November 2, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Letitia Baldrige, who was social secretary to first lady Jacqueline Kennedy and also became known as a "doyenne of decorum" and chief arbiter of good manners in modern America, died Monday at the Sunrise at Fox Hill nursing facility in Bethesda, Md. She was 86. In a 1978 profile, Time magazine described Baldrige as a "superbly energetic amalgam of feminist and Tasteful Lady. " Decades before women talked about "having it all," and at a time when many of her female colleagues were afforded few professional opportunities, she embarked on a career that went from diplomacy to the White House to the top levels of business.
December 14, 2009 |
Irving Broudy, 80, formerly of Narberth, a retired company owner and community leader, died Dec. 5 of pneumonia at Saunders House in Wynnefield. Mr. Broudy grew up in North Philadelphia above his father Arthur's plumbing supply store. He and his brother Jules eventually took over the business, which later became Broudy Precision in Conshohocken, a distributor of heating and air-conditioning parts and products. The family sold the firm in 2006. During his 40 years of civic leadership, Mr. Broudy served as president of the Golden Slipper Club from 1967 to 1969; president of the Jewish Y from 1975 to 1977; chairman of the board of the William Likoff Cardiovascular Institute of Hahnemann Hospital from 1992 to 1993; and past president of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Jewish Committee.
July 12, 2007 |
Lady Bird Johnson, 94, who four decades ago advanced the role of first lady from hostess and helpmate to that of legislative activist, died yesterday at her Austin, Texas, home. Before the environment was even a blip on anyone's political radar, Mrs. Johnson adopted the cause of beautification, planting flowers along Washington's wide avenues and expanding the effort into a national push for natural landscaping that resulted in the Highway Beautification Act of 1965 - which became known as "Lady Bird's Bill.
July 11, 2007 |
Lady Bird Johnson, 94, who four decades ago advanced the role of first lady from hostess and helpmate to that of activist, died today at her Austin, Texas, home. Before the environment was even a blip on anyone's political radar, Mrs. Johnson adopted the cause of beautification, planting flowers along Washington's wide avenues and expanding the effort into a national push for natural landscaping that resulted in the Highway Beautification Act of 1965 - which became known as "Lady Bird's Bill.
June 23, 2007 |
Bush pick for Justice Dept. wants nomination withdrawn President Bush's pick to be the No. 3 official in the Justice Department asked yesterday to have his nomination withdrawn, four days before he was to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Bill Mercer sent a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales saying it was unlikely that the Senate would confirm him as associate attorney general, a post he has held on an interim basis since September. He plans to leave Washington and turn his full attention to his work as U.S. attorney for Montana.
June 8, 2007 |
It's the last week of November 1963 and Lady Bird Johnson, the nation's new first lady, decides to record a diary of her memories of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Johnson is in a second-floor bedroom at the White House. She sits down, composes her thoughts, and then speaks into the microphone of a reel-to-reel tape recorder. That entry from Lady Bird Johnson's diary - the fact that it was audiotape, not pen on paper - is one of the surprises in a new exhibit at the National Constitution Center, "Eyewitness: American Originals From the National Archives.
March 14, 2003 |
William H. Heyser, 74, of Worcester, a retired landscape architect who helped beautify many of Center City's plazas and courtyards, died of cancer Tuesday at Keystone House, a hospice in Wyndmoor. Mr. Heyser and his staff were urban gardeners for Philadelphia's downtown landscape for many years, tending the green spaces that complement the city's skyscrapers and office buildings. His Heyser Landscaping Inc. of Norristown maintained and helped create the garden surroundings at major buildings including Commerce Square, the Four Seasons, and Liberty Place, and the sculpture garden at the Wyndham Philadelphia at Franklin Plaza.
April 28, 2002 |
Lyndon Johnson was larger than life. Fittingly, so is his biography. At 3 pounds, 14 ounces, and 1,167 pages (105 pages before Johnson makes an entrance, 90 devoted to sources and footnotes), Robert Caro's gargantuan Years of Lyndon Johnson: Master of the Senate (Alfred A. Knopf, $35) is the third of four planned volumes. It was published last week and welcomed with stunning reviews. Master of the Senate took more years to write - a dozen - than it covers, 1949 to 1960. Caro will be in Philadelphia tomorrow, reading and signing books at Friends Select School.
March 9, 2001 |
If what you need is a presidential pardon, it helps to have powerful friends, such as a former first lady, a legendary newscaster, and a friend of the president. Texas banker Ruben H. Johnson had all three. The story of how they helped him win a pardon - erasing a felony bank-fraud conviction and relieving him of millions of dollars in legal penalties - is a textbook case of how much weight political connections and generous fund-raising for the Democratic Party carried in Bill Clinton's White House.