When Haynes Johnson visited Selma, Ala., months after a civil rights crisis there gripped the nation, he wrote in The Washington Evening Star that he'd found "no discernible change in the racial climate of the city." When it came to employment, housing or education, blacks had made no real gains.
Vernon McGarity, 91, a former World War II Army squad leader and Medal of Honor recipient, has died, a Memphis funeral home said Thursday. He died of cancer Tuesday night in Memphis, said Taylor Loeffel, a spokeswoman for Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery. Funeral services were set for Saturday.
Algie Pratt Streat, 95, of South Philadelphia, whose passions in life were socializing, traveling, and gardening, died Thursday, May 16, of late-stage dementia at Simpson House in Philadelphia.
He spent his youth in Texas prisons and was facing a life sentence as a habitual criminal before his life turned around.
Wesley O. Pipes, 81, of Haddon Township, a former environmental engineering professor at Drexel University, died of aplastic anemia, a bone marrow disease, Monday, May 20, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
Leonard Marsh, 80, cofounder of the Snapple beverage brand, died Tuesday. The Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc. of Plano, Texas, which now owns Snapple, on Thursday confirmed Mr. Marsh's death. He died at his home in Manhasset, N.Y., the New York Times reported.
Henri Dutilleux, 97, a composer whose modest output belied his huge impact on listeners and musicians alike, died Wednesday in Paris, European news services reported.
Zach Sobiech, 18, a Minnesota teen whose farewell song became a YouTube sensation, has died after a 31/2-year fight with bone cancer.
He developed pioneering treatments for high blood pressure, and never forgot his service as a combat medic in World War II.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 25, for Nancy Boyd Tickel, 75, a teacher and Langhorne resident, who died of leukemia Tuesday, May 7, at St. Mary Medical Center.
Henry Clay Smith 3d, 67, of Gladwyne, a pioneering force in the fusion of dance, theater, mind-body fitness, and martial arts, died Sunday, May 12, while swimming in the Mediterranean Sea off Alanya, Turkey.
Guy Grady Garrison, 85, of Radnor, professor and dean emeritus at the iSchool, Drexel's College of Information Science and Technology, died Monday, May 13, of heart failure at his home.
Selma Balin Laskin was determined to educate herself. Determined enough, son David said, that she not only earned bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees, she earned all three through evening classes.
Killed in fall while paragliding in Colorado.
WARSAW, Poland - Boruch Spiegel, 93, one of the last remaining survivors of the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising by poorly armed Jewish insurgents against the powerful Nazi German force that occupied Poland, has died.
Tom's Lunch, which stood across from the Budd Co. factory in Nicetown, had a family history touching two families.
Managing cargo for United Airlines at Philadelphia International Airport involved significant responsibilities for Joseph S. McCaughey. It meant dealing with "security procedures for cargo long before 9/11," a son, Michael, said Tuesday.
Frederick Doyle, 93, a photographic mapping specialist whose work included space photography for NASA, photo reconnaissance from spy satellites, and high-resolution photos of Earth's surface from outer space, died April 17 at his home in McLean, Va. He had congestive heart failure, said his daughter Margaret Grant.
Bernard Waber, 91, the author of such children's books as The House on East 88th Street and Lyle, Lyle Crocodile, died May 16 at his Long Island, N.Y., home after a long illness, the publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt said Monday.
A proud father of eight, he died watching a grandson play Little League baseball.
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Albert C. Toll, 93, formerly of Overbrook Park, a retired grain and feed company executive, died Wednesday, May 22, of complications from Parkinson's disease at Ann's Choice, a retirement facility in Warminster.
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