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November 2, 2010, Volume 57, No. 10

Ms. Boyle, Medicine

Rosemarie Boyle, former research specialist and lecturer in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation in the School of Medicine, died September 25 in Wynnefield, PA. She was 74 years old.

Born in Bethlehem, PA, Ms. Boyle was a graduate of Moravian College and held a Masters degree in counseling from Villanova University.  Despite a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis at 21 years of age, Ms. Boyle went on to teach at Upper Darby Junior High School for several years. She began her career at Penn as a research specialist in the Piersol Rehabilitation Center in 1972.  By 1979, she was a lecturer in the department of rehabilitation and physical medicine, where she served as residency program coordinator. Ms. Boyle worked at Penn for nearly 30 years. She chose to donate her body to the Penn School of Medicine. 

She is survived by a sister, Catherine Bradford; two nieces and two nephews.


Dr. Fishman, Medicine

Alfred P. Fishman, William Maul Measey Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the School of Medicine, died on October 6, at the age of 92.

Born to Lithuanian immigrants in Depression-era Brooklyn, Dr. Fishman began college at the age of 15. He received a BA and MPH, both from the University of Michigan.  He received an MD from the University of Louisville in 1943. He served in the Army Medical Corps from 1944-1946, before working in several laboratories including the Cournand, Richards and Werner Forssmann Laboratory, which won the Nobel Prize a year after he left. 

Dr. Fishman came to Penn in 1969 as an associate professor of medicine and director of the Cardiovascular-Pulmonary Division, a position he held until 1989. For seven years he was also associate dean of the School of Medicine and later associate dean for research. A former chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and chair of the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Council, Dr. Fishman served most recently as senior associate dean for program development and director of the Office of Complementary and Alternative Therapies.

Dr. Fishman was honored with numerous awards and distinguished lectureships. In 1980 he was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was an honorary fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Chest Physicians and he received the Jacobi Medallion from the Mt. Sinai Medical Center, the Distinguished Achievement Award of AHA, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Louisville. He was honored by numerous named lectureships, including two in honor of Louis N. Katz.  In 2001, Dr. Fishman was the recipient of the prestigious Edward Livingston Trudeau Medal (Almanac May 15, 2001), the highest award offered by the American Thoracic Society.  In 2003, Dr. Fishman was designated a Fellow of the American Heart Association.

Over the years, he had been a consultant to NASA for the Mercury space program; a consultant to the executive office of the President of the United States; a member of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; and chairman of the Health Sciences Policy Board of the Institute of Medicine. He was a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the Royal Society of Medicine (London), and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was a former president of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. He edited nine books and published more than 250 scientific articles.

Dr. Fishman is survived by his wife, Linda; children, Mark, Jay and Hannah; four grandchildren, Aaron, Brian, Eric and Sarah; and a sister, Evelyn.  

Memorial donations may be sent to the College of Physicians of Philadelphia at 19 S. 22nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Mr. Miller, Former Trustee

Paul S. Miller, former Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, died of cancer on October 19 at his home in Mercer Island, WA.  He was 49 years old.

Born in Flushing, Queens in 1961, Mr. Miller attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a BA in history and English. A member of the Mask and Wig Club, he performed in the 1981 performance of Ring Job, and reprised his leading role as Don Baklava in the revival production of the show in 2006.  He was also the recipient of the Bowl Senior Honor Award and completed independent research in the Soviet Union as an undergrad. Mr. Miller graduated cum laude from Penn in 1983. Three years later, he earned his law degree from Harvard University. 

 Mr. Miller was the Henry M. Jackson Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law.  Born with achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism, he was regarded as an internationally renowned expert in disability and employment discrimination law.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Washington, Mr. Miller was one of the longest serving commissioners of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency that enforces employment discrimination laws. He served in the White House under the Clinton Administration as liaison to the Disability Community and as deputy director of the US Office of Consumer Affairs.

Mr. Miller spent nine months in the Obama administration as a special assistant to the president. He also served on the Obama transition team as a member of the Department of Labor and the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission agency review teams. Earlier in his career, he was the director of litigation for the Western Law Center for Disability Rights and taught at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and UCLA School of Law.
Mr. Miller served on the Board of Trustees at the University of Pennsylvania from 1984-1990.

He was a Fellow of the American Bar Association Foundation, a Fellow of the British American Project, and received an honorary Doctor of Laws from CUNY Law School, among many other honors. In a statement upon his death, President Obama said, “In a world where persons with disabilities are still too often told ‘you can’t,’ Paul spent his life proving the opposite.”

Mr. Miller is survived by his wife, Jennifer Coletti Mechem; daughters, Naomi and Delia; two sisters, Marjorie Piquiera and Nancy Miller; a stepsister, Susan Wolfert, and a stepbrother, Marc Freyberg. 

A college fund is being established for his daughters, ages 10 and 5. Donations may be sent to Jenni Mechem, 8451 Southeast 36th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040, with “girls’ college savings” in the check’s memo line.

Dr. Prince, Linguistics

Dr. Ellen Prince, professor emerita of linguistics, died of cancer on October 24 at her home in Philadelphia. She was 66.

Born in Brooklyn in 1944, Dr. Prince earned a BA (1964) and MA (1967) in French from Brooklyn College. She did graduate work in linguistics at NYU before earning a PhD from Penn in 1974.

She joined the faculty of the Penn Linguistics Department as an associate professor that same year.  She was promoted to full professor in 1987 and served as chair of the department from 1993 to 1997. Dr. Prince also held a secondary appointment in the department of computer and information science.  She retired and was accorded emeritus status in 2005. 

She was a visiting professor at many universities in the US and abroad, including the University of Amsterdam, Charles University in Prague and Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Throughout her career at Penn, Dr. Prince served on over 20 committees and supervised many doctoral dissertations.

Dr. Prince was also active in the affairs of the Linguistic Society of America, serving on the executive committee and in many other capacities. Among her many honors were the Presidency of the Linguistic Society of America in 2008 and election to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

A pioneer in linguistic pragmatics, Dr. Prince worked on her own and with many colleagues and students on various aspects of the subject. Several of her incisive and tightly argued papers became classics in the field. She is perhaps best known for her typology of information statuses in discourse, based on the study of naturally-occurring data;  she also devoted major efforts to the study of the pragmatic functions of syntactic constructions, including the various species of cleft and left-periphery constructions, including topicalization and left-dislocation. She had a particular interest in Yiddish and used her knowledge of that language to do groundbreaking work on the cross-linguistic comparison of the pragmatic functions of syntactic constructions. In later years, she continued her work on the referential status of noun phrases in the framework of centering theory, as developed by colleagues Aravind Joshi, Scott Weinstein and Barbara Grosz.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald Prince, professor of Romance languages in SAS.

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