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Marion Butts Lewis, Ed’20, G’26, Bryn Mawr, Pa., September 1, 1995.

Dorothy Cathell, CCT’21, G’24, Moorestown, N.J., a teacher for over 53 years; July 18 at the age of 102. An avid reader and world traveler, she regularly corresponded with former students as well as children she had sponsored in Thailand and Gambia. 

Dr. Thomas Butterworth, C’25, M’28, Reading, Pa., February 16, 1997.

Samuel Greenspan, W’25, Holyoke, Mass., an attorney and accountant; June 24, 1996.

Edward W. Jones, WEv’25, Pompano Beach, Fla., December, 1994.

Benjamin M. Owen, W’25, Memphis, a retired officer for Exxon; May 17. He was a world-class pole-vaulter who set many records at Penn and competed on the 1924 U.S. Olympic team in Paris.

Mary Montague Larkin, Ed’26, Phoenix, a former professor of English at Phoenix College; September 11. She was founding president of the Phoenix Symphony, ran for the local city council in the 1950s, and had her own radio program.

Arthur Cohen, W’27, Philadelphia, a retired attorney; April 21.

John A. Mullican, W’27, Narberth, Pa., an attorney; August 31.

Dr. Alfred Rittersbacher, D’27, Dania, Fla., a retired dentist originally from Newark, N.J.; August 3.

Abraham T. Needleman, W’28, Philadelphia, an attorney for over 50 years; July 26. As a criminal defense lawyer, he tried over 5,000 cases and became known as the dean of Philadelphia’s criminal bar for his generous mentoring.

Irving F. Geisberg, FA’29, New York City, a science illustrator; July 22. A regular contributor to Scientific American for 35 years, his innovations in biomolecular art earned him an international reputation. As Irving Geis, he helped readers visualize material about astronomy, astrophysics, geophysics, and biochemistry, offering among the earliest renditions of Sputniks in orbit, continental drift, and DNA double helixes.


Harrington A. Leedom, W’30, Duxbury, Mass., August 12. He worked for Beech Aircraft.

Loretta E. Long, Ed’30, G’36, Spring House, Pa., a retired tutor who was active in political affairs; August 18. She was a former director of the League of Women Voters in Springfield Township, and co-wrote a book on its political history, Springfield Township, 1686-1976.

Dr. William B. Miller, C’30, M’33, Harrisburg, Pa., a retired physician; June 12.

Amelia S. Richard, Ed’30, Beachwood, N.J., December 27, 1996.

A.G. Cox Atwater, Sr. W’31, Camarillo, Calif., a retired senior vice president of the William Wrigley Jr. Co.; August 30. Under his supervision, the gum company implemented a sales strategy focusing on point of sale purchases, attempting to place their gum on as many store counters as possible. He was included in the Candy and Tobacco Hall of Fame.

Ernest S. Meyers, C’31, New York City, 1991.

Dr. Lloyd Everett Seyler, M’31, Sarasota, Fla., a retired physician; September 9.

Norman Slavitt, W’31, Millburn, N.J., a retired industrial engineer; January 15, 1997.

William C. Stokes Jr., W’31, Blue Bell, Pa., July 21. 

Robert Lonsdale, WEF’32, Groton, Vt., August 4, 1994.

Kenneth J. Patzman, W’32, Tucson, Ariz., November 8, 1996.

Harold J. Warner, C’32, Eggertsville, N.Y., the head of his own public relations and advertising firm; August 6. In 1945, he founded Harold Warner Advertising, an agency that handles industrial business-to-business advertising. He was well known in the advertising profession and was listed in Who’s Who in Advertsing in the East and Who’s Who in U.S. Executives.

Edward Meyer, Jr., C’33, Bunnell, Fla., July 27.

