August 31, 2015 |
As Dan Hilferty sat in St. Peter's Square in March 2014, waiting for Pope Francis to address thousands of pilgrims, a Vatican cleric walked over to him. "Are you Dan Hilferty? I used to work for you," the young man said. The cleric, who went on to translate the pope's address into English that day, had worked for Independence Blue Cross's public relations department before becoming a priest in the Philadelphia Archdiocese and moving to Rome on assignment. As CEO and president of Independence Blue Cross, Hilferty, 58, of Ardmore, has connections around the region and the world.
August 29, 2015 |
James H. Burdick, 95, formerly of Strafford, an executive in the financial services industry and a community volunteer, died Saturday, Aug. 22, of congestive heart failure at Shannondell at Valley Forge. Born in Bryn Mawr, he started as an office boy in the financial services business. At the time, he was fresh out of the Haverford School. He became a life insurance agent, a manager of agencies, and then marketing vice president for Philadelphia Life Insurance Co. in Center City.
August 13, 2015 |
MANY PEOPLE praise the Lord with prayer and exhortation; Wilbur Mack did it with his voice. That powerful bass-baritone reached the roof of the Grace Baptist Church of Germantown, and thrilled the parishioners gathered in their pews for Sunday worship for more than 50 years. "He loved praising God with his voice," his family said. Wilbur E. Mack, a trustee emeritus of Grace Baptist, a longtime federal government executive, Army veteran of World War II, and devoted family man, died July 30. He was 92. He was born in Greenville, S.C., and even as a war veteran had to endure the pervasive racism of the segregated South.
August 10, 2015 |
Alyce Fearn Klaus, 64, of Moorestown, a former president of the Burlington Camden County Association of Realtors, died of cancer Tuesday, Aug. 4, at home. A graduate of Camden Catholic High School, Mrs. Klaus in 1977 became assistant sales manager for the Medford office of Brick Real Estate. Eventually, she became vice president and general manager for the firm, her husband, Charles, said. When Brick was sold to the Weichert real estate firm in 1997, Mrs. Klaus became manager of its Medford office and, later, sales manager for its Moorestown office.
August 7, 2015 |
Thomas F. Greany, 93, formerly of Wynnewood, a construction company executive here and in the Middle East, died Friday, July 31, at the home of a daughter in St. Louis. Mr. Greany graduated from St. Joseph's Preparatory School and earned a bachelor's degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He accepted a commission in the Navy at age 19 and went on to serve during World War II and the Korean War. Mr. Greany was trained to pilot airships, or dirigibles, which were being used to watch for enemy submarines.
July 28, 2015 |
IT'S INTERESTING how little things can stick in your memory. Like Jim McLaughlin's No. 44. It was the number he wore when he played wide receiver on the football team of St. Francis of Assisi Parochial School in Springfield, Delaware County, back in the '50s. "It was a number he always remembered," his family said. Which might seem curious, because Jim McLaughlin went on to more athletic achievements, success in business and many charitable activities. But, apparently, in his mind he would always be No. 44. James J. McLaughlin Jr., a health-care marketer, founder of a health-care consulting business, an active alumnus of St. Joseph's University, an Air Force veteran and a devoted family man, died Friday at age 67 after a courageous battle with brain cancer.
July 22, 2015 |
A former executive of a prominent Philadelphia nonprofit for the homeless was sentenced Monday to 11/2 years in federal prison for spending charity funds on car repairs, theme park trips, and dining at some of the city's priciest restaurants even as his clients struggled to feed and house themselves. Nathaniel E. Robinson, 63, once the chief program director at SELF Inc., which operates nine homeless shelters in the city, used his corporate credit card to rack up more than $154,000 in personal charges, using money that should have gone to care for the needy.
July 16, 2015 |
John M. Moon, 94, of Rosemont, a chocolate-company executive, churchman, sailor, and motorcyclist into his 80s, died Friday, July 3, at his home of causes due to aging. His life centered on service to Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church and successive careers at Whitman's Chocolates and Godiva Chocolatier. A cheerful presence, Mr. Moon, known as "Jack," was loved by family and neighbors, churchgoers, and the merchants with whom he did business. "His sense of humor in regaling hilarious stories was contagious to all around him," his family said in a tribute.
July 6, 2015 |
Henry Rudolph Bilhuber, 87, of Media, an oil-company executive and a skilled sailor, died Tuesday, June 23, of kidney failure at his home. Mr. Bilhuber spent a long career with Mobil Oil Co., starting as a coordinator for service stations. He quickly excelled and became the engineering manager for the firm's eastern region. He was then appointed to a five-year assignment in Norway as a contracts manager for the construction of three huge oil-drilling platforms in the North Sea that were jointly owned by Norway and the United States.
July 5, 2015 |
Robert C. Heller, 94, of West Chester, a World War II pilot and prisoner of war who later became an executive at F.W. Woolworth Co., died Wednesday, July 1, of congestive heart failure. He died in hospice care at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby Borough. Mr. Heller was a pilot in the Army Air Corps, 91st Bomb Group, 401st Squadron, when his B-17 Flying Fortress was shot down over Germany on Aug. 12, 1943. He was held as a prisoner of war for two years, before he and others at Stalag VII-A in Moosburg, Germany, were liberated by American forces.