Archived Stories:






The Power of Age
as told to Jim Collins
Eight distinguished emeritus alumni shared their reflections on shattering Golden Years stereotypes.  Read the Wharton Magazine article here.

Tour of the Italian Lake District: August to September 2016
by Bob Blumenthal, WG’63

We arrived at our Five Star Luxury Hotel, Hotel La Palma, in Stresa, Italy, after an hour long drive in our extremely comfortable high-rise tour bus from Malpensa Airport.  We did not mind the time spent because our Travel Director/tour guide, Valentina Cioffrese, pointed out sights along the way.  She explained how the road had been built by Napoleon when he invaded Italy at the beginning of the 18th Century.  She also gave us a bit of history explaining how Prince Charles Borromeo and his family had come to own most of the land around Lake Maggiore, all of the water as well as three islands in the lake because he and his soldiers had defeated a Swiss Army trying to invade from the North around the time of the Reformation.  In gratitude, the Pope had gifted him the property and made him a Cardinal.  To this day his descendants still own two of the three islands and all of the water in Lake Maggiore. The fishermen who fish the lake have to pay his family a fee for taking fish from the water.

During our stay in the Lake District we visited Lake Orta, a smaller lake to the West of Lake Maggiore and the town of Orta San Giulio on its banks, as well as Lake Como, and the town of Bellagio on its banks.  The latter is well known because of George Clooney, who owns a villa there.  Although he was in town at the time, we did not get an invitation to visit him.  What a great shame!

Lake Maggiore is the largest lake in Europe, and Lake Como is one of the deepest, approximately a mile at its point of greatest depth.  From the balcony of our hotel room overlooking Lake Maggiore we had a magnificent view of the Lake and Isola Bella, one of the islands that the Borromeo Family still owns.  They were in residence as attested by their flag flying from the flag pole but we were allowed to visit the lower floors of their palace which were magnificent.

We had the benefit of several lectures about the history of the region, including the time of Leonardo da Vinci and his painting of the Last Supper, which we visited during a day trip to Milan.  At that time, we also got a tour of the magnificent Gothic Cathedral of Milan called the Duomo.  We also enjoyed two excellent lectures from our faculty host, David Wallace, who is a full time Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania.  One evening we met with three persons from the area who explained what life is like in Northern Italy today

The food in the hotel dining room was excellent.  Seating in the dining room allowed us a view overlooking the lake across a beautiful garden.  The hotel even had a swimming pool on the side of the lake.

It was a special pleasure having the company of so many of our fellow Penn Alumni as well as the pleasant company and great assistance of our staff host, Janell Wiseley, and our own WGES Wharton Alumni Relations Associate Director, Helen Formanes.  It is our hope and expectation that our contact with other Penn graduates will lead to new friendships and future Penn Travel Tours together.

A Re-organized WGES Steering Committee:

The WGES Steering Committee has been “re-organized.” Active members of the Steering Committee celebrating his or her 60th anniversary of graduation from Wharton will be invited to join the Founders Committee. As a member of the Founders Committee, they will continue functioning in the various sub-committees, but will increase their effect to develop new members to take over their responsibilities. This is appropriate as new members to the Steering Committee from the 45th and 50th reunion classes are appointed.

Lifelong Learning:

Wharton and Penn provide a wide number of opportunities for WGES members to pursue lifelong learning in a number of ways:

  1. Open Learning brings world-class courses from the University of Pennsylvania directly to you.
  2. Knowledge @ Wharton offers a variety of topics: management, finance, innovation, leadership, marketing, public policy, social impact & technology.
  3. Wharton Business Radio (Channel 111 on SiriusXM) provides programming throughout the day.

Crandall Challenge Citation:

The Crandall Challenge Recognition for WGES members will take place at the May 2017 Reunion.   Submit your story by November 1st to  See the guidelines in the Autumn 2015 WGES newsletter.

