Memoriam & In Tribute
Robert Trescher (right) with Gustave Amsterdam L'33
L. Trescher W'34, L'37, HON'82
Robert L. Trescher was an outstanding citizen of the University of Pennsylvania.
The former Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads attorney served the
Law School in many volunteer capacities including as Chairman of the Board
of Overseers from 1968-1970, and as President of the Law Alumni Society.
In addition, he was a Chairman of the University of Pennsylvania Museum
of Archaeology and Anthropology and a member of the Board of Trustees
of the University of Pennsylvania. He was recognized for his service with
an honorary degree that was bestowed upon him in 1982. Mr. Trescher served
in the Navy from 1942 to 1946. He served a couple of terms in the House
of Delegates, the policy-making body of the Pennsylvania Bar Association,
and was a Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association. He is survived
by his wife of 59 years, Glendora (Dodie) Trescher, and his daughters,
Victoria Agnich and Ellen Haas.
Lee N. Steiner L’49
A renowned entertainment attorney and counsel at the law firm of Loeb
& Loeb in New York City, Lee N. Steiner L49 died in April 2002 at the age of 79. A
native of Newark New Jersey, he was the recipient of the George Wharton Pepper Prize for Constitutional
Law studies at graduation. Mr. Steiner began his career at Weil, Gotshal & Manges
before joining, and ultimately rising to become chairman of the entertainment division, of
Hess, Segall, Guterman, Pelz, Steiner & Bavorick. The firm merged with Loeb & Loeb in
1986. His client base represented the finest filmmakers and stars of the late-20th century
Sophia Loren, Carlo Ponti, and Dino De Laurentis, Irwin Winkler, Robert Charoff and Elliott
Kastner. In service to the legal profession, Mr. Steiner served as the Special Attorney General
for the Election Frauds Division of the State of New from 1952 to 1960.
Lillian Fernandez and Sherrie Brown
by Sherrie Brown L'79
Lillian Fernandez passed away this past February after a courageous fight
against cancer. Lillian was the best friend anyone could have. No one
who knew her will ever forget her smile, laughter or ability to rally
the troops for whatever cause she was championing. Her career was distinguished
with just some of the highlights including serving at the White House
as Special Assistant to President Clinton for Legislative Affairs; for
Pfizer Inc., as Director of International Affairs; for the Congressional
Hispanic Caucus as Director, for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
as General Counsel, Senior Vice President/ Government Relations and Corporate
Secretary and, most recently, for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management
as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Director.
J. Bass G’35, L’36
Herbert J. Bass died on October 11, 2001 at his home in Abington, Pennsylvania.
He earned a masters degree in philosophy from Penn in 1935 and graduated
from the Law School in 1936. He was honored by the Philadelphia Bar Association
in 1997 for over 60 years of continuous practice in the area of civil
litigation and commitment to the Philadelphia legal community. He retired
in 1998. Mr. Bass is survived by his wife, Lillian, two daughters, Rebecca
Bass and Susan Bolch, and three grandchildren, Natalie, Melanie and Jordan