Dr. Richard Whittington Obituary

Dr. Richard “Dick” Whittington of Media, died in his home peacefully of acute myeloid leukemia on Friday, June 29, 2018 surrounded by family. He was 67.

Born December 12, 1950 to Richard M. Whittington and Eileen Whittington (née Cooney), he was raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio, with four siblings before graduating from Rice University, and later graduating from Jefferson Medical School. While he attended Jefferson he met the love of his life, Dr. Jane L. Coleman, whom he married on August 28, 1976.

Dr. Whittington practiced medicine as a radiation oncologist and ended his first career at the VA Medical Center-East Orange. He then pursued a Master’s in Bioethics and finished his careers as the Director of Palliative Care at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Dr. Whittington committed his life to serving all people, but especially his patients and their families, with care and compassion, something he never lost sight of. Since retirement he found further service as a math tutor with the Delaware County Literacy Council.

For those who knew him in the Wallingford-Swarthmore community, you were more likely to hear him referred to as “The Cake Man” or “The Skeleton Man:” the former for his tireless commitment to his children’s classrooms and fundraisers where his decorated cakes would be auctioned or enjoyed; the latter for appearing with a skeleton to teach anatomy to elementary students around Halloween.

His interests were varied ranging from history and politics to philosophy to science fiction to sports; his answers to “Jeopardy” always correct; and his love for others unquestioned. He left this world better than he found it, and he shaped the lives of all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his wife, and three sisters, Kathryn Enchelmayer, Linda Ferguson, and Anne Whittington; son Richard C. Whittington and his wife Shanna Whittington, son Daniel Scullington and his spouse Carolyn Scullington, daughter Sarah Whittington and her partner Patrick Doyle; and grandson Gabriel Richard.

A memorial service will be held July 21, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Reformation Lutheran Church, 102 W. Rose Tree Road, Media, PA 19063, with visitation preceding.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions in his name to The People’s Emergency Center, 325 N 39th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104; Delaware County Literacy Council, delcoliteracy.org; or a charity of your choice.

Deborah Read Yoder Obituary

Deborah (Debby) Read Yoder, a passionate advocate for children and the arts, died at her home in Brookhaven on June 8, 2018. She was 71 years young.

Debby grew up in Media, Pa., and graduated from Nether Providence High School. After earning a degree in Art History from Muhlenberg College, Debby married and lived in Alaska, Connecticut, California, Texas and London, England, before returning to her home in Delaware County. 

As a generous volunteer and capable organizer, Debby made a significant impact on her community. Through the school district and various sports organizations, Debby’s enthusiasm and creativity helped to foster new programs (Senior Celebration, The Rex Storch Superman Swim) and revitalized traditional ones (Wallingford Elementary School’s Santa’s Workshop).

Professionally, Debby served as the Executive Director of the Community Arts Center in Wallingford from 2000-2012. During that time she oversaw the building of the Duke Gallery and expanded the scope of the center’s programming. She always had lollipops on her desk and a friendly moment for any of the children that visited her office.

Beyond her countless accomplishments and contributions, Debby was a unique force in many lives. She was a loyal friend, disarmingly honest, incredibly talented, and humble to a fault. She lived a beautiful life of integrity, grace, and grit. Debby will be dearly missed by many friends whom she considered family. 

She is survived by her children, Suzanne (Suzy) and David (Tucker); her daughter-in-law Colleen; her grandchildren, Ella, Joshua, Gabriel, Hannah and Lily; and her brother William Read.

Per her wishes, there will be a party celebrating Debby’s life on Sunday, August 12, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Duke Gallery at the Community Arts Center (414 Plush Mill Road; Wallingford, PA 19086). Light refreshments will be served.

In lieu of flowers, a fund honoring Debby, and committed to supporting the arts interests she championed, has been established. If you would like to contribute to the fund, details are provided below.

Debby Yoder Fund Information: Donations should be made payable to “The Foundation for Delaware County” and directed to “The Debby Yoder Fund.”

Mail to: Frances Sheehan, President, The Foundation for Delaware County, Suite 304, 200 E. State Street, Media, PA 19063.

Online condolences at www.carrfuneralhome.net.

