Ms. Mary Kathryn Dixon, a retired research technician in the School of Dental Medicine, passed away September 13, at age 94.
Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan in 1941 and 1943, respectively.
Prior to coming to Penn, Ms. Dixon worked for Case Western Reserve University, part of the research team of microbiologist Dr. Harold Samuel “Harry” Ginsberg. She came with Dr. Ginsberg to Penn in 1960 to the department of microbiology in the School of Medicine. She later joined the School of Dental Medicine in the department of anatomy and cell biology, working first with Dr. Joel Rosenbloom and then Dr. Carolyn Gibson in their respective laboratories. She retired in 1993.
Ms. Dixon is survived by her nephews, Mark and Jeffrey Dixon; a niece, Jane Elizabeth Moore; seven great-nieces and great-nephews; and a sister-in-law, Ruth.
Dr. Gerald C. Weales, professor emeritus of English, and legendary theatre critic, passed away August 30 at age 88.
Dr. Weales taught English and drama at Penn for 30 years, retiring in 1987.
An expert on American and English drama, he was a reviewer at The Reporter, 1964-1968 and at Commonweal from 1968-1993 and wrote the annual “American Theater Watch” in the Georgia Review, 1978-2010. His awards included a George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism; a Guggenheim and a Fulbright.
In addition to publishing extensively in periodicals, Dr. Weales edited dozens of books, including critical editions of classic plays and novels such as “Death of a Salesman,” “The Crucible,” The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Life and Opinions of Tristam Shandy, Gentleman and many others. He authored Canned Goods As Caviar: American Film Comedy of the 1930s (1985), Odets the Playwright (1971), The Jumping-Off Place; American Drama in the 1960’s (1969) and many other books.
Dr. Weales was born in Connersville, Indiana. After serving in the US Army during WWII where he received a Purple Heart and Bronze star, he earned a BA, MA and PhD from Columbia University.
In 2011, the Kelly Writers House hosted a celebration in his honor. A video recording of the event is available here: http://media.sas.upenn.edu/watch/118849
Dr. Weales is survived by his sister, Sally Clyde; sister-in-law, Helen Weales; nieces, Becky Milhollan, Jenny McGuirl, Vickie Hall, and Marsha Bingaman; and nephews, Bob Rauch, Shannon Clyde and Ron Weales.