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The stories in this week’s issue . . .

• Swarthmore Borough Council: Marty Spiegel Is Appointed Mayor, After Procedural Disagreements by Chris Reynolds

Mozart and Modern Masters: COFE Celebrates the Timeless and the New

• Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board: Uplifting Programs in Schools; Heavy Lifting in Proposed Budget by Abby Finney

Shakespeare in Hollywood, in Swarthmore

• Strath Haven Earns a Win in Delco Hi-Q Tri-Contest

Reverend Z’ Brings Chester Eastside Update to TGP

PCS Presents ‘Five Women Wearing the Same Dress’

• ‘Inherit the Wind’ at Spotlight Theatre

 Headlines on this date . . .

• Lunch Hour Concert at Parrish

Briefly Noted … Letters … Personals …

• Branching Out at List Gallery

Rose Valley Museum Holds Gingerbread Workshop

• Join MLK Day of Service at Trinity

 Chow Down on Chili and Chocolate at UUCDC

• Nature’s Narratives: The Myth of Human Supremacy

Winter Highlights Tour at Scott

• Tu b’Shevat Celebrates Trees at Scott

Library Holiday Hours

• MLK Day of Service at Clothier Hall

 Wander the Mediterranean with Scott

• Under the Oak in Concert at Hedgerow

Early Morning Opera, in the Afternoon and Evening

• Visionary Women Sought for Delco Awards

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James Moser Anderson Obituary

James Moser “Jim” Anderson, of Swarthmore, passed away peacefully on January 6, 2019. He was 94.

Jim was born on a farm in Oakland Township, Butler County, Pa., on October 22, 1924. The farm was founded by his great great-grandfather, John Moser, who had served as both an enlisted man and officer in the Revolutionary War.

Jim was the son of Paul Walter and Susan Jean Moser Anderson and brother to his late sister, Lois. Jim spent his formative years in northwestern Pennsylvania, first in the farm town of Eau Claire, and latterly in Franklin, where he became an Eagle Scout.

Jim came to Swarthmore College in 1943 as a student. He was drafted late that year. Jim was eventually sent as a replacement to the 95th Infantry division, then attacking Metz. Here, due to commercial driving experience, he was lucky to be chosen as a liaison driver rather than serve as an infantryman. Liaison drivers had some, but fewer, exposures to danger than linemen. 

Jim returned to America in late 1945 and was released from active service as a corporal. Here, he turned to road construction as a worker and engineer’s assistant, while serving as a technical sergeant in the Pennsylvania National Guard. Jim eventually enrolled at Carnegie Institute with the goal of becoming an architect. At Carnegie, Jim joined ROTC and the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity.

War was raging in Korea when Jim was appointed a reserve engineering officer in late 1950. During one of his detours through Pittsburgh, his sister Lois set him up for a blind date with Elizabeth “Betsy” Wright. Eleven days after their first date they were married. Late that wedding night, they boarded a train for Seattle, where Jim would sail for Korea to join an engineering battalion.

While in Korea, Jim earned the Bronze Star. After a year in Korea, Jim came home to join his bride. They restarted their lives in Franklin.  He and Betsy welcomed their first son Sam in 1953. But Jim wanted to attain an engineering degree so the family returned to Swarthmore six weeks after Sam’s birth. Their daughter Susan and second son Joe quickly followed. Jim completed his degree in 1956, and moved to Illinois to work for Caterpillar. 

After getting laid off in the next recession, Jim entered active duty for a time. He then decided to learn the curtain wall and monumental window business. This led him to Decatur, Alabama, where their last child, Tom, was born.

Jim and Betsy returned to Swarthmore permanently in 1960. In addition to his regular job, Jim served for three years as a company commander in the reserves. In the mid-sixties, following a vacation abroad, Jim founded his own business importing European construction materials: monumental windows, venetian blinds, and eventually awnings. Some of these businesses died off, and others were handed off to his children.

