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December 21, 2010, Volume 57, No. 16

Ms. Callahan, Treasurer’s Office

Ms. Marion Callahan, retired executive secretary in the Office of the Treasurer, passed away December 9 at age 83.

Ms. Callahan’s nearly 30-year career at Penn began in 1963 as an administrative assistant for the Consumer Expenditures Study. From 1964-1972, she served as secretary to the dean of the Wharton School. She then served as the executive secretary to the vice president for management. In addition, she had served as a secretary in the Provost’s Office and Investments Office. She retired from the Office of the Treasurer in the mid-1990s.

Ms. Callahan is survived by her nieces, Carolyn Dowling and Sheila Holst; nine great nephews, two great nieces and many great-great nieces and nephews.

Dr. Kaniss, Annenberg School


Dr. Phyllis Kaniss, CW’72, a former assistant dean at the Annenberg School for Communication as well as the creator and director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center’s Student Voices Project, died December 17, from complications related to cancer. She was 59.

For nearly 30 years Dr. Kaniss taught courses on the media and urban politics and policy. Recently, she had served as the executive director of the American Academy of Political and Social Science based at the Fels Institute of Government, where she directed the administration of the Academy, as well as serving as executive editor of The Annals.

Dr. Kaniss was the author of two books that critiqued the media, Making Local News (University of Chicago Press, 1991) and The Media and the Mayor’s Race: The Failure of Urban Political Reporting (Indiana University Press, 1995). She also published numerous op-eds in newspapers, including the Philadelphia Inquirer and New York Times.

She received her BA degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in regional science from Cornell University.

She is survived by her husband, Paul Wheeling and two sons, Joshua and Max Wheeling.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 23, at 1 p.m. at Goldstein’s Funeral Home, 6410 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19126. Additionally, plans are underway for a memorial service at Penn but a date has not been established.

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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 - December 21, 2010, Volume 57, No. 16