Ero Nicolaidou Buhayar was born in Athens, Greece, in 1923. The youngest child in a large family, she attended a private Greek-American girls’ school, just outside of Athens, on scholarship.
Following the end of WWII, she received further scholarships to study in the United States. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Wells College in Aurora, New York, the first year, and a master’s degree in English Literature from Smith College the second year.
At the end of her studies, Ero booked passage on a freighter bound from New York to Cape Town, South Africa, where she was met by her intended, Eric Buhayar, who was working there as an engineer. (They had met during the war in Greece.) The two were married immediately and lived in South Africa for some years, where their son, Alex, was born. They then moved to Montreal, Canada, where their daughter, Philippa, was born and eventually settled in Swarthmore.
While Eric worked at Scott Paper, Ero kept busy raising the children and eventually working in the Swarthmore schools as a librarian. She was an avid tennis player and traveler. She enjoyed sewing, knitting and painting in watercolors. In later years, she took up pottery when she and Eric moved to Kendal at Longwood. Ero is survived by her husband, Eric; her children, Alex Buhayar and Philippa Anderson; and a bevy of grand- and great-grandchildren.
Services and interment will be private.
Arrangements by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc., West Chester. 610-696-1181. www.DellaFH.com.