Michael Maicher, 78, NPPA Life Member

Funeral services are tomorrow in Pennsylvania for NPPA life member Michael Maicher, 78, who died Tuesday in Wyndmoor, PA. A freelancer and sports photographer who was working on assignment as recently as two weeks ago, Maicher was a sports photographer for the Philadelphia

Evening Bulletinand also had photographed the Philadelphia 76ers NBA team, the Philadelphia Eagles NFL team, and Temple University football.

Maicher joined NPPA in April, 1975. ThePhiladelphia Daily Newsreports that Maicher may have established a record by photographing the Penn Relays for 47 straight years. His career started at theGermantown Courierand he joined theBulletinin 1960, shooting general assignments but specializing in sports. When theBulletinclosed in 1982 he worked for the 76ers and La Salle High School, theDaily Newsreports.

A Maicher photograph of the late Philadelphia mayor Frank Rizzo was used as the visual source for a well-known statue of Rizzo that sits before the city’s munical building.

He is survived by a sister, Blance Bianconi. Services are Saturday, February 19, 2005, at Seven Dolors Church, Willow Grove Ave., Wyndmoor, PA. Friends may call at 9 a.m.