn Mawr in 1987. Her research, supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, addressed questions of early pattern formation in the developing nervous system. Peggy was an avid choral singer and a regular participant in the Bryn Mawr-Haverford Chorale.
A memorial service was held on July 22 at the Main Line Unitarian Church, 816 South Valley Forge Road, Devon. Another memorial event will be held at the College in the fall. Peggy's daughter Rachel was at her side when she died. Rachel and her twin brother Jed are with their father, Paul Grobstein. Other surviving family members are her mother, Helen, and brothers Bill and John. Peggy was a fine scholar and teacher, and an extraordinary friend and colleague to so many of us. She will be greatly missed.
Janet L. Hoopes, Professor Emeritus of Human Development, died Wednesday, August 21, 2002. Born in Philadelphia in 1923, Janet received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr in 1944, her M.A. from the University of Michigan in 1948, and her Ph.D.from Bryn Mawr in 1965. From 1944-46 Janet worked in psychological testing and diagnosis in the United States Naval Reserve WAVES, Medical Service Corps; and from 1948-51 she was a psychologist at the Rochester Guidance Center in Rochester, New York. Janet was a psychologist at the Children's Aid Society of Pennsylvania starting in 1951, and their chief psychologist from 1958-1970. She came back to the College in 1970 as the Director of the Child Study Institute and Professor of Education and Child Development, and in that capacity supervised the doctoral dissertation of over 24 graduate students. She received the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1985, the year she retired.
Janet Hoopes was the author or co-author of several books, including A Follow-up Study of Adoptions (Vol.II), Post-Placement Functioning of Adopted Children (Hoopes, Sherman, Lawder, Andrews and Lower, 1969); A Study of Black Adoption Families (Lawder, Hoopes, Andrews, Lower and Perry, 1971); and Prediction in Child Development: A Longitudinal Study of Adopted and Non-Adopted Families, 1982, all published by the New York Child Welfare League of America. She was a long-time supporter of the Orton Dyslexia Society (now the International Dyslexia Association), and after her retirement from Bryn Mawr she began a program at Penn State Great Valley to train teachers in the use of multi-sensory methods for the dyslexic. She was the president of the Society's Greater Philadelphia Branch from 1988-89, and in 1993 was the first recipient of the Janet L. Hoopes Award "to the individual/s in the Greater Philadelphia area who have made a significant contribution to the education of people with learning differences." Janet was also a founding board member of the Hill Top Preparatory School in Rosemont, which recently dedicated a library in her name.
Janet Hoopes is survived by her step-daughter Lenoir Gausmann Heilman, step-son Eric Gausmann, four grandchildren, sister Marilyn McKeown, and brother Ray Hoopes.
Rosalie Chase Hoyt, 92, formerly of Malvern, professor emeritus of physics at Bryn Mawr College, died Tuesday, July 25, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at her home in Brunswick, Maine. A native of Long Island, N.Y., Dr. Hoyt enrolled at Bryn Mawr College after graduating from the Chapin School in New York City. She dropped out to work as a secretary on Wall Street and later earned a bachelor's degree from Barnard College in New York. She returned to Bryn Mawr to earn her master's degree and doctorate. "There was no biophysics program then," said a Bryn Mawr colleague, Alfonso Albano, "so she invented one for herself." After teaching physics for three years at the University of Rochester, she joined the Bryn Mawr College faculty. She was chairwoman of the physics department from 1969 to 1977. She was awarded several National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation research grants for the study of the biophysical processes of nerve fibers. In 1969, she received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. "She was an inspiration to those many students who followed her into careers in science," said Judith Shapiro, president of Barnard College.
Dr. Hoyt moved to Maine after retiring in 1984. As a young woman, she rode her own horse and always had an Airedale terrier. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, her nephew, Christopher St. John said, but her passions were teaching and research. She continued to write scientific articles into her 80s, he said. She is survived by a brother, Edwin C. Hoyt Jr., and 13 nieces and nephews.
