Posted June 9, 1999
Noted educational theorist Ann Brown, 56, professor of education, died Friday, June 4, at UCSF hospital following an illness. An obituary will appear in the next issue of Berkeleyan.
A funeral mass for Brown will be held Thursday, June 10 at 11 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 1086 Guerrero (between 22nd and 23rd Streets), in San Francisco.
Erle Loran, professor emeritus of art practice and an accomplished author and artist, died peacefully in Berkeley on May 13. He was 93.
Loran joined Berkeley's faculty in 1936, serving as chair of the art department in the early 1950s. Upon his retirement in 1973 he was awarded a University Citation.
Best known for his 1943 book "Cezanne's Composition," Loran also wrote critical essays as the San Francisco correspondent for "Art News." His personal artistic style evolved from his studies of Cezanne's treatment of line, color and space. His work has been displayed at prestigious museums throughout the United States and won numerous awards for oil, watercolor and gouache painting.
After retirement his work became more abstract. He continued to paint until about a year ago, when a visual impairment forced him to quit. A retrospective of his work is on display in San Francisco through June 12 at The Craftsman's Guild and the California Heritage Gallery.
Loran is survived by his wife, Ruth Schorer Loran of Berkeley, and his nephew, Neal Brastad of Minneapolis.
A memorial service will be held at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum on June 29 at 5 p.m. For reservations call (415) 750-3649.
Fredric Mosher, professor emeritus in the School of Information Management and Systems, died of a heart attack May 30. He was 85.
On the school's active faculty from 1950 to 1981, he headed instruction in reference and bibliography and also taught the history of books and printing. He was known as a friendly, dedicated teacher with a dry sense of humor.
Professor Mosher had been an instructor in English, a sergeant in the Army, and a librarian at the Newberry Library in Chicago before joining Berkeley's faculty.
He was a Fulbright lecturer at the Royal School of Librarianship in Copenhagen in 1963-64 and worked in the British Library on the Eighteenth Century Short Title Catalogue in 1977-78.
In his retirement he contributed numerous articles on American printing to the revised edition of the leading encyclopedia on the history of the book, the "Lexikon des Gesamten Buchwesens."
The Bancroft Library's Regional Oral History Office recently recorded an oral history with Professor Mosher.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Evelyn; two sons, Randy and Allan; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service for Mosher was held Wednesday, June 2 in the Chapel of Trinity United Methodist Church, Dana St., where he was an active member. His son Allan, a professor of Music at the University of Cincinnati, contributed baritone songs.