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The Old Guard

Milton E. Kile W’19, Land O Lakes, Wisc., Aug. 21, 1995.

1920s

Alfred L. Chaplin G’23, Goldsboro, N.C., Nov. 1968.

Helen Updyke Wilson Ed’26, Detroit, May 28, 1991.

Elizabeth Prevost Everett Ed’27, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Feb. 20, 1991.

J. Edward Cantor W’28 L’31, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a retired attorney; March 5, 1997.

Mollie Reiter Lipkin Ed’28, Merchantville, N.J., June 6, 1997.

Dr. Herbert Miller D’28, Verona, N.J., a retired dentist who had maintained a practice in Newark and Milburn for more than 40 years; Aug. 26.

Paul S. Herzberg C’29 L’32, Philadelphia, a retired attorney; Feb. 19, 2000.

Charles G. Simpson Jr. C’29, Philadelphia, general manager of the Philadelphia Gas Works from 1956 to 1972; Sept. 18. Under him, the gas company prospered. He pushed through, despite opposition from both the city council and the local unions, the conversion of the more than 1.6 million house and industrial gas appliances to receive straight natural gas. He also insisted that African Americans be employed on the then-$15-million project, which was completed in six months. He had a reputation in the Philadelphia business world of being a maverick. Though a Republican, in 1967 he invited the Democrat Vice President, Hubert Humphrey, to speak at the city’s Union League, historically a bastion of Republicanism. This affronted many members, causing one to write, “It is against all traditions of the League to invite one of the worst liberals and radicals in the Government.” The event, nevertheless, was a success, and Humphrey was applauded by the 40 businesspeople at the lunch. Charles Simpson was a former president of the Philadelphia Board of Education, and was prominent in the establishment of the Community College of Philadelphia. Chair of the Pennsylvania State Council of Higher Education in the mid 1960s, he was removed for his refusal to go along with the patronage-based senatorial scholarships. And he served on the boards of Roxborough Memorial Hospital and Chestnut Hill College.

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1930s

Gertrude Hoffman L’30, Philadelphia, a retired attorney; June 12, 1995.

Benjamin Lichtenfeld W’30 L’33, Beverly Hills, Calif., a retired attorney; July 29, 1998.

Dr. Robert D. Meiser GM’30, North Manchester, Ind., July 8.

Thomas B. Kneen ME’31, Woodstock, N.Y., Aug. 24.

Mary Maloney McDermott Ed’31, Upper Darby, Pa., March 8, 1988.

Robert R. Nathan W’31 G’33, Arlington, Va., a prominent New Deal economist and an adviser to U.S. agencies and international bodies and governments; Sept. 4. He founded his international economic-consulting firm, Robert B. Nathan Associates, in 1946; he relinquished everyday management in 1978, remaining board chair till just before his death. His father an immigrant fruit peddler, he once said his own first venture into economics was a paper route at the age of eight: while at Penn he sold hosiery, tutored students, and worked in a factory to pay for his studies. He went to Washington in 1931 while a research assistant at Wharton, where he had come under the sponsorship of the Nobel Prize winner Dr. Simon Kuznets Hon’56 Hon’76, who oversaw the first comprehensive accounting of the U.S. economy. In 1934, Robert Nathan became a consultant to the President’s Committee on Economic Security, a major influence on the Social Security Act. He spent six years as chief of the national-income division of the Commerce Department, becoming chair of the War Production Board’s planning committee in the early 1940s, which involved also coordinating economic cooperation among the Allies. A tall man with the physique of a fullback, he acquired a reputation as a brash manager who scowled at bureaucrats and bureaucracy, and was outspoken in the press. He organized a supper club, called the Goon Squad, that met weekly at his home to decide, in the members’ opinions, how to run the government better; they would then leak their plans through back channels. Quitting the War Production Board after a reputed personality clash, he joined the army in 1943 but received a medical discharge that year, and wrote Mobilizing for Abundance (1944), which presented his view of a postwar economy built on a free-enterprise system. He was deputy director of the Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion, 1945-6. An early opponent of Joe McCarthy, he told the press in 1953, “The psychopathic hysteria which has taken hold of the American people is a source of real shame.” Throughout his career, Robert Nathan was unequivocally aligned with socially and economically progressive causes, including civil-rights and welfare legislation. As president of Americans for Democratic Action, he criticized the economic policies of President Eisenhower in the later 1950s, and consistently faulted the policies of later Republican presidents. He spoke out against what he saw as an emphasis on military rather than economic aid overseas; he claimed the Cold War could be won by economically fortifying developing countries.

