Deaths

Bernard J. Ford, former Associate Director of Libraries, died at his home on October 10, at the age of 67. Born in England, Mr. Ford was educated at Oxford and the University of London. He joined the cataloging department of of the Penn Library in 1956 and was appointed Head of Circulation in 1958. He became associate director in 1974, serving in that post until his retirement in 1992--and then returning to the Library to serve part-time until his passing.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; three children, Stephen, Catherine, and Rachel Van Arsdal; and seven grandchildren.

A campus memorial service for Mr. Ford will be held Friday, November 3, at 4:30 p.m. in the Rosenwald Gallery, Special Collections (6th floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center). Contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 100 N. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19103, or Delaware Valley Transplant Program, 2000 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19130.

Dr. E. Dale Saunders, an emeritus professor of Japanese studies who was widely known for his writing and teaching, died on October 19 at the age of 76.

Dr. Saunders, who joined Penn in 1955 as assistant professor, became associate professor in 1963 and full professor in 1968.Teaching courses on Japanese Buddhism, Classical Japanese Literature, and East Asian Civilization, he was the author of Mudra: A Study of Symbolic Gestures in Japanese Buddhist Sculpture (1960), Mythologies of the Ancient World (1961), and Japanese Buddhism (1964).

After taking his A.B. degree from Western Reserve University in 1941 and an M.A. in Romance Philology from Harvard in 1942, Dr. Saunders entered the U.S. Naval Reserve, where he continued his studies of Japanese. He earned a Certificate of Proficiency from Colorado in 1944, an M.A. from Harvard in 1948, and the Doctorat de l'Universite de Paris in 1953.

Dr. Saunders was a teaching fellow in Romance Languages and Literature at Harvard in 1942 and again in 1945-48. Prior to joining Penn he also held the positions of instructor in French at Boston University in 1946; Charge de mission titre etranger, Musee Guimet, in Paris in 1950; Lecturer at the University of Paris in 1951-52; and Assistant Professor at the International Christian University, Tokyo, 1954-55.

Rolan Thomas Wightman, an assistant head of stacks in Van Pelt Circulation, died on Saturday, October 7, at the age of 47. He had been a member of the Library staff for eight years.

Mr. Wightman is survived by his wife, Diana, a bibliographic assistant at the Biomedical Library, and by his mother, Claire; two sisters, Lees Velasquez and Jean Upton; and a niece and nephew. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Jefferson University's Division of Neoplastic Diseases, c/o Dr. David Berd, Suite G4250 Gibbon Building, 111 South 11th Street, Phialdelphia, PA 19107.

Lawrence Zuckerman, C '95, a first-year student in the School of Social Work, died October 17 at the age of 22, of complications from Duchenne's muscular dystrophy. A graduate of New York City's Ramaz High School, he was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar whose undergraduate major was history.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Zuckerman, his brother, Brian, and his sister, Beth.


Almanac

Tuesday, October 31, 1995
Volume 42 Number 10


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