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May 11, 2006

Obituary: Former sociology faculty Jerome Laulicht, Bernhardt Lieberman, Omar Khayyam Moore

Three former Pitt sociology professors have died in recent months.

*Jerome Laulicht

Associate professor emeritus Jerome Laulicht, 70, died of a cerebral hemorrhage March 3, 2006, at the Cleveland Clinic.

Laulicht came to the University in 1967 as an associate professor and director of the Research Office of Sociology at Pitt. In 1969, he received a joint appointment in the Department of International Affairs in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. He retired from the University in 1988.

A World War II veteran who served on Iwo Jima, he became a leader in the earliest peace studies at Pitt and published extensively on peace and foreign policy issues.

Laulicht was a graduate of the College of New York and earned his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Kentucky.

Prior to his arrival at the University, Laulicht was a senior researcher at the Canadian Peace Research Institute in Clarkson, Ontario. Among the projects he directed were studies on the attitudes of the general public and elite groups on issues of foreign and defense policy. In 1965 he initiated a study of policy alternatives in the Vietnam conflict.

He is survived by his wife Lois and four children, Jules Lefcowitz, Nancy Laulicht Seibel, Ellen Laulicht Banta and Roberta Laulicht Sims.

Laulicht, who had Alzheimer’s disease, donated his body to the Cleveland Clinic for Alzheimer’s research. No services were held.

*Bernhardt Lieberman

Professor emeritus Bernhardt Lieberman, 79, died in late last month in Hagerstown, Md. following an automobile accident.

He came to Pitt in 1964 as an associate professor. He held joint appointments in psychology, business administration and as a research associate in the Learning Research and Development Center.

He retired in 1998.

Lieberman earned his undergraduate degree in psychology at Brooklyn College, and earned a master’s degree in the same subject at New York University. He earned a Ph.D. in social psychology at Boston University.

An expert in the field of computer and cyber crime, among his scholarly works was a 2003 study of the characteristics and motivations of computer hackers. Earlier work included analyses of social phenomena, including the controversies over the health effects of secondhand smoke and an analysis of post-Kinsey studies of sexuality.

He is survived by his wife Renee, a son and a daughter.

Services were held May 3 at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery.

*Omar Khayyam Moore

Omar Khayyam Moore, 86, died April 17, 2006, while undergoing heart surgery in Fort Collins, Colo.

Prior to his arrival at Pitt in 1965, he taught at Washington University, Northwestern University, Yale and Rutgers. At Pitt, he held a joint appointment in sociology and psychology as a professor of social psychology. He also was a professor of social psychology in the learning Research and Development Center and a senior research associate in the Philosophy of Science Center.

He wrote on a variety of education, philosophy and social science issues and was an inventor, holding parts of 30 patents. His “talking typewriter,” one of the educational technologies he developed, was invented in the 1960s.

Following his retirement from Pitt in 1989, he moved to Estes Park, Colo., where he became affiliated with the University of Colorado sociology department and taught graduate seminars.

Moore earned his undergraduate degree at Doane College, then served in the Army during World War II in counter-intelligence operations in Italy.

Following the war, he enrolled at Washington University in St. Louis, where he earned master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology.

Moore was preceded in death by his wife Ruth. He is survived by a daughter, Venn, of Pittsburgh.

A memorial service was held April 22 in Estes Park, Colo.

Memorial donations to Doane College may be sent to Allnutt Funeral Services Estes Chapel, 1302 Graves Avenue, Estes Park, Colo. 80517.

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