Martin R. Freedman L’32, Bal Harbour, Fla., a retired attorney; May 18, 1989.

Dr. Gustave Gettenberg C’32 D’34, Riverhead, N.Y., a retired dentist; Nov. 5, 2000.

Theodore Widing WEv’32, Wayne, Pa., Jan. 16, 1998.

Thelma Dillon Andress Ed’33 G’35, Delray Beach, Fla., June 14. She taught on the faculty of Arcadia College, near Philadelphia, for many years.

Douglas K. Bonn W’33, Annapolis, Md., former manager of the government department of Uniroyal; Aug. 9. He later worked as director of business administration for the Highway Users Federation.

Harry Lieb W’33, Pembroke Pines, Fla., Jan. 18, 2000.

Dr. Harry B. Binder D’34, Portland, Ore., a retired dentist who had maintained a practice in New York for many years; Sept. 14.

Erwin E. Evans WEF’34, Longmeadow, Mass., Feb. 17, 1999.

Evelyn Rae Davidow Fishman Ed’34, Philadelphia, April 17. She was the mother of Judy Lee Fishman CW’62.

Bernard A. Koteen W’34, Alexandria, Va., an attorney; July 26, 1997.

Sidney Frick Pope CW’34, Sacramento, a neighborhood activist who for decades was the voice of east Sacramento homeowners in city hall; Aug. 30.

Robert L. Reitinger EE’34, Blue Bell, Pa., retired chief engineer with Rohm & Haas; Aug. 13. He was a past president of both the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers. At Penn he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon, Sigma Tau, and the Hexagon Senior Society.

G. Morley Richards G’34, Lower Gwynedd, Pa., Jan. 28, 2000.

Elizabeth Hull Vayda GEd’34, Teaneck, N.J., Jan. 12, 2000.

Sylvan M. Cohen C’35 L’38, founder in 1960 of the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, one of the country’s first REITs; Philadelphia, Sept. 8. His company, listed on the New York Stock Exchange, owns or manages property in 10 states. Chair of the Philadelphia law firm of Cohen, Shapiro, Polisher, Shiekman & Cohen until it closed in 1995, he was of counsel at the law firm of Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP. He was a founding member and past president of the International Council of Shopping Centers. A former president and trustee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, he had also served as a trustee and vice president of Philadelphia United Way. And he served as chair of the advisory board of Penn’s Institute on Aging. Sylvan Cohen received the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Society’s Alumni Award of Merit in 1983, the Law School’s Distinguished Service Award, and the Wharton Real Estate Center Achievement Award. A member of Penn’s tennis team and an avid player throughout his life, he was inducted into the Penn Tennis Hall of Fame.

Victor T. Ehre W’35, Williamsville, N.Y., former chair of Utica National Insurance Corp.; Sept. 13. In the 19 years he headed it, the company’s assets grew from $97 million to $700 million. He was a past president of Penn’s Alumni Club of Western New York, and he established an athletics scholarship at Penn. And he co-founded the Junior Football League of Western New York. He was the father of Victor T. Ehre Jr. W’70 and Donald D. Ehre WG’77.

Dr. Charles H. Finke GM’35, Delray Beach, Fla., a retired surgeon; Aug. 12, 1998.

Dr. Jonas Fleminberg D’35, Schenectady, N.Y., a retired dentist who had maintained a practice there for 40 years; Aug. 14.

Albert B. Gerber Ed’35 L’37 GL’42, Bala Cynwyd, Pa., Aug. 4.

William J. Holding W’35, Queensbury, N.Y.; March 26. He had maintained an independent insurance brokerage in Larchmont for 50 years. He had crewed at Penn.

Jeremiah J. Ray EE’35, Langhorne, Pa., a retired chief electrical engineer with what is now Peco; Aug. 28. After retiring from there in 1976, he served on the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, retiring as its chair in 1984.

George W. Keebler W’36, Tucson, Ariz., Sept. 11.

Chester T. Dickerson GEd’37, Milford, Del., May 10, 1999.

