Our Far-Flung Alumni: Mary Rhoads (’33)

September 1, 2010

She loves words, spirituality and peace: sounds like an Earlhamite to me.  And she just turned 100.  Here’s the article from The Southern Chester County (PA) Weeklies.

By Chris Barber

Mary Rhoads turned 100 on Tuesday, and the Crosslands community in Pennsbury Township didn’t let it go unnoticed. The entire population of the retirement community was invited to celebrate with Rhoads and her family at an afternoon reception on Saturday.

Rhoads’ relatives came to honor her from as far away as Oregon. They marked the high points of her life with a video presentation and written timeline showing what went on in the years of her life correlated with what was going on in the world.

Rhoads was born on a farm in New Jersey in 1910. Throughout her life she has been fascinated with words, having graduated from George School in Bucks County and Earlham College in Indiana. There she majored in English.

She passionately believes in peace and spirituality, and for many years was a therapeutic clown who brightened the days of people in hospitals. She also taught reading at Sanford School in Hockessin, Del.

Rhoads collects fans and has compiled a directory of fans — their origins and appearances.

According to her friends, she loves word games and plays Scrabble twice a week at Crosslands.

Rhoads came to Crosslands with her husband, Richard, in 1987. He died in 2005.

About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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