Pauline Jones, emeritus Professor of French, died in Clark Summit, PA, on October 18, 2001. She was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 1914, earned her B.A. with honors in French from Bryn Mawr in 1935, and a master's degree from Middlebury College in 1952. Before joining Bryn Mawr's faculty in 1960 as a Lecturer in French, she taught French and English at the high school level. She was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1964 after receiving her Ph.D. from the College; became chair of the department in 1971; and taught as a full professor from 1975 until her retirement in 1985. An internationally honored teacher and scholar, she received the Eugenia Chase Guild Faculty Fellowship for 1967-1968, was named Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French government in 1980, and received the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1982. She was the author of several articles, and a contributor to the Critical Bibliography of French Literature. Her translation of the Eugène Brieux play, "The Three Daughters of Monsieur Dupont," was performed by the Philadelphia Company to much acclaim in 1976.
Pauline is survived by her cousin, Ruth Groffssarth.
Mel joined the Bryn Mawr faculty in 1958 as Assistant Professor of Political Science, and became Associate Professor in 1960 and Professor in 1969. He took a leave of absence from 1969-1971 to work for the American Friends Service Committee as the Quaker representative in South Asia. Based in New Delhi, he was the Field Director of their South Asia Conferences and Seminars Program, and traveled widely in India, Ceylon, Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan arranging meetings and conferences to promote better understanding between the people of the area. He received the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1985, the year he retired. Publications include: biographies in Men and Politics in Modern China, Preliminary 50 Biographies-I, edited by Howard L. Boorman (NY, Columbia University Press, 1960); biographies in Biographical Dictionary of Republican China, edited by Howard L. Boorman (NY, Columbia University Press, 1964); entries in Dictionary of Political Science, edited by Joseph Dunner, (NY, Philosophical Library, 1964); “Hu Han-Min: Aspects of His Career and Thought,” Revolutionary Leadership in Modern China, edited by Chun-tu Hsueh (NY, Oxford University Press, 1971); and numerous articles, papers and reviews. Mel is survived by his wife Luella M. Kennedy, daughters Leslie Elder and Gail Coleman, and four grandchildren.
Willard Fahrenkamp King, Professor Emeritus of Spanish and Dorothy Nepper Marshall Professor Emeritus of Hispanic-American Studies, died November 9, 2004. Known to most of us as Billie, she was born in Roswell, New Mexico in 1924 and received her B.A. and M.A. at the University of Texas in 1943 and 1946 respectively. Her Ph.D. was from Brown University in 1957. Billie came to Bryn Mawr as a lecturer in 1958, became a full professor in 1970, and retired in 1992. She held appointments on the faculties of the University of Texas and Brown University before coming to Bryn Mawr, and from 1956-1958 was a research assistant to Erwin Panofsky at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. A memorial service was held Thursday, November 11, at 2:00 in All Saints Church at 16 All Saints Road in Princeton.
Barbara McLaughlin Kreutz, Dean Emeritus of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, died on November 20, 2003. Barbara attended Smith College before going on to the University of Wisconsin for B.A. and M.A. degrees in Comparative Literature in 1950 and 1952. She received a Ph.D. there in History in 1970, with a concentration in Medieval and Renaissance History. Most of her academic career was spent at the University, becoming Assistant Vice Chancellor in 1975. Barbara was a Bunting Fellow at Radcliffe College from 1979-1980, and in 1980 accepted the position of Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Bryn Mawr. She retired in 1985 to devote more time to her writing. She was the author of numerous publications on the Middle Ages, a book Before the Normans, and co-authored a travel guide to the United states called Introducing America. An ardent advocate of civic responsibility and political action, she will be missed by many friends and colleagues in the College community and beyond.
Barbara is survived by her husband, Irving Kreutz; children, Nicky, Gregg, Charlotte and Libby; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The daughter of Irene Castle, she is also survived by her brother William and niece Castle McLaughlin. If you wish to write to Irving his address is 1411 Orchard Way, Rosemont, PA 19010. In lieu of a memorial service, those wishing to remember Barbara may do so by sending a donation to OXFAM or Planned Parenthood.
