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1936 | Irene Cawley Corbett CW’36, Chelsea, Mich., Oct. 20. At Penn, she was a member of the women’s swimming and rowing teams and Delta Delta Delta sorority.

1938 | Edith Sullivan Silvers Ed’38, Lancaster, Pa., a retired teacher; May 13. At Penn, she was a member of the field hockey team.

1939 | Dr. Leonard S. Davitch C’39, Philadelphia, July 20, 2014.

Maurice S. Polkowitz C’39, New York, retired owner of a Buick and Cadillac agency in Perth Amboy, N.J.; Aug. 18. At Penn, he was a member of Tau Delta Phi fraternity. During World War II, he served in the US Army.

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1940 | Rabbi Jacob Pressman C’40, Beverly Hills, Calif., retired rabbi of Temple Beth Am for 35 years; Oct. 1. He helped create the Save Soviet Jewry movement and he helped found Los Angeles Hebrew High, Sinai-Akiba Academy, and the Temple Beth Am Day School that now bears his name. to At Penn, he was a member of the men’s rowing team. His wife is Marjorie S. Pressman CW’42.

Pearl Z. Steinberg CW’40, Haverford, Pa., Sept. 3. Her sister is Roberta Zeid Shiekman Ed’42, whose husband is Morton Z. Shiekman W’43.

1941 | Howard C. Weiss W’41, Milwaukee, former owner and CEO of WOMP radio station; Oct. 11. During World War II, he served in the US Army.

1942 | Dr. Frank H. Rittenhouse M’42, Crafton, Pa., a retired physician; Oct. 3. During World War II, he served as a captain in the US Army.

1943 | Ann Lukens Chaffe CW’43, Paoli, Pa., a retired librarian for the Tredyffrin Public Library; April 10. At Penn, she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.

Arthur W. Davidson W’43, Dublin, Ohio, former head of a steel company; Sept. 7. During World War II, he served in the US Navy.

Robert C. Hentschel W’43, Brandon, Fla., a retired CPA; Aug. 14. During World War II, he served in the US Navy.

1944 | Dr. Grant C. Sheckler V’44, Murraysville, Pa., a retired veterinarian; Sept. 21. During World War II, he served in the US Army.

Alex Wilson Mu’44, New Brighton, Minn., retired music director for South Philadelphia High School; July 5.

1945 | Dr. Isidore Cohn Jr. M’45 GM’52 GrM’55, Metairie, La., emeritus chair and professor of surgery at Louisiana State University; Oct. 14.

Dr. Emmett R. Costich D’45, Lexington, Ky., former dean of the dentistry school at the University of Kentucky; Oct. 1. He served in the US Army during World War II and the Korean War.

Dr. George K. Diehl Mu’45 G’47 Gr’74, Warminster, Pa., Sept. 20.

Dr. Ludwig M. Frank M’45, South Lyme, Conn., a retired psychiatrist; May 15. He had served an internship in the US Army.

Dr. James H. Hickman Jr. M’45, Knoxville, Tenn., retired medical director of a local BASF factory; Aug. 31. During World War II, he served in the US Army as a medical officer.

Barbara Salus Kemp Ed’45, Wynnewood, Pa., Sept. 3. Her son is W. R. Kemp L’74, whose wife is Lois Gradin Kemp GEd’72.

1946 | Dr. Jerome Abrams C’46, Edison, N.J., a retired clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Rutgers University; Nov. 6, 2014. During World War II, he served in the US Navy. His wife is Rosalyn Yaskin Abrams CW’53 G’54.

Dr. William E. Demuth Jr. M’46 GM’53, Carlisle, Pa., a professor emeritus of surgery at Penn State University; Sept. 11. He had also been chief of surgery at Carlisle Hospital. During World War II, he served in the US Army. His son is Donald L. DeMuth WG’76, whose wife is Dr. Nancy Marwick DeMuth WG’77.

Dr. Alexander D. Kovacs C’46 M’50, Sun City, Ariz., a retired obstetrician-gynecologist; Aug. 30. A veteran of the US Army and Navy, he had been a member of Penn’s soccer team.

Alice Travis HUP’46, Longwood, Fla., a retired registered nurse for Ashland State General Hospital; Oct. 15.

1947 | William J. Gallagher W’47, Omaha, Neb., Oct. 15, 2014. At Penn, he was a member of the men’s track team.

Joseph H. Haering CE’47, Philadelphia, May 30. His grandson is Ian T. Stith GEd’03.

Norman T. Matlock C’47, Cleveland, an actor and playwright; Sept. 30. His acting credits include the films Taxi Driver, The Blues Brothers, and Ghostbusters, and the television shows Line of Duty, Kojak, and Spencer for Hire. At Penn, he was a member of the men’s track team.

Dr. William C. Miller D’47, Greenwich, Conn., a retired dentist who had maintained a practice in Manhattan for 40 years; Oct. 16.

Elizabeth W. O’Neill CW’47, Jennersville, Pa., a retired teacher; Oct. 13. Her husband is William C. O’Neill ME’43 GME’51, and her daughter is Martha O’Neill Belyea ChE’76.

1948 | Dr. Edward W. Brennan WG’48 Gr’66, Drexel Hill, Pa., a retired associate professor of accounting at Penn from 1971 to 1987; Aug. 29. He had been chair of both the Wharton roster committee and the taxes committee for the University Senate, a member of the Faculty Grievance Commission, and business manager for the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. During World War II, he served in the US Army.

Ellen E. Bullock PSW’48, Pompton Plains, N.J., a retired social worker; Feb. 16, 2015.

