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November 12, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 9, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 2, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 28, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
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.
NEWS
October 28, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 21, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 20, 2015 | By Matthew Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
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...
SPORTS
October 17, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The St. Louis Cardinals' director of player personnel, Matt Slater, interviewed last week for the Phillies' vacant general manager position, according to MLB.com. Slater has been in his current position with the Cardinals since January 2012 and has worked for the organization since 2007. He previously worked for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, and Milwaukee Brewers, who hired him as a scouting and player development assistant when he was just 19 years old. Slater worked in Baltimore as administrator of scouting from 1995 to '98, so he did not work under new Phillies president Andy MacPhail when MacPhail led the Orioles (2007-11)
BUSINESS
October 14, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
It might be more productive to watch bread rise. At least after a few hours, a lump of dough evolves to a fully-formed loaf, ready for baking. But when it comes to women in corporate leadership - on boards, as executives, or among the top earners in the region's publicly traded companies, the statistics are more like matzoh - basically flat after five years. From 2009 to 2014, the proportion of board seats held by women has barely budged in the region, up to 13 percent from 11 percent, according to a study released Tuesday by the Forum of Executive Women, a local group of senior female executives.
SPORTS
October 8, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
LANE JOHNSON has a sprained MCL, a sprained ankle, and 300-plus pounds of body weight pressing down on both of them. What he doesn't have is a choice. "We ain't got nobody else," the right tackle said yesterday as he sat in his locker with a towel around his waist. That's an admirable stance, and we should mention right away that Johnson is a tough dude who is one of the three things that we would take to a deserted island with us (the other two: a water purifier and a Kam Chancellor highlight tape)
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