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Robert J. Rutman, professor

Robert J. Rutman, 91, formerly of Mt. Airy, a retired professor of biochemistry who lost his job during the McCarthy era, died of heart failure Sept. 20 at Ahwatukee Care Center in Phoenix.

Dr. Rutman was fired from Jefferson Medical College for alleged communist affiliations in 1953, one month after he had been called before a session of the House Un-American Activities subcommittee in Philadelphia.

When asked if he had ever been a member of the Communist Party, he invoked the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, but denied that he had been a communist during World War II when he was in the Army and assigned to the Manhattan Project to build a nuclear weapon.

Dr. Rutman went on to a distinguished career as a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a cancer researcher and lectured in biochemistry and microbiology to graduate students. He published numerous articles in scientific journals.

He also was an outspoken advocate for peace, the elimination of nuclear arms, civil rights and quality education for all.

Dr. Rutman had been past president of the Citizens Committee on Public Education in Philadelphia, secretary of the Scientists Committee on Biological Warfare, and had served on the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy.

During the 1960s, he organized teach-ins opposing the Vietnam War at Penn, Temple University and Swarthmore College and campaigned for presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy.

Born in New York City, Dr. Rutman received a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley.

His first marriage to Julia Zubroff ended in divorce. His second wife, Geraldine Burwell Johnson, died in 1980.

Dr. Rutman is survived by daughters Randy Cullen and Rose Rutman; stepchildren Stephen, Brian and David Johnson, and Ellen Kafalas; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services were private. – WF


William T. Moffly III, real estate broker, Eichler & Moffly founder

William T. “Bill” Moffly III, 75, a real estate broker and founder of Eichler & Moffly Real Estate of Chestnut Hill, died of cancer Oct. 3 at Wynwood of Montgomery in North Wales.

Mr. Moffly was co-founder with David Eichler of the realty firm at 97 Bethlehem Pike that on Sept. 30 marked its 50th anniversary. During his 33 years at Eichler & Moffly, he was largely responsible for expanding the firm into Doylestown and Blue Bell.

Pat Gallagher, sales manager at Eichler & Moffly, who was hired by Mr. Moffly, described him as a “wonderful boss.”

“He was always out there in the community to promote Chestnut Hill,” Gallagher said.

Ann Csink, an agent at the firm who had known Mr. Moffly for many years, said he was a “very jolly guy” and “very innovative.”

“He was always looking for new ideas in real estate,” she said.

After leaving the firm in 1993, he purchased an award-winning bed and breakfast, Ever-May on the Delaware, in Bucks County, which he operated with his wife, Danielle, for 10 years.

Born in Chestnut Hill, Mr. Moffly attended Chestnut Hill Academy and graduated from New Trier High School in Wilmette, Ill. He also was a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he was a member of The Saint Anthony Club. He later served with the First Troop, Philadelphia City Cavalry.

Before moving to Bucks County in 1995, he had lived in the Chestnut Hill area for more than 60 years. He was active in community affairs and had held leadership positions in the Chestnut Hill Development Group and the Main Street Fair fundraiser for Chestnut Hill Hospital.

He was an avid golfer and enjoyed sailing in Maine. A passionate gardener, he tended the grounds at Ever-May and occasionally exhibited at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

Mr. Moffly’s marriages to the former Louisa Egleston and the former Danielle Arnold ended in divorce.

He is survived by sons William T. Moffly IV and David W. Moffly; a sister, Barbara Warwick; seven grandchildren, and his former wives, Louisa and Danielle. A sister, Susan Williams, preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave.

Memorial donations may be made to Chestnut Hill Hospital, 8835 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118.


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