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Dr. Dickson, Jr., Environmental Med

Dr. James Gillespie Dickson, Jr., formerly the assistant director and dive director of the pressure/altitude chamber complex at the Institute for Environmental Medicine died June 9, at the age of 77. Dr. Dickson was living in Portland, Maine.

Dr. Dickson was a 1960 graduate of the School of Medicine and completed a residency in anesthesiology here. He was also a clinical anesthesiologist at HUP and Millville Hospital, now South Jersey Hospital Systems/Millville Division. He accepted a position at Boston University Hospital, now Boston University Medical Center, in 1985 and retired from there in 1995. He moved to Maine in 1998.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Struble; daughter, Linda Dickson Barth; two sons, Robert Pickett Dickson and James Langley Dickson; and one grandson.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, High Point Professional Building, 700 Horizon Circle, Suite 201, Chalfont, PA, 18914.

Dr. Elliott, Neurology

Dr. Frank Abercrombie Elliott, emeritus professor of neurology, died on May 28 at the age of 92 of complications from a stroke.

Dr. Elliott graduated from the University of Capetown Medical School, South Africa in 1934 and trained at the National Hospital of Neurological Disease in Queen Square, London. He was chief consultant of neurology to the British military overseeing services in Scotland, Ireland and India from 1940-1947. In 1948 he became  chief of neurology at Charing Cross Hospital, University of London.

In 1959 Dr. Elliot joined Pennsylvania Hospital and established the department of neurology. His research focused on stroke prevention and the treatment of episodic rage disorders. He developed one of the first stroke risk-analysis clinics in the U.S. in the 1960s. In 1960 Dr. Elliott became a professor of neurology at Penn's School of Medicine. He retired in 1974.

Dr. Elliott is well known for his textbook Clinical Neurology, originally published in 1964, updated  in 1974. It was considered the classic reference book for students and doctors alike.

Dr. Elliott is survived by his daughters, Sally Ridley-Day and Gillian K. Elliot; stepsons, Joshua and Jonathan Marvel; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be sent to Frank A. and Gwladys H. Elliott Fund, Pennsylvania Hospital, Development Office, No. 2 Pine East, 800 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA, 19107.

Dr. Haselgrove, Biophysics

Dr. John C. Haselgrove, director of the MRI Research Facility at CHOP and adjunct professor of physics and astronomy, died June 21 at the age of 59.

Dr. Haselgrove, was born in Dorchester England and graduated with a degree in physics from King's College, London in 1965. He earned a Ph.D. in biophysics from King's College, Cambridge, in 1971. In 1977 he became a research associate at the Johnson Research Foundation and he joined Penn's department of biochemistry and biophysics in 1978 as a research assistant professor. He became research associate professor of biochemistry and biophysics in 1985 and in 1994 became the director of the MRI Research Facility at CHOP.

He is survived by his wife, Birgitte; daughter, Annemarie; a son, Christian; a sister, Susan Hourisi; and two nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to Guillan-Barre Syndrome Foundation International, PO Box 262, Wynnewood, PA, 19096.

Dr. Hoenigswald, Linguistics

Dr. Henry M. Hoenigswald, emeritus professor of linguistics, died on June 16, at the age of 88. Dr. Hoenigswald had been a resident of the Quadrangle in Haverford since last year.

Dr. Hoenigswald earned his academic degrees in the classics and Indo-European studies from the University of Munich, the University of Padua and the University of Florence before fleeing Europe in 1939 to escape the Nazis. After immigrating to the U.S., Dr. Hoeingswald taught at Yale University and the University of Texas. He also worked for the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. State Department.

He joined the Penn faculty in 1948 and was appointed professor of lingustics in 1959. He was a Guggenheim Fellow  in 1950 and received a fellowship form the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 1962. Dr. Hoenigswald retired from Penn in 1985.

He was a former president of the Linguistic Society of America and the Philadelphia Classical Society. Additionally, he was a member of the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Hoenigswald is survived by his daughters, Frances and Ann; a half-sister; and two grandsons.

