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Ms. Colbert, Athletics

C. Colbert

Ms. Constance Clayre Colbert, staff assistant to the director of athletics, died on July 12 at the age of 58.

Ms. Colbert joined the athletic department in 1971 as a secretary and became an office manager in 1976. She became staff assistant to the director in 1995 a position she held at the time of her death. "Connie was a beloved member of the athletic department for several decades and was our bridge to former student-athletes, coaches, and staff. She will be greatly missed by all of us," said Steve Bilsky, director of athletics.

She is survived by her father, Heinz; and a brother, Ronald.

Mr. Hargis, Maintenance Retired

Mr. Samuel M. Hargis, a retired plumber in Building and Maintenance, died on August 23, at the age of 84.

Mr. Hargis joined Penn in 1946 as a plumber's helper. In 1965 he became a plumber's apprentice and in 1969 he was promoted to plumber. He retired from that position in 1986 after working at the University for 40 years.

He is survived by his wife, Ann.

Mr. Lasota, Residential Maintenance

Mr. Chester P. Lasota, a plumber in Residential Maintenance, died suddenly on September 8 at the age of 54.

Mr. Lasota was a native of Philadelphia and served in the U.S. Marines. He joined Penn in 1982 as a plumber's apprentice in Physical plant and became a plumber in Residential Maintenance in 1990. In 1997 he was promoted to the title of charge person in the same department.

He is survived by his wife, Angela; daughters, Michelle Martin and Christine Lasota; mother, Josephine; sister, Mary MacGregor; and brother, Stephen.

Mrs. Morrison, formerly of the Office of Off-Campus Living

M. Morrison

Mary (Maye) I. Johnson Morrison, former director of the Office of Off-Campus Living, died on August 24 at the age of 64.

Mrs. Morrison joined Penn in 1981 as a coordinator for the Office of Off Campus Living and became its director in 1985. She left in 1987. During her time at the Office of Off-Campus Living, Mrs. Morrison helped students and faculty find housing, served as a liaison between diverse communities and the University and was an advisor on issues of safety and neighborhood outreach. Before joining Penn, Mrs. Morrison had worked as a social worker in the New York City Interdepartmental Neighborhood Service Center and as a probation officer for the Manhattan Criminal Courts. After leaving Penn she was the proprietor of the Ridgeland Resale Shop in Illinois where she managed over 400 consignors.

Mrs. Morrison was also involved in civic affairs all her life including holding leadership roles in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens Neighborhood Association of New York, West Philadelphia Corporation, Village Manager Association of Oak Park, Links and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She was also involved in Jack and Jill of America and the University City Arts League in Philadelphia.

She is survived by her husband, John; daughter, Judith; father, Frank; brothers, Frank Jr., and Earl; sisters, Mildred Parker, Theresa Johnson, Deanna Turay, Shirley Plunkett, and Linda Williams.

Memorial donations may be made to the Maye J. Morrison Memorial Scholarship Fund, CCA 1231 Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60623.

Ms. Steege, formerly of University Relations

Michelle McGann Steege, formerly of University Relations, died of cancer on August 18, at the age of 57.

Ms. Steege, was a partner in the communications firm of Steege/Thomson Communications, which specialized in representing nonprofit organizations. In 1976 Ms. Steege was hired as a temporary in University Relations and became permanent in 1978. Ms. Steege was consulting editor for Almanac in 1977 and contributing editor to the FAS Reports in 1978 and 1979. She left the University in 1980.

She is survived by her husband, Paul; sons Matthew and Ted; a sister; and two brothers.

A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m., October 2, at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia. Memorial donations may be sent to Rena Rowan Education Fund, Attention: Medical Center Development, 3535 Market St., Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104.


To Report A Death

Almanac appreciates being informed of the deaths of current and former faculty and staff members, students, and other members of the University community.

However, notices of alumni deaths should be directed to the Alumni Records Office at Room 545, Franklin Building, (215) 898-8136  or e-mail record@ben.dev.upenn.edu.



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September 14, 2004
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