April 2010 Issue • Volume 38 • Issue 4

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John Moland, Jr., Alabama State University and a founding member of the Association of Black Sociologists, died on March 22, 2010, at the age of 83.


William M. Evan

William M. Evan, professor emeritus of sociology and management at the University of Pennsylvania and a peace activist, passed away December 25 at the age of 87.

Evan was born Velvul Goldstein in Ostrow, Poland. His family emigrated to the United States when he was 7. While attending Seward Park High School in New York City, he became active in the movement to create a Jewish and Arab state in Palestine. He studied Jewish culture and Hebrew at Herzliah Academy in Manhattan and Arabic at Columbia University.

Evan earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1946. He went on to the University of Nebraska, where he earned a master’s degree in sociology. He earned his doctoral degree in sociology from Cornell University in 1954.

Evan returned to Pennsylvania in 1966 as a professor of sociology and industry, where he taught in both the School of Arts and Sciences and the Wharton School. In addition to teaching, he served as a consultant with major corporations and government agencies on issues including organizational design and crisis management. He retired in the early 1990s but continued to teach and write. He had also been a visiting professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the University of Chicago, and Oxford University.

Prior to coming to the University of Pennsylvania, Evan taught at Princeton University, Columbia University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was a research sociologist at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

The author of more than 100 articles for various professional journals, Evan also was the author or co-author of several books such as Organization Theory: Research and Design, Knowledge and Power in a Global Society, War and Peace in an Age of Terrorism: A Reader and Nuclear Proliferation and the Legality of Nuclear Weapons.

Evan is survived by his wife, Sarah; daughter, Raima; son, Robert, and three grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Americans for Peace Now, 1101 14th St. NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005.

Tukufu Zuberi, University of Pennsylvania

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Harriette Pipes McAdoo

Harriette Pipes McAdoo was born in Fort Valley, GA, daughter of William Harrison Pipes and Anna Howard Russell Pipes. Her father was president of Alcorn State University in Mississippi and the first African American to receive the PhD in Speech, and the first Black full professor at Michigan State University (MSU). Harriette continued his legacy as a renowned researcher in the area of ethnic minority families and as a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Sociology as well as in the School of Human Ecology at Michigan State University. She was a core faculty member of the African American & African Studies Graduate Program, the African Studies Center, and the Center for the Advanced Study of International Development, all at Michigan State University. She died on December 21, 2009.

Harriette attended Central High in Detroit, MI, and Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School in Little Rock, AK. She received the BA and MA from Michigan State University and the PhD in Educational Psychology and Child Development from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She and her husband, John Lewis McAdoo each took the final diploma on the same stage. Though he preceded her in death, Harriette and John were married 32 years and are survived by three sons—Garnett, John, and David—and one daughter, Julia, as well as five grandchildren, her sister, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Among the many national organizations that benefited from McAdoo’s contributions were the National Council of Family Relations, the Association of Black Psychologists, Groves Conference on Marriage and the Family, the American Psychological Association, the American Sociological Association, and the Society for Research in Child Development. She and her husband founded the Empirical Conference on Black Psychology and she always assumed an activist stance in her teaching, research, and writing as she mentored and nurtured many hundreds of colleagues and students alike.

Harriette McAdoo was prolific in her research and writing. She edited the seminal anthology Black Families (four editions), which turned the academic and policy arenas from a "deficit" orientation regarding family life of U.S. African Americans. Among the many other publications Harriette produced are Family Ethnicity: Strength in Diversity (two editions), Young Families: Program Review and Policy Recommendations, and Black Children: Social, Educational and Parental Environments with John L. McAdoo. She was author, editor, and co-editor of 13 books and monographs and more than 80 research articles and book chapters.

Harriette Pipes McAdoo conducted post-doctorate research at Harvard University, was a Visiting Lecture at Smith College, Visiting Professor at University of Minnesota, and Visiting Professor at the University of Washington. She taught at Howard University’s School of Social Work in Washington, DC, for 21 years and served as Acting Dean there for 2 years before going to MSU. Harriette also served on many national editorial advisory boards and held an appointment to the Presidential National Advisory Committee and the White House Conference on Families. She was the 1994 President of the National Council on Family Relations and 2004 recipient of the Ernest Burgess Award, the highest honor of the National Council on Family Relations. The Council also honored Dr. McAdoo with the Marie Peters Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Leadership, and Service in the Area of Ethnic Minority Families, the first to receive this award.

