February 12, 2014
CHRISTINE Flowers' column calling Philip Seymour Hoffman "selfish" because he overdosed and died was odd. Ms. Flowers acknowledged that addiction specialists believe that some addicts are too weak biologically and/or psychologically to overcome their addictions and therefore succumb. Ms. Flowers' response is, "I don't believe that. " I awaited her evidence that would refute all the trained addiction specialists, but all she offered was the trite "the human spirit is strong. " Well, I'm glad that's settled.
December 19, 2013 |
MANY OF the hundreds of fans who swarmed into the Art Museum on the night of Oct. 14, 2011, knew at least something of pianist Jimmy Amadie's amazing story. They knew he had fought for years to overcome debilitating and painful tendinitis in his hands to become one of the greatest jazz artists ever to caress the ivories. They knew that the crippling condition had stopped his playing altogether in the early '60s, and that he wouldn't quit. He fought hard against the paralysis and pain to produce eight albums over the years, and to give ever-rarer public performances.
November 29, 2013 |
Hello there As Ron walked toward Pat's front door on the May 2012 evening of their blind date, his friend handed him a bouquet of flowers. "Take these to her," she said. Forgive Ron, a mostly retired insurance executive from St. Davids, for not thinking of the flowers himself. He was a little rusty. Ron, now 72, had been married to Maggie for 44 years. They raised Mimi, David, and Michael, and were enjoying semiretirement, grandchildren, travel, and golf when Maggie became ill. She died of lung cancer in 2011.
November 23, 2013 |
James J. Bowes, 60, of St. Davids, general counsel and secretary of Liberty Property Trust, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, of lung cancer at his home. Mr. Bowes, a nonsmoker and avid cyclist, was diagnosed with incurable lung cancer in the fall of 2012. He continued working until last month, said his wife, Leslie. "Jim was an inspiration to everyone at Liberty, a man with insatiable intellectual curiosity, true compassion for humanity, and a keen wit," said William P. Hankowsky, chief executive officer of Liberty, an $8.4 billion real estate investment trust.
November 20, 2013 |
FOR MEN AND WOMEN in the military, especially in time of war, there are few things more precious than mail from home. And there are few jobs more satisfying than seeing to it that the mail gets through. During some of the desperate final days of World War II, that job fell to women like Thelma Purdy, a member of the Women's Army Corps, stationed in Europe. Being an African-American woman, hers was an all-black unit in the segregated service of the time. She worked as a postal clerk in France from March 1944 to March 1946, through some of the bitterest fighting of the war. She received the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
November 4, 2013 |
THERESA OTERI was in Florida with her aunt, Nancy Desiderio, on Aug. 23, 2011, when a 5.8-magnitude earthquake in Virginia sent tremors up and down the East Coast. The two weren't among the millions of people who felt a hint of the unexpected quake. "But believe me," Oteri said, "our world shook. " Desiderio, an active, outgoing woman who at 60 looked a good decade younger, was diagnosed that day with stage 4 lung cancer. The grim diagnosis was completely unexpected. Desiderio had been in seemingly terrific shape.
October 21, 2013 |
It wasn't just an improbable, come-from-behind victory vs. a neighborhood rival that left Gabe Cordes overcome with emotion. After Cardinal O'Hara's 36-35 overtime triumph Saturday afternoon against Bonner-Prendergast, the senior lineman and his teammates signed and presented the game ball to Cordes' father, Mark, who is battling heart cancer. "He's going through so much," Gabe Cordes said. "It's an amazing feeling to win this game and have him here to enjoy it. " Earlier in the week, Mark Cordes, 57, was released from a hospital after a 22-day stay.
October 10, 2013 |
Harold A. Parker Jr. and his beard owned the role of Christmas-party Santa Claus. "For maybe the last 10 years or so," Mr. Parker played the part for the Weymouth Volunteer Fire Company in Mays Landing, N.J., son Scott said. Apart from looking the part, his son said, "he just had the ability to bring joy to the kids' faces. " On Sunday, Oct. 6, Mr. Parker, 85, a former owner of a construction equipment supplier in West Collingswood Heights, died of lung cancer at his home in Folsom, Atlantic County.
October 6, 2013 |
His success in banking had given the 39-year-old some rare opportunities. Of late, he and his family had spent much free time working outside on their exotic sheep farm. During the busy late summer preparing for autumn breeding, he had been working closely with their veterinarian. So that early fall morning when he awoke with a cough - and then started coughing up blood - he didn't think it odd to call the vet first. The vet advised him to see his doctor. A chest X-ray that morning suggested an abnormal circular area on the lung - a "nodule" - that led to a more extensive look with a CAT scan.
September 23, 2013 |
Evelyn Boss Cogan, 65, a professor at La Salle University, died Saturday, Sept. 14, of lung cancer at her home in Center City. Known to friends as Evie, she fought an eight-year battle with cancer and chronicled the experience in a 2013 article for Philadelphia Lawyer magazine. It started in 2005 with a bad cough, she wrote. After cancer was found in her right lung, a doctor told her to go home and get her affairs in order; she had six months to live. Undaunted, she sought out Corey Langer, a doctor at Fox Chase Cancer Center, who scheduled chemotherapy, radiation, and more chemo.