Obituaries
Obituaries

Maryjane S. Gardner, 91, South Jersey teacher and lifelong learner

Mrs. Gardner's lifelong dream was to become a secondary-school teacher. It came true in 1972 at the Rancocas Valley Regional High School.

Daniel C. Dagit, 90, third-generation architect who specialized in church facilities

Daniel Conway Dagit, 90, formerly of Haverford, one in a line of liturgical architects dating back to the 1880s, died Sunday, Dec. 9, of dementia at Devon Senior Living. He had lived in Phoenixville for more than two decades. Services are Dec. 13 and 14.

Daniel C. Dagit, 90, third-generation architect who specialized in church facilities

Daniel Conway Dagit, 90, formerly of Haverford, one in a line of liturgical architects dating back to the 1880s, died Sunday, Dec. 9, of dementia at Devon Senior Living. He had lived in Phoenixville for more than two decades. Services are Dec. 13 and 14.

David Fattah Sr., 75, community activist who worked to end gang violence

Mr. Fattah, the father of former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and grandfather of Chip Fattah, was a groundbreaking community builder whose blueprint for brokering peace among gangs attracted the attention of Presidents Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton.

David Fattah Sr., 75, community activist who worked to end gang violence

Mr. Fattah, the father of former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and grandfather of Chip Fattah, was a groundbreaking community builder whose blueprint for brokering peace among gangs attracted the attention of Presidents Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton.

Henry Shuford Cecil, 97, leading pediatrician and former head of Children’s Seashore House

Dr. Cecil was way ahead of his time. He understood that children with developmental disabilities and other obstacles needed special care. Then he provided it.

Henry Shuford Cecil, 97, leading pediatrician and former head of Children’s Seashore House

Dr. Cecil was way ahead of his time. He understood that children with developmental disabilities and other obstacles needed special care. Then he provided it.
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Katie Loeb, 57, cocktail pioneer

Miss Loeb helped usher in the modern era of the Philadelphia cocktail and bartending scene.

Philadelphia-area jounralist for more than 60 years

Former deputy editor of the opinion pages at the Philadelphia Daily News, previously served as assistant managing editor at the Bulletin newspaper.

Francis M. Lordan, 93, retired newspaperman and World War II veteran

To Mr. Lordan, journalism was a calling. “I was able to spend my working life doing what I knew was my purpose for living,” Mr. Lordan said in a lecture. “Not everyone can say that.”

Susan Fenton, 69, St. Joseph’s University faculty member and artist

“Fenton’s figures – silent, composed, aloof – represent aesthetic idealism,” an art critic wrote. “By avoiding eye contact with the viewer, they maintain emotional distance and anonymity. While being gazed at, they do not gaze back.”

Henry E. Oliver, 77, administrative law judge

Judge Oliver started out his career as a Philadelphia police officer. He pursued higher education and became a lawyer and later, a judge.

M. Kay Harris, 71, cofounded the noted Inside-Out Prison Exchange program

Professor Harris had a deep-seated desire to create a more fair system of criminal justice, her family wrote in a tribute. Her life was a testament to that.

Philly mourns the loss of Willis ‘Nomo’ Humphrey, noted muralist

Humphrey was responsible for many murals portraying black heroes in Philly.

John Blair McLeod, 86, business executive and hobbyist

Mr. McLeod was a fundraiser extraordinaire for the Marine Corps, his family said.

Ken Berry, star of sitcom ‘F Troop,’ has died at age 85

Ken Berry, an actor and dancer who played the affable and clumsy Capt. Wilton Parmenter in the 1960s sitcom "F Troop," has died

Seymour Kurland, 88, Philadelphia lawyer and bar association chancellor

To Mr. Kurland, ethics in public life were important. He spoke out strongly in 1986 when judges were accused of accepting cash gifts.

Joseph T. Smith, 82, human resources company executive

"In all of our countries and among our clients, customers and employees, I never met anybody who didn't like Joe," said Mr. Smith's friend and business colleague.

Dr. Jerry Parker, 71, former Delco college president who worked to open higher ed to everyone

Dr. Parker was an admissions officer at Vassar College when he realized there were students who had never thought of themselves as college material. "It sparked my interest in the community-college concept," he said.

Victoria Donohoe, 89, longtime Inquirer art critic and Narberth historian

Miss Donohoe was respected for her vast knowledge of the art world. Plus, when she had something to say in her Inquirer column, The Arts Scene, that was critical, she did it gently.

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