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October 4, 2011, Volume 58, No. 06
Raymond Saalbach

Dr. Saalbach, Development and University Relations

Dr. Raymond C. Saalbach, a retired Penn administrator, passed away September 21 at age 92.

Born in Coatesville, PA, Dr. Saalbach graduated from West Chester State College. After teaching in secondary schools in New York and New Jersey, Dr. Saalbach attended the University of Pennsylvania and earned an AM in English in 1949. Following graduation, he became the assistant in the Admissions Office. A few years later he was appointed as the field representative of the Admissions Office. From 1957 to 1960 he served as vice dean of admissions. In 1960 he filled the newly created position of director of admissions of the Graduate Division of the Wharton School. He left this position in 1967 to edit the first Handbook for Faculty and Administrators for the Personnel Office. After this two-year project, Dr. Saalbach joined Development and University Relations. At the time of his retirement in 1981, Dr. Saalbach was the assistant director of annual giving.

In addition to his AM degree, Dr. Saalbach received a MS in education in 1950 and a doctor of education in 1952 from Penn.
Dr. Saalbach is survived by a brother, a niece and a nephew.


Dr. Thibault, Bioengineering

Dr. Lawrence E. Thibault, former chair and professor of bioengineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, passed away September 10; he was 67.

Dr. Thibault was appointed assistant professor of bioengineering in 1980. Four years later, he was promoted to associate professor and then full professor in 1991. He chaired the department in the early half of the 1990s and also held a secondary appointment in the School of Medicine.

Known for his work in injury biomechanics, Dr. Thibault’s work was recognized with several international awards including the Bertil Ald-man Award from the International Research Council on Biomechanics of Impact (IRCOBI) and the Melville Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

After resigning from Penn in 1996, Dr. Thibault founded Biomechanics Innovative Research Division Inc. in Exton, PA, where he served as CEO.  

Dr. Thibault is survived by his wife, Viera; his sons, Kirk Thibault and Jamie Thibault; his step-daughters, Michele Narzikul, Jennifer Brown and Erika Narzikul; and his grandchildren, Amelia, William, Berkeley and Ronan.


Reminder: Dr. Teune’s Memorial

The political science department will hold a memorial for Dr. Henry Teune, professor of political science, on Wednesday, October 5 from 4-6 p.m. in Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall. Dr. Teune passed away April 12, 2011 at age 75 (Almanac April 19, 2011).



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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 - October 4, 2011, Volume 58, No. 06