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Hedi Apt (in tiara) was at the heart of the celebration, surrounded by four later generations including youngest guest Delaney Disbrow (on Hedi’s lap), 99+ years her junior.

Hedi Apt Starts Her Next Century

On the eve of her 100th birthday, February 19, 2018, Hedi Apt was feted at the Swarthmore Inn by her daughters, sons-in-law, and many of her dozens of grandchildren and step grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. “She has become the proud, attentive matriarch of a family,” said Joan Apt, Hedi’s daughter and Swarthmorean. Her relatives came from Israel, California, New Mexico, Florida, Michigan, Vermont, New York, Connecticut, and of course Pennsylvania. The champagne corks popped, Joan said, “Dorothy Freeman played ‘Happy Birthday’ on the ukulele, and a fine time was had by all.”

Shortly before the celebration, Hedi answered a few questions with wit and warmth (and a prompt or two from Joan) in the 6th floor apartment at Plush Mills in Wallingford, where she has lived for the past six years or so.

The Swarthmorean: Are you one of the oldest people here?
Hedi Apt: I’m always one of the oldest, wherever I go.

TS: When did you come to America?
HA: I was a teenager, I think. It was a hell of a long time ago.

TS: That was a good time to come to America, I guess.
HA: It’s always a good time to come to America. At all times, it’s better than anywhere else.

What Hedi left behind in 1937 was an increasingly chaotic Europe. Born in Basel, Switzerland, she grew up in Weimar-era Frankfurt, and attended school in Geneva. An expatriate speaking French and English, Hedi narrowly escaped the Holocaust, …

Swarthmore men celebrate Saturday’s victory over F & M. They’ll face Ursinus or Dickinson in a Centennial Conference semifinal Friday night.

Swarthmore Men’s Basketball
Hosts Centennial Tournament

The road to the Centennial Conference championship once again runs through Swarthmore College and its Lamb-Miller Field House, where the Garnet will host the Centennial men’s basketball tournament for the second consecutive year. With a 21-4 record during the regular season, the hoops homers hope for a reprise of the 2017 tournament, which they won.

The Garnet clinched the #1 seeding last weekend with a thriller of a victory over Franklin & Marshall. After a sluggish start, Swarthmore led by 5 points with less than a minute to go, but prevailed only after an F & M three-pointer missed at the end. It was the Garnet’s first victory over the Diplomats since 2013, ending a 10-game losing streak within the …

New Pest Threatens Your Trees
By Ginny Scott

Arborist John Studdy of Bartlett Tree Experts addresses the Emerald Ash Borer in a talk on March 7.

Ash trees are one of the most common large shade and street trees in our community, but they may now be on a path to extinction, due to the arrival of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).

Experts agree that the EAB, an invasive insect that was first identified in the U.S. in 2002, will kill virtually all untreated ash trees in its path by tunneling into branches and stems, causing the wood to become weak and brittle. Once a tree shows any signs of EAB damage, tree death is nearly certain.

Moreover, delay in the removal of an EAB-infested tree is unwise; the tree’s weakened branches quickly become too unstable for a tree worker to climb, thus requiring the expense of bucket trucks for the workers’ safety. To help tree owners understand their risks and options, the Swarthmore Horticultural Society (SHS) will hold a free information session, …

Swarthmore TimeBank
Moving Right Along!

By Bill Davis

On January 22, the Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association sponsored two introductory meetings for local residents, on the philosophy and practice of TimeBanking. The meetings featured talks by the Phoenixville, PA TimeBank Coordinators, Margo Ketchum and Joel Bartlett. Altogether, about 50 Swarthmoreans attended at least one of the gatherings, suggesting, yet again, there is a genuine interest in establishing a Swarthmore TimeBank!

Subsequently, the SSCA Aging-in-Place Committee created special training sessions for those interested in orienting new members; and, most recently, a Steering Committee has been organized to oversee the management and further development of Swarthmore TimeBank.

At this time, SSCA is proud to announce there are 32 newly-minted members of our very own TimeBank! Curious? Interested? Look up Swarthmore TimeBank online to check out the website, and learn how to become a member; or write me at for an answer to all your TimeBank questions.

Save March 23 for Hedgerow Ball

Penelope Reed

Start picking out a gown, make sure your dinner jacket is back from the cleaners – whatever you need to do to prepare for a ball, begin soon with an eye toward a red letter day: Friday, March 23. On that date, Hedgerow Theatre will celebrate its 95th anniversary with a Ball to honor its own Belle: Director Emeritus Penelope Reed, who was recently awarded a Barrymore Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Belle of the Ball Benefit — to be staged at the Old Mill in Rose Valley opens at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and segues into an evening of song and performance, a fine dinner, and special presentations involving many of Hedgerow’s foremost artists and …

Strath Haven Paddle Tennis team members include: (Back row, l. to r.) Justin Malley, Aidan Frick, Joyslin Bushman, Grace Kochanowicz, Lexi Burk, Gretchen Clauss and Katy Chapman; (middle row, l. to r.) Dean DeRosa, Kristina McGee, Kiera Caldwell, Elisa Kruse and Gillian Brennan; (front row, l. to r.) Cole Wirth and Emma Lee. Not pictured: Walter Clauss, Henry Dawes, Lizzie Healy, Chris Schmucki, George Steinke, Lily Steinke, Zach Smith and Christian Thack

Up Crum Creek, With a Paddle

Strath Haven High School seniors and team captains Henry Dawes, Emma Lee, Chris Schmucki (all of Swarthmore) and Cole Wirth of Wallingford talked for a couple of minutes after fifth block and before a practice session of the Strath Haven Paddle Tennis club.

Did you start the team this year?
Emma: I was in it freshman year but the seniors didn’t pass it down. So we brought it back this year. Mrs. [SHHS counselor Kristin] Dunning is our advisor.

What do like about paddle tennis?
Emma: It’s a social sport. It’s causal – a club sport that people don’t take too seriously.
Henry: There are only 4 people on the court at a time and usually two courts. You can interact with the other players during a match, and in your downtime off the court.
Cole: We have a warming hut with a pot-bellied stove. A lot of gossip goes on in the hut. What? I’m not one to tell. What does being on the team involve? Emma: We …

Swarthmore Friends Invite Friends to Visit Sunday

Claudia & Rich Aldred

The Swarthmore Friends Meeting House at 12 Whittier Avenue is hosting consecutive events on Sunday, February 25, and the entire Swarthmore community is welcome to attend.

