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Mr. Aronstein | Dr. Roberts | Correction


Mr. Aronstein, Professor of Law

Martin J. Aronstein, professor emeritus of law, died on February 18, at the age of 78.

Mr. Aronstein received his B.E. from Yale in 1944 and completed an M.B.A. at Harvard in 1948. During WWII he joined the Navy and served on the USS Oakland. He earned his L.L.B. From Penn Law in 1965 and was a member the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. He was an Associate/Partner at Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel, from 1965 to 1969, when he accepted an appointment as associate professor from Penn Law in 1969. He became professor of law in 1972 and remained in that position until the end of 1977. In 1978 he joined the firm of Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersol as Counsel/Partner until 1981. He returned to Penn Law as professor in 1981 and retired from here in 1986. He became Counsel at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in 1986 and remained there until 1995.

He is survived by his daughter, Katherine Aronstein Porter; sons, David and James; and six grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to the University of Pennsylvania Law School, 3400 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Dr. Roberts, Professor of Surgery

Dr. Brooke Roberts, professor emeritus of surgery in the School of Medicine, died on February 23 at the age of 85. He lived in Bryn Mawr.

Dr. Roberts received his undergraduate degree from Princeton in 1939 and graduated from Penn Medicine in 1943. He served in the Army Medical Corps in the U.S. and Germany in World War II.

He began his career at Penn in 1947 as an assistant instructor and fellow in surgery, served as an instructor in surgery from 1950-1952 and associate in surgery from 1952-1957. In 1957 he became an assistant professor of surgery. He was promoted to associate professor and professor in 1960 and 1962 respectively. He served as chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at HUP and was director of the fellowship in the Peripheral Vascular Surgery Program. He also was chairman of the Medical Board at HUP from 1969-1971 and served as acting chairman of the Department of Surgery from 1981-1983. Since 1983 he had been professor emeritus of surgery.

Dr. Roberts served on the boards of Independence Blue Cross and the Measey Foundation. He received the Strittmatter Award from the Philadelphia County Medical Society in 1982.

He is survived by his wife, Anna Ingersoll; three sons, Jared I., Andrew B. and Thomas B.; seven grandchildren; and two brothers. Memorial donations may be made to the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 S. 22nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Correction: Arthur Gravina

In Arthur Gravina's obituary (Almanac February 18), it should have read: He was not on the Transition Team when Penn outsourced Facilities Management to Trammell Crow, but left Penn to work for Trammell Crow as senior vice president of operations and operated similar contracts at other institutions. He then went to Einstein Health Care Network in 2001.

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  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 24, March 4, 2003