Mr. Brest, Admissions
Mr. Clarence “Bill” A. Brest, a retired staff member in the Office of Admissions, passed away December 12; he was 82.
Mr. Brest began working at the University of Pennsylvania in September 1970 and retired in June 1996 as associate dean and director of operations in the Office of Admissions.
Mr. Brest was born in Louistown, Montana.
He is survived by his sister, Bonawee J. Ford.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, January 22 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 200, College Hall, followed by a reception in the Office of Admissions.
Dr. Estey, Wharton
Dr. Marten S. Estey, professor emeritus of management in the Wharton School, passed away December 5 at age 94.
Born in West Lafayette, Indiana, Dr. Estey graduated from Purdue University in 1940. He was awarded his PhD in economics from Princeton University in 1952.
After serving on the faculties of Cornell University (1948-1951) and Michigan State University (1951-1955), he joined Wharton as associate professor of management and industrial relations in 1956, where he remained until his retirement in 1988. His area of research in labor relations made him a sought-after expert to professional and public service organizations, including the Council of Economic Advisors, Mercantile Minimum Wage Board for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Industrial Relations Research Association, and American Arbitration Association, among several others. Dr. Estey also served on the Council of Economic Advisors from 1968-1970, and enjoyed sabbaticals in New Zealand, Portugal and Berkeley, CA.
During his career, Dr. Estey published more than 25 books and research papers on topics that included employee wages, unionism, wage policies and labor force changes. In addition to teaching and writing, he served on various administrative committees, including the Faculty Senate. Known as a skilled arbitrator, he helped to negotiate a revised grievance procedure for Penn faculty in 1987-1988.
“As a colleague, he was unfailingly fair. He got along with everyone, even those who were notoriously in conflict with each other,” recalled Dr. Peter Cappelli, George W. Taylor Professor of Management in the Wharton School.
Dr. Estey is survived by his son, James Arthur II; daughter, Patricia Wilson; grandsons, Chris and Scott Wilson; and a great-grandson, Bryce Stoller.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, February 2, at the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church at 11:30 a.m. An “In Memoriam” was created on Wharton’s website: http://bit.ly/VQjlzb
It is requested that donations be made to one’s favorite charity.
Dr. Friedman, Radiology
Dr. Adele Kynette Friedman, a retired associate professor of radiology in the Perelman School of Medicine and HUP, passed away December 27 at age 89.
Dr. Friedman received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas. She earned her medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine in 1950, where she was also the second woman to complete her residency in the School’s department of radiology.
She was appointed assistant professor of clinical radiology in 1959 and was promoted to associate professor in 1969. She retired in 1989.
Dr. Friedman practiced general radiology (film reading) and specializing in and doing clinical research in mammography during its very early stages of development, when it was done as xerography.
She also taught the radiographic anatomy section of gross anatomy for first year medical students—and so introduced thousands of students to x-rays.
She was active in Women in Medicine groups at Penn for medical students and trainees.
Dr. Friedman is predeceased by her husband, Dr. Sidney Friedman, a professor of pediatrics and pediatric cardiologist in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Perelman School of Medicine. She is survived by her sons, Daniel Friedman and David Friedman, M’84, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics in the Perelman School of Medicine and associate director of the transfusion service at CHOP.
Mr. Kise, City and Regional Planning
Mr. James “Jim” N. Kise, former lecturer in the department of city and regional planning in PennDesign, passed away December 26; he was 75.
An architect and planner, he founded Kise, Straw and Kolodner in 1984, a 50-person firm in Philadelphia with practice areas in architecture, planning, urban design and historic preservation.
Mr. Kise was a lecturer in urban design from 1996 to 2009. He was also the founding member of the School’s alumni association and served as a board member since its creation in 1993. His leadership transformed the organization, broadening its mission and moving it forward into new areas of activity, including a successful series of “cultivation dinners.” In 2002, he was appointed to the School’s Board of Overseers, where he continued to help build connections to alumni and strengthen the School’s financial position.
Mr. Kise was also a Trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and a board member of numerous Philadelphia cultural organizations.
A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Mr. Kise graduated from PennDesign with a bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1959, and also earned two masters degrees from PennDesign in architecture in 1963 and city planning in 1964.
He is survived by his wife, Sarah “Sallie” Smith; sons, Jefferson, Curtis and Triplett, C’06; a daughter, Susanna; a brother, Lee; and grandchildren, Cassandra, Marguerite and Wesley.
Memorial donations may be made to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Development Department, Box 7646, Philadelphia, PA 19101.
