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1920s

Margaret P. Rhodes PSW’21, Wawa, Pa., April 19, 1995.

Dr. Abram Cohen D’23, retired head of dental services in Philadelphia schools from 1944 to 1970, who was prominent in the campaign that began floridation of the city’s water supply in 1952; June 24, 1998. In the late 1930s he went to Palestine and laid the groundwork for what later became, at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel’s first dental school. He had taught at Penn; he also founded the dental program at Hahnemann Medical College in 1944. In 1993 he and his son, Dr. D. Walter Cohen C’47 D’50, both received the Alumni Award of Merit from the General Alumni Society.

Floyd A. Knoll W’23, Buffalo, N.Y., March 27, 1990.

Maurice E. Ciplet W’26, Philadelphia, a retired attorney with the Social Security Administration until 1978; July 10, 1998. He was an active arbitrator for the County Court of Philadelphia until he was 90.

Ramon E. Knoll W’26, Buffalo, N.Y., June 22, 1998.

Dr. Andrew J. Lotz C’28, Paoli, Pa., a retired physician who helped establish the Chester County health department in the late 1960s and served as its chair, 1967-70; July 20, 1998. He practiced family medicine in Paoli from 1934 until his retirement in 1976, and served on the staff of the old Chester County Homeopathic Hospital, now Paoli Memorial Hospital.

Armand J. Peartree C’28, Lower Gwynedd, Pa., a retired real-estate developer with Peartree & Pasfield, a firm that developed sections of suburbs in Philadelphia’s Main Line; June 18, 1998. He later started a second career, from 1955 to 1973, first with an education project at Temple University sponsored by the Ford Foundation, then as coordinator of a work-experience program for the Lower Merion school district.

Dr. George W. Stephenson M’28, Chicago, a retired surgeon who had served as administrator for the American College of Surgeons in Chicago; June 23, 1998. He had also practiced surgery in Bloomington.

Benjamin Bailkin C’29, Kenner, La., a retired appraiser of antiques at Morton Goldberg Auction House in New Orleans; June 24, 1998.

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1930s

Merwyn L. Grill W’30, Philadelphia, a retired manager for the old John Strobel Pallet Leasing System; June 24, 1998.

Howard A. Guttenberg W’30, Riverside, Calif., April 2, 1997.

George C. Newton WEv’30, Staten Island, N.Y., June 11, 1998.

A. John Willis W’30, New London, N.H., retired director of personnel for Suffolk County, N.Y.; June 25, 1998. He had earlier served in that role for the city of Springfield, Mass.

Alice H. Frey L’31, Wayne, Pa., retired writer, editor and indexer of legal books and periodicals, including The Practical Lawyer; July 6, 1998. She also served on the staff of the Philadelphia Community Legal Services.

Henry Gates Ar’31, Canton, Mich., a retired architect who had designed interstate highways for Blauvelt Engineering in New York; July 14, 1998. In the mid-1960s, he served on Lady Bird Johnson’s highway-beautification program.

Melvin W. Whitesell C’31, Jupiter, Fla., June 3, 1998.

Benjamin M. Gaston WG’32, Radnor, Pa., June 1, 1997.

Lewis O. George Jr. WEv’32, Wawa, Pa., retired vice president of administration for the Philadelphia Insurance Co.; July 18, 1998.

Warren H. Miller W’32, Santa Barbara, Calif., one of the original researchers for Dave Garroway of The Today Show; September 21, 1996. He also served for 35 years with the Great American Insurance Company in New York; after it relocated to Los Angeles, he worked with the Home Insurance Company, and taught at the College of Insurance, until retirement. Jeff enjoyed his travel benefits as a retired Army officer, and did considerable volunteer work in New York, including work with Dr. Margaret Mead at the Museum of Natural History. After moving to Santa Barbara in 1982, he continued his extensive volunteer work, including work with Legal Defense Services, Reading for the Blind and hospice work.

Adelaide Mastick Reynolds Ed’33, Falls Church, Va., June 27, 1998.

Dr. Duane G. Sonneborn C’33 M’37, Rydal, Pa., a physician in general practice who had maintained a general practice in North Philadelphia for 40 years, retiring in 1978; June 29, 1998. He then worked at Jeanes Hospital for 10 years, and helped introduce its podiatric section. He had taught diagnostics at Penn from 1939 to 1970.

