October 26, 2015 |
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.
December 29, 2014 |
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.
October 10, 2012 |
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.
February 21, 2012 |
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.
March 11, 2015 |
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.
April 2, 2016 |
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.
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.
October 28, 2013 |
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.
July 20, 2016 |
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.
June 9, 2016 |
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.