James R. Calkins Obituary

James Roy Calkins passed away peacefully at his home at White Horse Village in Newtown Square on June 13, 2018. He was 89.

Born on January 3, 1929 in Cohoes, N.Y., he was the son of Harry A. Calkins and Beatrice Roy Calkins. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1950 with a B.S. in chemical engineering in 1950 and earned his master’s degree, also from MIT in 1951.

At MIT, he raced sailboats on the Charles River and sang in the glee club. After graduation, he moved to Pennsylvania for a job with Sun Oil Company, where he worked for 41 years, first as a chemical engineer at the refinery in Marcus Hook and then transitioning into software development in Philadelphia in the early days of computers. He retired from Sun Oil in 1992.

Jim and his wife Barbara (Lukens) were married at the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church in 1957 and lived in Wallingford, Pa., for 45 years, where they raised their three children. They moved to White Horse Village in 2003. Some of Jim’s favorite activities at White Horse were singing in the Village Singers and helping other residents with their computer problems.

Jim was an Eagle Scout, and when he moved to Swarthmore after college served as Assistant Scoutmaster and merit badge counselor for many years. He carried the values he learned in scouts, particularly integrity, honesty, and service to others, throughout his life.

A member of the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church since the 1950s, Jim served as a deacon and ushered at services for more than 40 years. In his later years, he enjoyed gardening at the church with H.O.E., or Holy Order of Environmentalists, and also volunteered at the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College.

Jim loved outdoor sports, particularly downhill and cross-country skiing, canoeing and kayaking, hiking, and sailing, and passed that love onto his children and grandchildren. As a young man, he competed in whitewater canoeing races. He was a life member of the Buck Ridge Ski Club, serving as reservations chair for the Buck Ridge Lodge in West Dover, Vt., for decades, and spent many wonderful vacations there skiing with family and friends. He continued skiing into his seventies.

After his retirement in 1992, Jim and Barbara enjoyed spending summers at their cabin on Lake Willoughby in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. He was a member of the Westmore Association, where he was active for many years on the trail committee, maintaining the hiking trails on the five mountains surrounding the lake.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Barbara (Lukens); his three children, Robin C. Hipple (James) of Oakford, Pa., Thomas R. Calkins (Suzanne) of Goffstown, N.H., and Charles H. Calkins (Hyun-Young Park) of East Longmeadow, Mass.; five grandchildren: Benjamin R. Hipple, Christopher J. Hipple (Ida Li), Samuel J. Calkins, Olivia Park Calkins, and Anna Park Calkins; and a niece and nephew James and Debra Egloff. He was predeceased by his brother, Donald L. Calkins.

Jim will be remembered for his quiet strength and patience, his ability to come up with a clever comment at just the right time, and the kindness and respect he showed to all.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 23, at 11 a.m. at the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, 727 Harvard Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081. Interment will be at the Memorial Garden at the Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Swarthmore Presbyterian Church at the above address.

Arrangements: Rigby Harting & Hagan Funeral Home, www.haganfuneralhome.com.

Leighton C. Whitaker, Jr. Ph.D., ABPP Obituary

Leighton C. Whitaker, Jr., of Media, Pa., passed away on May 10, 2018, in Newtown Square, Pa.

After his undergraduate studies at Swarthmore College (’54), Lee, as he was known, went on to become a well-published clinical psychologist with a Ph.D. from Wayne State University and was a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. 

He served as associate professor and director of Adult Psychology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; professor and director of Mental Health Services, University of Massachusetts (Amherst); director of Swarthmore College Psychological Services; and consultant to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps. Lee was also a Fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment and of the American College Health Association. He served as chair of the Association’s mental health section and was a member of the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis.

His ninety professional publications address clinical and social subjects, including college-student suicide, schizophrenia (he developed the WIST, Whitaker Index of Schizophrenic Thinking), and understanding and preventing violence. A highly respected editor, including for The Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, which he founded in 1986, and co-editor of Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, Lee continued his private practice and editorship into his 80s.

