Syracuse University Magazine

Passings

George LockwoodGeorge J. Lockwood ’53

George J. Lockwood, an award-winning journalist and author, died January 31, 2013, in Phoenix, Arizona, at age 81. During a 30-year career at the Milwaukee Journal, Lockwood received the Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service in 1967 for his work as head of a team of writers and photographers that produced a series of articles on water pollution in Wisconsin. The expose is credited with spurring passage of environmental legislation in the state. He later taught journalism at Marshall University and Louisiana State University, where he was a distinguished professor. In between teaching stints, he served as executive editor of the St. Joseph News-Press in Missouri. A native of Westerlo, New York, Lockwood majored in journalism at SU and was a managing editor of The Daily Orange. A fan of comic strips since childhood, he wrote two books on the subject: The Cartoons of R.A. Lewis (1968), concerning the longtime Milwaukee editorial cartoonist; and Peanuts, Pogo and Hobbes: A Newspaper Editor’s Journey Through the World of Comics, to be published this summer by SU Press. He is survived by his wife, Eileen ’55, their four children, and three grandchildren.

Eleanor LudwigEleanor A. Ludwig ’43, G’45

Eleanor A. “Ellie” Ludwig, former director of alumni relations at Syracuse University, passed away at her home in Manlius, New York, on December 21, 2012. She was 91 years old. Ludwig earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from the College of Arts and Sciences, and began her career as a research mathematician for Carrier Corporation. She joined Syracuse University in 1946 as a mathematics instructor, but left teaching in 1952 to devote most of her 40-year career at SU to continuing education and alumni work. In 1974, she was named director of alumni programs, coordinating activities for reunions, homecomings, and dozens of alumni clubs across the nation. She retired in 1991 as executive director of alumni relations. She served on the SU Alumni Club of Central New York Board of Directors from 1990 to 1999 and was president from 1995-97 and 1998-2000. She was treasurer of the Chi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity from 1946 to 1995. The University honored Ludwig with the Arents Award for excellence in alumni relations in 1990, and the Melvin Eggers Senior Alumni Award in 2005. “Ellie was the face of SU to alumni around the world for many years, helping people stay connected to SU and each other,” says Lil O’Rourke ’77, G’04, secretary to the Board of Trustees and vice president for principal gifts. “Loyal to family, friends, and her community, she will be missed by many.” Contributions may be made to the University in her memory. 

Jules SetnorJules R. Setnor ’32, M.D. ’35

Jules R. Setnor ’32, M.D. ’35, a generous benefactor of Syracuse University, passed away at his home in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, on December 21, 2012. He was 101 years old. Setnor graduated from Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences and College of Medicine (now SUNY Upstate Medical University). He was a practicing physician in Springfield, Massachusetts, for more than 50 years. Setnor and his wife, Rose ’33, who predeceased him in 2005, shared a lifelong love of music. In 1997, they made a $3.2 million gift to the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) School of Music—the largest in the 146-year-old school’s history. In honor of their gift, the historic Crouse College auditorium bears their names and the school is now known as The Rose, Jules R., and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music. The Setnors hoped their gift, which also supports merit-based scholarships for undergraduate music students, would give young people an opportunity to fulfill their dreams. “Dr. Setnor valued education and his alma mater, of which he had many fond memories,” says VPA Dean Ann Clarke. “I am truly grateful that he and Mrs. Setnor chose to help our music students develop and share their talents, realize their ambitions, and take pride in their school. The Setnors will forever be a treasured part of our history.” 

The University will hold an event in celebration of Dr. Setnor’s life during the fall semester.

Arthur StorchArthur Storch

Arthur Storch, founding producing artistic director of Syracuse Stage and former chair of SU’s Department of Drama (1973-92), passed away on March 5, 2013, in New York City. He was 87 years old. Storch is remembered as a passionate, colorful, and insightful pioneer of the regional theater movement of the 1960s and ’70s, putting Syracuse Stage on the map artistically and leading the 1980 renovation of the 500-seat Archbold Theatre. As a professional artist and educator, he was integral in creating the unique relationship between Syracuse Stage and SU Drama, which through his efforts blossomed into a national model for sharing resources and talent between an undergraduate training program and a professional theater company. During Storch’s tenure, the quality of the productions and high standard of professionalism made Syracuse Stage a vital artistic force in Central New York and theater an important part of the cultural fabric. Under his guidance, SU Drama in the College of Visual and Performing Arts developed one of the most sought-after bachelor of fine arts programs in the country. In October 1991, Storch announced his retirement, saying simply it was “time to stop and smell the flowers.” At a press conference, he reflected on his tenure at Syracuse Stage and SU Drama: “I think what I am most proud of is that we created a standard of quality that does not cater to the lowest common denominator.” In 1992, the Arthur Storch Theatre in the Syracuse Stage/SU Drama complex was named in his honor. 

Norman Joseph WoodlandNorman Joseph Woodland G’56

N. Joseph Woodland, co-inventor of the ubiquitous bar code for consumer products, died on December 9, 2012, in Edgewater, New Jersey, where he lived. He was 91 years old. Woodland, who earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the L.C. Smith College of Engineering, conceived the idea of a product code for optical scanning as a student at Drexel with classmate Bernard Silver in the late ’40s. In 1952, they received a U.S. patent for their code—a bull’s eye-style pattern of various-sized bands of concentric circles. The invention was named “Classifying Apparatus and Method First Optically Scanned Bar Code,” and they later sold the patent for $15,000. Woodland, who was involved in work on the Manhattan Project early in his career, joined IBM in 1951 and was instrumental in helping the company develop today’s ever-recognizable rectangular Universal Product Code in the early ’70s. Woodland, who retired from IBM in 1987, was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation at a White House ceremony in 1992, and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2011.