May 13, 2015
The following excerpts are from the nominations submitted to the Lindback Foundation for the winning Philadelphia School District high school teachers. These teachers will be honored Tuesday at the Prince Theater. Michael Ames Science Leadership Academy A special education teacher for 15 years, Ames believes that project-based learning is uniquely suited to meet the needs of all students. Russell Benditt Philadelphia Military Academy Benditt, a social studies teacher and athletic director, is passionate about working with students in urban schools.
May 7, 2014 |
Khalifah Bennett calls on her own experiences growing up in a tough Philadelphia neighborhood to show her pupils what they can do with their lives. Students know they can go to Michael Johnson, a gay MIT grad, for help with physics - and life. Ambra Hook uses real-world principles to make learning come alive for the children she teaches science and engineering. They are three of the 55 Philadelphia School District high school teachers being honored Tuesday as some of the city's best.
November 30, 2012 |
Edward G. Sutula, 92, of Drexel Hill, professor emeritus of accounting at St. Joseph's University, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, of pneumonia at Sunrise of Haverford. Mr. Sutula spent 40 years on the faculty at St. Joseph's before retiring in 1990. From 1950 to 1972, he was also an adjunct professor at Villanova University. He taught more than 4,800 students whose lives he touched and influenced, his son Thomas said. "Ed knew each student's name, even sometimes their parents', some aspect of their background, and was the go-to person when promising students wanted to seek the best jobs," said a colleague, Joseph M. Ragan.
November 21, 2011 |
Morris Hamburg, 89, of Society Hill, emeritus professor of statistics and operations research at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, died of strokes Monday, Nov. 14, at Bryn Mawr Terrace. Dr. Hamburg began teaching at Wharton in 1946 while earning his doctorate in economics. Though he joked that the lecture system was "the mysterious process by which the notes of the professor are transferred to the notes of the student without passing through the minds of either," he was an enthusiastic teacher, said his son, Neil.
August 16, 2011
J. Richard Houston, 76, of Bala Cynwyd, a professor of physics at St. Joseph's University for more than 50 years, died of cancer Thursday, Aug. 11, at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse in Center City. Dr. Houston grew up in Chester and Ridley Park, and graduated from St. James High School in Chester. After earning a bachelor's degree from St. Joe's in 1958, he was invited to teach a class. He did not even have to fill out an application, said his daughter, Catherine Dougherty. When he joined the faculty, St. Joe's was an all-male college, and he remained when it transitioned to a coed university.
March 5, 2011 |
Nina Williams Hillman, 78, an award-winning teacher and administrator at Temple University from 1976 until she retired in 2006, died of lymphoma on Saturday, Feb. 19, at Temple University Hospital. She was chairman of the biology department from 1984 to 1987, vice provost for the sciences from 1991 to 1994, and director of the College of Science and Technology from 1999 to 2006, according to a resumé supplied by her family. In the 1983-84 academic year, she was one of six Temple faculty members who won a Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation of Philadelphia.
March 1, 2011 |
Brother Hugh Albright, 82, a retired professor of mathematics and former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at La Salle University, died of heart failure Thursday, Feb. 24, at Chestnut Hill Hospital. He was a resident of Mount Airy. Brother Albright was born in Jerusalem, where his father, William, a prominent archaeologist, was excavating an ancient site. His father was also an expert on Semitic languages, and his mother, Ruth, had a doctorate in Sanskrit languages. Brother Albright attended a Christian Brothers school in Maryland and joined the religious order at age 18. He professed his final vows when he was 25. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Catholic University of America and graduated summa cum laude in 1953.
October 11, 2010
William Harker Rhodes, 85, of Douglassville, Berks County, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine for 31 years, died of Parkinson's disease Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Coatesville VA Medical Center. After graduating from high school, Dr. Rhodes served as a radiology technician in the Navy from 1943 to 1946. He then earned a bachelor of arts degree from New York University in 1951, a degree in veterinary medicine from Penn's School of Veterinary Medicine in 1955, and a master's of medical science degree in radiology from Penn's Graduate School of Medicine in 1958.
June 11, 2010 |
Terence A. Oliva, 67, of Southwest Philadelphia, an award-winning professor of marketing and management at Temple University, died Sunday, June 6, of complications from lymphoma at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Oliva had been on the faculty at Temple's Fox School of Business and Management since 1990. He was also an adjunct professor at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Though he cowrote a book, Operations and Production Management, and published more than 50 articles in professional journals, his primary career focus was on his students, his son Mark said.