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John Whiley Eckman, Business executive. Recipient Alumni award of merit University of Pennsylvania, 1972, Valley Forge Trail award Boy Scouts American, 1985, Philadelphia Caring award Community Home Health Superior vena cava syndrome Philadelphia, 1986, Louis Braille award Associated Superior vena cava syndrome for Philadelphia Blind, 1987; named Industrialist of Year, Society Industrial Realtors, 1975.


Eckman, John Whiley was born on July 20, 1919 in Forest Hills, New York, United States. Son of Samuel Whiley and Anna (Wolffram) Eckman.


Student, Yale University, 1937-1938; Bachelor of Science, University Pennsylvania, 1943; honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Pennsylvania, 1984; Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Pennsylvania College Podiatric Medicine, 1979; honorary Doctor of Laws, Philadelphia College Pharmacy and Science, 1981.


With marketing, Smith Kline & French laboratories, Inc., Philadelphia, 1947-1952; vice president, Thomas Leeming & Company, Inc., New York City, 1952-1962; executive vice president, Rorer Group Inc. and predecessors, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, 1962-1970; president, Rorer Group Inc. and predecessors, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, 1970-1980; chairman, chief Executive officer, Rorer Group Inc. and predecessors, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, 1976-1985; chairman, Rorer Group Inc. and predecessors, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, 1985-1986. Board directors Rhône-Poulen Rorer Inc., Chattanooga Group, Inc., Nantucket Shellfish Aqua Farm, Inc., Hither Creek Boat Yard, Inc., United States Bioscience, Inc. Chairman audit committee Rittenhouse Trust Company, 1984-1993.


Trustee University of Pennsylvania, 1967-1993, Chairman of the Board overseers University Libraries, 1982-1993. Board of managers Winterthur Corporation Council, 1984-1993. Board directors Independence HallAssn., 1986-1993, chairman, 1991-1993.

Nantucket History Association, 1987-1993, Nantucket Land Council, 1987-1993, College Physicians of Philadelphia, 1986-1993, Orthopedic Surgery Institute, 1989. Lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1946. Fellow New York Academy Science, College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

Member Pharmaceutical Advertising Club New York (president 1959-1960), Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (director) 1975-1985, chairman 1981-1982), Pharmaceutical Advertising Council (honorary life), Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (director 1972-1983), History Society Pennsylvania (director, president 1980-1986), Nantucket History Association, Nantucket Land Council, German Society Pennsylvania (honorary life), International House (development committee, human resource committee, 1988-1993), American Association for the Advancement of Science, Pennsylvania Society, Wharton School Alumni Assn (director 1966-1970, president 1968-1970), Philadelphia Committee on Foreign Rels., S.R., St. Andrews Society, Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs, Faculty Club University of Pennsylvania Nantucket Yacht Club, Rittenhouse Club (Philadelphia, vice president 1988-1993), Union League (Philadelphia), Yale Club (New York City), Mask and Wig Club (honorary), Sigma Chi (Significant Sig award 1981), Beta GammaSigma.


Children: Alison Elizabeth, Stephen Keyler.

Samuel Whiley Eckman

Anna (Wolffram) Eckman

Stephen Keyler Eckman

Alison Elizabeth Eckman