Gravinia | Alexandra
Gravina, Facility Management
A. Gravina, former vice president
of Facilities Management, died on
February 2, at his home in Medford,
New Jersey, at the age of 55.
Gravina was born in Rochester, NY
and was a graduate of Lehigh University.
He joined Penn in 1984 as director
of physical plant, becoming associate
vice president of Facilities Operations
in 1986. He was named acting vice
president for Facilities Management
in 1987 and was subsequently named
vice president. He served on the transition
team when Penn outsourced Facilities
Management to Trammell Crow Company
in October 1997. He left Penn later
that year to become vice president
for facilities services and corporate
planning for Einstein Health Care
Network in Philadelphia. Mr. Gravina
had worked at U.S. Steel in Pittsburgh
as a division superintendent before
coming to Penn.
Gravina is survived by his wife, Joyce;
two sons, Bradley and Kevin; his parents,
Orlando and Rose Gravina; two brothers,
Thomas and his twin, Robert; and one
sister, Carol. Donations may be made
in his memory to the American Cancer
Society 1626 Locust Street, Philadelphia,
(Sondra) Grilikhes, retired Annenberg
School for Communication librarian,
died on February 8, of breast cancer
at her home in Roxborough at the age
Grilikhes, was born in New York City,
and received her B.A. from Queens
College of the City University of
New York. She earned her M.L.S. From
Columbia University and studied art
history at Bryn Mawr College.
Grilikhes joined Penn in 1969 as librarian
of the Annenberg School for Communication
Library, became its department head
in 1984 and retired in 1989. She was
also a novelist and her book Yin
Fire was published in 2001. It
was a finalist for a Lambda Literary
Award. She also had nine small press
collections of her poetry published.
Ms. Grilikhes also published and edited
the literary arts journal American
Writing: A Magazine, for 12 years
until it ceased publication in 2002.
She also produced four international
festivals of films by women at the
Annenberg Center. Additionally, in
the 1970s and 1980s she produced literary
programs on public radio here in Philadelphia.
She also taught literary writing courses
at the University of the Arts.
is survived by her partner, Elizabeth
Weiss; two sisters, Phyllis Maxwell,
and Nancy Grilikhes; a brother, Michael;
and an aunt, Dorothy Krainin. Services
will be held on Monday, March 3 at
Congregation Mishkan Shalom, 4101
Freeland Avenue, in Roxborough.
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Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 22, February 18, 2003