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1934 | Mathilde Comerford Seltzer Ed’34 GEd’42, West Chester, Pa., July 6.

1936 | Gilbert Helman W’36, Rye, N.Y., July 2. At Penn, he was a member of Phi Sigma Delta fraternity. His children are Denice Helman Rein CW’69 and Mark A. Helman C’71 G’74.

Dr. Anthony M. Stefanski V’36, Crowley, La., Nov. 2, 2014. He had worked for the US Department of Agriculture.

1937 | E. Craig Sweeten W’37, Sarasota, Fla., the retired vice president for development and public relations at the University from 1965 to 1981; Aug. 7. As a student, he was captain of the men’s soccer team and the Bowl Man of his class. Two days after graduation, he went to work for the University (as a field worker with the Bicentennial Campaign) and worked in the administration until his retirement in 1981. During World War II, he served in an aircraft-carrier bombing squadron of the US Navy in the Pacific, and later was a lieutenant commander in the Naval Reserve. In 1956, Craig Sweeten was appointed Penn’s director of development and vice president for development and public relations in 1965; he was senior vice president of the Program for the Eighties, a five-year capital campaign (1975-80). Retiring in 1981, he was presented with the Alumni Award of Merit, as “a man nationally respected for his expertise and insights in the art of raising funds for higher education, and whose immeasurable contributions gave the University energy and direction,” and the trustees named the alumni office building the E. Craig Sweeten Alumni House. His class’s perennial president from his freshman year, he served two terms on the Penn Alumni Council in recent years. For many years he was a trustee of East Stroudsburg University and a director of the Pocono Medical Center. In the late 1990s, Craig and his wife, Dr. Nancy Rafetto Sweeten Gr’52, a former vice dean of the old College for Women and lecturer in English literature, moved to Venice, Fla., and later Sarasota; he was active in the local Penn Alumni club. His alumni family includes Elizabeth S. Gillis CW’70 and Douglas E. Leach WG’83.

1939 | Paul K. Paulson W’39, Glen Mills, Pa., retired co-owner of his family’s firm, retailers of Middle Eastern carpets; July 7. During World War II, he was an aircraft-carrier navigator with the US Navy.

Dr. Frederick B. Schelhorn ChE’39, Granville, Ohio, former senior vice president for Packaging Corporation of America; June 10. During World War II, he was a navigator with the US Navy in the Pacific.

Dr. George A. Tapper C’39 G’40, Newtown, Pa., the College Dean Professor Emeritus of History at Rutgers University; Aug. 2. During World War II, he served in the US Army.


Remembering Penn’s “$600 million man”

obits_craigsweetenBy Dan Rottenberg | Aside from four years in the Navy during World War II, Earl Craig Sweeten Jr. W’37, who died August 7 at age 100, spent his entire career at Penn, beginning with a 1937 campaign to raise the then-staggering sum of $12 million for Penn’s 200th birthday and finishing in 1981 with the five-year Program For the Eighties, which raised $255 million—a capital campaign then exceeded by only two universities in world history: Stanford and Yale.

obits_20070512_gaz_293More important, Sweeten rewrote the rules of modern college fundraising. Before World War II, universities relied mostly on haphazard funding campaigns pitched to wealthy alumni, whose gifts often came with dubious strings attached. The lofty concepts of the academic funding guru Harold J. “Si” Seymour—like advance planning, prospect evaluation, challenge grants and “institutional advancement”—remained largely theoretical until Sweeten put them into practice. Educational goals (including athletic goals) were set by academic committees; then the costs were calculated; and then prospective donors were invited to support those costs.

“Fundraisers shouldn’t determine academic priorities,” Sweeten liked to say.

Sweeten’s long love affair with Penn began when he was a student at Germantown High School in Philadelphia. His father, a General Electric distributor, respected the Wharton School’s reputation and encouraged Craig to apply. But Craig needed a scholarship, which Penn granted—perhaps the best investment the University ever made: All told, Sweeten raised more than $600 million for his alma mater.

As an undergrad, Sweeten was president of his class for three years, president of the Undergraduate Council, recipient of the Bowl senior award, and captain of the 1936 soccer team, which narrowly lost the Ivy League title to Princeton. Although he had originally planned to enter sales work, by his senior year Sweeten had become so involved with Penn that he went to student affairs vice president George W. McClelland—later Penn’s president—and asked for a job. Any job would do, he said, as long as it involved Penn.

McClelland sent him to Chester Tucker, then an independent fundraising counsel charged with soliciting gifts for Penn’s bicentennial in 1940. Tucker hired Sweeten as his assistant, and years later, in 1965, Sweeten succeeded Tucker as Penn’s vice-president for development and public relations.

