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Dr. Atkins, Otorhinolaryngology

J. Atkins

Dr. Joseph P. Atkins, Jr., clinical professor and vice chair of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital and executive director of the Penn Center for Voice, died on January 19 at the age of 63. "This is such a tremendous loss for Penn Medicine," said Dr. Arthur H. Rubenstein, Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and Dean of the School of Medicine. "Over the past 30 years Dr. Atkins was consistently a major contributor--as a clinician and an educator--to the success of Pennsylvania Hospital."

Dr. Atkins received his B.S. in 1962 and graduated from Penn's Medical School in 1966.  After a residency at Johns Hopkins University, he joined the Penn faculty. Since joining Pennsylvania Hospital and the Penn faculty in 1974, Dr. Atkins had been a mentoring and teaching role model, positively affecting hundreds of young interns, residents, and faculty. 

During his career he was awarded the American Cancer Society's Humanitarian Award, the Resident Teaching Award from the School of Medicine, and the Jacob Ehrenzeller Award for Achievement and Service in Medicine.

His major contributions to the field of Otorhinolaryngology include his pioneering development of CO2 lasers and CO2 laser bronchoscopes, and the use of endoscopic sinus surgery for the management of sinus disease. Dr. Atkins worked with the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center, and the Joan Karnell Cancer Center. He also held a faculty appointment as adjunct clinical professor at Thomas Jefferson University from 1990-2000.

Dr. Atkins' father, M '34, Dr. Joseph Preston Atkins, had been the chair of the department of Broncho-Esophagology at the School of Medicine.

Dr. Atkins is survived by his wife of 38 years, Maureen Atkins; sons Joseph P. III, Timothy C.; daughters Elizabeth A. Kaminetz and Kathleen A. Atkins; his sister, Barbara Noon, four brothers, John Atkins, Steven Atkins, Dr. William Atkins, and Dr. Robert Atkins, and five grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Mount St. Mary's College, Biology Dept. c/o: Office of Development, 16300 Old Emmitsburg Road, Emmitsburg, MD  21717.

Carol Cooper, Dental School

Mrs. Carol Bonjernoor Cooper, coordinator in Graduate Education and Division for Advanced Dental Education, died on January 16 at the age of 56 at home.

She was a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from the dental assistant program at Grand Rapids Junior College. She joined Penn in 1989 as an administrative assistant in the School of Dental Medicine and in 1992, Mrs. Cooper became the coordinator of the Division for Advanced Dental Education at the School of Dental Medicine and was involved with the School's community oral-health outreach programs.

She is survived by her husband, Richard; a daughter, Jessica; son, Jason; her parents, Edward and Frances Bonjernoor; two sisters; and two brothers.

Memorial donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 125 S. Ninth St., Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Memorial for Susan Peterson-Pace

The University community is invited to a memorial service for Susan Peterson-Pace, office coordinator for the Office of the Vice Provost for University Life, who died on December 19 at the age of 48 (Almanac January 13, 2004). The memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 3, at 4 p.m.,  in Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall.


To Report A Death

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However, notices of alumni deaths should be directed to the Alumni Records Office at Room 545, Franklin Building, (215) 898-8136  or send them via e-mail  to



  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 19, January 27, 2004