Ray G. Walter W’33, Metairie, La., a retired employee in the personnel and water departments of Jefferson Parish; January 17, 1997.

A. J. Gianforti C’34, Harrisburg, Pa., an attorney; May 31, 1989.

G. Harold W. Haag Ar’34, Ithaca, N.Y., an architect who had practiced in Jenkintown and Doylestown, Pa., from 1938 to 1976, designing school buildings; July 19, 1998. He was a past president of the Pennsylvania Society of Architects.

Daniel Halperin W’34, Boynton Beach, Fla., October 1997.

Leonard G. Leof L’34, Wyncote, Pa., 1987.

Charles B. Maits Jr. W’34, Lansdowne, Pa., retired editor of Country Gentleman magazine, who was a sportswriter for the Springfield Press for more than 20 years; July 24, 1998. He played tennis until he was nearly 80.

Dr. Jacob Oltman C’34 D’36, Wynnewood, Pa., a retired dentist; June 27, 1998.

Thomas G. White Sr. W’34, New Port Richey, Fla., May 15, 1998.

Dr. Alfred D. Desnoes C’36 D’39, Rockville Centre, N.Y., a retired dentist; November 4, 1994.

Hon. J. Sydney Hoffman L’36, Philadelphia, a judge on the Pennsylvania Superior Court; June 22, 1998. One former law clerk described him as "intellectually fearless, and he had no preconceived notions. He had no agenda, no other thought but to do what was right. And that was very liberating." While on the Philadelphia Juvenile and Family Court, Judge Hoffman turned his courtroom into a model that would be visited by judges, probation officers and sociologists from around the country. He helped bring about extending to juveniles the right to public hearings and legal representation, and he made court proceedings more open. He was the main architect of Philadelphia’s accelerated rehabilitative-disposition program in the 1970s, to rehabilitate first-time offenders and clear their records–then a radical idea. After reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70 in 1978, Judge Hoffman became a senior judge, continuing to carry a full caseload until just weeks before his death. He had served 42 years on the bench.

Margaret W. Parstorfer Ed’36 GEd’45, Sun City West, Ariz., January 29, 1998.

Francis P. Steel L’36, Philadelphia, retired teacher at Chestnut Hill Academy, from 1955 to 1977; July 5, 1998.

C. Whitcomb Alden Jr. W’37, Chapel Hill, N.C., April 7, 1998.

Ida Posternock Cohen Ed’37, Radnor, Pa., June 12, 1997.

Naomi B. Crossley Ed’37, Longwood, Fla., March 5, 1998.

Eugene F. Kiley Jr. W’37, Hamden, Conn., April 24, 1997.

Francis T. Murray C’37, Boca Raton, Fla., the first director of intercollegiate athletics at the University (1950-53), known most for being a member of the Quakers’ "Destiny Backfield" from 1934 to 1936; June 28, 1998. He was the last surviving member of the Destiny Backfielders. An All-American in football and basketball, he was captain of basketball in his junior year and co-captain in his senior year, when he was named to the All-America squad, and to the Hearst Foundation’s All United States team–compiled by novelist Damon Runyon, then a sportswriter. Murray had a nightly sports show on a Philadelphia radio station, and 1939 and 1940, played halfback and punter with the Philadelphia Eagles. In 1958 he became director of sales and advertising for Crown, Cork & Seal, and later was an independent paper broker with the Scott Paper Co., before retiring; he moved to Florida in 1981. Murray had been inducted into Penn’s Athletic Hall of Fame on May 16 last year, but did not attend owing to illness.

Walter L. Kalbach Jr. WEF’38, Reading, Pa., retired vice president of Ludens, manufacturers of cough lozenges; September 29, 1997.

Dorothy O. Thompson Ed’38 G’42 GEd’63, Newtown, Pa., July 7, 1998.

Joseph A. Singer C’39, Jenkintown, Pa., property manager for his family’s house-building and renovation firm; June 22, 1998.

Benjamin F. Stahl Jr. L’39, Vero Beach, Fla., retired senior partner with the Philadelphia law firm of Clark, Ladner, Fortenbaugh & Young; July 10, 1998.

