American Sociological Association

ASA Footnotes

A publication of the American Sociological AssociationASA News & Events
May/June 2016
Volume 
44
Issue 
4

Obituaries

S.F. Camilleri
1922-2016

S.F. Camilleri, "Frank" to all who knew him, passed away from lung cancer in hospice in Northridge, CA, on February 29, 2016, at age 93.  He was born in Rochester, NY, July 16, 1922.

All of Frank Camilleri's graduate degrees were from the University of California-Los Angeles, where he completed his PhD in 1954.

His first academic job was on the faculty of the University of Washington from 1952 to 1958. From Washington Frank went to Stanford, 1958-1963, and subsequently to California State University-San Diego (now San Diego State University), 1963-1964, and then to Michigan State University, 1964-1990. After his retirement from Michigan State he did research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Washington, DC, 1990-1991.

Frank's main areas of interest were the social psychology of small groups, the formal aspects of sociological theory, and research methods, including the use of statistics in social research.

At the University of Washington he did research and published with Maurice Van Arsdol and Calvin Schmid.

It was at Stanford University that he found a real home for his research interests in a group of colleagues that provided a supportive context for his work. In 1959, sociology at Stanford madeits "Great Turnaround," and "made a serious investment" in the Sociology Department 's future, as noted in 2009, when the 50th anniversary of this event was celebrated and written up in Footnotes. It started when Stanford offered Sanford Dornbush, Chair of Sociology, the opportunity to invite four sociologists of his choice to join him on the Sociology Faculty: Joseph Berger, Bernard Cohen, Richard Scott, and Frank Camilleri. The next year Morris Zelditch joined this group. A small-group research laboratory was operative at Stanford and used extensively by these faculty members for teaching and research.

These social psychologists were much more than colleagues. They were his research collaborators, and provided a sounding board for writing he published.  And they became his good friends. They were Frank's reference group for the rest of his career.

At Michigan State, Frank was instrumental in hiring fresh Stanford PhDs Tom Conner and Hans Lee as Sociology Department faculty.  Also, Bo Anderson was hired from Stanford.A small-group research and teaching laboratory in the Department of Sociology was newly established under Frank's guidance.

In 1962, while at Stanford, Frank published a seminal article in the American Sociological Review, "Theory , Probability and Induction in Social Research."  I had been greatly influenced by this article and was delighted to find Frank new on the sociology faculty at Michigan State at the same time (1964) that I took a position there. This was the beginning of a long friendship.

Frank had high standards for his students, his colleagues, and himself. He had a keen, probing intelligence. In faculty meetings Frank often pointed out weak links in a chain of argument, sometimes putting a dagger into ideas he found faulty, and re-directing the discussion.

But Frank had a much lighter and warmer touch in social interaction with his friends—from several different Departments at Michigan State. The Camilleris loved classical music. They also loved to entertain. In retirement Frank's family traveled to Italy and Sicily to explore their roots. In their camper the Camilleris explored the parks of the American West.

He is survived by his wife Barbara, a son Ronald, and a daughter Lisa, and two grandchildren.

Barbara Camilleri, sfcamilleri@yahoo.com ; Denton E. Morrison, Michigan State University; and other MSU friends of Frank Camilleri

Alan Emery
1964-2015

Alan Louis Emery, associate professor of sociology at California State University-Fullerton, died in December. He was 51. His research attempted to explain how and why white Afrikaner elites chose to support a negotiated end to the apartheid regime in South Africa. Alan's explanation was based on extensive, face-to-face interviews with government officials, finance executives, and sources within the military. He applied both C. Wright Mill's power elite model and William Domhoff's state autonomy model to the decisions to legalize the African National Congress and to vote to negotiate an end to white rule without resorting to systematic violence.

Alan received a BA in Political Science and his PhD in sociology at University of California-Los Angeles, where I met him in graduate school. He brought a youthful enthusiasm and his first-hand knowledge of having watched the South African state crumble to his studies. He had a serious interest in political theory, particularly the intersection of class and race theories of social movements and social change. His dissertation was titled "Insurgency and democratization in South Africa: The community mobilization of ideological, military and political power." And he had a provisional book manuscript which he called "(R)evolution" to mark South Africa as having taken an usual path to state change.

Alan grew up in Johannesburg and was active in white political movements against apartheid during the 1980s. At 18, he was conscribed into the South African military and drove a truck for a tracking unit that pursued insurgents in the bush. That experience made him wary of simple theories that sought to explain changes in human behavior based on short-run class interest or national or racial identity.

