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In the September/October “Members’ New Books” column, Earl Wysong’s name and book title were incorrectly listed. The correct listing is: Robert Perrucci, Purdue University, and Earl Wysong, Indiana University-Kokomo, The New Class Society: Goodbye American Dream?, 2nd edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003).

Call for Papers and Conferences

Bradley University, Berlin-Prague Seminar, June 15-28, 2003, for social and political scientists and others interested in the culture, society, economy, and politics of Central Europe. Applications due February 5, 2003. Contact: John A. Williams, Department of History, Bradley University, Peoria, IL 61625; (309) 677-3182; e-mail;

College and University Work/Family Association (CUWFA), 8th Annual Conference, March 19-22, 2003, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Theme: “Leading the Way: Work/Life Strategies for Institutional Change.” For additional information and to submit a proposal, visit

European Sociological Association, Sixth Conference, September 23-26, 2003, Murcia, Spain. Theme: “Ageing Societies, New Technologies.” The deadline for submitting abstracts is January 15, 2003. For more information, visit

Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, June 12-15, 2003, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, Honolulu Hawaii, sponsored by: University of Hawaii-West Oahu. Submission deadline: January 16, 2003. Mail submissions to: Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, P.O. Box 75023, Honolulu, HI 96836; (808) 947-7187; fax (808) 947-2420; e-mail For more information about submissions, see

Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). Seventh International Women’s Policy Research Conference, co-sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program of George Washington University and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, June 22-24, 2003, Capital Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC. Theme: “Women Working to Make a Difference.” Abstracts are due December 6, 2002. See the IWPR website for further information.

International Association of Genocide Scholars, Fifth Biennial Conference, June 7-10, 2003, Irish Human Rights Center, Galway, Ireland. Theme: “Genocide and the World Community: Accountability, Consequences, and Preventions.” Send two copies by January 15, 2003, to: Robert Melson, Department of Political Science, Purdue University, 1363 Liberal Arts and Education Building, West Lafayette, IN 47909-1363; fax (765) 494-0833; e-mail

International Institute of Sociology, 36th World Congress, July 5-11, 2003, Beijing, China. Theme: “Social Change in the Age of Globalization.” The deadline for submitting session and papers proposals is December 31, 2002. Contact the organizers: Jing Tiankui, Chair, IIS Congress Organizing Committee, Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, 5 Jianguomen Nei Dajie, Beijing 100732, P.R. China; 86-10-6513-8276; fax 86-10-6513-3870; e-mail For more information, visit

Society for the Study of Social Problems invites proposals for its 53rd Annual Meeting, August 15-17, 2003, Wyndham Hotel, Atlanta, GA. Theme: “Justice and the Sociological Imagination: Theory, Research, Teaching, Practice and Action.” Submission deadline: January 31, 2003. Complete papers, abstracts, or outlines should be sent to the Program Co-Chairs: Mona Danner, Old Dominion University, BAL 900, Norfolk, VA 23529-0076; (757) 683-4338; fax (757) 683-5746; e-mail; and Nancy Wonders, Criminal Justice, P.O. Box 15005, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5005; (928) 523-6336; fax (928) 523-8011; e-mail


Communication Education invites manuscripts for a special issue “Racial, Cultural, and Gendered Identities in Educational Contexts: Communication Perspectives on Identity Negotiation.” Deadline for submissions is January 15, 2003. Queries and manuscript submissions should be addressed to: Ronald L. Jackson II, Guest Co-Editor, Communication Education, 234 Sparks Building, Department of Speech Communication, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16801; e-mail; (814) 863-6260 or to: Katherine Grace Hendrix, Guest Co-Editor, 143 Theatre and Communication Arts Department, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152; e-mail; (901) 758-0636.

Contemporary Justice Review calls for essays for a special issue: “The Birth of Another World: Utopian Visions of Justice and Human Well-Being in Literature, Theory, and Practice.” The title/abstract of about 200 words should be sent by March 15, 2003 to: CJR Managing Editor, Lisa Trubitt, University at Albany, LC SB 31, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222; fax (518) 442-3847; e-mail

Race, Gender, and Class in Sociology: Toward an Inclusive Curriculum, ASA’s Teaching Resource Center publication calls for essays, syllabi, and course materials for a revised edition. E-mail submissions to all three editors: Barbara M. Scott,; Marica T. Segal,; and Joya Misra; Deadline: December 31, 2002.