Jane Kronick, Professor Emeritus of Social Work and Social Research, passed away on Thursday, 19 March 2009 at Chester Memorial Hospital. Professor Kronick came to Bryn Mawr in 1959 after earning her B.A. at Barnard and her M.S. and Ph.D. at Yale, and served on the faculty for 38 years before retiring in 1997. Her research, supported by grants from NSF, NIMH, USIA and other agencies, focused on national policy for environmental hazards. She received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1987 and directed Bryn Mawr’s doctoral program in social work for over a dozen years. Professor Kronick is survived by her husband Paul Kronick, three children and two grandchildren.
Joyce E. Lewis, Associate Professor Emeritus of Social Work, died Monday, September 25, 2006 in Philadelphia. Joyce received her A.B. from Gettysburg College in 1948, and her M.S.S. from Bryn Mawr in 1954. After several years as a caseworker and psychiatric social worker she joined the Social Work faculty in 1965 as a field instructor, and was an Associate Professor on her retirement in 1994. She did intensive training in Gestalt Theory and Therapy, and in 1996, after her retirement, received an M.A. in theological studies from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. Joyce is survived by two brothers, several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Ramona Livingston died July 25, 2003 in Bangor, Maine. She was 88. Mrs. Livingston served in World War II as one of the first female officers in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, attaining the rank of captain. She taught English at Bryn Mawr College for 32 years, retiring in 1984, after which she moved to Veazie, Maine. Mrs. Livingston is survived by her husband, Wendell H. Livingston Esq. of Wayne; two daughters, Ann Holland Faulkner and Jane Livingston of Maine; four siblings, Nancy Henson, Kuma Hedgepeth, Ann Elizabeth Wiley and Frank Tripp Jr.; and two grandchildren. - From the Main Line Times
Machteld Johanna Mellink, Professor Emerita in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology of Bryn Mawr College, died at the Quadrangle in Haverford, Pennsylvania on Thursday, February 23, 2006. She was 88 years old. Born in the Netherlands in 1917, she studied at the University of Amsterdam and, due to wartime conditions received her doctorate in 1943 from the University of Utrecht. During the Occupation she was very active in the Dutch Resistance. Professor Mellink came to Bryn Mawr in 1946-47 with a Marion Reilly Fellowship of the International Federation of University of Women at Bryn Mawr College and then spent the summer of 1947 at the University of Chicago under a Ryerson Grant. During this time she began excavating with Hetty Goldman (’03) at Tarsus in Cilicia. She began teaching at the College in 1949 and retired in 1988. In 1972 she received the Leslie Clark Chair in the Humanities. Under her leadership Bryn Mawr’s archaeology department flourished with an expansion of faculty, curricular offerings, and excavations in Turkey, Italy and Greece. She was known internationally for her leadership in the archaeology of Turkey. With a deep interest in interconnections between ancient Greece and the Near East, between 1947-49 she participated in the ground-breaking excavation of Tarsus Between 1950-65 she was a staff member of the important excavation of Gordion, the capital of the legendary King Midas of Phrygia. After exploring the highlands of Lycia she went in 1963 to the plain of Elmali where no previous archaeological work had been done and continued digging and researching there the rest of her active life. In the plain she uncovered at Karata -Semayük, an important Early Bronze Age settlement and cemetery. She also led the excavation and conservation of the spectacular painted tombs of the late sixth through early fifth century B.C.E. at K z bel and Karaburun near Elmali. Over the course of her long career she brought international attention to archaeological discoveries throughout Turkey and defended its cultural heritage against looting and illegal export. Professor Mellink also maintained a lifelong interest in Troy and was a partner in the recent project there undertaken by the Universities of Tübingen and Cincinnati.
In 1986 she was honored by her students and colleagues in a volume of essays entitled Ancient Anatolia, and in 1994 the College sponsored an international symposium in Istanbul on archaeology in Turkey where alumnae/i and professional colleagues and friends gathered to appreciate her contributions. The results of her research in the Elmal area are published in the Elmal -Karata series and in K z bel: An Archaic Painted Tomb Chamber in Northern Lycia. Her earlier research was published as A Hittite Cemetery at Gordion and a chapter in Excavations at Gözlü Kule, Tarsus II. From 1955-1994 she contributed an annual account of new archaeological discoveries in Turkey to the American Journal of Archaeology. She also wrote “Anatolian Chronology” in Chronologies in Old World Archaeology, edited numerous books, among which is the popular Troy and the Trojan War (1986), and published scores of articles in many international journals.
