August 21, 2016 |
I find our basement's clutter oddly reassuring, rows of boxes loaded with relics that in most cases are the only tangible connections to a past in which I too often and too happily dwell. My wife appreciates the memories, though not the clutter. She's asked me to do the impossible, to discard a little each week. Considering this cardboard jungle, one family's sprawling, messy archive, I know it won't be easy. But determined to keep the peace, while also keeping as much of the past as I can, I agree to go through what T.S. Eliot called "these fragments . . . shored against my ruins.
July 28, 2016 |
A dentist who was fired by Penn Dental Medicine is suing the University of Pennsylvania, alleging he was wrongfully terminated in retaliation for reporting that a fellow dentist was providing unnecessary treatment to make more money. In its legal response, Penn claims it fired Steven S. Pesis because he reviewed patients' records without permission, in violation of university policies and the federal law that protects the confidentiality of patients' medical information. Pesis' lawsuit is also against Peter B. Kauderwood, executive director of administration for Penn's School of Dental Medicine.
May 29, 2016 |
The dentist and the ex-cop first met about five years ago at a pain management seminar at Tufts University. "He asked me what I was doing there," recalls Carlos Aquino, who spent 23 years on the Philadelphia police force before retiring in 1995 as a sergeant specializing in narcotics investigations. "When I told him, he understood. " Elliot Hersh, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania dental school who specializes in pharmacology, understood so well that he soon had Aquino lecturing his students on the dangers of overprescribing painkillers, including opioids such as Percocet and Vicodin.
April 14, 2016 |
Preston J. Elkis, 91, of Williamstown, a former dentist in Woodbury, died Friday, April 8, at home. Born in Woodbury, Dr. Elkis graduated from Woodbury High School in 1941, earned a bachelor's degree in science at Muhlenberg College in 1945, and graduated from what is now the Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University. He served from 1954 to 1957 as an Army dentist in Bremerhaven, West Germany, where his daughter Karin said she was born. Dr. Elkis opened his general practice in Paulsboro at the end of 1957 and moved his office to Woodbury in the mid-1960s, she said.
December 24, 2015 |
Keith F. Anderson, 89, a longtime Philadelphia dentist who was known for helping patients even if they couldn't pay, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, of complications from Parkinson's disease. Dr. Anderson also worked at Temple University's dental school for 25 years and enjoyed mentoring students, said his son, Keith Jr. He was a professor of dentistry and later became director of emergency services at the dental school. He continued his private practice while teaching. "If you came in and you didn't have any money, he would still fix your teeth," said Anderson, 52, an IT project manager for Verizon.
October 13, 2015 |
Daniel P. Casullo, 71, of Center City, a Philadelphia dentist and educator, died Saturday, Oct. 3, of pancreatic cancer at home. Despite a three-year battle with the disease, Dr. Casullo "lived life to the fullest and was an inspiration and friend to all who met him," his family said. Born in Boston and reared in Medford, Mass., Dr. Casullo graduated from Medford High School in 1962. He excelled in academics and sports, including basketball and golf, and was an active golf caddy.
August 3, 2015 |
BY NOW, we all know that Cecil the lion was slaughtered by a rich American dentist named Walter Palmer, who paid $50,000 to track and kill the magnificent beast in Zimbabwe in early July. I've never understood the allure of hunting animals for kicks, whether it's offing a squirrel with a .22 or ripping into a big cat like Cecil with a crossbow. A lot of Americans don't get it, either. Over 735,000 of them have signed a "Justice for Cecil" petition on change.org, urging punishment for those involved in Cecil's death (including the big-game tour guides Palmer hired to help hunt his prey)
July 11, 2015 |
Walter Gaskill, 92, of Jenkintown, a decorated World War II veteran and a longtime dentist in Northeast Philadelphia, died Monday, July 6, of complications from a stroke at Abington Memorial Hospital. Dr. Gaskill practiced dentistry for a half-century, initially from the basement of his home on Large Street and later from offices at 7958 Bustleton Ave. and in Cheltenham. "He was the dentist of 50 years who bartered his expertise many times for baked goods when his patients couldn't pay their bill.
April 17, 2015 |
A Berwyn dentist has been arrested and charged with illegally prescribing narcotics to his wife, other staff members, and a juvenile, the Chester County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday. Chad Gretzula, 44, and his wife, Rebecca, 32, of Yellow Springs Road in Malvern, were arrested Tuesday for the distribution of narcotics at the dental office where they worked. He is charged with 174 counts of possessing a controlled substance, theft, reckless endangerment, and related charges.
March 27, 2015 |
When Dr. Alexander A. Colalillo Sr. was 14, in the depths of the Depression, his father, Adam, was laid off as an elevator operator at RCA in Camden. Adam then hoped to open a shoe repair shop, because he had been a shoemaker in the Italian province of Abruzzo. But his son "convinced him to open a candy store in South Camden," said Dr. Alexander A. Colalillo Jr., speaking of his father. "My father and my grandmother Marie sold frozen chocolate-covered bananas," among other sweets, over the counter at Alex's Candy Store.