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Introduction

About the DePaul Emeritus Society

DePaul University values its ongoing connections with its faculty and staff retirees, as it values their past contributions to the university’s mission. The DePaul University Emeritus Society was founded in 2008 with the merger of the Staff Emeritus Society and the Emeritus Professors Association. The Society is sponsored by the University’s Office of Mission and Values.

The purpose of the DePaul Emeritus Society is to provide a means for ongoing connection, communication, and socialization between the university and its emeritus faculty and staff, and between individual retirees whose professional lives were for so many years dedicated to university service.

Photos, events, and information of interest to members of the DePaul Emeritus Society will be posted to this blog. Please take a look, add your comment, offer to be an "author" or just enjoy.

Monday, September 25, 2017

In Memoriam - M. Cherif Bassiouni

SunTimes Photo


It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing this morning of  M. Cherif Bassiouni.  Professor Bassiouni was an emeritus professor of law and, and president emeritus of the International Human Rights Law Institute, which he helped found in 1990.  He began teaching at DePaul's College of Law in 1964.  He is survived by his wife Elaine Klemen-Bassiouni, stepdaughter Lisa Capitanini and two grandchildren. A private funeral service is planned Tuesday for family and friends. A public memorial is being planned for the future.

Too see the Chicago Sun Times obituary:
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/depauls-m-cherif-bassiouni-global-human-right-activist-dead-at-79/

Source: Mission and Values email, September 25, 2017


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DePaul’s M. Cherif Bassiouni, global ‘champion of justice,’ dead at 79

M. Cherif Bassiouni was a champion of human rights who fought torture, war crimes and genocide around the globe.

A longtime DePaul University law professor, Mr. Bassiouni died Monday at his Streeterville home. He was 79 and had multiple myeloma.

Over the years, he held 22 United Nations appointments, and he assisted on the Camp David peace accords, according to Daniel Swift, a lawyer who worked with him.

Benjamin Ferencz, who at 98 is the last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg war crimes trials, said Monday that Mr. Bassiouni “was a real contributor to international criminal law and the rule of law to protect human rights.”

Bianca Jagger, founder of the London-based Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, called Mr. Bassiouni “a champion of justice.

“Cherif Bassiouni was one of the most consistent, courageous and knowledgeable people I have ever met . . . someone who went after and investigated what happened in Bosnia and Srebrenica,” Jagger said.

In Bosnia, Mr. Bassiouni worked on a “monumental effort that documented mass killings, human rights abuses. . . . and resulted in the prosecution of hundreds including” Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, said Ahmed Rehab of the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago

In a 1999 Chicago Sun-Times interview, he said he thought his work contributed to a 1995 heart attack. For two years, he spent two weeks out of each month at a U.N. field office in Geneva and a week conducting field operations in the former Yugoslavia. His team identified 151 mass graves.
“Emotionally, it was devastating,” he said, “especially as a result of the interviews that we conducted with the rape victims.”

Born in Cairo, he was the son of Ibrahim Bassiouni, an Egyptian diplomat to India. His grandfather, Mahmoud Ibrahim Bassiouni, helped lead the 1919 revolt against British rule, according to Swift. Mr. Bassiouni served in the Egyptian army in the 1956 Suez War.

He was educated at the University of Cairo, received a law degree from Indiana University, did further legal studies at John Marshall Law School and got a doctorate of law from George Washington University. He was a founding member of the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul, where he started in 1964.

In 1972, he helped found the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights in Italy. “His vision of international justice inspired students and teachers throughout the world,” Ferencz said.

Though serious, Mr. Bassiouni showed a lighter side in Siracusa when he faced off against other professors and students in a badminton game. Mr. Bassiouni’s team kept winning, Ferencz said, because “he brought in some ringers from the Chicago Police Department.”

He was a consultant to the State Department on the American hostages held captive by Iran in 1979 and 1980.

He is survived by his wife Elaine Klemen-Bassiouni, stepdaughter Lisa Capitanini and two grandchildren. A public memorial is being planned, Swift said.

Ferencz held Mr. Bassiouni in such high esteem that he bestowed on him a medal which once belonged to Vespasian Pella, Romanian ambassador to the League of Nations who in the 1930s called for an international court for criminal cases.

“When Pella died, I was still in Europe working on the Nuremberg trials and compensation for the victims,” Ferencz said, “and I visited his widow, and she gave me a medal” belonging to Pella. “I accepted it, but when Cherif ended his tenure at the International Association of Penal Law, I flew down to Budapest and gave him the medal.”

Maureen O'Donnell
@suntimesobits | email

Source: Sun Times Obits, September 25, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fall DES Luncheon - October 20, 2017


You and a guest are cordially invited to the Annual Fall Luncheon of the DePaul Emeritus Society, on Friday, October 20, 2017. The luncheon will be held in the Lincoln Park Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield, Room 314.

Preceding the luncheon, we will celebrate an All Souls Mass in the St. Louise de Marillac Chapel, located in the same building on the first floor. We will remember our retired colleagues who have passed away over the last year.

