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Dr. Abram Stavitsky, V’46 - Creating a Permanent Legacy

By: Jillian Marcussen

Upon graduation from the University of Michigan in 1939, Dr. Abram Stavitsky began abram-stavitskygraduate work in public health with an emphasis on bacteriology and immunology. He received an MS in Public Health in 1940, followed by a PhD in 1943 from the University of Minnesota. His PhD research focused on the pathogenesis and host resistance in leptospirosis, a disease that affects both humans and animals.

Dr. Stavitsky’s interest in comparative pathology and immunology led to the study of veterinary medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was impressed by the depth of the curriculum and the excellent quality of the teaching of basic science, clinical medicine, and surgery. He received his VMD degree in 1946 and pursued a post-doctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology.

In 1947, Dr. Stavitsky joined the faculty of Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve University) in Cleveland, Ohio, beginning a distinguished research career. His work contributed to a better understanding of the mechanisms of immunological memory and the biochemistry and regulation of the antibody response. He became Emeritus in 1989, when he turned 70, and has continued to produce research, publish, and write reviews.

Through the use of gift annuities and IRA rollover gifts to support scholarship at Penn Vet, Dr. Stavitsky has ensured that the School can continue to provide the highest level of scientific training for future veterinarians. He is particularly passionate about providing financial support for minority students. Planned giving offers you an opportunity to create a permanent legacy honoring a special connection to Penn Vet; gain peace of mind and security for you and your family; and support the School’s mission of teaching, healing, and discovery.

To learn more about the many ways to make a planned gift, or for more information about the Veterinary Heritage Circle, please contact Jillian Marcussen, Director of Special Projects, at 215-898-4235 or jillian2@vet.upenn.edu.