Reuben R. Natelson, W’33, Elizabeth, N.J., a former retail consultant; April 1, 1997. After Penn, he joined the family’s retail men’s clothing firm based in Elizabeth, N.J., with branches in New Jersey, Conn., and New York state. By the early 1970s, retailing in towns and cities went into decline, prompting the closing of all of the firm’s retail stores, so he moved the family business out of retail sales into retail consulting, using his expertise to help distressed merchants cope with changing times.

Dr. Bentley Prescott Colcock, M’33, West Chatham, Mass., a retired surgeon at Lahey-Hitchcock Clinic; July 28. Specializing in abdominal and thyroid surgery, he wrote 250 articles and two books on those subjects. He was president of the Massachusetts Medical Society and chair of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons.

Dorothy Asher Meyer, G’33, Highland Park, Ill.

Sanford Scher, W’33, University Heights, Ohio, June 15.

Kenneth M. McGhee, WG’34, Scottsdale, Ariz., a former banker with the Irving Trust Company in New York City; August 30.

Edgar P. Zimmerman, Ed’34, Bethesda, Md., a former Red Cross field director who served during World War II and the Korean War; July 6. He became chief building adviser in 1954 and went to Chile in 1960 to supervise the rebuilding of homes destroyed in earthquakes and tidal waves.

Dr. Samuel R. Brandwan, GM’35, Cleveland, Ohio, an ophthalmologist; October 11, 1993.

Gladys Attick Conley, Ed’35, Sarasota, Fla., July 31. She was a former buyer for the Panama Canal Co.

Dr. Jesse H. Frank, C’35, M’39, Los Angeles, a retired pathologist; May 26.

Rear Adm. Edward C. Raffetto, D’35, McLean, Va., retired chief of the Navy Dental Corps; August 12. After retirement, he volunteered at the American Red Cross headquarters and as a teaching staff member of the Department of Oral Diagnosis and Treatment Planning at the Georgetown University Dental School.

Dr. Frederick E. Thornton, Gr’35, Morgantown, W.V., October 14, 1995. 

Joseph A. Wallis, Jr., W’35, Dubuque, Iowa, a retired insurance company president; July 27. Active in the Dubuque community, he was former chair of its economic development board, and a board member of Dubuque Bank and Trust. He was also owner and developer of the Indian Hills community.

Emerson M. Cannon, W’36, Du Bois, Pa., July 31.

Samuel Cohen, W’36, Allentown, Pa., March 10, 1995.

Harold E. Kersey, Ar’36, Cherokee Village, Ark., retired building manager for Equitable Life of Iowa; March 4, 1997.

Edwin C. Leedom Jr., ME’36, San Jose, Calif., July 19.

Dr. George J. Mittelman, D’36, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., a retired dentist with Veteran’s Administration; April 13, 1995.

Claire Thomas Ravacon, PSW’36, Kennett Square, Pa., March 28, 1997.

Charles P. F. Bennage, WEv’37, Philadelphia, November 6, 1996.

Lester G. Bernstein, C’37, Phoenix, the former co-owner of Bernstein’s Clothing Store; July 31.

Dr. John H. Ferguson, Gr’37, State College, Pa., former head of political science at Pennsylvania State University; May 12. He helped establish the Institute of Public Administration there and served as its first director. He also had taught at Penn’s Fels Center for Government. He had served on the national board of the American Friends Service Committee; and he wrote Politics Quaker Style, 1624-1718 (1995).

James L. Layton, CE’37, Bala Cynwyd, Pa., September 19.

Dr. Benjamin Provisor, GM’37, Passaic, N.J., a physician; March 22, 1996.

Doris Wrightson Brown, CW’38, Philadelphia, March 13, 1997.

William O. Cummings, W’38, Christiansburg, Va., a former lecturer at Virginia Polytech Institute and State University who had earlier served the insurance industry in various capacities; August 17.

Leo N. Knoblauch, W’38, Jersey City, N.J., an attorney who served three terms in the New Jersey Assembly; July 18. He also served on the board of the New Jersey State Bar Association and was an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.

