September 10, 2014 |
Bobby Fong, 64, the president of Ursinus College and one of the few Asian Americans to hold such a post, died Monday, Sept. 8, at his home in Collegeville. His death, which college officials said was from natural causes, stunned the suburban college community just as the school year was getting underway. His wife of 40 years, Suzanne Dunham Fong, was by his side, according to a statement from the college. Late Monday afternoon, she spoke at an impromptu campus service at which students sang "Amazing Grace.
October 14, 2011
A low-wattage LED-light conversion project at Ursinus College in Collegeville is among 13 clean energy projects that received $3.7 million in grants Friday from the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority. Ursinus will receive $120,645 to add to its $41,514 investment to retrofit 214 parking lot and walkway lights with LED lights, reducing annual electricity costs by about $20,000. The Allentown Commercial and Industrial Development Authority also received a $500,000 grant to go toward a $31 million biogas project at Allentown's wastewater treatment plant.
January 30, 2014 |
Steve Harner earned his 300th victory as a wrestling coach when Conestoga defeated visiting Haverford High, 32-25, Tuesday night. The win was Harner's 75th since he became Pioneers coach in 2008. He also coached at his alma mater, Norristown, from 1985-2004, and was inducted into the Southeastern Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in '08. Since 1978, Harner also has coached at Clarion Area and Bishop Kenrick High Schools, Ursinus College, and Williamson Free Trade School.
February 3, 2012 |
Ursinus College made a highly unusual move when it named Bobby Fong its president last year. Not because of his qualifications - he's brilliant, educated at Harvard, editor of a volume of poetry, a world authority on Oscar Wilde. It was unusual because Fong is Chinese American. And in the United States, Asians rarely get to be college presidents. "A friend asked me, 'Why are we workhorses and not show horses?' " said Roy Saigo, a Japanese American scholar and former head of schools in the South and in the Midwest.
August 5, 2014 |
Through a work of art, the two women were hoping to save a connection that is slipping away. Their husbands, who have Alzheimer's disease, are becoming more distant, their marriages more solitary and fraught with worry. But in a discussion of a painting called The Immigrants , those husbands - Jack Williams and Dick Force - virtually carried the conversation at the Woodmere Art Museum, in Chestnut Hill. The two men, whose wives had met through their mutual experience as caregivers, found the story in the brushstrokes and shared their thoughts about the discovery.
February 10, 2010 |
For the second time in five days, many local collegiate athletic events were canceled or postponed because of what was expected to be a massive snowstorm. Five of tonight's women's basketball games were postponed until tomorrow night at 6. They are Stockton at Kean, Shippensburg vs. Millersville, Ursinus College vs. Haverford, Rutgers-Camden vs. the College of New Jersey and Widener's game at Alvernia. Rowan's game with Neumann University was canceled. On the men's side, five games were postponed until tomorrow night at 8. They are Stockton at Kean, Shippensburg vs. Millersville, Ursinus College vs. Haverford, Rutgers-Camden vs. the College of New Jersey and Widener at Alvernia.
June 17, 2014 |
Frank C. Videon Jr., 70, of West Chester, a Newtown Square auto dealer and lifelong practical joker who officiated at high school football games, died Thursday, June 12, at home after battling stomach cancer for more than a year. His wife of 47 years, Carol, said Sunday that Mr. Videon's joking extended to a family rivalry between her husband, who ran a Chevrolet dealership, and brothers Steve and Wayne Videon, who ran a competing Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep dealership. Mr. Videon bought newspaper advertisements poking fun at his brothers by putting their heads on turkeys or steers.
December 21, 2005 |
Richard P. Richter, 74, president emeritus of Ursinus College, died Friday of lung cancer at the Frederick Mennonite Retirement Community near Schwenksville. Mr. Richter headed Ursinus from 1976 until 1994. He earned a bachelor's degree from the college in 1953 and 12 years later joined the faculty as an English instructor and alumni secretary. He was offered a position, his daughter Karen said, after a college administrator admired his writing style in a commentary piece he wrote for the alumni magazine.
November 20, 1986 |
Jean Harshaw Lesko of Abington was inducted into Washington College's athletic hall of fame last month. Harshaw, an outstanding tennis, field hockey and basketball player, was the only woman on the Washington tennis team in 1936 and 1937. Mike Burnetta, a senior midfielder from Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School and the co-captain of the Philadelphia Textile soccer team, ranked ninth in a recent ISAA-Adidas Coaches Poll. Seamus McElligott, a freshman from La Salle High, placed fifth to lead Tom Donnelly's Haverford College cross-country team to its second straight title in the Allentown College Invitational.
January 31, 1991 |
Doug Markley and his band will perform their powerful fusion of rock and intricate jazz at 8 tonight in the Bomberger Auditorium at Ursinus College, Main Street, Collegeville. Markley says the best way to describe his original work is as a cross between a funky Jeff Beck and Tom Scott. "There are a lot of very recognizable melodies so it's pleasing to the ear," Markley said. The compositions performed will be original work featuring plenty of solos by sax player Bill Butryn; pianist Ted Baker, who plays with Phillip Glass; bassist Steve Green, and drummer Chris Jones, also of the Elevators, and by the driving force of guitarist Markley.