Dr. James G. Eagelman V’37, Myerstown, Pa., a retired veterinarian; Aug. 12.

Morton Goldsmith W’37, New York, Feb. 21, 1998.

George R. Johnson WEF’37, Elizabethtown, Pa., April 27.

Roy Linden Hill Jr. WG’37, Newport, Vt., June 3. He worked for Rohm & Haas in Philadelphia for many years.

John J. Mertz W’37, New Rochelle, N.Y., June 21, 2000.

Arthur Schwartz C’37, New Brighton, Minn., 1995.

Ralston D. Scott C’37 G’38, Williamsburg, Va., March 2, 1999.

Vance L. Eckersley L’38, Pompano Beach, Fla., a retired general manager of radio and television stations in Scranton, Pa., Providence, R.I., and Atlanta; July 2.

Arnold Finkel C’38, Allentown, Pa., owner with his wife of Hamilton Auctions; Aug. 17. A goldsmith and jeweler, he had also been an art dealer in Philadelphia in the 1960s. In his eighties he was still running a business on the Internet, finishing a novel about his childhood in South Philadelphia, collecting antiques, and designing and producing original jewelry. During the Second World War, he was a counterintelligence officer in the U.S. Army. He was the father of Edward Finkel C’63 and grandfather of Daniel Finkel C’00.

Dr. Herman S. Hepner GM’38, Bloomington, Ind., Jan. 1976.

Samuel R. Wexelblatt L’38, Glenside, Pa., an attorney; Oct. 24, 2000.

Dr. Robert N. Wilson Jr. M’38, Warwick, Bermuda, a retired obstetrician and gynecologist who had been affiliated with Bryn Mawr and Lankenau hospitals near Philadelphia; Aug. 24. Retiring to Bermuda in 1983, he delighted in growing bananas, and also helped with diabetes-screening and other medical programs there.

Dr. Ralph W. Alexander GM’39, Englewood, Fla., retired college health physician at Cornell University; Sept. 17. During the Second World War he held a similar role at Penn, where he also was director of the Blood Bank in the late 1930s.

Albert J. Crawford Jr. L’39, Media, Pa., an attorney; Sept. 1.

Dr. Claude F. Merzbacher ChE’39, Escondido, Calif., emeritus professor of natural science at San Diego State University; Aug. 30. A licensed psychotherapist, he had maintained a practice in Mission Hills from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s.

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1940s

Miriam Jameson Day CW’40, Colorado Springs, Colo., June 27.

Aaron M. Milner WEv’40, Wynnewood, Pa., retired general manager of the Bazaar of All Nations in Upper Darby, from 1960 soon after it opened till its closing in 1993; Aug. 29.

Charles A. Strange C’40, Milford, Conn., a retired executive in corporate finance for the old Bankers Trust in New York; Sept. 15. He had earlier set up his own firm that produced extruded plastics, and was a private consultant on plastics engineering for some years. After retiring from Bankers Trust, he set up Livingston Bags, a boutique distributor of accessories for women. He had served as an alderman in Milford.

Lester E. White EE’40, Punta Gorda, Fla., April 2.

William B. Kriebel WG’41, Lexington, Mass., July 1.

Dr. James G. Logue Jr. M’41, Wyndmoor, Pa., retired chair of obstetrics and gynecology and president of the staff at Germantown Hospital; Aug. 8. While attending Penn he worked as a magician, a lifelong avocation; he was a member of the International Society of Magicians and the Society of American Magicians. He had served on the board of Stapeley Hall.

John M. Stocker L’41, Pompano Beach, Fla., a retired attorney; Feb. 9, 2000.

Raymond P. Wettlaufer WEv’41, Norwood, Pa., April 15, 1999.

Dr. James J. Fiedler C’42, Blue Bell, Pa., a physician; Aug. 1998.

Nathan B. Hall L’42, Sanibel Island, Fla., a retired attorney; Aug. 7, 1998.

Jack N. Sachs W’42, Dallas, April 26, 1999.

Dr. Norman Weiss D’42, Long Beach, N.Y., a dentist; June 18.

Walter L. Angle Jr. W’43, Blue Bell, Pa., former vice president of Anchor Corp., a mutual-fund company; Aug. 27.

Dr. Peter Buchenholz C’43 D’44, Fort Pierce, Fla., a retired dentist who had maintained practices in Queens, Malverne, and Rhinebeck, N.Y., for many years; April 10.

