The minutes from the January 2000 meeting of ASA Council will appear in the September/October 2000 issue of Footnotes, and are also available for review now on the ASA home page at http://www.asanet.org.
Call for Papers
Georgia Political Science Association Conference, February 23-24, 2001, Hilton Head Island, SC. Papers and proposals on all topics will be considered. Offers to serve as panel chairs and discussants are welcome. The deadline for submitting proposals is September 15, 2000. Send proposals via e-mail to email@example.com. Information about the February 2001 GPSA Conference may be found at http://www.apsanet.org/PS/conferences/gpsa.cfm.
University of Dayton Conference on the Rights of the Child, March 2-3, 2001. The Human Rights Committee, is organizing a major interdisciplinary conference on “A Question of Conscience: Making a Better Life for All Children.” Deadline for submission of abstracts: November 1, 2000. For submissions and further information, contact Mark Insilco, Director, Human Rights Programs University of Dayton, 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469-1491; (937) 229-2765; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Sociological Association International Conference, December 4-6, 2000, University of Wollongong, Australia. Theme: “Social Transformation in the Asia Pacific Region.” For further details contact: S. Castles (Director) or Jan Elliott (Research Fellow), Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies, University of Wollongong, 2522, Australia; email email@example.com; telephone 61 2 4221 3780; fax: 61 2 4228 313; http://www.uow.edu.au/research/centres/capstrans.
New England Sociological Association 2000 Fall Conference, November 4, 2000, at Merrimack College. Theme: “Inequality & Social Control.” Submit papers and proposals to Judith Lawler Caron, Department of Sociology, Albert Magnus College, 700 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511-1189; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Choice Society and Economic Science Association 2001 Annual Meeting, March 9-11, 2001, San Antonio, TX. Theme: Public Choice, Rational Politics and Experimental Economics. Deadline for submission of proposals: December 1, 2000. See http://www.pub choicesoc.org for proposal submission and meeting registration information.
Southwestern Sociological Association Conference, March 14-18, 2001, Fort Worth, TX. Theme: “2001: A Social Science Odyssey.” For information on submitting papers, contact Ray Darville, Department of Sociology, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3047; (409) 468-2256; e-mail email@example.com; http://www.baylor.edu/~Sociology/SSA/.
Academic Exchange Quarterly is seeking quality manuscripts for upcoming topical issues: Fall 2000—Distance Learning, Critical Thinking, Teaching Language; Winter 2000—Assessment; Spring 2001—Career and Technical Education; Summer 2001—The Impact of Standards on Education. For additional information, see http://www.higher-ed.org/AEQ/.
Isolation: Places and Practices of Exclusion. We invite abstracts for a multi-disciplinary collection that critically examines enforced isolation in the 19th and 20th centuries. Send an abstract of 200 words and include a short curriculum vitae. The deadline is Oct. 1, 2000. Contact Alison Bashford or Carolyn Strange, Editors, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Qualitative Syllabi Set is soliciting papers on the subject area of qualitative methods. Electronic copies are preferred. The submission deadline is September 15, 2000. Send submissions to James David Ballard, Grand Valley State University, School of Criminal Justice, 401 West Fulton, 243-C DeVos, Grand Rapids, MI 49504; (616) 336-7135; fax (616) 336-7155; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social and Preventive Medicine (SPM) in Spring 2001 will focus on Health Survey Research and Health Promotion. It will offer the unique possibility to publish original articles in English, German or French including abstracts in all three languages. Contact: Nicole Graf, Editorial Office SPM Institut fuer Sozial- und Praeventivmedizin, Universitaet Bern, Niesenweg 6, CH-3012 Bern; telephone; 41 31 631 35 19; fax 41 31 631 34 30; e-mail email@example.com.
September 18-22, 2000. Bolzano International School in Cognitive Analysis—BISCA 2000, Maretsch Castle, Bolzano, Italy. Theme: “Dependence and Dynamic Categories.” Contact: Roberto Poli, Department of Sociology and Social Research, 26 Verdi Street, 38100 Trento, Italy; telephone 39-461 881 403; fax 39-461 881 348; e-mail roberto. firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 26-27, 2000. First Annual International Conference on Education, Labor, and Emancipation, Florida International University, Miami, FL. Theme: “The Freirean Legacy: Educating for Social Justice.” See http://lacc.fiu.edu/socialjustice/.
October 27-28, 2000. Missouri Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Columbia, MO, Days Inn Conference Center, Theme: “Sociology for Missouri.” For more information, see http://www.cmsu.edu/sociology/missouri.htm.
Family Research Consortium III, Postdoctoral Training in Research on Family Processes and Child/Adolescent Mental Health in Diverse Populations (sponsored by NIMH) announces the availability of three-year postdoctoral positions beginning June 1, 2001. Applications close January 12, 2001. For application forms and information contact Dee Fisque, Research Center Coordinator, Center for Human Development and Family Research in Diverse Contexts, 106 Henderson Building, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802; (814) 863-7106; e-mail: email@example.com.
The Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty and professionals is offering more than 78 awards in Sociology and Social Work for lecturing and/or doing research abroad during the 2001-2002 academic year. U.S. citizenship is required. Non-U.S. citizens should contact the Fulbright agency or U.S. embassy in their home countries. The award listings and application materials are downloadable, or you can request printed versions from firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, see www.cies.org/.
