Dr. George Karreman, Mathematical Biologist

Dr. George Karreman, a professor of physiology who retired in 1983 as Penn's first Profesor Emeritus of Mathematical Biology, died on February 27 at the age of 76.

Born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, George Karreman took his B.S. in physics and mathematics at Leiden University in 1939 and his M.S. in theoretical physics there in 1941, one month before the university was closed. For the remainder of the Second World War he kept food on the table by tutoring.

In August 1948 he arrived in Chicago with a ten-day visitor's visa and $100 in his pocket, and contacted Dr. Nicholas Rashevsky at the University of Chicago. He was awarded a University of Chicago fellowship and completed a Ph.D. in mathematical biology in 1951, despite the interruption of heart surgery as he became, in 1950 at the age of 30, the third cardiac patient to undergo successful coarctation surgery at the University of Chicago.

Computers brought Dr. Karreman eventually to Penn. After working as scientific research advisor to Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgi at the Institute for Muscle Research at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass. he moved to Philadelphia to access more advanced computers in 1957, initially as Senior Medical Research Scientist at the Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute. In 1962 he was appointed associate professor of physiology at the School of Medicine, working at the Bockus Research Institute of the Graduate Hospital, which was then affiliated with Penn. He was named full professor in 1970.

Dr. Karreman was president and co-founder of the Society for Mathematical Biology, and a member of Sigma Xi, the American Physiological Society, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Franklin Institute, the Society for Supramolecular Biology, and the Society for Vascular System Dynamics.

He was known as a devoted educator and an inspiration to his students, family, and friends. All of his children received advanced degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He was an avid reader and chess player, and a devoted husband and father. In his later years he developed an interest in painting and sculpture and traveled frequently to the Pacific Northwest to be with his son and daughter and their families.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Anneke, and their children Grace, Frank and Hubert-Jan, by a daughter-in-law Jennifer, granddaughter Nancy, brother Herman, and sister-in-law Erna.

-- From a tribute by colleagues in physiology

Dr. William Kintner, Ambassador and Scholar

Dr. William R. Kintner, 81, a soldier, scholar, diplomat, author, and professor emeritus of political science at Penn, died on February 1 after a long bout with cancer.

Born in Lock Haven PA, Dr. Kintner graduated from West Point in 1940 with a B.A. and a commission as second lieutenant. He continued his education at Georgetown, where he took an M.A. and a Ph.D.; his doctoral dissertation, The Front is Everywhere, a study of the Soviet Communist Party, was published in 1950.

Dr. Kintner retired from the Army in 1961 at the rank of colonel. At the time, he held various posts within the Office of the Chief of Research and Development and the strategy analysis coordination group for the Army's Chief of Staff. He also had earned a Bronze Star and a Legion of Merit, both with oak leaf clusters.

When he retired, Dr. Kintner was appointed professor of political science at Penn. During his tenure here, he was active in the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), where he served as deputy director from 1961, and became director in 1969. In 1970 Dr. Kintner was to oversee the separation of the Institute from the University as Penn implemented a policy prohibiting classified research, which was applicable to some FPRI research on arms control.

In 1973, Dr. Kintner left his post as director to become then-President Ford's ambassador to Thailand. He had the task of securing Thai support for a war that the United States was leaving. He returned to Philadelphia in 1975 to assume the position of president of FPRI. A highlight of his achievements was orchestrating a joint project with the Soviet Institute for the Study of the United States and Canada that permitted annual exchanges of top non-governmental scholars and analysis despite the Cold War. Retiring from the Institute in 1985, he served on the board of directors of the United States Institute for Peace.

Dr. Kintner authored many books, including Forging a New Sword with Joseph Coffey and Raymond Albright; A Forward Strategy for America with Robert Strauss-Hupé and Stephan Possony; and Soviet Global Strategy. He also published in Esquire, National Review, Reader's Digest and the New Leader. His last book, The Role of Ancient Israel, subtitled A Swedenborgian Perspective..., was published in 1996.

Widowed in 1986 after a 46-year marriage to the former Xandree Marie Wyatt, he is survived by his second wife, the former Faith Child Halterman; daughters Kay Kintner Caldwell, Jane Kintner Williams-Hogan, and Gail Kintner Markou; a son, Carl Hyatt Kintner; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Charles King, Union President

Charles King, who was on the Quad maintenance staff for 29 years and was a union president during major campus strikes in the 1970s, died on February 13 after a long illness at age 69.

Mr. King joined Penn in January 1961 and retired in April 1989.

From 1974 to 1978, he was president of the now-defunct United Building Maintenance and Service Employees Local 1202. At its head, Mr. King led two highly publicized campus-wide strikes: a six-week walkout in 1975 that affected dining services and trash collection; and the 1977 strike over housekeeping that lasted almost six months.

Mr. King is survived by his wife, Mary A.; his son, Charles Francis Jr., a custodian in Houston Hall for nearly 14 years; his daughter, Christina Oleykowski; his granddaughters, Lauren, Leigh Ann and Liz Oleykowski; and his brothers and sister.

Memorial: Lajos Csiszar

A memorial service celebrates the life and work of Lajos S. Csiszar, former head coach of Penn fencing, on Sunday, March 16, at the Faculty Club at 11 a.m. All members of the University are welcome.

Trust Fund: The Meacham Children

The Law School notes the establishment of a trust fund for the education of the four children (aged 2 to 10 years), of Henry and Rosemary Meacham. Mrs. Meacham is the Assistant Director of Career Planning for the Law School whose husband, Henry, died last month at the age of 45.

Donations can be made out to "The Henry Wade Meacham, Jr. Children's Trust" and sent to Michael O'S. Floyd, Esq., Drinker Biddle & Reath, PNC Building, Philadelphia, PA 19107.


Volume 43 Number 25
March 11, 1997

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