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.
January 11, 2016 |
WHILE THE national debate over the racial divide remains the "elephant in the room," Germantown's "Elephants on the Avenue" project will explore race and class issues calmly today, when residents create their "tunnel books" of family history. Historic Germantown, a partnership of 16 historically significant sites, created "Elephants on the Avenue" as an 18-month-long exploration of race and class in its diverse neighborhood by engaging residents in hands-on art projects as icebreakers.
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.
October 21, 2015 |
LUCRETIA BURGESS couldn't seem to get enough education. She graduated from Germantown High School in 1985, attended Temple University's real-estate school, then earned two degrees in human services from Lincoln University, returning to the school twice while holding down full-time jobs. Her bachelor's from Lincoln was awarded summa cum laude. For Lucretia, life was all about helping others, especially children. She spent her entire working career taking care of people, children and adults who needed extra attention, not to mention love, which she freely dispensed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 5, 2014 |
WHEN NEIGHBORS and alumni of Germantown High School in the spring of 2013 began discussing possible uses for the shuttered school, the community rallied around one idea: another school. But there were myriad questions - what structure the school would take, how it would be funded and so on. Then a glimmer of hope appeared in October when the Philadelphia School District announced it would accept new applications for charter schools for the first time since 2008, as part of the deal on the city's new $2 cigarette tax. The community coalition was one of 40 groups that submitted an application.
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.