Norman Lyons (SMG’49, GSM’50), David L. Vanasse (SMG’56), Hatfield, Mass. Patricia A. Love (SAR’88), Merrimac, Mass.
North Dartmouth, Mass. June Westervelt George (SON’57), Scott Wilson Snow (COM’88, CGS’86),
Stewart B. Anderson (SMG’50), Amherst, Mass. Miami, Fla.
Corona Del Mar, Calif. Joseph A. Michneiwicz (CAS’57), Robert DiSario (GRS’90,’96),
Doris D. Bruce (SED’50,’62), Falmouth, Mass. Encinitas, Calif. Cambridge, Mass.
Robert F. Cooke (SMG’50), Spring Hill, Fla. Robert J. Conte (MED’58), Danvers, Mass. Robin C. Karp (SMG’90),
H. Blaine Sanborn (SMG’50), Jean O. Johnson (GRS’58), Baltimore, Md. Princeton Junction, N.J.
Portland, Maine Sheldon H. Malinou (GRS’58), Christine Michelle Mayne (ENG’94),
Jack H. Shapiro (CAS’50), Elkins Park, Pa. New York, N.Y. San Jose, Calif.
Leonard F. Wing (LAW’50), Rutland, Vt. Paul P. Caradonna (CAS’59), Daniel-John Aylward (GSM’00),
Annette B. Barnard (SED’51), Medford, Mass. Revere, Mass.
Bellevue, Wash. Samuel Myerson (SAR’59, DGE’52), Anne Fukami Meadows (COM’05),
James Edward Bowers (SMG’51, DGE’49), Mashpee, Mass. Tuckahoe, N.Y.
Plympton, Mass. Carole Santucci (SAR’60),
Mary L. Cummins (SAR’51), Leominster, Mass.
Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. Ivan Leroy Wingood (SED’60), Faculty Obituaries
Jean Gossett (STH’51), Largo, Fla. Bedford, Mass.
C. Scott Hoar (COM’51), Sanford, Maine John L. Maes (STH’63), Bradenton, Fla. Carl Apstein, 64, School of Medicine pro-
Mitchell S. M. Krock (LAW’51), Roger T. Bryant (SAR’64), Williston, Vt. fessor of vascular biology, on November 11.
Swampscott, Mass. James G. Clancy (SED’64,’65), Rye, N.H. Apstein was a cardiologist with strong research
Francis L. Luce (STH’51), Lakeland, Fla. Dick M. Crowell (GRS’64), interests and a long history of mentoring
Florence A. Pallein (SON’51), Litchfield Park, Ariz. medical students. A faculty member since 1973,
Dana Point, Calif. Elizabeth A. Patterson (CAS’65), he founded BU’s Cardiac Muscle Research
Helen W. Rooney (SED’51), Belmont, Mass. Mason, N.H. Laboratory in 1978 and directed it until 2004.
William V. Sparks (SED’51, SED’61), Michael Schwartz (CAS’65), Morris, Conn. Apstein’s research centered on preventing
Chelmsford, Mass. Ellen Stevens (GRS’65,’80), Belmont, Mass. cardiac cell death after a heart attack. His
Curtis A. Tucker (SMG’51, DGE’49), Louis L. Kristan (GSM’66), Ammon, Idaho hypothesis that glucose, insulin, and potassium
Dayton, Ohio Bettina H. Harrison (GRS’68), could protect the heart muscle when it is
Ernest H. Blaustein (GRS’52), Worcester, Mass. deprived of oxygen, as it is during the trauma
Newton, Mass. Sharon L. Padden (SAR’68), of an attack, led to a procedure that is the
Charles K. Corthell (SMG’52), Punta Gorda, Fla. subject of an ongoing National Institutes of
Alexandria, Va. Diana A. Slater (CAS’68), Health trial.
May H. Dinsfriend (SSW’52), West Barnstable, Mass. He is remembered by generations of BU
Panorama City, Calif. Michael D. Hinds (CAS’69), medical students for his devotion to rigorous
John F. Leary (LAW’52, DGE’49), New York, N.Y. science and patient treatment and also for his
Billerica, Mass. John A. Ippoliti (CAS’69), Evanston, Ill. warmth and wit. “He always had a huge smile
Ellen L. Mohan (SAR’52), Perry M. Beaumont (STH’70), and a joke,” Emelia J. Benjamin, a MED
Mission Viejo, Calif. Fox Lake, Ill. professor of clinical cardiology, told the
Fairlee T. Hersey (COM’53), Norton, Mass. Ging S. Lee (ENG’70), Lexington, Mass. Boston Globe.