Judicial Fellows Commission invites applications for the 2001-2002 Judicial Fellows Program. Up to four Fellows will be chosen to spend a calendar year, beginning in late August or early September 2001, in Washington, DC at the Supreme Court of the United States, the Federal Judicial Center, the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, or the United States Sentencing Commission. The application deadline is November 3, 2000. Information and application procedure is available from Vanessa M. Yarnall, Administrative Director, Judicial Fellows Program, Supreme Court of the United States, Room 5, Washington, DC 20541; (202) 479-3415.
Peter F. McManus Charitable Trust offers grants to non-profit organizations for research into causes of alcoholism or substance abuse. Please send a brief summary proposal along with copy of (501) (c) (3) letter and investigator’s bio-sketch. Application deadline is August 31, 2000. For information, contact Katharine G. Lidz, P.O. Box 751, Norristown, PA 19404; (610) 279-3370.
Princeton University, Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellowships. The University Center for Human Values invites applicationsfor fellowships to be awarded for the academic year 2001-2002 to outstanding scholars and teachers interested in devoting a year in residence at Princeton. For fellowships beginning September 2001, applicants need to submit information by December 4, 2000. Application material should be sent to George Kateb, Acting Director, University Center for Human Values, Louis Marx Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544-1006; (609) 258-4798; e-mail email@example.com; www.princeton.edu/values.
Wesleyan University, Center for the Humanities, invites applications for Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2001-2002, devoted to advanced study and research in the humanities, arts and social sciences. Completed applications must be received by November 15, 2000. For information on the criteria of eligibility, the application procedures, and the Center’s themes for 2001-2002, contact Ms. J. Rich, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT), founded for the purpose of supporting research and promoting scholarly exchange in Turkey announces the following: NEH/ARIT Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research in Turkey, 2001-2002; Mellon Fellowship for Research in Turkey by East European Scholars; and Intensive Advanced Turkish Language Study. For further information please contact: ARIT, University of Pennsylvania Museum, 22nd and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA 191044-63224; (215) 898-3474; fax (215) 898-0657; e-mail email@example.com;
The United States Institute of Peace invites applications for the 2001-2002 Senior Fellowship competition in the Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace. The competition is open to citizens of all nations. Women and members of minorities are especially encouraged to apply. All application materials must be received by September 15, 2000. For more information and an application form, contact the Jennings Randolph Program, U.S. Institute of Peace, 1200 17th Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036-3011; (202) 429-3886; fax (202) 429-6063; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, www.usip.org.
The United States Institute of Peace invites applications for the 2001-2002 Peace Scholar dissertation fellowship competition of the Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace. The Peace Scholar program supports doctoral dissertations that explore the sources and nature of international conflict, and strategies to prevent or end conflict and to sustain peace. Dissertations from a broad range of disciplines and interdisciplinary fields are eligible. All application materials must be received by November 15, 2000. For more information and an application form, contact the Jennings Randolph Program, U.S. Institute of Peace, 1200 17th Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036-3011; (202) 429-3886; fax (202) 429-6063; e-mail email@example.com; www. usip.org.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars invites applications for approximately 20 fellowships for the 2001-2002 academic year for residential work in a broad range of the social science and humanities on national or international issues. Academic applicants must have a doctorate and publication beyond the dissertation. Applications from any country are welcome; all applicants should have a good command of spoken English. To nominate a colleague as a fellow, call Rosemary Lyon, Director of scholar selection, (202) 691-4213 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information and an application, phone (202) 691-4001 or email email@example.com.
In the News
Howard E. Aldrich, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was quoted in a joint interview with Mona Sahlin, Deputy Minister of Industry in Sweden, in an article on the opportunities for entrepreneurship in Sweden. The article appeared May 5 in Dagens Industri (the Swedish equivalent of the Wall Street Journal).
Ira J. Cohen, Rutgers University, was quoted in a May 9 New York Times article on the social meaning of photos and images displayed by executives and office workers.
Stephen Crystal, Rutgers University was quoted in the Newark Star Ledger, March 2, in an article “Uninsured drug costs hurt poor.”
Peter Dreier, Occidental University, co-authored an article in the May 10, 2000 Los Angeles Times on increasing the pay of low-income workers.
Patricia Drentea, University of Alabama-Birmingham, was interviewed on National Public Radio-Marketplace for her research on credit card debt and health. Her work was also highlighted recently in the New York Times, Newsweek, Consumer Reports, Self, and Redbook magazines and CNN online.
Christopher G. Hebert, San Jose State University, appeared on a local newscast May 19. The light-hearted segment took a look at the practice of sending e-mail, attachments, and audio/video tracks during working hours.
Philip Kasinitz, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center, was quoted in the April 2000 issue of City Limits magazine, about on Sri Lankan immigrants in the pornography industry in New York City.
Robert Manning was on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, May 3. He was featured in the “Eye on America” segment concerning student credit card debt. The same story aired on Fox News, May 11 and 12.
Stanley W. Pollack was mentioned in the Washington Post, December 30, 1999 in Mike Allen’s article on former Presidential hopeful Bill Bradley’s complex effort to locate casual Democrats.
