PHILADELPHIA - A former two-sport athlete at the University of Pennsylvania, Robert Topchik, W'50, passed away on Wednesday, May 22 at the age of 86. Topchik was a letterwinner for the Penn football and basketball teams.
Topchik played for the Quakers during some of their football glory years as a "Mungerman" under legendary head coach George Munger. He played with college football legends Chuck Bednarik and Reds Bagnell, and was a member of the 1947 squad that is still remarked by many as the greatest season in program history. The Quakers finished 7-0-1 and finished the year ranked 7th in the nation - which still stands as the program's highest finish of all-time.
Topchik was a two-year letterwinner for the Penn basketball team and lettered for football as a senior in 1949.
A native of Passaic, N.J., Topchik served in the U.S. Army during World War II and graduated from Wharton in 1950. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, who he met as an undergraduate at Penn, and his four children and five grandchildren.