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Dr. Axinn, Social Work

June Morris Axinn

Dr. June Morris Axinn, professor emeritus of social welfare and former chair of the Faculty Senate died of coronary arrest on May 18 at the age of 81.

After serving in the Women’s Army Corps. during World War II, Dr. Axinn earned her undergraduate degree from Queens College in 1945. After working at the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin for several years, she entered the graduate program in economics at Penn where she received her Ph.D. in 1964. She was a lecturer in the Wharton School for one year before being appointed assistant professor in the School of Social Work in 1965. She was promoted to associate professor in 1969 and to professor in 1975. Dr. Axinn retired in 1993.

Dr. Axinn authored or co-authored two books and over twenty articles and book chapters. Her scholarship focused on economic and historical aspects of social welfare. Her book, Social Welfare: A History of the American Response to Need (originally co-authored with Herman Levin) appeared in 1975 and is now in its sixth edition. With Dr. Mark Stern, she co-authored Dependency and Poverty: Old Problems in a New World in 1988, which examined the implications of economic restructuring during the 1970s and 1980s for the well-being of low-income Americans. She served on a number of editorial boards and served as book review editor of Administration in Social Work from 1978 until her retirement.

Dr. Axinn was an active member of the University community. She served as chair of the Faculty Senate in 1983-1984. At various points during her years at Penn, she served on the University Committee on Academic Planning and Budget, the Faculty Committee on the Economic Status of the Faculty, and the Senate Nominating Committee. She served as chair on the Almanac Advisory Board from 1989 to 1993. Dr. Axinn was a leader, as well, in advancing issues of concern to women at Penn. She served on the Penn Women’s Center advisory board from 1988 until her retirement. While a member of the Senate leadership, she oversaw the first survey of sexual harassment at Penn in 1985. “June’s entire career at Penn,” remembers Dr. Mark Stern, professor of social policy and practice “was animated by a strong commitment to social justice. Her involvement in women’s issues was part of that concern.” The week before her death she received a lifetime achievement award from the Penn Women’s Center.

Dr. Axinn is survived by her husband Sidney, C ’44, Gr ’55; two children, Constance Johnson and David Axinn; and four grandchildren, Sarah and Aaron Johnson and Allan and Emily Kate Axinn.

Contributions in her memory may be made to: American Diabetes Association, One Plymouth Meeting, Suite 520, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 or Amnesty International, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003.

Dr. Daniele, Medicine

Ronald Daniele

Dr. Ronald P. Daniele, professor of medicine in the pulmonary, allergy and critical care division of the Lung Center, died May 5at age 63.

Dr. Daniele earned his B.A. in 1964 from Temple and his M.D. in 1968 from Hahnemann Medical College.

In 1971, he began a nearly 35-year career at Penn, starting with a fellowship at HUP. He joined the faculty in 1974 as assistant professor of medicine with a secondary appointment as assistant professor of pathology. In 1978 he was promoted to associate professor and in 1983 promoted to professor. That same year he earned a secondary appointment as professor of medicine in pathology and laboratory medicine that ended in 1992. Dr. Daniele also served as associate dean for research and as medical director of Pulmonary Diagnostic Services and Pulmonary Rehabilitation at HUP. Dr. Daniele held other appointments at Philadelphia General Hospital, CHOP, and Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Dr. Daniele’s research interests included sarcoidosis, dyspnea, and cellular immune mechanisms in the lung. His professional activities included memberships in scientific and honor societies including the American College of Physicians, American Association for the Advancement in Science, and American Association of Immunologists. In 2002 he received the Robert L. Mayock/Alfred P. Fishman Teaching Award.

Dr. Daniele is survived by his wife, Margaret; daughters, Lauren and Claire; and mother, Olga Ritaldato. Donations can be made to ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia, 621 Norristown Road, Ambler, PA 19002.

Dr. Raymond Davis, Physics

Dr. Raymond Davis, Jr., research professor in the department of physics and astronomy and Nobel laureate, died May 31 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 91.

A resident of Blue Point, NY, Dr. Davis received a B.S. in 1937 and an M.S. in 1939, both from the University of Maryland. In 1942 he earned a Ph.D. from Yale University. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and worked at Monsanto Chemical Company for two years before joining Brookhaven Lab in 1948. Dr. Davis came to Penn in 1973 as an adjunct professor of astronomy. He left Penn in 1983 but returned two years later as a research professor, after retiring from Brookhaven in 1985. He remained on the faculty until 2005.