Archie F. Seabrook, ChE’38, Annapolis, Md., retired head of his own company, based in Lafayette, La., which sold drilling equipment to the oil industry; August 14.

Randolph H. Seguine, W’38, January 17, 1997.

Dr. Williston P. Bunting, M’39, Kansas City, Mo., an otolaryngologist who served as a clinical associate professor of surgery at the University of Kansas; August 16. During the Second World War, he was head of the medical team that entered the Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald after it was liberated.

Dr. William R. Korns, V’39, Somerset, Pa., a retired veterinarian; July 13. He was also a Pennsylvania state representative from 1956 to 1964.

Dr. Howard D. Sackett, V’39, Salem, Va., a retired veterinarian; March 5, 1996.


William C. Hulbert, W’40, Jensen Beach, Fla., a retired executive vice president at Alexander & Alexander, Inc., in New York City; August 2.

Jane Rhoads Billian, CW’41, Villanova, Pa., July 28.

Dr. E. Bradley Carleton, D’41, New Harbor, Maine, a retired dentist; September 13. 

George W. Madara, M’41, Doylestown, Pa.

Sidney Simon, FA’41, Truro, Mass., a sculptor and founder of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpting; August 4. His work can be found in many museums and his public commissions included the fountain sculptures at World Wide Plaza in Manhattan and at the Graham building in Philadelphia. He was also on the faculty at various New York schools including Parsons School of Design, Columbia University and Cooper Union. 

William J. Dinsmore, WEv’42, Tuckerton, N.J., April 8, 1997. 

Dr. Frank D. Harding, WEv’42, V’47, a veterinarian; March 14, 1997.

Dagny Roseboro, OT’42, Cleveland, July 1, 1992. 

Dr. William B. Barry, GM’43, Kansas City, Mo., a retired ear, nose and throat specialist and former professor of surgery at the University of Kansas; August 27. For 30 years, he was a consultant for the United States Public Health Service at Leavenworth Federal Prison. 

John F. Pilling, W’43, Mantoloking, N.J., former partner in Eldon Press in Philadelphia; August 22. He served as executive director of the Chestnut Hill Business Association, and was a sales associate at Wright Boats in Germantown.

Florence E. Reddie, WEv’43, Newville, Pa.

Ralph S. Sommer, W’43, Hayward, Calif., August 25, 1995.

Jean Caris Cunningham, Ed’44, Carmel Valley, Calif., May 4.

Dr. William S. Houpt, GEd’45, Shell Beach, Calif., October 22, 1996.

Dr. Arthur Weisenfeld, D’45, Bayside, N.Y., August 6.

Dr. Joseph R. Burns, GM’46, Trenton, N.J., a physician; April 18, 1992.

Dr. William F. Peters, C’46, Copalis Beach, Wash., a psychiatrist affiliated with Swedish Hospital in Seattle; July 11.

Dr. William Thomas Smyth, M’46, Erie, Pa., a physician; August 24.

Dr. William J. Vlahov, D’46, Boca Raton, Fla., a dentist; July 22.

Vance R. Batchelor, W’47, Northbrook, Ill., January 20, 1997.

Henry D. Snyder III, WEv’47, Corpus Christi, Tex., November 16, 1996.

Dr. Walter B. Waetjen, GEd’47, Oxford, Md., retired president of Cleveland State University; August 15. He later served as interim president at Ashland University in Ohio, as a visiting research fellow at the University of Edinburgh, and as a visiting professor at the University of Cambridge. In the early 1940s, he played professional football for the Detroit Lions and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Phipps Cole, GEE’48, Wethersfield, Conn., June 4.

Shirley Wasserman Fine, Ed’48, GEd’49, King of Prussia, Pa., December 25, 1996.

Jack L. Heaton, W’48, Harrington Park, N.J., June 8.

Raymond Jenkins, L’48, Ambler, Pa., an attorney.

