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Ramesar and Crownover Join Eberly College of Science


Jason Ramesar


Brian Crownover

The Office of Alumni Relations and Development in the Eberly College of Science welcomes Jason M. Ramesar, ‘01 Psy, as assistant director of alumni relations and Brian Crownover as director of major gifts.

Jason M. Ramesar, ‘01 Psy, became assistant director of alumni relations on January 15, 2007. He previously served the University as an admissions counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. He currently serves on the University’s Staff Advisory Council, and he was recently appointed to the Penn State Hazelton Alumni Society Board of Directors.

Rob Mothersbaugh, director of alumni relations and development in the Eberly College of Science, is confident this is a great fit. “Jason is one of the most loyal and enthusiastic Penn State alumni that I have ever met. He brings a terrific set of talents and experiences from both public and private college environments to the alumni relations position, including counseling and advising students and their parents about the admission process at Penn State, training alumni volunteers on student recruitment, conducting college tours, and holding prospective student receptions.”

“I am a ‘rah-rah’ Penn Stater,” says Ramesar. “When I accepted a position in Connecticut, I did not realize how much I would miss Penn State and State College. I did gain first-hand experience on the importance of maintaining a Penn State connection, however.”

“I have already met some great alums from the Eberly College of Science, and I look forward to working with them to expand and enhance programs including the mentoring program and our involvement with Thon, as well as getting more young alumni involved.”

With the help of the Penn State Blue Band, Ramesar proposed to his fiancé, Jennifer McGaughey, ‘01 Educ, during the 2005 Homecoming football game. You can see it on Youtube; search for Penn State Proposal. The wedding is set for July 2007. He is also pursuing a Master of Arts degree in media studies in the College of Communications.

Brian Crownover joined the Office of Alumni Relations and Development as director of major gifts on April 23, 2007.

Most recently, Brian served as senior development officer with the Geisinger Health System Foundation in Danville, Pennsylvania, where he was responsible for major gifts fund-raising for the health center’s comprehensive “Vision for the Second Century: The Campaign for Geisinger.” He now has returned to Penn State, where he previously was employed for six years as the associate director of development in the College of Arts and Architecture during “A Grand Destiny: The Penn State Campaign.”

“We are pleased to have Brian back here with us,” says Rob Mothersbaugh, director of alumni relations and development in the Eberly College of Science. His many years of experience in the philanthropic sector, including higher education, healthcare, and social services are a superb fit for the Eberly College as we advance our philanthropic efforts.”

Formerly, Brian was director of development at Pathways for Children, a child advocacy group in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He also served as a corporate and foundation grant specialist at Geisinger Health System Foundation and as a development research coordinator for the Office of University Development during “The Campaign for Penn State,” the University’s first ever comprehensive fundraising campaign.

Brian recently returned from a trip to France, and currently resides in Williamsport, Pennsylvania with his wife, Christine, who will soon complete her medical residency in family medicine at Williamsport Hospital.

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Prystowsky Honored with Distinguished Alumni Award


Eric N. Prystowsky, ‘69 B.S. Micrb, was honored with the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award by the Board of Trustees. The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor that The Pennsylvania State University bestows upon an outstanding alumnus/a. The award salutes the achievements of outstanding alumni whose personal lives, professional achievements, and community service exemplify the objectives of their Alma Mater.

After graduating from Penn State, Prystowsky did his internal medical training at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He trained in cardiology and clinical electrophysiology at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina. From 1979 to 1986, he was a full-time faculty member at the Indiana University School of Medicine where he directed the electrophysiology laboratory.

In 1989, Prystowsky returned to Duke University as professor of medicine and director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Center. Prystowsky is currently Director, Clinical Electrophysiology Laboratory at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana and consulting professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center. He has co-authored two textbooks, Cardiac Arrhythmias: An Integrated Approach for the Clinician and Clinical Electrophysiology Review with Dr. George Klein. He has authored over 570 scientific manuscripts and abstracts concerning cardiac arrhythmias.

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Lerou Honored with Alumni Achievement Award

Paul H. Lerou (portrait)

Paul H. Lerou, ‘94 B.S. Sc, was honored with the Alumni Achievement Award on March 30, 2007. The award is given to an honoree from each college who is 35 years of age or younger and shows extraordinary professional accomplishment.

