September 15, 2014 |
In the 1970s and 1980s, Samuel W. Madara and his wife, Connie, traveled overseas several times to share ideas about insurance "with a broad group of insurance people," she said. They and others in their group were not simply Americans bringing their methods to other cultures, she said, but were also learning in seminars from foreign insurers. "It was an exchange of ideas peculiar in China" at the time, she said in a phone interview, because in the days before private enterprise, "they were all government workers.
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.
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.
July 30, 2014 |
Battling the flames and billowing black smoke, Deborah Feairheller fought her way into the Caln Township home. As a metal air pack pumped oxygen into her mask, she yanked down the ceiling with a long pole to ventilate the attic above. Understandably, she feared for her safety, if not her life. " 'Is the floor going to hold me up?' " Feairheller said she thinks each time she enters a fire. " 'Is the ceiling going to fall on top of me?' " Yet Feairheller knew, better than most, that the top cause of fatalities among firefighters is not collapsing walls, or ceilings, or floors - or smoke inhalation.
July 26, 2014 |
Bryn Mawr College, the small private women's school on the Main Line, this week joined a growing number of schools around the country that no longer require the SAT or other standardized test scores for admission. The college instead will rely on high school grades, essays, and other factors - a move officials hope will attract a broader applicant pool. "We know there are students all around the country who, when they see 'test scores,' they see it as a barrier to applying," said Peaches Valdes, Bryn Mawr's director of admissions.
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.
June 17, 2014 |
BY HIS OWN admission, Russ Connor was something of a wild man in his youth. There was the time he and some buddies commandeered a trolley to drive them from dry Ocean City, N.J., to wet Somers Point for a night of intemperance. He once raced his Pontiac GTO full-out on an unopened section of the Atlantic City Expressway, not the safest venture even on a vacant road. His expenses and his caprices were paid for at least in part by the $20 weekly check he got from the government as a returning GI. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Donald Russell Connor, who went from his carefree years to the sober world of banking, working his way up to vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, a jazz buff who wrote four books on Benny Goodman and became pals with drummer Gene Krupa, died Wednesday at age 92. He was one of the original homeowners in Levittown.
April 14, 2014 |
Dr. Philip Marone, team physician for the Phillies from 1972 to 1999, recalled Dr. Jerome M. Cotler as "a great guy, the nicest man you'll ever find. " At Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Marone said, they shared an office from 1992 to 2002, when Dr. Cotler "was the spine surgeon and I was sports medicine. " Dealing with spinal injuries, "he would get calls all hours" of the night. "I cherish the times we spent with each other through the years," Marone said. On Thursday, April 10, Dr. Cotler, 85, of Voorhees, director of orthopedic surgery at Jefferson Hospital from 1986 to 1995, died of multiple systems atrophy at home.
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.