Harry Dietzler - Artistic Director

Harry Dietzler - Upper Darby

Harry Dietzler is the "music man" of Upper Darby Township.  He has been the executive director of the Upper Darby Summer Stage community theater program since 1976 and has overseen hundreds of shows at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.

Dietzler was a Temple junior when he persuaded Upper Darby officials to give him $4,000 to put on a show. That led to the building of a program that Mayor Thomas Miccozzie said, "...keeps kids, who could be hanging out on street corners, backstage making costumes for shows. The atmosphere is an amazing thing to have in a community of our size."

Alumni of the program are actress/writer Tina Fey, Broadway actress Alyse Alan Louis, and Terrence J. Nolen and Amy Murphy, founders of the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia.

In 2011, Tina Fey wrote a personal letter nominating Dietzler for a Lifetime Achievement Award calling him "the irreplaceable heart of the Summer Stage Program."

Lauren Stevenson Yacini wrote about Dietzler, "There are few people in the Philadelphia region who have made as great an impact on the lives of young people as Harry Dietzler.” In addition to establishing Summer Stage in 1976, Harry founded the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, the Greater Philadelphia Cappies (Critics and Awards Program) and the Upper Darby Arts and Education Foundation.

Babe D'Ignazio - Restauranteur and Philanthropist

Babe D'Ignazio - Chester/Media

One of Delaware County's most generous and colorful citizens was Silvio "Babe" D'Ignazio. He was born to Italian immigrants in Chester in 1918, graduated from Media High School and eventually would run and own one of Delaware County's most successful and longest lasting restaurants, The Towne House in Media.

A true humanitarian, Babe was well known for his annual Sword of Hope dinner dance, where he has raised $200,000 for the Delaware County unit of the American Cancer Society.

Babe was an all-star football player at Pennsylvania Military College and was a World War II veteran with the U.S. Air Corps. He was called back into action during the Korean conflict. His most endearing qualities were his sense of humor, altruism and humility.

A favorite family story is about a hitchhiker Babe picked up on Rt. 202. The man pulled a gun on Babe and car-jacked him. When he was asked to identify the man later at the State Police station, Babe dropped all charges and offered the man a job and a place to stay at his farm in Oxford.

According to his daughter-in-law Janet, Babe never held a grudge

Tina Fey - Writer, Actress & Producer

Tina Fey - Upper Darby

Tina Fey was born and raised in Upper Darby. She attended Cardington Stonehurst Elementary School, Beverly Hills Middle School, and attended and graduated from Upper Darby High School.

Fey graduated from the University of Virginia in 1992 with a BA in drama. Her career took off while performing with The Second City in 1997. She submitted several scripts to Saturday Night Live, and was hired by the show's producer, Lorne Michaels, as a writer. She was an "extra" in a 1988 episode, lost weight and began appearing on screen.

In 2001, Fey and the rest of the writers for SNL won a Writers Guild of America Award for SNL's 25th Anniversary Show. The following year, they won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program.

In 2002, Fey suggested a pilot episode for a sitcom about a cable news network at NBC. Though the pilot was rejected, it gave her the impetus to create another pilot that ended up airing as 30 Rock.

In 2007, Fey received an Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, while 30 Rock won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.

After receiving 13 Emmy Award nominations in 2012, 30 Rock ended its run and has been hailed as "one of the greatest TV series of all time."

In 2011, Fey landed at the top of Forbe's Magazine's list of highest paid actresses. She continues her acting career, provides voiceovers for animated films, narrates, raps and has become a bestselling author with her book, Bossy Pants.

She is also listed on the Upper Darby High School Wall of Fame

Joel Dorn - Music Producer

Joel Dorn - Yeadon
Joel Dorn was born in Yeadon in 1942. In the early 50s in the Philly area he developed a taste for music of Ray Charles, the Drifters and other artists of the Atlantic Record label, and hoped to work for them from the time he was 14.

In his early 20s, Dorn worked as a DJ for Philadelphia station WHAT-FM when the station was known for serious jazz.