“I’m in fundraising because the University said, ‘You work here,’” Sweeten once told me. “If they’d said something else, I’d have done that, too. The University is my life and my career, and I would have done anything they asked me to.”

Sweeten was actually the last survivor of a generation of Depression-era students who similarly devoted their careers to Penn. That cadre included soccer coach and associate athletic director Charlie Scott W’36 GEd’42 (Sweeten’s soccer teammate and fraternity brother); vice president Harold Manley WEv’43 CCC’51; treasurer Richard Gordon W’37; associate treasurer George Peters W’36; and comptroller Donald Murray W’37 G’40 Gr’44.

Throughout his Penn career, Sweeten functioned as the University’s “Mr. Outside,” representing Penn beyond the campus but leaving the internal educational process to the scholars he revered. His major tie to Penn’s academic life came only in 1973, a year after his wife Jane died, when he married another campus legend: Nancy Rafetto Leach Gr’52, a lecturer in 19th-Century American literature, vice dean of the College For Women, and widow of the celebrated Penn folklore professor MacEdward Leach. On the surface, Nancy and Craig seemed an odd couple: How, people wondered, could an intellectual disciple of Emerson and Edith Wharton marry an organization man who felt most at ease in corporate boardrooms and at sports events? But these midlife newlyweds shared the one characteristic that mattered: their common passion for Penn.

Craig’s passion can be traced to a streetcar ride he took as an undergrad. Penn’s president at that time was Thomas S. Gates Sr., the former Drexel and J.P. Morgan partner who had left banking in 1930 to rescue Penn from a financial crisis. Gates was perhaps the most revered Philadelphian of his day, as well as a virtual god on the Penn campus. In those days, the Woodland Avenue trolley cut diagonally across campus, and whenever Gates was aboard the motorman made a special stop opposite College Hall to accommodate his prominent passenger. On this occasion, as Gates prepared to exit, he noticed young Sweeten sitting quietly at the rear of the car. “Come on, Craig,” the great financier beckoned, “this is our stop,” and president and student alighted together. Years later, Sweeten reminded Gates of his magnanimous gesture and told him he would never forget it—“and, as you see,” Sweeten remarked at his retirement party in 1981, “I haven’t.”

The moral is: You can never know how your slightest actions may impact the lives of others. Thus inspired, Craig Sweeten spent his life quietly touching the lives of thousands of Penn people, most of whom never knew him or even knew he existed. It’s one mark of a great man.

Dan Rottenberg C’64 is the author of 11 books and founding editor of Broad Street Review, an arts and culture website.

1940 | Dr. Philip Lisan C’40, Boynton Beach, Fla., June 2. At Penn, he was a member of the men’s tennis team.

1941 | Dr. Frederick L. Agnew D’41, Penfield, N.Y., a retired dentist; July 18. He was a lieutenant commander in the US Navy during World War II.

Dr. Orel Friedman GM’41, Queensbury, N.Y., a retired audiologist who had founded the Audiology and Speech Clinic at Glens Falls Hospital; Dec. 12, 2014.

Carl J. Leitner WEF’41, Lewisburg, Pa., Aug. 18. He had worked for Chemung Supply in Elmira, N.Y. During World War II, he served with the US Army in North Africa.

James P. Nieukirk II W’41, Bainbridge Island, Wash., Jan. 18, 2014. During World War II, he served in the US Navy.

Richard Z. Zimmermann Jr. ChE’41, Saunderstown, R.I., retired town engineer for Jamestown; July 28. At Penn, he was a member of Delta Psi fraternity.

1942 | Dr. William H. Miller C’42 M’45, Ithaca, N.Y., retired director of clinical laboratories and pathology at Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Darby, Pa., from 1955 to 1983; June 16. During World War II, he served in the US Army Medical Corps. His daughter is Dr. Anne Miller Zartarian CW’68 G’69 and his son is Dr. William H. Miller V’76.

1943 | Irene L. Doto CW’43, Scottsdale, Ariz., a retired captain in the US Public Health Service; March 16, 2014.

Dr. Marvin H. Terry Grody C’43 M’46, Philadelphia, a retired gynecologist; July 7. At Penn, he was a member of Phi Sigma Delta fraternity. His daughter is Erica Grody Levens C’82 and his grandson is Philip Levens C’18.

Lenor Goldman Gutnick CW’43, Jenkintown, Pa., July 15. Her son is Richard S. Gutnick W’74.