In retirement, Jim and Betsy filled their passports with stamps, and engaged in useful works. Jim was a trustee of Swarthmore United Methodist Church for a while, as was Betsy. Jim also served as President of the 95th Division Association for a number of years. In his last years, during times of remembrance, Jim also spoke publicly about his own and others’ experiences of war. Commonly, this is something only the elderly can comfortably do.

He joins Betsy, his beloved wife of 65 years, who died in 2016.

Jim is survived by his children: Samuel James Anderson (Marie), Susan Jane Anderson Hunter (Kevin Black), Joseph Paul Anderson (Jennifer), Thomas Robert Anderson; as well as grandchildren James Hunter, Lauren Anderson, Amanda Hunter Fritz (Brian), Emily Anderson and Elliott Anderson.

Ruth Nola Cederstrom Obituary

Ruth Nola Cederstrom, a resident of Swarthmore since 2009, died peacefully on December 29, 2018 at the age of 94. She died from respiratory failure while recuperating from a mild heart attack sustained the previous month. Although she had experienced gradual physical decline due to progressive osteoporosis over many years, she retained her mental faculties until the end.

Ruth was born on April 6, 1924 in Pittsburgh, Pa., the second child of four born to Mary Alice Bennett and Howard Silas Hathaway. She grew up during the Great Depression and developed a strong work ethic and a sense of fortitude. She graduated from Bethel High School at the top of her class in 1942 shortly before the start of WWII. Although she had received a partial scholarship to attend college, she instead took a secretarial course and went to work as a secretary for Pittsburgh Railways and then Greyhound Bus Lines to support her family during the war.

It was at Greyhound where she met her future husband, Lawrence Robert Cederstrom, a returning Air Force pilot, two years her senior. They married in 1949 and settled in Westmoreland County in Western Pennsylvania, where they purchased five acres of land from a farmer and built their own house. Lawrence, a chemical engineer, worked for U.S. Steel mostly as a general foreman, while Ruth raised their two children, Janice and Eric. Ruth’s happiest years were staying home with the children when they were young. However, in 1960, Ruth was diagnosed with breast cancer and was successfully treated for that. Her resolve to be present for her family and dedicate herself to caretaking were reinforced by surviving this health crisis.

She was an excellent baker and cook and an immaculate housekeeper. She was an active community volunteer, and served a term as PTA president. She worked on the local board of elections for almost 40 years, taught Sunday School at the Herminie United Methodist Church, and was active in all the women’s groups. She volunteered at the library of Westmoreland Hospital.

Ruth pursued many interests including raising Irish setters and breeding several litters of puppies. She sewed her own clothes, knitted, crocheted, and made ceramic pieces. She was an avid reader. She loved to travel, making many trips to Florida to visit friends and family. She was especially delighted to plan and execute a five-week family tour of the United States in 1968.

She was proud that both of her children became physicians; Eric, a family practitioner in Rochester, N. Y., and Janice, a psychiatrist in Philadelphia. She was greatly saddened when Eric died in the prime of life at age 52 from lung cancer. She and Larry reluctantly moved from their five-acre estate in Western Pennsylvania to Swarthmore in 2009. But they found in Swarthmore a welcoming community and comfortable lifestyle. Larry preceded her in death in January 2016.

Ruth is survived by her daughter, Janice Cederstrom Ciampa of Swarthmore; three grandchildren, Nathan Cederstrom of Rochester, N.Y., Andrew Ciampa of Philadelphia, and Lauren Cederstrom of Washington, D.C.; her younger sister, Gloria Ann McCarrier of Mesquite, Texas, and her younger brother, Charles Howard Hathaway of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. She was predeceased by her older sister, Mary Jeanne Klein, in 2010. 

A memorial service to celebrate Ruth’s life will take place on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at the conclusion of the 10 a.m. morning worship service at the Swarthmore United Methodist Church in Swarthmore. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081.

