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.

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The stories in this week’s issue . . .

• Using Solid Science, SHMS Students Make Case to Solarize the Pit

• Eric Shaff Makes (Pre) History in Swarthmore

• Alienation, but no Aliens in Debut Sci-Fio Novel by Chip Byers

 ‘Music for a Summer Evening’ at Trinity August 23

• Hot Today, Cooler Tomorrow at the Helen Kate Furness Free Library

PCS Is Wonderland, This Weekend and Next

 ‘Hound’ a Howling Romp at Hedgerow

• Great Swarthmore Campout and BBQ: An Overnight Success

Briefly Noted

• Letters to the Editor

• ‘Tommy and Me’ Opens at Media Theatre

• Community Carnival at Grace Church

Notice to Readers & Advertisers

The Swarthmorean office will be closed from Friday, August 17, until Monday, August 27. There will be no issue on Friday, August 24.

Borough of Swarthmore Meeting Notice

Due to vacation conflicts, the Borough Council Legislative Session scheduled for Monday, August 13, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. has been changed to Monday, August 20, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

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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.