Carol Alice Getz Tucker Ph.D.
1934 - 2019
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Carol Alice Getz Tucker, PhD

Middletown, PA - Carol Alice Getz Tucker, PhD, 84, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at Lima Estates in Middletown, PA.

Carol was born on December 10, 1934 at Crozer Hospital, daughter of the late Dr. Stanley Main Getz and Alice Ives Getz. Carol lived in Ridley Park until age 7 when the Getz family moved to Willowbrook Farm, a 33 acre farm on Temple Road in Concordville.

Carol attended Chadds Ford Elementary School and West Chester High School, where she was the valedictorian of her 1952 high school class. She attended Bucknell University as an English major and while there she sang in the choir, played the viola in the orchestra, played field hockey, and was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women. Carol transferred to Swarthmore College to participate in their honors program. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in English in 1956. Carol went on to receive a Master's degree in English and a PhD in Human Development from Bryn Mawr College.

Carol met her husband of 57 years, the late John Emery Tucker, at St. John's Episcopal Church in Concordville, where they were both lifelong parishioners.

In her early career Carol taught at Penncrest High School in Media, and then became a private tutor while raising her four children. Carol was notably the private tutor for artist, Jamie Wyeth. In 1972, Carol's talent for communicating with children and helping them learn to study inspired her to start The Concept School, a private school where children with obstacles to overcome can be comfortable and successful. Carol spent the rest of her life in service to The Concept School as a teacher, the school director, and a board member.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, her sister, Susan Getz Bartl and her son, Mark Emerson Tucker.

She is survived by her three daughters, Martha Goldner (Herman), Anne Searl (Tim), Susan Tucker May; two sisters, Martha Getz Freibott of Wilmington, DE and Linda Getz Handling (Keith) of Landenberg, PA; seven grandchildren, Emily Holt, Herman Goldner, Benjamin Goldner, Carolyn May, Alyssa May, Connor May, and Justin Searl; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 576 Concord Road, Glen Mills PA.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Carol's memory to The Concept School, P.O. Box 54, Westtown, PA 19395.

Interment will be private.

Arrangements by Founds - Feryo Cremation & Burial Services, LLC., West Chester.

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.foundsfuneralhome.com.




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Published in The News Journal on Jun. 24, 2019.
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October 5, 2019
Jean Ager, Bryn Mawr '77 Phd
Carol was a fellow student in several of my graduate classes at Bryn Mawr College. A lovely, rather quiet and unassuming individual, she invariably impressed me with her brilliant comments in class. I believe she was already an accomplished educator and psychologist. She was thus very generous in sharing her experiences and insights.
As several have stated, her legacy will be carried forth in the Concept School. She will also hold a special place in the memory of her fellow classmates and professionals who admired and were inspired by her considerable accomplishments.
My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.
Jean Ager
June 30, 2019
I extend my sympathy to the family of Carol Tucker. She will be missed. She was a beacon of light in what seemed as a sea of darkness before my attendance at the Concept School. I was a former student of Carol Tucker during the years 1976 -78 and again in 1982-83 while at the Concept School. I remember Carol as my favorite teacher and headmaster in all my pre college school career. She was a very compassionate, mature, and well grounded person. In addition ,Carol was a very fair and balanced teacher who really cared about all her students and did not play any favorites with anybody. She guided us in the right direction. She instilled a can do confidence in all of us. She made sure the Concept School was a safe and fun learning environment. I feel the Concept School is my favorite school to this day thanks to Carol.
Her founding of The Concept School was a great service to me and many other students who did not fit in the impersonal social and academic hustle of public school or other so called college preparatory private schools. Due to her guidance, The Concept School was a fun and safe place while still learning the academics. The Concept School was a laid back, low pressure environment where everybody can be themselves . Carol encouraged us to accept every one as they are as well as accept ourselves. I remember all those fun field trips and outings that also broadened our minds and brought the class together. Work was actually fun at The Concept School. The school was in a very beautiful farm country setting which helped relieved my stress.
I hope the Concept School continues Carol Tucker's legacy as that makes the school unique.
ANDREW TINKLEPAUGH
June 30, 2019
I extend my sympathy to the family of Carol Tucker.
She will be missed. She was a beacon of light in what seemed as a sea of darkness before my attendance at the Concept School. I was a former student of Carol Tucker during the years 1976 -78 and again in 1982-83 while at the Concept School. I remember Carol as my favorite teacher and headmaster in all my pre college school career. She was a very compassionate, mature, and well grounded person. In addition ,Carol was a very fair and balanced teacher who really cared about all her students and did not play any favorites with anybody. She guided us in the right direction. She instilled a can do confidence in all of us. She made sure the Concept School was a safe and fun learning environment. I feel the Concept School is my favorite school to this day thanks to Carol. Her founding of The Concept School was a great service to me and many other students who did not fit in the impersonal social and academic hustle of public school or other so called college preparatory private schools. Due to her guidance, The Concept School was a fun and safe place while still learning the academics. The Concept School was a laid back, low pressure environment where everybody can be themselves . Carol encouraged us to accept every one as they are as well as accept ourselves.
I remember all those fun field trips and outings that also broadened our minds and brought the class together. Work was actually fun at The Concept School. The school was in a very beautiful farm country setting which helped relieved my stress.

I hope the Concept School continues Carol Tucker's legacy as that makes the school unique.
ANDREW TINKLEPAUGH
June 26, 2019
Dr Tucker was an inspiration to many.The Concept School has provided a learning environment for many young people who didn't fit in the confines of "regular" education. Rest in peace Carol as you join your beloved Jack and Mark.
Anne Dempsey
June 25, 2019
Dr. Carol Tucker's contribution to the lives of students who attended The Concept School was, and continues to be, unmeasurable. Their futures as self confident and effective citizens in their chosen fields are testaments to Dr. Tucker's vision when she founded the school. Those of us who had the privilege to work with her are grateful for her wise and caring leadership.

I send my condolences to Dr. Tucker's family and the staff and students of The Concept School.

Erika Surkin, M.Ed, RPT
Psychologist, Former Board Member,
Former Co-Director of The Concept School
Erika Surkin
June 25, 2019
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Frederick Wood
June 24, 2019
My sincerest condolences to the (Getz) Tucker Families for the loss of your loved one, Carol Alice, and pray you find comfort in Psalms 91:2.
JKH/JW
June 24, 2019
My condolences to the Tucker and Getz families. I was a classmate of Susan Getz at Chadds Ford School.
Richard Palmatary
June 23, 2019
Long ago.
Carol was a great friend as were the entire Getz family. My father and I would often spend an evening watching TV with her father Dr. Stanley Getz. Carol had a brilliant mind.
Donald Skinner VMD
June 22, 2019
To all of Mrs. Tucker's family, you have my deepest sympathies. I knew her my entire life and I looked up to her and admired her so very much. She was my main teacher for my 4 high school years and I was lucky to have her. I know for a fact I learned more from her than any other teacher/professor in 16 years of education. When I began teaching I thought of her often and tried to be as good as she was. I hope you find comfort in the knowledge that she was so very admired and loved by so many. Peace.
Kim Battin
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