Suzanne P. Longacre Ed’48 GEd’49, Wellesley Hills, Mass., a retired teacher; Oct. 7. At Penn, she was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority.

Dr. Albert Nemez M’48, Elkins Park, Pa., a retired physician; Sept. 8. His wife is Anita Benedict Nemez CW’48 and his daughters are Judith Nemez Vredenburgh CW’70 (whose husband is Dr. Donald J. Vredenburgh WG’70) and Jill Nemez Stolbach GEd75 (whose husband is Gary A. Stolbach C’71 L’76).

Dr. Arthur J. Perelman C’48, Summit, N.J., a retired physician and assistant clinical professor at the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry; Sept. 23. His sons are Jonathan E. Perelman W’76 and Dr. Robert Nathan Perelman C’78.

Dr. Kurt Reibel C’48 Gr’60, Columbus, Ohio, a professor emeritus of physics at Ohio State University; Sept. 13. His wife, Eleanor Reibel Nu’60, died Nov. 15, 2014.

Alan S. Rosenthal C’48, Rockville, Md., Sept. 25.

Herbert M. Shofer W’48, Pikesville, Md., former owner of Shofer Furniture Co.; Oct. 9. At Penn, he was a member of Phi Epsilon Pi fraternity. During World War II, he served in the US Army. His children are Henry L. Shofer W’79, Dr. Frances S. Shofer C’77 Gr’83, and Marjorie J. Shofer Nu’87 and his brother is Dr. Robert J. Shofer C’54.

Robert S. Wengenroth W’48, Oxford, Fla., a retired salesman of graphic-arts equipment; June 6. He served in the US Army during World War II. At Penn, he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

William G. Wolfgang G’48, Cherry Hill, N.J., a professor emeritus of textiles at Philadelphia University, who taught there from 1951 to 2002; Oct. 9. He had been a consultant to NASA on spacesuits.

1949 | William B. Bram W’49, New York, a retired stockbroker at Merrill Lynch; Sept. 11. His son is Steven E. Bram C’84.

Jean Reynolds Davis Mu’49, Bryn Mawr, Pa., a retired piano teacher; Feb. 25, 2015.

Dr. Marilyn E. Hess G’49 Gr’57, GEd’85, Philadelphia, professor emeritus of pharmacology at the Perelman School of Medicine; Oct. 20. She joined the faculty in 1951 as an assistant instructor, and became an assistant professor in 1963, associate professor in 1968, and full professor in 1976; emeritus status was conferred in 1994. Dr. Hess, who had served as acting chair of pharmacology 1987-88, served on the Faculty Senate and its steering committee, and received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching (1989) and the School of Medicine’s Special Dean’s Award (1998). Her research focused on metabolism and cardiac function. After retirement, she served as treasurer-secretary of the Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty of the School of Medicine.

Dr. Joseph J. Jarzynka CCC’49, Bakersfield, Calif., May 30.

Rita Pergolese Kane Ed’49, Ocean City, N.J., a retired elementary-school teacher in Upper Darby, Pa.; Sept. 3. At Penn, she was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority. Her husband is James T. Kane Jr. W’53 and her son is Joseph P. Kane W’79.

Leon A. Levenson W’49, Milton, Mass., a retired state investigator; Aug. 2. At Penn, he was a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. His son is Dr. Stanley M. Levenson C’78 D’85.

Sol Pomerantz W’49, Elkins Park, Pa., June 14, 2014. His alumni family includes Dr. Marc Pomerantz C’73 and Dr. Sylvia R. Mendelsohn Pomerantz CW’73, Ruth S. Pomerantz C’78, Daniel J. Pomerantz W’03, and Felix S. Pomerantz WG’15.

Robert B. Weiss WG’49, Manchester, Conn., a retired town manager; Sept. 20.

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1950 | George A. Boissard W’50, Simsbury, Conn., Aug. 27. He had worked for Aetna Insurance.

Dr. Jules Borenstein C’40 M’50, Mobile, Ala., a retired surgeon; Aug. 23.

Dr. Donald J. Coburn GM’50, University Heights, Ohio, a retired physician at Euclid General Hospital; July 4.

Franklin J. Leicht C’50, Mamaroneck, N.Y., former vice president of production for WNET, the PBS station; Sept. 13. During World War II, he served in the US Army.

Henry A. Morrow Jr. L’50, Charlottesville, Va., Sept. 22.

Marion Bruce Shakely CW’50, Warminster, Pa., Sept. 26.

Albert S. Shaw Jr. C’50 L’55, Newtown Square, Pa., Aug. 27. At Penn, he was a member of the men’s basketball team.

Dr. Robert G. Siekert GM’50, Rochester, Minn., a professor emeritus of neurology at the Mayo Clinic; March 4, 2014. He first described what is known as transient ischemic attack and was one of the first proponents of anticoagulant therapy in the treatment of cerebral ischemia.

Dr. Seymour Wagner C’50, Philadelphia, Aug. 11. His wife is Judith Cherry Wagner CW’73 CGS’07 and his daughter is Alicia Wagner-Katz C’78.

1951 | Angelo A. Di Pasqua W’51 L’56, Newtown Square, Pa., a retired attorney; Aug. 27. His daughter is Constance D. Trusko Nu’82.

Joseph K. Gordon L’51, Haverford, Pa., retired senior counsel at the law firm of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads; Oct. 5. At Penn, he was a member of the men’s soccer team and Psi Upsilon fraternity, and he served in the US Navy during World War II.

