Eugenia Cook, Former News Officer

Eugenia Bain ("Missy") Cook, a member of the News Bureau staff at the University in the 'seventies, died on September 18 at the age of 51.

A Penn alumna who took her master's degree in journalism and English from Northwestern University, Ms. Cook was a versatile reporter who was responsible initially for arts and humanities, then social sciences, and later medical affairs in what is now the University's Office of News and Public Affairs.

After her stint at Penn she was on the staff of the Trenton Times and was a features writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer. As a freelance in marketing and technical writing she also worked in communications for the Academy of Natural Sciences and Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company.

Ms. Cook is survived by her sons Hadley and Fritz.

Katharine O'Shea Elsom, Medicine

Dr. Katharine O'Shea Elsom, a former associate professor in the School of Medicine who had taught at Penn for 48 years, died on September 14 at the age of 92.

Dr. Elsom, a University of Wisconsin graduate who took her M.D. at Penn in 1930, joined the faculty in 1931 as an assistant instructor, and taught until 1979. She was variously in departments that offered teaching and research in public health and preventive medicine, community medicine, and research medicine. A private practitioner in internal medicine during parts of her career, she also conducted research at Philadelphia General Hospital on the effects of vitamin B deficiency on human mental capacity, and was a visiting physician at Bryn Mawr College.

She is survived by her daughter, Harriet E. Rothstein; a son, Kendall A. Elsom Jr.; and five grandchildren.


Volume 43 Number 5
September 24, 1996

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