Dr. Davis, the 2001 recipient the National Medal of Science from President George W. Bush, had served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2002, he won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his ground-breaking research on the emission of neutrinos produced by nuclear fusion reactions in the center of the sun. He shared this honor with Masatoshi Koshiba of the University of Tokyo and Riccardo Giacconi, now at John Hopkins University.

Dr. Davis is survived by his wife, Anna; sons, Andrew, Roger, and Alan; daughters, Martha and Nancy; and 11 grandchildren.

Dr. Delluva, Vet School

Adelaide Delluva

Dr. Adelaide M. Delluva, professor emeritus of biochemistry and former associate dean for student affairs at the School of Veterinary Medicine, died on May 31 at her home in Center City. She succumbed to heart failure while preparing for her daily trip to campus where, at age 88, she continued volunteering her services to students and colleagues after being a member of the University for over 66 years.

To generations of medical students she is remembered as the keyboard accompanist to Dr. Helen Davies in classroom sing-alongs where witty original lyrics are used as mnemonics for the mechanisms of infectious diseases.

Born in Bethlehem PA, Dr. Delluva received her bachelor’s degree in 1939 and her master’s degree in 1940 from Bucknell University. She enrolled in the biochemistry program at Penn’s School of Medicine, where upon finishing her Ph.D. in 1946 she became an instructor of biochemistry—one of the first women to teach in the medical school. She was named assistant professor there in 1954. Moving to the School of Veterinary Medicine’s department of animal biology in 1969, she was promoted to associate professor in 1971 and to full professor in 1978. In her department she was associate chair from 1971 to 1973 and acting chair in 1973. She served as the School’s associate dean for student affairs from 1979 through 1987, and continued to assist in counseling and mentoring as a volunteer after becoming emeritus professor in 1988.

During the ‘70s she was president of both the Women’s Faculty Club (now PennPro Women) and the activist organization WEOUP (Women for Equal Opportunity at the University of Pennsylvania) which spearheaded women’s rights for faculty, staff and students. She also contributed in advisory roles to the Penn Women’s Center (PWC) from its inception in 1973, and remained on its Advisory Board until the time of her death. Both the PWC and the former Women’s Faculty Club honored her with awards during her lifetime, the latter presenting her with its Leonore Rowe Williams Award in 1989 for outstanding contributions to women.

She was also on the University-wide Affirmative Action Council where, in addition to helping address policies for women and minorities, she introduced measures that led to the creation of HandiVan, a free service that transports injured and disabled students, faculty and staff to work and/or classes.

At Penn she was a member of the honor society Sigma Xi, and a convenor of the MyoBio Club. From 1968 to 1970 she was treasurer of the whimsically-named Membrane Transport Workers’ Union (a society of scientists working on phenomena of transport across biological membranes). Farther a field, she was  elected to the New York Academy of Sciences in 1980, and was also a member of the American Society of Biological Chemists, and AWIS, the Association of Women in Science.

Dr. Delluva is survived by her sister-in-law, Patricia. A memorial service is to be announced.

Ms. Isabel B. Ferguson, Physics

Ms. Isabel B. Ferguson, retired programmer analyst in the physics department, died May 6 at her home in West Mount Airy of ovarian cancer. She was 68.

Raised in West Philadelphia, she earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Brandeis University in 1960. She obtained both her law degree and master’s degree in communications from Penn in 1979 and 1995, respectively.

Ms. Ferguson worked for Penn off and on over a 34-year period. She started at Penn in 1964 as a programmer analyst in the physics department. In the early ‘90s she became associate director of Franklin library services, where she managed the library system’s data center and helped computerize the library’s card catalog system. She retired from Penn in 1996, but continued to serve as a temporary worker until she left in 1997. After leaving Penn she did freelance work and conducted research for several law firms.

Ms. Ferguson is survived by her husband, Charles; son, Eric; a sister; and two brothers.

Mr. Ian Harvey, Nursing

Ian Harvey

Mr. Ian Harvey, lecturer in the School of Nursing, died June 14 from colon cancer. He was 58.

Mr. Harvey earned a B.A. in economics and business administration at Ursinus College in 1969 and an M.B.A. at Drexel University in 1971.

