January 10, 2011 |
Elizabeth Wriggins Conger, 99, who had been an owner of women's specialty stores in the region, died of complications from a head injury on Sunday, Jan. 2, at the Health Center of the Pine Run retirement community in Doylestown Township, where she had resided for the last seven years. Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. Conger graduated from Germantown Friends School in 1929. She earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1933 from Wellesley College, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Kappa Chi. From 1933 until she married in 1935, she worked for the Beneficial Life Insurance Co. in Philadelphia as an actuary.
November 16, 2010 |
Joanne Barnes Jackson, 68, a regional planner, died of hypertensive cardiovascular disease Friday, Oct. 29, at her home in the Cedar Park neighborhood of West Philadelphia. Mrs. Jackson was the former executive director of the Advocate Community Development Corp., at 18th and Diamond Streets in North Philadelphia. The agency helped restore housing for low- and moderate-income households in the Diamond Street Historic District and tried to preserve the neighborhood's heritage. "We have the largest, richest collection of Victorian buildings in Philadelphia," she told an Inquirer interviewer in 2003, "and right now they are lost from public consciousness.
November 12, 2010 |
One doesn't sell one's soul lightly. Unless one is truly committed to a cause that will improve the lives of needy people. Speaking metaphorically, of course, Joanne Barnes Jackson, contemplating the incomplete work her organization was doing to rehab a chunk of North Philadelphia in 2001 and bring in commercial development, told Daily News columnist Elmer Smith: "I'd sell my soul for a Wawa. But I've sold it so many times now. " That kind of commitment and dedication marked the life of Joanne Jackson as she worked for years to restore the many blocks of crumbling homes in her native city that may have seemed lost to decay and indifference.
November 29, 2009 |
From every indication, James Kozachek is a perfectly rational, sensible guy. A lawyer with the firm Flaster Greenberg in its Trenton office, he specializes in construction, real estate, and environmental law, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa when he attended Rutgers University. So it seems out of character that Kozachek would buy a crumbling old 7,000-square-foot country estate with 11 bedrooms in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, while he was a bachelor, or that he would devote most of his spare time over the next several years restoring it. It was, and still is, a Herculean project, which included ridding the place of the uninvited guests he found there: an assortment of winged things and other animals.
November 18, 2009 |
Jane Mills Glick, 65, of Swarthmore, a biochemist, died Sunday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania of head trauma from a fall in her home. From 2002 until she retired in May 2008, Dr. Glick was faculty administrator of the Cell and Molecular Biology (CAMB) graduate program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Previously, she was director of education in the gene-therapy program at Penn for eight years, and also associate professor in cell and molecular biology.
September 17, 2008 |
Estelle F. Ingenito, 88, of Havertown, an epidemiologist and biochemist, died of a heart attack Friday at Bryn Mawr Hospital. For more than 10 years, until 1998, Dr. Ingenito was an epidemiologist and clinical laboratory director at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital. She was also regional coordinator for Laboratory Corp. of America. Dr. Ingenito had been an epidemiologist and infection control officer at Metropolitan Hospital, a research scientist for the Pennsylvania Department of Health, a member of the Governor's Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, and a lecturer and research fellow at the Medical School of the University of Pennsylvania.
November 11, 2003 |
Army Reserve Capt. Earl Matthews, a North Philadelphia native on leave from active duty in Iraq, will talk tomorrow to the City Wide Improvement and Planning Agency program for at-risk youth. He will talk about setting goals, not forgetting where you come from, and giving back to the community. I spoke with Matthews over the weekend at his family home at 27th Street and Montgomery Avenue in North Central Philadelphia. He was home for the funeral of his cousin Allen, 30, who died last week from complications of sickle-cell anemia.
August 22, 2003 |
The head of the newly opened National Constitution Center is quitting at the end of this year to possibly make a run for the 13th Congressional District. Joseph M. Torsella, who performed much of the fund-raising and other heavy lifting that got the $140 million building open July Fourth, announced yesterday that he plans to step down when his contract ends in December. Torsella, 39, a Democrat who lives in Flourtown, said he is considering joining the crowded group of candidates running for the 13th District seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Joe Hoeffel.
March 25, 2003 |
The pip-squeak wasn't budging. Older boys had just ordered the tiny 11-year-old home, telling her that, besides the fact that she was a girl, she was too little to play basketball with them. Fuming, she returned a few minutes later. She marched across the street with a basketball that her grandmother had bought for her birthday and plopped down in the middle of the court. Small but stubborn, she staged a protest until she was included. Now 5-foot-4 and 16 years old, junior Ashley Morris of Central High still struts onto courts with conviction.
November 8, 2002 |
This week began with news about the deaths of two individuals I have known for a long time: one a trailblazing physician, Maurice C. Clifford; the other a grassroots community activist, Edwina A Baker. Clifford, 82, died of a heart attack, and Baker, 66, died of cancer. They were different in many ways. She preferred the vernacular, and he would at times quote Shakespeare. Both were mainstays in the city's African American community. But it has become increasingly evident - in the eulogies at the ceremonies, and in the sympathy and praise from many in the city's political and civic leadership - that in their separate and different ways, they affected the lives of people across racial lines.