Bernard Jacobs Ed’51 GEd’54, Jenkintown, Pa., Sept. 10.

Raymond F. Johnston Jr. CE’51, Haverford, Pa., a retired structural engineer with the old Scott Paper Co.; Aug. 8.

Mr. Robert J. Johnston WEv’51, Wyndmoor, Pa., retired vice president of finance of the old Foote Mineral Co.; Aug. 8.

John E. Miller Jr. GEd’51, Moraga, Calif., a retired teacher; Sept. 21.

F. Stanton Moyer W’51, Bryn Mawr, Pa., a retired venture capitalist who had held prominent roles in several investment firms, notably the old Kidder Peabody, and recently Main Line Capital; Oct. 7. A trustee of the University (1978-83), he was a member of its executive and budget & finance committees, and he served on the old investment board and as a trustee of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (1978-87). Long concerned with the University’s investments and fundraising efforts, he chaired the corporate annual-giving program. At Penn, Stanton Moyer was a member of Delta Psi fraternity, the Mask & Wig Club, Friars Senior Society, and the men’s rowing team. Serving on the Penn Alumni Council for many years, he received the University’s Award of Merit in 1984. One granddaughter is Ashley C. Stewardson C’10.

Augustine J. Rhodes CW’51, Bradenton, Fla., a retired editor at the old Curtis Publishing; Aug. 22. Her daughter is Anne H. Rhodes C’84 G’85.

Lester Rosen W’51, Glencoe, Ill., June 13, 2014. At Penn, he was a member of Phi Epsilon Pi fraternity. His wife is Deborah Nodler Rosen L’60.

J. Norman Steinruck Jr. W’51, Loveland, Colo., a retired manager for General Motors Insurance; July 15. At Penn, he was a member of the men’s rowing team and Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

1952 | Dr. Stanley B. Apple GM’52, Trenton, N.J., retired chief of surgery at the old Helene Fuld Hospital; Jan. 12, 2015.

Dr. William F. Bahnson M’52, Pittsfield, Mass., a retired psychiatrist; Sept. 15.

Dr. Thomas Conner Jr. GD’52, Atlanta, a retired dentist; Oct. 11.

Dr. Louis E. Fettig GM’52, Charlotte, N.C., a retired obstetrician-gynecologist; Aug. 30.

Dr. Edwin U. Keates C’52 GM’59, Philadelphia, retired chair of ophthalmology at Albert Einstein Medical Center, from 1969 to 1995; May 7.

Dr. Thomas A. Murray GM’52, Denver, a retired psychiatrist; Jan. 25, 2015.

Stanley L. Weinbaum W’52, Boynton Beach, Fla., Sept. 15. At Penn, he was a member of the sprint football team and Beta Sigma Rho fraternity.

1953 | Clare C. Brodegard Nu’53, Etna, Ohio, a retired nurse practitioner; Sept. 12.

Eugene M. Freedman W’53, Weston, Mass., Sept. 15. At Penn he was a member of Kappa Nu fraternity. His son is Richard A. Freedman C’89.

Dr. Seymour Oliet D’53, Pompano Beach, Fla., a professor emeritus of endodontics at the University; Aug. 26. He was the founding dean of the College of Dental Medicine at Nova Southeastern University. His son is Dr. Eric J. Oliet C’76 M’79 and his daughter is Amy E. Heller C’78, whose husband is Dr. David T. Heller C’84.

Dr. William C. Stavrides D’53, Audubon, Pa., a retired dentist who had maintained a practice in Wayne for over 50 years; Oct. 21. His daughter is Dr. Wendy S. Hupp D’84, whose husband is Dr. James G. Hupp D’84.

Frank J. Steigerwald W’53, North Andover, Mass., a retired executive with General Motors in Syracuse, N.Y.; Sept. 2. At Penn, he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. One son is Luke T. Steigerwald EE’92.

1954 | Barbara D. Bender Ed’54, Laverock, Pa., July 24, 2014. Her daughter is Ellen D. Kleiner MT’75.

Dr. Peter Demir C’54, Woodbridge, Conn., a retired urologist; Sept. 3. At Penn, he was a member of the men’s basketball team and Sigma Chi fraternity. His daughter is Kristen Demir Wilson C’90.

Dr. Paul D. Lambert V’54, Littlestown, Pa., a retired veterinarian with the US Public Health Service, from 1959 to 1977, who then took up farming in New Oxford; Feb. 1, 2015. His wife is Margaret W. Lambert Nu’52.

John J. Tori C’54, Tampa, Fla., Jan. 16, 2015. At Penn, he was a member of the men’s fencing team. His wife is Ruth Hagenlocher Tori Ed’55.

Frank G. Vitetta Ar’54, Spring House, Pa., retired chair of the Vitetta Group; Oct. 15. His projects included the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Philadelphia Criminal Justice Center, and the restorations of City Hall, Independence Hall, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. At Penn, he was a member of the men’s basketball team. During the Korean War, he served in the US Air Force. His wife is Dorothy Henry Vitetta Ed’57.

John T. Wiseman C’54, East Greenwich, R.I., Sept. 15.

1955 | Dr. David Babbott M’55, Shelburne, Vt., a professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Vermont; Aug. 23.

Edward C. Bou W’55, Bethesda, Md., Aug. 18. At Penn, he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

Dr. Arthur B. Hattler D’55 GD’57, Wynnewood, Pa., a retired periodontist who had maintained a practice in Bryn Mawr from 1957 to 2002; Oct. 17. He had taught at Penn from 1957 to 1991, latterly as an assistant professor of dentistry; in retirement, he served as an associate clinical professor of periodontology. He received the Dental School’s Alumni Award of Merit in 1985. One son is Dr. Edward S. Hattler M’85.