The second session of the “Quakerism 101” series will meet in the Whittier Room from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Both practicing Quakers and inquirers are invited to discuss the topic of “Quaker worship” and the powerful experience of the gathered meeting. Steven Davison, a member of Central Philadelphia Meeting and author of the recent …

Sierra Club Invites You to Help Get Ready for 100

Are we Ready For 100? Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick says we will be. Bowser-Bostick, a Chester resident and a member of Sierra Club’s Delaware County group, coordinates Sierra Club’s local RF100 effort, part of a nationwide initiative to obtain commitment of municipalities large and small to source from 100% renewable resources all the energy used in their cities and towns. The goalposts are fixed at the year 2035 for …

Come Play at Trinity Church Game Night
By Rebecca Clemmer

Trinity Church in Swarthmore opens its doors to all on Saturday, March 3, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. for an evening playing the games you love. All ages are welcome to come play our games, or to bring your own. There will be spaces for both quiet and active games. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Snacks and beverages will be provided, and you may also bring something to share. Pizza will be available at a cost of $5 per person. RSVP through the church website at so we can get a …

‘Women in Science’ Begins at Furness Library

The Helen Kate Furness Free Library, in partnership with Longwood Gardens’ Community Reads program, is celebrating some of the leading lights profiled in Rachel Ignotosky’s children’s book Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers. Rachel Carson, a marine biologist and author of the environmentalist milestone Silent Spring, will be the …

Jasper String Quartet at Lang March 2

The Jasper String Quartet, one of the sensational young outfits in classical music today, is a Philly fixture, and a familiar presence on college campuses this academic year, including several visits to Swarthmore, will perform once again at the College on Friday, March 2. The Jaspers will be on Stage at Lang Concert Hall at 8 p.m., in a free concert open …

Scanlon Campaign Kicks off Saturday

Swarthmorean Mary Gay Scanlon invites neighbors and all voters in the new 5th Congressional district (which, pending further legal action, covers all of Delaware County) to her campaign kickoff this Saturday, February 24, 1:30 p.m. at Swarthmore-Rutledge School. Scanlon, pro bono counsel at the Philadelphia-based law firm of …

Faith & Life Explores Unlikely Bible Heroes

This Sunday, February 25, at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, Pastor Sukja Bang will enlighten the Faith and Life class about women who are “unlikely heroes,” five women called out in Jesus’ family tree, including Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary, the mother of Jesus. Come at 11:15 a.m. to discern the important messages conducted through these …

Story Time Again in Rose Valley

Native Philadelphian Fanny Crawford headlines the March 3 session at the Rose Valley Storytelling House, 3 Rose Valley Road. She is producer of the Stories in the Round and cohost of the Storytelling Hour Podcast. The event starts around 7 p.m. with refreshments and conversation, followed around 7:30 by story time with Crawford, and then host …

Writers Guild Presents ‘Getting Published’
By Jennifer Lincoln

Every author yearns to say one sentence: “I’ve been published.” The meaning of that statement has changed drastically in the past ten years and although traditional publishing still exists, other options are continually cropping up.

In a new three-part “Getting Published” presentation series, the Writers Guild of Delaware County sorts through all of the confusion between publishing methods to set the record straight. Part one will take place on Saturday, March 10, …

Bored? HKF’s Got Board Games!

Fifth through 12th graders have no excuse to complain of boredom on Friday, March 9, when the Helen Kate Furness Free Library hosts an afternoon of free, fun, and sometimes intense gaming. Possible games include Flux, Ticket to Ride, Snake Oil, Settlers of Catan, and Evolution, and other new games. The games begin at 3:45 p.m., and those who …

Mercury Rising: Lecture at Scheuer

Dr. Linda Campbell, Senior Research Fellow at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has made a study of contaminants in freshwater environments around the world. In a lecture next Friday, March 2, she will address the biomagnification of mercury in food webs of fish in Chines and Tibetan waters. Her talk from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Scheuer …

Opening at List: Embodied Forms

Donna Polseno and Ellen Shankin share a medium — ceramics — as well as inspirations and aesthetic perspectives. And beginning on Tuesday, February 27, the two potters will share an exhibition at List Gallery entitled “Embodied Forms,” which will highlight more than 30 of their recent works.

Both artists will speak during a lecture in the cinema at Lang Performing Arts Center. The gallery will be open beginning at 4:30 p.m., and a …

PCS Is Looking For a Few Good Men …

Singers The Players Club of Swarthmore is seeking male singers for the cast of the upcoming production of Jesus Christ Superstar, the Lloyd Webber/Rice rock opera from 1969. Director Bohdan Senkow says that since the show is entirely set to music, singing chops are more crucial to the show’s many male roles than acting experience.

The show will be performed ten times from April 20 to May 5 at the Players Club’s main stage on Fairview Road. More details and arrangements for auditions are available from the director at and 610-742-4136.

Vamonos to Espana in Scott’s ‘Wanderings at One’

Wander over to Lang Performing Arts Center cinema on Thursday, March 1, and warm up to Spain in next week’s episode of the Scott Arboretum “Wanderings at One” series. Scott Horticulturist Josh Coccano explores the parks, botanical gardens, and urban greening efforts in Madrid and the Mediterranean coast, where lush plant life …

The Wright Stuff

Celebrate American poet James Wright, and his biographer Jonathan Blunk in a reception and talk at the McCabe Library Atrium on Tuesday, February 27. Poet and critic Blunk has just published the first authorized biography of the “hugely influential” Wright, the fruit of 15 years’ labor and research among the elder poet’s family, friends, and papers. He will …

Schnips Ahoy!

Next Thursday, March 1, German cultural critic and broadcast personality Jurgen Kuttner presents VideoSchnipsel, a performance and talk, given in English at the Scheuer Room of Kohlberg Hall from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.. Kuttner’s Video Scraps is supported by the German Studies section of Swarthmore College’s department of Modern Languages, the …

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The Swarthmore Recreation Association is thrilled to welcome Colleen Murphy, Interim Executive Director (pictured on left) and Renee Pollins, Strategic Consultant (pictured on right). Colleen and Renee join Program Coordinator, Nika Haase, bringing a wealth of professional experience and passion for our community to their respective roles. For more information on the SRA staff and programs, please visit

On Valentines Day, members of the Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association and the parents and children of the Swarthmore Community Center Playgroup celebrated together with a Valentines exchange. After making valentines and enjoying coffee, cookies, and conversation, Sheila Bell led a story time with the children.

