December 5, 2013 |
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.
November 27, 2013 |
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.
November 25, 2013 |
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.
November 23, 2013 |
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.
November 18, 2013 |
John B. Fitzgerald Jr., 91, of Devon, an insurance-company executive, died of a stroke Saturday, Nov. 2, at his home. Starting in 1952, Mr. Fitzgerald worked in the insurance industry, rising to a vice president of Cigna Corp. and later president of the firm's bond services unit. He remained active in the industry after retiring in 1989. Mr. Fitzgerald was born outside Chicago and grew up during the Depression. After high school, he joined the National Guard just before the attack on Pearl Harbor.
November 7, 2013 |
Great news: Pennsylvania recently passed a law to improve women's health. Alas, it is based on faulty science and lacks funding. On Friday, right after the pink-ribboned month of October, Gov. Corbett signed into law the Breast Density Notification Act. The law requires mammography centers to notify women about breast density so they might consider further tests such as ultrasounds and MRIs. Denser breasts appear white in mammograms, as do tumors, making them more difficult to read.
November 3, 2013 |
HARRISBURG Witnesses to future executions in Pennsylvania will, for the first time in recent memory, be able to see and hear the entire procedure. Under an agreement to settle a federal lawsuit filed last year by The Inquirer and the Harrisburg Patriot-News, witnesses will view the process from the moment the condemned person enters the death chamber to the time he or she is pronounced dead. "This is a victory for First Amendment rights and the public's right to know," acting Inquirer editor Stan Wischnowski said.
November 2, 2013 |
John A. Powell, 69, of New Hope and Naples, Fla., an insurance company executive, died Thursday, Oct. 24, of complications from Alzheimer's disease at a nursing facility in North Wales. Mr. Powell cofounded American Travellers Corp. and built it into a major player in long-term-care insurance. He took the company public before selling it to Conseco Inc. in 1996. "He was a self-made man," said daughter Krysten Powell. Born and raised in Fishtown and a graduate of Mastbaum Technical High School, Mr. Powell started out in the insurance business by training with the family-owned Powell Agency in 1961.
October 31, 2013 |
The Chester County SPCA, which has come under fire from former staff, board, and volunteers for alleged mistreatment of animals and neglect at its shelter, has hired two new top staff members. Emily Simmons of the Animal Farm Foundation, a pit-bull rescue service, and who formerly was affiliated with the Pennsylvania SPCA, has accepted the newly created position of executive director. Danielle Ball recently was hired as the shelter's operations manager. Ball had been with the Humane League of Lancaster County, said Marsha Perelman, board member for the shelter.