Mr. Ballam, Jr., Trustee
Ballam, Jr., honorary trustee, and retired president and
CEO of Fidelcor, Inc. and The Fidelity Bank, died of heart
failure on November 13, at the age of 84.
Jr., a native of Philadelphia, attended Wharton Evening
School in 1941 receiving a certificate of proficiency in
business. He then served in World War II beginning in 1941
in the Quartermaster Corps of the U.S. Air Force and was
commissioned a second lieutenant in 1943. He was discharged
in 1946 as a captain. Mr. Ballam returned to Penn and received
his B.A. from CGS in 1950. He then served his country again,
as a captain in the Air Research and Development Command
during the Korean War, 1951-1952. He completed the Stonier
Graduate School of Banking, Rutgers University in 1955,
the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School
in 1959, and the National Trust School at Northwestern
Fidelity-Philadelphia Trust Company (now Fidelity Bank)
as a messenger in 1936 and occupied various positions in
the Investment Division, 1938-1954. In 1955 he was elected
assistant to the president, and held successively important
positions until he was elected president in 1971 and became
CEO in 1975. He occupied similar positions in Fidelcor,
Inc., until he retired in 1978.
In a resolution
passed by the Trustees at their February 2001 meeting,
when he resigned from the Board, Mr. Ballam, Jr. was designated
an honorary trustee and was cited for:
"Demonstrating outstanding commitment as
a Penn Trustee for 32 years, he was a member of the
Executive, Audit, and Long-Range Planning Committees and
is an Emeritus member of the Budget and Finance Committee.
He brought further strength and stability to Penn as a
member of its Investment Board. A Medical Center Trustee
for 23 years, he was also Chairman of the Trustee Board
of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for 15
years and led the Board's Development Committee as Chairman
Emeritus. Always concerned with improving the lot of those
in need, he also served as Chair of the Overseers of the
School of Social Work. With boundless enthusiasm and generosity
of spirit, he committed himself to Penn even further as
President of the General Alumni Society. As early as 1968,
a year after receiving the Wharton Evening School Distinguished
Award of Merit, he was given Penn's highest accolade, the
Alumni Award of Merit."
ended with the statement, "We
have admired his steadfast commitment to Penn and convey
our profound gratitude to Samuel Ballam for the many years
of wisdom, guidance and selfless action he has provided."
He is survived
by his son, Samuel H. Ballam, III; daughter-in-law, Susan;
daughter, Barbara Ballam Stephens, CW '68, son-in-law,
Richard B. Stephens, C '68, G '68; and four grandsons,
David C. Ballam, John F. Ballam, Andrew J. Ballam, Benjamin
Stephens; and a granddaughter, Elizabeth Stephens.
service will be held on Saturday, November 22, at 11 a.m.
at the Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, followed by
Dr. Bodde, Chinese Studies
Bodde, emeritus professor of Chinese Studies, died on November
3, at the age of 94.
was born in Massachusetts, and spent three years in China
as a boy where his father taught. He received his A.B.
in English from Harvard in 1930 and earned his Ph.D. in
Chinese Studies from Leiden University, the Netherlands,
in 1938. He began teaching at Penn that same year as an
instructor and became a professor of Chinese Studies in
1950, remaining here until he retired in 1975. He served
in World War II, first with the Research and Analysis Division
of the Office of Strategic Services and later with the
Office of War Information. During that time, he continued
to return to Penn to lecture students in the Army Special
Training Program on China.
He was in
Beijing, 1948-1949, as the first Fulbright Scholar, where
he viewed first-hand the revolution and kept a diary that
became Peking Dairy: A Year of Revolution (Henry
Schuman, 1950) considered one of the best eyewitness accounts
of the fall of the Kuomintang and the establishment of
the Communist government in Beijing.
was a prolific writer with 14 books, 100 articles and 90
reviews covering subjects including philosophical and religious
thought, folklore and festivals, history and social institution,
literature and law. Some of his most influential books
are Tolstoy and China, and the first volume of Fung
Yu-lan's A History of Chinese Philosophy (1937).
His last major work was Chinese Thought Society
and Science (1991).
