On Friday, September 9, Warren Angle, artist, educator, and exhibitions curator at Fleisher Art Memorial for 17 years, passed away after a courageous fight with cancer. Inspired by a background growing up in a rural area in the Midwest, Angle’s art dealt with the interplay between humans and nature. But just by browsing through the Facebook page set up in remembrance, it seems clear that, for anyone who knew him, Angle will be remembered most for the kind of man he was. The shared stories and photographs give a brief but poignant glimpse into the life of a man whose brush with the arts community of Philadelphia over the years has left behind a kaleidoscope of vibrant moments. Patching together this mosaic of memories leaves one with the idea of a man filled with subtle empathy, a keen (and somewhat irreverent) wit, and the very rare (but always appreciated) ability to connect with even casual acquaintances on a personal level.
On Saturday, September 10, Nessa Forman, 68, succumbed to her long struggle with pancreatic cancer. Forman inspired friends and colleagues during her time as Arts and Leisure Editor at the Philadelphia Bulletin, and later Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at WHYY until 2007. In 2002, Forman was voted into the hall of fame of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association. Dan Cirucci, a lecturer in Corporate Communication at Penn State, has written a lovely tribute to a woman who leaves behind a great number of people influenced by her strength and counsel.