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.
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.
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.
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.
February 26, 2015 |
Former Villanova investment manager Barry R. Bekkedam pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he helped orchestrate fraudulent loans from Nova Bank in a bid to secure government bailout money for the now-defunct Berwyn institution. Bekkedam, who moved from the Main Line to Hobe Sound, Fla., in 2010, declined to comment after a 15-minute hearing in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The investment manager, who specialized in deals for wealthy clients who needed lots of income to support high-end lifestyles, was released on his own recognizance after signing a $250,000 bond.
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.
March 14, 2012 |
Some Villanova alumni and fans, it seems, are acting more immature than your average college student. Posters on a popular college sports message board, rivals.com, took potshots at residents who oppose the Catholic university's proposed $200 million expansion, which includes three dormitories, a six-story parking garage, stores, and a performing arts center. The residents belong to a newly formed group called Right Plan for Radnor. Rivals.com commentators singled out members of the group and their families for ridicule, using terms such as "overweight oaf," "gross," "imbecile," and "wild and horny" to describe them.
April 24, 2013 |
The high school senior was wait listed at Villanova University, her number-one pick. So she sent the admissions office a white sneaker with the letter V painted in blue and a note: "I've already got one foot in the door. Help me get the other foot in as well. " Such gimmicks, though creative, rarely make a difference in the decision-making, officials say. But the tactic underscores the often intense emotion around the next stage of the admission process: the waiting game. While students across the nation are weighing offers from schools along with financial aid, some students have the complication of not having been accepted at their top school - but also not having been rejected.
April 10, 2016 |
We needed that parade. Maybe more than the Wildcats did. Sure, Villanova University is six miles beyond City Avenue in Radnor Township, but the whole region's fans desperately needed a moment of bliss to put Philadelphia's recent sports futility out of mind. Just a couple of hours in Center City to claim the NCAA champions as our own and latch onto a college squad that has almost as many NBA-ready prospects as the 76ers. "We should be honored," Pete Soens said Friday as he waited for the parade to roar into Penn Square.