Dr. William T. Donner C’43 M’45 GM’49, Jenkintown, Pa., retired chair of psychiatry at Abington Memorial Hospital; Sept. 14. He had served on the staff of the hospital for 45 years. He was known for his gentleness with patients and kindness to their families, but also his use of the word exemplary in reply to any greeting: as a colleague observed, “If you passed him in the hall and asked how he was doing, he would answer, ‘Exemplary, one-hundred per cent of the time’.” He had served on the faculty of the University.

Dr. Bernard H. Etkin D’43, Larchmont, N.Y., a dentist who had maintained a practice in Manhattan for more than 50 years; March.

Stanton W. Felt II L’43, Albuquerque, a retired attorney; Aug. 4, 2000.

J. Paul Gunther-Mohr W’43, Marshfield, Mo., Nov. 24, 2000.

Dr. David T. Jennings M’43, Williamsport, Pa., an ophthalmologist; June 26, 2000.

Dr. H. Glenn Ricker V’43, Milford, Del.; a retired veterinarian.

Buckley Hubbard Jr. W’46, Indian River Shores, Fla., a retired pension consultant in Erie, Pa., for New England Life of Boston; July 4.

Edward J. Kelly W’46, Ardmore, Pa., Aug. 18. A retired CPA who had practiced in Bryn Mawr for many years.

A. Gloria Frambes Bouilland Ed’47 GEd’48, Philadelphia, May 10, 2000.

Mary E. Feeney CW’47, Stratford, Conn., March 17, 2000.

William Hirst Jr. W’47, Torrington, Conn., May 29.

Joseph R. Layton W’47, Media, Pa., retired chief financial officer of the Sun Oil Co.; Aug. 28. Retiring in 1977 after 30 years with Sun, he served as a volunteer fireman in Prospect Park and Swarthmore. He had been a founding member of the board of Riddle Hospital, and he served on the board of the Crozer-Chester Medical Center for 25 years.

Harold S. Patton L’47, Morrisville, Pa., an attorney; Jan. 16, 1996.

David B. Kirk G’48, Yardley, Pa., a retired mathematician with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Aug. 7. He had taught at the Wharton School.

Robert D. Lane W’48, New York, former president of Hygrade Printing Corp.; Aug. 28. He served as chair of what is now New York’s Association of Graphic Communications. And he was an adviser to the Junior Achievement Program of New York. He was the father of Bob Lane L’77 and Rich Lane W’76 WG’81.

Elizabeth Howard Robinson FA’48, Memphis, an artist who painted mid-South and Gulf Coast landscapes; April 25. She once floated the entire length of the Mississippi in a houseboat with her husband, painting as she went.

Clifford D. Root L’48, Weston, Conn., an attorney; Aug. 23, 2000.

Richard E. Shroads W’48, Arcadia, Calif., May 28, 2000.

Herbert E. Dickson C’49, Glenolden, Pa.

John E. Jordan ME’49, Kettering, Ohio, a retired propulsion engineer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base; Sept. 1. Serving in the U.S. Army in the Second World War, he was awarded a Bronze Star, a Combat Infantry Badge, and a Purple Heart.

William H. Moore C’49, Westminster, Md., a retired certified public accountant with the Bureau of Public Debt; Aug. 30.

Jackson Neall W’49, Ocean City, N.J., former proprietor of the Milton Hagerthy Oil Co. in Linwood; Aug. 19. At Penn he was named to the 1947 all-East football team.

Dr. Edward P. Newman C’49 V’52, Reston, Va., veterinarian; Oct. 2000.

Dr. Richard B. Willingham M’49 GM’53, Louisville, Tenn., a retired Knoxville pediatrician who had maintained a practice there for 37 years; Aug. 26.

Franklin H. Young L’49, Nokesville, Va., a retired attorney; May 15, 2000.

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1950s

.Solomon Baybick ME’50, Cinnaminson, N.J., a retired mechanical engineer with the old RCA in Camden; Aug. 26.

Dr. Esker W. Cullen GM’50, Lemont, Pa., a retired surgeon, 1997.