Cyril S. Kanemitsu (LAW’53), Hilo, Hawaii Elizabeth Mustee (SON’70), In 2004, Apstein received the Women
Howard M. Kesseli (COM’53, CGS’51), Grand Junction, Colo. in Cardiology Mentoring Award from the
Dover Foxcroft, Maine Lenore E. Rosenberg (SED’70), American Heart Association for his work
Rose M. Wallace (SMG’53, PAL’55), Newton Center, Mass. with female cardiology students and residents.
Braintree, Mass. Marla J. Schwartz (CAS’71), Bethesda, Md. “After the award, male doctors came up to
James C. Doyle (COM’54, CGS’52), Muriel S. Gerofsky (SED’72), me and asked why the award was just for
Arlington, Mass. Sharon, Mass. mentoring women,” Benjamin said. “He
Gerald S. Eilberg (SMG’54), Leona A. Flaxer (SED’74), mentored many men, too.”
Needham, Mass. Chestnut Hill, Mass. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Apstein
Gerald L. Gross (SMG’54, DGE’52), Victoria M. Ovis (CAS’74), graduated from Cornell University in 1963
Pittsfield, Mass. New York, N.Y. and from New York University School of
Viola Petrocelli (SED’54), Scituate, Mass. Catherine J. Holahan (MET’78), Medicine in 1967. He began playing the
Mary Treco (SON’54), Sacramento, Calif. Galiano Island, British Columbia piano when he was fifty, taking classes at
William A. Welch (SED’54), Peabody, Mass. Irene K. Mehta (LAW’78), BU in music theory and piano and recording
Patricia B. Crocker (SAR’56), Santa Cruz, Oakland Township, Mich. a CD of works by Bach and Chopin. “He
Calif. Linda Ditmars Henderson (MET’86), was a man who was very intense and took
Carolyn Curran (SSW’56), Pawtucket, R.I. Wilbraham, Mass. everything he did seriously,” his brother,
Robert G. St. Laurent (SMG’56), Marjorie B. Golden (SED’87), Michael, told the Globe, “but he never took
Mount Pleasant, S.C. Plattsburgh, N.Y. himself seriously.”
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Romantic Craftsman: Gardner Read, 1913–2005
by Michael B. Shavelson (CAS’83, COM’83)
Gardner Read, a distinctive American in A minor, was the winner in the New York
composer and a longtime member of the Philharmonic’s American Composers Contest
College of Fine Arts music faculty, died of 1937. As the key component of the prize, the
on November 10. He was 92. symphony was premiered by Sir John Barbirolli
I didn’t know Read during my student days and the Philharmonic, beginning a long run
at BU, but as a serious music buff and amateur of commissions and performances with major
musician, I did know his books, which are ensembles. (About five years ago Read learned
intoxicating for their breadth, clarity, and from a researcher that a composer he beat for
uniqueness. They examine aspects of music that 1937 prize was Aaron Copland, who had
performance and notation that, so far as I know, submitted his El Salón México, but under a
no one had dealt with so encompassingly before. different title. In another competition a few
(His first, Thesaurus of Orchestral Devices, pub- years later, Read’s second symphony was also
lished in 1953, balances nicely his last, Orchestral a prize winner — to the annoyance of Leonard
Combinations, published last year.) I finally got Bernstein, whose Jeremiah symphony was
to meet him in the 1990s when I wrote about rejected in the competition.) Professor Gardner Read at Mugar Memorial
him for Bostonia and later interviewed him on BU hired Read as composer-in-residence and Library, October 3, 1966.
WBUR. We became friendly, and I ended up professor of composition in 1948 as part of a
spending a fair bit of time with him. move to improve music education at the Uni- orchestra as well as he did; that is clear from
I already miss his telephone calls. “Hello, versity. He retired as professor emeritus in 1978. his writings and from his big, explosive pieces.
it’s the old maestro calling from Manchester,” Critics invariably refer to Read’s versatility Yet if a stamp does come through, it may be in
he’d announce, and suggest we meet at Mugar’s and craftsmanship, and it is true that his roughly the chamber works, the many pieces for organ,
music library to have a look at a new score 150 compositions — from songs and children’s his solo piano music, and his lovely songs.