Syllabi and Instructional Material in Demography, fourth edition. The editors of this ASA publication invite submissions for this edition to be published Summer 2003. Deadline, January 15, 2003. Send to: Rebecca Nees, Department of Sociology, University of Oklahoma, 331 Kaufman Hall, Norman, OK 73019; e-mail


November 15-16, 2002. A symposium sponsored by the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine and the Acadia Institute. Theme: “Doctoring in Hard Times.” Contact: Gloria Jones, (215) 898-7136.

December 13-15. An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Trauma, co-sponsored by the University of California-Los Angeles and the Foundation for Psycho-cultural Research. Theme: “Trauma, Culture and the Brain: Biological, Clinical, and Cultural Approaches to Trauma’s Effects.” Contact the Foundation, (310) 454-1417; e-mail;

December 18-20, 2002. Indian Sociological Society, 28th All India Sociological Conference, ITT Kampur. Theme” Globalization and the Indian Society.” See

January 5-19, 2003. The Ho Chi Minh National Political Academy and Nature, Society, and Thought (NST). Vietnam Conference/Study Tour. Theme: “The Global Economy and the National State.” E-mail

January 28-29, 2003. The 9th biennial Symposium on Statistical Methods, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR); Crown Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta, Georgia. Theme: “Study Design and Decision Making in Public Health.” Visit for additional information.

April 11-13, 2003. Boston University, African American Studies Conference. Theme: “Blacks and Asians in the Making of the Modern World.” See or call (617) 358 1421.


Academy for Educational Development announces the National Security Education Program 2003 David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships. Deadline January 31, 2002. Apply to; (800) 498-9360; or (202) 884-8285; e-mail

American Institute for Yemeni Studies (AIYS) offers fellowships for research and study in Yemen. For details about specific programs, eligibility, and application requirements, contact: Maria Ellis, Executive Director, AIYS, P.O. Box 311, Ardmore, PA 19002-0311; (610) 896-5412; fax (610) 896-9049; e-mail;

University of Hawaii-Manoa, Office for Women’s Research. Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship. Gender and Globalization in Asia and the Pacific. Application deadlines: For fall 2003, December 1, 2002; for spring 2004, April 1, 2003. Detailed information and application materials available on the University of Hawaii Women’s Studies, Office for Women’s Research website at or contact Kathy Ferguson, Director, Women’s Studies Program, University of Hawaii, 2424 Maile Way, Saunders 722, Honolulu, HI 96822; (808) 956-8835; fax (808) 956-9616; e-mail

Institute for Experiential Learning in cooperation with Association of American Colleges and Universities offers a faculty fellows internship program. The deadline for fall semester applications is March 30, 2003, and spring semester applications is July 31, 2003. Contact: Faculty Fellows Internship Program, Institute for Experiential Learning, 1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 201, Washington, DC 20036; (800) 435-0770; e-mail

National Science Foundation, Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) offers minority postdoctoral research fellowships and related supporting activities in an effort to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in selected areas of science in the U.S. Applications are due December 2, 2002. For more information, consult the program announcement at, or contact John Perhonis, (703) 292-7279; e-mail

Network on the Scientific Workforce has received resources from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to support dissertation fellowships, and is currently pursuing a wide range of projects that examine the supply and demand for the scientific workforce. Applications are due December 1, 2002. Direct inquires to Ronald L. Oaxaca, University of Arizona, Fellowship Program Administrator, e-mail

New York University, International Center for Advanced Studies announces 2003-2004 fellowships in the Project on the Cold War as Global Conflict. Theme: “History, Governance, Alternatives.” Deadline January 15, 2003. See for additional information.

