June 18, 1999 |
Joseph J. McMullen, 78, of Bensalem, a retired production executive who helped fund high school scholarships, died Saturday at St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown Township. He resided in Warrington for 20 years before moving to the Wood River Village retirement community in Bensalem three years ago. Mr. McMullen retired in 1984 after 12 years as a production manager for Hill Refrigeration in Trenton. Previously he held similar positions with CBS Records and Monsanto Co. Because he felt he was aided by a good education, he helped fund scholarships to Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia and Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster for eighth-grade students at St. Robert Bellarmine School in Warminster, said his daughter, Dorothy A. McMullen.
October 4, 1989 |
Natalie Shoemaker Tyson, who died Sept. 26 at Foulkeways Medical Center in Gwynedd, had taste and an unassuming generosity for the causes she espoused. "She and her sisters had a wonderful grasp of what I would call simple elegance. They had a real sense of proportion but no arrogance and a gentility that was really inspiring," Bruce B. Stewart, headmaster of Abington Friends School, recalled yesterday. His school was one of Miss Tyson's causes, but she was also known as an artist with a flair for watercolors and as an antique and gift-shop owner with an accomplished eye. Her family lived in the Philadelphia area for nine generations, coming from Germany on a land grant from William Penn.
August 1, 2011 |
RUTH CAPLAN Perelman was content to sit back and let her hard-driving husband, Raymond G., tear up the business world - sort of. There were times when Ruth was "quick to correct him when she disagrees," a writer said in an Inquirer profile of the Perelmans in 2007. "Ruth is quieter but keenly aware and committed, sort of a wise counselor," Gail M. Harrity, president of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, said at the time. "Together they make a fabulous duo. " Ruth Perelman died yesterday of pneumonia at age 90. She and her husband lived in Rittenhouse Square.
January 27, 1996 |
John Eleuthere du Pont's name in block letters has been on the futuristic Villanova University sports pavilion on the Main Line for almost a decade. Last night it was on a warrant charging him with killing an Olympic athlete. The philanthropist whose desire for athletic excellence drove him to build the $15 million pavilion at Villanova in 1986, as well as establish state-of-the-art training facilities on his own property, is known around horse country in Newtown Township as an eccentric character.
February 18, 1990 |
Adolph G. Rosengarten Jr., 84, a former Army spy, Philadelphia corporate director and Main Line philanthropist, died yesterday at his estate in Wayne. Mr. Rosengarten, whose family's century-old pharmaceutical business merged in 1927 with Merck & Co., graduated from Princeton University in 1927 and the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1930. He joined the law firm Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young and became a partner in 1935. With the outbreak of World War II, he joined the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry in 1941.
December 3, 1990 |
Jerome J. Drucker, 95, a musician's son who worked his way through the Wharton School at night, founded a shirt manufacturing business, then devoted his time and money to numerous Philadelphia charities and hospitals, died Friday at Graduate Hospital. He lived in Center City. At the time of his death, Mr. Drucker was serving on the boards of the Philadelphia Psychiatric Center and the Albert Einstein Medical Center. He was prominent in the growth of the Moss Rehabilitation Hospital and very active in the United Way, the Federation of Allied Jewish Appeal and the Federation of Jewish Agencies.
April 12, 1992 |
Each day, as the sun passes over Chester Rural Cemetery, a life-size bronze statue of a mourning woman casts its shadow on the grave of Alfred O. Deshong, Chester's most noteworthy philanthropist. It is a sculpture done by Philadelphia artist Samuel Aloysius Murray and commissioned by Deshong before his death in 1913. A smaller version of Sorrow, as the work is named, sits on a mantle in the Widener University Art Museum in Chester. Could Deshong, a wealthy merchant and art collector, have been as prescient as he was eccentric in his later years?
June 18, 2003 |
Elizabeth M. Petrie, the former Mrs. Albert M. Greenfield, 90, a powerful figure in Philadelphia education, art, politics and philanthropy for more than 30 years, died June 6 at her home of three years in Williamstown, Mass. Former U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford said: "Elizabeth was a great public citizen, a constant constructive active-duty citizen in Philadelphia and New York, as well as in the early years of the Peace Corps. " Mrs. Petrie, who was born in Camden and raised in Collingswood, was too poor to afford college after graduating from high school, so she took a clerical job with RCA in Camden.
November 13, 2008
TODAY IS National Philanthropy Day, launched 22 years ago to spotlight the life-changing work done by philanthropists and their nonprofit partners. Governments at every level look to philanthropy to supplement public resources for initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life. The hundreds of large and small nonprofits that deliver essential services around our region depend on private donations. We are fortunate that philanthropists in southeastern Pennsylvania step up in a big way. According to Delaware Valley Grantmakers' recent report, "Commonwealth Giving: A Report on Pennsylvania Philanthropy," more than 1,400 foundations in our region gave $1 billion in 2005, up 89 percent from 10 years before.