Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

August 10, 2005

Dr. Thomas W. Langfitt, 78, former head of the Pew Charitable Trusts, died Sunday of miliary tuberculosis at his home in Wynnewood, Pa.

Dr. Langfitt was president of the Pew trusts from 1987 to 1994 and chief executive of the Glenmede Trust Co., which handles the trusts' assets, from 1987 to 1995. He also served as chairman of the University of Pennsylvania's neurosurgery department from 1968 to 1987.

After he retired from Pew and Glenmede, Dr. Langfitt, a 1949 graduate of the Johns Hopkins University medical school, became president of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

Dr. Langfitt is survived by his wife of 53 years; three sons, including Frank Langfitt of Washington, a former reporter for The Sun; a brother and sister; and eight grandchildren.

Abe Hirschfeld, 85, a Polish-born immigrant from Israel who made a fortune building parking lots and health clubs, died yesterday in New York City.

He ran unsuccessfully in New York for state and city offices, and for the U.S. Senate against Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2000 and Charles E. Schumer in 2004, and made headlines in a 1993 attempt to purchase the New York Post - setting off a staff revolt that produced a Post front-page headline asking, "WHO IS THIS NUT?"

He was convicted in 2000 of trying to hire a hit man to kill a business partner, and spent 22 months in prison.

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