Social Science Research Council and the American Council of Learned Societies announce the 2003 competition of the International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship program, designed to support graduate students in the humanities and social sciences conducting dissertation field research in all areas and regions of the world. For information see or e-mail

Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), is recruiting applications for the 2003 Minority Scholarship. Deadline for submission is March 15, 2003. For additional information and an application, contact: Michele Koontz, Administrative Officer, SSSP, 901 McClung Tower, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-0490; (865) 689-1531; fax (865) 689-1534; e-mail;

University of Virginia, the Center on Religion and Democracy. Residential and nonresidential postdoctoral fellowships available for 2003-2004 academic year. Deadline: December 1. Contact: Joseph Davis, Center on Religion and Democracy, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 400178, Charlottesville, VA 22904; e-mail;

U.S. Community Forestry Research Fellowships provide support to graduate students for fieldwork in U.S. forest communities. Deadline: February 2, 2003. Contact: Carl Wilmsen, CFRF Program Coordinator, College of Natural Resources, 101 Giannini Hall #3100, University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720-3100; (510) 642-3431; e-mail;

In the News

Peter L. Berger, Boston University, was quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education, September 26, 2002, in an article on globalization and religion.

Robert Brooks, American University, had his research about alcohol use in comic strips cited in a Washington Post article, September 15, 2002.

Chiquita A. Collins, University of Texas-Austin, was quoted in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, September 17, 2002, in an article on how the recent gains in income among African Americans and Hispanics in Texas did not reduce the disparity with Anglo-American incomes.

Randall Collins, University of Pennsylvania, published a “Point of View” article in the September 27, 2002, Chronicle of Higher Education titled “The Dirty Little Secret of Credential Inflation.”

Amitai Etzioni, former ASA President and George Washington University professor, was quoted on the front page of the Washington Post, September 8, 2002, in an article titled “Altered Lives, Changing Attitudes: In Poll, Most Americans Say 9/11 Affected Them Permanently.”

James Max Fendrich, Florida State University, was quoted by the Tallahassee Democrat in an Associated Press story about why 15 of 19 highjackers lived in Florida prior to September 11, 2001.

Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, Colby College, was quoted in the New York Times, August 24, 2002, in an article discussing dressing down for summer worship.

Stanford W. Gregory, Jr. and Timothy J. Gallagher, of Kent State University, had their research on predicting the outcome of presidential elections when measuring the candidates voice modulations, cited in the Washington Post, September 15, 2002, and the New York Times, September 17, 2002.

Jerome Krase, Brooklyn College-CUNY, was quoted in the New York Times, September 17, 2002, and the Los Angeles Times, September 22, 2002, in articles about how the ethnic reputation of a community can persist even as it changes.

Jack Levin, Northeastern University, had his research on the decline of People magazine cover stories, cited in a September 29, 2002, Washington Post article.

Lee Maril, University of Texas-Pan American, was cited for his work on poverty, low-wage workers, and welfare reform in Oklahoma in an article in the Christian Science Monitor, July 18, 2002.

David Naguib Pellow, University of California-San Diego, was profiled in the Chronicle of Higher Education, September 13, 2002, for his environmental work and protest of an incinerator in Chicago and his book Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago.

Jack Nusan Porter, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, was interviewed by the Newton TAB, June 20, 2002, on a recent “hate letter” blaming Jews, Gays, and “Liberals” for an override tax vote.

John Reynolds, Florida State University, and Stephanie Burge (sociology graduate student) were interviewed by WFSU-FM radio, USA Today, and The Chronicle of Higher Education on their research that shows how early gender differences in college plans are part of the reason girls attend and complete college at a higher rate than boys.

Barbara J. Risman, North Carolina State University, was quoted, September 9, 2002, in a Newsweek article detailing the changing demography of the American Heartland as immigrants and others move to small-towns.

Jeffrey Ian Ross, University of Baltimore, was interviewed by WJZ TV in connection with recent indictments of alleged ringleaders of the “Lexington Terrace Boys,” September 18, 2002; by the Baltimore Sun in connection with allegations of inappropriate behavior on the part of Baltimore Police Commissioner Norris, August 21, 2002; and by Fox 45 TV (Baltimore) regarding ethical appropriateness of the Sheriff in Howard County, August 7, 2002. He appeared on the Marc Steiner Show (along with Stephen C. Richards) to discuss Behind Bars, August 5, 2002. His co-authored/co-edited books Behind Bars and Convict Criminology were profiled in the Chronicle of Higher Education, July 2002. He was quoted by Pete Designis at regarding what the CIA needs to do to recruit individuals who have terrorism expertise, June 5, 2002; interviewed by Rebecca Klein, Fox 45 TV (Baltimore) in connection with profiling in the wake of 9/11, June 4, 2002; interviewed by WJZ TV, Channel 13, on the anniversary of the Chandra Levy disappearance, April 30, 2002; interviewed by the Los Angeles Times, on lethal technology, March 12, 2002; and quoted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, regarding Canadian vs. American homicide rates, March 9, 2002.

