Intercom Online ..... January 14, 1999

Obituaries

Helen Adolf, professor emerita of German, died in mid-December.

Adolf joined the faculty at Penn State Altoona in 1943 as an instructor and began teaching at University Park in 1946.

Widely recognized for her studies of the Holy Grail legend, Adolf was the author of a book and 12 papers on this legend. Her book, Vision Pacis: Holy City and Grail, published in 1960 won her the Louis H. Boll Memorial Award.

In 1958, she was chosen as the first Liberal Arts Research Scholar at Penn State.

A native of Vienna, Austria, Adolf was educated at the University of Vienna and earned her doctor of philosophy degree from that institution. Before coming to the United States in 1939, she lectured and did research in Austria in the field of Germanic and Romance languages. She taught in private schools in Colorado and Virginia before joining the Penn State faculty. Upon her retirement in 1979, she was named professor emerita.

Wayne Eugene Derrick, 75, died Oct. 27, 1998 at home in Everett. Derrick served as assistant librarian at Penn State in continuing education from 1969-1974.

Derrick graduated from Hoquiam High School in Grays Harbor in 1941 and received pilot training in the Naval Air Corps with an honorable discharge in 1945. He attended the University of Washington in Seattle, the University of Vienna in Austria and Sorbonne University in Paris. He then worked for the U.S. Foreign Service as administrative officer in Paris, Vienna and Hanoi, Indo-China, returning to the U.S. in 1956.

He received a bachelor's degree in French and German with a teaching certificate and a master's degree in library science from the University of Washington. From 1977-1979 he served as library director at Bir Zeit University in West Bank Israel.

Mary F. Linda, 50, former assistant director and acting director of the Palmer Museum of Art, died Thursday, Nov. 26, 1998, in a Jacksonville, Fla., hospital.

She earned a master's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley. She was a J. Paul Getty Fellow and held fellowships from the University of Pennsylvania and the American Institute of Indian Studies in New Delhi.

From 1992 to 1997, she was the assistant director of the Palmer Museum. From March to September 1996, she served as interim director. Before her work at the Palmer, she was curator of The Asia Society in New York City. She was a specialist in South Asian Art.

While at Penn State, she was awarded the National Endowment of the Humanities summer stipend for her work on the Hindu temples of India. She was an international authority on the Hindu temples, lecturing internationally and publishing extensively.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa. 16802.

Dorothy J. Billet, secretary at Penn State Harrisburg, from Nov. 1, 1970, until her retirement Jan. 1, 1985; died Nov. 12, 1998, at the age of 76.

Robert E. Brown, psychologist and assistant professor of psychology at Penn State Berks, from July 1, 1965, until his retirement Feb. 1, 1986; died Dec. 2, 1998. He was 74.

Cecil B. Brua, building superintendent in Student Affairs, from Jan. 7, 1955, until his retirement April 1, 1975; died Nov. 2, at the age of 87.

Ralph Randall Glasgow, residence hall maintenance worker in Housing and Food Services, from Jan. 23, 1968, until his retirement July 1, 1978; died Nov. 9, 1998, at age 85.

Esther V. Herrold, counter attendant in Housing and Food Services, from Oct. 19, 1960, until her retirement May 28, 1971; died Dec. 18, 1998. She was 91.

Milove Kenney, senior procedures clerk in the College of Agricultural Sciences, from 1974 until her retirement in 1988; died Oct. 12, 1998, at the age of 73.

Roberta Kevelson, professor of philosophy in the College of the Liberal Arts, from Sept. 1, 1981, until her retirement June 30, 1996; died Nov. 28, 1998. She was 67.

Norman E. Manguson, janitorial worker in the Office of Physical Plant, from Nov. 1, 1970, until his retirement Nov. 1, 1980; died Oct. 27. He was 79.

Velva I. Markel, helper, health center in University Health Services, from Aug. 29, 1960, until her retirement Feb. 3, 1982; died Oct. 16. She was 81.

Thomas H. Patton, associate dean emeritus in the College of Agricultural Sciences, from July 1, 1930, until his retirement June 1, 1971; died Sept. 5, at the age of 92.

John W. Pressler, heat and ventilation technician in the Office of the Physical Plant, from Feb. 12, 1979, until his retirement April 1, 1989; died Sept. 8, at the age of 79.

Ella G. Reagle, secretary of agriculture in the College of Agricultural Sciences, from Aug. 20, 1962, until her retirement Jan. 1, 1992; died Nov. 15. She was 74.

George E. Reisinger, assistant supervisor of technical services in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, from May 1, 1968, until his retirement Jan. 1, 1982; died Nov. 15, at the age of 81.

William Donald Schenck, group leader guard in the Applied Research Laboratory, from June 6, 1960, until his retirement June 29, 1985; died Dec. 14, 1998, at the age of 73.

Jean S. Schmoke, counter attendant in Housing and Food Services, from March 1, 1955, until her retirement May 1, 1972; died Oct. 19. She was 88.

Lamar L. Shaw, janitorial worker at Penn State Schuylkill, from Sept. 1, 1977, until his retirement June 30, 1991; died Oct. 18, at the age of 69.

Gerald E. Sprague, television and electronics technician in the Commonwealth Educational System, from Oct. 18, 1971, until his retirement Oct. 31, 1986; died Oct. 26. He was 75.

William G. Stewart Jr, maintenance worker area landscape in the Office of the Physical Plant, from Oct. 1, 1957, until his retirement April 14, 1980; died Oct. 25, 1998. He was 71.

Werner F. Striedieck, professor of German in the College of the Liberal Arts, from Sept. 1, 1947, until his retirement July 1, 1967; died Nov. 15, 1998, at the age of 96.

Bernice J. Tharp, assistant professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences, from Dec. 16, 1952, until her retirement July 1, 1970; died Oct. 8, at the age of 94.

Ralph C. Trapper, maintenance worker, utility, at Penn State Worthington Scranton, from April 28, 1975, until his retirement June 29, 1985; died Oct. 10. He was 78.

Loren D. Tukey, professor of pomology in the College of Agricultural Sciences, from Jan. 1, 1950, until his retirement Jan. 1, 1992; died Nov. 5. He was 77.

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