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Penn President Drops in to Help Honor Benefactors

Richard Bazelon , L’68, made a substantial gift toward the Class of 1968 Endowed Scholarship Fund honoring Curtis R. Reitz. Bazelon is founder, partner and principal of Bazelon Less & Feldman. He was with Dilworth, Paxson, Kalish, Levy & Kaufmann for 14 years. Bazelon has extensive litigation experience in the areas of contracts, unfair competition, antitrust, professional malpractice, fiduciary obligations, condemnation, healthcare, securities, constitutional law and rights of persons with disabilities.

George Greer , L’57, made a significant gift to establish the George C. Greer Scholarship Fund. Greer is chairman and president of the Eden Hall Foundation. The private foundation was established after the death of Sebastian Mueller, a Pittsburgh philanthropist and vice president and director of the H.J. Heinz Co. Greer also served as vice president of H.J. Heinz.

Jeanne Olivier JEANNE OLIVIER, L’79, made a generous gift to Annual Giving and the General Endowment. Ms. Olivier is a partner in the Project Development and Finance Group at Shearman & Sterling LLP. She has extensive experience in both international and domestic financings. During the Latin American debt crisis, Ms. Olivier advised the Working Committee for Argentina and the Bank Advisory Committee in connection with the Brady transactions for Argentina and Panama.


PAMELA CRAVEN, CW’74, L’77, MURRAY KUSHNER, C’73, L’76, RICHARD SCHIFTER, L’78, and MYLES TANENBAUM, W’52, L’57, all made generous gifts in support of the new building to replace Pepper Hall.

Pam Craven MS. CRAVEN is chief administrative officer at Avaya Inc. She is responsible for all legal services, as well as for the company’s global contracts management, government affairs and corporate security organizations. In addition, she serves as corporate secretary, co-chief compliance officer and supports the board of directors. Prior to joining Avaya, Ms. Craven was vice president, law and secretary for Lucent Technologies, Inc.


Murray Kushner KUSHNER is president of Schenkman/Kushner Affiliates Inc. The company owns and manages more than five million square feet of office space and industrial space and has substantial residential holdings. Kushner has been a real estate developer for more than 25 years.

SCHIFTER has been a managing partner at Texas Pacific Group since 2001. He was named partner in 1994. Prior to joining Texas Pacific Group, Schifter was a partner at the law firm of Arnold & Porter, where he specialized in bankruptcy law and corporate restructuring and represented Air Partners in connection with the acquisition of Continental Airlines.

Myles Tanenbaum TANENBAUM has a history of generous support for the Law School. An emeritus overseer of the Law School and a trustee emeritus of the University of Pennsylvania, he contributed the lead gift that made Tanenbaum Hall possible. The 72,000-squarefoot building opened in 1993. It houses Biddle Law Library, seminar rooms, offices of Career Planning and Professionalism and Public Service, areas for student law journals, and a student lounge whose landmark is “The Clock.”

Tanenbaum is chairman of A Wish Come True, a vendor of dance and competition clothing. Prior to this, Tanenbaum was chairman of Arbor Enterprises, a family holding company. Between 1970 and 1983, he was CEO of Kravco, Inc., which became one of the nation’s largest shopping mall developers. From 1957 to 1970, Tanenbaum was a tax partner at Wolf, Block. Tanenbaum has been the recipient of Wharton’s Man of the Year Award, the University’s Alumni Award of Merit, and Penn Law School’s Distinguished Service Award.