Mary Lambert Fosnocht, 77, social work director

Mary L.Fosnocht
Mary L.Fosnocht
Posted: October 19, 2012

Mary Lambert Fosnocht, 77, a former director of social workers in Chester County, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, of cancer at her home in Hershey's Mill, the retirement community near West Chester.

Mrs. Fosnocht was clinical director of outpatient services at Community Services for Human Growth in Paoli, in charge of 22 social workers from 1982 to 1993, her husband, Thomas, said.

The firm's clients "could have been abused, could be divorced, lost their jobs, emotionally disturbed for any number of reasons," Thomas Fosnocht said.

She then went into a solo private practice in Paoli as a clinical social worker. She also screened patients, seeking medical or dental attention, for Community Volunteers in Medicine.

Born in Germantown, she graduated from Germantown Friends School in 1953 and attended Wellesley College before leaving in 1956 to marry.

She earned a bachelor's degree in sociology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1976 and a master's in social work at Bryn Mawr College in 1980.

Mrs. Fosnocht was president of the parent-teacher organization at the Green Tree Elementary School in Willistown in the 1960s and 1970s, her husband said.

A field hockey player in high school, she founded the girls' hockey team at Green Tree, which she coached from 1967 to 1977.

Twice a week in the 1990s, she was a classroom aide in math at Sugartown Elementary School, where her husband was an English aide.

Mrs. Fosnocht and her husband taught Sunday school classes at Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in Paoli in the 1960s and 1970s.

She was a member of the choir and the vestry at St. Francis-in-the-Fields Church in Malvern in the 2000s, working as rector's warden there from 2002 to 2007.

Mrs. Fosnocht was a member of the Paoli Hospital Auxiliary and both the Merion Cricket Club and the Waynesborough Country Club, where she played tennis.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Fosnocht is survived by sons Thomas A. Jr. and John; daughters Joan Orr, Mary Albrecht, and Rebecca Misangyi; a brother; two sisters; and 15 grandchildren.

A visitation was set for 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at St. Francis-in-the-Fields Church, 689 Sugartown Rd., Malvern, before an 11 a.m. funeral service there.

A reception was set from 1 to 4 p.m. at Waynesborough Country Club.

Contact Walter F. Naedele at 215-854-5607 or

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