March 24, 2012 |
T. Frank Decker, 84, of Rydal, a chemical engineer and volunteer, died of pulmonary fibrosis Sunday, March 18, at Abington Memorial Hospital. Mr. Decker grew up in Germantown and attended William Penn Charter School, where he rowed on the championship crew team coached by Olympic medalist John B. Kelly Sr. At his graduation in 1945, Mr. Decker received the Senior Award from the school's Alumni Society. Years later, he was the group's president. From 1945 to 1947, Mr. Decker served in the Army Air Force and was stationed in Japan.
January 14, 2012
Russell J. Roth Sr., 83, of Sellersville, who retired as an electronics manager in 1992, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, of pulmonary fibrosis at Grand View Hospital. Born in Rochester, N.Y., Mr. Roth graduated from high school there. He served in the Navy from September 1945 to April 1949 and again from 1950 to 1952. His daughter, Cynthia Mannes, said he served in shipboard fire-control units in the Mediterranean, then was recalled to duty during the Korean War. Mr. Roth earned his bachelor's degree at Rutgers University after night classes in the late 1960s, while he was a quality-control manager for Philco-Ford in Philadelphia.
May 27, 2011 |
James E. Henry Jr., 75, a retired site director with the Philadelphia Recreation Department, died of pulmonary fibrosis on Friday, May 20, at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse in Center City. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Henry graduated from West Philadelphia High School in 1954 and earned a swimming scholarship to what is now Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, where he majored in physical education and recreation from 1954 to 1956. He earned a bachelor's degree in human services from Antioch University in 1983.
September 10, 2010 |
Richard C. Unger, 85, former head of a family-owned car dealership in Phoenixville, died of pulmonary fibrosis Monday, Aug. 30, at his home in Dunwoody Village, a retirement community in Newtown Square. He had lived there for three years. Mr. Unger, a resident of Paoli from 1957 to 2007, succeeded his father as president of Unger Chevrolet in Phoenixville in 1948. He sold the business in 1988. Mr. Unger also was a director of Fidelity Bank in Philadelphia, said a son, Richard C. Unger Jr. Mr. Unger graduated from Phoenixville High School in 1942 and was a Navy helmsman on a supply ship in the Caribbean.
July 23, 2010
Leo A. Gallagher, 87, of Philadelphia, director of employee relations at Germantown Hospital from 1966 until he retired in 1991, died of pulmonary fibrosis Monday, July 19, at Holy Redeemer Hospice in Northeast Philadelphia. Mr. Gallagher was also an associate professor at Drexel University, where he taught night-school classes in business management from 1962 until he retired in 1983. Born in West Philadelphia, Mr. Gallagher graduated from West Catholic High School in 1941 and was an Army artilleryman during World War II, including a year in the Philippines.
May 13, 2010
Barbara Benck Steel, 78, of Upper Gwynedd, an aquatics instructor and coach, died of pulmonary fibrosis Wednesday, May 5, at home. Mrs. Steel was an aquatic instructor in the Wissahickon School District for 26 years until retiring in 2000. She was also in charge of instruction for the Wissahickon Aquatics program, including "moms and tots" classes, water safety, and lifeguard training. From 1978 to 1990, she coached the girls' swim team at Wissahickon High School. The team won the Suburban One League championships in 1987, 1988 and 1989, and five girls she coached set school records that still stand, said Peter Bunting, retired aquatics supervisor for the Wissahickon School District.
November 6, 2008 |
Morrison Coulter, 72, of Paoli, a retired water company president, died last Thursday of pulmonary fibrosis at Frankford Hospital-Torresdale Campus. In 2004, Mr. Coulter retired as president of Aqua America-Pennsylvania, previously Philadelphia Suburban Water Co. He began his career with Philadelphia Suburban in 1961, and helped establish its research and development department. One of his first projects was overseeing the production of a water-treatment system to chlorinate seawater for use aboard commercial fishing boats.
September 5, 2008 |
Charles J. Lucker, 79, formerly of Huntingdon Valley, a retired business owner and cofounder of a social organization for singles, died of pulmonary fibrosis Sunday at Abington Memorial Hospital Hospice. From 1970 to 2000, Mr. Lucker and his wife, Joan Voirin Lucker, operated the Single Set. The Luckers, who had both been previously married, started the organization in response to a need for divorced men and women to meet in attractive settings, Joan Lucker said. Single Set sponsored dances with live music at country clubs, dinner parties in private homes, and two annual cruises.
September 12, 2006 |
Anna Marie Sesso, 72, of Norristown, former chairwoman of the pediatrics department of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, died of pulmonary fibrosis Thursday at home. Dr. Sesso joined the pediatrics staff of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby in 1971 and was appointed department chair in 1974. For almost 20 years, she also was associated with Thomas Jefferson University as a faculty member and staff pediatrician. In 1989, she joined the faculty of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in New Brunswick and was a pediatrician and administrator at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, N.J. Her students nicknamed her Mom, her brother-in-law, Dr. Peter Ganime, said.
June 16, 2006 |
John V. Wright Sr., 72, a retired Philadelphia deputy sheriff and a Navy and Air Force veteran who was awarded the Bronze Star during his 21-year military career, died Tuesday of pulmonary fibrosis at his Pennypack home. Mr. Wright left Lincoln High School during his senior year and joined the Navy at 17. He served during the Korean War before being discharged in 1954. He returned to the Philadelphia region for a few months before he decided civilian life was not for him. He joined the Air Force in 1955.