July 24, 2016 |
U.S. District Senior Judge Norma Shapiro, 87, of Penn Valley, a pioneering jurist in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, died Friday, July 22, at Lankenau Hospital of natural causes. The first female judge in the federal court district made up of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Judge Shapiro was nominated to the court by President Jimmy Carter in August 1978. Though she had not been at work for a few months, she had been planning to return to her duties on the bench, her family said.
June 16, 2016 |
DURING WORLD WAR II, Edward K. Hueber, a Navy petty officer stationed in Norfolk, Va., helped teach sailors how to survive when cast adrift. He appeared to know to make water a friend. After the war, he was captain of the swim team at Yale University in the 1946-47 academic year, when it ran up a record of 13-0. In 1946 and 1947, Yale won the championship of the Eastern Intercollegiate Swim League, a predecessor of the Ivy League. "He was a sprinter on a four-man relay team," his wife, Josephine, said.
June 16, 2016 |
During World War II, Edward K. Hueber, a Navy petty officer stationed in Norfolk, Va., helped teach sailors how to survive when cast adrift. He appeared to know to make water a friend. After the war, he was captain of the swim team at Yale University in the 1946-47 academic year, when it ran up a record of 13-0. In 1946 and 1947, Yale won the championship of the Eastern Intercollegiate Swim League, a predecessor of the Ivy League. "He was a sprinter on a four-man relay team," his wife, Josephine, said.
May 26, 2016 |
Joyce Xi doesn't want to see another family go through what hers has endured. That's why the daughter of the Temple University professor who was accused of spying for China, in charges that were then dropped, is demanding an apology from President Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch to her father and other Asian Americans wrongly charged. "I think it's important to have a public effort highlighting these injustices that my dad and others have faced, and also to be able to hold the government accountable," said Xi, 23, who graduated from Yale University on Monday with a degree in chemistry.
April 21, 2016 |
At her family's Passover seder last April, Rabbi Debra Orenstein opted for the layered look: an ordinary T-shirt topped by a purple-and-black blouse made in India - and very likely sewn in a sweatshop by slave labor. At the moment when the seder's leader typically holds up a piece of matzo and declares, "This is the bread of affliction" - symbolizing the ancient Israelites' enslavement and hasty flight from Egypt - Orenstein startled her guests by peeling off the Indian blouse. "This," she announced, "is the shirt of affliction!"
March 25, 2016 |
Richard G. Lonsdorf, 93, of Gladwyne, a professor of psychiatry and law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a nationally known expert on the insanity defense, died Friday, March 18. Dr. Lonsdorf died of congestive heart failure at the Waverly Heights retirement community. In the 1950s, Dr. Lonsdorf, by then a psychiatrist, agreed to help the school develop a course in forensic law, dealing with legal issues relating to the criminal mind. The course became a mainstay of the curriculum, and Dr. Lornsdorf taught it for more than 40 years to generations of Philadelphia lawyers and judges.
November 2, 2015 |
HIGH ABOVE the Schuylkill River, joyful folks from Manayunk and Lower Merion Township met in the middle of the Manayunk Bridge yesterday to reopen it as a trail that joins the two communities for the first time in 30 years. Just before the ceremonies began, John Newhall, 82, from Penn Valley, told the Daily News that his golden retriever, Lucy, 7, who was demanding love from everyone within barking range, was the first dog to cross the bridge. "Lucy and I walked across from the Cynwyd Heritage Trail at 10:15 this morning," Newhall said, smiling.
September 13, 2015 |
FEDERAL prosecutors yesterday filed a motion to dismiss an indictment against a Temple University physics professor who had been accused of sharing sensitive technology with his native China. Xiaoxing Xi, 57, the former chairman of Temple's physics department, had been indicted by a grand jury on four counts of wire fraud in May. In their motion, prosecutors wrote that since the indictment, "additional information came to the attention of the government" and "it is in the interests of justice to dismiss the indictment without prejudice in order to pursue this additional information.
August 31, 2015 |
D. Dudley Bloom, 92, of Penn Valley, a retired real estate executive, died Thursday, Aug. 20, of causes related to aging at Bryn Mawr Terrace. Mr. Bloom had several careers. He was the first businessman to suggest that travel and other everyday pieces of luggage should have wheels for ease of movement. His suggestion came in 1957 while serving as marketing vice president for what became Atlantic Luggage Company; ultimately, though, he could not convince officials at Atlantic of the efficacy of rolling luggage, so another firm patented the invention.
August 3, 2015 |
Josie Lecks, 86, of Haverford, a mother, reading specialist, and fund-raiser, died Saturday, July 25, of cancer at her home. She was the widow of Leonard E. Lecks, a cardiologist who practiced at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital for more than 30 years. Mrs. Lecks was the granddaughter of Joseph Salus, a banker. The Salus family also produced several prominent lawyers, including Samuel W. Salus, a Pennsylvania state senator from 1911 to 1938. In 1940, Mrs. Lecks moved with her parents to Hollywood, where she attended a performing-arts school.