Saskia Sassen, University of Chicago, was quoted in the September 20 Chronicle of Higher Education about cutting-edge technologies in geography, math, information uechnology, and criticism.

Juliet B. Schor, Boston College, was quoted in the New York Times, September 15, 2002, about logos on products.

William G. Staples, University of Kansas, was quoted in the New York Times, September 29, 2002, in an article about the use of surveillance cameras.

Barry Truchil, Rider University, was quoted in the New York Times on the feasibility of moving the New Jersey Nets to the Meadowlands (June 9) and why New Jersey residents are not clamoring for potassium iodine as are those in other states who live near nuclear reactor sites. (July 17).

Lynn Weber, University of South Carolina, was quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education, September 27, 2002, about rules for classroom discourse.

Caught in the Web

National Center for Education Statistics released two School Crime and Safety Reports, “Are America’s Schools Safe,?” NCES 2002-331 and “Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2002”, NCES 2002-064. To view or download go to and click “What’s New!”


Association for the Study of Food and Society announces its student paper competition for the William Alex McIntosh Award, graduate, and the William C. Whit Award, undergraduate. Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2003. Submit five copies to: William C. Whit, Department of Sociology, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI 49401; e-mail

University of Chicago. National Opinion Research Center announces the annual General Social Survey Student Paper Competition. Deadline: February 15, 2003. For more information contact: Tom W. Smith, General Social Survey, National Opinion Research Center, 1155 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637; (773) 256-6288; fax (773) 753-7886; e-mail

Independent Institute announces the 2003 Olive W. Garvey Fellowships Contest open to college students and junior faculty for essays on the meaning and significance of economic and personal liberty. See for additional information.

North Central Sociological Association is accepting nominations for the 2003 Scholarly Achievement Award. This award is granted for a published research monograph that makes an outstanding contribution to the advancement of sociological knowledge. Nominations should be received by November 16, 2002, and directed to: Steve Carlton-Ford, Chair, NCSA Scholarly Achievement Award Committee, Department of Sociology, P.O. Box 210378, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0378; fax (513) 556-0057; e-mail

Population Association of America (PAA). Pre- or postdoctoral students are invited to submit papers for the 2003 Dorothy S. Thomas Award competition. The deadline for receipt of submission is January 6, 2003. The student should mail six copies of the paper and a letter from their research advisor confirming eligibility to: John Iceland; U.S. Census Bureau; HHES Division, Building 3, Room 1472; Mail Stop: 8500; Washington, DC 20233-8500; e-mail Details about eligibility, length, and submission procedures are available at:

Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), Law & Society Division. The Alfred R. Lindesmith Award is annually given to the best paper presented at the previous year’s SSSP annual meeting that is law-related and written by one or more untenured faculty and/or graduate student(s) and has not been submitted for publication prior to presentation at the SSSP meeting. Submit three (3) copies of the paper to: Mathieu Deflem, Chair, SSSP Law and Society Division, Department of Sociology, University of South Carolina, Sloan College 217, Columbia, SC 29208; (803) 777 6596; e-mail The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2003.

Summer Programs

Chinese-American Cultural Bridge Center. A trip to China for educators. Travel dates: June 25-July 9, 2003. Contact the center at (877) 592-7072; e-mail;

National Center for Curriculum Transformation Resources on Women and the Center for Women’s Studies, Zagreb, Croatia, are hosting a summer institute, June 1-8, 2003. Theme: “Comparative Perspectives on Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Nation in Post-Socialist Societies and the United States.” See for more information.

Members' New Books

Paulo de Carvalho, University Agos-tinho Neto and Center of African Studies ISCTE, Audiencia de Media em Luanda [Media Audience in Luanda] (Editorial Nzila, 2002).

Nazlie Kibria, Boston University, Becoming Asian American: Second-Generation Chinese and Korean American Identities (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002).

