In Memoriam

December 17, 2012

Charles W. Rosen, a concert pianist who was also a noted critic of music and other aspects of culture, died on December 9. He was 85. He retired in 1996 as a professor of social thought and music at the University of Chicago, where he had been for a decade. He also taught at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and at Harvard University, and wrote frequently for The New York Review of Books. One of his books, The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven (Faber, 1971), won a National Book Award.

Albert O. Hirschman, an economist and a professor emeritus of social science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., died on December 10. He was 97. He wrote on such topics as unbalanced growth, the economic origins of authoritarian governments in Latin America, and how consumers speak out to improve the supply of goods and services. He explained that latter subject in one of his better-known books, Exit, Voice, and Loyalty (Harvard University Press, 1970). He also held faculty positions at Columbia, Harvard, and Yale Universities.

Fumio Matsumura, a professor of environmental toxicology and entomology at the University of California at Davis since 1987, died in Sacramento on December 6 of complications of pneumonia. He was 78. He wrote the textbook Toxicology of Insecticides (Plenum), published in 1975, and had served as a director of the university's Center for Environmental Health Sciences.

Harold Dean Propst, who was chancellor for the University System of Georgia from 1985 to 1994, died at his home in Atlanta on November 12. He was 78. He oversaw a period of growth and contributed to the rise of the University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology as research institutions.

Richard J. Spath, who was named the first lay president of St. Francis College (now the University of New England) in 1967, died on November 6 in Portland, Me. He was 89. During the first year he led the college, he made it coeducational, admitting women fully for the first time. From 1971 to 1986, he served as president of the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

Dilip R. Ballal, a fuels researcher at the University of Dayton who directed its Hans von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Center, died on November 23. During the nearly 30 years he worked at the center, he helped attract more than $130-million in Air Force funds for research on synthetic, alternative, and embedded fuels and related technologies.

Anthony Peccoux, an assistant professor in the University of Missouri's College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, died in a car accident on November 17. He was 32. He had a Ph.D. in plant physiology from the University of Bordeaux, in France. Hired recently to join the University of Missouri's viticulture institute, he was working to study and promote the state's wine industry.

Elizabeth O'Hearn, an assistant professor of neurology at the Johns Hopkins University who studied neurodegenerative disorders, died after being found in the harbor near her Baltimore home on November 15. She was 53. The death is being investigated, but the police said they found no evidence of foul play.