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DR. DAVID W. RUSSELL, W’26, Berea, Ohio, emeritus professor of education at Pennsylvania State University; August 9. An amateur radio operator, he was recognized in 1995 for his 80 years of service to amateur radio.

ABRAHAM L. MARKOFF, Ed’27, Willow Grove, Pa., September 10. A retired schoolteacher, he had taught at Wagner Junior High School for thirty years.

CASPER C. B. MEHRING, W’27, Bowmansdale, Pa., August 22.

VINCENT D. MITCHELL, EE’27, Tampa, Fla., July 17.

CHARLES G. REINHART, W’27, Quakertown, Pa., retired principal of an elementary school in Union City, N.J.; April 3, 1995. Earlier, he had taught special education for thirty years.

ELLIS R. WARING, Ar’27, Vancouver, Wash., August 30.

MAX BERG JR., CCT’28, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., September 2.

CHARLES T. PORTER, W’28, Green Valley, Ariz., August 15.

DAVID B. KAUFMAN, G’29, Allentown, Pa., retired professor of Latin at Lafayette College; September 9. A farmer, he had also run a Christmas tree and evergreen nursery for many years. He was a historian of the nearby town of Emmaus.


DR. KATHERINE O’SHEA ELSOM, M’30, Haverford, Pa., emeritus associate professor of community medicine at the University of Pennsylvania; September 14. She was one of the first three women admitted to Penn’s School of Medicine, and graduated a year early at the top of her class. She graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor’s in pre-med and a master’s in pharmacology. Before her retirement in 1979, she had received numerous awards, including a Rockefeller fellowship in recognition of her research.

DR. WILLIAM B. SETTLE, C’30, M’33, Silver Spring, Md., July 1994.

JAMES D. COLLIE, W’32, Wilmington, N.C., June 26.

EVELYN STROUPE BOWER, SAMP’33, Harrisburg, Pa., September 5. She was a member of the Polyclinic Hospital Auxillary.

ROBERT J. WILKES, W’33, Youngstown, Ohio, August 29, 1995.

CHARLES V. BOLD, Ed’34, Souderton, Pa., retired secondary-school teacher who had taught for 37 years; August 31.

MARY DEIBLER O’DONOVAN, DH’34, Connellsville, Pa., August 30. A retired dental hygienist in her late husband’s private practice and for the Uniontown Area School District.

JOHN V. VANDERVOORT, W’35, Middletown, Md., June 1.

JOHN M. LANE, W’36, Zellwood, Fla., a retired insurance adjuster in Camp Hill, Pa.; September 11.

G. LEONARD MERRILL, W’36, Elmira, N.Y., retired head of Werdenberg’s Clothing Store, his family’s firm; April 25, 1996.

HAZEL HAMPTON FLEMING, PSW’37, Cockeysville, Md., a retired social worker for the Baltimore school system; September 4.

RICHARD OPPENHEIM, C’37, Scranton, Pa., retired secretary-treasurer of Oppenheim’s Department Store; November 24, 1995. He served on the Scranton-Lackawanna Health and Welfare Authority and on Scranton’s charter-revision committee. He was a former chair of the local United Way. Under his supervision, Oppenheim’s store employees distributed toys to needy children at Christmas Eve; this was the beginning of the Children’s Bureau, for which he continued to serve as a volunteer and interviewer. During the Second World War, he received the Purple Heart and the Philippine Liberation Medal.

ALBERT F. SAUNDERS, LAr’37, Plymouth, Mass., retired building inspector for Plymouth; August 24, in Marco Island, Fla.

DR. STEWART C. WAGONER, M’37, New Seabury, Mass., a retired pediatrician who maintained a practice in Schenectady, N.Y., for almost 40 years; August 18. He had served on the board of Falmouth Hospital.

EDITH GYGER DODGE, Ed’38, GEd’42, Tacoma, Wash., a former schoolteacher; September 5. She had served as president of the Tacoma Opera Society.

