June 17, 2010

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David L. Forde, physician

David L. Forde, 73, a physician who served on the staff of Chestnut Hill Hospital for more than four decades, died of heart failure June 8 at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Forde, who specialized in pulmonary and internal medicine, along with critical care medicine, had been president of the hospital’s medical staff from 1992 to 1994.

He served as a mentor to hospital resident physicians and was the recipient numerous times of the hospital’s Golden Apple Award, presented for “outstanding dedication and commitment to teaching.” He frequently was on call at the hospital on a 24-hour basis.

Dr. Forde’s son, David L. Forde Jr., said that whenever he told people his name, he would be asked if he was related to Dr. Forde.

“When I said that I was, I would be told how compassionate and thoughtful he was,” David Jr. said. “And it was not just caring in terms of medicine and testing – it was treating them with dignity and respect.”

Dr. Forde graduated from La Salle College High School and La Salle College and received his medical degree from what is now Thomas Jefferson University.

He served as a physician in the Navy from 1967 to 1969 at Portsmouth (Va.) Naval Hospital and was discharged as a lieutenant commander. He joined Chestnut Hill Hospital and Chestnut Hill Medical Associates the following year.

Dr. Forde is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Barbara Myers; a son, David Jr.; a daughter, Kathleen Forde; a brother, George Forde Jr.; a sister, Suzanne Crandley; and a grandson.

A funeral Mass was celebrated June 12 at Our Mother of Consolation Church in Chestnut Hill. Interment was in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to La Salle College High School for a program to assist college-bound students with mild learning difficulties.  – WF


William J. Landherr, Jr.

William J. Landherr, Jr., 72, of Maple Glen, died June 10,  2010 at his home surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Mary (Schwartzel) Landherr for 23 years. William was born in Abington, PA on February 7, 1938 to the late William and Ida (Rossiter) Landherr. He was a graduate  of Abington High School Class of 1955 and was the Alumni President for the past 25 years. He graduated from Penn  State University with a degree in Industrial Engineering in 1959. William went on to serve in  the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserves for 35 years and achieved the rank of Captain. During his active duty, he was aboard the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt which patrolled the  Mediterranean. He was the president of Corro Therm,  Inc. which he founded in 1971 and Corro Therm Protective Coatings in 1997. He was a member of Chestnut Hill Seventh-Day Adventist Church where he was a Head Elder and recently received his credentials to be a lay Pastor and was a member of the church choir. Bill was also a member of the Trevose Horticultural Society where he displayed dahlias and won awards; was a member of the Penn State Dekta Upsilon Fraternity serving as Alumni President for 31 years and received the prestigious  Founders Medal; a member of  St. Alphonsus Men’s Morning Bible Study Group for   the past 23 years; member of the VR52 Squadron of Willow Grove Naval Air Base and their Association; was an avid Phillies fan and baseball card collector and loved gardening. He was a generous person and gave to many charities. In addition to his wife, he is survived by 5 children: Lena Sheaffer (Scott) of Port Matilda, PA, Harvey Scribner (Jodi Kay) of Trooper, PA, Amy Patterson (Jeff) of Bridgeport, WV, Alicia Devitz (Carl) of Fredericksburg, PA, Adam Scribner (Patricia) of Hoboken, NJ; 1 sister Margaret “Peggy” Bartley (John) of Reading, PA; 10 grandchildren: Patrick (17), Charlotte (14), Nicholas (10), Sarah (9), Sean (7), Evan (5), Erik (3), Lacey (2),  Christopher (1), Baby Scribner to be expected; 2 nephews: Todd (Jen) and Brad (Susan) Bartley. Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Service on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.  at Chestnut Hill Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 8700 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118.  Interment will be at Philadelphia Memorial Park, Malvern, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to Chestnut Hill Seventh-Day Adventist  Church at the above address. Donations will go towards funds for a prayer garden in his memory and Christian education scholarships. Condolences may be made online at





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