Dr. John Dewey Alexander Jr., 75, died on February 20. Dr. Alexander was an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University and a fellow of the American College of Physicians. He attended the UC-Berkeley, Indiana University and the University of Louisville medical school. He served in the Army during WW II and the Air Force during the Korean War. After the war he attended the PennMed where he graduated in 1949. Dr. Alexander's career at Penn began as an instructor in 1957, he became an associate in medicine in 1962, a clinical associate in medicine in 1963, a clinical assistant professor in 1980, which he remained until his retirement in 1990.
He completed internships in internal medicine at Penn and the Mayo Clinic and joined the staff of Pennsylvania Hospital in 1956 and retired from there in 1989.
He is survived by his wife Mary of 48 years.
Memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church 201 S. 21 St.., Philadelphia, PA 19103.
Charles McCaffrey, a retired lecturer in the Insurance Department at Wharton died at age 87 on February 7. Mr. McCaffrey specialized in estate planning. He came to Penn in September of 1958 and retired in July of 1979.
He received his bachelors degree from the College in 1938 and a masters in Economics from Penn in 1943.
He is survived by his wife Anna; sons Charles Jr., Michael, Timothy, and Kevin; daughter Kelly Lou; and stepdaughter Susan Clifton.
Dr. Joseph Adam Wagner, 87, died February 21 of pneumonia at Dunnwoody Village in Newtown Square.
Dr. Wagner was the former president of the medical staff at Bryn Mawr Hospital and clinical professor of medicine and associate professor of cardiology at Penn and associate professor of medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. From 1967 to 1974, he was the principal investigator of the Coronary Drug Project for the NIH. Dr. Wagner also helped to establish a program for cardiac surgery at Bryn Mawr Hospital.
Dr. Wagner was a medical missionary with the CARE-MEDICO program in Afghanistan; the United Presbyterian foreign mission in South Korea; and Project Hope in Brazil. Additionally, he was affiliated with many medical organizations and served as president of the American Heart Association and as chairman of the American College of Physicians.
He is survived by his wife Bernice of 61 years; three sons, Jeffrey, Theodore and Robert; six grandchildren; a brother; and a sister.
Contributions may be made to Bryn Mawr Hospital, 130 S. Bryn Mawr Ave,, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.
Marion Whittingham, a retired business administrator in the School of Medicine's department of anatomy, died on February 14, from lung cancer at the age of 87. Mrs. Whittingham joined the University in 1948 as chief clerk and worked in the department of anatomy until she retired as a business administrator in 1982. She had become an administrative assistant there in 1961 and the business administrator in 1974. During her tenure at Penn, she worked with four department chairs: Dr. William F. Windle, Dr. Louis B. Flexner, Dr. James M. Sprague, and Dr. Frank A. Pepe. Ms. Whittingham had no known survivors.
Lottie L. Wilbourn, a retired Dining Services employee, died February 18 in Hershey of complications following a stroke, at the age of 76.
A Virginia native, Mrs. Wilbourn came to work for the University in 1965 as a general worker in dining services, and retired in 1988 as a cook. She was also a union representative.
She is survived by her daughters, Ethel McLean and Gloria Daniels; her sons, Miles and Earl; and five grandchildren.
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Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 23, February 29, 2000