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Gladys D. Bingman DH’29, Elizabethville, Pa., May 2007.

Eleanor Felton Born Ed’29, Radnor, Pa., Dec. 29. At Penn she was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority.

Hon. Morris Chernock W’29, Haverford, Pa., Nov. 23.


Herbert G. DuBois C’33 L’36, Oaklyn, N.J., a retired attorney and real estate developer; Dec. 6. During World War II he was a Rifle Platoon Combat leader for the U.S. Army in Northern France, for which he received a number of honors.

S. Josephine Herrick Ed’33 G’35, Honolulu, Oct. 25.

Louis L. Lavine C’33, Portola Valley, Calif., Sept. 14.


Charles H. Eberly Ed’34, Sun City West, Ariz., Nov. 9.

W. Brooke Fleck Ar’34, Winchester, Va., a founding partner of Fleck & Lewis Architects in Hanover, N.H.; Nov. 6. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army.

Wendell V. Lapp W’34, Venice, Fla., retired sales manager for the Pulsafeeder division of Lapp Insulator Co., Inc.; Dec. 17. At Penn he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

George V. Robertson Jr. CE’34, Springfield, Pa., Dec. 31.

Margaret L. Simpson Ed’34 G’39 GEd’60, Panama City, Fla., a longtime teacher in the Haddonfield school system in New Jersey; Oct. 30. During World War II she served in the U.S. Women’s Army Corps.

Laura Cassedy Wilkinson Ed’34, Haverford, Pa., Oct. 22. At Penn she was a member of Tri Delta sorority.


Morton Gibbons-Neff Jr. W’35, Chestertown, Md., head of Clovelly Farms, a cattle and grain farm on the Chester River; Dec. 17. He had served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, commanding submarine chasers on the East Coast and in Hawaii.

Edward S. Johnson W’35, Bryn Mawr, Pa., a retired CPA; Dec. 25.

Ruth Bonnelly McMahon Ed’35 L’39, Delray Beach, Fla., Oct. 24.

Dr. Henry A. Shenkin C’35 GM’42, Haverford, Pa., a retired neurosurgeon; Dec. 8. He was founding director of the neurosurgical-research laboratory at Episcopal Hospital. A former associate professor of neurosurgery at Penn, he was also a professor at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and at Temple University. After retiring in 1982 he wrote five books, including Medical Ethics: Evolution Rights and the Physician and Medical Care and Reform: A Guide to Issues and Choices.


Robin Joan White Ed’36, Princeton, N.J., May 21, 2007.


Dr. J. Oliver Brown C’37 G’41, Philadelphia, a general practitioner in West Philadelphia, from 1950 until his retirement in 2000; Nov. 29. At Penn he was a member of Omega Psi Phi. He attended the Penn Relays for 75 consecutive years, according to his family. He was a longtime staff member at the old Mercy-Douglas Hospital and the Misericordia Division of Mercy Catholic Medical Center. In 2003 he received the Edward S. Cooper Humanitarian Award for service to his community. His wife is Catherine Bryan Brown WG’53 and his son is Matthew B. Brown W’89.

Dr. Ethel Friedman Platt Ed’37, Wilmington, Del., a family practitioner in Wilmington from 1942 until 1989; Dec. 29. She and her husband, Dr. David Platt C’36 M’40, operated a joint family practice, providing obstetric, pediatric, and adult care. She received numerous professional awards. Her son is Dr. Richard Platt C’68.

Herbert S. Saffir C’37, Coral Gables, Fla., a structural engineer who created the five-category system still used to describe hurricane intensity; Nov. 21. He began working on the scale in 1969, as part of a UN project. It was expanded to the Saffir-Simpson scale in the 1970s. He continued to work as a structural engineer until four weeks before his death, even traveling to inspect damage and write reports after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Dr. John G. Zimmerman Ed’37 GEd’39, Huntsville, Ala., retired assistant professor of chemistry at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he taught for 31 years; Oct. 15.


Alice Jean Byall CW’38, Philadelphia, Dec. 24.

Henry E. Cadwell W’38, Orlando, Fla., Feb. 28, 2007.

Leonard Goldfine C’38 L’41, Jenkintown, Pa., Dec. 9.

Louise Hannan Norton Ed’38, Reading, Pa., Dec. 18.

Joseph F. Rosenthal Ed’38 GEd’39, Philadelphia, Sept. 15.

Peter P. Sokas W’38 WG’39, Ellicott City, Md., a retired disability analyst for the Social Security Administration; Jan. 13, 2006. During World War II he served with the U.S. Army’s Transportation Corps in Europe. He joined the reserve after the war, retiring in 1976 with the rank of colonel. In 1966 the Russian government presented him with the 50th Anniversary of the Great Patriotic War Medal, in recognition of his efforts to deliver supplies to Archangel and Dubrovnik.


