At the 2023 annual meeting of the Society for Technology and Anesthesia, Dr. Richard H. Epstein, Beta Pi ’72, was presented the J.S. Gravenstein Award for lifetime achievement in the field of anesthesia. This award is the latest acknowledgement of his dedication and knowledge in the field. In previous years, he had received the Award for Faculty Mentoring from Sidney Kimmel Medical College (Kimmel Medical School) at Thomas Jefferson University, the Ellison C. Pierce Research Award from the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and the Dr. Roy G. Williams Research Award from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  

Brother Epstein is presently a professor of clinical anesthesiology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (Miller School) in Florida. In recent years, he has written articles and been published in both American and British Medical Journals. 

After graduating from Penn with a B.A. degree in biochemistry, he received his MD at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Prior to joining the faculty at the Miller School, Richard was on the faculty of the Kimmel Medical School. 

During the years he lived in Philadelphia, he was actively involved as an alumnus in the Beta Pi Alumni Association. Using the knowledge and expertise he gathered as an investor in real estate in the Philadelphia area, he spearheaded an exhaustive repair/renovation of the Chapter House at 3916 Spruce Street. For many years, the Penn administration allowed the Chapter House to deteriorate even though Penn was holding a significant amount of money intended for repairs to the Chapter House. Thanks to brother Epstein, who designed and acted as general contractor for the project, significant improvements were made to the Chapter house over the course of two summers. Upon conclusion, the undergraduate brothers were thrilled.  

Our congratulations are extended to brother Epstein on his latest award and the success of his career.