November 19, 2012
William Turnbull, 90, a highly regarded British sculptor who drew inspiration from primitive forms, died Thursday, according to the public relations firm Bolton & Quinn, which is promoting a forthcoming show of his work. The cause of death was not announced. Mr. Turnbull's works were frequently extremely simple shapes, suggesting masks or totem poles. He was exhibited at the prestigious Hayward, Serpentine, and Tate Galleries in London and the Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco. British sculptor Anthony Gormley described Mr. Turnbull as "a radical modernist who recognizes that sculpture is of its nature archaic.
March 27, 1988 |
As far as Gladys Miller of Lawndale is concerned, better late than never. The 60-year-old Englishwoman, who spent more than six years in the Royal Air Force during World War II, recently was bestowed a belated honor by Great Britain's Ministry of Defense. There was no ceremony. Miller received a registered letter March 9 with two medals of honor commemorating her military service. One medal was given for her service in a territory that was subject to constant attack. The other was a war medal, given to all who served during the war. "I was surprised," Miller said.
September 18, 2010
John Freeborn, 90, one of the Royal Air Force's leading fighter pilots during World War II and a central figure in a long-remembered episode of "friendly fire," died Aug. 28 in Southport, in northwest England. On Sept. 6, 1939 - three days after Britain had gone to war with Germany - Mr. Freeborn, flying a Spitfire fighter, was among a group of pilots sent aloft to intercept what were reported to be German planes headed toward the Essex coast in southeast England. But there were no German aircraft.
May 6, 2014 |
Paul Williams, 71, of Villas, N.J., who retired in 1989 as assistant fire chief at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died of lung cancer Wednesday, April 30, at home. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Williams attended what is now West Catholic Preparatory High School but left to help support the family because his father died when he was very young, daughter Wendy Hueftle said. Mr. Williams served a four-year enlistment as an Air Force firefighter, and while stationed at a Royal Air Force base near Sculthorpe in Norfolk, England, he met and married his British wife, Wendy.
March 24, 2003 |
Britons awoke yesterday to yet more sad news. Two Royal Air Force pilots and their Tornado attack jet had been accidentally shot down early yesterday by a U.S. Patriot missile fired from Kuwait as the pilots returned from an apparent bombing mission over Iraq. The two pilots, as yet unidentified, were later confirmed as dead. That meant that in just the last three days, Britain had lost 16 servicemen in the Iraq war, including six killed in a collision between two British helicopters Saturday and eight who died Friday when their single helicopter crashed near Kuwait.
December 16, 1990 |
The U.S. Navy has arrested a 20-year-old midshipman in Annapolis who they say attacked and robbed a retired British air force officer last Sunday after the Army-Navy football game, Philadelphia police said last night. Police said that Timothy Chapman of Detroit was arrested Thursday at the Naval Academy after the student offered to sell the officer's $2,000 Rolex watch to a naval intelligence officer. Naval, federal and local authorities have not yet decided in which jurisdiction the student will be tried and no charges have been brought against him, police said.
April 29, 2011 |
With all the weight of tradition, royal weddings aren't places for new artistic discoveries. Except for this one. Out of the sea of stately rhythms and traditional choral harmonies came a distinctive new work by a composer completely new to me: Paul Mealor. The piece, Ubi Caritas , sung by the choirs of Westminster Abbey and Her Majesty's Chapel Royal, was rooted in Anglican church harmonies but with numerous captivating differences. Immediately, you sensed an individualistic compositional voice was at hand.
May 17, 1992 |
Their sons were accidentally killed by American jet pilots, and they, as parents, just wanted an explanation. But as a coroner's inquest into the death of nine British soldiers by "friendly fire" in the Persian Gulf war heard its final witness Friday, they were still waiting - still needing to know how their sons died. All that had been clarified for them, after 15 months of agony and five days of testimony, was the matter of blame. The Americans blame the British air liaison officers.
November 14, 1989 |
Albert Hodkinson told me to watch for him. He'd be in the second group marching, the one forming at Downing Street behind the first brigade, which was the seriously wounded from World War II. He was tall, he said, and he would be wearing an English cap. He was in London again this year, as he'd come back for so many years, to march in the Remembrance Day parade with - as he put it - "the lads. " Albert Hodkinson, retired engineer and now U.S. citizen living in Philadelphia, was once a navigator in the British Bomber Command, Royal Air Force.
November 5, 1986 |
Thomas Jefferson University has gone and done the right thing by Philadelphia's most famous doctor. The Center City medical institution has named Dr. J, Julius Erving, to its board of trustees. "He is known internationall y for his basketball expertise and his community service," board chairman Edward C. Driscoll said of the 76ers star. "We are delighted that he has joined the Jefferson board. " THE ROYAL WATCH The Duchess of York, who has been taking flying lessons for the last month, went solo for the first time yesterday as she piloted a four-seat, light aircraft for seven minutes over a Royal Air Force base in Oxfordshire, England.