Harland Prechel, Texas A&M University, was interviewed by CBS affiliate KBTX on the U.S. Justice Department antitrust case against Microsoft Corporation.
Rubén G. Rumbaut, Michigan State University, was quoted in the May 23 Los Angeles Times, about the effect of the Elian Gonzalez case on the political effectiveness of Cuban Americans. Rumbaut was also just published in Education Week on the growing research on children of immigrants.
Pepper Schwartz appears every Wednesday on Lifetime Live!, a talk show on the Lifetime channel.
Edward Shils was mentioned in the New York Times, April 22. Brent Staples discussed Shils’ long-standing reputation at the University of Chicago.
Ronald Weitzer, George Washington University, had a letter to the editor on racial profiling by police published in the May 22 Washington Post.
Lenore J. Weitzman was cited in the April 8 New York Times, about faulty findings by some social scientists.
Lawrence D. Bobo, Harvard University, was selected as one of 14 Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholars for 2000-01.
Adele E. Clarke, University of California-San Francisco, won the 1999 Eileen Basker Distinguished Book Award from the Society for Medical Anthropology (American Anthropological Association) for her book Disciplining Reproduction: Modernity, American Life Sciences and the “Problems of Sex” (University of California Press, 1998).
Kathleen Collins, Stanford University, received the Society for Comparative Research’s Lipset Award for the Best Comparativist Dissertation of the Year for ”Clan Politics in Central Asia.”
Martha Crowley, Kristopher Robison and Roberot Kunvich, Ohio State University, received best student awards.
Michele Dillon, Yale University, received a Graduate Mentoring Award for “her outstanding teaching and academic guidance” by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
D. Stanley Eitzen, Colorado State University, and Maxine Baca Zinn, Michigan State University, are recipients of the William Holmes McGuffey Award by the Text and Academic Authors Association.
Scott Harris and Andrew Perrin received Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctorial Dissertation Fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
Andrew Jones, University of Arizona, won the 2000 Braverman Award for his paper, “Caring Labor and Class Consciousness.”
Phyllis Moen, Cornell University, will spend next year at Harvard University as a senior fellow in the new Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
Mark Oromaner, Hudson County Community College, received a 2000 Special Recognition Award by the National Council For Research and Planning.
Timothy J. Owens received a 2000 Indiana University Teaching Excellence Recognition Award.
Kim Richman, a PhD student in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, was awarded the 2000 Martin P. Levine Dissertation Fellowship.
Deirdre Alexia Royster was chosen to be a 2000-2001 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow.
Olga Sezneva, New York University, received a Young Researcher’s award from the Foundation of Urban and Regional Studies.
James Scott received the Society for Comparative Researchs, Mattei Dogan Award for Best Comparativist Book of the Year, for Seeing Like a State (Yale University Press, 1998)
From the Pacific Sociological Association: Charles Varana, California State University-Sacramento, received the Distinguished Scholarship Award. Mark Tristan Ng, University of California-Los Angeles, and Kate McClellan, University of Alaska-Anchorage, received the distinguished undergraduate student paper award. Jordan Katherine Durbin, Portland State University, received the distinguished graduate student paper award.
Craig Calhoun, New York University, has been appointed the Benjamin Meaker Distinguished Visiting Professor at Bristol University, England.
Vaneeta D’Andrea has accepted a professorship at the City University of London.
Mary Frank Fox, Georgia Institute of Technology, is an invited speaker at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, international conference on “The Work of Science,” in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Academy.
Lori D. Hill, has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship from the Program on Poverty and Social Policy at the University of Michigan beginning September 1, 2000.
Nicole Marwell is now assistant professor in sociology and Latino studies at Columbia Universitye
Dawne Moon, will be assistant professor in sociology at the University of California-Berkeley, beginning September 1, 2000.
Mignon R. Moore, is now assistant professor of sociology and chair of the undergraduate program in African American Studies at Columbia University.
Suzanne Ortega is now Vice Provost for Advanced Studies and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Missouri.
Karen Pyke will join the faculty in the Department of Sociology at the University of California-Riverside as assistant professor in fall 2000.
Peter Robbins has accepted a position at Grenfield University in London.
Robert A. Scott is now President of Adelphi University.
Sandra S. Smith, will be assistant professor in the department of sociology at New York University beginning September 1, 2000.
Immanuel Wallerstein has retired from teaching at Binghamton University, but continues as Director of the Fernand Braudel Center. He has accepted an appointment as a Senior Research Scholar at Yale University and continues his association with the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris.
Arnold Birenbaum is writing an intellectual biography of Erving Goffman and invites colleagues to share their correspondence with Goffman. He can be reached at 8 Gerlach Place, Larchmont, NY 10538; (718) 430-8523; fax (718) 904-1162; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christian Higher Education: A Journal of Applied Research and Practice (CHE) is a new peer reviewed, ecumenical quarterly, which publishes papers by practitioners and scholars in all academic disciplines and professions. Christian Higher Education is commercially published and is not affiliated with any church, religious association, or denomination. For details, contact D. Barry Lumsden, Editor, (University of North Texas), e-mail email@example.com.
The Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies has published a special issue on Ethics and Faith: The Reality of Absolutes, co-sponsored by the International Christian Studies Association. For information on how to obtain this issue, please call (626) 351-0419 or visit their home page at www.JISonline.org.