Paul Lerou is a neonatologist in the Division of Newborn Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, an instructor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and a research scientist in the George Daley Laboratory at Children’s Hospital Boston.

At the Daley Laboratory at Children’s Hospital, Lerou heads the human embryonic stem cell derivation program. The ultimate goal of this research is to generate patient-specific human embryonic stem cells in the hopes that these can be used to treat disease. Lerou co-authored a paper, recently published in the journal Science, that described a novel and efficient means of generating genetically matched mouse embryonic stem cells from unfertilized eggs.

Lerou is originally from Belgium and moved to Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, in 1984. He was a student in the Penn State-Jefferson Premedical-Medical Program. Following his graduation from Penn State, Lerou attended Jefferson Medical College, where he earned the Alumni Prize in 1998. Lerou did his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Boston, then served as Chief Resident at Children’s prior to his Perinatal-Neonatal Medicine Fellowship at Harvard Medical School.

Lerou resides in Newton, Massachusetts, with his wife, Melissa, and their three daughters, Ella, Lilly, and Abigail.

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O’Connors Give $250,000 for Distinguished Graduate Fellowship in Science


Penn State alumnus Harold C. O’Connor Jr. and his wife, Nancy M. O’Connor, of State College, have given $250,000 to create a Distinguished Graduate Fellowship in Penn State’s Eberly College of Science.

The Eberly College will use the fellowship to recruit academically talented first-year graduate students who are pursuing doctoral degrees, according to Dean Daniel Larson.

“The O’Connor fellowship is only the second Distinguished Graduate Fellowship established in the Eberly College,” said Larson. “It is an important resource in enabling the college to continue to attract outstanding graduate students. We’re very grateful to Hal and Nancy for their recognition of our goals, and for their wonderful generosity.”

The Harold and Nancy O’Connor Distinguished Graduate Fellowship will be the ninth of its kind created University-wide. The Distinguished Graduate Fellowship program aims to attract the nation’s most capable graduate students to Penn State by increasing the number of available fellowships through philanthropic support. When a fellowship is fully funded at its $250,000 minimum, Penn State, through the Graduate School and the fellowship’s affiliate college, will match the endowment’s annual spendable income in perpetuity, thus increasing the amount available to the recipient in the form of tuition aid, a stipend and health insurance.

Harold O’Connor graduated from Penn State in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in physics. He joined the State College-based Chemcut Corp. in 1958 as secretary-treasurer, became its president in 1966, and led it through public stock offerings and sale to Schering AG in 1980. He retired in 1987.

Penn State named O’Connor a Distinguished Alumnus in 1991. He has served on the boards of the Centre County Community Foundation, the Centre Community Hospital, and the United Fund-College Area among numerous other local business and volunteer organizations. He also has been a trustee of Susquehanna University for 25 years, including 11 years as chairman of the board.

Nancy O’Connor has served as an advisory board member at Penn State’s Palmer Museum of Art and a volunteer for Schlow Memorial Library and the Mount Nittany Medical Center, among others. She is also an avid booster of Lady Lion basketball. The O’Connors’ daughter, Barbara, and her husband, Robert Hawman, are both Penn State graduates.

The O’Connors are funding the fellowship through a gift of real estate, with the proceeds from the sale of a North Carolina property providing the principal of the endowment.

Previous philanthropy by the O’Connors to Penn State includes two career development professorships and a scholarship, as well as support for the Eberly College of Science Alumni Board Endowment, the Bryce Jordan Center, the Levi Lamb Fund in Athletics, and the establishment of the David C. Duncan Graduate Fellowship in Physics, in addition to other areas. The Barbara O’Connor Hawman Career Development Professorship in Music and the Harold and Nancy O’Connor Career Development Professorship in Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics are designed to support faculty in the early stages of their academic careers. The Harold and Nancy O’Connor Music Scholarship recognizes outstanding keyboard, brass, woodwind, and string players in the School of Music.

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Emery Gift to Create Scholarships

Robert W. Emery, Jr. ‘69 B.S. PM, and his wife, Ann, have committed to create the Robert and Ann Emery Endowed Scholarship in the Eberly College of Science with a future estate gift. Consideration for this scholarship will be given to all full-time graduate and undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in the Eberly College of Science who have achieved superior academic records or who manifest promise of outstanding academic success.