Born in Chester, Pa., in February 1932 to Helen and Leighton Whitaker, Sr., and predeceased by his parents and sister, Doris Whitaker Schaffer, he is survived by his wife, fellow Swarthmore graduate Suzanne Bevier Whitaker (’54); their three children, Corinne, Priscilla, and Benjamin; a grandson; nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews; and a formidable biographical book collection.

A lover of Shostakovich, The Ink Spots, sports, and barking out car windows at dogs, he will be profoundly missed by his family (several of whom also attended Swarthmore), a lifetime of patients and colleagues, countless readers, and a world in search of emotional healing.

A private family burial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages a gift to a charity of your choice, support for a dog-rescue or therapy-dog organization, or a gesture to reduce violence in the world. 

Online condolences: www.donohuefuneralhome.com

Laurel A. Benn Otte Obituary

Laurel Otte, a resident of Dickinson Avenue since 1975, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 2, 2018. She will be so greatly missed.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1939, to Phyllis Wolven Benn and Clarence Benn, Laurel attended Dearborn High School. In the summer of 1956, she won a choir scholarship to Interlochen Music Camp. Later, she was thrilled to discover at the University of Michigan that she could apply to work at the camp in summer. Working in the dining hall there, she met Daniel Otte, who invited her to go on an outing with three other staffers at Lake Michigan. 

They went back to work at Interlochen every summer until 1963, when they were married. Laurel finished her M.A. and that September became a University of Michigan librarian, while Daniel worked his way through graduate school as a teaching fellow. Their twins, Jennifer and Jessica, were born in April, 1967. In June, 1968, Daniel finished his Ph.D., and the Ottes moved for a year to Australia.

Returning from Australia, they lived outside of Austin, Texas, for six years. Daniel’s work at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia brought them to Swarthmore in the summer of 1975. Laurel joined Merrie Lou Cohen as a Swarthmore Elementary School librarian, a joyful friendship which endured the rest of her life; they lived a block apart and travelled regularly to London together for many years. Laurel also worked at Marple Public Library, and until a few years ago, volunteered at the Swarthmore Public Library.

Laurel Otte was wonderful singer, a member of the University of Michigan’s Gilbert & Sullivan Society, who sang show tunes and opera around the house. Her daughters know one particularly tragic aria only by its common Otte household name, “The Vacuum Cleaner Song.”

She was a talented quilter and seamstress; vacations and field trips were accompanied by small bags of patchwork pieces — she was a perfect travel companion for Daniel and would sit anywhere, any time, and sew, sing, and read while he collected specimens in all kinds of places, day and night. She loved PBS, especially “MYSTERY!,” and mystery novels, Fred Astaire, antique markets, flea markets, art, museums, books, a really good chocolate milkshake — ‘really chocolate-y’ — and travel with lifelong friends and family. She was a talented and inventive cook, and kept a comfortable, beautiful house. 

Beyond all else, Laurel Otte was, without fail, gracious. She was kind, and thoughtful, gentle and polite. Her family treasured her and will miss her terribly. 

Laurel is survived by her cherished husband of 55 years, Daniel; daughters Jessica Otte (Amy Boyle) of Phoenixville, Pa.; Jennifer Otte Vanim of Swarthmore; sister Linda Fox (Talbert Fox) of Kailua, Hawaii; 13 nieces and nephews; and 11 great-nieces and great-nephews. 

Visitation is at 2:30 p.m., Saturday June 9, with funeral services at 3:30 p.m. at Carr Funeral Home, 935 S. Providence Road, Wallingford, PA 19081.

Maria Teresa Eldridge Fisher Obituary

Maria Teresa Eldridge Fisher left this life on May 11, 2018. She lived in Newtown Square.

