October 6, 2013 |
Bernard Shaw Proctor, 92, of West Chester, a decorated member of the Tuskegee Airmen, died Monday, Sept. 30, at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Proctor, a native of Darby Borough, was selected as a young man to go to Tuskegee (Ala.) Institute. He became an officer in the Original 99th Fighter Squadron, Tuskegee Airmen, and fought for almost two years in North Africa, Italy, and France during World War II. For his service, Dr. Proctor received numerous military awards, including 12 battle stars, three distinguished unit citations, and the European-African-Middle Eastern ribbon.
August 21, 2012 |
Irma Domke Lebing, 95, an artist who was a public-school art teacher in Elkins Park, died Wednesday, Aug. 15, of dementia at Brookside Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Roslyn. Born in Fort Wayne, Ind., and raised in Philadelphia's Frankford section, Mrs. Lebing graduated from Frankford High School in 1935 and, with an art scholarship, from what is now the University of the Arts at Broad and Pine Streets in 1940. She earned a bachelor's degree in education at Temple University in 1941.
June 7, 2012 |
More layoff notices are going out to Philadelphia School District employees Friday, officials confirmed, with school support personnel and counselors most heavily targeted. Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry Jordan said he had been notified that about 260 pink slips would be issued. All will be effective June 30. In all, 97 "supportive service assistants," 85 parent ombudsmen/student advisers, 39 counselors, 22 nonteaching assistants, nine school operations officers, six secretaries, and four teachers — two of home economics, two industrial arts — will be laid off, Jordan said.
April 10, 2012 |
On Wednesday, the University of the Arts opens its doors for its mega-fund-raiser, the fourth annual ArtUnleashed. More than 300 alumni, student and faculty artists will gather to display their wares for the cause of student scholarships. UArts will also debut its Alumni Spotlight Gallery, featuring one of the school's most notable students, illustrator Arnold Roth, beneficiary of a scholarship back in 1946. A legendary contributor to the New Yorker, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, and Punch - to say nothing of a long career doing jazz album art and book covers - Roth built an aesthetic on cheerfully pointed and exaggerated elongated characters, a look that predates the similar, but decidedly sinister, stylizations of Ralph Steadman and Gerald Scarfe.
October 3, 2011
Who: Host, contractor, main dude on "I Hate My Bath," which airs at 10:30 p.m. Tuesdays on the DIY Network. Age: 38 From: Born in Northeast Philly, raised in Langhorne. Now: West Chester Growing up local: When not in class at Neshaminy High School, a teenage Devlin discovered his calling in the industrial arts. His favorite projects were birdhouses he built out of old pallets and sold at craft shows. "I nailed 'em together and called it a career," he said. On the show: Each week, he happy-go-luckily meets mostly Midwestern homeowners on a budget and turns their ugly bathrooms - you know the kind: raggedy fiberglass tub, teensy shower, stained drop ceiling - into a plumbed space in which anyone would proud to spend quality time.
December 8, 2010 |
H. Paul Fitzpatrick Jr., 74, a retired mechanical engineer and former president of the West Chester Borough Council, died Saturday, Dec. 4, of complications from pneumonia at Chester County Hospital. Mr. Fitzpatrick served on the Borough Council from 2000 to 2008 and was council president for three years. He was past president of the West Chester Business Improvement District and in 2004 chaired the West Chester Council of Governments. A Democrat, he made an unsuccessful run for mayor in 2001.
July 11, 2010
Sunday Words and music Singer Jill Sobule ("I Kissed a Girl") and comedian Julia Sweeney ( Saturday Night Live ) combine forces for the Jill And Julia Show , weaving Sobule's songs with Sweeney's funny, poignant tales of dealing with personal issues. They perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Sellersville Theater , 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville. Tickets are $21.50. Call 215-257-5808. Monday Faces out Painter George Shinn studied at the University of the Arts when it was the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Arts, but went into business after the death of his father.
June 3, 2010 |
Adam C. Pfeffer, 62, of Stone Harbor, N.J., a former Cherry Hill middle school teacher who went on to be superintendent of the Collingswood School District and two Jersey Shore districts, died Sunday, May 23, at his home after an illness. Dr. Pfeffer not only acquired the necessary funding for renovations and new construction in the three districts, but he also was an innovator, from bringing cable to classrooms to improving performing-arts programs. "I'm not going to say he was the best ever, but . . . I haven't met anyone who was better than him," said Ian Wachstein, who served on the Collingswood school board during and after Dr. Pfeffer's time as superintendent.
April 28, 2010 |
Haddonfield native Deborah Remington, 79, a Manhattan-based abstract artist whose work featuring mechanical and organic references has been exhibited all over the world, died of cancer Wednesday, April 21, at CareOne in Moorestown. Though Miss Remington's great-uncle was Frederic Remington, the famous artist who captured the American West in his action-filled paintings, she made only side references to him when speaking of artistic talent in her genes, said those who knew her. She wanted to make a name for herself and focus on her own abstract niche.
April 18, 2010 |
Gerry E. "Gus" Zeager, 74, of Ambler, an industrial-arts educator in the Wissahickon School District and a sports coach and official, died of cancer Friday, April 9, at home. Mr. Zeager began his career in the late 1950s, teaching woodworking at Wissahickon High School in Lower Gwynedd. Thirty years later, he was teaching robotics and computer and laser technology at the high school, Wissahickon Middle School, and the district's elementary schools. He was also supervisor of the district's practical-arts curriculum.