Eleanor Morgan Adams
Eleanor Morgan Adams (J58), 72, Valparaiso, Ind., Dec. 11. An active member of the alumni community, Mrs. Adams received the Northwestern Alumni Association's Service Award in 1982.
She served as president of the Alumnae of Northwestern board, secretary for the NAA and on the committee for Seminar Day, now A Day with Northwestern.
She served on her reunion planning committee. Mrs. Adams also sat on the Board of Trustees' educational policies and appointments committee.
Beyond Northwestern, she served on the boards of several of Chicago's North Shore institutions.
Mrs. Adams is survived by her husband, Walter; sons Mark and Sam; a daughter, Lisa; four grandchildren; and brothers Thomas and John.
Samuel L. Andelman (WCAS38), 93, Park Ridge, Ill., May 2. A former Chicago health commissioner, Dr. Andelman dropped his rabbinical studies at Hebrew Theological College to attend Northwestern. After medical school he began his career as a U.S. Public Health Service doctor in tumultuous Harlan County, Ky., where he was one of the few people who didn't carry a gun.
Dr. Andelman eventually came to Chicago and served as the city's health commissioner, beginning in 1960. He expanded Chicago's X-ray and immunization programs for children and worked with Jonas Salk to control polio in Chicago.
He is survived by his second wife, Bernice; four daughters, Barbara, Jan, Meg and Nancy; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Trisha Apte (C07), 23, Alpharetta, Ga., March 19. A public servant, Ms. Apte had a passion for promoting health issues and women's rights in developing countries.
As a student she was an active member of Alpha Phi sorority and volunteered with Northwestern's Best Buddies program and the Freshman Urban Program.
Ms. Apte worked as an associate at L.E.K. Consulting in Chicago, but she had recently accepted a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship to work on a master's in public health at the University of Ghana. She had planned to spend the summer working on HIV issues at the International Center for Research on Women in Mumbai.
Ms. Apte is survived by her parents, Megha and Suhas, and a sister, Angira.
Ellen McConnell Bozman
Ellen McConnell Bozman (WCAS46), 83, Arlington, Va., Jan. 8. A prominent leader in the Arlington County community, Mrs. Bozman advocated for desegregation, public education and affordable housing. As the longest-serving member on the Arlington County Board and a board member of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, she played a key role in transforming Arlington into a diverse urban center built around mass transit.
Mrs. Bozman began her political career during the turbulent 1960s, when she pushed for school desegregation as voter services chair and later president of the Arlington League of Women Voters. As chair of the local Health and Welfare Council she oversaw the creation of after-school programs for children of working parents. She also helped create the city's first nursing homes, helped launch the first farmers' market and initiated Neighborhood Day, an annual countywide block party.
In 2002 Mrs. Bozman became president of the Arlington Community Foundation. Among her many awards, Mrs. Bozman was named Washingtonian of the Year in 1986.
She is survived by her husband, William; three children, William, Martha, and Bruce; and four grandchildren.
Stephen J. Broussard (J70, L73), 60, Chicago, Feb. 22. A lawyer who worked on high-profile criminal cases and an actor involved in community theater, Mr. Broussard was a commanding presence in the courtroom and on stage.
Mr. Broussard, who grew up on Chicago's West Side, became a defense attorney out of his motivation to help others. After law school, he served as a Cook County assistant state's attorney, then worked for a Chicago law firm before opening up his own civil and criminal law practice in the late 1970s.
In addition to his work as a lawyer, Mr. Broussard learned to fly a plane and became a scuba instructor.
He is survived by a daughter, Maya-Camille; sisters Patricia Broussard (SESP72) and Sandra; a niece; and two nephews.
Jason W. Coffee (C97), 33, Atlanta, Dec. 30. A science fiction devotee, Mr. Coffee worked on various television shows, including Roswell, Special Unit Two and Babylon Five. He also worked with filmmaker James Cameron.
Mr. Coffee served as a writer for The History Channel's The Universe space science series. A proud "Trekkie," Mr. Coffee started watching Star Trek at the age of 4, and he bragged about watching the Star Wars movie 19 times in one summer.