Maria was born in Pittsfield, Mass., on August 30, 1970, the first child of Joan Alice Tibbs Eldridge and Maurice G. Eldridge. Maria was a woman filled with love and joy, grace and beauty that she shared with an open heart with her family and her friends. From Massachusetts to Washington, D.C., New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and beyond, she bonded with a network of friendship that blessed us all. She was a wonderful child, a wondrous parent, a giver and a warrior (think Wonder Woman) against fear and adversity.

Her first child, Francessca Maria Wallace, with her first husband Frank Wallace, is a delightful, creative and insightful 14-year-old who misses her and is filled with her spirit. Her second child, born of her second marriage to Robert Fisher, Natalia Maria Fisher, is a bundle of 4-year-old energy, who delights in her discoveries of this world, will miss her mother though she, too, is imbued with her spirit and energy.

Maria was educated in wonderful schools: Berkshire Country Day School in the Berkshires, Sidwell Friends School and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in D.C. She earned her B.A. at Smith College in Theater and Dance. While there she, like her Grandmother Alice and Aunt Daisy, became a proud life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. 

After Smith she would then go on to earn her MFA in Acting at Brandeis University. She taught a semester there, offering a class in Movement for Theatre. She briefly pursued a career in acting in New York City performing off-Broadway before moving on to Pfizer Pharmaceuticals where she worked for five years and became a Human Resources and Clinical Data Operations Executive Assistant to the Vice President. 

When she returned to Swarthmore, where her parents Maurice and Joan lived, she fell in love with early childhood education as she worked for several years at The School in Rose Valley and Trinity Cooperative Day Nursery. Working in those schools she blessed the lives of many young children and their families with love and energy and her belief in the power of the arts in the lives of all children. While she would also later serve at Trinity on the Board of Directors first as Vice President and then later as President, she largely focused on taking on the fulfilling roles of wife and mother. She suffused the lives of her children with her sterling model of the practice of giving nurture, direction, encouragement, inspiration and wisdom to her children, her family and her friends.

She left us too soon, but left us with the bounty of her beautiful self to sustain us in perpetuating her vision of a better, more just, loving and humane world.

Maria leaves to cherish her memory, her husband Robert and her two lovely daughters, Francessca, and Natalia; her father Maurice and his wife Patricia; her brother Jonathan, his wife Alicia and their children Jonathan II, Andrew and Michael; her Aunt Janice and her three children; her godmother Elaine and her god-sister, Elaine’s daughter Dawn; and many cousins, other family members, and friends from all of the walks of her life.

A Memorial Service for Maria will be held at Christ Church, 20 N. American Street (2nd and Market) Philadelphia, PA 19106 at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 19, followed by a Reception in the North Garden there (if raining, the Great Hall in the church’s Neighborhood House across the street).

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider supporting Maria’s Daughters’ Education Fund at www.gofundme.com/maria039s-daughters039-education-fund.


John Patrick Fullam Obituary

Wallingford resident, John Patrick Fullam, aged 96, died peacefully in March. A judge for more than 50 years, including nearly 45 on the federal bench, he was among the longest serving federal judges in history. To his friends, family and former colleagues John will be remembered for his razor-sharp intelligence, wry humor and profound commitment to justice and equality under the law. 

The youngest son of Thomas and Mary Nolan Fullam, John was born December 10, 1921 in the family farmhouse in Gardenville, Bucks County. Though he grew up without running water, electricity or other modern amenities, his depression-era childhood was rich in many less tangible but more durable ways. An eager and precocious learner at the one-room Gardenville schoolhouse, John was rapidly promoted two grades and frequently called upon by the teacher to tutor other students.

Following primary school, John rode his bicycle seven miles each way to attend Doylestown High School, where he thrived academically, graduating in 1938 at the age of 16. John was especially proud to have won the Bucks County spelling bee championship, a contest aired on local radio; his orthographic prowess proved to be a lifelong trait. After high school, John received a full scholarship to Villanova College (now University), where he majored in Latin and Education, graduating at the top of his class. 