Mr. Harvey had been at Penn since 1998 where he taught economics, accounting, and finance in the Nursing and Health Care Administration Program. He also served as the manager of staff and career development for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

“Mr. Harvey was one of the most dedicated teachers that I have ever worked with. I will always remember Ian’s energy, enthusiasm and love for teaching. His students have said that he was also one of the best teachers they have had at Penn. We will miss him greatly,” said Dr. Cynthia Scalzi, associate professor of nursing and health care systems.

He was the recipient of the 2003 Excellence in Teaching Award and was also the Instructor of the Year for the American Institute of Banking in 1984 and 1994.

Mr. Harvey is survived by his wife, Linda; children, Betsy, Heather, Abby; father, John; and sister, Irene. Donations in his memory may be made to The Entertainment Industry Foundation’s National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance, 11132 Ventura Blvd., Suite 401, Studio City, CA 91604.

Ms. Ingalill Hjelm, Penn Press

Ms. Ingalill H. Hjelm, former managing editor of Penn Press, died May 31. She was 75.

A native of Sweden, Ms. Hjelm graduated from Uppsala University in Sweden.

Ms. Hjelm served as managing editor of Penn Press from 1980 to 1985, where she translated Swedish, French, and German religious-themed books. After leaving Penn, she worked as a freelance editor.

Ms. Hjelm is survived by her husband, Norman; daughter, Maria Michon; sons, Krister and Lars-Eric; two sisters; and 11 grandchildren.

Gary M. Kelsey, Admissions

Gary Kelsey

Mr. Gary M. Kelsey, former director of minority recruitment in the office of admissions, died June 13, at age 51 of a stroke.

Mr. Kelsey received his bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College and a master’s degree  from Howard University.

Mr. Kelsey came to Penn in 1978 where he served as director of minority recruitment in the office of admissions. He left Penn in 1983 and went on to hold positions at other universities.

Mr. Kelsey is survived by his sisters, Diane, Darlene Sawyer, Maria Henderson; and brothers, Sam and Eddie.

Dr. Morton Kligerman, Radiation Oncology

Dr. Morton M. Kligerman, Henry K. Pancoast Professor Emeritus of Research Oncology, died June 7 of esophageal cancer at age 88.

Born in Philadelphia, Dr. Kligerman received his post-secondary education from Temple University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1938, a master’s in 1939, and a medical degree in 1941. After completing his residency in 1944 at Temple University, he worked in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. for three years.

After holding faculty appointments at Temple, Columbia, Yale and the University of New Mexico, Dr. Kligerman joined Penn’s faculty in 1980 as a professor of radiation therapy. At Penn, he continued his research on the drug WR-2721, developed by the U.S. Army to protect troops from nuclear radiation. In 1984 he was appointed the Henry K. Pancoast Professor of Research Oncology. He reached emeritus status in 1984. He retired from Penn in 1988.

Dr. Kligerman is survived by his wife Barbara Coleman; daughters, Hilary Schroeder and Valli Budestschu; son, Thomas; stepson, Roger Wilcox; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; sister, Valli Feldman; and brother, Jerome. Memorial donations may be made to the Philadelphia Scholars Foundation, 7 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Mr. Anuj Mohan, Wharton MBA Student

Anuj Mohan

Anuj Mohan, WG ’07, died June 11 after suffering from injuries due to a drowning accident while swimming. He was 30.

A resident of Mountain View, CA, Mr. Mohan earned both a S.B. in electrical engineering in 1998 and a M.Eng. in electrical engineering and computer science in 1999 from MIT. After graduating with his master’s degree, Mr. Mohan worked as a managing architect at Kana Software in Silicon Valley until 2005 when he left to attend Wharton. At Penn, he made Director’s List in both the Fall and Spring semesters. He served on the Wharton Leadership Lectures Committee and was co-president of the Wharton Entrepreneurship Club. Mr. Mohan also helped coordinate events to raise money for the National Kidney Foundation.

Mr. Mohan is survived by his parents, Deepa and Aditya; and brothers, Neal and Kapil. A memorial service will be held in the fall. Donations can be made to the Anuj Mohan Scholarship Fund, 2400 W. El Camino Real #419, Mountain View, CA 94040. The fund will help students to attend MIT or Wharton.

Dr. Philip Rieff, Sociology

Dr. Philip Rieff, the Benjamin Franklin Professor Emeritus of Sociology, died July 1 at his home in Philadelphia. He was 83.

