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Ellen “Ellie” (Ruttenberg) Rabin ’71, of Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, a social worker who developed a successful adoption program at Jewish Family Service of Greater Harrisburg, died on Oct. 24. She was active with her synagogue, Beth El Temple, and Hadassah. She was a member of the Harrisburg Symphony Society and the National Association of Social Workers. She leaves her husband, Harold ’69; children Michael, Emily and Rebecca; brothers Edward and James; and three grandchildren. James Horton, MA’72, PhD’73, an expert in African-American history and the Benjamin Banneker Professor of American Studies and History at George Washington University from 1977-2008, died of complications from dementia on Feb. 20. A renowned teacher, scholar and public historian, he edited, authored or co-authored 10 books, including “The Landmarks of African-American History” and “Slavery and the Making of America.” He leaves his wife, Lois, his frequent scholarly collaborator. Read a remembrance of Jim online at brandeis.edu/magazine. Kaye Ladd, MA’73, PhD’74, of Olympia, Washington, a longtime science professor at Evergreen State College, died on Oct. 27. She leaves her wife, Karen. Daniel Meyers ’73, of Philadelphia, a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter and city hall bureau chief who later worked at The Denver Post and Colorado Public Radio, died on Dec. 19 following an eight-year battle with colon cancer. A Chicago native, he grew up in the Boston area and earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies and politics from Brandeis. He also held a master’s in journalism from Northwestern. Daniel directed communications at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and worked for the University of Denver and Temple University. Inquirer editor William Marimow described him as “a great reporter and a warmhearted, generous colleague.” He leaves his former wife, Sondra, and their son, Jackson. Elizabeth Bauman Lundqvist ’74, of New York City, a valued board member at many charitable organizations and an attorney, died on Dec. 1 after a battle with cancer. She leaves her husband, Bertil; children Hanna and Sophie; stepchildren Monica and Madeleine; her mother, Diane; her sister, Deborah; and five grandchildren. Kenneth Norland, PhD’74, of Vergennes, Vermont, who spent much of his career as a research scientist at Polaroid during the company’s most successful years, died on Oct. 30 after a long illness. He enjoyed astronomy, fishing, hiking and traveling. He leaves his wife, Norma; children Christine, Bill, Bob and Luke; stepchildren Leah and Lesley; and 12 grandchildren. Ira Fultonberg ’79, of Superior, Colorado, a physical therapist, died on Aug. 23, surrounded by the people he loved most, the same people he, in turn, would do anything to help and support. He earned an MBA in finance from New York University and a degree in physical therapy from SUNY Downstate Medical Center. His life changed after a ski vacation in Colorado, which ignited a love for the mountains and the outdoors. On a blind date, he met Elise Zavadoff, whom he instantly adored and married soon after. Ira took the greatest pleasure in spending time with his family, whether on the ski slopes or watching a funny movie. In addition to his wife, he leaves his children, Lorne and Leah; his mother, Pearl; and his sister, Deborah.

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