Alan was a Marxist who did not believe that theories of class or race conflict could explain why the South African Afrikaner government abdicated in 1992. That South African president De Klerk held whites-only referendum on a proposal to continue negotiations with the ANC to end apartheid was a key historical event that Alan sought to explain.

In a recent Critical Sociology article, Alan wrote, "Unlike classical Marxism which had suggested that the rationalizing imperatives of capitalism would undermine racism, neo-Marxism inverted the enlightenment claim that growth subverts racism by arguing that 'apartheid was conducive to capitalist development'." He found neither theory persuasive.

Donald Treiman, professor of sociology at UCLA and Alan's principal dissertation advisor, said that Alan was a careful scholar with high standards who never let his political views get in the way of his scholarship. Treiman noted that Alan's high standards for himself and for others made him less productive than he might have been, but that his dissertation would have made a strong book and resulted in a rethinking of societal change in South Africa.

Alan was a tenured professor in the sociology department at Fullerton. He started there in 2002, after finishing his dissertation. The position played to his strengths. He taught many courses to a diverse set of students and motivated them in an engaged, challenging teaching style. He exposed his students to films and ideas about Africa, Asia, and Latin America. His South African accent and unusual life trajectory made him a novel and popular professor. He taught in a variety of areas, including sociology of urban life, sex and gender, sociological theory, and political sociology.

Alan brought his own life experience and subsequent scholarship to his teaching. He encouraged students to take on critical ideas about the state and the military. "I try to encourage them to become critical consumers of political information," he said in 2006.

Alan had a love of the outdoors. He was a competitive mountain bike racer, hiked parts of the Pacific Crest Trail, and was obsessed with motocross. Many weekends he could be found at the track, jumping his motorcycle.

"Alan was a gentle soul who was regarded as a good department citizen for shouldering more than a fair share of service," said Eileen Walsh, Fullerton chair and associate professor of sociology.

Alan is survived by his brother, Michael.

Caleb Southworth, University of Oregon

Charles S. Green, III
1937-2016

Our beloved friend and colleague Charles "Tuck" Green, born in Manhattan, NY, in 1937, passed away on April 19, 2016, after struggling courageously with cancer for nearly a year and a half. During this period, he remained involved in professional activities, including his work as a docent at the University of North Carolina Acklund Museum of Art, along with his wife Jean Green, with whom he was married for 50 years. In retirement, both Tuck and Jean devoted much energy and time to the arts through their work presenting the collections, as only former teachers could, to thousands of high school, middle school, and elementary students—developing materials and presentations for almost 15 years. In addition, they both devoted extensive time to the local United Nations association in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area.

Tuck earned his PhD in sociology at Cornell University under the direction of William C. Whyte. He was an assistant/associate professor at the University of Virginia for seven years, where he taught, conducted research, presented papers, and published articles in the areas of organization and social stratification. In 1976 he came to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he spent the next 26 years.

When Tuck and Jean moved to Wisconsin in 1976, he engaged in a long-term commitment to work in a collaborative fashion with other scholars to assist undergraduate students to simultaneously engage in sociological research and prepare themselves for pursuing careers with a bachelor's degree. This endeavor also led to close involvement with the undergraduate teaching programs developed by ASA's Carla Howery. Tuck was a major figure in this national movement.

In the 1970s and 1980s, sociology programs around the country were challenged with serious enrollment problems and associated reductions in teaching staff. Tuck, along with several committed faculty—Lanny Neider, Hadley Klug, Richard Salem, and Ron Berger—worked to develop a program that incorporated student research and internships. They also developed a student handbook and tracking system that encouraged undergraduate students to take career-related courses more specifically designed to prepare them for job opportunities upon graduation—primarily in the areas of social services, criminal justice, and business management. During Tuck's time at UW-Whitewater, faculty evaluated these efforts in a variety of ways and found them to markedly increase job opportunities, student satisfaction, and department enrollment of majors and minors. Spurred by Tuck's Herculean efforts, the ensuing decades were a time of great growth and program development.

One incredibly time-consuming component of this career-related teaching project was a course Tuck developed that was required prior to internship placement: Sociology in Practice. In this course Tuck worked with students to complete a literature review that provided the basis for research questions to be answered during the student's internship. This required each student to not only gain career-related experience, but conduct an analysis of the social context and activities expected of key employees in their placement setting. Final papers were often of very high quality and competitive entries to the university's outstanding research paper award competition. During the time of these and other innovations, Tuck and his colleagues also prepared more than two dozen conference presentations, journal articles, and books on topics that ranged from the application of sociology to the effectiveness of the department's program for student job placement. Especially noteworthy were the book Liberal Education and Careers and articles in Teaching Sociology and The American Sociologist.

