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• Creativity Abounds at FACF Saturday

• Swarthmore Historical Society House Tour This Weekend

• Marching and Talking with Nick Pignataro

Constitution Day: Talking and Acting

Panthers Go Pink for Tenth Annual Fundraiser by Rosemary Fox

Looking Back, and Forward at The Gathering Place by Louise Coffin

 RVMHS Session Considers Early Price

Lift Your Voice – Valley Voices want you!

Briefly Noted & Personals

• Cub Pack 228 Rockets into the School Year

• SPNDS Welcomes New and Returning Students

• Photographers: Last Call for Group Exhibition Entries

• From One Furness Library to Another

• Study Circles at Media Fellowship House

Summer Travel: The Side Trip by Lauren McKinney

• You’re Invited to Wesley A.M.E. Street Fair & Dinner Sale

Fall Programs at Furness Library

• Update on Nature’s Rights Movement in Pendle Hill’s First Monday Talk

• Master Gardeners Fall Fest is Next Saturday

• ‘God and the Gay Christian’ Author to Speak Tuesday

Friday is Game Day at Helen Kate Furness Library

• Back to School at TGP

• Make Sure You’re Ready to Vote This November

• Your Chance to Chant at Trinity

Swing Up to Harlem on Chester Senior Center Trip

• We’re #1, With Your Help

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Adrienne Brodsky Dessel Obituary

Adrienne Brodsky Dessel died peacefully in her home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on September 12.

Adrienne was a 1980 graduate of Swarthmore High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston University, a Master’s of Social Work from Simmons School of Social Work, and a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Tennessee.

She was an associate director of the Program on Intergroup Relations and lecturer in the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan. She co-edited Conservative Christian Beliefs and Sexual Orientation in Social Work: Privilege, Oppression and the Pursuit of Human Rights (2014), and was active in dialogue dealing with cultural and political conflict in Israel.

Adrienne’s loss is deeply felt by her husband J.P.; her children Talia and Erez Dessel; her father and stepmother, John Brodsky and Ingrid Rosenback; and her brothers and sisters Matthew, Stephanie, Miranda and Eric Brodsky.

The family gathered for a remembrance in Michigan on Sunday, September 16.

Memorial Service for Gloria R. Hamilton

Please join the family and friends of Gloria R. Hamilton for a memorial service and a celebration of her life on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Swarthmore Public Library, 121 Park Avenue. A reception will follow at the library.
Ms. Hamilton passed away on March 10, 2018.
Contact Sam Berley for further information at 443-614-8412 or at spjrberley@verizon.net.

Caroline Simons Kent Obituary

Caroline Simons Kent, wife of Donald W. Kent, Jr. and a long-time resident of Swarthmore, died peacefully on August 15, 2018. 

Born in 1927, Caroline was the youngest of Agnes and Frank Simons’ four children. She spent her early years in St. Davids, Pa., before moving with her family first to Cleveland, Ohio, then Newark, Del., and finally to Merion, Pa. In 1945 she graduated from Wilmington Friends School, where she played varsity field hockey, softball and was captain of the basketball team. From there she went on to Wheaton College (Norton, Mass.), where she joined the synchronized swimming team and sang with the a capella group the “Wheatones, ” graduating in 1949 with a BA in Biology.

After college she returned to Philadelphia to work at the Devereaux School and Friends Central School, and pursued her love of music and singing with the Savoy Company of Philadelphia, before moving to the Boston area to join the Shady Hill School in Cambridge, Mass., where she taught ancient Greek civilization to 4th graders. In the early ‘50s she moved back to Philadelphia to work at the Museum of the University of Pennsylvania. While in Philadelphia she met Donald Kent, whom she married in 1958. They moved to Swarthmore in 1960 where they have lived ever since.

Described by her family and friends as gracious, spirited, warm and kind, Caroline was a devoted wife and mother, who volunteered for school projects, field trips, and boy and girl scout troop adventures. She bestowed upon her children her love of swimming, music, learning, art, and fun. She greatly enjoyed getting to know her children’s friends and many have fond memories of playing at her home growing up.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her three children: Anna, Alexander and wife Theresa Thomas, and Laura and husband Michael Gately; and four grandchildren: Abigail, Ian, George, and Fiona.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday September 15, at 11:30 a.m. in Bond Hall, Swarthmore College.

Anya Krugovoy Silver Obituary

Anya Krugovoy Silver died on August 6, 2018 at the age of 49. The cause was metastatic inflammatory breast cancer.

Anya was born and raised in Swarthmore, which remained one of her very favorite places. As a child, she spent her summers in Middlebury, Vermont, and Hofheim, Germany, two other of her beloved places.

