In Memoriam: Dr. Diana Hull (1924-2017) and Professor Miles David Wolpin (1937-2017)

By Wayne Lutton
Volume 28, Number 1 (Fall 2017)
Issue theme: "The Refugee Crisis And Its Impact on the West"

Dr. Diana Hull (1924-2017)

Diana Hull, the long-time West Coast Editor of The Social Contract, passed away on October 1, 2017. She was a distinguished behavioral scientist, who held degrees from the City University of New York (CUNY), the University of Michigan (M.A.), and the University of Texas School of Public Health (Ph.D.). She was a Clinical Associate Professor at the Baylor College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and contributed articles on migration and health and the effect of changed environments on the physical and mental health of individuals and groups in leading professional journals, such as Social Science & Medicine, Psychological Review, and the International Journal of Psychosomatic Research.

After her retirement from Baylor, she and her husband, David, moved to Santa Barbara, CA, where she became active as a researcher and writer on immigration and population issues. At one time she was a member of the Sierra Club's Population Committee and the Southern California Demographic Forum. Later she served as President of Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) from 2000 to 2010. And she served on the Advisory Board of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Dr. Hull was active locally as a member of the Foundation Board of Trustees of the University of California at Santa Barbara.

I will remember Diana Hull for her enthusiasm, optimism, and sense of integrity. It was a privilege to know and work with her.

Professor Miles David Wolpin (1937-2017)

Miiles Wolpin, Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the State University of New York at Potsdam (SUNY) and a friend of The Social Contract, died peacefully at his home in Hopkinson, NY, on September 20, 2017. He earned degrees from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Finance and Columbia University (J.D. and Ph.D. in International Law). He was an internationally recognized authority on the topics of militarism and socialism in Latin America. Dr. Wolpin spoke out forcefully against the demonization of critics of our immigration policies and was a courageous critic of Political Correctness and an ardent defender of free speech.

According to one obituary notice, "During his career, he spent several years abroad conducting research in Chile, Cuba, Mexico, and Norway. Apart from academic pursuits, he enjoyed his beloved hobby farm, Apple End, in Hopkinson, where he worked tirelessly sowing and reaping his gardens. He was especially proud of his blueberry bushes during the summer, and he was known to pass out Charlie Brown Christmas trees during the holiday season."

His erudition on our issues of concern, as well as his refined sense of humor and cheerful demeanor, will be missed.

About the author

Wayne Lutton, Ph.D., is editor of the Social Contract.