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Newsmakers Week of April 11, 2013
Jeremy Siegel, the Russell E. Palmer Professor of Finance at the Wharton School, and a much sought after expert on national economic conditions and prospects, recently targeted the Federal Reserve’s over-capitalized balance sheet and what could be done to rectify it in an Op-Ed he wrote for the Financial Times. Among Siegel’s works as an author is The Future for Investors: Why the Tried and the True Triumph Over the Bold and the New.
Douglas Hershman has been voted in as president of the University & Whist Club of Wilmington, a social/dining club. His term is for two years.
Howard Sobel of his eponymous law firm has been chosen as one of South Jersey Magazine’s Awesome Attorneys of 2012.
Attorney Marc Feller has been added to the board of directors of the Golden Slipper Club and Charities in the capacity of vice president.
Robert J. Weinberg of Pepper Hamilton LLP has been honored by the Philadelphia Estate Planning Council as its 2012 Distinguished Estate Planner.
William Labov, head of the U of P’s Linguistics Laboratory, recently co-authored a study on the evolvement of the Philadelphia accent over the past century, citing how Southern influences have ceded to Northern inflections.
The 2013 inductees to the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame/Adolph & Rose Levis Museum are Ellen Barkann, Bob Brooks, Larry Brown, Fred Cohen, Josh Cohen, Ron Cohen, Bonnie Kay and Marc Rayfield. The Pillar of Achievement winner is Jed Margolis with special recognition of the 2012 JCC Maccabi Games Team Philadelphia graduating athletes. The ceremony is scheduled May 20 at the Gershman Y.
Penn students Talia Goldberg, Steve Krouse, Isaac Sukin and Stephanie Weiner are members of the Team that runs the Dorm Room Fund, a new Philadelphia start-up advocacy group operated for and by students at Penn and Drexel U. The DRF doles out grants to student-run start-ups with funds seeded by First Round Capital. The Philadelphia project and it’s first venture chosen, Firefly, a screen sharing company whose co-founders include Justin Meltzer, also of Penn, were the focus of a recent splash in The New York Times.
The Brownstein Group — headed up by Berny Brownstein, chairman/chief creative officer; and Marc Brownstein, president/CEO — took top honors in the public service category for their media online and interactive projects created on behalf of the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation at the ADDY Awards, presented by the Philadelphia Ad Club.
Dr. D. Walter Cohen recently was accorded the 2013 William J. Gies Award for Outstanding Achievement/Dental Educator. Cohen is dean/professor emeritus of Penn Dental Medicine.
Ron Goldwyn, longtime journalist whose local legacy includes 30 years at the Daily News and the late Evening Bulletin, is retiring from his job as press secretary the past seven years for U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, who serves Pennsylvania’s 2nd congressional district. l