Throughout all this, Tuck remained the go-to person for students seeking scholarly feedback and career advice. For many years long-time department chair Lanny Neider relied on Tuck for the preparation of reports and assistance in the conduct of administrative duties. He was also a mentor to new faculty and helped them successfully navigate the university system of tenure and promotion.

It's hard to capture the essence of Tuck by simply describing some of his professional accomplishments. He was hard working but always ready to socialize and joke with. He was a very accomplished teacher and scholar but always unassuming. Colleagues remember him as one of the nicest men they ever met. He was a dear friend to many, especially to me.

When Lanny and I went to the airport for his job interview at UW-Whitewater in the Spring of 1976, we sat waiting for his plane to greet him and take him to the hotel. But we had no idea what he would look like. We planned to go up to the first person who looked like a sociologist and were surprised that he did not fit our expectations of an early 1970's "hippie" sociologist. Rather, he had short white hair, was clean shaven, and dressed like an Ivy-leaguer. Whatever our first impression, Tuck was the epitome of everything we expected of a sociologist, and we will remain forever grateful for having known him and having the privilege to spend the bulk of our professional lives in his company.

Memorial contributions may be sent in Tuck's name to the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, 101 Manning Dr., Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

Richard Salem, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Ruth A. Wallace
1932-2016

Ruth A. Wallace, Professor Emeritus at The George Washington University (GWU), died on March 2, 2016, at the age of 84. Ruth was a professor at GWU for over 30 years and her scholarly work reflected an ongoing commitment to equality and the advancement of women as religious leaders. Her book, They Call Her Pastor: A New Role for Catholic Women (1992), was a ground-breaking reimagining of the role of women as parish leaders within the Catholic Church. Later, she would explore the controversial idea of allowing priests to marry in her book, They Call Him Pastor: Married Men in Charge of Catholic Parishes (2003). Ruth was ahead of her time and her ideas continue to remain progressive challenges to the status quo.

Her feminism extended into all areas of her life. For instance, when she joined her PhD program at UC-Berkeley, she was told by her advisor that women "did not do theory" and that she needed to concentrate on something feminine (he suggested the sociology of the family). Unsurprisingly for anyone who knew Ruth, she defied his edict and promptly focused on sociological theory. Her commitment to theory continued throughout her career, as she taught theory to both graduate and undergraduate students believing that it could give young sociologists different lenses with which to see the world. She also published theoretical texts, including six editions of Contemporary Sociological Theory (co-authored with Alison Wolf) as well as Feminism and Sociological Theory (1989).

Ruth was the only person that I (Abigail) knew when I moved to Washington, DC, to attend graduate school at GWU. I remember the day that I moved into my studio apartment. I was nervous and overwhelmed. I immediately called Ruth, who challenged me to take my first Metro ride (alone) to her home for tea. After my first sociological theory class with Ruth, any trepidations I had about having a former Catholic nun as a mentor disappeared as I came to understand her unique insights as a feminist scholar. Ruth often reminisced about being one of the first women to be faculty at GWU and how her doctoral degree was often "conveniently absent" from official institutional lists back in the day. She was a tremendous source of inspiration and support for the duration of my graduate study.

Shannon remembers Ruth as both a teacher and a colleague. Ze (Shannon uses gender-neutral pronouns) first met Ruth when ze began working as the Executive Aide of GWU's Sociology Department while Shannon worked toward hir Master's in Women's Studies. Later, Shannon took several courses from Ruth, and Ruth agreed to be Shannon's MA thesis advisor, during which time she bravely sifted through an almost-400-page manuscript. That selflessness with her time and energy was characteristic of how Ruth interacted with all of her students. She also treated every member of the department with respect, from the chair to the executive aide to the adjunct faculty. She encouraged Shannon to apply for awards and get hir work published; something that ze would not have done on hir own. After finishing hir graduate degree, Shannon visited with Ruth many times, in her home or while eating out, and never failed to find a supporter, mentor, and friend in this pioneering sociologist.

Ruth was the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Sociological Association's Jessie Bernard Award, the District of Columbia Sociological Society's Stuart Rice Award for Outstanding Contributions to Sociology, the Religious Research Association's H. Paul Douglass Lecturer, Marquette University's Joseph McGee Lecturer, and Santa Clara University's Distinguished Visiting Scholar.

Her sister, Dorothy Wallace, predeceased her. She is survived by her sister, Mary Jean Paxton, of Oceanside, CA; two nieces, Kathleen McPherson and Diane Wagener; and two nephews, John Dooling and Jan Haagems. Ruth donated her body to the Georgetown University Medical School.

Abigail E. Cameron, The Texas Department of State Health Services, and Shannon E. Wyss