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To Pew Trusts: Marshall Ledger

Dr. Marshall Ledger, the founding editor of Penn Medicine, leaves Penn shortly to become manager of public affairs and publications for the Pew Memorial Trusts, where he will start a group of magazines, on the model he created when he left the Pennsylvania Gazette eleven years ago to become Director of Publications and Periodicals for PennMed. After starting Penn Medicine, the medical alumni magazine which he continued to edit for 11 years, Dr. Ledger also established a series of internal publications--notably Penn Health for the health system; Penn Pulse for faculty, residents and fellows; and the quarterly Community Connection.

Dr. Ledger, who joined Penn in 1967 as an instructor in English, was an assistant professor from 1969-73. In 1976, after teaching at New Hampshire and free-lancing as a writer and editor, he returned to Penn as associate editor of the Gazette. During his 11 years with the Gazette, then edited by Tony Lyle, the magazine was twice named Magazine of the Year by CASE, and in the remaining nine years took gold medals in the "top ten" category. Prizes continued at the medical school, where both Penn Medicine and Penn Pulse won numerous were award-winners.

For Penn's 250th anniversary (and the medical school's 225th), Dr. Ledger collaborated with Dr. David Y. Cooper on Innovation and Tradition at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine: An Anecdotal Journey (Penn Press 1990). His book with Martha Ledger, Dear Old Penn in Postcards: The University of Pennsylvania 1900-1923, also won two CASE gold awards and a bronze in 1989.

Friends will salute Dr. Ledger and toast his future tomorrow afternoon in the Wood Room of the John Morgan Building; for information e-mail or call Medical Public Affairs at 662-2560.

Almanac, Vol. 44, No. 28, April 7, 1998