Mr. John (Jack) P. Mulroney, CH '57, GCH '59, SEAS Overseer, former Trustee, and retired president and COO of Rohm and Haas, died on September 24 at the age of 68.
During his 40-year career at Rohm and Haas which began in 1958, Mr. Mulroney helped to develop the propylene oxidation research process used to make acrylic acid monomers. In 1971, he became assistant general manager for the company's Italian subsidiary, and in 1977 he became the European Regional Director. In the 1980s Mr. Mulroney became vice president of technology, then group vice president and corporate business director. In 1982 he was elected a member of the Board of Directors, then president and chief operating officer in 1986. He held that position for 12 years before retiring in December 1998. Mr. Mulroney was also executive director of the Opera Company of Philadelphia from 1999 to 2003.
Mr. Mulroney was a Trustee of the University from 1986-1991, has been on the SEAS Board of Overseers since 1983 and served as Chair of the Board from 1986-1994. Over the years, Mr. Mulroney has provided significant support to both the University and the School through contributions to such funds as, the Arthur E. Humphrey Endowed Chair, the Joseph Bordogna Professorship, the Chemical Engineering Lab Fund, and to Skirkanich Hall for Bioengineering. He provided direct support to Penn students through the Agnes and Jack Mulroney Endowed Scholarship, initiated in 2002.
He was designated an Outstanding Undergraduate, member of Sigma Tau Honor Society. He received the Engineering Alumni Society's highest honor, the D. Robert Yarnall Award in 1987 for outstanding contribution in the field of engineering to society, and was awarded the Alumni Award of Merit in 2002.
Mr. Mulroney was also very involved in the Philadelphia community through the William Penn Foundation, the Academy of Natural Science, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and the Pennsylvania Roundtable.
He is survived by his wife, Agnes, CW '57; daughters Kathleen, Carolyn, C '82, Christine, Kelly, C '90; and son Andrew.
Ms. Anderson-Purvy, GIC
Ms. Tiffany Anderson-Purvy, the administrative assistant at the Greenfield Intercultural Center, died on September 23 at the age of 29 from complications during surgery.
Ms. Anderson-Purvy began working at Penn in 1996 as an administrative assistant at the Greenfield Intercultural Center, a position she held until her death. She was the fund-raising chair for Women of Color and served on the Technology Committee for the Vice Provost of University Life. "For eight years she helped run the center with warmth, compassion, and a wonderful sense of humor. Students loved working at the center in large part due to the care and support they received from Tiffany. She will be dearly missed," said Valerie De Cruz, director of GIC.
She is survived by her son, Caelan Isiah Purvy; parents, Martha and Hamilton Anderson; three brothers, LeRoy Cooper, Hamilton Jr. and Napoleon; and grandmother, Minnie Hall.
Mrs. Flowers, Dining Services
Mrs. Addie Flowers, a manager with Dining Services, died on September 24, at the age of 58.
Mrs. Flowers was a long-time employee of Dining Services. Beginning in 1967 as a bus person, was promoted to cashier in 1969 and became a unit manager in 1979. In 1983 she was promoted to manager. She was also Vice President of the Dining Services Union, Local 54 of AFSCME.
"First and foremost were Addie's goals for the workers at Penn. She had helped found the local chapter of AFSCME and had a goal to become a national leader of the Union. By definition, Addie as AFSCME Vice-President and I as Director had an adversarial relationship as it regards to Union/Management discipline and grievance. Addie took her job very seriously...," said Donald Jacobs, retired executive director of hospitality services.
She is survived by her husband, Nathaniel; daughter, Tanya; and son, Nathaniel Jr.
Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 6, October 5, 2004
October 5, 2004
Volume 51 Number 6