Dr. John A. Lepore, professor emeritus of civil engineering systems in Penn Engineering’s department of electrical systems and engineering, passed away February 14 at age 78.

Raised in South Philadelphia, Dr. Lepore earned a BS in civil engineering from Drexel in 1957 and a master’s and PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1965 and 1967, respectively.

After working as a project/systems engineer for General Electric, Dr. Lepore pursued a career in academia at Penn where he was appointed an assistant professor in 1968. He was promoted to associate professor in 1973 and then to full professor in 1980. Dr. Lepore retired in 2003.

In 1979 he received Penn Engineering’s S. Reid Warren Award for Distinguished Teaching.
His research interests included educational innovation and curriculum development, telecommunications distant learning, earthquake analysis and design, new engineering materials, stochastic processes, structural dynamics, environmental resources and natural disaster mitigation.

Dr. Lepore is survived by his wife, Patricia; his children, William and Thomas Muldoon, Jacqueline Navin and John Lepore, Jr.; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Anthony Lepore; and a sister, Giovanna Eisenstein.

Contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market St. Suite 102 Philadelphia, PA 19106.