Thursday, January 29, 2015

Obituaries

Charles Townes, 99, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist whose discoveries in quantum electronics led to the laser technology used in fiber-optic communications, medicine, even James Bond films, died Tuesday in California.
BERKELEY, Calif. - Charles H. Townes, the co-inventor of the laser and a Nobel laureate in physics who unapologetically spoke of his strong spiritual faith, has died. He was 99.
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Barbara Gottlieb Zehender, 75, of Philadelphia, a trailblazer for women in the field of advertising, died Thursday, Jan. 15, of an intestinal ailment at her Center City home.
George M. Dorrance III, 63, of Villanova, a Royal Bank of Canada wealth manager, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, of leukemia at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He had been diagnosed with the disease last March.
William R. Johnson, 86, of Drexel Hill, a retired manager for Radio Corp. of America in Camden, died Friday, Jan. 23, of pneumonia at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital.
Sister Marian Paul Schneider, 84, a parochial school teacher and principal who later worked with the elderly, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, of a heart ailment at McAuley Convent in Merion.
Benjamin E. Cavileer Sr., 80, of Egg Harbor City, N.J., who retired in 2001 as the New Gretna toll plaza supervisor on the Garden State Parkway, died of complications from heart problems Thursday, Jan. 22, at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center.
Rosemary McCarron Flannery, 93, of Haverford and Avalon, N.J., a former Inquirer sports writer and one of the first women to graduate from Villanova Law School, died Friday, Jan. 23, of an aneurysm at Bryn Mawr Hospital.
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Stella Ferrari Conaway, 92, of West Chester, a respected voice teacher and performer, died Thursday, Jan. 8, her 61st wedding anniversary, of Alzheimer's disease at Simpson Meadows, Downingtown.
NEW YORK (AP) - Pioneering radio and TV host Joe Franklin, who gave breaks to the likes of Al Pacino and Bill Cosby on his variety show long before they became famous and who boasted he never missed a broadcast in decades, has died at age 88.
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Even as the Chicago Cubs lost one game after another, Ernie Banks never lost hope. That was the charm of "Mr. Cub."
Ward Swingle, 87, who founded the octet the Swingle Singers, which reimagined Bach and Mozart with driving jazz rhythms and playfully scatlike vocals - and put centuries-old classical masterworks on the pop charts alongside the Beatles - died Monday in Eastbourne, England. The cause was not disclosed.
Joe Franklin, 88, a pioneering radio and TV host who gave breaks to the likes of Al Pacino and Bill Cosby on his variety show long before they became famous and who boasted he never missed a broadcast in decades, has died Saturday of cancer, which he had had for a few years, longtime producer and friend Steven Garrin said.
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Ellen Speiser Katz, 80, an early principal of the Philadelphia School, a progressive private institution, died Sunday, Jan. 25, of Parkinson's disease at her Rittenhouse Square apartment.
John Bayley, 89, whose best-selling Elegy for Iris about his wife, the writer Iris Murdoch, earned him his broadest audience and inspired the 2001 movie Iris, died Jan. 12 of heart problems at his home in the Canary Islands.