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Dr. Donald E. Hurford

1918 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Dr.  Donald E. Hurford Obituary
Donald E. Hurford of West Chester and Phoenixville Dr. Donald E. Hurford, born in 1918; a longtime educator, died in his sleep at Brandywine Hall on March 5, 2013 after a long and predominately healthy life of more than 95 years. Born in Boston, Dr. Hurford lived in Philadelphia and its suburbs since 1958. He grew up during the Great Depression on Cape Cod, where many family and friends remain. He earned a doctorate in educational media in 1976 from Temple Univ., a masters degree in education in 1958 from Bridgewater State College (Mass.), and graduated in 1941 from Boston University's College of Liberal Arts, majoring in history. After wartime hospital service as a conscientious objector and a postwar period in journalism in 1955 he turned to education. Initially he taught in Falmouth Public Schools and since 1958 he taught in Philadelphia and suburban schools, colleges and universities including, Immaculata, Lincoln and St. Joseph's Universities. Since his informal retirement in 1986, he had been employed at West Chester University as a student teaching supervisor and at Delaware County Community College as adjunct instructor of psychology and sociology. Don had a great sense of intellectual curiosity regarding religion, history, the origins of man and political and economic systems along with a great sense of humor. He believed in the value of education and used to say..."Education is a lifetime endeavor". He was open minded, liberal thinking and was an engaging conversationalist, always interested in hearing from others about their ideas. In Chester County he was active in peace and social justice causes, holding memberships in Clergy and Laity Concerned, West Chester Interracial Council, Keystone Alliance, ACLU and other organizations. Since 1978 he had served as instructor and special advisor at the Henry George School of Social Science, Philadelphia. He was a 12 year member and past president of Paoli Express Toastmasters Club, a steadfast Democrat; a founder of the Phoenix and Church Street Book Clubs. Dr. Hurford leaves his daughters, Rebecca J. Hurford, Julie A. Hurford, Laura Wolff and Letitia M. King; and his sons, Donald E. Hurford, Jr. and Timothy J.E. Hurford; and granddaughters, Molly Hurford, Sophia G. King, Cecilia M. King, Addison J. Hurford; grandson Joshua S. Wolff; two daughters-in-law and one son-in-law . He was pre-deceased by his former wife, Jane A. Hurford. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 5th, at the Thomas Paine Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3424 Ridge Pike, Collegeville, PA 19426, where he was a member. In lieu of flowers, friends are invited to contribute to the Henry George Institute, 121 East 30th St., New York, NY 10016; or the Thomas Paine Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3424 Ridge Pike, Collegeville, PA 19426.
Published in The Daily Local on Mar. 23, 2014
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