August 28, 2014 |
A new drinking-water test requirement has led authorities in Warminster and Horsham to close four major wells and could further delay the redevelopment of the former Naval Air Station Willow Grove. Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) was commonly used in firefighting foams at Willow Grove and the former Naval Air Warfare Center in Warminster. Both bases have been closed for years, and PFOS has not been manufactured in the United States for about a decade. But the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not begin requiring local agencies to test drinking water for those compounds until this year.
August 27, 2014 |
Arthur T. Hilkert, 89, whose training as a Navy pharmacist's mate during World War II eventually led him to a civilian career representing U.S. drug manufacturers overseas, died Monday, July 28, at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden following a stroke. Born in Canton, Ohio, Mr. Hilkert graduated from Lehman High School there and served in the Navy from 1943 to late 1945. After boot camp, he studied in a Navy program at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., and, as a pharmacist's mate, was stationed at what is now the Naval Medical Center in San Diego.
August 25, 2014 |
Solomon C. Pflag, 94, of Cherry Hill, a former high-ranking officer in the Navy Medical Service Corps, died Friday, Aug. 22, at his home. When he retired in 1975, Capt. Pflag was the commanding officer of the Naval Medical Materiel Support Command with headquarters in Philadelphia, daughter Sandra White said. A Navy website states that the unit, now the Naval Medical Logistics Command, had been set up in 1973 at the Naval Hospital compound in South Philadelphia. "He oversaw the procurement of all the medical-related supplies" for the Navy, his daughter said.
August 7, 2014 |
George E. Westwood III, 60, a Philadelphia native who rose to the rank of captain in the Navy and served during the Gulf war and in Afghanistan, died July 28 after a long struggle with lung cancer. Mr. Westwood, who lived in Jacksonville, Fla., died during a visit to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, said his daughter Mary Lena. He was born in Philadelphia and graduated from William Penn Charter School. He then attended Rollins College in Florida and graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology.
July 29, 2014 |
Robert E. Brumbaugh, 88, a decorated Navy veteran and former owner of Brumbaugh Pontiac in Lansdowne, died Monday, July 21, of complications from dementia at Frey Village in Middletown, Dauphin County. Mr. Brumbaugh was the owner of Brumbaugh Pontiac until 1979, when the dealership closed due in part to falling demand for big, gas-guzzling cars. He had begun working at Brumbaugh Pontiac in 1950, and took over as president and owner of the dealership when his father, E.E. Brumbaugh, retired.
June 28, 2014 |
James P. Holliday Jr.'s last job before retiring from the Navy in 1969 was as a special services officer at the former Philadelphia Naval Hospital. One day, Mr. Holliday took his sons on a tour of the wards sheltering the most severely wounded from combat in Vietnam. "It was quite an experience for us kids to go walking around the Naval Hospital and see all these 18-year-olds and 19-year-olds with no arms and no legs," son Scott said. "It's something we'll never forget. " Mr. Holliday, 87, a former administrator at Temple University Hospital, died of heart failure Sunday, June 22, in the rehabilitation unit of ManorCare Health Services in Washington Township, where he lived.
June 25, 2014 |
THE POOL OF BLACK lawyers in Pennsylvania was given a needed boost in the early '70s thanks to men like Charles Mitchell. Charles and other African-American lawyers recognized that the bar examination discriminated against black candidates. They decided to take action. The result was that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed to change the bar exam from essay questions to multiple choice and to stop requiring candidates to submit photographs with their applications. "After these changes, the number of black candidates rose significantly and resulted in a larger pool of black attorneys," said his son Charles L. Mitchell.
June 21, 2014 |
Richard A. Baker, 84, of West Mount Airy, a physician who served in the 1970s as the commanding officer at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia and later taught and practiced obstetrics here, died Wednesday, June 11, of lung cancer at Chestnut Hill Hospital. Dr. Baker served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and retired in 1979 with the rank of captain. He was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal in 1973. During more than two decades of military service, Dr. Baker, a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, was head of obstetrics at naval hospitals in the Philippines, San Diego, and Newport, R.I. He rose from director of clinical services at the Naval Center in Philadelphia in the mid-1970s to become the center's commanding officer from 1977 to 1979.
May 24, 2014 |
For the last three years, Michael T. Baker tried to help rid Gloucester City of feral cats. "He was one of our trappers. He was such a good kitten catcher," his wife, Doran, said in a phone interview. Mr. Baker was a member of Feral Treasures, for which his wife is secretary. The local nonprofit organization promotes the reduction of wild cat populations through a policy of trapping, neutering, and releasing. On Sunday, May 18, Mr. Baker, 49, of Gloucester City, a 20-year employee of Lockheed Martin Corp.
May 6, 2014 |
Paul Williams, 71, of Villas, N.J., who retired in 1989 as assistant fire chief at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died of lung cancer Wednesday, April 30, at home. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Williams attended what is now West Catholic Preparatory High School but left to help support the family because his father died when he was very young, daughter Wendy Hueftle said. Mr. Williams served a four-year enlistment as an Air Force firefighter, and while stationed at a Royal Air Force base near Sculthorpe in Norfolk, England, he met and married his British wife, Wendy.