Emery is head of the division of cardiovascular surgery at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. He earned his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in 1973. His medical interests include: cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, cardiovascular physiology, heart and heart-lung transplantation surgery, clinical investigation of heart-transplant donors, use of the artificial heart as a bridge to transplantation, alternative treatments of the failing ventricle, development of minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery, investigation of alternative methods of myocardial revascularization, and investigation of new mechanical therapies for the treatment of congestive heart failure.

Emery has served as a member of the Eberly College of Science Grand Destiny Campaign Committee and was honored with the Outstanding Science Alumni Award in 1996. He and Ann created the Robert W. and Ann M. Emery Scholarship in the Eberly College of Science in 2000. He is a member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, and he has served as president and a founding member of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery.

Eberly Shares Stars with Alumni and Friends in Pittsburgh

Three men posing for camera

Larry Ramsey, professor and head of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics; Robert Eberly III, vice president and relationship manager at Private Client Group of National City Corporation and trustee of the Eberly Foundation; and Arthur Baldwin, B.S. 69 Micrb converse at the Penn State Stars event on April 17, 2007.

Faculty from the Eberly College of Science’s Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics hit the road to share a night among the stars with alumni and friends. Penn State Stars at Buhl Auditorium took place at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 17, 2007. Hosted by Dean Daniel Larson, the event included a social hour, state-of-the-art star show, and discussions about the latest research of faculty members on black holes, quasars, the search for extra-solar planets, the Swift satellite, and the latest discoveries from special telescopes.

Alumni received a special welcome from Pittsburgh residents James Broadhurst, ‘65 B.A. Econ, and Suzanne Broadhurst ‘66 B.S. Ed. Jim is the Chairman and CEO of Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, Inc. and Chair of Penn State’s Board of Trustees. Suzanne is a member of the Board of Directors of the Carnegie Science Center.

This program was part of the Penn State Alumni Association’s City Lights 2007.

Earlier in the day on April 17, a luncheon with Dean Larson was hosted by Arthur Baldwin, ‘69 B.S. Micrb, a member of the Eberly College of Science Alumni Society Board of Directors, at the Rivers Club in Pittsburgh.

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CSI Pioneer Was an Influential, Beloved Figure

Mary Louisa Willard, born in 1898, received her B.S. in chemistry in 1921 and an M.S. in organic chemistry in 1923 from Penn State. She followed immediately with a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Cornell in 1927. Except for a term in 1926 teaching at Cornell, her entire career was spent here, teaching chemistry from 1921 until her retirement as professor emerita in 1964.

She taught more than 4,000 students during her career, when annual Penn State enrollments didn’t reach that number. That she was fondly remembered, if not beloved, was made plain to me when I did a presentation on campus history for a chemistry-and-chemical engineering alumni reunion dinner. It had been gently suggested I needed some shots of favorite faculty, and she was among them. When she appeared on the screen the several hundred attendees arose as one and gave her picture a standing ovation.
What had “Doc Willard” done to inspire such loyalty so many years afterward? For one thing, she was an internationally recognized expert in chemical microscopy, and helped many of her students to jobs in that field. Her fame as a teacher was also well appreciated as she won a number of awards, including the University Citation for Excellence in Teaching in 1959, the first year such awards were given. In 1965, she was named Penn State Woman of the Year, the equivalent of the Distinguished Alumni awards of today.

But it was her career as a criminalist that drew the greatest interest. It began in 1930, when revenue officers asked her to analyze some contraband alcohol seized in a prohibition-violation case. Through the years following, on into her retirement, she conducted hundreds of analyses with meticulous care, leading to solutions in a great many cases all over Pennsylvania.

She was an early practitioner of the analysis of hair and blood on suspected murder weapons. In one case in the early 1950s, she found that hair on a railroad spike matched that of a murdered four-year-old boy, rather than that of a dog the suspect claimed to have killed. She participated in investigations of suicides, homicides, and automobile fatalities including hit-and-run accidents. She was a frequent expert witness and usually worked pro bono for the courts, coroners, and police.

