December 9, 2012 |
At 93, Swarthmore College's biggest donor, well-known philanthropist Eugene Lang, says he doesn't expect to die rich if he can help it. "Having the money in the bank, I think, is not even an approximation of what money means or what it can do for you," Lang said in a telephone interview Friday afternoon. "And I don't intend to die with just money in the bank. " On Saturday, Lang, a 1938 graduate of Swarthmore, donated $50 million to the liberal arts college, the largest gift in its nearly 150-year history, topping only the previous gift he made to Swarthmore of $30 million in 1997.
November 30, 2012 |
Jack Melvin Friedland, 87, of Gladwyne and Jupiter, Fla., a businessman and philanthropist, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, of Parkinson's disease at Pennsylvania Hospital. Mr. Friedland was the owner and president of the former Food Fair supermarket chain, begun in the late 1920s by his father, Samuel N. Friedland, in Harrisburg. It grew from a modest meat market to encompass 500 stores at its peak. The chain opened stores along the Eastern Seaboard, including in Philadelphia in the 1960s.
October 19, 2012
Anne W. Banse, 79, an active philanthropist who once operated a horse-breeding farm, died Monday, Oct. 15, of respiratory failure at her home in Wyndmoor. Mrs. Banse was a supporter of the Philadelphia Opera Company, the Morris Arboretum, Springside School, and many other institutions. For 20 years she ran a horse-breeding farm, Meadowgate Farm, in Lawrenceville, N.J., which included a riding program for autistic children. Mrs. Banse was the widow of Robert L. Banse, former general counsel and executive vice president of Merck & Co. Inc., who died in 1995.
October 12, 2012 |
NOT MANY PEOPLE have a forest named for them. Selma Katz did. Just one of the many honors bestowed on this remarkable philanthropist and cultural leader was a 10,000-tree growth in Israel called the "Selma Katz Forest. " The Jewish National Fund raised the money for the trees in 1991, at the same time naming Selma as its woman of the year. Not a woman who sought honors, Selma almost turned down that designation, but she couldn't resist the forest. A few months before the tribute dinner in the Bellevue, she planted a tree herself in Israel.
September 9, 2012 |
For Sandra Mann, a philanthropist and former member of the board of directors at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, working to improve the lives of cancer patients was a longtime passion. Mrs. Mann, 61, who lived in Rittenhouse Square, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, of a stroke resulting from kidney cancer, at Pennsylvania Hospital, her relatives said. Her husband, Fredric R. Mann II, a Philadelphia lawyer and businessman, said his wife served on the board of directors of Fox Chase for 15 years.
August 23, 2012 |
Chara Cooper Haas was known for several high-profile philanthropic efforts. But a small 1999 news report told of a neighborhood program that seemed to fly below the radar. Philadelphia Reads, a summer program to help children retain reading skills acquired during the school year, was holding sessions at 22 locations in the city that summer. And it was financed, the article said, in part by Chara and John C. Haas. Though the Haases were best known for major philanthropies through the Haas family's William Penn Foundation, Mr. Haas' 2011 obituary said he credited his wife with devoting their personal estate to help vulnerable and underserved children and families through their Stoneleigh Foundation.
June 5, 2012 |
The last diploma had been handed out in the Mitchell Room, under the watchful oils of the august men who had led the College of Physicians over its 225 years, when Edward Sawyer Cooper made for the door. Gabby Smith, 19, took off running. "Dr. Cooper!" she called. The retired cardiologist turned on the white marble steps and smiled, standing still as the young woman wrapped her arms around his shoulders. "We are so proud of you," he said, and told her she was going to a good place, New York City, where one of his daughters is a pediatrician and researcher.
March 8, 2012
THE GAME OF musical chairs that has marked the complex dealings of rich guys who want to buy the Daily News, the Inquirer and philly.com has gotten more complex. Now it appears that a group headed by businessman Lewis Katz, onetime owner of the New Jersey Nets, and philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, once chairman of the Philadelphia Art Museum, has entered into an agreement to negotiate for the purchase of Philadelphia Media Network Inc. And it may be that Ed Rendell, who put together the original group of multimillionaires to bid on the company, is out as the ringleader.
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.