RICHARD B. HIRSCH, W’38, Longport, N.J., retired manager of the Sea Horse Motel, in Margate; September 14.

KENNETH W. SHARPE, W’39, Palm Harbor, Fla., December 17, 1995.

DAVID N. TYRE, W’39, Westfield, N.J., retired manager of human resources for Exxon Corporation; September 16. He served on the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. And he was a former trustee of the American Lebanese University in Beirut. An interviewer for Penn’s secondary-schools committee for Union County, and active in the Metro New Jersey alumni club, he received the Alumni Award of Merit from the University’s General Alumni Society in 1984.


DR. GEORGE A. DEITRICK JR., C’40, GM’49, Sunbury, Pa., a retired surgeon, who had served as coroner for Northumberland County in the 1980s; April 21, 1996. He had earlier served as an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. As a student at Penn, he had played on the basketball and football teams.

THOMAS W. LENTZ, W’40, Santa Fe, N.M., a retired vice president of RCA Corp.; September 13.

THOMAS M. SCHEEREN, W’40, Ford City, Pa., former owner of a number of insurance agencies; September 2.

DONALD S. SHAPLEIGH, W’40, WG’42, Camden, S.C., a retired employee of the Du Pont Company; August 13.

JOHN G. VAN ZILE, W’40, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., a retired manager, in charge of sales and marketing for Ford’s Lincoln Mercury division; August 9.

PAULINE HATCH HUBER, Ed’41, Doylestown, Pa., retired staff member of the Greater Main Line chapter of the American Red Cross; August 15. During the Second World War, she designed cockpit instrument panels for fighter planes, at Goodyear Aircraft in Akron, Ohio. She had served on the board of the Wayne Women’s Exchange. At Penn, she was a member of the fencing team.

ROBERT H. MESINGER, W’41, Palm City, Fla., retired president of Mesinger Manufacturing Co. in Bethel, Conn.; September 2. He was a former president of the Ridgewood Country Club in Danbury.

FERMAN O. STEVESON, WEv’41, Norristown, Pa., a retired employee of the U.S. Department of the Treasury; August 26.

ALLEN H. CARRUTH, W’42, Houston, retired managing partner of John L. Wortham & Co.; September 12. He served as a director of American General Corp., the Pennzoil Co., and the Allied Bank of Texas. He also owned a ranch in Bellville, raising Santa Gertrude cattle. And he was a former president and chair of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He also served on the boards of the Houston SPCA, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Symphony Society, and the Houston Grand Opera.

U. GRANT LE FEVRE W’42, Watertown, N.Y., retired sales administrator with Black Clawson Co.; August 12.

RUSSELL S. RUPPERT, GEd’42, Allentown, Pa., July 27, 1994.

JOHN GOOBIC JR., W’45, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., a retired school auditor; August 23. He was recognized by the Silicosis and Asthma League of Luzerne County for his work with disabled miners.

ANDREW RANDOLPH STONE, W’47, Center Harbor, N.H., June 21.

DR. HARRY J. CRITS, M’48, GM’57, Lafayette Hill, Pa., a retired cardiologist, who was affiliated with Montgomery Hospital; September 9.

MARK A. INDIK, W’48, Wyncote, Pa., former president and co-founder of Coren-Indik, a producer of woolen yarns and blends in Philadelphia; August 9.

MELVIN C. McBRIDE JR., W’48, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., former manager of retail advertising for the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal; August 24. He was a past president of the Wilmington Drama League and he performed many lead roles in their productions.

DR. MICHAEL LALLI, G’49, Gr’58, Blue Bell, Pa., emeritus professor of sociology at Temple University; August 31.

JOHN E. RENNER, WEv’49, Paoli, Pa., retired senior vice president of CoreStates Bank in Philadelphia; September 10. He served on the Environmental Council of Willistown Township and on the board of associates of Hood College in Frederick, Md.

