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October 3, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Francis J. McCoy, 91, of Springfield, Delaware County, a car sales executive and a tireless civic worker, died Sunday, Sept. 28, of cancer at Broomall Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Known as "Fran," Mr. McCoy landed a job in 1946 as the parts manager for Terminal Chevrolet in Upper Darby. He rose to sales manager, beginning a four-decade career as a car sales executive. Mr. McCoy moved to Ferraro Cadillac in Springfield as the used car sales manager in the 1960s and 1970s.
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October 1, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alan Beaumont Worthington, 89, of Plymouth Meeting, a World War II veteran and insurance claims company executive, died Saturday, Sept. 20, of congestive heart failure at Masonic Village in Lafayette Hill. Mr. Worthington was a leader in the Philadelphia-area insurance claims business. As president of Weeks-Worthington Adjustment Co. in Jenkintown, he provided independent claims-adjustment services for larger insurance firms. The firm was sold, and Mr. Worthington stayed on until retiring nine years ago. He was treasurer of the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Insurance Adjusters for many years.
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September 30, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Kathy Boccella, and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
Arson and major crimes detectives were investigating a fire at the home of John P. Sheridan Jr., president and CEO of the Cooper University Health System, and his wife - whose bodies were found in their bedroom Sunday morning, authorities said. Firefighters found Sheridan, 72, and his wife, Joyce, 69, when they were called to the couple's home in Skillman, Somerset County, in central New Jersey. Neighbors saw smoke coming from the house but no flames. The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office said detectives from its arson task force and the major crimes unit assigned to the case had been joined by the crime scene investigation and forensic units.
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September 24, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sara Carter Vogel, 83, of Wynnewood, an executive secretary and Main Line area volunteer, died Thursday, Sept. 18, of an aneurysm at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mrs. Vogel was the wife of William W. Vogel, former president judge of Montgomery County Court. The two were married for 48 years. She graduated from Lower Merion High School and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in business from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1952. For 40 years until retiring in 1999, Mrs. Vogel worked as an executive secretary to Paul F. Miller Jr., a principal in the West Conshohocken investment firm of Miller, Anderson & Sherrerd.
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September 17, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Henry Day Fisher, 90, formerly of West Chester, a retired Scott Paper Co. executive and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, of kidney failure at his retirement home in Willow Street, Lancaster County. Mr. Fisher spent a 35-year career with Scott, now part of Kimberly-Clark. He retired in 1985 as vice president of the natural resources division. Although his work was demanding, he found time for family, hobbies, social outreach, and church activities, his relatives said in a tribute.
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September 14, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Citing the state's need to acquire the drugs required to administer a lethal injection, Gov. Corbett on Friday granted a temporary reprieve for an inmate scheduled for execution this month. Hubert Lester Michael Jr., 58, who pleaded guilty in the 1993 kidnapping, rape, and murder of Trista Eng, 16, in York County and was sentenced to death, had been scheduled for execution Sept. 22. But that had to be put off, the governor's office said, to allow the Department of Corrections to acquire the drugs required by state law for the lethal injection.
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September 13, 2014 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writer
Four news organizations, including The Inquirer, filed a motion in federal court Thursday seeking the name of the firm contracted to provide the drugs Pennsylvania would use in an execution by lethal injection scheduled for this month. The state has said the compounding pharmacy it contracted to supply the drugs would likely refuse to do so if its name were made public, according to the court papers filed in Harrisburg. In the motion filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, The Inquirer, Guardian US, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Philadelphia City Paper said recent botched executions in other states "have greatly increased the public's interest in lethal injection executions.
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September 10, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Richard L. Baker was among more than 30 men who for years have attended a weekly Bible study class at the First Presbyterian Church in Moorestown. "He never missed it. He had a longing to know Scripture," the Rev. Jonathan Miller, the First Presbyterian pastor, said in a phone interview. Getting there took some effort, Miller said: The class was held each Wednesday, at 6:30 a.m. On Friday, Sept. 5, Mr. Baker, 89, who retired in 1990 as deputy general counsel for Campbell Soup Co., died of heart failure at his home in Moorestown.
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August 31, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Donald Richard Knauff, 89, formerly of Wayne, a pharmaceutical company executive who raised money to eradicate the polio virus, died Sunday, Aug. 24, of causes related to aging in Freedom Village at Brandywine. Born in Chambersburg, Pa., he was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II. During his service from June 1944 to July 1946, he was a rifleman and handler who trained dogs for active duty in the South Pacific. He was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal. Dr. Knauff worked for 33 years at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, overseeing production of smallpox vaccine, and later, the making of two types of polio vaccine.
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August 27, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
IN THE END, it just might've been Dollie Evans' big heart that got the 67-year-old woman - nicknamed "Grandma" by her neighbors in Holmesburg - and her friend, Ruby Thomas, 59, shot to death. Police confirmed last night that detectives were questioning - as a person of interest in the women's slayings - a 25-year-old man who had been staying with Evans and Thomas, who were found shot execution-style Saturday in the house on Vista Street near Torresdale Avenue. In the wake of the killings, Evans' neighbors and relatives remembered her as a woman who, by and large, had an open-door policy at the rowhouse where she'd lived for at least a decade.
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