July 22, 2015 |
Jack Pincus, 87, of Bryn Mawr, a retired insurance broker, died Monday, July 13, of Lewy body dementia at his home. Mr. Pincus was born in Philadelphia and graduated from West Philadelphia High School, where he served as student government president. He attended what is now Drexel University before graduating from the University of Miami. Because he was not drafted when he became eligible for military service, Mr. Pincus enlisted in the Army National Guard. Following his service, Mr. Pincus joined the family business, Albert A. Pincus & Sons, which had been in the wholesale meat industry since 1947.
July 10, 2015 |
TONY BRUNO is going out on top. Yesterday, the 63-year-old Philly native, who along with Josh Innes co-hosted Philly's No. 1-rated sports radio show on 94 WIP, said he is retiring. The two had only been paired since February when they took over the afternoon spot previously held by Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis. Since then, the show has been the highest rated among males between the ages 25 and 54. Bruno, missing this week, said in a statement that speculation that he and Innes were feuding was not the reason for his decision.
July 9, 2015 |
James L. Sanderson began his teaching career at Berea (Ky.) College, after growing up in Hiseville, in southern Kentucky, where the 2010 U.S. census counted only 240 souls. "He always remained attached to the place," a son, Scott, said of the college, because of "the rural poor" among its students. "Berea charges no tuition, and admits only academically promising students, primarily from Appalachia, who have limited economic resources," the college website states. "He was always liberal," his son said, and he spent his two years there "trying to help others.
June 28, 2015 |
Claudette Elizabeth Harris, 75, a retired teacher and classroom aide for the School District of Philadelphia, died Friday, June 19, of a blood infection at Kindred Hospital. Ms. Harris was the youngest of 10 children of Ola Pearl Phillips-Wallace and Sylvester Wallace Sr. Her childhood experiences in South Philadelphia gave her two of what her family called her greatest gifts - cooking and educating others. "She was literally the family cook," said State Rep. Jordan Harris, one of her two grandsons.
June 25, 2015 |
Edward J. Hanko, the FBI's top agent in Philadelphia, will retire next month after a 29-year career with the bureau, he announced to agents Tuesday. The Wilkes-Barre native has led the Philadelphia division - the bureau's eighth-largest office - since 2013, and oversaw an investigative force with an expanded focus on counterterrorism, cyber crime and public corruption probes. In an e-mail to colleagues, Hanko, 55, said he had accepted a position as "vice president [for] global security for a Fortune 500 company" and would leave his current post July 31 - two years short of the FBI's mandatory retirement age. Hanko did not respond to calls for comment Tuesday about his future position or his retirement, which had not been officially announced by the bureau.
June 19, 2015 |
JUST THE sight of Bill Grogan made people smile. Whether he was selling you a truck, holding forth at one of the community organizations to which he belonged, doing a job for his church, repairing a car, or building something out of wood, people knew that being around him would make them feel good. Maybe it was his Irish charm, his rich sense of humor, or just the fact that he was a generous, loving man who was always there to help anyone who needed a lift or a loan. "I never knew anybody like him," said his son, the Rev. Jim Grogan, a Roman Catholic priest.
June 13, 2015 |
There are many pictures in the office of Kevin Quinn, the man who coached nearly every St. Joseph's University runner for the last 49 years. After all that time, one picture stands out to the retiring coach. The picture is from 1979. Joe Genther, a gangly runner, gasps for air as he crosses the finish line to win the 1,000-meter run in the IC4A indoor championships at Princeton. In the background chasing Genther are three runners from Richmond, Fairleigh Dickinson, and Villanova who went on to make Kenya's Olympic team later in their athletic careers.
June 11, 2015 |
SAINT JOSEPH'S University track coach Kevin Quinn announced his retirement yesterday, ending a 49-year career at the school. When asked what he'll miss most, he answered faster than any of the runners he ever coached. "Saint Joseph's is an exceptional school and Saint Joseph's attracts exceptional people," Quinn said last night. "My fondest memories are the kids. I'm the youngest 74-year-old you'll ever see, and the reason is the great kids I've dealt with throughout the years.
May 29, 2015 |
RESISTANCE IS futile. The crew of the starship Enterprise in "Star Trek" learned this well. And so, too, did Mayor Nutter and former Mayors Ed Rendell and Wilson Goode Sr. - at least when it came to Marciene Mattleman. When Mattleman, the feisty and unrelenting advocate for Philadelphia's children, called the Mayor's Office to ask for the city's assistance with one of her many new educational ideas, some of which came to her in the middle of the night, resistance was, well, "impossible.
May 29, 2015 |
She has been described as a "force of nature," a "serial entrepreneur," a "doyenne. " But former Gov. Ed Rendell offered perhaps the most unvarnished - and true - assessment of Marciene Mattleman, a towering force for good honored at City Hall on Wednesday for her decades of accomplishments. "The secret to Marciene's success," Rendell said, "is that she's impossible. " That is: She has made a career of lifting up the city's most vulnerable - children, people who cannot read - often by sheer force of will.