George J. Hermann CE’55, Houston, retired president and chair of Delta Engineering; Oct. 4. A member of the men’s rowing team at Penn, he won gold and silver medals at the Pan-American Games and the Maccabiah Games. His daughter is Carol A. Hermann C’82.

Andrew M. Leventhal W’55, Las Vegas, Sept. 1. His brother is Clifford A. Leventhal C’51 WG’56.

Albert LoCasale Ar’55, El Segundo, Calif., a retired executive with the Oakland Raiders from 1969 to 2003; September 20. At Penn, he was a member of the sprint football team.

Dr. Bruce G. MacKenzie D’55, Pompton Plains, N.J., a retired dentist; June 18.

Bohdan Z. Myr W’55, Philadelphia, June 3.

Dr. A. Richard Rosamilia D’55, Ocean, N.J., a retired dentist; Sept. 15.

Maurice L. Wolpert GMt’55, Whippany, N.J., Sept. 30. He had worked for Westinghouse.

1956 | Dr. David E. Davidson Jr. C’56 V’59, Damascus, Md., retired director of experimental therapeutics at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research; June 24. He then served as secretary of the WHO Steering Committee for the Chemotherapy of Malaria in Geneva, 1989-95.

Dr. Raymond E. C. Green C’56 D’59, Oxford, Pa., a retired dentist at Lankenau Hospital; Sept. 17, 2014. At Penn, he was a member of the men’s baseball team.

Dr. Helmut A. Mikk GM’56, Toronto, April 19, 2014.

Dr. James H. Preston D’56, Wheeling, Va., a retired dentist; July 26.

Dr. William J. Taylor Jr. C’56, Bethesda, Md., retired senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Oct. 18, 2014. At Penn, he was a member of Delta Psi fraternity.

Dr. George R. Wolf Gr’56, Clinton, Mich., a retired manager at the Wacker Chemical Corp.; Sept. 23.

1957 | Richard Auslander W’57, Waccabuc, N.Y., Sept. 20. After a 50-year career on Wall Street, he retired from UBS in 2012.

Dolores W. Gerkensmeyer GEd’57, Newtown Square, Pa., a retired kindergarten teacher at the Cynwyd School; Oct. 6. At Penn, she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.

Dr. S. Harlan Glassman C’57 M’61, Sarasota, Fla., a retired physician who had maintained a practice in Holmdel, N.J., for 38 years; May 18. His sons are Todd B. Glassman C’93 and Scott D. Glassman C’97 GEd’99.

William L. Johnson WG’57, Lynchburg, Va., retired co-owner of an auto-supplies firm there; Sept. 1. During the Korean War, he served with the US Army. His brother is James G. Johnson WG’55.

1958 | Dr. Eric H. Davidson C’58, Pasadena, Calif., the Norman Chandler Professor of Cell Biology at Caltech; Sept. 1. In 1969, he co-published the first model of a gene regulatory network, and, in 2012, his laboratory devised the first computer model of one; his particular study was the purple sea urchin. At Penn, he was a member of the men’s fencing team.

Warren F. Hickey EE’58, Bluffton, S.C., a retired engineer with NORAD in Colorado Springs; Oct. 6. He introduced the US Air Force to fiber optics in the 1970s, when they ran out of room to run more copper wires into the underground facility.

Dr. Edward A. Joseph GD’58, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., a retired dentist; Nov. 21, 2014. During World War II, he served in the US Army.

Dr. Quentin E. Lyle D’58, Princeton, N.J., a retired orthodontist; Oct. 7. He had served in the US Navy.

Yotaro Kobayashi WG’58, Tokyo, retired chair of Fuji Xerox Co.; Sept. 5. He became president in 1978 (at the age of 44), chair in 1992, board chair in 2004, then chief corporate adviser in 2006, retiring in 2009. He was also chair of the Japan-US Business Council in the 1990s and the lobby group Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives). Known as Tony Kobayashi, he was a Penn Trustee (1998-2002) and an Overseer of the Wharton School from 1991 to 2005; he served on Wharton’s Dean’s Council (2004-08) and had been a member of the Executive Board for Asia since 1991. A former president of the Wharton Club of Japan, he received the Wharton Alumni Award for Distinguished Service in 1989.

Dr. Robert B. MacWilliams M’58, Carmel, Ind., a former surgeon at Winona and Methodist hospitals in Indianapolis; Sept. 23. His brother is Raphael John MacWilliams G’53.

Dr. Murray Rothberg C’58, Spring Lake, N.J., retired chief of diagnostic radiology at Community Medical Center; Aug. 31. During the Vietnam War, he served as a medical officer for the US Army, earning a Bronze Star.

Ruth Karsch Sackner Ed’58, Miami, an avid collector of art that was about words, who helped establish the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry; Oct. 10. She and her husband wrote The Art of Typewriting (2015). Her brother is Samuel H. Karsch W’56 L’59 (whose wife is Carole Weinheim Karsch Ed’59 GEd’78), and one daughter is Deborah R. Goldring C’81; her son is Dr. Jonathan D. Sackner-Bernstein EE’83, one of whose daughters is Sonya E. Sackner-Bernstein C’12 G’12.

1959 | William H. Berman FA’59, Boston, retired executive vice president of the old Houghton Mifflin Publishing Co.; Aug. 10.