Dorothy J. Lamberson Obituary

Dorothy J. Lamberson (née Johnson) of Swarthmore, Pa., passed away peacefully on December 30, 2018. She was 92.

She was born in Media in 1926 to the late Clarence and Anna (née Hatton) Johnson. She was a graduate of Media High School and the University of Pennsylvania.

Dorothy and her husband, Robert Lee Lamberson, resided in Swarthmore for over 60 years. Always active in her community, Dorothy was a member of Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, where she sang in the church choir. Dorothy cherished her role as a wife and a mother and she loved spending time with her family and old friends.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her brothers Samuel (Elva) Johnson and Lewis (Jane) Johnson.

She is survived by her beloved spouse of 70 years, Robert L. Lamberson; and three children, Sallyann Molloy (C. Terrence) of Runnemede, N.J.; Robert L. Lamberson, Jr. of North Wales, Pa., and David Lamberson (Paula) of Liverpool, N.Y. She was blessed with eight grandchildren, Timothy Molloy, Brendan Molloy, Theodore Molloy, Andrew Molloy, Sara Lamberson, Robert Lee Lamberson III, Thea Jeschke and Cameron Lamberson; and one great-grandchild, Isaiah.

Friends and family are invited to Mrs. Lamberson’s memorial service at 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2019 in the Loeffler Chapel at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, 727 Harvard Ave. Swarthmore, PA 19081.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dorothy’s name may be made to A Better Chance Strath Haven.

Arrangements: Rigby Harting & Hagan Funeral Home, 15 E. Fourth St. Media, PA 19063.

Lada Hulka Obituary

Lada Hulka was born to Milada Toskov and Jaroslar Hulka on November 8, 1926, in Astoria, Long Island, N.Y. She attended Public School 6, then Hunter College High School (she commuted to Manhattan).

Lada went to Swarthmore College and graduated with a B.A. in chemistry and economics in 1949. While a student at Swarthmore, she was a United States delegation representative to Prague, Czechoslovakia. As a news correspondent, Lada wrote a dispatch to the Evening News, a New York University paper, and articles about Prague and political issues in the 1960s. 

She married Raymond David Young from Montclair, N. J., in July 1949. They lived in Austin, Texas, until David finished his Ph.D. in psychology and then moved to Bucks County, Pa., to rear their three children, David, Laura Young (Gibson) and Joan Young (Cross). Lada and David divorced in 1976.

Lada worked at Princeton University as an information systems analyst, and also at Sunoco Corporation in Philadelphia, Pa., for many years before retiring.

Her son, David R. Young attended Swarthmore College (Phi Beta Kappa) and graduated with a degree in sociology. He went on to Columbia University to finish his Ph.D. in sociology. He accidentally died from a fall in October of 1977. Lada moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 1990, after retiring to be closer to her family, and watch her granddaughter, Lindsay Gibson, grow up. She was devoted to her family members and gave of herself freely, assisting with childcare and family projects alike.

Laura likes to joke that if it were not for her mother, she would have not finished the writing of her dissertation findings (giving her mom an honorary Ph.D. in nursing). After living in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for almost 20 years, Lada moved on to San Jose, Calif. (again, to be close to family), where she has been since 2011. She was close to her other daughter, Joan, family members, and grandchildren, Kevin and Cara Cross.

Lada had been in the hospital shortly prior to her death. She had visited with her two daughters at Brookstone the day prior to her death, and was looking forward to a Thanksgiving gathering at her granddaughters’ place. She passed peacefully in her sleep on November 17, 2018. 

She was a brilliant woman who was a superhero to her family and friends. Elegant and proper in everything she did — from the way she spoke to how she dressed — she led those in her life not only by the spoken word, but by example as well. Lada had a brilliantly quick wit, loved to have philosophical conversations, and was the beloved matriarch of our entire family for three generations. 

