Well known in academia and government--in her own right as well as in her role as the wife of former Bryn Mawr President and later U.S. Senator Harris Wofford--Clare Wofford was praised by Penn's Emeritus President Martin Meyerson especially for her work as director of the Wharton-SAS international business seminars that drew leading executives from around the world to Penn in 1978-80. Mrs. Wofford also chaired the Advisory Board to the Vice Provost for University Life here, 1982-84. But for most of today's faculty and staff she is recalled as the managing director of the Penn 250th Anniversary, a year-long celebration culminating in the 1990 Peak Week involving hundreds of speakers and events.
"I am deeply saddened by the loss of Clare Wofford," said President Judith Rodin. "For me personally and for the University, she was a tremendous friend and colleague."
Clare Lindgren Wofford was graduated magna cum laude in 1948 from the University of Minnesota in 1948. She went on to research fellowships in England, India and Israel, co-authoring with her husband the book India Afire (John Day, 1951). At various periods she served as a political analyst on the Middle East and South Asia for the U.S. Department of State and as director of the Washington Council of the African American Institute, as a trustee of Temple University, and as a member of the U.S. Corporation for UNICEF.
Mrs. Wofford was director of the Katharine Gibbs School in Philadelphia, 1980-82; director of major gifts for Bryn Mawr's Centennial Campaign, 1982-85; and assistant to the president for development at The American College in Bryn Mawr, 1983-88.
She is survived by her husband; their daughter, Professor Suzanne Wofford of Wisconsin/Madison; two sons, Daniel and David of Philadelphia; and four grandchildren.
At presstime, Almanac learned of two deaths which will be reported more fully:
Dr. Israel Live, a distinguished microbiologist of the School of Veterinary Medicine who served on the faculty for some 40 years before becoming emeritus professor in 1981; his wife, Dr. Anna Harris Live, is the former director of English Study Programs here.
Fred Rocktashel, manager of accounts payable since 1986, who died December 31 at the age of 49.