Jay S. Seibert of Dental School

Jay S. Seibert, 69, former associate dean for academic affairs and director of the graduate periodontology program, died Dec. 19 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) at his home in Devon.

Seibert, whose distinguished teaching had earned him a Lindback Award, had been a professor and chairman of periodontology since 1973. He also received the Dental Alumni Society Award of Merit.

He graduated from Penn Dental School in 1953 and studied periodontics at Baylor University, completing his training in 1960.

Well known in the dental community, he wrote numerous articles and contributed to textbooks. He is survived by his wife, Joan Marie Reid Seibert; children John, Kimberly, Valerie, Thomas and Jeffrey; a brother; a sister; and a grandson.


Jeremiah Ford made Penn an Ivy

The man who brought Penn into the Ivy League died Dec. 6.

Jeremiah Ford II, 87, alumnus (C'32) and retired athletic director, died of pneumonia in Rogers, Ark. He had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Ford, who was known as Jerry, served as Penn's director of athletics from 1953 to 1967. In the first few years of his tenure, he worked with the other seven Ivy institutions to codify the rules for student-athletes that by-in-large still govern the Ivy League.

As an undergraduate, Ford was a member of the football and baseball squads and was known for his running ability. He was named the Class of 1915 Award winner for most closely approaching the ideal of the University of Pennsylvania athlete. That award influenced him for the rest of his athletic career, which he dedicated to promoting that ideal of sports combined with scholarship and integrity.

Originally published on January 14, 1998