Bonnie Moxey Maxwell
1938 - 2021
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Bonnie Moxey Maxwell, age 82 of Greenville, DE, passed away peacefully at Methodist Country House on May 5, 2021. She is survived by these members of her immediate family: son Thomas T. Hodges of Lancaster, PA; daughter Marcia M. Hodges of Falls Church, VA; stepdaughter Alison M. Kochie of Hockessin, DE; and brother Todd G. Moxey of Penllyn, PA. Born on July 27, 1938 in Philadelphia, PA, Bonnie was the daughter of the late Marcia Moxey and John Moxey, both Quakers and Swarthmore College graduates. Passion for knowledge was a family tradition: her parents thought the most valuable inheritance was the gift of a trained intellect and an inquiring mind. To that end, Bonnie graduated from The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA, in 1956. She earned a B.A. in Government from Smith College in 1960 and, at age 67, an M.A. from the University of Delaware, where her thesis on Katharine Hepburn won the Raymond Callahan Prize for outstanding achievement in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program. In December, 2010, Bonnie finished the coursework requirements for a Ph.D. in American history, also at the University of Delaware. Her career included service as an officer in U.S. Marine Corps (1960-1962), Viet-Nam training officer for the U.S. foreign aid agency (1967), sales training manager with Xerox (1975-1979), director of development and alumni affairs at Westtown Friends School (1979-1981), membership manager at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1981-1992), and director of external affairs at Valley Forge Military Academy and College (1992-1994). For the balance of the 1990s, she and her last husband, the late Howard Maxwell, former President of Girard College, formed a consulting firm, The Gateway Group, in Sussex County, DE. In addition to work for hire, Bonnie served on numerous non-profit boards since 1963: the Navy League of the United States, Philadelphia (Vice President, Marine Corps representative); the National Exhibits by Blind Artists organization; the Women Marines Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter (President); the USS Pennsylvania commissioning committee; the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (National and Philadelphia Ball Boards); the American Association of Museums Development and Membership Committee; the Junior League of Washington D.C. (Secretary); the Smith College Club of Washington D.C.; and the Marine Officers’ Wives’ Clubs in Washington D.C., Camp Lejeune, NC, and Quantico, VA. When asked once what she wanted engraved on her tombstone, Bonnie replied, “She tried!” Did she ever, and with considerable success, as this life summary indicates. Friends, family, and co-workers will miss her bright presence in their lives. Services and burial are private. Memorial contributions may be sent to The Baldwin School, 701 Montgomery Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA, 19010-3505. Please visit Mrs. Maxwell’s online memorial at

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Published in The Daily Local from May 7 to May 9, 2021.
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