Parents of students at George Crothers Memorial School at CADES are creating a display that shows the augmented communications devices that are being used by students in the classrooms there. The exhibit will be installed at Occasionally Yours, 10 Park Avenue in Swarthmore, thanks to the generosity of owners Scott and Theresa Richardson, Stop in for a bite and a bit of insight into how CADES is applying technology to learning.

In the Saul Wildlife Preserve in Rose Valley this week, Bill Hale of Rose Valley (2nd left) and Chris Bourke of Moylan (2nd right) of the borough’s Environmental Advisory Council joined a team from Land Stewards on the worksite during stabilization of 165 feet of stream bank along Ridley Creek. Jesa Minnick (left) and Liam Collier (right) from Land Stewards did the heavy lifting early, installing coir logs, willow fascines, three rows of dogwood brush mattresses in trenches backfilled with earth. The trees will root, intertwining in the stream bank as they grow up and provide beauty and habitat above ground. The work came just in time, as roots and buds may soon wake up in the unseasonable February warmth. The two-day project was funded by a Growing Greener grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

James M. Doyle, Jr. of Wallingford has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester at Clemson University. James major is civil engineering.

Melissa Leggett of Wallingford, a first-year Health & Occupation major, was named to the dean’s list at Elizabethtown College for the fall 2017 semester.

Gabrielle M. Weisfeld of Swarthmore graduated in January 2018 from Elizabethtown College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.

Trying on haberdashery for the upcoming 2018 Book It! 5K Walk/Run are (left to right) Library Directors Jen Stock of the Helen Kate Furness Free Library and Amber Osborne of the Swarthmore Public Library, and Furness Library board member Bob Siwicki. The April 7 race features a “Best Crazy Hat” award competition for runners and walkers, who will traverse a route from the Furness Library in Wallingford to the Swarthmore Library. Early bird registration is now open at

Letters to the Editor and Editorial

Thank you for your service.

That’s what we say to the men and women who go to war on our behalf to protect American freedom, and who work in our communities to protect our lives and property. And that’s what we should say to the surviving children of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. They have faced danger and death at close range, and are responding by taking up the work that adults have failed to do: protecting schools and society by rationalizing gun laws.

While we talk about solutions both complex and counterproductive (turning schools into fortresses, arming teachers, outlawing modifications to assault weapons) the students’ agenda is simple: keep guns out of the hands of people who can’t be trusted with them — children and parties known to be violent or unstable — and reduce access writ large to the military-spec semiautomatic weapons that make mass murder so easy, yet somehow are sold in this country as sporting goods.

Support the people who work to protect our communities. Join these students in their protests. Donate to their causes. And vote for candidates who are listening to the arguments for real changes in the laws governing gun sales and ownership — laws which still have to be made by adults.

— Chris Reynolds

The following letter was addressed to Pennsylvania
Governor Tom Wolf from the Swarthmore Borough Council.

The Honorable Thomas Wolf
Office of the Governor
508 Main Capital Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Re: Congressional Districts Map

Dear Governor Wolf:

The Council of the Borough of Swarthmore thanks you for your rejection of the Republican legislative leaders’ proposed congressional district map that would have placed the Borough of Swarthmore in the First Congressional District. As you prepare an alternative congressional district map, the Council encourages you to include the Borough of Swarthmore in a district that consists primarily of Delaware County, and the other municipalities that lie within the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, so that the Borough will be within a district of its peer suburban communities with which it has common interests.

Thank you for your consideration of this matter.

Swarthmore Borough Council
David J. Creagan
Council President

Applauding moral leadership

To the Editor:

I want to apologize to any clergy that felt offended by the concluding sentence of my December letter urging pastors to speak out against President Trump’s hateful attacks endangering Muslims and other minorities. I stated that those who fail to do so “forfeit moral authority.” A dear friend and retired pastor pointed out to me that judgmental remarks by individuals who are not themselves responsible to communities with diverse convictions are not helpful.

Better to give thanks for the communities and clergy that have not kept silence. Foremost among them is Martin Luther King Jr., arguably the most important preacher in American history, who said that the stakes are high for Christian churches that shrink from public witness against racism: Silence is “complicity” in racism that will cause churches to “lose [their] authority [and] forfeit the loyalty of millions. … After we have forgotten the hateful words of our enemies we will remember the silence of our friends.”

Jim Wallis is President of Sojourners, the voice of progressive Christian Evangelicals. In a recent address to his fellow white Christians, Wallis urged Evangelicals to public witness regarding social justice: “There is no moral or biblical justification for silence.”

In our area, the Unitarian Universalist faith community has undergone a year-long discernment of their calling to publicly witness against racism. Rabbi Jeremy Gerber of Congregation Ohev Shalom spoke in his High Holidays sermons of the need for faith communities to reject silence: “May we all – Jew and non-Jew … wrestle with God, with ourselves, our communities … let’s all challenge ourselves to truly feel something, to feel it fiercely, and let it spur us to action. We ignore those prophetic voices – outside and inside – too much. It’s time to make a change.” Pastor John Weicher, in a sermon delivered at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church shortly after the riot in Charlottesville (which followed a demonstration by white nationalists), was concise, strong and prophetic: “Let us be clear. White nationalism is a sin. Support for white nationalism is a sin. Silence is a sin.”

As I write this there is outrage about the school shootings in Florida. When our nation privileges the profits of gun manufacturers over the lives of its children, when obscene violations by our political leaders of the most basic norms of integrity and decency have become normalized; silence is a mortal sin. Faith communities are the most important non-partisan, moral agents in our divided nation. They must not leave it to Florida high school students to express outrage and take action.

For the sake of our communities, local and national, let us no longer ignore the prophetic voices – outside and inside. Moses, Jesus and Muhammad would all be proud of followers in their faiths, lay and clergy, that refuse to be silent. Swarthmore residents and neighbors committed to social justice, including those indifferent or hostile to religion, can be proud of them as well.

Grant Grissom

Sue and be sued

“Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief” is a jingle my mother taught me to prepare me for a career choice. Doctor, lawyer, Indian chief.

To the Editor:

Today I learned that my favorite Swarthmore musical duo is now insured. This means that if they accidentally drop a speaker on your head, they are “covered.” Shall we blame this on the lawyers? A problem obtains: after the speaker is removed from your head and the lawyer is consulted and the insurance company is notified there will be no doctor to close the wound — because there are too many lawyers. You get my drift here!

What this country needs, without reservation or “reservations,” are Indian chiefs.