Members’ New Books
Ralph Bell, Governors State University, and Michael Krivich, Chicago Archdiocese, How to Use Patient Satisfaction Data to Improve Healthcare Quality (American Society for Quality Press, 2000).
Jaber F. Gubrium, University of Florida, and James A. Holstein, Marquette University (editors), Aging and Everyday Life (Blackwell Publishers, 2000).
Helene M. Lawson, University of Pittsburgh-Bradford, Ladies on the Lot: Women, Car Sales, and the Pursuit of the American Dream (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers Inc., 2000).
Cecilia Menjívar, Arizona State University, Fragmented Ties: Salvadoran Immigrant Networks in America. (University of California Press, 2000).
Marilynn M. Rosenthal, University of Michigan (co-editor), Medical Mishaps: Pieces of the Puzzle (Open University Press, 1999).
Masamichi Sasaki, Princeton University, Social Attitudes in Japan. Trends and Cross-National Perspectives (Brill, 2000)
Caught in the Web
Caspr Library Systems, Inc. has launched a new librarycom.com service providing full online library automation over the web. See http://www.caspr.com/.
C. Eric Lincoln, Duke University, died on May 14.
Wade H. Andrews
Dr. Wade H. Andrews, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Utah State University, passed away on May 22, 2000 following a brief illness. Dr. Andrews, co-founded the Natural Resources Research Group in the Rural Sociological Society, and served as its chair in 1965-66. After serving in World War II he completed bachelors and masters degrees at Utah State University, followed by a PhD in Sociology at Michigan State University. He served as a faculty member in the Department of Rural Sociology at Ohio State University for 12 years. He then moved to a position with the USDA Economic Research Service, while also serving as Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Colorado State University. In 1964 he moved to Utah State University, where he organized and directed the Institute for Social Science Research on Natural Resources and helped to establish one of the first doctoral-level programs with an area of concentration in environmental and natural resource sociology. Much of his work focused in the area of water resource management and in 1980-81 he served as Staff Specialist for Policy Analysis with the U.S. Water Resources Council in Washington, DC. He served as a member of the Executive Council of the Rural Sociological Society, and as President of the Western Social Science Association. Following his retirement from USU in 1981 he remained active professionally and intellectually, as reflected by a 1997 article published in Society and Natural Resources. In recognition of his many contributions, he was honored as a recipient of the Natural Resources Research Group’s Award of Merit in 1994.
Professor Andrews devoted his career to the task of integrating sociological knowledge with knowledge from other disciplines to gain a full understanding of the human condition and its linkages to environmental conditions and changes. His efforts contributed significantly to the emergence of environmental and natural resource sociology, and to the early legitimization of social science contributions to environmental and resource management and policy-making. Wade blazed new trails that have guided the efforts of subsequent generations of environmental and natural resource sociologists. His legacy continues to influence his students and colleagues as well as the broader field.
Gary Kiger and Richard Krannich, Utah State University
A quarter of a century ago, Bernard Farber received the Ernest W. Burgess Award from the National Council on Family Relations “in recognition of continuous and meritorious contributions to theory and research in the family field.” At the University of Chicago, Bernie was the last Research Associate for Burgess. Bernie’s interest in his Chicago heritage remained important to him. For example, in the 1980s at Arizona State University he taught a theory seminar on the Chicago School, with Fred Lindstrom, and later wrote “The Human Element” for a special issue of Sociological Perspectives called Waving the Flag for Old Chicago.
In 1954, Farber went to the Institute for Research on Exceptional Children, with a joint appointment in sociology, at the University of Illinois-Urbana where he stayed until he moved to Arizona State University in 1971. At Arizona State University he initially served as Chair, a position he filled with grace, skill, and wit, accompanied by his clever wife Rosanna. Among his accomplishments while at Illinois were the directorship of the Training Program on Research in Family Sociology, supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, and publication of numerous books, monographs, and articles, including Comparative Kinship Systems (1968) and Mental Retardation: Its Social Context and Social Consequences (1969). Of his mentor skills, his PhD student Jerry Lewis (1970) recalls: “We used to joke, as graduate students at Illinois, that a five minute conversation with Bernie often resulted in two weeks of work....But, Bernie was a gentle man...”
In 1979 Farber received Arizona State University’s Graduate College Distinguished Research Award. Ione DeOllos, his last Research Associate, recalls: “[Professor Farber] approached the study of sociology with curiosity and a never aging energy.... he treated his data with the respect and caring he would accord the individual respondent had they been directly answering his questions”. In 1980 his Family and Kinship in Modern Society (originally 1973) appeared in a Japanese edition. Among his activities in this decade were serving as president of the Pacific Sociological Association and as editor of its journal Sociological Perspectives. In 1992 before becoming Professor Emeritus, Bernie again served as Chair. John Mogey, Arizona State University Adjunct Professor, recalls: “[Bernie] made the Sociology Department at Arizona State University a center both for excellence in teaching and for research in social science....He also made the University a beacon in retirement to [internationally] known social scientists....Conceptions of Kinship (1980) gave for the first time a scientific model for calculating the impact of marriage rules on societies”. Another colleague, Leonard Gordon, recalls: “Drawing on empirical research in the Phoenix metropolitan area with NSF support, [Bernie] developed kinship mapping that substantively advanced research insights into the dynamics of evolving family and kinship adaptations”. Interpretive research in this area was applied to accounting for the nature of Jewish identity and intra- and intermarriage publications with Gordon and Albert J. Mayer.
