Franklin I. “Chris” Gamwell, the Shailer Mathews Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Religious Ethics, Philosophy of Religions, and Theology and dean of the Divinity School from 1980-1990, died Sept. 8 at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He was 85.
Anne Gomer (1928-2023), mother of Richard and Maria, and widow of former UChicago chemistry professor Robert Gomer (1924-2016), passed away on April 17. In 1996, after Robert retired as a professor emeritus, Anne and Robert started a tradition of interdisciplinary research talks held regularly at their home in Hyde Park. This series became the Robert and Anne Gomer Lecture Series, a fixture of the emeriti community that is continued today by the Emeriti Center. Anne was a supporter and volunteer for many functions of the University throughout her life, including chemistry student lectures, UChicago concert series, and UChicago Medicine. Her two children are alumni of the Laboratory School.
Roman L. Weil, a longtime Booth School of Business faculty member who specialized in accounting and expanded access to financial literacy for those serving on corporate boards, passed away on February 1 in Chicago. He was 82.
Blackwood mastered the piano in Indianapolis and made solo appearances at 14 with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He graduated from Yale University with a Master of Arts degree. From 1958 to 1997, Blackwood taught in the Department of Music at the University of Chicago with the titles of Professor and Professor Emeritus.