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1940s

Dr. John L. Morgan M’40, Olathe, Kans., a retired physician who had practiced internal medicine in Emporia from 1949 to 1984; July 23, 1998.

Ernest Boghosian EE’41, Sun City, Ariz., May 21, 1998.

Louis D. Day Jr. FA’41, Philadelphia, retired secretary of the University Museum; February 6, 1998. He had also served as director of Houston Hall in the early 1950s. A freelance artist, he did much work for the University, designing the Museum’s and Faculty Club’s logos. He received the Alumni Award of Merit in 1977.

Janet Toperzer Ehly Ed’41 GEd’42, Philadelphia, April 3, 1999, in an auto accident in the Florida Everglades.

Arthur F. Lefferts W’41, Glenside, Pa., a certified public accountant in private practice; July 1, 1998.

Victor M. Levy W’41, Saint Paul, Minn., July 31, 1996.

Eleanore Stone Simon Ed’41 GEd’42, Hilton Head Island, S.C., July 3, 1998.

Joy Braude Takiff CW’41, Philadelphia, November 3, 1997.

Sylvia Tecosky Brecker CW’42, Abington, Pa., a portrait painter; June 26, 1998. Ticky was also known as the mother of jazz musicians Michael and Randy Brecker.

W. Terry Vrooman WEv’42, Newtown, Pa., retired senior vice president and corporate secretary of Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance; June 30, 1998. Retiring in 1978, he spent 13 years as a commercial real-estate broker.

Dr. Maurice W. Arnold V’43, Kennett Square, Pa., July 1, 1997.

Dr. Phyllis R. Miller CW’43, Baltimore, former social-work director and senior social worker for the psychiatric units at the old Gundry/Glass Hospital; July 10, 1998. She was a tenured professor of social work at the University of Maryland from 1966 to 1987, and she taught at Johns Hopkins University’s Columbia campus.

Dr. James A. Stackhouse Jr. D’43, Fearrington Village, N.C., professor emeritus of prosthodontics and biomaterials at the University of Dentistry and Medicine of New Jersey; June 24, 1998. He was internationally recognized for his research on dental materials.

Dr. James A. Whitlock V’43, Melbourne, Fla., a retired veterinarian who had maintained a practice in New Canaan, Conn., for many years; June 30, 1998.

John W. Stone W’45, New Hope, Pa., January 1998.

Henry R. Hoke Jr. W’47, Garden City, N.Y., publisher of Direct Marketing magazine; July 9, 1998. He also set up the publications firm, Hoke Communications Inc.

Fred F. Auerbach W’48, Salt Lake City, president and CEO of the Western Gold ‘n Gas Co., who had earlier headed his family’s downtown department store until it was sold in 1977; July 12, 1998. The store’s original location had been chosen for his grandfather by the Mormon founder, Brigham Young.

Harold Benedict W’48, Bellevue, Wash., October 19, 1997.

Dr. Harold L. Dixon G’48, Trevose, Pa., a physician; December 20, 1995.

Dr. Thomas J. Davy WG’48 Gr’56, Lawrenceville, N.J.

Aaron C. F. Finkbiner Jr. W’48, Gladwyne, Pa., an insurance agent with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.; June 29, 1998. He was with the company for 50 years, and still active until a week before his death.

Dr. John H. Freed GM’48, Littleton, Colo., a retired radiologist who had maintained a practice in Denver for 50 years; November 27, 1997. He served on the faculty of Penn’s School of Medicine, 1946-50.

Mattye S. G. Holmes Ed’48, Brandywine, Md., July 26, 1997.

Herbert B. Krakovitz C’48, Bala Cynwyd, Pa., November 27, 1993.

Dr. Richard E. Walsh D’48, Ship Bottom, N.J., a dentist; May 31, 1998.

Dr. Farrell F. Golden GM’49, Madison, Wisc., a physician; April 14, 1995.

Dr. Willard P. Holteen C’49, Concord, Mass., a retired radiologist who had served on the staff of Emerson Hospital; July 20, 1998.

George I. Leopold C’49, Medford Lakes, N.J., a retired builder-developer of retirement communities; July 7, 1998.

James S. Lowell Ar’49, Palm City, Fla., retired project-management director for buildings and furnishings in the Eastern office of the YMCA USA; July 12, 1998.

