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Alexander Willis, 95, Teacher, CPA

December 25, 2008
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Alexander Willis, 95, died Nov. 7 at Lankenau Hospital. He was a resident at the Green Hill Apartments in Wynnewood.

Willis received a mayor's full-tuition scholarship to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania from which he graduated in 1933 with a bachelor's degree. He also earned a master's degree in education from Penn's Graduate School of Education in 1939.

An educator, Willis was formerly a math and bookkeeping teacher with the School District of Philadelphia. He taught at South Philadelphia High School for 44 years. He also was a CPA.

He was an active member of Adath Israel. As a past president of Temple Israel of Wynnefield, he facilitated its merger with Temple Adath Israel of Merion.

Willis is survived by his wife, the former Rosaline Dortort; daughters Beverly Emanuel and Anita Robinson; son Arnold Willis; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Contributions in his memory can be made to: Adath Israel, 250 N. Highland Ave., Merion Station, PA 19066; or the Genetics Fund for Research at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, c/o Mrs. Regina Harvey, Abramson Research Center, Room 1002, 3615 Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19104-4318.


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