In Memoriam

Ben Burns
Ben Burns (J34), 86, Atlantis, Fla., Jan. 29. Essentially barred from mainstream journalism because of leftist politics dating to his Northwestern days, Mr. Burns, who was white, became one of the leading figures in African American publications. He was one of the initial inductees into the Medill School of Journalism's Hall of Achievement in 1997.

His public relations work for a local black politician led to a position with the Chicago Defender, one of the leading black dailies at the time, in 1942.

Mr. Burns joined publisher John H. Johnson (H74) to launch Ebony magazine in 1945. In 1954 Mr. Burns left that publication for competitor Sepia magazine, where he remained until retiring in 1977.

He is survived by his wife, Esther (GSESP60); daughter Barbara Radin; sons Richard and Stephen; and four grandchildren.

(Photo by Kelly Campbell)

Margo Kaufman
Margo Kaufman (S75), 46, Venice Beach, Calif., March 31. A humorist and writer, she was perhaps best known for her commentaries on Los Angeles' KABC-FM and in the Los Angeles Times Magazine and for her guest appearances on National Public Radio's humor-quiz show, "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me."

Ms. Kaufman began her career in Baltimore's alternative weeklies but moved onto such national publications as Cosmopolitan and The New York Times after relocating to Los Angeles.

Always able find the humor in day-to-day life, Ms. Kaufman, a lover of pug dogs, believed they were "living proof that God has a sense of humor."

She is survived by her husband, Eric Mankin; son Nicholas; father, Allan Pearlstein, and mother, Gloria Asnes; sister Laurie Goldberg; brother Robert Pearlstein; and grandmother Flora Pearlstein.

(Photo by Ken Sax)

Timothy Kiley
Timothy Kiley (S50), 74, Los Angeles, April 29. A director of some of the most popular television shows in the 1960s and 1970s, Mr. Kiley was best known at Northwestern as one of the hosts of Get Out of Bed with Tim and Ed, a morning show on WNUR-FM. Mr. Kiley worked in Memphis, New York City and Los Angeles. In New York he directed The Ed Sullivan Show.

Mr. Kiley later directed The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, The Flip Wilson Show (for which he was nominated for three Emmy Awards), The Sonny and Cher Show, The Mac Davis Show and Star Search.

Mr. Kiley is survived by his former wife, Patricia (WCAS51); sons Timothy Jr. and Christopher; daughters Laura, Patricia and Susan; brother William; sisters Mary King and Shaila Bolger (WCAS55); and eight grandchildren.

(Photo courtesy of NU Archives)

Lloyd Norlin
Lloyd Norlin (Mu41, GMu42), 82, Barrington, Ill., May 11. A versatile musician who saw one of his songs nominated for an Oscar, Mr. Norlin maintained a lifelong connection with Northwestern.

In 1941 he received his Oscar nomination for "Out of the Silence," sung by Frances Langford in All American Co-Ed.

After military service Mr. Norlin became an instructor in the School of Music's composition department and taught in its preparatory division. For three decades he was associated with the Waa-Mu show while owning and operating a piano studio in Evanston. He wrote the words and music for "To the Memories," one of the most beloved Northwestern songs.

Mr. Norlin is survived by his wife, Georgia (Mu47); son Eric; daughter Nancy Engdahl; brother Merle; and six grandchildren.

(Photo by Fabian Backrach)

Earl Selby
Earl Selby (WCAS40), 82, Monterey, Calif., Feb. 26. A scholarship student who graduated with honors after working his way through Northwestern as a reporter and short-order cook, Mr. Selby went on to lead a team of reporters to the Pulitzer Prize at the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin.

He started his career with United Press and Esquire, Coronet and Sun magazines and joined the Bulletin in 1942. After writing a daily column from 1954 to 1959, Mr. Selby was named city editor.

In 1962 he was held in contempt of court for re-sisting subpoenas attempting to compel him to reveal confidential sources. Two years later the newspaper won the Pulitzer for a series on corruption in Philadelphia. Mr. Selby edited those pieces.

He is survived by his wife, Miriam; sons Nicholas and Peter; and four grandchildren.

(Photo by Martin Simon)

Jeanne Hurley Simon
Jeanne Hurley Simon (L46), 77, of Makanda, Ill., Feb. 20. The wife of former U.S. Sen. Paul Simon (D-Ill.), Ms. Simon is remembered for her own accomplishments as a lawmaker, author and activist for literacy and libraries.

Originally from Chicago's North Shore suburbs, Ms. Simon entered the statewide political arena in 1956 as a representative in the Illinois General Assembly. She served her district until 1960, when she left to work on her husband's campaigns.

In 1997 Ms. Simon received a presidential appointment to chair the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. The same year she became an adjunct professor of library affairs at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

In addition to her husband, Ms. Simon is survived by her daughter Sheila; her son Martin; and four grandchildren.

Leonard P. Spacek
Leonard P. Spacek (H78), 92, Chicago, March 19. A respected business leader and philanthropist, Mr. Spacek rose to become CEO and managing partner at accounting and consulting powerhouse Arthur Andersen from 1947 to 1965.

Under Mr. Spacek's leadership the company grew tenfold and adopted fair and consistent accounting practices long before they became the industry norm. The Kellogg Graduate School of Management established a chair in his name in 1978.

In addition to his business activities, Mr. Spacek served on several volunteer boards, including the Boy Scouts, Junior Achievement and Goodwill Industries. He helped revive the Lyric Opera of Chicago in the 1950s.

Mr. Spacek was preceded in death by his wife, Libbie. He is survived by daughter Judith; son Bruce; five grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.