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor precipitated the United States’ entry into World War II, and John enlisted in the Navy upon his graduation from Villanova in the spring of 1942, at the age of 20. He was commissioned an Ensign and completed basic officer training on the campus of Cornell University, followed by further specialized training in communications at Harvard University, before his assignment as Communications Officer to the USS Guadalupe (AO-32) in January 1943. John was to remain with the crew of the Guadalupe, as Communications Officer and later as Navigator for the duration of the war and early post-war occupation, spending more than three years in the Pacific and participating in virtually all of the major Asiatic Pacific Campaign Operations. 

Over this period, John was awarded eight bronze battle stars for meritorious service in a combat zone, arising from the Guadalupe’s role in the Gilbert Islands, Marshall Islands, Asiatic-Pacific Raids, Western New Guinea, Marianas, Western Caroline Islands, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa Gunto Operations. With characteristic humility and breathtaking understatement, John later summed up these years of Naval service for a 2007 oral history as follows: “During that time I experienced four typhoons and a few tense moments.”

Upon his discharge from the Navy in April 1946 with the rank of Lieutenant Senior Grade, John attended Harvard Law School on the GI bill; through an accelerated program for returning veterans, he was able to complete his law degree in 1948. While at Harvard, John met his future wife, Radcliffe undergraduate Alice Freiheit, at a sponsored, alphabetically-arranged tea. The couple married in 1950 and moved to Lower Bucks County, where John had joined the Bristol law firm of Eastburn, Begley and Fullam. John’s private practice was wide-ranging, affording him the opportunity to refine a unique blend of high-brow Harvard legal education and rural, homespun common sense. John’s practice included representing clients before the House Un-American Activities Committee, and service as court appointed counsel in a death penalty case (resulting in a life sentence), among many other interesting matters. 

In 1954 and again in 1956, John ran unsuccessfully for Congress on the Democratic ticket, ultimately falling short in the heavily Republican Bucks and Lehigh County district, despite the support of luminaries such as Oscar Hammerstein, James Michener, Joe Clark and Adlai Stevenson. Later in the 1950s John was appointed to the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, eventually serving as its chair, and was credited with effectively cleaning up that formerly scandal-plagued body.

With two daughters and more children contemplated, John and Alice were able to persuade the up-and-coming architect Paul Rudolph to design an airy modernist home for them of glass and stone, set into a hillside in the woods of then rural Wrightstown Township — what one critic has since admiringly described as “probably the only example of a modernist Pennsylvania Dutch farmhouse.” 

John impressed Mr. Rudolph with his masonry skill and aesthetic, and Rudolph designed the home accordingly. Continuing long after they moved into the unfinished home in March 1959, John patiently did virtually all of the stonework up through the first level.

Scarcely a mile down the road from the small farmhouse where John’s mother was born back in 1882, the couple’s Wrightstown house from its inception was the family’s homestead, a status it would retain for nearly 50 years. John was a farm boy to his marrow, Alice was an early and avid proponent of organic gardening. As result, the early years in Wrightstown were populated by numerous goats, rabbits, chickens and an occasional pony, along with his beloved dogs and a succession of cats. Sadly, the persistent and growing demands of John’s career obliged him to curb his adventures in animal husbandry, when he no longer had the time to milk the goats before heading in to the office each morning.

In February 1960, John was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas, and was thereafter elected to full ten-year term, with the endorsement of both parties, thus becoming, in the colorful phrase of one local historian, “the first Democrat to have won election to the Bucks County Court since the memory of man runneth not to the contrary.”

During these years John became an active member of Wrightstown Friends Meeting, also serving on the Board of Pearl Buck’s Welcome House. In one of his most enduring contributions, John spearheaded the successful drive to establish the Bucks County Community College, only the second such institution in the State of Pennsylvania, serving as chairman of the Board of Trustees upon its founding in 1964. In the early going, John was known to offer encouragement and dispel dissension by leading board members in singing the civil rights anthem, We Shall Overcome. Many years later, in 2014, John was pleased to attend the College’s 50th anniversary celebration, by which time BCCC had served more than 200,000 students.

