June 17, 2014 |
The story of Lincoln University's beginnings routinely highlights the benevolent white Presbyterian minister who founded the first degree-granting institution for African Americans. The Rev. John Miller Dickey started the historically black university in Chester County. James Ralston Amos and his brother, Thomas Henry Amos, were students, among the first to graduate. But in a retelling that shakes up a 160-year history, Cheryl Reneé Gooch, a dean at the school, elevates the Amos brothers' contribution.
January 18, 2013 |
Former Pennsylvania State Sen. H. Craig Lewis, 68, who represented Bucks County and parts of Philadelphia for 20 years, died Sunday, Jan. 13, while swimming on Anegada in the British Virgin Islands. Sen. Lewis, who served five terms, lived in Center City. According to British Virgin Islands police, Sen. Lewis was on vacation and on a day sail at Loblolly Bay when his wife, Dianne Semingson, noticed he was facedown and motionless in the water. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
April 26, 2012 |
The University of Pennsylvania placed the vice dean of its Graduate School of Education on administrative leave late Wednesday after The Inquirer began asking questions about his false claim to have a doctoral degree. Doug E. Lynch has claimed on his resumé that he received the degree from Columbia University. A faculty website repeatedly refers to him as "Dr. Lynch. " Earlier Wednesday, Penn officials said they became aware of the misrepresentation a couple of months ago, taking unspecified "appropriate sanctions" but deciding to leave Lynch in his leadership role.
September 30, 2012
At 27, Martha Carey Thomas applied to be president of a newly formed women's college in Bryn Mawr. She didn't get the job, but was hired as dean and an English professor in 1884. After 10 years at Bryn Mawr College, she was elected its president in 1894. Thomas (she preferred to go by M. Carey or Carey) was born in 1857 in Baltimore. She grew up with a strong determination to attain a higher education, despite her father's wishes otherwise. She was educated at Cornell and Johns Hopkins Universities.
October 27, 2012
Jacques Barzun, a Columbia University historian and administrator whose sheer breadth of scholarship - culminating in a survey of 500 years of Western civilization - brought him renown as one of the foremost intellectuals of the 20th century, died Oct. 25 in San Antonio, where he had lived in recent years. He was 104. His son-in-law Gavin Parfit confirmed his death, the Associated Press reported. Barzun was 92 when he published what is widely regarded as his masterwork, From Dawn to Decadence, 500 Years of Western Cultural Life: 1500 to the Present . Journalist David Gates spoke for a majority of critics when he wrote in Newsweek magazine that the book, which appeared in 2000, "will go down in history as one of the great one-man shows of Western letters.
May 25, 2011
Chemist Corwin Hansch, 92, who pioneered the field of relating a molecule's chemical structure to its biological activity, an approach widely used in developing new drugs and other commercial chemicals, died in Claremont, Calif., on May 8. He had suffered from a prolonged bout with pneumonia. Dr. Hansch was known as the "father of computer-assisted molecule design" for his development of Quantitative Structure Activity Relationships, known colloquially as QSARs, a series of equations that allow chemists to modify drugs and other molecules in a predictable manner to achieve desired characteristics.
April 27, 2012 |
The vice dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania resigned Thursday, one day after he was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into his false claim to have a doctoral degree. Penn announced the resignation of Doug E. Lynch, who has been a top official in the education program since 2004, after The Inquirer raised questions about his academic background Wednesday. Lynch said on his resumé that he received the degree from Columbia University.
October 9, 2012 |
Joyce Davenport has enjoyed squash so much that she continues to compete in tournaments at the age of 70. Davenport, winner of two national singles championships, was honored on Monday when she was inducted into the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame at the U.S. Open Squash Championships that are taking place at Drexel through Friday. Bob Callahan, a legendary coach at Princeton, will be inducted to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday after the 6 p.m. match. Raised in Bala Cynwyd, he learned squash at the Cynwyd Club, right across from his home, and played for Episcopal Academy.
February 7, 2013 |
With Temple fresh off a 4-7 record and facing the uncertainty of the Big East Conference's future, fans wondered whether the Owls, under new football coach Matt Rhule, could bounce back in 2013. After Wednesday's national signing day, it seems as if Temple could be a team on the rise and return to the level of the teams that went to bowl games in 2009 and 2011. Temple signed 23 players to national letters of intent on Wednesday, and seven were midyear enrollees. "This is really a critical class for us," Rhule said Wednesday.
September 17, 2012 |
For local artist James Burns, creating a mural depicting the emotions surrounding suicide hits close to home. "Suicide is not just about ending one person's suffering," Burns said. "What people don't realize is that it starts a whole chain reaction of sorrow for those who are left behind. " Burns, 37, is head artist on the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program's latest project, "Finding the Light Within," at 119 S. 31st St. The painter was denied the opportunity to know his grandfather because of his untimely death, and while working on the two-year project, he lost friends from graduate school and high school months apart.