Dr. Stark, Anatomy
Dr. Freddy Stark, an instructor in gross anatomy and histology at the School of Medicine, died on March 7, at the age of 48.
Dr. Stark came to Penn as a graduate student research fellow in anatomy, working in the laboratory of Dr. Vivianne T. Nachmias. An expert in electron microscopy analysis, he became a teaching assistant in 1984. He earned a Ph.D. in anatomy (now cell and developmental biology) in 1989 and after a year of postdoctoral work, he was appointed instructor, in 1992, teaching gross anatomy and histology and neuroanotomy to first year medical students, a position he held until his death.
Dr. Stark was well known for the Sunday review meetings of gross anatomy that he had started with some medical students several years ago. It quickly grew to 80-100 students for a two-four hour weekly session. He developed the book, Start Exploring “Gray’s Anatomy”: a Fact-Filled Coloring Book (Running Press Book Publishers, 1991) geared toward children of all ages to help them understand the concepts of the human body.
Dr. Stark was also an accomplished martial arts practitioner. He held black belts in judo, karate, and ju jitsu from the U.S. Martial Arts Association. The Association inducted him into the U.S. Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2003. Beginning in 1986, he was the head instructor of Penn’s Martial Arts Club, Chu Do Kwan, and South Central Tae Kwan Do Association.
In memory of Dr. Stark’s generosity of spirit, two prizes in his name have been established: the Dr. Freddy Stark Award for Gross Anatomy, established in 2005 by friends and colleagues and awarded at graduation, and the Dr. Freddy Stark Award for Teaching Excellence, awarded annually to the best teaching assistant selected by medical students.
In addition, the Penn Martial Arts Club and his students are seeking to dedicate the lawn outside of Goddard Laboratories in his name and to his memory as he taught and practiced martial arts on these grounds for 16 years.
He is survived by his wife Margaret (Peggy) M. Yetter, IT project leader in ISC Networking & Telecommunications.
A memorial at the School of Medicine is planned for Thursday, March 31 at 5 p.m. in the Austrian Auditorium, CRB. Donations in Dr. Stark’s memory may be made to the Abramson Cancer Center, or to the Freddy Stark Award program in cell & developmental biology.
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Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 25, March 22, 2005
March 22, 2005
Volume 51 Number 25