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  • Ilona (Kutas) Gerbner
  • Summer Jackson-Healy
  • Claire Rosa Waldner
  • Mrs. Gerbner, Theatre Arts Program

    Ilona Gerbner

    Ilona (Kutas) Gerbner, a retired lecturer in the Theatre Lab at the Annenberg School, died December 8 at the age of 82.

    Mrs. Gerbner came to Penn in 1967 and retired in 1989. She taught acting and directing in the Theatre Arts Program from its inception 25 years ago, and before that at the Annenberg School. She was the instructor of the Theatre Lab I and II. She directed Brecht’s The Private Life of the Master Race, Miller’s All My Sons, Hellmann’s Another Part of the Forest, Albee’s The American Dream, Satre’s No Exit and numerous other plays.

    Born in Vienna, Austria and raised in Budapest, Hungary, she trained as an opera theatre singer at the Royal Academy of Music. She also performed on stage in Budapest as an actress in the 1940s where she was seen by George Gerbner who was to become her husband of 59 years. Once in the U.S., she became a U.S. citizen in 1949, earned a B.A. in 1963 and an M.A. in theatre arts in 1964 at the University of Illinois.

    She is survived by her husband, George Gerbner, dean emeritus of the Annenberg School; sons, John and Thomas; and grandchildren, Katharine, Elizabeth Ilona, Emily, Zachary and Jacob.

    Donations can be made to Women’s Way, 1233 Locust St., 19107 or American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102.

    Ms. Jackson-Healy, Penn Law '08

    Summer Jackson-Healy

    Summer Jackson-Healy, a first-year student at Penn Law, died at the age of 26 on December 13 after suffering a stroke.

    A graduate of the Honors Program in Business Administration at the University of Texas at Austin, Ms. Jackson-Healy spent two years working as a financial analyst at the Texas Attorney General’s Office before joining the Penn Law Class of 2008 this fall.

    Summer is survived by her mother, Carol Gardner; father, Dan Jackson; brother Ryan; and sister, Larissa.

    The University community is invited to a Memorial Service for Summer Jackson-Healy on Monday, January 23, at 1:30 p.m. at the Law School.

    Ms. Waldner, Librarian

    Claire Rosa Waldner, formerly of Center City, a retired college librarian, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) November 14 at Foulkeways Retirement Community in Gwynedd. She was 82 years old.

    A native of Ashland, PA, Ms. Waldner earned a bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College. After earning a master’s degree in library science from Drexel University in 1963, she was a librarian for Merck Pharmaceutical Co.

    In 1968, she came to Penn as a librarian in the Lippincott Library. Three years later, Ms. Waldner served as a librarian in the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, from which she retired in 1985.

    Ms. Waldner had no survivors.


    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. 52, No. 16, December 20, 2005


    December 20, 2005
    Volume 52 Number 16


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