Sunday, February 14, 2016

Defining Lives

Arlen Specter
Jan 10 - 12:14 AM
If one characteristic defines Sen. Arlen Specter's career and life, it is this: Nothing comes easy. Battling illness and assailed by the left and right, he is guided by one direction: to do good.
David Pincus
Defining Lives
David N. Pincus travels the world, taking an ebullient spirit and a generous heart to the youngest in need.
Elie Wiesel has traveled all over the world with David N. Pincus, a retired Philadelphia clothing manufacturer. They've traveled to Auschwitz, to Moscow, to Kosovo, and to the White House. But a 1987 trip to Brazil stands out in the Nobel Peace Prize winner's memory.
Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest
When Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest sit still long enough to accept the Philadelphia Award this week, it will be entirely appropriate to fill the air with honorifics and superlatives. But the unseen hands of the Lenfests as civic catalysts have been every bit as deft as the ones signing checks.
Helen Drutt
Helen Drutt lifted craft out of obscurity into artistry.
Many in the art world credit Helen Drutt and the eponymous Center City gallery she ran from 1974 to 2002 with lifting craft out of its hippie-macrame ghetto and into its rightful place, alongside painting and sculpture, in museums, collections, and university classes.
Jack Bogle
To Jack Bogle, the reckoning for Wall Street, "with all its sins," reaffirms Vanguard's pioneering course in funds.
John Bogle, founder and former chairman of Vanguard Group Inc., and a rock star of the financial world, is regularly recognized - and quizzed - at airports, on trains and in taxicabs.

But in Philadelphia, where he has lived since 1945, and where he built one of the region's most successful businesses, and where he helped foster the National Constitution Center, serving as its chairman, Bogle is less known than, say, Bill Giles of the Phillies or Brian Roberts of Comcast.
Jane Golden
Jane Golden has made Mural Arts the nation's top public arts program. Her mission: To save the city's soul, one wall at a time.
For two decades, Jane Golden has led the Mural Arts Program, turning it into a $6.9 million urban force that recruits at-risk kids, community groups, churches, juvenile delinquents, convicted murderers, and others to create art for the public good.