September 18, 2015 |
THERE MAY BE NO more telling example of what kind of a man Bill Keenan was than the way he treated the disabled people who attended an annual Catholic retreat in Malvern. "Bill was one or the most unselfish people I've encountered," said Ed Seiders, head of Our Lady of Confidence Catholic Retreat at the Malvern Retreat House. "He was always toward the back of the line, making sure the stragglers to the dining hall felt as appreciated as the ones who were first in line. " If someone in a wheelchair needed a push, Bill would be there.
September 10, 2015 |
It was a decision nobody should have to make. But the judge had no choice. The life or death of a woman suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - paralyzed, in constant pain, and begging to die, was his decision alone. It was probably the toughest call that Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Nicholas M. D'Alessandro would ever have to make. After interviewing Thelma Stussy, 51, who could only blink her eyes and nod, in her room at Neumann Medical Center in Kensington, along with members of her family, he ruled in April 1990 that the hospital could turn off the respirator that was keeping her alive.
September 9, 2015 |
IT WAS a decision nobody should have to make. But the judge had no choice. The life or death of a woman suffering from amyotropic lateral sclerosis, paralyzed, in constant pain and begging to die, was his decision alone. It was probably the toughest call that Common Pleas Judge Nicholas M. D'Alessandro would ever have to make. After interviewing the woman, Thelma Stussy, 51, who could only blink her eyes and nod, in her room at the Neumann Medical Center in Kensington, along with members of her family, he ruled in April 1990 that the hospital could turn off the respirator that was keeping her alive.
June 20, 2015 |
Raushaun Williams started reading at age 3, and at 4 took an IQ test that identified him as gifted. But in the classroom, he was restless, and when he started kindergarten, he was regularly suspended. Several years and schools later, family and teachers point to the West Philadelphia teenager, now 16, as a role model for his upward academic trajectory. The Roman Catholic High School graduate is headed to Drexel University, where he intends to study biology this fall on a full scholarship.
June 11, 2015 |
It used to be that the typical father gleefully awaited the day he could teach his children to mow the lawn. It was a rite of passage - a sign the kids were growing up, and a respite for tired knees. Today, that suburban chore has all but died. Instead, the parents go to work, the kids go to school, and the streets fill up with landscaper trucks. Crews roll mowers out, cut the grass with lightning speed, then head on to the next house, bills paid by mail. It's a situation that invariably raises the question: What's the matter with kids today?
March 1, 2015 |
Charles J. Devlin Jr., 90, of Stone Harbor, N.J., founder of the Camden Tool Co. and later the 3D Tool Co., both in North Camden, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Wesley Manor in Ocean City, N.J. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Devlin grew up in the Fairmount neighborhood and graduated in 1942 from Roman Catholic High School. During World War II, Mr. Devlin served in the Army Air Corps and flew 30 missions from England as a nose gunner on a B-24 bomber, said a son, Tony. He studied accounting at the Spring Garden Institute and in 1950 opened Camden Tool, which distributed industrial metalworking equipment, material he had sold in his first job after the war. In 1990, Mr. Devlin opened 3D Tool on the same site, and served as president of both firms until retiring in 1995.
January 19, 2015 |
Pieces of history come in all shapes and sizes, and one of the oddest shapes in the history of Philadelphia basketball is found on the third floor of Roman Catholic High School. The school at the corner of Broad and Vine Streets is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, and so is the little gymnasium that sits atop the original structure, 66 steps from the street and a mile from the ordinary. When the school opened in 1890, James Naismith was still more than a year away from inventing basketball, so it isn't any wonder that the gym wasn't constructed with the game in mind.
December 31, 2014 |
A group of business people and professionals has assembled properties for new classrooms, a field house, a fine arts center, and parking at all-boys Roman Catholic High School so it can grow beyond its 124-year-old Gothic home at Broad and Vine Streets. Roman's backers have acquired a parcel of land behind the school from a homeless-services program, the Sunday Breakfast Association Inc. Roman will use the space to construct a field house and classrooms that will connect to the main building.
November 23, 2014 |
Back in 2007, Marcus and Markieff Morris played basketball in Philadelphia in the shadows of Scoop Jardine, Rick Jackson, and Brad Wanamaker. At the time, Wanamaker was The Inquirer's Southeastern Pennsylvania player of the year as a senior at Roman Catholic High School. Jardine and Jackson were Syracuse-bound seniors at Neumann-Goretti. Meanwhile, the Morris twins were regarded as good but not great seniors at Prep Charter. Of the five, the Morrises were the least likely to play in the NBA. Or so we thought.
November 2, 2014 |
Msgr. James Joseph Howard, 89, longtime rector of the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Born May 19, 1925, Msgr. Howard was the son of Veronica and James Howard Sr. of Pottsville, Pa., where he was raised. He went to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1943 and was ordained in 1952. He officiated at his first Mass in June 1952, at the Church of St. Patrick in Pottsville. He was later the assistant pastor at St. Mary's Church in Beaver Meadows, Pa., and St. Francis de Sales and Our Lady of Angels in Philadelphia.