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July 14, 2009, Volume 56, No. 01

Dr. Edwards, Penn Museum


Dr. G. Roger Edwards, professor emeritus of classical archaeology and curator emeritus, passed away June 9 at age 94.

Dr. Edwards received a BA from Bowdoin College in 1935. He studied classical archeology in graduate school, earning a MA from Johns Hopkins University in 1937 and a PhD from Penn in 1939. He also received an honorary MA degree in 1971 from Penn.

After working at Bowdoin College Museum and conducting excavations in Greece, Dr. Edwards joined the Penn faculty and the Mediterranean section of the Penn Museum in 1950. During his 30 year tenure at Penn, his primary interest was in the Hellenistic period, particularly in pottery. His principle field work and research was in Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and Italy.

Dr. Edwards is survived by his nieces, Carol and Antoinette; and cousin, Donald Edwards.

There will be a memorial gathering Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 1 p.m. at Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum.  A reception will follow.  Call (215) 898-2680 for more information. 



Dr. Escoll, Psychiatry

Dr. Philip J. Escoll, clinical professor of psychiatry in the School of Medicine, and retired psychoanalyst, passed away June 21 at age 81.

Dr. Escoll served on the department of psychiatry’s clinical faculty from 1961 to 2004. He published widely on psychoanalytic topics, including adolescence, the treatment of young adults and the central role of empathy in psychotherapeutic process. He also had a private practice.

In 1972, Dr. Escoll was the original winner of the Earl Bond Award, the annual teaching award first given out that year by the department of psychiatry. He also received the Robert Dunning Dripps Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education from the School of Medicine in 1991.

Dr. Escoll earned his undergraduate degree from Penn in biology in 1947 and his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson Medical College in 1951.

Dr. Escoll is survived by his wife, Audrey; sons, Andrew and Paul; a daughter, Linda; and five grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, 3810 Mount Pleasant Dr., Philadelphia, PA 19121.


Mr. Hetrick, Former Trustee

Norman P. Hetrick, former Penn trustee and overseer, passed away June 30 at age 66.

As a Penn alumni trustee from 1995 to 1999, Mr. Hetrick served on the budget and finance, audit and compliance, and external affairs committees, as well as the health system board and boards of overseers for the Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.

A 1965 graduate of the College, Mr. Hetrick was past president of the Class of 1965. He received an Alumni Award of Merit in 1989. He earned his JD from Dickinson School of Law.

Mr. Hetrick was a retired partner with the law firm of Eckert, Seamans, Cherin & Mellott, LLC, and former Dauphin County commissioner (1980-87). He had also been active in the American Lung Association of Pennsylvania and received their lifetime achievement award.

Mr. Hetrick is survived by his wife, Frances; son, Norman, Jr.; daughter, Demaris Page; and three sisters.


Dr. Hirschmann, Chemistry


Dr. Ralph F.  Hirschmann, Rao Makineni Professor of Bioorganic Chemistry in the School of Arts & Sciences, passed away June 20 at age 87.

Before coming to Penn in 1987, Dr. Hirschmann was senior vice president for basic research at Merck & Co., Inc., where he had worked since 1950. He also had a concurrent faculty appointment at the Medical University of South Carolina from 1987-1999.

Dr. Hirschmann contributed to organic, medicinal and bioorganic chemistry for over 50 years. His contributions included the first chemical synthesis in solution of an enzyme, ribonuclease, and the development of several important drugs, including the parasite-fighting Ivomec, used to combat river blindness in developing nations.

At Penn, Dr. Hirschmann initiated collaborative research in the field of peptidomimetics. He authored some 150 scientific papers and was named inventor or co-inventor on nearly 100 patents.

In 2007, Dr. Hirschmann was inducted into the American Chemical Society Hall of Fame. He received the presidential National Medal of Science from President Clinton in 2000 (Almanac November 21, 2000). The Hirschmann-Makineni Professorship in Chemistry was established by Rao Makineni in 1993 in Dr. Hirschmann’s honor; he was the first holder of this endowed professorship and was named the Rao Makineni Term Professor in Chemistry in 2003 (Almanac May 13, 2003).

Born in Germany, Dr. Hirschmann earned an AB degree from Oberlin College in 1943. He obtained a PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1950.

Dr. Hirschmann is survived by his wife, Lucy; daughter, Carla Hummel; son, Ralph; and six grandchildren.

Memorial Service: Today

A memorial celebration of his life and work will be held today, in Irvine Auditorium, at 3 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to: Doctors Without Borders USA, (888) 392-0392; National Kidney Foundation of Delaware Valley, (215) 923-8611; The Philadelphia Orchestra, (215) 893-3151.


Ms. Lipschutz, Medicine

Patti K. Lipschutz, a clinical nurse specialist in the department of psychiatry in the School of Medicine, passed away June 20 after collapsing while jogging. She was 55 years old.

