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John Smolen, Jr., University Life

John J. Smolen, Jr., associate vice provost for University Life, died on September 28, at the age of 59.

Mr. Smolen received his bachelor’s and masters degrees in business from the University of Hartford in 1964 and 1972 respectively. Before coming to Penn he worked as the registrar for the University of Hartford from 1970-1975, and was registrar at Virginia Commonwealth University from 1955 until 1981.

He joined Penn in 1981 as registrar and in 1990 became IT senior director for student information. He became associate vice provost for University Life in 1990, a position he held until his death.

Mr. Smolen is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughter, Tracey; sons Trevor and Kevin; three grandchildren; his mother Alyce; and a sister.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1851 Old Cuthbert Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ 08034; the Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation, Suite 1120, 320 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106; or to Samaritan Hospice, Suite 300, 5 Eves Dr., Marlton, NJ 08053

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 7, October 9, 2001


October 9, 2001
Volume 48 Number 7

President Rodin responds to student visa restrictions.
Jerry Lee Center of Criminology will be dedicated next week.
Three Penn faculty members receive NSF funding for projects in information technology.
Call for Honorary Degree nominations 2003.
Dr. Zuberi is the new director of Afro-American Studies.
Division of Public Safety's Maureen Rush talks about security and Franklin Field institutes new security procedures.
The University Research Foundation Guidelines deadline approaches.
The A-3 Assembly's Employee Resource Fair Raffle Winners.
Research Roundup; Biochemical Pathway Detoxifies heavy metals, Engineers develop a fuel cell that runs on diesel; a gene has been found that carries messages from our circadian clock; and professor develops a game to teach what to do in case of a heart attack.