Peter M. Nardi, Pitzer College, Doing Survey Research: A Guide to Quantitative Research Methods (Allyn & Bacon, 2002).

Francie Ostrower, The Urban Institute, Trustees of Culture: Power, Wealth, and Status on Elite Arts Boards (University of Chicago Press, 2002).

Irene Padavic, Florida State University, Women and Men at Work, 2nd edition. 2002. Irene Padavic and Barbara Reskin. (Pine Forge Press, 2002).

Robert Perrucci, Purdue University, and Earl Wysong, Indiana University-Kokomo, The New Class Society: Goodbye American Dream?, 2nd edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003).

Jack Nusan Porter, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Jewish Radicalism: A Selected Anthology, and The Jew as Outsider (Spencer Press, 2002).

David Simon, University of California-Berkeley, Tony Soprano’s America: The Criminal Side of the American Dream (Westview Press, 2002).


Kevin Anderson has joined the Department of Political Science at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

Mary-Ellen Boyle, Clark University (MA), received a Hodgkins Junior Faculty Fellowship, summer 2002.

Florida State University gave four faculty named professorships: Larry Isaac, Claude and Mildred Pepper Professor of Sociology; Melissa Hardy, Ralph Bellamy Professor of Sociology; Elwood (Woody) Carlson, Charles B. Nam Professorship in the Sociology of Population; and Isaac W. Eberstein, Charles Meade Grigg Professor of Sociology.

Shmuel Noah Eisenstadt, Hebrew University-Jerusalem, received a Doctor of Humane Letters from Duke University, May 2002.

Jack Nusan Porter, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, returned from Ukraine and Austria as a recreation of his parents’ escape from Europe 57 years ago.

Adrian Raftery, University of Washington-Seattle, was the world’s ninth most cited mathematical scientist in the decade 1991-2002.

Stephanie Robert, University of Wisconsin-Madison, received National Institutes of Health funding for a new research project titled “Community Context and Health Over the Life Course.”

Carole L. Seyfrit is Dean, College of Graduate and Extended Education, at Radford University.


Kevin Bales, University of Surrey Roehampton (UK), was part of a team honored with two Emmy awards for the film “The Carpet Slaves.” The documentary exposes one form of slavery with implications for the global economy.

Pablo J. Boczkowski, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, received the Kyoon Hur Dissertation Award from the Mass Communication Division of the International Communication Association.

Julie Elizabeth Jackson, University of Washington, won the Predoctoral Program 2002 Competition from the Association for Women in Science Educational Foundation for her paper “Organizing the Air: Aircraft Accidents, the FAA, and Organizational Complexity.”

James D. Orcutt, Florida State University, received an Excellence in Teaching Award, for the 2001-2002 academic year.

James B. Pick, University of Redlands, received a senior Fulbright-Garcia Robles scholar award in 2001 and visited Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He received the University’s outstanding research award in 2000.


Norman Paul Hummon

Norm Hummon died at home on August 17, 2002, after a long struggle with cancer. His family was especially important to Norm and he was with them at the time of death. He thought his greatest contributions were in the lives of his children, Peter, Amanda, and Daniel and his wife, Kathy. Sociology, while very important to Norm, never dominated his family life.

He attended the University of Michigan where he received his baccalaureate in Electrical Engineering (1966), Yale University where he received a Master’s degree in Administrative Science (1969), and Cornell University where he received a doctorate in Sociology (1973). His varied backgrounds meant that Norm was unusually diverse in the skills, ideas and perspectives that he mobilized in studying social life.

He spent his entire professional career at the University of Pittsburgh (1971-2002) and chaired the Department of Sociology from 1985 to 1988 and from 1995 to 1998. He held joint appointments with Industrial Engineering (1991-2002) and Environmental Systems Engineering (1971-1977). He chaired the University’s Executive Committee for Academic Computing (1994-1995), directed the Technology and Society Research Institute (1977-1980) and directed the Environmental Systems Engineering Laboratory (1972-1977). He was always a good citizen for the Sociology Department and the University.