Dr. Jill N. Claster G’59, New York, a professor emeritus of medieval history at New York University; Nov. 14, 2014.

Donald C. Gallagher WG’59, Everett, Pa., a retired regional director for PECO; Sept. 3.

Fred Gornick Gr’59, Baltimore, a retired professor of chemistry at the University of Maryland; Oct. 22.

Frederick J. Simon C’59, Omaha, Neb., former executive vice president (from 1964) of Omaha Steaks International; Sept. 29. He helped establish Opera Omaha, serving as its president in the 1970s, and he recently led the construction of new buildings for the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska. He co-wrote a number of books, starting with The Steaklover’s Companion: 170 Savory Recipes From America’s Greatest Chefs (1997). His son is Todd David Simon W’86 (the current senior vice president) and his daughter is Joanna L. Simon C’89; his brother is Alan D. Simon W’56. At Penn, Fred Simon was a member of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity and the Glee Club.

C. K. Williams C’59, Hopewell, N.J., the noted poet, translator, and critic who was a professor in the Council of the Humanities and the Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University from 1995 to 2013; Sept. 20. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1974. He received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry for Flesh and Blood (1987), a Pulitzer Prize for Repair (1999), and a National Book Award for The Singing (2003). In 2010, he received the Creative Spirit Award from Penn Alumni. His brother is Richard J. Williams C’63 and his sister is Hon. Lynn E. Williams CW’68; one grandson is Owen W. Burns EAS’19.

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1960 | Howard Breindel W’60, Milford, Pa., a retired attorney; Oct. 21.

Leonard T. Hobert Jr. W’60, Chenequa, Wis., retired head of an investment advisory firm Sept. 26. At Penn, he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

John H. McGrail C’60 L’63, Chambersburg, Pa., retired senior vice president and trust manager for Clearfield Bank & Trust; Sept. 10. At Penn, he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. His daughter is Martha McGrail Woodcock C’95.

Dr. J. Stafford Mortimer Gr’60, Emmaus, Pa., former professor of European history at Muhlenberg College; Sept. 12.

Eleanor Reibel Nu’60, Columbus, Ohio, a professor emeritus of nursing at Ohio State University; Nov. 15, 2014. Her husband, Dr. Kurt Reibel C’48 Gr’60, died Sept. 14, 2015.

G. M. Robertson Schaefer WG’60, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., a retired property manager for Manulife; Aug. 24. At Penn, he was a member of Delta Psi fraternity.

1961 | Attilio Dimartino L’61, Philadelphia, May 14, 2014.

Robert G. Duke WG’61, Naples, Fla., retired chief operating officer for Gray Kirk VanSant Advertising Inc.; Oct. 24.

Mary E. Holden Nu’61, Pottstown, Pa., a retired nurse; Jan. 22, 2015.

Anthony A. Lyle C’61, Philadelphia, former editor of The Pennsylvania Gazette; Oct. 27. He edited this magazine from 1971 until 1995, during which time it won numerous awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, including three Robert Sibley Awards (1981, 1983, and 1995) for best alumni magazine. As a student, he served as editor of The Daily Pennsylvanian, and was a member of Alpha Chi Rho fraternity and Sphinx Senior Society. He joined Penn’s development office in 1963, writing for The Wharton Report, The Wharton MBA, the English department’s newsletter, and alumni publications for the Graduate School of Education. (For a remembrance, see below.)

Dr. Sybil Collins Mobley WG’61 Hon’81, Tallahassee, Fla., founding dean of the School of Business and Industry at Florida A&M University; Sept. 29.

John W. Saunders Sr. WEv’61, Marlton, N.J., Sept. 15. He had worked for Credit Lenders Service Agency.

Dr. Hajime Seki Gr’61, San Jose, Calif., July 9.

Lois Casho Shultz Nu’61, Pottsville, Pa., a retired nursing supervisor for the Berks County Board of Assistance; Sept. 10. One son is David T. Shultz C’85, whose wife is Sophia K. Shultz C’84.

Gordon D. Simonds W’61 L’64, Maitland, Fla., a retired CPA-attorney; March 2. At Penn, he was a member of the men’s soccer team.

1962 | Emma L. Byron GNu’62, Princeton, W.Va., Oct. 8. She had taught nursing at USC Los Angeles County Medical Center for many years.

Dr. Richard M. Feingold D’62, Woodbridge, Conn., a retired dentist; July 10.

William F. Gavin ASC’62, McLean, Va., a retired speechwriter for Republican politicians; June 8. He wrote for and advised President Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan when he was a presidential candidate, and he was senior writer for House Minority Leader Bob Michel for 18 years. He wrote Speechwright: An Insider’s Take on Political Rhetoric (2011).

David T. M. Horn Jr. G’62, Laverock, Pa., a retired high-school English teacher; Oct. 3.

John F. McAuliffe WG’62, Ridgefield, Conn., Sept. 17.

Dr. H. Viscount Nelson Jr. G’62 Gr’69, Los Angeles, a retired professor of African-American studies at UCLA; Oct. 5. His books include Black Leadership’s Response to the Great Depression in Philadelphia (2006) and Sharecropping, Ghetto, Slum: A History of Impoverished Blacks in Twentieth Century America (2015).

Patrick A. Tracey C’62 WG’64, Naples, Fla., a retired real estate broker and developer; Sept. 2.

Robert Woolley C’62, St. Joseph, Mich., Oct. 10. He had worked for the Whirlpool Corp. for many years. At Penn, he was a member of the varsity football and wrestling teams and the Friars Senior Society. During the Vietnam War, he served as an artillery officer in the US Army. His wife is Nan Thomas Woolley DH’62.