Ms. Lipschutz spent nearly her entire career at Penn, working in the late 1970s and 1980s in the department of psychiatry’s inpatient service at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In the mid-1990s, she joined the department’s Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, where she worked first as a clinician and later assumed additional responsibilities as a senior research coordinator. 

Ms. Lipschutz received her bachelor’s degree from Widener University and her master’s degree from Penn, both in nursing.

Ms. Lipschutz is survived by her husband, Marc, who is a clinical associate professor in psychiatry at Penn; son, Aaron; mother, Carmen Kunyczka; brother, John; and sister, Kathleen.


Mr. McGarry, Facilities and Real Estate

McGarry, John

John J. McGarry, director of real estate brokerage in Facilities and Real Estate Services, died July 5 from a heart attack. He was 59 years old.

After two decades in a variety of real estate development and management positions, Mr. McGarry began his association with Penn in 1998; first working in property management for University City Associates, then with the Trammell Crow Company as a portfolio manager, and in 2002 became Penn’s director of real estate brokerage.

Mr. McGarry was commended for his significant impact on Penn’s campus and the surrounding community. According to Anne Papageorge, Vice President for FRES, “He was a key figure in fulfilling the West Philadelphia Initiatives. Foremost was his skill as a negotiator and appraiser of real estate that allowed Penn to acquire key parcels of land at the heart of the recent urban revitalization. He was a keen observer of politics and community relations providing Penn with insights that aided important communications with our neighbors.”

Mr. McGarry was a coach and mentor to local youths in the Sonny Hill League. He was also active in many non-profit organizations devoted to the betterment of West Philadelphia, including UCD, UC Green, Friends of Clark Park, and Philadanco.

Mr. McGarry was active as a commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Board of Real Estate Brokers, Center City Residence Associates, Philadelphia Condominium Managers Association, and Rittenhouse Row. He was a former board member and vice chair of the Penn Professional Staff Assembly.

Mr. McGarry is survived by his sons, Dylan McGarry, C’08, Tyrone Weeks; daughter, Kari Rosenfeld; and siblings, James, Ilene and Peggy.

Memorial Service: Tomorrow

A memorial will take place tomorrow, July 15, 4:30 p.m. in Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall. RSVP to fresvp@upenn.edu or (215) 898-7241.

Contributions may be made to the John J. McGarry Memorial Fund at the Philadelphia Foundation, 1234 Market St., Suite 1800, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3704.


Dr. Muhlenberg, Penn Design


Dr. Nicholas Muhlenberg, associate professor emeritus of landscape architecture in the School of Design, passed away May 26 at age 81.

Dr. Muhlenberg served on the faculty from 1963 until he retired in 1992.

Prior to coming to Penn, Dr. Muhlenberg worked for Crown Zellerbach Corp., a paper manufacturing firm. In addition, he held academic positions at Pennsylvania State University and the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Muhlenberg earned his BS and MS in forestry from the University of Michigan in 1949 and 1952, respectively. He went on to earn an MA in economy in 1957 and a PhD in 1959, both from Yale.

Dr. Muhlenberg had been a member of the Society of American Foresters and contributed work to forestry publications. He also contributed to the 1968 work Via 1; Ecology in Design with Louis I. Kahn, Ruth Patrick and others.

Dr. Muhlenberg is survived by his sons, Kobi and Mattias; daughters, Mimi and Dela Muhlenberg-Bryan; stepdaughter, Julie Galaudet; two brothers; and a sister.


Dr. Rabinowitz, Dental Medicine


Joseph L. “José” Rabinowitz, professor emeritus of biochemistry in the School of Dental Medicine, passed away May 28 at age 85.

Born in the Ukraine, but raised in Mexico, Dr. Rabinowitz received his master’s degree in 1948 and then his doctorate in organic chemistry in 1950, both from Penn. His bachelor’s degree was from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1943, now the University of the Sciences.

Dr. Rabinowitz was appointed to the faculty in  1958. He was promoted to professor in 1970 and became emeritus in 1992. He had also been chief of radioisotope research at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia.

Dr. Rabinowitz was known for his research in lipid and steroid biochemistry, and for his paper on the discovery of HMG-CoA, a key intermediate in the synthesis of cholesterol. The research led to the development of important cholesterol lowering drugs known as statins. He was also recognized for his expertise on the chemical synthesis of radiolabeled compounds, which led to the text, Principles of Radioisotope Methodology, which he co-authored with Dr. Grafton Chase.

Dr. Rabinowitz was the recipient of many industry awards and held memberships in many honorary, professional and scientific societies. In 2004, he endowed the Joseph and Josephine Rabinowitz Award for Excellence in Research to promote independent research by the junior faculty.

Dr. Rabinowitz is survived by his wife, Josephine; daughters, Malva and Lois; son, Marty; a brother; and five grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Dr. Joseph L. Rabinowitz Fund for Cancer Research, 132 Burtis Lane, Syosset, NY 11791.

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.

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