Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Obituaries

Earl Harold Graham, 92, a decorated World War II veteran and former president of the Philadelphia Suburban Water Co., died Wednesday, Nov. 12, of heart disease at his home in Pompano Beach, Fla.
Mike Nichols, 83, the director of matchless versatility who brought fierce wit, caustic social commentary, and wicked absurdity to such films, TV, and stage hits as The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Angels in America, and Monty Python's Spamalot, died Wednesday evening.
MOVIES Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, 1966. Five Oscars. The Graduate, 1967. Oscar for best director. Catch-22, 1970. Carnal Knowledge, 1971.
Marvin Pollow, 92, of Bala Cynwyd and Delray Beach, Fla., who became famous as "the world's smallest Chevrolet dealer," died Monday, Nov. 17, of a stroke at a nursing facility in Delray Beach.
The "a-ha moment" for Gabriel Tatarian came at a party when, light-headed, he passed out. When he regained consciousness, son Gabriel T. said, Dr. Tatarian determined to get himself into shape.
He was a loyal supporter of his brother, W. Wilson Goode Sr.
He worked with Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, and co-wrote many big hits - but Jerry Blavat called him "the humblest man I ever knew."
Joseph H. Melrose Jr., 69, a former U.S. ambassador to Sierra Leone, who was dispatched by the State Department to trouble spots after American embassies were bombed, died Saturday, Nov. 8, of complications following a fall.
A safari in Kenya was a highlight of his travels.
John J. Schilling Jr., who served as a Philadelphia police officer for 24 years, was the second generation of a three-generation family of police officers, his son, Ken, said.
Sister Mary Juliana, 94, a longtime member of the Sisters of Mercy, died Saturday, Nov. 15, at McAuley Convent in Merion.
He was angry that he had not been taught earlier about the slaughter.
Italo Taranta, 86, of Drexel Hill, a music teacher, composer, and choral director, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, of complications from Alzheimer's disease at home.
Burton D. Shanker, 79, of West Windsor, N.J., former executive director of synagogues in South Jersey and beyond, died of a brain tumor Sunday, Nov. 16, at the Merwick Care & Rehabilitation Center in Plainsboro, N.J.
Dudley C. Backup, 60, of West Chester, an emergency medicine specialist for 30 years, died Sunday, Nov. 2, at Neighborhood Hospice of brain injuries he suffered in a Nov. 9, 2013, bicycling accident.
He won titles in bodybuilding and weightlifting contests.wb
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David Appell told an interviewer in 2012 that "my first instrument was my brother's ukulele." His musical abilities eventually expanded.
Miriam E. McBride Rawley, 90, of Tacony, a mother and singer, died Friday, Nov. 14, of Alzheimer's disease at the Philadelphia Protestant Home in Lawncrest.
Rita Hodge Sellers, 84, a longtime nurse, health administrator and educator, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Normandy Farms Estates retirement center in Blue Bell.