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October 7, 2008, Volume 55, No. 7

Dr. Pendergrass, Radiology

Dr. Henry P. Pendergrass, former faculty member of the radiology department in the School of Medicine, passed away September 21; he was 83.

Dr. Pendergrass earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, a medical degree from Penn’s School of Medicine in 1952 and a master’s degree from Harvard’s School of Public Health.

Following in the footstops of his father, Dr. Eugene P. Pendergrass, former chair of Penn’s radiology department, Dr. Pendergrass held an appointment as an assistant professor of radiology from 1960-1996. He had also held faculty positions at Harvard University and Vanderbilt University, where he was an emeritus professor. After retiring from Vanderbilt, he held an appointment as an adjunct professor of radiology at Penn until his official resignation in 2005.

Honors received by Dr. Pendergrass include the Distinguished Service Award Gold Medal from the American Medical Association in 1994 and the Gold Medal from the Radiological Society of North America in 1984, of which he had served a term as president. In addition, he received the American College of Radiology Gold Medal in 2002.

Dr. Pendergrass is survived by his wife, Carol Minster Pendergrass; daughters, Deborah Reaves and Margaret Sanders; stepchildren, Yardly Jenkins, and James and Frank Roberts; and eight grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Radiological Society of North America Research & Education Foundation, 820 Jorie Blvd., Oak Brook, IL 60523-2251.

Dr. Rooney, Veterinary Medicine


Dr. James R. Rooney, former faculty member in the department of pathobiology in the School of Veterinary Medicine, passed away September 5; he was 80.

Dr. Rooney graduated from Dartmouth College in 1949 with an AB degree in English drama. In 1952 he earned his DVM from Cornell University; and in 1956, his MS from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, where he also was a professor.

He served in the US Army, Veterinary Corps. from 1952-1954 as a laboratory officer.

Dr. Rooney was appointed to the faculty in 1968. He resigned from the standing faculty in 1976 but joined the associated faculty as an adjunct professor of pathology in pathobiology, a position he held until 1988. The Vet School created The James R. Rooney Opportunity Scholarship in his honor. He also received an honorary MA degree from Penn in 1971.

Prior to coming to Penn, Dr. Rooney was a professor in the department of veterinary science at the University of Kentucky. He chaired the department from 1987-1989. After leaving Penn, he worked for ICI Americans Inc. in Wilmington, DE and then returned to the University of Kentucky before his retirement.

Dr. Rooney is survived by his wife, Audrey; son, Alec; daughter, Melinda Florsheim; and five grandchildren.



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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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