November 3, 1997 |
Eighty years ago, at the height of World War I, a small group of Quakers met to discuss the devastation and suffering the war had brought to Europe. The 12 Quakers decided that they wanted to help those who were suffering. They also decided that young men who opposed war should be allowed to provide humanitarian relief instead of being forced to fight. Yesterday, Lou Schneider, a member of the Downingtown Friends Meeting, spoke to 40 others about the history of the American Friends Service Committee, the organization the group eventually formed to provide humanitarian services.
July 15, 2016 |
Gay Gilpin Johnson, 91, whose life's work was preserving Awbury Arboretum, a privately held park in East Germantown, died of an infection Thursday, July 7, at Chestnut Hill Hospital. Mrs. Johnson not only volunteered at the 55-acre park, she also lived there for six decades, in one of the homes on the property near the Washington Lane SEPTA station. She provided management and fund-raising, and collected examples of the arboretum's rich history. She helped establish the Awbury Neighbors Association, and in 1985 pushed to make the Awbury Arboretum Association a nonprofit so that it could own and operate the park as a private entity.
February 7, 2016 |
A memorial service is planned in May for Elizabeth MacLeod Scattergood, 98, a retired social worker, who died Sunday, Jan. 17, of Alzheimer's disease at Kendal Crosslands in Kennett Square. Mrs. Scattergood, known as "Betty," had been a longtime resident of Germantown. Born in Nova Scotia, she graduated from high school in the Canadian province of New Brunswick before moving with her family to New York state. She earned a bachelor's degree in 1936 from Tusculum College in Tennessee and a master's degree in 1947 from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.
April 12, 2006 |
Lyle E Tatum, 87, a former regional director for the American Friends Service Committee who was jailed during World War II for refusing to fight, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease April 3 at the Friends House retirement community in Sandy Spring, Md. He was a longtime resident of Philadelphia and then South Jersey before moving to Maryland last year. Mr. Tatum, born into a Quaker family in Iowa, was given a draft exemption while a student at Iowa State College.
December 6, 1998 |
George B. Mathues, 82, who worked for more than 35 years helping others through the American Friends Service Committee and CARE Inc., died of heart failure Wednesday at his home in Drexel Hill. Mr. Mathues served with the two organizations "because he believed in helping others and showing compassion for the poor," said his wife of 47 years, Theodora Sirninger Mathues. Most of his service was overseas. He graduated from Haverford College in 1938 with a bachelor of science degree and from Harvard University in 1940 with a master's degree in business administration.
November 28, 2010 |
As a recent graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, in the early 1940s, Takashi Moriuchi was eager to make a business out of farming in his native San Joaquin Valley in California. But in 1942, he was one of thousands of Japanese Americans who were forced into World War II internment camps. Farmer Lewis Barton, like many other Quakers at the time, did not agree with the camps and through the American Friends Service Committee hired Japanese Americans to work on his 700 acres in what is now Cherry Hill.
November 9, 2015 |
Lois Bonsted Forrest, 82, of Medford, died Sunday, Nov. 1, of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Medford Leas, the continuing-care retirement community where she was executive director from 1979 to 2001. During her term, her daughter Loyce Forrest said, the firm added sites in Mount Holly in 1982 and Lumberton in 1999. The New Jersey Association of Non-Profit Homes for the Aging in Princeton, of which she was a board member from 1989 to 1992, gave her its Distinguished Service Award in 1992.
November 20, 2000 |
Once again, the Quakers have given Philadelphians a gift, this one just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Visitors to the Arch Street Friends Meeting House will be treated to a poignant exhibit called "Quiet Helpers: Quaker Service in Postwar Germany. " Through rare photographs and personal artifacts, the exhibit tells the story of Quaker humanitarianism and the American Friends Service Committee after both world wars and during the Nazi era. It is a moving - and somewhat controversial - story that earned the Society of Friends the respect and admiration of countless refugees in war-torn Europe and, in 1947, the Nobel Peace Prize itself.
April 24, 2013 |
When the jailed leader of the civil rights era scribbled the first words of what would become a literary touchstone for writings on oppression and protest, Drexel Hill's Jonathan Rieder was forging a suburban kid's path to activism. The student member of the NAACP ditched science class at Friends' Central School in Wynnewood to attend a demonstration. He rose to his feet at Quaker meeting to talk about the turmoil in the South. Decades later, Rieder wrote a book about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his famed "Letter From Birmingham Jail," revealing an indignant and angry leader impatient for change.
April 19, 2010 |
Robert W. Gray, 91, of Medford, a Quaker who served as associate executive secretary at the national headquarters of the American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia for several years, died of kidney failure Thursday, April 1, at home. For almost 40 years, Mr. Gray worked for the Friends committee in various capacities and places. He started in California and had stints in Korea and India before being promoted in 1974 to a headquarters position in Philadelphia. While at the Cherry Street office, Mr. Gray handled many of the committee's finances and projects.