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Brett DuBois, Audit and Compliance

B. DuBois

Brett J. DuBois, an internal auditor in the Office of Audit and Compliance, died suddenly at his home on January 5, at the age of 30.

Mr. DuBois was a 1991 graduate of Monsignor Bonner High School, and received his B.S. in accounting from the University of Scranton in 1995. Before he came to Penn, Mr. DuBois worked for The Vanguard Group and Consolidated Rail Corporation  as an auditor.

Mr. DuBois began working at Penn in 2002 as an internal auditor and was promoted to an internal audit specialist in 2003, a title he held at the time of his death.  He served as an internal auditor for both Penn and Penn Medicine audit teams. "He was a key member of the Penn Audit and Compliance team and highly regarded by members of the Penn Community. Brett's death was a tragic event and he will be sorely missed in the Penn Community and by his colleagues in the Office of Audit and Compliance," said Rick Whitfield, Vice President, Audit and Compliance.

Mr. DuBois was pursuing a master's degree at GSE at the time of his death.

He is survived by his parents, William J. and Arlene Ridgway DuBois; three sisters, Renee Rosica, Geralyn Lazer and Holly Jenzano; and two brothers, William and Kenneth.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1615 West Chester Pike, Suite 200, West Chester, PA 19382.


Dr. Martin Goldberg, Psychiatry

M. Goldberg

Dr. Martin Goldberg, clinical professor of psychiatry and emeritus chairman of what is now the Council for Relationships (originally known as  The Marriage Council of Philadelphia), died on January 27, at the age of 79 from complications from Parkinson's disease.

Dr. Goldberg earned a bachelor's degree from the College of Pharmacy and Science, now the University of the Sciences. He served in the Army during World War II and earned his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University after his discharge from the Army.  He interned at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and completed a residency in psychiatry at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Coatesville.

In 1968 he became assistant clinical professor in psychiatry and was promoted to associate clinical professor of psychiatry in 1972. In 1984 he was promoted to clinical professor of psychiatry and remained in that position until 2000.

From 1983 to 1997 he was the director of The Marriage Council of Philadelphia. Under his leadership the Council for Relationships  grew into what is today ten locations throughout the greater Philadelphia area. Dr. Goldberg was appointed chairman emeritus in 1997.  He was also a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Dr. Goldberg is survived by his wife, Christine Voegtle Goldberg; daughters, Helen and Anne Duckett; a son, Laurence; two sisters; and five grandchildren.


Dr. Daniela Santoli, Wistar Institute

D. Santoli

Dr. Daniela Santoli, a professor in the Immunology Program at The Wistar Institute and member of Penn's Cancer Center and Graduate Immunology Group, died on January 23, of ovarian cancer at the age of  56.

After earning her Ph.D. at the University of Rome, Dr. Santoli was recruited as a postdoctoral fellow to The Wistar Institute in 1972 by Dr. Hilary Koprowski, Wistar's former director.  Her initial research at Wistar was on the virological aspects of multiple sclerosis and later the immunology of this disease. Her research evolved over time to target cancer and the defenses mounted against it by the immune system. Her passion and the focus of her research over the past 15 years involved using transplanted TALL-104 immune cells to treat a variety of cancers. This work was carried out with colleagues Drs. Sophie Visonneau and Alessandra Cesano, both of whom trained in her laboratory.  The team discovered that TALL-104 cells had a remarkable ability to recognize and selectively kill cancer cells in animals, and much of her recent work focused on developing ways to apply this system to human cancers. The therapy has been shown to have potential applications against many kinds of human cancers, with its greatest promise appearing to rest in killing off cancer cells that remain after surgery or chemotherapy. Human clinical trials of TALL-104 cells are currently under way in Europe.

Dr. Louise C. Showe, an associate professor in Wistar's Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis Program, and a long-time colleague said, "Dr. Santoli was a valued colleague at Wistar for more than 30 years. Her whole scientific career took place here, from post-doctoral fellow to Wistar professor."

 She was also deeply involved with investigators at Penn on developing the clinical applications of TALL-104 cells.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Giovanni Rovera, a pathologist and former professor and director of The Wistar Institute, whom she met at Wistar and married in 1979. She is also survived by their three daughters Stefania, Gabriella, and Julia; her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Giulio Santoli of Rome, Italy; and her siblings Mariella, Giovanna, and Pasquale, who also reside in Italy.

Memorial donations for cancer research may be made in her name to the Wistar Institute, 3601 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.


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  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 20, February 3, 2004