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

Dr. Louis Sokoloff C’43 M’46 GM’50 Hon’97, Silver Spring, Md., retired head of the brain-metabolism laboratory at the National Institute of Mental Health who pioneered PET scans; July 30. He received a Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award in 1981. During World War II, he served as a physician in the US Army.

1944 | Rabbi Meyer Kramer L’44, Brooklyn, N.Y., retired Orthodox rabbi of the old Adath Zion Congregation in Philadelphia from 1951 to 1967 who had taught legal writing in the Penn Law School from 1947 to 1973; June 24. He served as rabbi for Beth Telfilath Israel (1967-72) and for the old Bustleton-Somerton Synagogue (1972-75). He also was director of books for the ABA’s American Law Institute (1975-87). His daughter is Rena R. Loebenberg CW’71 GEd’73.

Anna Anson McChesney Ed’44 GEd’44, Ocean City, N.J., a retired music teacher; July 8.

Anne Bassok Schupack DH’44, Farmington, Conn., Aug. 6.

Barbara R. Sheldon CW’44 G’47, Seattle, June 9. Her daughter is Dr. Susan Sheldon Gr’78.

1945 | Dr. Morton Botel Ed’45 GEd’48 Gr’53, Philadelphia, the William T. Carter Research Professor Emeritus of Education and Child Development in Penn’s Graduate School of Education; July 6. He helped establish Penn’s Center for Research in Literacy Communication (1976). And he founded the Penn Literacy Network in 1981, directing it until 1992 when daughter Dr. Bonnie K. Botel-Sheppard CGS’74 GEd’76 GrEd’81 followed him in that role. Dr. Botel received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1987. One son is Neil E. Botel C’72.

Leotie T. Thornton OT’45, Raleigh, N.C., Oct. 18, 2014.

1946 | Dr. Robert M. Brubaker C’45 D’46, Monroe, N.J., a retired dentist; Aug. 14. At Penn, he was a member of Psi Omega fraternity. During World War II, he served in the US Army as a captain.

Dorothy W. Sachritz Ed’46, Memphis, Tenn., a retired social worker; Aug. 14.

Dr. Abram B. Stavitsky V’46, Montclair, N.J., emeritus professor of microbiology at Case Western Reserve University; Aug. 2.

William D. Taylor W’46, Charlotte, N.C., Aug. 3. He had worked for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education. During World War II, he served in the US Navy.

1947 | Elaine Sloane Alson CW’47, Stamford, Conn., May 20. At Penn, she was a member of the women’s swimming and golf teams. Her children are Andrew C. Alson C’68, Marjorie Alson Landis CW’70, and Lynn Alson Canning CW’73.

Dr. Irvin C. Arno C’47 M’51, Boynton Beach, Fla., a retired obstetrician-gynecologist; June 8. He was a veteran of World War II.

Hon. William J. Moore C’47, New Bloomfield, Pa., a retired state senator, from 1973 to 1988; Aug. 11. At Penn, he was a member of the wrestling team. During World War II, he served with the US Army in the Pacific.

1948 | J. Robert Caldwell C’48, Newark, Del., retired director of dental-society services with the American Dental Association; April 4.

Ruth Hemphill Graf G’48, Devon, Pa., March 24. Her son is Evan M. Graf WG’81 and her grandson is Alexander E. Graf C’15.

John J. Kenney W’48, Warminster, Pa., a retired commercial real-estate appraiser; May 20. During World War II, he served in the US Navy.

Elizabeth J. Klatzkin CW’48, Yardley, Pa., former president of the Bucks County Free Library; July 26.

Dr. George H. Miller Jr. M’48, Livermore, Maine, former founding head and professor of urology at the University of Florida medical school; July 28. During World War II, he served in the US Navy.

1949 | Beverly Baker SW’49, New York, a retired social worker; Aug. 17. Her brother is Dr. Jay H. Baker W’56.

Robert H. Carlson ME’49, New Wilmington, Pa., retired president and CEO of Universal-Rundle Corp.; Aug. 22. At Penn, he was a member of the men’s basketball and track teams and the Sphinx Senior Society. During World War II, he served in the US Navy.

Dr. Wilma Beavers Gillespie Ed’49, Louisville, Ky., former professor of nursing at what is now Eastern Florida State College; Aug. 20.

Bayard M. Graf G’49, Devon, Pa., a retired attorney at what is now Kohn Swift & Graf, P.C.; Jan. 16. He had served in the US Navy. His son is Evan M. Graf WG’81 and his grandson is Alexander E. Graf C’15.

Dr. Frank C. Greiss Jr. C’49 M’53 GM’57, Lake Norman, N.C., former chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Wake Forest University; July 23. At Penn, he was a member of the men’s soccer team.

