September 14, 2018 – This week’s issue . . .

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The stories in this week’s issue . . .

• 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

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.