Mr. Coffee blogged about Dragon*Con, an annual sci-fi convention in Atlanta, for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He also avidly collected comic books, amassing a collection of more than 4,000 after weekly trips to a local comic book store.
Mr. Coffee is survived by his mother, Gertha Coffee; his stepfather, Michael Braxton; his father, Everett Wallace; his stepmother, Linda; a sister, Ruby-Louise Coffee Braxton; and a brother, William Michael "Buddy" Braxton II.
Richard L. Critz (BSM44), 86, Manheim, Pa., Nov. 18. A skilled pianist, Mr. Critz attended Northwestern and planned to study under the famed Sergei Rachmaninoff, but World War II interrupted those plans. Mr. Critz served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service.
After the war his family urged him to forget his music dreams, so Mr. Critz earned an architecture degree from Yale University. He later helped design the Astrodome in Houston and worked as an architectural legal consultant.
He also earned a master of divinity degree and served as pastor, as well as church architect. He went on to found a national magazine and write several books. After his retirement, Mr. Critz returned to his piano and played at several community venues.
He is survived by his daughter, Martha; a son, Carl; and two grandsons, Carl and Kenneth.
Carl F. Dill (EB39), 93, Lake Bluff, Ill., Feb. 1. A dedicated member of the Northwestern University Marching and Band Alumni, Mr. Dill almost never missed a Homecoming.
The NUMBALUMS honored Mr. Dill with the Pride and Guts Award for his loyalty. He served two terms as director of the alumni group and played trumpet with the band into his 90s. The alumni group also created the Carl F. Dill Award, presented to a senior band member who exemplifies dedication, service and inspiration.
Mr. Dill, who worked as an insurance agent, is survived by two sons, Carl F. Dill Jr. (WCAS67) and James; a daughter, Nancy; a daughter-in-law, Carol Bartsch Dill (WCAS70); a son-in-law, Mark D. Reich (WCAS70); six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Dorcas M. Johnson (C87), 43, Queens, N.Y., January 2009.
A nationally and internationally acclaimed actor, Ms. Johnson performed onstage and on television.
As a performer in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, she appeared in the theaters of London, Paris and Hamburg, Germany. She performed in South Africa in Fordsburg's Finest, which won one of the country's renowned Vita Awards. Stateside, she received an AUDELCO Recognition Award for excellence in African American theater for her performance in the off-Broadway 20th anniversary production of for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf.
Ms. Johnson wrote and performed a number of one-woman shows concerning the female, African-American urban experience at the beginning of the 21st century.
She also appeared as a guest star on Law & Order and earned principal roles on popular soap operas, including All My Children and One Life to Live.
Joseph M. Kerr (EB54), 79, Vergennes, Vt., Nov. 26. An active member of his local community, Mr. Kerr enjoyed a diverse professional and public service career.
He had a love for nature and the outdoors. When he served as Vermont's secretary of civil and military affairs for Gov. Deane C. Davis, he helped write legislation that introduced a billboard ban and instituted a bottle deposit requirement.
Under the McConnell/Clark Foundation's sponsorship, Mr. Kerr organized the Vermont Community Foundation and also worked with American Indian tribes in the region.
During the Korean War Mr. Kerr taught arctic survival techniques in the Sierra Mountains for U.S. Air Force pilots and crews. He later worked as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, a labor negotiator with General Foods and as an executive with the human resources and training departments at B.F. Goodrich.
He served a number of local civic organizations, including as president of United Way in Addison County and chair of the Bixby Memorial Library board of trustees.
He and his wife, Mary Krabbe Kerr (J54), traveled all over the United States and the world — from the Alps to Turkey — to ski and sail. In addition to his wife, Mr. Kerr is survived by sons J. Minott, Gibson and Geoffrey and five grandchildren, including granddaughters Kirstin Eja Kerr (SESP07) and Alyssa Kerr (SESP10).
John W. Kizler (WCAS49), 82, Louisville, Feb. 21. A war hero and committed social activist, Mr. Kizler helped liberate the Dachau concentration camp as an Army medic. He received the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart in World War II before attending Northwestern.