and then have something to eat. In the spring pieces, through the concerti, four symphonies, A few years ago I tried to interest Read in
and summer he liked to invite friends and an oratorio, and an unperformed opera on the a commission for a chamber orchestra in which
colleagues to lunch at his house, and we’d sit life of François Villon — do cover every genre I played, but he was having trouble with his
on his screened porch high above the ocean, and are beautifully constructed. The best eyes and told me he could no longer see the
Marblehead and Boston in the distance, and pieces have his touch, although he’s not a ledger lines clearly. This and other vision prob-
chat about the BU and Boston music scenes. composer who after a few measures makes lems were awful blows, since he was a great
There was always pink lemonade, unspiked. you exclaim, “That’s Gardner Read!” reader. He was also deeply dejected by the ill-
We’d generally make our way to his work Read could express his musical ideas in the ness and death in 2003 of his wife — his friend
studio, where he would play any CDs I had language of traditional Western tonalities; in and lover, really — the pianist Vail Read.
brought along. As often as not, he had known fact, a strong romanticism runs through most Still, for those last few summers, he hired a
personally the composers whose music was of the work. That said, his is very much music professional to help with the enormous garden
playing (signed portraits of dozens of them of the twentieth century, with occasional com- surrounding his house, and he was giddy with
staring down from the walls of the large guest plex rhythms and puckery counterpoint. There enthusiasm for his renewed interest in plants
bathroom made one a bit self-conscious). Read certainly are compositions that feature “mod- and flowers. At the old maestro’s ninetieth
was, after all, a quiet and serious member of ern” techniques, but Read used them for spe- birthday party, the young woman who worked
that generation of American musicians who cific points, not because he felt that one must with him choosing and cultivating the plants
found their voices in the late 1930s. use, for example, tone rows. He had a great had the position of honor at his side at the
He was born in Evanston, Illinois, in 1913. interest in color and analyzed and explored dinner table. Both delighted in the many
He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the unexploited instrumental techniques and sonori- introductions to Gardner’s gardener.
Eastman School of Music in Rochester, where ties, both in his large orchestral works and in
he studied with Bernard Rogers and Howard his more intimate pieces. There cannot have Michael B. Shavelson, former editor of Bostonia,
Hanson. A student work, his Symphony No. 1 been many individuals who understood the is now the editor of Columbia’s alumni magazine.
Thomas R. Dawber, 92, School of Medi- since 1971. The study, which began with Kannel, who succeeded Dawber as study
cine professor emeritus of medicine, former physical exams and lifestyle interviews of director in 1966.
chairman of preventive medicine, and a pio- more than 5,200 residents of Framingham, The study tracks the health of children
neer in cardiovascular research, on November Massachusetts, eventually linked high blood and grandchildren of the original participants
23. He was the first director of the Framing- pressure and cholesterol levels with cardio- and has led to the publication of 1,300 scien-
ham Heart Study, the ongoing National vascular disease — and created a revolution tific papers about the causes of heart disease,
Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute epidemio- in preventive medicine. The term “risk fac- as well as of diabetes, osteoporosis, and eye
logical study begun in 1948 and run by BU tor” was coined by Dawber and William B. and lung diseases.
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“If it wasn’t for Dawber, you wouldn’t Bill Clinton congratulating him for his con- Zenryu Shirakawa, 64, CAS senior preceptor
have heard about the Framingham Heart tributions to dentistry. “It was the first time of Japanese, in December. Born in California
Study,” William Castelli, who directed the that many in the audience had ever seen Herb to native Japanese parents, Shirakawa spent his
project from 1979 to 1995, told the New York speechless,” says Jan Feldman (SDM’70), a early months in an internment camp. He spoke
Times. “His contribution is so enormous you graduate of the endodontics program. some Japanese, but didn’t study the language
would have to place him with the most out- Schilder grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and until college, so, he would tell his students, “I
standing physicians in the history of the received a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree went through what you are going through.” He
United States.” from New York University and a Certificate received a B.A. in Oriental languages from
“He was open to new ideas, which led to of Advanced Graduate Study from Temple the University of California, Berkeley, and an
much of the productivity of the study,” Kannel University. A member of the BU faculty since M.A. in Japanese literature and a Ph.D. in
told the Washington Post. “Dawber was will- 1959, he became a professor and the chairman Japanese Buddhist studies from Harvard.
