Dr. Richard Herold, Dental School

Dr. Richard C. Herold, emeritus professor of histology and embryology at the School of Dental Medicine, died January 8 at the age of 71, after a lengthy illness.

Dr. Herold received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in biology from Penn State, and received his Ph.D. from Penn in 1961 under the late Professor Hans Borei, of biology. As a member of the University's Institute for Cooperative Research he worked on Project Big Ben from 1956 to 1961, when he joined the Dental School's Department of Histology and Embryology. Known especially for his research on the ultrastructure and developmental biology of teeth in various species, including man, Dr. Herold was an Honorary Research Fellow at University College, London, 1983-84, and was was a founder and trustee of the Swans Island Marine Station at Minturn, Maine. His professional memberships included Sigma Xi, American Society of Zoologists, the Royal Microscopical Society and the Royal Horticultural Society.

In 1993 Dr. Herold retired to live in Swans Island, Maine, and in London. He is survived by a sister, Dolores Pearson, three nieces and a nephew. Memorial contributions may be made to The Swan's Island Library (attn: Maili Bailey, Swan's Island, Maine 04685).

Dr. Florence Lief, Noted Virologist

Dr. Florence Suskind Lief, a leading virologist who was on the faculty for almost 40 years, died on January 10 at the age of 87.

A specialist in infuenza and other viruses, Dr. Lief did much of her early research at Children's Hospital and later moved to the Veterinary School where she became internationally known for her development of a vaccine to prevent kennel cough in dogs, in the form of a nasal spray which she patented in 1975.

Dr. Lief was a 1931 alumna of Barnard College who took her M.S. in science from New York University in 1933. After working as a bacteriologist in New York, she set her career aside in 1940 to devote herself to her family. In 1951, after the death of her physician husband Frederick P. Lief, she returned to science, taking up doctoral studies at Penn.

On receiving her Ph.D. in 1955 she joined the PennMed faculty, initially as a microbiologist in epidemiology and public health. She was consultant to the World Health Organization from 1961 to 1978, and published more than 50 scientific papers as she moved through the ranks to become professor of microbiology in 1975. Two years later she became professor of virology, and she was named professor emeritus in 1981.

Throughout her long affiliation with Penn, Dr. Lief was part of an extended Penn family. Her brother-in-law, Dr. Harold Lief, headed the Penn-based Marriage Council of Philadelphia and her sister, Marcella S. Beresin, was director of audience development at the Annenberg Center from 1974-84.

The next generation includes her son, Dr. Bruce A. Lief, C'62, who did his internship at CHOP; a grandson, Dr. Frederick L. Ruberg, M'98; a nephew, Dr. Eugene Z. Beresin, who took his M.D./Ph.D. in 1977; and two sons-in-law--Dr. Robert Greenstein, who directed outpatient psychology at HUP in 1987-95, and Dr. Robert Ruberg, a resident and fellow in plastic surgery at HUP in 1967-75.

She is survived by her son, her twin daughters Cynthia L. Ruberg and Ericka L. Greenstein, her sister and a brother; eight grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 625 W. Ridge Pike, Building A, Suite 100, Conshohocken, Pa. 19428.

Death of Dr. Nemir: At presstime Almanac learned of the death of Dr. Paul Nemir, emeritus professor of surgery. Arrangements are in progress for a service, probably Thursday, at St. Alban's Church in Newtown Square. Details of his career will be published next week.

Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 17, January 19, 1999