H. Payson Brickley W’39, Wayne, Pa., a retired stockbroker and investment adviser; Jan. 4. At Penn he was captain of the men’s basketball team and a pitcher for the baseball team. A member of Psi Upsilon fraternity, he served as its president in his senior year. He received an Alumni Award of Merit in 1964. During World War II he was a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Virginia and the Philippines; he remained in the naval reserves until 1956.

George R. Haines W’39, Abington, Pa., director of development and public relations at Abington Memorial Hospital, where he had worked from 1956 until his retirement in 1986; Jan. 7. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific.

Dr. Robert J. Lerch C’39 V’41, Holland, Pa., a veterinarian in a longtime private practice who had also worked for the Philadelphia mounted police and the former Women’s Pennsylvania SPCA; Jan. 7. He was a captain in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps during World War II.

Dr. John W. Mosch C’39 D’41, Naples, Fla., a dentist who had maintained a practice in Waterbury, Conn., from 1946 until his retirement in 1982; Nov. 19. At Penn he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. During World War he was a captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps at Ft. Benning, Ga., 1942-46.

John R. Rezzolla Jr. L’39, Boca Raton, Fla., a deputy Pennsylvania attorney general for over 25 years; July 6. He was also chief counsel for both the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, until retiring in 1976. During World War II he was a firing-accuracy specialist in the U.S. Army.

N. Maxwell Scarborough Jr. W’39, Mechanicsburg, Pa., Sept. 17.


Albert D. Craine C’40, Jenkintown, Pa., Nov. 26.

Bertha Flitcraft NTS’40, Dayton, Ohio, June 21, 2007.

Samuel E. C. Griffin ME’40, Wilmington, Del., Oct. 28.

B. Elliott Lukens WEv’40, Lansdale, Pa., Jan. 1.

G. Barry Rank W’40, Ft. Myers, Fla., Oct. 17.

Edwin H. Zeitlin W’40, Singer Island, Fla., a retired executive in the insurance-brokerage industry; April 29, 2007. He was a principal of Harris & Sloan in New York, an agency that was subsequently acquired by Frank B. Hall & Co. and then by Aon Corporation; he was senior vice president of the latter two corporations. He was a national officer of the U.S. Power Squadron. His son is Dr. Andrew D. Zeitlin EE’69, whose daughter is Dr. Samantha G. Zeitlin C’97.


Dr. Salvatore Cucinotta GM’41, Cherry Hill, N.J., Dec. 30.

Selma Segal Frechie CW’41, Havertown, Pa., Dec. 5.

James T. Magee W’41, Washington, Sept. 5.

James P. Schellenger W’41 L’47, Berwyn, Pa., a board chair and CEO of several companies, including the Delaware Fund Inc., the Delchester Bond Fund Inc., and Delaware Investment Advisers; Nov. 10. During World War II he served as a communications officer with the U.S. Naval Reserve in the South Pacific.

Kenneth R. Wood W’41, Houston, Tex., Oct. 14.


Arthur E. Arnoff W’42, Essex, Conn., retired president of the Shirley Fabrics Corp.; Nov. 18. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant.

Milton L. Berman W’42, Media, Pa., president of Berman Furniture Co. in Allentown, until his retirement in 1979; June 5, 2007. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army.

William W. Meiklejohn W’42, Laguna Hills, Calif., a retired executive with Northrup Corp.; Dec. 16. At Penn he was a member of the wrestling team. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army in Virginia. A devoted supporter of the University, he helped fund the Meiklejohn Stadium, which was dedicated in 2006, the David Pottruck Health and Fitness Center, as well as giving for student scholarships. He gave considerably to the Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Laguna Hills.

Dr. Charles L. Merwin Gr’42, Bethesda, Md., retired deputy director of the African department at the IMF; Oct. 26. He joined the fund at its inception in 1946, and retired in 1977. In 1948 he participated in the Marshall Plan’s mission to France.

Walter L. Myers WEv’42, Monroe, N.J., Jan. 5.

Frank P. Norton Jr. W’42, Rochester, N.Y., the retired vice president of finance at Dollinger Corp.; Nov. 22. During World War II he served as a U.S. Navy pilot and instructor.

Morton Schwartz WEv’42, Philadelphia, Nov. 22.

Mary M. Sharkey CW’42, Peoria, Ariz., July 8, 2006.

George C. Williams L’42, Wellsboro, Pa., a retired attorney; July 29. During World War II he was a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific.


