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Award of Merit Recipients

Carol Blum Einiger
Bachelor of Arts, 1970

When you came to Penn for a liberal arts degree you never dreamed you would turn out to be a whiz at investments. One thing that was clear from the start was that you had an emotional investment in Penn. Your mother is a Penn alumna and your late father, a psychiatrist and expert in public health, did his post-graduate work at Penn. Then you met your future husband at Penn and accelerated your studies to marry him in your senior year. Your yearbook entry for activities says simply “Roger.” It’s not surprising that the son who resulted from this union is also a Penn graduate.
   Your dedication to the larger Penn family has been exemplary. Serving two terms as a Penn Trustee, you lent great expertise to the Investment Board as well as to the Audit and Compliance, Budget and Finance, External Affairs, and Student Life Committees. Currently you serve on the Undergraduate Financial Aid Committee and Agenda for Excellence Council. Everywhere, your colleagues admire your calm, thoughtful, and thorough approach to problems, combining powerful authority with a soft-spoken style.
   You have brought the same gifts to the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women. As Founding Chair, you created an instant “old girls’ network” for the new Penn woman. What began as the first of its kind has become a model of its kind. Multitudes of Penn women have benefited from your determination to let no Penn female go unguided into the working world.    Leading by example, you have combined a full family life with a brilliant and demanding career. Over a 15-year period at The First Boston Corporation, you became that firm’s first woman Managing Director and then head of its Capital Markets Department and Short-Term Finance Department. Having since taught at Columbia Business School, then returned to Wall Street, and then worked for the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, you now serve as Chief Investment Officer of Rockefeller University.
   A dynamic community leader, you are Vice Chair of the Investment Committee of the Museum of Modern Art, an Overseer of Columbia Business School, where you received your Master’s, and a member of the UJA Federation Women’s Executive Circle. Formerly you served on the Board of the Horace Mann School. You have earned the Columbia Business School Distinguished Alumna Award, the Anti-Defamation League Woman of Achievement Award, and the Catalyst Award for Corporate Leadership.
   Your alma mater gratefully and affectionately acknowledges your distinguished service to Penn by presenting you with the Alumni Award of Merit.
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John G. Harkins, Jr.
Bachelor of Arts, 1953
Doctor of Laws, 1958

Eloquent in your commitment to justice, you are a Philadelphia lawyer in the highest sense. Your distinguished career, including admission to practice before the United States Supreme Court, was heralded by your outstanding performance at Penn. As an undergraduate, you were a member of the Sphinx Senior Society, the Houston Hall Board, and the College Advisory Council. You also served as Chairman of the Campus Chest. Meanwhile, you played soccer for three years, were elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated with honors in international relations. After a two-year stint in the Army, you returned to Penn, this time to the Law School. Rising to the position of Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review, you were elected to the Order of the Coif and graduated summa cum laude. All of this you accomplished while teaching political science at the Wharton School and serving as an Assistant Director of Houston Hall.
  
Following Law School, you entered private practice, while serving as an instructor at the Law School on three different occasions. Eventually becoming an Overseer of the Law School and a member and then Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Institute for Law and Economics, you were a superb advocate and advisor for your alma mater. After two energetic terms as a Trustee of the University, you were elected a Trustee Emeritus. Currently a member of the Health System Trustee’s Executive Committee, you continue to dedicate your well-developed powers of judgement and leadership to Penn and society.
  
A principal of your own firm, Harkins Cunningham, you are a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Law Institute, the American, Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia Bar Associations and the Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Appeals for the third circuit, and Chairman of the Civil Justice Advisory Group in the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
  
A broad range of civic contributions include being Supervisor of Easttown Township in Chester County, Pennsylvania, a trustee of The Curtis Institute of Music, and a trustee of Chester County Hospital. You have been involved in many historic preservation organizations and are currently a director of the environmental group, Penn Future. Your awards include the Judge Learned Hand Award and an award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
  
We at Penn honor you for your ability to think deeply and to speak out with the power of informed judgment. With affection and gratitude for your contributions to jurisprudence and to Penn, we present you with the Alumni Award of Merit.
  
We at Penn honor you for your ability to think deeply and to speak out with the power of informed judgment. With affection and gratitude for your contributions to jurisprudence and to Penn, we present you with the Alumni Award of Merit.
  