Anya graduated from Strath Haven High School (1986) and attended Haverford College (B.A. in English Literature, 1990) and Emory University (Ph.D. in English Literature, 1997). Since earning her doctorate, she taught in the English Department at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. She loved Mercer, especially her students, and considered it her academic home.

Anya’s deepest vocation was poetry writing. She published four books of poetry: The Ninety-Third Name of God (Louisiana State UP, 2010), I Watched You Disappear (LSU, 2014), From Nothing (LSU, 2016) and Second Bloom (Cascade Books, 2017). Her work was featured in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2016. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2018.

Anya was also involved in the effort to educate and fund research for inflammatory and metastatic breast cancer, and served as a board member of the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation, helping countless other women live with cancer. Anya refused to use fighting language in reference to cancer; she was diagnosed with cancer in 2004 while pregnant and given several months to live.

Instead, she thrived with metastatic breast cancer from 2010 until her death, during which time she continued to write and teach.

Anya is survived by her husband, best friend, and eternal soul mate, Andrew Silver, and her most beloved and adored son, Noah Samuel Silver, both of Macon, Ga. She is also survived by her dearly loved, best possible mother, Christel Krugovoy, of White Horse Village (until recently, of Swarthmore), her incomparably wonderful and much-loved sister Claudia Krugovoy of Dobbs Ferry, N. Y., brother-in-law Sean Brewer, and nephew and niece Henry and Aubrey Brewer, as well as her in-laws and extended family in Germany and Ireland. She also leaves behind her many dear friends. She is predeceased by her dear father, Yuri (George) Krugovoy.

Anya loved writing, reading in her big red chair, the Swiss Mountains, Cape May, good food, laughter, and film. She valued justice, peace, beauty and above all, kindness. Anya credits her family and growing up in Swarthmore for teaching her the progressive values which guided her life.

Anya loved life and was grateful for her many sources of joy. She wanted to live for many more years, but died peacefully, satisfied with what she accomplished in the years allotted her.

A funeral was held on August 11, at Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Macon.

On September 16, there will be a traditional service of the Orthodox Church for a departed soul on the 40th day. This is a short service following the Liturgy and starts approximately at 11:30 a.m. at St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church, 1855 Middletown Rd, Glen Mills, PA 19342. 

Memorial donations to a fund set up for the education of her son may be sent to Path2College Fund (subject line Noah Silver Beneficiary 2497162), Path2College 529 Plan, P.O. Box 55924, Boston, MA 02205-5924.

Gifts may also be made to Saint Francis Church, 432 Forest Hill Rd, Macon, GA 31210 or the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation at www.ibcresearch.org if preferred.

James Clifton Bryan Obituary

James Clifton Bryan of White Horse Village in Newtown Square, Pa., passed away peacefully on August 12, 2018, with his daughter Mary by his side. He was 93 years of age.

The son of Dr. Ollie Clifton Bryan and Aileen Mildred Box, he was born December 28, 1924, in Bedford, Ala., and grew up in Gainesville, Fla. Jim was attending the University of Florida when his studies were interrupted by World War II, and he served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1946. He returned to graduate in 1947 and earned a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1949. Jim put his love of science and chemistry to work for the DuPont Company in Wilmington, Del., for over 35 years, developing products for multiple departments (Fabrics and Finishes, Elastomers, and Polymers). He retired in 1986.

On a blind date in 1953, Jim met Genevieve “Jenny” Alfriend, also with DuPont. They married a year later in her hometown of Charles Town, W.V., then settled in Wallingford, Pa., where they lived for nearly 50 years.

A long time member of Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, Jim served in many capacities there, including trustee, elder, Scout troop leader and teacher. Jim and Jenny were an enthusiastic bridge team and belonged to several bridge clubs. In retirement, Jim enjoyed catching crabs and puttering around their Avalon shore house, volunteering at the Community Arts Center and Furness Library, and vegetable gardening.

He and Jenny traveled the world, visiting 45 countries and attending 20 Elderhostel programs. He took advantage of retiree benefits at the DuPont Country Club, playing golf as often as possible, even after glaucoma took away the satisfaction of actually seeing where his balls landed. After his vision dimmed, Jim turned to audio books, devouring hundreds over the past few years.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Jenny; sister Mary Bryan Harms of Gainesville, Fla.; four children, Jim Bryan Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz., Anne Westrick (John) of Mechanicsville, Va., Betsy Thurston (Sam) of Marietta, Ga., and Mary Banchero (Jeff) of San Mateo, Calif.; ten grandchildren, Linda, Jane, Ted, Sam, Blair, Ben, Luke, Anna, Michael, and Lena; and one great-grandson, Henry. Jim was predeceased by an infant son Thomas and his brother Dr. William Locke (Bill) Bryan.

