Dr. Thomas A. Reiner, professor emeritus of regional science in the School of Arts and Sciences, died of leukemia on March 3; he was 77.
Dr. Reiner spent his entire academic career at Penn. He was appointed to the faculty in 1963 as an assistant professor in regional science after receiving his doctoral degree from Penn that same year. He held secondary appointments in the departments of city and regional planning in the School of Design and organizational dynamics in the School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Reiner also directed the Urban Studies Program in the mid-1980s. He retired in 1993 as professor emeritus of regional science and in 1998 became professor emeritus of organizational dynamics. He continued to advise students at Penn until a few months ago.
As an advocate for comprehensive social/economic/physical planning, Dr. Reiner organized regional and metropolitan planning initiatives, created training programs and academic graduate courses, and served as a consultant to governmental and nonprofit organizations. Born in Czechoslovakia, he earned his bachelorís degree in political science from Swarthmore College in 1952 and his masterís in city and regional planning from MIT in 1955.
Dr. Reiner is survived by his wife, Susan; children, Salem and Lisa Reiner; grandchildren, Daniel Sotelo-Reiner, Eleanor and Abigail Reiner; stepchildren, Jessica and Seth Lieberman; and brother, Martin.
Memorial donations may be made to American Civil Liberties Union, 125 Broad St., 18th Floor, New York, NY 10004 and to Congregation Bínai Jeshurun, 2109 Broadway-Suite 203, New York, NY 10023-2106.