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Dr. Downs, Nursing

Florence Downs

Dr. Florence S. Downs, emeritus professor of nursing, died September 8 at the age of 80.

Dr. Downs received her bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University in Brooklyn, New York, and completed her master’s degree in psychiatric nursing in 1964. She earned her Ed.D. from New York University.

Prior to joining the faculty of Penn’s School of Nursing, she was the director of postmaster’s programs and research in the Division of Nursing at NYU.

Dr. Downs was appointed professor of nursing in 1977 and also became associate dean for graduate studies. She was instrumental in developing the master’s program and oversaw the establishment of the doctoral program. She was accorded emeritus status in 1994.

Dr. Downs was also extremely active in the greater nursing research community, where again her leadership proved invaluable. She was involved in the creation of both the Council of Nurse Researchers and the Eastern Nursing Research Society, as well as serving as the academic editor of Nursing Research, a post she held for 17 years.

Throughout her 40-year academic career, Dr. Downs taught research design and dissertation seminars, mentoring countless doctoral students. She had been a research and graduate curriculum consultant to many institutions both nationally and internationally and published widely, including 50 articles, 9 books and 81 editorials. In addition, she was named a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing in 2004.

Dr. Downs is survived by her brothers, Robert and Peter Stimson; and a sister, Maureen.

Dr. Weber, Pathobiology

Wilfried Weber

Dr. Wilfried T. Weber, emeritus professor of pathology and former chairman  of  pathobiology in the School of Veterinary Medicine, died June 28 at the age of 69 of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Dr. Weber received his bachelor’s degree and veterinary degree from Cornell University and in 1966 earned a doctorate from Penn.

Dr. Weber became assistant professor of pathology in 1966. Three years later he was promoted to associate professor and in 1975 was promoted to professor of pathology.  He became emeritus professor in 2004.

Dr. Weber was also chairman of the pathology department from 1983 to 1989. He was a recipient of the Lindback Award in 1975 and was honored with the Class of 2004 teaching award from the School of Veterinary Medicine.

He is survived by his son, Andrew; daughter, Christine; siblings, Heila Wich, Christl Weinzierl, Irmgard Huber, Elizabeth Kotouc and Simon Weber; and three grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 2 International Plaza, Suite 245, Philadelphia, PA 19113.

Dr. Zinsser, Medicine

Dr. Harry F. Zinsser, Jr., emeritus professor of medicine, died August 30 at the age of 87.

Dr. Zinsser received his doctorate in medicine from the University of Pittsburgh in 1939.

In 1941, Dr. Zinsser enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves and rose to become deputy commander and later acting commander of the 31st Hospital Center in Philadelphia.

Dr. Zinsser taught at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School from 1946 to 1947. In 1947, he took a research fellowship in the U.S. Public Health Service of the University of Pennsylvania. He was a faculty member in the School of Medicine from 1947 until 1982 when he became an emeritus professor of medicine. He was also professor of cardiology, and served as chief of cardiology at Presbyterian Hospital. In addition, Dr. Zinsser was chief of cardiology and chairman of medicine at Penn’s Graduate Hospital.

He performed the first heart catheterization and first angio cardiography at Penn.

Dr. Zinsser is survived by his daughter, Sally; sons, Michael, Daniel and Kendall; sister, Georgette Z. Johns; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.


  Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 3, September 13, 2005


September 13, 2005
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