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.

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