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NEWS
January 12, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
A memorial service for William G. Walkup, 87, of Valley Forge, an executive at the Philadelphia Electric Co. who died Monday, Dec. 23, is set for Saturday, Jan. 11. The life celebration will be at 1 p.m. at the United Church of Christ at Valley Forge, 45 Walker Rd., Wayne. A reception will follow at the church. Burial is private. Mr. Walkup died at Paoli Hospital of heart and kidney failure. From 1950 until retiring in 1989, he was employed by the company, now Peco. Superintendent of the Schuylkill Division from 1970 to 1980, he worked his way up to the customer service and accounts department, which he managed from 1980 to 1984.
SPORTS
December 31, 2013 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
LOS ANGELES - For a night - 48 minutes, two halves, four quarters - it kind of all came together for the 76ers, and the result was a win on the road for the first time in 14 games. In Sunday's 111-104 win over the Lakers, they got back defensively after misses, limiting the Lakers to only eight fastbreak points. They also helped themselves in that regard by turning the ball over only 11 times, a season low. That kept the Lakers from getting out on the run, a sore spot for the Sixers lately.
NEWS
December 17, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
PEGGY ADAMS was, as her family asserted, a "renaissance woman," ahead of her time with a remarkable career in publishing and the women's movement that spanned continents. "For more than 60 years in Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C., she served as a writer, editor, account executive for several of the most formidable strongholds of publishing, advertising and public affairs in 20th-century America," her family wrote in a tribute. She was also an important force in the international women's movement, and lectured in countries in six continents, including the former Soviet Union and China, on women's rights.
BUSINESS
December 15, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
After talking for months about the potential for international deals, Comcast Corp. has hired Alexander D. Evans from the $37 billion private-equity firm Providence Equity Partners in Rhode Island. Evans will be one of four executive vice presidents at Comcast - the others are Steve Burke in NBCUniversal, Neil Smit in the cable division, and David L. Cohen, who supervises government affairs. A Comcast official said Friday that the hiring was unrelated to speculation Comcast could be looking to acquire Time Warner Cable, the nation's second-largest publicly traded cable TV distributor.
NEWS
December 11, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
George Vanwyck Alles, 74, of Media, a DuPont Co. executive, died Monday, Nov. 25, of complications from lymphoma at his home. Born in Rahway, N.J., he moved with his family to Fredericksburg, Va., before settling in Bryn Mawr in 1949. He was a graduate of the Haverford School, Dartmouth College - where he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity - and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1964, he joined DuPont in Wilmington and held a variety of marketing and financial positions in the fibers, chemicals, and elastomers businesses.
NEWS
December 8, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John H. Deane, 80, of West Chester, a drug company executive, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Chester County Hospital of a heart ailment. He retired in 1993 as director of sales administration after a 33-year career with McNeil Pharmaceuticals in Fort Washington. He was a sales representative for many years, working his way up to a management position, his family said. Born in New Bedford, Mass., he lived in Harrisburg before finally settling in West Chester in the early '70s. His son, Michael, said he retained his Yankee accent and was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox. Mr. Deane graduated from Holy Family High School in New Bedford and then from Providence College in Providence, R.I., with a bachelor's degree in economics.
NEWS
December 5, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Janis Plostnieks, 80, of Blue Bell, a corporate chemist and executive at Johnson & Johnson for many years, died Friday, Nov. 29, of cancer at Holy Redeemer Hospital. Born in Liepaja, Latvia, he came to this country in 1949 from a resettlement camp in Germany "with nothing," said his wife, the former Gunta Keris. A family in North Carolina sponsored him. He did manual labor until he could establish himself in America. He went on to complete high school in Cleveland and earn his bachelor's degree in chemistry at Case Western Reserve University.
NEWS
November 27, 2013 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA A federal judge on Monday slapped a politically connected insurance executive with a 30-month prison sentence for stealing more than $2 million from the Philadelphia Housing Authority. In 2006, Kobie T. West created a fake invoice for $2.3 million for PHA's worker compensation coverage and a commission. A corrupt PHA official working in concert with West then approved the bogus invoice. The official, Edgar Bridges, later pleaded guilty in a separate federal criminal case.
NEWS
November 25, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert F. Rink, 82, of Wayne, a life insurance company executive, died Friday, Nov. 15, at Paoli Memorial Hospital of a thoracic aortic aneurysm. Starting in 1955, Mr. Rink worked in the life insurance industry, rising to president of the Life Insurance Co. of North America, which became part of Cigna Corp. After retiring in 1989, he taught business and finance courses in the degree-completion program at Eastern College. Born in Pittsburgh, Mr. Rink graduated from Mount Lebanon High School and earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Pittsburgh.
NEWS
November 23, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
James N. Juliana, 91, of Ocean City, N.J., an airline executive who became a Pentagon official, died Monday, Nov. 18, at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point, N.J. From 1981 to 1984, Mr. Juliana was principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for manpower, Reserve affairs, and logistics, son Richard said. Born in Camden, Mr. Juliana grew up in Moorestown and earned a bachelor's degree in business at Washington College in Chestertown, Md. After serving as a Navy deck officer in the Pacific, he earned a master's at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania in 1946.
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