In the mid '60s, the head of Atlantic Records heard Dorn on the radio and offered him a chance to produce Thee Laws of Jazz. a record featuring Hubert Laws. He soon began producing other jazz records and became a vice president of the company.

Joel Dorn's production of Roberta Flack's of The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face and Killing Me Softly With His Song helped win 5 Grammies for the songs in the 1970s. He also produced albums for Max Roach, Bette Midler, the Allman Brothers, the Neville Brothers and Leon Redbone.

Dorn continued to expand in entrepreneurial directions following his stint with Atlantic  working for Capital, Warner Brothers, Columbia, Epic, A&M and Arista. In the late '80s he specialized in repackaging back catalogs for many labels, and also helped found many new labels.

Dorn died in Manhattan at the age of 65 in 2007.

W. C. Fields - Actor & Comedian

W.C. Fields - Darby
William Claude Dukenfield, better known as William Claude Dukenfield, better known as W.C. Fields, was born in Darby, Delaware County in 1880. As a child, he ran away from home repeatedly beginning at the age of nine. His education was sporadic and he did not get beyond grade school. At the age of 12 he worked selling produce for his father, followed by a stint at Strawbridge and Clothier, and then at an Oyster House. At 17 he performed a juggling act at church and theater shows.

Fields entered vaudeville as a "tramp juggler" in 1898, transforming into The Eccentric Juggler in 1900, and touring as "the world's greatest juggler". Broadway followed and then the movies where he adopted a persona as a "misanthropic and hard drinking egotist”. Among his trademarks were his raspy drawl and grandiloquent vocabulary. The character he played became synonymous with the person he appeared to be off screen.

Fields appeared in thirteen feature films for Paramount Pictures and achieved a career ambition in 1935 when he played Mr. Micawber in MGM's David Copperfield. He made numerous short films and in later life joined ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and Bergen's dummy Charlie McCarthy on The Chase and Sanborn Hour for weekly comedy routines. His last performance was in 1946 on a spoken-word album recorded at Les Paul's studio where he reenacted some of his old routines.

W.C. Fields died on Christmas in 1946.

Robert Francis - Poet

Robert Francis - Upland

Robert Churchill Francis, born and raised in Upland, Delaware County, was considered by Robert Frost to be our country's "most neglected poet."

He wrote in "a clear, concise, musical style somewhat reminiscent of Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson”, yet his style was uniquely his own.

He studied at Harvard, and taught at workshops and universities across the country. He wrote a dozen books of poetry and received both the Shelley Memorial Prize and the Rome Prize Fellowship awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  He lived the majority of his life in a small house in Amherst, Massachusetts.

He died in 1987.
Fair and Unfair

The beautiful is fair.  The just is fair.
Yet one is commonplace and one is rare,
One everywhere, one scarcely anywhere.
So fair unfair a world.  Had we the wit
To use the surplus for the deficit,
We'd make a fairer fairer world of it.

Robert Francis

Frank Furness - Architect

Frank Furness – Media

Frank Heyling Furness was born in Philadelphia in 1839. He designed more than 600 buildings, most of which were in the Philadelphia area. He is remembered for his eclectic, "muscular" and strangely scaled buildings. Surviving works include the University of Pennsylvania Library, Merion Cricket Club, and the Baldwin School.

Idlewild, located on Idelwild Circle in Media, was his summer home. It's just a short walk from the Moylan-Rose Valley train station, which enabled Furness to commute to his architectural office in Philadelphia.

Though much of his work was destroyed for being "out of fashion with the times”, his legacy remains strong. The 2012 centenary of Furness' death was observed with exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, and the Delaware Historical Society.

Idlewild was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.

Thomas Garrett - Abolitionist, Businessman

Thomas Garrett - Drexel Hill/Upper Darby

Thomas Garrett was born to a prosperous family in Drexel Hill, Upper Darby. The house, Thornfield, where he was born and lived until 1822, still stands and is recorded on the National Register of Historic Places.

In a Quaker family already inclined towards abolitionism, Thomas became especially dedicated after a family servant was kidnapped by men, who planned to sell the woman as a slave in the South.

