Julia Moore Converse, curator and university administrator

Obituaries | May 27th, 2020 | Leave a comment

Julia Moore Converse, 74, former Director of the Architectural Archives at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design, died at her Chestnut Hill home on May 22 of Alzheimer’s disease. Throughout her life she was known for her consummate professionalism, intellect, innate sense of style and social graciousness. Penn Professor of Architecture and Urbanism Witold […]

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Edwin Sheffield, Cathedral Village founder

Obituaries | May 12th, 2020 | Leave a comment

Edwin Sheffield, a longtime Wyndmoor resident and a founder of Cathedral Village, a retirement and senior care facility in Philadelphia, died at his home at the facility on April 25. He was 98. Sheffield was born in Newport, Rhode Island in 1922 to William Paine Sheffield and Agatha Sheffield. He had three siblings, two brothers […]

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Christopher Madison Turman III, steel company executive

Obituaries | May 5th, 2020 | Leave a comment

Christopher Madison Turman III died of natural causes on April 24, at his home in Chestnut Hill. He was 85. Turman was the President and CEO of Morris Wheeler, & Co. Inc., a leading Philadelphia steel company, which for 175 years was owned and operated by his family—one of America’s longest continuously family-run businesses.  Morris […]

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Sally Jane Adnopoz Gendler, horticulturalist, educator

Obituaries | May 5th, 2020 | Leave a comment

Sally Gendler, a resident of Chestnut Hill, died on April 22 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, due to complications Secondary Acute Myeloid Leukemia. She was 60. Gendler was born in Hamden, Conn. to Jean and Robert Adnopoz.  She graduated from the Hopkins Day Prospect School in New Haven, Conn and Dartmouth College, where she […]

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Norton A. Kent, city planner and community volunteer

Obituaries | May 5th, 2020 | Leave a comment

Norton A. Kent, 96, formerly of Chestnut Hill, a city planner and longtime community volunteer, died April 26 of complications of the coronavirus at Foulkeways in Gwynedd. Mr. Kent’s career as a city planner took him to positions in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, and Norwalk, Connecticut, in addition to projects in Philadelphia and Chester […]

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Karl H. Spaeth, attorney

Obituaries | April 29th, 2020 | Leave a comment

Karl H. Spaeth of Conshohocken died on April 11 of natural causes. He was 91. Spaeth was born in Philadelphia on March 12, 1929, the third son of Lena Link and Edmund B. Spaeth. He grew up in Germantown. Spaeth was educated at Germantown Friends School, Haverford College, Oxford University, and Harvard Law School. Later […]

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Jane Becker, educator, founder of Teens Inc.

Obituaries | April 22nd, 2020 | Leave a comment

Jane Becker, a longtime Chestnut Hill resident, educator, and advocate for youth died at Foulkeways at Gwynedd on Saturday, April 11. She was 88. Born in Germantown, Mrs. Becker and her husband, Dick Becker, moved to Chestnut Hill in 1954. Mrs. Becker had a distinguished career as an elementary school teacher in the Philadelphia Public […]

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