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July 17, 2007, Volume 54, No. 1

Dr. Ball, Economics

Duane Ball
Dr. Duane Ball, a former member of the economics faculty, died on June 19, at the age of 61.

Dr. Ball earned an undergraduate degree in international studies from American University in 1967. He went to earn a doctorate in economic history from Penn in 1973. In addition to teaching at Penn, 1977-1978, Dr. Ball also held teaching positions at the University of Michigan (Dearborn) and Swarthmore College.

After leaving academia, Dr. Ball became a restaurant owner and operated The Palladium, on Penn’s campus, 1983-2003. He was also an owner of The Gold Standard, 1979-1983 and most recently, Abbraccio Restaurant.

Memorial donations can be made to St. Francis de Sales Church Organ Restoration Fund, 4625 Springfield Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19143.



Mr. Carley, Wharton

Alvin Carley
Mr. Alvin H. Carley, retired practice professor of accounting at Wharton, died on June 14 at the age of 81.

A graduate of Bentley College and Northeastern University, Mr. Carley taught at Wharton from 1989 to 2001. He had also taught at Tsinghua University in Beijing and had been a visiting professor in accounting at the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University (Thailand). In 2001, Mr. Carley won Wharton’s Miller-Sherrerd MBA Core Teaching Award. Prior to his career in academia, Mr. Carley was a partner at Coopers & Lybrand, 1969-1988.

Mr. Carley is survived by his wife, Myrna; children, Mark and Lisa; grandchildren, Isabel, Dylan and Daniel; and sisters, Hilda and Ann.

Donations can be made to the Mills River United Methodist Church Building Fund, 137 Old Turnpike Road, Mills River, NC 28759.


Dr. Eisman, Medicine

S. Eisman
Dr. Sylvan H. Eisman, professor emeritus in the division of general internal medicine in the  School of Medicine, died June 26, at HUP, at the age of 90.

A long-time citizen and avid supporter of the University of Pennsylvania, he was born in Philadelphia. After graduating from Overbrook High School, he earned his undergraduate degree in 1937; and his medical degree four years later, both at Penn. He joined the U.S. Army in 1942 and was a flight surgeon for three years until being discharged as a major. Following medical training at HUP and a stint as chief resident, Dr. Eisman spent the rest of his long and distinguished career at Penn.

In 1983, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania approved a resolution in Dr. Eisman’s honor and acknowledged the creation of the Sylvan H. Eisman Professorship of Medicine and Dr. Eisman’s appointment as the School of Medicine’s first Distinguished Professor of Clinical Medicine. The resolution noted that Dr. Eisman was “above all a constant, loyal, and superb physician. For so many, the burden of illness has been lightened by his consummate knowledge, his practical wisdom, his keen judgment, his unfailing concern and good humor....He gives us much to emulate, and legion are those who have tried to make themselves more like him.”

Joining the faculty in 1946, Dr. Eisman became a full professor in 1970. A general internist with a specialty in oncology, he helped establish HUP’s chemotherapy unit. Although he retired from private practice in 1989 and earned emeritus status, he continued to maintain an office at the Medical Center. There, he addressed issues in risk management and medical malpractice until retiring in 2003. The Sylvan H. Eisman Professorship has been held by faculty members who followed his example of compassion and skill. In 1998, Penn’s School of Medicine created a set of clinical “Awards of Excellence,” including the Sylvan Eisman Outstanding Primary-Care Physician Award. Like Dr. Eisman himself, those who received the award each year are noted for their professionalism and humanism. Dr. Eisman, in fact, received the School’s Lifetime Humanism Award in 2002. Among his other honors was the Alumni Service Award, given in appreciation of his “generous, loyal, and energetic commitment” to the School.

Perhaps the most fitting comment on Dr. Eisman was made by Dr. Edward Stemmler, former dean of Penn’s School of Medicine: “The life of a dean would be easy indeed if there could be a faculty of Sylvan Eismans.”