Farber’s research on deviations in the development of children, Mogey recalls, was “important to the Family Support programs of Health and Human Development. These programs aim to counteract such problems as attention deficit...autism and drug addiction”. Gordon adds that such recognition “acknowledges his stature amongst the most important scholars in the development of family sociology.” Bernie, at the time of his death, was editor, with Sampson Lee Blair, of Sociological Inquiry. He had just completed an autobiography Now Take My Life--Please! for a special issue of the journal Marriage and Family Review where he links his professional life with profound feelings for his personal family.
Bernard Farber was truly one of the grand old scholars of family sociology. He was blessed with the keenest intelligence and a wonderful sense of humor. Bernie wrote eloquently about the family for decades and lived a life that made others lives better. It was a great honor to know him—a man who left the world a much better place and enriched our discipline with his intellect.
Contributions to Dr. Farber’s memory can be sent to Phoenix Hebrew Academy, 515 East Bethany Home Road, Phoenix, AZ 85012 or Young Israel of Phoenix, 745 East Maryland Avenue #120, Phoenix, AZ 85014.
Laura Johnson Lindstrom and Gary Peterson, Arizona State University
Charles E. Fritz
Charles (Charlie) E. Fritz, a major pioneer in the social science study of disasters, died of a stroke on May 5, 2000 in Washington, DC.
Born in Sedalia, Missouri, he went to Drury College and obtained a summa cum laude BA degree in Sociology in 1942. Charlie then joined what was then know as the U.S. Army Air Corps serving from 1942 through 1946 (remaining as a member of the reserve and reaching the rank of Colonel in 1973) In 1945 he was a member of the US Strategic Bombing Survey team and in that year in England, married Patricia Ware.
After being discharged, he started graduate work in sociology at the University of Chicago. In 1950 he obtained an MA degree and that year was appointed the Associate Director of the Disaster Research Project at the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University. This was the first systematic and continuous effort anywhere to study the social aspects of natural and technological disasters. In 1954 he became the Assistant Director of the Disaster Research group at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC working in that position until 1959. This group represented the first sustained and direct governmental involvement in the social science study of civilian disasters and related crises. Charlie therefore was a major participant in the two most important and initial pioneer efforts anywhere to do research on the social aspects of disasters.
In 1959 he accepted a position as an Associate Professor of Sociology and as Director of the Behavioral Science Research Division in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida. His work there was mostly on social aspects of crises. Charlie then returned to Washington in 1962 when he went to work at the Institute for Defense Analysis, first in its Systems Evaluation Division and later at its International and Social Studies Division. His research there involved a number of classified projects including several on the effects of air bombing on North Vietnam as well as on the operations of military command and control systems.
In 1971 he returned to Washington again to work at the National Academy of Sciences. Between 1971 and 1975 Charlie was the Executive Secretary for the Advisory Committee on Emergency Planning. In 1975 be became the Program Area Coordinator for Research on Disaster Preparedness and assistance. Among the most important of the groups he provided guidance to were the Committee on International Disaster Assistance, the Committee on Socioeconomic Effects of Earthquake Predictions, and the Committee on the Mass Media and Disasters. While these groups produced committee reports, Charlie usually provided major substantive input into the focus and content of all the NAS disaster-relevant publications.
In 1983 until he retired in 1987 Charlie was a senior scientist with Mitre Corporation where he participated in studies for the military and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. His professional career spanned 50 years. In 1994 he was the first recipient of a professional lifetime achievement award from the International Sociological Association Research Committee on Disasters which then named the award for future recipients, the Charles E. Fritz Award for Career Achievement.
During his career Charlie wrote more than 100 books, journal articles and scientific reports with some of the last being of a classified nature and which have not yet been made public. One of the mot important publications was his 1961 article on “Disaster” in the Merton and Nisbet (eds.) Contemporary Social Problems in that it introduced the topic of disasters to the general sociology research community. Also of importance to the field of disaster studies was his monograph with J. Mathewson on Convergence Behavior in Disasters: A Problem in Social Control which until recently has been one of the most cited sources in the disaster literature. Charlie’s last publication, while written decades earlier, was Disasters and Mental Health: Therapeutic Principles Drawn from Disaster Studies put out by the Disaster Research Center in 1996. This work sets forth, original ideas on the mental health effects of disasters, including the fact that there can be positive as well as negative consequences.
This selective listing of his publications and the positions that Charlie held, only suggest some of what he contributed to the development of the social science study of disasters. For example, the field work he supervised and organized at NORC became the prototype for those who wanted to do such kind of research, how best to send teams to disaster sites just before or after impact had occurred. The focus of many researchers on organizations as the key actors for good disaster planning and managing can be traced back to Charlie’s ideas on the best strategic point to look at and study for more effective response. His initial observations that individuals as a whole reacted well at times of disasters, and that many widely held beliefs about antisocial and negative behaviors were “myths” have now become commonplace and accepted ideas. Thus, to the extent that anyone can be called the “father” of social science disaster studies, it would be difficult to point to anyone else other than Charlie. Furthermore, given the key work positions he occupied while the field of disaster studies was being developed, he had a major influence on the thinking of relevant officials in various government bureaucracies as well as academic researchers.
