In Memoriam Archive

The AAUP mourns the loss of these colleagues and friends.

Audrey Smith, of Columbia University Press, has passed away. Many will remember her from both her time at Columbia and her service to the AAUP community; Audrey started as a secretary in the 1970’s and rose through the ranks to Director of Manufacturing, Design, and Technology. She served on the AAUP Board of Directors from 1997–1999.

The family of Frank Urbanowski, the former Director of MIT Press for 27 years who passed away in September, will be holding a memorial service to take place at the MIT Chapel on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 4:30 PM (EST). Any and all are welcome to pay their respects, with details and RSVP information available here. Frank's dedication and service to mission-driven publishing was unparalleled, as MIT Press wrote, and he will be sorely missed.

Debra Turner, long-time Production Manager at the University of Nebraska Press, has passed away on January 31 at the age of 65. Deb, as her closest friends affectionately reffered to her, was an active member of the community and even attended the very first Production Managers meeting in New York City many years ago. She was a valued friend and colleague to many, and will surely be missed.

Susan Danner Fernandez, former acquisitions editor at Indiana University Press, died on December 6, 2015, in Eugene, Oregon; she was 73. In lieu of flowers, the family asks friends to create some time with their families and give them hugs and kisses in her memory. A celebration of life ceremony will be held in Columbus, Indiana, where she grew up.

Emily Callaway, the daughter of former AAUP President Mary Katherine Callaway, has tragically lost the fight against cancer at the age of 23. Emily was a tremendous student—she attended U-High and The New School in Manhattan, where she earned a bachelor's degree in environmental studies, and wished for her body to be donated to the LSU Medical School.

Steve Jadick, formerly a sales manager at Cornell University Press for over two and a half years in the early aughts, has passed away due to cancer. Steve is remembered by friends and colleagues as an exceptionally hard worker ("a salesman's salesman) and the cornerstone of congeniality—Steve regularly hosted a movie night and was a great mentor for many.

Jean Sue Johnson Libkind, prevously a marketing manager for the University of Pennsylvania Press, the University of Georgia Press, and the University of Wisconsin Press, has passed away on October 17. Her contributions to scholarly publishing, including her social activism in the field—she was a founding member of Women in Scholarly Publishing—will be greatly missed. Read how the University of Wisconsin Press remembers her here.

Edward W. Barry, former President of Oxford University Press USA, died in May of this year. A memorial to celebrate his lfie and legacy will be held on Thursday, November 05 from 4:30-6:30 PM EST at the offices of Oxford University Press in New York City.

Nancy Ellegate, longtime colleague at SUNY Press, passed away at the end of September. She was a storied Acquisitions Editor, with her fierce advocacy for her authors and her disciplines a shining attribute.

Chris Rhodes, most recently the Editor for Law and Linguistics at the University of Chicago Press, has passed away after a tragic battle with cancer. His warmth, humor, and creative determination will be missed by those who worked with him.

Ethan Schmidt, an American History author published with the University Press of Colorado, had his life cut tragically short. The AAUP community expresses their deepest condolences to his friends, family, and colleagues.

Willard "Will" Lockwood, founder of Wesleyan University Press, passed away at the age of 91. Lockwood served as the Director of the press for over 20 years, during which time they launched the acclaimed Wesleyan Poetry Series and published titles which garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and two National Book Awards, among others. Lockwood was also the Managing Editor of Cornell Maritime Press for over a dozen years and served as President of the Association of American Unviersity Presses. He will be missed.

Ruby Faye Taylor, a 31-year veteran of the University of Alabama Press' marketing department, has passed away. She was hired in 1969 and her enthusiasm for books was contagious. Even after retirement, Taylor would often write to the press with marketing suggestions. “She really never left the Press,” said director Curtis Clark.

Naomi Brenner Pascal, longtime Editor-in-Chief at the University of Washington Press, died peacefully in her sleep in the early hours of December 5, 2014. A graduate of Wellesley College, Pascal began her career in university publishing at the University of North carolina in 1948. Throughout her long and productive career, she was an active member of the Association of American University Presses, serving as a member of its board of directors and on numerous committees and frequently delivering papers and talks at meetings. In 1991, she was the recipient of the first AAUP Constituency Award. Pascal's contributions to the commmunity will be remembered and she will always be missed.

Sheila Levine, former Associate Director and Editorial Director at the University of California Press, died in September 2014. Levine had a 40+ year career at the Press, and was instrumental in developing distinguished programs in several fields, notably Asian studies, European history, and food studies. Levine also had a life as a bookseller, cofounding University Press Books in 1974, a Berkeley bookstore devoted to scholarly titles, which she managed for ten years. Former Director Lynne Withey observes, "Under her leadership, UC Press had—and continues to have—the strongest editorial team in its long history. I believe Sheila herself considered her staff to be her single greatest accomplishment." Current Editorial Director Kim Robinson adds, "I am guided by Sheila's legacy as a strong yet sensitive leader."

