April 24, 2008 Issue
Chestnut Hill Local
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Alan Dawley, 64, of Mt. Airy, an author, professor and civil rights and peace activist, died March 12 of heart failure in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Dr. Dawley, a professor of history at the College of New Jersey since 1970, was stricken while on a trip to study Spanish.
A leading U.S. social historian, his first book, Class and Community: The Industrial Revolution in Lynn, received the prestigious Bancroft Prize in 1976. He also was the author of Struggles for Justice and Changing the World and, at the time of his death, was revising the textbook Global America.
He lectured throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, he received a bachelor’s degree in history from Oberlin College and a master’s degree and doctorate in U.S. social history from Harvard University.
In the summer of 1962 he helped to rebuild a church that had been burned near Jackson, Miss., and in 1964 he helped African-Americans register to vote in that state during Mississippi Freedom Summer.
A member of Historians Against the War, he was arrested twice last year for civil disobedience during antiwar demonstrations in Washington, D.C., and King of Prussia.
After moving from Langhorne to Mt. Airy in 1995, Dr. Dawley joined the South Mt. Airy Task Force and the board of Weavers Way Co-op.
He is survived by his wife, the former Katy Wechsler; two sons, Aaron and Evan; a brother, and two granddaughters.
A ceremony honoring Dr. Dawley will be held at 4:30 p.m. June 21 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 6511 Lincoln Drive in Mt. Airy.
Mrs. Roman was the wife of the late Reno Roman. She is survived by a son, Sergio, and two granddaughters. She was the sister of the late Pietro, Carmelo, Santino, Severio and Lucia.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at Holy Cross Church, 154 E. Mt. Airy Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19119 on April 19 and interment was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the above church.
George T. Roth
Mr. Roth was the son of the late Helen and Edward Roth and brother of the late Edmond A. Roth.
A memorial service was held April 12 at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church in Chestnut Hill. Memorial contributions may be made to Montgomery Co. SPCA, 19 E. Ridge Pike, P.O. Box 222, Conshohocken, PA 19428.
Samuel Exler, 85, a poet who lived in East Mt. Airy, died April 19 at Chestnut Hill Hospital.
Mr. Exler’s poetry has been published in many journals, including American Poetry Review, New York Quarterly, Global City Review, Poetry East, Plainsong and many others. He also was the author of a children’s picture book, Growing and Changing, published by Lothrop.
He graduated with a B.A. degree from Brooklyn College where he was editor-in-chief of the student magazine, and later completed master’s level courses at Columbia University.
Mr. Exler served in the Army during World War II and received a European Theater of Operations ribbon with three battle stars, a Bronze Star and a distinguished unit badge. He was attached to the 104th Infantry (Timberwolf) Division, which saw combat in Belgium, Holland and Germany.
He is survived by two daughters, Judith and Elizabeth; a sister, Frances; a niece, Sandy Salerno, and his good friend, Regina B. Holmes.
A memorial service is planned at a later date.
Ms. Frazer attended Miss Zara’s and Springside schools and graduated from the Barrington School in Great Barrington, Mass. She attended Bryn Mawr College for one year.
She was presented to society in Philadelphia and at the Bachelor’s Cotillion in Baltimore.
A violinist, she was one of a group of musicians who played at hospitals in Philadelphia during World War II.
She also christened a troop carrier, the U.S.S. Tench Tilghman, named for an ancestor of her mother, the former Mary Foxley Tilghman.
Ms. Frazer enrolled in Mexico City College to improve her Spanish and remained in Mexico, teaching English to Mexican students. Her father was Dr. John Frazer of Chestnut Hill.
Ms. Frazer is survived by a brother, John Frazer Jr., of Annapolis, Md.
A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, Easton, Md., at the convenience of the family.