Deaths

Wayne Barr, retired executive assistant for developement and public relations, died June 1 at the age of 79. Mr. Barr, Wh '38, returned to Penn in 1958 as an alumni/annual giving writer after having served in the Army during World War II and the Korean War. He had been a reporter at the Philadelphia Record, an Atlantic City correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune, UPI and the Inquirer and then became director of information for the City of Philadelphia before working at the University.

At Penn he served on the committee for state-aided universities in 1959. In 1967 he became assistant director to publications in development. In 1976 he became executive assistant for development and public relations. He retired in 1982 but remained involved with the University as the long -time treasurer of the Class of '38. As a student at Penn he developed a sailing club and more recently served as the commodore of the Lavalleette Yacht Club.

Mr. Barr is survived by his daughter, Anne W. Knight and his son, Christopher.

Margaret Dickert, a housekeeper at Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, died May 31 at the age of 44. She joined the University as a temporary extra employee in January 1992 and was hired as a full-time custodian in November of the same year.

Myrtle Lamborn Rice, who retired in 1979 as administrative aide to then-President Martin Meyerson, died June 7 at the age of 83.

Mrs. Rice had come to Penn in 1958 as an administrative assistant in the physics department, moving to the President's Office in a similar position in 1969. She was made an administrative aide to the president in 1972 and retired in 1979.

The widow of Earle C. Rice, she is survived by a daughter, Myrtle W. R. Bathhurst, a brother, a sister, and two grandchildren. The family suggest memorial contributions to the First Presbyterian Church of Stockton, N.J., or to the First Baptist Churct of Collingdale, Pa.

Dr. Rufus Wixon, emeritus professor of accounting and chair of the department, died June 5 at the age of 84. Dr. Wixon came to Penn in 1949 as a professor of accounting and remained for 32 years until his retirement in 1980. He also served two terms as chair of the accounting department. While on leave from Wharton, he was visiting professor at the University of Karachi in Pakistan,1955-57, at the Management Development Institute in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1961 and at the University of Florida, 1965-66. He also spent the summers from 1958 to 1960 as a consultant to the comptroller of the U.S. Department of Defense.

Dr. Wixon had earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting from the University of Iowa in 1933 and 1935 respectively. He received his doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1945. Before coming to Penn he had been professor and chairman of accounting at the Univeristy of Buffalo.

He wrote several books and many articles on accounting, including the fifth edition of the Accountant's Handbook. He was a member of the American Academy of Political and Social Science as well as a member of other honor societies.

Dr. Wixon is survived by his wife, Doris, three daughters, Marjorie Baker, Joaanne Lutostansky and Kathryn Cobbs, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Memorial gifts may be made to the Rufus Wixon Scholarship Fund, checks made payable to the University of Pennylvania, c/o Donna Mickelberg, Wharton School, 344 Vance Hall, 3733 Spruce Street, Philaelphia PA 19104-6360.


Almanac

Volume 42 Number 34
June 18, 1996


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