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September 12, 2006, Volume 53, No. 3

Dr. Burg, Medicine

Dr. Fredric D. Burg, professor emeritus of pediatrics, died September 1 at age 66.

A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Dr. Burg earned a B.A. from Miami University in 1961 and a M.D. from Northwestern University in 1965. He served his residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Before coming to Penn, Dr. Burg served on the faculty at the University of Cincinnati and Northwestern University, and was associate director of the National Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Burg joined Penn’s School of Medicine when he was appointed assistant clinical professor of pediatrics in 1974. A year later, he was promoted to adjunct associate professor of pediatrics and then in 1982, he was promoted to professor of pediatrics at CHOP. At Penn, Dr. Burg also served as associate dean for academic programs from 1980 until 1989, and then became vice dean for education. He was a senior fellow with Penn’s Institute for Research on Higher Education, as well as a faculty associate of the Center for Bioethics. Dr. Burg left Penn in 1995 to serve as associate dean for the University of Alabama, a position he held until 2004.

Dr. Burg is survived by his wife, Nancy; sons, Benjamin, David, and Paul; daughters, Bethany, Kathryn, and Jennifer; stepdaughter, Cindy Green; stepsons, Col. Luke and Jason Green; 3 granddaughters; and 6 stepgrandchildren.

Contributions can be to Martha Lloyd Community Services, 190 W. Main St., Troy, PA 16947.

Dr. Phillips, Law & Wharton Schools

Almarin Phillips

Dr. Almarin Phillips, W ’48, G ’49, emeritus professor of public policy and management, and professor of economics and law, died August 26 from pancreatic cancer. He was 81.

Following service in World War II, during which he lost his left arm, he began studying at Penn, where he earned both a B.S. and M.A. in economics. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1953.

Dr. Phillips began his academic career at Penn in 1948, serving as an instructor in economics. In 1953, he was promoted to assistant professor of economics. After also serving on the faculty of the University of Virginia, Dr. Phillips was promoted to professor of economics and law in 1963. In 1983, he was named the John C. Hower Professor of Public Policy and Management. He earned emeritus status in 1991.

In addition to his teaching and research activities, Dr. Phillips served as chairman of the department of economics (1968-71, 1972-73), associate dean for the social sciences in the Wharton School (1973-74), dean of the former School of Public and Urban Policy (1974-77), and chair of the Faculty Senate (1990-91). Dr. Phillips also served on the executive committee of the Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty.

Dr. Phillips was widely regarded as a leading forensic economist. He was the author, co-author or editor of eight books and the author of more than a hundred articles and notes in professional journals and other publications.  

Dr. Phillips is survived by his wife, Anita; sons, F. Peter, Thomas, David, and Charles;  daughter, Elizabeth; stepsons, Andrew T. Greenberg, Benjamin F. Behrle, and Joshua Behrle;  stepdaughter, Elizabeth Sanchez; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m.,  September 14 at the Merion Tribute House, 625 Hazelhurst Avenue, Merion Station, PA 19066.

Contributions may be sent to the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation, 1700 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA 19130 or to the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, 1901 Vine Street, Suite 111, Philadelphia 19103-1189.

Mr. Wismer, Former Overseer

Charles E. Wismer, former overseer of the School of Veterinary Medicine, died September 1 of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 72.

Mr. Wismer spent many years operating his farm in Trappe, PA where he was also mayor from 1977 to 1980. Mr. Wismer was involved with the Keystone Grange Fair for over two decades and was a member of the executive committee of the National Grange in Washington D.C. He served as an overseer for Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine from 1981 to 1988. He also served as a trustee for Pennsylvania State University.

Mr. Wismer is survived by his wife‚ Mary Jane; son‚ Matthew; daughters‚ Betsy J.‚ Melinda‚ and Julie W.; and grandchildren‚ Ashley‚ Erin‚ Sydney Mitton‚ Benjamin Mitton‚ Evan Nice‚ Grant Nice‚ Morgan Bechtel‚ Wade Bechtel‚ and Lila Bechtel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Royersford United Methodist Church‚ 380 Church St.‚ Royersford‚ PA 19468.

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 - September 12, 2006, Volume 53, No. 3