March 7, 2015 |
David Gray, who has been serving as interim executive director of the Pennsylvania Ballet since last summer, has had his interim status removed and will manage the company going forward, ballet board chair David Hoffman announced Thursday. Hoffman touted Gray's "strong leadership style and breadth of experience in ballet, nonprofit, and financial communities" in making the announcement. Gray, 55, who began in the press office of the New York City Ballet and then became a certified financial planner and consultant to many nonprofits facing change, has also been executive director of the American Repertory Ballet, New Jersey's largest dance organization.
March 5, 2015 |
A man on death row will not be executed Wednesday, after the state's highest court denied the Philadelphia district attorney's request to an expedited decision on a petition seeking to overturn Gov. Wolf's temporary reprieve. Terry Williams, 48, was sentenced to die in 1984 for the killing of Amos Norwood, a 56-year-old Germantown church volunteer. In February, Wolf issued a temporary reprieve on all executions, saying he wanted to see the results of a long-delayed report on the state's death penalty first.
March 4, 2015 |
James N. Clark, 77, of Philadelphia, an advertising executive and compassionate activist, died Monday, Feb. 23, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, of complications from Parkinson's disease. Mr. Clark and Anthony A. Lyle, his companion of 45 years, were on vacation when Mr. Clark was hospitalized after becoming ill. Mr. Clark was a former vice president and associate creative director of Lewis, Gilman & Kynett Inc., an advertising agency in Philadelphia. An advertising copywriter, Mr. Clark began his career in Philadelphia at the Insurance Co. of North America.
February 27, 2015 |
LILLIE WELLS was known for her polish and grace, and one of her goals in life was to help young women of color attain the same qualities. Lillie dedicated a large portion of her life to helping others, and one of the many roles she assumed was to mentor young African-American women with the aim of showing them how to thrive in both the social world and the marketplace. "She would expose them to art and culture, the social graces, etiquette and other qualities they would need to succeed in the professional world," her family said.
February 24, 2015 |
One summer in the 1960s, when he was in his 40s, John F. Born took his family on a vacation in New England. "We came across a rail yard in Vermont, and he was struck by the mechanical beauty of the locomotives," his son Matthew recalled. "He became kind of a rail fan, and a couple of times a year, he would go on short trips and photograph railroads all over the country. " Eventually, his son said, Mr. Born became a contributor to the Triumph series of books about the former Pennsylvania Railroad published by Barnard, Roberts & Co. That was just for fun after he retired, his son said.
February 18, 2015
WHOA, Gov. Wolf, you are not going to gain favoritism with your new constituents by putting a hold on Pennsylvania's death penalty. There are horrible criminals on Pennsylvania's death row who should get what they deserve for killing innocent people: their own death. This is not the way to go. Eric Frein will definitely get the death penalty for killing the state trooper. So, you are not going to sign his death warrant? The family of the trooper wants Frein dead, and for you to keep him alive will not go well, especially if you want to be re-elected.
February 15, 2015 |
William J. Coopersmith, 88, of Glen Mills and Jupiter, Fla., a retired executive, civic leader, and sportsman, died of cancer Saturday, Feb. 7, at Taylor Hospice Residence in Ridley Park. A Philadelphia native, he graduated from Villanova College in 1950 and spent a year studying at Georgetown Law School. The world of commerce beckoned, though, so he joined his father, becoming general manager of Great Leopard Super Markets. He operated one of the nation's first supermarkets in the refitted shell of a textile mill in Chester.
February 12, 2015 |
Stephen Timothy Roll, 61, of Bala Cynwyd, an executive at WHYY for more than two decades, died Friday, Feb. 6, of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Known as Tim, Mr. Roll had a long career in the Philadelphia radio and TV industry. He was a manager of corporate underwriting at WHYY, where he worked for 24 years. In his role with WHYY, Mr. Roll sold advertising spots to corporate and nonprofit clients across all platforms - radio, TV and on www.whyy.org . Before that, Mr. Roll worked in radio advertising sales for WCAU-AM, KYW-AM, and WMGK-FM.
February 12, 2015 |
The leadership shuffling at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. over the last few years became evident again when the company filed its annual report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The report from the Israel-based drugmaker, whose Americas headquarters is in North Wales, Montgomery County, included the five most highly compensated executives for the year ending Dec. 31, 2014. Chief executive officer Erez Vigodman was the first listed on the report, filed Monday evening, but he didn't have the highest total compensation last year, though only in part because he got that title on Feb. 11, 2014.
February 10, 2015 |
John C. "Jack" Savage, 78, of Newtown Square, a basketball player for St. Joseph's University who went on to become an executive with Main Line Health, died Sunday, Feb. 1, of Alzheimer's disease at White Horse Village. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Savage was a 1954 graduate of West Catholic High School and a 1958 graduate of St. Joseph's University. He played basketball for both. In 1953, he was part of the West Catholic team that beat Wilt Chamberlain's Overbrook High team, 54-42, in a game at the Palestra.