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Ms. Hipp, College Houses

Ms. Letitia D. L. Hipp, administrative assistant for the Office of College Houses and Academic Services, died on September 29, at the age of 56.

Ms. Hipp joined Penn in 1989 as a secretary in the Office of Residential Living. She transferred to her most recent position in 1997 where she worked as an administrative assistant in the College House offices. She was a participant in community programs including Women of Color Day, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative celebrations, and Penn's Workplace Mentoring Program. She also spearheaded a Christmas toy and clothing drive for Saint Mary's Family Respite Center.

She is survived by her daughter, Dedoriad Servance; and two sons.


Mrs. Koether, Board of Trustees Vice Chairwoman

Natalie Koether

Mrs. Natalie Koether, Board of Trustees Vice Chairwoman, died on October 3, at the age of 63, of heart failure.

Mrs. Koether, a Penn alumna, graduated from Penn's College for Women in 1961, and received her law degree in 1965 from Penn's Law School. After Law School, she became the first female lawyer at Morgan Lewis and Bochius. She then established the firm of Koether and Harris, which became Koether, Harris and Hoffman and then Keck Mahin Cate in New York City. She was the partner-in-charge until she left the firm in 1994.

Mrs. Koether became president of Pure World Inc., in Hackensack, NJ, in 1995 and served as an executive with Kent Financial Services of Bedminster and counsel to the New York law firm of KMZ Rosenman.

Mrs. Koether had served the University in many capacities since she graduated. She had been a trustee since 1989, was Charter Trustee & Vice Chair of the Board. She chaired the Academic Policy Committee until last year and chaired the Subcommittee on Proxy Voting. She was Chair Emerita for the Board of Overseers of the School of Arts and Sciences, and a former member of the Board of Overseers of the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. She was a founding member of the Trustees' Council of Penn Women and the University Committee for Undergraduate Financial Aid.

In 1997, she established an endowed scholarship in SAS. In 1989, she endowed a chair in SAS in honor of her high school English teacher, the late Catherine Bryson (Ed'22, G'47).

She had supported a variety of other areas at the University, including the Law School and the Perelman Quadrangle.

She is survived by her husband Paul; a daughter Jennifer Healey; a sister, Marilyn Todisco, and a grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be sent to the Natalie I. Koether Scholarship Fund at the University of Pennsylvania, c/o Joanne Hanna, 633 Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6285.

A memorial service will be held on campus later this fall; details will be announced.


Dr. Stine, Dental School

Dr. John H. Stine, a retired assistant professor in the School of Dental Medicine, died on September 28, at the age of 91.

Dr. Stine was a 1934 graduate of the School of Dental Medicine and began teaching at Penn in 1935. He was an assistant professor of Oral Medicine until 1980. Additionally, he set up a private practice in Bryn Mawr which he moved to Villanova in the 1960s and maintained until he retired in 1988. He also served in the Navy during the Korean War as part of the Dental Corps in Europe.

He is survived by nine grandchildren; and one brother. Memorial donations may be made to the University of Pennsylvania Oral Medicine Clinic, 240 S. 40th St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.

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However, notices of alumni deaths should be directed to the Alumni Records Office at Room 545, Franklin Building, (215) 898-8136 or



  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 8, October14, 2003