Thomas J. Stohlman Ar’50, McDaniel, Md., a retired architect who had maintained a practice in Washington for 35 years, designing custom houses; Aug. 29. He moved to the Eastern Shore in 1986, continuing his work as an architect, but also working as a residential real estate broker. He was a past president of the Washington chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and chair of the Talbot County Historic Preservation Commission.

William D. Turkington WEv’50, Cape May, N.J., June 5.

Dr. Earl H. Brill C’51, Durham, N.C., an Episcopal theologian who was the Episcopal chaplain at Duke University, 1985-91; Sept. 19. He had served as Episcopal chaplain at Penn in the late 1950s, and in the same role at American University in Washington while he was chair of American studies there, and from 1974 to 1983 he was director of studies at the College of Preachers at the Washington National Cathedral. He wrote The Creative Edge of American Protestantism (1966), Sex Is Dead and Other Postmortems (1967), The Future of American Past (1974), and The Christian Moral Vision (1979). He was active in the cause of women’s ordination in the Anglican Communion.

Howard G. Clark Jr. W’51, Granburt, Tex., a retired marketing consultant; Sept. 5.

Dr. Galen R. Miller GM’51, Millersburg, Ohio, Feb. 17, 2001.

Dr. J. Roffe Wike II G’51 Gr’51, Berwyn, Pa., retired chair and senior partner of Cooke & Bieler, a Philadelphia investment firm; Sept. 10. Before joining the company in 1965, he had served as an associate professor at Penn and a research associate at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He served on the boards of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Southwest Community Enrichment Center.

Lawrence Drake Ar’52 GAr’76, Gladwyne, Pa., an architect who had designed building and reconstruction for churches in the Philadelphia area; Aug. 30. He had served as planning commissioner and then supervisor for Schuylkill township, 1972-81.

Jane Nisenson Packman Ed’52, Merion, Pa., a retired remedial-reading teacher; Aug. 29. She also taught yoga privately and at the Ardmore Senior Citizens Center.

Dr. William C. Richter GM’52, Kihei, Hawaii, a retired ophthalmologist who had maintained a practice in Spokane, Wash., from 1956 to 1975; Sept. 5. Moving to Hawaii in 1975, he had served on the boards of the Maui Kokua Service, the Maui Mediation Services, the Maui Mental Health Center, and the Kihei Youth Center.

Seth W. Watson Jr. L’52, Media, Pa., an attorney; May 24.

Donald R. Black Jr. CE’53, Port Charlotte, Fla., a retired engineer; Aug. 7.

Virginia G. Colflesh Nu’53 GEd’63, Grantville, Pa., Feb. 21, 2001. She had worked for the Pennsylvania Health department.

Dr. Maurice G. Kott Gr’53, Trenton, N.J., director of the New Jersey Division of Mental Retardation from 1959 to 1981; Sept. 18. Acting commissioner of the old Department of Institutions and Agencies during the prisoner takeovers of Rahway State Prison and the Yardville Correctional Facility, he was commended for his negotiations that helped prevent deaths. He served on the Presidential Committee on Mental Retardation in the early 1960s. A consultant throughout the country on mental retardation and a prolific author, he taught at Rutgers University and what is now the College of New Jersey. Dr. Kott was a past president of the New Jersey Psychological Association and vice-chair of the State Board of Psychological Examiners. He had also served as president of Jewish Family Services of the Delaware Valley and vice president of the Jewish Federation of Trenton.

John W. Thomas G’53, Bryn Mawr, Pa., director of radiation safety at the University from 1953 to his retirement in 1988; Aug. 15.

William D. McAnanly W’54, Crossville, Tenn., May 5.

John W. Brock Jr. ChE’54 L’59, Pittsburgh, retired president of VenWest, a venture-capital subsidiary of Westinghouse; Aug. 26. He had served on the board of the North Allegheny School District.

Dr. Walker Reynolds Jr. GM’54, Anniston, Ala., a retired surgeon; May 17.

Dr. Nathaniel R. Spencer GM’54, Monroe, La., a retired surgeon, 1993.

Richard H. Bate L’55, Randolph, N.J., an attorney; Nov. 8, 1997.

Harvey M. Schuster W’55, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., an attorney; June 22, 2000.

Edwin F. Cooke C’56, Seattle, July 4.

Dr. John D. Dutton Gr’56, San Jose, Calif., professor of philosophy at San Jose State University from 1957 to 1981; Sept. 16.

