Franklin Littell ’37
Franklin Littell ’37, scholar and founding member of the Holocaust museum, died May 24, 2009, at his home in Merion Station, Pa. He was 91.
The eldest son of Clair “Judge” Littell, legendary Cornell professor of history and political science and an ordained Methodist minister, Franklin Littell was prominent in ecumenical and interfaith activities for more than 50 years. His life’s work was the advancement of religious liberty and the exposure of persecution.
He served 10 years in the American occupation of post-war Germany and held advanced degrees from Union Theological Seminary and Yale University and was once president of Iowa Wesleyan College, a Methodist-affiliated institution. He was the first American scholar to teach courses on Holocaust and genocide studies and established the nation’s first Holocaust studies doctoral program. Littell also authored more than two dozen books and hundreds of major articles.
Littell is survived by his wife, Marcia Littell; sisters Marge Littell Schmiel ’47 and Claire Littell Stout ’47; daughters Jeannie Lawrence, Karen, and Miriam Littell; son Stephen; stepsons Jonathan Sachs and Robert Sachs Jr.; stepdaughter Jennifer Sachs Dahnert; and 11 grandchildren.
Bruce Beck ’38
Bruce Beck ’38, a graphic designer with clients ranging from Rand McNally to Loyola University, died July 21, 2009, in Evanston, Ill. He was 92.
As the owner of Bruce Beck Design for over 50 years, Beck’s client list included Johnson Wax, Jewel Food Stores, Scott Foresman, and many others. He also taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology Institute of Design and received numerous awards over his distinguished career. In his retirement he launched Turtle Press, a small book printing firm, from his basement.
Beck is survived by his wife Margaret, son Steven, daughter Barbara, and granddaughters Kate and Nora Marino.
Albert Sherwood Baker ’39
Former alumni board member Albert Sherwood Baker ’39 died May 8, 2009, in Columbia, Mo. He was 92.
Baker was a lifelong physician and medical educator. He served in World War II, then returned to Illinois where he practiced medicine until 1963 when he joined the faculty at the University of Missouri-Columbia. While there he served as the first family medicine residency director and as chair of the Department of Community Health and Medical Practice. He is considered by many to be the “father of family medicine” at the university.
He is survived by daughters Edith Baker Lauerman ’66 (Bruce Lauerman ’66), Martha Baker Thomas, and Nancy Baker; brother Harlan; five grandchildren; and four greatgrandchildren.
Lois Rupp Raebeck ’43
Actress, musician, and educator Lois Rupp Raebeck ’43 died June 13, 2009, in Long Island, N.Y., at the age of 87.
Raebeck started her career teaching vocal music and recording over 25 records for children. She published several books and taught at the Roosa School of Music and Brooklyn College before moving into acting in her late 50s.
Among her notable performances, Raebeck played Conan O’Brien’s mother on the Late Late Show and could be seen on soaps The Guiding Light, All My Children, and One Life to Live. She also acted off-Broadway, including productions of Shakespeare’s “All’s Well that Ends Well,” at the Pearl Theater in Manhattan, Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women” and Chekov’s “Three Sisters.”
She is survived by two brothers, Wilbur and Paul Rupp, and several nieces and nephews
Eunice Boardman ’47
Eunice Boardman ’47, a leader in elementary music education, died May 5, 2009, in Bettendorf, Iowa, at the age of 83.
Boardman was a longtime music educator and the author of several books that help define elementary music education. She taught music in several Iowa elementary schools, and was director of the music departments at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Illinois.
She received numerous awards for her contributions to the field, including an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Cornell College in 1995 and Distinguished Service Award from the Wisconsin Music Educators Conference in the State of Wisconsin. Boardman was also the first music educator to receive the President’s Citation for Contributions to the Cause of Music, presented by the National Federation of Music Clubs.
She is survived by her sister, Janice Wainwright; two stepchildren; nine nephews and two nieces.
David Knott ’58
David Knott ’58, a leading drug and alcohol addiction researcher, died April 19, 2009, in Memphis, Tenn. He was 72.
Knott was among the first researchers to label alcoholism as a disease, opening the doors for addiction treatment. He was the head of the Alcohol and Drug Dependence Clinic at the Tennessee Psychiatric Hospital and Institute and taught at the University of Tennessee.
Knott received the James H. Tharp Alcohol Research Award every year from 1974 to 1995, and in 1994 the Tennessee Department of Health awarded him the Melville Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award in the field of alcohol and drug dependence.
Knott is survived by two sons, Kevin and Kepler; brother John; and one grandson.
David Knott, left, with Professor Ed Rogers ’39.