September 10, 2014 |
Bobby Fong, the president of Ursinus College, died suddenly Monday morning at his home of natural causes, the college announced. His wife of 40 years, Suzanne Dunham Fong, was by his side, according to a statement from the college. Fong, who was 64, one of a few Asian college presidents in the nation and had been at helm of the small liberal arts college in Collegeville since 2011. His death stunned the college community, which learned of his passing by an e-mail. "President Fong was a teacher and scholar before he became an academic administrator and he continued to be so even as a college president," said Lucien "Terry" Winegar, executive vice president for academic affairs and dean.
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.
October 24, 2013
Not old, this game Sports columnist Frank Fitzpatrick probably reflects the attitude of many Phillies fans frustrated with their team's failure to make the playoffs ("World Series has lost its once-unique allure," Oct. 20). But don't blow off the World Series because of it. And while Fitzpatrick cites the higher TV ratings of the National Football Leauge over World Series baseball, that's not a bad thing when you consider the asinine shows garnering high ratings. Baseball is more of a thinking man's game, requiring strategy.
October 22, 2013 |
College application time is always filled with angst, but this year, glitches in the online "common application" system used by hundreds of thousands of students across the country has added to the anxiety. Area colleges and universities are trying to calm parents and students with assurances that they are meticulously checking applications as they come in and are prepared to roll back deadlines if necessary. "We're in this together," said Michael Gaynor, director of university admission at Villanova, which uses the common application exclusively.