You could bring any problem, worry, or issue to her, and she would comfort and offer truly good advice and possible solutions. Lada was so incredibly intelligent — not just mentally — but emotionally as well. She always had such a generously open heart, and Lada put love above all else. She is survived by her loving family: her daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Glenn Cross of Los Gatos, Calif., and her daughter, Laura Young Gibson of Menifee; and three grandchildren, Lindsay Gibson, Kevin Cross and Cara Cross.

Death Notice for James M. Anderson

James M. Anderson of Swarthmore died on Sunday, January 6, 2019. He was 94.

A viewing will be held at White-Luttrel Funeral Home, 311 N. Swarthmore Avenue in Ridley Park on Thursday, January 10, between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

A viewing at the Swarthmore United Methodist Church will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 11, followed by a service at 11 a.m.

A full obituary will appear in a future Swarthmorean.

Ann Stevick Obituary

Ann Stevick of Swarthmore passed away peacefully at home on December 21, 2018. She was 88.

Ann was born October 11, 1930 to Mae (Douglas) and William Dutch and raised in Elyria, Ohio. She was the youngest of four.

Ann married her high school sweetheart, the late Philip Stevick, in 1953. They started their family in Ohio, but spent most of their lives in Doylestown, Pa., where Ann was a homemaker before re-entering the workforce as a bookkeeper in various industries. She moved to Swarthmore in 2008.

She was a loving mother who especially enjoyed spending time with her five grandchildren. She enjoyed volunteering at the Swarthmore Public Library, working out at the “Y” with her daughter, Jane, walking around town, socializing with her friends at the Strath Haven Condominiums and solving jigsaw puzzles. Ann will be remembered for her many qualities, but most of all her resilience.

Ann is survived by a sister, Jean (James) Webster of Dayton, Ohio; sons Terry (Eileen Drennen) of Lafayette, Ind., and Tom (Angela Oster) of Rocky River, Ohio; daughter Jane (Josh) Cohen of Swarthmore; and grandchildren Nick Stevick of Philadelphia, Pa.; Rachel Cohen of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Ruthie Cohen of Swarthmore; Leah Cohen of Swarthmore; and Sylvie Stevick of Rocky River, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Friends of the Swarthmore Public Library, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081.

William A. Davis Obituary

The Reverend William A. Davis, a retired Lutheran minister who worked to further the Church’s role in the community, died on December 2, 2018 at home. He was 93.

Over nearly a century, Pastor Davis was witness to a changing world, but remained an active and beloved member of the community throughout his time here. Davis lived his life intentionally, a principle that he evidenced to family and friends every day.

Bill Davis was born at home on May 19, 1925 in Parkside, Pa., the youngest of four children. His formative years during the Great Depression instilled in him a strong work ethic he would maintain throughout his life. Despite his family’s poverty, Davis sought every available opportunity for education and experience, graduating near the top of his class from Chester High School and proudly earning the designation of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America.

After his high school graduation in 1943, Bill volunteered for the United States Army Air Forces, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant after completing Officer Training. He served in World War II as a navigator for the B-17 and later, as a navigational instructor in Texas through 1946. He learned navigation through “shooting the stars” and maintained a life-long love of the stars and flight.

After his discharge, Bill enrolled at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., majoring in chemistry. While at Muhlenberg, he was a member of various organizations, including Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and spent summers working at Sun Ship in Chester. He made many lifelong friendships at Muhlenberg, including one classmate with whom he attended games of their beloved Phillies for 62 consecutive years. He also met the love of his life, Irene Dodd of Montclair, N.J., a student at nearby Cedar Crest College, whom he would marry.

During his third year at Muhlenberg, Bill said he became “plagued” with the idea of going to seminary, and after much wrestling, made the decision to change his professional focus to becoming a minister. “I blame it on God,” he noted. Many years later, Bill served on the Board of Trustees for Muhlenberg, a post he enjoyed holding for 15 years.