Her research and writing was not limited to national arenas. Harriette McAdoo wrote on coping strategies of single mothers, professional women in Kenya, as well as on HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe. She conducted research in Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and Kenya and, based on previous travels and studies, was a representative for Lansing, Michigan’s Sister Cities’ delegations to Ghana that helped establish the initial relationship. It is a major understatement to say that Harriette Pipes McAdoo will be missed in several countries, by hundreds of students, colleagues, friends, and by her family. We bid farewell but know our lives were expanded because of the time Harriette spent with us.

Jualynne E. Dodson, Michigan State University

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Roland L. Warren

Community sociology lost a significant pioneer when Roland L. Warren passed away on February 14, 2010. Yet his life was lived, and his contributions were made, in ways well beyond the academic accomplishment for which we will most remember him.

He was born in Islip, NY, on June 24, 1915, the son of Ruy W. and Jennie Simonds Warren. He spent his childhood and early youth in Brooklyn, NY, and did his undergraduate work at New York University, "commuting" by subway.

In Heidelberg, Germany, while studying for this PhD, he met Margaret Armstrong Hodges; they were married in 1938. He is survived by his son David Warren (Forbes Park, CO), daughter Robin Warren (Merrimack, NH), grandson Michael Warren, and great-grandchildren Leila and Wynn Warren (all of Larchmont, NY). He was predeceased by his wife Margaret and his daughter Ursula Warren.

Roland Warren began his teaching career at Hofstra University (then Hofstra College). In 1941, he and his wife moved to Alfred, NY, where he taught sociology and philosophy in the Liberal Arts College, but he soon devoted himself exclusively to sociology.

During World War II, he saw duty as a Naval Reserve officer on the small carrier Block Island, which was torpedoed and sank in the Atlantic on May 29, 1944. He then went with the surviving crew members to commission the new Block Island, where he saw duty in Okinawa and other Pacific engagements.

After the war, he returned to Alfred and collaborated with Henry Langer in the Alfred University Area Study. While there, he published his first book, Studying Your Community. He spent the academic year 1956-57 in Stuttgart, Germany, as a Guggenheim Fellow, studying citizen participation in that metropolis.

He returned to Alfred for a year and then left to spend four years as a social scientist giving research consultation to voluntary and public health and welfare agencies in Upstate New York thanks to a grant from Russell Sage Foundation. His book Social Research Consultation resulted from this activity.

A Quaker, he served as Quaker International Affairs Representative in East and West Germany from 1962 to1964. He and his wife lived in Berlin, which at the time was the focus of the Cold War, and carried on peace activities in both the Federal Republic and the German Democratic Republic, engaging in interviews with high officials in both parts of Germany to promote a less hostile climate where peace could be possible. He led and participated in peace missions to East Germany, North Korea, and Nicaragua. He and his family were among the founding members of Alfred Friends Meeting (Quakers).

He returned to the United States as Professor of Community Theory in the School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare at Brandeis University. There, he was awarded a senior research fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health, which permitted him time for research and analytic work which resulted in a series of books, titled The Community in America; Perspectives on the American Community; Politics and the Ghettos; Truth, Love, and Social Change; Social Change and Human Purpose; and two co-authored books: The Structure of Urban Reform and Families in the Energy Crisis. During his career, he published more than 50 articles in learned journals. In 1982, he was honored by the American Sociological Association "for outstanding academic achievements and inspiring contributions to the study of Community." Perhaps more than any other social scientist, he explained how communities exist as independent localities that are simultaneously dependent upon external, national, and international forces—an understanding that still guides community research.

Upon his retirement from Brandeis University, the Warrens moved back to the Alfred area, taking up residence in Andover. In his retirement, he turned to research and writing about 17th century Massachusetts and published Mary Coffin Starbuck and the Early History of Nantucket, Loyal Dissenter: The Life and Times of Robert Pike, and a lengthy monograph on the life and poetry of John Greenleaf Whittier as well as several historical novels, short stories, and opinion pieces on politics, religion, behavior, and ethics.

Roland Warren led a full and enriched life, bringing his considerable intellect and passion to bear on a wide variety of topics. He touched many people in positive and long-lasting ways, myself included.

Larry Lyon, Baylor University

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J. Alan Winter

Jerry Alan Winter, the Lucretia L. Allyn Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Connecticut College, died on March 31, 2009, at his home in Waterford, CT, at the age of 71. Jerry was born and grew up in the Bronx. He received his BA from New York University in 1958, his MA in 1960, and PhD in 1964 from the University of Michigan. Jerry taught at Rutgers and Temple before coming to Connecticut College in 1970 and retired in 2002.

A valued member of the faculty of the college, Jerry was a respected teacher and a recognized scholar. The author of five books, his most recent manuscript (on which Arnold Dashefsky was the co-author) was completed a few weeks prior to his death. According to his beloved wife, Gail, working on the book kept him alive.

