Saturday, August 23, 2014 Av 27, 5774
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Joel Gershman, a prominent commercial real estate developer, philanthropist and namesake supporter of the Gershman Y in Center City, died of cardiac arrest on Oct. 4 after struggling with a variety of illnesses. He was 86. Were the Rydal resident able to read these words, however, he would have protested such public recognition, friends and family said. "He just wanted...
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Leonard Wasserman's life hadn't been touched directly by intermarriage, but that didn't stop the toy store entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist from devoting his resources and time to making the Jewish community more welcoming. Many told him that a sounder approach would be to fund programs that help prevent intermarriage, but he read all the studies and drew his own conclusions. Last week, the...
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Abe S. Rosen, one of the city's true public-relations icons, as well as a former Philadelphia city representative and director of commerce, died Oct. 2. He was 94 years old. Born and raised in West Philadelphia, Rosen graduated from Overbook High School and attended Temple University for two years. He was a sports writer with the Evening Ledger from 1935...
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Ruth Marion Gold, 82, died Sept. 13 in Jenkintown. Gold grew up in the Strawberry Mansion section of Philadelphia and graduated from high school in 1947. She attended secretarial school and worked as a legal secretary for the Philadelphia courts. Gold later worked as a secretary at WPVI Channel 6 and eventually became the assistant promotions director. She worked at...
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Richard "Dick" Tucker, 78, died Aug. 30. Born in Wynnefield in 1933, Tucker graduated from Overbrook High School and Temple University. Tucker's real estate career spanned more than 50 years, beginning as a runner for Lanard and Axilbund. He was drafted into the U.S. Army at the end of the Korean War. Eventually, he started an industrial real estate company,...
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