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November 25, 2008, Volume 55, No. 14

Ms. Suringar, Arts and Sciences

Madeleine Suringar (formerly Klausner), former business administrator in the School of Arts and Sciences, passed away October 19 at age 79.

Ms. Suringar worked at the University in various capacities in the 1970s and early 1980s, including as a business administrator in the math department, an administrator at CGS (now LPS), as well as in the development office both for the University and the School of Nursing. She was also very involved in setting up art shows at the Faculty Club (now the University Club).

She immigrated from the Netherlands where she had earned her degree in law from the University of Leiden.

Ms. Suringar is survived by her former husband, Dr. Samuel Klausner, professor emeritus of sociology; children, Daphne Klausner, CGS’87 GPU’93 and Tamar Klausner Klein, CGS’96; and three grandchildren.

Dr. Vito, Dental Medicine


Dr. Anthony A. Vito, professor emeritus in the School of Dental Medicine, passed away from heart failure on November 10. He was 83 years old.

Dr. Vito’s career at Penn spanned over four decades, joining the Dental School’s faculty in 1962. Dr. Vito  had been a professor in the department of periodontics and had also served as associate dean for clinical affairs from 1970 to 1980. He retired in 1996 but continued working at the University.

Born in Philadelphia, Dr. Vito attended St. Joseph’s College and then earned degrees from Penn’s Dental School, D’53 GD’66. He served in World War II in the Army Infantry in Europe and was awarded a Purple Heart for his service.

Dr. Vito is survived by his wife, Alexandra MacDonald; daughters, Cynthia Manning, Mary Hicks and Linda Reilly; sons, James D’84 GD’87 GD’90, Robert and Kenneth; and grandchildren, Jackie and Tommie Manning; Jonathan, Christopher, and Alex Hicks; Philip, Stephanie, Kayla, and Colleen Reilly; Julia Vito; Allee and Matthew Vito; and his sister, Theresa Filips.

Contributions may be made to the Department of Periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, 240 S. 40th St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Memorial Service: Dr. Finkel

A memorial service for Dr. Leif Finkel, professor of bioengineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science, will be held on Tuesday, December 2, in Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall at 4 p.m. The service is open to all. Dr. Finkel died on October 7, 2008 at 54 years of age after a long illness (Almanac October 14, 2008).


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 - November 25, 2008, Volume 55, No. 14