November 10, 2006 |
George Edward Preston, 92, who survived the Holocaust and afterward came to America, where he thrived, died of multiple organ failure Wednesday at home. He lived in Hyde Park near Wilmington. In 1985, Mr. Preston and his son, David Lee Preston, who was an Inquirer staff writer at the time, took a monthlong trip to France, the Soviet Union, Poland and Germany to revisit his past. The younger Preston wrote an article for Inquirer Magazine that chronicled the trip. The article was a finalist for the 1986 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing.
December 10, 2010 |
He was the multimillionaire heir to one of the most fabluous estates in the Philadelphia region - the roughly 600 acres of rolling hills and horse stables near Newtown Square known as Foxcatcher Farm, anchored by a stately Georgian-style mansion called Liseter Hall. But in the end, the chemical-fortune scion John Eleuthere duPont died all alone, apparently of natural causes, in a western Pennsylvania prison cell where his frail and lifeless body was found at 6:55 a.m. yesterday. He was 72. DuPont's millions were powerless against the psychological demons that caused his slide into insanity - which led him to reportedly declare himself the red-robed "Dalai Lama of the United States" and finally to gun down a gold-medal-winning Olympic wrestler for no apparent reason.
April 7, 1992 |
The Conestoga Country Club team of Drew Hood and John Cooper won the two- man scramble tournament of the Philadelphia PGA on the Nemours Course of the DuPont Country Club yesterday with a 9-under-par score of 60. The event, which opened the association's 1992 schedule, was played on the Nemours Course and on the DuPont Course. The winning team on the DuPont Course was Rick Osberg of Waynesborough Country Club and Jim Bromley of Whitemarsh Valley Country Club, who shot a 7- under-par 63.
May 6, 1993 |
DuPont Co. said yesterday that it was restructuring its chemical and specialties operations, a move it said would eliminate an unknown number of jobs. Chairman and chief executive Edgar S. Woolard Jr. said the moves at the Wilmington company would reorganize six business sectors "to have only one layer between strategic business units" and his office. In a news release, he said that for most employees, there would be little effect but that "excess positions" would result. There is no way to determine how many jobs would be affected until each business has assessed its needs, he said.
July 8, 1988
They ought to rename the A.I. duPont Institute in Wilmington. You may have read about the place. It's the 97-bed pediatric hospital that's going to turn away youngsters who test positive for AIDS. They ought to rename it: the A.I. duPont Institute for Kids Who Aren't Too Sick. That's the message the hospital's overseers at the Nemours Foundation in Jacksonville, Fla., inscribed over its portals with a no-kids-with-AIDS policy that began July 1. It's a first for a hospital in this country.
January 31, 1996 |
John Osterlund, 86, a retired DuPont Co. executive and father of U.S. District Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, died Monday at Forsyth Memorial Hospital, in Winston-Salem, N.C. Mr. Osterlund was born in Philadelphia and was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the university's Wharton School. He joined DuPont in 1936 and eventually became assistant to the secretary of the company. He retired in 1974. His daughter Marjorie (known as Midge) is the wife of Mayor Rendell.
July 9, 1986 |
Just because the prestigious McDonald's Championship has moved from White Manor Country Club, in Malvern, to DuPont Country Club, LPGA commissioner John Laupheimer, a native of Philadelphia, does not believe the Southeastern Pennsylvania area has to feel a sense of loss. "We're still here," said Laupheimer, who was at DuPont yesterday to help formally introduce the event's new home for the next three years. "We'd like to think of this as a tournament for metropolitan Philadelphia, as well as the Wilmington area.
January 9, 1991 |
The basketball game between Villanova and Connecticut, a sweaty, sticky defensive battle touched by wild momentum swings, finally came down to a one- on-one battle between two fine athletes. With the Huskies up, 73-71, Lance Miller, Villanova's slashing forward, spotted an open path to the baseline. His eyes widened; he dribbled and took his long, smooth step. Lyman DePriest, Connecticut's defensive specialist, moved, too. Miller reached the hoop and rose, confident of a game-tying layup.
April 15, 2011 |
WILMINGTON - DuPont Co. has received the final regulatory approval needed for its planned $5.8 billion acquisition of Danish food additives maker Danisco AS. DuPont said Friday that Chinese regulators have approved the deal, and that it is encouraging Danisco shareholders who have not yet tendered their shares to do so. DuPont has said it is confident that Danisco shareholders will follow their board's recommendation to accept DuPont's cash offer,...
July 25, 2011
DuPont Co. said today it bought Innovalight Inc., a Sunnyvale, Calif., company founded in 2005 that makes silicon inks and other materials designed to improve the efficiency of crystalline silicon solar cells. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. With revenue of more than $1 billion from photovoltaic market last year, DuPont, of Wilmington, said its goal was to reach $2 billion in such sales by 2014. Privately held Innovalight said in May it would receive $3.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to accelerate the development and production of the company's products.