Vivian Perry Archer NTS’43 Ed’48, St. Paul, Minn., Nov. 14, 2006.

Frank D. Beck GEd’43, Portsmouth, Va., retired principal of Churchland High School; Sept. 30.

Dr. L. John Bingham M’43, Idaho Falls, a family physician who had practiced in Utah and Idaho from 1947 until his retirement in the 1980s; July 7. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps with the occupation forces in the Pacific.

Dr. Max J. Fischer C’43 GM’48, Washington, former chief of otolaryngology at Children’s Hospital in Washington; Dec. 15. He also directed the speech and hearing department and helped establish the hospital’s first school for autistic children. He had served with the U.S. Army, stationed at Tokyo General Hospital, after World War II.

Dr. Serge Gratch ChE’43 GCh’45 Gr’50, Bingham Farms, Mich., emeritus professor of mechanical engineering at Kettering University; Dec. 4. He had been director of vehicle, powertrain, and component research at the Ford Motor Co.; while at Ford, 1961-86, he initiated the electric-car research program (1966) and later the alternative-fuels program. Earlier he had served as professor of mechanical engineering at Penn, as well as group leader in the department’s Thermodynamics Research Laboratory. He received the Alumni Award of Merit in 1974 and the D. Robert Yarnall Award in 1983.

Charles E. Heilig Jr. ME’43, West Hartford, Conn., former corporate vice president at Loctite Corp.; Dec. 8.

Dr. Gayle K. Lawrence WG’43 Gr’51, Minneapolis, retired professor of political science at Temple University; Nov. 4. Earlier, as president of Girard College in Philadelphia during the early 1970s, he oversaw the integration of African Americans into the student body.

Lawrence E. MacElree C’43 L’49, Newtown Square, Pa., Jan. 5. His alumni children are Crawford Hill C’74, Leslie Hill CW’75, and Jessie B. Hill C’76.

John W. H. Miller ChE’43, Dunwoody, Ga., a retired chemical engineer who worked with the Johns Manville Corp. for 34 years; Sept. 16. At Penn he was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. During World War II he served in the Pacific with the U.S. Army’s 1897th Engineer Aviation Battalion.

Dr. Leon Riebman EE’43 GEE’47 GrE’51, Narberth, Pa., Dec. 20.

Isadore Rubin ChE’43, Pine Beach, N.J., chief engineer for IPE, Inc. for 18 years, a partner of Straubing & Rubin Consulting Engineers for 20 years, and president of I. Rubin Associates for 16 years; Dec. 12. During World War II he was a navigator in the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Dr. James I. Wendell Jr. M’43 GM’47, Pottstown, Pa., a pediatrician who had maintained a practice in Pottstown for many years; Dec. 2. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army, retiring as a major.


Ethel Williamson Day NTS’44 Ed’49 GEd’54, Annandale, Va., a retired obstetric nurse at Arlington Hospital; Nov. 10. She had served as a U.S. Army nurse in Hawaii during World War II.

Rudolph J. DiMassa C’44, Meadowbrook, Pa., an attorney who had maintained a practice in Philadelphia for more than 55 years; Jan. 9. In World War II, as a lieutenant with the U.S. Army in Italy, he arrived in his hometown, Solopaca, as it was being liberated by British forces. He later served as with the provisional U.S. authority in Milan. His wife is Rita Petillo DiMassa CW’50 and one of his sons is Rudolph J. DiMassa L’81.

George Katz Jr. C’44 L’49, Eastham, Mass., Aug. 30. He worked for Aetna Corp. for 33 years, during which he introduced a no-fault auto-insurance system in Massachusetts. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army in the occupation of Germany.

Dr. Martin Litman C’44 D’45, Coconut Creek, Fla., a retired dentist who had maintained a practice in Johnstown, Pa., for more than 46 years; Nov. 9. He served in both the U.S. Army and the Coast Guard during World War II, and was a captain in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

Olive Wilkinson Sneath CW’44, Jeffersonville, Pa., Dec. 29.

Christine Henszey Trimble Ed’44 G’45, New Bern, N.C., Nov. 11.


Marguerite Boyd Bowdon CW’45, Cincinnati, a retired teacher at Sacred Heart Academy; Nov. 16.


Vivian Dompf Krasnov CW’46, Great Neck, N.Y., Dec. 4.

Robert A. Mostertz ME’46, Sarasota, Fla., retired executive vice president of the old Quaker Fabric Corp.; March 12, 2006. A Mungerman, he was captain of the varsity football team. And he served in the Penn varsity track team. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and the Sphinx Society, and he received the Hugo Otto Wolf Memorial Award and the University Bowl for excellence. He worked for 57 years in research and development for the textile industry. His brother is William C. Mostertz W’42 WG’43, whose wife is Dr. Mary J. Fuss-Mostertz CW’41; their daughter is M. Joanne Moore GEd’85.

