May 2, 2013 |
For Edwin R. Walthall, witnessing a 1951 atomic bomb test as a physicist at Eniwetok Atoll in the South Pacific was not the first encounter with danger. Mr. Walthall was a nose gunner on B-17s for 21 missions deep into Nazi Germany during the last days of World War II. "We were lucky that no one in our crew got a scratch," he wrote in biographical notes for his family, "but some shrapnel penetrated our plane on several missions. " Only on his flight back to the United States did he face imminent peril, he wrote, when his plane landed in Gander, Newfoundland, with only three of its four engines working and low on fuel.
May 9, 2012 |
If RCA was the Apple of its day, one could say Camden was the Cupertino. But unlike the firm and the California suburb Steve Jobs made famous, the company that made records, radios and TVs in Camden long ago ceased to be a player in the consumer electronics revolution it helped start. For people like author Frederick O. Barnum III and his audience at the Camden County Historical Society, however, RCA-Camden's star will never dim. "It's part of who we are as South Jerseyans," society board president Sandy Levins told about 20 people Sunday at the museum on Park Boulevard.
November 7, 2011 |
THOMAS M. Hageman's formal education ended after Roman Catholic High School, but he went on to become a leader in the world of computers and oversaw installation of the Aegis Combat System in Japanese ships in the 1990s. Tom was also an electronics wizard who once built his own television set. But his biggest achievement, as far as he was concerned, was his family, to which he devoted his energies, hard work and dedication in a lifetime of love and concern. Tom Hageman, who retired in 1997 as a supervisory computer technician for the Lockheed Martin Corp., was a dedicated traveler, an Air Force veteran of the Korean War and a runner who competed in a number of races.
October 24, 2011 |
Fred Cohen, 83, of Cherry Hill, an adventurous entrepreneur who developed innovative systems for telecommunication companies, died of sepsis Thursday, Oct. 6, at Cooper University Medical Center in Camden. In 1967, Mr. Cohen was an electrical engineer at Radio Corp. of America in Camden. He noticed how long it took workers to find problems in a phone switching network and decided he could simplify the task, he later told The Inquirer. Working in his basement with an investment of $1,500 from two partners, he developed apparatus that pinpointed the electronic bugs quickly.
October 14, 2011 |
Ignatius W. Scarpulla, 85, a manager at RCA in Moorestown and in the South Pacific who helped with the historical restoration of four houses in Society Hill, died of leukemia on Saturday, Sept. 24, at his home in Oro Valley, Ariz., near Tucson. Known as George, Mr. Scarpulla was born in the Bronx, was a teenage civilian air raid warden during World War II, and served as a weather observer in the Army Air Force from January 1946 to January 1947. He earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1949 at Manhattan College, where, as a son of Sicilian immigrants, he was president of Il Circolo Dante Alighieri, the Italian cultural club.
October 6, 2011 |
GEORGE SCARPULLA was one of the pioneers who braved the crumbling and shuttered neighborhood called Society Hill in the early '70s and transformed it into an urban miracle. But that was only one of George's accomplishments. He was an engineer whose work took him from the South Pacific to the Arctic Circle and many places in between. He worked as site manager on the "cruiser in a cornfield," a replica of a Navy ship that attracts considerable curiosity in a field in Moorestown, N.J., used to test radar equipment for the Navy's Aegis program.
May 4, 2011 |
Daniel Haines Swinderman, 87, of Medford, a retired mechanical designer and decorated World War II veteran, died of complications from an infection Sunday, May 1, at Virtua Marlton. Mr. Swinderman graduated from Northeast Philadelphia High School. During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe, landing in Normandy on Day 4. Later, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded a Bronze Medal for valor. After his discharge, he studied mechanical drawing at Pennsauken Vocational Technical School.
February 9, 2011
I'M RELIEVED that the cowards who attacked 13-year-old Nadin Khoury were brought to justice. But someone should've stopped it before it got that far. If we want something like this to stop, we have to do so as a community. If someone's being bullied, please report it! I don't care what it takes, but someone must bring bullying to a screeching halt before someone else gets hurt or kills himself. Terrence Chambers, Philadelphia Camdenization of Philly? We have to worry about our city, not Camden.
January 4, 2011 |
Valdemar R. Monshaw, 84, of Haddonfield, a former director of product assurance at Radio Corp. of America's astro-electronics division in Hightstown, N.J., who won awards for his involvement with space electronics systems, died following complications from a hemorrhagic stroke on Saturday, Jan. 1, at his home. As part of the division from the 1960s through the 1980s, Mr. Monshaw worked on many of the satellites that advanced everyday technology, from getting a weather forecast to watching television.
December 22, 2010
Gerald J. Cedrone, 89, of Bryn Mawr, longtime financial analyst at Radio Corp. of America in Camden and co-owner of a family paving company in Philadelphia, died of prostate cancer Saturday, Dec. 18, at Park Lane at Bellingham in West Chester. Mr. Cedrone was born and raised in Philadelphia. He graduated from St. Thomas More High School in 1939 and went on to study finance at La Salle College. His studies were interrupted when he was drafted to serve in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After being honorably discharged in 1946, Mr. Cedrone finished his bachelor's degree at La Salle.