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In Memorium



Life trustee Joseph H. Fink ’37 died July 19, 2000, in Hendersonville, Tenn. He was 89.

A 1940 graduate of Cornell University Law School, his practice specialties were in the areas of federal taxes, real estate, and corporate law. He was active in communal and civic affairs, including the Anne Frank Institute, which awarded him the Eternal Flame Award in 1984 for contributions to teaching the Holocaust and its lessons; and the American Jewish Committee, which honored him with the Judge Learned Hand Human Relations Award. Fink was first elected to the Cornell Board of Trustees in 1972.

He is survived by a son and a sister.

Robert E. Jones ’42, a research chemist who was part of the team that synthesized hydrocortisone in the 1950s, died Aug. 1, 2000, in Dearborn, Mich. He was 79.

Jones worked on the development of streptomycin, cortisone, and hydrocortisone at Merck & Co. Inc., where he was a research chemist from 1946 to 1961. Then for six years he was vice president and technical director at Ott Chemical Co. in Muskegon, Mich. In 1967 he joined Quaker Oats Co. in Barrington, Ill., and held positions in the chemicals division and in technical and environmental affairs. He retired in 1983 but served as a consultant in the chemical engineering and environmental fields. An active volunteer in community, educational, and scientific efforts, he judged science fairs and spoke on environmental subjects at Chicago-area schools.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Hoyt Jones ’45; two daughters, including Patricia Jones Ladew ’72; a son; two sisters, including Elizabeth Jones Beswick ’46; and seven grandchildren.

Robert H. Skarin ’44, a World War II Navy officer who helped save 98 sailors aboard a sinking destroyer, died Aug. 6, 2000, in Naperville, Ill. He was 77.

In 1945 during the Okinawa campaign, Skarin’s ship, the USS LCS 122, hauled 98 sailors off the burning USS Porter after it had been hit by an Imperial Japanese plane. Skarin was the last man to leave the doomed destroyer after ensuring all others had been led to safety. Headed back to port, a kamikaze crashed into Skarin’s ship. He directed firefighting efforts on one side of the ship. For his bravery, he was awarded the Bronze Star with a “V” for valor.

With a degree in electrical engineering, he joined Western Electric after the war, working on the first radar systems used to track and position airplanes during tests of nuclear weapons.

He is survived by his wife, Muriel; two sons; a daughter; a brother, G. Homer Skarin ’43 and his wife, Lois Kaylor Skarin ’44; a sister, Marquetta Skarin Bruce ’52 and her husband, Russell Bruce ’53; and six grandchildren.

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