At Connecticut College, Jerry taught courses in such fields as Social Problems and Social Theory, Sociological Theory, Human Nature and the Social Order, Dynamics of Organizations, Sociology of Religion, and Sociological Analysis of Jewry. Jerry was an active, productive scholar. Most, though not all, of his published research was in the sociology of religion. Books authored or co-authored by Jerry included Jewish Choices: American Jewish Denominationalism and Continuities in the Sociology of Religion: Creed, Congregation and Community as well as Clergy in Action Training; and he edited or co-edited The Poor: A Culture of Poverty or a Poverty of Culture? and Vital Problems for American Society. He was the author of more than a score of journal articles; over another score of book reviews; and a half dozen or so chapters in various scholarly books. He was the editor of the journal Contemporary Jewry (1992-97); previous to that, he was book review editor for the journal Sociological Analysis. Jerry also wrote 100 or so columns in the local Jewish Leader. Titled Jerry Meandering, these articles were Jerry’s take, his casual yet astute kibitzing about life as a member of the local Jewish community, as a college professor, a husband, and especially as a loving father in Southeastern Connecticut. They were thoroughly enjoyable ramblings. Jerry was also Visiting Professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Jerry was a practitioner of what Joseph Schumpeter admiringly called the art of creative destruction. So, for instance, he was instrumental in creating two departments at Connecticut College—the Department of Sociology and the Department of Anthropology—and instrumental in destroying one department, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. He was also instrumental in creating the present generous Connecticut College tuition benefits program for employee dependent children and destroying the old inadequate, much less generous program.

Socially, Jerry was a radical egalitarian. He treated all equally—be they a custodian, secretary, dean or college president—much to the sheer delight of more than one custodian and secretary and to the dismay of more than one dean and college president. Indeed, Jerry spoke truth to all.

Jerry contracted cancer and became quite sick in 1992. He had an extremely painful bone marrow transplant in 1993. The operation was a success, but there were complications. Jerry lost a great deal of his physical mobility, and he had various, or rather many, painful physical ailments. But Jerry persevered. In spite of the intense pain and other difficulties, Jerry lived on, taught on, and fought on. Through tenacity, willpower, and a deep love of life, Jerry stayed with us. For Jerry, day after painfully difficult day, he always wanted to come to his office another time; to be with his wife, Gail, another day; to see his children, Wendy and Miriam, another day; to see his grandchildren another time; to write and finish yet another book. And he did – bravely, with grace, good humor, smiles, good (as well as bad) jokes, and with an utter absence of bitterness.

To fully appreciate the legacy that Jerry left behind is to read the unsolicited comments that his colleagues offered upon learning of his death:

He was a true scholar and mentsch! . . .may his memory be blessed and may the family find comfort in his many good deeds and many friends.

He was such a nice, good humored man and a remarkable fighter to the end, despite his disabilities. It’s very sad.

May his memory be for a blessing. He was a pleasure to work with and very inspiring and stimulating with his ideas.

I am so very saddened by the news of Jerry’s death. I was very fond of him . . . He was a smart and funny man and I will miss him.

I am deeply saddened at the passing of my good friend, Jerry Winter. He had a wonderful sense of irony, which masked a great talent as a scholar. He helped publish me . . . and supported and mentored me when others would not. I will miss his wry sense of life and his conviviality. I will miss him very much.

He was an exceptional editor who showed professionalism, patience, insight, and kindness. I will always remember him.

We were on the porch [of Jerry’s home] and a young bird fell out of the nest and seemed immobile. Out of his own thoughtfulness for all living creatures, Jerry called the local ASPCA to assist. After a few minutes, the bird managed to fly away on its own. Thanks for letting me share a few thoughts on a very intelligent and caring person.

He and I were both friends and research colleagues for over 30 years. I greatly benefited from his insight into our interests and his considerable writing talents, which often changed research presentations into enjoyable prose. But foremost among my experiences with Jerry, is my great admiration for the magnificent way he faced up to the blows served up to him by his struggles with cancer.

It is said in Scripture that "the days of our years are three-score years and ten" (Psalm 90:10). Remarkably, Jerry received his 70 years of life, and more. He was 71 when he passed away. He even finished that last book a few weeks before he ultimately was taken away. That same Psalm advises us to "number our days, that we may get us a heart of wisdom" (Psalm 90:12). That is, life is brief, its moments are precious, and they must not be wasted. That is indeed how Jerry lived his life.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 45 years, Gail D. Winter, two daughters, Wendy Winter Pelberg and Miriam Winter, their spouses, Robert Pelberg and David Lieber, and five grandchildren.

Arnold Dashefsky, University of Connecticut, and Spencer Pack, Connecticut College

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