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March 13, 2007, Volume 53, No. 25

  • Dr. Oliver, Law
  • Mr. Ozbekhan, Wharton
  • Dr. Steinberg, SEAS

  • Dr. Oliver, Law
    Covey Thomas Oliver

    Dr. Covey Thomas Oliver, Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law Emeritus, died February 22 at age 93.

    A native of Texas, Dr. Oliver earned his B.A. and LL.B. from the University of Texas in 1933 and 1936, respectively. Later he went on to study at Columbia University where he earned a LL.M. in 1953 and a year later a J.S.D.

    Dr. Oliver came to Penn Law in 1956 as visiting professor. In 1963 he was appointed full professor. In 1969 he was named Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law. In 1978 he obtained emeritus status. That same year, he served as acting dean of the Law School before retiring from the University.

    While at Penn, Dr. Oliver taught courses in trade regulation, real property and international law. He held appointments to the Inter-American Juridical Committee of the Organization of American States created by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. Serving as U.S. ambassador to Colombia from 1964 to 1966, Dr. Oliver also served as Assistant Secretary of State from 1967 to 1969. In addition, he was the U.S. executive director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

    Dr. Oliver had also served on the faculties of the University of Texas at Austin, University of California at Berkeley, Rice University and held numerous appointments as a visiting professor.

    Dr. Oliver had been president of the American Society of International Law, editor of the American Journal of International Law, member of the Council of Foreign Relations, the American Law Institute, Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Coif.

    Dr. Oliver is survived by his wife, Barbara Hauer Oliver; two daughters, Jane Menard and Lucy Sampson; three sons, Scotti, Woodlief and Jefferson; three grandchildren; and a brother, John.

    Mr. Ozbekhan, Wharton

    Mr. Hasan Ozbekhan, professor emeritus of management in Wharton, died February 12 at the age of 85.

    Mr. Ozbekhan came to Penn in 1971 as professor of statistics and operations research in Wharton. In 1979 he was appointed chair of the newly created social systems sciences department. He also served as the graduate group chair through 1983. He retired from Penn in 1992.

    While at Penn, Mr. Ozbekhan also worked as a consultant to the French government and served as director of research for the Club of Rome, a global think tank and centre of innovation and initiative.

    Before coming to Penn, Mr. Ozbekhan held planning and scientific positions in Canada, New York and California including working for General Electric Co. from 1956-1963.

    Born in Turkey, Mr. Ozbekhan earned a B.Sc. from the University of London in 1943. Following graduation he began working on his Ph.D., but his studies were interrupted when he moved to Canada.

    Mr. Ozbekhan is survived by his wife, Anne Binkley; daughters, Ayshe Ozbekhan-Samet and Leyla Spencer; stepdaughter, Catherine Rand; and four grandchildren.

    Dr. Steinberg, SEAS

    Bernard SteinbergDr. Bernard Steinberg, professor emeritus of electrical engineering, died on February 21. He was 82 years old.

    Dr. Steinberg was born in Brooklyn, NY. He earned both his bachelor and master degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1949. Afterward, he worked for Philco in Philadelphia before co-founding General Atronics, a communications technology company. 

    In 1971, Dr. Steinberg earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Penn, and joined the faculty that same year as a visiting professor in the Moore School. In 1973 he became full professor of electrical engineering. He had also served as director of Penn’s Valley Forge Research Center. He developed the radio camera and demonstrated two-dimensional radar imaging suitable for use in the military, which also led to improvements in ultrasound imaging for the medical industry.

    Dr. Steinberg wrote three books and held several patents. He received an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers medal for his contributions to radar. He became emeritus in 1996.

    Dr. Steinberg is survived by his wife, Barbara Block; three sons, Harris, Geoffrey and Lowell; a daughter, Emily C/FA ’87, GFA ’91; and seven grandchildren.

    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.

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