Many of her students helped her in these investigations and they learned the full breadth of the scientific investigation of crime. According to her obituary, “Her emphasis was on microchemical analysis, and through the years she incorporated such techniques as infrared spectroscopy, gas chromatography, and nuclear magnetic resonance into her work.”

She was highly active in professional societies, being named Fellow of the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemists, and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. On the eve of retirement, she served as a national lecturer for the American Chemical Society, delivering 158 lectures across the United States on microscopy and related subjects. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her research, and she was the author of more than 40 journal articles and numerous laboratory manuals, as well as the editor of two scientific journals.

Mary Willard died in 1993, an unforgettable personality and a pioneering woman scientist and criminalist.

By Lee Stout
Excerpted, with permission, from the March 2007 Issue of
Town & Gown magazine.

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Eberly College of Science Alumni Host Hometown Events

In the past few months, a number of gracious and generous science alumni have hosted receptions and dinners in their home towns to build our alumni networks and update our friends about the sciences at Penn State. Willaman Dean Daniel Larson and Director of Development and Alumni Relations Rob Mothersbaugh were on hand to answer questions and provide information about the college and University, alumni relations, fund-raising, and the admissions process. We give special thanks to Dr. Paul Berg, ‘48 B.S. ABCh in Palo Alto, California; Stephen Mahle, ‘69 M.S. Phys in Minneapolis, Minnesota; G. Lee “Skilly” Skillington, ‘72 B.S. Phys/Math in Key West, Florida; Judith Berman Lipnick, ‘60 B.S. Chem in Naples, Florida; and Arthur Baldwin,’69 B.S. Micrb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for hosting events in their geographic areas. If you are willing to help us reach out to Eberly College of Science alumni and friends in your area by hosting an event at your home, local club, or restaurant, please contact Rob Mothersbaugh at 800-297-1429, or email at rym4@psu.edu.

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Alumni Society Board of Directors Hold Student Picnic “Hogs, Hugs and Horizons”

The Eberly College of Science’s Alumni Society Board of Directors held their annual spring board meeting on April 28, 2007. Following the meeting, the board held a picnic for Eberly College of Science students. Understanding what it was like to be a student heading into finals, the Alumni Society wanted to show their support. Clem’s BBQ served pulled pork and chicken sandwiches as a few of the board members dawned “Official Hugger” t-shirts to hug and comfort potentially overwhelmed students. The picnic was given the name “Hogs, Hugs and Horizons.”

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Trustee Scholarships Enhance Accessibility

The Trustee Matching Scholarship program has enhanced accessibility to Penn State for many students. Karl V. Erdman ‘45, ‘47 M.S. ChE, Kathryn E. Glas ‘87 B.S. Bioch, and David G. Guy ‘65 B.S. Bioch, each recently created a Trustee Scholarship in the Eberly College of Science.

The Karl V. and JoAnne B. Erdman Trustee Scholarship in the Eberly College of Science was created by Karl Erdman to support undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in the Eberly College of Science who have a demonstrated financial need. First preference will go to students majoring in or considering majoring in chemistry.

Kathryn Glas, assistant professor of anesthesiology at Emory University School of Medicine, created the Kathryn E. Glas Trustee Matching Scholarship to support undergraduates in the college with a gift of $50,000.

David G. Guy created the David G. Guy Trustee Scholarship with a gift of $50,000. The scholarship will support undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in the Eberly College of Science who have a demonstrated financial need. First preference will go to students majoring in or considering majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology. Guy recently retired as the associate director of Clinical Nutrition Research at Mead Johnson and Company, a division of Bristol-Myers.

The Trustee Matching Scholarship Program features a unique matching component. It works like this: University funds are combined with income from the donor’s endowment when making awards to students, thus increasing the impact of the scholarship. These matching funds—five percent of the gift—become available as soon as the donor completes scholarship pledge forms and guidelines.

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Retired Faculty and Their Spouses Attend a Breakfast Reunion

Due to the success of the first retired-faculty reunion breakfast in August 2006, a second one was held at the Nittany Lion Inn on November 15, 2006.

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13 people posing with Dean Larson

(Shown L-R) Front row: Gerald Stein 43 B.A. Psy, Thomas Smyth, George Lang, Norma McCarl, Richard McCarl 58 M.S., 61 Ph.D. ABCh, Allen Phillips.