John Brodsky

Ann Chandler Forsman Adams Obituary

Ann Chandler Forsman Adams was born on June 25, 1965, in Wilmington, Delaware. She thought it was incredibly fortunate that she was born exactly six months after Christmas.

Ann passed away quite suddenly on February 12, 2018 at home in Havertown, Pa.

The beloved wife of Carl Randall Adams, and mother to Henry William (20) and Robert Quincy (16), she was the daughter of the late William C. and the late Jane C. Forsman of Swarthmore. Ann is also survived by her brother William C. Forsman, Jr (Bonnie) of Minneapolis, Minn.; sisters Elizabeth Nanis (Michael) of West Chester, Pa., and Ellen Thomas (Edwin) of Moorestown, N.J.; plus her beloved nieces and nephews Nicole, Katie, Colin, Sean, Kevin, Max, Chet and Jack. She is predeceased by her nephew Mikey.

Ann graduated in 1983 from Swarthmore High School, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from American University in Washington, D.C., in 1987. She began her nursing career at The Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She moved home to Philadelphia in 1991 to take a position in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she lavished care on her tiny patients that had complex heart repairs and transplants. Ann soon became a nurse preceptor, training many cardiac nurses over her thirty-one year career, gaining qualification as a clinical nurse level IV, and becoming an integral part of the leadership team at the Cardiac ICU.

In addition to supervising more than 40 people, Ann helped study, develop and implement many new protocols to reduce hospital acquired infections, and was part of a team that published a paper regarding the results. In 2014, she was awarded the Caroline Langstadter Award, the highest hospital honor for a clinical nurse at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Ann became a Cardiac Case Manager at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2017, a position she held at the time of her death.

In late January of 1995, while in a friend’s wedding, she met her future husband (the photographer) and had dinner with him on Groundhog Day They were engaged by her birthday, that same year, and married the following year. Both being significantly afflicted with “old house brain damage” they purchased and settled into a turn of the century home in Havertown. They welcomed Henry in 1997 and Quincy in 2001. Ann considered herself blessed to live in Havertown, and met many dear friends through her boys’ activities, especially loving soccer and baseball season.

Ann developed epilepsy a year after Henry’s birth, and without complaint adjusted to life with as many as 50 seizures per month. Multiple medications were employed without significant relief, and to her delight she was chosen as the second patient in Philadelphia to receive a Responsive Neuro Stimulator, developed by the NeuroPace Company of Mountain View, Calif. Her team of neurologists and neurosurgeons at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania implanted the device over three brain surgeries in 2014. After careful programing, her RNS had reduced her seizures by more than 60%, giving her incredible confidence and in reality a new life.

Ann was asked, and accepted the offer to become an RNS Ambassador for NeurPace, and was available to speak to any patients who were contemplating the therapy. She spoke at conferences and supported other epilepsy patients, as it was very important to her that others understood that one can lead a full life while living with epilepsy, and she marveled at how the neuro stimulator improved her quality of life these past several years.

Ann was a lifelong member of the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, were she was confirmed, married and served as a Deacon, and a Fall-Fair booth chair, known for her lemonade.

Ann was loved, and she loved deeply. Her first loves were Carl, Henry and Quincy. Spending time with her “men” and her furry sidekick Maggie was her favorite pastime. She loved her family, friends and her doctors. Reading, music, crafting, Christmas movies, snowmen, antiques, summers in Minnesota and the Poconos were incredibly special to Ann. She leaves the world a better place than she found it, and a giant hole in the hearts of those that loved her.

A memorial service celebrating Ann’s life will be held Saturday, February 24, 2018, at 11 a.m., at the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, 727 Harvard Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081. The family will receive friends & relatives in Fellowship Hall immediately, following the service. Interment private.

Memorial contributions in Ann’s name may be made to The Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 3401 Civic Center Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Arrangements:

Elizabeth Throckmorton Johnson Wray Obituary

Elizabeth (“Betsy”) Throckmorton Johnson Wray died peacefully on January 26, 2018 in Denver, Colorado, at the age of 100.

Born in Philadelphia in 1917, her family moved to 512 Ogden Avenue in Swarthmore when Betsy was 7. She, her parents, and brother Louis became members of Swarthmore Friends Meeting, and Betsy remained a member until her death.

After graduating from Swarthmore High School in 1935, she attended Wellesley College, graduating in 1939 with a B.A. Degree in Music, specializing in classical piano. She taught at Plymouth Friends School in Pennsylvania for a year, followed by several years at the Exeter Day School in New Hampshire. During World War II, she took shifts looking for hostile aircraft from a church tower (she never saw any; neither did anyone else!). She moved back to Swarthmore when her brother became seriously ill and subsequently died. At that time, she returned to teaching at Episcopal Academy and then at The School in Rose Valley. She became reacquainted with fellow Swarthmorean Richard (“Rich”) Bowman Wray and they became engaged in 1949 (much to the astonishment and delight of both sets of parents!) and married in 1950.

While raising a family in the ‘50s on wholesome food, as recommended by the legendary Adele Davis, Betsy was active in the Swarthmore Friends Meeting as well as the League of Women Voters. In 1969, she received an M.A. degree in Education from Bryn Mawr College. She returned to teaching and was a local pioneer in teaching dyslexic children at The School in Rose Valley.

Betsy loved to travel and the family always took a summer vacation, including a cruise to Bermuda and a train journey across Canada. She continued to play the piano for the Meeting and at home, enjoying the many concerts at Swarthmore College. She especially appreciated contemporary music and was an enthusiastic supporter of Orchestra 2001. She expanded her piano repertoire by playing Scott Joplin and barrelhouse and boogie-woogie music, much to the delight of her friends. She composed a number of songs to honor anniversaries and birthdays of friends, and even to support environmental protection in the Swarthmore area. In her late 70s, she took up the clarinet and played in the Swarthmore Silver Dollar Band.

A decade after Rich died, Betsy moved to a retirement facility in Media, ultimately moving to Denver to be near her daughter Laura and her family. Betsy is survived by Laura, Laura’s husband Bob Lamarre, their children Brendan and Trina Lamarre, and by daughter Catherine and Catherine’s husband Tim Snider of Charlottesville, Va.

Betsy will be remembered for her wonderful (and often impish) sense of humor, her love of all kinds of music, her loyalty to and compassion for family, friends, and young people in the community, and her abiding dedication to environmental health and preservation. Up until her final days, she greeted everyone with a smile.

