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Assistant Dean Leslie, Social Work

O. Leslie

Former Assistant Dean of Social Work, Orneice Dorsey Leslie, MSW '71, died on December 31, at the age of 68 of a brain tumor.

Mrs. Leslie received a bachelor's degree in business from Lincoln University in 1956, and an MSW from Penn in 1971. She was Assistant Dean in Academic Advising at Social Work from 1973 until 1986. She became director of admissions in the School of Social Work in 1987 and remained there until she retired. She was the faculty leader for the School's Study Abroad program and taught in the program at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. She retired in 2001 and served as a consultant until 2003.

Mrs. Leslie was a founding Board member of the African American Resource Center--which was established in 1989--and she continued to serve on AARC's Board for many years. She was also co-chair of the Women's Center Advisory Board, where she advocated increased benefits for women and campus safety. In 1999 she received the Helen O. Dickens Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women of Color for her " with and for the African American community in particular, the special needs of girls and women of color have consistently been at the forefront of her campus work beyond her responsibilities at the School of Social Work. She was one of the greatest advocates for the establishment of an African American Resource Center." The Award also noted, "Her leadership style is one of inclusion, respectful debate, and action. She has been an advocate for change in relation to University policy development and other aspects of Penn's culture on behalf of all women students (undergraduate, graduate/professional), faculty, and staff." She also received the School's Alumni Association's Award for Outstanding Service to the School and the profession. The Association of Women Faculty and Administrators honored her with the Leonore Rowe Williams Award in 1999.

She was a founding member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Alliance of Black Social Workers, Community Program Developers, Inc., Fresh Start and the African American Association at the University. She was also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

She is survived by her husband, Robert E. Leslie, Sr.; daughter, Valerie Dorsey Allen (AARC director); five stepchildren, Gail, Robert, Jr., Gerald, Diane and Verna Leslie; two grandchildren; five step grandchildren; and five siblings.

Donations may be made to Freedom Theatre, 1346 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA, 19121.


Mrs. Peterson-Pace, Office of VPUL

S. Peterson-Pace

Mrs. Susan Peterson-Pace, office coordinator for the Office of the Vice Provost for University Life, died on December 19, at the age of 48 of lung cancer.

Mrs. Peterson-Pace joined Penn in 1972 as a file clerk in the Student Financial Aid Department. From 1973-1980 she worked in the department of oral medicine at the School of Dental Medicine and then at CHOP. She left Penn in 1980 to work at Colonial Penn Life Insurance Company. She returned to Penn in 1981 as a receptionist in the Office of the Vice Provost for University Life, where she was promoted to business administrator in 1988 and then to office coordinator in 1996.

Throughout her career at Penn, Mrs. Peterson-Pace participated in many programs and activities at Penn. She was the administrative coordinator for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, a VPUL coordinator for the annual Penn's Way campaign, and a member of the Women of Color Planning Committee, the African American Association, the Black Senior Awards Committee and the Association of Business Administrators.

Mrs. Peterson-Pace is survived by her husband, Raymond Pace, Sr.; daughters, Hope and Lacy; son Raymond, Jr.; four grandchildren; mother, Evelyn Peterson; two sisters and two brothers. A memorial service will be held on campus later this month.


Dr. Rubinoff, CIS Pioneer

Dr. Morris Rubinoff, emeritus professor of computer and information science, died on December 11, at the age of 86 of complications from cancer.

A native of Toronto, Dr. Rubinoff received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto. He joined Harvard University in 1946 as a physics instructor and fellow. In 1948 he joined the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton where he helped in the design of an electronic digital computer.

He joined Penn in 1950 as a research assistant, became an assistant professor in 1951 and was promoted to associate professor in 1954. From 1957 to 1959 while on leave, he was chief engineer for computers at Philco Corp. and during that time the company sent him to Europe and Israel to speak to schools and companies about advances in computer technology. Dr. Rubinoff was an inventor who held several patents involving computer technology. In the 1950s he helped design and develop the modern simulated-flight trainer. In 1964 he became professor of computer and information science. He directed the Chemical Engineering Calculating System in the early 1970s, which was jointly administered by the School of Chemical Engineering and the Information Systems Laboratory of the Moore School of Engineering. The system was being created for computer simulation and design of industrial  chemical  manufacturing. Dr. Rubinoff became emeritus professor in 1984.

Dr. Rubinoff was a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and belonged to many professional organizations including the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Weinberg Rubinoff; sons, David and Robert; and four grandchildren.


To Report A Death

Almanac appreciates being informed of the deaths of current and former faculty and staff members, students, and other members of the University community.

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



  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 17, January 13, 2004