Nominated by President Lyndon Johnson, John was confirmed as a United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in August of 1966, the first federal judge to hail from Bucks County. John’s subsequent continuous service in that role — from his August 1966 swearing-in to his April 2011 retirement — is the longest tenure of any judge of that court since its founding on September 24, 1789, with George Washington’s appointment of Declaration of Independence signatory Francis Hopkinson to that office.

On the federal bench, John quickly made his mark by seeking ways to reduce the Court’s extensive backlog of cases. Keenly aware of the prevailing billable hour fee system, John developed a strong aversion to wasted time and associated unnecessary cost to the parties. Throughout his judicial career, John strongly encouraged lawyers to be clear and concise in their arguments — memorably directing a lawyer at one hearing to kindly “distinguish between a cross-examination and a filibuster.” 

Guided by a keen intellect and steady moral compass, throughout his judicial career John was unafraid to make controversial decisions if he deemed them to be correct. This judicial courage enabled him to be a consistent champion of civil rights and liberties — while also rendering him for many years the bane of the Philadelphia Police Department. John issued important rulings, civil and criminal, giving full and principled effect to the Constitutional freedoms and protections to which every person is entitled. For example, Judge Fullam held that the Philadelphia Police were “totally unjustified” in conducting mass arrests of hippies in public parks during the summer of 1967, based solely on their perceived status or appearance: “It is not a crime to be a hippy.” To like effect, the Judge ruled that the Philadelphia Police had acted unconstitutionally by raiding Black Panther Party offices without probable cause in the summer of 1970. Though ultimately overturned by a divided Supreme Court, in Rizzo v. Goode, Judge Fullam’s lucid, meticulous and scrupulously balanced 1973 decision established civilian complaint procedures and other due process protections in order to remedy the Philadelphia Police Department’s shameful and persistent pattern of racial discrimination and abuse. 

In another controversial decision, arising from the FBI’s “Abscam” sting operation, Judge Fullam presided over the jury trial of two Philadelphia City Councilmen and others being prosecuted for public corruption. Reversed on appeal though effectively vindicated by history, Judge Fullam concluded that the defendants had been entrapped by improper governmental conduct amounting to a violation of due process: “In the long run, the rights of all citizens not to be led into criminal activity by governmental overreaching will remain secure only so long as the courts stand ready to vindicate those rights in every case.”

Where warranted, Judge Fullam was by no means averse to the firm enforcement of criminal laws. He took particular offense at the abuse of public office, overseeing the trials and ultimate convictions of numerous politicians and other officials over the years. He was also the first judge to preside over the trial and conviction of mob boss, Nicodemo “Little Nicky” Scarfo, imposing a 14-year prison sentence following Mr. Scarfo’s conviction on fraud and racketeering charges.

In June of 1970, Judge Fullam was assigned the bankruptcy case for the Penn Central Transportation Company, at that time the largest corporate bankruptcy in history. Penn Central employed some 100,000 workers, owned more than 20,000 miles of track, and was indebted to tens of thousands of creditors. Undaunted, Judge Fullam tackled the enormously complex, politically-charged challenges of the company’s reorganization with a steadfast confidence over many years, making new law in countless previously uncharted areas. Judge Fullam approved the company’s plan of reorganization in 1978 — a feat that some had predicted might well require 30 years. That was by no means the end of the bankruptcy proceeding, however, and Judge Fullam ultimately issued more than 4,000 orders in the case. Judge Fullam’s oversight was instrumental in the creation and development of Amtrak and Conrail, as well as SEPTA and other regional mass transit authorities. His rulings and the lessons learned from the Penn Central proceedings were vital to subsequent Congressional fashioning of the United States Bankruptcy Code.

