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Dr. Judith Eubank, Writer and Editor

Dr. Judith Ellen Eubank, the senior writer for the External Affairs Office in SAS until January 1997, died on Friday, September 26, after a long illness. Judith was born in 1939 in Wichita, Kansas, and took her B.A. with honors at the University of Kansas; her M.A. from the University of Exeter, England; and her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. An assistant professor of English at Southern Methodist University for eight years, she published the 1992 suspense novel Crossover and several nonfiction works.

Judith came to Penn as a proposal writer in 1990 and in 1994 became editor of Penn Arts & Sciences, the SAS alumni newsletter. In that capacity she interviewed and knew many SAS faculty and alumni, among them Dr. Michael B. Katz, the Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History. "Working with her as an interviewer and writer was a pleasure," said Dr. Katz. "In sharp contrast to most interviewers, she was well prepared...she familiarized herself with my work and prepared excellent questions. She edited the interview with great skill and sensitivity. She turned the answers to questions into a readable and coherent document and preserved my meaning faithfully. The whole article bore the stamp of her intelligence and gifts as an writer and editor."

Judith is survived by her husband, Randall C. Couch, and brother, Jon L. Baker. Graveside services were held at Ash Creek Cemetery in Azle, Texas on Friday, October 3. Memorial contributions should be sent in her name to the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, 1400 Jackson St., Denver CO 80206, attention Virginia Cain.

- Susanne Bradford, SAS External Affairs

Senora Griffin, Voice of the Hotline

Senora A. Griffin, whose voice and personality were known throughout PennMed as the lady who answered the School's facilities "hotline," died September 25 at the age of 43.

A graduate of William Penn High School, Ms. Griffin joined Penn in 1984 as a building and service assistant in the School of Medicine's receiving dock and mailroom-and soon she was handling the student mailroom as well, in addition to producing signage for the School. In 1995 she became a customer service assistant in the PennMed architecture and facilities management department, answering the 8-8000 "hot-line," dispatching service requests, scheduling School conference rooms and responding to emergencies among other duties. She was an integral part of the department's transition team committee during a major reorganization in 1996.

A mother of five and grandmother of 15, she she was also active in the community, particularly with the Peniel Baptist Church's Sunday School and youth outreach programs.

"Ms. Griffin's colleagues will miss her beautiful smile and her dry wit. She will be remembered as someone who was always at peace with herself and those around her, no matter how chaotic things became," said Erin Wieand of the School of Medicine.

Ms. Griffin is survived by her mother, Nettie Jackson; four sons, Sylvester, Sinclair, Shawn and Shane; a daughter, Sherron Griffin Weldon; fifteen grandchildren; a brother and two sisters.

Terry Supple, HR Analyst

Terry Supple, a longtime compensation analyst in Human Resources at Penn, died on August 13 of leukemia at the age of 43.

Ms. Supple came to Penn as a graduate student in 1976 after graduating cum laude with a B.A. in English from Wittenberg University in Ohio. She took her masters in English here in 1978 and completed coursework towards her Ph.D. Ms. Supple then served as instructor in the English Department, teaching freshman writing seminars from 1978 until December 1981.

After teaching ninth grade English at St. Joseph's Prep School in 1982, she returned to Penn as a research assistant in the Wharton School's Rodney White Center for Financial Research before taking a position with the Center City public affairs consulting firm of HRN. There she wrote and edited the company publication, Stakeholder Issues & Strategies.

In 1987 she returned to Penn as a compensation analyst in Human Resources, a position she held for nearly a decade.

Ms. Supple was an alto singer for the Choral Arts Society. She is survived by her husband, Mark; her sons, John and Danny; daughters, Elizabeth, Brigid and Monica; sisters Tina Toneff and Jennifer Damon; and her parents, Arch and Honey Stevenson.

Contributions may be made to St. Francis De Sales School, 909 S. 47th St., Phila. 19143.

Return to:Almanac, University of Pennsylvania, October 7, 1997, Volume 44, Number 7