July 6, 2009 |
Theodore George Balbus, 83, a Philadelphia-area radiologist for more then 30 years, died June 13 at home in Elkins Park after a two-year battle with prostate cancer. Dr. Balbus was among the first generation of clinical practitioners of atomic medicine and therapeutic radiology. Starting in the mid-1950s, he applied what were then emerging radiation technologies to advance the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1926, Dr. Balbus grew up in Queens and graduated in January 1943 from Stuyvesant High School, where he directed the Arista scholarship and service honor society.
May 31, 2009 |
Brian Gralnick has always been civic-minded and community-oriented. He worked in local and state politics, then for the Pennsylvania Department of Aging in Harrisburg. When he returned to Philadelphia to pursue a master's degree in social policy at the University of Pennsylvania, he stayed with his parents for a time, and with a girlfriend in Center City. But after graduating, he took a job with the United Way and started to look for a home of his own right away. At top of his wish list: a house that was within walking distance of a train station; one that had long-term value; and a sense of community in the area.
November 27, 2008 |
Elise Kohn Friedman, 93, a mother of three who enjoyed the role of a successful doctor's wife but was often seen shoveling the driveway or hanging the screens in her Elkins Park home, died Monday at her home in Center City. Born into a wealthy and cultured family, as a young girl she asked her chauffeur to drop her off two blocks from Oak Lane Country Day School, from which she graduated in 1932. In the dark days of the Depression, she did not want her friends to see the fine car. "Her father, a cardiologist, got clobbered in the Depression, but her uncle helped them out," said her son Steven.
October 3, 2008 |
The display "Entering From the Inside: The Art of Memory" at Temple Judea Museum in Elkins Park explores the way we live with our environment in constant flux. This evolving interactive exhibit chronicles the history and culture resulting from the merger 26 years ago of Temple Judea in East Oak Lane with the larger Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, using recorded interviews with members of both congregations and a variety of religious objects. It does this by combining touchy-feely aspects with an awesome amount of subtle high-tech - including the sound of interviewees quietly reminiscing, as suggested by the old saying "If only those walls could speak.
September 26, 2008 |
At the end of a secluded driveway in Elkins Park, a rare Gilded Age jewel is poised to enter its third life. Preserved by nuns to a degree historians find stunning, a century-old Italian Renaissance mansion built by tycoon William Lukens Elkins is on the verge of changing hands for the first time in 75 years. In its new incarnation, it will be a yoga and spirituality focused center for a charity founded by Hare Krishna devotees. That plan, which received zoning approval this month, would keep the property largely intact.
February 4, 2008 |
Alex Rosenthal, 102, of Elkins Park, an accountant who continued to work with clients until his 96th birthday, died of pneumonia Wednesday at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood. Though he officially retired as a partner with the accounting firm Goldenberg Rosenthal in 1989, Mr. Rosenthal continued to show up at the Jenkintown firm every morning for 12 more years. He handled the financial affairs of longtime clients, he told a reporter in 2000, without the use of a computer, calculator, or even an adding machine.
January 27, 2008 |
My sister-in-law, Patty, glanced up from the menu at Max & David's with a rebellious look and laid down this commandment with unexpected umph . "I am not going to get the fish!" The pronouncement took me by surprise, at first. Over the dozen or so review meals we've shared over the years, she had dutifully tiptoed across menus strewn with land mines for a kosher eater. With all pork, shellfish, and dishes mixing dairy with meat (let alone any nonkosher meat) crossed off her list, she inevitably settled on fish or veggies.
January 18, 2008 |
Dever J. Korsyn, 58, of East Oak Lane, an entrepreneur and inventor, died of an apparent dissected aorta Saturday at home. Since the late 1970s, Mr. Korsyn had been owner of Flex-Adhesive Co. in Philadelphia. The firm produces epoxy and polyurethane products for the automotive and other industries. In the early 1980s, while operating Flex-Adhesive, he also was director of marketing for Topline Automotive Engineering and regularly flew his two-seater plane to the company's headquarters in Chicago.
September 7, 2007
Back in June, Joann Taylor thinned out her irises in Portland, Ore., packed about 18 pounds of extra rhizomes into a box, and shipped them off to Cheltenham Township, where she grew up. These irises are special, descended from a variety planted by John McDermott, Taylor's great-grandfather, more than a century ago on the 49-acre estate belonging to the Elkins family, for whom the Cheltenham neighborhood Elkins Park is named. The estate, known as Elstowe Manor, was on Ashbourne Road. McDermott, an Irish immigrant, was the Elkinses' gardener, and as Taylor recounts the story, he loved these flowers so much he planted them at his own house on Beech Avenue.
May 7, 2007 |
The old man in Arizona belonged to no religion, but at 86 committed himself to creating "a temple that is truly a religious tribute to the living God. " And if God is anything like Frank Lloyd Wright's soaring masterpiece of concrete and glass in Elkins Park, he is as remote as a mountain and as intimate as a garden. He is luminous and brooding, aloof yet embracing, unpretty but beautiful. America's premier architect would never know if visitors to his Beth Sholom Synagogue felt they were "resting in the very hands of God," as he hoped they would.