in WWII, receiving five campaign ribbons
with battle stars. At UNC, he belonged to
Delta Sigma Pi and Theta Xi. Bernie
Aleskovsky (’ 40), 89, of West Palm Beach,
Fla.; May 30, 2007. Aleskovsky was president of
an insurance brokerage in Spring Valley, N. Y.
Among his civic involvements in Spring Valley,
he was a councilman, treasurer for a school district and president of the Citizens Council for
Better Schools and an organization to provide
assistance for mentally ill children. He trained
as an Air Cadet pilot. At UNC, he was in
Marching Band, Glee Club and Phi Mu
Alpha and co-captain of the fencing team.
Dr. John Sutton Barlow (’ 44 BSPHY, ’ 48
MS, ’ 51 CMED), 82, of Concord, Mass.; Feb.
15, 2008. Barlow was a neuroscientist at
Massachusetts General Hospital for more than
50 years. He designed and built the first U.S.
analog correlator for brain potentials and, more
recently, designed electronic models to demon-
strate how parts of the brain work. He wrote
numerous scientific articles and, as a linguist,
translated scientific articles and books from
Russian, Polish, Czech, Bulgarian and
Chinese. He contributed the English for a
Chinese-Russian-English dictionary and was
past president of the Eastern Association of
Electroencephalographers. He served in the
Navy in WWII, then the Naval Reserve. At
UNC, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and
belonged to Glee Club. Peggy Cates
Bartow (’ 47 AB), 82, of Alexandria,Va.; Dec.
21, 2007. Among Bartow’s volunteer activities,
she was on the board of Goodwill Industries, a
delegate to the 1976 Democratic Convention
and was on the inaugural committee for
President Jimmy Carter. Devoted to yachting,
she named her boat Tar Heel. Laura Foster
“Gina” Bell (’ 47 AB), 81, of Greensboro; Feb.
23, 2008. Paul Branch Bissette Jr. (’ 47
BSPHR), 81, of Wilson; Jan. 25, 2008. Bissette
was a pharmacist and president of Bissette’s
Drug Store who served on the N.C.
Commission for Health Services and on the
board of directors of the N.C. Pharmacy
Foundation. He served in the Army in WWII.
At UNC, he was a player and manager of the
baseball team and belonged to Phi Gamma
Delta and Rho Chi. Clayton Brown
Brasington Jr. (’ 49), 82, of Davie, Fla.; Jan.
22, 2008. Brasington was co-owner of a sportswear company in Miami. In WWII, he was a
fighter pilot in the Army Air Corps. At UNC,
he was in the Marching Band and Sigma Chi.
Albert Gallatin Carr (’ 40 AB), 89, of
Durham; Feb. 13, 2008. Carr retired after a
long career with Penn Mutual Life Insurance.
He was in the Marines in WWII and received
the Purple Heart. At UNC, he was on the golf
team and belonged to Gorgon’s Head Lodge
and Zeta Psi. Albert C. Chappell (’ 48), 83,
of Beaufort; Feb. 10, 2008. Chappell retired as
JAY F. ROSENBERG 1942–2008
He Philosophized on Kant, Cooking and Beating Jeopardy! Buzzer
Jay F. Rosenberg, a member of UNC’s Portland, Ore., The Impoverished Students’ interview on a Web site about
philosophy department since 1966, died Guide to Cookery, Drinkery, & Housekeepery. He the show, Rosenberg said he didn’t think the
Feb. 21 in Chapel Hill, leaving an academic appeared on the old To Tell the Truth television championship had a lasting effect on his life.
legacy of teaching and writing that led to, show, in which celebrities tried to determine However, he said, “for a couple of years, I
among other honors, his being named Taylor which of three contestants was telling the couldn’t walk into a restaurant or through an
Grandy Professor of Philosophy. He was truth. Rosenberg appeared as a cookbook airport without being asked about Jeopardy!”
department chair from 1984 to 1989 and act- author, getting his first taste of game shows. More recently, he appeared on the show in
ing chairman in spring 1993. His 2005 in a tournament of champi-accomplishments outside the philoso- ons. He responded correctly to the
phy department included being a final Jeopardy! category on ancient
cookbook author and a television writers: Born in 43 B.C., his most
game show contestant. famous work begins, “My intention is
As an academician, Rosenberg was to tell of bodies changed to different
the author of eight philosophical forms.” (Who was Ovid?) But
books, most recently Thinking About Rosenberg was not the winner; he
Knowing in 2002 and Three told friends he no longer had the
Conversations About Knowing in 2000. timing for the buzzer.
COURTESY UNC PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT
He concentrated on contemporary For Rosenberg’s 1985 appear-analytic philosophy, publishing ance, William Lycan — William
numerous articles on metaphysics and Rand Kenan Professor of philoso-the philosophy of language. He phy, who joined the faculty in the
received a Guggenheim Fellowship 1980s but had known Rosenberg
and a National Endowment for the since 1969 — recalls helping him
Humanities Fellowship, among others. practice for the show. “He concen-
Michael Resnik, professor emeritus Jay Rosenberg received many honors as a philosophy professor and author, but he gained popular fame from his appearances on game shows and as author of a cooking trated on the timing and skill of
of philosophy, joined the department and housekeeping book for college students. hitting the buzzer. He didn’t do
about the same time as Rosenberg and too much studying,” Lycan said.
described his former colleague as an extreme- Douglas Long, professor emeritus of phi-
ly conscientious teacher. He said Rosenberg losophy, said Rosenberg announced one day
would study every sentence of a graduate stu- in a faculty meeting that he had appeared on
dent’s paper, writing lengthy critiques. Jeopardy! Long described the game show
But Rosenberg didn’t confine himself to appearances as “just a side issue” of Rosenberg’s
the world of academics. life as a philosopher. “It represented the kind
He wrote a cookbook while completing of mind and presence he had.”
his undergraduate studies at Reed College in — Sally Walters
His cookbook continues to sell at Reed
College Bookstore — right there on the
store’s first Web page — and profits benefit a
It was as a contestant on Jeopardy! in 1985
that Rosenberg gained game show celebrity.
He won five times on the show — the maximum permitted at that time. In a recent