Garrett split with his Orthodox Quaker family and moved to Wilmington in the neighboring slave state of Delaware to pursue his struggle against slavery. While building a prosperous iron and hardware business, he also served as stationmaster on the last stop of the Underground Railroad, the pathway to the North for blacks seeking freedom from slavery.

Facing heavy fines for his activities, Garrett continued his mission until the Civil War ended slavery. He is known for having assisted 2500 slaves to freedom.

Garrett died in 1871 and his body was carried to his internment along the streets of Wilmington, to the Quaker Meeting House on 4th Street by freed slaves.

Bill Haley - Singer, Musician

Bill Haley - Boothwyn/Chester

Bill Haley (William John Clifton Haley) was born in Highland Park, Michigan in 1925, and moved with his family to Boothwyn, Pennsylvania when he was 7. Both of his parents were musicians, and Haley began playing on a cardboard guitar he made himself.

Haley had his first professional job at the age of 13, playing and entertaining at an auction for $1 a night. He left home at 15, working at whatever jobs were presented and became known for his yodeling and his western swing style.

Moving back to Pennsylvania, Haley became music director of Chester radio station WPWA (later designated WCZN), a job that he held for six years while also playing at clubs around Philadelphia, in a group known as Bill Haley's Saddlemen. The group recorded Rocket 88 in 1951, a song that predated Rock Around the Clock and is thought by some historians as the first rock and roll record.

He renamed the group Bill Haley with Haley's Comets in 1953 (changing it to Bill Haley & His Comets), and recorded Rock Around the Clock in 1954. Though unsuccessful on its release, the song became a number one hit around the world after appearing as the theme song for the 1955 film Blackboard Jungle starring Glenn Ford.

Though historically significant, Haley and his group had few hits in the U.S. His success was eclipsed in 1956 by a younger and sexier Elvis Presley, who soon owned the Rock and Roll brand created by Haley.

Bill Haley continued to perform throughout the world until is death in 1981 at the age of 55.

Dorrance (DoDo) Hill Hamilton - Philanthropist

DoDo Hamilton - Wayne, Delaware County

DoDo Hamilton lives in Wayne, Delaware County. She is an American heiress of the Campbell Soup fortune and is one of the wealthiest Americans according to Forbes Magazine. She is, and has been, a supporter of many Philadelphia organizations including the University of the Arts, Bryn Mawr Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University.

Following the death of her husband in 1997, DoDo founded the SVB Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to preserve rare breeds of livestock. It is the only private organization in the United States that gathers and stores semen and embryos of the animals in its collection. SVB is located in Newport, Rhode Island, one of the places where the Hamiltons owned a home.

Throughout her life she loved gardens and horticulture and was an annual participant in the Philadelphia Flower Show. After visiting the Williamson College of the Trades in Media, PA, she fostered its horticulture program and donated significantly to its program.

Mrs. Hamilton passed away on April 18, 2017 at her home in Boca Grande, Florida at the age of 89.

Brendan Hansen - Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer

Brendan Hanson - Havertown

Brendan Joseph Hansen was born in 1981 and grew up in Havertown, Delaware County. He is a competitive swimmer who specializes in breaststroke events. He is a six-time (three gold, one silver, two bronze) Olympic medalist, and is also a former world record-holder in both the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke.

He has won a total of twenty-five medals in major competitions spanning the Olympics, the World Championships and the Pan Pacific Championships. He has been competing since 2001 and is known for his unique style of breaststroke, which incorporates a kick that is much narrower than other swimmers.

Most recently, Brendan was a member of the 2012 United States Olympic team and won the bronze medal in the 100-meter breaststroke and a gold medal in the 4x100-meter relay.

Hansen is also a former record holder of the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke, as well as the 4x100-meter medley, long and short course.

Brian Hayes - Science Writer

Brian Hayes - Upper Darby

Brian Hayes grew up in Upper Darby and graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1967. He never attended college and got his first job after high school as a writer for a bowling newsletter. By age 20 he had secured a job as a copy editor for The Baltimore Sun. A year later he took charge of the newspaper's Sunday book-review section.

His major interests had always been in science, and still in his early 20s, by skill, talent and hubris he landed a job on the editorial staff of Scientific American, which at that time was the most distinguished monthly journal of discovery. He became chief editor of and column writer for the magazine, and remained with the publication into the early 1980s.

