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I.W. Burnham II, Trustee

I. W. Burnham II, ("Tubby") W’31, emeritus trustee, died June 24 at the age of 93. Mr. Burnham was Honorary Chairman of Burnham Securities Inc. and Chairman and Director of the Burnham Fund and Burnham Asset Management Corp. He founded Burnham & Company in 1935. A past chairman of the Securities Industry Association, he also served as chairman of its Governing Council. He served as a member of the Foreign Investment Committee of the New York Chamber of Commerce, a trustee of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies and the Lexington School for the Deaf, and chairman of the Wall Street Division of the YMCA.

Commander of a Civil Air Patrol Base with active flying duties during World War II and an officer in the United States Navy Reserve in the Naval Air Transport Service, Mr. Burnham received the Air Medal and the Presidential Medal for Outstanding Civilian Services. He also received the Brotherhood Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Herbert H. Lehman Human Relations Award, and the Wall Street Man of the Year Award from B’nai B’rith Youth Services.

Mr. Burnham was appointed a term trustee in 1969 and became an emeritus trustee in 1979. He was New York-New Jersey regional representative for Penn’s General Alumni Society, and chairman of the New York Capital Campaign Committee. In 1998, Mr. Burnham was made a member of the Men’s Lacrosse Hall of Fame for outstanding achievement in Penn lacrosse. While a student at Penn, Mr. Burnham received three major athletic awards and was co-Captain of the 1931 lacrosse team. Mr. Burnham created the I. W. Burnham Fellowship Fund for minority MBA students and the I. W. Burnham II Endowed Scholarship Fund, both at the Wharton School. He was also instrumental in establishing the Drexel Burnham Lambert Professorship at Wharton and has been a loyal supporter of athletics.

In 1983, the Trustees paid tribute to Mr. Burnham, unveiling a portrait of him which is hung in Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall.

He is survived by his son, Jon M. Burnham (W ’59); daughter, Wendy Burnham Morris; seven grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

Ms. Hampel, Former Librarian

Edith Hampel, a former reference librarian at Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, died on June 6 at the age of 85.

Ms. Hampel began working at Penn in 1945 and retired as a reference librarian in 1967.

She is survived by her nieces, Christine H. Fewell and Edith H. Willoughby; and nephew, Donald B. Huff.

Memorial donations may be sent to Friends of Rittenhouse Square, 150 Summit Ave, Upper Darby, PA 19082 or Church of The Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Dr. Edward Rosenow, Medicine

Dr. Edward C. Rosenow, Jr., clinical professor of medicine from 1959 to 1989, died on June 3 at the age of 92, in Kearney, Nebraska. He was committed to continuing physician education. From 1959 to 1977 Dr. Rosenow was director of the Amercian College of Physicians. He was raised in Rochester, Minn., and graduated from Carleton College where he served as a trustee for many years. He took two years from his college education to teach in China, where he met his first wife, Esther Church; they were married in 1931.

Dr. Rosenow graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1935. He completed a residency and fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. Before coming to Penn, he practiced internal medicine in Pasadena, Calif.

Esther Rosenow died in 1985. In 1989 he married La Vonne Adamson. In addition to his second wife, Dr. Rosenow is survived by a daughter, Lisa Vig; a son, Robert; a brother, John; a stepson and stepdaughters; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson. His niece, Barbara R. von Schlegell, is assistant professor of Religious Studies at Penn.

In Dr. Rosenow’s memory, bequests can be made to the Frank L. Rosenow Fund at Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota.

Dr. Alexander Vucinich, H&SS

Dr. Alexander Vucinich, professor emeritus of History and Sociology of Science, died at his Berkeley, CA home on May 25 at the age of 87. A world-renowned scholar of the history of science in Russia, Dr. Vucinich was the author of seven text books, including Empire of Knowledge, Darwin in Russian Thought, Einstein and Societ Ideology, and the classic Science in Russian Culture (2 vols.). He was also the recipient of a Guggenheim Award in 1985 for the study of science and Soviet ideology.

Born in Wilmington, California in 1914 to Serbian parents, he moved to Yugoslavia at age 5 and returned to the U.S. in 1938, after completing his undergraduate education at the University of Belgrade. He would later continue his education at University of California,Berkeley and Columbia University. During World War II he served in the US Army. He taught at San Jose State College, University of Illinois, University of Texas, and Penn.

Dr. Vucinich is survived by his wife, Dorothy, to whom he was married for over 60 years; daughter Andrea Stevens; son John; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and brother, Professor Emeritus Wayne Vucinich of Stanford.

A memorial service will be held at Berkeley’s Institute of Slavic East European and Eurasian Studies sometime in July.

Contributions in Alexander Vucinich’s memory may be made to a hospice or to the contributor’s favorite charity.

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However, notices of alumni deaths should be directed to the Alumni Records Office at Room 545, Franklin Building, (215) 898-8136 or e-mail

Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 1, July 16, 2002




July 16, 2002
Volume 49 Number 1

Dr. Marvin Lazerson gets a new Endowed Chair in Education.
The annual GSE Awards are presented.
The Penn Cancer Center is renamed.
The Faculty Senate's Slate of nominees for the Senate Executive Committee.
PPSA's 2002-2003 Board has been elected.
The A-3 Assembly's officers invite all A-3 employees to a July meeting.
The Trustees held their full board meetings last month.
The report of the Council Committee on Facilities deals with classrooms, Campus Development Plan, and Transportation.
Graduate Medical Education has a new director.
Speaking Out about the future of the BioPond and protecting personal privacy.
Honors for faculty, staff, students, and HUP
Research Foundation Awards for Spring 2002.
Research Roundup: Sumerian Dictionary, Smallpox, Alzheimer's Disease, and Schizophrenia.
New challenges, more efforts to conserve energy and control energy costs.
Business Services: Parking Rates; Children's Center; Mail Service; Dining Services; Customized Penn merchandise; Directory Update; Computer Connection.
New Security Measures for Penn's Networked Systems will require replacing PennNet ID and password PennKeys and passwords.