Last but not least, Charlie was known by all in the disaster research community, who had direct personal contact with him, as a person who would go considerably out of his way to answer their questions, provide suggestions, indicate others or organizations who might be contacted, and otherwise was very helpful to anyone who approached him. He was always willing to give time and effort. Many of the first and second generations of American social science disaster researchers would attest to this.
The disaster field has lost one its pioneers as well as a major figure. But Charlie would be the first one if he were around to say that whatever he may have contributed, researchers should not necessarily accept what he said, but do even better studies than were possible during his lifetime. Our best tribute to him therefore is to follow his example of continually asking new questions, seeking better answers, and otherwise rising to the challenges of an important area of study. Charlie would like that.
E.L. Quarantelli, University of Delaware
Clay Allen Haney
Clay Allen Haney, a Full Professor and member of the Department of Sociology at the University of Houston since 1975, died on May 7, 2000, following complications for treatment of cancer. Born in 1940, Allen was 59.
A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Allen obtained his BS from Jacksonville University (1963) and his MA (1965) and PhD (1967) from Florida State University. In 1982, he was awarded the Masters in Public Health and in 1984 became certified as a Clinical Sociologist. His professional sociological career was initiated at Wake Forest in 1968 where he served for seven years on the faculty of Bowman-Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and was a member of the Department of Sociology at Wake Forest University.
Allen came to the University of Houston in 1975 as an Associate Professor, was promoted to Full Professor in 1981, and served as Chair of the Department for two separate terms, spanning 1979-1985. He was a highly respected and well-liked teacher and colleague. His courses in Medical Sociology (Ethical Problems, AIDS, Chronic Disease), Gerontology, Social Problems and Community and Health (especially public health and epidemiology) were some of the most popular on our campus.
His research and publications have made a lasting contribution to our discipline. These included his earliest works on medical and legal definitions of mental incompetence, racial differences in attitudes toward family formations and additions (illegitimate births, abortions), anatomical gifts, and fertility and the psychosocial impacts of population control. His contributions then moved to health issues and medical profiles that included the psychosocial correlates of cancer, ethics in patient-physician communications, drug use and abuse among the elderly, life events and coronary heart disease, and background correlates of stress and cancer. In the early 1990’s, his publications focused on a dramaturgical analysis of death notifications, the postmodern constructions of death and dying, and the collective behavior of spontaneous memorializations. His most recent research interests during the past five years, all still active, focussed on the cultural symbolizations of rodeos and rodeo riders, and the changing content of sport films.
Of his many contributions, the area in which he took the most pride was that of public charities and services. For many years, Allen served as a volunteer hospice counselor at Veterans Hospital in Houston. He was part of the original founding group of the Fourth Ward Health Clinic and was instrumental in the reopening of the good Neighbor Health Care Center of Houston. In addition, he served on many steering committees and boards including those for Veterans Affairs and for the Montrose Counseling Center of Houston that was focused on the stress and social tensions related with AIDS.
Allen Haney was a generous and understanding person who was loved and respected by his colleagues, students and friends. His wife, Christine M. Haney, three children, and eight grandchildren survive him. It was fitting, upon hearing of his death, that students constructed spontaneous memorials in his honor. These acts recognize the spontaneity of his insights, his compassion, and especially, his humor.
Russell L. Curtis, Jr. and William Simon, University of Houston
David Hale Malone
Professor Emeritus David Hale Malone died on May 31, 2000 at his home after a long battle with cancer. Born December 8, 1930 in Los Angeles, California to Virginia Malone, David grew up in New Orleans where he completed all his schooling. He married Jane Griggs on June 1, 1957. David joined the faculty at the University of North Texas in 1961 as an instructor and was promoted to Assistant Professor upon the completion of his doctoral degree in sociology from Tulane University in 1962. In 1970, he was promoted to Professor and, in 1999, with the full support of the sociology faculty was granted Emeritus status.
Professor Malone, while holding the longest, continuous presence in the sociology department, played many key roles. As the fourth member of a young growing department, he taught 5 classes a semester and was lucky to get only four preparations. Although he taught most of the department’s courses, in his later years David focused on developing and teaching courses in social theory. He contributed the quality graduate theory courses essential for the PhD program established through a federation with Texas Woman’s University in 1969.
David was both a Professor and “professor” of sociology. Teaching was his passion. Professing brought him great joy. He strove for perfection in his students and in himself. Always professional and serious when it came to his classes, each class meeting was important and demanded thorough preparation. Rarely did he miss a class. His thorough grading of essays and term papers included numerous, detailed, and insightful comments in the margins and on the back of pages. He often wrote more than the students. Even the best papers got his detailed, valuable feedback. Students also relied upon Dr. Malone as a valuable resource outside the classroom, especially when preparing for the PhD comprehensive theory examinations. Many students over the years lauded him as Dr. Theory or Professor Theory. In 1995, Professor Malone’s professing efforts were given a very special tribute by former graduate theory students. They established the annual Malone Graduate Student Paper Award to “reflect the quality of Professor Malone’s classroom contributions and his high expectations that students develop analytical abilities.”
