BU Alumni Web

Bostonia: The Alumni Magazine of Boston University

Winter-Spring 2012 Table of Contents


Boston University Faculty Members Remembered

Stephen M. Haley
A School of Public Health professor of health policy and management and associate director of the Health & Disability Research Institute at SPH, on July 16, 2011, at 59.

Haley died after a long illness. He had a remarkable career as a pediatric physical therapist, researcher, educator, and mentor. A native of Ohio, he graduated with a BS in psychology and a Certificate in Physical Therapy from Ohio State University, becoming a fervent and lifelong Buckeyes football fan. He earned an MS in education from the University of Kentucky and a PhD in educational psychology from the University of Washington.

From 1983 to 1986, Haley was an assistant professor of physical therapy at BU’s College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, where he later served as the college’s first associate dean for research. In that capacity, he played a leading role in creating a research infrastructure that supported a major expansion of the faculty’s research and cofounded the college’s Center for Rehabilitation Effectiveness, which he directed from 1997 to 2004.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he was a researcher and faculty member at Tufts University School of Medicine. There he led the team that developed the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI), a clinical and research assessment instrument, first published in 1991, that has become the preferred measure to evaluate the functioning of children with disabilities worldwide.

He was director of research at BU’s Rehabilitation Research & Training Center for Measuring Rehabilitation Outcomes from 1999 to 2004. He later was director of research at the Franciscan Hospital for Children, a pediatric rehabilitation hospital in Boston.

Throughout his career, Haley was a teacher and mentor to many doctoral, postdoctoral, and junior investigators. He was a gifted speaker and a skilled teacher who generously shared his knowledge with his students. His passion for improving the lives of children with disabilities by improving the quality of rehabilitation research was an inspiration to the students and mentees who worked with him.

Haley received numerous awards for his research and scholarship, including the Golden Pen Award for contributions to the Physical Therapy Journal in 1993, and in 2006, the Helen Hislop Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Professional Literature in Physical Therapy. In 2009, he was elected a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association. ~Alan M. Jette

Alan M. Jette is a professor of health policy and management and director of the Health & Disability Research Institute at the BU School of Public Health. A version of his appreciation appeared in the October 2011 issue of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Homer Jernigan
Retired Albert V. Danielsen Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at the School of Theology, on July 30, 2011, at 89.

Jernigan combined spiritual practice with psychology and clinical training to reform BU’s Danielsen Pastoral Counseling Center, now the Danielsen Institute. A faculty member at Boston University for 34 years, he dedicated his career to demonstrating how religion could guide both the individual and the community.

An ordained Methodist minister, Jernigan used his extensive knowledge of the Bible to create a theology centered on social justice and human rights. He was arrested in Denver in the 1940s for sitting in the “colored” section of a movie theater and was also expelled from his fraternity for advocating racial integration, according to the Boston Globe.

Jernigan graduated from the University of Denver in 1943. He earned a master’s degree in divinity from the Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 1946 and a PhD in psychology from Northwestern University in 1959.

He first served as a pastor in New York and later as a hospital chaplain in Chicago and Virginia. In 1957, Jernigan joined the BU faculty as an assistant professor of pastoral psychology.

In 1970, together with some of his former students, Jernigan founded the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy, a nonprofit organization that provides mental health treatment. He was executive director of the Danielsen Institute from 1964 to 1971, and later was a supervisor and coordinator of training in pastoral psychology.

Former student Donald Manthei (GRS’61,’72) told the Globe, “I would call him the quiet champion of the unnoticed, whether that was a person, a group, or a new idea.”

As for Jernigan’s contribution to the Danielsen Institute, Manthei said, “He took a historic University department that was meandering and brought new vitality, purpose, and direction to it.”

Jernigan continued to teach at BU until his retirement in 1991. ~Samantha DuBois (CAS’12)

Meryl Louis
School of Management associate professor of organizational behavior, on September 19, 2011, at 64.

Louis studied management at the University of California at Los Angeles, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1967 and a master’s degree in management theory in 1968. She returned to UCLA to earn a PhD in applied behavioral science in 1978.

Early in her career, Louis worked on the administrative services staff at the accounting firm Arthur Andersen & Co. and then as an instructor at Pepperdine University. She also taught at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and at the Naval Postgraduate School.

