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Rabbi Samuel Berkowitz, Hillel

Samuel H. Berkowitz, former Penn Hillel director, died of pneumonia on February 19 in Pompano Beach, Florida at the age of 86. He taught and counseled Jewish students in the Philadelphia region for many years. Before moving to Florida several years ago, Rabbi Berkowitz had been a resident of Cherry Hill and Elkins Park. He was Director of the B‘nai Brith Hillel at Penn from 1953 until 1971.

Before coming to Penn, he served as Hillel director at George Washington University from 1946 to 1949, and at the University of Illinois from 1949 to 1953.

Rabbi Berkowitz earned a bachelor's degree from Boston University before receiving a master's degree in Hebrew literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1941. He was ordained the same year. Rabbi Berkowitz, who received a M.A. from Catholic University in 1949, taught theology at St. Joseph's University. He retired in 1985.

He served as a rabbi or assistant rabbi for several congregations in the area, including the old Emanu-El, Temple Israel in Wynnefield, and Adath Tikvah-Montefiore in Northeast Philadelphia.

He is survived by a son, Myer; a daughter, Judith Sokal; one sister; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Dr. (John) Chan Nao Liu,
Emeritus Professor of Anatomy

Dr. (John) Chan Nao Liu, emeritus professor of anatomy, died on February 19 at the age of 95.

Dr. Liu graduated from Peiping Normal University School of Arts and Sciences in China in 1937. He worked at Peiping Union Medical College from 1937 to 1941, was an instructor in anatomy at National Kwei Yang Medical College from 1941 to 1943, and assistant professor of anatomy there from 1943 to 1946. From 1946 to 1947 he was a research fellow for the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis at the University of Washington, Seattle.

He came to Penn as an instructor in anatomy 1947. He received his Ph.D. in anatomy at Penn in 1949. He was appointed associate professor of anatomy in 1958 and promoted to professor in 1962. He received a Lindback Award for distinguished teaching in 1974. He became emeritus professor in 1978.

Dr. Liu was a pioneer of regeneration of spinal cord injury research. He worked closely with Dr. William Chambers (Almanac, October 17, 2000) on pioneering research that provided evidence that spinal injury stimulated significant growth in neurons in areas adjacent to the injured site.

"Dr. Liu, was affiliated with the Institute for Neurological Sciences from the time of its founding in December 1953 and served as one of the senior members of the Institute for an entire decade prior to his retirement in July 1978," according to Mark Fraizer Lloyd, director of University Archives and Records Center.

He was a member of the American Association of Anatomy (1950), the Society of Sigmaxi (1957), New York Academy of Science (1960), Academia Sineca, Taiwan (1968) and a member of the Chinese Academy of Science. In 1982 he became an honorary professor of Anatomy at Chinese Capital Medical School. In 1985, he was named honorary professor of neurology at Hwashi Medical School and of Pien Chien Medical College, both in China.

Dr. Liu is survived by his wife, Chung Yu Liu; a son, Hota Edward (Dental '71); a daughter, Pei Ying Liu Hsiang; four grandchildren, Ming Ming Liu (C '94), Paul Liu (WG 2004), Peter Liu, and Brian Hsiang; and a great granddaughter, Grace Hsiang.

Donations may be made to the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology Education and Research Fund in Memory of Dr. Liu, University of Pennsylvania, Rm. 1157, Biomedical Research Bldg.II/III, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6158.

Rabbi Berkowitz | Dr. Liu | Mr. Sloane

Richard Sloane, Emeritus Professor of Law

Mr. Richard Sloane, a lawyer, librarian, and professor emeritus at the Penn Law School, died of cancer on February 11, at the age of 85.

Mr. Sloane was the director of the Biddle Law Library and a professor of law from 1971 to 1984. Since his retirement from Penn he worked as a nationwide consultant on all aspects of libraries, from space planning to book selection. Among his more noted clients was the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Before taking the position of Director of the Biddle Law Library, he was head librarian for the law firm of Cravath Swaine & Moore in New York City.

Mr. Sloane was born in South Dakota in 1916, and moved to New York as a child. He graduated with a B.S. in Social Sciences from CCNY in 1937 and from Columbia University with a B.S. in Library Science in 1940. In 1962 he became a member of the New York Bar without having attended law school.

Besides directing libraries, he wrote and taught. For many years he gave a course on law librarianship and legal literature at Columbia, and until recently he wrote a regular column on management and technology in the New York Law Journal. He also co-authored, with Julius Marke, Legal Research and Law Library Management, and he wrote what has become the standard legal/medical dictionary, the Sloane-Dorland Annotated Medical-Legal Dictionary.

Rabbi Berkowitz | Dr. Liu | Mr. Sloane

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 24, February 26, 2002


February 26, 2002
Volume 48 Number 24

Penn takes the lead in the Ivy League and appoints a Chief Privacy Officer.
Two Penn mathematicians become Carey Term Chairs.
Community Service is recognized and appreciated with awards to some of the many volunteers from "town and gown."
Establishing design guidelines for future campus buildings to retain Penn's character.
Balancing banners and beauty.
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