April 18, 2014
IN THE HIERARCHY of saints, martyrs are on the highest rung of the celestial ladder, at least for me. While I love St. Bernadette with her story of mystical vision, it's St. Maria Goretti - the child who surrendered her life to protect her purity - who animates my faith. St. Therese of Lisieux is an example of the glory we can find in small things but the Little Flower doesn't inspire me like Joan of Arc, who died in a maelstrom of fire. And while St. Francis of Assisi with his gentle ways is a hero to our current, beloved pope, I'm drawn to St. Sebastian, a Roman soldier who paid for his conversion to Christ in a barrage of piercing arrows.
March 30, 2014 |
Robert F. Eisele, 88, of Churchville, a former Philadelphia and New York advertising executive, died Saturday, March 22, of lymphoma at St. Mary Medical Center, Langhorne. Mr. Eisele worked in industrial advertising for many years, starting with Disston Saw Works in Philadelphia. After a brief period spent as a copywriter for the Evening Bulletin and the ad agency Erwin, Wasey, Ruthrauff & Ryan, he became an ad manager for several Philadelphia industrial corporations. Later, Mr. Eisele commuted from his home in Glenside to FMC Corp., a chemical pump maker with New York offices.
March 26, 2014 |
Robert P. Strauss, 82, a former Bryn Mawr resident and Pep Boys Auto Stores executive, died of causes related to aging Thursday, March 20, at his retirement home in Manalapan, Fla. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Merion, Mr. Strauss graduated from Episcopal Academy. A standout athlete, he led the school in varsity basketball and was chosen an All-Philadelphia player in 1948 and 1949. He went to Duke University on an athletic scholarship and was coached by the legendary Red Auerbach, who went on to fame as coach of the Boston Celtics.
March 21, 2014 |
AS FAR AS Bill Platt was concerned, there's a right way of doing things and a wrong way, and anything in between is suspect. And Bill didn't hesitate to call out anyone who violated this principle, be it politicians, government officials, greedy business executives, incompetent doctors or referees and umpires with vision problems. He would fire off an angry letter with the slightest provocation, making it unquestionably clear how he felt about anyone who didn't abide by his code of honor and responsibility.
March 15, 2014 |
Charles Lee McNew, 62, of Lower Gwynedd, an executive for a software company, died of a heart attack Wednesday, March 5, while vacationing in the Cayman Islands. Mr. McNew was there with his wife, the former Sharon DeLucy, and his sister, Suzanne Suchoski, to celebrate the couple's 42d wedding anniversary. While snorkeling with his sister at 2 p.m. March 4, just off Coconut Bay Villas in West Bay, Mr. McNew was stricken. At the time, his wife was on the beach. His sister swam him to the shore.
March 7, 2014 |
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.
February 28, 2014 |
Peter S. Dooner Jr., 84, of Gladwyne, a former advertising and steel-pipe-firm executive whose family operated the long-gone Dooner Hotel in Philadelphia, died Friday, Feb. 21, of heart failure at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood. Mr. Dooner was a descendant of the Dooner Hotel proprietors, whose establishment was at 23 S. 10th St. Opened in 1882 by Peter Samuel Dooner, it catered primarily to men, although women were served in the dining room. The hotel charged $1 to $1.50 for a room in 1893, according to a contemporary guidebook.
February 25, 2014 |
With continued mixed economic data dribbling into the market, Hank Smith, Haverford Trust's chief investment officer, said we should expect more volatility than in the last few years. But, overall, he is extremely bullish on the stock market. Overseeing $7 billion in client assets, Smith is a classic equities bull. Stocks still remain the best asset class, he said: "Tailwinds are in U.S. stocks' favor with reasonable valuations, great balance sheets, decent earnings growth, dividend increases and share buybacks, an accommodative [Federal Reserve]
February 23, 2014 |
Nancy Bodkin Crosson, 87, of Jenkintown, a former executive with the American Red Cross, died Thursday, Feb. 13, of sepsis at Rydal Park in Rydal. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Jenkintown, Ms. Crosson was a graduate of Jenkintown High School and Beaver College, now Arcadia University. She majored in social science. After graduating, she worked for the Easter Seal Society for nine years. In 1953, she was hired by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Red Cross.