Our guest speaker will be Fred Wellisch, J.D., faculty member of the School for New Learning. Fred will present “All the City’s a Stage,” drawing from his extensive experience with acting and directing to discuss the important role of theatre in the city of Chicago. Fred has performed with such notable theatres as Steppenwolf, A Red Orchid, Eclipse, Strawdog, Timeline, and Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Schedule:

All Souls Mass, First Floor Chapel 10:30 a.m.

Social Hour, Room 314 11:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks 11:30 a.m.

Luncheon 12:00 p.m.

Theatre Presentation 12:45 p.m.


Please RSVP for the luncheon by Monday, October 16 to Alice Farrell, 312/362-8822 or afarrell@depaul.edu. Parking vouchers will be provided at the luncheon, for use in the Sheffield and Clifton garages.

We hope to see you on October 20!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Art Institute of Chicago welcomes DES Members


Free Membership at the Art Institute of Chicago!

DePaul University and the Art Institute of Chicago have recently begun a community partnership, in which DePaul students, faculty, and staff are granted free admission to the Art Institute. We are pleased to announce that as of October 1, 2017, this admission privilege has been extended to retirees! Any retiree with a DePaul University ID card may present it upon entry and be admitted to the museum.

This is an annual partnership, which begins October 1, 2017, and will expire on September 30, 2018, at which point the university will renew the partnership, and a new confirmation of this admission privilege will be announced to you.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this partnership and need to obtain a university ID card, please contact ID Services at either the Loop or Lincoln Park campus. ID Services offices are open Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Loop ID Services: DePaul Center 9200, 312/362-5959

Lincoln Park ID Services: Student Center 109, 773/325-7466


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DePaul Day at the Art Institute, October 14, 2017

As part of DePaul’s annual Family Weekend, the Art Institute is sponsoring DePaul Day on October 14. Students, faculty, staff, and now retirees with a university ID will have free admission for themselves and as many guests as they want. Admission for this event will be accessed through the Modern Wing entrance, located just east of Michigan & Monroe. For additional information on Family Weekend events, please visit https://offices.depaul.edu/student-affairs/resources/for-parents-family/family-weekend/Documents/Family_Weekend_Schedule.pdf


In addition to Family Weekend, the Art Institute will offer various events throughout the year that partner with DePaul University. As these events are scheduled and confirmed, they will be posted to the Liberal Arts & Social Sciences calendar, https://events.depaul.edu/calendar?event_types[]=8638 .

If you have any questions about these details, please contact Alice Farrell in the Office of Mission and Values, afarrell@depaul.edu or 312/362-8822. We hope to see many retirees take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy and support the Art Institute and its generous partnership with DePaul University.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Book Club Meeting August 2, 2017

"Lab Girl"  proved an incredibly expansive memoir. Hope Behren balanced the saga of her development as a scientist against detailed description of the lives, communities, and cycles of trees. We learned as much about the nature of tree growth as we did about her struggles to find funding, find a place in the scientific world, her role as a female scientist, and her openness to new ideas. The long hours and dedication she shared with her lab assistant, Bill, made the story of her scientific journey sparkle. And her personal story of overcoming her own bipolar disorder was only marginally tucked in to the account of her solitary life in the lab. She detailed her interactions with the academic bureaucracy with humor and insight, causing us all to reflect on our own academic lives. It was a delightful and rewarding read.
  





Our next book will be "The Leopard" by Giuseppe di Lampedusa. The 50th anniversary of the original publication in 1958, was reviewed in the New York Times.  We will meet Wednesday, October 4, in Room 115 of the Richardson Library. Discussion begins at 1:30, with the room open at 1 pm. for anyone who wants to bring in a brown bag lunch.  For further information contact Kathryn DeGraff or Helen Marlborough.


We will continue to review the titles on our list for consideration for upcoming discussions. Please let Kathryn, Helen, or anyone else in the group, if you have a favorite book you would like to share with your DES colleagues. As you can tell from the posts, we are interested in a wide range of fiction and non fiction. We enjoy our sessions thoroughly and always have room for more people and more insights!

Friday, August 18, 2017

In Memoriam - Delores McWhinnie

Dear Colleagues,

It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of Dr. Dolores McWhinnie.  Dolores taught at DePaul for 34 years, from 1965 until her retirement from the Department of Biological Sciences in 1999.  She passed away on August 13 at the age of 83 in Show Low, Arizona.

Her specialty was endocrinology and she published numerous articles on hormone physiology and biochemistry in both England and the U.S. As a university professor and research endocrinologist, her laboratories were aided by technicians, advanced graduates who hoped to become scientists, and others either seeking to practice endocrinology, or practitioners who hoped to catch up on recent knowledge.

A visitation will be held from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 21 at Owens Livingston Mortuary, 320 N. 9th St. in Show Low, AZ.  Funeral services will follow at St. Rita's Catholic Church, 1400 E. Owens, Showlow, AZ with a Recitation of the Rosary at 10:30 a.m. and Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Show Low Cemetery.  Online condolences may be submitted at http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Dolores-J.-McWhinnie-105098434

Our sympathy goes to the family, friends, and former students and colleagues who mourn the passing of Dolores.  May she rest in peace.

