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In Memoriam

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Dale Brand '38

Olympian and NCAA wrestling champion Dale Brand ’38 died July 31, 2004, in West Des Moines, Iowa. He was 90.

He was an alternate on the 1936 U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestling team and in 1937 won Cornell’s first NCAA title, at 126 pounds. He also was an all conference halfback on Cornell’s 1937 undefeated football team.

A high school social studies teacher and legendary wrestling coach at Clarion, Iowa, he compiled a 252- 76-5 record with 14 conference titles and 23 individual state champions in 30 years. He was named the state coach of the year in 1972.

He is a member of the Cornell Sports Hall of Fame, Iowa Athletic Association Coaches Hall of Fame, and Iowa High School Athletic Association Wrestling Hall of Fame. He received the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Lifetime Service to Amateur Wrestling Award.

He is survived by four sons, a daughter, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a brother.


A. Cabot Wohlrabe ’41
, an Army psychiatrist who interviewed prominent Nazi party members to determine their competency to stand trial for war crimes, died Dec. 9, 2004, in Edina, Minn.

After completing medical school at the University of Minnesota, he served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II. Stationed in Nuremberg, Germany, he interviewed military leaders, doctors, and scientists, some of them alleged war criminals. After his service, he joined his father in the late 1940s in a private internal-medicine practice in downtown Minneapolis. In the 1970s he left private practice to become medical director at Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. until his retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Jean, two sons and a daughter, a sister, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandsons.

Julia Thompson ’64






Julia Thompson ’64
, a University of Pittsburgh physics professor determined to introduce more women and ethnic minorities to her field, died Aug. 16, 2004, in an automobile accident in Wood River, Ill., during a visit to her parents. She was 61.

In 1992 she founded a summer program at Pitt that placed undergraduates in research groups. Supported by the National Science Foundation, the program’s enrollment was up to 80 percent minority and more than half were women. She directed a similar program at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 2001 and 2002, and she planned to expand to South Africa, where she and her students had given physics demonstrations for underprivileged students in the Capetown area, using tuning forks and Slinkys.

Thompson graduated Phi Beta Kappa, earned a doctorate at Yale University, and had been a researcher at particle accelerator laboratories in New York, Switzerland, and Russia. She joined Pitt’s department of physics and astronomy in 1972.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, David Kraus, a daughter, and a son.

Ron Zemke ’64

Business consultant and author Ron Zemke ’64, a pioneer in the customer service revolution, died Aug. 17, 2004, in Excelsior, Minn. He was 62.

A prolific writer and public speaker, he was author or co-author of more than three dozen books. Among the most popular was Service America (1985), described as the definitive book on customer service,
and several books in a series labeled Knock Your Socks Off Service. He was president of Performance Research Associates in Minneapolis, a consulting firm specializing in employee training, with several Fortune 500 firms among its clients. He also served as senior editor of Training magazine, a professional journal for personnel managers.

He was a Midwest Conference wrestling champion at 130 pounds and a member of Delta Phi Rho. He is survived by his wife, Susan, his mother, two brothers, a sister, and several nieces and nephews.

Fred Hillbruner ’69

Fred Hillbruner ’69
, an international expert in electronic cataloging for libraries and particularly artists books, died Nov. 15, 2004, in Evanston, Ill. He was 58.

He earned a degree in art and then a master’s degree in library science in 1978, the same year he joined the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s John M. Flaxman Library. He was art librarian and head of technical services at the time of his death.

He helped move the library from card catalogues to automation, transferring files with a $25 software program and a personal computer. With the proliferation of artists books, he created a searchable database and software, and was working to build a universal catalog accessible to all libraries.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Giloth, a son, a daughter, his mother, a brother, and several nieces and nephews.

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