Statement from Penn President Amy Gutmann
All of us in the Penn family are heartbroken by the news of Sheldon Hackney’s passing. Sheldon was one of the most beloved presidents in the history of our University. He also was an exceptional leader and renowned scholar who was a national champion for the humanities, and for a broad-based liberal arts education. He approached his work with grace and dignity, a sense of kindness and genuine humility, and a wry, oft-times unexpected sense of humor. He was a friend to everyone who had the good fortune of working with him. Sheldon also will always be remembered as a true gentleman scholar.
Sheldon's vision and leadership helped guide Penn to greatness in many ways that will continue to be felt all across our campus and broader community. I was honored to be able to count him as a dear friend.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife and our friend Lucy, their surviving children Sheldon Fain and Elizabeth, and their grandchildren.
Sheldon’s life was one we could do well to emulate. He will be greatly missed.