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alumni obituaries 42 John B. Flick Jr. died March 24. He was 92. Flick attended the University of Rochester Medical School, and worked during World War II on biolog-ical research for the Manhattan Project, which developed the atomic bomb. He later served as a shipboard Navy physician. While a surgical resident in Philadelphia, Flick worked with Dr. John Gibbon, who helped develop the cardiopulmonary bypass. (A photo of Flick can be seen in the May 8, 1950, issue of Life magazine in an article about that work.) He entered his father’s medical practice in Bryn Mawr and, after his father’s retirement, continued it as a solo practice. In 1957 he performed a famous surgery, cutting a bullet out of the heart of a 9-year-old girl after it had been lodged there for 17 days. Flick retired from his practice and moved to Maine, where he worked in the emergency room of the Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast from 1977 into the 1990s. He is survived by his third wife, Elaine Hassold, a son, a daughter and four grandchildren. years, Joan Shoemaker Meader, his son and two grandchildren. 45 John Benge died Jan. 27. He was 88. Benge earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and did his internship and residency at the Memorial Hospital of Delaware and Delaware Hospital Division. He served an 18-month deploy-ment at a battalion medical aid station on the front lines of the Korean War, for which he received numerous citations including the Bronze Star. During his nearly 50-year med-ical career, Benge had a large medical prac-tice across New Castle County, Del. He was president of the Delaware Medical Society in 1985-86. C. Randall Harvey died Dec. 2, 2011. He was 90. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and daughter. Sol Blecker died Jan. 3. He was 84. Blecker’s Haverford studies were interrupted by service in the Navy, for which he worked in offices in Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Va., in 1946 and 1947. He returned to Haverford in 1947, and after graduating with a degree in political science, he won a Fulbright to study at the University of Bordeaux in France. Upon his return to the United States, he enrolled at Yale Law School, from which he graduated in 1953. After several years in private law practice, Blecker joined the U.S. Social Security Administration in 1959 and worked there until his retirement in 1987. He then devot-ed himself to volunteer activities at organiza-tions including the Adult Literacy Program, WHYY public radio, Planned Parenthood and Mercy Community and Bryn Mawr hos-pitals. Blecker is survived by his two sons and four grandchildren. director in 1967. He taught for 25 years at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, from which he retired as professor emeritus of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning in 1988. He held numerous advisory roles at state and national levels, and in 1966, during the Johnson administration, he became the program chairman for the White House Conference on Natural Beauty. He is sur-vived by his wife, Alice, three children and five grandchildren. John G. Zerrer died April 2. He was 84. Zerrer served in the Army in 1944 and 1945 before coming to Haverford. He later worked in Philadelphia in management for Provident Mutual Insurance, from which he retired in 1975. He was involved with Manna House, an organization providing housing and train-ing to homeless women, where he was serv-ing as treasurer at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jane, two sons and four grandchildren. 48 49 43 Tristram P. Coffin died Jan. 31. He was 89. After wartime service in the Army Air Forces and the Signal Corps, Coffin earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. An acclaimed folklorist, he taught at Denison University before joining the Penn English faculty in 1959. After the 1962 establishment of the university’s folklore program, Coffin held joint appointments in both the English and the folklore depart-ments. In the mid-1960s, he was the host of Lyrics and Legends , a public television series about folk songs that was broadcast national-ly. Though Coffin was an academic authority on English, Scottish and American ballads, he also wrote many books for popular read-ership, such as The Book of Christmas Folklore (1973), Uncertain Glory: Folklore and the American Revolution (1971) and The Old Ball Game: Baseball in Folklore and Fiction (1971). He is survived by two sons, two daughters, 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. John H. Meader died Feb. 29. Meader entered the Army in April 1943, went through the Aviation Cadet Program and flew bay bombers during World War II. He was a lifelong resident of Moorestown, N.J., and spent his working years in advertising. He retired from Harris, Baio & McCullough in 1988 as senior vice president of account services. He is survived by his wife of 64 56 Robert Traut died Feb. 29. He was 77. Traut earned his Ph.D. from Rockefeller University in 1962. After com-pleting postdoctoral work at the Medical Research Center in Cambridge, England, he worked at the University of Geneva in Switzerland for six years in the field of protein synthesis and ribosomes. In 1970, Traut was appointed associate professor at the University of California, Davis, where he continued his pioneering research on the structure and function of ribosomes. He made many research contributions, pub-lished more than 150 papers in scientific journals, and trained many students and postdoctoral researchers. He retired from UC Davis in 1995. Traut is survived by his two sons and two grandchildren. Ian R. Gilbert died Jan. 5. He was 69. Gilbert received a law degree from Columbia University in 1967 and later practiced law with several firms in New York and as corporate counsel for businesses. In 1982 he returned to his hometown of Washington, D.C., to begin a career in jour-nalism. Gilbert, whose father was a longtime editor at The Washington Post , was a writer and editor for The Washington Times and later worked as a technical writer for con-sulting firm KPMG. He retired in 2005, and spent much of his time on photography and international travel, even selling his photos to commercial stock agencies. He is survived by his son and grandson. 51 Andrew Scheffey died March 19. He was 84. After his Haverford gradu-ation, Scheffey worked for two years in rural southern Mexico as an alternative to military service during the Korean War. He then earned a master’s degree and his doctorate from the University of Michigan and began four years of development work overseas, in Mexico and with the International Cooperation Administration in Seoul, South Korea. An advocate of planning for the preservation and proper use of the public environment since the 1950s, Scheffey taught for three years at Williams College, where he established the Center for Environmental Studies and became its first 63 64 HaverfordMagazine

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