LLOYD I. RUDOLPH AND SUSANNE HOEBER RUDOLPH

died December 23 and January 16, respectively, in Oakland, California. Susanne, the William Benton Distinguished Service Professor Emerita of Political Science, was 85. Her husband and colleague, a professor emeritus of political science, was 88. Influential scholars of India, the Rudolphs taught at UChicago from 1964 to 2002. In 2014 the couple received India’s third-highest civilian honor, the Padma Bhushan, in recognition of their scholarly contributions. 

Asha Sarangi, PhD’02 (Political Science), a political scientist at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, offers a remembrance: 

Lloyd and Susanne Rudolph could be ideally described as a contrapuntal couple, not just in the life that they lived together but also in the manner they departed for their afterlife. They were towering global figures both in political science and in South Asian studies. Economist J. K. Galbraith once described them as “the most accomplished scholars” on contemporary India in the United States. As reflexive political scientists, they were erudite scholars, prolific writers, and extraordinary intellectuals whose works have marked paradigmatic shifts both methodologically and thematically in the study of Indian society and politics over the last six decades. Together they wrote more than a dozen books and 150 articles, including their iconic works Modernity of Tradition (University of Chicago Press, 1967), In Pursuit of Lakshmi (University of Chicago Press, 1987), and Reversing the Gaze (Oxford University Press, 2011).

They supervised around 200 PhDs, taught courses on a variety of themes, and nurtured and guided generations of scholars. As honest, sincere, dedicated researchers, they spent every fourth year in India, taking 11 yearlong research trips before they retired in 2002. Even after retirement, they continued to visit for three months each year until 2011. 


SYN D. CHOI, AM’58,

died February 28 in Annapolis, Maryland. She was 95. Choi served as an education adviser at the US Operations Mission to Korea and was director of the sociology department at Ewha Womans University in Seoul. She also served as president of the Korean Sociological Association, received awards from the City of Chicago and the Chicago Korean Community, and was appointed an Ambassador for Peace by the Universal Peace Federation.


RICHARD S. FRANK, AM’56 (POLITICAL SCIENCE),

editor of the National Journal for two decades, died March 1 in Palm Desert, California. He was 84. Frank was a reporter for the Baltimore Evening Sun and chief of staff to Baltimore mayor Theodore McKeldin before joining the journal in 1971. Now online only, the National Journal was a weekly magazine that detailed the inner workings of Washington, DC, and had an audience of high-level politicians, lobbyists, and media personnel. After retiring in 1997, he served as an editor at Boston University’s Washington Journalism Center from 2000 to 2009.


WALTER L. WALLACE, PHD’63 (SOCIOLOGY),

a professor of sociology at Princeton, died September 18. He was 88. Focusing on education and ethnicity, race, and nationality, Wallace taught at Spelman College and Northwestern before joining Princeton’s faculty in 1971, where he advised Michelle Obama, then Robinson, on her senior thesis. In the 1960s he wrote influential pieces on peer effects on graduate students’ aspirations and student achievement. Later in his career he published books on sociological theory, race and nationalism, and philosophy, including The Future of Ethnicity, Race, and Nationality (Praeger, 1997).


RICHARD G. HEWLETT, AM’48, PHD’52 (HISTORY),

died September 1 in Bethesda, Maryland. He was 92. Hewlett was the chief historian of the US Atomic Energy Commission and its successor agencies from 1957 to 1980, cowriting three books on their history, including Nuclear Navy, 1946–1962 (University of Chicago Press, 1974). After retiring, he cofounded the History Associates—a historical research company—and wrote a biography of the philanthropist Jessie Ball duPont.