Evelene Hinckley Dohan, 84, Agnes Irwin teacher and B&B owner

Evelene Hinckley Dohan
Evelene Hinckley Dohan
Posted: April 05, 2012

Evelene Hinckley Dohan, 84, a former teacher at the Agnes Irwin School in Bryn Mawr, and later the owner of a Delaware County bed and breakfast, died of a lung blood clot Monday, April 2, at her home in Hershey's Mill, the retirement community near West Chester.

When her husband, David, died in 1970, their three daughters were already students at Agnes Irwin, her son, Andrew, said in a Wednesday interview.

So Mrs. Dohan asked a neighbor and friend, who was an official at the school, for a job.

From 1970 until the mid-1980s, Mrs. Dohan taught English there, mostly to Irwin's high school classes.

Then she turned the family home in Chester Heights into the Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast.

"My father's father bought it . . . as their summer home" in the 19th century, Andrew said. "They were big into the foxhunting scene at the time, so always had people coming in to stay over."

The website for the current bed and breakfast there states that, "at the turn of the century, it was headquarters for the Lima Hunt, a world-recognized, private, foxhunting organization."

When Andrew's parents married in 1950, he said, it became the family home.

And until it was sold in 2001, Mrs. Dohan ran it "all by herself," and she even "did all the cooking herself." The new owners have retained the Hamanassett name.

Mrs. Dohan was born in Austin, Texas, and graduated from the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr and earned a bachelor's degree in the late 1940s at Swarthmore College.

A member of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, she was a judge at its annual flower show before and after her teaching years, her son said, and in 1970 earned the society's Flower Arranging Sweepstakes Award.

Besides her son, Mrs. Dohan is survived by daughters Katherine Morrow, Caroline Buchman, and Julia Corelli; and eight grandchildren.

Services were to be private.

Contact Walter F. Naedele at 215-854-5607 or wnaedele@phillynews.com.

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