David held numerous leadership and service positions. An outstanding feature of his contributions was his selfless devotion to department and institutional needs. Often, he spoke or voted in ways that sacrificed his own individual interests in favor of meeting the interest of the larger group. He was a wise and witty mentor to “younger” faculty. He taught the value of a career having equal shares of research, teaching, and service, while being balanced with family, friendship, and community.
Professor Malone was a careful scholar and achieved a reputation as an outstanding reviewer. He was an avid reader and lover of books. His reputation for reading across a broad spectrum became legendary. Even after retirement, he continued to be sought out for his expertise. He was an excellent source for stimulating insights and sharp but solid criticism. His analytical and professing skills made complex concepts and theories comprehensible and animated. Sociology was never just inert propositions and facts.
David always had the deepest concern for the rights and responsibilities of the faculty and students. He deeply believed in due process as an important part of the democratic process for self-government and was strongly committed to academic freedom, civil liberties, and racial equality both inside and outside the university. David served many terms on many university and community committees dealing with these issues. Among the many professional organizations he supported, he was most active in the American Association of University Professors. Since 1958, he served in a variety of offices, including two terms as president of the local chapter.
During the last months of his life, David faced adversity on a scale that none of us can truly comprehend. His response was continued enjoyment of interaction with colleagues, former students, and friends; closeness to his family and great pride in his grandchildren; and, at the end, the courage to leave us.
Besides Jane, David is survived by three sons, two daughters-in-laws, and four grandchildren. Three of his four cherished grandchildren arrived during his illness.
Rudy Ray Seward, University of North Texas
Seymour Sudman, a University of Illinois professor whose books taught pollsters and marketing experts how to phrase questions to get accurate answers, died on May 2 at a hospital in Chicago. He was 71 and lived in Champaign, IL.
The cause was complications from a stroke he had suffered last month in Washington, where he was attending a meeting of the American Statistical Association, the university said.
Sudman was a professor of marketing, sociology and survey research. He had been on the Illinois faculty since 1968, and had planned to retire this summer.
A consummate semanticist, Sudman was fascinated by the way the outcome of a questionnaire could be tainted by the choice of a single word.
Consequently, he contended that public opinion polls, particularly those done early on in political campaigns, “are more a reflection of name recognition than of voting behavior.”
He cautioned that the emergence of the Internet created new hazards for survey researchers because only part of the population could be reached over it. Those without access to the Internet must still be reached “by mail, telephone or other old-fashioned means,” he said.
A similar situation led to a major embarrassment for pollsters in 1936 when a survey by The Literary Digest, then a prominent periodical, predicted that the Republican nominee, Gov. Alfred M. Landon of Kansas, would defeat President Franklin D. Roosevelt by a landslide.
But the survey that prompted that prediction had unduly relied on the telephone, which many households did not yet have. It was Roosevelt who won by a landslide, carrying all but two states. Only Maine and Vermont went to Landon.
Sudman was an expert in survey sampling and the design of survey questionnaires. He wrote scores of articles on the subject, and was the author or co-author of nearly 20 books.
Some are classic textbooks for students and lay readers trying to grapple with statistics and survey writing. Among them are Applied Sampling (1976), Asking Questions: A Practical Guide to Questionnaire Design (1982) and Polls and Surveys (1988).
Most recently, Sudman studied the reasons that people answer survey questions the way they do. The result was Thinking About Answers: Application of Cognitive Processes to Survey Methodology (1995), with two co-authors, Norman Bradburn and Norbert Schwarz.
Sudman, who was born in Chicago, received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Roosevelt University-Chicago in 1962 and a doctorate in business from the University of Chicago in 1968.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Blanche Berland Sudman; a son, Harold of Chicago; two daughters, Emily Hindin of Columbus, Ohio, and Carol Sudman of Springfield, IL; a sister, Annette Baich of Edwardsville, IL, and two grandchildren.
Reprinted from the New York Times, May 8, 2000
(1918 – 2000)
Solomon Sutker died May 7, 2000, at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA. He was 82. He made his home in Decatur, near Emory University where he was awarded his BA in 1939, and where friends described him as genial, scholarly, and witty. His contributions to sociology spanned the fields of industrial sociology, urban sociology, vocational training, the Jewish community, and academic administration. He will be remembered especially for having established with his own funds an Award for the Promotion of Human Welfare.
Sol was born March 17, 1918, in Savannah, GA. After graduating from Emory, Sol worked for the Social Security Administration before continuing his education at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. There he was awarded the MA in 1948 and PhD in 1951 both in sociology, and where he was a Rosenwald Fellow and Research Assistant. His academic trail led him to the College of William and Mary (1947-48), Oklahoma State University (1949-67), and the University of Missouri, both in Kansas City (1967-68) and St. Louis (1968 –79).
Sol taught in a visiting capacity at the University of North Carolina (1949) and Vanderbilt University (1958), and, from 1980 until his death he was Adjunct Professor at the Department of Sociology, Emory University.