Blogs by WGES Members:

Bob Natiello, WG’56, Author, Retired Advertising Executive
On Compromise
The Worst Day in American Sports
Retired Wharton Grads Redefine ‘Emeritus’
The Clean-cut Way to Boost Income Potential
Expand an Innovation to Fund Social Enterprise
Entrepreneurs Should Find and Fill a Need
Bold Anti-Poverty Predictions From Two Leaders
Lost in Transmission
Right Business Model Can Make MOOCs Sustainable
A Reminder About Remainders
A Principle for the Octogenarian Investor
Immigration Reform: A Victim of Cliffmanship?
Partisan Politics: Acceptable Bigotry?
Campaign Promises New Work Against Compromise Later
Beat Inflation With the Big Apple’s Best Entertainment
The Joe Paterno I Remember
Steve Jobs Passing Dims Demise of Another Innovator

Myron E. Weiner, WG’51, Emeritus Professor, University of Connecticut
Social Entrepreneur Ahead of His Time on Dennis Rezendes, WG’59 whose efforts resulted in “Hospice/Palliative” Care becoming a universal Medicare benefit.
Books to Expand
The Paradox of a Robotic Workplace
No Neutrality on the Net’s Peeping Toms
The Complexification of Entrepreneurship
R2D2’s Knocking at Our Door
Get a Grip on Big Government
There’s No Such Thing as Retirement
Driving Innovation With the Automat

Crandall Challenge Certificate:

Most WGES members find it is a myth that when one retires, they no longer contribute to their profession, community, and even economy. What is closer to the truth is that most of us continue to contribute our vast professional and personal experience and know-how as long as we are physically able to do so.  At the May 13, 2017 WGES Reunion Luncheon, the Emeritus Society will recognize their initial Crandall Challenge alumni recipients. It is an attempt to acknowledge the vast ways in which WGES members remain actively involved in their professional and personal communities.

You now have a chance to share the many ways you stay involved.

  • Also read the nominating Requirements and Process for the Crandall Challenge certificate here.
  • Nominate yourself or another WGES member for a Crandall Challenge certificate, which acknowledges the time and energy you continue to invest in our society today.

We look forward to receiving your nomination form and hearing more about your response to Crandall’s Challenge of Staying Involved.

Read how Wharton Grads are becoming entrepreneurs, by Myron Weiner, WG’51Read More >>

Read about Geoffrey Garrett, the new Dean of the Wharton SchoolRead More >>

As part of his “retirement”, Herb Chubin, WG’60, is now an adjunct professor at the Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria campus. For the Spring 2014 semester, Herb will be teaching the Managerial Cost Accounting course. For the Web CPA on line Journal “Accounting Today, Herb has recently published the an article on fund accounting which can be read by accessing the following web link:
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Check out Carl Shaifer’s article in the Summer 2013 Wharton Magazine, entitled The United States Needs Another “Miracle in Philadelphia”. It calls for a second Constitutional Convention to be held, where else??…….Philadelphia
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Crandall Challenge Co-Chairs Tom Jones & Kevin Woelflein are looking for your help as Advisors for the Wharton Public Policy Initiative
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As part of our Crandall Challenge to get involved in today’s policy issues, several WGES members attended a Wharton Policy Initiative seminar in Washington, DC on September 9, 2013. Steering Committee member John Majane attended the event and has written this summary:
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To view pictures and highlights from the event:
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Join us in the Wharton Graduate Emeritus Society LinkedIn group.

The May 2013 Reunion Luncheon Keynote Speaker, Carlos de la Cruz, W’62 WG’63 and his wife Rosa have a Collection of Contemporary Art through the following link: In addition, you can view a number of photographs from a special March 2013 Exhibition at this Museum:
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If you’re looking for a list of notable Wharton Graduate Alumni, go to the following link submitted by Paul Schurr, WG’62
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W.D. “Bill” Lawson, WG’49, on Wharton MBA Reunions
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Myron Weiner, WG’51, on the Wharton Blog Network
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Wharton Graduate Emeritus Society Website Survey Report
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A Conversation with J.D. Power III, WG’59 (Wharton Magazine, Spring/Summer 2009)
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Bob Crandall’s 2010 May Reunion Luncheon Keynote Speech
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How Jiminy Cricket Helped Me Even the Score with the Dodgers
By Robert Anthony Natiello

Young Man That Was
Submitted by Carl Shaifer

Grow Strong
Submitted by Carl Shaifer

An Investment Philosophy Influenced by Wharton
By Henry Janoski, WG’60

Eduarso Almadrones, WG’66, says:
“You guys are doing a hell of a job visualizing, coordinating, assembling alumni interests and capabilities!”

Golfing in Laos
Submitted by Mike Wallace, WG’65

Photo of Joe Gill and Marshall Smith, WG’60
Submitted by Joe Gill, WG’60