March 14, 2014 |
HOWARD ARNOLD might have trod the hallowed halls of the University of Pennsylvania as a teacher and administrator for 31 years, but his consciousness of the plight of suffering people was always at street level. He knew about the ravages of poverty, ignorance and violence, especially in the African-American community because his hands were always in it, trying to make it better. As a social worker, Howard Arnold was possessed of a natural gift for identifying with people on the short end of society, and a talent for helping them rise above their situations.
December 22, 1988 |
The Community Action Agency of Delaware County Inc. is offering an after- school employment program next month for economically disadvantaged high school students. Students will be placed in jobs for a maximum of 20 hours a week for eight weeks. They will have the opportunity to retain full- or part-time employment upon completing the program. Edward T. Coleman, executive director of the Community Action Agency, has said the agency will subsidize 15 hours of employment. Employers will provide a minimum five-hour contribution.
March 15, 1997 |
Emrys P. Lewis, 70, of St. Davids, a retired AT&T executive and director of marketing for Henkels & McCoy, a utilities contractor, died Monday at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Lewis began his career with Bell of Pennsylvania as a management trainee in 1949. He rose quickly to vice president of public relations in Philadelphia and then to vice president of operations staff in New York, where he oversaw the restructuring of the company leading to the break-up of the Bell System in 1983.
March 13, 2009 |
Barbara Feick Daniel, 63, of Wilmington, a Delaware County college teacher and administrator, died of breast cancer March 4 at the home of a family friend in Swarthmore. Since 1999, Mrs. Daniel had been the assistant director of academic affairs at the Brandywine campus of Pennsylvania State University in Middletown. Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. Daniel was a 1963 graduate of Abington Senior High School and earned a bachelor's degree in English from Immaculata College in 1967.
February 1, 2015 |
William W. McDowell Jr., 85, an architect from Chestnut Hill, died Monday, Jan. 19, of complications from dementia at Springfield Residence in Wyndmoor, where he had lived for seven years. Mr. McDowell was born in Chestnut Hill and attended Chestnut Hill Academy until ninth grade, when the school closed during World War II. He transferred and graduated from St. Andrews School in Middletown, Del. He was a member of the Class of 1951 at Princeton University, where he played rugby. Mr. McDowell went on to study architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1954 with high honors.
March 30, 1995 |
John Vairo knew he was in for a challenge when he left State College, Pa., for Chester to lay the groundwork for the Pennsylvania State University Delaware County campus. The temporary facilities were certainly not ideal: a former fish market at Sixth and Penn Streets, with a roller-skating rink on the second floor and trains rumbling by outside. The expected enrollment was 36 students, with seven faculty members. But when the doors opened in 1967, there were 230 students.
March 7, 1988 |
A funny thing happened to Kim Steel at last year's YMCA National Swimming Championships in Orlando, Fla. She began to take swimming seriously. That is not to say that Steel, who finished eighth in the 500 freestyle and ninth in the 1,650 freestyle at nationals, was not serious about her sport before. But, she said, the national experience transformed her. "It built my confidence a lot," Steel said. "I'm more mentally tough now. Last year, I had problems keeping my head on straight.
July 15, 1999 |
Jane E. Cooper, 62, a much-honored associate professor of biology at the Delaware County campus of Pennsylvania State University, died Friday at Brinton Manor Nursing Home in Glen Mills. She had cancer, which was diagnosed in the early 1970s. Dr. Cooper was one of the first seven faculty members hired at Penn State-Delaware County when it opened in Chester in 1967. The school later moved to Lima, and she taught there until she became too ill last year. She continued other campus-related activities until March.
May 29, 2015 |
Albert Eugene Filano, 89, of West Chester, a decorated World War II veteran and later a mathematics professor at West Chester University, died Monday, May 18, of respiratory failure at Barclay Friends in West Chester. Born in Penfield, Pa., he was the son of Italian immigrants James E. and Rosy Ulizio Filano. He graduated in 1943 from Jay Township High School and went into the Army Air Corps, completing 33 combat missions against the Japanese mainland as a B-29 bombardier and radar navigator.
September 19, 2014 |
Jeanne R. Koller, 79, of Roxborough, the first African American teacher at Ardmore Avenue Elementary School in Lower Merion, who went on to a long teaching career in Philadelphia, died Sunday, Sept. 14, of pancreatic cancer at her home. Mrs. Koller started out at Ardmore Avenue, where the township's minority children once comprised 80 percent of students. When the building was razed in the 1960s, black children joined white students in Lower Merion elementary schools for the first time.