Thursday, April 17, 2014 Nisan 17, 5774
Katherine "Kay" Bigelman Tomkin, a certified public accountant and pioneer in her time, died Dec. 13. Tomkin was the first woman in her accounting class at the Wharton Evening School of the University of Pennsylvania, which she attended while working full-time during the day. After graduation, she applied to the largest Jewish accounting firm in Philadelphia by writing a 20-page...
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Albert Kremer, 89, a manufacturer's representative in the toy and hobby fields, died Jan. 8. He was a resident of Rydal. Kremer promoted products owned by General Mills, including Lionel Trains, and was an early pioneer in recognizing the potential of an unknown hobby kit made by Craftmaster, called "Paint by Number." Born in Philadelphia, Kremer graduated from Simon Gratz...
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Miles Lerman, 88, one of the founders and chairman emeritus of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, died Jan. 22, in Philadelphia. Lerman was born in Tomaszov-Lubelski, in southeastern Poland, to a prosperous family that owned flour mills and other businesses. Following the Nazi invasion, the family fled to Lvov, where Lerman was arrested and incarcerated at the Viniki slave...
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Leon Riebman, 87, an electrical engineer and entrepreneur, died Dec. 20. He was a resident of Penn Valley. Riebman was the president, chief executive officer and director of AEL Industries, Inc., a premier electronic-defense-system manufacturer. As a naval officer during World War II, Riebman was based at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, where he developed radar systems. Following his...
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Elmer L. Kaplin, the 94-year-old founder of the House of Bargains discount children's clothing-store chain, died Dec. 3. He was a resident of Philadelphia. Kaplin, with son Ned Kaplin, grew the House of Bargains to 54 stores in the Philadelphia area. "Elmer the Great," as Kaplin was also known, was born in Philadelphia in 1913. He graduated from Central High...
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