Bernard Lemonick, Football
Bernard (Bernie) Lemonick, a former Penn football star and assistant coach, died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease at his home in Jenkintown on February 13. He was 87 years old.
Mr. Lemonick earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Penn in 1951 and graduated with honors.
He played for the Quakers from 1948-50, during which time he was considered one of the best linemen in the United States. After his final season at Penn, he was named to several All-American teams. He was also elected class president in 1951.
In 1955, Mr. Lemonick returned to Penn as an assistant football coach for five seasons and helped Penn win its first Ivy League title in 1959. He was an inaugural inductee into the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996. That year, he also received the Alumni Award of Merit in recognition of outstanding service to Penn.
Mr. Lemonick is survived by his wife, Felicia; one daughter, Julie Feldman, and two sons, James and John; a brother, Seymour; a sister, Ruth and nine grandchildren, Lindsay Cohen, Benjamin Murdoch, Michael Lemonick, Sarah Murdoch, Josh Cohen, Jacqueline Lemonick, Hilary Lemonick, Mark Feldman and Elizabeth Lemonick.
Donations may be made to the Penn Athletic Development Office, 235 S. 33rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19104, or Penn Home Care and Hospice Services, 105 Monument Road, Suite 300, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.