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Amy Bogdanoff, Veterinary Medicine

A. Bogdanoff

Ms. Amy Marlyn Bogdanoff, special events coordinator at the School of Veterinary Medicine, died on December 9, while recovering from surgery, at the age of 32.

Ms. Bogdanoff received a B.A. in communication in 1993 and an M.A. in public relations in 2003 from Rowan University. She was in the process of earning the Certified Meeting Professional credential. Ms. Bogdanoff joined the Veterinary School in 1999 as an administrative assistant in the Section of Medical Genetics. In 2001 she joined the School’s Office of Development, Alumni Relations, and Communications as the Special Events Coordinator. She managed the Penn Annual Conference for the School, one of the largest conferences for veterinarians and veterinary technicians in the eastern U.S. She also planned the dedication and renaming ceremony for the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital and the ground-breaking ceremony for the School’s teaching and research building.

Ms. Bogdanoff served the University community as a former secretary of the Weekly-Paid Professional Staff Assembly and as a volunteer coordinator for Penn’s Way.

Ms. Bogdanoff is survived by her father, Bruce Bogdanoff and mother, Sue Levine; a sister, Ellie Levine; and a brother, Aron Bogdanoff. Memorial donations may be made to Beth Israel Congregation, High and Warner Sts., Woodbury, NJ 08096, or the American Cancer Society, 1851 Old Cuthbert Blvd., Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.

Samuel Maitin, Artist

S. Maitin

Mr. Samuel (Sam) C. Maitin (C ’51), internationally renowned  artist and former  faculty member, died of lung cancer on December 23, at the age of 76.

Mr. Maitin was a native of Philadelphia and earned his BFA in art history from Penn in 1951. He taught at the Annenberg School for Communication (1965-1972) where he was the head of the Visual Graphics Communication Laboratory. He was a world-renowned artist working in watercolor, gouache, and crayon. His processes included drawing, collage, painting, hand-blown glass, sculpture and graphic art prints. His work has been exhibited in such places as the Library of Congress, The National Gallery of Art, Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Tate Gallery in London, and the Klingspor Museum in Frankfort. He was best known for his public art—signature murals and three-dimensional constructs that enhance communal spaces. On campus, he has done art for the Christian Association, the Annenberg School for Communication, the Wharton School, the Dental School, and the School of Arts and Sciences. He also designed an outdoor polychromed metal sculpture and 50-foot long 3-dimensional mural for CHOP.  An exhibition of his work, Sam Maitin: A Life in Art, had already been planned by the Arthur Ross Gallery, and will be there and at the Steinhardt Hall Gallery at Hillel, with the opening set for February 9. See Sam Maitin's Living Legacy at Penn.

Awards Mr. Maitin received included a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Owens Prize on the 100th anniversary of the Fellowship of the Academy of Fine Arts, the Percy M. Owens Award and the Art Matters Award of Excellence. In 2001,  he was the main speaker for the graduation at  the Annenberg School; the school awarded him the Merrill Panitt Citizenship Award for his contributions to the art world and to Penn.

He has been featured in a cover article of   Art Matters, and his work was in several issues of the Pennsylvania Gazette.

He is survived by his wife, Lilyan; son, Izak, GSAS ’02; daughter, Ani, Nu ’96, GNu ’99; brother David; and three grandchildren. A memorial service will be held  later this month.

Father Pfeffer, Newman Center

C. Pfeffer

Father Charles (Chuck) Pfeffer, chaplain at the Penn Newman Center and a parochial vicar at St. Agatha-St. James parish, died on December 21, at the age of 53.

Fr. Pfeffer was a native of Philadelphia, and received a bachelors in philosophy in 1973 and a masters in divinity in 1977, from St. Charles Seminary. He was ordained into the priesthood in May of 1977. He completed graduate studies in Educational and Group Dynamics from Temple University. After he was ordained, Fr. Pfeffer served as assistant pastor at St. Anthony Church in Ambler and at St. Kevin Church in Springfield, Delaware County. In 1984 he was named Archdiocesan chaplain of the Catholic Committee on Scouting. In 1985 he was appointed assistant director of the Department of Youth Activities for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and director of the Catholic Youth Organization and director/chaplain of Camp Neumann.

In 1988, Fr. Pfeffer was appointed Director of the Department of Youth Activities, a position he held for eight years. In 1996 Fr. Pfeffer was named Chaplain/Director of the Newman Center at Penn and parochial vicar of St. Agatha-St. James Church. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and was instrumental in forming a local college council of the Knights, and was a charter member and chaplain of the Albertus Magnus-University City Council.

He is survived by  his sister, Marian Fletcher and his brother, Jack Pfeffer.

A  memorial mass will be held on Saturday, January 29 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Agatha-St. James Church.

Memorial Service Reminder

On Thursday, January 13, a memorial service will be held for Tom McMahon, of Wharton publications, at 3:30 p.m., 8th floor. Jon M. Huntsman Hall (Almanac December 14, 2004).

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.



  Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 16, January 11, 2005


January 11, 2005
Volume 51 Number 16


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