Her international recognition included an honorary LL. D. from the University of Pennsylvania and an Honorary Doctorate of History from the University of Eski ehir. She received the Archaeological Institute of America’s Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement in 1991 and the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal for Archaeological Achievement in 1994. The Ministry of Culture of Turkey recognized her as the Senior American Excavator in 1984 and the Senior Foreign Archaeologist in 1985. In 2001 the Archaeological Institute of America established in her honor the Machteld Mellink Lecture in Near Eastern Archaeology. Bryn Mawr College awarded her the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1975. She was a Member of the American Philosophical Society, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Research Associate of the University of Pennsylvania Museum, and a Corresponding Member of the Turkish Institute of History, the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, the German Archaeological Institute, and the Austrian Archaeological Institute, and many other international archaeological societies.
Her professional service included being President of the American Research Institute in Turkey from 1988-1991, President of the Archaeological Institute of America from 1980-1984, Trustee of the American Society of Oriental Research, Chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College from 1955-1983, and Acting Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Bryn Mawr College from 1979-1980.
She advised scores of undergraduate and graduate students and supported and followed their careers in archaeology with keen interest. An indefatigable correspondent and advisor, she actively helped colleagues around the world with their scholarship and made special efforts to support and promote their work. For this reason alone she has had an extraordinary impact on the archaeology of the Old World. She is survived by her sister is Johanna Pel-Mellink.
Catherine Pabst, who served at the College as Head of Acquisitions in Canaday Library for many years, died on June 26, 2004, at the age of almost 92. Eileen Markson and Andrew Patterson have written this remembrance of Cassie:
“Cassie, as her friends and colleagues called her, was a Baltimore native and graduate of Goucher College. She continued her education at the University of Wisconsin, where she completed an M.A. in English literature. She taught English for many years at the Baldwin School here in Bryn Mawr, and then decided to take the M.L.S. degree at Drexel University. During her work on the M.L.S., Cassie served part-time in the Acquisitions department in Canaday Library. Upon completion of her degree, she assumed the position of Head of Acquisitions, which she held until her retirement from the College in 1980. In her post-retirement years, Cassie volunteered her time to index the College's archival copies of the student newspaper. Cassie's intellectual interests were wide-ranging. She loved literature deeply, but also appreciated classical music, political life, travel, and gardening. She was able to indulge her love of gardening at her second home in Rockport, Massachusetts, where in her retirement years she spent five months of each year. Those whom she mentored remember her training with gratitude. She held herself and the rest of the Acquisitions staff to high standards of performance, and built bridges to her faculty colleagues in the course of developing the College's book collections. She offered the College many years of valuable professional service.”
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John H. M. Salmon, Marjorie Walter Goodhart Professor Emeritus of History, died at the age of 79 at his home in Villanova on February 9, 2005. John Salmon was born in Thames, New Zealand and graduated from New Zealand’s military academy. He was an army officer in Japan during the occupation following World War II. John received his BA in 1950 from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand and an MA from Victoria in 1952. He received an M.Litt. degree in 1957 from Cambridge University, England and in 1970 a Lit.D. from Victoria University. From 1960 to 1965 John was a Professor of History at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and then returned to New Zealand as Professor of History and Dean of Humanities at Waikato University. He joined the Bryn Mawr faculty in 1969 and retired in 1991.
Among the books he wrote, translated or edited were: The French Religious Wars in English Political Thought ,(1959); A History of Goldmining in New Zealand (1963); Cardinal de Retz: The Anatomy of a Conspirator (1969); Francogallia by Francois Hotman (1972); Society in Crisis: France in the Sixteenth Century (1975); Renaissance and Revolt (1987); Precept, Example, and Truth: Degory Wheare and the Ars Historica (1997); The French Romantics and the Renaissance (1997); Ideas and Contexts in France and England from the Renaissance to the Romantics (2000); and a novel, The Muskets of Gascony (2000).