One of Sol’s primary interests was in urban ethnic leadership and power structure dilemmas. In fact one of his early contributions was a study of the Changing Patterns of Atlanta Jewry’s Lay Leadership: A Study in the Circulation of Elites. He continued an interest in this area, relating the world of work to the educational system, emphasizing the socialization and social structural aspects. He published several article arising from his research on the elites in the Jewish community of Atlanta, GA. At the time of his death he left unpublished a manuscript that brings closure to these studies, the project being The Social Circulation of an Ethnic Elite in a Southern Metropolis.
With his wife, Sara Smith Sutker, also a University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill PhD in sociology, his researches extended to urban problems in Oklahoma and in St. Louis. He and Sara co-edited Racial Transition and the Inner Suburb: Studies of the St. Louis Region (1975), and published articles in Response to Urban Change (1970), a publication of the St. Louis Center for Metropolitan Studies. (Sara predeceased Sol by 17 years.)
Sol’s interest in vocational training arose during the 1960s when he produced a study of educational problems of Indian reservations for the Southwestern Cooperative Educational Laboratory. He later recommended revisions in occupational training programs to the U.S. Office of Education. This interest was extended to “training needs surveys” in Oklahoma and a report, “Development of Occupational Training Needs Surveys,” for the Kansas State Board for Vocational Education.
Manpower development continued to occupy much of his attention during the decade of the 1970s. For the US Office of Education he wrote on social factors affecting occupational trends in U. S. society, published as A Report to the Nation on Vocational Education (1976). With Herbert W. Werner, Sutker also authored a study of college educated manpower in the St. Louis area in the 1970’s (1974).
Sutker’s concern for ethnic problems as well as problems of the South were augmented in a study for the Southern Regional Council (1956) on “The Current Status of Negro Suffrage in North Carolina.” To Church and Community in the South, edited by Gordon W. Blackwell, he contributed a “Subregional Profile of Southern Rural Communities” and digests of rural community studies.
Sutker saw a need to encourage the application of sociological research findings. To this end in 1994 he established with his personal funds an Award for the Promotion of Human Welfare. With the Department of Sociology, Emory University, and the Southern Sociological Society co-sponsoring the biennial award, support to stimulate application was provided promising research of Barbara Katz Rothman for her work on the social implications of genetic testing, of Ronnie J. Steinberg to extend her work on a gender neutral job comparison system, and of Gary Louis Albrecht for his studies of the treatment of disabled persons in rehabilitation. With Sutker’s death this program to encourage research use through financial support will close.
His love for his baccalaureate institution led him to contribute to the development of the Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. Memorials in his honor may be made to the Sara Smith Sutker and Solomon Sutker Fund of the Museum.
In addition to the American Sociological Association, Sutker belonged to the Southern Sociological Society and the Population Association of America.
Abbott L. Ferriss, Emory University
N. J. C. Vasantkumar
Nallamotu J.C. “Kumar” Vasant-kumar, Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Susquehanna University, died January 28, 2000, at age 58 at his home in Selinsgrove, PA following a brief illness. He had just finished the fall term and was preparing to begin a sabbatical during which he had planned to complete a book manuscript on humor and social theory.
Born in Chintalapudi, India, and a member of the Susquehanna University faculty for 18 years, Kumar earned his bachelor’s degree in 1961 with honors in chemical engineering from Andhra University, India. Having developed an interest in theology and ethics, he earned the master of divinity degree in 1975 from Princeton Theological Seminary. This was followed by two further graduate degrees in sociology, the Master of Arts degree in 1977 and the PhD in 1978, both from Princeton University where he specialized in population and demography. After coming to Susquehanna, he was awarded several National Endowment for the Humanities grants enabling him to attend scholarly programs at Duke, Harvard, and the University of California-Berkeley.
During 1994-1995, he served on the founding faculty of Miyazaki International College in Japan and was a visiting scholar at the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii-Honolulu. From 1998 until the time of his death, he served as chair of Susquehanna’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
Kumar’s broad academic preparation in the natural sciences, theology, and the social sciences made him an enviable colleague with the ability to teach a wide variety of college courses. He was remarkably well read and quick to apply his disciplined academic mind to practical issues of the day. His scholarly interests were many and varied, including American society and culture, social change and development, postmodern culture, Asian societies and cultures, the sociology of religion, and the sociology of humor. At the time of his death Kumar had established an international recognition of his work, having published widely and presented scholarly papers at conferences in Canada, Germany, Australia, England, Norway, and Finland as well as at conferences throughout the United States.
But Kumar’s chief interest was in teaching. A brilliant and challenging professor, Kumar constantly placed his students first. Always willing to drop what he was doing to help a student, he knew each of his students personally and constantly offered them the challenge and support appropriate to their needs. His special tutelage encouraged many of his students to accomplish far more than they had anticipated in themselves. And his steadfast support of critical reading, thinking, and writing in the context of a liberal arts education served as a beacon for his colleagues as well as his students, especially in an age where the superficial frequently wins over substance.
Kumar was an unpretentious man who was serious about his work. Yet he knew when and how to laugh. He was a man of moral rectitude, not hesitating to speak out against what was wrong. But this rectitude was marked by balance, infused by kindness, by a natural sympathy. He had an educated heart as well as an educated mind and will be sadly missed by all that knew him.
A memorial service was held at Susquehanna University on February 10. Surviving in addition to his wife, Joan, and son, Christopher, are his mother and four sisters, all of India.
J. Thomas Walker, Susquehanna University