Mr. Odell, Athletics
Robert H. Odell, All-American football player for the University of Pennsylvania in the 1940s, and Penn’s former head football coach, died Saturday, December 15 at the age of 90.
Mr. Odell graduated from East High School in Sioux City, Iowa, where he was All-State in Football and Track. He then traveled to the University of Pennsylvania on a freight train in 1939 to begin a stellar career at Penn, culminating in All American honors, the 1943 Maxwell Award for best all-round college football player, and being named first runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 1943.
After a tour in the Navy, Coach Odell was drafted by the Pittsburg Steelers. However, an injured knee set him on the path of coaching and it proved to be his destiny for 40 years. He began his coaching career at Yale University, and was recruited as Backfield Coach for the University of Wisconsin in the late 1940s. In 1957, he was hired to be Head Football Coach at Bucknell University, gaining the nod over 167 other candidates that included Joe Paterno and Chuck Knox. Establishing his signature quick passing offense and ferocious defenses, Mr. Odell led the Bison to become an eastern powerhouse, and Bucknell was twice awarded the Lambert Cup, symbolic of eastern small college supremacy.
His success led to a call from his alma mater and, in 1965, he accepted the position as Head Football Coach at Penn. After turning the program around, Coach Odell settled in at Williams College, where he coached for 17 years. Williams became a perennial Division III leader, and he led the Ephs to numerous “Little Three” titles. He was named New England Small College Coach of the Year and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995.
His daughter, Cynthia Odell McEtchin recalled that, “Even more impressive than his resume, however, was the magnetism of his character and charisma that touched and helped transform so many young men’s lives over the course of the 20th Century. In a sport that too often glorifies ego-driven, win-at-any-cost attitudes, he stood apart and above, embodying the word ‘sportsmanship.’ He was a humble and gracious man who did not swear, would never cheat, but believed in clean, hard, fair play, so that his players always ran off the gridiron with their heads held high. He made every player believe he was better than he’d ever known, and every team believed it had the potential for greatness.” She added, “By the time his players completed their collegiate experience, they had the confidence that, in life, as in their games, they could prevail and “win the tough ones in the fourth quarter. His amazing life was a statement of his values—his courage, optimism, integrity, generosity and his unbreakable will.”
On the occasion of his 90th birthday last March, he received hundreds of letters from fellow coaches, players, and colleagues, all of whom reflected upon “his truly remarkable, honorable and meaningful life.”
Mr. Odell is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jane Davis Odell; his son, Dr. Robert Harper Odell, Jr. and his wife, Suzanne; and his two daughters, Nancy Odell McMullen, and her husband, Jim; and Cynthia Odell McEtchin, C’74, and her husband, Douglas. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Lindsey Kristine McMullen and her fiancé, Travis Myernick; Kelly Anne McEtchin; and Scott Joseph McEtchin. Also surviving is his sister, Helen Odell Fleming and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dr. Scatena, Earth & Environmental Science
Dr. Fred N. Scatena, III, professor and chair in the department of earth and environmental science in the School of Arts & Sciences, passed away from cancer on January 2 at age 58.
Dr. Scatena has been on the faculty in the department of earth and environmental science since 2002. He became chair of the department in 2003. Prior to that, he worked at the USDA Forest Service's International Institute of Tropical Forestry, in Puerto Rico, from 1987-2002. He had also worked as a consultant hydrologist and geomorphologist and served in the US Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic from 1977-1979, Malawi in 1982 and Jamaica in 1983, working in water resource management and development.
Recently, Dr. Scatena became involved in research on urban forestry with the new US Forest Service Philadelphia Urban Field Station. He was also a member of Penn's Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee, a cross-campus collaboration that includes a representative group of faculty, staff and students who advise President Amy Gutmann on environmental sustainability issues.
Dr. Scatena was the recipient of the School of Arts & Sciences' Dean's Award for Mentorship of Undergraduate Research in 2007 (Almanac April 24, 2007).
Born in Kentfield, California, Dr. Scatena earned his BA from San Francisco State University in 1977, his MA from Wesleyan University in 1982 and his PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 1987.
Dr. Scatena is survived by his wife, Madelain Romero-Fresneda; daughter, Laura; son, Sebastian; and grandson, Jahn Sebastian.
A memorial service is planned for the spring.
Donations may be made to: Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, 155 Tetuan St., San Juan,
PR 00902-3554, www.fideicomiso.org or Santa Ana Environmental Education Center (Centro Ambiental Santa Ana, CASA) PO Box 36036, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00936-1036.
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January 15, 2013, Volume 59, No. 17