There will be a memorial service for Betsy at Swarthmore Friends Meeting on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 1 p.m., at the Swarthmore Friends Meeting, 12 Whittier Place, Swarthmore, PA 19081.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Betsy’s memory to the Swarthmore Friends Meeting (at the above address) or to The School in Rose Valley, 20 School Lane, Rose Valley, PA 19063.

This week’s issue . . .

Swarthmore Borough Council:
Redistricting Plan Brings No Joy
By Chris Reynolds

With no report from Mayor Tim Kearney, no commentary from the public, and little activity requiring official action, Monday’s Borough Council legislative session clocked in under a half-hour.

Council President David Creagan opened the meeting by seeking members’ thoughts on recent developments in Pennsylvania legislative redistricting. Council resolved last year to endorse the redistricting methodology proposed by the nonpartisan group Fair Districts PA, which appears not to have been employed in the hastily drafted map sent to Governor Wolf last Friday by Republican legislators. Council member Betsy Larsen noted that “The exclusion of Swarthmore from the 7th District essentially separates us from the rest of our school district … which is an artificial separation that to my understanding is unacceptable under the policy by which districts are supposed to be drawn in Pennsylvania.”

Council unanimously moved to authorize solicitor Robert Scott to draft a letter to Governor Wolf, advising that he reject the plan, based on the idea that Swarthmore (now in the First Congressional District) should be reunited with other communities comprising …

Villanova MBA candidates first presented their research and recommendations to fire company members in Philadelphia in December (left to right): Rich Cresson, Tracey Chelliah, Melissa Bosutto, Bob Hayden, Morgan Hayden, Ashley-Alex Recchione, Eck Gerner and Bryan Spadt.

Volunteering to Help
Recruit Volunteers

When Bob Hayden joined the Swarthmore Fire & Protective Association 35 years ago, he was one of more than 100 volunteers. “When the alarm sounded, each of four fire trucks responded with a crew of six or more members,” he recalled recently. Today, despite decades of recruitment efforts, there are fewer than 35 volunteers, and even with an annual payroll of $500,000 for emergency professionals, when an alarm sounds it is a challenge to get all three fire trucks to respond with more than three members.

The problem is not unique to Swarthmore: Pennsylvania fire companies have seen volunteerism decline from a high of 350,000 volunteers in the 1970s to about 20% of that number currently. So when his daughter Morgan offered the consulting services of her student cohort from Villanova’s MBA program, Hayden was ambivalent: “Although the prospect of a ‘free’ consultation sounded wonderful, I cautioned her that a lot of smart minds in the Commonwealth have been trying for decades to solve this volunteer crisis. Despite my caution, she told me her group would welcome the opportunity.”

During fall, 2017, members of the group interviewed Swarthmore civic leaders and devised a survey to assess community attitudes and perceptions, which respondents completed online and in person at the Swarthmore Farmers Market. Applying analysis and …

Shannon Elliott Is Right at HOM

Shannon Elliott at HOM.

After almost 20 years in retail, Shannon Elliott has finally found HOM. As the new owner of Harvey Oak Mercantile (HOM), she takes over a stylish store in the Ville, opposite Swarthmore’s Central Park. It seems as if the right person is in the right place at the right time.

Shannon has worked in the retail industry since graduating from college and entering Macy’s buyer training program in New York City. She soon was a buyer of accessories and toys for kids for 80 stores, then for 120 after a merger with the Sterns chain.

“I wanted to come back to Philadelphia, where I am from,” Elliott said recently over the noise of construction of a dressing room in the store at 102 Park Avenue. “I contacted Urban Outfitters; which led to Anthropologie, who were rebuilding their buying team at the time (April 2001). It was getting hard for buyers to find anything new, and we were launching women’s private label clothing. That took off like wildfire. I did that for …

PCS Celebrates Its Heart and Soul

The Players Club of Swarthmore runs almost entirely on volunteer energy, says Kathy Senkow, vice president of the PCS Board of Governors: “The only people who get paid to work here are the people who clean the theatre.” The scores of actors, directors, set builders, production workers and ticket sellers do it for the love of theatre. And once a year, for the appreciation expressed by the PCS community and leadership.

Sandy Goldsborough of Springfield fondly recalled the productions and collaborations she’s experienced at the Players Club of Swarthmore.

The PCS Board annually chooses among nominees to recognize one honoree each year for the Member Laureate award displayed in the lobby, and one leading light to be added to the Wall of Honor on the back wall of the main stage theater. That happy day was Sunday, February 11.

As from Sunday, the newest Member Laureate is Sandy Goldsborough of Springfield, who has worked at PCS for decades as a scenic artist and set decorator. She was introduced at the ceremony by PCS board member George Mulford, who cited her expertise in stagecraft, her deft work with paintbrushes, and her exuberant, inimitable laugh.

Charlie Seymour Jr. at the Wall of Honor with grandchildren Beckett and Isabell Serpentine, who may represent the 6th generation of the family to play and work at PCS.

Charlie Seymour Jr. of Wallingford was honored with the unveiling of the newest plaque on the Wall of honor — his — capping a PCS career in which has led the theater as a board member, fundraiser, communicator, and producing director. He directed 14 musicals and acted in many more plays, beginning at age 6, but one particularly stands out, as Charlie mused in his acceptance speech on Sunday.

“For our family, The Fantasticks is like no other production. It was the only musical my father directed, in 1963 … and then he was IN it when I directed in 1963. And finally Mom and Dad watched it, when [daughter] Liz and I were in the cast in 2011.”

Now Charlie’s plaque is just a row and a few spaces from his father’s on the Wall of Honor, representing two generations among five (and counting) in Charlie’s family.

Library Holiday Hours

The Swarthmore Public Library will be closed on Monday, February 19, in observance of Presidents’ Day The Helen Kate Furness Free Library will be open with regular hours.

Meeting Notice

The General Government Committee of Swarthmore Borough Council has rescheduled their next meeting to Monday, February 26, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of Swarthmore Borough Hall.

Stamp for Joy

Hand-carved stamps can be a clever, easy to use tool for decoration and self-expression. Deborah Sax leads a free workshop on designing and creating stamps, and using them in symmetrical, repeating patterns to yield unique motifs, next Friday, February 23, 10 a.m., at Swarthmore Public Library.

Space is limited to the first 20 registrants, so sign up ASAP at or 610-543-0436.

Author Cheryl Borrelli at HKF Library

Author Cheryl Borrelli will visit the Helen Kate Furness Free Library next Tuesday, February 20, to read from her memoir Dear Nicky, Love Mommy, in a free event that is open to all.

