Dr. Lynda Hart, professor of English and women's rights advocate, died on December 31, after a battle with breast cancer. She was 47 years old. A 1979 graduate of the University of Memphis, Dr. Hart earned both her M.A. and Ph.D. from Tulane University.
She came to Penn in 1988 as assistant professor of English and Theatre Arts, became an associate professor of English/Theater Arts/Comparative Literature/Women's Studies in 1994 and was promoted to professor of English in 1998.
In 1990 she founded the Women's Theatre Festival of Philadelphia and served on its Board of Trustees. Dr. Hart served on the board of the LGBT Center and was also an active board member of the Penn Women's Center (PWC) since her arrival. She was a member of the Modern Language Association.
Her book Fatal Women: Lesbian Sexuality and the Mark of Aggression (1994) won her a 1993 Alice Paul Award in Women's Studies as well as a Callaway Prize nomination. She also authored the following books: Sam Shepard's Metaphorical Stages (1987); Between the Body and the Flesh: Performing Sadomasochism (1998); and Of All the Nerve: Deb Margolin Solo (1999). Dr. Hart was the editor of the first published collection of scholarly essays on Women's Theatre: Making a Spectacle: Feminist Essays on Contemporary Women's Theatre (1989) and its sequel: Acting Out: Feminist Performances (1993). Her articles and reviews have appeared across a wide spectrum of scholarly journals including: Genders, Journal of the History of Sexuality, The Drama Review, Theatre Journal, Literature and Psychology, The Southern Quarterly, Postmodern Culture, Studies in the Literary Imagination, and Modern Drama. She also taught film and was a regular contributor to the film critic section of The Psychoanalytic Review. At the time of her death Dr. Hart was completing a memoir, illustrated by her own paintings.
Elena Di Lapi, director of the PWC remembers Dr. Hart as "a brilliant scholar, a unique teacher, a gifted writer and a compassionate woman. Lynda was one of those very special individuals who utilized her scholarship, teaching abilities and her activism to make Penn a more humane place for all. We will miss her very much."
Dr. Hart is survived by her spouse, Stacey Foiles; a sister, Kerry; and a brother, Randy. A memorial service will be held on January 20, 3-5 p.m., at New York's St. Mark's Church on 2nd Ave., between 10th and 11th Sts.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to The Village Zendo, 200 Varick St., NYC 10013 or The Astraea National Lesbian Foundation, 16 East 16 St., NYC 10003.
There will be a campus memorial service for Dr. Hart in the near future, details to be announced.
Dr. Rogers, Medicine
Dr. R. Claude Rogers, assistant professor emeritus of the School of Medicine died on December 15 at the age of 77.
Dr. Rogers was educated in Bucharest and came to the U.S. in 1964 on an internship at Community Hospital in Glen Cove, NY. He joined Penn in the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation department in 1971 as an instructor and became an assistant professor in 1978. He retired in 1988.
Dr. Rogers thought that art could play a role in healing mind and body and published a book on the subject. He was also an artist and displayed his work in local galleries including Penn's Faculty Club. He was a member of the Art Institute of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the AMA.
Dr. Rogers is survived by his wife, Felicia. Donations may be made to the Jewish National Fund, 42 E. 69th St., New York, N.Y. 10021.
Mr. Tuppeny, Penn Relays
James Tuppeny, the longtime coach and Penn Relays Director, died on November 29 at age 75. Mr. Tuppeny was the head coach for cross country and track & field at Penn from 1966 to 1979, and was the Penn Relays Director from1970 to1987. Mr. Tuppeny was credited with building Penn into an Ivy League power. He accumulated a record of 240-44 in cross country and track, going over a decade without losing an outdoor dual or triangular meet.
He was associate head coach of track & field at Villanova University at the time of his death.
Mr. Tuppeny is survived by five daughters: Kathleen Williams, Michelle Ronan, Diane Tuppeny-Hess, Betty Tuppeny and Barbara Tuppeny; nine grandchildren; and a brother, Charles. 'Tupp" had requested contributions be made in his memory to the Track & Field Program at Penn or Villanova.
Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 17, January 9, 2001