Susan Kelly Untereker Obituary

Susan Kelly Untereker, age 72, passed away on October 15, 2018 in Philadelphia after battling breast cancer for nearly nine years. The second of four girls, Susan went to Smith College from which she graduated magna cum laude. There she discovered a true love for the Spanish and Latin cultures, spending her junior year abroad in Madrid. After college, she spent a year in Mexico City as a Fulbright Scholar. She returned to marry her high school sweetheart, Bill, in 1969. Together they would have three children and travel the world from Nantucket to Tokyo.

After a MAT at Columbia she taught ESL in New York City Public Schools, served as Director of Admissions at Swarthmore College, volunteered with A Better Chance and the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church and acted as a docent at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Susan brought her bright smile, charm, passion and intelligence to all of these endeavors.

Known to some as la doctora, Susan was an amateur psychologist, art historian, detective, editor, interior designer, matchmaker, Mayan anthropologist, travel agent and expert on any subject about which she read one article in The New York Times. She led a life of honesty and empathy by her own example and never forgot to bring her sense of humor and a touch of mischief. There was no occasion observed not deserving of a theme party, and no person encountered who did not receive her kindness and love.

She is survived by her beloved husband Bill, her three children Jed, Will and Karen, their spouses Melissa, Wakana and Jeff and her grandchildren Maddy, Jack, Lily, Leila, Ari, Billy and Noa, and her sisters Elizabeth and Meg. To honor her, the family requests that contributions be made to the Swarthmore ABC program in lieu of flowers ( 

Had she written this, the punctuation and syntax would have been perfect.

Relatives and friends are invited to her memorial service at 2 p.m. on Saturday December 22, at the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, 727 Harvard Ave., Swarthmore PA 19081.

Arr. Cavanagh-Patterson Family Funeral Home, Media, Pa.

Margaret ‘Peggy’ Tucker Thompson Obituary

Margaret “Peggy” Tucker Thompson passed away peacefully on October 9, 2018 at her home in White Horse Village, surrounded by family. She was 88 years old.

Peggy had an intellectual curiosity that drove her to pursue topics of interest or importance to her by reading, questioning and exploring — and she challenged her family to do the same. Peggy had a strong sense of social responsibility and made sure that her children, from an early age, had a keen awareness of disadvantaged people amongst us. She was a role model for compassionate activism, spiritual grace, devoted friendship, and the power of gratitude and joy.

Peggy was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., on April 30, 1930 to civil engineer Newton Earl Tucker and housewife and accomplished artist Susan Scott Tucker. She had a happy childhood in Pittsburgh with her sister Anne, attending the Ellis School and graduating in 1951 from Pennsylvania College for Women (now Chatham University) where she majored in English. 

Following college, she worked briefly in advertising before joining the staff of WQED, the nation’s first community-supported television station, where she met and became lifelong friends with Fred Rogers. There, she helped launch “The Children’s Corner,” a local educational show that served as a precursor to the nationally beloved “Mister Rogers Neighborhood,” and for which Peggy served as producer, puppeteer, Girl Friday and occasional on-screen character “Miss Peggy” for the show.

Peggy was introduced to Peter Thompson by his sister, Ann, and they married in 1954. Upon completion of Pete’s postdoctoral work at Pitt, he accepted a position in the Chemistry Department of Swarthmore College. They moved to Swarthmore in 1958, where they lived for almost five decades and raised four children. Peggy became a keystone member of the Swarthmore community. Over the years, she immersed herself in the life of the college in professional roles — as Assistant Director of Theater, Associate Director of Financial Aid, and on staff at the college bookstore — and as an enthusiastic volunteer. 

Always interested in the educational and emotional needs of children, in 1972 she obtained a Masters in Social Service from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work, and became a social worker for Delaware County, where she counseled families and worked with home daycare providers. In 1982 she became Director of Title XX Family Day Care for the County, where she led the department in providing high quality daycare to low-income families. 

Peggy was always passionate about music, and she often found opportunities to learn and build community through her musical pursuits. She loved to sing, and was a member of the Swarthmore College chorus, the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church choir, and most recently the White Horse Village chorus. She played the piano, hammered dulcimer, ukulele, and a myriad of drums, bells, gongs, whistles, etc., that she built with her grandchildren over the years. She was a founding member of Swarthmore’s Gamelan Semara Santi, a traditional Indonesian orchestral ensemble.

