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Mr. Goldstein, EMTM Student

D. Goldstein

Mr. Daniel Nathan Goldstein, MSE degree candidate in the Executive Master’s in Technology Management (EMTM) program, died on April 24 at the age of 29 of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Mr. Goldstein was a native of San Diego CA, and grew up in Norfolk, VA. He received a bachelor degree in electrical and software engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1997, where he was a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity. He earned a M.S. in engineering from Penn in the Telecommunications (TCOM) program in 2001 and was scheduled to receive his MSE in August 2005. Mr. Goldstein had been employed with L-3 Communication in Camden, NJ since 1997 as a software engineer.

He is survived by his parents, Jonathan L. and Meryl Joy Blum Goldstein; sister, Naomi; brother, Aaron; and his maternal grandparents, Herschel and Helene Blum. Memorial donations may be made to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, 800 Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23507.


Dr. McFeely, Veterinary Medicine

R. McFeely

Dr. Richard Aubrey McFeely, emeritus professor of clinical studies—NBC in the School of Veterinary Medicine, died on March 26 at the age of 71 of complications following knee replacement surgery.

Dr. McFeely graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine in 1961 and earned a masters degree in obstetrics and gynecology from the Graduate School of Medicine at Penn in 1967. Dr. McFeely worked at the School of Veterinary Medicine for 35 years. He was appointed assistant professor of clinical reproduction in 1966 and became chief of the section of reproduction at New Bolton Center in 1968. In 1975 he was promoted to professor and served as associate dean for NBC, 1976-1987. His research interests were in cytogenetics and he made a number of important discoveries involving chromosomal disorders in domestic animals. These discoveries were recorded in over 30 publications.

Dr. McFeely was known as an outstanding teacher and received the Norden Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1977. In 1978 he was named as “The Veterinarian of the Year” by the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association  and went on to become its president  in 1983.

In 1995 Dr. McFeely retired and moved to Chestertown, MD. A long-standing Rotarian, he served as past president of the Kennett Square Rotary Club and was a member of the Chestertown Rotary Club. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps he was a member of the Marine Corps League in Centreville, MD. He was active in scouting, serving as a past scout master. 

Dr. McFeely served as the executive director of the Chester Valley Community Mediation Service. He is survived by his wife, Lynne R. Klunder-McFeely; three children, Karen M. Weaver, Timothy McFeely and Richard McFeely,  Jr.; and five grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Chester Valley Community Mediation Service.


Robert Slutzky, Fine Arts

R. Slutzsky

Robert Slutzky, professor of fine arts and a former chair of the department, died on May 3 at the age of 75 of complications of Lou Gehrig’s disease. He began teaching at Penn in 1990When he won the G. Holmes Perkins Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2001, it was for his courses in color and collage, which had “a great impact not only on fine arts students, but also those in various departments of architecture, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, and historic preservation. Through his knowledge of architecture and his fascination with the interplay of modern painting with this discipline, he has long been able to breach the gap between two very different modes of teaching, reaching both those who work in the relative solitude of a painting studio, and those whose work is by nature cooperative.”

School of Design Dean Gary Hack said, “Bob had a long and distinguished career as an artist, teacher of architects and artists, writer about art and architecture, and activist in promoting artistic visions at all scales.”  Dean Hack added, “We will miss Robert Slutzky's inspiration, and his irrepressible spirit.”

Professor Slutzky studied at Yale School of Art where he earned a BFA and an MFA. He first taught at the University of Texas, Cornell, Pratt, and Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art before coming to Penn. He was a master of color and space, frequently collaborating with architects, including I.M.Pei, John Hejduk, Richard Meier, Peter Eisenman and Guillaume de la Fuente. 

He had one-person exhibitions of his painting at many university art galleries, including Penn’s Arthur Ross Gallery where in 1998 more than two dozen of his canvases covering some 50 years of his work were in an exhibition, Color Structures Extending the Poetics of Neo-Plastic Painting. He was included in group exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and many other museums. Some of his paintings are in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. And the Whitney.

A large painting of his, which he donated to the school, is in the stair lobby of Charles Addams Hall.

The late John Hejduk, in a catalogue that accompanied a major exhibition of Robert Slutzky's work in San Francisco, wrote

"Robert Slutzky .... provokes the phenomenon of painting as “city of the mind.”  Painting to him is a civilizing act ... an urban act ... an act of linkage and connection ... an act of immense human heritage which, in itself, defines “seriousness."  Slutzky's is an art that is antithetical to disease and death.  Through [then] 33 years of painting, Slutzky has been obsessed with structure:  geometric structure ... color structure ... space structure ... number structure ... measurement structure ... music structure ... thought structure ... and the structure of spirit.”

Professor Slutzky was a coauthor, with Colin Rowe, an architectural theorist, of “Transparency: Literal and Phenomenal,” a pair of influential essays on the relationship between architecture and modern art.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Ockman, his daughter, Zoe, a sister and a brother. A memorial service is being planned for the fall.


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. 32, May 10, 2005


May 10, 2005
Volume 51 Number 32


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