1963 | Dix M. Campbell GAr’63, Belmont, Mass., a retired architect; May 4.

Dr. Joseph R. Geraci V’63, Leesburg, Va., a retired professor of veterinary medicine at the University of Maryland; Sept. 10. He also had been deputy executive director of the National Aquarium in Baltimore and founding editor of the journal Marine Mammal Science.

Elizabeth S. Harding GNu’63, Media, Pa., retired director of nursing at Bryn Mawr Hospital; Jan. 7, 2015.

Dr. Christopher Jones G’63 Gr’69, Kimberton, Pa., a research associate at the Penn Museum, from 1973 to 2001, known for his discovery of the historical record in the inscriptions at the Mayan site of Tikal in Guatemala; Sept. 3. He had been a professor of archaeology at SUNY-Buffalo (1966-73); after retiring, he was a consulting scholar in the American section of the Penn Museum. He was instrumental in starting the Museum’s annual Maya Weekend. Two of his sons are Frederick W. Jones CGS’99 and Ashton G. Jones C’04.

Robert S. Leinbach WEF’63 WEv’65, State College, Pa., Aug. 26. He had worked for the Arrow Needle Co.

Dr. Jack H. Minnis Gr’63, Philadelphia, retired professor of English at Community College of Philadelphia; Dec. 16, 2014.

Dr. Patrick S. Pasquariello GM’63, Bala Cynwyd, Pa., a retired pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for 54 years; Aug. 29. He joined the Penn faculty in 1962, was appointed an associate professor of pediatrics in 1977, and became a full professor in 1990; emeritus status was conferred in 2005. At CHOP, some of his roles were director of the Office of Continuing Medical Education, interim chief of the Division of General Pediatrics, director of the spina-bifida program, and general pediatric consultant for the cranial-facial reconstruction clinic. Dr. Pasquariello created the diagnostic and complex-care center there, which was later named in his honor. His wife is Dr. Mae Agnes Pasquariello CW’53 GrEd’85, one daughter is Dr. Caroline A. Pasquariello C’78 M’82, one of whose daughters is Alexandra J. Fuchs C’13; his sister is Jeanine P. Muniz Ed’56.

1964 | Jane Bowerman Harris GEd’64, Cornwall, Pa., Jan. 27, 2014.

Dr. Samuel J. McNeill D’64, West Palm Beach, Fla., a retired dentist; Aug. 27. During the Vietnam War, he served in the US Army.

Michael H. Mindel GCE’64 Gr’68, Washington, July 1. His wife is Caroline Jonas Mindel CW’65 SW’70.

Dr. James N. Showstack D’64, Lexington, Mass., a retired dentist; Sept. 16.

1965 | Dr. F. Carl Grumet M’65, Stanford, Calif., a professor emeritus of pathology at Stanford University; July 11.

Richard E. Halperin C’65 L’68, South Orange, N.J., a international tax attorney with McLaughlin and Stern, LLP, in Manhattan; Aug. 30. His brother is Dr. Robert M. Halperin C’63 WG’65 Gr’77.

Dr. Edwin C. Spencer GrEd’65, Virginia Beach, Va., a retired professor of mathematics at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs; Aug. 31.

1966 | Michael E. Dunmire ME’66, Woodinville, Wash., a retired investment manager; March 29, 2014. At Penn, he was a member of the varsity football team. He served in the US Army in the Vietnam War.

Lucio S. Garcia-Mansilla W’66, Mill Neck, N.Y., founding president of Decameron Resorts; Oct. 11. His wife is Jane R. Garcia Mansilla CW’67.

1967 | Dr. Arnold W. Klein C’67 M’71, Beverly Hills, Calif., a retired dermatologist; Oct. 22. His list of clients included Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, Goldie Hawn, Carrie Fisher, and Dolly Parton.

D. Edward McAllister W’67, Key Largo, Fla., Oct. 27. He had run an advertising typography business in Philadelphia for many years. At Penn, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

1968 | Robert F. Dombrowski WG’68, Salisbury, Md., a retired professor of accounting at Salisbury University; June 18. He had retired as a colonel in the US Air Force, having earned the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, and other citations during his service. His son is Dr. James A. Dombrowski EAS’92.

Carolyn Hoff Lynch CW’68, Marblehead, Mass., president of the Lynch Foundation; Oct. 1. She and her husband, Peter S. Lynch WG’68, were committed to philanthropy at all levels of education, from universities and urban programs to charter and religious schools. A trustee of the University from 1997 to 2007, she served on the academic-policy, neighborhood-initiatives, and student-life committees; and she was an Overseer of the School of Arts and Sciences from 1995 to 2006. Concerned whether Penn’s biology department was suitably preparing students for careers in life sciences, she convened a decade-long advisory board of alumni prominent in biotechnology; this led to an enhanced curriculum and to the creation of the Carolyn Lynch Laboratory, a life-sciences facility. When one of her daughters, Elizabeth Lynch Montrichard C’06, was a student, Carolyn and Peter Lynch co-founded the parent leadership committee of the Parents Program. Carolyn Lynch’s gifts to Penn include a fellowship and term chair in the School of Arts and Sciences, a chemistry lecture hall, and an endowed scholarship. As a student at Penn, she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority and the women’s swimming team.

Glenn A. Shively W’68 WG’73, Malvern, Pa., a retired partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers; Aug. 31. After retiring, he joined the board of Philadelphia’s Project HOME. At Penn, he was a member of the men’s baseball team.

