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Frederic H. Shaffmaster, a former communications executive in the public relations department who served as director of radio and television, died September 1 from heart failure at his home in Philadelphia at the age of 88.

Mr. Shaffmaster moved to Philadelphia after receiving a bachelor's degree in economics at the University of Michigan. He began his career in radio in Philadelphia, working for stations WRCV, KYW Radio, WCAU, and WPBS and produced the notable business show Citizen USA, in which he conducted interviews and acted as host.

In 1965, Mr. Shaffmaster became director of radio and television for Penn's public relations department. He served as director until retiring in 1983.

Following his career at Penn , Mr. Shaffmaster began acting, receiving short roles in the blockbuster films Dead Poets Society and Philadelphia. Most recently, Mr. Shaffmaster appeared in an episode of the television series Rescue 911 and several commercials for the City of Philadelphia.

Mr. Shaffmaster is survived by his wife, Kate; sons Frederic Jr. and Eric; daughters Lisa Shaffmaster and Kristina Meredith; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

(See clarification in the September 24, 2002 issue of Almananc)


Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 4, September 17, 2002


September 17, 2002
Volume 49 Number 4

The School of Veterinary Medicine invites the Penn community to celebrate 50 Years of Excellence with an Open House on September 21.
U.S. News & World Report ranks Penn #4 in it's annual Best national Universities survey.
The Penn Humanities Forum dedicates the 2002-2003 lectures, seminars, and exhibitions to the topic of The Book.
New Bioterrorism Legislation affects laboratories and clinical facilities.
Speaking Out about the conservation postcards.
Honors for faculty and staff
The 14th annual Career Conference for graduate students starts on September 17.
The 10th annual Penn Family Day is scheduled for October 5.
Research Roundup: Nurse Shortage; Alternate Tobacco Use; Immune Cells Fight Cancer; Head Start.
The Annual Crime Report from the Division of Public Safety.