Patricia H. Lindell, CW’48, Medford Lakes, N.J., October 12, 1996.

Mark Tarnoff, W’48, Radnor, Pa., August 30, 1996.

Robert L. Titus, W’48, Vallejo, Calif., June 25.

Ralph N. Cianci, WEv’49, Valley Forge, Pa., June 20, 1996.

Joel Cohen, W’49, Rockville, Md., October 5, 1996.

Dr. Thomas E. Cone, Jr., GM’49, Lincoln, Mass., former professor of pediatrics at Harvard University; September 11. He was also the director of the birth-defects clinic at Children’s Hospital in Boston. At a 1973 convention of the American Academy of Pediatrics he cautioned against the “ritualistic practices” of his profession, antibiotic overuse, unnecessary tonsillectomies, bed rest for children with colds, and surgery for bowed legs and knocked knees, conditions which usually correct without surgery.

Annie C. Dashiell, SW’49, Baltimore, April 22, 1997.

Roland H. Nash Jr., WEv’49, Palm Coast, Fla., March 15, 1995. 

Dr. Robert E. Robards, M’49, Taylors, S.C., a former associate medical director for occupational health at the National Institutes of Health; August 30.


George A. Butler, W’50, Blue Bell, Pa., former president of CoreStates Financial Corp.; August 24. Previously, he headed First Pennsylvania Bank before its merger with CoreStates and was credited for rescuing First Pennsylvania from its financial difficulties, in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Aside from banking, he served as chair, trustee, and volunteer in numerous organizations including American Red Cross, the Boy Scouts, Salvation Army, United Way, and the Cancer Center of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Raymond T. Glanville, Jr., W’50, Ormond Beach, Fla., July 10.

William B. Moran Jr., W’50, Oak Ridge, Tenn., retired 33-year employee of Corning Glass Works; July 7. He served on the board of the local YMCA. In retirement, he was an income tax volunteer consultant for the local AARP.

Dr. Malcolm S. Sharpe, C’50, D’52, CGS’95, Wynnewood, Pa., retired dentist; June 25. After practicing 35 years, he retired in 1989. He then was an instructor at Penn’s Dental School for 10 years, while also pursuing further studies here.

Constance Reithaar Shook, CW’50, Doylestown, Pa., July 11.

Leon E. Walker, WEv’50, Collingswood, N.J., August 19, 1996.

Lester Eisenstadt, W’51, Philadelphia, an attorney; April 6, 1997.

H. Janice Guiesinger, GEd’51, Drexel Hill, Pa., retired teacher; November 6, 1996. Despite never earning more than $26,000 a year, she surprised friends with a will bequest of $400,000 to her local school district’s scholarship fund.

David W. Hopkins Jr., W’51, New Bern, N.C., October 17, 1996.

Bernard Tatcher, Ed’51, GEd’52, Lafayette Hill, Pa., July 22.

Elliot G. Meisel, W’52, Rockville Centre, N.Y., September 28, 1996.

Andrew F. Mellow, WEF’52, Archbald, Pa., February 2, 1991.

Louis M. Yanni, C’52, Philadelphia, October 5, 1996.

Edward J. LaPorte Jr., WEv’53, Wilmington, Del., June 24.

Joseph F. Koenig, W’54, Kingston, N.Y., June 29, 1994.

Robert W. Butler, C’56, Frankford, Del., June 9.

Dr. Robert E. Butts, Gr’57, London, Ontario, professor emeritus and chair of philosophy at the University of Western Ontario; March 26, 1997. Under his leadership, the department became a world center for the philosophy of science and hosted the International Congress of Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science in 1975. He was editor of Philosophy and Science for 10 years and helped develop The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science, which under his direction grew to over 60 volumes. His special interests were the history of theories of scientific methodology, especially the work of William Whewell. He also explored paranormal phenomena which led to his book, Kant and the Double Government Methodology, and he taught a popular course, The Metaphysics and Epistemology of Witchcraft, which he hoped would instill in his students an appreciation of the Enlightenment values of tolerance and reason.

