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October 26, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Donald H. Fey, 82, a Korean War veteran, former Philadelphia firefighter, and retired fund-raising writer, died Sunday, Oct. 18, of heart failure at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Fey, of Drexel Hill, whose daughter is award-winning writer and actress Tina Fey, was a professional writer for more than 30 years, primarily in fund-raising and development. He helped raise more than $500 million for schools, hospitals, and public-service agencies. In 1992, he retired from Thomas Jefferson University, where he was director of development communications.
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December 29, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
George D. Murphy, 85, a retired English professor at Villanova University, died Monday, Dec. 22, of pulmonary complications at Roxborough Memorial Hospital. Known for his wit and stylish dress, Mr. Murphy began teaching at the Catholic university on the Main Line in 1954 and retired 46 years later, in 2000. But he kept his hand in teaching, offering literature classes to fellow retirees at Cathedral Village in Philadelphia, the retirement community where he lived. "He was very engaging," said daughter Karen Murphy Cain.
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October 10, 2012 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. John J. Farrell, 79, president of Biscayne College in Miami from 1975 to 1980 and a development office executive at Villanova University from 1980 to 1993, died Friday, Oct. 5, of heart failure at AristaCare at Meadow Springs in Plymouth Meeting. Born on Staten Island, N.Y., Father Farrell studied at the Augustinian Academy there from 1946 to 1950, then entered the Augustinian religious order and was ordained a priest in 1959. Father Farrell earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy at Villanova in 1955 and completed his theological studies in 1959 at Augustinian College in Washington.
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February 21, 2012 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova University has abruptly canceled a weeklong workshop by a gay performance artist whose stage shows are often laced with nudity and simulated sex but who has taught and lectured at numerous colleges, including the nation's largest Catholic university, DePaul, in Chicago. Tim Miller, whom the Los Angeles Times once called the "patron saint of the gay performance world" and who was one of four envelope-pushing artists whose funding the National Endowment for the Arts revoked in 1990, said he was told Sunday night by the professor who booked the workshop that Villanova's president, the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, had canceled the event without giving a reason.
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March 11, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THE REV. EDMUND Dobbin always said his first love was teaching. So it had to have been something of a relief when Dobbin left the presidency of Villanova University at the end of the 2005-06 academic year after 18 years. Sure, he said, he loved it, but being an administrator is a far cry from the hands-on experience of the classroom, the shaping of young minds, the interaction with students hanging on your every word - at least in theory. "Teaching was always my first love," he said on leaving the presidency and stepping into a classroom at the Main Line university he served for so long.
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April 2, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
A longtime Villanova University professor has been charged with hundreds of counts of possessing child pornography, Radnor Township police said Thursday. Christopher Haas, 60, a tenured associate professor of history and classical studies, was arrested after university officials discovered he accessed pornographic images on a public university computer last month, officials said. The charges on 415 counts came four years after investigators from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Philadelphia office began an investigation into Haas during which authorities allege they found more than 400 pornographic images on the Villanova-issued laptop at his home in September 2012.
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August 10, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Mary Seton Corboy, 58, of Philadelphia, an urban pioneer whose farm on a former factory site in Kensington brought fresh produce and other locally grown foods to the inner city, died Aug. 7 of complications from cancer at Jefferson University Hospital. Ms. Corboy was a chef with a master's degree in political science from Villanova University, and her love of cooking drove her early career as she worked in restaurants. All the while, though, she sought to build "something different that could marry her passion for good, healthy food and her love of physical labor," her friends said in a tribute.
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October 28, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
While welcoming some 5,000 alumni for homecoming hoopla, Villanova University on Saturday presented its largest capital campaign ever: a $600 million fund-raising effort to increase financial aid for students, upgrade classrooms and academic buildings, and build a new performing arts center. The effort, dubbed "For the Greater Great: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change," is double the size of the previous campaign of $300 million that concluded in 2007. Villanova already has raised $285 million in the campaign's "quiet phase," which began in 2010.
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July 20, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Joseph G. McCormick, 60, of Newtown Square, a managing director at the asset management firm PFM Group, and a former lobbyist for public and corporate entities, died Sunday, July 17, of complications from cancer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. McCormick had been hospitalized for six days prior to his death, which "came as a shock to his many friends and associates," business partner John White said in an email. For the last 12 years, Mr. McCormick was an executive with the PFM Group, a national financial adviser and asset manager.
BUSINESS
June 9, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, Staff Writer
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary has decided to abandon its plan to consolidate operations on 30 acres of its upper campus in Lower Merion, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Tuesday. Instead, the seminary - where Pope Francis stayed last fall during the World Meeting of Families - will explore a plan to affiliate with a local Catholic college or university, and move the seminary into newly constructed buildings on or close to the partner's campus. Possible partners that have been mentioned by observers include nearby St. Joseph's University or Villanova University, the two largest Catholic universities in the region.
