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Ted Malm

Finn Theodore (Ted) Malm died Jan. 8 after a long illness. He was 78.

Malm taught business administration and labor relations on campus for 40 years and founded the business school’s alumni association while serving as its assistant dean, from 1957 to 1962.

Born in Santa Cruz, he spent most of his childhood in Hong Kong, where his father, a sea captain, was based. The family later moved to the East Bay.

Malm graduated from Berkeley with a BS in business administration in 1941 and earned his PhD in industrial economics from MIT in 1946. He returned to Berkeley as an instructor in 1946 and remained until his retirement, as associate professor in 1984.

Malm served as a personnel management consultant for the Organization for European Economic Cooperation in the mid ’50s, and as personnel analyst for Standard Oil of California. He also headed a research project for the State of California to study how automation affected manpower requirements and education needs in the state.

Malm was a lifelong member of the Sierra Club and an avid skier, backpacker, photographer and Dixieland jazz enthusiast.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Virginia; his daughters, Karen Malm of San Francisco and Sandra Pieper of Santa Cruz, and his son-in-law, Bill Pieper.

For information on a memorial service, call Sandra Pieper at (408) 426-2480 or Karen Malm at (415) 586-5740.

W. Gerson Rabinowitz

W. Gerson Rabinowitz, associate professor emeritus of Greek, died recently in Berkeley at the age of 79.

Born in Kansas City, Mo., in 1919, Rabinowitz was an undergraduate student at Berkeley before World War II and studied briefly at Johns Hopkins University before enlisting. After the war he returned to Berkeley for graduate work and earned his PhD in 1955.

He taught at the University of Washington from 1948 until 1954, when he began his career at Berkeley. Rabinowitz received tenure in 1958, and retired in 1989.

During his early career he held a Guggenheim Fellowship and an ACLS Fellowship and spent sabbaticals at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and at Oxford.

Rabinowitz was known best for his devotion to the philosophy and works of Plato. In 1956 Rabinowitz collaborated with W. C. Helmbold in a translation with introduction of Plato’s “Phaedrus,” and in 1957 his dissertation, “Aristotle’s Protrepticus and the Sources of its Reconstruction,” appeared as a UC Press monograph.

Thereafter, true to his Platonic beliefs, he refrained from publication, transmitting his knowledge and love of the Greek language and of Plato in small classes and especially in tutorials held in his smoke-filled office. He continued to hold such tutorials after his retirement, even up to a few days before his death.

Rabinowitz is survived by two sons.

A memorial gathering in his honor will be held Thursday, March 19, at 5:30 p.m. in 370 Dwinelle Hall.

Benbow Ritchie

Benbow Ritchie, professor emeritus of psychology, died Feb. 23. He was 85. Ritchie was a professor in the Department of Psychology from 1950 to 1977.

A student of and co-investigator for a number of years with Edward Tolman, Ritchie researched comparative and experimental psychology. He published on learning and performance, especially spatial learning and the role of reward and reinforcement on learning and performance. He also taught a well-received English course, aimed at prose improvement, on the psychology of literary expression.

Wrote one leader in the field: “Benbow Ritchie had a long and distinguished career both as an experimentalist and as a theorist and made many contributions to psychology in both areas. Aside from his unusual intellectual capabilities, he was a wonderful person, a perfect gentleman gifted with wisdom and wit.”

Ritchie is survived by his wife, Patricia, and three children, Michael, Elisie and Jack. Private services are being held.

Donations in his memory may be made either to the American Civil Liberties Union, 1321 West 43rd St., New York, NY, 10036, or Amnesty International, 322 8th Ave., New York, NY, 10001.

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