Peggy’s devotion to music and children’s education led to her involvement in many efforts to help the children of Chester, Pa., break the cycle of poverty through art, music, and education. She helped establish the Chester Children’s Chorus, a learning-through-music choral program for children and teens, and remained fully committed to the end. Out of CCC came the Chester Charter School of the Arts (CCSA), and both Peggy and Pete have participated since its inception. Since moving to White Horse Village in 2006, they have worked to create closer ties between the CCSA and WHV residents. When the new facility for CCSA opened in 2016 the science lab was named after Pete and Peggy in tribute to their many contributions. A fundraiser currently underway in Peggy’s honor has raised over $4,000 to buy children’s books for CCSA classrooms.

More than anything, Peggy was devoted to her family. She introduced her children, and later her grandchildren, to all forms of art, teaching them to be both prolific producers and consumers. She was an avid reader and loved nature, camping and traveling, passions she passed on. An adventurer at heart, she and Pete traveled extensively through Europe, Peru, China, India, and the U.S.A. and even lived and camped throughout England and Western Europe during one of Pete’s sabbatical leaves, with four children under the age of 10 in tow. In 1992, they purchased a summer cottage on Newboro Lake in Ontario, Canada, where they spent many happy summers hosting their children, grandchildren, and friends — and where Peggy often relived her glory days as a girl scout camp counselor, the occupation where her love of children really all began. 

Peggy is survived by her husband of 64 years, Pete; her sister Anne Nichols (Jim); her children Scott Thompson (Jill), Sue Thompson (Mark), Barbara Amann (Steve), and Joe Thompson; eight grandchildren, Katie, Sarah, Peter, Alex, Daniel, Ben, Jenny and Ellie; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews; and her cherished cat, Morris. She was beloved by her family and friends, and will be greatly missed.

Peggy was a member of the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church for many years. A memorial service in remembrance of her life will be held at the church, 727 Harvard Avenue, on Monday, October 22, at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Chester Children’s Chorus or the Chester Fund for Education and the Arts in support of CCSA.

Edgar Kendall Landis Obituary

Edgar Kendall Landis died on Thursday, September 13, 2018, in Wallingford, Pa., at the age of 93 from melanoma.

Kendall was born in Scarsdale, N.Y., on November 12, 1924, the only child of Ruth Carleton Kendall (1891-1978) and Edgar Bechtel Landis (1892-1950). He attended the Ethical Cultural Fieldston School in Riverdale, where his mother taught. For high school, he went to the Putney School in Vermont, where “a new world opened up.” He fell in love with the arts, history and the outdoors. He became a lifelong champion of progressive education and of Putney School, where the arts, crafts and classical education were joined. Sarah Gray Gund, a long-time chair of the Putney Board, wrote that Ken’s “knowledge of how to fundraise is legendary, and his successes were extraordinary. He built the development effort at Putney and certainly taught us all how to go about raising money.” Two of his three sons, Christopher and Ethan, went to Putney.

Kendall went to Swarthmore College, where he majored in history and French literature. His education was interrupted by WWII. He trained as a U.S. Naval officer and aviator for two years. His first mission — the invasion of Japan — was called off on VJ Day. He spent 1946-47 studying at the University of Geneva.

Following graduation from Swarthmore College in 1948, Kendall moved to Greenwich Village in New York to work at Citibank. He married Joan Hutton on Valentine’s Day in 1953, a beauty, poet and wonderful mother and wife. They promptly set sail for three years in Paris, where his fluent French served him well. In 1958 he took his family to Saudi Arabia to become the youngest manager ever appointed by Citibank. He helped open the Jeddah branch, the first of any American bank in Arabia. Many other branches followed across the Middle East. 

From 1962 to 1967, the Landis family lived in Beirut, the center of Middle East finance and cosmopolitan capital of Lebanon. He and Joan loved entertaining in their apartment overlooking the Mediterranean, where costume parties continued til dawn. He acted in theater productions and formed relationships with friends, such as the Dodges, Kerrs, Gordons, Stolzfuses, Mizes, Khouris, Porters and Lanes, who would remain close for the rest of their lives. Kendall also became attached to the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, a cause he championed to his last. He helped raise several million dollars for a hospital in the Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps. He worked for the Atfaluna school for the deaf in Gaza and the Palestinian National Conservatory of Music. He served for years on the board of American Near East Refugee Aid and helped bring Middle Eastern students to America. 

