Dr. Atkins, Otorhinolaryngology
Dr. Joseph P. Atkins, Jr., clinical
professor and vice chair of Otorhinolaryngology and Head
and Neck Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital and executive director
of the Penn Center for Voice, died on January 19 at the age
of 63. "This is such a tremendous loss for Penn Medicine," said
Dr. Arthur H. Rubenstein, Executive Vice President of the University
of Pennsylvania for the Health System and Dean of the School
of Medicine. "Over the past 30 years Dr. Atkins was
consistently a major contributor--as a clinician and an educator--to
success of Pennsylvania Hospital."
Dr. Atkins received his B.S. in 1962
and graduated from Penn's Medical School in 1966. After
a residency at Johns Hopkins University, he joined the Penn
faculty. Since joining Pennsylvania Hospital and the Penn faculty
in 1974, Dr. Atkins had been a mentoring and teaching role
model, positively affecting hundreds of young interns, residents,
During his career he was awarded
the American Cancer Society's Humanitarian Award, the Resident
Teaching Award from the School of Medicine, and the Jacob Ehrenzeller
Award for Achievement and Service in Medicine.
His major contributions to the field
of Otorhinolaryngology include his pioneering development of
CO2 lasers and CO2 laser bronchoscopes, and the use of endoscopic
sinus surgery for the management of sinus disease. Dr. Atkins
worked with the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders
Center, and the Joan Karnell Cancer Center. He also held a
faculty appointment as adjunct clinical professor at Thomas
Jefferson University from 1990-2000.
Dr. Atkins' father, M '34, Dr. Joseph
Preston Atkins, had been the chair of the department of Broncho-Esophagology
at the School of Medicine.
Dr. Atkins is survived by his wife
of 38 years, Maureen Atkins; sons Joseph P. III, Timothy C.;
daughters Elizabeth A. Kaminetz and Kathleen A. Atkins; his
sister, Barbara Noon, four brothers, John Atkins, Steven Atkins,
Dr. William Atkins, and Dr. Robert Atkins, and five grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made
in his name to Mount St. Mary's College, Biology Dept. c/o:
Office of Development, 16300 Old Emmitsburg Road, Emmitsburg,
Cooper, Dental School
Carol Bonjernoor Cooper, coordinator in Graduate Education
and Division for Advanced Dental Education, died on January
16 at the age of 56 at home.
was a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from the
dental assistant program at Grand Rapids Junior College. She
joined Penn in 1989 as an administrative assistant in the School
of Dental Medicine and in 1992, Mrs. Cooper became the coordinator
of the Division for Advanced Dental Education at the School
of Dental Medicine and was involved with the School's community
oral-health outreach programs.
is survived by her husband, Richard; a daughter, Jessica; son,
Jason; her parents, Edward and Frances Bonjernoor; two sisters;
and two brothers.
donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation,
125 S. Ninth St., Philadelphia, PA 19107.
The University community is invited
to a memorial service for Susan Peterson-Pace, office coordinator
for the Office of the Vice Provost for University Life, who
died on December 19 at the age of 48 (Almanac January
13, 2004). The memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February
3, at 4 p.m., in Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall.
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