August 2, 2012 |
STEPHANIE Kacur was a teenager in Uniontown, Pa., when she was first exposed to Philadelphia — by watching "American Bandstand. " Seeing the happy teens dancing on Dick Clark's iconic TV show might not have presented a complete picture of the city, but it was enough to stir Stephanie's imagination. And she decided she wanted to live here one day. She got her wish after graduating from Penn State. Her parents gave her $100, and she arrived in the city in 1971. She got a job with the Children's Aid Society, launching a career in social work that extended almost 40 years.
May 20, 2012 |
Max Silverstein, 100, of Center City, a faculty member from 1966 to 1977 at what is now the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, died of cerebrovascular disease Thursday, May 3, at his home. After retiring from Penn, he was chairman of the Mayor's Public-Private Task Force on Homelessness for Mayor W. Wilson Goode in the late 1980s. A task force committee estimated in 1987 that between 900 and 1,500 of the city's 10,000 homeless people were mentally ill, and that the system for dealing with them was in disarray.
April 12, 2012
JoAnn Splon Downes, 81, of Center City, a social worker who was one of the pioneers of hospital-affiliated hospice care in Philadelphia, died of Parkinson's disease on Easter, April 8, at home. "She was comforted by the presence and spirit of family gathered for the holiday," her children wrote in a tribute to their mother. In 1978, Mrs. Downes had been a social worker in Philadelphia for two decades when she was asked by a friend, Dr. Jeffrey Hartzell, to be administrator for a new program he was establishing at Pennsylvania Hospital - the first hospital-based hospice service in Philadelphia.
March 21, 2012 |
Hello there In September 2009, the dating site eHarmony told Lisa and Ray that they might make a good pair. Looking at his profile, Lisa saw that Ray "was passionate about making a difference in the world, and I was intrigued by that. " Ray, who grew up in Cherry Hill, had moved to Camden to try to help revitalize that city. He is CEO of the nonprofit Latin American Economic Development Association, which helps to start and grow small businesses. Lisa, who lived in the Art Museum neighborhood, sent him a message through the eHarmony site.
November 20, 2011 |
Cathryn Coate most certainly is not a cheerleader for the commercial real estate business, describing it as "very competitive, very cutthroat, real nasty. " Her initial impressions of the industry's brokers? "Sort of an oily salesman," was one way she put it in an interview last week. Another was: "Manipulative. " So it was a stunner to many who knew her when Coate became a commercial real estate broker 14 years ago. "I don't think anyone could have imagined this is what she would do," said Diane Dalto, a consultant to the arts community, which Coate was influential in getting Ed Rendell to embrace when he was mayor.
August 9, 2011 |
The typical day at Camp Sequoia on the Hill School campus in Pottstown is notable for what is absent. There are no TVs or video games that lead some children to huddle by themselves in corners. There are no cellphones or laptops to take them away from their peers. Instead, the children are attending the experimental overnight camp to learn confidence and to improve their social skills - all in an atmosphere of summer fun. "It's good for campers who need help with building independence or [overcoming]
March 5, 2011 |
Schelysture "Shelli" Gordon McWhorter, 73, a retired Temple University professor, died of a heart attack Tuesday, March 1, at Arbor Terrace in Chestnut Hill. Dr. McWhorter earned a bachelor's degree from Fisk University in Nashville and a master's degree in social work from Atlanta University. In the early 1960s, she was a social worker at the Lutheran Settlement House in Philadelphia. Later, she was an instructor in the School of Social Work at Temple University, and became a full professor after earning a doctorate in early childhood development from Temple.
February 23, 2011 |
Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Randolph Jones, 92, of Mount Airy, a retired social-service coordinator, died of heart failure Wednesday, Feb. 16, at Chestnut Hill Hospital. A native of the East Bronx in New York City, Mrs. Jones earned a bachelor's degree from New York University and a master's degree in social work from Atlanta University. While in Atlanta, she met Sercy L. Jones, a divinity student. They married in 1943. For the next 24 years, she was a supportive pastor's wife as he ministered in churches in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.
June 14, 2010
Albert E. Wilkerson of Fairmount, a professor emeritus at Temple University, died of heart failure at the Visiting Nurses Association Hospice in Philadelphia on Monday, June 7, a day after his 82d birthday. Dr. Wilkerson retired in the mid-1990s after 25 years as a professor of social work at Temple. For 10 years he was associate dean of Temple's School of Social Work. He also taught graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania. He was the author of The Rights of Children: Emergent Concepts in Law and Society . A native of Durham, N.C., Dr. Wilkerson earned a bachelor's degree from Duke University and a bachelor's degree in divinity from the former Crozer Theological Seminary.
June 9, 2010
RE FRANCIS Palmer's May 22 letter taking aim at a previous letter of mine: Socialism isn't about handouts. The working class creates nearly all the value in America. But since we are a capitalist society, most of the value generated by our hard work is taken by a tiny minority of wealthy owners in the form of profit. This is plain to see when we observe a corporation pulling in billions in profits while so many hardworking people struggle to get by on $9-$10 an hour. I envision a society where workers, the vast majority of Americans, can work hard and live comfortably.