November 14, 2014 |
William Brynes Packer Sr., 85, of Blue Bell, a longtime Philadelphia entrepreneur, died Thursday, Nov. 6, of heart failure at the Hill at Whitemarsh medical center. Born March 22, 1929, Mr. Packer attended Germantown High School, where he graduated in 1946 as class valedictorian at 17. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1950 and earned a master's degree in business from Drexel University in 1951. In 1951, Mr. Packer joined Atlantic Refining Co. in Philadelphia, working in the research and sales department.
June 20, 2013 |
NEXT YEAR, the empty and quiet halls of Germantown High School will turn 100. The generations of students who called Germantown home will be gone, leaving behind only the school's rich history. Building Located on the same space since 1914, with a large addition built in 1965, Germantown's brick-and-stone facade is an example of Georgian Revival architecture. Industrial beginnings Germantown High was born into an industrial, working-class neighborhood.
July 5, 2015 |
Harry Goodman, 95, the proprietor of an auto-supply store for 30 years and an amateur naturalist, died Thursday, June 25, of a heart condition at Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley in Germantown. Born and reared in West Oak Lane, he lived for nearly 50 years in Elkins Park. In his final years, he was a resident of Stapeley, an assisted-living facility. Mr. Goodman graduated from Germantown High School. He was stationed with the Army at Camp Livingston, La., during World War II and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant.
January 30, 2016 |
Conrad Hering Knerr, 91, of Blue Bell, an engineer, business executive, and entrepreneur, died Thursday, Jan. 21, at his home in Whitpain Farm of complications from a fall in September. Born in Germantown, he was the son of Horace Calvin and Jean Reid Knerr and the great-grandson of Dr. Constantine Hering, founder of Hahnemann Hospital and the "father of homeopathy in America. " In November, Mr. Knerr was thrilled to be present for dedication of a state historical marker commemorating Dr. Hering's role in homeopathic medicine.
June 21, 2013 |
The final graduating class of Germantown High School said goodbye Wednesday - to each other, to their teachers, to a historic but troubled school that's being closed by a district desperate to save money and improve academics. "I'm holding back tears," said principal emeritus Margaret Mullen-Bavwidinsi. Others let them flow. The 146th commencement brimmed with sadness and joy, anger and hope, the vast, life-altering machinery of the Philadelphia School District made real on a stage in the sanctuary of the Church of the New Covenant, not far from the school.
March 7, 2015 |
A memorial is set for Sunday, March 8, for Randall Booker Haskins, 56, a FedEx delivery man and music lover, who died Monday, Jan. 26, of heart failure from complications of bronchitis and asthma. Mr. Haskins, a Mount Airy native and resident, died at his home. His mother, Yvonne, is a real estate lawyer, city revitalization specialist, and community volunteer; her husband, Harold, is a retired University of Pennsylvania administrator and a filmmaker. Their son, a popular high school student, never took himself too seriously: his name appears as Randy "Fonz" Haskins on his 1976 diploma from Germantown High School, a reference to the character on TV's Happy Days.
January 19, 1995 |
Charles A. Highsmith, 74, a teacher and school administrator who served briefly as acting superintendent of Philadelphia schools, died Tuesday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Highsmith taught college mathematics in South Carolina before coming to Philadelphia in 1950. For seven years, he was chairman of the industrial arts department at Gillespie Junior High School. He then became a principal, serving at Kelley, Reynolds and Catto Schools, FitzSimons Junior High, and Germantown High School.
October 22, 2015 |
When Irene Suflas Jameson self-published her autobiography in 2010, she titled it Memoirs of a Polar Bear Queen. As public relations director for Sea Isle City from 1989 to 2007, she not only came up with the idea for the annual Polar Bear Plunge there in 1995, but she also led the first group to wade into the frigid February waters on Presidents' Weekend. She "liked it so much she did it for the next 12 years," Katherine Custer, community services director for the town, said.
September 8, 2015 |
Four Philadelphia photographers are going back to school. But the schools they are visiting shut their doors two years ago and won't be opening this fall. "Back to School," a documentary photography exhibition that runs through Sept. 27 at the Gravy Studio & Gallery, will bring students, teachers, and community members back to six of the 24 public schools that closed in 2013. The show, a culmination of work by Lendl Tellington, Sarah Milinski, Sahar Coston-Hardy, and Marco Hill, attempts to document the tumultuous aftermath of school closures and the effects of a severely underfunded school system.
May 15, 2015 |
Chester E. Smith, 90, of Chestnut Hill, a family physician for more than 50 years, died Friday, May 1, at home of complications from leukemia. In 1959, Dr. Smith opened a home office on East Willow Grove Avenue in Chestnut Hill. He continued seeing patients as a solo practitioner well into his 80s. When his patients could not get to his medical office, he made house calls or visited them in assisted-living facilities. "He was one of a dying breed of doctors," his family said in a tribute.