May 10, 2016 |
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 14, for Alice F. Fullam, 90, of Wallingford, a retired librarian and the wife of retired U.S. District Judge John P. Fullam. Mrs. Fullam died Tuesday, April 12, of cancer and dementia at home. The daughter of Adolph John and Dorothy Cleary Freiheit, she was born in Akron, Ohio, and grew up in Marblehead, Mass., and suburban New York City. She graduated from Garden City High School on Long Island, and majored in psychology at Radcliffe College.
August 23, 2015 |
Evald Rink, 99, formerly of Wilmington, an archivist and historical librarian with a specialty in 18th- and 19th-century printing and technology, died Friday, Aug. 14, of congestive heart failure at the home of his daughter in Kensington, Md. Born near Kadrina, Estonia, he and his wife, Hildegard, came to the United States in 1949, after the Soviet annexation of Estonia. For a while, they lived in a camp for displaced persons in Germany. Seabrook Farms in New Jersey sponsored their move to the United States.
May 1, 2015 |
BALTIMORE - For days, Melanie Townsend Diggs had the same message each time the microphones appeared. Come back, she said again and again, when the spotlight fades and normalcy returns. See us how we are meant to be seen. That moment appeared at hand at midafternoon Wednesday at the Pennsylvania Avenue branch of the city's Enoch Pratt Free Library. A half-dozen kids stared at computer screens on the first floor, and a few adults sat in the upstairs reading area. A mother pushing a stroller came through the front door.
January 20, 2015 |
Evelyn Walker Armstrong, 87, of Jenkintown, an information scientist and philanthropist, died Saturday, Jan. 10, of multiple myeloma at her home in Rydal Park. Ms. Armstrong spent 43 years - from 1949 to 1992 - in scientific information services at the Merck Research Laboratories of Merck & Co. in West Point, Montgomery County, and in Rahway, N.J. As director of the Merck Literature Resources Center, she headed the design, development, and operation of eight information centers in research and operating divisions in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
November 27, 2014 |
Elizabeth S. Walker, 66, formerly of Philadelphia, a contralto with a resounding voice who was a longtime presence in the city's music community, died Thursday, Oct. 30, of cancer at a hospice in Pittsburgh. Known as "Betsy," Ms. Walker moved to Philadelphia in 1977 to become assistant librarian at the Curtis Institute of Music. She rose to head librarian in 1980, and retired in 2012 as the institute's director of library and information services. She was credited with steering the Curtis library into the computer age. Curtis president Roberto Diaz issued a statement describing her legacy: "Her warm presence, good humor, charm, and distinctive voice have marked the lives of many Curtis students.
November 8, 2014 |
Lorraine L. Doyle, 89, of Merion, a Republican committeewoman in Lower Merion for more than 30 years and a powerful GOP fund-raiser, died Thursday, Oct. 30, of pneumonia at Lankenau Hospital. Mrs. Doyle served as committeewoman, getting out the vote in Ward 13, Precinct 2. But she really made her mark as treasurer of the Lower Merion-Narberth Republican Party, raising thousands of dollars as chair of the annual Lincoln Day Dinner. Her tenacity as a fund-raiser earned her the nickname "Tiger Doyle.
April 18, 2014 |
David C. Munn, director of the Cherry Hill Public Library from 1980 to 1989, spent many hours watching his son go around in circles. From the time he was seven to 12, son Ward said, "I spent a lot of time in competitive speed roller skating," at rinks in Cherry Hill and Evesham. "He would drive me all over the region, bringing me to speed roller skating events," so many that after a while, "he became a timer for the events. " On Saturday, April 12, Mr. Munn, 72, of Gloucester City, a career public librarian and author of local histories, died of cancer at his home.
July 17, 2013 |
Two uprisings now under way - each different, each far from over - show the power, and the limitations, of social media when used amid social upheaval. In the Gezi Park demonstrations in Istanbul, Turkey, demonstrators have made brilliant use of social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to air their grievances. They've been so successful that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, helpless to control the story, attacked Twitter as "the worst menace to society. " "It may be the first time protesters used Vine," says Turkish-born Zeynep Tufekci, assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the School of Information and Library Science.
July 12, 2013 |
HE WAS ONE awesome Santa! At 6-foot-6, Richard A. Binder obviously had the kind and loving demeanor that kept him from scaring the pants off the little ones who wanted to get in their bids for Christmas gifts. Richard assumed his Santa role for the Christmas party given annually by the Drexel University library, where he worked for more than 25 years. Taking care of children's wishes was typical of the spirit of this man, who spent his life caring for others, serving the poor, the spiritual needs of prisoners, the needy of Iran as a Peace Corps member, among others.
February 17, 2013
Louise G. Fradkin, 85, of Levittown, cofounder of Children of Aging Parents, a nonprofit volunteer support group, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, of natural causes at her home. Mrs. Fradkin cofounded Children of Aging Parents in 1977 after her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, a disease Mrs. Fradkin herself suffered from in later years. CAPS grew into a national organization that focused on outreach and education for caregivers of the elderly. During the 1980s and 1990s, Mrs. Fradkin wrote or cowrote numerous publications related to her work, including the chapter "Caregiving" in the book Our Bodies, Ourselves, Growing Older . She also wrote and edited Aging Parents and Common Sense: A Practical Guide for You and Your Parents . Mrs. Fradkin was an associate editor of Dictionary of Eldercare Terminology and Home Care Planning . As part of her work with CAPS, Mrs. Fradkin helped organize workshops, seminars, and speaking engagements and made numerous TV appearances.