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Dr. Lewis, School of Social Work

Dr. Harold Lewis, a former professor of social work, and former dean of the School of Social Work at Hunter College, died on July 18, at the age of 83.

Dr. Lewis graduated from Brooklyn College in 1942 and served in World War II in Army intelligence. He received his master's degree and Ph.D. from Penn in 1948 and 1953 respectively. He became an instructor at the University of Nebraska School of Social Work in 1950. He returned to Penn in 1951 and was promoted to associate professor of social work in 1959 and promoted to professor of social work in 1962, teaching in that capacity until 1969.

Dr. Lewis was named dean of the School of Social Work at Hunter College in 1970 in which capacity he served until 1990. During his tenure, the School of Social Work gained nationwide recognition. He is also credited with developing the school's concentrations concept that allows graduate students to pursue a second specialty in health or mental health. This idea was adopted by the National Council on Social Work Education as a model for other graduate schools of social work.

Dr. Lewis was a founder and co-editor of The Journal of Teaching in Social Work, and was the author of the text, Intellectual Base of Social Work Practice: Tools for Thought in a Helping Profession. He was also the author of more than 100 papers and articles.

He is survived by his wife, Celia Schwartz Lewis; two daughters, Amy L. Reisch and Beth Lewis; and four grandchildren.

Dr. Mackie, Surgery

Julius Mackie

Dr. Julius A. Mackie, Emeritus Professor of Surgery, died on July 19, of cancer at the age of 75.

Dr. Mackie, was a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina. He earned his medical degree from Penn in 1950 and began his career in medicine at HUP. From 1951-1954 he was an assistant resident, and from 1954-1957 an instructor in surgery. From 1957-1959 he served in the Army Medical Corps and returned to HUP in 1963 as an assistant professor. In 1968 he was promoted to associate professor in surgery. In 1971 he became a professor of surgery and remained in that position until he became emeritus professor in 1993.

Dr. Mackie was a member of the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery, the Eastern Society of Surgery, the Southern Surgical Association, the American College of Surgeons, and the International College of Surgery. He was an officer of the Medical Club of 13. From 1972-1988 he served as the associate editor of the Journal of Trauma. He published over 40 articles in surgical literature, many with Dr. Jonathan Rhoads.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Wheeler Mackie; daughter, Allison; son, Alexander; stepchildren Inez, Gresham, and Andrew O'Malley; and four grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Julius A. Mackie, Jr., Surgical Fund, c/o Angela Wurster, Department of Surgery, HUP, 3400 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Mr. Maciunas, Library

Mr. Vincas Maciunas, a retired Slavic Languages librarian, died on July 20, at the age of 94.

Mr. Maciunas joined the Penn Library in 1949 as a cataloger and classifier, was promoted to a librarian in 1966 and retired from that position in 1978.

He is survived by his wife, Genovaite; two children, Bytas and Algis; four grandchildren; and a brother Algirdas.

Memorial donations may be made to Lietuvos Literaturos Ir Tautosakos Institutui or Draugas-Lithuanian worldwide daily.

Mr. Marion, Museum

Mr. James A. Marion, supervisor of custodial services of the Facilities Department of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, died on June 30, at the age of 60 from complications of lung cancer.

'Mr. Big' or 'Big Jim' as he was known by his co-workers, came to the Museum in 1965 was promoted to supervisor of custodial services in 1982 and held that position at the time of his death.

He is survived by his daughter, Darletta Butler; a life-long companion Barbara Butler; three step daughters, Isa, Verna and Najila; and three grandchildren, Raheem, Nafees and Shafi Mathis.

Ms. Maxwell, President's Office

Ms. Elizabeth (Betty) Maxwell, a former staff member of the President's Office died on July 8, at the age of 82.

Ms. Maxwell began her career at Penn in 1959 as a secretary at Irvine Auditorium. In 1963 she began working as a secretary in the Office of the President and worked there during the presidency of Mr. Meyerson and Dr. Hackney. She was reclassified as an archivist assistant in 1963 and remained in that position until her retirement in 1987.

Ms. Maxwell is survived by her sisters, Mary Louise Schadrer and Susan Janell.

Dr. Shull, Jr., Rehabilitation Medicine

William Shull

Dr. William Henry Shull, Jr., an assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine, and director of neurotrauma rehabilitation in the department of rehabilitation medicine, died on July 11, from malignant melanoma at the age of 42. He was at the home of his parents in Charlotte, North Carolina at the time of his death.

Dr. Shull received his B.A. in neuroscience from Dartmouth College in 1983 and graduated from Duke University School of Medicine in 1987. He served his residencies at Presbyterian Hospital from 1987-1989 and at Graduate Hospital from 1992-1995. In 1994 he became chief resident of rehabilitation medicine at HUP.

He was a lecturer from 1995-1997 and was appointed assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine in 1997, a position he held at the time of his death. Dr. Shull was also appointed director of neurotrama rehabilitation in 1998.

Dr. Shull was a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine, and Rehabilitation, the National Brain Injury Association, the Medical/Scientific Advisory Committee of the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania. He was selected as Teacher of the Year by the residents in the department of rehabilitation medicine in 2000 and 2003.

He is survived by his parents, Dr. William and Barbara Shull; sisters, Betty Shull Butler, Cathy Shull, and Shelley Shull Monroe; and his grandmother, Catherine Neal.

Memorial donations may be made to the Dr. William Shull, Jr. Lectureship in Neurorehabilitation; c/o Ms. Debbie Gaspari, UPHS, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, 5 West Gates, 3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Ms. Sakalas, Library

Ms. Eugenia Sakalas, a retired librarian at Van Pelt Library, died on July 19, at the age of 87.

Ms. Sakalas was hired as a library assistant in 1954. She was promoted to librarian in 1969 and retired from that position in 1982.

Ms. Sakalas is survived by two nieces, Justine and Ingrid Gudenas.

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  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 2, September 2, 2003