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February 10, 2012
The president of West Catholic High School, one of 49 Archdiocese of Philadelphia schools ordered to close at the end of the year, resigned his post Thursday. Brother Timothy Ahern left because of an "untenable atmosphere" at the school, the archdiocese said in a statement. Ahern did not appeal the archdiocese decision to close the school because he "did not want to raise false hopes," officials said. West Catholic was the only high school of four ordered to close that has not appealed.
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July 3, 2013 | Inquirer Staff Report
West Catholic High School said Monday it is the recipient of a $1 million gift, the largest in its 96-year history. The donors have not been identified. The money is to be used to fund a new 5-year strategic plan for the West Philadelphia institution, which had been targeted for closure. The plan aims to make the school self sustaining by 2015, according to the school. About 345 students, including 145 freshman, are enrolled for the school year beginning in September. The gift is on top an another $1 million raised during the 2012-13 fiscal year, the school said.
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March 24, 2012 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brother Richard Kestler, a former principal and president of West Catholic High School, will become its president again, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Brothers of the Christian Schools announced Friday. Kestler has been the president of La Salle College High School, a private Catholic boys' college-prep school in Wyndmoor, for the last seven years. He will assume the post at West on July 1. He will replace Brother Tim Ahern. Ahern was the only president among four archdiocesan high schools targeted for closing this winter who did not file an appeal.
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June 16, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
One look at the photograph is all one needs to see how much Akyra Murray and Beulah Osueke meant to each other. The player, Murray, is sitting next to her proud West Catholic High School basketball coach, Osueke, as the senior signs a letter of intent to continue her career and education at Mercyhurst University in Erie. Mutual admiration. Satisfaction. The culmination of all the hard work both put in to sit at that table in the first place. All of those feelings shine through in the image, as the two are radiant and smiling, looking like they are sharing an inside joke.
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July 3, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
West Catholic High School announced Monday that it has received a $1 million gift, the largest in the school's history. "It's a transformative gift for our school," said Brother Richard Kestler, president of the school at 45th and Chestnut Streets. "It is the largest gift other than a capital campaign gift. " Kestler said the money, from a donor who wished to remain anonymous, would fund the school's newly adopted five-year plan, which outlines strategic goals in 10 areas including enrollment, financial management, governance, curriculum, technology and student life.
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June 19, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
JACK DEVINE WAS a legendary basketball player at Villanova University and later a winning coach, but as far as the folks in Sea Isle City, N.J., are concerned, he was just a great guy. After his death Sunday, his son Jack Jr. was in a pharmacy in Sea Isle when the pharmacist gave him a big hug and told him how much his father had meant to him. At another point, his mother's dentist was sobbing on the phone. "He touched everybody," Jack Jr. said of his dad. "He cared deeply about people.
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October 21, 1991 | By Julia Cass, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gerald J. Gallo, 80, the former president of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers' local in Philadelphia, died Saturday at Lankenau Hospital. He lived in the Overbrook Park section of Philadelphia. Born in West Philadelphia, Mr. Gallo left West Catholic High School in his senior year and took a job at the Sharp Brothers tailor shop on Arch Street to help support his family when his father became ill. He was involved in unionizing the tailors at the shop - about 200 people at that time - and became the company's shop chairman in 1941.
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May 25, 1999 | By Bill Price, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Donald F. Ott, 53, a high school teacher, coach and department supervisor for the Marple Newtown School District, died of complications from leukemia Thursday at Swedish Medical Hospital in Seattle. He had undergone a bone-marrow transplant there in October. Mr. Ott joined the school district in 1973 as a health and physical education teacher at the junior high school. In the mid- to late 1970s, he joined the teaching staff at Marple Newtown High School, where he also taught driver's education for a time.
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January 30, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
DEBORAH BRADLEY was close to her niece, Jean Morgan, who lives in Virginia Beach, Va. They talked on the phone every day, conversations that lasted hours. Deborah, a popular figure in her West Philadelphia neighborhood, lived alone and might have been a little lonely. But she looked forward to her chats with her niece. Then on Jan. 21, Jean wasn't able to get her aunt on the phone. No answer at her number. Jean kept trying into the next day, to no avail. She finally called Deborah's brother, Floyd Bradley, who sent his son, Kenneth Felton, to check on his sister.
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June 16, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
One look at the photograph is all one needs to see how much Akyra Murray and Beulah Osueke meant to each other. The player, Murray, is sitting next to her proud West Catholic High School basketball coach, Osueke, as the senior signs a letter of intent to continue her career and education at Mercyhurst University in Erie. Mutual admiration. Satisfaction. The culmination of all the hard work both put in to sit at that table in the first place. All of those feelings shine through in the image, as the two are radiant and smiling, looking like they are sharing an inside joke.
