Newsmakers the Week of May 1, 2014


The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine gets a new president and CEO — a former student at the school; a prominent local philanthropist of national renown is popcorn-ready for a new  movie he just produced, coming out May 2; and the founders of Philly's Simon's Fund are featured on The Today Show.

The Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Adolph and Rose Levis Museum will induct nine men and women of achievement into its ranks at its 17th anniversary event on May 27, to be held at the Gershman Y in Center City. Those being honored are: Steven Chadwin, the award-winning coach of the Abington Friends School basketball team, which has taken 16 titles in the Friends School League during his 35-year career; Howard “The King” Eskin, the estimable and controversial roguish sports commentator and reporter who has been a major player in transforming the profile and power of sports talk radio on a local and national level; Jules “Babe” Love, a former Bartram High basketball player who netted the first points for Brandeis University’s b-ball team, and who was founder of the Jerusalem International Basketball Sports Center; Louise “Bobbie” Rose, much-honored local golf legend who, at age 98, can still whack the ball with authority, being joined as an inductee by her son, Michael, a multiple champ on the pro golf courses who started his winning ways years ago at Abington High School; Sara Schiffman, a standout tennis player and coach who first made a name for herself at Lower Merion High on her way to multiple honors; professional boxing referee Steve Smoger, also an attorney, who has served as ring arbitrator in 185 World Title fights and picked up his own title as “Referee of the Year” from Ring Magazine and Boxing Scene Magazine, as well as being a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Boxing Halls of Fame;  the late Leonard Tose, charismatic  owner of the Philadelphia Eagles for 16 years, including their run to the Super Bowl in 1980; and Pillar of Achievement winner, former mayor and governor Ed Rendell, whose political career still had space for stints as a sports commentator and, now, columnist for the Daily News and post-game analyst of Eagles games for Comcast Sports­Net.

Dr. Jay S. Feldstein, a 1981 alum of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, has been voted in as the school’s new president and CEO, effective July 1.  

Philanthropist Sidney Kimmel’s latest effort as a movie producer is Walk of Shame, a comedy starring Penn grad Elizabeth Banks, and due out May 2.  

Sen. Robert P. Casey, Jr. will receive an honorary degree and be the commencement speaker at Gratz College graduation ceremonies on May 18.

Phyllis and Darren Sudman were recently featured in a “Hope to It” segment of The Today Show, focusing on Simon’s Fund, the locally based organization they founded to commemorate their son, who died from undetected heart disease as an infant.  

Lu Ann Cahn, NBC 10 broadcaster and author of the memoir,
I Dare Me, will be the keynote speaker at the 66th annual Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, being held June 6 in Society Hill.

Tali Segal of Fort Washington has been named national public relations committee co-chair of CISV USA, a global youth peace project now in its 63rd year. Attorney Segal once served as a delegate to the organization during her teens.



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