Cooper described how Mattleman attended his track meets, proofreading his college applications on the sidelines. She arranged summer internships for him on the trips back and forth to Penn State, which he attended.
Later, when he was diagnosed with cancer, the Mattlemans helped him find the best care and were present for all his surgeries, he said.
Former Mayor Goode called her "one of the most unselfish, dedicated public servants I've known." It was during his administration that the Mayor's Commission on Literacy started.
Goode said that he clearly remembers the statistic then that 40 percent of Philadelphia adults were functionally illiterate. He knew about that: His own father, a farmer in the South before moving here, could not read or write.
Literacy as an issue "was not tough for me," he said. "I did not know that I would find the perfect person who would be the director and take it beyond all my wildest expectations. I did not need to give her instructions; she had a different idea every day, sometimes two, or three, or five. No other mayor in the country had a literacy program anywhere near what we had here."
Joe Torsella, a former deputy mayor and head of the National Constitution Center who is now U.S. Representative to the United Nations for Management and Reform, is a protege of the Mattlemans. He first worked with them in Goode's initial campaign for mayor when he was still a student at the University of Pennsylvania.
"At 19, she treated me as a peer and as a person with vastly more potential than I thought I had," he said. "She is one person who through sheer force of will can change an entire city, as Marciene did with adult literacy."
She works round the clock, he said. "In her dictionary, midnight means the perfect time to call a coworker with a great idea," Torsella said. "There were no nights or weekends in Marciene's world."
He said she was propelled by a drive to make things better, not by ego or pride.
"She cares more about getting it right than being right," Torsella said. With Mattleman, he said, "I learned the power of relentless compassion."
Besides founding and leading the nonprofits, she was also a longtime professor at Temple and a commentator on education for KYW for 14 years.
Her children, Barbara Kaplan, Ellen Kaplan, and Jon, all said that their parents had inspired them. Jon told the story of how in elementary school, " I flunked fifth grade," and was told he'd be held back.
In the fall, he went back to school -- but of course he wasn't held back. "Mom took care of it. She had gone to the principal, and he couldn't say no.
"Mom is crazy and wonderful and a doer," he concluded.
Her six grandchildren were also present for the ceremony.
Mattleman herself gave a short speech of thanks, with her humor firmly intact. Nutter had good-naturedly grumped that Mattleman was the only person who could induce him to play chess with children, as part of ASAP.
"I never won one game," he said. "It's humbling to have a 12-year-old say, 'I beat you in chess last year, nice to see you, Mr. Mayor.'"
Mattleman one-upped him: "One of the kids told me that he tried to let him win, but it just didn't work."
The fund to support more safe afterschool activities for children has already raised $170,000 toward its $500,000 goal.
To support the Marciene Mattleman Founder’s Fund you can donate directly on ASAP’s website or by mailing a check to ASAP at 1520 Locust Street, Suite 1104 Philadelphia, PA 19102.