Sunday, August 2, 2015

Obituaries

Mark M. Cordes, 59, of Drexel Hill, a landscape designer and community volunteer, died Friday, July 24, of cancer at Bryn Mawr Hospital.
Lynn Anderson, 67, whose strong, husky voice carried her to the top of the charts with "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden,"...
Roddy "Rowdy" Piper, 61, the kilt-wearing trash-talker who headlined the first WrestleMania and later found movie stardom...
Howard Jones, 104, the doctor who pioneered in vitro fertilization in the United States, died Friday at a Virginia hospital. The cause...
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Herbert Schandler, 87, a soldier and scholar who was an Army Special Forces officer in Vietnam, later earned a doctorate at Harvard, and wrote several books about the war in which he fought, died July 16 at his home in McLean, Va. He had complications related to Parkinson's disease, said a daughter, Sarah Schandler Counts.
Alan Cheuse, 75, a longtime literary critic whose reviews and commentary were featured on National Public Radio for more than 25 years, has died.
John Gibbons, 86, a physicist who was the chief White House science adviser to President Bill Clinton and who was a leading authority on using science to conserve energy, died July 17 at a retirement facility in Crozet, Va. He had complications from a stroke, his wife, Mary Ann Gibbons, said.
Larry Israel, 95, a veteran media executive who was president of the Washington Post Co. from 1973 to 1977 and led an expansion of the company's radio and television holdings, died Wednesday at a hospital in Bethesda, Md. The cause was complications from a recent heart ailment, said his daughter, Susan Israel.
Norka Rosario Maldonado Moreno, 58, of Philadelphia, a respected Spanish teacher, died Monday, July 20, of cancer at her home.
Robert W. Lambert Sr., 76, of Westville, who retired in 2006 as a machinist for The Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, died of lung disease Thursday, July 23, at Elmwood Hills Healthcare Center in Blackwood.
Josie Lecks, 86, of Haverford, a mother, reading specialist, and fund-raiser, died Saturday, July 25, of cancer at her home.
Former New Jersey Gov. James J. Florio recalled radio reporter Gene Dillard as someone who "asked penetrating questions" but always treated him well.
Peg Lynch, 98, a trailblazer for women in broadcast entertainment who wrote, owned, and starred in one of television's first sitcoms, Ethel and Albert, has died.
Dick Bass, 85, a poetry-spouting Texas oilman who was the first climber to scale the highest peak on each of the seven continents and for a time was the oldest to top Mount Everest, died Sunday at his home in Dallas. He had pulmonary fibrosis, according to a statement from Snowbird, the Utah ski resort he started in 1971 and owned until 2014.
Renato Thomas Di Stefano Jr., 86, of Berwyn, an electronics engineer, died Tuesday, July 28, at Foulk Manor South, an assisted-living facility in Wilmington. He had battled Alzheimer's disease for several years.
Robert Macrae Thomson, 88, of Wayne, a sailor, skier, and gardener, died Monday, July 13, of pneumonia at Bryn Mawr Hospital after several years of living with progressive bulbar palsy, a disease that attacks the nerves supplying certain muscles.
Her son was killed by an exploding tire at the age of 18
Robert I. Lewis Jr., a longtime coach for the Gloucester City Mustangs youth football club, was celebrated in a special way in a 2011 ceremony.
William R. White, 88, a member of the famed World War II squadron of African American pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen, died July 24 at his home in Smithfield, Va.
James Jude, 87, one of the experts credited with pioneering lifesaving cardiopulmonary resuscitation, died Tuesday in Coral Gables, Fla., after a long illness.
When a childhood friend of Bradley Bayard's learned that his father, Robert H. Bayard, had died this week, he e-mailed his old friend.
She wrote musical dramas for churches at Christmas and Easter
Harry Hasheian, 77, of Chestnut Hill, an artist and educator, died Saturday, July 18, of a pulmonary embolism at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.
She was a vice president for development for Harcum College