Jim was a warm, funny, no-nonsense man who thought for himself and said exactly what he thought. His many friends appreciated his humor, candor, and non-judgmental acceptance of all. A true gentleman, he was beloved by many.

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Jim Bryan’s life on Saturday, August 18, at 1 p.m., at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, 727 Harvard Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081 with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Swarthmore Presbyterian Church are welcome. Condolences may be posted at www.haganfuneralhome.com.

Patricia Devlin Peters Obituary

Patricia Devlin Peters passed away on August 8, 2018, surrounded by loved ones at her daughter’s home in Seattle, Wash., following a three-and-a-half-year battle with lung cancer. She was 76.

Born and raised in Chester, Pa., Pat attended grade school at St. Robert’s from 1948-1956, and graduated high school from the School of the Holy Child in Sharon Hill, Pa., in 1960. She earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Immaculata College in 1964, and an M.S. in Information Science from Drexel University in 1966. Pat then took a job at the Franklin Institute Research Laboratories in Philadelphia, where she met the love of her life, Alec M. Peters.

Pat and Alec were married in 1970 and raised their family in their beloved home on Parrish Road in Swarthmore, including children Julie (Strath Haven High School Class of 1991), Max (SHHS Class of 1993), and Susie (SHHS Class of 1995), and their dog, Billy.

In 1980, Pat founded and served as president of Peters Technology Transfer, Inc., a company that created and sold databases on a wide range of scientific and technical topics. Alec retired from the Franklin Institute shortly thereafter and joined her in the business as vice president. Together, they later founded a second business, J.A.M.E.S. Publications, named after Alec’s four children, Julie, Andrew, Max, et (French for “and”) Susie.

Pat sold the family businesses and the family home in Swarthmore in 1999, and moved to Fort Collins, Colo., where she ran NISC-Colorado, a company similar to the one she had founded. Pat retired from NISC in 2011, but continued working as a freelance copy editor of scientific research articles. Following her cancer diagnosis, she relocated to Seattle to live with her daughter, Susie, while undergoing treatment. She continued to work and to travel extensively until entering hospice care in July 2018.

Pat was pre-deceased by her loving parents, Michael and Anne Devlin, both in 1986; by her adoring husband, Alec Peters, in 1994; by her sister and closest confidant, Mary E. Devlin, in 1999; and by her step-grandson, Justin Peters, also in 1999.

Pat is survived by her daughter, Julie Peters, Julie’s husband, Evan Pritchard, and their children, Aidan (13), Anna (11), and Emma (7) Pritchard, of Arlington, Va.; her son, Max Peters, his fiancée, Diana Reading, and their son, William Peters (4 months) of Philadelphia, Pa.; and her daughter, Susie Peters, of Seattle, Wash.; her step-son, Andrew Peters, his wife Nancy, their son, Ryan, his wife, Deanna, and their four children, McKenzie (11), Zachary (9), Jason (5) and Cody (1), all of Arizona; and last, but never least, she is survived by her best friend of 70 years, Helen Carney Welc, of Boothwyn, Pa., with whom she shared many adventures.

Family and friends are invited to a viewing and visitation at the Carr Funeral Home, 935 South Providence Road, Wallingford, PA, 19086, on Friday, August 17th, from 10 a.m. to noon. In accordance with Pat’s wishes, there will be no Funeral Mass.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Pat’s memory may be made to the Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer disease fund of the Patient Access Network Foundation: panfoundation.org.

Doris Purcell Obituary

Doris (née Knapp) Purcell passed away Wednesday, August 8, 2018 in Media, Pa.

Doris was born at home in Farmers Mills, N.Y., to Hattie and Holmes Knapp on July 12, 1926. She attended schools in Poughquag and Pawling, then graduated in 1946 from Vassar Brothers Nursing School. That same year, she married George Purcell.

She is survived by daughters Cathleen Purcell Darrell (m. Christopher Darrell) of Swarthmore, Pa. and Diane Purcell Boujikian (m. Mark Boujikian) of Fishkill, N.Y.; three grandsons, Collin Darrell (m. Kirsten) of Kapaa, Hawaii, Alex Darrell of Fort Worth, Tex., and Noah Boujikian of Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; and her dear baby sister, Janet Acker (m. George) of Kennebunkport, Maine, who called her daily with a smile, a song, and the “tail” of the day. 

Doris was predeceased by her parents, her husband George, her sisters Marion Hart and Blanche Hart, and her brother Wilber Knapp.

Doris and George lived more than 40 years in Fishkill. Doris worked for over 20 years as a nurse in a local OB/GYN office. She also delighted in being a docent at Boscobel Historic House. For some of that time, Doris and George were snowbirds, going between a cottage at Sylvan Lake and their home in New Port Ritchie, Fla. Eight years ago, Doris moved to Media, Pa., to be close to her daughter, Cathleen.

