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.
September 16, 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.
June 27, 2013 |
The Radnor School District has hired an administrator from its chief rival, neighboring Lower Merion, to be its new superintendent. Michael J. Kelly has worked at Lower Merion since 1999, first as director of pupil services, then as assistant superintendent for the last five years. He was a special-education teacher and supervisor in the West Chester School District before moving to Lower Merion, and he holds a law degree from Widener University School of Law. "I didn't go to law school intending to become a lawyer," said Kelly, 52, who went to Widener at night while teaching in West Chester.
January 25, 2001 |
The previously unbeaten Avon Grove boys' swim team rebounded from its loss to Coatesville in a three-team meet Friday by beating Unionville, 100-70, in their big Southern Chester County League showdown Tuesday. In the three-way meet, which also involved Unionville, Avon Grove lost to the Red Raiders, 58-43, despite wins by Kevin Ko in the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke. Unionville bowed to Coatesville, 69-32, despite wins by Eddie Chan in the 50 and 100 freestyles.
May 1, 2013 |
Edward Gosfield Jr., 94, of Center City, a longtime cardiologist at Graduate Hospital, died Thursday, April 25, of complications following surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. So respected was Dr. Gosfield in the practice of cardiology and internal medicine that he was designated attending physician to Queen Elizabeth II when she visited the United States in 1976. He was a dapper dresser, almost never appearing in public without a signature bow tie. His sons, grandsons, and many medical residents all learned how to tie one by watching him. Dr. Gosfield matriculated in 1947 at the Graduate School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, completing his training as a resident at Graduate Hospital in 1950.
September 29, 2011
NO, IT'S NOT something out of any "Star Wars" prequel. Robert Griffin III is Baylor's fourth-year junior quarterback, who has already thrown for over 7,000 yards and rushed for 1,700 more in his career. And the Bears, who opened with a 50-48 win over TCU, are ranked 15th heading into Saturday's game at fellow Big 12 unbeaten Kansas State, which is coming off that win at Miami. The Bears haven't won a conference road opener since 1995. It's their first 3-0 start since 2005, when they finished 5-6. They haven't been 4-0 since 1991, which was also the last time they've been this high in the polls.
August 26, 2011 |
Evan Maschmeyer, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound wing guard from Jeffersonville (Indiana) High, has enrolled at St. Joseph's and will be eligible to play for the Hawks this season. A solid three-point shooter, Maschmeyer averaged 15 points a game and helped Jeffersonville reach the Indiana Class AAAA semifinals. Maschmeyer said injuries to his ankle and wrist limited him through most of his senior season, and recruiting interest dropped off as a result. He visited Boston College after his junior season, when he also attracted interest from Wisconsin and several Ivy League schools, including Penn.
October 16, 2012
DEAR ABBY : I have been married eight months. My wife has an occasional habit that makes me wonder whether we got married too young. (She's 23, I'm 27, and we're both in graduate school.) She likes to go out with a group of her friends from high school or with her sister, get drunk and stay the night. I'm not worried about her cheating on me. I try not to be controlling and say she "can't" go out. But it bothers me. If I talk about it, she gets angry and says she doesn't get to see her friends very often.