Nancy Bodkin Crosson, 87, Red Cross executive

Nancy B. Crosson
Nancy B. Crosson
Posted: February 23, 2014

Nancy Bodkin Crosson, 87, of Jenkintown, a former executive with the American Red Cross, died Thursday, Feb. 13, of sepsis at Rydal Park in Rydal.

Born in Philadelphia and raised in Jenkintown, Ms. Crosson was a graduate of Jenkintown High School and Beaver College, now Arcadia University.

She majored in social science. After graduating, she worked for the Easter Seal Society for nine years.

In 1953, she was hired by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Red Cross. She held various positions, including assistant executive director for community services, and received the Tiffany Award for Excellence.

In September 1987, she was appointed executive director of the Southeastern Chapter, managing a staff of 700 employees and 20,000 volunteers.

She retired in September 1991. The next year, she was chosen to serve on the Montgomery County Commission on Women and Families as a volunteer.

Stephen McGlynn, her great-nephew, said Ms. Crosson was loving, caring, and "a bright light who inspired anyone she came in contact with."

She acted as a mentor to colleagues, friends, and family. McGlynn said she followed their lives and nudged them toward professions that help others.

"She was the stone that you can wrap your anchor around. You don't see that much anymore," he said.

Ms. Crosson enjoyed many activities, including competitive golf, music, politics, and community involvement. She was a member of the Old York Road Country Club.

Ms. Crosson loved to travel, sing, and play piano. She took adult education courses at local colleges in English, literature, music, world affairs, and computer technology.

Ms. Crosson served on the board of trustees of Arcadia University and was a member of the Delaware Valley chapter of the Association for Macular Diseases.

In addition to her great-nephew, she is survived by a sister, Margaret; two nieces; and two nephews.

A visitation at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Immaculate Conception Church, 602 West Ave., Jenkintown, will be followed by a Memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Interment is private.

Donations may be made to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross, 2221 Chestnut St., Philadelphia 19103.


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