John Vint, who was Director of Production and Design at Indiana University Press for many years, passed away at his home in Bloomington in July 2014.

Judy McCulloh, who worked at the University of Illinois Press for 35 years and was recognized for building the press's music and folklore lists during her tenure, passed away in July 2014. Among many accomplishments, McCulloh was named a National Heritage Fellow in 2010 by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ruth Steinberg, a freelancer for a number of university presses during her close-to-twenty-year career, died in early April 2014. Steinberg's background was in American history; she was awarded a prestigious Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities to aid her research. She followed her passions to many places, including the Southwest and Mexico. Colleagues write that she was an excellent editor who cared deeply about words, books, and history.

Helen Tartar, Editorial Director at Fordham University Press, died in a car crash in early March 2014. Tartar had joined the press ten years before, and devoted more than 20 years previously to Stanford University Press. Fordham Director Frederic Nachbauer writes that "I was in awe of her tireless commitment to enhancing scholarship in the humanities and social sciences and her ability to attract a devout group of authors impressed with her adept editorial skills and intellectual conversations ... Her life will live on through the connections she made and the books she crafted."

Arthur Rosenthal, a longtime leader in academic publishing, died in early July 2013. Rosenthal directed Harvard University Press from 1972 until his retirement in 1990. During that time he served on the AUPS board for three years and on the AAUP board as President (1983-84). As chair of the Copyright Committee, Rosenthal testified in 1973 on behalf of university presses before a Judiciary Committee on proposed revisions to the US Copyright Law.  Further, Rosenthal's recognition of retiring colleague Maud Wilcox at the 1989 Annual Meeting inspired the founding of the AAUP Constituency Award. Before Harvard, Rosenthal founded Basic Books in 1952, which he oversaw for 20 years until selling it to Harper & Row. Both the New York Times and Harvard Magazine published obituaries for Rosenthal.

Ron Schoeffel, a member of the University of Toronto Press's editorial department for 50 years, passed away in early July 2013. Schoeffel retired in 2001 after a long and distinguished career, including, among other innumerable contributions, founding the Collected Works of Erasmus project in 1968.

Margaret Walsh, who worked for University of Wisconsin Press for more than 30 years, managing rights and permissions until her retirement in 2008, died March 3, 2013.

Mark Linz, founder of Continuum and Director of American University in Cairo Press for more than 25 years, died February 9, 2013. Linz arrived in Cairo in 1983 to lead the AUC Press into a period of growth and transformation. He left in 1986 but returned in 1995 to continue to develop the Press into the largest English-language publishing house in the Middle East, with an international reach and reputation, until his retirement at the end of 2011. Linz had also held positions with McGraw-Hill and Seabury Press.

Jim Clark, former Director of the University of California Press from 1977-2002, died on January 14, 2013. Clark had a lengthy and distinguished career in publishing, begining in 1960 as a sales representative for Prentice Hall. During Clark’s tenure, UC Press’s annual revenues increased from $3 million to $20 million; the number of new books published each year leapt from 80 to 180; and the journals program grew from 6 to 30 publications annually. Clark also established the UC Press Foundation, which raised over $8 million in long-term funds that support the press's publishing programs.

George Bedell, former Director of the University Press of Florida from 1988-1994, passed on November 27, 2012. During his tenure, Bedell navigated the Florida legislature and the then-Board of Regents to create the single, unified University Press of Florida we have today. According to Bedell, the structure enabled the press to accomplish several notable advances for scholarly publishing in Florida: it allowed the press to sharpen its editorial focus, freed up staff to spend more time on basic publishing functions, and allowed staff to develop "long-range plans with teeth."

Harald Bohne, former Director of the University of Toronto Press from 1977-1989, died on February 29, 2012. Bohne had a long career at Toronto, beginning as the bookstore manager in 1958, and moving up to Director over the next 30 years. Bohne served terms as President of the Association of Canadian Publishers and the Canadian Booksellers Association, among others, and was instrumental in the creation of the Canadian copyright licensing agency now known as Access Copyright. He was recognized for his achievements by being made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2003. Those who knew Bohne will remember him as a kind and caring man, a great lover of jazz and a champion of Canadian publishing and scholarship.

Morris Philipson, former Director of the University of Chicago Press from 1967-2000, passed on November 3, 2011. Philipson was a remarkably influential publisher whose leadership brought the Press to the forefront of American publishing, and who mentored many current press directors and editors through their early careers at Chicago. Memorials to Philipson's work and memory can be read at the University site and the Washington Post.

