January 2011 Issue • Volume 39 • Issue 1

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Obituaries

Deaths

C. Neil Bull, University of Missouri-Kansas City, died on September 26, 2010, at the age of 70 after a brief illness.

Kim R. Kihl, Northern Virginia Community College, died of lung cancer on October 5. He was 60 years old.

Lewis M. Killian, University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the University of West Florida, passed away peacefully on November 20, 2010, at the age of 91.

Janet Salaff, University of Toronto, passed away on November 10.

Obituaries

Katherine Ruth Jensen
1946-2010

Katherine Jensen, University of Wyoming, died after a short illness on October 12, 2010. She was a member of both the Sociology Department and the Women’s Studies Program, and was an adjunct professor in the International Studies Program. Jensen was the first Director of Women’s Studies and first Director of International Studies as well as involved with other independent, interdisciplinary programs at the University of Wyoming. She remained an active member of three faculties until her retirement in 2006.

Jensen joined the UW Sociology Department in 1977, was promoted to the rank of associate professor in 1991, full professor in 1997, and distinguished professor emerita upon retirement. She served as associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Wyoming (1988-1991) and held faculty positions at Australian National University (1985), the University of London (1995), Lingnan University, Hong Kong (2000), and taught annually for several years in the Republic of China (Taiwan). She had an outstanding career of scholarship, service, and teaching, mentoring many students who went on to professional careers in sociology, women’s studies, and related fields. She brought her wide-ranging interests and professional skills into active service to the citizens and State of Wyoming.

Born and raised in western South Dakota where her family has ranched for three generations, Jensen began her professional career studying High Plains women. Among her first articles was "Mother Calls Herself a Housewife, but She Buys Bulls." A graduate of Carlton College (1968), she studied as an undergraduate in Japan. She taught at Many Farms High School and Navajo Community College, Navajo Nation, before returning to school. She received her MA in sociology of education (1974) and her PhD in educational policy studies (1977) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Co-author of The Last Gamble: Betting on the Future in Four Rocky Mountain Mining Towns (1998) with her husband of many years, Audie Blevins, Katherine Jensen’s published scholarship began with Navajo schooling and women in higher education. Her love of oral history was prominently displayed in projects, articles, and chapters about rural women throughout the 1980s. These women became one of the subjects of her course, Women and Work, which she taught for many years.

In the 1990s she collaborated with Blevins on several projects, received an NIH award to study gambling and community transformation, and continued to pursue her interests in international, Native American, rural women’s issues. She was a Fulbright Summer Seminar participant in Cairo in 1989 and later was involved in international development projects in Egypt and the Philippines. In the past decade she traveled widely and was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in Nepal in 2002-03, studying women and microfinance. She published on women in the globalizing economy and continued to teach "Woman and Third World Development." Her final projects, with Blevins, studied the social impacts of energy development and forest management.

Katherine Jensen, a second-wave feminist, was a role model and advocate for diversity in academia. She was instrumental in increasing both the number of women on the University of Wyoming faculty and the inclusion of women’s contributions and issues in courses taught throughout the social sciences. She was a wonderful mentor for younger faculty and remained a lifelong friend and advisor to many of her students. Kathy was good company, a hard worker, and an innovative teacher who never forgot her roots, even while living part of the past few years in Hawaii. She was a wonderful mother of a blended family of four children, a fabulous cook and welcoming hostess, hiker, gardener, lover of music, and avid reader. She will always be remembered for her hearty laugh, unstinting generosity, and strength of character.

Garth Massey, Portland, Oregon

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Nathan Joseph
1922-2010

Nathan Joseph, Associate Professor at Lehman College, City University of New York, died November, 2010 at the age of 88 after a long illness.

