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Richard Sloane
Richard Sloane, Professor Emeritus of Law and director of the Biddle Law Library from 1971 until his retirement in 1984, died in February 2002. Richard ‘read for the law” while working at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he worked for 23 years as both a librarian and an associate. He was active in the law library profession and was one of the first librarians to see the enormous potential of Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw. Professor Sloane’s major reference work, “The Sloane-Dorland Annotated Medical-Legal Dictionary” (1987 & supp.), utilized these online systems to find judicial annotations to a vast number of diseases, injuries, and medical conditions. In this respect he was a pioneer in the use of technology to further interdisciplinary research.

Herbert 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 Bolch.

Sylvan M. Cohen C’35, L’38
There are few alumni as dedicated to class spirit as Sylvan Cohen was dedicated to the Class of 1938’s joie de vivre. While it is customary for a class to come together for reunions every five years at Penn Law School, it’s extraordinary for a class to get together every year for over 60 years. Led by Mr. Cohen, chairman of the former firm Cohen, Shapiro, Polisher, Shiekman & Cohen in Philadelphia, the Class of 1938 traveled the world together by land and sea. Mr. Cohen, a member of the Law School’s Board of Overseers, was Note and Legislation Editor of the LawReview and class president. After graduation he formed Cohen & Cohen with his brother Albert.During World War II Mr. Cohen was an intelligence officer in the Army Air Corps, after serving as a lawyer with the U.S. Office of Price Administration in 1941 and 1942. He was a founder and former president of the International Council of Shopping Centers, and at his death was chairman of the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) one of the earliest REITs to specialize in shopping centers. Known for his prowess on the courts, in 1998 Mr. Cohen was named to Penn’s Tennis Hall of Fame. His legacy will live on at Penn Law School through the Friends of Biddle, the group he inspired to support the Biddle law Library. His wife of 58 years, Alma Orlowitz Cohen, and two sons, Stephen B. Cohen and Marc A. Copland survive him.

J. Russell Cades C’25, L’28, GL’30
J. Russell Cades, an attorney in Honolulu, Hawaii who helped establish, and greatly influenced, the legal profession in Hawaii, died in February at the age of 97. After graduating from Penn Law School Mr. Cades moved to Hawaii to join the firm Smith & Wild where he specialized in corporate and tax law. A Philadelphia native, he practiced at Cades Schutte Fleming & Wright up until his death. In 1969, Mr. Cades, with his brother Milton Cades W’24, GL’37, established the Ida Russell Cades Memorial Faculty Research Fund in memory of their mother. The Cades brothers indicated that the fund should support scholarship in the area of constitutional law, specifically First Amendment rights, and pay special attention to the growing internationalization of the world and the importance of comparative law and international communication. The Law School has been fortunate to have a long relationship with the Cades family with several graduates having come through the school: Stewart Russell Cades W’64, L’67; Julian David Waldman C’71, L’88; and Susan Kate Levenson Carroll L’73. His widow, Charlotte McLean Cades, passed away only days after his death.

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