Borelli will talk about how she came to write the book, which is an account of her life with her son Nicholas, who is severely autistic. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

The session begins at 7 p.m. in the lower level meeting room at Furness, 100 N. Providence Road in Wallingford.

Tension mounts in Hedgerow’s Wait Until Dark.

Lights Out: Hedgerow Opens Wait Until Dark

When the lights go out, the hunters become the hunted in Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of Frederick Knott’s Wait Until Dark, on stage through March 18 at Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley. Directed by Producing Artistic Director Jared Reed, the play features core Hedgerow company member Adam Altman, resident company members Owen Corey, Lisa VillaMil, and Matthew Windham, and Abby Kanes, a young actor from Hedgerow’s theatre school.

VillaMil stars as Susan Hendrix, who was recently blinded in a car accident. Alone in her apartment and cut off from the outside world, Susan is challenged to use all her resources as she is terrorized by a group of criminals, who believe she has the stolen diamonds they seek, in what Reed calls “an intelligent, gripping thriller that puts us in the mind of a powerful woman fighting for her life. Wait Until Dark involves great acting, suspense, humor, and a real coup de theatre ending.”

Performances take place at various times Thursday through Sunday, with occasional matinees on Wednesday. Regular ticket price is $35, with discounts for seniors, students, and WHYY members with cards. For reservations or more info, call 610-565-4211 or visit Hedgerow Theatre is located at 64 Rose Valley Road.

WaR3house3 Hosts ‘A Nite 4 Timi’

When West Philadelphia dub reggae giant Timi Dread was laid low by a stroke last year, Rob Borgstrom knew what to do: put on a show at waR3house3, where Timi has performed several times. That show will play out this Saturday night, February 17, at the performance space/gallery in Swarthmore, with the proceeds going toward the medical bills of the bandleader also known as Timi Tanzania.

MC and trumpeter Adam “Flymo” Birch, ex of The Specials, is at the magnetic center of the show, attracting a number of special guests to share the stage. Suggested donation is $20; doors open at 7 p.m. The house serves light fare; you BYOB. waR3house is at 100 Park Avenue, WH3 in Swarthmore.

Sports Talk at Press Club’s Feb. 21 Session

As the Eagles celebrate victory in the Super Bowl, the 76ers and Flyers focus on playoff runs, the Union and the Phillies start training for promising seasons ahead, Villanova hoops hangs in at #2, it’s a great time to be a Philly sports fan. Now is your chance to hear about what it’s like to be a Philly sports journalist at the next luncheon meeting of the Delaware County Press Club next Wednesday, February 21.

Matthew De George, reporter and assistant sports editor of the Delaware County Daily Times, will talk about his experiences in sportswriting, in the appropriate setting of Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, home of the Philadelphia Union. De George covers the …

(Johnny) Cash Is King at CAC

Brian Kors

It’s Cash’s world; we’re just living in it. So say a dozen local performers and artists who will pay tribute to the great American singer and songwriter in a live music and art event at Community Arts Center in Wallingford, next Friday, February 23.

The first Friday Night Live event of the season celebrates the Man in Black through interpretations of his music from across his 50-year career by musicians from several bands. Playing in various configurations will be Will Paynter, Jay Popky, Brian Kors, Paul Downie, Jerry Getz, Dean Sophocles, Alex Uskuraitis, Don Jones, Stacy Weathers and Last Chance, (Jack Scott & Ingrid Rosenback).

CAC faculty members Sally Paynter, Bob Deane, and Drew Arata, along with visiting artist David McShane will create live art inspired by the music, which will be sold by …

Friends of SPL Annual Meeting Thursday

Friends of SPL Executive Committee members are (L to R) Jeannine Anckaitis, Betty Wallace, Carol Kennedy, and Anne Papa.

The Friends of the Swarthmore Public Library will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, February 22, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room in Borough Hall. This meeting is open to the public; in fact, the Friends hope to involve more community members in the group and its ongoing activities. The agenda includes election of officers, financial report, and discussion of upcoming activities, including the Book It! 5-K Walk/Run, the spring Book & Bake Sale, and the library’s 90th-anniversary celebration and gala in 2019. Please come with your ideas and your enthusiasm for supporting our community  …

Learn More About MLK at The Gathering Place

At the next Gathering Place meeting on Wednesday, February 21, Dr. Bruce Stephens will share his research concerning Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., who studied and was active in the life of Chester, among other prominent local figures of the civil rights era.

Stephens, a retired professor of theology at Penn State University, will speak at 12:30 p.m. at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue. All are welcome to the …

Bessie Coleman Touches Down

Dr. Daisy Nelson as Bessie Coleman.

Black History Month continues with pioneering aviator Bessie Coleman touching down at Media Fellowship House on Saturday, February 24, at 2 p.m. Ms. Coleman — played here by Dr. Daisy Nelson – was the first woman of color to earn a pilot’s license, almost 100 years ago. She trained in Europe due to racial and gender discrimination at home, returning to practice her daring profession.

Dr. Nelson, who portrayed Harriet Tubman in an event at MFH last year, brings her historical characters to life in a program about an hour in length at the Fellowship House at 302 S. Jackson Street in Media. Following her presentation, students have the opportunity to share the information they have learned about heroes during Black History …

Visit Japan; Treasure Kyoto

If you visit Japan, it is said, plan to spend several days in the gardens of Kyoto.

Scott Arboretum Associate Keith Robertshaw recently did, and in a talk on Thursday, March 8, from 1 to 2 p.m., he will share his stories in a session of Wanderings at One. In Kyoto, he visited various gardens including a moss garden, a bamboo garden, and the Imperial Garden. He was impressed by the care and effort invested in the care of …

Faith and Life: The Magdalene Files

Pastor Sukja Bang

How did Mary Magdalene, a most beloved disciple of Jesus, become one of the most mysterious and misunderstood biblical figures throughout the centuries?

At the Sunday, February 18, Faith and Life class at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, Pastor Sukja Bang will lead a discussion of Mary Magdalene, using several sources, including the so-called gnostic gospels.

The class begins at 11:15 a.m.; everyone is welcome to the church, located at 129 Park Avenue, Swarthmore.

Take Potluck Monday with Media Neighbors

Transition Town Media, familiar to many Swarthmoreans through its sponsorship of the Solarize Greater Media campaign in 2016, invites all Swarthmorean readers to join in the first monthly TTM potluck dinner next Monday night, February 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. The venue will be the new TTM Neighbor Space on Lemon Street, between Baker and State Streets in Media. “Hope in Action” will be explored and expounded upon …


Letter to the Editor

Keeping up with changes

To the Editor:

In our continuing efforts to keep the public informed, the League of Women Voters would like to remind voters in Delaware County that two recent events will have a major impact in our communities as we move into 2018.

