Monday, December 29, 2014 Tevet 7, 5775
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Marion A. Wilen, a powerhouse volunteer for the Philadelphia Jewish community and countless other social causes, died Jan. 17 of complications from pneumonia. She was 90. Her death coincided with the national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man she greatly admired. In 1963, Wilen was at the helm of a Philadelphia delegation to the "March on Washington,"...
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Raymond Rosenberg, 88, the co-founder of Yardis Advertising Company, died Dec. 17, 2010. Rosenberg had planned on a career in journalism when he enlisted in the Air Corps in World War II. But while on leave early in January 1946, he solicited his first client -- American Lumber Corporation -- on a dare, while wearing his corporal's uniform. In three...
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Phyllis Kaniss, 59, a media critic and former assistant dean at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, died Dec. 17, 2010. Raised in Northeast Philadelphia, Kaniss taught courses on the media and urban politics and policy for almost 30 years, and recently served as executive director of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. She...
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Jacqueline Cantor, 80, an English teacher at Central High School for more than 20 years, died Jan. 5 at Jeanes Hospital. At Central, Cantor became the coach of the tennis team and took them to the city championship one year. After girls were admitted into Central, she served as the first girls basketball coach. Cantor was also the faculty advisor...
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Leona Lee Abrams, a local teacher and author, died Dec. 11 at the Abramson Center for Jewish Life in North Wales. The former Leona Zlotnik, she lived all her life in Philadelphia, mostly in the Northeast. Abrams graduated from Kensington High School for Girls, and was active for most of her years with the Kensington Synagogue (Sharri Yitzhok) until its...
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