Friday, March 27, 2015 Nisan 7, 5775
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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Ruth Saler Blank, 91, who raised millions of dollars for Alzheimer's disease research, died Jan. 28, at her home in Elkins Park. Blank became active in the Alzheimer's Association after her husband, Samuel A. Blank, who founded the law firm now known as Blank Rome, died of the disease in 1976. She eventually became vice chairwoman of its executive committee...
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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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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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