The family moved back to the States in 1967, when Kendall and Joan decided to return to academia, earning masters’ degrees from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. This swiftly evolved into development work at Wesleyan and Bennington College. He then spent 20 years at Swarthmore College as vice-president of fundraising, alumni and public relations, helping to make it one of the world’s richest schools. He devoted special attention to building up the arts and music as well as developing relations with the poorer communities around Swarthmore. He strengthened the Scott Arboretum, which has transformed the campus into a piece of art, and promoted Orchestra 2001. He threw wonderful parties for performers, board members, and speakers that added gaiety, elegance and joie de vivre to the campus’s Quaker sobriety.

After retiring Ken and Joan spent long summers at their mountain farmhouse in Vermont, where he cultivated an ever-expanding vegetable garden, helped promote local artists, and lingered with friends over cocktails bedecked with delicacies, such as smoked bluefish, kohlrabi and local Vermont cheeses. Kendall was a man of large appetites and boundless optimism. He saw the best in people and was ever on the lookout for how to help others and bring a small measure of justice to the world around him. He and Joan were a team; for 64 years, they worked together to bring laughter, beauty and wit to those they loved, in particular to their three children: Christopher, Joshua and Ethan; to their daughters-in-law: Tomi, Manar and Jude; and their six grandchildren: Jake, Kyle, Ryan, Stuart, Kendall and Jonah.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 24, at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Friends Meeting House on Swarthmore College campus, 12 Whittier Place, Swarthmore, PA 19081.

Jane Stansbury Hemmenway Obituary

Jane S. Hemmenway of White Horse Village and formerly of Wallingford, Pa., and Summit, N.J., died on Saturday, October 13, 2018.

As a top real estate sales person in the Swarthmore/Wallingford area for many years, Jane made many dear friends, with whom she and her husband Rick, who predeceased her, enjoyed countless get-togethers.

Jane was also predeceased by her son, Peter Hemmenway, and a granddaughter, Andrea Hemmenway.

She is survived by her daughters Lynn (David) Smith and Nancy (Tom Welsh) Hemmenway; daughter-in-law Diana Hemmenway; three grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, October 18, at 11 a.m. at White Horse Village, 535 Gradyville Road, Newtown Square, PA 19073.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to: the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, 727 Harvard Ave., Swarthmore, PA 19081.

Interment will be private. Condolences:

Catharine Anne LeGros Taylor

Catharine Anne LeGros-Taylor of Summerlin, Las Vegas, passed away suddenly on September 19, 2018. She was 40 years old.

Katie was born and raised in Swarthmore. She graduated from Strath Haven High School in 1996, and from West Virginia Wesleyan with a degree in Sociology in 2000. In 2003, she married Matthew Ian Taylor, then a medical student at Drexel University Medical School. After his graduation, they moved to Minot, North Dakota, where he served in the Air Force. They later moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where Matt trained at the Cleveland Clinic and Katie graduated from Cuyahoga Community College with a Certificate in Massage Science. In 2012, they moved to Las Vegas, where she gave birth to two beautiful children.

Katie is survived by her husband Matthew and children Brooklyn and Maverick; her brothers Robert P. LeGros of Rochester, N.Y., and Paul P. LeGros of Swarthmore; her mother Susan Packard LeGros of Swarthmore; her father Robert R. LeGros and stepmother Barbara Franzoso of Portsmouth, N.H.; and her in-laws John and Darlene Taylor of Hermitage, Pa.

A memorial service and celebration of gratitude for Katie’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, 727 Harvard Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081, followed by a reception in Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Sunrise Children’s Hospital, 2795 East Desert Inn Road, Suite 200, Las Vegas, NV 89121.

Donald Gordon Follett Jr. Obituary

Gordon Follett working at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Donald Gordon Follett Jr. died on August 5, 2018. 

Gordon was raised in Swarthmore and lived there until he was married. His parents were Donald Gordon Follett and Mary Simons Follett. His grandfather was Fred Simons, a longtime resident of Swarthmore, who gave the property for the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church.

