Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Obituaries

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.
James T. McVeigh Jr., 71, of Voorhees, owner of the Payroll Accounting Co. in Moorestown from the early 1980s until 2011, died of melanoma on Wednesday, July 16, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
James Garner, 86, a ruggedly handsome and disarming leading man of film and television who was best known for his series Maverick and The Rockford Files and who delivered compelling portrayals of wartime cowards, alcoholics, and self-centered tycoons, died Saturday at his home in Los Angeles.
Ray Lonnen, 74, a British actor who played a spy in The Sandbaggers, a TV series that made the bureaucratic battles of espionage as gripping as 007-style cloak and dagger, died July 11 at his home in London. The cause was cancer, said his wife, actress and writer Tara Ward.
German artist Otto Piene, 86, known for his colorful paintings and gigantic open-air sculptures, died suddenly Thursday, shortly after the opening of his exhibition "More Sky" at Berlin's Neue Nationalgalerie museum. His death was confirmed Friday by Markus Farr, a spokesman for the group Friends of the Neue Nationalgalerie, which helped organize the exhibit.
Actor James Garner, best known for his prime-time television roles as the wisecracking frontier gambler on "“Maverick" and as an ex-con turned private eye on "“The Rockford Files", has died at age 86, Los Angeles police confirmed early on Sunday.
Francis J. "Frank" Cunningham, 79, of Springfield, formerly of Drexel Hill, a longtime electrician, died Monday, July 14, of cardiorespiratory arrest at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
A memorial celebration will be Saturday, July 26, for Howard E. Blake, 92, of Media, a former Temple University professor who died June 15 of renal failure at White Horse Village in Newtown Square.
Jazz musician Lionel Ferbos, 103, died Saturday at his home in New Orleans. His granddaughter, Lori Schexnayder, said the trumpeter died peacefully, surrounded by friends and family.
On Aug. 3, 1944, the B-17 bomber on which James F. Mahon was the navigator crash-landed in Switzerland. Interned by Swiss authorities, he escaped from a camp for combatants on New Year's Eve 1944 and, with the help of French Resistance forces, found an American unit and returned to duty.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Centenarian jazz musician Lionel Ferbos has died at his home in New Orleans. He was 103.
Francis J. "Frank" Cunningham, 79, of Springfield, formerly of Drexel Hill, a longtime electrician, died Monday, July 14, of cardiorespiratory arrest at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
There were broads, and there was Elaine Stritch, the toughest, the smartest, and among the most talented of all. And she could sing.
German artist Otto Piene, 86, known for his colorful paintings and gigantic open-air sculptures, died suddenly Thursday, shortly after the opening of his exhibition "More Sky" at Berlin's Neue Nationalgalerie museum. His death was confirmed Friday by Markus Farr, a spokesman for the group Friends of the Neue Nationalgalerie, which helped organize the exhibit.
Martin Grupp, the percussionist who provided the stuttering pulse for the Drifters’ “On Broadway” and later went on to become the musical contractor for a hit Broadway show, died July 16 at the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He was 90.
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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.
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.