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March 19, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Frank Adler, 60, of Cherry Hill, a devoted husband and father with a love for computers, died at his home Sunday, March 16, after a five-month battle with lung cancer. "He fought a graceful, dignified battle against lung cancer," his wife, Betty, said Monday. "He had excruciating pain the last five months. " Betty Adler, a health lawyer for the University of Pennsylvania/Penn Medicine and president of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, said she and her husband knew each other from childhood.
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March 14, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philip G. Damm Sr., 92, of Ambler, a community volunteer and former plant engineer for Merck & Co., died Saturday, March 8, of a heart ailment at Abington Memorial Hospital. Mr. Damm worked for 35 years at the drug firm in West Point. His niche was maintaining sterile environments for drug manufacturing, helping to mass-produce vaccines against measles, mumps, rubella, and influenza. He volunteered in the 1950s and '60s on the North Penn Water Authority, where he helped to develop a public water system for the area.
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March 7, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
William A. Benning, 76, of Malvern, a project engineer who rose to become an executive for a valve manufacturing company, died Saturday, March 1, of cancer at home. Before retiring in 1999, Mr. Benning was employed for 43 years by the same company, Darling Valve & Manufacturing Co. in Williamsport, Pa. He was hired as a project engineer in 1956. The firm started out making fire hydrants and over time became a valve maker for various industries. Mr. Benning changed with the times and "just was a loyal, loyal guy," said his wife, the former Jean E. Nardi.
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February 27, 2014 | By Seth Zweifler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pei Chi Chou, 89, a nationally known engineering professor and a leader in the local Chinese American community, died of heart failure Thursday, Feb. 13, at Shannondell at Valley Forge in Audubon, Montgomery County, where he had resided for the last few years. Born in China's Hubei province in 1924, Mr. Chou came to the United States for graduate study in 1947, earning advanced degrees at Harvard and New York Universities, and soon decided to forge a career here. He joined Drexel University as an assistant professor of engineering in 1953.
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February 20, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John A. Lepore, 78, of Springfield, Delaware County, a civil engineer who found his life's purpose in teaching, died Friday, Feb. 14, of Alzheimer's disease at Riddle Memorial Hospital's skilled nursing center in Media. A South Philadelphia native, Mr. Lepore attended South Philadelphia High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from what is now Drexel University and a master's degree and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
NEWS
January 24, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
ERNIE KOVACS, the legendary actor and comedian who got his start in Philadelphia television, knew what he wanted to make his show great. He just didn't know how to get it. That was where Glenn Farnsworth came in. Glenn was an electrical engineer for KYW-TV for nearly 40 years, and when Kovacs, the irascible, unpredictable comic, came to town in the early '50s, Glenn had his work cut out for him. "Kovacs was constantly innovating," said...
BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
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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