December 5, 2015 |
No health-care organization, including one legally considered nonprofit, wants to make less money. But as costs become more a part of public debate, all organizations are grudgingly searching for ways to justify their place and prices. Some more grudgingly than others. "Let's not fold to advocacy pressure," Gilead Sciences executive Kevin Young wrote to colleagues, anticipating protests once the company's high-priced hepatitis C medicine, Sovaldi, hit the market in late 2013, in an email released Tuesday as part of a Senate investigation.
November 23, 2015 |
Joe Bender still can't believe it, but that giant new sign on the building where he works was a "complete surprise. " Of stainless steel, in capital letters, it reads: JOSEPH S. BENDER BUILDING. "Normally I'd see the invoices" for such a purchase, Bender, 65, said with a shake of his head last week. After 38 years as executive director of the Occupational Training Center (OTC) in Burlington Township - it trains and employs hundreds of area residents with intellectual and physical disabilities - "it's very seldom that I get good surprises," he said.
November 17, 2015 |
Josh Garfield, 64, of Ardmore, a marketing executive and oil painter, died Wednesday, Nov. 4, of cancer at his home in Boca Raton, Fla. He and his family had just relocated to Florida after 26 years in Ardmore. Mr. Garfield was marketing director of Garfield Refining Co., a precious-metals business that has been in the Garfield family for three generations. He held the position for many years, working from an office in the 800 block of East Cayuga Street in Philadelphia. Born in the city and educated in Lower Merion and Boston, Mr. Garfield aspired to become an artist.
November 12, 2015 |
John J. Leahy, 84, of Bryn Mawr, a longtime executive for Strawbridge & Clothier, the former department store, died Friday, Nov. 6, of pneumonia at Bryn Mawr Hospital. When he retired in the mid-1990s, Mr. Leahy was senior vice president for operations and also general superintendent, capping a 42-year career. He had served as vice president for 25 years starting in 1969. At the time of his retirement, he was the longest-serving vice president within the department-store chain.
November 9, 2015 |
Robert "Bobby" Bonds, 61, of Bala Cynwyd, an Amtrak executive who used his own recovery from addiction to fuel a program designed to help others, died Thursday, Oct. 29, of cancer at home. A 39-year Amtrak employee, Mr. Bonds devoted his life to Operation RedBlock, a drug and alcohol intervention and prevention program at the rail company that has grown to be a model for the nation and Europe. Developed more than 30 years ago, it provided guidelines for employees' families and friends on how to persuade loved ones to kick their addictions and stay substance-free.
November 2, 2015 |
John D. Backe, 83, of Gladwyne, the CBS chief executive who led the network to reclaim its top prime-time TV ranking in the 1970s, only to be forced out in a power struggle, died Thursday, Oct. 22, of heart failure at Waverly Heights. Mr. Backe took the reins of CBS in 1976 and began making marketing and technological changes designed to reverse the drop in network revenue and the exit of programming executives. He restructured the company and pressed for expansion into cable television, TV movies, and video, but the moves put him at odds with network founder William S. Paley, who was slow to embrace the new areas, according to the New York Times.
October 28, 2015 |
Wallace S. Littlewood, 92, of Gladwyne, a Marine veteran of World War II and the president of a textile dye house in Manayunk for 40 years, died Sunday, Oct. 18, of a stroke at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Littlewood was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Bala Cynwyd. He attended the Episcopal Academy and the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. In 1942, he enlisted in the Marines. He served in the Pacific aboard the Bunker Hill from 1942 through 1945. He received the Purple Heart.
October 28, 2015 |
AS A NAVY MAN, Chuck Coleman traveled extensively, but it did not interfere with his religious duties. In fact, the travel helped propel him into greater church responsibilities. He served churches in Hawaii and in South Carolina, and became assistant chaplain at the Navy Chapel in Rota, Spain. Also, while still in the Navy, he attained a degree from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton. Later, after leaving the Navy, he received a master's degree from Widener University in Chester.
October 21, 2015 |
On Sept. 11, 2001, Richard J. Twardy flew on a morning business assignment from Philadelphia to Boston as the terrorists were flying the other way. When his wife, Kimberly, finally reached him by phone in Boston, she said he told her that after he finished his business there, he would be headed toward another assignment in Canada. "I said, 'You're not going anywhere,' " his wife said. Because the federal government grounded flights after the attacks, he and his colleagues rented a car and drove back to Philadelphia.
October 20, 2015 |
Joseph K. Gordon, 90, a renowned Philadelphia lawyer and banking executive whose philanthropic prowess seemed to know no bounds, died of heart-related complications at Bryn Mawr Hospital on Oct. 5. Mr. Gordon, of the Haverford section of Lower Merion Township and Palm City, Fla., was a graduate of Episcopal Academy, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, as well as a veteran who served in the U.S. Navy during World...