The League was a participant in the recent lawsuit that resulted in the Supreme Court ruling that Pennsylvania’s drastically gerrymandered districts must be redrawn before the primary election in May. The legislature’s redistricting plan must be presented to the court by February 15, or the court will create the map itself. Voters should be aware that their representatives may change as a result. Keep tuned for more information from the League. Follow updates at

County Council changed significantly with the election of two Democrats who were sworn in this month. The League of Women Voters of Delaware County, which includes the Haverford, Radnor, and Central Delaware County local Leagues, hosts an Annual Luncheon for County Council where the attendees can enjoy casual conversation with Council members over lunch. Council members will also give reports regarding their specific responsibilities. This year, the luncheon will be held on Wednesday, February 21, at 12:30 p.m. at the Media Borough Hall Community Room. It will be catered by Margaret Kuo’s and will cost $17. To make reservations, call Marita Green at 610-724-1376 or email her at

The League of Women Voters, recognized as one of the country’s most respected community organizations, will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020. Membership in the League is open to anyone over the age of 16. In League,

Joanna Nealon, President
League of Women Voters of Central Delaware County

Briefly Noted . . .

Subzero temperatures and snow couldn’t stop Swarthmore Troop 112 from enjoying a weekend of skiing at Elk Mountain earlier this month. The annual trip is always a big hit regardless of the weather, and 33 scouts and adults had a great time on the slopes. Two new scouts worked on their snow sports merit badge, learning how to ski safely and responsibly. Pictured on the mountain Sunday morning, February 4, the group is practicing their touchdown signals in anticipation of the Eagles’ win that night. Digging the snow were Scoutmaster Chuck Kropac, Noah Millett, Tivi Fox, Michelangelo Bellini, Luke Caramanico, Chris Chapman, Johnathan Cresson, Nate Linderman, Karl Rennick, Ed Smelstoys, Nolan Spivey, Marshall Wenger, Evan Yavor, Stephen Yavor, Kevin Gao, Owen Burk, Committee Chair Kevin Connell, and Katy Chapman.

Members of the Swarthmore Garden Club (from l. to r.), Kay Rinko, Marica Martin, Susan Larson and Linda Carpenter) made 10 arrangements for Adopt-a-Room Ronald MacDonald gala.

Perry Sosi of Rutledge, a student in Leslie Taylor’s Graphic Design 3 Class at Strath Haven High School, had his self portrait selected as a winner by the art and design faculty at Delaware County Community College. Perry’s self portrait is on display at the Regional High School Art Exhibition at DCCC from now through February 22 in the Academic Building.

Caroline Stockman of Swarthmore has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at SUNY New Paltz.

Nnenna Ukpong of Swarthmore was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at Georgia State University.

Bailey Williamson of Wallingford has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at St. Joseph’s University.

Ezra S. Krendel Obituary

On Thursday, February 1, The University of Pennsylvania lost an emeritus professor who was a true pioneer and a brilliant scholar. Ezra S. Krendel passed away peacefully at his home in Swarthmore, surrounded by family and friends. He was 92.

His parents were Joseph Krendel, an artist and architect, and his wife Tamara. They fled Russia by boat in 1913, and their son and only child, Ezra Simon Krendel, was born in the Bronx in 1925.

Ezra Krendel attended Townsend Harris High School and earned a B.A. in physics from Brooklyn College in 1945. He went on to earn Master’s degrees in Physics from MIT in 1947 and in Social Relations from Harvard University in 1949.

More by happenstance than by career planning, Ezra Krendel became an active participant in the development of the field variously known as: human factors, ergonomics, engineering psychology, and human engineering.

His first job in 1949 was at the Franklin Institute Research Laboratories in Philadelphia. These laboratories emerged in early 1942 in response to our pressing requirements for military research and development facilities. Ezra Krendel’s unusual combination of graduate work in physics at MIT and in social relations at Harvard provided the combination of skills which was needed for an Army project underway at the laboratories with both human engineering and systems engineering components.

Within a year, he was heavily involved in a major Air Force study whose purpose was to develop useful engineering models to describe the way pilots few aircraft. Over the years, this project grew and became the basis for many of his major career contributions to the emerging discipline which was then called engineering psychology. In 1959, he and Duane T. McRuer, president of Systems Technology, Inc., published their extensive joint research on pilot models in the Journal of The Franklin Institute, which is the second oldest scientific journal in the United States, and were recipients of the Louis E. Levy Gold Medal awarded, when merited in a given year for the best contribution to the journal. Other past recipients had been Marconi and Vannevar Bush.

In 1966 he accepted an appointment as professor of Operations Research and Statistics at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He was shortly given a secondary appointment in the Moore School of Electrical Engineering, soon to be incorporated into the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and he taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in Human Factors Engineering, which he created. Although an emeritus professor, he continued to teach one semester a year in the engineering school at Penn.

While a professor at The Wharton School, he was the director of the Management Science Center where he contributed to and directed a variety of projects relating to productivity in a variety of industries. He also maintained a consulting practice in which he contributed to post office procedures, the measurement of the effects of alcohol on driving skills and behavior, criminal justice procedures, aviation safety, air traffic control procedures, the sources of human error, and other human factors related problems.

In 1975 he became interested in labor management policies and was engaged by the Office of Naval Research to examine the implications of the evolving unions in the uniformed services of Sweden, Norway, Austria, Holland and Germany and in the U.S. Armed Forces. This resulted in a book published by The University of Pennsylvania Press, and in Professor Krendel becoming an occasional arbitrator in labor management disputes on the panels of both the American Arbitration Association and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. When acting as an arbitrator, he would request site visits wherever appropriate so as to become fully familiar with the workplace procedures enabling him to bring his background in human factors engineering to bear on labor management disputes.

In 1982 his services as an expert witness and advisor in litigation were first requested. By 1992 he had been called in 70 cases by a variety of lawyers — by the plaintiff’s attorney, 34 times and by the defense, 36 times.

He has been honored with the rank of Fellow in the following societies: The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, The Association for Psychological Science, The American Psychological Society, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His biography is in American and Women of Science and Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in Finance and Business and Who’s Who in American Education.