Richard Kinney, former Director of Publications at Getty, died on October 21, 2011. Kinney also served previously as Associate Director at Wayne State University Press, and as Director at Iowa State University Press. An obituary may be found here: "he had over 13,000 books, all of which he read, some even twice."

Chris Egan, formerly Manager of Direct Marketing and Advertising at University of North Carolina Press, died on September 16, 2011. She was an active member of the press community: at BEA, at exhibits, and in AAUP workshops and committees.

Bonnie Rand, former CFO and Assistant Director for Ohio University Press, passed away on August 7, 2011. Much of Ohio's success can be attributed to Bonnie's hard work over 37 years, over which she started as a warehouse worker and worked her way up to CFO and Assistant Director.

Jeannette Hopkins, former Director of Wesleyan University Press from 1981-1989, died on August 4, 2011. An obituary was published in the Portsmouth Herald.

Jack Ervin, Director of University of Minnesota Press for 30 years, from 1957-1988, passed away in late July 2011 at age 84. Jack's long tenure at Minnesota was bookended by two of the press's most notable editorial successes: the Minnesota Pamphlets on American Writers Series (1959-1972), edited by Richard Foster, Allen Tate, Leonard Unger, and Robert Penn Warren in the 1960s and, two decades later, the launching of the transformative Theory and History of Literature Series (1981-1998).

Jane Flanders, former Manuscript Editor and Political Science Editor at Pittsburgh University Press for nearly 20 years, died on July 28, 2011. While Flanders left the press in 2001, she continued editing manuscripts through her retirement.

Herbert S. Bailey, Jr., Director of Princeton University Press for 32 years, from 1954-1986, died on June 28, 2011, just short of his 90th birthday. During his tenure as director, the Press nearly tripled its output, and won some 250 prizes, including 2 National Book Awards, 7 Pulitzer Prizes, and 2 Bancroft Prizes. Bailey served as AAUP President in 1972 and, upon retirement, received the prestigious Curtis Benjamin Award of the Association of American Publishers and the Bowker Award for Creative Publishing. Current PUP Director Peter Dougherty penned a moving remembrance of Bailey.

Henry Tom, Johns Hopkins University Press's History and Political Science Editor for 36 years and editor of over 1,000 books, passed on January 10, 2011. Tom also consulted for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Association for Documentary Editing, the Center for American Places, the Professional and Scholarly Publishers division of the Association of American Publishers, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.

Kenney Withers, former Director of Southern Illinois University Press, died on November 28, 2010, in St. Augustine Beach, Florida. Withers spent over 25 years with various manifestations of Holt, and was Director of SIU Press from 1980-1992, where he turned his personal interests in architecture, theater, communications, and composition studies into some of the strongest lists in those areas of any press. After retiring in 1992, Withers served for many years on the St. Johns County Library Board of Directors.

Mark Carroll, former Director of Harvard University Press and George Mason University Press, passed away on July 1, 2010.

Patricia Hoefling, Director of Sales and Marketing at Indiana University Press, passed away on July 7, 2010. Prior to coming to Indiana in 2005, Hoefling held the same position at Illinois and LSU. She had also been Sales Manager at Indiana from 2000-2003.

Bruce Roberts passed away on March 13, 2010. Roberts had been Sales and Marketing Manager at the University of Utah Press since 2007, and was known by many in the book business as one of the partners of Salt Lake City's counterculture bookstore, Cosmic Aeroplane, which closed in 1991. An obituary was published in the Salt Lake Tribune.

Allen Fitchen died on December 25, 2009. He had served as Director of the University of Wisconsin Press from 1982-1998 and Senior Editor at the University of Chicago Press from 1967-1982.

Will Powers, Design and Production Manager at the Minnesota Historical Society Press for 11 years, passed away on August 25, 2009. Powers was awarded the AAUP Constituency Award posthumously at the 2010 AAUP Annual Meeting for his outstanding record of service to the association and support and mentoring of colleagues.

Maud Wilcox, former Harvard University Press Editor-in-Chief, passed away on June 25, 2009. Wilcox began her career at Harvard as Executive Editor in 1958, rising to Editor-in-Chief from 1973 until her retirement in 1989. She was also an active member of AAUP, serving as Vice President in 1978-1979, on the Board of Directors, and as chair of several committees.

Leslie E. Phillabaum, Director Emeritus of Louisiana State University, died in January 2009. Phillabaum worked as a Manuscript Editor at Penn State Press, Editor-in-Chief at University of North Carolina Press, and in 1970 moved to LSU Press as Executive Editor and then Director in 1975. He served a term as president of AAUP, and he co-authored, with Sheldon Meyer, the invaluable pamphlet What Is a University Press?.