David C. Furman W’56 L’59, Red Bank, N.J., an attorney who had practiced in Middletown for 30 years; Sept.

Rima Bernstein Rothstein Ed’57, Greenwich, Conn., March 1, 1997.

Dr. Paul A. Robinson GM’59, Huntsville, Ala., a retired orthopaedic surgeon who had maintained a practice there from 1953 to 1989; Dec. 21, 2000.

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1960s

Dr. Richard F. Tomasson Gr’60, Albuquerque, retired chair and professor of sociology at the University of New Mexico; Sept. 6. He wrote a number of books on Sweden, Iceland, Social Security, and Affirmative Action, and edited a 10-year-long series of books on comparative social research. He was a past president of the American Scandinavian Society, and he founded the New Mexico chapter of the National Association of Scholars.

F. Raymond Wolson ME’60 WG’61, Arlington Heights, Ill., Aug. 24. He had recently formed Chinamolds.com.

Dr. John M. Cleveland GrEd’61, New Castle, Del., headmaster of the Upland Country Day School from 1963 to 1981; Sept. 9. He then served briefly as director of athletics there before retiring in 1984. And he served on the board of the Independence School. He was the founding president of the Chester County Skating Club, and was involved in the Finnish Overseas Program for 36 years. He was a board member of the National Coalition for Marine Conservation. Dr. Cleveland wrote The Albatross Fleet, Tarpon, and Growing Up Through Hockey. From 1958 to 1962 he was the ice-hockey coach at the University.

Dr. Thomas E. Hobbins C’61 GM’72, North Baltimore, former medical director of the Maryland Sleep Disorders Center; Sept. 23. He taught at the University of Maryland Medical school. He served on the board of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, which advocates good healthcare for residents of the state.

Dr. Nancy Ratajczak Shuman M’64, Wyomissing, Pa., a physician; Dec. 29, 2000.

Steven Izenour GAr’65, Philadelphia, a prominent architect and a principal of the famous firm, Venturi Scott Brown & Associates; Aug. 21. He was co-author with Robert Venturi Hon’80 and Denise Scott Brown GCP’60 GAr’65 Hon’94 of the landmark study, Learning from Las Vegas (1972), which changed people’s attitudes about the commercial strip. His design for his parent’s house on Long Island Sound was exhibited at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris in 1982 and won a National AIA Honor Award. His scheme for lighting the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia received national recognition during the celebration of the Bicentennial in 1976. And his lighting system for the Sainsbury wing of the National Gallery in London was so effective that visitors thought the paintings had been restored. But the American commercial strip was his lifelong inspiration, influencing his design for the Children’s Garden (1999) in Camden: it has a billboard-like entrance and a giant cup-and-saucer sculpture. He also delighted in designing the children’s treehouse at the Philadelphia Zoo. Often he would go to the defense of an unappreciated highway stop or neon sign that local town planners had deemed vulgar and doomed for demolition. He recently helped convince the Wildwood city council of the uniqueness of its doo-wop culture of plastic palms, pink flamingos, and giant neon signs. He often lectured at the University.

Adam M. Palaszewski WEv’65, Brookhaven, Pa., 1999. He had worked for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Audits.

Nicholas Humber WG’67, Newton, Mass., director of commercial sales for Enron Wind Corp. of California; Sept. 11, a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11 that was crashed into One World Trade Center. A committed environmentalist, he joined the EPA when it was founded in 1971 and had worked in its waste division. He had served as an adviser to the World Bank and evaluated many projects for fuel-cell technology. And he had co-founded Energia Global, which is focused on Latin America, and was a past president of BioMed of Boston. He was a member of many organizations, including the Norfolk Prison Fellowship Outreach Program.

Michael V. San Phillip W’67, Ridgewood, N.J., vice president at Sandler O’Neill & Partners, an investment house; Sept. 11, Two World Trade Center. On Memorial Day he got the news he had waited years to hear: his oldest daughter, married 11 years, was about to make him a grandfather. The discovery reduced him to tears, no small task for a man who had spent 34 years rising in the rough and tumble world of Wall Street finance.

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1970s

Richard Friedman L’70, Philadelphia, an attorney; June 28, 2000.

