Notices sorted by graduation date.
Lydia Gasman of Charlottesville died Jan. 15, 2010. She was a painter in Romania and, as a member of the Union of Artists, she was awarded a studio in Bucharest by the communist government. Ms. Gasman escaped Romania in 1961 and immigrated to Israel. After coming to the U.S., she gained national attention as an art historian with her Ph.D. dissertation Mystery, Magic, and Love in Picasso: Picasso and the Surrealist Poets, 1925-1938, a four-volume work that revolutionized the study of Picasso. Between 1968 and 1972, Ms. Gasman taught art history at Vassar College and between 1972 and 1975 at the University of Haifa, Israel. In 1981, she joined the art history faculty at the University of Virginia, where she taught until her retirement in 2001. Her essay “Death Falling From the Sky: Picasso’s Wartime Writings” was published in the catalog for the 1998 Guggenheim Museum exhibition Picasso and the War Years and she was featured in the 2002 film by Picasso’s friend and biographer John Richardson, Picasso: Magic, Sex, and Death. In her latest book, War and the Cosmos in Picasso’s Texts, 1936-1940, she continued to crack the code of Picasso’s cryptic texts.
Doris Kuhlmann-Wilsdorf of Charlottesville died March 25, 2010. Her academic career began as a lecturer in the department of physics, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, and continued as professor of metallurgical engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Ms. Kuhlmann-Wilsdorf joined the University of Virginia in 1963, becoming the first female full professor, and for more than 40 years held the prestigious title of professor of applied science. She received many honors, including the Heyn Medal, from the German Society for Materials Science, Henderson Inventor of the Year, from University of Virginia, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Holm Achievement Award. Ms. Kuhlmann-Wilsdorf was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, was a fellow of numerous professional societies and was often called to consult for government agencies and scientific corporations. She authored more than 300 scientific papers and started two companies, HiPerCon, for high-performance electrical contacts, and Kuhlmann-Wilsdorf Motors.
Charles Leon Perdue of Charlottesville died Feb. 14, 2010. He served in the U.S Army during the Korean War. In 1960, Mr. Perdue worked for the U.S. Geological Survey in Washington, D.C. With a shared interest in music and singing, he and his wife, Nancy, began performing in coffeehouses and were active in the folk song revival scene. They performed in concerts and folk festivals and helped found the Folklore Society of Greater Washington in 1964. Mr. Perdue began teaching English and anthropology at the University of Virginia in 1971. He and his wife worked on a history of the people displaced by the Shenandoah National Park, wrote on the New Deal cultural programs in Virginia and on traditional music. Survivors include his wife, Nancy Martin-Perdue (Col ’74).
Charlotte H. Scott of Charlottesville died March 11, 2010. She worked as an economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago from 1956 to 1971, and served as assistant vice president from 1971 to 1976. Ms. Scott and her husband, Nathan A. Scott Jr., accepted appointments to the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1976, where they were the first African Americans to achieve tenured faculty positions. She served as professor of business administration and commerce, and senior fellow at the Tayloe Murphy Institute, Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, from 1976 until 1986, and jointly with the Curry School of Education as professor of commerce and education from 1986 until 1998. Ms. Scott was a member of the Commission on the Status of Women for the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1982 until 1985. She also served on the governing board of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation from 1993 to 2004, and on the board of directors of the Charlottesville Community Scholarship program. She was awarded an honorary degree as Doctor of Humane Letters by Virginia Theological Seminary in 2006.
Joanne Simpson of Charlottesville died March 4, 2010. She held the W. Corcoran Chair in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia from 1974 until 1979, then became chief scientist of the Laboratories of Atmospheres at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Ms. Simpson and her husband established an environmental consulting firm, Simpson Weather Associates, which continues in operation in Charlottesville. She was a renowned atmospheric scientist credited with many discoveries in the field and recognized by the highest national and international awards. Ms. Simpson was a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She championed the cause of women in science and materially supported many students and aspiring scientists.
Roger Breed Stein of Charlottesville died March 6, 2010. He taught at the University of Washington and SUNY Binghamton before joining the University of Virginia in 1986, where he was professor of the history of art until his retirement in 1998. Mr. Stein published numerous articles on American art and literature and was instrumental in the presentation of many major art exhibits, including shows at the Smithsonian, the Metropolitan, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Bayly Art Museum. He won several academic awards and held distinguished visiting appointments at Stanford, Leicester, the Centro Italiano di Studi Americani in Rome, and elsewhere. Mr. Stein was on the advisory board of Second Street Gallery and was founder and longtime board member of the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center of Virginia.