> David W. Deakyne
Old Chester, PA:
David W. Deakyne
Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA)
April 24, 1988
Section: NEIGHBORS DELAWARE
David W. Deakyne, 57, a former member of the Wallingford-Swarthmore school board, died
Monday at his home.
Born in Chester, Mr. Deakyne was the son of the late Harry C.
and Ethel C. Deakyne. His family owned a wholesale
candy-manufacturing business there. Mr. Deakyne was a member of the
Wallingford-Swarthmore school board from 1973 to 1985 and served as its president from
1975 to 1977.
In 1986, Mr. Deakyne received the Wallingford-Swarthmore Service Award in recognition of
his contributions to the school district, in particular helping with the consolidation of
the district's former two high schools into Strath Haven High School.
"He was always committed to public education and cared a great deal about the
students," schools Superintendent George Slick said. "He was always supportive
of efforts to improve the schools."
Mr. Deakyne was respected by his peers on the board and in the community, Slick said.
During his tenure, Mr. Deakyne spearheaded efforts to bring sound management principles to
the operation of the school district.
While on the board, he served on the facilities committee, chaired the finance committee
and represented the district on the board of the Delaware County Intermediate Unit.
A graduate of Chester High School, Mr. Deakyne
received his bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and earned a master's
degree from the Wharton School there. He served in the Navy during the Korean War.
Mr. Deakyne was a technical representative and salesman in the Broomall office of Lincoln
Electric for about 18 years. He served on the board of directors of the American Welding
In recent years, he built experimental aircraft and had been president of the Valley Forge
chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association since 1985.
A resident of Wallingford for about 25 years, Mr. Deakyne was a member of Trinity
Episcopal Church in Swarthmore.
He also enjoyed sailing and had a summer residence in Harvey Cedars, N.J., for the last 29
He was the father of the late Thomas James Deakyne, who died in 1969.
He is survived by his wife, Sally Deakyne; two sons, David J. Deakyne and Terrance
Deakyne; two daughters, Sarah Burke and Margaret Mealy; a sister, Clare Higginson, and two
The funeral took place Thursday at Trinity Church in Swarthmore. Interment was private.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Brower Funeral Home in Chester.
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