Death of a Senior Associate
Dr. Benjamin Tencer, a 70-year-old retired engineer attending Penn as a Senior Associate, died on October 11 after a traffic accident which occurred while he was riding his bicycle in the 3400 block of Walnut Street.
The tragedy reopened issues in bicycle and pedestrian safety that have periodically been discussed at the University Council, including proposals for bicycle lanes that would require action by the City of Philadelphia.
A U.S. Air Force veteran, Dr. Tencer held a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Hobart College and a doctorate in industrial economics from MIT.
Dr. Tencer had been a division manager for Roy F. Weston Inc., an engineering consulting firm in West Chester, PA, and retired in 1992. He had also worked for the Boeing Company and for the Department of Defense.
He was taking classes through Penn's Senior Associates Program, in which senior citizens can audit courses with the permission of the instructor.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Julie; a daughter, Vikki Pride; a brother; a sister; and three grandchildren.
Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 8, October 19, 1999