July 7, 2015 |
C. Dallett Hemphill, 56, an American history professor at Ursinus College, an accomplished storyteller, and a scholar whose specialty was social history from colonial times to the 19th century, died at Jefferson Hospital on Friday, July 3, after a prolonged battle with breast cancer. Ms. Hemphill's research topics included how the French government provided women for the settlers of Louisiana and the role of women in 18th-century Quaker meetings. She lived in Erdenheim, Montgomery County.
July 7, 2015
C. DALLETT HEMPHILL, a professor of American history at Ursinus College for the last 28 years and a leading scholar on Philadelphia, died Friday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital-Center City after a prolonged battle with cancer. She was 56 and lived in Erdenheim, Montgomery County. Hemphill's academic specialty was the social history of the United States, from the Colonial era into the 19th century. She wrote two books, both published by Oxford University Press: Bowing to Necessities: A History of Manners in America, 1620-1860 , and Siblings: Brothers and Sisters in American History . Hemphill shared the preoccupations of her generation of historians with social history and women's history.
May 2, 2015 |
Ursinus College on Thursday named the dean of economics and finance at Claremont McKenna College in California as its next president. S. Brock Blomberg, 48, a political economist who studies terrorism, replaces Lucien "Terry" Winegar, who had been serving as interim president since Bobby Fong's death in September. Blomberg takes over July 1 as the 17th president of Ursinus, a 1,600-student liberal arts college in Collegeville. "Our objective was to discover someone who could embrace the Ursinus DNA, our values and what we are about, who is passionate about the liberal arts, and comes with highly regarded leadership experience," Michael Marcon, a college trustee and search committee chair, said in a statement.
April 29, 2015 |
During summers in the 1960s, William J. Jordan took a break from teaching American history to South Jersey high school students and taught Revolutionary history to tourists in Philadelphia. The National Park Service gave him its uniform, its distinctive flat-brimmed hat, anointed him a seasonal park ranger, and assigned him to tours of Independence National Historical Park. "I know he loved that time in history," daughter Karen Jordan said. "He gave us all copies of the Constitution, his children," she said.
March 28, 2015 |
William Gray Warden III, 82, of Newtown Square, a business executive and sailor, died Wednesday, March 18, of causes related to aging at his second home in the Bahamas. A native of Haverford, Delaware County, Mr. Warden graduated from the Haverford School in 1950. While there, he played soccer and ran track. Four years later, Mr. Warden graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts and received a commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. He became a pilot and flew early-generation single-engine jets.
March 18, 2015 |
In choosing a new basketball coach, Penn is reaching back to its glory days, replacing a player who starred in the early 1990s with an assistant coach from the same era. Penn will introduce Steve Donahue as coach on Tuesday, replacing Jerome Allen. The former Cornell and Boston College coach had been the top target from the beginning, according to one source. Donahue, 52, also had been mentioned as a possibility for the Holy Cross job. And his name came up in recent days in speculation about the George Mason job. That was before former Villanova assistant Paul Hewitt was let go Thursday as George Mason's coach.
January 25, 2015 |
Applications for Drexel University's Class of 2019 have plunged by more than 50 percent from the previous year - but that's not a bad thing. In fact, officials at the West Philadelphia university say that's exactly what they were hoping for. The 27,424 applications are the result of a decision to hone an applicant pool that had ballooned to levels so unwieldy that some prospective students didn't even know what city Drexel was in. This...
December 28, 2014 |
With new director Charles Stainback and new curator Ginny Kollak at the helm, the Phillip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College is quickly becoming something this formerly sedate Collegeville institution had never aspired to being before: a serious destination for contemporary art. (Stainback was director of the Norton Museum of Art and founding director of Skidmore College's Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery; Kollak received...
December 18, 2014 |
Richard H. Heist, 82, of Collegeville, a longtime broadcaster who launched a second career restoring antique clocks, died Friday, Nov. 28, of lung disease at his home. He and his wife, Elaine Marshman Heist, had celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on March 20. Born in Bryn Mawr, Mr. Heist, known as "Dick," graduated from the Perkiomen School and Ursinus College. He studied criminal and civil law while serving as a magistrate for the Borough of Collegeville. He then switched to broadcasting.
November 20, 2014 |
Joseph H. Melrose Jr., 69, a former U.S. ambassador to Sierra Leone, who was dispatched by the State Department to trouble spots after American embassies were bombed, died Saturday, Nov. 8, of complications following a fall. Mr. Melrose died at Lehigh Valley Hospital. He had lived in Washington, Oreland, and Collegeville. As ambassador to Sierra Leone in 2001, he helped bring peace to the nation, which had been involved in a civil war with revolutionary forces. He assisted with the Lomé Peace Accord, and helped uncover the connection between the illicit diamond trade and armed conflict.