conductor, Seattle, on February 27, 2006. Born into a musical
family in Brooklyn, Katims played violin from a young age and
later switched to viola. He majored in psychology at the College
while studying music and conducting. Katims became assistant
conductor for the NBC Symphony Orchestra in 1947 under Arturo
Toscanini and taught at the Juilliard School for several years.
During his 22 years as music director of the Seattle Symphony,
starting in 1954, symphony subscriptions more than quadrupled.
Katims helped to establish Seattle’s Opera House, from the
fundraising stage to conducting the opening night concert in 1962.
He also launched a chamber music concert series that attracted top
soloists, including violinist Isaac Stern. After leaving the Seattle
Symphony Orchestra in 1976, Katims became artistic director of the
School of Music at the University of Houston, where he remained for
eight years. He returned to Seattle in the early 1980s. In addition
to his wife of 70 years, Katims is survived by a daughter, a son, a
brother and two grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to
Katims Fund for Kids, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, PO Box 21906, Seattle, WA 98111.
Gilbert Y. Steiner,
scholar and author, Chevy Chase, Md., on March 1, 2006. A New York
City native, Steiner entered with the Class of 1944. After serving
in the Army from 1943–46, he earned a master’s in
political science from GSAS in 1949 and a Ph.D. from the University
of Illinois in 1950. Steiner was a faculty member at the University
of Illinois from 1950–66, directing the Institute of Government
and Public Affairs. He was a fellow of the Social Science Research Council
in 1957 and a Ford Foundation Fellow from 1961–62. Steiner joined the
Brookings Institution in 1966 as a senior fellow in the governmental studies
program. From 1968–76, he directed the program and from 1976–77
was acting president. In 1989, he retired and was designated a Brookings
senior fellow emeritus. As director of the governmental studies program,
Steiner created a program concerned with the workings of governmental
institutions and policy design. As a scholar, Steiner examined the role of
congressional conference committees, the subject of his first book. Survivors
include his wife of 55 years, Louise; children, Charles, Daniel and Paula; and six grandchildren.
Herman Roiphe, psychoanalyst, New York City, on December 14, 2005.
Born in Brooklyn, Roiphe earned his M.D. at P&S in 1951. After training
at Yale and the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, he was an assistant professor
of psychiatry at the Albert Einstein Medical College at Yeshiva University
from 1967–78. In 1978, he was named associate professor of psychiatry
at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he remained until his death. Roiphe
drew on his clinical practice and time spent with children in nurseries to refine
existing Freudian notions of when children begin psychosexual development. The
research resulted in the book Infantile Origins of Sexual Identity (1981),
which showed that by 18 months children start feeling differences between boys and
girls. Roiphe and his second wife, Anne, a novelist, whom he married in 1967,
collaborated on Your Child’s Mind (1985), which looked at mental
health aspects of divorce, spanking and toilet training, and explained possible
causes and therapies for autism and child psychoses. Roiphe’s first marriage
ended in divorce. In addition to his second wife, he is survived by five daughters:
Katie, Rebecca ’93, Margaret, Emily and Jean; and five grandchildren.
Arthur J. Galligan, retired attorney, Alexandria, Va.,
on January 4, 2006. Galligan was born in New York City and earned
a B.A. in geology from the College and a law degree from NYU in 1953.
In 1957, he was the third lawyer to join the New York law firm Dickstein &
Shapiro, which now has 375 lawyers in three cities. Galligan became a
founding partner of Dickstein Shapiro & Galligan, now Dickstein
Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky. He was a partner in the firm’s New York
office until he moved in 1974 to Washington, D.C., where he remained a partner
until retiring in 1995. During the mid-1960s, Galligan pioneered procedures for
the administration of consumer claims in an antitrust class action involving
tetracycline. During the Red Scare, he helped represent blacklisted directors,
writers and actors. For many years, Galligan was counsel to the George W. Henry
Foundation, an organization affiliated with the Episcopal Church that provides
legal protection to gays and lesbians. He is survived by his wife of 32 years,
Maura (née Crowe); children from his first marriage to Carol Galligan,
which ended in divorce, Jessica Goldsmith and Zachary; children from his second
marriage, Gregory and John; and three grandchildren.