James J. Kerley G’49, North Palm Beach, Fla., a retired executive vice president at Monsanto; Aug. 13. During World War II, he served in the Marines.

W. Owen Lampe W’49, Chatham, N.J., a retired senior executive with the old Ansor Corp., July 22. At Penn, he was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. He wrote a local history, Images of America: Millburn and Short Hills (2000). His son is W. Owen Lampe Jr. C’82.

Samuel M. Merion EE’49, Meadowbrook, Pa., Nov. 2, 2014.

1950 | Dr. Wilson P. Brydon G’50, Crestline, Calif., a photographer noted for his work for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics; July 23. He was a veteran of World War II and a pilot in the Korean War.

George Chapman Jr. W’50, Midland Park, N.J., a retired executive vice president for Chicopee Mills; Aug. 8. At Penn, he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. During World War II, he served in the US Army.

Edwin Krawitz W’50 L’55, Stroudsburg, Pa., an attorney who had served in a number of local and state positions; July 30. At Penn, he was a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, the Penn Band, and the men’s track and fencing teams. He served in the US Army and served in the Korean War.

Dr. Richard S. Latta C’50, Linwood, N.J., a retired physician; June 28. He served in the US Navy during World War II.

Edward P. Perry WEv’50, Hatboro, Pa., a retired income-tax specialist for the US Treasury; June 25. During World War II, he served with in the US Army Air Corps in Europe; shot down and captured, he received the Purple Heart.

Stanley W. Root Jr. L’50, Naples, Fla., a retired attorney; July 8. His wife is Joan Schimpf Root L’50 and his daughter is Louise Root Melby C’77 GRP’78.

Walter J. Semon Ed’50, Clifton, N.J., a retired football coach at Clifton High School; June 25. During World War II, he served in the US Navy.

Martha D. Severt CW’50, Deland, Fla., Aug. 17, 2014.

Edward G. Smith W’50, Centreville, Md., retired founder of an oil company; July 24. At Penn, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He had served in the US Navy during the Korean War.

1951 | Harvey D. Abuhove, W’51, Albuquerque, N.M. a retired systems analyst at IBM; Feb. 4.

Dr. Richard C. Goos GM’51, Whiting, N.J., a retired anesthesiologist; July 12.

Herbert E. Grodnick W’51, Williams Island, Fla., a former principal of his family’s firm, Algro Knitting Mills, Inc.; Aug. 13. At Penn, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. During World War II, he served in the US Army.

Fred N. Kronfeld W’51, Alpine, N.J., a retired partner of a lingerie firm; Aug. 11. At Penn, he was a member of Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity.

Maj. Gen. George Kuttas D’51, Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., former assistant surgeon general and chief of the US Army Dental Corps; May 27. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and Bronze Star.

Dr. Albert J. Mazurkiewicz G’51, Tampa, Fla., emeritus professor of education at Kean University in New Jersey; May 8.

Evan W. Woollacott WG’51, Simsbury, Conn., former vice-chair and commissioner of the state Department of Public Utility Control; March 24, 2014. During the Korean War, he served in the US Army.

1952 | Herbert E. Adelman W’52, Arlington, Va., a retired attorney who had specialized in international law, then class-action litigation; May 20. During the Korean War, he served in the US Navy.

Donald S. Berman C’52, Beverly, Mass., retired president of a cable company; July 30.

Fred Miller W’52, York, Pa., a retired stockbroker with Morgan Stanley; Feb. 18, 2014.

Elizabeth H. Paly SW’52, Portsmouth, N.H., a retired social worker; July 6.

Benjamin F. Schweyer L’52, Shelburne, Vt., a retired attorney; April 21.

Joy Powell Smith FA’52, Murfreesboro, Tenn., a retired art teacher; Aug. 9.

1953 | John Butterworth L’53, Bryn Mawr, Pa. A retired attorney with Reed, Smith, Shaw & McClay; July 8.

Dr. Lawrence Claman M’53, Austin, Texas, retired director of the child-psychiatry residency program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; June 16.

Carl J. Herbst W’53, Roanoke, Va., a retired employee of Pittsburgh Des Moines; Aug. 10. At Penn, he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

Dr. Marvin Herman G’53 Gr’65, Indianapolis, Jan. 2. He had retired from General Motors.

Stephen H. Joseph W’53, Montclair, N.J., a retired advertising executive with the old Manufacturer’s Hanover; July 10. At Penn, he was a member of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. During the Korean War, he served in the US Navy. His son is John Nathan Joseph C’83 L’86 (whose wife is Dale C. Grayson L’88) and his daughter is Janis I. Joseph C’85 GEd’85.

