April 9, 2013 |
Leona Coren Ellick Kornfeld, 90, a Philadelphia social worker and advocate for those with AIDS and mental-health needs, died Saturday, March 23, of dementia and advanced age at Chandler Hall, a nursing home in Newtown, Bucks County. Before it was common, Mrs. Kornfeld made it her business to go into the community and look for those in need of help from society. She met with clients, figured out what services they were entitled to, and guided them through the application process. Clients included widows, elderly shut-ins, and those suffering from AIDS and mental illnesses, said her daughter, Carol Coren.
March 10, 2013 |
Charles Perry Gallun, 71, a social worker and victims' rights advocate who pioneered treatment for perpetrators of domestic violence, died Thursday at his home in Germantown. The cause was complications of lung cancer, according to his family. Mr. Gallun, who grew up in West Philadelphia and was known to his friends as "Chuck," worked for more than 30 years at Creative Health Services, a behavioral healthcare provider in Pottstown. Known for his sense of humor, Mr. Gallun liked to tell people he met his wife, Priscilla Becroft, in jail - they spotted each other at Holmesburg Prison, where they both worked for the Philadelphia Prisons System.
February 27, 2013 |
A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 3, for Rita S. Urwitz, 69, a former Philadelphia social worker and union leader, who died Sunday, Jan. 6, of complications from chemotherapy at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md. She had been diagnosed with lung cancer in August, said her partner, Carol Reppert. Born in New York City, Mrs. Urwitz earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology from La Salle University in 1975. She later earned a master's degree in social service from Bryn Mawr College.
February 9, 2013 |
Eula M. Cousins, 110, a pioneering black social worker and educator who lived to be one of the oldest Americans, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Cathedral Village retirement community in Philadelphia's Andorra section. Despite her age, Mrs. Cousins, an avid reader, remained sharp-minded and quick-witted, able to discuss any contemporary issue in detail. "She was one of the most dynamic individuals I have ever met," said Acel Moore, associate editor emeritus of The Inquirer, who was a longtime friend.
January 4, 2013
Two rescued from icy lake PHOENIX - A firefighter in a waterproof suit crossed a partially frozen Arizona lake to help rescue two teenagers who spent at least two hours hanging onto a dead tree after ice began to crack, authorities said Thursday. A third teen, who had stayed on the snow-covered bank of Fool Hollow Lake, called for help, authorities said. Emergency personnel retrieved the boys after firefighter Jack Gessner made his way across the lake with a rope attached to a boat carrying other rescuers.
December 22, 2012 |
What happens to those young children who are eyewitnesses to violence in their own home, whose stories are news for a while and then fade from view? One of those children is Markeytia Poindexter, now 24. On Thursday, she was one of the guests of honor at the dedication of the new Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center - and the only one to get a standing ovation. She was there to tell her story about how the staff at the old Youth Study Center along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, where she was detained three or four times as she grew and got in trouble, helped her turn her life around.
October 24, 2012 |
AS I MADE plans to watch the third and final presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney, I figured I'd end up writing a sly column about all I've learned from all these televised performances, including the Joe Biden and Paul Ryan hoedown. I'd analyze the candidates' facial contortions, the sizes of their flag pins and their stances at the podiums. Then I'd make a faux informed observation about how this stuff might impact those swingin' Ohio voters. I'd share how hearing Biden use the word "malarkey" pulled me down Memory Lane, because malarkey was one of my Irish mom's favorite words.
October 19, 2012 |
Mary Lambert Fosnocht, 77, a former director of social workers in Chester County, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, of cancer at her home in Hershey's Mill, the retirement community near West Chester. Mrs. Fosnocht was clinical director of outpatient services at Community Services for Human Growth in Paoli, in charge of 22 social workers from 1982 to 1993, her husband, Thomas, said. The firm's clients "could have been abused, could be divorced, lost their jobs, emotionally disturbed for any number of reasons," Thomas Fosnocht said.