Penn Medicine Office of Planned Giving

Donor Stories

We thank all our donors of planned gifts for their generous support. Here are some of their stories.

Drs. Art and Carolyn Asbury

Drs. Art and Carolyn Asbury
Aside from each other and family, Drs. Art and Carolyn Asbury are committed to three things:  neurology, philanthropy and Penn. They designed a gift that earmarks the bulk of their residual TIAA-CREF plans for the establishment of the Asbury Professorship in Neurology. Read the full story.


Marjorie A. Bowman, M.D., M.P.A.
Physicians in Penn’s Department of Family Practice and Community Medicine really get to know their patients, perhaps more than in any other field of medicine. This special intimacy isn’t just a hallmark; it’s a prized value. In her philanthropic activities, Marjorie A. Bowman, M.D., M.P.A., the department chair, has extended that principle — determining needs and meeting them — to support Penn. Read the full story.

Frixos C. Charalampous, M.D.
Frixos C. Charalampous, M.D., grew up in a rural village on the island of Cyprus, off the coast of Greece. “My father wanted me to follow him into the import/export business, to raise a family in Cyprus, to live his life,” he recalled. But Charalampous had another future in mind: to become a doctor. Read the full story.

Catharine Ducker

Catharine Ducker
At the end of her life, Catharine Ducker made a contribution that will save the lives of others. Read the full story.

Stanton P. Fischer, M’56
Stanton P. Fischer, M.D., had great respect for the School of Medicine long before he ever set foot on campus. His father, an ophthalmologist, took a graduate course at the School and came away deeply impressed with Penn’s method of teaching. Dr. Fischer knew he wanted to attend the school his father raved about. Read the full story.


Louis B. Flexner, M.D.
Louis B. Flexner, M.D., former chair of Penn’s Department of Anatomy, became a world leader in the study of memory. He never forgot the generosity that allowed him to pursue a career in medicine. Read the full story.


Marc B. Garnick, M’72, G.M.E.’76
When Marc B. Garnick, M.D., G.M.E., meets with other School of Medicine alumni, their conversations inevitably revolve around their early days at Penn. The memories vary, but the theme is usually the same. Read the full story.

David B.P. Goodman, M’68, Ph.D.’72
Starting with his first days as a Penn medical student in the fall of 1964, and throughout his professional career, David B.P. Goodman, M.D., Ph.D., has called Penn his home. “I’ve been here a long time and I’m loyal to Penn,” says the professor of pathology and laboratory medicine. “It’s a great place.” Read the full story.

David Guarnieri, M’84, and Kathy Guarnieri, M.D.
Drs. David and Kathy Guarnieri, both anesthesiologists, have always placed great value on education. Although they earned medical degrees from different schools, they agree that the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine prepared David extremely well. Read the full story.

W. Benson Harer Jr., M’56
When it came time to choose a career, the young W. Benson Harer Jr. was sure of one thing: he did not want to go into medicine. He figured his father, W. Benson Harer Sr., C’17, M’21, a renowned Penn obstetrician and former president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, would be a hard act to follow. Read the full story.

Avery Harrington, M’56, and Carolyn Beckenbaugh Harrington, C.W.’52
From Arizona to Africa, Avery Harrington, M.D., and Carolyn Beckenbaugh Harrington have given generously of their time and resources during their 53 years of marriage. The University of Pennsylvania instilled in them many of their ideas and shared values, including a commitment to hard work, volunteerism and philanthropy. Read the full story.

Benjamin Natelson, M’67
Each time Benjamin Natelson, M.D., walked into the library of the School of Medicine and saw the famous Thomas Eakins painting “The Agnew Clinic,” he knew he was somewhere special. “I felt pampered as a student,” he says. “The quality of the education, the professors, everything at the School was just brilliant.” Read the full story.

Arthur Peck, M.D.

Arthur Peck, M’52
When Arthur Peck, M.D., applied to medical schools in 1948, he received 39 rejections and one acceptance. He suspected that the other school’s rejections were based not on his career as a student, but on the fact that he was a Jew. Penn was the rare exception. Read the full story.

Charles W. Rohrbeck, M.D.

Charles W. Rohrbeck, M’58
When Charles W. Rohrbeck, M.D., first set foot on the Penn campus more than 50 years ago, he was awestruck. He could not believe his dream of going to medical school had come true. Read the full story.

Charlotte Snyder

Charlotte Snyder
Thirty years ago, Penn legend Jonathan E. Rhoads, M.D., G.M.E.’40, gave Charlotte Snyder a gift unlike any other — six more years with her husband, Arnold. Read the full story.

Douglas Spencer, M’57, and Janet Spencer
Douglas Spencer, M.D., and his wife, Janet, decided on an unusual way to donate to his class’s scholarship fund. Dr. Spencer, who enjoyed a distinguished career as a developmental pediatrician, retired from the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in 1992. Read the full story.

Jerome Staller, Ph.D.

Jerome Staller, Ph.D.
An accomplished businessman, the founder of the Center for Forensic Economic Studies and a best-selling author, Jerome Staller was always an innovator. When he needed treatment for a heart condition, he chose another innovator — Michael A. Acker, M.D., Penn’s chief of cardiovascular surgery and one of the nation’s top heart surgeons. Read the full story.


Gordon W. Webster, M’58
Gordon W. Webster, M.D., remembers something his parents said during a discussion about his medical school tuition: “It will be hard,” they said, “but we will find a way.” Read the full story.

Ferdinand G. Weisbrod, M’42, G.M.’50
During his undergraduate years at Penn, Ferdinand G. Weisbrod, M.D., G.M., remembers reading about the life of the industrialist/philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. He never forgot Carnegie’s personal philosophy about wealth: Give money to your children but “don’t overdo it — too much money can make them soft and nonproductive.” Instead, Carnegie advised, leave most of your wealth to philanthropy. Read the full story.

Penn Medicine
Office of Planned Giving
Christine S. Ewan, J.D.
Executive Director, Planned Giving
3535 Market Street, Suite 750
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3309
215-898-9486 | Fax: 215-573-2186


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