We are deeply saddened to report the death of Walter Wales. The Chair of Physics and Astronomy, Larry Gladney, issued the following statement:
"My saddest duty as Chair is to inform you that Emeritus Professor Walter Wales passed away on Dec. 28, 2011. As many of you know, Walter was a member of this department for more than 50 years and served in an incredible number of leadership roles including department chair, Associate Dean of SAS, Acting Dean of SAS, Deputy Provost, University Ombudsman, Chair of the Faculty Senate, and more. His loss to our department will be felt for a very long time.
It was Walter's wish that he not have a funeral. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in his memory to Penn Wissahickon Hospice, 150 Monument Rd, Suite 300, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. The Physics department will hold a memorial event for Walter on April 20 at 3:00pm in David Rittenhouse Laboratories, room A1. It is hoped that all who remember Walter will offer words to be read at the memorial."
Dr. Wales' obituary in the Penn Almanac
Professor Wales' career at Penn.