Newsmakers, the Week of May 28, 2015


The executive vice president of Comcast — always known as a hard worker ready to roll up his sleeves — joins his company in being named Citizen of the Year by the Eastern Pennsylvania Region of American Red Cross.

David L. Cohen and the company he serves as senior executive vice president, Comcast NBCUniveral, are being saluted as Citizen of the Year by the Eastern Pennsylvania Region of American Red Cross on June 25, with festivities planned for Hyatt at the Bellevue.

Rachel Weinstein, an 11th-grader at Biotechnology High School in Monmouth, N.J., has taken home third place in the Grand Award competition of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2015, held recently in Philadelphia. Her project: “The Effects of Varying Methods of Gibberellic Acid Exposure on the Growth and Development of Wild Type and PKL1-1 Mutant Arabidopsis thaliana.” For her winning effort, she was awarded scholarships to both Drexel University and the University of the Sciences.

Communal activist Estelle Benson, founder of GBS (Guillain-Barré Syndrome)|CIDP (Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy) Foundation International has been granted the President’s Award from the Patient Services, Inc., in Washington, D.C. Benson’s late husband, Robert, suffered from GBS.

Claire Finkelstein, the Algernon Biddle Prof­essor of Law, U of P Law School, as well as director of Penn’s Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law, has been named to a leadership post on the school’s Faculty Senate for 2015-16. Finkelstein is also a philosophy professor at Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences. In other Penn items: Jeremy Siegel, Russell E. Palmer Professor of Finance, received a Core Curriculum Award in teaching, subtitled: “Tough but We’ll Thank You in Five Years.”

Ed Snider, grand poo-bah of the local hockey scene as owner of the Flyers, does well nationally as well: He has been voted Number 9 in the Top 100 of the sport’s most impactful movers and shakers in a survey taken by The Hockey News.

Gary Evan Hendler, co-host of WWDB’s Clean and Sober, and the founder 31 years ago of the Alcoholics Anonymous meetings held at Main Line Reform Temple, has been named to the board of the Pennsylvania Advisory Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, appointed by Gov. Tom Wolf. Hendler is the owner of a real estate brokerage company.

David Gitlin of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, an international law firm, has been honored by the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy at its fourth annual Yom Ha’atzmaut Torch Ceremony. Gitlin is co-leader of his law firm’s Emerging Technology Practice and spends much time practicing in its Tel Aviv office. His titles and honors include being a past president of the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce and winner of the Bnai Zion Foundation’s Distinguished Humanitarian Award.


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