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November 18, 2008, Volume 55, No. 13

Ms. Shoemaker, Finance & Treasurer

Thelma Shoemaker, a retired assistant in the Office of the Vice President and Treasurer, passed away October 27. She was 106 years old.
A native of Philadelphia, Ms. Shoemaker was born September 25, 1902. She was the oldest known member of Penn’s 25-year Club. Ms. Shoemaker began her career at Penn in 1939 as a bookkeeper and then worked as an assistant to Vice President for Finance Harold Manley (Almanac September 19, 2006), at which time she handled government contracts. After retiring in 1968, she continued working part-time at Penn until 1973.

Since 1990, Ms. Shoemaker had been living in Peterborough, New Hampshire to be near her family. She was a member of a bowling league until she was 95 and would also keep score for them. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Boston Cane, presented to the oldest resident of Peterborough.

Ms. Shoemaker is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and Norman R. dePuy; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and six nieces and nephews.

Memorial Service: Dr. Kohler

A memorial service for Dr. Ellen Kohler, Museum researcher, archivist, conservator, curator, and editor will be held on Monday, December 15, at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, in the Rainey Auditorium, at 5 p.m. The service will be followed by refreshments in the Museum Cafe.

Dr. Kohler died on November 3 at 91 years of age (Almanac November 11, 2008).

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 - November 18, 2008, Volume 55, No. 13