Nat was born and educated in New York; he ended his career teaching at one of New York’s colleges. He was a graduate of Townsend Harris High School (one of the city’s four elite high schools), a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of City College, and received his doctorate from Columbia University. Upon graduation from City College in 1943 he was drafted during WWII and served in the Pacific in an Army stevedore outfit. Although slight of build and far from the stereotypical image of a longshoreman, he attributed his assignment to the fact that the Army thought a college graduate was especially qualified to keep track of all the paperwork of a stevedore company. He also liked to tell the story of how he "rode the hook" between the holds of ships and piers.

His professional career falls into two overlapping parts. In the early fifties, he was a study director at the Bureau of Social Science Research at American University in Washington, DC; a researcher at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York from 1956-1960. He was the co-author of the 1961 report of that research, "Educating Expectant Parents." In 1962 he was a consultant to the Research Department of IBM. Also in the early sixties he taught at Brooklyn College and Adelphi University. In 1967, he received an appointment at Hunter College. The following year, the Hunter College campus in the Bronx, which for years had been offering a full four-year curriculum, became Lehman College. Nat, like most of the Bronx faculty, elected to remain with the new independent college. He retired in 1989.

It was during his years at Lehman that Nat produced his two path-breaking research works. The first, published in the American Journal of Sociology in 1972, "Uniforms: A Study in Social Interaction," was co-authored with Nat as the lead author. The second was Uniforms and Nonuniforms: Communication Through Clothing (Greenwood 1986). Both are must reads for anyone interested in the sociology of clothing. A final work, "Flags: Anatomy and Dynamics," was on submission to a publisher at his death.

Nat was a quiet, modest man who was admired by his colleagues for his meticulous scholarship; a range of knowledge far beyond his own discipline; and, last but not least, his wit. During even the most heated departmental debates his quiet voice and sensible, witty comments more often than not carried the day.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Elaine Joseph.

Murray Hausknecht, Lehman College, CUNY

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Glen T. Nygreen
1918-2010

Glen Nygreen, a life-long educator and volunteer who headed many national organizations, died on February 16, 2010, at his home in Scarsdale, NY. He was 91.

Nygreen was retired as Senior Vice President and Professor emeritus of Lehman College, City University of New York. He held earlier appointments with the University of Washington, Kent State University, Hunter College, and Columbia Teachers College.

During his long and distinguished career, he received many honors for his leadership in American higher education. He served as President of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, national President of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and President of the Alpha Phi Omega co-ed service organization. Locally, he was inducted into the Westchester Senior Hall of Fame in 2007.

He was also an active Rotarian, serving as District Governor for the district covering Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester, and Bermuda. He served Rotary International in a number of special assignments. His work on behalf of the Rotary Foundation (International) was recognized with Rotary’s Certificate for Meritorious Service and the Distinguished Service Award.

Nygreen is a former Chairman of many other service organizations, including the World University Service, the Bronx Unit of the American Cancer Society, the Bronx Chamber of Commerce, and the Boy Scouts. During his career with Scouting, he served three years as President of the Bronx Borough Council (1974-77) and was given the Silver Beaver Award.

Nygreen had a long affiliation with the YMCA, starting as a student at the University of Washington. He served on the Board of the National Student YMCA for eight years, rose to become President of the Ohio-West Virginia Council of the YMCA, and most recently was a board member of the Bronx YMCA.

He had a similarly long affiliation with United Way, actively participating in United Way of Scarsdale-Edgemont until his 91st birthday. In 1991-92 he served as Board Chairman. In 2008, he was recognized by the United Way of Westchester and Putnam for his volunteer leadership.

Glen was married to Beverly Holiday (deceased in 2003) for 63 years. They were active members of the Scarsdale Congregational Church, where Glen twice served as Moderator (President). They are survived by one son, Ted Nygreen of White Plains, three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Born in Bellingham, WA, Nygreen received his BSc, MA, and PhD degrees from the University of Washington. In 1997, he was granted the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL) by Lehman College of the City University of New York. Among other honors he received are the Lehman Leadership Award, the Susan A. Moskowitz Grand Award by the CUNY Student Personnel Conference, and the RAIN Humanitarian Award.

Ted Nygreen

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