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Richard A. Davis, neurosurgeon and brother of Nancy Reagan, dies at 95

Dr. Davis’ 30-year career in the practice of medicine was centered in Philadelphia, where he worked as a neurosurgeon at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Richard R. Goldberg, Philadelphia real estate lawyer, dies at 80

Mr. Goldberg "did more than build buildings and communities. ... He built relationships that stood the test of time,” said Morton Fisher Jr., a friend and retired partner at Ballard Spahr.

Heather Ann Peters, anthropologist and champion of Asian ethnic minorities, dies at 74

Ms. Peters' passion was human dignity and the right of people to have control over what happens to them, especially ethnic minorities and Indigenous peoples, her husband said.

Beatrice Phyllis Troyan, pioneering Philadelphia obstetrician and gynecologist, dies at 98

During World War II, Mrs. Troyan entered what was then Hahnemann Medical College, one of only five women in the first class to admit females. She later graduated with honors.

Herbert F. Kolsby, noted trial attorney and Temple law professor, dies at 94

"Herb was always a champion of the injured individual and the rights of the individual," said law partner Mitchell Shore.

Lillian Sugarman, national early childhood education leader, dies at 80

“She was passionate about making sure young children got a good start in life, and supporting their families and educators,” Ms. Sugarman's friend and longtime colleague Diane Trister Dodge said.

Anna Guinan Hipp, special education administrator, dies at 86

Mrs. Hipp died Thursday, April 29. “My mom loved fun,” said her son, Paul Hipp. “Her approach to life was you work hard, you value friends and family, and above all, you have a good time."

Alan Thomas Willoughby Sr., engineer, lover of music and theater, dies at 90

Mr. Willoughby, whose passions in life were music, theater, and his family’s church, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian, died April 7 from congestive heart failure.

Michel Doherty, recovery specialist, community activist, dies at 96

She lived a long life of new beginnings and she never let age define her.

James V. Nixon Jr., art visionary and champion of Black artists, dies at 61

"He made Philadelphia a better place for artists, and especially for Black artists," said William Valerio, CEO of the Woodmere Art Museum.