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Dr. Klein | Ms. Lonberger | Dr. Ralston

Dr. Abraham Klein, Physicist

Abraham Klein

Dr. Abraham Klein, emeritus professor of physics, died on January 20 at the age of 76 of complications from a stroke.

Dr. Klein was born in Brooklyn, NY and received his undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College in 1947, then earned both his M.A. and Ph.D. in physics from Harvard in 1948 and 1950 respectively.

Dr. Klein became an associate professor of physics at Penn in 1955, was appointed professor of physics in 1958 and became emeritus in 1994. He is the co-inventor of the Karman-Klein method, a means of restoring the broken symmetry of mean field approximations for nuclear as well as for other many-body problems. Among honors he received were Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, J.S. Guggenheim Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Senior Scientist Award, and an honorary doctorate from Frankfurt University. Dr. Klein was also a fellow of the American Physical Society.

He is survived by his wife Murielle Pollack; daughters, Julia M. Klein and Hilary Hippolyte Klein; two grandchildren; and a sister.

A Celebration of the Life and Work of Abraham Klein, will take place on Friday, February 7, at 4 p.m. in DRL A2.

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Rose Lonberger, Retired Librarian

Almanac recently learned of the death of Ms. Rose E. Lonberger, retired librarian at Towne Scientific Library. She died on November 29 at the age of 90.

Ms. Lonberger was born in Boalsburg, PA and earned her B.A. from Penn State University in 1933. She received her M.S. in library science from Drexel University in 1936.

Ms. Lonberger became an assistant librarian at Westminster College in New Wilmington in 1936 and left there to join Radio Corp. of America as a research librarian in 1939. She joined Penn in 1947 as a technical librarian and became department head in 1966 at the Towne Library, where she remained until her retirement in 1981.

She is survived by two sisters, Hilda Snyder and Ruth Hancock; a brother, John Lonberger; and several nieces and nephews.

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Dr. Edgar Ralston, Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Edgar L. Ralston, emeritus professor of orthopedic surgery, died on January 13, at the age of 91, of pulmonary failure.

Dr. Ralston was born in Dubois, PA, and earned his B.A. from Muskingum College in 1933. He earned his medical degree from Penn in 1937 and served a residency and fellowship in orthopedic surgery at Orthopedic Hospital in New York City. He joined Penn's School of Medicine in 1947, was appointed assistant professor of orthopedic surgery in 1957, became professor of orthopedic surgery in 1963 and was appointed to the Paul B. Magnuson Professorship in Bone and Joint Surgery in 1974. He retired in 1980.

Author of the textbook, Handbook of Fractures, Dr. Ralston also contributed articles to many professional journals.

He is survived by his niece, Martha Ralston-Braem; a nephew, Walter J. Ralston; and five grandnieces and grandnephews.

Memorial donations may be made to the United Presbyterian Church of Manoa, 153 N. Eagle Rd., Manoa, PA 19083.


  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 19, January 28, 2003