Vincent Pascucci, retired language teacher, Andover, Mass.,
on March 26, 2006. Growing up above his family’s Yonkers restaurant,
Pascucci spoke English and Italian, and through his studies at the College
and time in Germany with the Army learned five more languages: Latin, Greek,
French, Spanish and German. Pascucci earned a master’s in classics in
1957 from GSAS and a doctorate at Brown. He began teaching at Manhasset H.S.
on Long Island and joined Phillips Academy (Andover) in 1964. Pascucci received
an honorary degree from Georgetown and was a Fulbright Scholar in Rome and
visiting professor at Dartmouth. He was former chair of the World Languages
Department and a member of the Andover community for 37 years, teaching Latin,
German, Ancient Greek and Italian before retiring in 2001. He coached tennis
and annually taught the senior class to sing “Gaudeamus Igitur” for
Commencement. Pascucci recovered from a stroke to tutor students in Latin and
Greek until four weeks before his death. He is survived by his children, Scott,
and Victoria Aloiau; sister, Norma Austin; brother, Louis; two grandchildren; and
companion, Patricia Maroni. Memorial contributions may be made to the Phillips
Academy Fund in memory of Vincent Pascucci, c/o the school.
Fergus Nicol, engineer, The Villages, Fla., on February 4, 2006.
Nicol worked for General Electric Co. for 33 years as a military jet engineer
and accident investigator, spending 10 years in Germany. He is survived by his
wife, Mary; and children, Colin, Cynthia, Laura, Mary Lee, Bruce and Scott.
Kenneth E. O’Shaughnessy, businessman, East Granby, Conn., on February
13, 2006. Born in Plainfield, N.J., O’Shaughnessy grew up in Seaford, N.Y. At
the College, he was a member of the wrestling team, president of the junior class and
earned the 1949 Award for Leadership. O’Shaughnessy graduated from the Business
School in 1953. He served in the Army during the Korean conflict and then worked for
many years at Torin Corp. An avid photographer, he also enjoyed making furniture for
his children. O’Shaughnessy is survived by his wife, Virginia (née Campbell);
children, Jane, Julie and her husband, Jeff Woods, K.C. and his wife, Beth, Eileen and
her husband, Steve Smith, Bill and his wife, Jacqui; four grandchildren; brothers, Henry
F., Richard and his wife, Winnie, and Raymond and his wife, Carole; and sisters-in-law,
Mary O’Shaughnessy and Elinor Feihel. He was predeceased by a brother, John;
sister-in-law, Tomi; and niece. Memorial contributions may be made to the SEA Scholarship
Fund, Simsbury H.S., 34 Farms Village Rd., Simsbury, CT 06070 or St. Bernard Church, 7
Maple St., Tariffville, CT 06081.
Arthur Parton, real estate executive, El Paso, Texas, on December 21, 2005.
Born in 1930 in Brooklyn, Parton received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the
Engineering School in 1953. After serving as a naval officer, he was a management
consultant to a wide variety of domestic and foreign companies. Later in life, Parton
founded a real estate agency with his wife of 36 years, Martha, and was the real
estate broker for their company. He is survived by his wife; daughters, Elizabeth,
Susan and Lisa; sons, Anthony, Bill and Mark; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Thomas J. Swisher, investment adviser, Fort Myers, Fla., on March 29,
2006. Swisher was born in Mansfield, Ohio, in 1931 and graduated from the College
with a pre-law degree. He served in the Navy from 1953–56. Swisher was v.p.
of training and education at Columbus Mutual Life Insurance Co. He moved to Fort
Myers in 1979 and received his C.L.U., RHU and ChCF designations and later established
Cornerstone Financial Advisory. Swisher was a dedicated member of the Optimist
International Service Organization for 48 years, volunteering with the youth of his
community wherever he lived, and was Optimist International’s president-elect
at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Gwendolyn
(née Baker); daughters, Pamela Fredericksen and her husband, Jeffrey,
Jill Johnson, and Lori Eldred and her husband, Dennis; nine grandchildren; two
great-grandchildren; a brother; two sisters; nieces and a nephew. He was preceded
in death by a grandson. Memorial contributions may be made for scholarships to
Optimist International Foundation, 4494 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108.
James H. Schwartz, neurobiologist, New York City and East Hampton,
N.Y., on March 13, 2006. Born in Manhattan, Schwartz earned his medical degree
from NYU and doctorate from Rockefeller University. He became an assistant
professor of microbiology at NYU in 1964 and professor in 1972. Schwartz joined
Columbia in 1974 and held appointments in physiology, cellular biophysics,
psychiatry and neurology. He helped found Columbia’s Center for Neurobiology
and Behavior and co-edited the textbook Principles of Neural Science (1979),
now in its fifth edition. From 1984–91, Schwartz was an investigator for
the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He collected coins and gems and published
papers in the American Numismatic Society journal, specializing in coins of the
Vandals in northern Africa in the fifth century and gems of Egypt and the eastern
Mediterranean from the second to fourth centuries. Schwartz was a fellow of the
American Association for the Advancement of Science, a trustee of the American
Numismatic Society and a fellow at Columbia’s Center for the Ancient
Mediterranean. His first wife, Frances, died in 1984. He is survived by his
wife, Catherine Lipkin; daughter, Daisy Salzman; son, Peter; stepson,
Jonathan Lipkin; and five grandchildren.
