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Edward Halpern, 78, an activist in Center City politics, died May 11. He was known as the "Mayor of Center City." Halpern was instrumental in getting laws passed to balance the interests of residents and businesses in Center City. A homeowner in Center City for more than 40 years, he was a board member and past president of the Center...
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Bessie P. Boodman, 82, a pioneer and leader of the American Montessori Society for more than 40 years, died April 30 at her home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Boodman, who grew up in Strawberry Mansion, graduated from the Philadelphia High School for Girls and earned a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University. During World War II, she worked for the...
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Morton Alpren, 83, professor emeritus of Temple University, died Feb. 2. Alpren retired in 1987 as senior professor of secondary education in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Education. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics at New York University, a master's degree at Columbia University in curriculum, and a doctorate in education in curriculum and supervision from the...
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Rose Fickler, 87, who worked in the retail and wholesale clothing business with her late husband, Isadore Fickler, died on April 29. Born Rose Kaplan, she was a lifelong Philadelphian who lived above her parents' general store at 22nd and South streets. She started her retail career selling ribbons as a young child. She worked for Fishman and Tobin, a...
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Sholom Handelman, 71-year-old teacher, administrator and dean of student affairs at Gratz College, died May 3. He worked at Gratz for more than 25 years. Handelman also ran the basketball league at Gratz for many years. He was a member of Ner Zedek-Ezrath Israel-Beth Uziel. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania as well as a master's...
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