April 6, 2016 |
Three minutes of magic on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1967 changed Dick and Joanne Gustafson's lives forever. Both 85, they now tour suburban senior centers and school assemblies instead of the European night clubs of their heyday. But their flame burns as brightly as it did when they performed "Magic by Candlelight" on national TV nearly 50 years ago. Dick Gustafson was a career research chemist at Rohm and Haas, doing magic as a hobby, when fate changed his focus from reality to illusion.
February 22, 2016 |
Joseph F. Daly, 90, of Southampton, Burlington County, who retired in 1983 as a Rohm & Haas Co. pipe fitter, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly. Mr. Daly grew up in the Bridesburg neighborhood of Philadelphia, served in the Navy from 1943 to 1946, and in the early 1950s went to work for the Bridesburg chemical firm that, since 2009, has been owned by Dow Chemical Co. "It was a pretty good job," said Georgette Daly, wife of Mr. Daly's son Joseph R.. Mr. Daly, she said, "had a great voice.
October 4, 2013 |
Albert J. Bartosic, 85, of Cheltenham, head of litigation for the former Rohm & Haas Co., died Monday, Sept. 30, of congestive heart failure at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Meadowbrook. Mr. Bartosic worked for Rohm & Haas for more than 35 years before retiring in the early 1990s. His work involved defending materials the chemical company manufactured, when, for example, they came under scrutiny in fire-safety and trade-related cases. Rohm & Haas was acquired by Dow Chemical Co. in 2009.
February 14, 2013 |
BEING compared to Socrates might seem a tough role to live up to. But in at least one learned opinion, Isadore "Irv" Rosenthal fit the description. "No one who interacted with Irv could walk away without being reminded of Socrates," said Gerald V. Poje, who served with Irv on the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. "He had the same desire to find someone wiser than himself, and the skills to probe deeply and well, instructing all willing to learn. " Irv Rosenthal, who devoted his life in both commercial and public-service positions to helping make workplaces and the products of American industry safer for the public, died of pneumonia Sunday.
April 21, 2012 |
Joseph Snizavich started having seizures and stroke-like symptoms in July 2005, and within three years, the longtime pipe fitter was dead of brain cancer. His widow blamed the illness on his exposure to chemicals at a Rohm & Haas research facility, where a study found that employees had developed brain cancer at twice the expected rate. But proving a connection between the chemicals and any one particular brain cancer could be difficult, if a judge's ruling this week is any indication.
December 7, 2011 |
Donald Louis Felley, 90, a research chemist who rose to become president and chief operating officer of the former Rohm & Haas Co. in Philadelphia, died of a stroke Sunday, Dec. 4, at his home in Rydal. Mr. Felley spent his entire career, starting in 1949, with the chemical giant, which has headquarters on South Independence Mall West. The firm has since been acquired by the Dow Chemical Co. In 1957, he and his family moved to Paris, where he spent eight years building and directing the company's operations in France and other western European nations.
August 6, 2011 |
John F. McKeogh, 68, of Churchville, a retired vice president and director of public affairs for Rohm & Haas Co., died of an aneurysm Thursday, Aug. 4, at St. Mary Medical Center. Mr. McKeogh joined Rohm & Haas in 1976 as director of corporate communications and public relations. He became a vice president in 1999. Brian McPeak, former vice president of communications and public relations for Rohm & Haas and a colleague of Mr. McKeogh's for more than 20 years, wrote in a tribute Friday: "John McKeogh was the consummate communications professional.
April 3, 2011 |
John C. Haas, 92, retired chairman of Rohm & Haas Co. and a tireless champion of community service regionally and nationally, died Saturday, April 2. He was a son of Otto Haas, cofounder of the global chemical company headquartered in Philadelphia, and Phoebe Waterman Haas, who was among the first women to receive a doctorate in astronomy. Mr. Haas died of natural causes at home in Villanova, a family representative said. Relatives were at his side. "Our father was a kind and charitable man, and that was reflected in every aspect of his life," said a statement from his children.
April 2, 2011 |
John C. Haas, retired chairman of Rohm and Haas Company and a tireless champion of community service both regionally and nationally, died Saturday morning at age 92. He was a son of Otto Haas, co-founder of the global chemical company headquartered in Philadelphia and Phoebe Waterman Haas, who was among the first women to receive a doctorate in astronomy. Mr. Haas died at his family home in Villanova of natural causes, a family spokesperson said. Family members were at his side.
November 23, 2010
IN HIS Nov. 16 letter, William Palmer writes that convicted cop-killer Rasheed Scrugs is now "living off the taxpayers" - and argues that this would be fixed by "emptying out death row. " Ridiculous. Trying death-penalty cases routinely costs millions, many times the cost of imprisoning murderers like Scrugs. While the numbers aren't in for Pennsylvania, studies in Maryland, North Carolina and Florida show the death penalty laying a price of tens to hundreds of millions. That money could be spent on crime prevention or antipoverty programs that act to stop murders before they happen, not punish them afterward.