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Arthur Janssen ‘29, who co-founded Alpha Chi Epsilon (AXE) social group and served 17 years as an Iowa District Court judge, died May 10, 2000, in Naples, Fla. He was 95.

Born on a farm near Andrew, Iowa, his battle with polio left him on crutches, but he was an avid sportsman throughout his life. At Cornell he earned a BA and an MA—the latter in 1931, the last such degree conferred by Cornell. Following several years practicing law in Maquoketa, Iowa, and two terms as county attorney, he was appointed to the bench of the Seventh Judicial District in 1954 and served until retiring in 1971. He received an Alumni Achievement Award in 1965.
He was proceeded in death by his wife, Helen Hamrick Janssen ’32; a sister-in-law, Hazel Hamrick Wilcox ’32; and a brother-in-law, M. Dwight Wilcox ’31. He is survived by a daughter, Judith Janssen Pooler ’62; a son; two grandchildren, including Michelle Wilbers ’83; and four great-grandchildren.


Novelist Norman Zollinger ’44 died Feb. 28, 2000, in Albuquerque, N.M. He was 78.

He served as a B-24 bombardier in Europe during WW II, then joined his father’s Chicago business engineering plastic components for the telecommunications industry. In the early ’70s he moved his family to Albuquerque to pursue a writing career and operate Little Professor Bookstore. He published eight novels—two of them, Riders to Cibola and Rage in Chupadera, won Golden Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America—and was working on his ninth. In 1999 he received the Owen Wister Award for lifetime achievement from the Western Writers of America.

He taught a School of Writing in Taos for several summers and offered workshops for disabled veterans. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; two daughters; a son; two stepchildren; a sister; two grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and a niece.


Raphael “Ray” Nystrand ’59, dean of the University of Louisville’s School of Education for 20 years, died May 25, 1999, in Louisville, Ky. He was 61.

Born in Maryville, Mo., and raised in the Chicago suburbs, he earned a BA in history and political science, an MA in teaching from Johns Hopkins University, and a doctorate in education from Northwestern University.

He became education dean at Louisville in 1978 and served the school as Kentucky was restructuring its elementary and secondary school programs. He also was the president’s special adviser on athletics, starting in 1987, and was most recently the vice chairman of the college’s athletic board.

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Duval Nystrand ’61, and two daughters.


Cornell College English professor Stephen Lacey ’65, who introduced hundreds of students to Shakespeare on trips to England and in an intense combined course and play production, died March 27, 2000, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was 56.

He came to Cornell from Portland, Ore., and graduated with honors in English and history. He earned an MA in 1969 and a PhD in 1972, both in English from State University of New York at Buffalo. He taught at the University of California-Santa Barbara from 1969 to 1975 and at Howard University from 1975 until returning to Cornell in 1977. A year later he founded Cornell’s lesbian and gay support group, serving as its faculty sponsor until 1995.

With the introduction of One-Course-At-A-Time in 1978, he began teaching a Shakespeare comedy course and simultaneously directing his students in a Shakespearean play. The class and play ran annually for 15 years, ending in 1992. The program was revived in 1999 with a production of The Comedy of Errors, featuring guest director Desmond Barrit, a renowned character actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company. The Stephen Lacey Memorial Shakespeare Fund has been established to support continuation of the play. He is survived by his mother; a brother, Galen Lacey, of Mount Vernon; a sister; and four nieces and nephews.

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