February 12, 2001 |
Sidney Weinhouse, 91, a pioneering biochemist and cancer researcher who spent most of his career at Temple University, died Friday at his home in Philadelphia. The son of Russian Jewish immigrants, he was born in Chicago and received his bachelor's and doctoral degrees in organic chemistry from the University of Chicago. He entered the developing field of biochemistry before World War II and initially worked on deciphering the chemical composition of cholesterol and other fatty materials that block arteries and cause heart disease.
July 25, 1994 |
JoAnne Grove Pieringer, 59, a beloved biochemistry professor, died Friday evening after a long illness at Suburban Woods Health and Rehabilitation Center in East Norriton. A 30-year resident of Lafayette Hill, Dr. Pieringer taught biochemistry and served as vice chairwoman of the department at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. In the school yearbook, the Class of 1994 referred to her as "Our Biochemistry Savior. " Dr. Pieringer was voted the school's Teacher of the Year in 1992 and 1993.
December 6, 1995 |
Time. It is a commodity that Temple's Marco Van Velsen values more than most student-athletes. Because when school is in session, he doesn't have much of a life, social or otherwise. "Sometimes, you have periods where it really gets hectic," said the 6-10 senior center. "You'll never see me sitting in my room doing nothing. " Van Velsen, who came to North Broad Street from Holland via Cherry Hill East High, is majoring in biochemistry. He has a 3.3 grade-point average, and will graduate next December.
June 25, 2012 |
Phoebe Starfield Leboy, 75, of Narberth, a groundbreaking academic activist who retired in 2005 as a professor at the School of Dental Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, died of Lou Gehrig's disease on Saturday, June 16, at her home. She was chair of Penn's Faculty Senate in 1981-82 and chair of the biochemistry department at the dental school from 1992 to 1995. In retirement, she was the national president in 2008-09 of the Association for Women in Science. Three of her Penn faculty colleagues, Sherri Adams, Susan Margulies, and Susan Volk issued an appreciation upon her death, which recalled her arrival on the faculty in 1967.
January 21, 2011 |
Thomas R. Kadesch, 58, of Bala Cynwyd, interim chair of the department of genetics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine since 2006, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, after pancreatic surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. A Penn spokeswoman stated that "Dr. Kadesch's research concentrated on ways in which cells control the expression of their genes. " In recent years, she stated, "his lab focused on a particular molecular process called the Notch signaling pathway that is critical to cell differentiation.
October 4, 2010 |
Robert J. Rutman, 91, formerly of West Mount Airy, a professor of biochemistry and a social activist who lost his job during the McCarthy era, died of heart failure Monday, Sept. 20, at Ahwatukee Care Center in Phoenix. Dr. Rutman and three other professors were fired from Jefferson Medical College for alleged communist affiliations in 1953, a month after he had been called before a House Un-American Activities subcommittee in Philadelphia. He invoked the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution when asked if he ever had been a member of the Communist Party.
February 21, 2001 |
James J. Ferguson Jr., 75, professor emeritus of medicine and biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania and a former associate dean of its medical school, died Saturday at his home in Chevy Chase, Md., of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease. Before moving to Chevy Chase in 1986, Dr. Ferguson had been a resident of Bryn Mawr. Dr. Ferguson was a man blessed with the kind of intellect and ambition that seemingly allowed him to master whatever his eyes beheld.
February 12, 1995 |
Mary Dwight B. McNair Scott, 87, who in 1935 became the first woman ever appointed to the faculty at Harvard Medical School, died Thursday at Hahnemann University Hospital. She lived in Center City. During her long and pioneering career, Professor Scott helped discover niacin, the B-complex vitamin, while serving on the chemistry faculty at Wellesley College in 1943. At the time of her death, she was a professor emeritus of biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.
June 22, 1988 |
A Nobel Prize-winning researcher at the Fox Chase Cancer Center will soon claim one of academia's top prizes: master of an Oxford University college. Baruch Blumberg, 62, a Society Hill resident and professor of biochemistry and anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, was chosen this week to be the first American to head Oxford University's Balliol College. But since the position will require his presence only about seven months out of the year, Blumberg said yesterday he will not give up his research and teaching positions in Philadelphia.
April 29, 1990 |
Dawn B. Marks is one of five Temple University faculty members who received a "Great Teacher Award" and $10,000 from the university last week. Marks, a resident of Plymouth Meeting, is an associate professor of biochemistry and assistant dean for graduate studies at Temple's School of Medicine. She has earned a national reputation for developing innovative techniques to teach biochemistry and molecular biology. In the laboratory, her major research interest deals with the regulation of protein levels in the cell.