October 24, 2015 |
By all accounts, Theodore Milton Selden was headed for greatness. He graduated first in his class from the historically black Lincoln University and summa cum laude from Dartmouth College, earning two bachelor's degrees and admission to the exclusive Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Selden enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and was among the first African Americans to attend the prestigious school. Then came the July day in 1922 that ended everything. The 23-year-old, who had been working as a Pullman porter while attending school, was aboard a midnight train from Philadelphia to Atlantic City that derailed about halfway.
October 23, 2015 |
Owen A. Knopping, 75, of Bryn Mawr, a tax lawyer in Philadelphia for 45 years, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, of pancreatic cancer at home. Mr. Knopping was a partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Fox Rothschild, where he served as cochair of the federal tax controversy and litigation practice group. He represented clients in civil and criminal cases before the IRS, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the City of Philadelphia, and other taxation bodies. Roy Neff, a friend of 30 years, said Mr. Knopping had the perfect temperament for such work: He was smart and gentle, and could make friends with anyone - even IRS auditors.
August 15, 2015 |
In some circles, Washington law professor Edgar S. Cahn, 80, is a social justice icon and poverty law pioneer whose many accomplishments changed the legal landscape. "The people who know him think he's a saint, but far too few people know him," said Martin Friedman, executive director of EducationWorks. Friedman and his local nonprofit, which runs after-school and social-justice programs in Philadelphia, Chester, and Camden, wants to change that. It hopes to increase Cahn's public profile in the region by awarding him EducationWorks' inaugural Social Justice Award at the National Constitution Center gala on Sept.
August 7, 2015 |
IT SEEMED as if Richard Johnson was always looking after society's underdogs. As a criminal-defense lawyer, his concern for his clients extended well beyond the courtroom. "He wanted to encourage his clients to turn their lives around," said his daughter, Diahnne. "He tried to show them there was a better way to live. " And when Richard worked for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, one of his jobs was to make sure minority workers got a fair shake. Richard Ernest Johnson, who opened his own law office in Center City in the mid-'70s, a history and news junkie who devoured newspapers and magazines and kept up with TV news shows, and a devoted family patriarch, died of heart failure July 31. He was 89 and lived in Center City.
July 28, 2015 |
Mary Ann Mellon Melchiorre, 79, of Ardmore, a mother, lawyer, and brokerage firm officer, died Thursday, July 16, of complications from dementia at Saunders House in Wynnewood. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of Lawrence J. and Kathryn Pizzagno Mellon. Ms. Melchiorre grew up in Colwyn and graduated from West Catholic High School. She went to work for the former Bell Telephone Co. of Pennsylvania, where she met Joseph Melchiorre. The two married and moved to Ardmore to raise a family.
June 27, 2015 |
Oscar Solomon Bortner, 94, a former Bucks County prosecutor and Common Pleas Court judge, died of natural causes Wednesday, June 24, in his Langhorne home. Mr. Bortner grew up in Philadelphia, where he completed his undergraduate studies at Temple University. After enlisting in the Army in 1943 as a weaponry technician, he completed a law degree at University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1949. His daughter Amy Gialuco remembers her father's time as an amateur actor when she was young.
June 26, 2015 |
Just two years after hawking his first slabs of home-cured bacon at the Lansdowne Farmers Market, Ari Miller is preparing to take his artisanal charcuterie nationwide. 1732 Meats, his new, 4,000- square-foot plant in Yeadon, recently received USDA certification and began production. Miller is hoping for the same reception around the country that he's gotten from local chefs for his high-quality, sustainably raised salumi. "The quality of Ari's product is unmatched as far as domestic salumi is concerned," said Joe Cicala, chef and partner at East Passyunk's Le Virtu and Brigantessa.
May 22, 2015
THIS WEEK marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of Head Start, a comprehensive early childhood education program that opens windows of opportunity for our nation's at-risk children and families. I know firsthand the incredible difference the program is making in the lives of millions of children and their families, because I was a Head Start kid. My family faced difficult economic times in my early childhood years. My parents were loving, supportive and cared deeply about my brother and me, but struggled to make ends meet.
May 21, 2015 |
IN A SPECIAL election held yesterday that coincided with the primaries, voters chose state Rep. John Sabatina Jr., a Democrat, to fill the state Senate seat for Philadelphia's 5th District that was vacated when Mike Stack resigned in January to take his current position as lieutenant governor. Given that it was a special election, all registered voters within the 5th District in Northeast Philadelphia were able to vote, regardless of party affiliation. Sabatina received more than 75 percent of the votes, easily beating out his Republican challenger, Tim Dailey, a high-school teacher.
May 17, 2015 |
Reading Terminal Market on Friday named Anuj Gupta its general manager. The announcement was made by the market's board of directors after an extensive search process, Chairman Albert Mezzaroba said. "Anuj brings a rare blend of management success, not-for-profit leadership and vision at a consequential time in the market's history," Mezzaroba said. Gupta, 41, takes over the position that has been vacant since Paul Steinke stepped down on Dec. 31, 2014 to run for an at-large City Council seat.