Beyond his judicial caseload, Judge Fullam performed a number of significant auxiliary functions. In recognition of his sterling character and integrity, Judge Fullam was appointed by the Chief Justice and served for many years on the Committee on Codes of Conduct of the United States Judicial Conference, advising fellow federal judges on issues of judicial ethics. Sharing expertise accumulated over his illustrious career, Judge Fullam also supplied guidance and instruction on federal rules of evidence and effective trial conduct to a generation of federal judges, through the Federal Judicial Center’s Orientation Program for New U.S. District Judges. And following the collapse of the Soviet Union, at the behest of the United States Information Agency (an arm of the State Department), Judge Fullam twice traveled to fledgling democracies in Eastern Europe, where he advocated for the importance of an independent judiciary in Hungary, and helped to write the new Constitution of Bulgaria. The Judge later took similar trips for the USIA to the African countries of Botswana, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia.

After serving as Chief Judge of the Eastern District from 1986-1990, Judge Fullam assumed senior status, continuing to carry a full caseload for another two decades, until fully retiring from the bench in 2011, at the age of 89. In what spare time he had, John enjoyed many hobbies over the years, including tennis, golf, bridge and singing. He had a deep love of the English language and a penchant for puns and word-play, frequently writing humorous poems to mark occasions. He also completed New York Times’ crossword puzzles with swift assurance — in ink. 

In 2007, John and Alice left their cherished Wrightstown home and moved to Plush Mills Senior Living in Wallingford, where they were joined by Alice’s younger sister, Audrey Paris (who continues to reside there). Alice, a retired librarian, died in 2016. John’s three siblings, James, Catherine and Thomas all predeceased him as well. In addition to his sister-in-law Audrey, John is survived by daughters, Nancy of Philadelphia and Sally (Joseph Gyourko) of Swarthmore; sons Thomas “T.J.” (Claudia Fieo) of Mansfield, Mass., and Jeffrey (Melissa Mandrell) of Concord, N. H.; and grandchildren Mark and Julia Gyourko, and Gregory and Lily Anna Fullam.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 21, at 11 a.m., at Wrightstown Friends Meeting, 535 Durham Road (Route 413), Newtown, PA.

A scholarship fund in John and Alice’s memory has been established at Bucks County Community College. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the “John and Alice Fullam Memorial Scholarship Fund,” c/o The Bucks County Community College Foundation, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA 18940.

Janet Cade Kelsey Obituary

Janet Kelsey, beloved mom and “Mother of Hedgerow Theatre,” acclaimed actor, teacher, and director, passed away March, 26, 2018. She was 94. Wise, creative, and practical, Janet blessed thousands of lives, and she did it her way.

Born July 4, 1923 in East Lansdowne, Pa., Janet’s theatre business owner grandparents and parents had moved from Northwest Pennsylvania to the Philadelphia area so that her mother, Marie Cade, could attend Penn, where she graduated with a degree in biology. After Janet was born, the family moved to Claymont, Del. There they maintained several businesses, and her mother earned a Master’s from the University of Delaware. Marie Cade taught elementary schoolchildren until she retired.

Although Janet wanted to study acting after graduating Claymont High School in 1940, she took her mother’s advice, sought a business major, and graduated from Beacom College of Business. Janet married Broadway actor Jared Reed and moved in with her in-laws, who were prominent Manhattan theatre professionals. Their daughter, Penelope Reed, was born in 1945. The couple enjoyed a few blissful years together, but the marriage did not last and Janet returned to Claymont.

By then, theatre was in her heart, and though working with the family business, she began to develop a successful acting career in theater and TV in Wilmington, Del., eventually joining Actors Equity and performing at the Strand Theatre. There she met and married Denham Kelsey. By 1957 she had discovered Hedgerow, which would become a haven for her many extraordinary talents.

