Newsmakers the Week of January 30, 2014


A public relations executive with Comcast-Spectacor finds a wet and wild way to celebrate his anniversary with the company; a retired ophthalmologist turns his eye to the integration of art, science and medicine; and a Philadelphia native has been named winner of the Israel Prize, that nation's most prominent award.

Ike Richman, vice president of public relations for Comcast-Spectacor, made a splash out of celebrating (to the day) his 25th anniversary as a Philadelphia Flyers executive — Comcast-Spectacor is the parent company of the hockey team — by serving as the dunkee in the dunk tank at the charitable Flyers Wives Fight for Lives Carnival on Jan. 26 at the Wells Fargo Center. It also was his birthday.

Philadelphia native Ray Benson, who first came to prominence with the Texas swing band Asleep at the Wheel, has released A Little Piece, his first solo CD in a decade. Benson has been at the helm of the band since it was first formed in 1970. Over its long history, Asleep at the Wheel has garnered nine Grammy Awards and put out some 20 albums. This solo effort from the Philly guy Rolling Stone just called a “Texas musical institution” — Benson and the band use Austin, Texas, as their base — features “It Ain’t You,” a duet with fan and buddy Willie Nelson, for whom Benson also has served as producer in the past.

Dr. Richard E. Goldberg, the prominent ophthalmologist who took on art after his retirement, will join Howard Schatz, renowned photographer, and J. Kenneth Leap, a stained glass specialist, in an exhibit of “In a Relationship: Art, Science and Medicine,” beginning Feb. 8 at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown. A highlight of the show, which runs through April 13, will be an April 5 symposium on the integration of the three disciplines in the title, also at the museum.

Philadelphia native Shamma Friedman, a rabbi and professor hailed for his Talmudic research, has been named recipient of the Israel Prize, the Jewish state’s highest accolade. The honor is being accorded Friedman, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Gratz College who made aliyah with his family in 1973,  on Israel Independence Day, May 5. Friedman has had a 50-year faculty association with the Jewish Theological Seminary, both in New York and Israel.

Dr. Paul Glat, head of the plastic surgery division of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, will be a featured speaker at the John A. Boswick Burn and Wound Care Symposium, beginning Feb. 15 in Hawaii. Glat additionally serves the children’s hospital as director of the Burn Unit and the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Program.  

Shirley and Marilyn Luber have donated their collection of books on Japanese art to Penn Libraries as well as funded an endowment for future acquisitions. The gift is being made in honor of their husband/father, the late Gilbert Luber, a Wharton School alum known for his extensive Japanese art and book collection.

The late Greg Kannerstein, Class of ’63 at Haverford College, where he subsequently served as dean in addition to many other posts over a 40-plus year commitment — including athletics director — has been saluted with the naming of a boat in his honor by the college crew team. “Mr. Haverford,” the boat’s name, reflects Kannerstein’s honorary title given by his many fans and colleagues.



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