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Born and bred in Brooklyn, Steven Galetta, C’79, took the road less traveled out of his neighborhood to land at Penn in the fall of 1975 and went on to a stellar four-year career in both lightweight (now sprint) football and track for the Quakers.


In football, he was a four-time letterwinner and captain of the 1978 team. That same season, he was recipient of the Lt. Charles E. Schmucker Award as “the ideal lightweight football player.” A four-time first-team all-league player, Galetta remains third on the program’s career rushing chart with 2,091 yards—at the time of his graduation it was a school record, and it stood for 21 years—and his 819 yards in 1975 (which was the school record until 1989) remains fifth on the single-season list.


In track, Galetta was an All-Ivy and All-East performer, as well as an NCAA finalist in 1976.


Galetta was honored with the Class of 1915 Award in 1979 as the University’s outstanding male athlete.


Galetta was a Rhodes Scholar candidate and attended Cornell Medical School following graduation. These days, he is a Van Meter Professor of Neurology and Director of Neuro-Ophthalmology as well as Director of Neurology Training at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. He has won numerous awards, including both the American Neurological Association Teacher of the Year and the Association of American Medical Colleges Robert Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award in 2004. He won the Durhring Award for Outstanding Clinical Specialist in 1998 and the Dripps Award for Outstanding Medical Educator in 2002.


Steve lives with his wife, Eugenia, and their children—Kristin (19), Michael (17) and Matt (10)—in Merion Station, Pa. He remains active in running; in fact, he achieved All-America status in Masters track in 1997 and 1998. In 1999, Steve finished second in the 200-meter run at the State Games of America held in St Louis, and was a member of the East Team that won the gold medal in the 4x100 relay.

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