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December 16, 2008, Volume 55, No. 16

Mr. Adams, Library

Thomas Randolph Adams, former curator in the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, died December 1 at age 87.

Mr. Adams was at Penn from 1950 to 1955 serving as a curator of rare books. After leaving Penn, he held library positions at Williams College and The John Carter Brown Library. He retired as a University Professor in 1991.

He authored many scholarly publications and served on the boards and advisory committees of many institutions, including the Rhode Island Historical Society and the Council of the Bibliographical Society of America. He was a Guggenheim Fellow (1963), NEH Senior Fellow (1971) and recipient of several NEH and Mellon Foundation publication grants.

Raised in Ann Arbor, Mr. Adams earned an undergraduate degree in 1944 from the University of Michigan. In 1949  he earned an MA from Penn. He served in the US Navy during WWII.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia; brother, Richard; daughters, Virginia, Josephine, and Eliza; grandchildren, Tomas and Elena Savignano, Oliver and Roxanne Rivard, and Isaac Easton.

Contributions may be made to the Thomas R. Adams Fund at The John Carter Brown Library, PO Box 1894, Providence, RI 02912.

Dr. Album, Dental Medicine

Dr. Manuel M. Album, former faculty member in Dental Medicine, died November 29; he was 89.

Dr. Album earned his bachelor’s and dental degrees from Temple. He served in the Air Force during World War II, in a medical dispensary in India.

Credited as a pioneer in the care of children and the handicapped, Dr. Album began his career at Penn in 1955 as a research associate in histology and pathology. At which time he also served as chief of dental services at CHOP and established the first postgraduate dental program in the US to train students to care for the disabled. In 1962, he became director of a new clinic for handicapped children at Penn’s School of Dental Medicine. He remained at Penn until 1999, serving on both the adjunct and standing faculties. In addition to his appointments at Penn and CHOP, he maintained a practice in Jenkintown.

Dr. Album was a founding member of the Academy for Oral Rehabilitation of Handicapped Persons, and was a founder and former president of the American Society of Dentistry for Children. Upon his retirement, he was honored by then-Mayor Edward G. Rendell and by CHOP. He also won a bronze medal at the Cannes Film Festival for a documentary he produced on dentistry for handicapped children.

Dr. Album is survived by his wife, Shirley; son, Michael; daughter, Fredlyn Heller; and four grandchildren.

Ms. Gottschlich, Pharmacology

Lotte Ohlmann Gottschlich, passed away on October 4, at the Quadrangle in Haverford; she was 80.

Ms. Gottschlich began working at the Law School in 1969. She served as the administrative director of the University of Pennsylvania Health Law Project beginning in 1971, and later as assistant to the chairman of pharmacology in the School of Medicine until her retirement in 1995.

Ms. Gottschlich was a neighborhood activist and leader in West Philadelphia. She was treasurer of the Friends of Walnut West Library, president of Garden Court Community Association, and was active in Hosts for Hospitals, and on the boards of the Maternity Care Coalition and the Funeral Consumer Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. She co-authored three cookbooks, and was an avid stamp collector and bridge player.

She was born in Germany and escaped from Nazi Germany in 1939, first to Scotland, then to New York City. She was reunited with her parents, Alice Israel and Julius Ohlmann, both pediatricians, who settled in Dayton, OH, where they opened a family practice. In 1949 she graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in chemical engineering. There she met her husband, Chad F. Gottschlich, a fellow engineering student.

She is survived by her husband, Chad; brother, Walter Ohlmann; children: David, Kenneth, Douglas and Karen; and seven grandchildren.

A Remembrance Service will be held Tuesday, December 23, at 1 p.m. at the Quadrangle, 3300 Darby Road, Haverford PA.

Contributions may be made to the Maternity Care Coalition, or the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.

Mr. Smith, Sophomore in SEAS

Ryan P. Smith, a sophomore in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, passed away December 11 from injuries due to a fall from the Fisher Hassenfeld College House the prior weekend. He was 19.

Mr. Smith was a digital media design major in the department of computer and information science. He was from Rose Valley, Pennsylvania and was a graduate of Strath Haven High School.

He is survived by his parents, Mike and Beverly; and siblings, Emily and Colin.

Donations may be made to One Laptop Per Child Foundation, PO Box 425087, Cambridge, MA 02142.

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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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