Dean Wilson Wolfe Obituary

Dean Wilson Wolfe (Wolfie, good old Dean) passed away on June 30, 2018.

Beloved husband and best friend of Kate McKay, he is also survived by sisters Tracy Walters and Kim Wolfe; good friends Mike Sarf, Christine Sarf, Kerrigan McKay, all the McKays; many nieces and nephews; and Sara and Fiona, his Labrador retrievers.

Dean had an encyclopedic knowledge of cars, photography, history and Reading, Pa. A shed builder par excellence, he weathered so many assaults on his health that he said he was on his 3rd cat life. His eternal and unquenchable good humor with a sweet smile for all was always present. Dean was always on hand to help friends and strangers alike. He graduated from the University of Virginia, with a degree in architecture, and was proud of it. He was a respected member of the Swarthmore Rotary. I’m glad I met you, too, Dean – Love, Kate.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Life Celebration on Friday, July 6, at the Cavanagh Patterson Family Funeral Home, 43 E. Baltimore Avenue, Media, PA 19063, where his family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., with a Remembrance Service beginning at 4:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to Brookline Lab Rescue, http://brooklinelabrescue.org/get-involved/donate. 

To offer a condolence message, visit cavanaghfuneralhome.com/obituaries.

Briefly Noted . . .

Cindi Clark has been appointed to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer at CADES. Cindi has a degree in Occupational Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University and began working at CADES 30 years ago as an occupational therapist. For the last 14 years, she has been the director of Early Intervention at CADES. Cindi, a mother of eight children, lives in Kennett Square.

As of Monday afternoon, the winners of Swarthmore Swim Club’s neon green aka safety yellow (with black lettering) 2018 1,000-Lap Shirt are: 9.) Tom Gates, 10.) Galina Chititsyna, 11.) Matthew Schroeder, 12.) Sheila Linderman, 13.) Martha Hodes, 14.) Gigi Simone and 15.) Linda Hauck.

Swarthmorean Bill Menke (right), his daughter Anna Pritt, and her son Calvin wait for ice cream at Fenton’s in Oakland, Calif., on Bill’s recent westward jaunt. Anna’s twin daughters Gwendolyn and Matilda stayed home to prepare for their second birthday. Bill’s daughter Kris Ives took the picture.


Molly Hannah Andersen of Swarthmore graduated last week from Drexel University Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Foods.

She made the dean’s list for every term attended.

Molly is headed to Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, Ill., this Summer for a one year dietetic internship to become a registered dietitian.

Molly was a 2013 graduate of Strath Haven High School.

YuWen Michelson successfully completed her year as a Fulbright scholar in Laos. She will continue her service abroad in the coming year representing the U.S. in the JET (Japan Exchange Teaching Program).

JET is a professional international exchange program throughout Japan. Those selected are invited to Japan as representatives of their home countries and play a key role in promoting understanding between nations.

YuWen is a graduate of Strath Haven High School and Hamilton College. She is the daughter of Ginny Lang and Dean Michelson of Cape May, N.J. (formerly of Swarthmore).

Widener University conferred degrees to more than 600 graduate students in a ceremony Friday, May 18. Commencement was held on Memorial Field at the university.
Tronya Boylan of Wallingford earned a Doctor of Education in School Administration from Widener’s School of Human Service Professions.
Letitia Carney of Rutledge earned a Master of Business Administration in Management from Widener’s School of Business Administration.
Olivia Debiase of Morton earned a Master of Social Work in Social Work from Widener’s School of Human Service Professions.
Charmaine Kemp of Swarthmore earned a Master of Social Work in Social Work from Widener’s School of Human Service Professions.
Susan Raab of Swarthmore earned a Master of Education in Higher Education from Widener’s School of Human Service Professions.
Gwen Soffer of Swarthmore earned a Master of Social Work in Social Work from Widener’s School of Human Service Professions.
Deborah Tancredi of Wallingford earned a Master of Science in Nursing in Family Nurse Practitioner (Individual/Lifespan) from Widener’s School of Nursing.
Arto Woodley of Swarthmore earned a Doctor of Education in Higher Education from Widener’s School of Human Service Professions.

