Deaths

Rachel Anderson

Rachel Anderson, former editor at the UI Press, died Dec. 8 at Covenant
Medical Center, Urbana. She was 76.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Temporary Help for Students at
Topeka High School fund, in care of the Topeka Community Foundation, P.O.
Box 4525, Topeka, KS 66604.


Charles Clifton DeLong

Charles Clifton DeLong, retired bursar, died Dec. 26 at Meadowbrook Health
Care Center, Urbana. He was 90.

DeLong joined the UI Business Office staff in 1934 as an accountant. He
became assistant comptroller in 1945 and bursar in 1946, serving in that
capacity until he retired in 1972.

During that time he also served as assistant professor of accounting,
treasurer of the University Concert and Entertainment Board and assistant
treasurer of the UI Foundation.

DeLong obtained his bachelor's degree in 1926 and a master's degree in
1927, both in accounting from the UI.

He was active in the National and Central Associations of College and
University Business Officers, having been a founder and officer of the
national association and holding all offices of the central association,
including president in 1955-56.

DeLong was involved in the international activities of universities and
colleges and while on leave from the UI in 1954 was employed by the
American Council on Education in Washington as its first director of the
Office on Institutional Projects Abroad. He had short-term assignments in
India and Iran in the 1960s.

Survivors include two sons, a sister and a grandson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the UI Foundation; the C.C. DeLong
Student Loan Fund, which he established; or the Clark-Lindsey Village
Endowment Fund. 


John Lars Johnson

John Lars Johnson, retired placement director in the College of Commerce
and a longtime scorer for UI basketball games, died Jan. 3 at the Champaign
County Nursing Home, Urbana. He was 83. 

He received a bachelor of arts degree from Washington University, St.
Louis, in 1935 and a master of arts degree from the UI in 1936. While a
graduate student at the UI, he served as a staff member in the English
department.

He was a member of the Army Specialized Training Staff at Wheaton College,
Wheaton, from 1943 to 1945 and a professor of English at Knox College,
Galesburg, from 1945 to 1956. 

He returned to the UI as the director of commerce placement in 1956 and
retired Aug. 31, 1979. He also served as an associate dean of the college
from 1968 to 1976.

Johnson served as a timer and for many years as an official scorer for UI
basketball games.  

Survivors include his wife, Vera; a son; a daughter; a sister; and seven
grandchildren. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Stratford Park Bible Chapel, P.O.
Box 3282, Champaign, IL 61826, or Covenant Theological Seminary, 12330
Conway Road, St. Louis, MO 63141.


William Heston McPherson

William Heston "Mac" McPherson, professor emeritus of labor and industrial
relations, died Dec. 10 at his home in Champaign. He was 91.

McPherson was selected from the UI department of economics to help initiate
programs of the UI Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations and was the
first academic faculty member hired for the newly founded institute in
1946. He remained at the institute until he retired in 1971. 

He continued to participate in institute programs and to assist with alumni
relations. In 1982, he was the first professor honored with a Special
Recognition Award by the institute for his service to the field of labor
and industrial relations and to the institute.

McPherson was a founding member of the Industrial Relations Research
Association and served as chairman of the sponsoring committee,
secretary-treasurer and executive board member of the association. He also
was instrumental in the early development of the National Academy of
Arbitrators. He was awarded life membership in the academy in 1992.

McPherson was the author of seven books in English, French and German and
the co-author of a book on the French labor courts.

He served the U.S. government as a staff member on the Committee on Social
Security of the Social Science Research Council from 1940 to 1942. He was
the principal economist with the War Manpower Commission from 1942 to 1943
and served as both the co-chairman and chairman of the National War Labor
Board Shipbuilding Commission from 1943 to 1945. He served on the U.S. War
Department Labor Advisory Committee to Japan and Korea in 1946. He also was
a hearing officer for the U.S. Panama Canal Commission from 1975 to the
late 1980s.

McPherson served on the ECA Technical Assistance Commission on the
Integration of Refugees in the Federal Republic of Germany from 1950 to
1951. He was a lecturer at the German Labor Academies with the Department
of State Specialist Exchange Program from 1952 to 1953. He received
Fulbright research grants to work in France from 1960 to 1961 and in
Germany in 1969.

He served on the faculty of the department of economics at Dartmouth
College from 1929 to 1930, at Western Reserve University from 1930 to 1937
and at Oberlin College from 1937 to 1940.

McPherson received a bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1923 and
a master's degree from Ohio State University in 1924. He earned the Diplome
d'Etudes Superieures in 1957 from the University of Paris. He completed his
doctoral degree at the University of Chicago in 1935.

Survivors include his wife, Donna; two daughters; six grandchildren; six
great-grandchildren; and a sister.

Memorial contributions may be made to the UI Foundation for the Institute
of Labor and Industrial Relations William H. McPherson Memorial Fund to
encourage research and education in the field.


Francis "Frank" L. Nasca

Francis "Frank" L. Nasca, associate dean of students, died Dec. 14 at
Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. He was 57.

He had been associate dean since 1986. He served as coordinator of the
Emergency Dean Program in the Dean of Students Office from 1986 until
August, when he was named director of the Health Care Professions Office. 
Nasca served as an instructor and administrator at the UI before joining
the Dean of Students Office. He was special assistant to the vice
chancellor for student affairs and assistant professor from 1985 to 1986;
director of the Housing Office of Public Affairs and assistant director of
housing from 1979 to 1985; director of residence life and assistant
director of housing from 1972 to 1979; and director of intellectual and
cultural affairs and assistant dean of students from 1969 to 1972. 

He received a bachelor's degree in speech education at State University of
New York Geneseo, in 1958; a master's degree at Syracuse University,
Syracuse, N.Y., in 1960; and a doctoral degree at Indiana University, in
1964.

Nasca received a Certificate of Merit Award from the Atius Sachem
Honoraries in November.

He was a faculty adviser to Phi Sigma Kappa social fraternity at Indiana
University and at the UI. He was on the executive committee of Phi Sigma
Kappa Association of Illinois, and district governor of Phi Sigma Kappa
National Fraternity.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy, and a son. 

Memorial contributions may be made to an organization of the donor's choice.


Howard C. Norris

Howard C. Norris, retired plumber, died Dec. 15 at Americana Healthcare
Center, Urbana. He was 81.

He worked for the UI Operation and Maintenance Division for 27 years.

Survivors include his wife, Opal; a son; a stepson; five stepdaughters; two
grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Murdock United Methodist Church.


Vincent I. West

Vincent I. West, retired professor af agricultural economics, died Dec. 2 at
the home of his daughter in St. Joseph. He was 73.

West served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946, serving in the Philippines
and Japan as a second lieutenant.

He graduated from the UI in 1945 and received his doctoral degree in
agricultural economics from the UI in 1953. He took a one-year sabbatical
leave to Germany during 1963-64. He was appointed associate dean of the
Graduate College in 1966. He worked at the University of Sierra Leone at
Njala 1971-73. From 1973 to his retirement in 1981 he worked with graduate
students.

West was widely known as amateur radio operator W9OPY (Old Pappy Yokum). 
He
had been a ham operator since 1957. He was a member of the Twin City
Amateur Radio Club and the Illini Net. He was an active member of the
International Single Sideband Communication System and was given the Rigel
Trophy for excellence as an operator during the course of many emergencies.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Lee; a son; a daughter; four
grandchildren; two brothers; and three sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


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