Penn State Intercom......February 15, 2001

Bernard Asbell, former associate professor of English, 77, of State College, died Feb. 1.

Asbell attended the University of Connecticut and Columbia University and received an honorary degree, doctor of humane letters, from the University of New Haven in 1978.

From 1984 until his retirement in 1992, he was associate professor of English at Penn State, where he taught non-fiction writing.

Asbell was the author of 12 books and approximately 200 non-fiction articles for national publications.

Asbell was a past president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and was named its Author of the Year in 1996 for his book The Pill: A Biography of the Drug that Changed the World. In 1999, he won the ASJA's Robert C. Anderson Memorial Award for his contributions to fellow writers. He also was a longtime panelist on public television's "The Pennsylvania Game."

Marjory G. Blubaugh, library assistant I at Penn State Mont Alto, from July 17, 1974, until her retirement Jan. 1, 1995; died Jan. 16, at the age of 71.

Cheryl Johnson Plumb, associate professor of English at Penn State York, died of natural causes Feb. 1 at home. She was 57.

Plumb joined the Penn State York faculty in 1970. In 1975-76, as an non-tenured faculty member, she led a union-organizing drive at the campus. The union was voted down, but she emerged as a campus leader. She was an active member of the faculty, chairing committees including faculty affairs, York campus strategic planning and academic affairs. In 1992-93, she was the campus ombudsman.

She was a widely recognized scholar of Djuna Barnes, an American writer of the early 20th century. Among her many published works was Fancy's Craft: Art and Identity in the Early Works of Djuna Barnes, which was named one of the outstanding academic books for 1987-88 by Choice, the official review publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Along with English and literature classes, she taught the first women's studies class at Penn State York.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Cheryl J. Plumb Scholarship Fund, in care of Penn State York, 1031 Edgecomb Ave., York Pa. 17403-3398.

Hiram L. Wiest, associate professor of family and community medicine in the College of Medicine, The Hershey Medical Center, from Sept. 1, 1968, until his retirement Nov. 1, 1981; died Jan. 11. He was 79.

Helen Wilks, janitorial worker in the Office of Physical Plant, from Nov. 1, 1966, until her retirement June 30, 1982; died Jan. 13, at the age of 83.