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November 15, 2011, Volume 58, No. 12

Mr. Juliano, Institute for Environmental Medicine

Mr. Edward L. Juliano, a retired staff member in the Institute for Environmental Medicine, passed away October 28 at age 89.

Mr. Juliano started working at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 1963 as an engineer in the department of pharmacology. In 1970 he went to the Institute for Environmental Medicine in what is now the Perelman School of Medicine as a medical instrumentation specialist. He remained there until he retired in 1987.

Mr. Juliano is survived by his children, Edward, Linda J. Morris, James and Thomas; grandchildren, Holly, Joe, Shawn, Jenna, Nick, Kelsey and Jason; great-grandchildren, George, Jane, Kate and Alex; and siblings, Marie, Ann and Anthony.

Memorial contributions may be made to Project Rainbow/Drueding Center, 413 Master St., Philadelphia, PA 19122.

Dr. Oler, Mathematics


Dr. Norman Oler, a long-time member of the mathematics department in SAS, died on November 1 at the age of 82. Born in Sheffield, England, he, his father and siblings immigrated to Canada and eventually the United States shortly after WWII. He was educated at universities here and in Canada, receiving his PhD in mathematics in 1957 from McGill University in Montreal.

Dr. Oler came to Penn in 1963 from Columbia University and received emeritus status here in 1993. After his retirement, he continued actively teaching in the mathematics department for several years. He was an expert in the Geometry of Numbers and in the allied field of packing and filling problems in geometric spaces, including the abstract generalizations of our ordinary space known as Locally Compact Groups.

Dr. Oler was a gifted counselor whose advice, both in the department and University- wide, was often sought and this continued even after his retirement. Perhaps his most important role in this sphere was as director of the Penn-Israel Exchange Program, for scholars University-wide and their counterparts in Israel. He was successful in raising considerable private sums for this and had the full support of Penn Presidents Meyerson and Hackney as well as the support of the highest levels of the Israeli Government. In particular, he counted among his friends the former Prime Minister of Israel, Shimon Peres. He was also active in the Jewish Publication Society of America and, in this connection, was received in the White House where he met then President Ronald Reagan. Dr. Oler spent many years as a Trustee of Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA.

He is survived by his son Col. Adam Oler USAF and daughter-in-law, Lt. Col. Kate Oler USAF; his daughter Dr. Allison Oler Szapary, an internist at Penn Health for Women in Radnor, and son-in-law Dr. Philippe Szapary; his brothers, Charles and David; his sister, Ruth Plotkin; five grandchildren; and his long-time companion of his later years, Ria Weissel.


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