Dr. John S. de Cani, professor emeritus of statistics, died August 8, 2012 at age 88.
He earned his BS in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin in 1948 and then his MBA in statistics from Penn in 1951. After earning his PhD from Penn in 1958, Dr. de Cani was appointed an assistant professor in the department of statistics at Wharton. He chaired the department from 1971-78. Dr. de Cani retired in 1995 at which time he was also accorded emeritus status.
His research interest included "fast" algorithms for statistical computing, group sequential methods, statistics in clinical trials and statistics as legal evidence.
Dr. de Cani was the author of numerous articles and was co-author of the book Basic Statistics with Business Applications.
In addition to teaching and conducting research, Dr. de Cani was involved in many University related activities. He served on many school committees, was on the Affirmative Action council and the Faculty Grievance Commission. He was also a former vice president of the Faculty Club, now the University Club at Penn.
Dr. de Cani was also a consultant to such companies as Pfizer, McNeil Laboratories and the US Naval Air Development Center. He provided expert testimony in legal proceedings.
His professional affiliations and memberships included the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the Society of Social Studies in Science.
Dr. de Cani was the recipient of many honors and awards including a Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1964, the Sigma Kappa Phi Distinguished Teaching Award in 1978 and a Fulbright Award to the Norwegian School of Economics in 1959-1960.
Dr. de Cani is survived by his companion, Joanna Williams; his sister, Marjorie Salo; nieces and nephews, Marjorie Nelson, Mary Rooney, Roberta Grambor, Clement Taylor, Herbert Taylor, John Taylor, Gregory Salo and Paul Salo.
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