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In Memoriam

Franklin P. Backus, AA ’32
Oct. 7, 2007
Alexandria, Va.

William B. Hix, BA ’34, LLB ’39
Dec. 21, 2007
San Diego, Calif.

Samuel Snyder, BS ’39
Dec. 28, 2007
Potomac, Md.

Murdaugh S. Madden, BA ’42
Jan. 31, 2008
Washington, D.C.

Margaret Truman Daniel, BA ’46
Jan. 29, 2008

Walter “Kirk” Leech, BA ’49, MA ’70
Sept. 20, 2007
Arlington, Va.

Ramon A. Roubideaux, AA ’48, LLB ’50
July 10, 2007
Tuscon, Ariz.

Reid C. Tait, AA ’48, LLB ’50
June 20, 2007
Rockville, Md.

Frederick H. Theobald, AA ’48, LLB ’53
May 10, 2006
Washington, D.C.

Robert Bodden, BA ’50
Sept. 14, 2007
Chapel Hill, N.C.

Jennings T. Smith, BA ’50, LLB ’53, LLM ’58
Sept. 17, 2007
Irving, Texas

Andy Davis, BS ’52
Dec. 22, 2007
Silver Spring, Md.

Daniel T. Franklin, BA ’56, LLB ’59
April 18, 2007
Silver Spring, Md.

Fred Frishman, BA ’56, MA ’57, PhD ’71
Sept. 8, 2007
Longwood, Fla.

Robert J. Macaulay Jr., MD ’56
Sept. 22, 2007
Rocky Mount, N.C.

Josephine W. Benn, BA ’57
Aug. 29, 2007
Arlington, Va.

Albert S. Mayolo, MBA ’59
Aug. 29, 2007
Alexandria, Va.

M. Dale Hooper, BA ’60
Sept. 12, 2007
Lake Jackson, Va.

William H. Fearer, BS ’61
Aug. 26, 2007
Annapolis, Md.

Anita S. Vogt, BA ’61, JD ’72
March 26, 2007
Falls Church, Va.

James O. Mayo, MS ’61
Aug. 18, 2007
Arlington, Va.


Henry B. Cox, MA ’62, PhD ’67, JD ’76
April 8, 2007
Fort Washington, Md.

Richard C. Fay, MBA ’62
Sept. 4, 2007
Bethesda, Md.

John C. McCulloch III., BA ’64
Sept. 16, 2007
Gaithersburg, Md.

Robert Anthony Dublin, BA ’65, JD ’68
Oct. 5, 2007
Alexandria, Va.

Arnold G. Ziegler, BBA ’66, MBA ’66
June 10, 2007
Silver Spring, Md.

William H. McLaughlin Jr., MS ’68
Sept. 20, 2007
Pensacola, Fla.

Victor Savoca, MA ’69
Aug. 23, 2007
Gambrills, Md.

Aram Y. Balekjian, MS ’70
Sept. 20, 2007
Garrett Park, Md.

James E. Jenkins, MSA ’75
Aug. 21, 2007
Springfield, Va.

Michael Loyco, MBA ’76
Sept. 9, 2007
Fairfax, Va.

Edward F. McManus, MSA ’77
Aug. 9, 2007
Alexandria, Va.

Dorcas M. Durkee, MPhil ’78
Oct. 23, 2007
Colorado Springs, Colo.

Henry T. Dietrich, MA ’80
Sept. 17, 2007
Great Falls, Va.

Waldo Keister, EdS ’80
Dec. 4, 2007
Fredericksburg, Va.

William E. Ten Eyck, MA ’86
Sept. 10, 2007
Great Falls, Va.

Barbara J. Ash, MBA ’87
Sept. 15, 2007
Washington, D.C.

Abolfath Ardalan, DSc ’93
Aug. 31, 2007
Vienna, Va.

Faculty and Staff

Avery DeLano Andrews
professor emeritus of history, assistant dean of Columbian College
Nov. 3, 2007
Washington, D.C.

Julia Dorn Heflin
Mount Vernon College professor emeritus
Aug. 20, 2007
Washington, D.C.

H. Arnold Meyersburg
clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral science
Sept. 12, 2007
Kensington, Md.

Four alumni who passed away in recent months provided unique contributions to the history of the University.

Trustee Emeritus Philip S. Amsterdam, BA ’62, died March 22 at age 69. He had provided decades of support to GW through a distinguished history of service and philanthropy.

Amsterdam served on the University’s Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2007 and also was a charter member of the GW Arts and Sciences Council. In 2004, he established the inaugural Philip Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for Outstanding Teaching. He and his wife, Gail, were longstanding supporters of GW, and he served as chairman of the Amsterdam Family Philanthropic Foundation and the Anna Amsterdam Eye Foundation. Their most recent gift of $5 million to the Trachtenberg Legacy Fund will support the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration.

Amsterdam was president and CEO of North Star Enterprises Inc., a private company engaged in commercial building and heavy highway contracting. He was awarded GW’s Distinguished Alumni Service Award in April 2007 and, in June, the University conferred upon Amsterdam an honorary Doctor of Laws degree for his years of service.

Marcella Brenner, professor emerita, former trustee, and founder of the University’s program in museum education, died Dec. 25 at age 95. She lived in Chevy Chase, Md.

A Baltimore native, Brenner received a diploma from Maryland State Teachers College, an undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University, and a master’s degree in sociology from American University.

After receiving her doctorate in education from GW in 1962, Brenner joined the University as a faculty member. In 1974, she founded GW’s master’s degree program in museum education. She retired as director of the program in 1983. Brenner’s philanthropy to GW included the creation of the Morris Louis Scholarship to support GW art students in memory of her husband, renowned painter Morris Louis.

Margaret Truman Daniel, the only child of President Harry S. Truman, died Jan. 29 in Chicago. She was 83.

Daniel, BA ’46, received a history degree from GW before pursuing a varied career as a concert singer, actress, and TV personality. In the 1980s, she began writing mystery novels set in the nation’s capital.

A native of Independence, Mo., Daniel finished high school in Washington and enrolled at GW in 1942. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, Phi Pi Epsilon foreign service fraternity, and the Canterbury Club. Former students say they remember seeing Daniel share a soda with her father at Quigley’s drugstore or walking around campus with friends.

Her father’s succession to the presidency in 1945 propelled the college junior into the national spotlight. A year later, President Truman gave the GW commencement address and presented his daughter with her diploma. Daniel was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters from GW in 1975.

Serge Gambal, co-founder of Colonial Parking, a company that parks more than 50,000 vehicles a day throughout the Washington area, died Oct. 16 at age 84.

Gambal, BA ’52, and fellow classmate Thaddeus Lindner, BA ’51, founded the company in 1953 with a tiny, unpaved lot at 25th and E streets, N.W. They named their business after their alma mater’s mascot and, at the start of their venture, charged 30 cents for all-day parking. Today the company’s logo is an icon in the city; Colonial Parking employs about 1,000 people and operates more than 200 properties in the Washington area. A native of Old Forge, Pa., Gambal and his late wife, Alyce, had four children. Son Paul Gambal received a Master of Business Administration from GW in 1992.

The Lindner-Gambal Professorship in Business Ethics at GW’s School of Business was endowed by A. James Clark of Clark Enterprises in honor of the two GW graduates, who are longtime business associates of Clark. Gambal’s support of GW includes the establishment of the Sergius Scholarship Fund and the Keyser Professorship.