As a seasoned Equity actress, Janet was drawn to study with visionary Jasper Deeter at Hedgerow. In 1962, she moved to idyllic Rose Valley with her family, Penelope, Grey, Nancy, Denham and Sage. For the next five decades, Janet took part in phenomenal training at the Hedgerow Theatre School as both a student and teacher. Her business degree, too, proved invaluable, as she became the indispensable architectural secretary to John Dickey, John Bowie and Rick Ortega. This allowed her to work part-time, as well as focus on her Hedgerow family. She discovered a home theatre that celebrated the depth and wide range of her gifts as actress, teacher, director, and adored leader.

Actress Janet created scores of memorable characters, and she acted with generations of actors, who went on to perform in regional theatres, schools, and film. Her favorite productions included Touch of the Poet (1973), The Seahorse (1976), and Ghosts (1976). Janet soared as the Scottish Queen with Richard Basehart, reached heights as Amanda Wingfield, and joined family members modeling the Barrymores in the Royal Family as matriarch, Fanny Cavendish, along with daughters Penelope Reed, (Hedgerow ’62) as Julie and Grey Kelsey (H’64) as Ella, and grandson Jared Reed (H’89) as Tony.

As Hedgerow’s creative, administrative and fiscal guiding light, Janet also served in a wide range of supporting roles from costuming to office work. Wherever needed, Janet was seen keeping the theatre alive and thriving. Janet aided in the transitions of artistic leaders from Jasper Deeter to Dolores Tanner, to David Ralphe, to June Prager, to David Zurn Brunnen, to Penelope Reed, and to Jared Reed.

When schism nearly tore apart the Theatre, Janet sewed it back together. When arson destroyed the Theatre, Janet mobilized the physical, financial and spiritual repairs with many others, especially Moira Rankin, Ralph Roseman and Rose Schulman. During flood, fire, highs and lows, changing boards and companies, Janet was the backbone of the tenacity and kindness that helped Hedgerow persevere for over nine decades.

She was inspiring and treasured by all who knew her. In 2016, Rose Valley declared July 4 “Janet Kelsey Day,” and that fall, she was hailed as the “Mother of Hedgerow” for her five decades of guidance of America’s first residential repertory theater. Esteemed by audiences and theatre artists alike, Janet has kept Hedgerow growing to this day. As actor, managing director, or scribe, Janet has been Hedgerow’s greatest example of living its principles: humility, industry and aptitude for learning.

Janet is survived by five children: Grey, Nancy, Sage, Penelope, and Denham; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

An open house celebration of her life of laughter, grace, and grit will be held at Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley, PA 19063 on her 95th birthday, July 4, 2018.

Gifts may be sent in her memory to the Hedgerow Theatre’s Janet Kelsey Memorial Fund, 146 West Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley, PA 19086.

Hedi Apt Obituary

Hedi Apt, longtime Swarthmore resident, passed away at her Plush Mills home in Wallingford on April 3. She celebrated her 100th birthday on February 19, 2018 with her large extended family from three continents at the Inn at Swarthmore and assisted in a Seder with her local extended family in Swarthmore on March 31.

Hedi faced all of life’s challenges with resilience, humor, great affection for her growing family, service to the broader communities she had been part of, and an indomitable competitive spirit in all her athletic endeavors.

• Growing up in Frankfurt, Germany, she survived the post-World War I financial devastation of Germany, escaped the Nazi Holocaust, and later, after moving and beginning a family in New York, the hijacking of her flight to Cuba by a convicted murderer and terrorist.

• She became the proud, attentive matriarch of a family that included three daughters, three sons-in-law, six grandchildren, six great grandchildren and seven additional step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

• She served as a volunteer at the Swarthmore Community Center, treasurer of the Larchmont (N.Y.) Temple and Hadassah for many years, and as a registered Democrat for more than 75 years.

• Her athletic pursuits included field hockey in her youth, swimming, tennis, and bocce in Swarthmore with recognition from the Swarthmore Swim Club for her 50 mile swim in her 80s, as Swarthmore’s Bocce Champion in her 90s, and the awe and respect from her Crozer Healthplex and Swarthmore College tennis adversaries in her 90s.

