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December 19, 2006, Volume 53, No. 16

Dr. Lucid, English

Robert Lucid

Dr. Robert (Bob) Lucid, professor emeritus of English and Faculty Master at Gregory College House, died on December 12 at the age of 76.

Dr. Lucid earned an A.B. from the University of Washington in 1954 and an A.M. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1955 and 1958 respectively. All of his degrees were in English.

Dr. Lucid joined Penn’s English department in 1964 as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 1968 and professor in 1975. He was Chair of the Faculty Senate from 1976-77. He retired in 1996 (Almanac April 2, 1996); for his retirement, he was honored with a colloquium featuring writer Norman Mailer and former U.S. Poet Laureate Richard Wilbur.

At the time of his retirement, Dr. Lucid was serving as the chairman of Penn’s Collegiate Planning Board, the Council of Undergraduate Deans and of the Council in Faculty Residence. Dr. Lucid was also instrumental in establishing the Kelly Writers House. Most recently, he had been serving as the faculty master at Gregory College House. Previously, he had served as the faculty master at Hill College House.

Dr. Lucid taught courses concerning mass-audience literacy and literature in America. His research interests focused on Norman Mailer, about whom he had edited two books. Before he passed away, he was in the process of completing Mr. Mailer’s authorized biography. In recognition of his teaching, Dr. Lucid was awarded the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching (1975) and the Ira Abrams Award (1987). 

Dr. Lucid is survived by his son, John Lucid, his brother, Philip, and his sister, Elizabeth Terhar.

A memorial is being planned for next semester.


Mr. Robinson, Human Resources

Gerald Robinson

Gerald (Jerry) L. Robinson, former executive director of personnel relations, died December 11 at age 73.

Mr. Robinson is a 1954 graduate of the Wharton School and also received an M.S. from GSE in 1966. He joined Penn’s admissions staff in 1957 and then was promoted to vice dean of admissions in 1965. He became director of residence in 1966, dean of men in 1968 and dean of residential life in 1970. In 1971 he became executive director of personnel relations. He held this position until 1982, when he left Penn to work for Educational Advisory Services, International. Dr. Robinson returned to Penn as a part-time professional from 1986 to 1990.

While at Penn, Mr. Robinson headed his alumni class, the Faculty Club Board of Governors (now the University Club), the Friars Senior Society and served on numerous committees.  

Mr. Robinson is survived by his children Susan Malta, Timothy, Patricia Geary and Katherine Robinson; eight grandchildren; and his companion, Melinda Schorr. Donations can be made to the Gerald L. Robinson Memorial Fund (which benefits academic programs at Penn), checks payable to Philadelphia Foundation, 1234 Market St., ste. 1800, Philadelphia PA 19107.

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 record@ben.dev.upenn.edu.

Almanac - December 19, 2006, Volume 53, No. 16