Widener University conferred degrees to more than 800 undergraduates in a ceremony Saturday, May 19. Commencement was held on Memorial Field at the university.
Avery Bass of Wallingford earned a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media Informatics from Widener’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Bridget Bieda of Swarthmore earned a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health in Allied Health from Widener’s Center for Extended Learning.
Maxfield Dankanich of Wallingford earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics from Widener’s School of Business Administration.
Bali Du Aime of Wallingford earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Widener’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Joshua Gallone of Morton earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Widener’s School of Business Administration.
Sara Gladstone of Morton earned a Bachelor of Hospitality Management in Hospitality Management from Widener’s School of Business Administration.
Tyler Hoinkis of Morton earned a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering in Chemical Engineering from Widener’s School of Engineering.
Paul Keenan of Wallingford earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Widener’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Marissa Lanholm of Wallingford earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Widener’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Yang Lu of Wallingford earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Widener’s School of Business Administration.
Vincent Marra of Morton earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Widener’s School of Business Administration.
Thomas Platt of Wallingford earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Widener’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Mary Reuther of Morton earned a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health in Allied Health from Widener’s Center for Extended Learning.
Paul Rice of Morton earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Widener’s School of Business Administration.
Kyle Schreiber of Morton earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Widener’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Andrew Sokol of Wallingford earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Widener’s School of Business Administration.
Timothy Watts of Wallingford earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Widener’s School of Business Administration.

The following tudents have been named to the University of Delaware dean’s list for the Spring 2018 semester: Anthony Campanella, Daniel Morreale and Margaret Orr, all of Swarthmore; Brianna Hadley of Rose Valley; Renee Yavor of Rutledge; Tanisha Hira and Joy McCusker, both of Morton; and Jordan Hodges, Claire Hollyer, Julia Kane, Thomas White and Henry Wolgast, all of Wallingford.

Tufts University recently announced the dean’s list for the Spring 2018 semester. Among students earning dean’s list honors are: Rachel Carp, Anna Morreale and Matthew Stewart, all of Swarthmore; Brian Felter of Morton; and Julia Olszewski and Ryan Sheehan of Wallingford.

Caleb Baukman and Grace DeMarro of Wallingford; Brian Burke of Swarthmore; Grace DeMarro of Wallingford and Dominic Toriello of Morton were named to the dean’s list at Kutztown University for the spring 2018 semester.


Letters to the Editor

Thanks from SPNDS alumnae

Dear Mom,

A subtle and earned recognition for your service to Swarthmore Presbyterian Nursery Day School. SPNDS gave us both a place to learn and grow…check it out….we did both.

We loved our years at SPNDS and naturally graduated on to bigger places. The teachers and community proved to be unforgettable. But, even after we graduated, you stayed. You had work to do.

During and after our time at SPNDS, altogether, you spent years volunteering alongside and leading the school’s Board, and more recently, organizing the Search Committee to help recruit and welcome the new Head of School. 

The SPNDS community is strong and will continue to provide our littlest of students a home-away-from-home to grow, learn and never forget how special SPNDS is….even now that you have graduated.

Big high five, Mom. NBL. 

Olivia and Ellie Stransky

Hear this: 100% renewable energy is the future

To the Editor:

On Tuesday June 12, I joined hundreds of Pennsylvanians in Harrisburg for 100% Renewable Energy Advocacy Day, hosted by PennEnvironment. Our goal was to show legislators that clean energy is the future of Pennsylvania and it is the future that the people want.

Personally, I believe that 100% renewable energy is necessary because we have a responsibility to future generations to protect and treat the Earth with kindness. No longer can we view the Earth as an entity that can be extracted from, used or destroyed.

All the constituents who came to Harrisburg on June 12th had their own reasons and stories about why Pennsylvania needs to move towards 100% renewable energy and their voices were heard throughout the Capitol.

I had productive meetings with my legislators, and I would like to thank Senator Tom McGarrigle for listening to his constituents and agreeing to sign on and co-sponsor this 100% Renewable Energy bill. A lot of work remains to be done, but it is clear that Pennsylvanians want 100% renewable energy, and their legislators are willing to listen to their voices.