John P. Knox L’53, Charlottesville, Va., a former partner at the law firm of Timoney Knox, LLP; July 21.

Jules Shaffer W’53, London, April 17. He ran his own financial consultancy until 2005. He had earlier taught international economics at the London School of Economics.

Dr. Dene T. Walters M’53, Wilmington, Del., retired chair of family medicine at Wilmington Medical Center; Aug. 14.

1954 | Harry I. Hammer W’54, Holmdel, N.J., retired owner of a liquor store, who had earlier been a CPA; July 11. At Penn, he was a member of Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity.

Thomas Hladun Ed’54, Pawleys Island, S.C., Aug. 14. He had worked for Chevron Oil.

Robert P. Johnson W’54, Elmhurst, N.Y., May 24. He had worked for IBM and worked on Wall Street. At Penn, he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He had served in the US Navy.

Robert F. Pinter W’54, Bethlehem, Pa., retired head of a family printing firm; Aug. 6. At Penn, he was a member of the men’s rowing team.

George B. Ramsey C’54, Naples, Fla., Aug. 16. He had worked in insurance in New Jersey. He had served in the US Air Force.

Dr. John F. Steinbruck W’54, Lewes, Del., a retired pastor of Luther Place Memorial Church in Washington; March 1.

1955 | Miriam K. Comley HUP’55, Rapid City, S.D., a retired nurse; Aug. 19. Her grandson is Jacob S. Levy W’12.

John S. Hay W’55, Plymouth, Minn., retired vice president of regional operations for Prudential Financial; Aug. 7. His brother is Thomas M. Hay W’58.

Kenneth J. Laskey W’55, Los Angeles, July 12.

Dr. Mendon R. MacDonald M’55, Laconia, N.H., retired medical director of Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Hampshire; May 10.

Alan H. Miller W’55, Palm Beach, Fla., former owner of a paper and packaging firm; May 29.

Dr. Steven S. Spencer M’55, Santa Fe, N.M., retired medical director of the New Mexico Corrections Department; July 11.

J. William Wickersham W’55, Columbia, S.C., Aug. 23. At Penn, he was a member of the men’s rowing team and Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He had served in the US Army. His brother is Dr. John Moore Wickersham C’64 G’65.

1956 | Robert D. Bring W’56, Boynton Beach, Fla., April 9.

Robert W. Burian C’56 WG’60, Fairfield, Conn., a retired marketing executive with IBM; May 5. At Penn, he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and the men’s rowing team.

Dr. Horace H. Coburn Gr’56, Las Cruces, N.M., emeritus professor of physics at New Mexico State University; April 14. During World War II, he worked on the Manhattan Project.

Dr. Charles M. Davis Jr. M’56 GM’61, Tafton, Pa., a retired orthopedic surgeon who had maintained practices in Bryn Mawr, Pa., then in Morgantown Va.; July 21. He had served on the faculty of the West Virginia University medical school. His wife is Barbara Clark Davis HUP’58 Nu’61 and his grandson is Charles M. Davis C’15.

Marie Klenk Edgerly CW’56, Silver Spring, Md., May 23. After graduation, she was employed by Wyeth Laboratories until her marriage to Lloyd I. Edgerly C’49 in 1959.

Howard C. Mayhew W’56, Sun City Center, Fla., June 24. At Penn, he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

Dr. Robert D. Meade Gr’56, Bellingham, Wash., a retired professor of psychology at Western Washington University; Aug. 1.

Theodore H. Rehmeyer W’56, Winston Salem, N.C., retired CFO of an optics firm; June 25. At Penn, he had been a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

Dr. John C. Saladino D’56, Point Lookout, N.Y, a retired dentist; Jan. 15.

Daniel J. Schmauss W’56, East Aurora, N.Y., retired director and plant manager at Fisher-Price Toys; May 21. At Penn, he was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity and the sprint football team.

Dr. David L. Schwartz D’56, Henderson, Nev., a retired prosthodontist who had maintained a practice in East Brunswick, N.J.; Jan. 21. His son is Mark J. Schwartz W’79.

Dr. Walter N. Shaw Gr’56, Indianapolis, a retired biochemist with Eli Lilly; Oct. 15, 2014.

John A. Sullivan W’56, Avon, Conn., July 3. At Penn, he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. His daughter is Dolores S. Mihaliak C’88.

August F. Wieters WG’56, Franklin, Tenn., a former investment broker for UBS PaineWebber; May 5.

1957 | George R. Bucher FA’57 GFA’59, Sunbury, Pa., retired professor of art at Susquehanna University; Aug. 7. He also composed for the classical banjo. At Penn, he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. His son is George R. Bucher II FA’83.

