Publication Date

November 1, 1992

Perspectives Section

In Memoriam

Bradley Chapin

Bradley Chapin, 67, professor emeritus, The Ohio State University, died on December 1, 1991. Dr. Chapin was born in Silver Creek, New York, on April 13, 1924. After serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1942 to 1945, he attended the University of Buffalo, where he received his B.A. and M.A. He received the Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1951. He worked at the University of Buffalo until 1965, serving as Dean of University College from 1961 to 1965. He then moved to The Ohio State University, where he was a professor until his retirement in 1987. Dr. Chapin's primary scholarly interest was in early American legal and constitutional history. His books include The American Law of Treason (1963) and Criminal Justice in Colonial America, 1606–1660 (1983). Dr. Chapin was the 1986 recipient of the Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, and five children.

Paul Bowers
Ohio State University

Donald J. Cioeta

Donald J. Cioeta, 46, died of cancer on July 8, 1992. He was Acquisitions Editor at the University of Washington Press. Dr. Cioeta's work centered in 19th- and 20th-century journalism and censorship in the Middle East, with an eye toward a world of peace and human rights. Dr. Cioeta received his B.A. from Portland State University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Twice a Fulbright Fellow, Dr. Cioeta traveled extensively in the Middle East and did extended research in Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt. After teaching political science and history for several years at Portland State University and Willamette University in Oregon, he moved to the position in Seattle in 1987. He divided his time between the university and the press. Survivors include his wife Corinna and son Charles, his mother, two brothers, and three sisters.

John Gimbel

John Gimbel, 70, died on July 16, 1992. Dr. Gimbel received his B.A. from Luther College in Iowa in 1949. His M.A. from the University of Iowa in 1951 was followed by a Fulbright studentship in Germany. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1956. Dr. Gimbel's career included teaching at Luther College; the University of Maryland; the University of Alberta, Edmonton; the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon; Indiana University; and Universitaet Duesseldorf, Germany; and Humboldt State University. His books include The American Occupation of Germany and The Origins of the Marshall Plan. Dr. Gimbel received awards from a range of sponsors, including the Harry S Truman Library Institute and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is survived by his wife, a son, and two daughters.

Marsden Jones

Marsden Jones, 71, died on June 11, 1992. Dr. Jones was the founder of the Center for Arabic Studies at the American University in Cairo. He trained at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and received his Ph.D. in 1953. After the establishment of the Center for Arabic Studies at AUC in the mid-1960s, Dr. Jones worked to make it a center of excellence for the study of Arabic history, literature, language, art, and architecture. Marsden Jones' special interests were early Islam, the early emergence of Islamic institutions, and the study of modern Islamic movements in Egypt. He is known for his edition of Al-Waqidi's Kitab Al Maghazi and his work on early sira literature. He helped publish a series of volumes in Arabic on Leaders of Contemporary Literature in Egypt. He is survived by his wife and son.

Sheldon Watts
American University in Cairo

Martin H. Lutter

Martin H. Lutter, 77, professor emeritus of history, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, died on March 31, 1992. He received his B.A. from Augustana College in South Dakota, his M.A. from Eastern New Mexico University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Lutter joined the Concordia College history department in 1953. He served as chair and as faculty adviser to Pi Gamma Mu, the social science honor society. He was vice chancellor of the northern region and governor of the Minnesota province of Pi Gamma Mu. He was a charter member of the Red River Valley Historical Society and was president of that organization for twelve years. He received the Flaat Distinguished Service Award from Concordia College in 1982, and retired in 1986.

Carroll Engelhardt
Concordia College

Raymond L. Proctor

Raymond L. Proctor, professor emeritus of history at the University of Idaho, died of cancer on December 13, 1991, at the age of 71. Before entering academic life he served twenty-two years in the U.S. Air Force, including three years in the South Pacific during World War II. He retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel in 1960. He began his teaching career at the University of Idaho in 1965 after receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. His first published work was an account of the Spanish Blue Division that served with the German army in Russia in World War II. It was published in Spain in 1972. An English edition followed in 1974. A second book, Hitler's Luftwaffe in the Spanish Civil War, was published in 1983.

Robert D. Harris
University of Idaho

Clifford Reutter

Clifford Reutter, 70, died on July 14, 1992. He was a retired professor at the University of Detroit. Born and raised in Missouri, Professor Reutter was a graduate of St. Louis University. He received his Ph.D. in 1950 and began his teaching career as an instructor at the University of Detroit, where he specialized in 20th-century America. The relationship of politics and the press never ceased to fascinate him. He was also interested in patterns of ethnicity and religion and was the author of several articles. He gave much of his time to the Byzantine and Catholic religious communities in the Detroit area.

Norbert J. Gossman
Bloomington, IN

Herbert H. Rosenthal

Herbert H. Rosenthal, 70, died on August 5, 1991. He was professor emeritus of history at Southern Illinois University. He earned his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Virginia, where he was a Phi Beta Kappa. In 1955, after serving in World War II, he was awarded the Ph.D. at Harvard. After serving at the Carbondale campus of Southern Illinois University, he moved in 1958 to the newly established Edwardsville campus. He served as head of the Social Sciences Division, Dean of Instruction, Dean of the combined Graduate Schools of SIUC and SIUE, and Chair of the History Department. He coauthored The Corps of Engineers: Troops and Equipment in the United States Army in World War II. Following his retirement in 1981, Dr. Rosenthal taught for six years at Tamkang University in Taiwan.

Lawrence W. Towner

Lawrence W. Towner, 70, former president of the Newberry Library in Chicago, died June 12, 1992. He received his B.A. from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. After serving four years as an Army Air Corps pilot during World War II, he received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at the College of William and Mary. He was editor for six years of The William and Mary Quarterly. He became the sixth librarian to head the Newberry Library. In the twenty-four years he served at the Newberry prior to retirement in 1986, he built the private research library into a $300 million collection that included 1.4 million books, 5 million manuscripts, and 60 thousand maps, photographs, and paintings. He is survived by his wife, Rachel, three daughters, two sons, and a brother.

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