Born in Chicago, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in 1946, a master’s in 1947 and a doctorate in 1954, all from the University of Chicago. He also joined the faculty of his alma mater in 1947. Five years later he left Chicago and went to Brandeis University and later the University of California at Berkeley, where in 1957-58 he was a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

Dr. Rieff was appointed professor of sociology at Penn in 1961 and then university professor of sociology in 1965. He became the Benjamin Franklin University Professor of Sociology in 1967 and obtained emeritus status in 1993.

Dr. Rieff was a celebrated sociologist. He was a 1969 Guggenheim Fellow, a Visiting Fellow (1970-77) at All Souls College in Oxford, and received Penn’s Lindback Award in 1982.

Best known for his works on Sigmund Freud and culture, he authored Fellow Teachers: Of Culture and Its Second Death, and The Triumph of the Therapeutic: Uses of Faith after Freud, both published by the University of Chicago Press, and served as the editor of the ten-volume Collected Papers of Sigmund Freud. His most recent book, published this year, is Sacred Order/Social Order: My Life Among the Deathworks.

Dr. Rieff is survived by his wife Alison Douglas Knox; son, David; and one grandchild.

Dr. Michael G. Rukstad, Wharton

Michael Rukstad

Dr. Michael G. Rukstad, former adjunct associate professor at the Wharton School, died May 17 at age 51 of cancer.

Dr. Rukstad graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota in 1975, and earned a master’s degree and Ph.D., both in economics, from the University of California at Berkeley in 1978 and 1981, respectively.

Dr. Rukstad was an adjunct professor of geopolitics at Wharton from 1997 to 1998 and also taught Executive MBA courses until 2001. While at Penn, he was a finalist for the Helen Kardon Moss Anvil Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1998 and received the Wharton Executive MBA Outstanding Teaching Award in 2001.

Dr. Rukstad also served as a consultant and held other academic positions throughout his career. He was president of Rukstad & Associates. At the time of his death, Mr. Rukstad was on the faculty at Harvard Business School.

Dr. Rukstad is survived by his parents, Virgil and Georgia; and his brother, Jim.

Rev. John Scott, St. Mary's Church

Reverend John M. Scott, priest at St. Mary’s Church on Penn’s campus, died June 7 of multiple sclerosis, at the age of 77.

Born in Long Island, NY, Rev. Scott graduated from Union College in 1950. For two years he studied at Nashotah House Seminary in Wisconsin and then became a deacon in 1953. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1954 by the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island.

Rev. Scott had served as a rector at St. James Episcopal Church in Long Island from 1954 to 1956 and at All Saints Church in West Virginia from 1956 to 1962, after which he came to St. Mary’s Church, where he remained for 30 years.

Rev. Scott was also an activist. While at St. Mary’s, he participated in civil rights and anti-Vietnam War demonstrations, and also protested against segregation in the Chester public schools.

Rev. Scott is survived by his wife, Frances; daughters, Julia Trout and Catherine; son, Larry; and three grandchildren.

Dr. James Shinnick, Medicine

James Shinnick

Dr. James P. Shinnick, clinical associate professor of medicine, died April 23 at age 64.

A resident of Mullica Hill, NJ, Dr. Shinnick received his B.S. from Ursinus College in 1964 and his D.O. from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1968.

After serving on the faculty at Hahnemann University, Dr. Shinnick began his career at Penn in 1987 as clinical associate professor of medicine in the Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Division at Presbyterian Medical Center. His specific areas of expertise included tuberculosis and cystic fibrosis. He was the Tuberculosis Consultant for the Department of Health for Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Shinnick is survived by his wife, Maureen; child, Minshan Noel; and brother David.

Dr. James W. West, Medicine

Dr. James W. West, associate professor emeritus of medicine, died on February 1 at age 85.

Dr. West received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Case Western Reserve University. From Penn, he earned his Ph.D. in pharmacology in 1958 and his M.D. in 1962. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the former Philadelphia General Hospital.

Dr. West returned to Penn in 1967 as an assistant professor of pharmacology with a secondary appointment in  medicine. He was promoted to associate professor of pharmacology 1970. In his secondary appointment, he was promoted to associate professor of medicine in 1973 and five years later left the department of pharmacology to practice medicine full-time and teach in the department of medicine at HUP

Dr. West is survived by a close friend, Yvonne Jewell.


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. 53, No. 1, July 11, 2006


July 11, 2006
Volume 53 Number 1


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