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Dr. Bloom | Mr. Day | Mr. Ford | Dr. Klaus | Dr. Knight |
Mrs. Lucid
| Dr. Potok | Dr. Sovie

Dr. Tybel Bloom, Social Work

Dr. Tybel Bloom, emeritus professor of social work, died July 15 of pneumonia at the age of 89.

Dr. Bloom earned her MSW from Penn in 1944, after having earned her BA from the University of Minnesota in 1934 and worked for five years at the Ramsey County Welfare Board in St. Paul, Minn. She subsequently worked at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic and then taught at the University of Southern California beforejoining the Penn faculty in 1955.

Dr. Bloom earned her DSW here in 1960, becoming associate professor in 1966 and full professor in 1968 before becoming associate dean for curriculum. She also published several articles, including "Social Casework: the Functional Approach" for the Encyclopedia of Social Work in 1977. She became emeritus professor in 1979.

She is survived by a brother, Norman, and a sister, Myra Jacobs. Memorial donations may be made to the Senior Associates Scholarship Fund, in care of the University of Pennsylvania, CGS, 3440 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Mr. Day, Architecture

Norman Day, emeritus associate professor of architecture and city planning, and an urban designer with McCormick, Taylor Associates, died on July 16, at the age of 69.

Mr. Day received his BA in architecture from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology in 1955 and a MArch from MIT in 1958. He also attended a program of study in city planning, at the Architectural Association & Town Planning Institute in London (1959-1960). His fields of specialization included urban design, comprehensive urban planning, metropolitan and regional planning; urban transportation planning and design, central area revitalization, new community planning and design, planned residential developments, community and environmental impact analysis.

GSFA Dean Gary Hack said "I knew Norman for many years, beginning when he taught in the mid-west and as a visiting critic at Illinois; he encouraged me to pursue urban design. He taught a generation of urban designers at Penn, and continued teaching in city planning as recently as three years ago when he oversaw a studio working on design around transportation station in Bogota."

He is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughters, Dana, Leslie, Taryn and Leah; sons, Daniel, Joel, and Andrew; 14 grandchildren; and brothers, Ralph, Gordon, Larry and Mardell. Donations may be sent to Habitat for Humanity.

Mr. Ford, Planning & Operations SOM

Warren Ford, a special services assistant, Space Planning and Operations in the School of Medicine died on August 4 at the age of 59. Mr. Ford began working at Penn in 1969 as a utility worker at SOM and remained there until his death.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda; four daughters Cassundra, Octavia, LaToya and Bria; 11 grandchildren; four sisters; and two brothers. Donations may be sent to Mrs. Brenda Ford, 5027 Knox Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144. A memorial service will be held on September 13, from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Auditorium & Lobby of BRB II/III.

Dr. Klaus Hummeler, Virologist

Dr. Klaus Hummeler, emeritus professor of pediatrics at the School of Medicine and first director of Joseph Stokes Jr. Institute at CHOP, died July 14 at the age of 80.

Dr. Hummeler was born in Hamburg, Germany. He received a medical degree from the University of Hamburg, then immigrated to the United States in 1949. He came to Penn in 1952 and was named the first director of Joseph Stokes Jr. Institute in 1972 and retired in 1989.

Dr. Hummeler is survived by his wife, Mary Hummeler; his daughter, Deborah Dunning; his sister; and three grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Klaus Hummeler Endowed Fund for Research at CHOP, 34th and Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Dr. David Knight, Vet Medicine

Dr. David Harmon Knight, professor emeritus of veterinary medicine, died of a heart attack July 15 while bicycling near his home. He was 64.

A specialist in veterinary cardiology, Dr. Knight joined the faculty in 1967 and spent his entire career at Penn, retiring last year. He was a charter member of the American College of Internal Medicine and a member of the American Heart Association, and served as chief of the section of cardiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine for many years.

Additionally, Dr. Knight was an accomplished athlete. He was a member of the crew team as an undergraduate at Cornell University, rowed for the Vesper Boat Club and Bachelor's Barge Club in the 1960s, and was an alternate on the U.S. Olympic rowing team in 1964. In 1974 became the first U.S. citizen to win the gold medal in the international Canoe Federation in the White Water Slalom race. He won the Masters World Championship in 1982 in pairs rowing in the Netherlands with former Olympian John B. Kelly Jr. In 1985 he was a member of the U.S. Dragon Boat team that raced in Hong Kong. He took up cycling two years ago.

Dr. Knight is survived by his wife of 23 years, Krystyna Wrobel Knight; two sons, Eric and Christopher; his father, Ernest; and a brother.

A memorial service is planned for later in September at the Veterinary School.

Memorial donations may be made to University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, 3800 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Mrs. Lucid, Gregory College House

Joanne Tharalson Lucid, Associate Master of Gregory College House, died July 31 at home at the age of 75.

For the past four years she and her husband-- Dr. Robert Lucid, emeritus professor of English, --served the Gregory College House community; prior to that they did the same in Hill House since 1979. Since the inception of the Penn Reading Project, Mrs. Lucid led a section each fall; last summer she and her husband co-taught a section.