J. Somers Smith Jr. W’46, Amelia Island, Fla., Oct. 12.


Malcolm W. Berkowitz C’47 L’50, Philadelphia, an attorney; Jan. 7.

Dr. Samuel J. Fomon M’47 GM’51, Frisco, Tex., emeritus professor of pediatrics at the University of Iowa; Dec. 18. His book, Infant Nutrition, is still widely used. He had been a captain with the U.S. Army Medical Services in Fort Dix, N.J.

Dr. Milton A. Kamsler Jr. M’47 GM’51, St. Augustine, Fla., a physician who had maintained a practice in Burlingame, Calif., for more than 30 years; March 23, 2007. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the post-World War II era.

Jane Itsynson Kotlikoff CW’47, Mashpee, Mass., a retired school social worker; Sept. 2. At Penn she was a member of the Sigma Delta Tau sorority. Her daughter is Jamie Kotlikoff Stern CW’74.

Frank A. Penico Jr. W’47 GEd’63, Wynnewood, Pa., a reading specialist for the Philadelphia school system; July 29. He had served in the U.S. military during World War II and remained active in veterans affairs.

George Sacks WEv’47, Lansdale, Pa., Jan. 4.

Rev. Frederick A. Schutz Jr. W’47, Glenside, Pa., a Presbyterian minister and chaplain of the Masonic Home in Warminster; Oct. 19. Formerly a stockbroker, he was also an underwriter for the New York Life Insurance Co. and the Presbyterian Ministers’ Fund, 1970-87. During World War II he served with the U.S. Army Air Force in Okinawa.

Curtis E. Warren G’47, Mystic, Conn., a retired principal bank examiner for the state of Connecticut; Sept. 18. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army.

Jean Eleanor Ziegler NTS’47, York, Pa., Dec. 25.


William C. Buzby C’48, Media, Pa., a retired publishing-company manager; Oct. 27. After retiring in 1993 he operated a temporary-employment agency, Happy Seniors, for 10 years. During World War II he served with the U.S. Army in the Pacific.

Marianne B. Cunningham CW’48, Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 31. She helped set up the mobile-guides program at the University’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. One of her daughters is Helen I. Cunningham G’88.

Sidney I. Jacobs C’48, Penn Valley, Pa., Jan. 10.

Harvey G. Miller W’48, McLean, Va., a retired senior analyst with the CIA, where he had worked from 1956 to 1978; Oct. 25. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army and afterward was an interpreter with the Army’s 11th Airborne Division in Japan.

Dr. Irwin L. Peikes GM’48, Norristown, Pa., a retired obstetrician-gynecologist; Dec. 3.

Walter H. Powell G’48, Philadelphia, a former vice president of personnel at Temple University; Dec. 2.

Dr. Jerry E. Schmitthenner M’48, Barnesville, Ohio, May 29, 2007.


Patricia Van Hook Gibbons CW’49, Haverford, Pa., a retired teacher at Radnor High School; Dec. 21, 2006.

John H. Gravenstine Jr. WEv’49, Rio Grande, N.J., Nov. 8.

Theodore R. Kraftsow W’49, Haiku, Hawaii, a retired businessman; Aug. 19. In Maui he started Wai Ulu Farms, which was a feed store, stables, and, at one point, hydroponic greenhouse. He was a veteran of World War II. His wife is Gloria Balser Kraftsow and one of his sons is Andrew P. Kraftsow C’73.

Leo Labovitz W’49, Elkins Park, Pa., Nov. 24.

Stanley A. Lawry Jr. WG’49, Glendora, Calif., Sept. 22.

William J. McKenna W’49, Secane, Pa., a salesman for food companies in Philadelphia; Nov. 14. As navigator for a B-17 bomber during World War II, he flew 35 missions over Germany in a plane nicknamed “Patches and Prayers” for its close calls under enemy fire. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with four oak-leaf clusters.

Robert H. Pitt II W’49, Alexandria, Va., former dean of admissions at the University; Dec. 15. He served as assistant dean of admissions, 1949-53, and as dean of admissions, 1954-61. In 1961 he received the Senior Friar of the Year Award from the Friars Society. He had worked earlier in the private sector, co-founding an international marketing and sales company, then served as president and chair of Club Internationale Management Group, president of Diner’s Club International Ltd., and chair and president of Domino International and of Tag Systems USA, Inc. During World War II he had served as a gunner in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the European Theater, and received an Air Medal and a Purple Heart with oak-leaf cluster.

