Mrs. Ethel Houston Burke Baker, died on March 10 in Lansdale at the age of 92. Mrs. Baker was a Penn employee from 1926 until 1934. She worked as chief clerk to Dean Minnick in the School of Education.
She is survived by her daughter Carolyn Pope of the School of Veterinary Medicine; a sister, Nan P. Miller; nieces, Dr. Judith Scourfield, Dr. Katherine Hayes, and Debra Mullen; and 7 great nieces and nephews.
Faris R. Kirkland, a former lecturer in the military science department, died at the age of 68 on February 22 at his home in Bryn Mawr. He was a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army. Dr. Kirkland served both in Korea and Vietnam in staff and command positions in field artillery and air defense artillery. He joined Penn's department of military science in 1968 as an associate professor. He built a program that reached out to other disciplines to investigate war as a human cultural phenomenon. The program kept the ROTC on campus. He remained there until 1972 and was also a visiting lecturer in the history department, 1971-1973. He then returned to military science as a lecturer, 1973-1976. He took his Ph.D. in history in 1982 from Penn. He then ran a research group at the Science Center investigating issues of cohesion and motivation in military units. Dr. Kirkland was appointed research military social historian at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Division of Neuropsychiatry.
He is survived by his wife, Emelyn Story Ewer Kirkland; a son, F. Russell, Jr.; two daughters, Emelyn Story Kirkland Biddle and Victoria K. Carchidi and two grandsons.
Robert P. Roche, formerly of Development, died on March 13 at his home in Wynnewood at the age of 72. In 1950, Mr. Roche joined the Hohn F. Rich Co. of Philadelphia as an associate, helping institutions solicit funds. In 1959 he became the director of capital campaigns at Penn and left in 1968 as director of development. He formed his own consulting company in 1968, Barnes & Roche. His clients included Haverford College, Colgate University, MIT, Princeton, the American University of Beirut, Bryn Mawr Hospital and the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.
Mr. Roche is survived by his wife, Priscilla Longstreth Roche; a son, Robert P., Jr.; daughters, Elizabeth R. Craighead and Barbara R. Wille; and six grandchildren.
Dr. Virginia S. Ronk, former assistant professor, died February 21 in her Landsdowne home at the age of 80. Dr. Ronk had been an assistant professor at the Medical School and practiced at HUP.
Dr. Ronk received her bachelors degree from West Chester State Teachers College and a master's in biochemistry from the University of North Carolina. She received her medical degree from McGill University in Montreal in 1947.
Dr. Ronk served as director of Riverview Nursing Home in Philadelphia until her retirement in 1989.
She is survived by two daughters, Alice, and Carol R. Regueiro; a son, Neil; and two grandsons.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Fund for the Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, 3640 De La Montagne, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3G 2A8.
Jules Splaver, age 93, died on March 11 at Logan Square East Care Center. Mr. Splaver was a employee of the library at Penn until his retirement in 1970s.
He is survived by his wife, Helen; two daughters, Diane Laison and Meg Groff; three sisters; and two grandchildren.
Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 25, March 21, 2000