July 15, 2015 |
Mahlon Duckett frequently told his daughter, Mahlene Duckett Lee, that he wanted to see more kids playing baseball. Mr. Duckett, who died at age 92 on Sunday night and was the last surviving member of the Philadelphia Stars Negro League baseball team, was glued to the Taney Dragons' Little League World Series run last summer. He regularly spoke about his Negro League experience and its place in American history to students at his alma mater, Overbrook High School. The West Philadelphia native was excited about the renovations to the Marian Anderson Recreation Center, which is where his love for baseball blossomed.
June 6, 2015 |
Edwin Rothman of Elkins Park, former director of the Pennsylvania Economy League in Philadelphia, died Thursday, May 28, of heart failure at Abington Memorial Hospital. He had been ill for a short time. His family declined to release his age. As director of the Economy League's Eastern Division from 1972 to 1983, and research director before that, Dr. Rothman was an influential civic leader in Philadelphia. He had joined the nonprofit group in 1955 and wrote numerous reports that influenced government policy.
May 31, 2015 |
Morris Benjamin Wilkins, 90, of Honesdale, Pa., a World War II veteran and an entrepreneur who established several honeymoon resorts in the Poconos, attracting couples with his iconic heart-shaped bathtub, died Monday, May 25, of heart failure in Las Vegas. Mr. Wilkins was born in Stroudsburg, Pa., in 1925, the oldest of three children of Benjamin and Rose Wilkins, Russian and Hungarian immigrants. He enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17, shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
May 24, 2015 |
Joseph Beinlich's skin is pale. At 57, he walks about as fast as someone two decades older. He is OK with that, given the alternative. "I'd rather be living than kicking up daisies," said Beinlich, of Philadelphia's Olney neighborhood. Beinlich is being kept alive by an artificial heart. Temple University Hospital surgeons removed his own, badly diseased organ in August and replaced it with the 5.6-ounce plastic device. More than 1,000 other patients have gotten the implants since the Food and Drug Administration approved them in 2004.
May 14, 2015 |
Ruth H. Loudon, 97, of Norristown, a banker so successful that she was coaxed out of retirement at age 74 to help build a local business, died Thursday, May 7, at home. Mrs. Loudon had put in a normal five-hour day Thursday at Systems Solution Inc. in King of Prussia, where she began work in 1992 after a long career in banking. She was found reclining in her favorite chair. Her death was due to heart failure. Mrs. Loudon's assignment at Systems Solution was to apply her years of experience, old-school work ethic, and patience to the task of expanding the business from just four workers to a company with 70 employees operating in a multitude of states.
May 11, 2015 |
For more than a century, medical education in the United States has meant learning how to practice medicine and how to do research to make medicine better. But that could be changing. Given the need for more primary-care physicians, the shortage of certain specialists, and the belief that medical schools boost local economies, 36 institutions have opened across the country in the last 20 years. That growth "has been accompanied by a shift toward new medical-education models where research plays a minimal role," according to a paper published recently in Science Translational Medicine.
March 27, 2015 |
NOVELLA WILLIAMS had a clear memory of the time when she was a child living in North Carolina and the men in the "funny clothes" came to take her father away. He was wrongly accused of setting a barn on fire, and the family had to flee the outraged townspeople who came to the house. Her father, known as "Old Black Charlie," was taken to the jailhouse in Raleigh. It was only when the true culprit confessed to carelessly tossing a lit cigarette into the barn that her father was released.
March 13, 2015 |
LITTLE DID Robert Dixon know when he saw the attractive girl walking past the playground of Edison High School that getting to know her would change his life. Robert was in 11th grade at the time, and he was instantly attracted to the girl as she walked by the playground, her head down, arms loaded with books. He called out a greeting a couple of times, before deciding he'd better introduce himself. She was Hester Eliza Burgess, who was attending Kensington High School, but, more important, and life-altering for both of them, was that she was involved with the Salvation Army.
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.
February 15, 2015 |
A survey of local cardiologists finds that they want patients to be more aware of the perils of an abnormal heart rhythm as well as the value of newer blood thinners and cholesterol-lowering statins. The survey of 475 heart specialists at dozens of hospitals and private practices was conducted this month by the Cardiovascular Institute of Philadelphia, an independent nonprofit dedicated to improving heart health in the Delaware Valley through educational programs. More than 70 physicians responded to the survey, which asked them to pick three important cardiology issues or developments that they felt patients should know more about.