May 5, 2014 |
DENVER - We were four female independent journalists of a certain age. Let's say circling above and below 50. We were vodka-martini type of women, white wine chilled, maybe in extremis a whiskey on the rocks. We bonded while attending the Association of Health Care Journalists conference in Denver, between meetings on the epidemic of allergic reactions among children, the health dangers of fracking, and a seminar on the effort to map the brain. But while we hustled from meeting to meeting, our reporters' instincts drew us to the big story literally at our doorstep: Marijuana was now legal in Colorado.
March 13, 2014 |
The phone call came at dinnertime, and I could tell instantly that the daughter on the other end was uncomfortable. So we talked of the usual stuff - her life, ours, how things were going in graduate school. And then we got to the point. Our daughter wanted us to know that she would be moving in with her then-boyfriend. Soon. She methodically gave me the new address. I methodically wrote it down. But as it was happening, I knew, standing at the kitchen counter more than 25 years ago, that we'd crossed another generational border.
January 31, 2014 |
Holland Hunter, 92, of Haverford, an expert on Russian transportation policy and professor emeritus of economics at Haverford College, died Saturday, Jan. 18, of pneumonia at the Quadrangle in Haverford. Dr. Hunter grew up in Geneva, Ill., the son of real estate developer Harry Holland Hunter and Hester Hunter, an advertising copywriter. He graduated from the Fountain Valley School in Colorado and received his bachelor's degree in economics from Haverford College in 1943. After completing a master's degree in 1947 and a doctorate in 1949, both in economics from Harvard University, he returned to Haverford College.
November 25, 2013 |
IF YOU WERE to drive past Dupree Studios on a bombed-out block in Mantua, you'd never imagine that a wonderland lies behind its nondescript red facade. An empty, weedy lot sits at one end of the block. And the handful of decrepit homes near Dupree Studios look like they'll collapse the next time a school bus rumbles past. So you might think it's no big deal that the building owned by artist James Dupree was seized last December by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, which condemned a two-block area through eminent domain for commercial development.
November 20, 2013 |
Marie Cornelia-Shew, 77, of Center City, a retired English professor and former associate dean at the graduate school of Rutgers-Camden, died Saturday, Nov. 16, of a heart attack. Born in Rochester, N.Y., Mrs. Shew graduated from Nazareth University there and later received her doctorate from Fordham University in New York City. In the early 1970s, she began a career at Rutgers that spanned nearly four decades and touched the lives of thousands of students. She was known on campus as Dr. Cornelia.
October 21, 2013 |
As Jason Osder tells it, in 1985 he was 11, a fifth-grader at the Miquon School in Conshohocken, when news broke that after a daylong standoff, the Philadelphia Police and Fire Departments had bombed the MOVE headquarters on Osage Avenue in West Philadelphia. Six adults, including John Africa, the activist/provocateur/founder of the back-to-nature group, and five children were incinerated in the resulting fire, which also destroyed 60 other homes. One of the two members who survived, Michael Moses Ward (known then as Birdie Africa)
September 3, 2013
VNA Community Services Inc. , an Abington nonprofit that provides health care and health-related community services to vulnerable populations, named Harvey Portner president. He is a partner with the Professional Healthcare Institute and vice president of the Cheltenham Township Board of Commissioners. RSVP of Montgomery County, a nonprofit that promotes volunteerism among area adults, appointed Deborah Hong to its board. She is a partner at Stradley Ronon's Malvern office and vice chair of the firm's mergers-and-acquisitions practice group.
July 14, 2013
Penn State President Rodney Erickson on Friday offered his best wishes to Henry C. "Hank" Foley, the university's vice president of research and the executive director of the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, who is leaving for a job in Missouri. The university announced in June that Foley, who has worked at Penn State for 13 years and is also dean of the graduate school, was departing to become the executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Missouri System.
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.
June 5, 2013 |
Francis X. McKeffery Sr., 81, of Marlton, who worked his way through evening classes in college and graduate school to become a defense contract manager and a college teacher, died of lung cancer Friday, May 31, at a relative's home in Washington Township. "He would leave for work early in the morning and get home late at night" for years and years, son Francis X. Jr. said Monday. After he graduated from Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia, Mr. McKeffery served as a radio man on a destroyer in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean.