James J. Callahan, Ph.D.’68, of West Newton, Mass., a distinguished Brandeis researcher and widely admired director of programs for the mentally ill and elderly in Massachusetts, died Oct. 12, 2010, after being struck by a commuter train at a station near his home. Although Callahan recently retired after 25 years as a member of the faculty of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, he regularly attended lectures and participated in committee work. At Heller, he served as director of the Policy Center on Aging, director of the National Institute of Mental Health training program and head of the Ph.D. program. He was acting dean from 1990 to 1992. At the school’s 50th anniversary in 2009, Dean Lisa Lynch presented him with the Alumni Service Award for his loyalty, devotion and tireless work. He was a key member of the cabinet of Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis and served as the state’s secretary of elder affairs, commissioner of mental health and Medicaid program director. He received many honors for his contributions to the fields of aging, health, social policy and public administration, including a Hall of Fame Award from the American Society on Aging, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Captain’s Chair for national program leadership. He leaves his wife, Joan; two sons, James and John; a daughter, Susan; and two brothers, Richard and Neil.

Lorraine Klerman
of West Newton, Mass., a professor at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and a pioneering health services researcher with particular interest in economically disadvantaged women and children, died on Aug. 26, 2010, from complications of cancer. She served as director of the Institute for Children, Youth and Family Policy at Heller and received the school’s Mentoring Award in 2010. She was posthumously selected to receive the Title V Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. In 1996, she was recognized with the American Public Health Association’s Martha May Eliot Award for extraordinary health service to mothers and children. She leaves two sons, Jacob and Dan, and two daughters, Elizabeth and Karen. Gifts in her honor may be made to the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy Fund at the Heller School, Brandeis, Office of Development and Alumni Relations, 415 South St., MS 126, Waltham, MA 02454-9110.