Newsmakers the Week of September 5, 2013


Penn graduates/husband and wife Robert and Jane Toll have gifted the U of P Law School with $2.5 million, targeted for its public interest programs. Robert Toll is board executive chairman of Toll Brothers, Inc., home builders; both Tolls have been active on behalf of the law school for years.

Brian R. Steiner of Steiner, Segal, Muller and Donan, where he is a partner, has been voted in as chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section.

Livingston, N.J., native Alan Krueger, immediate past chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, this month returns to his position as Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University.

Barbara Berman, president of Cherry Hill, N.J.’s BB’s Clutter Solutions, has been deemed a certified professional organizer by the Board of Certification for Professional Organizers.

Janet Golden, a medical historian at Rutgers University/Camden, has had her article, “Modern Medical Science and the Divine Providence of God: Rethinking the Place of Religion in Postwar U.S. Medical History,” published in the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences.

Jason D. Alexander, co-founder of Capacity for Change, LCC, has been named a member of the board of the Brandywine Health Foundation.

Senior medical director of the Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, Dr. Gail A. Edelsohn is the new secretary of  the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society.

Eric H. Weitz has been chosen for the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. A member of Messa & Associates, P.C, he also serves as vice chair, board of governors, the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Barry R. Lipman, Wharton class of 1970, has added to the financial resources of the Barry and Marie Lipman Family Prize, handed out by Penn and its Wharton School. His gift of $1.5 million brings the prize’s worth to $8 million.The honor was established by Lipman two years ago.

Penina Kessler Lieber of Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP, where she is a partner, is the newly elected head of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

Michael Katz, the Walter H. Annenberg professor of history as well as a research associate at the Population Studies Center at the U of P, has been voted in as a member of the American Philosophical Society.

Former Phillies pitcher Michael Schwimer, probably best remembered as one of the few Jews to play baseball for the team over the years rather than for his pitching prowess, was taken off the Toronto Blue Jays’ roster for assignment to make room for J.A. Happ, who has recovered from an injury. Pitcher Happ is also a former Phil.

Dr. Philip O. Katz, chair of the Division of Gastroenterology at Einstein Healthcare Network, has been named winner of the 2013 Berk/Fise Clinical Achievement Award, presented by the American College of Gastroenterology. Among his salient professional talents and skills, Katz has received national acclaim for his expertise in esophageal diseases.


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