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Rudolph Raphelson, WWII Vet and VFW Commander, Dies at 98

June 22, 2011
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Rudolph Raphelson, 98, a retired manager with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Employment Security, died June 13 at the Broomall Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

A native of West Philadelphia, Raphelson graduated from Overbrook High School and the Philadelphia Normal School. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II, and was commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7390 in Broomall for eight years and regional VFW commander from 1991 to 1992.

For years, he and other members of his post performed graveside military honors for veterans in Delaware County.

After his discharge, Raphelson went to work for the state and earned a bachelor's degree at night from Temple University. In the late 1940s, he became a junior interviewer with the Bureau of Employment Security. He then was an occupational analyst with the bureau and developed aptitude tests that were used nationally to help employers screen job applicants. He also trained bureau employees, gave personnel-recruitment training to small-business owners, developed an attitude survey, and wrote articles on personnel and management issues for trade magazines.

Raphelson eventually became manager of the bureau's office on Woodland Avenue in West Philadelphia. He retired from the bureau in 1973.

He was past president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees and past vice president of the Southeast Region chapter.

Raphelson is survived by a brother, Morton Raphelson; four nieces; and a nephew. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Helen Rudolph, in March.

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