Ileen Getz (C83), 44, New York City, Aug. 4. Known for her role as the humorless Judith Draper on the TV comedy Third Rock from the Sun, Ms. Getz was also a theater actress who performed on Broadway. Ms. Getz starred in the play Hurrah at Last in a role written for her by Richard Greenberg. She also appeared in the feature films Changing Lanes and The Station Agent.
After graduation, Ms. Getz became a member of the Practical Theater Company and the Econo-Art Theater Company.
She and her husband, Mark Grinnell (WCAS85), adopted two children, and Ms. Getz became an advocate for open adoption. In addition to her husband and their children, she is survived by her brother, Jerry, and her brother-in-law, Todd Grinnell (C85).
Stanley Jacobs (WCAS36), Niles, Ill., March 3. A World War II veteran, Mr. Jacobs was responsible for research that allowed integration of modern computer technology into the nation's military infrastructure for which he received the Presidential Legion of Merit. After retiring as a colonel in 1964, Mr. Jacobs joined the staff of the American Hospital Association and advocated for the use of computers in hospitals to better manage patient care.
Mr. Jacobs, recipient of a Northwestern Alumni Association Service Award in 1996, served as a reunion co-chair for the class of 1936. He also led annual reunions for Sigma Chi fraternity members of the 1930s.
He is survived by his wife, Alice, brothers Sandy and Dick, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Raymond W. Nordstrand
Raymond W. Nordstrand (WCAS53, G56), 72, Chicago, Aug. 27. An influential icon in Chicago radio history, Mr. Nordstrand built the financial foundation for the WFMT Radio Network, one of the world's most successful producers and distributors of classical, folk and jazz programming. He served as general manager and later president during his 52-year association with WFMT-FM.
He co-hosted The Midnight Special and later transformed the station's program guide into Chicago magazine.
Mr. Nordstrand received a Northwestern Alumni Association Merit Award in 1980.
He is survived by his longtime companion, Ethel Polk, a daughter, Erika, a granddaughter, Kya, and his former wife, Diane Nordstrand.
Kenneth Viste Jr.
Kenneth Viste Jr. (FSM66, GFSM70), 63, Rochester, Minn., Aug. 21. A doctor who made house calls until his retirement, Mr. Viste was known for his commitment to patient care and the overall development of medicine.
Dr. Viste served as president of the American Academy of Neurology and on a presidential advisory council in the 1990s.
A former president of the Northwestern Medical Alumni Association, Dr. Viste is a Northwestern Alumni Association Merit and Service Award and Feinberg Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.
He is survived by his wife, Jan; children, Doran, Kenneth and Kari; their mother, Jane; stepchildren Elliott and Shayna; his mother, Edith; his brother, George; and sisters Carol and Mary.
Mary Washington Wylie
Mary Morrison Washington Wylie (CB41), 99, Burbank, Ill., July 2. Known for her perfectionism and precision, Ms. Washington Wylie became the first African American woman to serve as a certified public accountant.
While a student at Northwestern, Ms. Washington Wylie ran her own accounting firm from her basement, which soon became a training ground for young African American men looking to enter the field of accounting.
In 1968 Ms. Washington Wylie founded Washington, Pittman & McKeever, which remains one of the largest African American–owned accounting firms in the country. She retired from the firm in 1985 at age 79.
Ms. Washington Wylie is survived by three daughters, two sons and nine grandchildren.
Ileen Getz (C83)
Stanley Jacobs (WCAS36)
Courtesy of University Archives
Raymond W. Nordstrand (WCAS53, G56)
Courtesy of WFMT-FM
Kenneth Viste Jr. (FSM66, GFSM70)
Mary Washington Wylie (CB41)
Courtesy of Washington, McKeever & Pittman