Rachel Vresilovic

Deliciously ecological

To the Editor:

Continuing the reduce-reuse-recycle thoughts (from the June 15 Swarthmorean) for summer: Order an ice cream cone and skip the cup and spoon. Saving our environment doesn’t have to be hard — each baby step adds up!

Linda Doyle
Rose Valley

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

Briefly Noted . . .

Medics and Ambulance 14 were dispatched from Swarthmore (Station 14) at 11:34 a.m. Friday, June 8, to Swarthmore College, where a contractor had fallen through an opening in the upper floor of a building under construction. Tower 14 was used to remove the man from the Biology, Engineering, and Psychology (BEP) site, and lower him to the ground. The patient was transferred to the Trauma Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Paramedics from Crozer-Keystone and EMTs from Swarthmore assisted the crew from Ambulance 14 of the Swarthmore Fire & Protective Association.

During Commencement ceremonies on May 21, 2018, at Lehigh University, Daniel Gibbs of Wallingford received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree with High Honors.

Elisabeth Alfieri of Morton and Theresa Callahan of Swarthmore were named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Jamie Kenney of Wallingford graduated from Bucknell University on May 20, 2018.

Ryan Cooney of Wallingford was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with high distinction on Saturday, May 12, on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus quadrangle.

The following local residents named to the dean’s list for academic excellence for the spring 2018 semester at Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Rosanna Heidt of Swarthmore and Zachary Newlon of Wallingford.

Michael Chenoweth of Morton received a Master of Science in Nursing from Wilkes University at Commencement ceremonies on May 19.

Julia Gyourko of Swarthmore was awarded the Scott Prize in Arabic, which recognizes excellence in modern languages, from Wesleyan University. Julia formerly attended Strath Haven High School.

Quinn Wirth of Wallingford graduated from Gettysburg College on May 20, 2018.

Nicole McNeely of Wallingford has been named to the Siena College dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester.

Eve Atkins of Swarthmore gradutated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Studio Art from Muhlenberg College.

Nicole McNeely of Wallingford has been named to the Siena College dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester.

“The Sapovitz Park basketball courts are in almost constant use, but there was no place for anybody to sit,” said South Media Initiative for Kids team member and former Wallingford Elementary School principal Ellen Milgrim. That changed on Monday, June 11, with the dedication and unveiling of the 10th community art project undertaken by WES students and faculty and community volunteers. Those volunteers included Darrell Blair (center), one of the planners of the program which started more than five years ago, and a volunteer since. She and husband Chet Blair (right) are two community members who were chosen by WES students like Maia Williams (left) as neighbors deserving to be honored with portraits on the benches. “Ms. Blair thought of this project,” wrote Jaelen Knox, while Daija Bradwell described Viet Nam vet and school crossing guard “Mr. Chet” as “kind, loyal, and generous.” The students worked on the project this spring with teaching artist Emily McDonald, Nether Providence Township, the Community Arts Center, and dozens of volunteers including WES and Swarthmore-Rutledge School staff, WES alumni and parents. The celebration began with ice cream at the South Media Fire Company, which hosted for the 5th consecutive year.

Swarthmore Mayor Tim Kearney was a featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Energy Cooperative Association (the Energy Co-Op), which was held last Saturday at the Inn at Swarthmore. Mayor Kearney delivered opening greetings to the members of the nonprofit.

Todd Kitchin, owner of the Allstate Insurance Agency in Swarthmore, was among nine Allstate agents who cooperated to raise $9,000 for the Providence Animal Center in Media. During May, Kitchin and his colleagues collected supplies, toys, and food for the animal rescue facility, earning the grant from the Allstate Foundation, which will go toward construction of new kennels at the former DelCo SPCA on Sandy Bank Road.

As of Monday afternoon, the first winners of Swarthmore Swim Club’s neon green aka safety yellow (with black lettering) 2018 1,000-Lap Shirt are: 4.) Clark Linderman, 5.) Fred Dickinson, 6.) Zong Luo, 7.) John McKinstry, and 8.) Anne Papa.

