Foundation set up to honor memory of Springfield graduate

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Casey Feldman’s family establishes network where friends can share memories or volunteer time or money for one of many charities

Casey Feldman, second from left, with her father Joel, mother Dianne Anderson and brother Brett at Christmas 2008.

Published: Sunday, November 15, 2009


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While sitting in the family shorehouse in Sea Isle City, N.J. last summer, Joel Feldman turned to his daughter and asked if she was happy.

“What do you mean, dad — today or in life?” 21-year-old Casey Feldman said.

“Both,” her father said.

After a few seconds, his first born smiled and said, “Yes … and yes.”

The short back-and-forth occurred on the evening of July 16. The following afternoon, while walking to her waitressing job at Bob’s Grill on the Ocean City boardwalk, Casey was struck by a passing motorist.

She died five hours later in the trauma unit of the Atlantic City Medical Center.

Joel Feldman and Dianne Anderson’s daughter was growing up to be everything they could have hoped for and had cornered the market on qualities that make parents proud.

Casey was smart, beautiful, hard-working, thoughtful, focused and funny. She was also a good listener and absolutely fearless, traits that helped the rising Fordham University senior become an award-winning reporter and editor of her school newspaper, The Observer.

“She liked to listen and she was patient with people, letting them tell their story,” Joel said. “She knew that if you are an open and honest person, and value what people have to say, they are probably going to talk to you.

“Along with being a little pushy and a little assertive, those are great qualities for a reporter to have. And a great quality for a friend to have.”

In addition to her schoolwork and hours spent on The Observer, Casey devoted her time to several causes in New York City, a metropolis she fell in love with as a young teenager during shopping excursions with her mother.

Casey also volunteered at the West End homeless shelter, Momentum Soup Kitchen, Animal Haven Shelter and, closer to home, the German Shepherd Rescue of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

She tackled internships at KYW News Radio, CBS Channel 3, The News of Delaware County, AM New York and Philadelphia Style and was to have begun an internship with the Manhattan-based television station NY-1 this fall.

“Every time I see a news anchor, I look and think, ‘Gosh, that could have been, or should be, Casey,’” Joel said. “Consequently, I don’t really watch the news. I’ll listen but it’s tough to watch.”

CASEY FELDMAN - Springfield grad killed in Ocean City, N.J.

To keep her spirit alive, the family has created The Casey Feldman Network and the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation (information on both, along with recollections, photos and Casey’s writings, can be found by visiting (more…)