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November 9, 2010, Volume 57, No. 11


Mr. Miller, Facilities

Eddie “Snap” Miller, Jr., long-time custodian in Facilities, died October 23.  He was 65.

Born in Moultrie, GA, Mr. Miller was educated in Philadelphia and received a certification in Auto Mechanics from Philadelphia Community College in 2004. 

He came to Penn in 1984 and served in the Wharton School's buildings until his retirement in September of this year.  He joined the 25-year club in 2009.

Mr. Miller was a leader in his community associated with the Black Bottom New Generation and the Mantua Leadership Council. 

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; sons, Kevin and Eddie; daughter, Eddrea; adopted children, Sausage and Melissa; and one grandchild, Ajanique.


Mr. Shapiro, Former Trustee


Leonard A. Shapiro, former trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, died August 1 at the age of 67.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Shapiro was a 1964 graduate of the Wharton School, where he studied economics and was a member of the golf and swim teams and the Mask and Wig Club.  He was also the Vice President of his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Mu. He graduated from Georgetown School of Law in 1967 and in 1987 completed the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School. 

Mr. Shapiro was president of the Penn Alumni Society from 2000-2003, and was a member of the University’s Board of Trustees from 1997-2006. 

He served on the Board of Overseers of the Graduate School of Education, the University Committee for Undergraduate Financial Aid, the Wharton Real Estate Advisory Board, and the Alumni Council on Admissions. He was a member and past president of the Alumni Board of Directors.  He also served as President of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Advisory Board and as a target school representative for the Secondary School Committee, among many other committees.

Mr. Shapiro was a strong supporter of many areas of the University.  He established the Leonard A. Shapiro Trustee Scholarship, the Leonard A. Shapiro Music Fellowship, the Leonard A. Shapiro Term Chair in Music and the Leonard A. Shapiro Music Performance Fund. Mr. Shapiro also supported the building renovation of the Graduate School of Education and Penn Athletics. 

He was posthumously awarded the 2010 Penn Alumni Award of Merit, the highest honor for outstanding service to the University.

Apart from his life at Penn, Mr. Shapiro led successful real estate development and investment firms in the Washington DC area.

He is survived by his wife, Leslie; daughter, Alexandra Cudby (C’91, WG’97); son, Theodore; mother, Ruth; sister, Phyllis and four grandchildren.


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 9, 2010, Volume 57, No. 11