October 20, 2014 |
Philadelphia is as cool as Silicon Valley or Manhattan for start-ups and aspiring entrepreneurs. Yes, really. Got an idea? Go for it. "Philly is a great sandbox. You can try, fail, try again, tweak, and you're not under a huge microscope," says venture capitalist Patrick FitzGerald. Just ask Allison Berliner, who earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She spent a semester in San Francisco, but came back east to work at Wanderfly, then co-founded a fashion brands-matchmaking website, PopInShop, in Philly.
October 3, 2014 |
Joseph P. Lamb Sr., 94, of Drexel Hill, a proud Irishman who never forgot his Philadelphia roots, died Friday, Sept. 26, of respiratory failure at Springfield Hospital in Delaware County. Born and raised in Southwest Philadelphia, Mr. Lamb was a 1937 graduate of West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys. While there, he played football, baseball, and basketball for the Connell Spades. He was a resident of Briarcliffe, a neighborhood of brick rowhouses in Glenolden, before moving to Drexel Hill in 1969.
September 12, 2014 |
BRIDGET McLOONE would sit on the porch of Villa St. Martha in Downingtown, where she was living, and look toward the nearby St. Joseph Church, of which her son was pastor. A nice view, except for that darned tree! The tree blocked her clear view of her son's church and she was miffed. "Can't you cut that tree down?" she demanded. Bridget Teresa McLoone was a determined Irish gal, a product of County Donegal, a woman who raised four children, helped send them all to college with faith and frugality, and saw them all become successes in their chosen professions.
August 5, 2014 |
AFTER JOHN LIGGET retired as senior vice president of CoreStates Bank in 1987, the bank wouldn't let him go. It asked him to help keep its customers happy by playing 18 holes of golf with them at the Merion Golf Club, an enviable occupation for John Ligget, who not only played the course for his own recreation, but was an officer of the club. John Thomas Ligget Jr., who spent 37 years in the Philadelphia banking business in various executive capacities, a Navy veteran of World War II, in which he served in the Pacific Theater, world traveler and devoted family man, died Tuesday.
August 5, 2014 |
Donald J. Moran, 83, a businessman and former Bryn Mawr resident, died Friday, July 25, of pneumonia at a hospice near his home in Naples, Fla. Mr. Moran was born in 1930 and grew up in Southwest Philadelphia. He graduated from West Catholic Boys High School in 1948 and enlisted in the Navy, serving on the destroyer USS Vogelgesang After his military service, Mr. Moran attended the University of Pennsylvania, graduating from the Wharton School in 1957. He began a career in business, holding positions at General Electric and Chilton Publishing Co. His entrepreneurial bent, however, led him to establish a series of businesses, which had varying degrees of success.
July 30, 2014 |
The William Penn Foundation's new leader will leave Aug. 31 after six months on the job. Peter J. Degnan, who came to William Penn as managing director at the beginning of March from his post as vice dean of finance and administration at the Wharton School, has tendered his resignation, foundation leaders said Monday. There will be no search for a replacement. Laura Sparks, previously chief philanthropy officer, will step into the top job, being retitled executive director, when Degnan leaves.
July 16, 2014 |
Edwin J. Poplawski, 88, of Springfield, Delaware County, a banker, World War II veteran, and community organizer, died Wednesday, July 9, of lung cancer at Vitas Hospice at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. Mr. Poplawski worked for 23 years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and another 23 years at the First Pennsylvania Bank before retiring as an assistant vice president in 1989. As part of his job, Mr. Poplawski created and launched technical designs in the areas of computer automation, advanced security functions, and data integrity and controls.
July 3, 2014 |
Frank E. Greenberg, 81, formerly of Penn Valley, a Philadelphia lawyer and standout track and field official, died Sunday, June 29, at an assisted-living facility in Palm Harbor, Fla., of complications associated with Alzheimer's disease. He had been ill for several years, said his friend Stuart Gellman. Born in Philadelphia, he graduated from Overbrook High School in 1950, and earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and a degree from Penn's Law School.
June 6, 2014 |
AFTER SUFFERING their seventh shutout in their previous 27 games and with everyone from your barber to a current coach questioning whether the Phillies are even a major league product, the drumbeat to replace Ruben Amaro Jr. as general manager is louder now than any sound emanating from the ballpark these days. Gone are the ebbs and flows of his six-season tenure as the GM, a tenure marked by league-shattering blockbuster trades in both directions, a tenure marked by dozens of minor leaguers being pushed from team to team like poker chips, most becoming little more than tips to a cocktail waitress.
June 2, 2014 |
When Andy Reid was fired by the Eagles after the 2012 season, he decided he wanted to get back to doing what he does best: coaching. Reid returned to Philadelphia on Saturday to appear on a panel with Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff at the NFL's Career Development Symposium at Penn's Wharton School. The topic was managing key relationships, and the audience included 70 NFL assistant coaches and player-personnel executives aspiring for bigger jobs. Reid fielded a question about evaluating his shortcomings.