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Margery Swett Walker HANOVER, N.H. — Margery Swett Walker, 93, died June 12, 2019, at her home in Kendal at Hanover, New Hampshire, following a stroke. Born April 14, 1926, in Oak Park, Illinois as the eighth of nine children of Frank W. and Myrtelle Rogers Swett, she grew up in neighboring River Forest. She graduated with highest honors from Oak Park and River Forest H.S. in 1944 and attended Stanford University on a full scholarship, graduating in medieval history and philosophy with great distinction in 1948. She met her husband, Alan M. Walker, at Stanford and they were married July 10, 1948 in River Forest, going on to raise a close family of five children and eventually settling in Plainfield, Vermont. While the children were young, she was exceptionally active in local, regional, and international community groups and politics, serving in hands-on, leadership, and board roles for dozens of organizations and spending two years as co-director (with Alan) of the American Friends Service Committee’s community development program in Lima, Peru. When her oldest child left for college, she returned to school for an M.A. at the University of Vermont in history and a Ph.D. from Walden University in higher education administration. She worked professionally from 1971 to 1991 as a regional director at the Community College of Vermont; Dean of Rural Education at the University of Alaska; and Director of Pendle Hill, a Quaker study center in Pennsylvania. She retired with Alan to Groton, Vermont, frequently hosting family and friends, taking daily swims, and hiking Vermont’s entire Long Trail and 800 miles of the Appalachian Trail. She continued community service, including local and national Friends activities and chairing the board of the newly-forming Kendal at Hanover retirement community, where the couple took up residence in 2001. Known for boundless energy and optimism, deep appreciation of all people, reverence for nature, questing intellect, strong convictions, and dedication to wholesome living, she called herself “a parent, educator, Quaker, community leader, and pragmatist,” committed to “finding the treasures of the Spirit in one another.” She was predeceased by her husband, Alan Walker, in 2006. Survivors include five children, Rachel Walker Cogbill (Charles) of Plainfield, Vermont, Lawrence “Lars” Walker (Elizabeth Powell) of Boulder City, Nevada, Elizabeth “Liz” Walker (Jared Jones) of Ithaca, New York, James Walker (Priscilla) of Boulder, Colorado, and Douglas Walker (Mary) of Superior, Colorado; eleven grandchildren and their spouses; seven great-grandchildren; one sister; and a large and loving extended family. Donations may be made to the American Friends Service Committee at afsc.org or to Kendal’s Elizabeth Fry Fund at kah.kendal.org. A memorial service will be held at Kendal at Hanover at 2 p.m. on September 7.

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