Hon. Lisa A. Richette CW’49, Philadelphia, senior family-court judge in the Court of Common Pleas, which she had served for 36 years; Oct. 26. Known as an outspoken advocate for the city’s disadvantaged, she wrote a groundbreaking book about children and crime, The Throwaway Children, which is still widely used in classrooms.

Dr. Bernard Shapiro C’49 M’51 GM’55, Narberth, Pa., retired head of nuclear medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center; Nov. 27. He was past president of the Pennsylvania College of Nuclear Medicine.

Dr. Melvin Wallshein D’49, Brooklyn, N.Y., August.

Eugene G. Wentling G’49, Wilmington, Del., a retired teacher in the Christiana school system; Jan. 2.


Elizabeth G. Ravdin Bergus NTS’50, Strathmere, N.J., Dec. 18. She became a certified emergency medical technician in her 60s.

Dolores Weber Dillon Ed’50 GEd’54, Haverford, Pa., Jan. 4.

Dr. Harry C. Mandell Ch’50 Gr’54, Chester Springs, Pa., Jan. 4, 2007. He had retired from PennWalt Chemical Corp., after 40 years of service.

Leonard D. Murphy WG’50, Montville, N.J., a retired vice president of Consolidated Edison; Sept. 15.

Joseph Wakshul WEv’50, Yardley, Pa., Nov. 27.

William C. Williams WEv’50, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Jan. 6, 2008.


Robert L. Cruise W’51, Ambler, Pa., April 18, 2007.

John E. Flinchbaugh W’51, King of Prussia, Pa. Nov. 26.

Joseph G. Foy Ar’51, Springfield, Pa., Jan. 4.

Dale F. Gibson WG’51, South Chatham, Mass., Sept. 30.

Robert W. Hillegass G’51, Greenfield, N.H., May 2007.

Luba M. Allen Krasnov-Rein Ed’51 GEd’52, Philadelphia, a retired art teacher at George Washington School; Oct. 17.

Dr. Lawrence L. Parrish Gr’51, Colorado Springs, Jan. 15.

Dorothy Moman Rodgers GEd’51, Haverford, Pa., Jan. 2.

Samuel Rudofsky EE’51 GEE’64, West Bloomfield, Mich., Oct. 2006.


Francis A. Lapinski ME’52, Ambler, Pa., Nov. 26.

Dr. Leonard M. Libber Gr’52, Philadelphia, former chief of physiology at the Office of Naval Research; Oct. 17. Earlier, at the Air Crew Equipment Laboratory at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, he had worked on the design of the first spacesuit.

Betty J. Holbert Robertson NTS’52, Justin, Tex., a retired registered nurse at the Denton Regional Medical Center; Nov. 20.

Dr. Eugene I. Rosanoff Gr’52, Cherry Hill, N.J., Dec. 26.


Glenn T. Adams W’53, Trappe, Pa., the retired vice president of sales for Vogue Tyre Co. in Skokie, Ill.; Dec. 12. At Penn he played varsity football; a tailback and All American, he was the lead punter in the country during his sophomore year. He was the national player of the week in 1951: in a game against Dartmouth he threw four touchdown passes. In 1952 against Notre Dame (top-ranked team in the country that year) he threw the 65-yard tying touchdown pass at Franklin Field, in front of 80,000 spectators. He was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. While serving in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps, 1953-55, he played football and basketball, earning player-of-the-year awards for both sports.

Dr. Avery D. Andrews L’53 Gr’62, Washington, retired professor of history at George Washington University; Nov. 13. He helped establish new curricula, including a museum-studies program.

Dr. Francis W. Dailey GM’53, Savannah, a retired anesthesiologist who had set up the obstetric-anesthesia department at Candler General Hospital; Feb. 22, 2007.

Franklin A. Hagist WEv’53, Elizabethtown, Pa., a retired controller for the DuPont Co.; Nov. 24.

Preston C. King WG’53, Bloomfield, Conn., October.

Priscilla Haynes Knoll DH’53, Ft. Myers, Fla., Sept. 8.

Dr. Raymond Krain GM’53, Villanova, Pa., retired head of dermatology at Lankenau Hospital; Nov. 7.

Hector L. Miron W’53, St. Augustine, Fla., Oct. 17. He had worked in the pharmaceutical industry overseas until retiring in 1980.

John F. O’Sullivan W’53, Seattle, Dec. 6.

Noel K. Zakin WG’53, New York, a retired computer specialist; March 3, 2007. At Univac he had worked on one of the first computer languages. He had served in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps.