Dr. Arnold Fletcher GrEd’57, Newtown Square, Pa., former professor of music and faculty dean at West Chester University; June 12. He earlier had been the first vice president of Thomas Edison State College. A veteran of World War II, he received a Bronze Star. His daughter is Patrice A. Fletcher G’68.

Walter J. Fulde W’57, Saratoga, Calif., a retired manager for the Ford Motor Co.; Aug. 14. He had served in the US Army. His wife is Catherine Pagano Fulde Ed’58.

David R. Gold C’57, Sarasota, Fla., a retired attorney who had maintained a practice in Greensburg, Pa., for many years, often serving as a solicitor for local school districts; Aug. 6. At Penn, he was a member of the men’s golf and volleyball teams. He is survived by Carolyn G. Aberman C’92 and Andrew K. Gold C’94.

Dr. George H. Kettell G’57 Gr’90, Media, Pa., retired school counselor; May 5.

Dr. Robert A. Roosa Gr’57, Wayne, Pa., retired scientific administrator and curator of the museum at the Wistar Institute; June 19. During World War II, he served in the US Navy. His children are R. Andrew Roosa CE’82 and Alane Ann Roosa C’84.

1958 | John D. Lyons W’58, Oro Valley, Ariz., a retired real-estate agent in New York; former owner of Foothills Properties Management; Aug. 2.

William E. Ward Jr. W’58, Wilsall, Mont., a retired real-estate developer in Minneapolis; July 4. At Penn, he was a member of the Sphinx Senior Society and captain of the lightweight football team in his senior year.

1959 | James Jereb WG’59, New York, former head of Jack Lenor Larsen Inc., fabric designers; Aug. 8.

Anton J. Lisicky GEE’59, Pompano Beach, Fla., a retired engineering consultant; June 28.

1960 | Walter W. Faster WG’60, Deephaven, Minn., retired vice president of corporate growth and planning for General Mills; July 26.

William B. Gulliver W’60, Troy, N.Y., a former counselor at Conifer Park, a dependency treatment facility; July 11. He served with the US Army in Korea. At Penn, he was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity.

Gail P. Irvine HUP’60, Newtown Square, Pa., a retired medical audit analyst; July 14.

Arleen Weiss Kaplan Ed’60 SW’86, Scotch Plains, N.J., a clinical social worker; Aug. 2.

Dr. James L. Sanderson Gr’60, Philadelphia, retired professor of English literature at Rutgers University-Camden; June 10.

1961 | Janice Mowers Dragnett Nu’61, Bradenton, Fla., a retired school nurse; Sept. 19, 2014.

Ruth Morris Force L’61, New Orleans, retired assistant US attorney; July 13. She had been the first woman attorney hired by the IRS estate and gift-tax division. Her brother is David Morris C’58.

Edward F. Reese Jr. WG’61, Scottsdale, Ariz., a retired civil engineer; July 3. He had served in the US Army Reserves.

Dr. John W. Sheffield Jr. GD’61, Atlanta, a retired orthodontist; Aug. 25. During the Korean War, he served in the US Navy.

Robert E. Southworth GCP’61, Mechanicsburg, Pa., retired chief of the current-planning division of the State Planning Board ; Aug. 27. During World War II, he served in the US Navy. His wife is Elizabeth K. Southworth OT’53.

Dr. William P. Steffee M’61, Cleveland, retired CEO and chair of AcroMed Corp., an orthopedic implant firm; March 31. He had earlier been chief of medicine at St. Vincent Charity Hospital. His daughter is Amy J. Chaho C’83.

Irene Koby Weck W’61, Ridgefield, Conn., a former executive secretary; July 27.

1962 | Peter N. Grad W’62, Los Angeles, retired president of MTM Television who had earlier been a development executive with 20th Century Fox; Aug. 1. During his long run in television he helped shepherd such prominent series as L.A. Law, The Fall Guy, Mr. Belvedere, and Evening Shade. At Penn, he was a member of the men’s hockey team and Phi Epsilon Pi fraternity. His wife is Laurie Burrows Grad CW’66 and his son is Nicholas N. Grad C’91.

Frederick J. Stefany Jr. Ar’62, Arnold, Md., Aug. 20. He had worked for the National Security Agency. At Penn, he was a member of Theta Xi fraternity.

Marion Boulton Stroud CW’62, Elverson, Pa., founding director of the Fabric Workshop (1977) and Museum (1997) in Philadelphia; Aug. 22. “Kippy” also founded the Acadia Summer Arts Program, and was a longtime trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. At Penn, she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and the women’s lacrosse and field-hockey teams.

