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January 21, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
As it turns out, it's a good thing Sherrill Mosee didn't become the first African American astronaut, an aspiration she had as a young girl. "I don't think I would have made it in space," said the former engineer for General Electric Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. "I had to pull out the nausea bag my first airplane ride. " Not that her career path hasn't been full of adventure. Her latest endeavor, for example, is making fashionable diaper and travel bags. After three years of researching the industry, experimenting with designs, and availing herself of free small-business consulting services, Mosee has formed MinkeeBlue L.L.C.
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January 8, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wendell G. Anderson, 86, a former RCA engineer, died of a heart attack Sunday, Dec. 22, at his home in the Medford Leas retirement community. Born in Columbia, Miss., Mr. Anderson earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at Vanderbilt University. After serving as a postwar Army radar engineer in the Philippines, he taught electrical engineering at Syracuse University and then at Vanderbilt until he began his Radio Corp. of America career in 1955. In 1965, daughter Helen Anderson said, he created an amateur receiving station for weather satellite photos, which in 1966 earned him a place in stories in The Inquirer and the New York Times.
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January 6, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY Ready . . . aim . . . thonk ! The first fruitcake hit the target, and the small crowd whooped. Never mind the snow-covered beach, which forced the event onto a sheltered porch at Resorts Casino's LandShark Bar & Grill. Never mind the frigid conditions. The celebration of National Fruitcake Toss Day in Atlantic City had made its wacky start. First up was Don Guardian - the gay Republican sworn in Wednesday as Atlantic City mayor - who said that when he heard about the fruitcake toss, he was "thrilled they were talking about the cake, and not me. " He said the event showed that even on a day that began with the mercury at minus 3 degrees, breaking a record set in 1918, "bundling up and coming out can be a whole lot of fun. " Apparently, there were few rules.
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January 6, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
William T. Weir Sr., 92, of Ambler, a civil engineer who harnessed his lifelong fascination with water and bridges to serve Philadelphia's suburban municipalities and water companies, died Monday, Dec. 30, of cardiac failure at Gwynedd Estates. His wife of 66 years, the former Mary Grim, had died in a nursing home in Spring House 10 days earlier. He was the provider, she the nurturer and homemaker. Later she became a teacher. "Emotionally, they were very much together," said daughter Lucinda "Cindy" Veit.
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December 25, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
GLASSBORO Thanks to the generosity of the family after which it is named, Rowan University will start a doctoral program in engineering that offers a fellowship that will cover tuition and living expenses. A second new program will support engineering undergraduates who want to study abroad, college officials announced Monday. The Henry M. Rowan Family Foundation has donated $300,000 to start an engineering Ph.D. fellowship. Starting in the fall, one student from each of the College of Engineering's five disciplines - biomedical, chemical, civil and environmental, electrical and computer, and mechanical - will have his or her tuition paid in full and receive a living stipend.
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December 16, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jack Weaver, 76, of Meadowbrook, a chemical engineer, died Wednesday, Dec. 11, of bile duct cancer at Holy Redeemer Hospital's hospice. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Mr. Weaver graduated from Central High School, and from Cornell University in 1959 with a degree in chemical engineering. He spent most of his career with Rohm & Haas Co., starting in research in 1969 and retiring in 1990 as vice president for environmental, health and safety, and engineering. After that, he worked for eight years in the New York office of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
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December 11, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
James W. McPhillips, 85, formerly of Philadelphia and Havertown, the city's former chief engineer and surveyor for three decades, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, of dementia at Arden Courts in Warminster. As chief engineer and surveyor with the city's Streets Department, Mr. McPhillips oversaw the development of many bridges, roads, and highways. He worked for the city from 1962 to 1991. He also was a Fairmount Park commissioner. Under his tenure, the city undertook the building of I-95 through the city, the South Philadelphia stadium area, the Columbia Avenue Bridge, and Island Avenue.
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November 22, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
A COUSIN DESCRIBED Roy Collins as a "native New Yorker who lived in Philly. " No insult intended to Philadelphia, the actual city of his birth and where he made his living, but Roy "just loved New York," said his cousin, Rosemary Eady. He thought nothing of driving to the Big Apple to pick up a cheesecake at the famous Junior's Restaurant in Brooklyn and drive back the same day. He was also there for the Thanksgiving Day parade and other iconic events. "He knew New York like the back of his hand," Rosemary said.
NEWS
November 16, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph P. Dougherty, 83, of Haddon Township, who retired in 1997 as a program manager for government projects at General Electric Co. in King of Prussia, died of heart failure Saturday, Nov. 9, at his home. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Dougherty grew up in Mount Airy, graduated from Northeast Catholic High School in 1948, and earned a bachelor's degree at Drexel University in 1953 and a master's at the University of Pennsylvania in 1962, both in electrical engineering. Mr. Dougherty worked in electronic warfare development at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., during his service with the Army Signal Corps from 1954 through 1956, son Brian said.
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November 12, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
James W. Jewitt, 81, of Chester Springs, an industrial engineer for many years, died Saturday, Oct. 26, of liver cancer at his home. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he worked as an engineer for the Philco-Ford Corp. for 25 years, Control Data Corp. for four years, and General Electric/Lockheed Martin in King of Prussia for 18 years. He retired in the mid-1990s. Mr. Jewitt received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from what is now Drexel University in 1955 and a master's degree in industrial engineering, with a minor in electrical engineering, from Pennsylvania State University in 1983.
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