Back row: Carol Bernlohr, Robert Bernlohr, Dean Daniel Larson, Benedict Oh, Susan, Oh, Mary Jane Wronski 66 M.S. Micrb, Chris Wronski, Jose Ward ( Click here for larger view.)

14 people posing with Dean Larson
Front row: L to R: Peter Jurs, Allan Krall ‘58 B.A. A&L, Patricia Krall, Patricia Axt, Paul Axt, Mary McCubbin, T. King McCubbin. Back row: Dorothy Wiggins, John Lowe, Daniel Larson, Ruth Maserick, Peter Maserick, Estelle Frankl, Paula Jech, Thomas Jech.

Those who attended but are absent from these photos: Thomas and Louise Wartik, Charles Antle, Paul Cutler ‘48 B.S. Sc, ‘55 M.S., ‘58 Ph.D. Phys, Jean Morrow, Emil Kazes, Nancy Lowe, Elizabeth Phillips ‘80 M.A. SpCom, and Vicki Wedler ( Click here for larger view. )


Alumni Notes


Howard Gordon, M.A. Phys, Ph.D. Phys, was named Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Miami. The University recognized four faculty members with these professorships from the arts and sciences.


Marilyn Fogel, B.S. Biol, has been a senior staff scientist at the Carnegie Institute of Washington’s Geophysical Lab in Washington, D.C. since 1978. In 2006, Fogel received a Fulbright Senior Specialists Program grant to participate in the Arctic Mars Analog Svalbard Expedition (AMASE), which characterizes the geology, geophysical features, biosignatures, and possible life forms of volcanic centers, warm springs, and perennial rivers, settings thought to be analogous to sites on ancient Mars.

William Hoke, B.S. Phys/Chem, recently received the 2006 Innovator of the Year Award at the North American Molecular Beam Epitaxy (NAMBE) conference and workshop last fall at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, for his research and development in the metamorphic growth of semiconductor device structures.


Monica Morrow, B.S. Sc, was honored by Jefferson Medical College with their most prestigious award, the Distinguished Alumni Award. She was honored for her stellar clinical and research background and achievements in the study and treatment of breast cancer.


John McManigle, B.S. Sc, was recently named Vice Dean, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, Maryland. The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences was established by Congress in 1972 to provide the Nation with physicians dedicated to career service in the Department of Defense and the United States Public Health Service.


Colette Bizal, B.S. Biol, accepted a position as Director of Sky Hill Institute, School of Wholistic Healing Arts in Petamula, California.


Young Kuk, Ph.D. Phys, was chosen as one of ten National Science Fellows in Korea. Dr. Kuk is research provost at Seoul National University and is one of the leading nanoscientists in the world.


Matthew Kelly, B.S. Biol, a major in the U.S. Army, was deployed to Iraq in April 2005 and spent eight months working in a combat surgical hospital outside of Tikrit. He is now back home at Fort Leonard Wood base in Missouri with his wife and four young sons.


Eric Reinhard, B.S. Biol, has accepted the position of recruitment coordinator in the Eberly College of Science at Penn State University. We would like to welcome Eric back to the college.


Aaron Gitler, B.S. Sc, co-led research at Harvard University labs that made significant headlines regarding its value towards Parkinson’s Disease


Christy Buckley, B.S. Biol, began a three month journey working with six different wildlife rescue organizations across the country taking photos, videos and blogging about her experiences. Christy captured her passion on video demonstrating Dawn’s effectiveness in removing grease while still remaining gentle on animal fur, skin, and feathers. The video was chosen among hundreds of entries in the Dawn Difference Diaries contest.


Jacob Clark, B.S. Sc, received a 2006 summer research fellowship funded by the College of Wisconsin’s Cardiovascular Research Center to study the mechanism by which reactive oxygen species (ROC) affect the tone of blood vessels in the brain. This is a preliminary study, and has not yet been published.


Kaitlyn Lewis, B.S. Biol, has recently published a paper “Resveratrol improves health and survival of mice on a high calorie diet” in the journal Nature available on-line November 1st. This is Kaitlyn’s first publication.

