In Memoriam

American U.

Anna K. Nelson
October 29, 2012

E.K. Fretwell Jr., chancellor emeritus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, died in Charlotte on October 18. He was 88. During the decade he led the campus, from 1979 to 1989, he increased enrollment by more than 50 percent and achieved greater diversity in the student body and administration. He had been president of Buffalo State College from 1967 to 1978.

Paul Kurtz, a professor of philosophy at the University at Buffalo from 1965 to 1991 who was known as "the father of secular humanism," died on October 20 in Amherst, N.Y. He was 86. In 1969 he founded the nonprofit publisher Prometheus Books; he also founded what became known as the Center for Inquiry.

Anna K. Nelson, an adjunct professor of history and later a distinguished historian in residence at American University, died in Washington on September 27. She was 79. A Web publication of the Federation of American Scientists describes her as "a tenacious and effective advocate for improved public access to national-security records." She served on a panel that oversaw the declassification of records regarding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and on other advisory committees on government records.