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In MemoriamDrexel Basketball PA Announcer John McAdams
John McAdams, the Drexel men’s and women’s basketball public address announcer for more than 20 years, died on June 16. He was 64.
In addition to his role at Drexel, Mr. McAdams was known throughout the country as the voice of Philadelphia Big 5 basketball. He was the primary voice for the University of Pennsylvania, La Salle University and Drexel. In 2001, The Sporting News named Mr. McAdams the best public address announcer in college basketball. Mr. McAdams is survived by his wife of 42 years, Nancy.
Mr. McAdams is a leading fan nominee for inclusion on the 2005 election ballot for the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. Through September 1, 2005, fans can submit nominees for consideration on the Hall of Fame ballot. Nominations can be submitted online at www.phillyhof.org/nominee.asp, via email at email@example.com or through regular mail at Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 58667 Philadelphia, PA 19102. All nominations must include the nominee’s accomplishments and/or contributions along with the submitter’s contact information.
Professor Brian L. Wagner
Brian L. Wagner, associate professor and interim head of visual studies in the College of Media Arts & Design, died of lung cancer on July 8. He was 58.
Professor Wagner, who graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1969 and earned an MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania, was hired as a full-time faculty member at Drexel in 1987. A prolific artist in a variety of media, among his most noted works was “5,000 Broomsticks” —the transformation of more than 5,000 collected broomsticks into architecturally-scaled structures, assembled with the assistance of groups of students at Drexel and at other schools of art as an invited artist.
Professor Wagner received a University award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for a Senior Faculty in 2002. He was a leader in University-wide efforts to support and encourage teaching excellence, and was active in the Faculty Senate where he served as chair of Faculty Affairs and co-chair of Faculty Development. He was named interim head in the department of visual studies in 2003.
Professor Wagner is survived by his mother Sarah and brother Gary. Contributions may be made to Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 for a fund to be established in his memory. A memorial service is being planned for the fall at the University.