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Allan Jay Shaftel, Former Jewish Federation CFO, dies at 86

Allan Jay Shaftel never forgot anything. With five children aged 36 to 63 and 10 grandchildren aged six months to 31, he managed to give...

Longtime Educator Huberta Wegbreit Dies at 89

Education was critically important to the woman who “never graduated from fifth grade,” as her children joked. Huberta Wegbreit, 89, died of heart failure April...

Robert L. Sadoff, Forensic Psychiatry Pioneer, Dies at 81

Robert L. “Bob” Sadoff, one of the nation’s leading forensic psychiatrists, died in Abington April 17 at the age of 81 after a battle...

Holocaust Survivor, Speaker Sipora Groen Dies at 95

Sipora Groen lost her fiance, father and brother in Auschwitz and nearly all of her extended family to the Holocaust, but she dedicated her...

Comedian Don Rickles Dies at 90

Caustic Borscht Belt comedian Don Rickles — who married a Philadelphia native named Barbara Sklar — died April 6 at the age of 90,...

Oscar Louis Lasko of Lasko Products Dies at 96

Lasko Products executive Oscar Louis Lasko of West Chester died April 2 at his home. He was 96. Born and raised in West Chester, Lasko...

Philadelphia-born Game Show Impresario Chuck Barris Dies at 87

Chuck Barris, the Philadelphia-born game show king who claimed in his autobiography to be a CIA assassin, died March 21 at his New York...

Eugene Garfield, Pioneer of Scientific Indexing, ‘Grandfather of Google,’ Dies at 91

Eugene Garfield, known for his scientific knowledge indexing system, died Feb. 26 at the age of 91 at Lankenau Medical Center after complications from...

Boxer, Trainer, Promoter Marty Feldman Dies at 83

In the often-shady world of boxing, where double dealing and deception are typically the rule rather than the exception, Marty Feldman’s word was his...

Former JCC President, Jewish Federation Vice President Philip M. Shiekman Dies at 91

No one in his family is quite sure of the origins of Philip M. Shiekman’s strong Jewish commitment. His older brother, 94-year-old Morton, said...