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1950s

William F. Holmstrom CE’50, Woodbury, N.J., February 13, 1996.

Jane Cline Finley Laros WG’50, Reeders, Pa., retired municipal consultant for the Pennsylvania Department of Community Affairs; July 23, 1998.

Ruth E. Taylor NEd’50, Bangor, Pa., a retired probation officer for Lehigh County; July 4, 1998. She had earlier served as a public-health nurse for the city of Allentown.

Robert J. Benton Ar’51 GAr’52, Delran, N.J., September 19, 1996.

John D. Dickinson ME’51, Newtown Square, Pa., December 28, 1997.

Dr. Wesley M. Oler MG’51, Chevy Chase, Md., clinical professor emeritus of internal medicine at Georgetown University where he had taught for more than 40 years; July 7, 1998. He had served as vice chair of the medical board and as a trustee at Washington Hospital Center. Devoted to early music, he sang and played original instruments, and served as president of the Washington Recorder Society and on the boards of the Dolmetsch Foundation and the American Recorder Society.

Nancy P Shirlaw DH’51, Charleston, W.Va., December 27, 1996.

Herbert C. Gery Jr. EE’52, New Britain, Pa., an electrical engineer with Leeds & Northrup, who retired in 1993 after 37 years with the company; July 16, 1998.

Harry C. McMillan ME’52, Cherry Hill, N.J.

John C. Bradly III W’53, Hilton Head Island, S.C., May 2, 1998.

Robert W. Eich C’53, Norwell, Mass., a retired sales representative for the Bethlehem Steel Company from 1965 to 1991; July 10, 1998.

George S. Goldberg W’53, Dix Hills, N.Y., an attorney; June 1997.

Leroy F. King WEv’53 CCC’54, Philadelphia, October 1997.

Andrew M. Knowlton L’53, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.

Col. Joseph C. Van Cleve Jr. L53, Basye, Va., July 1, 1998.

Robert P. Mittelman W’54, Baltimore, May 29, 1998.

Walter B. Flagg G’56, Philadelphia, former supervisor of laboratory animal science for SmithKline Beckman Corp.; June 27, 1998. He worked in human resources there for 10 years until retiring in 1986. At the age of 52, he took up ice figure skating.

Dr. Clyde de Loache Ryals Gr’57, professor of English at Duke University, who was an authority on 19th-century British literature; July 10, 1998. Co-editor of a multi-volume edition of the letters of Thomas Carlyle, the Scottish essayist and historian, and his wife, Jane Welsh Carlyle, Dr. Ryals had finished, not long before his death, the notes to the 27th volume in the series, that is jointly published by Duke and the University of Edinburgh. The Carlyles have been described as the finest letter-writers in English of the 19th century. Dr. Ryals taught at Penn from 1960 to 1973, when he joined the Duke faculty.

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1960s

Stephen R. Hess W’60, New York, July 14, 1998. He had volunteered at Lenox Hill Hospital.

Dr. Grace Smelo Milgram GCP’60 Gr’67, Washington, a retired housing economist with the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress; July 23, 1998.

Dr. Allen Rothwarf G’60 Gr’64, Philadelphia, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Drexel University; June 24, 1998. His research focused on solar cells, which he had first experimented with in 1972, when at the University of Delaware. He had taught at Penn.

Lloyd W. Wolfe G’60, Atlanta, April 7, 1998.

Dr. Bradford B. Broughton Gr’61, Potsdam, N.Y., February 4, 1997.

Dr. Stenio S. Ether GD’62, Rio de Janeiro, a dentist; May 6, 1998.

Dr. Keith P. Hertzog C’65 Gr’74, Bryn Mawr, Pa., July 20, 1998. An anthropologist, he had taught at Penn.

Veronica C. Bocchese Ed’66, Sparks, Nev., March 3, 1998.

Lt. Col. Margaret L Odell Ed’66, Homer, Mich.

Dr. Vrudhula K. Sastry Gr’66, New York, retired director of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development; June 20, 1998.

George B. French C’67, Blue Point, N.Y., a charter-boat skipper; July 3, 1998. He was owner and leader of Jelly Roll, a Dixieland-jazz band, for 20 years.

Dr. John R. Logan III G’68 Gr’81, Acton, Mass., July 5, 1998.

