December 2008 Issue • Volume 36 • Issue 9

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Heather Hartley, Portland State University, died October 4, 2008.


Felix M. Berardo

Felix Mario Berardo, Professor of Sociology Emeritus at the University of Florida, died quietly of a Glioblastoma Multiforme brain tumor on September 18, 2008, at his home in Gainesville, FL. He was born in Waterbury, CT, ninth in the twelve-child family of Italian immigrants Rocco and Maria Berardo. Felix, a superb story teller, had in his repertoire wondrous stories of his family, such as those of his father working several jobs to feed his family, of his repairing their shoes, his making wine, and so on.

Berardo served in the Air Force in Japan during the Korean War years. Upon returning he completed a Bachelor’s degree in 1961. In a Sociology of the Family course, his performance so impressed Gladys Grove, who was substitute teaching at the University of Connecticut, that she encouraged and supported him to pursue graduate studies at Florida State University, where he earned a PhD in Sociology suma cum laude in 1965. Berardo, with his mentor, Ivan Nye, co-edited Emerging Conceptual Frameworks in Family Analysis in 1966. This work was selected in 2001 by the Journal of Marriage and Family as one of the 14 "twentieth century classics in family sociology." Nye also coauthored with Felix, in 1973, The Family: It’s Structure and Interaction.

Felix Berardo was an internationally renowned scholar in Social Gerontology and in the Sociology of Marriage and the Family. He published widely in both areas. In addition to over 100 articles and chapters, he guest-edited several special issues of professional journals, and served as Editor of the Journal of Marriage and Family. He also served on the Publications Board and the Board of Directors of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). He was twice nominated for President of the NCFR, and was President of the Florida Council on Family Relations.

His work in gerontology concentrated primarily in the sociology of death and survival. He published his first research article on widowhood in 1967, a work still cited. The Encyclopedia of Sociology includes an article by Berardo on this subject. He was one of the few scholars whose work gave impetus to what later emerged as the death education movement in the United States. In recognition of his contributions to this area, he received the Arthur Peterson Award in Death Education in 1985. He combined these scholarly interests at the University of Florida teaching a very popular course on the Sociology of Death and Survivorship for over two decades. A third area of interest was that of life transitions. The several analyses he and his colleagues completed on age-dissimilar marriages fall into this category. They also relate to a fourth and more general area of concentration, namely, family gerontology, where he was able to simultaneously pursue his interest in family and the aging process. His work on privacy has received considerable acclaim.

Berardo was awarded the status of Fellow by the Gerontological Society of America. The National Council on Family Relations acknowledged the crucial importance of mentorship through "The Felix Berardo Mentorship Award" for faculty in the field.

Professor Berardo served as Associate Chair and later Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Florida. He relinquished that position in 1991. During his final illness Felix Berardo completed a book on the general topic of survivor education, titled Living is Risky: Staying Alive in Spite of Ourselves that, in the language for the general public, examines the factors that shape the quality and length of our lives. In the same period, he also published segments of his diary, Reflections of an Aspiring Curmudgeon. These significant works can be acquired through

Felix Berardo was famous among his peers and students for his directness and original thinking but most of all for the integrity that guided his career and his life through a long illness. A most talented teacher, he motivated generations of students to go into fields he practiced. He is survived by his sons Marcelino and Benito, his wife Donna Hodgins Berardo, his sisters Tess Ciccetti, Florence Malenfant, and Dorothy Montagano, and his granddaughters Maria and Anna.

Hernán Vera, University of Florida

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Heather L. Hartley

Heather Hartley: mother, partner, mentor, teacher, scholar, activist, and friend, died October 4, 2008.

Heather Lynne Hartley was born on July 18, 1969, in St. Charles, MO. She earned her bachelors degree at the University of Missouri and her PhD in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There, she received a dissertation award for her research on the influence of managed care on certified nurse midwives.

Heather was a tenured professor of sociology at Portland State University where she earned a reputation for excellence in feminist pedagogy. Students and colleagues remember her as a wonderful listener, a community-builder, an LGBTQ ally, and a brilliant professor with a delightful sense of humor. During her nine-year stint at PSU, she introduced six new courses, and specialized in gender, health, and medicine.

Throughout her short career Heather was an ardent advocate for women’s health, concerned about the expanding influence of medicine and its implications for all Americans. She was a creative and gifted medical sociologist, publishing in Health, Sociology of Health and Illness, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and Teaching Sociology.

