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January 11, 2011, Volume 57, No. 17

Mr. Bondy, Office of the Comptroller

Bondy, John

Ota “John” Bondy, retired senior budget review analyst in the Office of the Comptroller, passed away January 1 of a heart attack at age 84.

Mr. Bondy came to Penn in 1972 as an accountant. He remained in the Office of the Comptroller until he retired in 1997.

Prior to his career at Penn, Mr. Bondy audited the books for Carroll Rosenbloom, owner of the Baltimore Colts.

A native of Prague in the Czech Republic, Mr. Bondy escaped to London with his family during World War II. He later served in the Czech Army.

Mr. Bondy earned a law degree from Charles University in Prague and after immigrating to the United States, earned a degree in accounting from Columbia University.

Mr. Bondy is survived by his wife, Charlotte; sister, Helen; son, Filip; daughter, Larisa; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


Professor Cohen, Law School

Cohen, Morris

Morris L. Cohen, former associate professor of law and librarian of the Biddle Law Library from 1963 to 1971, passed away December 18. He was 83 years old.

Born in New York City, Professor Cohen earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago in 1947. After earning his law degree from Columbia University in 1951, he practiced law in New York until 1958. He then served a year as an assistant librarian at Rutgers University and two years at Columbia University. Meanwhile, in 1959, he earned a master of library science degree at Pratt Institute. He worked at the University of Buffalo’s Law School before coming to Penn. Professor Cohen left Penn to direct the library at Harvard University’s Law School.

At the time of his death. Professor Cohen was professor emeritus of law and a lecturer at Yale University’s Law School. 

Professor Cohen’s scholarly work was in the field of legal research and historical bibliography. His published books included: Bibliography of Early American Law, Supplement to Bibliography of Early American Law, The Bench and Bar: Great Caricatures from Vanity Fair…, and A Guide to the Early Reports of the Supreme Court of the United States.

At Penn, the annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition is named in his honor.

Professor Cohen is survived by his wife, Gloria; son, Daniel; daughter, Havi Hoffman; and a granddaughter.


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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 - January 11, 2011, Volume 57, No. 17