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Mr. McBride, Social Policy & Practice

McBride, Joseph

Joseph McBride, a part-time professor in the School of Social Policy & Practice, died November 5 in a bicycle accident in Upper Makefield. He was 58. 

A resident of Ewing, New Jersey, Mr. McBride was a graduate of Trenton State College, now known as the College of New Jersey. He earned his masters in social work from Rutgers University. He joined the School of Social Policy & Practice faculty in 1998.

In addition to teaching at Penn, Mr. McBride had his own private practice for three decades, specializing in bereavement and chronic illness.  He was the former chief social worker and the director of social work training at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center and the associate director of the Diabetes Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

He lectured extensively on the areas of family and grief, chronic illness, parenting, private practice in social work and social work supervision.  He published articles on funeral homes, grief therapy and diabetes. 

Mr. McBride was the recipient of the School of Social Policy & Practice’s Excellence in Teaching Award in both 2002 and 2003. 

He is survived by his wife, Judy; son, Jared and daughter, Jenna.

Donations in memory of Mr. McBride may be sent to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter, 225 City Line Avenue, Suite #104, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.

Professor Summers, Law


Clyde W. Summers, the Jefferson B. Fordham Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, died October 30 at the age of 91.

Born in Montana and raised throughout the Midwest, Professor Summers earned a bachelor’s degree (1939) and a law degree (1942) from the University of Illinois.  He received a doctorate in judicial science from Columbia University in 1952.
Professor Summers joined the faculty at Penn Law in 1975.  Although he formally retired in 1989, he continued to teach full-time until 2005, when he suffered a stroke. 

Before coming to Penn, he taught at the University of Toledo, University of Buffalo and Yale University. He had been a visiting professor at Cornell University, University of Minnesota, University of Mississippi, University of Puerto Rico, the University of Utah as well as Sendai University in Japan and Witwatersand University in South Africa.

Considered to be one of the greatest labor law scholars of his generation, he was the author of more than 125 articles in law journals and five labor-law and employment-law casebooks. He was an expert witness in labor-law litigation and was a consultant to state legislatures, including Pennsylvania’s, and to the U.S. Department of Labor and other government agencies. He served on the New York Governor’s Commission on Improper Union and Management Practices and the Connecticut State Labor Relations Board and was president of the International Society for Labor and Social Security Law.

Professor Summers was the recipient of Guggenheim, Ford, Marshall, Fulbright, and National Endowment of Humanities Fellowships and studied in Belgium, Sweden, Germany and England.  He was awarded honorary degrees from the University of Leuven (Belgium), University of Stockholm (Sweden) and the University of Illinois.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; sons, Mark and Craig; daughters, Erica and Lisa; a sister, Majel Drake; and eight grandchildren.

Donations in memory of Professor Summers may be made to the Peggy Browning Fund, which provides fellowships for law students dedicated to improving the lives of workers, at 1525 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19102 or to the Association for Union Democracy, 104 Montgomery St., Brooklyn, NY 11225.


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