Dr. David M. Reeves C’71, Montclair, N.J., professor of music and director of the opera program at Rutgers University, who for two decades was the driving force behind Opera at Florham, a professional opera company in residence at Fairleigh Dickinson University at Madison; Sept. 12. In late 2000 he released Unknown Impressionists, a CD of solo piano works by lesser-known American composers.

Dr. Gerald P. Fisher GCP’72 GrS’74, Potomac, Md., a manpower consultant who had been with Booz Allen & Hamilton for 17 years; Sept. 11, at a meeting in the Pentagon. He still found time to pursue his passion for social work; one colleague said, “People would go to him for counseling; I guess he never lost the social welfare part of him.”

Theodore J. Taliaferro Jr. WG’74, Philadelphia, 1995.

Dr. Peter W. Jusczyk Gr’75, Baltimore, professor of psychology and cognitive sciences at Johns Hopkins University who was prominent in the study of infant speech perception and language acquisition; Aug. 23. With his wife he ran the Johns Hopkins Infant Language Research Laboratory. He wrote The Discovery of Spoken Language (1997).

James M. Williams L’76, Los Gatos, Calif., an attorney; Oct. 1998.

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1980s

Dr. Michael L. Katzev Gr’80, Athens, an art historian and marine archaeologist who was vice president of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology that he helped found at Texas A&M University; Sept. 8. He supervised the eight-year project to raise, preserve, and study the 2,300-year-old merchant ship Kyrenia, sunken off the coast of Cyprus. His work on this and other projects was featured in National Geographic magazine, by BBC television, and in the documentary, With Captain, Sailors Three.

Carl S. Oman WG’80, Holland, Pa., Dec. 14, 1999.

A. Andrew Brennan III C’83, Pottstown, Pa., Sept. 19.

Robert J. Deraney WG’83, New York, a financial consultant with Salomon Smith Barney; Sept. 11, at a breakfast meeting at Windows on the World restaurant on the 106th floor, One World Trade Center. His sister said he was the high-energy family organizer, who planned the annual reunions of 70 relatives, ordering Lebanese food; he created a game for these gatherings, Who Wants to be a Famillionaire?, based on family trivia. “He was pretty much perfect.”

Mukul K. Agarwala EE’84 WG’90, Secaucus, N.J., software research analyst for Fiduciary Trust International; Sept. 11, Two World Trade Center. It was his second day in this new job. He had folded an Internet company in San Diego last spring, and had moved back East to be near his parents in Kendall Park, N.J., as they were in failing health. His widow said he had a strong sense of concern for others: not long after they met in Hong Kong in 1993, he saw a newspaper article about a mistreated domestic worker who, like his parents, had come from India. He went to the Indian diplomatic mission there and paid her fare back home.

Michael M. Miller W’84, Englewood, N.J., a bond trader at Cantor Fitzgerald, the bond brokerage house; Sept. 11, One World Trade Center. He was recruited to Penn as a wide receiver in football. He and his fiancée had planned to marry in October: “We were just going to elope and throw a party,” she said. “We didn’t want to spend the money for a big wedding—we were saving to buy a house in the Hamptons.”

Mark L. Charette W’85, Millburn, N.J., senior vice president at Marsh & McLennan in Morristown, N.J.; Sept. 11, , at a morning meeting in the firm’s offices, One World Trade Center. He was married to Cheryl Desmarais W’85. He was in the midst of renovating their 120-year-old Victorian house, having re-done the heating system, much of the plumbing, and putting a cathedral ceiling in their bedroom. He and Cheryl met at Penn; they began as engineering majors and finished with business degrees. He served five years as a Naval officer on a nuclear submarine, while she worked as a consultant in New York. Even with his work, travel, and home renovating, Mark made his family the center of his life. At home in New Jersey or at their vacation house in Vermont, he spent hours hiking, skiing, and swimming with his three children. And he made time on Saturday mornings to take them to McDonald’s for breakfast, giving Cheryl a break. “This is your time,” he would tell her; “you are not invited.”

Keiji Takahashi GL’85, Tenafly, N.J., a financial analyst and director with Fuji Capital Markets Corp.; Sept. 11, Two World Trade Center.

