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Millard L. Breiden

Millard L Breiden

Millard L Breiden, 80, formerly of Chestnut Hill, a retired manufacturer and former owner of the Heclyn Precision and Williamson Gear companies, died Feb. 4 of complications of lung cancer at Foulkeways in Gwynedd, where he had been a resident for the past four years.

Mr. Breiden operated both the Heclyn and Williamson firms for 25 years until selling them in 1992. He was a partner in the CPA firm of McConnell and Breiden when he became chief financial officer at A.C. Forr, a local conglomerate that owned Heclyn Precision. He subsequently became the manager of Heclyn and eventually purchased the firm. He then bought Willliamson Gear and merged it with Heclyn.

Mr. Breiden and his wife, Martha, lived in Chestnut Hill from 1961 to 1992 and were longtime members of the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

He had served as president of the William Penn Charter Alumni Society and as a director of the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.

A man of many interests, Mr. Breiden earned a pilot’s license and enjoyed flying his plane to his lakeside cabin in Maine. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, he was a graduate of the William Penn Charter School and Lehigh University.

In addition to his wife of 58 years, Mr. Breiden is survived by a son, Lawrence; a daughter, Nancy, and two grandsons.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 8000 St. Martin’s Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118.

Memorial donations may be made to the Pennsylvania SPCA, 350 E. Erie Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19134, or to the above church.


Dr. Iqbal Anwar

Dr. Iqbal Anwar

Dr. Iqbal Anwar, 71, of Mt. Airy, a mechanical engineer and a retired corporate executive, died Feb. 6 at Chestnut Hill Hospital.

When he retired in 2005, Dr. Anwar was vice president of technology development at the Environmental Tectonics Corporation (ETC).

He published extensively in the fields of aerodynamics, heat transfer mechanics and fluid mechanics and received numerous awards and recognitions for his achievements in mechanical engineering, including the Engineer of the Year award that he received while employed at the Franklin Institute Research Laboratory.

Born in India and raised in Pakistan, Dr. Anwar came to the United States by way of England and Canada and became an American citizen in 1984. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Punjab in Pakistan and his master’s and doctorate in the field from the University of Alberta, Canada.

Dr. Anwar is survived by his wife, Rebecca; a son, David Amir Anwar; one brother, and three sisters.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Hope Children’s Home, c/o The Chestnut Hill Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 4332, Philadelphia, PA 19118.


John J. Murray

John J. “Jack” Murray, 69, formerly of Chestnut Hill, a retired management consultant, died Feb. 7 of cancer at his home in Hughesville, Pa.

Mr. Murray retired in 1995 as head of his own management consulting firm. Earlier he had served as an executive  with companies in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Chicago and Manhattan.

Born in Sharon Hill and raised in Chestnut Hill, Mr. Murray attended Our Mother of Consolation School and LaSalle College High School, and received a bachelor’s degree from LaSalle College and a master’s in industrial management from the University of North Dakota. 

He served in the Air Force as a launch control officer in the 455th Strategic Missile Wing of the Strategic Air Command based at Minot AFB, N.D. He was discharged in 1970 with the rank of captain.

After settling in the Hughesville area, he became active in community affairs, volunteering his time and talents to many local organizations.

Mr. Murray is survived by his wife, the former Suzanne McMillan, and by three children from his former marriage to Margaret Thorell: a daughter, Margaret Anne Fleming of Annapolis, Md.; and sons John Thomas Murray of Schwenksville and Christopher Thorell Murray of New York. He is also survived by four grandchildren and one step-granddaughter.

A visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home in Hughesville. Interment will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to the Geisinger Health System Foundation, 100 North Academy Ave., Danville, PA 17822, or the Susquehanna Home Care and Hospice (through the Susquehanna Health Foundation), 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.