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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.
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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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October 19, 2013 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia City Treasurer Nancy Winkler and her husband, whose 24-year-old daughter died in the June 5 Market Street building collapse, are urging the city to upgrade the qualifications for Licenses and Inspections commissioner by requiring that a licensed professional engineer fill the post. "This is just as vital as having a law enforcement professional serve as police commissioner, or the health commissioner be an experienced medical professional," Winkler and Jay Bryan, a licensed marine construction engineer, wrote in an essay published Friday on the Inquirer editorial page.
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October 15, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John E. Kennedy Jr., 79, a Chestnut Hill resident for more than three decades, died of multiple myeloma Monday, Sept. 30, at his home in West Palm Beach, Fla. Born in State College, Pa., Mr. Kennedy graduated from State College High School and earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1956 from the University of Delaware. He completed a master's degree in business administration in 1962 at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, and served as president of the Darden Alumni Board from 1986 to 1990.
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October 1, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
HARRY M. PERKS was the guy who got things done. Whether it was supervising the building of the Pennsylvania Convention Center and monitoring its expansion, building new public schools, renovating the library, the zoo and the Academy of Music, building Veterans Stadium, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and myriad other construction projects. Oh, as the city streets commissioner in the 1980s, he coped with Philadelphia's periodically critical trash-disposal problem. When the convention center was completed on time and on budget in 1993, the late Willard G. Rouse III, then chairman of the center authority, gave full credit to Harry Perks, the executive director.
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September 28, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Charles H. Diehl Jr., 97, of Springfield, an engineering consultant, died of complications of coronary artery disease Monday, Sept. 23, at Maris Grove, a senior facility in Glen Mills. During a half-century career, Mr. Diehl, a licensed engineer, was in on the ground floor as the power-generating field evolved. From the 1930s through the 1950s he managed a hydraulic research laboratory in Philadelphia for the Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corp., a maker of construction equipment. During that time, hydroelectric power was gaining in ascendancy.
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September 20, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHEN YOU threw a party for Frank Hoffman, you'd better step aside. For his 98th birthday party at a daughter's home in West Deptford, N.J., 68 people crowded in, including family, friends and well-wishers. And there was no doubt that many present had benefited over the years from this man's incredible generosity and concern for all those who needed his special brand of caring. Francis H. "Frank" Hoffman, a mechanical engineer who kept the buildings humming for a number of Philadelphia companies, a passionate Phillies fan whose idea of a great time was chilling out on his patio in Crescentville to listen to a game, died Sept.
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