Mr. Banks, Facilities
Mr. Nathaniel “Nate” Banks, Jr., a housekeeping staff member in Facilities and Real Estate Services, died suddenly on January 9 at age 56.
Mr. Banks had been at Penn for nearly three decades, most recently working in College Hall.
Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Banks graduated from Thomas Edison High School in 1974.
Mr. Banks is survived by his wife, Cheryl; daughter, Cori Morris; son, Troy Banks; sister, Dorothy Banks; brother, Anthony Coleman; grandchildren, Emonana, Tatum, Keith, Armon and Taylor; aunt, Lucille Banks; and uncle, William Banks.
Mr. Hartford, Penn Senior
Thomas “Tom” J. Hartford, a senior in the College, passed away January 23 after suffering a massive stroke following an accidental fall from a fraternity house; he was 22.
A resident of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Mr. Hartford was a former member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. He had worked as an information technology advisor in the Riepe College House computer lab and was pursuing a degree in cognitive neuroscience.
Mr. Hartford is survived by his mother, Sheryl A. (Felker) Hartford and her partner, Marty Mims; father, Thomas W. Hartford and his partner, JoLana Krawitz; two sisters, Dana Landis and Lori Hartford; his brother, Gary Hartford; his niece, Leah McLaughlin and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorial donations may be made to the youth group of Reeders United Methodist Church, PO Box 187, Reeders, PA 18352.
Mr. Hopkins, Landscape Architecture
Mr. John Hopkins, visiting fellow and lecturer in the department of landscape architecture in PennDesign, passed away January 21 from natural causes; he was 59.
In a memo to the PennDesign community, PennDesign Dean Marilyn Jordan Taylor said that Mr. Hopkins had “been for the last 18 months a wonderful and welcome addition to the PennDesign community, actively participating in juries and school events. We were eagerly anticipating celebrating his new book, The Making of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, just published January 9, which will be part of his legacy of friendship and scholarship here at Penn and in the world of landscape architecture.”
Mr. Hopkins’s projects included strategic environmental planning, master planning, urban design, park planning and implementation in Great Britain, Malaysia, Australia, Hong Kong and the United States. Notably, Mr. Hopkins came to Penn through Professor James Corner’s work with Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where he was Project Sponsor for Parklands and Public Realm at the Olympic Delivery Authority and the budget holder responsible for the delivery of the £250 million project.
He was a strong advocate for landscape architecture’s potential to reorient the world economy based on environmental capacity and global equity through planning and design. He was in the process of researching and writing his next book The Global Garden–Ecological Economics and Infrastructure.
A native of the United Kingdom, Mr. Hopkins earned his undergraduate degree from Thames Polytechnic in 1976 and his master’s degree from Louisiana Sate University in 1986, both in landscape architecture.
Mr. Hopkins is survived by his children, Rosie and Jack Hopkins; sister, Patricia Hopkins; brother, Kevin Hopkins; and fiancé, Laura Adams.
Ms. Ketunuti, Pediatrics
Dr. Melissa Ketunuti, a second-year infectious diseases fellow and researcher in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), died January 21 at age 35. According to authorities, she was found strangled, bound and set on fire in her Center City home.
Dr. Ketunuti earned her BA in neuroscience from Amherst College in 1995. After earning her MD from Stanford University in 2007, she began her residency at Georgetown University Hospital in general surgery. During that time, she also worked on the cardiothoracic surgery service at the Washington, DC VA Medical Center.
She then moved to Philadelphia in 2008 to begin a residency at CHOP through the Perelman School of Medicine’s department of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, which she completed in 2011.
Dr. Ketunuti had also been an investigator-in-training in Penn’s Center for Pharmacoepidemiology Research and Training.
Her international medical experience included fellowships, clerkships and volunteering in such places as South Africa, Thailand and Botswana.
She is survived by her parents.
Dr. Mandelbaum, City and Regional Planning
Dr. Seymour J. Mandelbaum, professor emeritus of city and regional planning at PennDesign, passed away January 23 of Parkinson’s disease at age 77.
A distinguished urban historian, Dr. Mandelbaum taught briefly at Carnegie Institute of Technology and Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication in 1965 before joining PennDesign in 1967. He served as chair of the city planning doctoral program from 1977 to 1989, and as department chair from 1987 through 1989. His courses ranged across the fields of planning theory, communication policy and planning, international comparative planning, community design and urban history. He became emeritus in 2004.
As Dr. John Landis, chairman of PennDesign’s city and regional planning programs, described in his email to planning faculty, Dr. Seymour “was one of the giants of the planning field, who made major contributions to planning theory, ethics and doctoral education. He inspired generations of students to view planning as a moral enterprise as much as a technical problem-solving effort. He was primarily interested in the formation and development of human communities, the moral orders which shape these communities, and the flows of individuals and information through them.” His most recent research centered on two complementary themes: planning intelligence and the democratization of access to knowledge.
Dr. Eugenie Birch, Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research and Education in the department of city and regional planning and co-director of the Penn Institute for Urban Research, reflected that “for the nearly four decades that Seymour Mandelbaum was at PennDesign, he was a leading light to his students, his colleagues at Penn and in the larger world of the profession. With his thoughtful, probing questions—not pronouncements, but questions—he made us pause. We paused because he made us think about the deeper values of our field, because he insisted that we too were expressing ourselves clearly and intentionally and because he cared deeply about the past, present and future of city and regional planning.”
Dr. Mandelbaum also served for many years on the Faculty Senate’s Committee on Open Expression and the Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility. He understood that great institutions need great stewards able to connect day-to-day business to higher aspirations.
An active writer, Dr. Mandelbaum was a past editor of Explorations in Planning Theory, and he served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Planning Education, the Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, The Responsive Community, The Journal of Planning Literature and Town Planning Review. His most recent book, Open Moral Communities, deals with a communitarian sensibility and the ways in which policy and planning arguments are set within myths of community.
Born in Chicago and raised in New York, Dr. Mandelbaum earned his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and his PhD in history from Princeton University.
Dr. Mandelbaum is survived by his wife, Dorothy; sons, David and Judah; daughter, Betsy; a sister; and six grandchildren.
Contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center, University of Pennsylvania, 330 S. Ninth St., Philadelphia, PA 19107, or to the National Parkinson Foundation, 1501 N.W. Ninth Ave., Miami, FL 33136.
January 29, 2013, Volume 59, No. 19