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Elizabeth “Betty” Stuart Rodgers Jeffreys ’44, Glenview, Ill., Feb. 23, 2018, at age 95.
From her first childhood Brownie camera, Mrs. Jeffreys had an interest in photography. As a student at the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications she would spend her free time taking pictures of fellow students and later photographed weddings.
Throughout her career, Mrs. Jeffreys never used the camera’s viewfinder, preferring to envision the frame in her mind. She engaged the people she photographed to ensure natural, candid shots.
In 1945 Mrs. Jeffreys opened the Betty Stuart Studio, a photography business in Evanston. The business, renamed Stuart-Rodgers Studio after she married John Boyd Rodgers in 1946, remains open today as Stuart-Rodgers Photography.
Mrs. Jeffreys photographed dozens of famous people, from presidents to Hollywood stars. She also ran a photography school in Evanston in the 1960s and hosted workshops by top photographers, such as Ansel Adams. She later returned to Northwestern to teach photography at Medill.
Mrs. Jeffreys is survived by her daughters, Holly and Betsy; her sons, Scott and Chip; and 12 grandchildren.
Helen Sloane Dudman ’46, ’46 MS, Blue Hill, Maine, Feb. 19, 2018, at age 93.
Best known for her work in journalism and public relations, Mrs. Dudman worked as the publicity director of the National Symphony Orchestra from 1962 to 1965 before editing the Washington Post’s women’s section from 1965 to 1969. After working for the Post and for the company’s broadcasting division, she was a vice president for PBS.
During the Vietnam War, Mrs. Dudman’s husband, Richard, was captured by Viet Cong forces while covering the war as a journalist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She used her contacts among the Washington, D.C., press corps and in diplomatic circles to bring attention to her husband’s case. She is credited with helping to secure his release.
Mrs. Dudman is survived by her two daughters, Martha and Iris; and four grandchildren.
Justin Allen Zivin ’67, ’70 MS, ’71 PhD, ’72 MD, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Feb. 17, 2018, at age 71. Dr. Zivin dedicated his career to identifying treatments for stroke, specifically the use of tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, for treatment of ischemic stroke when appropriate. He encouraged the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to change the paradigm for clinical stroke research, organizing a study that required a complete rethinking of how stroke care is managed. His work on tPA paved the way for Food and Drug Administration approval, and tPA is currently the only internationally approved treatment for this condition. He published his first paper on the use of tPA in Science in 1985. The drug was first approved for stroke in 1996. He co-wrote tPA for Stroke: The Story of a Controversial Drug (2010) with John Galbraith Simmons ’71. Dr. Zivin is survived by his wife, Reni-Zoe; two daughters, Kara and Leslie; four grandchildren; and a sister, Linda.
Justin C. Heyman ’95 MBA, Chicago, Feb. 09, 2018, at age 50.
Born in South Africa, Mr. Heyman and his family moved to the East Coast. He earned his bachelor’s in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating he worked briefly for a large law firm in Israel and competed as a professional cyclist.
When he returned to the United States, he took a job at Ernst & Young, then earned an MBA at the Kellogg School of Management. When he was still in his 20s, Mr. Heyman orchestrated a series of buyouts that resulted in the creation of Morey’s Seafood International. Under Mr. Heyman’s leadership, Morey’s Seafood became one of the largest seafood companies in the country.
Mr. Heyman was a partner in the Chicago-based private equity firm Acuity Capital Partners as well as an active member of Chicago’s Young Presidents Organization. He died in a snowmobiling accident in Wyoming while on a trip with the organization. He was a cyclist and an avid outdoorsman and adventurer.
Mr. Heyman was also a philanthropist, following in the footsteps of his sister, Anne, a prominent New York philanthropist who died in a horseback riding accident in 2014. After her passing, Mr. Heyman devoted himself to fundraising for an orphanage she founded in a Rwandan village.
He is survived by his parents, Sydney and Hermia; his sons, Austin, Chase and Hunter; and siblings Dan and Lauren.
Walter Dill Scott ’53, Evanston, Feb. 8, 2018, at age 86. The grandson and namesake of former Northwestern president Walter Dill Scott, Mr. Scott capped off his career in business and government with a quarter-century stint as the Kellogg School of Management’s first clinical professor. After earning his MBA from Columbia University in 1958, Mr. Scott went to work at Lehman Brothers, first in New York and later as a senior partner running the Chicago office. In 1973 he moved to Washington, D.C., to serve as an associate director of the federal Office of Management and Budget during the Nixon and Ford administrations. Two years later he moved to Minneapolis to become chief financial officer at Pillsbury (now General Mills) for five years. He went on to become president and CEO of IDS Financial Services (now Ameriprise Financial) and chairman and CEO of Grand Metropolitan USA (now Diageo). Mr. Scott returned to Kellogg in 1988 to teach classes focused on corporate strategy and leadership. He co-founded Kellogg’s Center for Executive Women. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; three sons, Tim, David and Gordon C. Scott ’89; a daughter-in-law, Anne Nelson Scott ’89; and eight grandchildren.
Kathryn N. Farrow ’05 GME, Chicago, Feb. 07, 2018, at age 46.
A neonatologist at the Feinberg School of Medicine faculty since 2005, Dr. Farrow dedicated her life to advancing the field of newborn medicine and teaching the next generation of physicians.
Dr. Farrow completed a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago before joining the Northwestern faculty in 2005. She rapidly rose through the ranks to professor of pediatrics in 2017. Her medical practice at Lurie Children’s Hospital and Prentice Women’s Hospital focused on intensive care for premature babies.
Dr. Farrow devoted her career to solving lung diseases that affect premature infants. Her work — funded by the National Institutes of Health for more than 10 years — included a rethinking of how oxygen is used to support neonatal respiratory failure. She received the Young Investigator Award from the American Heart Association and Dr. Farrow was elected to the American Pediatric Society, the highest honor society for pediatricians.
Dr. Farrow is survived by her wife, Rachel Hegarty; her children, Daniel and twins Maggie and Liam; her mother Joyce; and her brother, Andrew.
Erving Wolf ’46, ’50 JD, Palm Beach, Fla., Feb. 6, 2018, at age 91.
An oil and gas pioneer and art collector, Mr. Wolf practiced law in Cheyenne, Wyo., but was soon drawn to the oil and gas industry. In 1951 he founded the Wolf Land Co., which later became the Inexco Oil Co. Under his leadership, Inexco discovered Wyoming's 4 trillion-cubic-foot Madden Gas Field, one of the largest natural gas reserves in the United States, and the Key Lake Uranium Mine in Saskatchewan, Canada, which once produced 15 percent of the world’s uranium.
Before attending Northwestern, Mr. Wolf served as an officer in the U.S. Navy while stationed in Guam during World War II. He later attended Notre Dame and earned a law degree from Northwestern.
Mr. Wolf and his wife, Joyce, assembled an art collections that includes 18th- and 19th-century American paintings, drawings, sculpture and furniture, as well as Chinese porcelains. In 1980 they endowed The Erving and Joyce Wolf Gallery at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The gallery, located on the first floor of the American wing, is for the display of special exhibitions of American art. In 2001 the museum made Mr. Wolf an honorary trustee.
The couple also loaned and gifted sculpture to the Denver Art Museum and to the National Gallery of Art in honor of their late daughter, Diane. Mr. Wolf and his brothers were the lead donors for the Leon and Dora Wolf Law Building, named in honor of their parents, at the University of Colorado School of Law.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Wolf is survived by two sons, Daniel and Mathew; five grandchildren; and a brother, Marvin E. Wolf ’52.