Dr. Katz, English
Dr. John Stuart Katz, a senior fellow of film studies in the department of English, passed away November 26 at HUP due to complications from renal failure; he was 72.
At Penn since 1997, Dr. Katz is credited with being instrumental in building the film studies program. He officially retired three years ago but continued to teach. Dr. Katz and his wife taught the Penn-in-Cannes course at the annual French film festival. He also co-curated and was a consultant to the Philadelphia Film Festival of World Cinema.
Prior to coming to Penn, Dr. Katz served on the faculty at York University in Toronto for more than 30 years. In addition to his teaching duties, he had also been a programmer for the Toronto Festival, a film critic and a consultant to film festivals across North America.
He was the author of four books on film including Image Ethics (1988) with Larry Gross and Jay Ruby, with whom he had been working on a new book, Image Ethics in the Digital Age. He was a producer and director of documentary films including the award winning Rubin, which premiered at MOMA in New York City.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Katz earned his BA from Miami University in Ohio, his MA from Columbia University and his PhD in English from Harvard University.
Dr. Katz is survived by his wife, Joan Saltzman, G’70; son, Jesse; and grandson, Max.
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