Irene and Bill married in August 1950 after their respective graduations. During their courtship, Bill visited and fell in love with Piney Point, Irene’s family summer cabin in the Adirondack Mountains. Bill and Irene, and later, their children and beloved dogs, spent time at Piney Point every summer, where they shared a love for family singing, sailing, canoeing, nature walks and hiking Poco-Moonshine Mountain. Bill also loved being a handyman, replacing the roof, installing electricity, upgrading plumbing and building a dock, often with the help of friends and family. During the summers between seminary, Bill and Irene served as camp counselors in the Poconos, fostering their outdoor skills and passion.

Bill entered the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 1950 graduating in 1953 with a Master’s Degree in Divinity. After ordination, his first church call was to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Dublin, Pa. During his 10 years in Dublin, Bill grew his congregation and had the vision of building a new and larger church. He was instrumental in leading his congregation to the culmination of this vision, a new church, which would win an architectural award from the AIA.

During the Dublin years, Bill and Irene’s four children, Ellen, Mark, Rebecca and Evan were born. Tragedy struck when their 6-year old son, Mark, died from a brain tumor during his first-grade year. Bill and Irene established the Mark Davis Library and The Mark Evan Davis Scholarship in honor of their son. Both memorials still exist.

In 1963, Bill accepted a call from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kutztown, Pa. While in Kutztown, Bill was instrumental in establishing a Lutheran Campus Ministry at Kutztown University and an Interfaith Council, the first ecumenical effort in the local area. In 1968, the family moved to Phoenixville, Pa., after Bill accepted a call to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Bill would remain at St. John’s until his retirement as Pastor Emeritus in 1987.

While in Phoenixville, Bill remained committed to deepening ties between the Church and the community based on his belief that if not isolated, the Church could be an effective and meaningful agent of positive change. To that end, Bill was a founder of the Phoenixville Area Community Service (PACS), whose mission is to end poverty in the community by connecting people in need with resources for food, health and financial stability. He also was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and a director on the Morris Cemetery Board. As in Kutztown, Davis began an Ecumenical Ministry group, the first of its kind in Phoenixville. He also assisted in opening a dialogue to improve race relations in the school system during the sixties.

After retirement, Bill and Irene moved to Riddle Village in Media, in late 2001, where Bill was an active and beloved member of the community. He became a member of Reformation Lutheran Church and would serve meals at City Team ministries as well as add his knowledge in Bible Study classes. He also served as a guest preacher at various congregations.

Bill was an avid golfer, playing as he could, even to the end of his life. He was especially proud of shooting his own age (92) last year. As a proponent of daily exercise for health and longevity, he would exercise daily and swim when he could no longer play tennis and racquetball. He loved following Philadelphia sports and the teams of his children and grandchildren.

In retirement, he also pursued his passion for investment, taking courses and getting credentialed so he could work independently with Morgan Stanley. He also used his financial skills to provide assistance as a volunteer income tax preparer for those in need. Always wanting to do more, he ran for Commissioner of Elections and served in that capacity for some years. Bill also kept up with all things technical, teaching his peers how to use their smartphones to text and helping others understand how to use the computer.

Bill Davis is survived by his wife of 68 years, Irene Dodd Davis; two daughters and a son: Dr. Ellen Conroy, and her husband, Thomas, Rebecca Prince, and her fiancé, Dr. Robert Funk, and Evan Davis and his wife, Wendy. Bill and Irene have eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A memorial service to celebrate Bill Davis’ life will be held on Saturday, December 29, at 11 a.m. at Reformation Lutheran Church in Media, Pa., with visitation beforehand, beginning at 10 a.m. A reception will follow the service, in the church hall. All are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory are requested to be given to the Mark Evan Davis Scholarship Fund c/o Reformation Lutheran Church; 102 West Rose Tree Road, Media, PA 19063 or to the Chester Children’s Chorus c/o Swarthmore College; 500 College Avenue; Swarthmore, PA 19081.