Gordon graduated from Swarthmore High School and Mercersburg Academy where he proved to be a standout in track and field. He attended the University of Pennsylvania on a track scholarship, majoring in engineering. He transferred to Swarthmore College in 1954 and graduated in the class of 1956 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. After graduating he was offered a position in Bethlehem Steel’s prestigious three-year training course which took him to various Bethlehem steel facilities throughout the U.S. After moving back to Bethlehem, he earned a M.S. in Civil Engineering at Lehigh University. His specialty while working for Bethlehem was large steel bridges.

In 1957, he married Catherine James Follett, who also graduated from Swarthmore College and Lehigh University. They had two daughters, Susan and Carolyn, and one granddaughter. The Folletts lived in Bethlehem until 1968, when Gordon was offered a position in marketing and sales for a Los Angeles company that sold products utilized in steel construction. Throughout his career he worked in steel construction and construction management. After retiring from the Chancellor’s office for the California State University system, he formed his own consulting company with a focus on mediation, arbitration and construction.

Gordon continued his lifelong interest in track and field by becoming a certified International/U.S. Track and Field official for college meets through southern California and the annual Penn Relays for over 40 years. A highlight of his officiating career was being selected out of over 2,000 applicants as an official for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

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.

Anya Krugovoy Silver Obituary

Anya Krugovoy Silver died on August 6, 2018 at the age of 49. The cause was metastatic inflammatory breast cancer.

Anya was born and raised in Swarthmore, which remained one of her very favorite places. As a child, she spent her summers in Middlebury, Vermont, and Hofheim, Germany, two other of her beloved places.

Anya graduated from Strath Haven High School (1986) and attended Haverford College (B.A. in English Literature, 1990) and Emory University (Ph.D. in English Literature, 1997). Since earning her doctorate, she taught in the English Department at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. She loved Mercer, especially her students, and considered it her academic home.

Anya’s deepest vocation was poetry writing. She published four books of poetry: The Ninety-Third Name of God (Louisiana State UP, 2010), I Watched You Disappear (LSU, 2014), From Nothing (LSU, 2016) and Second Bloom (Cascade Books, 2017). Her work was featured in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2016. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2018.

Anya was also involved in the effort to educate and fund research for inflammatory and metastatic breast cancer, and served as a board member of the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation, helping countless other women live with cancer. Anya refused to use fighting language in reference to cancer; she was diagnosed with cancer in 2004 while pregnant and given several months to live.

Instead, she thrived with metastatic breast cancer from 2010 until her death, during which time she continued to write and teach.

Anya is survived by her husband, best friend, and eternal soul mate, Andrew Silver, and her most beloved and adored son, Noah Samuel Silver, both of Macon, Ga. She is also survived by her dearly loved, best possible mother, Christel Krugovoy, of White Horse Village (until recently, of Swarthmore), her incomparably wonderful and much-loved sister Claudia Krugovoy of Dobbs Ferry, N. Y., brother-in-law Sean Brewer, and nephew and niece Henry and Aubrey Brewer, as well as her in-laws and extended family in Germany and Ireland. She also leaves behind her many dear friends. She is predeceased by her dear father, Yuri (George) Krugovoy.

Anya loved writing, reading in her big red chair, the Swiss Mountains, Cape May, good food, laughter, and film. She valued justice, peace, beauty and above all, kindness. Anya credits her family and growing up in Swarthmore for teaching her the progressive values which guided her life.

Anya loved life and was grateful for her many sources of joy. She wanted to live for many more years, but died peacefully, satisfied with what she accomplished in the years allotted her.

A funeral was held on August 11, at Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Macon.

On September 16, there will be a traditional service of the Orthodox Church for a departed soul on the 40th day. This is a short service following the Liturgy and starts approximately at 11:30 a.m. at St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church, 1855 Middletown Rd, Glen Mills, PA 19342. 

Memorial donations to a fund set up for the education of her son may be sent to Path2College Fund (subject line Noah Silver Beneficiary 2497162), Path2College 529 Plan, P.O. Box 55924, Boston, MA 02205-5924.

Gifts may also be made to Saint Francis Church, 432 Forest Hill Rd, Macon, GA 31210 or the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation at if preferred.