Hubert L. Brown Jr. WG’54, Midland, Tex., Dec. 7. An independent oil and gas operator.

Dr. Clifford J. Craft III WG’54, Malibu, Calif., Oct. 27.

Robert M. Hauslein C’54, Chadds Ford, Pa., Jan. 14.

Dr. William Hertl Ch’54, Corning, N.Y., a retired research scientist with Corning Glass; Sept. 17.

Stephen M. Hill WG’54, New Canaan, Conn., former treasurer and director of investments at the old Great Northern Nekoosa Paper Corp.; Nov. 16.


Glorio J. DiSepio WEv’55 WEv’57, Philadelphia, Dec. 29.

Dr. Thomas J. Langan C’55, Bethesda, Md., May 18, 2007.

Charles E. St. John ME’55, Princeton, N.J., a mechanical engineer for the DeLaval Turbine Co. of Trenton, until his retirement in 1995; Dec. 13. He and his wife were involved in local borough government for 50 years; he served on the zoning board of adjustment for 40 years. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II and recipient of the Combat Infantry Badge, he was a member of Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s Honor Guard in Japan after the war. His son-in-law is Dr. Greg Sykes V’75, whose daughter is Rebecca D. Sykes W’05.

Clarke E. Thrasher Jr. W’55, East Aurora, N.Y., Jan. 6.


Joseph R. Culhane Jr. W’56, Petaluma, Calif., Dec. 14. He had served as an accountant and controller for large corporations. At Penn he was a member of the Mask & Wig Club. For five years he served in the U.S. Navy aboard the destroyer U.S.S. O’Hare, rising to the rank of lieutenant.

S. Hamill Horne C’56, Gladwyne, Pa., Nov. 24.

David C.S. Polk Ar’56, Philadelphia, Nov. 3.

Dr. Maurice Rosman C’56, Cherry Hill, N.J., Nov. 19.

Edward K. Wojciechowski V’56, Lake Suzy, Fla., Aug. 29.


Dr. Frederick Cohn M’57, Albuquerque, N.M., an obstetrician-gynecologist who had maintained a practice for 30 years; Nov. 28. A specialist in microscopic tubal surgery for fertility problems, he was also an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico. He had served as a captain in the U.S. Army.

Hon. James N. Diefenderfer L’57, Emmaus, Pa., a retired Lehigh County president judge; Nov. 14.

Alexander C. Javor WEv’57, Philadelphia, a retired certified public accountant until retiring in his late 80s; Dec. 14.

Philip V. Rodel Jr. C’57, Southampton, Pa., Dec. 20.

Dr. Earl W. Tietsworth C’57 D’60, San Diego, a retired dentist who had maintained a practice in Amity Gardens, Pa., for 27 years; Dec. 20. Earlier he had taught at the Penn Dental School and at Temple University.


W. Tucker Blaine Jr. WG’58, Houston, Tex., April 25, 2007.

E. Joseph Tartaglino WG’58, Deland, Fla., a retired sales manager for IBM Corp.; March 18, 2007.


Dr. Jack M. Goldstein Gr’59, Randolph, Mass., June 3, 2006.

Charles C. Holt III C’59, Palm Beach, Fla., retired CEO of Water Plus Way Industries in Hartford, Conn.; Dec. 21. At Penn he was a member of Mask and Whig Club and the Delta Phi fraternity.

Dr. Robert S. Johnson Gr’59, Cinnaminson, N.J., Jan. 4.

Dr. Robert J. Kirschner GM’59, Bryn Mawr, Pa., an ophthalmologist who had served on the faculties of Graduate Hospital and the Wills Eye Hospital; Sept. 4.

Dr. Daris R. Swindler Gr’59, Seattle, retired professor of physical anthropology at the University of Washington; Dec. 6. A forensics expert, he worked on several high-profile murder cases, including the Ted Bundy investigation.


Dr. Donald W. Transue D’60 GD’61, Lakeland, Fla., a retired dentist who had maintained a practice in Coral Gables and Sebring for 40 years; Aug. 3. In 1967 he founded Florida’s Doctor to Doctor program, which provided medical services and supplies to Central and South America.


William W. Fox WG’61, Philadelphia, Nov. 27.

Janice Cohn Harvis CW’61, Melbourne, Fla., Dec. 25.

Dr. Warren W. Nichols GM’61, Green Lane, Pa., retired director of genetic and cellular toxicology at Merck & Co.; Nov. 19. For more than 30 years he was also associated with the Coriell Institute for Medical Research in Camden, N.J. He was a former professor at Penn’s School of Medicine, and at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Nancy Jarmon Sidel CW’61, New York, former director of development at the Hudson River Museum; December.