Mrs. Lucid was born and raised in Oregon, earned her BA in English from Seattle University in 1949 and a MA in teaching from Wesleyan University in 1964.

After 31 years as a teacher in Philadelphia public schools--29 years of them teaching at Germantown High School, where she taught English, drama, and debate--she retired in 1995. She had been active with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. She was named all-time teacher of the year in 1985.

‘Miz Lucy,' as her school children often called her, was known for her strength, kindness, and no-nonsense straight talk and to many was a valued friend. "I do not think I go too far if I say that she was the stuff from which we look to maintain our besieged hopes for humanity, our ongoing desire to still believe in ourselves through the darkest hours and years," Norman Mailer said in a letter.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Dr. Robert Lucid, and a son, John.

Dr. Chaim Potok, Novelist

Dr. Chaim Potok, novelist, whose characters struggled with their ties to their conservative Jewish communities and their desire to explore the world outside of it, died July 23 at his home in Merion at the age of 73.

Having previously received an English degree from Yeshiva University and being ordained as a rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Dr. Potok received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Penn in 1965. He was also Baccalaureate Speaker in 1983, at which time he received an honorary degree from Penn.

He is also remembered for classes he taught beginning in 1992 for the General Honors Program, the first he gave analyzing The Gates of November: Chronicles of the Slepak Family, the biography of Solomon Slepak he was writing at the time. He continued teaching a class entitled The Post-Modernist Search for Self until the fall of 2000.

Dr. Potok's protagonists face the restrictions placed on their lives by their conservative religious communities: one entertaining dreams of being a psychologist, another painting crucifixions, despite the rejection they will face from their families. These themes were visited and revisited in best-selling works, The Chosen and My Name is Asher Lev.

These themes, were also the author's struggles, whose desire to paint and write and his decision to leave the parochial school system and attend the Jewish Theological Seminary, conflicted with his Orthodox family and upbringing.

In addition to writing novels, Dr. Potok served as a U.S. Army Chaplain in Korea from 1955 to 1957, and produced non-fiction works, including Wanderings: Chaim Potok's History of the Jews.

Dr. Potok is survived by his wife, Adena; two daughters, Rena, who teaches in the English department (BA '83, MS '90, Ph.D. '95) and Naama; a son, Akiva; two grandchildren and two sisters, Charlotte Hering and Bella Sobolofsky.

When Dr. Potok took part last semester in the "Spirit of Liberty Symposium" on religious liberty, he observed:

I am not so naïve as to think we can do away with all the differences between religions, I would hope to do away with the hatred those differences have elicited. Despite our divisiveness and tawdriness, there is still here the dream of dialogue, of listening; especially at this very moment. If it cannot happen in America, where on Earth can it happen?

Dr. Margaret Sovie, Nursing

Dr. Margaret D. Sovie, the Jane Delano Professor of Administration at the School of Nursing, died on August 16 of pulmonary fibrosis at the age of 69.

Dr. Sovie was a nationally known authority in the field of nursing administration. She graduated from the St. Lawrence State Hospital School of Nursing in 1964, and served as a nursing supervisor at the Good Shepherd Hospital and then as education director for nursing services at Upstate Medical Center, both in Syracuse. After serving as director of nursing at the University of Rochester, Dr. Sovie became chief nursing officer at HUP in 1988, a position she held until 1996. From 1996 until her death she was the Jane Delano Professor of Nursing Administration and was a nurse practitioner at Penn's health annex at Myer Recreation Center. Dr. Sovie was a member of the Institute of Medicine.

"Dr. Sovie was a fearless researcher. She meticulously gathered and analyzed data to advance the science, providing information to help nurses and hospitals do a better job caring for patients. Never straying far from the care of the patient, Dr. Sovie provided direct patient care herself while maintaining a research agenda," said Dr. Afaf I. Meleis, dean of the School of Nursing.

Dr. Sovie is survived by her husband of 48 years, Alfred; brothers William, Maurice and Timothy Doe; sisters Patricia Frye and Mickey Snye. Memorial donations may be made to the Nursing School Memorial Scholarship Fund, School of Nursing, Development Office, 420 Guardian Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 2, September 3, 2002


September 3, 2002
Volume 49 Number 2

Penn alumna Sadie Alexander's name will live on at the newly named preK-8 school.
Welcome Back: Messages From the President and From the Senate Chair.
Penn and Trammell Crow have terminated the arrangements they had for management and other services.
The Pottruck Health and Fitness Center opens with tours of the state-of-the-art recreation facility.
ISC unveils a new authentication system for better computer security--out with the PennNet IDs and in with the PennKeys.
Penn has lost eight members of the Penn community over the summer.
The Report of the Working Group on Human Subjects Research in the SocioBehavioral Sciences.
The updated, revised Three-Year Academic Calendar lets you look ahead to 2004-2005.
The Undergraduate Admissions seminars for Penn faculty and staff families are this week--the first one is at 5:15 p.m. today.
The September AT PENN calendar includes a list of the special 9/11 commemorative events that span from morning until evening across the campus.