Memorial donations may be made to the Gabriele Hoenigswald Fund at the Swarthmore Public Library, 121 Park Ave., Swarthmore, PA, 19081 or in the name of Henry Hoenigswald to Amnesty International, 322 Eighth Ave., New York, NY, 10001.

Dr. Marden, Otorhinolaryngology

Dr. Philip Ayer Marden, emeritus professor of otorhinolaryngology, died on June 4, at the age of 91.

Dr. Marden grew up in New Hampshire and graduated from Dartmouth College. He earned his medical degree from Penn and became a specialist in otorhinolaryngology, dealing with the diseases of the ears, nose and throat. He joined the Penn medical school faculty in 1940, and served as the chairman of the department of otorhinolaryngology from 1959 to 1972. He continued to see patients until 1992. Dr. Marden served as an army physician during World War II in India.

He received an award for 50 years of service from the School of Medicine in1998.

Dr. Marden is survived by his nephew Philip W. Marden; and a grandniece.

Memorial donations for medical research may be made to the UPHS, 3400 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA, 19104.

Dr. Sayen, Medicine

Dr. John Joyce Sayen, associate professor emeritus of medicine and pathology, died on June 4 at the age of 89 of complications from a stroke.

Dr. Sayen earned a B.A. in English from Princeton and graduated from Penn's School of Medicine in 1939. He completed his residency at Penn in 1942 and then served in the Army being discharged at the rank of captain in 1945. While in the Army, he served as head of a typhus ward in the Assam region of India at a base hospital organized by the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Sayen was awarded the Bronze Star for his research work on scrub typhus, a tropical disease causing casualties among military personnel.

Dr. Sayen returned to HUP after the war, where he was the principal investigator on research studies on the treatment of heart disease. He was a fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the American Cardiology Society. He served on several boards of the Philadelphia County Medical Society and led the group's AIDS division. He retired in the early 1990s.

He is survived by a daughter, Catherine Sayen Ravenel; two sons, John J. Jr. and George; and six grandchildren.

Dr. Sloviter, Surgery

Dr. Henry Alan Sloviter, emeritus professor of surgery, died on May 28 at the age of 88.

Dr. Sloviter earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Temple University and earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from Penn in 1942. During World War II he worked at the Naval Shipyard as a chemist and physicist. After the War he graduated from Penn's medical school in 1949. He worked at the National Institute for Medical Research in London for three years before retuning to Penn as a professor of biochemistry and biophysics. He remained at Penn teaching and conducting research on brain metabolism and artificial red blood cells until his retirement in the early 1990s.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores Korman Sloviter, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; a daughter, Vikki; two grandchildren; and a sister.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Henry Sloviter Student Fund in Chemistry, Temple University, Office of Development, 1938 Liacouras Walk, Philadelphia, PA, 19122.

Dr. Stumacher, Medicine

Dr. Russell J. Stumacher, a former clinical associate professor of medicine, died on June 10, at the age of 60.

Dr. Stumacher earned his bachelor's degree from Penn and was the play-by-play voice of Penn basketball and baseball  at WXPN-FM during his undergraduate career. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University Medical School in 1968 and completed an internship at Cornell-North Shore Hospital and a residency  at Montreal General Hospital. He also served on Naval hospital ship in Saigon Harbor. From 1975 until his retirement in 2001 Dr. Stumacher was chief of infectious diseases and an epidemiologist at Graduate Hospital. He taught at MCP-Hahnemann School of Medicine for three years and was clinical associate professor at Penn's School of Medicine for 22 years from 1976 until 1997.

Dr. Stumacher is survived by his wife, Sharon Ganzfried Stumacher; a daughter, Alison; a son, Roger;  and a brother.

Memorial donations may be made to Dr. Russell J. Stumacher Prize Fund, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 3535 Market St., Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA, 10104.

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  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 1, July 15, 2003