Kenneth F. Yates C’61, Monroe, N.J., Dec. 3.


Dr. Edmund H. Inselmann Gr’62, Willow Grove, Pa., retired weapons tester for the U.S. Army at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.; Nov. 23.

Elie N. Khouri Jr. W’62, Palm Springs, Calif., former director of personnel at the William Morris Agency in New York; Oct. 21. Known as “Ed,” he changed careers in 1989 to become a kitchen designer for Loews Home Improvement Centers in New Jersey and then Palm Springs.

Dr. Gary G. Kime C’62 GEd’65, Havertown, Pa., a retired history teacher at Radnor High School; Dec. 13. As athletic director for 26 years, he coached football for 18 years and track for nine years.


H. Michael Heffner C’63, Malvern, Pa., Nov. 27. He had worked in public relations in New York and Philadelphia. He had served in the U.S. Navy.


Dr. Edward J. Schaller Gr’65, Abington, Pa., Dec. 10.


Reinhard G. Olesch GEE’66, Annandale, Va., July 23.


Stephen J. Greenstein C’67, Overland Park, Kan., Jan. 7. A Jewish-studies scholar.


Dr. Wallace S. Johnson Jr. Gr’68, Lawrence, Kan., an Asian-studies scholar; Oct. 23. He wrote two books on the T’ang Code, both published by Princeton University Press.


Salvatore J. Amato WEv’69, Philadelphia, Oct. 12.


Dr. Karl F. Price Gr’70, Broomall, Pa., a personnel and communications consultant for Towers Perrin; Nov. 17. He was a former head of personnel at Temple University.


Christopher B. Willoughby C’71, Fountain Hills, Ariz., a commercial real-estate appraiser; Dec. 14. He had also taught anthropology at the Orme School in Mayer.


Margaret Adams Dugan GEd’72, Philadelphia, Nov. 26.

Dr. George A. Lanciault Gr’72, Guilford, N.Y., a pharmacist for over 30 years, most recently for Rite-Aid; Jan. 13.


Dr. Harvey A. Koolpe M’73, Elkins Park, Pa., an interventional radiologist at Albert Einstein Medical Center, and the inventor of several catheters now widely used for interventional radiology; Oct. 18. He held academic appointments at Einstein, Temple University, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.


Laurie Geisler Donovan CW’74, New York, senior vice president and general counsel at NBC and CNBC; Dec. 5.

Dr. Kenneth C. Fieldston D’74, Tenafly, N.J., a dentist who had maintained a practice in Bergen County; Oct. 28. His wife is Gail S. Fieldston GEd’73 and three of his sons are Dr. Evan Scott Fieldston M’02 WG’03 GM’10, Ross A. Fieldston C’02, and Todd J. Fieldston C’04.

Dr. Mary H. Turner GrEd’74, Charleston, S.C., Jan. 5, 2007.


Michael J. Connelly WG’76, Greenwich, Conn., senior media adviser at the Carlyle Group, the private-equity investment firm; Dec. 9. From 2002 to 2006 he was a managing director in the U.S. buyout group there.

Bruce J. Magee W’76, Berwyn, Pa., Nov. 15.

Diane R. Wolf C’76, New York, a philanthropist who had served on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts during the 1980s; Jan. 10. A benefactor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Collection, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, she had served on the boards of the National Archives, the Kennedy Center, and National Public Radio.


Dr. John William Boor GM’77, West Chester, Pa., former chief of neurology at Riddle Memorial Hospital; Nov. 26.


Nancy E. Moran C’78, Baltimore, a classical pianist who had also served as a advocate for prisoners; Sept. 30.


William R. Adams Jr. L’79, Philadelphia, former assistant to the provost of the University; Nov. 28. He and his wife, Carol A. Black L’79, also a former Penn employee, were instrumental in organizing Penn’s early minority-recruitment efforts in the 1970s. He began working at Penn in 1968 as the director of minority recruitment. He held other positions in the Admissions Office, including executive associate dean of admissions. He also served as vice provost for student affairs in 1969. John Edgar Wideman C’63 Hon’86 was quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer: “He had a whole lot to do with making Penn a more open place for African American students. He helped change the place for the better.” William Adams’ last position at Penn was assistant to the provost, which he left in order to pursue his law degree. He and his wife opened their own law firm, Black & Adams, in 1982, specializing in civil litigation. His brother is Edward P. Adams WEv’79.

Phyllis A. Tusler WEv’79, Mickleton, N.J., a legal secretary and administrative assistant at the law firm of McCarter & English; Dec. 23.


Theresa M. Christiansen GNu’80, Gilbert, Ariz., Oct. 10.