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October 31, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
William H. Logan III, 82, of Yeadon, a funeral director and former Yeadon Borough councilman, died Sunday, Oct. 25, of complications from Parkinson's disease at Chester County Hospital. Mr. Logan's life was defined by service to his family, country, church, and community. A native of Yeadon, he made his living as the owner and operator of Logan Funeral Homes, with funeral parlors in Philadelphia, Havertown, and Exton. Starting in 1895, the Logan family operated a funeral home in the 2400 block of Lombard Street to serve the Schuylkill and Devil's Pocket communities of Philadelphia.
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June 29, 2015 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood where Carla Caple has lived since birth, maintaining a faith life has been like a game of musical chairs. One Catholic parish closes and Caple moves to another. Then that church shuts down and she moves on to the next. Through each closing or merging of a parish and school, Caple has enrolled her children in someplace new and gone to Mass with a new group of congregants. But her faith has remained strong, whatever the parish. And despite the revolving door of parishes, Caple has stayed involved with her congregation.
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May 12, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Sister Mary Theodosia Linus, 98, an elementary school teacher and librarian who served at Catholic schools here and elsewhere, died Sunday, May 3, of cancer at Holy Child Center in Rosemont. She was a sister of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus for 78 years. Born in Philadelphia, Sister Theodosia was one of five children of James and Margaret Ahern Linus. Her family was large and fun-loving. Sister Theo, as she was called, inherited a bright, happy spirit that she carried with her wherever she went, her family said.
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February 10, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John C. "Jack" Savage, 78, of Newtown Square, a basketball player for St. Joseph's University who went on to become an executive with Main Line Health, died Sunday, Feb. 1, of Alzheimer's disease at White Horse Village. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Savage was a 1954 graduate of West Catholic High School and a 1958 graduate of St. Joseph's University. He played basketball for both. In 1953, he was part of the West Catholic team that beat Wilt Chamberlain's Overbrook High team, 54-42, in a game at the Palestra.
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January 30, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
DEBORAH BRADLEY was close to her niece, Jean Morgan, who lives in Virginia Beach, Va. They talked on the phone every day, conversations that lasted hours. Deborah, a popular figure in her West Philadelphia neighborhood, lived alone and might have been a little lonely. But she looked forward to her chats with her niece. Then on Jan. 21, Jean wasn't able to get her aunt on the phone. No answer at her number. Jean kept trying into the next day, to no avail. She finally called Deborah's brother, Floyd Bradley, who sent his son, Kenneth Felton, to check on his sister.
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December 26, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Sister Eileen Marie Sheehan, 86, a longtime elementary schoolteacher, died Monday, Dec. 8, of coronary artery disease at McAuley Convent in Merion. The youngest of nine children, Sister Eileen Marie attended St. Francis de Sales School and West Catholic High School for Girls. After graduating in 1946, she entered the Sisters of Mercy, and professed her vows in 1949. She spent 30 years in elementary education within the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Her assignments included stints at Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, both in Philadelphia; St. Matthias in Bala Cynwyd; St. Denis in Havertown, and Holy Martyrs, in Oreland.
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November 8, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rodman A. Boston, 89, of Drexel Hill, a carpenter and construction supervisor for many years, died Friday, Oct. 31, of respiratory failure at Lankenau Hospital. Born in West Philadelphia, Mr. Boston, known as "Roddy," was one of six children. He was taken out of West Catholic High School at age 16 to work in the family's butcher shop. Later, he received a diploma from West Catholic. He enlisted in World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge as part of Gen. George S. Patton's Third Army.
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June 20, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph J. MacNamara, 85, of Turnersville, a former Defense Department contract administrator in Moorestown and Camden, died of cancer Tuesday, June 17, at home. Born in West Philadelphia, he attended West Catholic High School and transferred to a seminary of the Augustinian religious order on Staten Island, N.Y., a son, Joseph J. Jr., said. After two years there, Mr. MacNamara worked as a radar technician on the aircraft carrier Oriskany. From 1950 to 1960, he was a teller for First Pennsylvania Bank, and until 1963, he worked for the IRS. Mr. MacNamara began his 30-year Defense Department career in 1963 as a contract administrator at a Center City office, his son said.
NEWS
June 19, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Herb Magee said he learned a lesson about coaching from Jack Devine. Magee's senior year at West Catholic High School was Mr. Devine's first year of coaching basketball there, but he came with a reputation as a star player at West Catholic and Villanova University. "We felt we were a good team, but when Coach Devine took over, he instilled in us the desire to become better," Magee said. "He would let us do what we did best," Magee said, adding that as a coach, "I allow my own players to do what they do best.
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