ing to let us stick our necks out.” of the endodontics department in 1963. Schilder He was hired by BU in 1980, his final year
In 1968, shortly after Dawber left the wrote scores of scientific articles and textbook of doctoral study, to restart the Japanese stud-
project to join BU, he saved it from being chapters and lectured in more than twenty- ies program in the department of modern
shut down by the federal government, which five countries. He retired in 2003. foreign languages and literatures.
declared the study had accomplished its goals. While they were learning the language,
Dawber, then chairman of preventive medi- Roger Shattuck, 82, professor emeritus Shirakawa’s students were also learning about
cine, initiated a campaign at BU that raised in the University Professors Program, on Japanese culture. For instance: although the
more than $500,000, enabling the study to December 8. formal Japanese language has six pronouns
continue. He later formed a partnership The author of several books, including a meaning “you,” denoting varying relationships
between the study and the University that seminal work on early French modernism, between speakers, none is elevated enough for
is still intact. Shattuck taught at BU from 1988 to 1997, a a teacher, who is addressed as “the teacher.”
Born in Duncan, British Columbia, mentor to both his students and his colleagues. The pronouns indicate not class distinction,
Dawber graduated from Haverford College “Roger really had a fund of erudition and a but a hierarchy that depends on the immedi-
in 1933 and earned a medical degree from mode of intelligence which I think cannot be ate situation; a student who takes the teacher
Harvard University in 1937. He then worked replaced,” says Rosanna Warren, a UNI pro- out for a cup of coffee after class becomes the
for the U.S. Public Health Service. During fessor and BU’s Emma Ann MacLachlan host, meriting a more elevated pronoun than
World War II, he was chief of medicine for Metcalf Professor of the Humanities. “He his guest. “I get a lot of invitations that way,”
the Marine Hospital in Boston. had a serious mind, at a time when our cul- Shirakawa would say with a grin that was one
When Dawber retired from BU in 1980, ture moves so fast it favors more glib kinds indication of why his courses were so popular.
he moved to Naples, Fla., to pursue his of thinking.” As the program grew so did his course load:
passion for boating, his daughter, Nancy Born in New York, Shattuck attended Yale by 1984, as the sole member of the Japanese
Dawber, told the Associated Press. University and was a pilot in the Army Air faculty, he was teaching first- through fourth-
Corps during World War II. He taught at year Japanese, along with alternating lecture
Herbert Schilder, 77, Goldman School Harvard, the University of Texas, and the courses in English on Japanese film, samurai
of Dental Medicine professor and chairman University of Virginia before coming to BU. culture, and Buddhism. The faculty began to
emeritus of the endodontics department, on His 1958 work The Banquet Years: The grow, but he had no interest in administra-
January 25. Known worldwide for his pio- Origins of the Avant-Garde in France, 1885 to tion or in publication of his own scholarship,
neering work in root canal therapy, Schilder World War I is considered a pivotal explo- although while writing his Harvard disserta-
also helped found the School of Dental ration of French modernism, and his 1975 tion he had won three significant fellowships.
Medicine in the 1960s. Marcel Proust won the National Book Award He was solely a teacher — “a paragon of good
Schilder’s root canal therapy technique for Arts and Letters. He wrote several other teaching,” as Jeffery Kline, a CAS French pro-
involved cleaning out a tooth’s infected tissue, books on Proust and edited a reissue of fessor and his former chairman, says. “Students
filling it vertically, and compacting it with a Helen Keller’s The Story of My Life. loved him.” And so he remained a preceptor,
heated plastic material that expands upon cool- Shattuck possessed an encyclopedic mind, cheerfully taking on extra courses when needed.
ing, filling the gap. The method was immor- Warren says, and applied his passion for “In times like these, when a man of such
talized in the film Finding Nemo, when Nemo, knowledge to literature, art, and science, but indelible good spirit and wisdom has affected
a fish in an aquarium in a dentist’s office, also to nature and civic involvement. After the world in such a positive way, it would be
watches a root canal being performed. “Now retiring to his home in Vermont, he became a crime not to say how much we cared for
he’s doing the Schilder technique,” says the an enthusiastic landscaper, winning prizes for and respected him, no matter how little justice
wincing starfish, Peach. Schilder’s family took hand-mowing and using a scythe. He was these words do,” student Matthew S. Winslow
him to a theater to see the movie. “He was also a member of the local school board. “He (COM’06) told Bostonia. “For all individuals
tickled pink,” his son, Richard, told the Boston was very idealistic,” Warren says. “He had an there is a teacher they truly admire, whose
Globe. “He finally made it to Hollywood.” understanding that to be a citizen, you have words are valued because they carry the weight
How important was Schilder? At the to participate in your various communities of truth. Zenryu Shirakawa filled that role for
school’s Endodontic Alumni Association and take them seriously. He took that kind a great number of people. He may be gone,
twenty-fifth anniversary meeting in 1995, he of intellectual citizenship more seriously than but the impression that he made remains.”
