April 1, 2015
YOU'VE PROBABLY never heard of Rob Peace, but you might have. Peace was supposed to have done really big things with his life. The son of a single mother and a dad jailed for murder, he grew up in a low-income neighborhood in Newark, N.J., during the height of that city's crack-fueled drug wars. His mother worked in a hospital cafeteria and scrimped to get him into a private high school, where he excelled, earning straight A's. After graduating at the top of his class, Peace enrolled at Yale University on a full scholarship paid by a wealthy benefactor, who told him, "You can go to college wherever you want.
March 4, 2015 |
The corner of 15th and Christian Streets is clogged with snow. As the storm intensifies, only a few people keep trudging through the slush. Among them are Martha Tellaz and her children, Alan and Santiago. Bundled tightly, the three seem to materialize out of the storm and enter the building of Mighty Writers South on Christian Street. Mighty Writers, a nonprofit that fosters critical thinking skills and creativity, offers daily afterschool programs, nightly classes, scholarship programs, college preparatory courses, and more, all free to Philadelphia students.
February 27, 2015 |
Enid Lynne Shivers, 73, of Germantown, a college teacher, nonviolence trainer, and prolific writer, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, of a heart ailment at Wyndmoor Hills Health Care & Rehab Center. Known informally as Lynne, Ms. Shivers was an idealist and lifelong Quaker who put her words and pacifist values to work as an instructor in nonviolent passive resistance. While teaching English at Community College of Philadelphia, she led training sessions on nonviolent protest in various countries.
January 31, 2015 |
Bernice Gordon, 101, the matriarch of American crossword puzzles, whose last puzzle appeared in the New York Times in August, died early Thursday, Jan. 29. Mrs. Gordon, a Philadelphia native who lived her last years in a Center City assisted-living community, started creating crosswords at age 35 as a young widow, home evenings with two small sons and needing something to engage her mind. She was rejected repeatedly at first. "My child," her mother scolded, "if you would spend as much time on cookbooks instead of crosswords, your family would be happier.
January 19, 2015
ON THE SURFACE, it might look as if what Rowan University pitcher Richie Suarez has overcome was about defying the odds or embracing a challenge to do the near impossible. In reality, the motivation for this 3 1/2-year journey was simpler than that. The 14 months of chemotherapy Suarez endured to treat the high-risk, pre-B, acute lymphoblastic leukemia he had been diagnosed with on Aug. 27, 2011, only 2 days before he was to enter Rowan as a freshman, had ravaged the body that had produced an outstanding pitching career at Eastern Regional High School.
January 17, 2015 |
Lewis Katz, whose passion for sports was only exceeded by his philanthropy, will be honored posthumously when the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association holds its 111th annual banquet Friday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill. Katz will be named the winner of the Ed Snider Lifetime Humanitarian award for his charitable work. Snider, chairman of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, will present the award to members of Katz's family. When Snider was married in 2013, Katz served as his best man. "He was the best man because he is the best man I've ever known," Snider said at Katz's memorial service last year.
January 13, 2015 |
A historic Camden townhouse that was home to a prominent Camden doctor will again be filled with life and learning when Rutgers University students and faculty move in to their new Writers House. The Henry Genet Taylor House, undergoing renovations at 305 Cooper St., will open next academic year as the home of Rutgers-Camden's graduate programs in English, with space for classes, workshops, offices, and public events. "This building is a gem - maybe one of the best of its type in the region - and I do think it has got to be more inspirational than sitting around chipped, cramped classroom desks in a 1960s building," Lisa Zeidner, an English professor at Rutgers-Camden and a novelist, wrote in an e-mail.
January 8, 2015 |
Constance K. Dean, 94, of Gladwyne, a journalist who later became a publicist, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, of influenza at Lankenau Hospital. An Overbrook native, Mrs. Dean graduated from Overbrook High School in 1938 and earned a bachelor of science degree in commerce from Temple University's School of Communications in 1942. Mrs. Dean began her career by working for International News Service, founded by publisher William Randolph Hearst. She was based in Philadelphia, from which her news and feature stories went out on the wire and appeared in newspapers, journals and periodicals.
January 7, 2015 |
A few months before martial law was declared in Poland on Dec. 13, 1981, the poet and samizdat writer Stanislaw Baranczak arrived at Harvard. He was the Alfred Jurzykowski Professor of Polish Language and Literature there until Parkinson's disease forced him to retire in 1997. He died of pneumonia Dec. 26 at age 68. Baranczak was a cofounder of a pre-Solidarity organization, the KOR, was arrested for supporting the workers, and was fired from his teaching post at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan.