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Allen Sommers, 87, a public relations agent who founded one of the first such firms in Philadelphia, died Nov. 19. He was a resident of Center City. Sommers began his career as a reporter for the Evening Ledger , which he joined after graduating from Central High School in 1936. He stayed with the paper until it folded in 1942...
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Edna B. Gellman, 97, an 80-year member and benefactor of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, died Nov. 16 at her home in Jenkintown. Gellman, who endowed a trust fund to support Keneseth Israel's religious school, was an active member of Hadassah and the City of Hope for more than 50 years. When she was no longer able to travel, she listened...
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Esther Moyerman Klein, 97, who served Philadelphians and Pennsylvanians for more than 70 years as a journalist, patron of the arts, philanthropist and government official, died Oct. 19 in her Center City apartment. A native Philadelphian, Klein started her career in journalism after graduation from Girls High School and Temple University. She worked as a freelance writer for the Philadelphia...
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Dr. Jay H. Portner, 85, a longtime general surgeon who served as chief of surgery for 15 years at Rolling Hill Hospital, died Oct. 18. He was a resident of Wyncote. Portner was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he played in the marching band, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society as a...
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Sam Bushman, 91, whose career as a press agent spanned close to 70 years, died Sept. 25. He was a resident of Rittenhouse Square. A 1931 graduate of Northeast High School, where he also edited the school newspaper, the Megaphone , Bushman started working in publicity about a year later. He handled mostly nightclubs and supper clubs. Among his many...
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