Heather was a public sociologist. She was a founding member of the New View Campaign, challenging the medicalization of sex. She also spent many hours speaking with journalists and penning opinion pieces about the expanding influence of medicine, drawing examples from direct-to-consumer advertising, to the recent social construction of FSD (female sexual dysfunction), to the pressures Americans feel to be efficient in their sleep.

Besides being a committed educator, a tireless activist, and an award-winning scholar, Heather was a warm and generous colleague, a dedicated mother and wife, and an inspiring humanist who cared deeply about the suffering of others. She is survived by her husband Jeff Gersh and her daughter Maya Hartley Gersh. Heather will be memorialized in the Portland State “Walk of the Heroines” and in a special session at the upcoming ASA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Meika Loe, Colgate University, with help from Peter Conrad, Tricia Drew, Kristin Barker, and Veronica Dujon

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Dean Hoge

Dean R. Hoge, an eminent scholar of the study of religion in American society, died September 13, after a four month struggle with stomach cancer. He was 71 years old.

Dean Richard Hoge was born in New Knoxville, Ohio. He graduated from the Ohio State University with a BS in Architecture in 1960, summa cum laude. Searching for meaning in life, he decided to go to Harvard Divinity School where he earned a BD cum laude in 1964. He became more interested in sociology and transferred to the Department of Human Relations. Talcott Parsons and Robert Bellah were both interested in the place of religion and values in American life, and Dean learned much from them.

Hoge began his academic career in 1969 at Princeton Theological Seminary. He joined the Catholic University sociology faculty in 1974; he retired in 2006 as professor emeritus and a fellow in the Life Cycle Institute. He had chaired the Sociology Department and was Director of the Life Cycle Institute from 1999-2004.

At the time of his death he was President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR). During what would have been his presidential address, colleagues paid tribute to his life and work with warmth, humor, and citations of his contributions to the study of religion in America. Hoge had served on the Board of the Association for the Sociology of Religion and as President of the Religious Research Association.

Hoge received many awards during his career including the Stuart Rice Award for Career Achievement from the District of Columbia Sociological Society; the Louis J. Luzbetak Award for Exemplary Church Research from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate; the Academic Vice President’s Award for Special Merit, Catholic University; the 1994 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion for Vanishing Boundaries; and the best Professional Book of 1987 from the Catholic Press Association for The Future of Catholic Leadership. In 2008, he received the Pope John Paul II Seminary Leadership Award from the National Catholic Educational Association.

He authored and co-authored 25 books and more than 100 articles and chapters with subjects ranging from Division in the Protestant House, to Evolving Visions of the Priesthood: Changes from Vatican II to the Turn of the New Century. Dean’s first book, Commitment on Campus, examined changes in religion and values on college campuses over a period of five decades. That book is still relevant, and calls for researchers to continue those studies (replicating the Williams College surveys and those at other campuses studied by Dean). At the time of his death he was preparing to return to some of these values themes.

Jim Youniss, a colleague of 30 years, appreciated Dean’s capacity to observe the lives of others and to learn from them. Youniss observed: "Dean and I were working on a project to learn more about the forces that have induced today’s young adults to shun church membership…. One of the last things he told our team was ‘Don’t do a survey. Try to see how they live and that might tell us about their religious views Use case studies, focus groups, and intensive interviews.’"

Jim Loewen described Dean’s sociology as straight-forward, empirical, based on problem-oriented, real world data, "It has been of use to many religious leaders, not just to folks in the academy, and will be for years to come. He mentored others to do good work and gave them credit, which helped them establish themselves in their careers." Jacqueline Wenger, his last PhD student, said, "As a mentor and teacher, Dean made it his practice to include students in the process of research. He would help each student learn through doing, assessing our competence for more demanding assignments. He always made you feel worthwhile, and that your contributions were important."

Jackson Carroll, Duke University, a close friend and colleague for 38 years, said: “Those who study religious life in America owe a great debt to Dean, especially for his work on clergy. His unrelenting quest to provide reliable, accurate, and unbiased data for institutional decision-making is evident in all of his work. Moreover, his status as a Protestant observer in a Catholic institution—an inside-outsider—gave him a credibility among Catholic leaders that was difficult to ignore.