1980-1981, Dr. Bodde taught at Georgetown as a Distinguished
was a member of the American Philosophical Society, the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences and served as president
of the American Oriental Society. He received the Distinguished
Scholarship Award from the Association of Asian Studies
in 1995 in which it cited a line from the Analects of
Confucius: "Assiduous in the Pursuit of Learning;
Tireless in the Teaching of Others."
He is survived
by his daughter-in-law, Trix; and two grandchildren, Jennifer
Dr. Gasic, Pathology
Dr. Gabriel Jose Gasic, professor emeritus
of pathology, died on November 1 at the age of 91.
Dr. Gasic was born in Punta Arenas, Chile
and earned a doctorate in medicine from the University
of Chile in Santiago at the age of 22. In 1965 he immigrated
with his family to the U.S. and became a professor of pathology
at Penn, where he remained until 1985. He then joined
the Pennsylvania Hospital as a cancer researcher until
1992 at which time he retired.
He is survived by his wife, Tatiana; sons,
Vladimir, Gregory Andrei, Miguel and Gabriel.
Dr. Heiberger, Career Services
Dr. Mary Morris Heiberger,
who provided career advice and assistance to thousands
of graduate students, died on November 10, at her
home in Chestnut Hill at the age of 57. She had been ill
for some time with ovarian cancer. Until this fall, she
served as associate director of Career Services, where
she had worked since 1976.
Dr. Heiberger was born
in Cincinnati, Ohio, graduated from Oberlin College in
1968, and received a master's and an Ed.D. from Harvard.
at junior high schools in Massachusetts, Dr. Heiberger,
and her husband, Richard, moved to Philadelphia. For most
of her 27 years here, she worked in Career Services, coordinating
and providing career services to master's, doctoral and
postdoctoral students for nine of Penn's schools.
instrumental in the development and administration of the
University's Alternative Careers Program for Ph.D.s, which
ran 1980-1984. She was the author, with her long-time colleague
Julia Miller Vick, of The Academic Job Search Handbook,
now in its third edition, and with Ms. Vick and April Vahle
Hamel, of The Graduate School Funding Handbook,
both published by the Penn Press. In addition, since 1998
she co-wrote with Ms. Vick a monthly Career Talk column
for the online edition of The Chronicle of Higher
Her dedication to graduate
students motivated Dr. Heiberger to co-found, with Ms.
Vick and Ms. Hamel, the Graduate Career Consortium 15 years
ago, in order to bring together career services' professionals
who provide services to graduate students at the nation's
research institutions and to encourage those institutions
not offering such services to provide them. She also served
on the board of Sciences Next Wave, and on the Advisory
Board of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation's "Re-envisioning
the Ph.D." initiative.
is survived by her husband, Richard, and daughter, Sara.
can be made in her name to the Morris Arboretum, 100 Northwestern
Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118.
service will be held on Thursday, December 4, at 4 p.m.
in 200 College Hall.
Mr. Messina, Van Pelt Library
James "Tony" Messina, a bibliographic
assistant in post-cataloging at the University libraries,
died on October 4, at the age of 62.
Bishop Neumann High School in South Philadelphia. Mr. Messina started as a library
stacks attendant in the medical library in
1973, became a library clerk at the University Libraries in
1974, and was appointed bibliographic assistant in the
Post-Cataloging department of the University Libraries
in May of 1989. In May of 1994 he was recognized as an
employee of "dedicated service" to the University Libraries;
he had been working in Van Pelt Library for 20 years at
Dr. Vauclain, Music
Dr. A. Constant Vauclain, emeritus professor
of music, died on November 4 at the age of 95 from complications
from liver cancer.
W '30, returned to Penn to
complete his Ph.D. in composition in 1947, following studies
in composition with Rosario Scalero at the Curtis Institute
of Music. He then joined Penn's faculty that year
as an assistant professor, teaching undergraduate
and graduate music theorists and composers until his retirement
in 1979. He also held teaching positions at the Curtis
Institute of Music and at Princeton, and founded the music
theory program at The New School of Music, now part of
Temple's Esther Boyer College of Music. He developed a
harmonic system called "syntonality" that he felt would
open up new expressive paths to musicians. He is survived
by his daughter, Lisa.
Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 13,
November 18, 2003