September 15, 2016 |
Joan Mazzotti always has a story about a student who has faced tough circumstances but has persevered to get to and through college - with her organization's help. In Mazzotti's more than 16 years at the helm of Philadelphia Futures, the nonprofit organization has shepherded more than 500 students through cash-strapped public high schools in the city and on to college. Among them were two Haitian-born orphans whom she and her husband mentored. Now, Mazzotti herself is preparing to take a culminating step.
September 14, 2016 |
Pauline Poole Foster, 94, the retired director of counseling for the Lower Merion School District, died Aug. 28, of heart failure at Beaumont at Bryn Mawr, where she had lived for 17 years. Dr. Foster grew up in West Long Branch, Monmouth County, the youngest of eight children of Albert and Bessie Covert Brown Poole. She graduated from high school at age 15 and majored in mathematics at Monmouth College (now Monmouth University), also in West Long Branch. After graduating from college, Dr. Foster became a math teacher at Manasquan High School, where she was only two years older than her most senior students.
September 12, 2016 |
The setting: the Weymouth building of Lancaster Court Apartments. The event: move-in day at St. Joseph's University. The mood: tired and sweaty from carrying so much stuff up so many steps as temperatures climbed, too, into the 90s. The exception to this overall miserable scene late last month: Isabela Garcia. A 19-year-old sophomore from Panama, Garcia was the picture of Zen, chilling in her air-conditioned room while two guys lugged in seven boxes, two duffel bags, and two large trash bags full of her belongings, as well as a plastic cabinet, a hamper, a comforter, and a mini-fridge.
August 29, 2016 |
A pair of Villanova University astronomers had spent years studying the radiation emitted by red dwarfs - a type of star that includes the sun's nearest neighbor, Proxima Centauri. Then, two months ago, they were let in on a big secret. After studying a pattern of "wobbles" in the light from Proxima Centauri, an international team of scientists concluded the phenomenon was caused by a previously unknown planet. Could the Villanova scientists help determine if water might exist on its surface?
August 23, 2016
Hirtle Callaghan, a Philadelphia provider of outsourced chief investment officers, has named Ranji Nagaswami CEO. From 2010 to 2012, Nagaswami served as chief investment adviser to the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg for New York City's $150 billion Employee Retirement Systems. Most recently, she had been operating partner and senior adviser at Corsair Capital. Jonathan J. Hirtle, who cofounded Hirtle Callaghan in 1988, will remain as the firm's executive chairman.
August 20, 2016 |
At 44, Matthew Slaughter has seen a lot, and not much of it in an academic setting. He grew up in North Philadelphia's Richard Allen Homes and became a father when he was 14. Arrested before his 20th birthday for a 1990 murder in North Philadelphia, he was sentenced in 1992 to life in prison. Similarly, Edward Ramirez, 39, who grew up in Logan and whose father is a retired Philadelphia police officer, was just 18 when he committed a 1995 murder in Frankford for which he is serving a life term.
August 10, 2016 |
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.
August 9, 2016 |
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.
August 6, 2016 |
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.
July 22, 2016 |
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.