Dean’s contributions as an inside-outsider were multiple in our studies of American Catholics: His insistence from the beginning that we should think of a longitudinal study; including a special focus on perceptions of Church authority; and the changing nature of Catholic identity. He used the concepts of core and periphery to distinguish between the beliefs and practices Catholics think are at the heart of their faith and the ones they consider less important. His use of charts and graphs made it very clear that Catholics agreed with core church teachings, but disagreed with more peripheral teachings having to do with human sexuality and the death penalty.

While known for his scholarship on religion, Dean wrote extensively on a variety of other sociological issues. Soon after arriving at Catholic University, he began an extended research collaboration with John McCarthy. They launched a longitudinal study of adolescent delinquency and self esteem in Baltimore, public schools and DC-area Catholic schools. That project engaged many CUA graduate and undergraduate students and led to a number of widely cited papers.

Sandra Hanson, Catholic University, said "Part of his legacy was his sense of decency, fairness, and professionalism. His subtle sense of humor, pleasant disposition, generosity of time and effort, and tremendous knowledge and experience resulted in a constant stream of traffic in and out of his office. He had a can-do approach that was infectious." Jim Davidson, Purdue University, likened him to a pastor: "Like a great pastor, he was a real mentor for graduate students and he really liked working in teams."

Dean leaves behind his wife Josephine of 43 years, and two children: his son Chris Hoge, married to Marta Kapala Hoge, and their two children, Penda Hoge (2) and Kauna Hoge (5 months); and his daughter Elizabeth Hoge Kalayoglu, married to Murat Kalayoglu, and their two children Melissa Kalayoglu (3) and Erol Kalayoglu (4 months).

Dean was interested in peace, justice, and environmental issues, and he participated in local and national movements to support them. The Hoge Memorial Fund has been established at the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church. Donations may be mailed to the church at 310 Tulip Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912.

William V. D’Antonio, Anthony Pogorelc, Sandra Hanson, James Youniss and Jim Loewen, Catholic University; Jackson Carroll, Duke University; Hart Nelson, Washington DC; James Davidson, Purdue University; John McCarthy, Penn State University

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R. Dean Wright

R. Dean Wright, the Ellis and Nelle Levitt Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Drake University, died August 15 after a length battle against cancer of the bladder. He was 69.

Born on September 12, 1938, near Stroud, OK, Dean grew up in Southern Kansas. He completed his Bachelor and Masters degrees at Pittsburg State University in Kansas and his PhD at the University of Missouri. From 1963-64 Dean was a Fulbright Scholar in New Delhi, India and served in the U.S. Army from 1964-66.

After teaching for three years at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Dean joined the faculty of Drake University in fall 1971. There he taught, wrote, and served his communities. Dean was the recipient of several teaching awards, served as chair of the department of sociology, and was highly involved in university governance. His scholarly and teaching accomplishments were recognized when he was appointed Ellis and Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor of Sociology.

Dean’s scholarly interests were wide-ranging, publishing five books and numerous professional articles and book chapters. His career-long interest in the Anglo-Indian community of India began with his Fulbright research and resulting dissertation and continued through articles and book chapters as recently as 2006. In the late 1980s Dean’s research and his community service interest coalesced around issues of homelessness, a topic on which he wrote many reports and published several articles. His interest in applied sociology culminated with recent publications and books co-authored with William DuBois, including Applying Sociology: Making a Better World (2001) and Politics in the Human Interest: Applying Sociology in the Real World (2007).

These academic commitments were applied in his own life through extensive public service work on issues of homelessness, racial disparity, and juvenile justice. His outreach included going to the street and to shelters to work with homeless as well as serving on boards and committees. He served as chair of the Greater Des Moines Salvation Army Board, Iowa Criminal and Juvenile Justice Advisory Council, Iowa State Council on Homelessness, and Compassion in Action and the Foundation Board for the Des Moines Area Religious Council. His voluntarism was recognized through many awards including The Madelyn M. Levitt Distinguished Community Service Award at Drake University, the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award, and induction into the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame. In April 2008, the Iowa State Legislature honored his "lifetime of achievement and dedication to social justice, which have made Iowa a better place for us all."

His service also extended to the profession. He served in many roles for the Midwest Sociological Society including several years as Treasurer and as president (1997-98). His service to the MSS was recognized as an initial recipient of the Board of Director’s Distinguished Service Award in 1993.

Dean retired from Drake University in 2004 but continued some teaching and a great deal of public service. Retirement gave him the opportunity to spend more time with his wife Sue Wright; his son and daughter-in-law, Ehren and Michelle Stover-Wright; and his grandchildren, Aiden, and Ella.

Sue Wright, Drake University

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