Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Obituaries

James Shigeta, 85, who shared a Golden Globe in 1960 as most promising newcomer, but then never again played a leading-man role in a major film after 1961's Flower Drum Song, died Monday at an assisted-living facility in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Edward T. Haney, 89, of Doylestown, a decorated World War II veteran, died Tuesday, July 22, of a heart ailment at Fairview Care Center.
NEW YORK (AP) - Prolific TV producer Robert Halmi, Sr., has died.
Theodore "Dutch" VanKirk, 93, the last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, died Monday at his retirement home in Stone Mountain, Ga.
Edwin E. Lunn, 81, of Runnemede, a former school board member there, died of lung cancer Sunday, July 27, at the Vitas Inpatient Hospice Unit of Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford.
Retired Navy Adm. Charles R. Larson, 77, whose impeccable credentials led to a high-profile stint in the 1990s leading the Naval Academy in the aftermath of the worst cheating scandal in the school's history, died Saturday at his home in Annapolis, Md.
Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi, 90, considered one of the most authoritative interpreters of Verdi's operas, has died Friday. No cause was given.
He was called the “smell-good” man by friends and colleagues.
Ethel Invernizzi, 93, of Center City, a longtime kindergarten teacher, died Wednesday, July 23, of complications from a stroke at her home in the Watermark at Logan Square.
William J. Sponseller, 87, a civil railroad engineer and longtime Wayne resident, died Thursday, July 24, of cancer at Shannondell at Valley Forge.
Walter Franklin Hohl, 95, of Pottstown, father of the musician Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates, died Friday, July 25, at Pottstown Memorial Hospital.
John J. Knuttel, 86, of Brigantine, N.J., a former comptroller for St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, died of heart failure Friday, July 25, at home.
He worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and Cecil B. Moore.
She was the person to go to for loving concern and advice.
She and her husband were outstanding choir singers.
Robert E. Brumbaugh, 88, a decorated Navy veteran and former owner of Brumbaugh Pontiac in Lansdowne, died Monday, July 21, of complications from dementia at Frey Village in Middletown, Dauphin County.
Former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell, 76, who led the city during the World Trade Organization protests in 1999, died Sunday, Mayor Ed Murray said.
Bel Kaufman, 103, the witty and spirited fiction writer, educator, and storyteller whose million-selling "Up the Down Staircase" captured the insanity and the humor, the pathos and the poetry of the American high school, died Friday at age 103.
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.
Peter D. Quick, 69, of Haddonfield, a former real estate executive for Philadelphia regional banks, died of cardiac arrest on Saturday, July 19, while vacationing in Ocean City, N.J.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Louise T. "Tuck" Brennan, 96, a pioneering executive, community leader, and world traveler, died Wednesday, July 23, of pneumonia at Foulkeways in Gwynedd.
Richard Schmid, 65, of Cinnaminson, a member of the board of directors of Pemberton Fabricators Inc. in Rancocas, died of lung cancer Saturday, July 26, at home.