Porten, Rehab Medicine
Porten, an administrative/research assistant in the Department
of Rehabilitation Medicine, died on December 7 at HUP from
severe cardiovascular complications at the age of 61.
Porten was part of the University community for 38
years. She initially began her affiliation with Penn
at the Moore School of Engineering in 1959, working
on ENIAC. She left in 1969 and returned in 1973 serving
in administrative roles in the Registrar's Office,
Department of Physiology, and Vice Dean's Office
in the School of Medicine until 1993.
1993, she became an administrative assistant in what
is now Rehabilitation Medicine. The position involved
not only administrative tasks, but also patient education
about the risk of healthcare acquired infections and
hand hygiene. "She excelled in this role because
of her friendly, warm personality," said Dr.
Salcido, department chairman who noted, "I was
struck with the enthusiasm in her voice. She made
the world a better place."
Porten is survived by her husband, David and her son,
Jeffrey, C '89. Memorial donations may be made to
UPHS, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, 3400
Spruce Street, 5 West Gates, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Eugene Wolf, Music
Eugene K. Wolf, professor emeritus of music, died
on December 12 at the age of 63.
Wolf received his bachelor's degree in music theory
from Rochester's Eastman School of Music in 1961,
and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology from New
York University in 1964 and 1972 respectively. He
joined the Penn faculty in 1973 as an assistant professor,
was promoted to associate professor of music in 1975
and became full professor in 1985. He served as director
of graduate studies and chair of the music department.
He became emeritus professor in 1998.
Wolf was recently elected the first honorary member
of the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music (Almanac November
19). He was an internationally renowned expert
on the style and history of 18th-century symphony.
Other awards he received include the Alfred Einstein
Prize of the American Musicological Society, the Richard
S. Hill Award of the Music Library Association (with
his wife, Jean K. Wolf), a Guggenheim fellowship,
a fellowship from the American Council of Learned
Societies, and a National Endowment for the Humanities
fellowship. Dr. Wolf wrote numerous articles and essays,
as well as his 1981 book The Symphonies of Johann
Stamitz: A Study in the Formation of the Classical
Style and The Symphony at Mannheim: Johann
Stamitz, Christian Cannabich, written in 1984,
with his wife.
is survived by his wife, Jean; daughter, Maria; and
will be a memorial service for Dr. Wolf at 1 p.m.
today, at the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 625 Montgomery
Avenue, in Bryn Mawr.
may be made to the planned Eugene K. Wolf Travel Fund
for Graduate Research in Europe, c/o the American
Musicological Society, 201 S. 34th Street, Philadelphia,
Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 16, December 17, 2002