In Memoriam

Harry Day ’30

Harry Day ’30, an early researcher into the use of fluoride in toothpaste, died at the age of 100 on Sept. 8, 2007, in Bloomington, Ind.

Day was a prominent researcher in nutrition at Johns Hopkins and Indiana University, where he served as chairman of the chemistry department from 1952–62. While at Indiana, Day was involved in research into the effects of fluorides in the reduction of cavities and tooth decay, resulting in the first fluoride toothpaste, Crest.

He is survived by two daughters and a son, four grandchildren, and 11 greatgrandchildren.

Harry Day

Ashley Foard ’32

Ashley Foard ’32, who drafted, developed, and worked with legislators on major federal housing and urban development legislation for 37 years, died Nov. 28, 2007, in Nampa, Idaho. He was 97.

He was instrumental in planning and writing President John F. Kennedy’s Executive Order 11063, which ended racial discrimination in federal housing programs and led directly to the end of legal segregation in housing. Foard’s work included drafting the annual legislation proposed by the National Housing Agency, the Housing and Home Finance Agency, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

For his work, Foard received numerous awards and citations, including the 1969 Rockefeller Distinguished Public Service Award for important federal housing legislation after the end of World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanore; a daughter; a son; four stepsons; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Ashley Foard

Robert Swenson ’39

Robert Swenson ’39, the founding president of Cabrillo College, died Dec. 31, 2007, at the age of 89, in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Swenson was a naval officer in World War II before moving to Santa Cruz County, Calif., with his doctorate in education from Stanford and a dream to start a community college. From 1959 until 1977, Swenson served as the founding president of Cabrillo College, helping to shape it into one of the top community colleges in California. He later became the executive director of the Western Association of Colleges and Schools, an accrediting body for community colleges.

He is survived by his wife, Frances; six children; 12 grandchildren; three greatgrandchildren; and a sister.

Robert Swenson

Francis Alan DuVal

Professor emeritus of German Francis Alan DuVal, 91, of Mount Vernon, Iowa, died March 24 from complications of pneumonia. A full obituary is available online , along with a blog created to allow his former students and colleagues to share their memories. The summer Cornell Report will carry a full obit.

Dr. Carl Wheeless ’41

Dr. Carl Wheeless ’41, a highly reputed educator who taught many of Pakistan’s leaders as a professor of political science, died Oct. 19, 2007, in Lakeland, Fla. He was 88.

Wheeless was a former head and professor of political science at Forman Christian College in Lahore, Pakistan, where his students included Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan Muslim League President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, and numerous other leaders in the Pakistani government. Wheeless was recognized for these contributions to Pakistan in a 2004 reception held in his honor.

A life-long educator, Wheeless wrote several books, including works on American and Pakistani presidents, and a book on missionary service. In addition to Forman Christian, Wheeless also taught history, political science, and geography at High Point University, and has delivered lectures on international affairs all over the world. He served as a missionary for the United Methodist Church in Pakistan, and also spent several years as a foreign affairs specialist for the Department of State and as an intelligence specialist with the Department of Defense.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; two daughters; one son; and six grandchildren; sister Elaine Wheeless Schnittjer ’37; cousin Jean Midkiff Guthrie ’34; and cousin-in-law Florence Barton Midkiff ’34. He was preceded in death by cousin Carl Midkiff ’33 and cousin-in-law W. Lain Guthrie ’34.


Carl Wheeless

Charles Youngker ’42

Life trustee Charles Youngker ’42, who joined with his family in funding Tarr Hall and Youngker Hall, died Jan. 7, 2008, in Buckeye, Ariz. He was 87.

Youngker started in agriculture as a laborer, working alongside his father and brother, Ben Youngker ’43, to turn desert into productive farm land. At their height, the Youngkers farmed 18,000 acres in Arizona, and Charles served as the president and subsequent board chairman of the National Cotton Council, as well as on numerous industry and community groups. He received Cornell’s Distinguished Achievement Award in 1969.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia Bolton Youngker ’43; stepmother, Martha; one son; one daughter; four adult children by marriage; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Among those preceding him in death were his brother, and first wife Madelyn Rydeen Youngker ’41.

Richard “Duke” Dershimer ’49

Richard “Duke” Dershimer ’49 died Nov. 21, 2007, in Charlottesville, Va. He was 80.

Dershimer held an M.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University and was a life-long advocate for education. During his 10 years as the executive officer for the American Education Research Association, Dershimer transformed the AERA from a small branch of the National Education Association into an organization that took a leading role in promoting the use of educational research for designing federal education policy. His book, The Federal Government and Educational R & D addressed these concerns.

Later in life, Dershimer dedicated himself to hospice care, and, in turn, developed a program to prepare medical professionals and lay volunteers to work with hospice patients, while serving as president of the New York State Hospice Association. His book, Counseling the Bereaved, provided advice to grief counselors based on his philosophy that hospice care should be dedicated to the enhancement of life.

Throughout his life he remained an active string bass performer in jazz and big band groups, as well as symphony orchestras. He is survived by his wife, Greta; two sons; three stepsons; two step-daughters; and seven grandchildren.

Richard Dershimer