August 18, 2016 |
William McLellan Barnes, 88, of Philadelphia, a lawyer and engineer, died Thursday, Aug. 11, of acute kidney failure at Visiting Nurse Association Hospice in East Falls. The son of Philadelphia architect Amos W. Barnes, he was born in 1928 at Good Samaritan Hospital, now Temple University Hospital, which his father had designed. Mr. Barnes grew up in Roxborough, and was president of his class at Roxborough High School and a member of the National Honor Society. He also had a letter in varsity football.
June 9, 2016 |
When the bell marked the end of the round, Vernon J. Linder yanked off his boxing gloves, wiped sweat from his neck, and wedged a hearing aid back into his ear. Linder, 86, sat down on a folding chair in the Washington Avenue gym and wondered whether his sparring partner, a hulking, 29-year-old mixed martial arts instructor, was taking it easy on him out there for the last couple of minutes. "If I go to a gym and they've never seen me workout, they don't want to spar with me because they're afraid they're going to hurt me," Linder said.
June 6, 2016 |
What separated Muhammad Ali from other champions in the brutal profession that eventually claimed his life was more than the style by which his greatness was defined. He wasn't a plodding thug like Sonny Liston, whose title he lifted; or a plow horse like Joe Frazier, always moving forward one deliberate step at a time; or really like any of the other men he met in his 61 professional fights during a 21-year span. Ali danced, sure, and his grace and charisma have been documented for decades, but it was something else, his utter differentness , that set him apart as the country was struggling with its own alterations.
March 5, 2016 |
It's not often that The Tonight Show becomes the showcase for college fund-raising. But Upper Darby native Tina Fey changed that Wednesday night when she said on the show that she and her brother, Peter, had created a Temple University scholarship fund in memory of their father, Donald, a Temple alumnus, who died in October. The show briefly ran the scholarship fund link - Giving.Temple.edu/FeyMemorial - on the screen as Fey talked. The fund had already collected some gifts, including a donation from Tonight host Jimmy Fallon, said David Boardman, dean of Temple's School of Media and Communication.
January 11, 2016 |
John J. Sweeney, 85, of Wynnewood, a retired rear admiral in the U.S. Navy and later an insurance company executive, died Monday, Jan. 4, of prostate cancer at Lankenau Hospital. In a career that combined military service with business, Adm. Sweeney made a point of serving as an advocate for young people. Born in Tamaqua, Schuylkill County, he moved to Philadelphia with his family at age 10. He graduated from St. Joseph's Preparatory School in 1948 and from St. Joseph's College in 1952 with a bachelor's degree in economics.
December 23, 2015
"The greatest rescue operation by a single ship in the history of mankind. " - U.S. Maritime Administration By Chris Gibbons On Dec. 22, 1950, Capt. Leonard LaRue, of Philadelphia, peered through his binoculars from the deck of his merchant cargo vessel, SS Meredith Victory, as it approached the besieged North Korean port of Hungnam. LaRue could see thousands of shivering refugees lining the harbor in a desperate attempt to escape the marauding Communist Chinese and North Korean soldiers who surrounded, and were quickly closing in on, the city.
October 26, 2015 |
Donald H. Fey, 82, a Korean War veteran, former Philadelphia firefighter, and retired fund-raising writer, died Sunday, Oct. 18, of heart failure at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Fey, of Drexel Hill, whose daughter is award-winning writer and actress Tina Fey, was a professional writer for more than 30 years, primarily in fund-raising and development. He helped raise more than $500 million for schools, hospitals, and public-service agencies. In 1992, he retired from Thomas Jefferson University, where he was director of development communications.
October 16, 2015 |
James A. O'Connor Jr., 82, a veteran of the wars in Korea and Vietnam, died Sunday, Oct. 4, at Abington Memorial Hospital. No cause of death has been established, said his daughter Karol Mooney. Mooney said her father, who served 21 years in the military and was a letter carrier for 25 years, never wanted to be rich and was content with his life. She called him "a great dad and a wonderful Pop-Pop. " Open and friendly, he was one to give solid, reliable advice, she said. "He prided himself as the one that you can always count on, no matter what you needed.
September 30, 2015 |
Robert W. Shockley, 84, of Springfield, Delaware County, a former car-dealership owner, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, of Parkinson's disease at his home. The son of Raymond Purnell Shockley Sr. and Helen Davis Shockley, he was born and reared in Darby. He lived in Springfield before moving to Newtown Square last year. As a teenager, he broke many pitching records while playing baseball for Darby High School and was especially proud of his no-hitters. He was elected senior class president and voted best dancer and "Mr. All-Around Personality.
September 19, 2015 |
Thomas J. Myer Jr., 92, of Chestnut Hill, a retired stockbroker and veteran of World War II and the Korean War, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, of cancer at Keystone House in Wyndmoor. After graduating from St. Joseph's Preparatory School in 1942, Mr. Myer joined the Marine Corps and was sent to the Pacific Theater. He was among the first wave of Marines to reach the shore of Okinawa during the fierce fighting with the Japanese that began in April 1945. After the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and then Nagasaki in August 1945, Mr. Myer and his unit were sent to patrol the ruined city of Nagasaki.