1963 | Harriet E. Rothstein CW’63, South Egremont, Mass., a former member of the faculty of the Bryn Mawr Conservatory of Music near Philadelphia, who later taught at the Berkshire Music School; July 1. Earlier, she had been a concert pianist. Her husband was David S. Rothstein Ar’60.

1964 | Dr. Stephen J. Bednar M’64, Lorton, Va., a retired physician; April 29. During the Vietnam War, he was a medic in the US Army.

Harry D. Eshleman G’64, Kutztown, Pa., a retired professor of journalism at Kutztown University; May 10.

Dr. Jan Feldman D’64, Bonita Springs, Fla., a retired endodontist; Sept. 11, 2014.

Jeffrey D. Schussler W’64, Hollywood, Fla., June 1. At Penn, he was a member of Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity.

Walter J. Toporek GAr’64, Ames, Iowa, retired associate professor of architecture at Iowa State University; July 27.

1965 | Robert W. Beideman D’65, Berlin, Md., former professor of dental radiology at the Penn School of Dental Medicine; June 23. During the Vietnam War, he served in the US Army, earning the Combat Medical Badge. His wife is Mary Ellen Beideman GNu’88 and one daughter is Dr. Linda J. Bornyasz G’96 GrW’99.

Dr. Henry H. Dyer Gr’65, Montoursville, Pa., emeritus professor of English at Radford University in Virginia; Dec. 31, 2014.

Frank R. Fioramonti W’65, New York, an attorney and administrative-law judge; June 27. At Penn, he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, the men’s golf and lightweight-rowing teams, and the Friars Senior Society. His sister is Marie L. Fioramonti WG’85.

Jonathan T. Reibman W’65, Wilmington, N.C., March 10, 2014.

David E. Scherer G’65, Lecanto, Fla., retired English teacher and department chair at Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Del.; May 12.

1966 | Susan Kessler Miller CW’66, Ocean City, N.J., a retired high-school guidance counselor; July 15.

1967 | Dr. Lloyd E. Tressler D’67, Harrisburg, Pa., a retired dentist; July 3.

1968 | Dennis J. Aufiery FA’68 GFA’76, Jupiter, Fla., a teacher at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach; July 7.

Elenore K. Weinberg CW’68, Los Altos, Calif., a psychotherapist and board-certified art therapist; July 27.

1969 | Aaron Joel Poller C’69 GNu’91, Winston Salem, N.C., a retired psychiatric nurse; July 28. He had also taught at Surry County Community College and Winston Salem State University.

David J. Welch WG’69, East Dennis, Mass., a retired executive vice president of Barclays Bank; July 30.

1970 | Brien B. Rogers WG’70, Romulus, N.Y., retired vice president of administration for a pump company; July 26.

1971 | Francine Collignon Zobian G’71, Paris, a former senior consultant with PNC Bank in Philadelphia; Jan. 19, 2014.

1972 | Eunice I. Harris GEd’72, Lititz, Pa., a retired elementary school teacher; Aug. 11.

Dr. Georgina M. Nemecek Gr’72, Ledgewood, N.J., a retired pharmacological researcher for Sandoz and Novartis; July 20.

John Spaulding WG’72, Murrell’s Inlet, S.C., June 30.

Robert L. Winters GEd’72, Philadelphia, Dec. 29, 2014. His wife is Mary K. Winters GEd’71.

1973 | Dr. Phyllis A. Della Vecchia Gr’73, Baltimore, retired president of Camden County College in Blackwood, N.J., from 1993 to 2006; Sept. 27, 2014.

Arlen M. Driscoll GME’73, Houston, an attorney; founder of the Driscoll Law Firm; Dec. 31, 2014.

Leonard J. Pruzansky W’73, Richard, Texas, cofounder of a financial-services firm; July 28. At Penn, he was a member of the wrestling team.

1974 | Dr. John L. Connolly Jr. Gr’74, Lutherville Timonium, Md., a retired professor of art history at the Maryland Institute College of Art; Nov. 21, 2014.

William R. Morley WG’74, Champaign, Ill., June 5. He had worked for Anderson Packaging Inc.

Charles D. Thanhauser C’74, New York, owner of TEK Architects, PC; June 22.

Dr. Frank A. Welsch M’74, Doylestown, Pa., a retired pulmonologist who had maintained a practice there for many years; Aug. 8.

1975 | Judi Lecks GEd’75, Haverford, Pa., a retired reading specialist; July 25.

Dr. Charles M. Rubin C’75 GM’82, La Grange, Ill., a pediatric cancer specialist at the University of Chicago Medicine’s Comprehensive Cancer Center in New Lenox; July 17.

