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September 15, 2009, Volume 56, No. 03


Memorial: Dr. Behl

A memorial service and reception will be held on Sunday, September 20 at 1 p.m. in the Rosenwald Gallery of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library to honor Dr. Aditya Behl, associate professor of South Asia Studies. Dr. Behl passed away August 22 at the age of 43 (Almanac September 8, 2009).


Ms. Goldhagen, Penn Junior

Lindsey Goldhagen, a junior in the School of Nursing, passed away August 30 following complications related to a liver transplant she received in 2007. She was 22 years old.

Among her many activities, Ms. Goldhagen was a member of Phi Sigma Sigma and was involved with Relay for Life at Penn, a fundraising event sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

This summer, she was a nursing intern for Independence Blue Cross. In an IBC press release celebrating the fifth anniversary of its nursing internship program, it was noted that Ms. Goldhagen had planned to pursue pediatric nursing and that she hoped “to help others in the same way her nurses helped her” after being diagnosed and hospitalized with liver cancer.

Ms. Goldhagen received an award for her poster presentation at the last Eastern Nursing Research Society conference in March. She also published a piece in the Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cancer Book: 101 Stories of Courage, Support & Love.

She was a graduate of Mainland Regional High School in Linwood, New Jersey.

Ms. Goldhagen is survived by her parents, Ina and Jerry; and her sister, Samantha.

Donations may be made to Gift of Life Donor Program, 401 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19123.


Dr. Rovin, Wharton & Dental Schools


Dr. Sheldon Rovin, an emeritus professor in both the Wharton School and the School of Dental Medicine, passed away July 11 from cancer. He was 76.

Dr. Rovin came to the University of Pennsylvania in 1979. He was a professor emeritus of health care systems at Wharton and former director of Health Care Management Programs at Wharton Executive Education and of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. He was also professor emeritus and former chair of the department of dental care systems in the School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Rovin’s publications include numerous journal articles and book chapters as well as several books. His book, titled Managing Hospitals: Lessons from the Johnson & Johnson-Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives (1991), was selected as the 1992 Book of the Year by The Journal of Nursing Administration. Dr. Rovin’s principal consulting and research interests targeted the application of systems thinking, idealized design, interactive planning, and creative thinking in healthcare organizations.

Prior to joining Penn, Dr. Rovin was dean of the University of Washington College of Dentistry from 1973 to 1977. He had also held appointments at the University of Kentucky Colleges of Dentistry and Medicine, respectively.

Dr. Rovin continued to consult and write after his retirement in 2000.

A native of Detroit, Dr. Rovin earned his DDS and MS degrees from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Rovin is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughters, Suzan and Lisa; a son, David; and two sisters.


Ms. Stiber, Psychiatry

Lenore Stiber, former secretary in the department of psychiatry in the School of Medicine, passed away March 8 at age 85.

Ms. Stiber began working as a secretary at the University of Pennsylvania in 1972. She had worked in the clinical practices and services area within the department of psychiatry. Two years before leaving the University in 1999, she was inducted into Penn’s 25-Year Club.



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 - September 15, 2009, Volume 56, No. 03