The main entrance to the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center is now open. Van Pelt Library and the Fisher Fine Arts Library are currently open to Penn Card holders, Penn affiliates, and certain visitors. See our Service Alerts for details.

Susanna and Dean smiling at camera

Susanna E. Lachs, Esq., CW'74, ASC'76 and Dean Stewart Adler, Esq., W'79, L'83 established this fund in 2005 to support the Penn Libraries acquisitions in any field of study.

When a senior at Penn, Susanna Lachs was elected to Mortar Board, in recognition for her achievements in scholarship, leadership, and service. Following her successful career at Penn, she received her law degree at Temple University and served as a trial lawyer for 22 years.

Now dedicated to giving back, she has served as a Penn Libraries Overseer, a Trustee of Temple University, a member of the Board of Visitors of Temple University School of Law, a member of the Trustees' Council of Penn Women, and an officer at Temple Adath Israel, the Shipley School, and the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education.

Dean Adler is a principal and co-founder of Lubert-Adler Partners, which invests private real estate equity on behalf of major university endowments, as well as other institutional pension funds. While at Penn Law School, Mr. Adler was an instructor at the Wharton School (1981-1983) and was recognized for teaching excellence (1982). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Bed Bath & Beyond, a NASDAQ-listed company, as well as Developers Diversified Realty Corporation, an NYSE-listed REIT. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Wharton School's Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center and is involved with various philanthropic causes both locally and nationally.

Dean Adler and Susanna Lachs are generous supporters of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to their Penn Libraries collections fund, their contributions support undergraduate financial aid, the Penn Law School, teaching and research at the Wharton School's Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center, the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, and the Penn initiative to establish the Teachers Institute of Philadelphia.