John is survived by three sons and a daughter from his first marriage: Michael, John and Amanda of Australia and Andrew of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania and by four grandchildren. He is also survived by a stepdaughter, Ashley Minihan of New York City. Read some thoughts in memory of John, which were written and delivered by Alain Silvera.
Faye Soffen, Professor Emeritus of Human Development, died in Israel on January 9, 2005 Almost 85, she was still practicing clinical psychology until the day before she died. Faye received her BA in 1941 from Wayne State University, an MSW from the University of Michigan in 1950, and a Doctor of Education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. She came to Bryn Mawr in 1967 as an Assistant Professor of Education and Child Development, and was an Associate Professor when she retired in 1982. She received the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award in 1981. Her publications were related to counseling and to life on an Israeli kibbutz. The Soffen family first visited Kibbutz Kabri in 1968. They continued to return for summers and a sabbatical, and by 1974 Faye was a counseling and consulting psychologist full time when they visited. Faye and her husband Joseph moved permanently to Kibbutz Kbri in 1998. Faye is survived by her daughter Sigal Golan, AB ‘76, her son Edward, and six grandchildren.
Ruth Oliver Stafffort, Associate Professor Emeritus of Social Work and Social Research, died August 25, 2005 after a long battle with cancer. Ruth was born in Boston on November 9, 1921. She received her B.S. from Simmons College in 1943 and her M.S.S. from the Simmons College School of Social Work in 1944. She also pursued advanced study at Columbia University School of Social Work, where she earned a U.S.P.H. Fellowship, and at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. Ruth began her professional career as a psychiatric social worker, first at Judge Baker Guidance Center in Boston from 1946-1948, then from 1949-1954 at the Child Study Center Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital, and from 1954-1957 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She joined our faculty as a Lecturer in 1954 and was appointed Associate Professor in 1970. Ruth received the Simmons College School of Social Work Alumni Recognition Award in 1978 and the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1984.
When she retired from Bryn Mawr in 1984, she had been on the faculty for 30 years. Ruth and Bob Stallfort moved to Round Pond, Maine in 1993. Bob predeceased her, and she is survived by her daughter Katherine E. Stallfort and her husband Frazier Caner, and two grandchildren, all of Wilton, Connecticut, and many nieces and nephews. If you would like to write a note to Kate, her address is 79 Mountain Road, Wilton, CT 06897.
Frieda Woofdruff, Physician emeritus, died on Monday, April 15, 2002. Frieda graduated from the Baldwin School and received her BA from Bryn Mawr College (1951) and her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania (1955). She was in family practice with her husband, Stratton, and resumed her connection with the College as Associate Physician of the College in 1959. From 1969 until her retirement in 1986, she was Director of Student Health Services. The Physical Education wellness program and the midwife-run GYN clinic are programs begun under her leadership here.
Frieda was a member of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and belonged to a number of other professional societies and boards. She is survived by her husband Stratton, her sons George and David, his wife Terri, and two grandchildren, David and Jason.
George Zimmerman, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, passed away at home on Wednesday, October 21, at the age of 89. A Pennsylvania native, Professor Zimmerman received his B.A. at Swarthmore College in 1941, and went on to Harvard University for graduate school. His graduate work was interrupted when he was recruited to join the Manhattan Project at Columbia University during the Second World War, and there he participated in developing a methodology for enriching and purifying Uranium isotopes for the atomic bomb. He completed his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Chicago in 1948.
Professor Zimmerman joined the Bryn Mawr faculty in 1950 and taught both graduate and undergraduate courses for 40 years until his retirement in 1990. As faculty emeritus, he taught as a Katharine E. McBride Professor in 1992. His research focused on molecular spectroscopic determination and elucidation of the mechanism of photochemical isomerization in chemical dye compounds and on calculations of excitation energy levels of a transition metal Ruthenium ion. He shared his love of both classical and jazz clarinet with friends and students, and introduced Morris dancing to Bryn Mawr College.
Professor Zimmerman is survived by his wife of 51 years, Un-Jin Paik '56; their four children, Landis, Emily, and David Zimmerman, and Louise Hoehl; and by three grandchildren.
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