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Dr. Goldberg, GSE

Steven Goldberg

Dr. Steven S. Goldberg, former adjunct professor of education, died of esophageal cancer February 1 at the age of 56.

A native of Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Goldberg received his bachelor’s degree from State University of New York in Binghamton, a master’s degree in politics and education from Columbia University, and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. In 1985, he earned a Ph.D. in educational policy from Penn.

Dr. Goldberg specialized in education and  law. He was a professor of education and the Coordinator of the Educational Leadership Program at Arcadia University. In addition to teaching at Arcadia, Dr. Goldberg became a lecturer in Penn’s Graduate School of Education in 1990. He held this position until 2004. Dr. Goldberg  also held teaching positions at Rutgers University Law School and the University of North Dakota. In the late 1970s, he served as a lawyer for the Education Law Center in Philadelphia and recently served on the board of the Education Law Association.

Dr. Goldberg’s other interests were negotiation and mediation in education and his work has been published in various law journals. His books include Special Education Law and A Digest of Supreme Court Cases in Education.

Dr. Goldberg is survived by his wife, Jolley Bruce Christman; stepchildren, Katherine, Sarah and Andrew; a brother; and a grandson.

Dr. Mayock, Pioneer in Pulmonary Medicine

Robert Mayock

Dr. Robert L.  Mayock, considered the “Father of Pulmonary Medicine at Penn,” and emeritus professor of medicine and former chief of the pulmonary disease section, died of Parkinson’s Disease on January 30 at the age of 89.

Dr. Mayock founded the modern Pulmonary Division in 1955 at HUP, one of the first in the U.S. 

Dr. Mayock trained more than 180 pulmonary physicians during his career, many of whom are today’s leaders in the field of academic and clinical pulmonary medicine. “To the generations of pulmonary specialists he has taught and inspired at Penn, Bob Mayock is the prototypical gentleman physician—caring, dedicated and compassionate. His style of practice became a model for what our division is today,” said Dr. John Hansen-Flaschen, chief of the Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Division at Penn, and former student of Dr. Mayock.

Dr. Mayock graduated from Bucknell in 1938 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. In 1942, he earned his medical degree at Penn.

Dr. Mayock’s medical career started off remarkably. In 1942, as a medical student, he contracted tuberculosis (TB). Ultimately, he survived and became immune to it, and went on to treat others who contracted it. After completing his residency at Penn, Dr. Mayock began teaching at Penn in 1946, serving as an instructor for five years until he was appointed assistant professor of clinical medicine in 1951. He was promoted to associate professor of clinical medicine in 1959 and later promoted to professor of medicine in 1970.

While serving in the Army from 1952-1954 and caring for soldiers who returned from the Korean War with TB, Dr. Mayock brought his unique experience with TB to the Penn campus. Along with renowned physician and scientist Dr. Julius Comroe, Jr., Dr. Mayock also established one of the first two-year fellowship training programs in pulmonary medicine at HUP, which became the model in other academic medical centers.

He also served as Chief at the Philadelphia General Hospital where, in 1955, he founded the School of Respiratory Therapy—the first of its kind in the U.S. Even after becoming an emeritus professor of medicine, he remained active on campus for years. Overall, his career spanned more than 50 years in the Penn community. He retired from medical practice in 1987 and from teaching in 1997.

During his career, he published extensively. Of all his original papers, his article published in 1963 on the “Manifestations of Sarcoidosis” has been one of the most quoted articles on this disease in medical literature. Dr. Mayock is credited with writing the classic clinical description of sarcoidosis.

Dr. Mayock was active in many professional organizations including the American Board of Internal Medicine, American College of Chest Physicians, the Laennec Society of Philadelphia, the American Lung Association (ALA), and served as the Chairman of the American Thoracic Society. Dr. Mayock also led the effort to remove all cigarette vending machines inside HUP and helped the ALA in its push for a “smoke free” society.

Dr. Mayock’s legacy will live on through a professorship and teaching award at Penn, as well as a lecture series established by the Pennsylvania Thoracic Society which all bear his name.  

In addition to his wife, Connie, he is survived by his sons, Robert L. Jr. and Stephen P.; daughter, Holly M. Luff; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on February 28 at the Merion Cricket Club in Haverford, PA.

Memorial donations payable to Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania may be sent to the Pulmonary Division, HUP, c/o John Hansen-Flaschen, MD, 873 Maloney Building, 3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Dr. Mozaffari, Oral Medicine

Eisa Mozaffari

Dr. Eisa Mozaffari, clinical assistant professor of oral medicine in the Dental School, died January 7, only a few weeks after being diagnosed with leukemia. He was 53.

Dr. Mozaffari was born in Fassa, Iran. His family moved to the city of Shiraz where he completed his elementary and high school education. He earned his doctor of dental medicine degree with honors from the Shiraz University School of Dental Medicine.

Based on his outstanding achievements, he was selected the recipient of a prestigious fellowship to pursue his post-graduate training at Penn’s School of Dental Medicine. While at Penn, he completed his general practice residency and dental education, specializing in oral and maxillofacial radiology. In 1980, he returned to his alma mater, Shiraz University where he rose up through the academic ranks, ultimately becoming dean of the dental school. In this position, he played a critical role in the development of advanced educational programs at the School of Dental Medicine.

He returned to Penn in 1999 and joined the faculty of the department of oral medicine, recently serving as director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Clinic.

Throughout his career, Dr. Mozaffari distinguished himself as a devoted and skillful teacher and practitioner. He was an ardent student advocate and mentor who was inspired by the intellect and talent of his students. He worked tirelessly to prepare his lectures emphasizing contents that would captivate and challenge his students. “All who knew him were touched by his gentleness, his dignity, and his commitment to the things he loved in life. His passion for his family, work, and students is exemplary and will never be forgotten,” a colleague said.

Dr. Mozaffari is survived by his wife, Mina; son, Reza; daughter, Raha; his mother; one brother and five sisters. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1615 West Chester Pike, Suite 102, West Chester, PA 19382.

Memorial for Mickey Tarnopol

The Trustees of the University will hold a memorial service for former Charter Trustee, Board Vice Chair, and Wharton Overseer Michael L. “Mickey” Tarnopol, W ’58, at the close of their Stated Meeting at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, February 24, in the Woodlands Ballroom of the Inn at Penn.

Mr. Tarnopol died on May 23, 2005 at the age of 68 (Almanac July 12, 2005).

Members of the University community who would like to honor Mr. Tarnopol’s memory and recognize his outstanding service to Penn over many years are invited to attend. Please RSVP to Sarah Golding, at acta@pobox.upenn.edu by February 21.



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. 22, February 14, 2006


February 14, 2006
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