Friday, January 30, 2015

Obituaries

Ian A. McGain, 70, formerly of Huntingdon Valley, an official in two Montgomery County communities, died Thursday, Jan. 22, of heart failure at his home in Harleysville.
NEW YORK - Rod McKuen, 81, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s won him Oscar nominations and made him one of the best-selling poets in history, died Thursday at a rehabilitation center in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Samuel J. Pilotti, 85, of Berwyn, a Realtor and civic leader in Philadelphia's western suburbs, died Saturday, Jan. 24, of cancer at Paoli Hospital.
Her customers sought her out even after she became a fulltime housewife.
Charles Townes, 99, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist whose discoveries in quantum electronics led to the laser technology used in fiber-optic communications, medicine, even James Bond films, died Tuesday in California.
George M. Dorrance III, 63, of Villanova, a Royal Bank of Canada wealth manager, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, of leukemia at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He had been diagnosed with the disease last March.
"In the world of business, there's an expression to describe somebody who brings you along with him, up into the ranks," Rabbi Steven Lindemann said.
John Bayley, 89, whose best-selling Elegy for Iris about his wife, the writer Iris Murdoch, earned him his broadest audience and inspired the 2001 movie Iris, died Jan. 12 of heart problems at his home in the Canary Islands.
She taught African-American and American Indian history to her family.
Barbara Gottlieb Zehender, 75, of Philadelphia, a trailblazer for women in the field of advertising, died Thursday, Jan. 15, of an intestinal ailment at her Center City home.
William R. Johnson, 86, of Drexel Hill, a retired manager for Radio Corp. of America in Camden, died Friday, Jan. 23, of pneumonia at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital.
Sister Marian Paul Schneider, 84, a parochial school teacher and principal who later worked with the elderly, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, of a heart ailment at McAuley Convent in Merion.
Benjamin E. Cavileer Sr., 80, of Egg Harbor City, N.J., who retired in 2001 as the New Gretna toll plaza supervisor on the Garden State Parkway, died of complications from heart problems Thursday, Jan. 22, at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center.
Rosemary McCarron Flannery, 93, of Haverford and Avalon, N.J., a former Inquirer sports writer and one of the first women to graduate from Villanova Law School, died Friday, Jan. 23, of an aneurysm at Bryn Mawr Hospital.
She donated works to help the Sunshine Foundation serve dying children.
Stella Ferrari Conaway, 92, of West Chester, a respected voice teacher and performer, died Thursday, Jan. 8, her 61st wedding anniversary, of Alzheimer's disease at Simpson Meadows, Downingtown.
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Ellen Speiser Katz, 80, an early principal of the Philadelphia School, a progressive private institution, died Sunday, Jan. 25, of Parkinson's disease at her Rittenhouse Square apartment.
As block captain, she ran cleanup campaigns, and took care of the needy.
He was full of ideas for business ventures.