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December 5, 2006, Volume 53, No. 14

  • Dr. Bowman, Romance Languages
  • Dr. Creasey, Medicine
  • Dr. Kritchevsky, Vet School & Wistar
  • Dr. Bowman, Romance Languages

    Frank Bowman

    Dr. Frank Paul Bowman, professor emeritus of Romance languages and world-renowned specialist in 19th century French literature, died November 14 at age 79.

    Born in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Bowman earned a B.A. in humanities with a specialization in French in 1949 from Reed College. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1955, having written his dissertation on Irony and the Hero Novel, which dealt with the fiction of Constant, Mérimée, Fromentin, Stendhal and Gobineau.

    Dr. Bowman came to Penn in 1963 as an associate professor of Romance languages. He was promoted to professor in 1966. After serving the University for nearly 30 years, he retired in 1991 but continued to teach and served as the director of Penn’s newly formed French Institute in 1992. He became emeritus in 1995.

    During his tenure at Penn, Dr. Bowman served as the graduate chair of the department from 1975 to 1978, as faculty master for the Modern Languages College House and founded and directed the Penn Exchange with Lyons in 1989.

    Prior to coming to Penn, Dr. Bowman held teaching positions at the University of California, Berkeley, and Reed College. He also served as a visiting professor at the University of British Columbia, Haverford College, Universitè de Paris III, University of Warwick, Universitè de Paris VII and Princeton University.

    Dr. Bowman authored many books and articles with his main interest in romanticism. According to his festschrift, his works focused on several interrelated topics including the links between political and religious thought, the Coppet Group, representations of Christ from the revolution of the fall of the July Monarchy, the socio-political constraints and rhetorical devices of autobiography and utopian philosophies.

    Dr. Bowman received numerous honors throughout his career. He was a two-time Guggenheim fellow (1968-69, 1986-87), recipient of a fellowship from National Endowment for the Humanities (1977-78), and received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1982. He was also nominated to serve on numerous editorial boards including French Forum, Nineteenth-Century French Studies, and Romanticism. In 1992, Dr. Bowman was made an Officier des Palmes Academique by the French government in recognition of his contributions to French studies and noted for his work in 19th century intellectual life and literature.

    Dr. Bowman is survived by a cousin and many close friends. A memorial service will be held December 11 at 7 p.m. at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 2013 Appletree Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

    Dr. Creasey, Medicine

    William Creasey

    Dr. William A. Creasey, clinical pharmacologist and former research professor of pharmacology and pediatrics died August 30 in England. He was 73.

    Dr. Creasey received his B.A., M.A. and D.Phil. in biochemistry from Oxford University with a specialty in biochemical effects of ionizing radiations. He came to Penn in 1976 as a lecturer in the pharmacology department in the School of Medicine. Three years later he was appointed research professor in the same department. He left Penn in 1982.

    Prior to coming to Penn, Dr. Creasey was on the faculty at Yale University. In later years, Dr. Creasey held positions for E.R. Squibb & Sons, Pharmaceuticals/VRG International, Information Ventures, Inc., American Association for Cancer Research, Inc. and served as a consultant.

    An author of numerous works,  Dr. Creasey enjoyed teaching basic and clinical research of cancer chemotherapy and clinical pharmacology.

    Dr. Creasey is survived by his wife, Stella N. Creasey; daughter, Maria Creasey-Baldwin; and two grandchildren, Corbin and Adrien.

    Dr. Kritchevsky, Vet School & Wistar

    William Creasey

    Dr. David Kritchevsky, an internationally recognized expert in the role of dietary fats in heart disease and cancer, died November 20, at age 86.

    Born in Russia, Dr. Kritchevsky earned his B.A. in chemistry and an M.S. in organic chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1939 and 1942, respectively. He was awarded a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Northwestern University in 1948. After a postdoctoral fellowship in Nobel-Prize winner Leopold Ruzicka’s laboratory in Switzerland, in 1948 and 1949, he served as a staff member in the Bio-Organic Group of the Radiation Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, 1950-1952. From 1952 to 1957, he was a staff member at Lederle Laboratories in Pearl River, NY.

     Dr. Kritchevsky joined the faculty at the Wistar Institute in 1957. In 1975, he became associate director of Wistar and served in that position until 1991. He was named Caspar Wistar Scholar at the Institute in 1985.

     Dr. Kritchevsky was as a member of many graduate groups at Penn: molecular biology (1965-1992), serving as chairman from 1972 to 1984; biochemistry (1965-1992) and pathology (1971-1995). He was a professor of biochemistry in surgery at Penn (1972 to 1992), an adjunct professor of biochemistry at the Medical College of Pennsylvania (1988 to 1998), and the Wistar Professor of Biochemistry in the School of Veterinary Medicine at Penn (1966 to 2001). He was professor emeritus of animal biology, Vet/Med. at the time of his death.

    Dr. Kritchevsky authored the first book on cholesterol in 1958 and, in 1981 with O.J. Pollak, the first book on sitosterol, an extract with anti-cholesterol properties found in wheat germ oil, corn oil, and other grain or nut oils. He received many national and international awards during his lifetime, including awards from the University of Graz, the American Heart Association, and from the American Institute of Cancer Research. In 2006, the American Society for Nutrition announced the establishment of the David Kritchevsky Career Achievement Award in Nutrition, to be awarded annually.

     Dr. Kritchevsky was a past president of the American Society of Nutritional Sciences (then known as the American Institute of Nutrition); the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine; and the John Morgan Society. He also served on numerous editorial boards and scientific advisory committees in academia, government, and industry.

     In addition to his distinguished career, he was also noted for his humorous take on life and the scientific enterprise, perhaps expressed best in a series of songs used for teaching about science. Among these were the “Cholesterol Biosynthesis Song,” sung to the tune of “Jingle Bells,” and “If I Had a Big Grant,” sung to the tune of “If I Were a Rich Man,” from Fiddler on the Roof. View videoclip...

    Dr. Kritchevsky is survived by his wife of 58 years, Evelyn; their children, Barbara, Janice and Stephen; and six grandchildren.

     A memorial service will be held on December 9 at 10:30 a.m., Main Line Unitarian Church, 816 S. Valley Forge Road, in Devon, PA. Donations may be made to the David Kritchevsky Memorial Fund, Account #119-3380, at the Bryn Mawr Trust Company, 801 West Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA, 19010.

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