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Obituaries

Academic, Lawyer Phyllis Lachs Dies at 88

Phyllis Lachs, who died March 1 at 88, was a woman ahead of her time. She spent most of her career on the faculty at...

Former 6abc GM Larry Pollock Dies at 86

Larry Pollock, the former general manager of 6abc whose leadership helped make it the market’s dominant news channel, died Jan. 31. He was 86. In...

Former ‘Jewish Exponent’ Editor Dies at 80

Journalist Marilyn Laudenslager, a former Exponent editor, died on Feb. 1 in Medford, N.J., leaving behind a legacy that includes hundreds, if not thousands,...

Pioneering Sociologist Rela Mintz Geffen Dies at 75

Rela Mintz Geffen, a widely known sociologist and longtime member of the faculty at Gratz College, died Feb. 3. She was 75. Geffen, whose studies...

Early Conservative US Bat Mitzvah Dies

Marilyn Marks Cooper, who dressed women in the Philadelphia area for decades, died Jan. 18 after a 14-month bout with cholangiocarcinoma, a rare form...

Electric Company Founder Robert Ford Dies

Those who knew Robert Ford, who died at 85 on Jan. 8, felt he was moral, gentle and never stopped learning. “He always was looking...

Famous Israeli Author Amos Oz Dies at 79

When famed Israeli author Amos Oz, who died on Dec. 28 at 79, visited Philadelphia for a “Celebration of Jews in the Arts” in...

Longtime Chester County Rabbi Dies

Rabbi Michael Isaac Charney, 69, who died Dec. 20, was a person who thought his role was to help others before thinking about himself. “That...

Vaccine Inventor Zvi Markus Dies at 86

Zvi Markus, a biologist whose accomplishments were unknown to even those who knew him well, died Dec. 6 while on a cruise with his...

Holocaust Survivor Lena Allen-Shore Dies at 97

Thérèse Lena Shore, known professionally as Dr. Lena Allen-Shore, died in Ottawa, Canada, on Dec. 3, with her two sons by her side. Called “Canada’s...