Joseph P. Keifer WEv’80, Wilmington, Del., a retired systems analyst and programmer at Scott Paper; Oct. 20.

Sister Eleanor A. Rice Gr’80, Rosemont, Pa., a retired professor of sociology at Rosemont College; Nov. 27.


Anita P. Parker WEv’81, Cherry Hill, N.J., Feb. 4, 2007.


Michael J. Biondi L’83 WG’83, Greenwich, Conn., co-chair of investment banking and a managing director at Lazard Ltd., where he had worked since 2003; Nov. 12. Earlier he was a founding partner at Wasserstein Perella & Co., after serving as an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Marc L. Camporeale C’83, New York, Oct. 28. Described as “a pioneering entrepreneur in digital signage,” he was also a painter, and leader of a rock band, Jahoodoo.


Alice Tome GCh’84, Frederick Md., March 1, 2007.


Dr. Gwen H. Lowitt V’94, New York, a veterinarian with Abingdon Square Veterinary Clinic; May 6, 2007. Earlier she had served as staff veterinarian at Oradell Animal Hospital in New Jersey. Her husband is Gary B. Lowitt C’87, her father is Dr. Fred Fernich V’63, and her brother is Marc A. Fernich C’88; her maternal grandfather was Dr. Edward P. Shapiro D’34.


Dr. John P. Ruffing V’96, West Mifflin, Pa., a veterinarian who had practiced at Pleasant Hills Pet Hospital; Nov. 9.


Kenan D. Adams W’98, Los Angeles, Oct. 28. He had worked in real estate investment for firms in New York, Thailand, and Chicago.


Dr. Philip Shtasel CGS’01, Haverford, Pa., a retired radiologist who had maintained a practice in Bala Cynwyd for many years; Nov. 14. He wrote Medical Tests and Diagnostic Procedures: A Patient’s Guide to Just What the Doctor Ordered (1990).


Brian D. Reagan EE’02, Salt Lake City, a risk manager at Reagan Outdoor Advertising’ Dec. 16. At Penn he won the Frederick D. Ketterer Memorial Award for excellence in bioelectric engineering. A member of Penn’s men’s ice-hockey team, he was a starting defenseman for three years and helped the team win the League Championship during his senior year. His wife is Cara J. Kusko C’03.


Marc L. Cabiallavetta W’04, Rüschlikon, Switzerland, Nov. 28.

Faculty and Staff

William R. Adams Jr. See Class of 1979.

Dr. Ira M. Cohen, Narberth, Pa., emeritus professor of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics; Dec. 8. He came to Penn as an assistant professor in 1966. He chaired the mechanical engineering and applied mechanics department, 1992-1997. A renowned scholar, he contributed frequently to Physics of Fluids, the journal of the American Physical Society. His seminal paper, Asymptotic theory of spherical electrostatic probes in a slightly ionized, collision dominated gas, has been described as the most highly cited paper in the theory of electrostatic probes and plasma diagnostics. He co-wrote the graduate-level textbook Fluid Mechanics, now in its 4th edition. One of his daughters is Nancy Cohen Cavanaugh Nu’87.

Albert R. Giandomenico, Southampton, Pa., coordinator of the instructional laboratories in the bioengineering department of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, 1996-2006; Nov. 29. He received the 2002-03 SEAS Staff Recognition Award for his work. Serving at Penn for 28 years, he previously was a research specialist in the radiation, oncology, pulmonary, and surgery departments at the School of Medicine and a radiation surveyor in the Office of Radiation Safety. Earlier he had worked on microcircuits for the Apollo Space Project.

Dr. Serge Gratch. See Class of 1943.

Dr. Leonard B. Meyer, Philadelphia, the Benjamin Franklin Professor Emeritus of Music and the Humanities; Dec. 30. He was appointed Benjamin Franklin Professor at Penn in 1975 and retired in 1988. Known for his studies of the psychology of music, music theory, and music and aesthetics, he published six books and numerous essays. His doctoral dissertation, Emotion and Meaning in Music(1956), was praised in The New Yorker and remains in print. His other books include Music, the Arts, and Ideas (1967); Explaining Music (1973); Style and Music: Theory, History, and Ideology (1989); and Spheres of Music: A Gathering of Essays (2000). He co-wrote The Rhythmic Structure of Music (1960), and he was a founding member of the journal Music Perception. And he edited a series of books on music theory that were published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army, fighting with the front line infantry at the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes.

Dr. Warren W. Nichols. See Class of 1961.

Robert H. Pitt II. See Class of 1949.

Dr. Henry A. Shenkin. See Class of 1935.

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