Deaths: Frederick Siegel, Anna Bachman
Frederick P. Siegel never had a dull moment in his 34 years as a College of Pharmacy professor.
While some of the material he taught in his medical dietetics or dermatologics courses could be less than exciting, he always injected humor and relevance into the subject matter, said Jerry Bauman, the current dean and a student of Siegel’s in the 1970s.
Siegel, 85, died Dec. 15 in Glenview; he had been in failing health for many years.
“He was a fun but effective lecturer who had a dry sense of humor,” said Bauman of his former professor, who never used notes to teach, but was “completely organized.”
Siegel said he felt restricted by notes. If something came into his head, he said, it was more important to immediately discuss it, which he couldn’t do with a textbook or course outline.
He was so revered by his students that two of them, Bruce and Linda Grider, helped establish the Frederick P. Siegel PhD Scholarship.
The $2,300 scholarship is presented annually to a student that has experienced a hardship in his or her life, as “Dr. Siegel was always there to help someone in need,” Bruce Grider said.
During his UIC career, Siegel was voted the college’s Teacher of the Year 15 times — eight times by the senior class, five times by the juniors and twice by the freshmen. He also received nine Golden Apple Awards, which designates the college’s best teachers. In 1990, he received the UIC Award for Excellence in Teaching.
In a UIC News story announcing his retirement in 1992, he said one of his greatest joys was to have a student come up to him and say, “‘I appreciate having you as a teacher and love having you in the classroom.’ To me, that was the greatest gratification anyone could bestow.”
After his retirement from UIC, Siegel was director of product development for GenDerm, a Lincolnshire dermatological firm, where his responsibilities included bringing concepts to final dosage form. He was a consultant for numerous companies, including Armour Dial Inc., Champion Papers, Abbott Laboratories, Pillsbury and Revlon Inc.
Siegel received his Ph.D. from UIC in 1955, after earning a bachelor’s in pharmacy from the University of Connecticut in 1949 and a master’s in science from Ohio State University in 1951. He began his teaching career at UIC in 1958.
When he retired, the college declared May 18, 1992, “Frederick P. Siegel Day.”
He is survived by his wife, Anita, and daughters Heidi, Karen and Linda.
Anna Bachman, graduate student
Anna Bachman, 25, a master’s degree student in urban planning and policy, died in an accident Jan. 12 while vacationing in San Diego, Calif.
Bachman was visiting family and touring the Sunset Cliffs when she fell. Bystanders were unable to revive her.
Bachman was a research assistant at the Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. She was an intern in community investment at Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago.
She was one of two symposium coordinators for the 2014 Urban Innovation Symposium, to be held Jan. 31 by the Urban Planning and Policy Student Association, and served on the planning committee for the upcoming 40th anniversary celebration of the department of urban planning and policy.
“Anna came from California to study at UIC because of this department’s commitment to social equity and community engagement — values that she embodied through her past service as an Americorps VISTA volunteer with Habitat for Humanity,” said Ann Barnds, assistant to the head of the Department of Urban Planning and Policy.
“Anna was a very dynamic member of our MUPP student body and we are very fortunate for the precious time she spent with us,” wrote Michael Pagano, dean of the college, and Curt Winkle, head of the department, in an email to college faculty, staff and students.
CUPPA held a gathering for Bachman’s friends and colleagues Tuesday at CUPPA Hall.