1976 | Rosemary Kane Franzen PT’76, West Chester, Pa., a retired physical therapist for Easter Seals of Delaware County; July 1. She also earlier worked at Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital and the Melmark Home. Her husband is Richard Franzen CE’75.

1978 | Jennifer Rigsby Ambroise C’78, Pembroke Pines, Fla., July 4. She had worked in the administrations of Keiser and Broward colleges.

1979 | Dr. John B. Weigele Gr’79 M’82 GM’93, Media, Pa., an interventional neuroradiologist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Aug. 22, 2013. His wife is Dr. Mary Patricia Harty C’79 PT’79 M’85.

1981 | Michael I. Holzman EAS’81, West Hartford, Conn., founder of an environmental-engineering consulting firm; July 12. He also had taught a graduate engineering course on advanced air-pollution control at the University of Hartford. His parents are Louis N. Holzman EE’57 and Doris Yellenberg Holzman CW’53, and his brother is Dr. Lawrence B. Holzman C’80.

Marker W. Wiegand C’81, Pacific Palisades, Calif., a retired director for Amgen; June 11. His mother is Jackie W. Wiegand CW’48 and his sister is N. K. Wiegand CW’76.

1984 | Crichton W. Brown II WG’84, New Orleans, founder of a merchant bank there; Feb. 16.

Terence A. Lytle C’84, Haddonfield, N.J., a public defender in Camden; Aug. 16. At Penn, he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity.

1985 | William C. Rippe WG’85, Westport, Conn., executive vice president for Louis Dreyfus Energy Services; July 21.

Jody A. Zoll W’85, Lawrenceville, N.J., May 5. She had worked as a corporate CPA.

1992 | Tracey L. Edwards GEd’92, Washington Crossing, Pa., a teacher and reading specialist in the West Windsor-Plainsboro (N.J.) school district; July 17.

1993 | Christopher Wasson C’93, Philadelphia, Aug. 12.

1994 | Ruby S. Chiang C’94, West Windsor, N.J., July 28.

1995 | Scott Calvin Elwell C’95 G’97, Voorhees, N.J., an immigration attorney at Helmer, Conley & Kasselman; June 20.

1997 | Col. Sophia A. Tillman-Ortiz GNu’97, Hope Mills, N.C., a commissioned officer in the US Army who had completed a number of recent overseas deployments to war zones; June 22.

1999 | Patrick Mattucci L’99, Philadelphia, an attorney at Kessler, Topaz, Meltzer, and Check, LLP; June 9.

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Robert W. Beideman. See Class of 1965 .

Dr. Morton Botel. See Class of 1946.

Dr. Howard M. Brody, Haverford, Pa., emeritus professor of physics; Aug. 11. His work on the physics of racket sports was laid out in Science Made Practical for the Tennis Teacher (1985) and Tennis Science for the Tennis Player (1987). He had served as interim coach of Penn’s men’s tennis team and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame as an educator. His daughters are Victoria B. Stevenson W’79 (whose own daughter is Caroline C. Stevenson C’10) and Deirdre B. Bernstein C’85.

Rabbi Meyer Kramer. See Class of 1944.

Dr. Donald Schotland, Bryn Mawr, Pa., emeritus professor of neurology; Aug. 13. A pioneering researcher in neuromuscular disease, he joined the Penn faculty in 1967 as an associate professor; promoted to professor of neurology in 1971, he became director of the Henry Watts Center for Neuromuscular Research. He retired in 1998. Two sons are Dr. John C. Schotland Gr’86 M’96 and Dr. Peter Schotland Gr’01.

Dr. Brian Sutton-Smith, Sarasota, Fla., a developmental psychologist and emeritus professor in the Graduate School of Education; March 7. He joined the Penn faculty in 1977 and was elevated to emeritus in 1994. One of the first scholars to study play, he wrote The Folkstories of Children (1981), Toys as Culture (1986), and The Ambiguity of Play (1997); his forthcoming book, “Play As Emotional Survival,” is a response to his own deconstruction of play theories. A founder of the Children’s Folklore Society, Dr. Sutton-Smith received a lifetime-achievement award from the American Folklore Society. For his research in toys he received awards from the Brio and Lego companies. His daughters are Dr. Katherine S. Moyer GEd’79 Gr’86, Leslie M. Sutton-Smith C’81 (whose daughter is Kelly M. Sutton-Skinner C’08), and Mary L. Sutton-Smith C’81, whose husband is Warren R. Tucker W’82.

E. Craig Sweeten. See Class of 1937.

Dr. John B. Weigele. See Class of 1979


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