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March 30, 2010, Volume 56, No. 27

Dr. Abraham, Anesthesiology

Dr. Lillian E. Fredericks Abraham, retired faculty member in the School of Medicine, passed away March 14. She was 96 years old.

A native of Austria, Dr. Abraham graduated from Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1943. Dr. Abraham joined the Albert Einstein Medical Center, where she worked until her retirement in 1984 after 30 years of service.

In 1972, Dr. Abraham began teaching as a lecturer in the department of anesthesiology in Penn’s School of Medicine. She retired in 1982 as an assistant professor.

Dr. Abraham is survived by her son, Richard; daughter, Carol Snowball; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders USA, Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741.


Dr. Denenberg, Wharton & Almanac


Dr. Herbert S. Denenberg, former professor in the Wharton School and former editor of Almanac, passed away March 18 at the age of 80.

In 1962, Dr. Denenberg was appointed assistant professor of insurance in the Wharton School. He was promoted to associate professor in 1965 and in 1968 became the first incumbent of the Harry J. Loman Chair of Property and Liability Insurance.

Dr. Denenberg served as the editor of Almanac from 1965 to 1966.

After leaving Penn in 1972, Dr. Denenberg held positions in the government including serving as the Pennsylvania insurance commissioner and the public utility commissioner.

He then began a new career working as an investigative consumer reporter and commentator for WCAU-TV (channel 10) from 1975-1998, covering subjects such as asbestos in schools and sanitary qualities of pretzels sold by street vendors. He won 40 local Emmys for his media work. Dr. Denenberg left in 1998 but continued to write for several newspapers, appear on cable shows and write for his blog.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Dr. Denenberg was a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, received an LLB from Creighton University, an LLM from Harvard University and a PhD from Penn in economics.

Dr. Denenberg is survived by his wife, Naomi; two brothers and a sister.

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 - March 30, 2010, Volume 56, No. 27