Norm made major contributions to modeling dynamic social systems, the study of technology and its impact on social life, computational sociology and social network analysis. In the area of modeling dynamic social systems he developed software for estimating the parameters of differential equation systems. He did extensive work on technology and its impact in human societies where he examined, among other things, urban ecologies, large scale policy models, the roles of the automobile in society, technological change as a societal process, technology transfer, risk assessment, urban traffic systems, electrical power distribution systems and magnetic fields, radon exposure and trout fishing. He was an extremely deep student of social life in many realms.

He was an early participant in the simulation of social systems and a pioneer in the use of object-oriented approaches to computation. The simulation models that he built examined actor utilities and social network evolution, the dynamics of structural balance processes for signed networks, the evolution of hierarchies in social systems and expectation-states structuralism. He made significant contributions to computational methods beyond simulation studies. He pioneered connectivity methods for studying the structure of social networks, especially citation networks. This work was and remains on the frontier of research in sociological theory and methodology, where much of the new work is done in teams in the kind of collaborative situation in which Norm functioned so well. His presence at this frontier will be sorely missed.

Norm was an avid fly-fisher and spent many hours fly-fishing in Potter County, PA, one of his favorite places on the planet. While on a sabbatical at Australian National University, he found time for a fishing trip to the wilds of Tasmania. He taught fly-fishing to underprivileged children in a local high school and so opened them to experiencing the environment. He frequently taught courses on Society and Environment for the sociology department and introduced many students to the systematic and rigorous study of environmental issues and the role of humans in the physical environment.

Norm Hummon was one of those people who make a difference in the lives of others by giving generously of his time and talents, always with patience and a ready chuckle in reaction to human foibles. He could lead easily but with moral uprightness, quietly mastering a situation both through careful analysis and admirable interpersonal skills. In his academic leadership roles, he persuaded rather than manipulated people, combining his considerable intuitive and scientific knowledge of formal organization with a talent for bringing out the best in his colleagues. And this extended to his collaborations as well, as those of us who were privileged to work with him will always remember—our professional as well as our private lives were illuminated by the light of his grace as a human being and a sociologist.

Patrick Doreian and Thomas J. Fararo, University of Pittsburgh

David J. Pratto
David J. Pratto, Professor Emeritus of Sociology of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, died at home after a valiant three-year struggle with primary brain cancer. Surviving him are his wife, Marlene Massaro Pratto, his mother, Bertha Pratto, his children, Felicia, Anita, Alec, and Paul, and five grandchildren as well as many in-laws, nieces, nephews, and godchildren.

David was born on November 2, 1938, in Aguilar, Colorado. Proud of his Italian-American and Hungarian-American roots in ranching and coal-mining, David graduated from Holy Trinity High School in Trinidad, Colorado, and served as a radio specialist in the U.S. Navy 1956 59. He attended Diablo Valley College (California) and the University of Colorado where he earned a BA (1963) and PhD (1972) in Sociology.

David was our great colleague and dear friend. For 31 years David energetically served the University of North Carolina-Greensboro (UNCG) in many extraordinary ways. Early in his career, for example, David chaired a committee to anticipate the future of computing in university life. David conscientiously filed the majority committee report, but then courageously filed his lone dissent, ambitious and prescient, that became a model for integrating computers into university life. He became Professor of Sociology, was twice Head of the Sociology Department, and chaired the UNCG Faculty Senate. Young faculty and students sought him as mentor, and faculty and administrators respected his wise counsel. In 2000, he was awarded the Bullard Award for Excellence in Service to UNCG to tumultuous acclaim.

The North Carolina Sociological Association (NCSA) awarded David, a founding and charter member and former President, its Distinguished Contributions to Sociology Award. David was founding Editor of the NCSA Newsletter, which he named Sociation as a tribute to Georg Simmel. Reflecting his ethical concerns, he took particular pride in his service with the ASA as member and Co-Chair of the Committee on the Freedom of Research and Teaching. He was also active in the Southern Sociological Society and other sociological organizations. He was a charter member and co-founder of the North Carolina Association for Research in Education, of which he served as president.