Following Law School, you entered private practice, while serving as an instructor at the Law School on three different occasions. Eventually becoming an Overseer of the Law School and a member and then Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Institute for Law and Economics, you were a superb advocate and advisor for your alma mater. After two energetic terms as a Trustee of the University, you were elected a Trustee Emeritus. Currently a member of the Health System Trustee’s Executive Committee, you continue to dedicate your well-developed powers of judgement and leadership to Penn and society.
   A principal of your own firm, Harkins Cunningham, you are a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Law Institute, the American, Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia Bar Associations and the Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Appeals for the third circuit, and Chairman of the Civil Justice Advisory Group in the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
   A broad range of civic contributions include being Supervisor of Easttown Township in Chester County, Pennsylvania, a trustee of The Curtis Institute of Music, and a trustee of Chester County Hospital. You have been involved in many historic preservation organizations and are currently a director of the environmental group, Penn Future. Your awards include the Judge Learned Hand Award and an award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
   We at Penn honor you for your ability to think deeply and to speak out with the power of informed judgment. With affection and gratitude for your contributions to jurisprudence and to Penn, we present you with the Alumni Award of Merit
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Stephen J. Heyman
Bachelor of Science in Economics, 1959

Maybe it is because you are a Midwesterner that distance means so little to you. In Oklahoma, Texas, and New York you are known as one of Penn’s leading and most enthusiastic alumni. Your commitment to education and social services is equally far-reaching, and often it is focused right here at Penn. Serving as a University Trustee for ten years, you were a valuable member of the Executive and External Affairs Committees and Long-Range Planning Council. As Chair of the University Responsibility Committee, you helped direct Penn’s relationships with its federal, state, and city communities, especially West Philadelphia, and considered issues of affirmative action for faculty, staff, and students at Penn. Your dedication to Penn is so great that you traveled more than 60,000 miles as a member of our last Presidential Search Committee.
  
The Board of Overseers of the School of Arts and Sciences has benefited from your erudite presence since 1987. You are also a strong member of the Board of Overseers of the Nursing School and the Wharton Graduate Executive Board. Another way you demonstrate your regard for your alma mater is through your commitment to Penn faculty. Always loyal to the Class of ’59, you worked hard for your 35th Reunion Gift Committee and were an inspiration to your classmates. When The Penn Club was being established, you enthusiastically signed on at the Founder’s level. A past member of the Alumni Council on Admissions Advisory Committee, you have, since 1968, been the dedicated Chair of the Secondary School Committee for Eastern Oklahoma. You launched your own Penn family as well, and we were delighted when your daughter, an alumna, married an alumnus of the Wharton Graduate School.
   In addition to your work in oil and gas exploration and production as a partner in Nadel & Gussman, you serve the community as the Treasurer of St. John’s Medical Center, a past Trustee of Children’s Medical Center, and current volunteer on behalf of the Holland Hall School. A supporter of the Philbrook Museum of Art, you have your own collection of Impressionist paintings.
   Everywhere you go, you are an energetic and eloquent ambassador for Penn. In acknowledgement of your loyal devotion to your alma mater, we gratefully and fondly present you with the Alumni Award of Merit
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Myles H. Tanenbaum
Bachelor of Science in Economics, 1952
Doctor of Laws, 1957

A tenacious achiever, you worked your way through both Wharton and the Law School as a commuter student. In between selling fruit, keeping books, and riding the trolley, you became President of Wharton’s Accounting Honor Society, served on the Wharton Advisory Council, and joined the Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity. As a law student, you edited the Law Review, graduated cum laude, and were elected to the Order of the Coif. After two years in the Air Force, you began the practice of the law and later a career in real estate.
  
Through the years, you have dedicated yourself to Penn as though it were yet another full-time job. Recently appointed Trustee Emeritus, you serve on the Development and Facility and Campus Planning Committees. Still an active Overseer of the Law School, you chaired the capital campaign that created Nicole E. Tanenbaum Hall. In recognition of your work on the Athletics Advisory Board, you earned the H. Hunter Lott, Jr. Award. In addition, you are the past chair and continuing member of the board of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, a member of the Health System Executive Trustee Committee, a member of the Medical Center and Health System’s Campaign Steering Committee, and former Chair of the Board and Trustee of the Presbyterian Medical Center. You also serve on the Board of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center, which you founded, and which gave you its Lifetime Achievement Award. Besides all this, you are a frequent guest lecturer at Wharton, an Officer of the Law School’s Class of 1957, and a member of the Agenda for Excellence Council. We are grateful that your extraordinary dedication as an alumnus inspired your son to follow your good example by earning, like his father, two Penn degrees.
   Despite your responsibilities as Chairman of Arbor Enterprises and your other professional commitments, you serve more civic organizations than we can possibly list here, including past service as Chairman of the American Diabetes Association and of the Philadelphia Heart Institute. You have received The Charles E. Best Medal American Diabetes Leadership Award and Man of the Year Award from the Congregation Melrose B’nai Israel, a synagogue that you helped found when you were 28 years old.
   Your determination, discipline, and dedication have won you many awards, and your warm and generous nature, and special empathy for young people, many friends. It is with gratitude, fondness, and pride that we present you with the Alumni Award of Merit.
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Susan Charlene Taylor, M.D.
Bachelor of Arts, 1979

How proud we were in 1999 to see you on the cover of Philadelphia Magazine’s 1999 issue of Top Doctors of the Year, in which you were featured
as a world-renowned dermatologist. We were even prouder to learn that every summer you invite two minority college students interested in the field of medicine to spend a week with you in your office seeing patients.

