February 5, 2012 |
AT ONE TIME or another, there was probably a joke that began, "So Ed Rendell, Ed Snider and 'Johnny Doc' walk into a bar . . . " Now, they might end up walking into a newsroom together - as owners of the Daily News , Inquirer and Philly.com. Yeah, you read that right. Rendell confirmed yesterday that he's part of an investment group that wants to buy Philadelphia Media Network, the parent company of both newspapers, the website and SportsWeek . The investors also include Snider, chairman of Comcast-Spectacor; Bill Hankowsky, president and chairman of Liberty Property Trust; philanthropist Lew Katz; George Norcross, chairman of Cooper University Hospital, and Krishna Singh, founder and president of Holtec International.
December 25, 2011 |
Frances Sherman Kramer, 91, a prominent member of Philadelphia's Jewish society known for her charitable projects and expertise in fashion, died Saturday, Dec. 17, in an assisted-living facility in Tampa, Fla. Born in West Philadelphia, Mrs. Kramer grew up on Spruce Street and graduated from West Philadelphia High School in 1937. She didn't go to college, but studied fashion privately. Mrs. Kramer married Robert I. Kramer in 1939. The two had met in a restaurant. "He saw her across the room because she was so gorgeous," said the couple's daughter, Wendy Grant.
September 20, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - Dolores Hope, 102, who throughout her 69-year marriage to comedian Bob Hope oversaw their charitable giving and played a key role in establishing the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., has died. Mrs. Hope died Monday of natural causes at her home in the Toluca Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, publicist Harlan Boll said. In the late 1960s, the Hopes donated 80 acres near their future Palm Springs estate for the medical center, which opened in 1971.
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.
August 1, 2011 |
Ruth Caplan Perelman, 90, of Rittenhouse Square, died of pneumonia Sunday, July 31, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Perelman and her philanthropist husband, Raymond G. Perelman, have been major donors to Philadelphia institutions, including giving $6 million for the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, $15 million for the Perelman Building at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and $3 million for the Perelman Jewish Day...
July 21, 2011 |
Myra Kraft, the wife of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and a hard-working philanthropist dedicated to numerous causes, died yesterday. She was 68. She died after a battle with cancer, the NFL team said in a statement. "We are all heartbroken," the statement said, adding that the philanthropic community has "suffered a great loss. " Myra Hiatt Kraft was an active and powerful force in her family's foundation and served on the boards of varied community and charitable organizations.
July 10, 2011 |
Kimmel Center president Anne Ewers will never forget the first time she met George M. Ross, who, as a member of the search committee, was interviewing her for the post in 2007. He was describing the Kimmel's gala opening night in 2001, and his eyes began to well with tears. "It meant the world to me to know how passionate he was about the Kimmel Center," Ewers said. "If George believed in something, he put all his energy, his focus, his support behind it. " Mr. Ross, 77, an investment banker and one of the city's most dedicated philanthropists and civic leaders, died Friday, July 8, at his home in Bryn Mawr.
April 3, 2011 |
John C. Haas, 92, retired chairman of Rohm & Haas Co. and a tireless champion of community service regionally and nationally, died Saturday, April 2. He was a son of Otto Haas, cofounder of the global chemical company headquartered in Philadelphia, and Phoebe Waterman Haas, who was among the first women to receive a doctorate in astronomy. Mr. Haas died of natural causes at home in Villanova, a family representative said. Relatives were at his side. "Our father was a kind and charitable man, and that was reflected in every aspect of his life," said a statement from his children.