Richard G. Underwood died on Wednesday, Sep. 24, 2008, age 89. In addition to holding positions at University of Oklahoma Press and University of Texas Press, he was Director at Syracuse University Press from 1960-1975. His obituary may be viewed here.

Ronald Mansbridge, initiator of Cambridge University Press’s American branch, died Friday, September 8th, 2006, at the age of 100. Mansbridge, originally of Sanderstead, England, supervised Cambridge’s American branch for 20 years until his retirement in 1970. Mansbridge was later Acting Director of the MIT Press and Managing Director of the London office of Yale University Press.

Pam Upton, Assistant Managing Editor and Electronic Manuscript Specialist at the University of North Carolina Press, died on June 21, 2006, after an extended battle with cancer. She was 50. Upton joined to the UNC Press in 1982 as an Administrative Assistant, becoming a Manuscript Editor in 1986, and Assistant Managing Editor in 1993. She took an early lead in the development of on-screen editing, not only at the UNC Press but in the AAUP as a whole, serving as an organizer and instructor for three electronic editing workshops, serving as a generous mentor to colleagues, and on the AAUP Electronic Committee as an editor of the association's Computer Newsletter.

Matthew Hodgson, Director Emeritus of the University of North Carolina Press, died on Friday, June 16, 2006. A 1949 graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, he returned to the university in 1970, where he led the press for 22 years. Previously, Hodgson served as a Developmental Editor at the University Press of Kentucky. Under Hodgson's direction, UNC Press published a Pulitzer Prize winner, one of the first regional encyclopedias, and built a $2 million endowment. An obituary was published in the News & Observer.

Malcolm L. Call, past Director of the University of Georgia Press, died in March 2006. Call also served as an editor at Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina.

Marilyn Breiter, Marketing Manager of the Indiana University Press, died on Sunday, July 24, 2005, after a 10 year battle with cancer. Breiter first worked at the press in the 1970s and returned to the Indiana marketing department in the mid-90s. Contributions in her memory to Bloomington Hospital's Olcott Center for Cancer Education or the Bloomington Beth Shalom Congregation are welcome.

Thomas Clark, one of those who founded of the University of Kentucky Press in 1943 and later the University Press of Kentucky consortium, died at the age of 101 on June 28, 2005. Clark, a professor and chair of the University of Kentucky history department, authored more than 30 works of scholarship. The University Press of Kentucky is now housed in a building named for Thomas D. Clark.

Merritt Bailey, retired Director of the Iowa State University Press, died at his home on March 15, 2005. He served as Director for 23 years until his retirement in 1985. Previous to that appointment, Bailey was the press's Sales Manager. Bailey served on the AAUP Board of Directors, 1966-67.

Horace Coward, one-time Sales and Marketing Manager of Yale University Press and founder in 1972 of the University Press Marketing Group, died on March 1, 2005. Coward was the recipient of the American Association of University Presses Outstanding Service Award; and in 1996 was awarded the NEBA Saul Gilman Award for distinguished service as a sales representative in New England. Remembrances can be made in his honor to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Daniel Goodwin, former Director of Smithsonian Institute Press, died of cancer on February 6, 2005. Goodwin came to the Smithsonian as an Acquiring Editor in 1984 from the University of Texas, Austin, and served as Director there from 1994-1998. He became the New York State Historical Association Director of Publications in 2000. Goodwin is remembered fondly by many in scholarly publishing. An obituary was published in the Washington Post.

August Frugé, Director Emeritus of the University of California Press, died on July 6, 2004, at the age of 96. Frugé came to UC Press in 1944 and remained there for more than 30 years. He was a pioneer in taking university publishing beyond the academy—launching a paperback series and spearheading regional publishing ventures among many other programs. Frugé also served as president of AAUP for a number of years, and was an active member of the international scholarly publishing community. His book, A Skeptic Among Scholars (UC Press, 1993), is one of the best known personal accounts of the transformation of university publishing that occurred in the twentieth century.

David McLeod, Business Manager of Georgetown University Press, passed away on July 17, 2004.

Edvard Aslaksen passed away on January 11, 2004, at the age of 79. Aslaksen was a longtime Director of Universitetsforlaget, the Norwegian University Press. He was educated at Little Norway in Canada, and graduated from the law school of the University of Oslo. For many years he was the president of the International Association of Scholarly Publishers (IASP). The IASP aims to assist scholarly publishers in developing countries with the production and distribution of scientific literature. In 1990, AAUP awarded Aslaksen an honorary prize for his valuable work in promoting scholarly publishing internationally. The Aslaksen Award was established to honor such international contributions to the field.