Tu-Anh Pham WG’89, Princeton, N.J., a financial analyst with Fred Alger Management; Sept. 11, One World Trade Center. This was her second day at work after maternity leave: she gave birth to Vivienne Hoang-Anh Knobel on July 26. She had had time to make phone calls to her husband, Tom, but each time the line quickly went dead. After the first call, he turned on the television: “There it was,” he said. “The tower was burning.” Tu Anh called twice more; he could hear her, although she could not hear him. They had met in Texas 20 years ago, when they both worked as research scientists for Dow Chemical. She had come to this country from Vietnam as a teenager: her family had fled in the weeks just before Saigon fell in 1975. Tu Anh did not like working in the World Trade Center tower because she did not like heights, and as her brother-in-law had been in the complex when it was bombed in 1993.

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1990s

Geoffrey W. Cloud L’90, Stamford, Conn., an attorney who was recently named partner with Cantor Fitzgerald, the bond brokerage house; Sept. 11, One World Trade Center. He had been an attorney in private practice, later with the New York Stock Exchange, before joining Cantor Fitzgerald three years ago. His sister remembered him “describing his office, how proud he was of that office, where he could look out the window and see the Statue of Liberty,” and his mother had similar memories, “He was so happy in his work, he was upbeat, cheerful, happy. He loved his life in New York.”

Hideya Kawauchi WG’93, New York, a manager with Fuji Bank, Ltd.; Sept. 11, Two World Trade Center.

J. Howard Boulton Jr. WEv’94, New York, Sept. 11. He worked for Euro Brokers, Inc., an interdealer brokerage company in Two World Trade Center.

Jeffrey D. Wiener GEng’94, New York, a vice president and manager of the risk-technologies group at Marsh & McLennan; Sept. 11, One World Trade Center. He had earlier worked for General Electric on classified aerospace engineering. His wife, Heidi, is working on a Ph.D. in cell biology at NYU Medical Center. His father is Donald S. Wiener W’58, his sister is Robin K. Wiener ChE’85, and her husband is Roger A. Nehrer C’85. Speaking at his memorial service, his father noted that as a youth, Jeff excelled at his Jewish studies, at times filling in for the rabbi when he was away. “He was my best friend, as well as my son.” At his own congregation, The Brotherhood Synagogue in Manhattan, Jeff was to have conducted the children’s services for the High Holidays.

Garth E. Feeney EAS/W’95, New York, director of corporate development for DataSynapse on Eighth Avenue; Sept. 11. He was at a breakfast meeting at Windows on the World restaurant on the 106th floor, One World Trade Center, when the attack occurred. He had co-founded the company almost a year earlier, having worked for Booz Allen. At Penn he served as a literacy tutor for adults and set up an after-school project for underprivileged children. Colleagues were in e-mail contact with him till 45 minutes after the plane hit; he was able to briefly phone his parents in Florida, and he spoke with his fiancée for 30 minutes by cellphone. His father was quoted, “He did in 28 years what most people would do in a lifetime.”

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2000s

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Faculty & Staff

Dr. Ralph W. Alexander. See Class of 1939.

Dr. Michelle Battistini, Northfield, N.J., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University and director of Penn Health for Women; Sept. 5. She joined the Penn faculty in 1994 and started the comprehensive women’s health program, Penn Health for Women; this fledgling program soon was one of the cornerstones for the opening of Penn Medicine at Radnor, and has become the clinical arm of Penn’s NIH Center of Excellence for Women’s Health. Dr. Battistini had an academic reputation, both nationally and internationally, as an expert in menopause care. She earned the Sylvan Eisman Outstanding Primary Care Physician Award in 1999 from University of Pennsylvania Health System, and the 2001 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

Dr. Earl H. Brill. See Class of 1951.

Dr. John M. Cleveland. See Class of 1961.

Dr. William T. Donner. See Class of 1943.

Steven Izenour. See Class of 1965.

David B. Kirk. See Class of 1948.

Marshall D. Meyers, Pasadena, Calif., a former lecturer and design critic in architecture at the Graduate School of Fine Arts: Aug. 12. An independent practitioner, he worked on the design of the Alfred Newton Richards Medical Research Building and was project architect for the Eugene Ormandy Memorial Listening Center in the Van Pelt Library. He also worked, with Louis I. Kahn FA’24 Hon’71, on the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Tex., and introduced a new mode of controlled ambient lighting for museums; this renewed interest in the use of daylight and influenced subsequent art-museum design.

John W. Thomas. See Class of 1953.

Dr. J. Roffe Wike II. See Class of 1951


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