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"Top Doc" Alumni

Thirty-four Eberly College of Science alumni were listed in the 6th edition of the Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors guide. Castle Connolly relies on soliciting nominations from board-certified physicians and hospital administrators in their area. The results are then screened by Castle Connolly’s research team. The credentials that doctors are evaluated on include medical education, training, hospital appointments, and disciplinary history, as well as interpersonal skills. Following is a list of alumni and their hospital affiliations listed in the guide.

  • Lesley J. Anderson, ‘72 B.S. BiSc, California Pacific Medical Center, CA 
  • Gerald L. Andriole *, ‘76 B.S. Sc, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, MO 
  • James E. Arnold, ‘69 B.S. PM, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and University Hospitals of Cleveland, OH 
  • Joseph Berger, ‘72 B.S. Sc, University of Kentucky Medical Center, KY 
  • Brian W. Berman, ‘71 B.S. PM, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, OH 
  • Randal R. Betz, ‘73 B.S. PM, Philadelphia Shriners Hospital for Children, PA 
  • James P. Bradley *, ‘75 B.S. Sc, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) St. Margaret, PA 
  • David A. Bren t*, ‘72 B.S. Sc, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Presbyterian, PA 
  • Francis A. Chervenak *, ‘74 B.S. Sc, New York-Presbyterian/Weill Medical College of Cornell, NY 
  • John A. Coller *, ‘58 B.S. Sc, Lahey Clinic Hospital, MA 
  • Court B. Cutting, ‘71 B.S. PM, New York University Medical Center 
  • Todd L. Demmy *, ‘81 B.S. Sc, Roswell Park Cancer Institute/Buffalo General Hospital, NY 
  • Daniel P. Flanigan, ‘68 B.S. PM, St. Joseph Hospital of Orange, CA 
  • Gary R. Fleisher *, ‘71 B.S. Sc, Children’s Hospital Boston, MA 
  • Neal Flomenberg *, ‘74 B.S. Sc, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, PA 
  • Bruce L. Gewertz *, ‘70 B.S. Sc, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, CA 
  • Gordon L. Jensen, ‘75 B.S. Biol, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, TN 
  • John F. Kuttesch Jr., ‘75 B.S. Bioch, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, TN 
  • Barry J. Make *, ‘68 B.S. Sc, National Jewish and Medical Center, CO 
  • Marilyn J. Manco-Johnson *, ‘72 B.S. Sc, The Children’s Hospital, CO 
  • Francis E. Marchlinski, ‘73 B.S. PM, University of Pennsylvania Hospital, PA 
  • Stuart R. Lessin, ‘77 B.S. Biol, Fox Chase Cancer Center, PA 
  • Monica Morrow*, ‘74 B.S. Sc, Fox Chase Cancer Center, PA 
  • Judd W. Moul, ‘79 B.S. PM, Duke University Medical Center/Durham Regional Hospital, NC 
  • Milton Packer*, ‘71 B.S. Sc, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, TX 
  • Ronald D. Perrone, ‘71 B.S. Zool, Tufts-New England Medical Center, MA 
  • Eric N. Prystowsky, ‘69 B.S. Micrb, St. Vincent Hospital and Health Services, IN 
  • James P. Rathmell*, ‘82 B.S. Sc, Fletcher Allan Health Care (FAHC) Medical Center, VT 
  • Raymond M. Siatkowski, ‘85 B.S. Sc, Oklahoma University (OU) Medical Center, OK 
  • Frederick H. Sklar, ‘67 B.S. PM, Children’s Medical Center Dallas, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, TX 
  • Jay S. Skyler*, ‘67 B.S. Sc, Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami & Clinic, FL 
  • John C. Wain Jr.*, ‘78 B.S. Sc, Massachusetts General Hospital, MA 
  • Paul M. Weinberg*, ‘67 B.S. Sc, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA 
  • John A. Wilson Jr.*, ‘80 B.S. Sc, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (WFUBMC), NC

* signifies a Penn State-Jefferson Premedical Medical Program graduate



Any individuals wishing to remember those recently deceased faculty and alumni may send their memorial contributions with their check made out to “Penn State” to mailed to the Eberly College of Science, 430 Thomas Building, University Park, PA 16802. Please note in attached letter or in the memo section of your check, your gift intentions in memory of the individual, the area of gift designation.