Robert H. McNeill, W’57, Havertown, Pa., a municipal bond trader; June 6.

Dr. Martin I. Staub, D’58, West Palm Beach, Fla., a retired dentist; June 8. He previously maintained a practice in Deer Park, N.Y. for 25 years.

J. Robert Wilhelm, WG’58, Radnor, Pa., a retired insurance representative; August 7. He was former president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American College of Life Underwriters, and member of the Million Dollar Round Table of Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company. 


Dr. Richard O. Curry, Gr’61, Storrs, Conn., professor emeritus of history at the University of Pittsburgh; April 11, 1997. His interest in the Civil War had led him to Penn where he studied with Roy F. Nichols. He had taught at Pittsburgh from 1963 until his retirement in 1992. Prior to that, he taught at the University of Charleston, and Pennsylvania State University. He published nine books and numerous articles, concentrating on ideology’s influence in shaping history, especially the role of individualism in American society, with his books, A House Divided: A Study of Statehood Politics and the Copperhead Movement in West Virginia (1964) and The Abolitionists (1965). He also co-wrote the textbook, Shaping American Society (1972). His last three books reflected his commitment to social justice and personal freedom, including Freedom at Risk (1988), American Chameleon (1991) and Thought Control and Repression During the Reagan-Bush Era (1992). He received the H.L. Mencken Award from the Free Press Association and an outstanding book award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights.

Leedom B. Morrison, Ar’61, Havertown, Pa., November 26, 1996.

Mary Latta Gooding, CW’64, Florence, S.C., July 24.

Virginia G. Traister, Nu’67, Mt. Laurel, N.J., a retired public epidemiologist for the New Jersey Department of Health; July 30.

Carol Busck Wickkiser, G’67, executive director of the Lehigh County Historical Society since 1979; August 26. She was founding board member of the Allentown Art Museum’s Society of the Arts, serving at times as acting director, curator, and volunteer coordinator. She was a lecturer at Lafayette College, Moravian College, an adjunct lecturer at Lehigh University, and an assistant professor at Kutztown University.


Anne Sweigart Mylin, DH’70, Charleston, S.C., a retired dental hygienist; September 8.

Dr. James M. Chavis, SW’73, GrS’75, Baltimore, August 14, 1990.


Kevin M. Doherty, C’81, Holyoke, Mass., December 18, 1995.

Richard E. Nabatoff, WG’85, Los Angeles, April 1997.

Gregory F. VonBurg, C’85, Seaford, N.Y.

Leon Herdan, WG’87, Caracas, Venezuela, May 31. He had worked for McKinsey & Company.


Kathleen Davies Fort, GNu’91, Hamilton Square, N.J., March 11, 1997.

John A. Mazie, C’92, Cambridge, Mass., June 19, in a fatal car accident, caused by a drunk driver. He was manager of client services at CSC Healthcare in Framingham.

Janet M. Blum, GEd’93, Wynnewood, Pa.

Faculty & Staff

Dr. John H. Ferguson. See Class of 1937.

Dr. John G. Haddad Jr., Philadelphia, associate chair for research in the Department of Medicine; May 22. A world-renowned endocrinologist, he created the standard test for detecting vitamin-D levels in the blood, and studied its importance in immunity and disease protection. At the time of his death he was principal investigator on four projects involving vitamin D; estrogen and bone biology; mineral and skeletal homestasis; and alendronate in the prevention of bone-loss during glucocoriticoid treatment. He was co-founder and past president of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.

Dr. Jack E. Reece, Philadelphia, retired associate professor of history at the University; August 30. He had specialized in modern European history, particularly that of France and Italy, and the implications of local and national identities. At the time of his death, he was researching the Sicilian mafia and its influence, both mythical and real, on politics and people.

Dr. Malcolm S. Sharpe. See Class of 1950.

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