Dr. Korostoff, Dental Medicine

Dr. Edward Korostoff, professor emeritus of restorative dentistry in the School of Dental Medicine, passed away May 13, 2013, of atherosclerotic vascular disease; he was 92.

Born in Philadelphia, Dr. Korostoff received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1941 from Penn, and both his master's and doctoral degrees in metallurgical engineering from Penn, in 1950 and 1961, respectively.

Dr. Korostoff had a career in industrial research and development before his academic appointments at Penn. He had worked for Tennessee Valley Authority in Muscle, the National Defense Research Council, Leeds & Northrup Co. and Remington-Rand UNIVAC.

Dr. Korostoff began lecturing in Penn's School of Metallurgical Engineering in 1963 and was then appointed assistant professor in metallurgical engineering in 1965. During his academic career, he held triple appointments at Penn, as a full professor in the School of Dental Medicine, the School of Engineering & Applied Science and the Perelman School of Medicine. The link among the three was his research on materials for use in the human body, especially as it pertained to the mechanical and electrical properties of bone.

Also, a former senior research investigator at the Institute for Cooperative Research, Dr. Korostoff was the first engineer to receive a Career Development Award from the National Institute for Dental Research (NIDR) of the NIH. The grant allowed him to conduct research on the nature and structure of various biomaterials which had application in both dentistry and medicine.

In the 1960s, Dr. Korostoff, along with Solomon Pollock, professor emeritus of bioengineering in SEAS, established a research program in biomaterials and began their pioneering work on the effect of electric fields on bone growth.

Dr. Korostoff was a past chairman of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers. He was involved in many professional and scientific organizations including the International Association of Dental Research, the American Society for Metals and the Orthopedic Research Society.

He retired in 1987, after publishing more than 50 scientific papers; he also was the author/editor of the 1968 book Research in Dental and Medical Materials.

Dr. Korostoff is survived by his three daughters, Pamela K. Thompson, W'78, Lisa K. Rooney, C'77, GEd'78, GrEd'90, Heather K. Murray, W'83, WG'88; nine grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Donations may be made to the University of Pennsylvania, School of Engineering & Applied Science at www.seas.upenn.edu/giving/