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Ms. Dosker, Penn Museum

Ms. Caroline G. Dosker, former archives research specialist at the Penn Museum, died June 26 at the age of 85.

Ms. Dosker earned her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in 1942 and later did some graduate work at Bryn Mawr College for a year.

In 1949, Ms. Dosker began working at Penn as a student assistant in the Museum’s registrar’s office. Two years later she became assistant registrar. During that time she also served as a field registrar for the Hasanlu Project in Northwest Iran from 1958-1964. In 1981, she became an archives research specialist. After a 35-year career at Penn, she retired in 1986, but continued to serve as a supervisor for the Museum’s volunteers.

Ms. Dosker is survived by her son, David C.; two grandchildren; and a sister, Lauretta Gordon.

Memorial donations can be made to The American Lung Association, 527 Plymouth Road, Suite 403, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462.

Chung-Tao Yang, Mathematics

Chung-Tao Yang

Dr. Chung-Tao Yang, emeritus professor of mathematics and former chairman of the department, died September 15 of cancer. He was 82 years old.

Dr. Yang was born in Pingyang, a small rural village in southeastern China. He graduated at the top of his class in 1946 from Zhejiang University. In the early 1950s he earned his doctorate degree from Tulane.

“In the field of topological transformation groups, Chung-Tao Yang and his longtime collaborator Deane Montgomery of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton were regarded by many as the world’s leaders,” said Dr. Herman Gluck, professor of mathematics.

He taught at the University of Illinois and at Nankai Institute in China and in Taiwan. He became a visiting member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

In 1956 he joined Penn as an assistant professor of mathematics. Two years later he was promoted to associate professor, and became full professor in 1961. In the 1960s, Dr. Yang helped to raise the level of the mathematics department at Penn to international prominence. In the early 1970s he served as its graduate chairman, and from 1978 to 1983 as its chairman.  He earned emeritus status in 1991.

Dr. Yang was an honorary member of Academia Sinica, the most prominent academic institution in Taiwan. He was instrumental in raising funds for a mathematics institute at Zhejiang University.

Dr. Yang is survived by his wife, Agnes; sons, Deane Yang and Kenneth Chang; daughters, Lynne Hamrick and Jeanne Yang; and seven grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that  donations be sent to Tulane University Hurricane Rebuilding Fund, c/o Luann Dozier, 1700 West Loop S., Houston, TX 77027.


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. 52, No. 5, September 27, 2005


September 27, 2005
Volume 52 Number 5


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