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Max Britton (G41), 92, Arlington, Va., March 16. One of the first scientists to specialize in the study of the Arctic, Mr. Britton served as chief scientific officer at the Naval Arctic Research Laboratory from 1955 to 1971.
A former Northwestern professor, Mr. Britton spent his career researching the polar regions. He helped develop the notion of establishing research stations on ice floes, including one that floated from Alaska across the North Pole to the seas of Greenland and Iceland. Mr. Britton also served as an adviser to the U.S. Geological Survey on the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. He received the Department of Interior's Meritorious Award in 1983.
During World War II, Mr. Britton served as a U.S. Army lab technician in New Guinea and the Philippines.
Fred W. Heitmann Jr.
Fred W. Heitmann Jr. (SESP39), 88, Northbrook, Ill., April 30. From being the first teller at Northwest National Bank to becoming bank president at LaSalle Bank Corp., Mr. Heitmann saw his experiences on the Northwestern football field as a guide for his rising career.
Long after helping the Wildcats win the 1936 Big Ten Championship, Mr. Heitmann cheered for Northwestern as a fan in the stands. He was a season ticket holder and generous donor. Sports Illustrated named him a Silver Anniversary All-American in 1963.
Mr. Heitmann is survived by his wife, Kathleen, daughters Daryl Heitmann Riley (SESP67) and Sabrina, a son, Scott Heitmann (KSM73), six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Samuel Raphael Iker
Samuel Raphael Iker (GJ58), 72, Chevy Chase, Md., March 10. A former Time magazine and NBC News reporter, Mr. Iker dedicated much of his work to environmental awareness. After working at Time's bureaus in Chicago and Bonn, Germany, Mr. Iker became a Washington-based environmental writer for the magazine and then an on-air environmental reporter for NBC in 1975.
In addition to freelance writing for several outdoor magazines, Mr. Iker edited and produced documentaries for Voice of America for more than 10 years. The Chicago-born Iker also covered the construction of the Berlin Wall as an American Forces Network radio correspondent in Bonn.
Mr. Iker is survived by his wife, Jean, two daughters, Jennifer and Karen, two sisters, and four grandchildren.
Ruth Shaughnessy Moore
Ruth Shaughnessy Moore (C44), 92, Chicago, March 12. As a writer and director, Mrs. Moore made a successful career in Chicago-area television and radio. She wrote and directed several episodes of the popular Chicago radio shows The Baxters and To Be Continued in the 1940s. She later co-founded a public relations firm that served several Chicago-area nonprofit groups.
Mrs. Moore also enjoyed working in the theater. When she and her husband, the late Joseph Moore (G47, 53), retired to the Virgin Islands in the late 1960s, she founded the theatrical group the Courtyard Players.
Mrs. Moore is survived by her sons, Dennis, Joseph and Brian; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Tony Randall (C41, H02), 84, New York City, May 18. Born Arthur Leonard Rosenberg, Mr. Randall was an accomplished stage, screen and television actor for six decades. He received numerous industry honors throughout his long career, including a 1975 Emmy for arguably his most famous role as Felix Unger on The Odd Couple.
A prolific actor, Mr. Randall frequently appeared on Johnny Carson's and David Letterman's late-night TV shows. In addition to The Odd Couple, his television credits include Mr. Peepers, The Tony Randall Show and Love, Sidney.
Mr. Randall was also a founder and artistic director for the National Actors Theatre in New York City, a 13-year-old repertory company.
During his days at Northwestern, Mr. Randall appeared in the Waa-Mu Show. After attending Northwestern, Mr. Randall studied acting in New York City at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. Three years later, with ample radio acting experience under his belt, he made his Broadway debut in A Circle of Chalk. He took a hiatus from acting to serve in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II.
At the urging of longtime friend Sherrill Milnes (Mu60), John Evans Professor of Music, the University presented Mr. Randall an honorary doctorate of fine arts in 2002. In February 2002 Mr. Randall visited campus, where he spoke to students and faculty, critiqued student performances and offered tips on singing and acting.
Mr. Randall is survived by his second wife, Heather, a daughter, Julia, and a son, Jefferson.
Joel E. Siegel
Joel E. Siegel (G63, 72), 63, Arlington, Va., March 11. A retired Georgetown University English professor, Mr. Siegel taught mostly film studies in 32 years on the faculty. He also wrote freelance book, film and music reviews for the Washington, D.C., City Paper, produced music and penned lyrics. His last movie review, on the revival of Francis Ford Coppola's 1982 film One From the Heart, appeared in January.
In 1993 he shared a Grammy Award with Buck Clayton and Phil Schaap for best liner notes for the book that accompanied the 10-CD set The Complete Billie Holiday on the Verve, 1945-1959.
Mr. Siegel is survived by his parents, Sherman and Miriam Danzinger Siegel, and a sister, Judith Siegel-Baum.