Bonnie writes the life stories of the movers and shakers in the Philly area and South Jersey who have died.

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Neil Gorchow, Sperry executive who took part in early computer programming, dies at 95

Mr. Gorchow was in on some of the earliest computer projects in the nation. He realized, though, that the industry needed more women and more user-friendly software.

Leon M. Hill Jr., pioneering educator in the Philadelphia public school system, dies at 91

Mr. Hill had a long, distinguished career with the School District of Philadelphia, 1954 through 1990.

Bruce M. Brown, a philanthropy consultant, dies at 73

Mr. Brown gave advice to charitable organizations, but he also gave away money to 15 charities each year, through his family's foundation.

Marvin H. Balistocky, ophthalmologist in Norristown, King of Prussia, dies at 97

Dr. Balistocky practiced ophthalmology from offices in Norristown and King of Prussia. He also provided pro bono medical services to clergy and inmates in state prisons.

Alice Blair, an accounts processor and caregiver to siblings and neighbors, dies at 86

Mrs. Blair had several careers and two sons whom she raised in Southwest Philadelphia. She was known for quietly helping her elder sisters and those in need in her neighborhood.

Eli Pritzker, businessman and neighborhood activist in Center City, dies at 93

Mr. Pritzker briefly practiced law before realizing he could do more good as a businessman. He helped any neighbor or community group that asked him.

John A. Dawson, an adventurer and scientist whose research took him to the South Pole, dies at 85

Dr. Dawson began his scientific research in a dark, frozen outpost in Antarctica. He had to chip ice from the corners of his quarters, and melt snow for drinking water.

Marilyn Lewis, former state representative from Montco and wife of Drew Lewis, dies at 89

From 1979 to 1982, Mrs. Lewis was a member of the State Legislature representing the 147th District of Montgomery County.

Thomas M. Hyndman Jr., Philadelphia lawyer and volunteer, dies at 96

Mr. Hyndman interrupted his college education to serve as a navigator on a bomber in World War II based in Foggia, Italy. He had a narrow escape, bailing out of a plummeting aircraft.

Heather L. Kedar, Bucks County dentist who fought leukemia, dies at 46

Dr. Kedar fought stoically against leukemia that appeared in 2008. She was given a clean bill of health in 2011, but the cancer returned last December. She leaves a husband and two children.