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“I have received so many letters since Martha died about how she affected people's lives." more
Northwest Philadelphia has recently lost one of our beloved longtime neighbors, John Rauch. To the world at large, John was one of the 20th century’s most important architects. He had a long … more
When Flo Messier became the supervisor of the mental health unit for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office in 2018, she told me it was her “dream job.” more
I am not a jazz aficionado, but when I heard lifelong Germantown resident Monnette Sudler play the guitar in October of 2014 at one of Woodmere Art Museum's Friday Night Jazz series, I was blown away. more
Dr. RobRoy MacGregor 3d was a 1964 graduate of Harvard Medical School with the highest honors, an expert on infectious diseases, an early champion of HIV treatment and an emeritus professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. more
Marilyn Hillian Rivers, 86, a West Mt. Airy resident for 64 years and beloved civic activist for decades, died Wednesday, July 6, of complications from dementia. more
Howard Watson, who died June 17 at the age of 93, was a nationally recognized watercolorist and illustrator. He was appointed artist-in-residence at the White House for former President Jimmy Carter. more
Many people are often derisive of lawyers until they need one. more
More than 600 people crowded into St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill on Friday, July 15, for a memorial service to say goodbye to Wendy Romig Concannon, a mother, wife, sister, artist, … more
Fred Donaldson, a fearless newspaper reporter, editor and beloved religious leader who served as president of the Beth Tikvah B'nai Jeshurun synagogue in Erdenheim, died May 31 of coronary artery disease while on a cruise in Ocean Cay, Bahamas. more
Dr. Frederick Simeone, who created one of the world's most outstanding collections of classic sports cars, died Saturday, June 11, at Pennsylvania Hospital, where he had been a surgical legend. He was 86. more
In the mid-1960s, when I was a graduate student in English Literature at Temple University, I met a communications professor there named Herb Simons. more
Dr. Harold Stenger was a legendary teacher of Shakespeare plays. more
Dr. Douglas Arthur Canning, a Chestnut Hill resident for 30 years, beloved chief of the Division of Urology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, devoted family man and lover of the outdoors, died at age 65 on Monday, May 30, after suffering severe injuries from a bicycle accident on a road in Connecticut.  more
Jeannine Mermet, a multi-talented, strong, self-reliant businesswomen and professional singer and dancer long before the word “feminism” was commonly used, died at the age of 93 on May 17, surrounded by her loving family.  more
Norman Aaron Newberg, a Mt. Airy resident, author, and University of Pennsylvania professor who trained a generation of educators, died in his sleep on May 8 at age 87. more
Barbara Holman Lynn, a passionate disability advocate who was lovingly known as “Barbara of Seville,” died suddenly on Friday, April 29, in Scranton, Pa. more
Jean MacBryde, who grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, met Bob Swenson on a blind date when he was a freshman at Washington University School of Medicine.  “It was a terrible blind … more
The 36-year Mt. Airy resident, who wrote countless fascinating and entertaining articles for many area publications, including the Chestnut Hill Local, died April 15 at the age of 91. more
Marion Lucille Steinmann had a long career at Life magazine, where she started as a science reporter and was later promoted to associate editor. more
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