After a year as a visiting professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Louis joined the Boston University staff as a senior research associate in 1983. She became a visiting professor at BU in 1984 and was made an associate professor the following year. She specialized in career transitions and organizational entry, workplace cultures, and interpretive processes. ~SD

James V. “Tim” Nicholson
A College of Fine Arts professor emeritus of theatre arts and stage management and codirector of the School of Theatre, on August 9, 2011, at 84.

Characterized as a team player and a talented theater artist completely without ego, Nicholson was held in great respect and affection by colleagues and students alike.

He came to BU in 1957, initially teaching lighting design, stagecraft, and theater practice. In 1970, he assumed additional administrative duties, began teaching graduate directing, and became the primary advisor for all graduate students.

Even after his retirement in 1989, Nicholson continued to work on projects for the CFA community. Among them was the publication Boston University College of Fine Arts: Reflections on the First 50 Years, 1954–2004, on which he collaborated with colleagues William Lacey, a CFA professor emeritus of theatre, voice, speech, and acting, and Judith Flynn, retired assistant director of the School of Theatre. In 2006, Nicholson made a generous gift to the college to refurbish the antique lighting fixtures in the Boston University Theatre.

“Tim was deeply devoted to the BU School of Theatre,” says Jim Petosa, director of the school. “His generosity was proof of his care, and his gentlemanly advice and expressions of support were always welcome to hear and receive. He will be greatly missed by our community.” ~Ellen Carr

David Pressman
A former College of Fine Arts professor and chair of acting and directing, School of Theatre, on August 29, 2011, at 97.

A legendary television director, Pressman made a lasting impact on the College of Fine Arts School of Theatre as founder of its acting and directing programs.

Born in 1913 in Tbilisi, in what is now the Republic of Georgia, Pressman came to the United States at age nine. He began his career in the 1930s as a stage actor and director and then found success directing in the new medium of television.

Pressman’s TV career came to a halt during the McCarthy era, when he was blacklisted for membership in the Communist Party. He was recruited to BU in 1954 by opera impresario Sarah Caldwell, head of BU’s Opera Workshop from 1952 to 1960, and served on the faculty of what was then the Division of Theatre Arts until 1959, leading the creation of the department of acting and directing and forging important ties between the department and theater professionals.

Pressman eventually returned to television, winning three Daytime Emmys during his 25 years as director of ABC’s One Life to Live.

A School of Theatre reunion honoring Pressman in 2004 was a standing-room-only affair, attended by such renowned actors as Verna Bloom (CFA’59) and Olympia Dukakis (SAR’53, CFA’57, Hon.’00). ~Corinne Steinbrenner

Warren Frederick Wilder
(CAS’47, GRS’48,’60), a College of Arts & Sciences professor emeritus of French and chair of the modern foreign languages and literatures department, on September 12, 2011, at 88.

Born in Lynn, Mass., Wilder earned a bachelor’s, a master’s, and a PhD from Boston University.

His undergraduate education was interrupted by World War II; he enlisted in the Army, serving in Europe. He earned a PhD in 1960, writing his dissertation on “The Concept of Latinité in the Works of Louis Marie Emile Bertrand.” Although his specialty was the Renaissance, his colleague Dorothy Kelly, a CAS professor of romance studies, notes that he was also an expert on Émile Zola and naturalism, an interest they both shared.

Wilder chaired the modern foreign languages and literatures department from 1967 to 1975, a time when many universities were abandoning the language requirement. But he was a tireless and eloquent defender of it.

As department chair, he is remembered as being fair-minded and open to all the languages and cultures taught by the department under his stewardship.

He also supported young faculty and was always receptive to new ideas about curriculum and language methodology. He broke new ground by hiring French language instructors from different parts of the French-speaking world.

Colleagues and former students describe Wilder’s calm, cool manner and avoidance of “crisis mode,” his kindness and courtesy, his sophisticated wit and never-cruel irony, and his sartorial savoir faire.

He was knowledgeable about a wide variety of topics, and many recall conversations with him about subjects and interests that they shared—from running, wine, and good fountain pens to art, music, and the Metropolitan Opera’s best sopranos.

High school classmate Henry Murphy (CAS’48) says that Wilder was known in his youth for his love of music and was a popular amateur composer in high school and college, writing “fight songs” and tunes for musicals.

Post Your Comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.

Which is lightest? elephant, cat, moon, tissue

Persons who post comments are solely responsible for the content of their messages. Bostonia reserves the right to delete or edit messages.