Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Dougher announce the marriage of their daughter, Lauren Denise, to Luke Joachim Urban. The ceremony took place on October 3, 2009 at The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul followed by a reception at The Union League of Philadelphia. Luke is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Urban of Chestnut Hill and the grandson of Mr. Luke Marano, Sr. and the late Yolanda Marano, formerly of Chestnut Hill. Lauren is a graduate of Mount Saint Joseph's Academy and The College of New Jersey. She is currently employed as an Apparel Designer for Mitchell & Ness. Luke is a graduate of The William Penn Charter School, Lafayette College and Temple University’s Fox School of Business. He is currently employed at The Philadelphia Macaroni Company as Director, corporate Human Resources. The couple resides in Center City.
Erdenheim Resident Receives Honorary Doctorate from Drexel University Erdenheim resident Richard E. Woodring (center) received an honorary doctor of engineering degree from Drexel University at the University’s commencement ceremony. More than 5,000 students received degrees from Drexel at the University’s 123rd Commencement led by University President C.R. “Chuck” Pennoni. Woodring is a Drexel alumnus, professor emeritus of civil, architectural and environmental engineering, Drexel College of Engineering dean emeritus and has been an important force in encouraging African Americans, Hispanic Americans and other minorities to pursue engineering studies. He is a founder of PRIME (Philadelphia Regional Introduction for Minorities to Engineering), a Delaware Valley consortium dedicated to preparing minorities for careers in science and mathematics. In recognition of his work with minority students, Woodring was named “Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year” in 1987 by the Delaware Valley chapter of the Engineering and Technical Societies Council, and in 1982 he received the Reginald H. Jones Distinguished Service Award of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.
Laurenson Ward, 16 years old, a junior at Chestnut Hill Academy, was nominated to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine at Villanova University. Along with other scholars from across the nation who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership potential and an interest in a career in medicine. Laurenson will meet key medicial personnel at site visits to Philadelphia area hospitals and clinics. He will participate in discussions with physicians, surgeons, researchers, scientists and medical educators on topics such as public health, medical ethics, research and general practice. One of the highlights of the forum includes participation in a virtual surgery of a full knee replacement.
By facilitating interaction with leaders in the medical field, the National Youth Leadership Forum brings the medical profession to life. "Each student may well be the face of the future of medicine" said Dr. Marguerite Regan, Dean of Academic Affairs.