In 1961 Mr. Kizler was one of the first volunteers with the Peace Corps. He then joined the State Department's diplomatic service as a consul in Europe and West Africa. He spent 15 years in the Department of Agriculture, receiving the USDA Superior Service Award.
Mr. Kizler, an oenophile, was also awarded a patent and two copyrights for his catalog system for wine.
He is survived by his wife, Adele; sons David and John; and five grandchildren.
Marshall E. "Mickey" McArthur (C49), 81, Tucson, Ariz., April 6. Originally from Omaha, Mr. McArthur found success in the production of corn and soybeans on his farm in Eldridge, Iowa, after working in the oil industry and a number of other agricultural fields, including farm equipment sales.
An avid hunter, camper and hiker, the outdoorsman and philanthropist supported the Cheley Colorado Camps, an adventure camp for boys and girls, and he formed a foundation to provide scholarships for camp attendees. He was also an art collector and political junkie.
Mr. McArthur was a frequent letter writer to Northwestern magazine.
He is survived by his wife, Karol; a daughter, Mary; a son, Max; a sister, Betty; and two grandchildren.
John McGlinn (BSM76), 55, New York City, Feb. 14. A conductor and musical historian, Mr. McGlinn restored, recreated and recorded a number of musicals from the 1920s and '30s.
Mr. McGlinn became involved with musical revivals after recording Songs of New York for Book-of-the-Month Records. He turned his attention to musical theater for a 1980s revival of Show Boat for the Houston Grand Opera.
In his recordings Mr. McGlinn pushed for authentic studio cast recordings, using original orchestrations and vocal arrangements and reinstating lost songs. He worked on orchestrations and recordings for Anything Goes, Annie Get Your Gun and Brigadoon.
Mr. McGlinn is survived by sisters Lee and Lorin and a brother, Evan.
John J. Nimrod (McC50), 86, Glenview, Ill., Jan. 4. An Illinois state senator for 10 years, Mr. Nimrod sponsored bills to revise the state's mental health code, change the state's workers compensation rules and encourage the use of solar power. A protégé of former Gov. Richard Ogilvie, Mr. Nimrod represented the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago from 1972 until 1982, when he was defeated in the Republican primary.
The son of Assyrian Christian immigrants from what is now Iran, Mr. Nimrod was a leader in the Assyrian community. He took his late sister's position as president of the Assyrian Universal Alliance Foundation in Chicago in 1999 and chaired the general assembly of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization, an international organization of people from unrecognized or occupied territories, based in the Hague, Netherlands.
Mr. Nimrod received a Bronze Star for his service with the U.S. Army Air Corps in Europe during World War II. He returned to active duty during the Korean War, during which he invented a machine to clean and cook raw rice in the field. He was discharged as a captain.
With his degree in mechanical engineering, Mr. Nimrod started a fiberglass plant in Chicago that built molds for swimming pools. He served on a McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science alumni board.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; two sons, Joseph and John J.; two daughters, Lizbeth and Naomi; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Two nephews, Kenneth J. James (L59) and Thomas Schwarten (KSM69), also attended Northwestern.
James R. Owens (KSM93), 46, Edina, Minn., Jan. 4. An accomplished athlete, Mr. Owens transformed his personal tragedy into service for those battling cancer.
After collapsing while training for a marathon in 1998, he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Despite ongoing treatments, Mr. Owens continued to participate in triathlons and cross-country ski races. He also worked as a fundraiser and spokesperson for the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
Alongside Armstrong and 19 other cyclists, Mr. Owens completed a nine-day trek from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., to spread the word about the importance of clinical trials and support for cancer survivors.
He is survived by his wife, Barb; a son, Max; his mother, Carol; and five siblings.
Robert L. Pasek (McC50, GMcC51, 54), 82, Glenview, Ill., Jan. 13. An engineer, Mr. Pasek helped develop a range of innovations, from appliances to missile systems.
Mr. Pasek put his Northwestern degrees to use when he worked on the Polaris missile as a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton in the 1950s. He later worked on microwaves, coffee makers and dishwashers with Sunbeam. He also developed a system of standards to improve manufacturing efficiency.
Mr. Pasek taught production management and industrial and mechanical engineering at Northwestern after earning his doctorate. He also served as president of Northwestern's engineering alumni association.
