February 4, 2016 |
Joseph A. Coffey Jr., 73, who balanced life as a lawyer, family man, and avid traveler, died of cancer Friday, Jan. 22, at his home in Tequesta, Fla., where he had lived since 2000. Mr. Coffey grew up in Southwest Philadelphia. He attended Most Blessed Sacrament School in Kingsessing and West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys as well as La Salle University, where he studied marketing, graduating in 1964. After graduating, he served in Army for a year before eventually enrolling in Temple University's law school, from which he graduated in 1969.
February 3, 2016 |
John Y. Gotanda, dean of the Villanova Law School, will leave that job in June to take over as president of Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu. Gotanda, who taught for more than a decade at the law school and held various administrative posts before being named dean in 2011, took over during a time of upheaval and trauma. No sooner had he been named dean than the law school disclosed that admissions data for incoming students had been falsified for an undetermined number of years, an apparent attempt to raise the school's position in the U.S. News & World Report rankings.
January 29, 2016 |
Anne Welsh McNulty, a New York investment manager and native of Springfield, Delaware County, made gifts of $10 million to the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and $5 million to Villanova University, the two schools said Wednesday. The gift to Wharton will be used to expand the school's leadership program, which will be name the Anne and John McNulty Leadership Program at the Wharton School. John McNulty, Anne's late husband, died in 2005. The second gift will be used to establish the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women's Leadership a Villanova, where McNulty received her bachelor's degree in 1975.
January 23, 2016 |
Walter Fontanella, 83, and the love of his life, Tomasina Fontanella, 85, died 10 days apart after a happy 58-year marriage. The couple lived in Havertown for many years. Mr. Fontanella had long been ill with cancer when he died Saturday, Jan. 16, at Vitas Hospice at Jefferson Methodist Hospital. Mrs. Fontanella's death in her sleep at home on Wednesday, Jan. 6, was unexpected, the family said. It was perhaps fitting that they should exit almost together, since they were inseparable in life; they indulged in opera, art, and travel, and in their latter years took classes together at Villanova University.
January 22, 2016 |
Villanova University will rename its School of Law for a 1973 alumnus who went on to a career in investment management, marking the first time that one of the university's schools will carry the name of a donor. Charles "Chuck" Widger, founder and executive chairman of Brinker Capital, a Berwyn investment management firm, gave the school $25 million, the second-largest donation in Villanova's history, the university announced Wednesday. The money is largely to be used for scholarships for students who show leadership skills and an interest in both business and law - worlds that Widger has bridged.
January 20, 2016 |
A decade ago, Bruce L. Castor Jr. vowed that his announcement that he would not charge Bill Cosby in connection with an alleged sexual attack on a Temple University employee would be his final word on the topic. As Cosby now awaits trial on the same accusation, the case could hinge on what the former Montgomery County district attorney says next. Castor stands by his claim that he granted Cosby an oral "non-prosecution agreement" in 2005 - and is likely to say as much if he testifies at a pivotal hearing in two weeks.
January 12, 2016 |
WHO WAS that guy? Someone from Villanova had just gone out for a pass in a game with Kentucky, caught the ball and scored a touchdown. The radio announcer broadcasting the game had no idea who it was. But 10 minutes later, after conducting a quick investigation, the announcer revealed that the mystery player was John J. Giordano, who, being a freshman, wasn't listed on the team roster. Back in Philly, John's family, listening to the game at the iconic family store in the Ninth Street Market, erupted in cheers.
January 11, 2016 |
Brian McDonnell lies in his small, dark room under the crucifix on his wall, praying Hail Marys on his blue plastic rosary beads. Symbols of a church that had forsaken him, but one that he has never abandoned. He worries that he is dying. It is all he thinks about. "I don't know how long I'm going to last," he said the other afternoon. "I just feel like I'm fading quick. I just fall asleep saying Hail Marys. " Brian suffers from schizophrenia, dementia, and depression. The manifestations of his mental illness are inextricably intertwined with the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of a priest as an altar boy at now-closed St. Gregory's in West Philadelphia.
January 2, 2016 |
Lucien Roland Roy, 91, a mathematics professor at Villanova University for 40 years, died Monday, Dec. 28, of natural causes at a nursing home in Needham, Mass. Mr. Roy was known for his enthusiasm and high standards in the classroom, although colleagues said he was not to every student's taste. "He had a French Canadian accent, and he'd get quite wrapped up in a given theorem or something. Students would be standing there, and he's ranting and raving about how important this thing is," said David Strows, director of graduate programs.
December 25, 2015 |
Sister Emellia Prokopik, 95, a former principal at St. Basil Academy and academic dean at Manor College, died of heart problems Thursday, Dec. 17, at her order's monastery in Abington. Sister Emellia's impact on the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great and their monastery was vast. She wrote the province's history, held high-ranking posts in Rome from 1971 to 1989 and as superior general, and visited Basilian sisters throughout the world, including Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, and Australia.