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Cecile K. Dalton, 77, Chemistry Professor, Passionate Traveler

January 29, 2014
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Cecile Kaplan Dalton, a longtime professor of chemistry at Philadelphia area universities, died Jan. 8.

The Chicago native was 77.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Northwestern University, she met her husband, David R., at the school’s chemistry club. They went on to be married for 56 years.

Both earned Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from UCLA in the early 1960s and then moved to Columbus, Ohio, for post-doctoral work at Ohio State University before eventually settling in the Philadelphia suburbs. 

She had a successful career in both industry and academia. For many years, Dalton taught organic chemistry at Swarthmore College, Bryn Mawr College and Temple University. She had a passion for teaching post-baccalaureate students who had returned to college to complete their prerequisites for medical school. 

Dalton loved opera and classical music. After she retired from academia, she applied her considerable organizational talents to serving as an officer on the board of directors for the Philadelphia Opera Guild. 

In recent years, Dalton — who was a passionate traveler — began spending the winters in Longboat Key, Fla., where she volunteered in the library at Temple Beth Israel and supported the educational and conservation activities of the Mote Aquarium. 

She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Rachel Bailey; two sons, Aaron and Nathaniel; and four grandchildren. 

 In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory are requested for American Friends of Magen David Adom, P.O. Box 52158, Philadelphia, PA 19115; or Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, Attn: Development Office, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236.

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