Richard L. Robertson C’68, San Francisco, April 11, 1995.

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1970s

Ronald E. Caros GEE’71, New Port Ritchey, Fla., October 2, 1995.

Dr. Richard Frederick Tislow GM’71, Somerville, Mass., a retired Philadelphia psychiatrist who had earlier been a research pharmacologist with Schering-Plough in N.J., and the Wyeth Corp. in Philadelphia; July 21, 1998. Retiring from Wyeth in 1973, he took on a residency in psychiatry at Penn, in part because of his friendship and correspondence with the famous psychoanalyst Anna Freud–who had been his schoolteacher when he was a boy in Vienna. He served as staff psychiatrist at various Philadelphia and regional hospitals, retiring in 1992 from the Haverford State Hospital at the age of 86.

Jean-Paul Joseph W’72, a New York banker; May 20, 1998.

Dr. Michael R. Hodges Gr’73, London, senior lecturer in international political economy at the London School of Economics; June 17, 1998. He was former chair and professor of international relations at Lehigh University. Author of Multinational Corporations and the British Government and The Development of the International Oil Industry, he was a frequent commentator on BBC television and CNN.

Dr. Honora Rankine-Galloway Gr’73, Washington, a country-affairs officer for Canada and Northern Europe with the U.S. Information Agency; July 18, 1998. Before joining the government in 1984, she had taught at the universities of Aix-en-Provence and Caen in France.

Saul M. Fenichel W’74, Scotch Plains, N.J., December 12, 1996.

Carol M. Segal Kolman OT’74, Elkins Park, Pa., May 17, 1993.

Kathleen T. Bartuska C’76, Philadelphia, a science teacher at the Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, Pa.; June 20, 1998. She was a paleobotanist with a speciality in Drepanophycus.

Charles F. Hoban III WEv’76, Springfield, Pa., a retired real-estate appraiser of commercial and industrial properties for First Union Bank; July 17, 1998. In 1996 he became a self-employed real-estate consultant in Media.

Thomas J. Quintois WEv’79, Langhorne, Pa., a vice president of Cleveland-based Kohler Lighting; July 23, 1998.

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1980s

Kevin S. White W’84, Key Biscayne, Fla., a former consultant with a mergers & acquisitions firm in Del Mar, Calif.; June 1, 1998, of a brain tumor. After Penn he had worked for BCCI, an international bank, in London and Spain. He returned to the U.S. in 1988 and joined Brian Scanlan W’84 in his then start-up company that produces financial software for Wall Street firms. Soon after the tumor diagnosis in 1993, Kevin moved back to be with his parents and friends in Florida, taking advanced Spanish classes to brush up on the skills he had from his time in Spain and from growing up in Puerto Rico and Miami. He persevered in trying to find positions for which he was qualified, holding various short-term jobs until the tumor returned in Sept 1997. A scholarship fund at Penn has been established in his memory.

Kevin J. Murray GRP’85, Oak Park, Ill., a regional planner with Camp, Dresser & McKee who specialized in solid-waste management; June 23, 1998.

Mae L. Page SW’88, Philadelphia, a social worker at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who specialized in pediatric bereavement, founding a program there to help families cope with the loss of their children; July 8, 1998. She was a founding member of Bainbridge House, a Christian community dedicated to daily prayer and community work in its South Philadelphia neighborhood.

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1990s

Thomas M. O’Sullivan GPU’91, Springfield, Pa., June 4, 1998.

Dr. Hyuekyou Park Gr’90, Pusan, Korea, professor at Ulsan University; June 22, 1998.

Tracy Lochli Schrader Nu’90, Voorhees, N.J., July 28, 1997.

Dr. Karen E. Spiegle V’97, Philadelphia, March 27, 1997.

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Faculty & Staff

John W. Butler, Ocean City, N.J., freshman football coach at the University, 1954-58; July 1, 1998.

Dr. Abram Cohen. See Class of 1923.

Dr. John H. Freed. See Class of 1948.

Dr. Keith P. Hertzog. See Class of 1965.

Dr. Allen Rothwarf. See Class of 1960.

Dr. Clyde de Loache Ryals. See Class of 1957.

Dr. Duane G. Sonneborn. See Class of 1933.


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