Cecile Kaplan Dalton, 77, of Radnor, a retired chemistry teacher at Philadelphia-area colleges, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, in her sleep after surgery for breast cancer in Houston.
For many years, Dr. Dalton taught organic chemistry at Swarthmore College, Bryn Mawr College, and Temple University. She had a passion for teaching the serious, focused postbaccalaureate students who returned to college to complete the requirements for medical school.
"She enjoyed helping them pursue their dream of becoming a doctor," said her son Aaron.
Born in Chicago, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in chemistry.
Although they grew up eight blocks apart on Chicago's West Side, she and her husband, Dr. David R. Dalton, did not meet until they joined a chemistry club at Northwestern. That provided fodder for endless jokes about the "good chemistry" between them, her son said.