May 5, 2016 |
In the early 1960s, Dean C. Pappas, a student at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., was inspired when he heard the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak there. "What impressed him was the passion that Dr. King had for the civil rights cause and how he figured out something deeply important to him," Mr. Pappas' son, Dimitri, said. "It was one of several things," Dimitri Pappas said, that caused his father "to examine his own life. " The inspiration he gained as a young man Mr. Pappas was able to put fully into action a year after he retired.
May 3, 2016 |
As college seniors wave goodbye with one hand, many are writing a check with the other. Area colleges are getting ready to accept gifts from their senior classes that will go toward a variety of needs, including scholarships, facility improvements, Adirondack chairs, and executive podiums. Seniors at De Sales College in Allentown are funding a time capsule for the Catholic college's 50th anniversary, to be opened at its 100th. Pennsylvania State University students are raising money to bolster campus mental-health services.
April 17, 2016 |
Dickinson College is preparing to launch a major fund-raising campaign, but its current president, Nancy A. Roseman, won't be raising the funds. Roseman, who arrived at Dickinson in 2013 as the first female leader in the college's long history, said she would resign, effective June 30. "It's an eight-year marathon," Roseman, 57, said of the upcoming campaign. "You have to have a consuming appetite to take that on. I just recognize in myself that I didn't have the appetite for that eight-year marathon.
December 31, 2015 |
At Muhlenberg College's dining hall, Jonathan Powers turns on the ovens, makes sure the eggs contain no blood spots, and inspects the broccoli and cauliflower for forbidden pests. They are some of his duties as the Allentown college's mashgiach , a Jew who supervises a food establishment to make sure the dietary laws of his faith are followed. "We're here to make sure everything is kosher," explains Powers, 41, "and that all the food that comes in is kosher. " The college hired him five years ago when it opened two kosher food stations in its new dining hall in an effort to better serve Jewish students.
October 5, 2015 |
Three-plus years of travel and books couldn't sever a lifetime's bonds, so last June, lured by the Humpty Dumpty challenge of reassembling the Phillies, Andy MacPhail came back to the family business. Yet as eager as the reeling franchise's new president is to tackle this daunting task, there is first, he knows, a nightmare to confront. Early on Feb. 18, 1969, MacPhail's oldest brother, Lee III, the Reading Phillies' new general manager, was returning home after speaking at a Wyomissing banquet.
August 31, 2015 |
D. Dudley Bloom, 92, of Penn Valley, a retired real estate executive, died Thursday, Aug. 20, of causes related to aging at Bryn Mawr Terrace. Mr. Bloom had several careers. He was the first businessman to suggest that travel and other everyday pieces of luggage should have wheels for ease of movement. His suggestion came in 1957 while serving as marketing vice president for what became Atlantic Luggage Company; ultimately, though, he could not convince officials at Atlantic of the efficacy of rolling luggage, so another firm patented the invention.
July 25, 2015 |
The Rev. James Robert Tanis, 87, formerly of Villanova, a minister, a scholar, and a professor and director of libraries at Bryn Mawr College, died Sunday, July 19, of respiratory failure at Shannondell in Audubon. He had lived at the senior community for more than a decade. He grew up in Phillipsburg, N.J., where he was born. Dr. Tanis earned a bachelor's degree in history from Yale University; a master of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary, New York City, in 1954; and a doctor of theology degree in 1967 from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
July 6, 2015 |
Among the first reasons Phillies part-owner John Middleton provided for the organization's selection of Andy MacPhail as its next president was his track record. In the eyes of Middleton and partners Jim and Pete Buck, the "ideal candidate" to succeed Pat Gillick after the season would be someone who had won World Series championships. He would have rebuilt several teams and led them to the playoffs. Middleton said the candidate also would have "worked for different owners, under different economic circumstances, under different financial constraints, and using different personnel.
May 11, 2015 |
Jack E. Oppasser, 75, of Malvern and Stuart, Fla., a retired petrochemical company executive, died Thursday, April 30, of cancer at his Florida home. Mr. Oppasser was hired by the Atlantic Richfield Co. in 1962, and he held various positions in human resources, business management, and marketing. He rose to senior vice president of Arco Chemical's European operation in Maidenhead, England, and in 1991 was appointed its president, succeeding Alan R. Hirsig, who was named president and chief executive officer of the larger Atlantic Richfield Co. After 33 years of service, Mr. Oppasser announced he would retire during 1995, but he stayed on to ensure an orderly transition to a corporate structure based on product type rather than geography.
March 19, 2015 |
A. James Johnston, a longtime litigator and employment lawyer at Post & Schell P.C. in Center City, took over Tuesday as the firm's president and chief executive officer. He succeeds Brian Peters, who stepped down in January after leading the firm for 14 years. Johnston is a 1980 graduate of Dickinson College and Pennsylvania State University's Dickinson School of Law, and has chaired the firm's employment and employment relations practice group and its business litigation department.