To some family and friends, Doris was Dorey, Dot, Aunt Dodie, and for a few years, Polkadottie the Clown with George, aka Roscoe. And to her sweet grandsons, she was Grammy. Doris was an accomplished artist, including painting, sewing, knitting, as well as being an expert wallpaper-hanger. In her later years, she delighted in her three grandsons and over the last few years, thoroughly enjoyed pictures and stories about her great grandchildren, Harper, Paxton, and Skylaya, in Hawaii.

Doris led a life well-lived and will be missed by all who knew her.

A celebration of her life was held on Monday, August 13, 2018 at McHoul Funeral Home in Hopewell Junction, N.Y. Interment followed immediately at Beekman Cemetery in Poughquag, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to “Grant Children’s Wishes” of Make-A-Wish Foundation (www.wish.org/donate). Please visit Doris’ Book of Memories at www.mchoulfuneralhome.com.

Wallingford- Swarthmore School Board: Board Reviews WES Play Area Plans

By Chris Reynolds

Three fields are better than one, goes the thinking behind the plan for Wallingford Elementary School’s play areas, as presented Monday night to the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board.

WES Principal Gabriel Savage praised the work of former Interim WES Principal Joe Bucheler and the committee which came up with the vision and a detailed set of implementation plans. “The plan that we are going to execute will honor the work that they did.” Principal Savage and engineer Nick Cirilli described in words and through an aerial photo three fields now in various states of repair. 

For this fall, the main play area will be in Section #1, which is on the north side of the school’s Providence Road frontage. The area is ready for sodding now. Principal Savage emphasized that this area will be supervised by a teacher at all play times.

Work will begin in summer 2019 on sections #2 and #3, which Mr. Savage described as a big job requiring heavy equipment to stage work which would not be feasible while students there. Section #3 will soon be reseeded, to be used as a relief area when the first playground gets worn during the fall. This will begin a process of rotation which will be standard practice in future years. “We will move as needed when it is time to give field #1 a rest. I believe that decision will come down to me,” Savage said. 

Personnel Matters

Shawn Conti was introduced and voted in as new Assistant Principal at Strath Haven High School, replacing new SHHS Principal Kristopher Brown. He comes from Interboro School District, where he was Assistant Principal, and Chichester School District, where he was Dean of Students and a Social Studies teacher. 

Also approved as newly-hired teachers were Christine Turner, NPE Special Education; Josephine Johnson, SHMS Science; Shelby Harper, SRS Elementary; Hayley Daub, NPE Music; Alycia Woodruff, SHMS Special Education; Helen Wortham, SHMS Science; and Allison Schmid, WES First Grade. Other new hires are Sarah Fairchild, SRS School Psychologist, and Elisa Goldman, NPE Media Specialist. Retirements were accepted from SRS Kindergarten teacher Catherine Latella and District technology specialist Jacob Rulli.

Personal Matters

SHHS Senior Abigail McElroy presents to the Board.

Abigail McElroy, a rising senior at SHHS and a resident of Wallingford, spoke powerfully during the public comment period regarding an element of the sophomore Health curriculum, specifically the “degrading” presentation administered in recent years by an organization named Amnion Pregnancy Center.

“While the majority of the curriculum focuses on giving students choices, the presentations given annually by Amnion do the opposite,” McElroy said. She noted that the group – which has as its goal the elimination of abortion – purports to “empower young people to make healthy decisions about life and their relationships.” In fact, she said, their presentation shames students who are sexually active and seeks to scare others with an illustrated narrative describing “the steep slope of arousal” which begins with hand-holding and ends far below, ruined on the rocks of pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease. 

“Abstinence is an option,” she said, noting that Pennsylvania law requires that this be made explicit in sexual health curricula, “but Amnion goes so much further when they claim that any physical contact will ruin us for our future partners.” She asked that Amnion not be invited back to Strath Haven, and that the District more carefully investigate the qualifications and agendas of outside groups presenting to students.

Death Notice for John F. Devlin

John F. Devlin of Westport, Mass., died on July 27, 2018.

John was the beloved husband of Ruth Vogt Devlin (deceased) and Elizabeth M. Devlin (deceased); father of John T., Kathleen, and Maureen; brother of Mary, Eleanor, Frances, Jane, James, Joseph, and Arthur, all who predeceased him.

John devoted his career to public service and lived a life of integrity and honor. 

Services were private; interment was in Little Compton, R.I.

Expressions of sympathy may be made by contributions to Hope Hospice of Hyannis, Mass., 765 Attucks Ln, Hyannis, MA 02601 or the American Indian College Fund, collegefund.org.