Bonnie L. Cook writes obituaries.

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Louis C. Fischer, 89, helped create Gino’s hamburger chain

Mr. Fischer made a fortune from the fast-food chain. He gave much of it away and spent his last decade preparing meals and delivering them to homebound people in Florida.

Ann Bassett, 86, fourth-generation leader of Bassetts Ice Cream who pushed for expansion

Mrs. Bassett began working full-time for her family's ice cream company in 1973. A fearless innovator, she worked to expand its market. The move was very successful.

J. Robert Birnhak, 95, former director of Weight Watchers of Philadelphia and a philanthropist

Mr. Birnhak and his wife, Marilyn, first encountered the weight-loss industry in 1963 while living in New York. They took some classes, lost the weight, and gained a vocation.

Joseph T. Rauscher Sr., 76, of Roxborough, a longtime Philadelphia labor leader

Mr. Rauscher fought hard to prevent the sale of Whitman's Chocolates to Russell Stover Candies of Kansas City, Mo. He feared the loss of 600 jobs here. As things turned out, he was right.

Bruce E. Northrup, 80, Philadelphia neurosurgeon who treated spinal ailments

Dr. Northrup was an Episcopalian, but he became convinced that one of his patients had been the beneficiary of a medical miracle. In 2001, partly because of his testimony, a French religious figure was made a Catholic saint.

George P. Moy, 94, activist who saved Holy Redeemer church in Chinatown from the bulldozer

Mr. Moy worked as a housing inspector, but his passion was in protecting Chinatown from urban renewal.

Peter Fletcher Binnion, 87, Newtown Square internist

Dr. Binnion trained and started out practicing in Canada and the United Kingdom, but is known here for his affiliation with Suburban Primary Care in Newtown Square.

Pierce T. Ramsey Sr., 93, Tuskegee Airman and founder of Ramsey Real Estate

Mr. Ramsey trained as a flight officer with the famous Tuskegee Airmen, and stood ready to serve in 1945, when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, in effect ending World War II. He never got a chance to fly in combat.

J. Cooper Robb, 59, theater critic and educator

Mr. Robb liked to knock on the doors of up-and-coming theater troupes and see what plays there were performing. Then he reviewed the plays for the Philadelphia Weekly. As a result, the local theater world grew.

Joan B. Stuart, 90, Montgomery County lawyer and a founder of Laurel House

Mrs. Stuart raised three daughters and then trained as a lawyer. While studying, she became interested in the plight of abused women. She and three other women founded Laurel House to help them in 1980.