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In Memoriam

1929
Rawdon Libby C26

1931
Elihu A. Greenhouse W28
Martin H. Philip

1932
Robert M. Sebastian C29
Harold B. Wells Jr.

1933
Paul Maloney

1935
Stephen A. Teller

1937
Morton S. Freeman
Benjamin S. Loewenstein

1939
Myrtile Frank Jr. C36
Walter P. McEvilly

1940
Sol H. Kitei W37

1941
George B. Ross

1942
Frederic L. Ballard, Jr. C39

1946
Louis B. Nielsen

1947
Robert H. Malis C41

1948
Hon. John J. McNeilly
Joseph F. Tilghman

1949
George T. McKinley

1950
Louis J. DiGiacomo

1951
Crede C. Calhoun
Robert F. Maguire
Louis C. Pulvermacher

 

 

1953
Jack Brian

1955
David J. Goldberg
Joseph H. Stanziani

1956
Comet C. Johns
Charles E. OConnor
Russell S. Sharbaugh

1957
S. Philip Klein

1958
Robert M. Abramson W55

1960
Allan Katz W57

1961
Irwin H. Haut
Kenneth H. Lang

1962
Hon. Joseph F. Battle Jr.

1966
Norman Caplan C63
Burton D. Fretz

1969
W. Thomas Tither Jr.

1976
Philip W. Savitz

1980
Joan F. Schlaepfer
Kenneth G. Vaughn

1985
Debra J. Goldsmith WG85

1986
Mitchell L. Dorf

In Tribute

Frederic L. Ballard Jr. C39, L42
A lifelong member of Philadelphia law firm Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, Frederic Lyman Ballard Jr. C39, L42 died in March of this year. Mr. Ballard was an expert in corporate law and renowned for his broad skills as an advisor to corporate leaders as well as in the courtroom. As a student, he was Case Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif. From 1966-1968, and again from 1974-1979 Mr. Ballard was a member of the Law Schools Board of Overseers, which he chaired from 1977-1979. His family boasts a proud tradition of Penn Law graduates: his grandfather Ellis Ames Ballard C1881, L1883, who founded the firm in the 19 th century; his father, Frederic Lyman Ballard C09, L12; brothers John Ames Ballard C45, L48, Francis Ballard L49, and Augustus S. Ballard C44, L48. Mr. Ballard is survived by his wife Ernesta Ballard, his children Sophie B. Bilezikian MD, Ernesta, and Alice, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Robert H. Malis C41, L47
Formerly a senior litigation partner of Mesirov Gelman Jaffe Cramer & Jamieson of Philadelphia, Robert H. Malis C41, L47 died in May of this year in Florida. Mr. Malis was in practice with his father, David S. Malis, and brother, Richard B. Malis L40 until 1984 when their firm merged with Mesirov Gelman. A member of the Order of the Coif, Mr. Malis was the quintessential Penn Law volunteer, contributing hours and energy as a Firm Solicitor, Agent for the Class of 1947, Chair of Class Reunions, and as a spirited leader of the Law Schools Annual Phonathon team. His wife Phyllis Wasserman Malis CW 44, and their children Dr. Charles Malis C 72 and Susan Malis Yoskin survive him. In 1994, he said he would never forget the experience of standing on the stage of Philadelphias Academy of Music to hand a Penn Law diploma to his granddaughter, Mindy Yoskin Kubs L94, now an attorney in Southeast Florida.