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Lois Porten, Rehab Medicine

Lois Porten, an administrative/research assistant in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, died on December 7 at HUP from severe cardiovascular complications at the age of 61.

Mrs. Porten was part of the University community for 38 years. She initially began her affiliation with Penn at the Moore School of Engineering in 1959, working on ENIAC. She left in 1969 and returned in 1973 serving in administrative roles in the Registrar's Office, Department of Physiology, and Vice Dean's Office in the School of Medicine until 1993.

In 1993, she became an administrative assistant in what is now Rehabilitation Medicine. The position involved not only administrative tasks, but also patient education about the risk of healthcare acquired infections and hand hygiene. "She excelled in this role because of her friendly, warm personality," said Dr. Salcido, department chairman who noted, "I was struck with the enthusiasm in her voice. She made the world a better place."

Mrs. Porten is survived by her husband, David and her son, Jeffrey, C '89. Memorial donations may be made to UPHS, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, 3400 Spruce Street, 5 West Gates, Philadelphia, PA 19104.


Dr. Eugene Wolf, Music

Eugene Wolf

Dr. Eugene K. Wolf, professor emeritus of music, died on December 12 at the age of 63.

Dr. Wolf received his bachelor's degree in music theory from Rochester's Eastman School of Music in 1961, and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology from New York University in 1964 and 1972 respectively. He joined the Penn faculty in 1973 as an assistant professor, was promoted to associate professor of music in 1975 and became full professor in 1985. He served as director of graduate studies and chair of the music department. He became emeritus professor in 1998.

Dr. Wolf was recently elected the first honorary member of the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music (Almanac November 19). He was an internationally renowned expert on the style and history of 18th-century symphony. Other awards he received include the Alfred Einstein Prize of the American Musicological Society, the Richard S. Hill Award of the Music Library Association (with his wife, Jean K. Wolf), a Guggenheim fellowship, a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, and a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship. Dr. Wolf wrote numerous articles and essays, as well as his 1981 book The Symphonies of Johann Stamitz: A Study in the Formation of the Classical Style and The Symphony at Mannheim: Johann Stamitz, Christian Cannabich, written in 1984, with his wife.

He is survived by his wife, Jean; daughter, Maria; and son, John.

There will be a memorial service for Dr. Wolf at 1 p.m. today, at the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 625 Montgomery Avenue, in Bryn Mawr.

Donations may be made to the planned Eugene K. Wolf Travel Fund for Graduate Research in Europe, c/o the American Musicological Society, 201 S. 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.


  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 16, December 17, 2002