Lloyd Allen Arthur, husband of Ruth Ott Arthur, ‘59 B.S. Med T, passed away peacefully in his home on January 15, 2007. He was born on August 1, 1930, in Gem, Indiana to the late Albert and Lois (Lamb) Arthur.

Lloyd graduated from New Palestine High School in 1948 as co-valedictorian. He was a life-long area farmer and agricultural enthusiast. He was honored as a Master Farmer in 1980 and a long time participant and proponent of the agricultural cooperative system on local, state and national levels. Lloyd traveled to Kyrgyzstan in 1989 to share the co-op concept with local farmers.

Lloyd and Ruth are long time supporters of the Eberly College of Science and endowed the Ruth Ott Endowed Scholarship in 1992 for students who plan to pursue health careers.

David J. DeVries, ‘66 M.A., ‘69 Ph.D. passed away peacefully at home on March 16, 2007. He was Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Georgia College & State University (GCSU).

He began his college teaching career at Hobart & William Smith College in Geneva, New York and then moved to Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, North Carolina before coming to GCSU in 1983. He served as chair of the Department of Mathematics at GCSU from 1983 to 1995 and he continued as a faculty member in the department until his retirement in 2004. Even during his retirement, his love for teaching mathematics and commitment to working with students brought him back to teach on a part-time basis. Dr. DeVries was deeply committed to understanding how undergraduates learn mathematics and was active in the SIGMAA on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics.

David and his wife, Mary, created the David J. and Mary E. DeVries Graduate Student Fund in the Department of Mathematics with an estate gift. This fund will provide recognition and financial assistance to graduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in the Department of Mathematics who have a demonstrated need for funds to enrich their graduate experience.

John (Jack) E. Hampford, ‘54 B.S. Chem, of Trumbull, Connecticut died on March 23, 2007. Mr. Hampford was founder and chairman of Hampford Research, Inc. in Stratford, Connecticut, a twenty-five year-old manufacturer of specialty chemicals. He was a member of the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (SOCMA), and past president of the Connecticut Rubber Group. He was honored as an Alumni Fellow by Penn State and a Golden Tee recipient at the Cardinal Shehan Center, Bridgeport, where he was a former board member. Jack was a champion gymnast. He competed in gymnastics at Penn State and in the 1952 Olympic Trials. Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Clare, in April 2004.

Jack and Clare Hampford created the John and Clare Hampford Research Fund to provide funds for Department of Chemistry faculty in the Eberly College of Science. The endowment will provide seed money to establish and maintain new research programs until permanent funding can be secured.

Richard McCarl (portrait)


Richard L. McCarl
July 6, 1927 – January 28, 2007

Richard McCarl, 79, of State College died at Mount Nittany Medical Center on January 28, 2007. He graduated from Grove City College with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. McCarl earned his Ph.D. in 1961 from Penn State, after which he served as a Senior Post-doctoral Fellow at UCLA.

Dr. McCarl was asked to remain at Penn State, where he served as a faculty member of the Department of Biochemistry. He had a passion for his students and was dedicated to their growth.

In 1982, Dr. McCarl moved into administration as the associate dean of the Graduate School and director of the Intercollegiate Research Program until his retirement in 1991. He received the 2005 Eberly College of Science Distinguished Service Award.

During his tenure at Penn State, he was in charge of the biochemistry department’s Small Animal Facilities, served on the Faculty Advisory Committee to the University President, was a member of the Task Force for Recruiting and Retention of Minority Graduate Students, and was a member of the Faculty Senate, serving on various committees.

Dr. McCarl’s research interest included lipid and carbohydrate metabolism in cell and tissue cultures. He was a member of the Alpha Helix Science Expedition to British Columbia in 1974 to study lipid metabolism in salmon.

His scientific and professional organizations included; Sigma Xi, the American Chemical Society, Phi Lambda Upsilon, the Tissue Culture Association, the American Society of Biological Chemists, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

* Any individuals wishing to remember those recently deceased faculty and alumni may send their memorial contributions with their check made out to “Penn State” mailed to the Eberly College of Science, 430 Thomas Building, University Park, PA 16802. Please note in attached letter or in the memo section of your check your gift intentions in memory of the individual and the area of gift designation.

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