Romeo G. Belonia, a member of the Comptrollers Office since 1982, died of a heart attack on Saturday, May 2 at the age of 58. He had joined the University in July of 1980 as an accountant in Student Financial Services, moving to the Comptroller's Office in October 1982 as the Interfund Accountant.
A graduate of the University of the East in The Philippines, where he also obtained his CPA, Mr. Belonia was an accountant at Temple University before coming to Penn. He was also a licensed real estate agent.
Mr. Belonia is survived by his wife, Judith; a son, three daughters, and two grandchildren.
"Romeo will be sadly missed by all of his co-workers and also by many others who worked closely with him during his 18 years at Penn," said Maria Palermo, the business administrator in the Comptroller's Office.
Dr. Ann Hill Beuf, an early leader of the Penn Women's Studies Program and the first to hold the title of director, died in Boulder, Colorado on May 9 at the age of 59, after a 25-year struggle with Parkinson's Disease.
Dr. Beuf joined Penn in 1972 as assistant professor of sociology, where she later served as undergraduate chair. She was named acting director and later director of Women's Studies in 1977, succeeding its founding coordinator, Dr. Elsa Greene. In 1981 she won the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, cited as "generous and demanding" by her nominators. She also received a Fulbright Award and was a member of a 1982 Congressional Fact-finding Delegation to China.
Dr. Beuf was the author of Biting Off the Bracelet: Red Children in White America, and Beauty is the Beast, and many journal articles.
She is survived by her mother, Helen Harper Hill; two sons, Peter and Carlo; a daughter, Helen Beuf Kunik, and two grandchildren.
Almanac, Vol. 44, No. 34, May 19/26, 1998