He founded the Engineering Laboratory and the Operations Research Division at the Franklin Institute. While working on or directing a large number of research projects for the Departments of Defense and of Transportation, Krendel made contributions to many other aspects of this emerging discipline. A partial list includes: visual search, electroencephalograms, communications, vehicle design and safety, human capability for physical work, training techniques, and visual display design and evaluation. He has been a consultant to the United States Department of: Defense, Army, Navy, Air Force, Commerce, Justice and Transportation as well as to NATO, and to industry. He was a member of various U.S. Government committees including several Highway Research Boards and the NASA Research Advisory Committee on Control, Guidance and Navigation. He contributed many articles to scientific and engineering journals and chapters to engineering reference books reflecting his extensive experience in human engineering problems.

Professor Krendel was as devoted to his family as he was to his academic career. He was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth, with whom he had three children, David (Alice) Krendel of Atlanta, Ga., Tamara (David) Krendel Clark of Hanover, Mass., and Jennifer (David) Hall of Swarthmore. He is survived by his children; his wife Janet Krendel; and seven grandchildren, Carl Spencer Krendel, Mary Elizabeth Krendel, James Ezra Krendel Clark, Conrad Spencer Krendel Clark, Richard Ezra Hall, Elizabeth Ann Hall and Rebecca Patricia Hall.

Ezra Krendel was also an avid nature lover and mountain climber with many impressive badges on his well-worn Kelty pack; including one for having climbed the hundred highest peaks in the U.S., and one for all the desert peaks. He took his family on many memorable hikes and camping trips in various mountain ranges and, in the course of two summers, tenting in all the National Parks, beginning in Pennsylvania and ending in the Sierra Nevadas.

He loved to read and continued right up until two weeks before he died, having never lost any of his mental facilities. He was interested in everything. In addition to his many fields of expertise he had a passion for history, art, literature and the natural world. He traveled extensively, interested in experiencing other cultures and how they evolved singularly and in their relation to one another with their varying myths, religions and history, and the particular landscapes that formed and transformed their cultures.

Photograph by Ezra S. Krendel

He was a gifted photographer, as is attested by the stunning photographs which adorn his home, taken all over the world. His passion for photography began when he was quite young, winning prizes for photos he took and developed — memorably for an arresting photo of a group of young boys varyingly crouched, huddled and standing near a smoking fire — warming themselves after skinny dipping beneath the Washington Bridge — its arc stretching high above into another world. The photographs he took of his children as they were growing up are remarkable — particularly a series from the summers he spent with another family in a rural farmhouse in West Townshend, Vermont, black and white enlargements of which are now in the permanent collection of the town of Jamaica.

He had a delightful and whimsical sense of humor, apparent to all who got to know him. He was a loyal and devoted friend, who loved good food and good conversation — and his erudition covered a wide range of topics. He loved all animals, but especially his standard poodles — so much so that when the last one died he adamantly refused to get another — as he couldn’t stand to go through losing another.

As was his wish, Ezra Krendel passed away in his own home of 60 years, and, as was also his wish, he didn’t die alone; on the contrary, he was continually attended to and visited by loving and devoted family and friends — his bed beside a wall of picture windows overlooking his backyard with its magnificent “champion” beech tree — a home-made bird feeder hoisted high over one of its silvery branches — endlessly alive with birds.

A memorial is tentatively planned for the weekend of April 15, 2018 at the Swarthmore Friends Meeting House on the Swarthmore College campus.

— Tamara Krendel

Juanita Brooks Holliman Stephens Obituary

Juanita Brooks Holliman Stephens, born November 25, 1918, passed away January 27, 2018, in a hospital in Brunswick, Maine. The cause was pneumonia.

Juanita Stephens lived with her husband James O. (Steve) Stephens from 1948 to 1966 in Swarthmore, where they raised their twin daughters, Sally and Suzanne. While there, Juanita pursued her talents in drawing and painting, and was active with the art programs at the Community Arts Center and the Swarthmore Women’s Club.

Born in Port Arthur,Texas, Juanita, already an award-winning artist, had studied art and interior design at the Texas University for Women in Denton, where she graduated in 1941. She married James on March 8, 1941, who was a graduate of Texas A&M with a Master’s in Engineering from Purdue University. They soon relocated to Washington, D. C., and then New York City where he, a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army, was stationed during World War II.

While living in New York City Juanita took the opportunity to study art at The Arts Students League and at Columbia University. After the war the family moved to Swarthmore, Pa., where James joined the Westinghouse Corporation as a gas turbine specialist. In addition to her art endeavors, Juanita designed stage sets in the 1950s for the Players Club of Swarthmore, including their productions of The Rainmaker and Paint Your Wagon.

After their children were out of college, Juanita and James left Swarthmore for Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, and their summer house, “Gray Ghost,” at Cape May Point, N.J. While living in Center City, Juanita studied painting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art with Dan Miller, later the chair of the MFA program at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

When Westinghouse relocated its Gas Turbine Division away from Philadelphia, James and Juanita moved to Hamilton, Ontario, where James helped develop Westinghouse Canada’s gas turbine operations. At the same time, in 1974, Juanita opened an art gallery in Hamilton where she introduced the work of Dan Miller and others (including her own work) to the Canadians. Hamilton’s Spectator newspaper profiled the couple in 1975 (“The Engineer and the Artist—a Remarkable Partnership”). Their happiest years in Canada were spent subsequently in the picturesque town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, which reminded them of Swarthmore. Their 1830s home and English garden provided many themes for Juanita’s oil paintings, particularly gladiolas, hollyhocks, geraniums, and lilacs.

In subsequent years, an engineering consulting job and parental care brought the two back to Texas. After that interlude, they decided to move to Maine where they lived from 1996 to Juanita’s death in 2018. While in Maine they found a Victorian house, and Juanita continued to paint in her studio in Machias until four years ago. She exhibited her work in art shows in Eastport and Machias. She is predeceased by James, who died of Alzheimer’s in 2000.

Juanita is survived by daughters Suzanne Stephens of New York City and Sally Elizabeth Campbell (Robert Merrill Campbell) of Lake Wylie, S.C.; three grandchildren, Heather Anne Campbell, Robert Stephen Campbell, and Holly Elizabeth Campbell Thompson (Stephen B.Thompson); three great-grandchildren, Joy, Bradley, and Matthew; her younger sister, Virginia Louise Holliman Van Horn of Greenville, Texas, and two nephews James Van Horn, and Pietr Van Horn; as well as a niece, Sherry Holliman, and her daughter Jenna; plus numerous nieces and nephews of the Stephens family.