Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Obituaries

Thomas W. Vahey, 79, of Sea Isle City, N.J., who retired in 1999 as a petroleum blender at the Arco refinery in South Philadelphia, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Friday, Feb. 27, at a relative's home in Havertown.
James N. Clark, 77, of Philadelphia, an advertising executive and compassionate activist, died Monday, Feb. 23, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, of complications from Parkinson's disease.
Charmayne "Maxee" Maxwell, 46, a member of the 1990s R&B trio Brownstone - best known for the hit "If You Love Me" - has died after cutting herself in a fall at home, a representative said Monday.
Carmella Ulissi Dixon, 87, of Moorestown, an administrative assistant in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania from 1971 to 1996, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Samaritan Hospice Inpatient Center in Mount Holly.
As a seamstress, she also made clothing for youngsters.
Eugenie Clark, 92, a world authority on sharks who defied society's expectations about women's roles in science and the much-feared underwater creatures she studied, died last Wednesday at her home in Sarasota, Fla.
Ralph V. Cacciutti, 77, of Gladwyne, owner and operator of his family's foundry for many years, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, of a stroke at Bryn Mawr Hospital.
Anita Magistro Udell's father was a North Jersey shoemaker from a small Sicilian town. Sicilian was the language at home, and so "she did not speak English until elementary school," daughter Ruth Kunstadter said.
Paul L. Green, 91, one of the Tuskegee Airmen - the legendary black pilots who escorted U.S. aircraft during World War II - died Feb. 23 in a California senior care home.
Irving Kahn, 109, the Manhattan money manager whose astounding longevity enabled him to carry firsthand lessons from the Great Depression well into the 21st century, died Tuesday at his apartment in Manhattan, his grandson, Andrew Kahn, said Thursday.
Dori J. Maynard, 56, a journalist and champion of diversity in news coverage, died Tuesday at her home in Oakland, Calif., from complications of lung cancer.
Donald Keough, 88, who as president of Coca-Cola Co. led the world's largest soft-drink maker during one of its most successful eras and one of its worst with the failed introduction of New Coke, died Tuesday at an Atlanta hospital. He had pneumonia.
LOS ANGELES - When Leonard Nimoy was approached about acting in a new TV series called Star Trek, he was, like any good Vulcan contemplating a risky mission in a chaotic universe, dispassionate.
Antonio M. Viejo, 92, a Philadelphia merchant who in 1962 fled Cuba hoping for a better life in the United States, died Saturday, Feb. 21, of heart disease at his home.
Charles J. Devlin Jr., 90, of Stone Harbor, N.J., founder of the Camden Tool Co. and later the 3D Tool Co., both in North Camden, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Wesley Manor in Ocean City, N.J.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh transformed the University of Notre Dame into a school known almost as much for academics as for football, even if that meant challenging popes, presidents, or legendary football coaches.
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She encouraged young people to become nurses.
PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. (AP) - Robert M. McCormick III, a veteran newspaper executive who was publisher of The Press of Atlantic City for several years, has died. He was 76.
In 1918, when she was 6, Thelma Davis' father, David, died in Mahanoy City, Schuylkill County. Her mother, Harriet, had to send Thelma and her four siblings - from 2 years old to 10 - to live in what is now Mooseheart Child City and School in Illinois.