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Julia B. O’Malley, psychologist

Julia Bernard O’Malley, 67, of Wyndmoor, a clinical psychologist with a practice in Chestnut Hill, drowned July 17 while swimming in Avalon, N.J.

Dr. O’Malley opened her office in Chestnut Hill in 1962. She had been a counselor at the Child Study Institute at Bryn Mawr College from 1984 to 1988 and a staff psychologist at the Washington Square Institute in New York City for four years.

Raised in Annapolis, Md., she received a bachelor’s degree in French literature from Bryn Mawr. She also held a master’s degree in pastoral counseling from La Salle University, with a specialty in marriage and family therapy, and earned a doctorate in human development from Bryn Mawr.

Dr. O’Malley had been active at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in East Falls, and was involved in couples counseling there. 

She served on the boards of Springside School and the Foundation for Melanoma Research and was a volunteer for Young Audiences of Eastern Pennsylvania, which sponsors children’s programs in the arts.

More recently, she had been a member of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church in Chestnut Hill, where a memorial service was held July 22.

Dr. O’Malley is survived by a son, Brendan; daughters Aline Pappas and Sibyl; a sister, Olivia Bernard; four grandchildren, and her former husband, Shaun. – WF

Sara M. Belcher, volunteer

Sara Marie Mallon “Dot” Belcher, 98, of Mt. Airy, a community volunteer, died July 25 at St. Joseph Villa in Flourtown, where she resided for more than a year.

Mrs. Belcher served for many years as a reading tutor at Holy Cross Parish School in Mt. Airy. She also was a member of the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Holy Cross and volunteered her services cleaning the altar and the church.

She was a docent and “Friend of Loudon,” dedicating many hours to the restoration and preservation of this historic mansion in Germantown. An antique doll collector, she was a long-time member and served on the board of the Letitia Penn Doll Club.

Mrs. Belcher was a graduate of what is now the University of the Arts and worked for a time as a fashion designer at the Julius De May House of Fashion in Philadelphia.

She is survived by daughters Joan Severson, Betsy Uberti, Susan Blackstone and Dorothea Holden; a son, Ralph H. “Rip” Belcher Jr.; 11 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Belcher’s husband, Ralph Holden Belcher, preceded her in death.

A funeral Mass was celebrated July 30 at St. Joseph’s Villa. Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Villa, 110 Wissahickon Ave., Flourtown, PA 19031.  – WF



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