Dr. Eisman is survived by his wife, Ann (Sis); two daughters, Marian  Forman and Amy Eisman; a son, Jerry Eisman; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Sylvan H. Eisman Professorship, PennMed Development, 3535 Market Street, Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3309.

Dr. Levine, Economics

Herbert Levine
Dr. Herbert S. Levine, professor emeritus of economics and expert on Soviet and post-Soviet Russia, died on June 10, after complications from surgery from a broken leg during the end of a fifteen-year battle with prostate cancer; he was 78.

Dr. Levine completed his postsecondary education at Harvard, earning an undergraduate degree in economics in 1950, followed by a master degree in Russian studies two years later. He also earned a doctorate from Harvard in 1961, writing his dissertation on the economic performance of the USSR, which earned important recognition of his research by winning the prestigious David A. Wells Prize.

Dr. Levine joined Penn’s faculty in 1960 as an assistant professor of economics. He studied the controlled economy of the USSR, in close touch with other members of a research center at Harvard University. He was promoted to professor in 1969. In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Levine served as chairman of the graduate group in economics and as co-director of the Lauder Institute. After a 47-year career at Penn he retired in 2006.

His unusual abilities in presenting modern political economy to undergraduates resulted in him being awarded faculty prizes for his teaching including the Irving B. Kravis Prize for Distinction in Undergraduate Teaching (1988 and 1991) and the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Dr. Levine is survived by his wife, Helene; two daughters, Jan Levine, and Judith Levine and their husbands Michael Zuckerman and Edward Sobel; their grandchildren, Rachel Zuckerman, Joshua Zuckerman and Julia Sobel; and his sister, Myra Heller and brother-in-law Jack Heller.


Dr. Miller, Finance

Ervin Miller
Dr. Ervin Miller, associate professor emeritus of finance in the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, passed away on May 23 at the age of 88.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Dr. Miller was a Penn alum, earning his B.A. in economics and his Ph.D. in finance, in 1941 and 1951 respectively. He was a talented pianist and briefly considered a musical career. Instead of a musical career, Dr. Miller taught at the Wharton School from 1947 until his retirement in 1988, and had an endowed chair named in his honor. As a scholar he specialized in the study of U.S. financial history and monetary policy with his major research efforts culminating in his Micro-Economic Effects of Monetary Policy (St. Martin’s Press, 1978) and his study of “The Changing Structure of the Investment Banking Industry,” part of a broader study of that industry co-authored with Irwin Friend and other Wharton faculty members.

After his retirement from teaching, Dr. Miller spent well over a decade volunteering for a number of activities. Dr. Miller developed a highly successful reading program entitled “One Giant Step for Young Children” in two Philadelphia Public Schools.

Dr. Miller is survived by his daughter and son, Louisa and Tan Miller; four grandchildren; and a sister, Esther Schultz. Dr. Miller’s wife, Ann Miller, who passed away in 2006 (Almanac March 14, 2006) was also a professor at Penn in the Population Studies Center.

Memorial donations may be made to Bread and Roses Community Fund, 1500 Walnut St., Suite 1305, Philadelphia, PA 19102.


A Memory of Martin Meyerson

We lost one of our truly great men when Martin Meyerson died. Many of us will remember him for his outstanding expertise in urban and regional planning, for his concern for students and role as peacemaker during the years of student unrest in the seventies. He was a practical visionary who did much to foster the growth of the University of Pennsylvania.

I had the privilege of working in his administration during its last years and saw him achieve many of his important goals. I want to emphasize his commitment to excellence which I think is his most important legacy. He loved the very idea of a University and strove to bring Penn to the pinnacle of intellectual life. He worked at this constantly, especially through his insistence on recruiting only the most outstanding scholars and teachers for our faculty and on trying to attract the very best students.

Through action and example, he was a major force that provided the momentum that has carried the University to its present stature. His thesis was simple. Penn must strive to be the best in scholarly work and scientific research, in both liberal arts and professional education, with a constant care for students and their development. His career is aptly summed up by the title of his book, Gladly Learn and Gladly Teach. We owe him much.

—Louis A. Girifalco, University Professor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, SEAS

Ed. Note: See obituary.

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