October 12, 2015 |
Individually, each of the men and women in the 16 patriotic canvases by N.C. Wyeth exhibits a measure of strength. But much as a platoon is stronger than individual soldiers, the paintings take on their true power when viewed as a group. At least that was the intent of the artist, who produced the works in 1922 to illustrate a book of patriotic poems. This week, in a show at the Chester County Art Association in West Chester, the public has a rare chance to see the paintings as Wyeth intended.
September 12, 2015 |
Rachel Bacon Bull, 72, of Garnet Valley, who taught for West Chester Friends School for 25 years, died Aug. 13 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania of a stroke. The daughter of Francis Farquhar Bacon and Julia Armour, she was born in Detroit to a Quaker family that moved around the country before settling in Bucks County. She met her husband when she went off to Goddard College, a small liberal-arts school in Plainfield, Vt., in the early '60s. Back then, all new students had to go through orientation, and Richard Alden Bull was her orientation leader.
June 23, 2015 |
Kwesi Koomson has spent his whole adult life teaching at Westtown School. He met his wife, Melissa, there. This month, the couple quit their jobs with the support of their Quaker school's community to head to a school in a small village in Ghana on the northwest coast of Africa. Koomson, 40, founded Heritage Academy in 2004 in Breman Essiam, the village where he grew up and where his family still lives. Its tin-roof homes are made of cinder blocks, and most of the families in the rural village of about 5,000 earn no more than $2 a day. The Koomsons usually visit twice a year.
April 19, 2015 |
Life celebration services are to be held Saturday, April 18, and Sunday, April 19, for Anne Wood, 88, of Medford, who died of a heart attack last Nov. 24 soon after arriving in Portland, Maine, to visit family. Miss Wood, a longtime teacher and administrator at Westtown School in Chester County, was stricken as she collected her luggage at the Portland International Jetport. News of her death was withheld due to family issues and so that memorial services could be planned in Pennsylvania, where she worked, and New Jersey, where she lived for many years.
April 10, 2015 |
ANNE WOOD embodied in her life and spirit much of what it means to be a Quaker. "Her spiritual wisdom, plain speaking and generous kindness touched lives with the steadiness of a love born of her Quaker roots," her family said. Anne not only lived the Quaker spirit, she also taught it. She spent 41 years at the Westtown School in Chester County, as a teacher of Quakerism and Latin, as well as holding many administrative positions. Services will be held later this month for Anne Wood, a retired teacher, artist, craftswoman and world traveler, who died Nov. 24 while visiting family in Maine.
January 26, 2015 |
Jay Wright remembers the first time he saw Daniel Ochefu compete for Westtown School against future NCAA Division I players Amile Jefferson, Rakeem Christmas, and Savon Goodman, and how impressed he was with Ochefu's commitment to team play. "He never got into one-on-one battles," Wright recalled. "He always would do whatever it took for his team to win. His team won two championships against really talented guys that had better individual stats. But his team won. I found that really intriguing about him and unique.
November 17, 2014 |
Dudley C. Backup, 60, of West Chester, an emergency medicine specialist for 30 years, died Sunday, Nov. 2, at Neighborhood Hospice of brain injuries he suffered in a Nov. 9, 2013, bicycling accident. Before his accident, Dr. Backup was a respected emergency medicine physician at Chester County Hospital. He was educated at Germantown Friends School, Swarthmore College, and Hahnemann Medical College. "He made the emergency department come alive with his spirit, good nature, distinctive laugh, goofy socks, and gaudy holiday attire," the nursing staff told his family.
October 31, 2014 |
Brett Manney will not have a day off until Nov. 24. His e-mail inbox is a "constant struggle" to corral. It is the busiest time of the year for NXTSports' director of showcase lacrosse. And Manney said he's fine with that. NXT (pronounced "next") has grown into one of the nation's leaders in hosting lacrosse recruiting events. And much of that credit goes to Manney, who played at Holy Ghost Prep and still plays professionally with the New England Black Wolves, formerly the Wings.
October 28, 2014 |
Villanova center Daniel Ochefu considered it a "great honor" to accompany Darrun Hilliard, JayVaughn Pinkston, and Ryan Arcidiacono - three of his higher-scoring teammates and fellow captains - to Madison Square Garden last week for the Big East's media day. Wildcats coach Jay Wright said Ochefu, a 6-foot-11 junior, deserved to be named a captain - meaning a train ride to New York - for all he does for his team. "He's a really respected guy on this team and he naturally is a leader, especially on the floor," Wright said Monday during the Wildcats' media day at the Pavilion.
August 11, 2014 |
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Sept. 14, for Charles K. Brown III, 97, formerly of Westtown, a teacher and Quaker leader who died Wednesday, July 2, of pneumonia at a retirement community in Brunswick, Maine. The gathering will be at 3 p.m. at Westtown Friends Meeting. The meeting house is on the east side of the Westtown School campus in Westtown Township. Mr. Brown, known to friends as Charley, was born in Deposit, N.Y., on the west branch of the Delaware River, where his father ran the town pharmacy.