July|August 2014
Volume 112, No. 6


“Know That We Are Still Here”

With the new exhibition Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now, the Penn Museum and a team of Native American advisors aim to “transform your understanding of Native America today.” By Beebe Bahrami


Life Saver

Medical alumnus William A. Newell practiced the healing arts throughout his life—when he wasn’t founding the Life-Saving Service, representing New Jersey’s Second District in Congress, and serving as governor of New Jersey and Washington Territory. Along the way he became the “particular friend” of Abraham and Mary Lincoln, and is credited with saving the life of their son Tad. By Samuel Hughes


Five I’s, Four C’s, and the Right Road to College

Penn Admissions Dean Eric Furda C’87 would love it if your child or grandchild comes to Penn, but he doesn’t want them—or you—to start the college-search process with that goal in mind. By John Prendergast


Alumni Weekend 2014

Picnic in the (Penn) Park, and more. Photography by Addison Geary



From the Editor



First Person: Essays

NOTES FROM THE UNDERGRAD The view from South Philly

ALUMNI VOICES Father and son physicians

ELSEWHERE Postal passion

EXPERT OPINION Affordable housing is crucial


Gazetteer: News & Sports

Legend to Class of 2014: Go “all in” and “dare to love”


Investor Howard Marks W’67 on luck, credit, and the “low growth” future

Children’s Festival marks its third decade of “quality theater” for kids

Heard on Campus: “Alec, you have to explain YouTube to the mullahs”

MBA student Patrick Burns never saw the Oscars before being a nominee

Statkeeper Stu Suss C’74 L’77 decides 43 years is the right number

Ivy crowns in lacrosse for women and men

After 40 years, Penn’s four-minute mile club has a new member

Bagnoli to retire as football coach after next season




MUSIC Composer Philip Maneval G’83 finds balance in chamber music

SPOKEN WORD Writers reading, rereleased after 50 years

BOOKS Thomas Brothers C’79 on “Master of Modernism” Louis Armstrong

FILM 20 Feet from Stardom director Morgan Neville C’89 is a little closer now

ART Reborn Slought Foundation celebrates life on the edges




Alumni: Profiles

Diane Jacobs CW’70’s new book is about Abigail Adams and her sisters

Henry Sweetbaum W’59 founded a center to counter radicalization

Leapfrog Group CEO Leah Binder G’94 holds hospitals accountable

Mariana Chilton G’96 Gr’00 is a leading expert on hunger


: Events

: Notes

: Obituaries