June 17, 2010
David Lewis, 54, an ex-convict who cofounded a drug-treatment and prisoner-rehabilitation program that gained national recognition, died June 9 of a bullet wound to the abdomen. He was shot at a mall in San Mateo, Calif., in what police called a targeted attack. With a Stanford University student in 1992, he started Free at Last, in East Palo Alto, Calif. The organization helps more than 4,200 people annually.
December 21, 1999 |
Elinor Kemper Newbold, 82, a liberal social activist who once planned to seek nomination for Congress but withdrew from the race, died Thursday of a brain aneurysm at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Fla. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Mrs. Newbold split her time between Florida and a summer home in Mount Desert, Maine, after living in Chestnut Hill for close to 50 years. In 1966, Mrs. Newbold, then Elinor Wolf, planned to go after the Democratic nomination for the Fourth District seat.
July 16, 2010 |
Mary Ann Walker Ralls, 85, formerly of Mount Airy, a retired office administrator and social activist, died of cancer Monday, July 5, at home in Kennesaw, Ga. She had survived the disease for 42 years. Ms. Ralls was a longtime member of the NAACP and participated in civil rights marches, said her daughter, Stephanie Stradford. In the mid-1960s, Ms. Ralls helped organize a benefit in Philadelphia for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Congress of Racial Equality, and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
December 19, 2005 |
Dorothy Shaltz Rubin, 99, of Center City, a former vaudeville dancer who became a social activist, died Saturday at home. In 1941, Mrs. Rubin attended a lecture and learned what was happening to Jews in Germany. She was so inspired, she told a reporter 40 years later, that she founded the Philadelphia Women's Division of the American Jewish Congress to fight anti-Semitism. Over the years, she fought racism, participated in the 1963 March on Washington with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and was outspoken about liberal causes, said Judith Garfinkel, her daughter.
December 2, 1997 |
Virginia Wolf Briscoe, 55, a social activist who co-founded Congregation Mishkan Shalom, now located in Chestnut Hill, died of ovarian cancer Sunday at her home in Newtown Square. For much of her life, Mrs. Briscoe created organizations to do the things she thought needed doing. Years ago, those were social causes. More recently, they had to do with personal healing. Whatever the cause, she did it intensely. "She had such a drive, such a passion and intensity with which she lived her life," said Rabbi Brian Walt, of Mishkan Shalom.
June 9, 1999 |
James M. Lafferty, 49, who devoted his life to his family and to seeking justice for the poor, died Sunday of an apparent heart attack. A lawyer at Community Legal Services for 21 years and a lifelong social activist, Mr. Lafferty collapsed while riding his bike in Chestnut Hill. Naturally shy, with a hearty, infectious laugh, Mr. Lafferty became passionate when addressing social-justice issues. Steve Oldham, a friend and teacher at St. Joseph's Prep, told how Mr. Lafferty shook up his students with a fervent presentation on the effects of the new welfare laws.
November 3, 2010 |
Bernice Shay Sisson, 83, of Chester, a former cooking school owner and social activist who shared her opinions on subjects from children's nutrition to the Iraq war, died of cancer Friday, Oct. 26, at home. Even while bedridden, Mrs. Sisson was instructing health care workers how to make granola, her husband, Will Richan, said, and he overheard her lecturing them about the skills chefs need. She was "the cooking schoolmarm to the end," he said. When her children were in elementary school in Swarthmore, Mrs. Sisson and other mothers helped develop improved home economics classes.
July 6, 2011 |
Mark Geisenheyner spent most of the last 22 years landing himself behind bars or pleading with the state parole board to let him out again. Paul Shay - a social activist and owner of a New York City plumbing business - looked kindly upon men whom others had written off as lost causes. How exactly the two men met - one a career criminal, the other a self-described sucker for second chances - remains unclear. But the extent of their relationship may hold the answers to explaining one of the most bizarre murder cases Montgomery County prosecutors have seen in years.
October 4, 2010 |
Robert J. Rutman, 91, formerly of West Mount Airy, a professor of biochemistry and a social activist who lost his job during the McCarthy era, died of heart failure Monday, Sept. 20, at Ahwatukee Care Center in Phoenix. Dr. Rutman and three other professors were fired from Jefferson Medical College for alleged communist affiliations in 1953, a month after he had been called before a House Un-American Activities subcommittee in Philadelphia. He invoked the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution when asked if he ever had been a member of the Communist Party.