Swarthmore Friends Meeting

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania







Memorial Minute for Cornelia Dashiell McCurdy  

Cornelia “Corney” Ringgold Dashiell McCurdy, Swarthmore Meeting member, died at her home in Swarthmore, October 28, 2010, at eighty-five-years-of-age. She was born July 23, 1925, in New York City to Alfred S, and Cornelia R. Dashiell. 

Cornelia was graduated from George School in 1943. While attending George School , she met the love of her life, the school’s physician, “Dino” E.P. McCurdy, M.D. After meeting him for the first time at fifteen-years- of-age, she said “He’s mine!” She and Dino had five children: Dino, Richard, Cornelia (Terri), Marcia, and Gretchen. George School instilled in her values of academic excellence and the values of Quaker tradition. She used both as a touchstone for her family. She joined Swarthmore Meeting February 15, 1966. 

Being a skilled “domestic engineer,” she orchestrated flute and piano practice times for the children in her home, and she could  effortlessly add two or three other people to their dining table. She was a magnet to many of the neighborhood children, who often flowed through their Swarthmore home on Chester Road . She loved to organize social events; she and Dino spent many summer weekends entertaining families from Swarthmore Meeting in their second home  in Ocean City , Maryland . She added a sense of humor to her organizing – for instance, displaying a bright orange  sign on her porch…"Kookie Sale " for the annual Girl Scout cookie drive. She used her efficient organizational skills to help unstintingly with the house wares department in the Swarthmore Meeting’s Jumble Sale. She had a welcoming magnetic personality that many, many of the long-time Meeting members fondly remember. 

A Memorial Meeting for her was held in Swarthmore Friends Meetinghouse, Saturday, December 11, 2010. She is survived by her beloved husband of 67 years, five children, thirteen grandchildren, and seven great-great grandchildren.

Prepared by Care and Counsel Committee