Volume 58, Number 2 August 23, 2010
Foreman is survived by her husband, Dr. Chris A. Foreman, sons Zachary Foreman and Simon Peter Foreman, daughter-in-law Dilia Marquez Foreman, a grandson, three sisters, two brothers and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held in Kigali, Rwanda, on Aug. 7 and funeral services were held in Hayward on Aug. 14. Anyone seeking to make a donation or for other information should contact Gretchen Armstrong at firstname.lastname@example.org or call ext. 8-1031.
Longmore contracted childhood polio in the last epidemic to sweep through the United States and was left with only limited use of his arms and a severely curved spine, but his memory, mind and drive enabled him to surmount obstacles in the pursuit of his dream of becoming a college history professor. Despite graduate program and fellowship rejections based on his disability and scant funding, Longmore succeeded, obtaining his Ph.D. in history from Claremont Graduate College. But he ran into another obstacle on publishing his first book in 1988, "The Invention of George Washington," when the royalties put at risk his Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medi-Cal support. His efforts -- recounted in the title essay of his 2003 book, "Why I Burned My Book, and Other Essays on Disability" -- brought passage of the "Longmore Amendment," which allows persons with disabilities to collect royalties from creative works without jeopardizing SSI income.
Joining the SF State history faculty in 1992, Longmore's compelling style quickly made popular his classes in Colonial America, Early American Society and Culture, and the American Revolution. He founded San Francisco's Institute on Disabilities in 1996 and later started teaching a course on the history of disabilities. He became a full professor in 1998 and continued to pour his energies into the history department and University, filling a curriculum vitae of more than 70 pages with articles, essays, interviews, successful grant proposals, honors and accolades.
Plans are underway for a campus commemoration of Longmore's life and work. Details will appear in the Aug. 30 issue of CampusMemo.
R. Newby Schweitzer
Schweitzer graduated from Wabash College in 1952 with a degree in economics. He pursued his studies at Duke University and completed his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in 1963. Schweitzer was appointed to his position at SF State in 1962, ultimately dedicating three decades to the University. He was an ardent admirer of John Maynard Keynes which led to Schweitzer specializing in macroeconomics. Schweitzer was an activist for peace during the Vietnam War, chair of the economics department and head of the faculty union. Towards the end of his career at SF State, he taught an innovative course on literature and economics. He is remembered by his colleagues as a kind and gracious gentleman dedicated to teaching and the University. He attributed these qualities to his Quaker upbringing in the Midwest.
A reception in celebration of his life was held at the Rhoda Goldman Plaza, on Aug. 2. For information on making donations in Schweitzer's name, contact Maria Garrido-De La Cruz at email@example.com or ext. 8-1839.
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