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Memorial Service for Dr. Haugaard

The University community is invited to a Memorial Service for Dr. Niels Haugaard, emeritus professor of pharmacology, who died on January 15, at the age of 83 (Almanac March 16, 2004). The Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, May 13, at 3 p.m. in the Austrian Auditorium, Clinical Research Building, Curie Boulevard.

Dr. Davenport, Anthropology

W. Davenport

Dr. William H. Davenport, professor emeritus of anthropology and curator emeritus of the Pacific Section of the Penn Museum, died of leukemia at the age of  82, on  March 12.

Dr. Davenport exhibited an extraordinary range of personal experiences and professional achievements. He grew up in Cucamonga, California. He studied commercial art and photography for a year (1939-40) at the Art Center School in Los Angeles. In World War II, he served in the United States Merchant Marine and the U.S. Navy, criss-crossing the Pacific Ocean and acquiring an intimate knowledge of such areas as Hawaii, Guadalcanal in the Solomons, New Guinea, Samoa, and Tahiti. After the war, he served in Shanghai as adviser to the Chinese merchant marine, and then ran a shipping enterprise in the Pacific area and a photography business. 

In 1952, he earned a B.A. at the University of Hawaii, specializing in oriental philosophy and anthropology. He chose to make his training at Yale exceptionally wide (going beyond anthropology into psychology and sociology). He earned his Ph.D. there in 1956, and stayed to teach until 1963, when he joined the anthropology department and the Penn Museum. He spent almost his entire career at Penn  (with a three-year interruption  at the University of California, Santa Cruz).  He also held visiting  professorships at Wesleyan, Bryn Mawr, and the University of Hawaii, and  in 1971-72 he was a fellow at the Center for Advanced  Study in the Behavioral Sciences, in Palo Alto, California.

Dr. Davenport held a variety  of professional service positions. He was on the Council of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. (1976-84), and was an Associate at the Bishop Museum in Hawaii (1953-60, 1980-2004). He was advisor to the Ford Foundation in Malaysia in 1974.

Dr. Davenport's research contributions were wide, and widely admired  both in anthropology and in other fields. He was the author of four books and monographs, and of some 60 articles. Over the years, he did fieldwork in Jamaica (1955), with the Iroquois in New York state,  the Santa Cruz Islands and Guadalcanal (in the Solomon Islands), in the Moluccas and Sulawesi (in Indonesia), and in Sarawak (in Malaysia)Nine many cases returning to the sites several times. His favorite topics for study were social organization and primitive art, but his research and publications ranged over such topics as archeology, Hawaiian history, Caribbean societies, primitive navigation, social movements,  religion and ritual, linguistics, economics, sexuality, musicology, culture change, and psychology. Aside from research, his time was devoted to teaching and  Museum work (he designed the permanent Pacific gallery at the Museum).

He is survived by his sister, Mary Yohalem, two nieces, Jennifer and Deborah Salt, and a great nephew, Jonah Greenberg.

Later in the spring, a memorial service will be held at the Penn Museum. His papers will be deposited at Penn, in the Museum archives.

--Dr. Igor Kopytoff, professor of anthropology

Dr. Inselbag, Wharton

Dr. Isik Inselbag,  a long-time faculty member and administrator at the Wharton School, died of heart disease at his home in Ardmore on March 12 at the age of 58.

A native of Turkey, Dr. Inselbag earned his bachelor's degree from Robert College in Istanbul and his doctorate from Columbia University. After serving on the faculty of SUNY Binghamton and Columbia, Dr. Inselbag returned to Istanbul as a professor and Dean of Students at Bogazici University.

In 1982, he joined Wharton as a member of the finance faculty. He served in several key administrative leadership positions, including director of the Executive MBA Program (1987-91), and vice dean and director of the Graduate Division (1992-95). Since 1995, Dr. Inselbag had returned to teaching and research as a senior fellow of Wharton's Financial Institutions Center and academic course director and student advisor for the Finance Department.  

Dean Patrick Harker, said of Dr. Inselbag, "Isik was instrumental in the design and launch of pioneering curriculum reforms in the MBA program during the 1990s. Yet he will be best remembered as a dedicated faculty colleague, a mentor to fellow administrators, and a tireless advocate for and caring teacher of thousands of Wharton students."

As a tribute to Dr. Inselbag, Wharton has instituted the Inselbag Scholarship to be given to a first-year M.B.A. student who is outstanding in leadership, teamwork, scholarship, and service.

Dr. Inselbag was an expert in corporate finance and financial management, and consulted in that capacity to a number of corporations and institutions around the world. He also served as a founding trustee of Sabanci University in Istanbul, helping to guide the formation of one of the most prominent private universities in Turkey.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Cagla, and son Mehmet.

Funeral services took place in Istanbul. A memorial service will be held at Jon M. Huntsman Hall at Wharton on April 14 at 4:30 p.m.

The family asks that memorial donations be made to The Isik Inselbag Scholarship Fund at Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey. Donations can be sent to Robert College of Istanbul, Office of the Board of Trustees, 276 Fifth Avenue, Suite 905, New York, NY, 10001-4509.

Dr. von Vorys, Political Science

Dr. Karl von Vorys, professor of political science, died on March 31. On the faculty at Penn for over four decades, he taught courses on American foreign policy, Western European politics, presidential elections, and media and politics.

An obituary will appear in next week's Almanac.


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. 28, April 6, 2004