Honor For A Radnor Surgeon

Posted: May 15, 2000

George J.M. Abouna of Radnor, a pioneer in organ transplants, recently was named a winner of the Albert Schweitzer gold medal for his lifetime contributions to medicine.

The Polish Academy of Medicine awards the medal annually. Abouna, assistant director of transplant research at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, invented an artificial liver-support system for patients with liver failure, helping them stay alive until they receive transplants.

The surgeon also is known for his work in salvaging kidneys that previously went unused for various reasons, such as the age or health of the donor. He was able to make some of these marginal organs fully functional and show that they could be used for transplants.

CHEMICALS

Colleen Del Monte of West Chester has been promoted to business manager for molecular sieves and silica catalysts at PQ Corp. in Valley Forge. The company manufactures silicate-derived specialty products. Del Monte, who has an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and an MBA in marketing, joined PQ in 1996.

MONEY

JoAnne T. Fredericks of Wayne recently joined Pennsylvania Trust Co. in Radnor as senior vice president. She oversees personal trust and investment-advisory accounts.

Eagle National Bank has announced the promotion of Todd Dickinson of Secane to assistant manager of the Lansdowne branch. He previously was customer-service representative.

PRINTING

Alcom Printing Group plans to consolidate equipment and its 150 employees from its operations at Havertown Printing Co. in Broomall and Lehigh Litho Inc. in Bethlehem, Pa., at a new facility to open in Harleysville in June. Alcom's printing includes business-to-business catalogs and directories, brochures and direct-mail materials.

TOURISM

The Chester County commissioners have named Rosemary Silva of West Chester, a senior account representative for The Hunt Magazine, to the board of the Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau.

EVENTS

John C. Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Group, will address the World Affairs Council of Greater Valley Forge at its annual program June 15 at Waynesborough Country Club on Route 252 in Paoli. A 6 p.m. reception will precede the dinner. Black tie is optional. Call 610-687-9895 for reservations and information.

Send suburban business news to Mary Blakinger by e-mail at mary.blakinger@phillynews.com; fax it to 610-313-8227; send it to 800 River Rd., Conshohocken, Pa., 19428, or call 610-313-8205.

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