Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Obituaries

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...
She was a vice president for development for Harcum College
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Since he was a youngster, Robert Steinberg not only had collected baseball cards, but, his wife Susan noted, unlike some others, "he never allowed his mother to throw them out."
Thomas J. O'Donnell, 70, of Huntingdon Valley, a veteran who served in Korea and a manager at Conrail Corp. for more than 30 years, died Sunday, July 19, of pancreatic cancer at home.
Czech pianist Ivan Moravec, 84, died Monday in a Prague hospital after having been treated for pneumonia for several weeks, his New York agent said.
Ann Rule, 83, a Coatesville High School graduate and true-crime author who wrote more than 30 books, including a profile of her former co-worker, the serial killer Ted Bundy, died on Sunday in Seattle at age 83. Mrs. Rule's daughter, Leslie Rule, said on Facebook that her mother had many health issues, including congestive heart failure.
James L. White, who wrote the screenplay for Ray, the acclaimed 2004 movie biography of singer Ray Charles, died of cancer on Thursday at his home in Santa Monica, Calif, at age 67.
He was active in charitable causes and with St. Joseph’s University alumni.
Mary Ann Mellon Melchiorre, 79, of Ardmore, a mother, lawyer, and brokerage firm officer, died Thursday, July 16, of complications from dementia at Saunders House in Wynnewood.
Van Alexander, 100, a musical jack-of-all-trades who co-wrote Ella Fitzgerald's biggest hit in the 1930s, led a swing band, composed arrangements for other bandleaders, and later became a composer and music director in Hollywood, died July 19 at a Los Angeles hospital. He had heart and kidney ailments, said his daughter Joyce Harris.
A life celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 7, for John Sherman Estey, 89, former chairman of the Philadelphia law firm Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, who died of heart failure Tuesday, July 7, at his summer home in Eagles Mere, Pa.
David I. Lesser was a good enough friend to Robert Petril that Mr. Lesser and his wife, Gale, shared both of Petril's honeymoons.
At Monument Cemetery in Beverly, the chapel over the years "had fallen into disrepair," said Judith Hall. But because of the work of Monument Cemetery Associates, she said, "they had that chapel three-quarters restored."
Songwriter Wayne Carson, 72, whose hits included the wistful ballad "Always on My Mind," died Monday at a convalescent hospital in Franklin, Tenn. He was being treated for a number of conditions and died of congestive heart failure, said Shirley Hutchins, administrator of his music publishing company.
Francis Guess, 69, a Nashville civil rights advocate, businessman, and state commissioner, died at his home Thursday night, family friend Vincent Williams said. The cause of death was not yet known.
Don Oberdorfer, 84, a former Washington Post diplomatic correspondent who chronicled international news from the Vietnam War to the fall of the Soviet Union, died Thursday in Washington. He had Alzheimer's disease, said his wife, Laura Oberdorfer.
Funeral services are scheduled Saturday, July 25, for Nicholas Monatesti, 75, formerly of Philadelphia, who died Friday, June 19, of a stroke at Flagstaff (Ariz.) Medical Center.
Richard Leone, 75, the former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who managed Brendan T. Byrne's two successful campaigns for New Jersey governor, died July 16 in Hopewell, N.J.
The Rev. James Robert Tanis, 87, formerly of Villanova, a minister, a scholar, and a professor and director of libraries at Bryn Mawr College, died Sunday, July 19, of respiratory failure at Shannondell in Audubon.
He sang gospel and played with harmonica for his church
Robert M. Ruoff, who served as executive secretary for District 1 of the PIAA, died Thursday morning.
Lou Lenart, 94, an American hailed in Israeli headlines as "the man who saved Tel Aviv," died Monday at his home in Ra'anana, Israel. He had congestive heart failure, his Los Angeles publicist, Edward Lozzi, said.