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August 10, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Mary Seton Corboy, 58, of Philadelphia, an urban pioneer whose farm on a former factory site in Kensington brought fresh produce and other locally grown foods to the inner city, died Aug. 7 of complications from cancer at Jefferson University Hospital. Ms. Corboy was a chef with a master's degree in political science from Villanova University, and her love of cooking drove her early career as she worked in restaurants. All the while, though, she sought to build "something different that could marry her passion for good, healthy food and her love of physical labor," her friends said in a tribute.
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August 9, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Michael J. Ferguson, 64, of Ardmore, a broadcast producer, adjunct professor, and mentor to many, died Aug. 3, of stomach cancer at his family's home in Narberth. He was the second oldest of eight children born in Chicago to Thomas and Frances Ferguson. "Michael was the perfect big brother to everyone in our family," his brother Steve said. Mr. Ferguson graduated from St. Joseph's Preparatory School in 1969 and Villanova University in 1973, majoring in education and the classics.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2016 | By Alexandra Villarreal, Staff Writer
Tonight marks the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics, hosted by Rio de Janeiro. For those of us who didn't quite qualify to swim alongside Michael Phelps but still want to stay active, here are a few local ways to try out Olympic sports while tuning into the Games. B&A Archery, 7169 State Rd., Beginner's lessons: $35, 215-333-3520. "Archery is addictive," said Bill Arrow, owner of Tacony's B&A Archery. "When you shoot a bow, you want to do it more, you want to get better, and you want to do what other people can't.
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July 22, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
THEODORE J. BERRY, 98, a Main Line physician, author, and educator, died Thursday, July 14, of pneumonia at his home in Naples, Fla. Dr. Berry lived in Villanova and then Bryn Mawr before moving to Naples in 1999. He was a prominent figure at Bryn Mawr Hospital for 45 years, practicing internal medicine and serving for a time as chief of staff. He retired in 1993 as director of medical education. Although Dr. Berry was hard-driving and productive, he also was very genial. Quietly and discreetly, he was physician and friend to the Main Line's elite families.
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July 22, 2016 | By Daniel Block, Staff Writer
Villanova University's national championship basketball program and the school's well-regarded law school recently have received hefty donations as part of a mega-capital campaign. But the latest grant news has been particularly gratifying in the view of Patrick Maggitti, the university provost. Albert Lepage, former cochairman of the Lepage Bakery and a Villanova alumnus, has donated $10 million to establish the Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, dedicated to looking at contemporary global issues, such as Europe's refugee crisis, as they relate to historical events.
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July 20, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Joseph G. McCormick, 60, of Newtown Square, a managing director at the asset management firm PFM Group, and a former lobbyist for public and corporate entities, died Sunday, July 17, of complications from cancer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. McCormick had been hospitalized for six days prior to his death, which "came as a shock to his many friends and associates," business partner John White said in an email. For the last 12 years, Mr. McCormick was an executive with the PFM Group, a national financial adviser and asset manager.
NEWS
July 16, 2016
By Sarah Chamberlain For women voters, there's really no getting around it: The candidacy of Donald Trump is an issue, but not in any traditional sense. Alternatively, the one name that didn't come up at the recent Republican Main Street Partnership (RMSP) roundtable at Villanova was Hillary Clinton's. Going into next week's Republican convention, Trump can go a long way to courting the votes he needs to win in November. As RMSP is fond of reminding people - women's issues are voters' issues.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2016
JAMS, a worldwide private provider of mediation and arbitration services, has named of Gregory P. Miller to its panel. Miller will be based in the JAMS Philadelphia Resolution Center and will serve as a mediator, arbitrator, and special master in a variety of disputes including Business/Commercial, Class Action/Mass Tort, Health Care, Insurance, and Securities. He had been a founding member of the Academy of Court Appointed Masters. Miller entered into private practice in 1984 after almost a decade of public service, first as an officer in the United States Navy, Judge Advocate General's Corp., and later as a federal prosecutor of the United States Attorney's Office in Philadelphia.
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July 11, 2016 | By Michael Matza, Staff Writer
Don't be fooled by his preppy bow tie and conservative suit. Philadelphia lawyer William Stock leads a national army of 14,000 attorneys bent on revolution. On shutting down the family detention centers that hold children arrested with immigrant parents. On eliminating the one-year deadline to apply for asylum. On getting the government to pay for a lawyer for anyone facing deportation. Last month, Stock, 48, became president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, now in its 70th year.
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