Susanne Van Leer “Van” Nolde, 82, a longtime teacher at Chestnut Hill Academy, died April 17 at her home in Wyndmoor.
Ms. Nolde, who began her teaching career at CHA in 1953, taught English and history in the Lower and Middle schools for more than five decades before retiring in 2007. She received the academy’s Headmaster’s Award in 1989 for “exceptional service to the school.”
For several years in the 1960s, she worked as a reading specialist at the Institute for the Achievement of Human Potential in Wyndmoor and was interested in addressing reading problems faced by persons with dyslexia.
A lifelong resident of Wyndmoor, Ms. Nolde was raised on a part of the former Jarden Estate, named for her grandfather, Walter H. Jarden. She attended Germantown Friends School and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Delaware. She completed graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
She was an active equestrian and a fox-hunting enthusiast for many years. She owned and raced horses and was a regular rider in Fairmount Park.
She is survived by her sister, Fredericka Berger, of College Park, Md. - WF
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