Mr. Pasek is survived by his wife, Joan; sons Robert Jr. and John; and daughters Mari and Julie.
Bert G. Phillips (BSM56, GBSM57), 73, Naples Fla., died Oct. 8 in Bethesda, Md. An accomplished performer and teacher, Mr. Phillips dedicated his life to music.
Mr. Phillips, who started playing the cello at age 6, enjoyed a 31-year career as a cellist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He loved to share his passion for performance with young people. Mr. Phillips co-founded the Luzerne Music Center, a summer music camp in the Adirondacks that has educated thousands of musicians in its 29 years of existence.
He and his wife, Toby Nevis Blumenthal Phillips (BSM54), also established the Naples Classic Chamber Concerts. They were members of the NU Club of Naples.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Phillips is survived by two children, five stepchildren and 14 grandchildren.
John M. Sergey (BSM40, GBSM41), 91, River Grove, Ill., Dec. 29. Rev. Sergey would not allow any barrier to prevent him from helping thousands of people find their faith — not even when that barrier was the Iron Curtain.
The son of Russian immigrants, Rev. Sergey led dozens of mission trips to the Soviet Union during the Cold War. He also recorded a religious radio show, Words of Hope, that reached believers in the Soviet Union via shortwave radio.
Rev. Sergey was named the general director of the World Fellowship of Slavic Evangelical Christians in 1950, a position he maintained until his death.
He is survived by a son, John; two daughters, Judith and Ruth; a sister, Bernice; 16 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
John R. Stillman (C68), 62, Manhattan, April 7. Mr. Stillman, who took the name Jack Wrangler from the label of his work shirt, became an icon for the gay liberation movement. The ruggedly handsome Mr. Stillman starred in more than 30 gay sex films in the 1970s and '80s, and his onscreen macho-man persona paved the way for new concepts of homosexuality. In the 1980s he crossed over into straight adult films.
In 1994 he married 1940s' cabaret star Margaret Whiting, though he continued to publicly identify as gay. They collaborated on a 1997 Broadway revue in tribute to Johnny Mercer. Mr. Stillman spent the remainder of his career writing and directing cabaret and theater shows and concerts.
He is survived by his wife.
Roy Laver Swank (FSM35, GFSM35), 99, Portland, Ore., Nov. 16. A neurologist and pioneering medical researcher, Dr. Swank discovered clues to the relationship between multiple sclerosis and diet. Beginning in the late 1940s he developed a radical treatment for multiple sclerosis using diet, and he wrote more than 170 scientific papers and several books on the subject.
He also led early research on the link between diet and cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Swank enlisted in the U.S. Army after Pearl Harbor and served in Europe during World War II. After the liberation of France, he oversaw a 1,500-bed psychiatric hospital in Paris, where he wrote about battle fatigue.
The University of Oregon Medical School recruited him to create a neurology division in 1954. He taught and performed research there for the remainder of his career, retiring from what is now the Oregon Health & Sciences University in 1974. He also established the Dr. Roy and Eulalia Swank Family Research Professorship in Neurology.
Dr. Swank, who maintained his patient care and research at his private clinic until 1999, also created a blood transfusion filter and a cardiovascular blood filter for use during cardiovascular surgery. He also established Pioneer Filters.
The Swank MS Foundation continues his work on behalf of patients with multiple sclerosis.
He is survived by his wife, Leeanna (he was preceded in death by first wife, Eulalia, and his second wife, Betty); a daughter, Susan; a stepson, Kirksey; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
James W. Wagner (WCAS60), 75, Chicago, Jan. 10. A retired teacher and administrator, Mr. Wagner devoted more than a decade to revitalizing jazz in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood.
He taught in the Chicago public schools and later served as an education director at the Chicago Urban League and then as dean of students at the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois.
After he retired, Mr. Wagner invested his time and money in revitalizing jazz in Hyde Park. He helped launch Sunday night jazz shows at the New Checkerboard Lounge, sometimes paying musicians out of his own pocket. Mr. Wagner also helped create the Hyde Park Jazz Festival.
Mr. Wagner is survived by his wife, Almarie, and two daughters, Cecily and Cynthia.