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December 11, 2007, Volume 54, No. 15


Mr. Giandomenico, SEAS
Mr. Miller, SEAS
Ms. Smith, ISC

Mr. Giandomenico, SEAS

Al

Albert (Al) R. Giandomenico, former coordinator of the instructional labs in the department of bioengineering in SEAS, died November 29 after a long illness. He was 60 years old.

Serving at Penn for 28 years, Mr. Giandomenico held his last position from 1996 to 2006, where he worked with hundreds of undergraduate students. He was recognized for his work with the 2002-2003 SEAS Staff Recognition Award.

Previously, Mr. Giandomenico served as a research specialist in the radiation oncology, pulmonary, and surgery departments of the School of Medicine and as a radiation surveyor in Penn’s Office of Radiation Safety. Before coming to Penn, he worked on microcircuits for the Apollo Space Project. Mr. Giandomenico is survived by his father, Albert, and his brother, Robert; and uncles, Robert Giandomenico and John Krantz.

Donations in Mr. Giandomenico’s name may be made to the St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church Endowment Fund, 65 E. Street Road, Feasterville, PA 19053.

 

Mr. Miller, SEAS

Miller

Robert (Bob) R. Miller, a retired instrumentation tech in the department of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics in SEAS, died November 30, at age 66.

A New Jersey native, Mr. Miller served in the Army during the Vietnam War and worked at Penn for 38 years, in the department of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics. Mr. Miller joined SEAS in 1972 as a mechanician and then in 1992, he became a research machinist. He served his last position as an instrumentation tech from 1998 until his retirement in 2006. For his service, Mr. Miller was awarded the SEAS Staff Recognition Award in spring 1994.

Mr. Miller is survived by his wife, Jane and his daughter, Dawn Marie Larsen.

Ms. Smith, ISC

Smith

Margaret Hagans Smith, Information Systems & Computing’s director of Human Resources, died unexpectedly at her home on December 1 at the age of 63.
Ms. Smith started her career in 1986 as a business manager at Temple University and then joined Penn in 1990, holding a number of positions in Business and Finance at the University of Pennsylvania before being appointed director of finance & administration for ISC, a position she held from 1997 to 1998.  She was appointed ISC’s director of human resources in 1998 and was responsible for managing ISC’s employment and human resources generalist functions, as well as for overseeing general administration for ISC, including facilities management of approximately 300,000 square feet of physical space. 

She was born and raised in Camden, New Jersey. She had a BS in business administration from Neumann College, Aston, PA, and an MS in organizational development from Penn.

Her unusual combination of business, finance, human resources, and information systems and computing backgrounds and her ability to rally people from diverse backgrounds placed her in demand as a member of boards and national associations, including the boards of directors of the Domestic Abuse Project (Media, PA), Business & Professional Women (Delaware County, PA), Penn VIPS Scholarship, former treasurer of the Penn Professional Women’s Network, and as a member of the National Association of Female Executives and the National Association of Women of Color.  Additionally, she served on numerous committees dedicated to the enhancement of the development of women and young girls. Ms. Smith was one of the earliest recipients of the University of Pennsylvania’s Women of Color Faculty & Staff Award in recognition of her contributions (Almanac May 24, 1994).

Ms. Smith is survived by her son, Jonathan and two grandchildren. There will be a memorial service held on campus for Ms. Smith. Details will be published in Almanac.

 

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 11, 2007, Volume 54, No. 15