Peter P. Wisniewski EE’68 WG’70, Norwalk, Conn., Sept. 1. At Penn, he was a member of the men’s varsity baseball and football teams, and of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. His son is Peter A. Wisniewski EE’97.


An Editor Who Cast a Long Shadow

Late in October, the news came that Anthony A. Lyle C’61 had passed away suddenly at age 79. Those of us who knew him were stunned. Tony was an unforgettable character, larger than life on many levels. As an editor, and as a man, he stirred strong feelings. The one adjective that all could agree on was complicated.

As the Gazette’s editor for nearly 25 years, from early 1971 to November 1995, Tony transformed it into a vital, fastidiously edited, often-provocative magazine that engaged—and sometimes enraged—its readers. During his tenure the magazine won an impressive number of awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, including three Robert Sibley Awards (1981, 1983, and 1995) honoring it as the best alumni magazine in the country. Awards and judges should always be taken with a grain of salt, but there’s no question that Tony guided—and sometimes frog-marched—the Gazette to the top tier of alumni publications. Where, we like to think, it remains, in a somewhat different and more user-friendly form.

Tony was unquestionably captain of his ship. You might say he was tied to the mast. To his supporters—and certainly to himself—he was Captain Courageous, fearless seeker and teller of truths, whose journalistic integrity included a willingness to dig into the University’s most sensitive matters. (The late Alan Halpern C’47, longtime editor of Philadelphia magazine, once called him a “bully of integrity,” playing off a Nicholas Nickleby character whom Dickens described as a “bully of humility.”) Having been editor of The Daily Pennsylvanian as an undergraduate, and having developed his journalistic chops during the social tumult of the 1960s and ’70s, Tony viewed his alma mater and the world through a skeptical lens. As a quietly gay man in a mostly closeted era, and as a turf-conscious editor in an institution that runs to a considerable extent on collegiality, he tended to see things differently from those in authority. Yet he himself was highly authoritarian, in an old-fashioned, patriarchal way. For those who worked with or under him—or who crossed him in ways large and small—the Captain could suddenly become Bligh, with a dash of Queeg.

Outside of work, though—and in relaxed moments in the office—he could be kind, sensitive, thoughtful, charming. For many years he and his longtime partner, Jim Clark (who died last February), cooked breakfast for the residents of Calcutta House, a Philadelphia AIDS hospice, and he served on its board as well. Those who remember Tony for publishing, among other things, Andres Serrano’s “Piss Christ” may be surprised to learn that he was a devout Catholic who regularly attended mass.

Like many editors, Tony had his journalistic touchstones. One was the DP, whose relentless, sometimes-brash approach to covering campus issues he brought with him to the Gazette. The other was The New Yorker, whose tone and content he tried hard to emulate—no easy task for an alumni magazine with a limited budget. Whatever the inspiration, he never lost his instinct for a good story, and was willing to follow it wherever it led. He had a daring aesthetic sense, even if his distrust of art directors and technology prevented him from keeping up with the advances that were transforming the visual side of magazines. There would be no desktop publishing on Tony’s watch.

When Tony announced his retirement—and left the Gazette’s offices an hour later, never to return—the news sparked both indignation and relief. The former mostly came from his longtime supporters, as well as journalists and faculty who resented any whiff of administrative meddling and assumed that change meant sellout. The latter came mostly from those who had to deal with him on a regular basis.

For all the difficulties, the University can be grateful for what Tony did, and proud of having let him do it. He set a high, if sometimes quirky standard for its flagship publication, in a way that has helped keep alumni stimulated, engaged, connected. And, perhaps in part because of his prickly personality, his legacy includes a high standard of editorial freedom. The alumni magazines of many colleges and universities (like the one I graduated from) look and read like warmed-over corporate reports, with fuzzy photos of big donors on the cover and cheerfully bland prose and art. By allowing the Gazette latitude to tell the many stories of Penn in the best way we can, it seems to me, everyone wins.

On a personal note: A man gives you a job at a pivotal time in your life, appreciates your work, and sends flowers when your child is born, you don’t forget it. I didn’t mourn when Tony Lyle retired, and I saw very little of him over the past 20 years. But I was saddened by his passing, and I hope that the University community remembers what he did. Warts and all. —S.H.

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1972 | Dr. Phyllis Sussman Berger CW’72, Brick, N.J., Oct. 21. She had worked as a biochemist with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Her sons are Stuart M. Berger C’02 and Dr. Seth I. Berger C’04.

Dr. Bertram Greenspun GM’72, Philadelphia, retired head of the inpatient-rehabilitation center at Christiana Hospital in Delaware; Oct. 7. He had taught in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Penn. His wife is Adele Aron Greenspun Ed’60 and his sons are Michael D. Greenspun C’83 and Lawrence D. Greenspun C’86.

1975 | Dr. Koray Tanfer Gr’75, Ponte Vedra, Fla., retired research leader at the Battelle Research Center in Seattle; Aug. 26, 2014. His daughter is Kia I. Reinis C’83 and one son is Kevin A. Reinis ME’83 GME’84, one of whose sons is David F. Reinis C’18.

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1980 | Lesley F. Butler C’80, Longwood, Fla., May 28. Her husband is Gary M. Butler ME’80 GEE’82 WG’82.

1983 | Dr. Monroe Watkins GrEd’83, Ellerbe, N.C., June 24.

1988 | Jeffrey R. Spetalnick W’88, New York, a principal at Nighthawk Capital, a hedge fund; May 26. His sister is Dr. Abby L. Siegel C’91.

