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Elmer L. Kaplin, the 94-year-old founder of the House of Bargains discount children's clothing-store chain, died Dec. 3. He was a resident of Philadelphia. Kaplin, with son Ned Kaplin, grew the House of Bargains to 54 stores in the Philadelphia area. "Elmer the Great," as Kaplin was also known, was born in Philadelphia in 1913. He graduated from Central High...
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Leonard Goldfine, a philanthropist, humanitarian and community leader, died Dec. 9. He was a resident of Jenkintown. A native Philadelphian, Goldfine was a graduate of Olney High School, and an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania and its law school. During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He rose from the ranks of private to captain, and...
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Philip S. Seltzer, 86, a visionary pioneer in the field of real estate development, died Nov. 25. Seltzer was one of the creators of the suburban office-park concept. He and his brother built the Fort Washington Business Park, which was among the first of its kind in the nation. He went on to develop some 15 million square feet of...
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Henry A. Shenkin, 92, a prominent Philadelphia neurosurgeon, died on Dec. 8 in Haverford. A graduate of Jefferson Medical School, Shenkin was trained in neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania. The fourth neurosurgeon to practice in Philadelphia, he achieved worldwide fame for his accomplishments. He established the first neurosurgical laboratory at Penn and received the first National Institutes of Health...
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William S. Weil Jr., 93, a longtime electrical engineer, died Oct. 19. He was born and lived in Philadelphia all his life. Weil was a graduate of Germantown High School and Lehigh University, where he earned a master's degree in electrical engineering. He worked for the General Electric Company from 1937 to 1948, including time spent on a top-secret torpedo...
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