Stephen D. Strimpell, actor, New York City, on April 10, 2006.
Strimpell was best known for his role as Stanley Beamish, an innocent gas
station attendant who morphed into the title character, a flying superhero,
in the 1967 cult television classic Mr. Terrific. Born in New York
City in 1934, Strimpell was a junior Phi Beta Kappa at the College and
earned a degree from the Law School in 1956. He was a member of the New
York Bar before embarking on his acting career. A popular acting teacher
at HB Studios and in private classes, Strimpell played the title role in
The Disintegration of James Cherry at Lincoln Center and appeared
in such Off-Broadway plays as To Be Young, Gifted and Black and
The Exhaustion of Our Son’s Love. At the American Shakespeare
Festival, he appeared in plays with Katharine Hepburn, among others. He also
had featured parts in more than a dozen films. Strimpell directed at the Mark
Taper Forum in Los Angeles and appeared there in The Miser with Hume
Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. He is survived by a brother, Charles.
Richard L. Pearlman, opera center director, Chicago, on April
8, 2006. Born in Norwalk, Conn., in 1937, and raised in Tucson, Pearlman
majored in English at the College. After graduation, he served a series of
apprenticeships in opera and theater. In 1961, Pearlman was directing a
chorus for the Chicago Lyric Opera, when the director abruptly
cabled his resignation and Pearlman was thrust into directing his first opera.
His formal debut came in 1964, when he directed the first American staging of
Hector Berlioz’s Beatrice et Benedict for the Washington Opera
Society. Pearlman was staff director at the Metropolitan Opera from 1964–67,
then general director at the Washington Opera Society for two years, where his
1969 The Turn of the Screw, with live action and film, created a lively
debate. He freelanced for several years, directing productions at venues throughout
North America. Pearlman served from 1976–95 as director of the Eastman Opera
Theatre at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. He took a post at
Chicago’s Lyric Opera Center for American Artists in 1995, where he groomed
and launched young singers and was director at the time of his death.
Ira B. Black, neuroscientist and brain researcher, Skillman, N.J.,
and Andes, N.Y., on January 10, 2006. Black was born in the Bronx and attended
the Bronx H.S. of Science. In 1965, he earned his M.D. from Harvard. From
1975–90, Black was director of Cornell’s division of developmental
neurology. He authored The Changing Brain: Alzheimer’s Disease and
Advances in Neuroscience (2002) and Information in the Brain: A Molecular
Perspective (1991). Black was an early advocate for stem cell research and a
founder of the state-financed Stem Cell Institute of New Jersey; in 2004, when New
Jersey legislation approved stem cell research, Black was appointed the institute’s
first director. He also chaired the department of neuroscience and cell biology at the
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. His research involved investigations
of neurons and brain function as well as the origins of neurons. In 2000, Black and
others succeeded in forming cells similar to neurons from stem cells taken from the
bone marrow of humans and rats and published their results in The Journal of
Neuroscience Research. Black’s marriage to Janet Linquist Black ended
in divorce. He is survived by a son, Reed; and his fiancée, Janet Davis.
Other Deaths Reported
Columbia College Today also has learned of the deaths of the following alumni
(full obituaries will be published if further information becomes available):
1928 : Henry J. Hettger, retired, Arlington, Va., on May 14, 2006.
Gerald M. Schumann,
physician, Carlisle, Ariz., on March 15, 2006. Schumann earned a degree from P&S in 1933.
1941 : Frank C. Austin Jr., retired, Orlando, Fla., on October 20, 2005.
1949 : Theodore J. Zaremba, Colorado Springs, Colo., on August 7, 2004.
1951 : James H. Hammon, v.p. and creative director, New York City, on May 26, 2004.
G. Harold Pickel,
Québec, on January 22, 2006.
1956 : Harold B. Shorr, dentist, Woodcliff Lake, N.J., on May 17, 2006.
1957 : Richard P. Brickner, novelist, memoirist and critic,
New York City, on May 12, 2006.
Henry “Hank” Marksbury Jr. , retired, Middleburg, Fla., on March 25, 2006.
1958 : John W. Hammond, Toronto, on September 12, 2004. Hammond is
survived by his spouse, Bruce Eves.
2005 : Zanyon M. Camprise, Uddevalla, Sweden, on May 1, 2006.
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