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Faculty and Staff

Dr. Edward W. Brennan. See Class of 1948 .

Dr. Henry Gleitman, Gladwyne, Pa., professor emeritus of psychology; Sept. 2. He joined the Penn faculty in 1953. A cognitive psychologist especially interested in the relationship between semantics and syntax, in later years he collaborated with his wife, Dr. Lila R. Gleitman Gr’67 Hon’08, a professor emeritus of psychology and linguistics, studying language acquisition. He wrote the textbook Psychology (1981), which is going into its eighth edition. In 1977, he received Penn’s Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, the Ira Abrams Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching from the School of Arts and Sciences (1988), and the Distinguished Teaching in Psychology Award from the American Psychological Foundation (1982). He retired from Penn and emeritus status was conferred in 2005.

Dr. Bertram Greenspun. See Class of 1972.

Dr. Arthur B. Hattler. See Class of 1955.

Dr. Marilyn E. Hess. See Class of 1949.

Dr. Christopher Jones. See Class of 1963.

Yotaro Kobayashi. See Class of 1958.

Carolyn Hoff Lynch. See Class of 1968.

F. Stanton Moyer. See Class of 1951.

Dr. Seymour Oliet. See Class of 1953.

Patrick S. Pasquariello. See Class of 1963.

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    1. A SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM
      Tony Lyle was special

      I never met him personally. I didn’t even know what he looked like, till January’s Gazette arrived and I hit the web to learn he succumbed to a heart attack last October. The world’s been a bit darker since.

      Tony was my first editor when I started a freelance-journalism career in 1980 alongside my Washington DC day job. It didn’t begin as a ‘career.’ It began with a one-off article cobbled from notes made in Oxford almost two decades before. I mailed it to the Gazette, expecting silence. Tony printed it virtually as-is, and we were off to the races. Only later did I understand how unique that was – for Tony in particular, let alone freelancing as a whole.

      Over the next 15 years and about an equal number of Gazette pieces, we became long-distance partners in what amounted to a journalism marriage, where each party knew the other’s tastes so well they meshed without thinking. Whether I queried him or sent a piece on spec, the answer was always “Yes.” And often “YES!”

      After the first piece he quickly agreed to a series of articles which flowed from what I planned or did anyway – articles, for example, on an archaeological dig in Boeotia near where my family planned a vacation; on the first female SEC commissioner, around the corner from my Washington office; on figures like Navy Secretary John Lehman and Senator Arlen Specter; on my Oxford college reunion, attended by Princess Margaret; on my father’s death, my son’s freshman move-in, our white sled-dog Sam. For a long piece on a ‘roots’ trip to my late father-in-law’s Polish village, he apologized for not making it a cover story – and side-barred a chapter from my related draft novel. When I needed press credentials he promptly manufactured justifications, puffing me as “a Gazette contributing writer [who] frequently is called upon to cover Congressional hearings.”

      Some of these articles had tenuous connections to Penn and the usual functions of an alumni magazine. Still, Tony never rejected a piece I proposed . Instead he became a cheerleader, urging expanded scope, endorsing non-traditional topics, egging me on. When the Gazette received an angry feminist note to the effect that my “bio-blurb,” unlike the objectionable article, “failed to enlighten this reader on the details of Mr. Levin’s physical appearance and sartorial splendor,” he suggested that perhaps I should have worn a dress to the interview. He sent the Oxford reunion piece to HRH Margaret, receiving a reply from Kensington Palace that she “was delighted to receive this.”

      And for me the Gazette became a safety-net: whatever I wrote might find a home there, if the writing hummed. When he departed in the middle of the last article we worked on – a huge piece on the history, culture and palette of the plateau canyons of the American West – he not only made sure the final versions were in good hands. He accelerated Gazette graphics improvements, to accommodate it.

      Which is not to say our relationship lacked pain. Tony’s standards and bluntness made pain inevitable. Draft endings often disappeared without notice between acceptance and page proofs. Several articles went through enough revisions to certify a plastic surgeon. To my shock he actually rejected one; then changed his mind, noting that “It’s a tough call but I’d like to use the piece.” Months later appeared a second note: “This is sure to be another best article of the year. . . .Thank god for your secret life – and you for exploiting it.”

      When I asked for a kill fee on my first feature profile — a difficult piece — he replied with a needle, a backhand compliment, and guidance: “I wish you’d stop behaving like a lawyer. Of course we’ll take care of you if the piece doesn’t work out (as though there’s a scintilla of doubt). . . .Just be sure to get [the subject] to answer your questions about who [the subject] really is. Dig into [the subject’s] past a bit.”

      Perhaps most blunt was the education in journalistic ethics Tony provided. In revisions, advice, and an occasional whoa! his lessons by example were comprehensive and durable: Subjects don’t get to see their quotes or your drafts. Without a carve-out they’re always on record. No, you can’t accept a “guest” invitation to fly off an aircraft carrier – only if that’s another piece, arranged in advance.

      He taught me almost everything I know about journalism, and a lot about writing. For instance, it was OK all those endings went away – I tended to include three of them. And his instinct for the sure surgical cut, the magic title – “White Russian” for the sled-dog piece; “The Washington Senator Who Doesn’t Play Ball” for the Specter article – was unerring.

      That’s one part of Tony I carry forward.

      But it’s only a part.

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      Michael H. Levin (C ’64) is a lawyer, writer and solar-energy developer based in Washington DC and Menemsha MA. His most recent piece for the Gazette was “Work in Progress” (Sept / Oct 2014).

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