Obituaries
Obituaries

James J. Prendergast, 86, municipal bond lawyer and supporter of Catholic causes

Mr. Prendergast and his wife had seven children, two of whom died very young from cystic fibrosis.

Russell Baker, droll columnist and memoirist who twice won Pulitzer, dies at 93

Russell Baker, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who for 36 years brought whimsy, irreverence and droll commentary to the Observer column in the New York Times and whose memoir, "Growing Up," was a bestseller, died Jan. 21 at his home in Leesburg, Virginia. He was 93.

Russell Baker, droll columnist and memoirist who twice won Pulitzer, dies at 93

Russell Baker, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who for 36 years brought whimsy, irreverence and droll commentary to the Observer column in the New York Times and whose memoir, "Growing Up," was a bestseller, died Jan. 21 at his home in Leesburg, Virginia. He was 93.

Kaye Ballard, boisterous singer and actress, dies at 93

Kaye Ballard, star of stage, nightclubs, and "The Mothers-In-Law," dies at 93.

Kaye Ballard, boisterous singer and actress, dies at 93

Kaye Ballard, star of stage, nightclubs, and "The Mothers-In-Law," dies at 93.

Mary Connelly Graff, 87, former Temple University professor and journalist

Investigative journalism and precise use of the written word were Mrs. Graff’s twin passions.They drove her to muckrake, teach, and lead in various journalistic roles.

Mary Connelly Graff, 87, former Temple University professor and journalist

Investigative journalism and precise use of the written word were Mrs. Graff’s twin passions.They drove her to muckrake, teach, and lead in various journalistic roles.
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Harris Wofford, former Pa. senator and civil rights activist who helped Kennedy win White House, dies at 92

The former Democratic senator from Pennsylvania was an early supporter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and marched alongside him.

Millicent Levin Weinstein, 92, artist, mother and community worker

Mrs. Weinstein's creative output included paintings, sculptures, and collages. She also volunteered her arts skills with the public schools and for a cancer nonprofit.

Richard G. Desmond, 64, retired N.J. police sergeant and leader of bagpipe band

Sgt. Desmond had seen the Emerald Society's bagpipe band perform in parades while growing up in New York. He was so taken with the spectacle that he created a Camden County version of the bagpipe band in 1995.

Sandra Dombroski Fritsch, 72, psychologist who used Parkinson’s insights to support others

When Sandra Dombroksi Fritsch was first diagnosed with Parkinson's disease she became manically active, as if to outrun it. Then she changed her thinking about the disease and taught others to do the same.

Women’s basketball pioneer Mary Scharff, former Immaculata star, dies at 64

The former Paul VI star, who won a national title at Immaculata, helped bring the sport into the modern era with her athleticism and playing skills.

John Bogle, who founded Vanguard and revolutionized retirement savings, dies at 89

Mr. Bogle pioneered low-cost, low-fee investing that was ridiculed at first, but would enable millions of ordinary Americans to build wealth.

Ola B. Lofton, 95, an Army nurse who rose to captain, then nursed children in Philly

At a time when it was difficult for women of color to get a college education, Ola Lofton earned a degree in public health nursing. She had a career as an Army nurse, and later as a civiilan nurse in Philadelphia.

Hoyt William Bangs, 64, building-supply company owner who loved carpentry

Mr. Bangs liked building things, especially when there was a plain-looking house that needed some beautiful woodwork. On his last day of life, he talked about what he had learned: “Be true to yourself and God, and have fun building whatever you’re interested in,” he said.

Raymond G. Perelman, master investor and philanthropist, dies at 101

He was a master businessman who bought and sold companies with abandon. He also became one of the Philadelphia region’s greatest philanthropists, leaving his mark at the University of Pennsylvania and beyond.

Broadway legend Carol Channing has died at age 97

The lanky, ebullient musical comedy star delighted American audiences over almost 5,000 performances as the scheming Dolly Levi in “Hello, Dolly” on Broadway and beyond.

Irvin Stone Lieberman, 82, former Chester County Press publisher and author of stinging “Uncle Irvin” column

In his final column, Mr. Lieberman was blunt: “The thorn in my side has been the massive deterioration of America The Beautiful, and the gross dishonesty of our elected and appointed officials. I no longer trust any of them.”

Joyce C. Roche, 70, special-education teacher in Philly public schools

Ms. Roche was a 30-year teacher in the city's public schools, as well as a devoted matriarch, and an active Baptist church member.

Geoffrey Wilson, 93, chose books for adult readers of the Free Library of Philadelphia

Mr. Wilson worked as an administrator for the Philadelphia library system, but he also wrote books reviews for the Inquirer in the 1980s. Written in a casual style, they belie his erudition.

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