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  • Dr. Vincent Cristofalo
  • Dr. Jaroslav Pelikan
  • Dr. William Zucker
  • Dr. Cristofalo, Center for Aging

    Vincent Cristofalo

    Dr. Vincent  J. Cristofalo, professor emeritus of biochemistry in the department of animal biology and creator and founding director of Penn’s Institute on Aging, died of leukemia May 8 at the age of 73.

    A resident of Narberth, Dr. Cristofalo earned his undergraduate degree from St. Joseph’s University, a master’s degree in physiology from Temple University, and a doctorate in physiology and biochemistry from the University of Delaware.

    Prior to coming to Penn, Dr. Cristofalo began his career in 1963 at the Wistar Institute. “Vince was one of the leading scientists at the Wistar Institute, working with Leonard Hayflick in the late 1960s, on the multiplicative nature of cancer cells, and laid very important groundwork in our understanding of the life of cells,” said Dr. Neville Strumpf, Edith Clemmer Steinbright Professor in Gerontology. In 1967, Dr. Cristofalo was appointed assistant professor of biochemistry in the department of animal biology in Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Two years later he was promoted to associate professor and in 1974 was promoted to professor. In 1980, he was the founder and first director of Penn’s Institute on Aging. He retired from both Penn and the Wistar Institute in 1990.

    Throughout his career, Dr. Cristofalo served as president of the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research. He was professor of pathology and laboratory medicine and biochemistry and chief of gerontology at Allegheny University of the Health Sciences, vice provost for research at Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University, and served as director of the Allegheny Health, Education and Research Foundation Institute on Aging and the Center for Gerontological Research at the MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. “Vince had a vision to bring multidisciplinary scientists and scholars in aging together to build a new and important field at Penn, and his legacy will live on with the current Institute on Aging directed by Dr. John Trojanowski,” said Dr. Strumpf. Dr. Cristofalo was co-author of more than 230 peer-reviewed scientific papers and review articles, as well as editor of numerous scientific books and book series.

    Dr. Cristofalo was past president of the American Federation for Aging Research and The Gerontological Society of America. His honors include awards from the American Aging Association, the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, the American Federation for Aging Research, the National Institute on Aging, and the Gerontological Society of America.

    Dr. Cristofalo is survived by his wife, Margaret; daughters, Elizabeth, Margaret, Jean Looney, Carolyn Muttreja, Catherine, and Helen; grandchildren, Nicholas, Jack, Juliana and Justin; and sisters, Marie and Rosalie Foster.

    Donations can be sent to: The Wistar Institute, 3601 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA  19104 or University of Pennsylvania, Institute on Aging, 3615 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA  19104-2676.

    Dr. Pelikan: Annenberg School

    Jaroslav Pelikan

    Dr. Jaroslav Pelikan, former scholarly director of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands Institutions of Democracy project and visiting scholar at the Annenberg School, died of lung cancer on May 13. He was 82.

    Dr. Pelikan received his post-secondary education at Concordia (Junior) College in 1942 and Concordia Theological Seminary in 1946. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1946 as well.

    Joining the faculty of Yale University in 1962, he served as the Sterling Professor of History and Religious Studies until 1996. He was dean of the Yale Graduate School from 1975 to 1978. In 1998, he came to the Annenberg School as a visiting scholar, a position he held until his death.

    He was a former president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was appointed by Bill Clinton to serve on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. He was awarded more than 40 honorary degrees, one of which he received from Penn in 2004, Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa. In 2004, Dr. Pelikan received the Kluge Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Human Sciences from the Library of Congress.

    Dr. Pelikan is survived by his wife, Sylvia; three children; a brother; and three grandchildren.

    Dr. Zucker, Wharton

    William Zucker

    Dr. William Zucker, Meshulam Riklis Professor Emeritus of Creative Management at the Wharton School, died May 13 of renal failure, at the age of 88.

    Dr. Zucker received an A.B. from Johns Hopkins University in 1938, and both his A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1940 and 1951 respectively.

    Dr. Zucker came to the Wharton School in 1972 as an adjunct professor. In addition, he served as the associate director of the Entrepreneurial Center, 1973-1983; and director of Executive Education, 1977-1983. Most notably, he was the founder and co-director of what is now known as the Samuel Zell and Robert Lurie Real Estate Center, 1983-88. This Center was the first such center of a major business school devoted to real estate in the United States. The resulting major was widely recognized as the finest M.B.A. program in real estate in the country. In 1983, he became the Meshulam Riklis Professor of Creative Management. He earned emeritus status in 1988.

    Dr. Zucker also held positions at the Commerce and Industry Association of New York,  the Downtown Lower Manhattan Association, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Economic Development Corp., and at Columbia University.

    Dr. Zucker is survived by his wife, Kathlyn Saltman; children Peter B., Alison Broadbent, Jeremy M., and David L.; and four grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in Cathedral Hall at Cathedral Village, 600 E. Cathedral Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19128 on Saturday, June 24 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Habitat for Humanity–Philadelphia, 1829 N. 19th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121.



    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. 34, May 23, 2006


    May 23, 2006
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