Sunday, March 29, 2015


Benson "Ben" Bennett Martin Jr., 68, of Kennett Square, a pioneer in equine sports medicine, died Wednesday, March 18, of renal failure at Chester County Hospital.
Francis J. Haas, 76, of West Sadsbury Township, a builder, civic leader, and fire company official, died Friday, March 20, of cancer in the family home he built.
In the early 1950s, Sam Zotto was a tenor with the Oscar Dumont Orchestra, broadcast over the CBS radio network.
Ruby Smith Marshall was known at William Allen Middle School in Moorestown as the leaf book lady, said a daughter, Robbin Williams.
David A. Bresler, 61, of Meadowbrook, known to many small patients throughout the area as "the kids' dentist," died Saturday, March 21, from complications of surgery at Fox Chase Cancer Center.
When Dr. Alexander A. Colalillo Sr. was 14, in the depths of the Depression, his father, Adam, was laid off as an elevator operator at RCA in Camden.
She founded numerous civic betterment organizations.
William G. Hamilton was a member of the Fairmount Park Guards when the FBI National Academy invited him to its three-month course at Quantico, Va.
Norman O. Scribner, 79, founder and artistic director of the Choral Arts Society of Washington, one of the region's preeminent symphonic choirs, died Sunday at his home in Washington.
Peter A. Galante, 88, of Jenkintown, a Philadelphia attorney, died Friday, March 20, of a heart attack at Chestnut Hill Hospital, 10 days after losing a daughter to cancer.
Writer and director Ib Melchior, 97, known for his work on 1950s and '60s science-fiction films such as Robinson Crusoe on Mars and The Angry Red Planet, died March 14 at his home in West Hollywood, Calif.
Ellen Conford, an award-winning children's writer whose comic tales about everything from the travails of high school to a girl's summer camp crush made her a favorite for at least one generation of readers, died on Friday, her 73d birthday. Her husband, David Conford, said his wife died of heart failure at home in Great Neck, N.Y.
She loved working with kids and gave them the benefit of her wisdom.
Novella S. Williams, 87, a West Philadelphia civic leader who began her fight against crime and corruption in her own neighborhood and pressed her advocacy of human rights and affirmative action onto the national stage, has died.
Judy Petrillo De Obaldia, 63, of Moorestown, microbiology laboratory supervisor at Cooper University Hospital from 1981 to 1996, died of breast cancer Thursday, March 19, at home.
He gave customers advice on nutrition and healthy living.
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Robert Townshend Trump, 82, formerly of Whitemarsh and Tiverton, R.I., an antiques and fine-arts dealer who restored Society Hill homes in the 1950s and 1960s, died Sunday, March 22, of a stroke at the Quadrangle in Haverford.
William Gray Warden III, 82, of Newtown Square, a business executive and sailor, died Wednesday, March 18, of causes related to aging at his second home in the Bahamas.
He was a devoted family man and mentor to many children.