April 26, 2013
Kathryn Wasserman Davis, 106, a globe-trotting philanthropist who provided the start-up funds that her husband, Shelby Cullom Davis, used to become one of America's most successful investors, has died. She died Tuesday at her home in Hobe Sound, Fla., her family said. No cause was given. Ms. Davis' father, Joseph Wasserman, was the longtime chairman of the Artloom Corp. of Philadelphia, a maker of Wilton rugs. His fortune survived the market crash of 1929 because he was "part of a canny minority who kept their money in government bonds," John Rothchild wrote in his 2003 book, The Davis Dynasty: Fifty Years of Successful Investing on Wall Street.
January 4, 2013 |
ROBERT K. Greenfield was a prominent Philadelphia lawyer for 50 years, but even after retiring and moving to Florida, he just couldn't quit making his mark on the world. He had a second career as a philanthropist, establishing two important prizes for investigative journalists and artists, as well as taking an active role in cultural and political activities well into his 90s. And he never let obstacles slow him down. "He was gifted with a keen intellect and a lifelong ability to focus and pursue goals which often would seem unachievable," said his son Bill.
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 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.