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At 95, Alumnus, Former Professor Welcomes Grandson to the Ranks of USciences Alumni

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on June 14, 2018

Arthur E. Greene and grandson Andrew Bergman.At nearly 95 years old, it has been more than 30 years since Arthur E. Greene BS’49, MS’50, DSc’52 retired as an adjunct professor of virology at University of the Sciences, however, he returned to the University’s commencement ceremony this year to watch his most beloved student, his grandson, receive his diploma.

Andrew Bergman PA’18 said it was an honor to attend a University that his grandfather valued so deeply.

“USciences was number one on my list when I was looking at physician assistant schools,” said Bergman. “Knowing that my grandfather went here and taught here,, inspired me to go to such a renowned university. My experience was unbelievable because of what a  close knit environment I found at this school. It was great to make new friends and new relationships.”

This summer Bergman will begin his career as a physician assistant at Reconstructive Orthopedics in South Jersey.

Dr. Greene is a World War II veteran who was wounded in action before being honorably discharged in 1946. He went on to earn a bachelor of arts at University of Pennsylvania before enrolling at, what was then, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science to earn bachelor of science in 1949 and master’s degrees in microbiology in 1950. In 1952, he received his  doctor of science degree in bacteriology.

After graduation, Dr. Greene went on to work at the Institute for Medical Research, now known as The Coriell Institute for Medical Research, when it was newly established. Dr. Greene worked alongside Lewis L. Coriell, famed virologist, who helped create the technology that was used to develop the polio vaccine. For over 35 years, Dr. Greene headed the cell biology department at IMR and CIMR.  Dr. Greene stayed connected to the University, working as an adjunct professor, teaching 8 a.m. virology courses from 1956 until 1985.

“When I was attending, it was a warm place. I got to know the faculty to a great extent and they became like family,” he recalled. “It was a really enjoyable experience.”

Dr. Greene said he couldn’t be more proud to welcome his grandson as a fellow alumni and that he chose to follow in his footsteps.

“Seeing Andrew move through the program and then to actually be here when he received his degree is a really wonderful situation,” said Dr. Greene. “As late in life as I am, what a truly a great gift it is,  to be here and enjoy it and appreciate it.”

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