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Published: Fri, 18 Aug 2017 23:46:05 GMT2017-08-18T23:46:05Z

 



Donald E. Smith, 89, Penn professor who loved India

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 23:46:05 GMT2017-08-18T23:46:05Z

A friend recalled Dr. Smith's "deep affection" for India and Sri Lanka. "He brought those themes into our community as well," the friend said.



Vern Ehlers | Ex-congressman, 83

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:21:12 GMT2017-08-18T11:21:12Z

Vern Ehlers, 83, a research physicist and moderate Republican who represented a western Michigan congressional district for 17 years, died late Tuesday at a Grand Rapids nursing facility, Melissa Morrison, funeral director at Zaagman Memorial Chapel, said Wednesday.



Jo Walker-Meador | Longtime CMA official, 93

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:17:52 GMT2017-08-18T11:17:52Z

Jo Walker-Meador, 93, a matriarch of country music who led the Country Music Association for nearly three decades, died Tuesday in Nashville, according to a statement from the CMA.



Richard Gordon | Novelist, 95

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:30:06 GMT2017-08-18T02:30:06Z

Richard Gordon, 95, a British anesthesiologist who left the medical profession for a five-decade career as a writer, mining his memories of arrogant surgeons and hard-drinking doctors to comic effect in the popular 1952 novel Doctor in the House and more than a dozen sequels, died Aug. 11.



Fred Abbate, 77, of Moorestown, a professor and civic volunteer

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:19:14 GMT2017-08-18T02:19:14Z

His "Jack the Ripper" course in philosophy at Drexel's Honors College drew students who then learned about inductive reasoning.



Ellis Gerson Wachs, 88, Charming Shoppes executive and mentor

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:15:40 GMT2017-08-17T21:15:40Z

He helped build the Charming Shoppes company from the ground up and despite being color-blind, chose the merchandise for the stores.



Robert Yancy | Drummer, Cole's son, 39

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 01:51:07 GMT2017-08-17T01:51:07Z

Robert Yancy, 39, the only child of singer Natalie Cole and grandson of crooner Nat King Cole, was found dead Monday night at his home in Los Angeles after authorities were contacted to make a welfare check.