  
As an undergraduate at Penn, your twin passions for learning and teaching were already in evidence. A member of the Black Pre-Health Society, you served as a University Peer Counselor, an Act 101 Counselor, a Resident Advisor at Kings Court College House, and an Advisor for Students Helping Students. In keeping with your own high standards, you were on the Dean’s List, a Scribe of the Sphinx Senior Society, and Secretary of the Onyx Senior Honor Society. No doubt the many students you assisted were delighted but not surprised when you won The Mary McCloud Bethune Award for Underclassmen Academic Achievement.
   After graduating from Harvard Medical School, you returned to Philadelphia and to Penn, where the model Penn undergraduate became a model alumna. An Overseer of the Graduate School of Education, you are also an active member of the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women (an organization close to your mentoring heart), and Co-Chair of the James Brister Society. Many at Penn know you as an elegant and eloquent speaker on campus panels.
   You do all of this for Penn while maintaining a private practice in Philadelphia, serving as Director of Columbia University’s Skin of Color Center, and appearing on The Today Show’s Weekend Edition as a medical consultant. Essence Magazine put you on its list of top women physicians, and in 1997 you won the Chisholm Award of the National Political Black Women for Outstanding Women in Medicine.
   Your many civic contributions are equally inspiring. Working with The Links and Jack and Jill, you have helped to house, clothe, feed, and educate countless children and adults from as close to home as Philadelphia to as far away as South Africa. While serving on the Board of the Joseph J. Peters Institute of Philadelphia for 10 years, you brought psychiatric and other support services to victims of abuse. You also volunteer for the Philadelphia Academy of Music. Before all else, you are a devoted wife and parent, even finding the time to be a second grade Class Mother.
   With awe and affection we praise you for your outstanding commitment to medicine, to society, and to your alma mater, and gratefully present you with this Alumni Award of Merit
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Arthur H. Saxon
Bachelor of Science in Economics, 1960
Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics, 1993

Much can be told about a person from his heroes, and in choosing Benjamin Franklin, you have chosen well. Treasurer of the Annual Franklin Celebration and Chairman of the Franklin Grave Procession, you honor Ben further through your outstanding service to Penn.
  
With both parents and an aunt all Penn alumni, you have always been part of the great Penn tradition, a tradition that you have handed on to your son. Certainly there was ample paternal lore to lure him here. As a Penn undergraduate you were a triple-threat athlete, winning six varsity letters in track, soccer, and cross-country running. With energy and enthusiasm to spare, you also served as Secretary of the Kite and Key Society, Treasurer of the Varsity Club, and a member of the Phi Kappa Beta, Jr. Society, the Spike Shoe Club, and the yearbook staff. In recognition of your many contributions of service, you were elected into the Sphinx Senior Society.
   Impressive though this was, your student record of service was just the beginning. Ten years after receiving your undergraduate degree, and still a loyal Quaker, you became President of the Graduate Track Club and joined the Board of Directors of the Graduate Varsity Club. As President of the Class of 1960 since 1985, editor of your class newsletter, and Reunion Chair for four reunions, you have achieved fundraising milestones. Among the many ways you encourage participation is by making the call center at your office available to every member of your class. Your firm has also hosted numerous Penn Fund Phonathons. In 1993 you became Vice President of the Organized Classes and from 1996 to 1999 began, as its President, to transform it. For instance, you started the happy practice of inviting the senior class board to a reception to welcome them into the community of alumni. For 38 years you have served Penn and the world of sports as a Master Official of the Penn Relays. Further commitments include The Penn Club of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Club of Sarasota and Manatee Counties in Florida.
   In addition to your full and productive life at Penn and as President of TeleSTAR Marketing, Inc., you find time to serve on the boards of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and Junior Achievement of Delaware Valley. Formerly, you served as Chair of the Board of the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine.
   Having been entertained by your fine tenor voice and sense of humor at recent Alumni Award of Merit presentations, it is with special affection and appreciation that we present you now with your own highly deserved Alumni Award of Merit
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Carol Blum Einiger

John G. Harkins, Jr.

Stephen J. Heyman

Myles H. Tanenbaum

Susan Charlene Taylor, M.D.

Arthur H. Saxon

 


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