Trustee of 43 Years
Robert G. Dunlop, an alumnus and longtime trustee of the University, died Wednesday night, September 20, at the age of 86.
Mr. Dunlop had served on the board of trustees for 43 years, the longest of any current trustee. He joined the board June 2, 1952, was named a life trus-tee in 1960 and trustee emeritus from 1979 until his passing. From January to May 1974, he was the Chairman and later Vice Chairman of the Executive Board, Chair of Nominating Committee, Chair of Finance Committee, and a member of the Joint Steering Committee of the Annenberg School for numerous years through 1989. For his strong dedication and commitment as a trustee, Mr. Dunlop was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws in 1972 by his colleagues, and described as having "set a personal and professional example for all individuals to follow."
The Valedictorian of his class, Mr. Dunlop received his B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School in 1931, and went on to become the President of the Sun Oil Company in 1947, fourteen years after he joined the company as an accountant. Through mergers, expanded U.S. and new foreign operations, Sun experienced remarkable growth, including a 50 percent increase in company assets following the merger with Sunray DX Oil of Tulsa in 1968, during Mr. Dunlop's presidency. He also served as Sun's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1970 until his retirement in 1974. He then served on the board of directors until 1991 when he was named Director Emeritus.
Mr. Dunlop was chairman of the American Petroleum Institute from 1965 to 1967 and received the trade group's highest honor, the Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement in 1971.
He was the first alumnus to receive the Wharton School Alumni Society's Gold Medal of Achievement in 1971. He also received the Gold Medal of Achievement of the Poor Richard Club, which cited him for distinguished accomplishments that "most closely followed the ideals and spirit of Benjamin Franklin" and for being "distinguished in ability, serviceable in public stations and an ornament to the country."
Mr. Dunlop is survived by his wife of 57 years, Emma ("Brownie") L. Brownback Dunlop; son, Richard G. (WG '68); daughter, Barbara E. Dunlop Hauptfuhrer; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Memorial contributions can be made to the University of Pennsylvania c/o Thorne Sparkman, M.D., HUP, 3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia PA, 19104.
Elijah Major, Sr., an animal care technologist at the School of Veterinary Medicine, died on August 31, at the age 56. Born in Lanes, South Carolina, Mr. Major came to Philadelphia in 1958. He worked for the Hawthorne Construction Company for 17 years, after which he began his 20-year career at Penn. Before joining the Vet School in 1988, Mr. Major also held a position in the Dental School as an animal care technician.
He is survived by his wife, Minnie; four children, Elijah, Jr., an assistant lab technician in the Vet School, Willie Albert, Lucille, and Isaac; a sister, Martha Burroughs; a brother, Leroy Major; twelve grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.