Letters to the Editor

Drastic plastic

To the Editor:

We all want to be good stewards of the environment, so it makes sense that we have a robust recycling program here in Swarthmore. However, I can’t help but feel that the act of recycling has given us the illusion that what we consume doesn’t impact the environment as long as it’s recyclable. I would like to challenge that notion. 

Here are some facts about plastic consumption, according to Plastics Ocean Foundation:

• Annually, around 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide.

• More than one million bags are used every minute.

• A plastic bag has an average “working life” of 15 minutes.

• Over the last 10 years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century.

• Beverage containers account for 14% of all litter. When caps and labels are considered, the number is higher.

“Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans, and that figure could increase by ten- fold over the next 10 years if actions are not taken according to a study published in the journal Science.” Time magazine, February 12, 2015

Previously, the US had been exporting plastic recycling to China for processing. As of January 1, 2018, however, China has banned the import of foreign waste. As a result, recycling costs to the borough of Swarthmore will increase from $1,667.02 to nearly $30,000 in 2019. 

I believe that this is an opportunity to reflect upon and reevaluate our relationship to plastics. And I’d like to challenge you to join me in making a serious commitment to reducing our use of plastics. 

Bring reusable bags to the grocery store and farmers market — I keep one in my purse, and a few in my car at all times, just in case. When possible, avoid pre-packaged produce. Buy in bulk, using cotton bags with their weight already printed. Say no to plastic water bottles, and start carrying a refillable one around with you. Our own Swarthmore Co-Op has taken a leadership role by eliminating the use of plastic bags at the checkout and offering loose produce and bulk items.

It takes time and effort to change our routines, but our planet and our children and their children are worth it. We need sensible plastic legislation, but we don’t have to wait for it to begin to make a difference. Please, for the sake of our planet, won’t you join me?

If you would like more information with regards to recycling bags, or want to discuss further how we can encourage people to use less plastic, please contact me at Claudia@cuetokearney.com.

Claudia Cueto

Powerless over nature

To the Editor:

People are fond of commenting on President Trump’s neglect of scientific information and the warning that knowledge provides, but we should recognize that the President represents the primary characteristic of our species — our imagination. This imagination has altered our local environments and allowed us to establish ourselves where it is too cold, too hot, too wet, or too dry. In addition to this, without feathers or fins we can fly around the world and swim across the seas. This ability has given many of us — including the President — a false confidence about our power over Mother Nature. At the end of this human journey our descendants will discover who the Master will be.

John Brodsky

Briefly Noted . . .



Mary Dennis has opened a massage studio at 110 Park Avenue in Swarthmore. Her business BC Health and Fitness was formerly at 631 S. Chester Road; she now will share space with Indigo Healing Arts Collective. Mary offers massage therapy in a variety of styles — including Swedish, deep tissue, and pregnancy massage — at 110 Park, and also makes home visits. Contact her at 484-431-1332 and bhcf.massage@gmail.com.

As of Monday afternoon, the first winners of Swarthmore Swim Club’s neon green aka safety yellow (with black lettering) 2018 1,000-Lap Shirt are: 1.) Dick Nenno, 2.) Lori Sonntag, and 3.) Nancy Crickman.

Daniel Morreale of Swarthmore was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Daniel was initiated at University of Delaware.

Gabriel W. Cole of Wallingford was awarded a bachelor degree from St. Lawrence University during Commencement ceremonies held on May 20 in Canton, N.Y.

Gabriel majored in English and received the degree of Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude. He attended Strath Haven High School.

Christina Semeraro of Wallingford has been named to the 2018 spring semester dean’s list at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Melissa Leggett of Wallingford, a Health & Occupation major at Elizabethtown College, has been named to the dean’s list.

Andrew Connell of Swarthmore has been named to the Champlain College dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester.

Allison Cardow and Samantha Ward, both from Swarthmore, were among those named to to East Stroudsburg University’s spring 2018 dean’s list.

Swarthmoreans David Pollack, M.D. and Amy Pollack were among nearly 200 supporters of the Federation Early Learning Services in attendance at the FELS Love Our Kids Celebration, which raised $227,000 last month. Dr. Pollack, a pediatrician, is board chairman of FELS.