Source: Office of Mission and Values email, August 18, 2017

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Dr. Dolores J. McWhinnie, 83, died Aug. 13, 2017.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Andre' Rousseau.

She was the youngest of six children; five have preceded her in death: 1. Ruth Pierce, 2. Vivina Ortner 3. David McWhinnie, Jr., 4. Dr. Mary Alice McWhinnie, of Antarctic fame, (first woman to "winter-over," marine scientist, head of Antarctic Biological Research and university professor in Chicago), and 5. John Raymond McWhinnie, who died prior to Dr. Dolores McWhinnie's birth.

Dr. McWhinnie worked with the A.E.C., at Argonne Natl. Laboratory on Cobalt-60-gamma-radiation effects on gametogenesis, and also worked at Johns-Hopkins University in Baltimore, Marquette University in Milwaukee, and DePaul University in Chicago. Her specialty was endocrinology and she published numerous articles on hormone physiology and biochemistry in both England and the U.S.

As a university professor and research endocrinologist, her laboratories were aided by technicians, advanced graduates who hoped to become scientists, and others either seeking to practice endocrinology, or practitioners who hoped to catch up on recent knowledge. She selflessly donated time to explain medical technology issues to several affiliated hospitals and to guide nurses in basic understanding of anatomical, physiological and biochemical essentials.

"Dr. Mac" spent several summers taking high-level students to France to historical sites and to biomedical events and facilities. She was an honored member of many scientific organizations (e.g. The AAAS - The American Association for the Advancement of Science).

Dr. McWhinnie had many "animal-associated" activities in her beagle-filled youth, working with five-gaited horses, hunters and jumpers, but then focused the next 30-40 years on Dressage with some remarkable Arabian horses. She also loved exotic great cats as a teenager, and later raised many of them (favorite lion "Lucas, favorite tiger "Sara Jo", cougars "Max" & "KC", leopard "Tangier." She "fixed" some big cats, and her students learned some basic lessons in epidemiology and in death. Favorite big cats lived in her condo and "attended" the university.

Dr. Mac's average day was from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. She was often helped by her husband, Dr. Andre' Rousseau, who was a French scholar and theologian in Europe and the U.S., and who had a second doctorate in clinical psychology, which he practiced in Chicago and Show Low. He quickly learned about big cats, domestic cats and dogs. Since Arizona law disallowed her big cat Entry, Dolores and Andre' enjoyed caring for the lost and starving animals who now miss their "mom" terribly.

A visitation will be 9-10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, at Owens Livingston Mortuary, 320 N. 9th St. in Show Low. Funeral services will follow at St. Rita's Catholic Church, 1400 E. Owens, Show Low, with a recitation of the rosary at 10:30 a.m. and mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at the Show Low Cemetery.

Owens Livingston Mortuary of Show Low handled arrangements.

For those who have special memories and would like to send private condolences or sign an online guest book, visit www.owenslivingstonmortuary.com.

Source: White Mountain Independent, August 18, 2017

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Book Club Meeting June 7

On June 7 we met for discussion of our 20th book!  “A Tale for the Time Being” by Ruth Ozeki  led to wide ranging discussion, about Zen, concerns for the environment, writing about and across time, and how writing has an impact on our personalities and how we understand ourselves through time. The two narrators, Japanese girl, Nao, and American writer, Ruth, never meet, but communicate across time and space. We agreed that the book was almost science fiction, and enjoyed consideration of how genre fiction has begun blending into mainstream fiction.  From cultural differences to Japanese culture, to modern technology, to time itself, we all agreed the book lent itself to a fascinating discussion.
  





Our next book will be "Lab Girl" by Hope Behren. Here is a link to one of the many reviews of this novel, this one from the New York Times.  We will meet Wednesday, August 2, in Room 115 of the Richardson Library. Discussion begins at 1:30, with the room open at 1 pm. for anyone who wants to bring in a brown bag lunch.  For further information contact Kathryn DeGraff or Helen Marlborough.

We will continue to review the titles on our list for consideration for upcoming discussions. Please let Kathryn, Helen, or anyone else in the group, if you have a favorite book you would like to share with your DES colleagues. As you can tell from the posts, we are interested in a wide range of fiction and non fiction. We enjoy our sessions thoroughly and always have room for more people and more insights!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

2017/18 DES Steering Committee

Congratulations to Kathryn DeGraff and Jerry Goldman for being re-elected to a three year term ending in 2020. Also, congratulations to Don Casey who was elected to complete Helen Marlborough’s term ending in 2019.


The 2017/18 DES Steering Committee:

Jean Bryan, 2018
Don Casey, 2019
Kathryn DeGraff, 2020
Jerry Goldman, 2020
Marty Kalin, 2019
Susan Kosinski, 2018
Jeanne LaDuke, 2018
Nancy Rospenda, 2019


Thank you all for serving on the Steering Committee and keeping DePaul retirees engaged.

Source: Alice Farrell, June 20, 2017