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Dr. Arthur Bloomfield, International Economic Advisor

Arthur I. Bloomfield, a professor emeritus of economics who was an advisor to many of the world's emerging nations during his long and distinguished career, died on October 6 at the age of 84.

Dr. Bloomfield was on the faculty here for 27 years, joining the economics department as a full professor in 1958 and retiring in 1985. He had also been a visiting professor at the City University of New York, Columbia, Princeton, Johns Hopkins and the University of Melbourne.

As a State Department and Ford Foundation consultant, Dr. Bloomfield advised on central banking, development banking, foreign aid and financial policy in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Congo/Zaire, Malaysia, the Philippines and the Caribbean.

He was a frequent contributor to economic journals and served on the editorial board of the Journal of Post-Keynesian Economies. His many books included Capital Imports and the American Balance of Payments, 1934-1939; Monetary Policy under the International Gold Standards, 1880-1914; Speculative and Flight Movements of Capital in Postwar International Finance; Short Term Capital Movements under Pre-1914 Gold Standards; and Patterns of Fluctuation in International Investment before 1914. His most recent work was Essays in the History of International Trade Theory, published in 1994.

Dr. Bloomfield was a native of Montreal who took his bachelor's and master's degrees from McGill University. After taking his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1942 he joined the staff of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he was a senior economist and consultant until 1958. During this time he served on several governmental commissions, among them the Wilbur Commission to Indo-China and the Randall Commission on foreign trade policy.

In 1949-50 he was a financial advisor to the Bank of Korea, where his work formed the foundation of central banking in that country. With J. P. Jensen, he co-authored Banking Reform in South Korea, published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in 1951. In addition, he was a financial advisor to the Korean Ministry of Finance and the United Nations Korean Reconstruction Agency.

He received a special citation from the Government of Korea at the Korea-USA Centennial in 1983, and an honorary doctorate in economics from Han Yang University in Seoul in 1987. Other awards included Social Science Research Council Fellowship in 1956; a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in 1957-58; Ford Foundation faculty research fellowship in 1962.

Dr. Bloomfield was married to the former Dorothy E. Reese in 1987. He is survived by his wife, a step-son, Alan Reese; a sister, Harriet Joseph; five nephews and four nieces.

Robert G. Lorndale, Former Secretary of Council

Robert G. Lorndale, the retired Associate Secretary of the University whose 28 years at Penn were marked by outstanding service as Secretary to the University Council, died on October 11 at the age of 72.

Mr. Lorndale was born in Chicago and graduated from the Ashville School in North Carolina. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, on destroyer escort in the Pacific, then took his bachelor's degree from Princeton in 1947 and an MBA from the Wharton School in 1951.

In 1961 he returned to Penn as Assistant Secretary of the University, with responsibility for staffing numerous all-University committees and for coordinating Commencement and other major convocations. He was later promoted to Associate Secretary, and as the University's governance activities increased in scope and complexity, Mr. Lorndale was regarded as a touchstone of equanimity in times of controversy. "Bob Lorndale's career was devoted to serving Penn's varied constituencies, and he did so with taste and with pride,"said President Emeritus Martin Meyerson.

After retiring in 1989, Mr. Lorndale served on the board of the Christian Association at Penn, volunteered for the University Museum, rowed from the Ondine Boathouse, and was active in the affairs of All Saints' Episcopal Church in Wynnewood.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Barbara Quick Lorndale; his son, Robert Gordon Lorndale, Jr.; two daughters, Dierdre Griffin and Kathryn Miller; and four grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorial contributions to the Zoological Society of Philadelphia, 3400 Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Dr. Harold Persky, Scholar of Hormonal Effects

Dr. Harold Persky, an emeritus professor of psychiatry who had taught at PennMed for 20 years before retiring in 1983, died on Wednesday, October 14,, at the age of 81.

Dr. Persky was an alumnus of the University of Chicago, where he took his bachlor's degree, his master's and his Ph.D. in biochemistry.

He joined Penn in 1963 after teaching at Albert Einstein Medcial Center, Indiana University Medical School, Indanapolis, and the Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. Frequently cited for his studies in the links between hormones and moods, he was among the first to indicate that testosterone affected the sexuality of women, and he was still actively researching these issues when he retired in 1983.

Dr. Persky is survived by his wife, Trudy Dworkin Persky; a son, Joseph; three stepsons; and two grandchildren.

Dr. Kevin Salhany, Anatomical Pathologist

Dr. Kevin Salhany, an award-winning teacher, scholar and consultant who was associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, died Thursday, October 15, at the age of 41.

"This tragedy touches each and every one of us in the Department, as well as so many others throughout the University Health System who interacted with Kevin," said Dr. Mark L. Tykocinski, chair of pathology and laboratory medicine. "Kevin was respected as a physician and a scholar, and he was greatly admired as a truly fine human being."

A 1978 graduate of Tennessee's Southern Missionary College, Dr. Salhany took a master's degree at Hinsdale in Illinois and his M.D. at Loma Linda University in California. After residencies and fellowships at Vanderbilt University, he joined PennMed in 1991 as assistant professor. A member of the surgical pathology and hematopathology services and of the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center, publishing widely and serving as a consultant to regional pathologists, hematologists and oncologists outside Penn. Within the University he worked with the hematology-oncology group and also with individuals in surgery, thoracic surgery and otorhinolaryngology in the evaluation of lymphoid proliferations in various organ systems. His personal research interests included studies of cutnaneous and other lymphomas, focusing on T-cell proliferations.

"Kevin was a team player and gave of himself in the teaching of medical students, residents and fellows," Dr. Tykocinski said. In 1994 he won the Peter C. Nowell Teaching Award, and in 1997 he received a Student Teaching Award given by the first-year class.

At presstime, funeral arrangements were in progress. The Department will announce a campus memorial service for Dr. Salhany in November.

Memorial Reminder: The memorial service for Dr. Marvin Wolfgang, who died in April, is tomorow (October 21) at 4 p.m. in the Faculty Club. All members of the University are welcome.


Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 8, October 20, 1998