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David Schreffler

David Schreffler, 49, of Fort Washington, formerly of Chestnut Hill, an employee benefit specialist, died Jan. 23 in a six-car accident on the Schuylkill Expressway.

At the time of his death, Mr. Schreffler was director of benefits for Odell Studner, a Radnor insurance firm. Earlier he had worked for the Rogers Benefit Group, the Principal Financial Group and the RDR Company.

He was a board member and treasurer of the Philadelphia chapter of the International Society of Certified Benefit Specialists.

Mr. Schreffler and his family lived in Chestnut Hill from 1989 to 1995, when they moved to Fort Washington.

Born in Norristown, he was 4-years-old when his father died. He and his brother, Kenneth, attended the Milton Hershey School, a boarding school in Hershey, Pa. He received a bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall College, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity.

He received his CEBS Fellow from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he later taught CEBS courses.

An active community volunteer, he was involved in the reactivation of the Philadelphia Jaycees and served on the boards of Outward Bound Philadelphia and the Entrepreneurs Forum.

At Chestnut Hill Academy and Springside School, where his three children have attended since kindergarten, he served in numerous capacities during the past decade, among them treasurer of the Parent’s Board and class chair of the Annual Fund campaign.

Mr. Schreffler also was an active member of St. Thomas Church, Whitemarsh, where he was an usher/greeter for more than 10 years and the driving force behind the revitalization of the youth ministry program, of which he was co-chair.

A lifelong athlete, he excelled on the squash court and the golf course. He was a member of the Philadelphia Cricket Club, where he served on the Board of Governors and was a former squash chair. He also was an avid hiker.

In addition to his brother, Mr. Schreffler is survived by his wife of 19 years, the former Deb Osberg; a son, Matt; daughters Allie and Sarrah; his mother, Pauline Schreffler Eliff, and his stepfather, John Eliff.

A celebration of his life was held Jan. 28 at St. Thomas Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Schreffler Family Educational Fund, c/o Richard Cutler, 75 Stenton Ave., Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462.


Philomena Murray

Philomena Murray, 61, a health care administrator, died Jan. 31 of pancreatic cancer at her home in Wyndmoor.

At the time of her death, Ms. Murray was the administrator for the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery and the Medical Club of Philadelphia. Earlier she had been administrative assistant to both the hospital administrator and the president of the Medical College of Pennsylvania. Later she became director of special events for the Allegheny Health System.

Born and raised in Duleek, County Meath, Ireland, Ms. Murray lived in Dublin, London and in Spain before coming to the UnitedStates at the age of 27. She was part of the traditional Irish music scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s that was the professional focus of her former husband, Mick Moloney, a widely known Irish musician and folklorist.

She was a voracious reader of books describing the culture and human condition of countries throughout the world, which gave her a broad view of life, and she shared those perspectives with great energy.

She was also known for her skills as a gourmet cook and for her warm hospitality.

Ms. Murray is survived by her husband, John Freeman; a son, Fintan Moloney; her mother, Mary Murray; sisters, Moira Blacklock, Noelene Rosalie and Breege Anderssen, and brothers, Michael and Joseph Murray.

A life celebration service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Germantown Friends Meeting House, 47 W. Coulter St., in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 7000 El Segundo, CA 90245


Lore M. Rasmussen

Lore M. Rasmussen, 88, a pioneer in mathematics education who taught at The Miquon School, died Jan. 23 at her home in Berkeley, Calif.

Mrs. Rasmussen taught at Miquon – where her husband, Donald, was the school’s principal – from 1956 to 1968, developing programs that revolutionized mathematics education around the world. Her discovery-based Miquon Math Lab Materials remain in use to this day and are popular among families who home-school their children.

Born in Germany, Mrs. Rasmussen escaped from the country during the Holocaust and came to New York City in 1938.

Lacking a high school diploma and speaking only limited English, she was admitted to New College, the experimental division of Columbia University Teachers College. The following year she transferred to the University of Illinois on a scholarship and graduated after only two years of study. She married her professor, Donald Rasmussen, the day after her final examination.

The couple moved in 1942 to Talladega, Ala., where Mrs. Rasmussen raised her children and taught elementary education at Talladega College, a historically black school. Within two months of arriving in Alabama, Mrs. Rasmussen, her husband and a black friend spent a night in the Birmingham jail for eating together in a black-owned restaurant. Her experiences in Alabama were recounted in a documentary, “From Swastika to Jim Crow,” which aired on PBS in 2001.

After leaving Miquon, Mrs. Rasmussen devoted herself to improving education in Philadelphia’s inner city schools. She established the Learning Center Project and opened the first teacher center in the United States. In 1976, she received the John B. Patterson Award for Excellence in Education for her work on behalf of public education in Philadelphia.

The Rasmussens have lived in Berkeley since 1986.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Rasmussen is survived by three sons, Peter, David and Steven; a sister, Erna Isler; a brother, Werner May; nine grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorials will be held in Berkeley on Feb. 15; in Philadelphia on June 27; and in Bay St. Lawrence in Nova Scotia in July. Email  for arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to the Circle Pines Center, 8650 Mullen Road, Delton, MI 49046, and The Miquon School, 2025 Harts Lane, Conshohocken, PA 19428.

Geneva H. Murphy

Geneva Hewitt Murphy, 98, of Chestnut Hill, died Jan. 27 at Sacred Heart Manor.

Mrs. Murphy is survived by her sons, Edward J. Murphy Jr. and John H. Murphy; a daughter, Mary M. Strauss; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mrs. Murphy’s husband, Edward John Murphy, preceded her in death.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 30 at Our Mother of Consolation Church in Chestnut Hill. Interment was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Manor, 6445 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19119.


Manfred J. Flock

Manfred J. Flock, 89, of Wyndmoor, retired president of Data Processing Corp. of the Delaware Valley, died Jan 28 at Chestnut Hill Hospital.

Mr. Flock founded the company after operating his own management-consulting firm. Earlier he had worked in his father’s yarn business.

Mr. Flock was a graduate of Mercersburg Academy and Yale University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. During World War II he served in the Army Medical Corps.

Mr. Flock is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Maxine Magaziner; two daughters, Brenda Flock and Dana Flock Goode; a brother, Howard Flock, and two grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Feb. 1 at Congregation Rodeph Shalom. Interment was in Mt. Sinai Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Roberta Lee and D. Arthur Magaziner Musical Memorial at Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19123, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.