Blessed with insatiable curiosity, David loved the play of ideas both profound and whimsical. He also believed in sociology for use and, accordingly, typically fashioned applied research to evaluate programs and their social benefit. He wrote numerous scholarly papers, articles and especially research reports that address many issues including family studies, adolescence, alcoholism, professional adaptations of two-clergy marriages, Roman Catholic priests, “latch key” children, medical school curricula and teaching methods, the court system, water resources in Greensboro, and NC competency testing. David participated widely as program chair, organizer, presenter, or discussant at countless sessions. He pioneered in advocating and implementing computer based instruction in the university classes. He and Marlene became devoted to the development of the next generation of student scholars, establishing scholarship funds at UNCG, the University of Colorado, and Trinidad (Colorado) State College. The Pratto Family Life Scholarship is awarded to students of the Good Beginnings for Teen Parents program in Greensboro.

David was a board member and advisor to many community organizations, including the Family Life Council, Greensboro Youth Council and took the initiative to become the first male to join the League of Women Voters in Greensboro. He was an active member of the University Catholic Community and St. Pius X Church. As an advocate for the marginalized members of society, he could be counted on to speak out on social and community issues and to actively seek change. He especially supported the role of faith in community advocacy of social justice in the U.S. and developing countries; he strongly advocated the use of micro lending (Grameen Banks) as a self help strategy for the very poor in developing countries.

David’s anger at social injustice was equaled by his surpassing warmth and humanity and his delight in people. The integrity of family and community, devotion to egalitarian standards of social justice, and the implementation of principles of fair and dignified treatment for students and colleagues—these beliefs were consistent life themes realized in what he studied and did. David loved all things Italian, the country and its culture: its language and food, its art and music (especially opera). He was the recipient of a Fulbright Hays Fellowship to study Italian society. Family and children as well as community were paramount in his personal and professional life, and the Pratto home has always been a place of hospitality for family and friends.

Donations may be made to the Peru Ministry of St. Pius X Catholic Church, 2210 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27408; Discovery Fund for Cancer Research, Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, WFUBMC, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston Salem, NC 27157 1021; or the Family Life Council, 301 E. Washington, Greensboro, NC 27401.

William E. Knox, UNCG Sociology

Willis A. Sutton, Jr.
Willis A. Sutton, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Kentucky, passed away at the age of 85 on September 18, 2002. He was a faculty member at the University of Kentucky from 1952 until his retirement in 1982. He remained an active part of the intellectual life of the department and the civic life of Lexington, KY, until only a few months prior to his death. Willis received his degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and devoted his career to research, teaching, and service related to his specialization in sociology of the community. He served as Executive Director of the Bureau of Community Service from 1955 to 1965. He helped found and became the president in 1964 of the Kentucky Council for Community and Area Development. He directed a number of interdisciplinary training programs for development workers from India, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Indonesia. He was an instructor in the University’s training program for Peace Corps volunteers. In 1959-60, under the auspices of the Ford Foundation, he lived in India and conducted research concerning that country’s community development program. The research led to the publication of Village Level Workers and their Work, published by the Indian Government in 1962. In the last several years before his official retirement (1976-1982), he served as Chair of the Department of Sociology. As Chair, he successfully encouraged open communication within a diverse department, worked for the effective integration of undergraduate education into a research-oriented university, and introduced many procedures that continue to be used by the department.

Willis had the personal characteristics that make for a wonderful colleague and a highly successful faculty member and department Chair. He had a lively sense of intellectual curiosity, a profound interest in local and global affairs, a disciplined and superbly organized approach to his work, and an unflagging commitment to the welfare of his colleagues. Those of us who were junior colleagues during his time as Chair found him to be a wonderful and consistently supportive mentor who willingly took the time to help us understand the vagaries of academia and the mysterious workings of the University’s administration.

Willis Sutton is survived by his wife of sixty years, Dorothy Drake Sutton, three children, six grandchildren, and one great grandson. He was an elder of Second Presbyterian Church and active in several civic organizations. Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504, Second Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 460 E. Main Street, Lexington, KY 40507, or the Sociology Department Enrichment Fund, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506.

James Hougland, University of Kentucky


Due to flooding in Prague, more than 30,000 volumes in the library of the Institutes of Philosophy and Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences were lost, including many journals. If you are interested in contributing books or journals to the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, send them to: Marie Cermakova, Director, Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences of The Czech Republic, Jilska 1, 110 000 Praha 1, Czech Republic.