MARGARET TURNER SMITH, CW’49, Ivoryton, Conn., a former writer and editing contributor for Prentice-Hall; September 22. Earlier, she was advertising manager for Theodore Presser Music Publishers and an account executive for the Merchandising Group in New York City. She was a former president of the Friends of the Essex (Conn.) Library. And she served as publicity representative for the Essex Bloodmobile.


DR. GEORGE W. DeMELLO, D’50, Falmouth, Mass., a retired dentist who had maintained a practice there for 40 years; September 12. He served on the board of the Falmouth Co-operative Bank.

NEWTON K. HAUSEMAN, WEv’50, Smyrna, Ga., a retired comptroller for the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co.; August 30.

JOSEPH A. PASTELAK, GEd’50, West Chester, Pa., retired head of metal- and woodshop at Lansdowne-Aldan High School; August 16.

RALPH P. MARCOTTE, ME’51, Bethesda, Md., retired employee in the technology-resource department of the U.S. Postal Service; September 5. After retiring from the Postal Service, he was a consultant for Wiltec-Alcatel in Paris, from 1986 to 1992.

DR. GEORGE G. LERNER, GM’52, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., emeritus professor of otolaryngology at the University of Miami; September 16. He also maintained a private practice and served on the staffs of Mt. Sinai Hospital and the Miami Heart Institute.

IRENE SMITH SARTAIN, CCC’52, St. Petersburg, Fla., January 11, 1996.

RUSSELL J. BIXLER JR., GEd’54, Chambersburg, Pa., retired supervisor of music in the Haverford Township School District; August 1.

RICHARD L. DeGETTE, Ar’55, LaBelle, Fla., an architect who had chiefly practiced in Denver; September 15. He designed such Denver landmarks as the Colorado Mine Company building and the Regency Hotel; and he headed construction of the Denver campus of Regis University. In 1985, he moved to Florida, expanded his firm and bought an orange grove. Groundbreaking on his final project, the Episcopalian Church of the Good Shepherd in LaBelle, began last fall.

GREGORY BOHOSIEWICZ, G’56, Wilton, N.H., a retired auditor at the University of New Hampshire; August 26. He was an auditor at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. He served as a selectman for his township and chaired its zoning board. He helped found the Wilton Recycling Center.

DR. FERNANDO L. BUXEDA, GM’58, San Juan, Puerto Rico, a physician; March 29, 1995.


LOUIS LESCURE, WG’65, Ytrac, Aurillac, France, July 10.

MARY E. COPPOLA, GNu’66, Salem, Mass., 1996.

JOHN A. MILLER JR., WG’68, Radnor, Pa., president of Spring City Electrical Manufacturing; August 10, in Alexandria Bay, N.Y., while on vacation.


ABNER M. FISCH, ChE’71, St. Paul, Minn., an elementary schoolteacher in the Minneapolis and St. Paul school systems; August 1996. He had earlier been employed as a chemical engineer with 3M, but developed acute Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.

JAMES A. SHOEMAKER, WG’72, Newark, Del., a financial analyst with the Du Pont Co.; August 31, after being struck by a car while riding his bicycle.

HENRY M. CHANCE III, C’73, Kennet Square, Pa., January 1, 1995.


DR. HAROLD D. TRAWICK, GrEd’82, Philadelphia, retired principal of the Martha Washington School; August 27.

GREGORY HAROLD GUST, C’88, Arlington, Va., an attorney in the fraud section of the U.S. Department of Justice; August 8, by suicide. He had graduated summa cum laude from Penn.


ENRIQUE A. PARADA, EAS’97, Panama City, Panama, May 19, by drowning, while trying to rescue his father when both were swimming. At Penn, he was involved with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.

Faculty & Staff

DR. KATHERINE O’SHEA ELSOM. See Class of 1930.

DR. GEORGE A. DEITRICK JR. See Class of 1940.


DR. FRANKLIN H. WEST, C’45, GM’51, was erroneously listed as deceased in the March Gazette. (print version) We are delighted to confirm that he is alive and well, and apologize for the error.

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