Dr. Bruno, Social Work
Dr. Anthony F. Bruno, lecturer at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice, and professor of social science at Community College of Philadelphia, passed away from cancer on February 19, at the age of 69.
A graduate of Bishop Neumann High School, Dr. Bruno earned a BS in political science from St. Joseph’s University. In 1973 he obtained his MSW from Temple University and in 1984 his DSW from Penn’s School of Social Work. He had been a lecturer at SP2 since 1990 in addition to teaching at CCP at the time of his death.
A fellow SP2 lecturer, Caroline Wong, noted the Dr. Bruno was “the kind of teacher who was very laid back. Not the kind who would come and lecture at you, but encouraged you to think and participate and be a critical thinker.” She also noted that he established a program five years ago, Pipeline for Promise Project at SP2 in which promising Community College students, particularly those from historically underrepresented groups, take courses and participate in workshops at Penn.
Dr. Bruno was the 1995 recipient of the School of Social Work’s Excellence in Teaching Award and received Community College of Philadelphia’s Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1988. He had been the co-secretariat of The Juvenile Justice Alliance of Greater Philadelphia.
He is survived by his wife, Joanne.
Mr. Dickey, Jr., Trustee Emeritus
Mr. Charles D. Dickey, Jr., Trustee Emeritus, and former CEO of Scott Paper, passed away on December 9, at the age of 94.
Mr. Dickey, a Yale alumnus, joined the Penn family when his son enrolled at Wharton in 1967. He was an Overseer of the University Libraries and a Trustee of the Health System, where he was on the Campaign Steering and Executive Committees. As a University Trustee, he served on the Audit and Compliance, Budget and Finance, Legal Affairs and University Responsibility committees. The University presented him with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1988.
He created the Charles D. Dickey, Jr. Trustee Scholarship and the Charles D. Dickey, Jr. Endowed Scholarship because he believed that financial concerns should not be a barrier to a college education. His generosity extended to the Health System, School of Arts & Sciences, Library, Museum, and Morris Arboretum. He also underwrote the Stovall/Dickey Group Study Room at Van Pelt Library and the Charles D. Dickey, Jr. Fund in the Library for the enhancement and preservation of the American history collection.
He is survived by his wife, Helen; sons, Charles, W’71, WG’76, and Robert; daughters, Heidi Fitz, Sylvia Whitman, and Catherine; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; his brother, Whit and two sisters, Mary Lindsay and Cathy.
Dr. Hochstrasser, Chemistry
Dr. Robin Hochstrasser, the Donner Professor of Physical Sciences in the department of chemistry, in Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences, passed away on February 27, at the age of 82.
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Dr. Hochstrasser received his BSc. from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh in 1952, and his PhD in chemistry from the University of Edinburgh in 1955. He then spent two years in the Royal Air Force, where he taught electronics to RAF navigators. He taught at the University of British Columbia from 1957-1962, joining the Penn faculty in 1963 where he would dedicate the next 50 years. Becoming the Donner Professor of Physical Science in 1982, Dr. Hochstrasser was also director of the Regional Laser and Biotechnology Laboratories at Penn.
His pioneering studies with femtosecond infrared pulses in the 1980s led to the development in the 1990s of a new kind of powerful spectroscopy, called two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy. This technique has made it possible for research laboratories to make molecular movies of the three-dimensional structure of proteins in action with unprecedented time resolution, and has defined a new role for ultrafast spectroscopic methods in chemistry, materials sciences, and biomedicine. His knowledge and expertise have had a wide-ranging impact at the University in physics, chemistry, biology, and medicine.
A pioneer and one of the world’s foremost scientists in the application of lasers in chemical and biomedical research, Dr. Hochstrasser was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry in 2003 for the development of ultrafast and multi-dimensional spectroscopies. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences; the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and the Optical Society of America and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He served as editor of Chemical Physics since 1975. He received numerous awards including the Bourke Medal of Faraday Society and the Linus Pauling Award, the CCNY Centennial Award and the A.C.S.E. Bright Wilson Award in Spectroscopy. Other awards he received include the Ahmed Zewail Award in Ultrafast Science & Technology, the Peter Debye Award, and the F. Alfred Cotton Medal. Dr. Hochstrasser was a J.S. Guggenheim Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow and a Couttauld Scholar. Additionally, he was the author of more than 500 original scientific papers and two books.
Dr. Hochstrasser is survived by his wife, Carol; daughter, Jennie and her husband, David Kasregis and one grandchild, Finnian.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the University of Pennsylvania Chemistry Discretionary Fund.
Dr. Koop, Pediatrics
Dr. Charles Everett Koop, former US Surgeon General, first surgeon-in-chief of CHOP, professor of pediatric surgery (1959) and professor of pediatrics (1971) at Penn Medicine, passed away on February 25, at the age of 96 in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Dr. Koop was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1916, received his BA from Dartmouth College in 1937, MD from Cornell Medical College in 1941 and earned a Doctor of Science (Medicine) from Penn’s Graduate School of Medicine in 1947.
Considered a pioneer in the field of pediatric surgery, Dr. Koop served as chief surgeon at CHOP for 35 years (1946-1981) where he founded the nation’s first neonatal intensive-care unit and was the first surgeon to separate Siamese twins joined at the heart.
“Both during his time at CHOP and in his years beyond, Dr. Koop made an immeasurable impact on health worldwide,” said Dr. Steven M. Alschuler, chief executive officer of CHOP. “He transformed the relatively new field of pediatric surgery into a significant specialty in its own right. And later, as Surgeon General, he applied the same energy and vision to a much broader spectrum of health issues.”
He was the nation’s 13th Surgeon General serving in that capacity from 1982-1989. During his tenure, Dr. Koop developed a brochure concerning HIV/AIDS which brought the issue into the public forum. Additionally, he was instrumental in his work towards a “smoke-free” society. His report on tobacco was instrumental in the move toward smoking bans on airplanes, in restaurants and at workplaces.
Dr. Koop was the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the William E. Ladd Gold Medal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Medal of the Legion of Honor by France in 1980. He was inducted into the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1982, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 1987, the Royal Society of Medicine in 1997, and received an honorary fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2009. In 1995 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and an honorary doctor of sciences in 1990 from Penn.
He was the author of more than 230 articles and numerous books on the practice of medicine and surgery, biomedical ethics and health policy.
He is survived by his wife, Cora Hogue; sons: Allen and Norman; a daughter, Elizabeth Thompson; and eight grandchildren.
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