As she requested, there will be no public funeral or memorial service. Those wishing to acknowledge her life are asked to donate to the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society: https://www.hias.org/.

Marion Leventhal Bell Obituary

One of Philadelphia’s finest, Marion Bell (born Anne Marion Leventhal) passed away on March 11, 2018 in Walnut Creek, California. She was 88.

Marion was born to Hyman and Fanny Rosen Leventhal and two older brothers, Paul and Joe, whom she loved and survived. The depression was tough but they made do. That’s what families did. Marion met her true love, Jerome Bell, while still in high school at West Philadelphia High. After Jerry returned from the war and completed dental school they reunited and married. Jerry, who passed in 2000, still believed throughout their 47 years of a deeply happy marriage, that his running into Marion that day at the diner was a chance encounter. They were blessed with two beloved daughters, Nancy and Susan. Nancy’s tragic loss in 1981 was a hard blow. In her last ten years, Marion had the pleasure of the care and support in California of her daughter Susan, and getting to know her grandson Alex.

Marion had a sharp mind and was never far from academia. She received her B.S. in Education from Temple University and initially worked as a social studies and reading development teacher in the Philadelphia School District. When her kids were little, at the encouragement of Jerry, she went back to school for an advanced degree, receiving her Ph.D. in American History from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974. Her interest was primarily in the social history of … Philadelphia, of course.

In 1977 she published her book Crusade in the City: Revivalism in Nineteenth Century Philadelphia. After teaching positions at several colleges, and serving as a general administrator for the National Institute on the Holocaust, Marion returned to the University of Pennsylvania in 1980, where she served as an associate director of the College of General Studies until her retirement in 1996. Marion and Jerry also gave back to their community through their support of Israel, generously opening their home to Labor Zionist events.

Marion always had a soft spot for Philadelphia and Swarthmore, both of which she missed dearly after moving to California. She and Jerry made their homes in Springfield, Wallingford, and later in Swarthmore (Delaware County), living at the Strath Haven Condominiums, where she served on the landscape committee. Her impeccable taste was reflected in the wonderful homes and gardens she created.

She loved fine art and antiques and found creative ways to bring new and old together in the refurbishing of older homes, at one point undertaking an historical preservation of a house in Queen Village, Philadelphia. She decorated her apartments in California with the pottery she had enjoyed creating in her later years at the Wallingford Art Center, and with other keepsakes from her Philadelphia homes. Marion’s strong sense of style also found home in how she dressed. Many will remember Marion’s signature pixie cut and round tortoise shell glasses, and the English tweeds that she wore regardless of the current trends.

Marion and Jerry enjoyed traveling, reading, classical music and gardening. They enjoyed trips to Africa, Alaska and Europe, summers in New England, and many winter holidays in St. Croix. Until the end of her life, photographs of elephants from their visit to Kenya decades ago hung on the wall next to her bookcase with the biographies she had enjoyed reading. Marion lived a rich and meaningful life, turning challenges into steps forward on new paths. She will be remembered and loved by all who knew her.

Contributions to Marion’s memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California, www.alz.org/norcal.

Gloria Hamilton Obituary

Gloria Hamilton of Swarthmore died March 10, 2018 at her home. She was 91.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Samuel and Francis Radbill and lived in Lansdale before moving to her late residence 40 years ago.

Gloria was a graduate of Philadelphia High School for Girls and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Library Science from Drexel University. She was a self-employed medical editor and had previously worked for Merck.

Gloria was an avid knitter and had a love of books and reading, but most important was her devotion to her family.

She is survived by her sister Estelle Berley (David) and two nephews, Sam Berley (Patty) and Alex (Rebecca) Berley.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

Memorial gifts may be made to The Swarthmore Public Library, 121 Park Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081.

Online condolences may be made at www.whiteluttrell.com.