Since 1993 he has been writing the Computing Science column for American Scientist, a renowned magazine among scientific scholars. His work has also appeared in many other publications including The American Scholar, The Norton Reader, Discover and Natural History. He is also the author of two books: Infrastructure: A Field Guide to the Industrial Landscape, and Group Theory in the Bedroom, and Other Mathematical Diversions.

Monika Horan

Monika Horan, Darby
Best known as Amy MacDougall-Barone, girlfriend then wife of Raymond's brother Robert, on the TV sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, Horan grew up in Darby and attended Archbishop Pendercast High School in Upper Darby. She credits her acting career and motivation on her participation in the Delaware County Center of the Performing Arts where she performed during High School.

She attended Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, graduating with a degree in Theater Performance in 1984 and then moved to New York City where she performed in off-off Broadway theatre while working as a telephone sales agent for Telecharge

Her career includes stints on TV shows, L.A. Law, In Living Color, The Bold and the Beautiful, and most recently The Middle.

She met and married married the Executive Producer of Everybody Loves Raymond, and currently live in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.

Lee Iacocca - Corporate Leader

Lee Iacocca - Chester

Though Lee Iacocca was born in Allentown, his legacy began in the Ford Motors Chester plant. After earning his Masters Degree from Princeton University he secured a much sought-after engineering trainee job with Ford in 1946.

Engineering trainees did a stint working on the floor at the Rouge, but he wanted to sell cars, not build them. In 1949, he transferred back East as fleet sales manager for Ford's Chester, Pennsylvania zone office. One promotion he brainstormed while in Chester is still known in Ford folklore as the Iacocca Plan. In 1956, buyers in the Chester territory were offered a new 1956 Ford for $56 a month. It was thunderously successful. Iacocca was yanked back to Dearborn, Michigan and became head of the Ford Division in 1961.

While at Ford, Iacocca pioneered the building of the ever-popular Mustang. In 1970 he rose to the presidency of Ford and earned a reputation for being one of the greatest salesmen in U.S. history.

Iaccoca went from Ford to Chrysler in 1978 and turned Chrysler around from losses to posting huge profits in 1984.

In 1999, Iacocca ventured into E-bikes, and is still working at the age of 90.

Joan Jett - Rock Musician, Producer

Joan Jett - Lansdowne

Joan Jett was born Joan Marie Larkin in Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood in 1958. Her parents lived in Lansdowne, Delaware County.

Joan had her first guitar lesson at the age of 14, but quit soon after because her instructor taught folk music rather than rock.

She and her parents moved to Los Angeles where she was exposed to "glam rock" music and its style of performance.

In the early '70s she became a founding member of The Runaways, alongside drummer Sandy West and Jackie Fox, Lita Ford, and Cherie Currie. Jett shared some lead vocals, played rhythm guitar, and co-wrote songs for the group.

In the 1980s Joan performed with the Blackhearts and released the hit albums, Album (1983) and Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth (1984) with a string of Top 40 hits following. She performed in sell out tours with The Police, Queen and Aerosmith.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts continue to perform to sell out crowds around the world with groups such as Nirvana, Aerosmith and the Foo Fighters. She and Hot Topic released Joan's first line of clothing in 2014.

Harry Kalas - American Sportscaster

Harry Kalas - Media

Harry Norbert Kalas was born in 1936 in Naperville, Illinois, but became the beloved voice of the Philadelphia Phillies from 1971 until his death in 2009.

He was a long time resident of Media and made his mark in Delaware County as he did with fans throughout the Philadelphia region.

Kalas graduated from the University of Iowa in 1959, was drafted into the US Army and stationed in Hawaii, and after discharge began calling minor-league game baseball games for the Hawaii Islanders team.

He made his major-league debut in 1965 with the Houston Astros and called the first game at the Astrodome in 1965. In 1971 Kalas came to Philadelphia as the replacement for Bill Campbell, calling the first game at Veterans Stadium. He also called the last game at Veterans Stadium in 2003 and the first game at Citizens Bank Park in 2004.

