Boston University faculty members remembered
Jerome David Herniter
School of Management professor and chair emeritus of information systems,79, on August 3, 2009.
Herniter was born in the Bronx, New York. He graduated from City College of New York in 1951 and earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from Columbia University in 1955.
He took a job at the international management consulting firm Arthur D. Little but left in 1965 to become an assistant professor at Michigan State University. Between 1969 and 1973, he published four research studies on purchase behavior and budget strategy for the Marketing Science Institute.
He loved gardening, a passion he developed while volunteering at the Botanical Gardens as a teenager during World War II. An avid computer programmer, he worked on one of the early research computers that IBM donated to Columbia University in the 1950s.
Herniter, who taught quantitative methods and operations management at SMG from 1969 to 1990, was one of the school’s first instructors to encourage the use of computers in the classroom.
Michael E. Lawson, SMG senior associate dean and professor of information systems, describes Herniter as an innovator. “He played a pivotal role in helping the faculty understand the importance and potential of emerging technology,” Lawson says. — Samantha DuBois (COM’12)
Charles Edward Murphy, Jr. (CAS’80, GSM’84)
Manager of digital archival resources at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, 52, on April 5, 2010.
A Trustee Scholar, Murphy earned joint undergraduate degrees in English and history at the College of Arts & Sciences.
He began his archival training as an undergraduate at the University’s Department of Special Collections (now the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center), where he became an exhibit coordinator and junior archivist. In the latter capacity, he assisted Taylor Branch in researching his Pulitzer Prize–winning studies of the civil rights movement, becoming deeply versed in BU’s collection of the papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. (GRS’55, Hon.’59).
After earning an M.B.A. in marketing and finance from BU, Murphy moved to Manhattan. He became involved with the American Theatre Wing, the sponsor of the Tony Awards, allowing him to channel his passion for both serious drama and musicals; the Foundation Center, a national clearinghouse for philanthropy; and the Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives: The 1960s, contributing essays on Lady Bird Johnson, philanthropist Stewart R. Mott, and former Yale president Kingman Brewster, Jr.
From 1995 to 2002, he was an editor and writer at the online journal and entertainment industry database Baseline, writing more than 600 film reviews and interviewing more than 100 celebrities.
While at Baseline, he collaborated with Microsoft in writing and editing more than 400 entries for its CD-ROM Cinemania. He also established his own film review Web site and was a founder of New York Film Critics Online.
In 2007 he returned to BU as manager of the Gotlieb Center’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Archival Collaborative, which has created an online search aid for the King papers in Boston and Atlanta.
He was recently appointed the center’s first manager of digital archival resources, a position recognizing his technical acumen and archival command.
Donations in Murphy’s memory may be sent to Environment Massachusetts, 44 Winter St., Suite 401, Boston, MA 02108.
Betty Ruth Ewart
Former assistant to the dean of women, 78, on November 17, 2009.
Ewart, a native of Portsmouth, Ohio, attended Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, and Teachers College at Columbia University.
In addition to serving as assistant to the dean of women at BU, she worked as an organist and choir director and Christian education director for the Episcopal Church and at Oberlin College. She was also director of student activities at Kent State University. She taught piano and organ and was a substitute music teacher for Greenbrier County in West Virginia.
Ewart retired from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1996. She began working there in 1980 as a CPR instructor, later serving as an ACLS coordinator and health educator for more than ten years. She was also an instructor at the Greenbrier County Community College and helped coordinate two paramedic classes for the area.
She was active in the American Red Cross and the American Lung Association in New York. In 1991, she was named Volunteer of the Year by the American Heart Association and Volunteer of the Year for Lewisburg. She was secretary for the Boston branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and president of the Lewisburg AAUW. She received the Alumni Distinguished Service Award from Capital University in 2004.
Along with her husband, Ewart helped found the Greenbrier Valley chapter of Bereaved Parents/USA. She also served on the National Board of Directors and as president of the board for Bereaved Parents/USA.
School of Medicine professor emeritus of biochemistry, 89, on October 13, 2009.
Schmid, who taught at BU from 1963 until 1987, devoted his life to the study of biochemistry, concentrating his research on the isolation, structure, function, and genetics of human plasma proteins.
Born in the town of Erlinsbach in northern Switzerland, Schmid earned a bachelor’s degree at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich in 1943 and a master’s and doctorate from the University of Basel, where he also taught in the biochemistry department.
In 1947, Schmid traveled abroad to serve yearlong terms as a research fellow, first at the University of Cambridge in England and then at Harvard Medical School. He remained at Harvard as a research associate until 1960, and was an associate biochemist at Massachusetts General Hospital until 1962. He came to BU the next year as an associate professor and was promoted to full professor in 1966.
Schmid belonged to the American Chemical Society, the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the American Heart Association, and the Biochemical Society of London. In 1958, he was made an Established Investigator at the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation for his work in biomedical science. Schmid also received a Research Career Award from the National Institutes of Health in 1966.
Throughout his extensive career, Schmid published approximately 150 papers and 100 abstracts on the isolation and characterization of proteins and glycoproteins. — SD