Monday, July 28, 2014
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Martin Hoffmann, 82, a lawyer and onetime enlisted soldier who became secretary of the Army and helped guide the service through a high-profile cheating scandal at the West Point military academy in the mid-1970s, died July 14 at a hospital in Warrenton, Va.
Alan C. "Ace" Greenberg, 86, who as chief executive officer of Bear Stearns Cos. transformed a small bond shop into the fifth-largest U.S. securities firm before it collapsed in 2008 in one of the key events of the global credit crisis, died Friday at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York of complications from cancer, said his son, Ted Greenberg.
He helped restore order at the 1989 Camp Hill Prison riot.
Melvin V. Dorn, 69, a North Philadelphia community advocate and civil rights activist who worked closely with Cecil B. Moore and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., died Monday, July 21, of heart failure at Einstein Medical Center.
The Rev. Thomas Shawn Tracy, 74, an Augustinian priest in Villanova known for his singing and songwriting, died Sunday, July 20, of congestive heart failure at Lankenau Hospital.
Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson recalls his friend Michael R. Schurman as "the go-to guy in county government." "When you wanted to get something done, and done right, you went to Michael," he said.
Thomas Berger, 89, the witty and eclectic novelist who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn Little Big Man and mastered genres ranging from detective stories to domestic farce, died July 13 in Nyack, N.Y. He had been in failing health, said his literary agent, Cristina Concepcion.
Robert Panara, 94, a scholar in the field of deaf studies, a writer and poet, and a professor at institutions including Gallaudet University in Washington and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) in Rochester, N.Y., died Sunday at a nursing home in Rochester. He had heart ailments, said his son, John.
Henry "Hank" Hartsfield Jr., 80, an Air Force test pilot who joined NASA in 1969 but had to wait 13 years before going into space himself, died July 17 in League City, Texas. His death was announced by NASA, which described its cause only as an illness.
He had a knack for relating to people and influenced many.
Anne Feild Elder, 92, formerly of Jenkintown, a civic volunteer for a half-century, died Sunday, July 13, of dementia at Rydal Park, a retirement community where she had lived since 2001.
Lorraine E. Piccone, 79, a nurse and resident of Upper Darby and later, Broomall, died Friday, July 18, of septic shock at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital.
Funeral services for the four children killed in a fire on Gesner Street in Southwest Philadelphia this month will be Aug. 16, a funeral home official said Thursday.
The Rev. Wayne P. Lavin, 72, campus minister at Rutgers-Camden from 1982 to 1987, died Saturday, July 19, at Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice Inpatient Center in Mount Holly.
Ralph Loucks Rogers, 92, formerly of Norwood, Delaware County, a retired research chemist, died Thursday, July 10, of heart failure at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Angela Giribaldi Hurtubise, 80, of Haverford, a teacher and later a real estate agent, died Wednesday, July 16, of pneumonia at Bryn Mawr Hospital.
When Eva M. Moss was in the Army in Alabama in the late 1950s, she was hurt by an episode of racism that she never forgot.
Joseph M. Laufer, 79, of Vincentown, a former Burlington County College administrator who had been the county historian since 2003, died of cancer Saturday, July 19, at his home.
Dan Borislow, 52, the Philadelphia native whose "MagicJack," peddled in television infomercials, helped pioneer free phone calls through the Internet, died Monday, July 21, of a heart attack.
She was a fan of rock ’n’ roll and Catholic and English history.
Dominic M. Roberti, 81, of Bryn Mawr, a chemistry professor and longtime cancer survivor who helped others face lives as cancer patients, died Tuesday, July 15, of a heart attack at his home.
Joan H. Hummel, 83, of Philadelphia and Palm Beach, Fla., a businesswoman, died Sunday, July 20, of pneumonia at Temple University Hospital.
Harriet Jane Green, 73, of Philadelphia, who worked behind the scenes to bring about social change by connecting her vast array of friends and acquaintances, died Friday, July 18, of multiple myeloma at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse.
He was a neighborhood treasure, always ready to help the needy.
Vic Atiyeh, Oregon's last Republican governor, who shepherded the state through a deep recession during two terms in the 1980s, died Sunday night, a family spokesman said.
Martin Grupp, 90, a percussionist who provided the beat for the Drifters' "On Broadway" and many Brill Building songs, died Wednesday, July 16, at Penn-Presbyterian Medical Center.
Norberto Odebrecht, 93, founder of the Brazilian construction company behind large-scale projects such as dams and highways in the Amazon jungle and some of the World Cup stadiums, died Saturday of heart problems in Rio de Janeiro.
He enjoyed deep-sea fishing and was an opera buff.
Joseph P. Triolo, 86, of Holland, an electrical engineer, died Monday, July 14, of heart failure at Holy Redeemer St. Joseph Manor.
NEW YORK (AP) - Thomas Berger, the witty and eclectic novelist who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn "Little Big Man" and mastered genres ranging from detective stories to domestic farce, has died at age 89.
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Ellen Coleman Robey, 85, a resident of Medford since 1956 who was transportation director for the Lenape Regional High School District from 1981 to 1991, died of heart failure Tuesday, July 22, at home.
Francis J. McKibbin Jr., 67, of Center City, an architect who served as manager of major building projects in Philadelphia and elsewhere, died Friday, July 18, of sarcoma at Pennsylvania Hospital.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 26, for Charles Edward Mitchell, 88, of Philadelphia, a trailblazing lawyer who excelled in the area of labor and employment law.