Obituaries
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The Rt. Rev. Frank Tracy Griswold, III, of Chestnut Hill, the 25th presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church who came under fire after supporting the ordination of women and gay Christians, died on March 5. more
Walter Bershady, 93, a brilliant but humble professor, author, intellectual, beloved family man and scholar who lived in Chestnut Hill for the past 31 years and in Mt. Airy for 28 years before that, died Feb. 18. more
Alice Davenport, a beloved former teacher at Germantown Friends School as well as the first African American teacher in Norristown in 1952, died at age 103 on Feb. 1. more
Michael Alan Savar, of Wyndmoor, died peacefully at his home on Jan. 14 at age 81. more
Kathy Shaifer, a longtime Chestnut Hill resident who served as executive director of the Chestnut Hill Conservancy (formerly the Chestnut Hill Historical Society), died Jan. 19. more
Growing up during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, Robyn Buseman was deeply affected by the assassinations of public figures . more
Longtime Chestnut Hill resident Sharon Church McNabb, an acclaimed metalsmith and studio jeweler, died on Christmas Day. more
Jean Cálves Hemphill, who raised eight children in Chestnut Hill as the wife of the late city controller Alexander Hemphill, died Jan. 23 outside Oxford, MD. more
Peter DePaul, Sr., was a true rags-to-riches story. more
Donald Rackin, 89, a professor of Victorian literature who taught at Temple University for 33 years, died at home on Nov. 23, the day before Thanksgiving. more
Associate Professor Emeritus Richard N. Stewart died in his Mt. Airy home of 33 years on Nov. 13 after a long illness. He was 78. more
In the Philadelphia theater community, lifelong Germantown resident Joilet Harris-Lawton was regarded as a superstar.  more
Rujean Inglis Mitinger, 87, of Chestnut Hill, former director of The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill Preschool, died on Nov. 6. more
“Len, please write an obituary about me. I trust you to say the right things. I just want my book to be legendary!” more
It is difficult for most of us to appreciate the towering intellect of someone like Dr. Nathan Sivin, who lived in Chestnut Hill for more than 40 years. He died June 24. more
Mt. Airy native William “Bill” Markloff was a kind, gentle soul who hired and mentored countless young students at the Top of the Hill Market and Cafe on East Evergreen Ave. more
Elizabeth Holmes Webb, a longtime resident of Chestnut Hill and Huntingdon Valley, died peacefully at her home on Sept. 28. She was 96. more
“I have received so many letters since Martha died about how she affected people's lives." more
Northwest Philadelphia has recently lost one of our beloved longtime neighbors, John Rauch. To the world at large, John was one of the 20th century’s most important architects. He had a long … more
When Flo Messier became the supervisor of the mental health unit for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office in 2018, she told me it was her “dream job.” more
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