received a personal phone call from President anyone else I’ve ever met.” — Natalie Jacobson McCracken
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The Collector: Howard Gotlieb, 1926–2005 was an obscure thirty-two-year-old reporter
whose reply to Gotlieb’s request was that he
had no papers and who then, for some forty
by Natalie Jacobson McCracken
years of Fridays, has had whatever was on his
desk boxed for Boston University.
Winning over the impossibly famous could
take a little longer. Gotlieb said he wore cal-
luses on his knees during years of groveling
before Bette Davis. Eventually he got it all:
her annotated scrapbooks and scripts, thou-
sands of letters to her mother chronicling
her daily life — and hence how Hollywood
worked — the painting of her from the set
of Jezebel that hung over his desk.
Receiving the archives was often just the
beginning. He was curator to the renowned,
trusted to care for their papers (and some-
times to keep sensitive material sealed for a
specified time), their psychologist and pen-
and telephone pal, an eloquent fan not neces-
sarily bound by mere facts, and their host.
The boy from Bangor, Maine, who at twelve
had begged to be taken to his first restaurant,
entertained British and Hollywood royalty
elegantly at his Boston club and at Claridges
Bette Davis, Bill Adams, and Howard Gotlieb in London, greeting guests in his indefinable
accent with courtly charm and a little twinkle
Howard Gotlieb arrived at Boston Univer- who would become important in contempo- suggesting you alone shared the delicious
sity in 1963, instructed — or perhaps merely rary arts, literature, journalism, and civic life secret that he meant nearly every word he said.
determined — to create a major twentieth- and the ingenuity to just ask for their papers. Gotlieb was an inspired friend — of a sub-
century manuscript archive. He had scant Martin Luther King, Jr., sent his before the stantial number of those in his Twentieth
money to do it. Selma March and international prominence. Century Archives, of his devoted staff, some
He had, however, the prescience to know Dan Rather, as he himself likes to recount, of whom were with him for twenty and more
years, and of untold others. At what is now
the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center,
Friends of the Libraries is not a euphemism
for “generous supporters.” There are plenty of
those, courted and won by Gotlieb; but for a
78 bostonia spring 2006 Photographs primarily by BU Photo Services. All celebrities have archives at the Gotlieb Center.
modest membership fee anybody can attend
campus receptions in honor of the famous,
chat with them for a few moments, and per-
haps pose for a photograph together. Probably
more important to the regulars is visiting with
one another. They mean it when they call
themselves the Friends.
The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research
Center contains, along with rare books and
historical manuscripts (many the gifts of col-
lectors Gotlieb also cultivated), papers and
ephemera of more than 2,000 twentieth-
century figures, the famous and others whose
contributions, if not their names, matter: in
total a remarkable resource for scholars, stu-
dents, and those who just want to spend a few
hours glimpsing the likes of Martha Gellhorn,
David Halberstam, Samuel Beckett, Ella
Fitzgerald, Al Capp, Isaac Asimov . . . Gus Harrer, former director of libraries, Martin Luther King, Jr. (GRS’55, HON.’59), and School
of Theology Professor L. Harold Dewolf (from left).
“The power of this man was in his insight The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center
into how we are all interconnected and how continues to operate and grow, overseen by its
we are all each other’s keepers,” Rabbi Donald managing director, Vita Paladino, in the spirit
Pollack said at Gotlieb’s burial on December 4. of its founder, as a secure repository and “a library,
“… Dr. Howard Gotlieb taught so much to so not a museum.” For further information, go
many lives, and his pioneering work will give to www.bu.edu/archives or call Paladino at
those in the future a view of who we are.” 617-353-3696. ♦
Isaac Asimov (HON.’80)
Howard’s literary knowledge and
his enthusiasm for life were so
all-encompassing that I felt posi-
tively uplifted in his presence.
— Angela Lansbury at Gotlieb’s January 6, 2006,
memorial service at Marsh Chapel
Dan Rather (HON.’83)
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