February 11, 2015 |
Irv Segal, 81, of Warminster, formerly of Elkins Park, a pioneer in the development of social and recreational programs for special populations, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, of kidney failure at Abington Hospice in Warminster. In the 1960s, Mr. Segal, a licensed social worker, founded one of the earliest socialization programs for those with special needs, and in 1972, he branched out by founding the Guided Tour Inc. The social agency, believed by his family to be one of the first of its kind, took thousands of adults with developmental and physical challenges on supervised vacations in the United States and throughout the world.
November 4, 2014 |
Geraldine Saunders Jones, 73, of Wyncote, a social worker and pastor's wife who did not let a physical handicap stop her from carrying out her life's work, died Monday, Oct. 27, at Dresher Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center. A Philadelphia native, Mrs. Jones married her college sweetheart, the Rev. G. Daniel Jones, on Nov. 27, 1965, in Tioga Presbyterian Church. The two built a life around his pastoral assignments and her social work. Three years later, as she was driving on Route 128 around Boston, an 18-wheel tractor-trailer collided with her car. The accident left Mrs. Jones a paraplegic using a wheelchair, but her spirit was undaunted.
October 28, 2014 |
First, she lost Here Comes Honey Boo Boo the TV show. Now, June "Mama June" Shannon , 35, could lose Honey Boo Boo the girl - her daughter Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson , 9-year-old star of the show - and Alana's sisters, Lauryn ("Pumpkin"), 14, and Jessica ("Chubbs"), 17. Citing "an insider," website Radar Online reports that the Georgia Division of Family and Child Services is looking into Mama June's relationship with Mark McDaniel , 53, and its possible effect on her girls.
October 22, 2014 |
DARLIENE BONNER demonstrated in her early teens that she wasn't about to let rules and regulations stand in her way. She was in middle school at age 14 when she decided she wanted to attend West Philadelphia High School because she thought it would give her the quality education that she wanted. Unfortunately, the school was outside the boundary of her South Philadelphia neighborhood and those pesky rules and regulations said she couldn't go there. Oh, yeah? Darliene challenged the school district and, although it's not known what her arguments were, they were obviously persuasive because she was admitted to West Philadelphia High School.
October 18, 2014 |
Katherine Linton Eyre, 89, a social worker in the Philadelphia area, died Saturday, Oct. 4, of breast cancer at Rydal Park in Jenkintown, where she had lived for 14 years. Formerly of Fox Chase Manor in Abington Township and the Tacony section of Philadelphia, Mrs. Eyre graduated from Frankford High School. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Wilson College and a master's degree in social services from Bryn Mawr College. Mrs. Eyre was a preacher's daughter who lived through the Depression and World War II. "She was exposed to social justice issues, so she took into consideration the poor, the mentally ill, and the elderly" in her life choices, said daughter-in-law Jenifer Eyre.
August 20, 2014 |
Renee Shai Levine loved reading to children, not only infants but also elementary students. She was convinced it would "encourage them to read and listen," reinforce their development, and prepare them for their future lives, her son Stefan said. "She felt everyone could achieve excellence. " Mrs. Levine, 82, a school social worker, died Saturday, Aug. 17, after a long battle with cancer. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mrs. Levine graduated from Midwood High School in 1948 and Brooklyn College in 1952.
July 26, 2014 |
A troubled patient opened fire on a caseworker and psychiatrist in a small office at a unit of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Delaware County on Thursday afternoon, police said, leading the doctor to draw his own weapon and shoot the assailant. The confrontation left the caseworker, 53-year-old Theresa Hunt, dead and the 52-year-old psychiatrist, a veteran doctor at the hospital whom sources identified as Lee Silverman, with a graze wound to the head. The patient, Richard Plotts, was in critical condition Thursday night from three gunshot wounds.
June 13, 2014 |
THEY WERE foster kids. And disabled kids. Children who needed help. Instead, a group of tax preparers with a Southwest Philadelphia company and a former social worker with Catholic Social Services allegedly used the kids' identities to profit in a scheme by falsely claiming them as dependents on clients' income-tax returns, according to documents unsealed yesterday by the U.S. Attorney's Office. The alleged scheme lasted from about January 2008 to April 2013 and involved tax preparers with Medmans Financial Services, on 65th Street near Chester Avenue and on Woodland Avenue near 66th Street.
April 2, 2014 |
Joan Sidders Valdez, 73, of Sicklerville, who retired in 1999 after 28 years as a social worker at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital, died of cardiac arrest Thursday, March 27, at Virtua Marlton. Mrs. Valdez's work in mental health did not end when her Ancora career did, a colleague, Carol Weiss, said in an interview. "She was extremely active" with the nonprofit organization NJ Partners: Aging, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Inc., Weiss said. Its website states that it was founded to focus "on the needs of older adults with a mental health or substance abuse problem.
March 15, 2014 |
Barbara Smith Johnston, 81, of Cherry Hill, a social worker for Ancora Psychiatric Hospital in Hammonton, N.J., and the Merchantville School District, died of complications from a stroke Thursday, March 6, at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. Mrs. Johnston chose social work for a career, daughter Jennifer said, because she wanted to be "an advocate for those who may not have a voice. " Born in Hampton, Va., Mrs. Johnston was the valedictorian of the class of 1951 at Huntington High School in Newport News, Va., and earned a bachelor's degree in sociology in 1955 at Virginia State University.