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Mr. Gushner

Gerald Gushner ‘51

Former Boyd’s owner Gerald “Gerry” Gushner, who transformed his family’s Philadelphia store into an iconic destination for upscale clothing, died Dec. 17 at the age of 86 from respiratory complications. Gushner joined the business started by his father Alexander Gushner in 1938 after his graduation from Pennsylvania State University in 1952, beginning in sales. By the mid- 1960s, he was its president and co-owner. Son Kent Gushner, who now co-owns the store with his two brothers-in-law, said his father implemented numerous changes over time as the store evolved from its roots on Market Street, where it featured modestly priced clothing.

By the 1970s, Boyd’s began offering European designer clothing, while adding valet parking and a second floor for high-end designer suits. The store moved in the 1990s to its current 1818 Chestnut St. location and continued morphing into an upscale store for both men’s and women’s clothing.

“If it is true that at the core of most successful family businesses lies a person of extreme passion, vision, commitment and focus — my dad could have been a poster child for making this case,” Kent Gushner said in his eulogy. “Some might call it obsession — and they would probably be right. Boyd’s provided a forum for my dad to express him (oftentimes too literally) and the qualities that he possessed in most visceral way.”

“He built something special and he lived it breathed it to the best of his abilities right up to his last days. … He truly loved it, it kept him alive and he couldn’t imagine living without it.”

Gerald Gushner was featured in a Jan. 7, 1999 Jewish Exponent article about suburban empty nesters moving back into the city. At the age of 68, he moved from Penn Valley to Rittenhouse Square.

“My life is more exciting now, more active,” he said in the article. “We’re doing more things. It’s been a lift in my attitude toward daily living.”

Kent Gushner said that attitude stayed with his father throughout his life.

“He identified with the city in a way that exceeded how most people would identify,” he said, noting that his father enjoyed the renaissance of Center City in recent years. “He relished that.”

Aside from his son, Gerald Gushner is survived by two daughters, Cindy Yaffe and Lisa Glass; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Nadine Gushner, his wife of 60 years, passed away in 2012.

Mr. Fox

Jon Fox ‘69

Jon D. Fox, 70, of Abington, a former congressman, state representative, and county commissioner in the Philadelphia suburbs, died from complications associated with cancer at his home on Sunday, Feb. 11, his family said.

Friends and colleagues remembered Jon as an outgoing and nontraditional politician who left an indelible mark on Montgomery County

“He was a legendary political figure in Montgomery County for decades. I’m 56 years old, and when I was a child, he was a major force,” said Bruce L. Castor Jr., a Montgomery County commissioner from 2008 to 2016 and district attorney before that. “Jon devoted his entire life to public service, and Montgomery County is the better for it.”

Jon, a Republican, represented Pennsylvania’s 13th District from 1995 to 1999. He was part of the “Republican

Revolution,” in which the GOP took control of both the House and Senate in the 1994 election for the first time in four decades.In 1998, Jon voted in favor of all four articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton.

Jon was also a member of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners between 1992 and 1994, and the Pennsylvania State House from 1985 to 1992. Before that, he worked as an assistant district attorney and served in the Air Force.

Jon’s brother, Larry, said his policy achievements included helping to create a health department in Montgomery County, which was formally established in a 1989 voter referendum, and blocking GOP cuts to the legal services corporation.

“It was really a profile-in-courage moment,” said Larry Fox of his brother’s support for legal aid for the poor. “If he hadn’t come forward and gotten a few other Republicans to support it, it would have been ended. … He viewed government as part of the solution.”

Jon was a graduate of Cheltenham High School, Pennsylvania State University, and the Delaware School of Law. A close friend said Jon’s favorite bumper sticker was an homage to his alma mater: “If God’s not a Penn State fan,” it read, “why is the sky blue and white?” Jon is survived by his wife, Judi; son Will; and two siblings.

Donald Brett ‘64

Don passed away April 18, 2018. He was a resident of Altoona, Pennsylvania, and Boynton Beach, Florida, at the time of his passing. Don was Bob Jubelirer’s first cousin and was the owner and president of the family business - women’s clothing retailer, Meyer Jonasson, a pillar of downtown Altoona. After his father’s death, Don continued to own and operate the downtown store and expanded to two more stores in the coming years. The store closed when Don retired in 2007. He sold the building to Penn State Altoona, and in 2011, it opened as the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

Mr. Goldenberg

Edwin Goldenberg ‘56

Ed passed away June 16, 2018. He was a resident of Wynewood, Pa and former owner of Royal Petroleum Co. A former resident of Gladwyne, Pa, Ed was one of the most loving, loyal, and generous men on the planet. He loved Saturday golf games at White Manor and Meadowlands Country Clubs, where he played for Snickers bars. He attended Penn State University, where he was a member of Beta Sigma Rho. An Eagles fan for over 60 years, he also made life better for all those around him. Contributions in his memory can be made to the Variety Club or the Alzheimer’s Association.