Kalas also worked with NFL Films following the passing of John Facenda.

Harry Kalas received many awards throughout his lifetime including the Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Person of the Year by the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia in 2004. He was also inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. Only 21 others have received this distinction.

Martin Luther King, Jr. - Minister, Peacemaker and Political Activist

Martin Lurther King, Jr. -
Chester Theological Seminary, Upland

The Crozer Theological Seminary was a multi-denominational religious institution located in Upland, Delaware County. The seminary mostly served as an American Baptist Church School for the training of students for entry into the Baptist Ministries.

Of its many notable students, the most famous was Martin Luther King, Jr. who entered the institution in 1948 and graduated in 1951. King later studied and earned his doctorate at Boston University.

Needless to say, this graduate from the seminary became one of the most celebrated American figures of the 20th century. In 1964, King received the Nobel Prize Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through non-violence. He helped to organize the Selma to Montgomery marches, worked on the issue of housing segregation in Chicago, and expanded his focus to include poverty and the Vietnam War.

King was assassinated in 1968 and posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986.

Anna Moffo - Opera Diva and Actress

Anna Moffo - Wayne

Anna Moffo was born in Wayne, Pennsylvania to first generation Italian parents. After graduating from Radnor High School where she performed in school shows and plays, she turned down an offer from Hollywood to attend the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia.

Moffo continued her education in Rome where she studied with Mercedes Llopart and Luigi Ricci. She made her official operatic debut in 1955 at Spoleto as Norina in Don Pasquale. With very little experience, she was offered the challenging role of Cio-Cio in an Italian TV production of Madame Butterfly and became an overnight sensation in Italy.

After many roles overseas, Moffo returned for her American debut as Mimi in La Boheme at the Lyric Opera House in Chicago. Her Metropolitan Opera debut took place in 1959 when she appeared as Violetta in La Triviata, a part that would become her signature role. She performed at the Metropolitan Opera for 17 years, appeared in both movies and TV, and toured throughout the world.

Moffo's heavy workload led to physical exhaustion and a serious vocal breakdown in 1968 from which she never fully recovered. Her last performance at the Met was during the 1983 Centennial celebrations, where she sang the Sigmund Romberg duet Will you Remember with Robert Merrill.

Anna Moffo died in 2006 at the age of 73.

Danny Murtaugh - Professional Baseball Player and Manager

A native of Chester, Pennsylvania, Danny Murtaugh played during nine seasons for the Philadelphia Phillies (1941–43, 1946), Boston Braves (1947) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1948–51).

Most notable is that Murtaugh became the second winningest manager in Pittsburgh Pirates history behind Hall of Famer Fred Clarke and is one of two managers to spend four or more stints with one club.

Murtaugh took over the helm of the Pirates big club in 1957 and turned around the Pittsburgh franchise to finish 7th the season he took over for Bobby Bragen and then beat the heavily favored New York Yankees in the 1960 World Series. The 1960 World Series is the only Fall Classic to end on a walk off home run as Pirates second baseman Bill Mazeroski blasted a home run off New York’s Ralph Terry in the bottom of the ninth of Game 7.

Health issues forced Murtaugh to resign following the 1964 season, but he would manage three more times with the Pirates. In 1970 and 1971, Danny led the Pirates to the National League East title and his second World Series title. Danny Murtaugh compiled a 1,115-950 record over 15 seasons with the Pirates (1957-1064, 1967, 1970-1971, 1973-1976).

Alice Neel, Portrait Artist

Alice Neel (from self portrait), Colwyn, Delaware County

Alice Neel was an American painter and considered "one of the greatest portrait artists of the 20th century”.

She was born in Merion Square, Philadelphia in 1900 and moved to Colwyn, Delaware County in mid-1900. After graduating from Darby High School, Neel took a civil service exam and got a high-paying clerical position. While working, she enrolled in the Fine Arts program of the Philadelphia School of Design for Women.

Neel's life was troubled and difficult. Her world was composed of artists. intellectuals and political leaders in the Communist party. Her paintings were predominately of friends, family and lovers she had met along the way. She lived in a mansion in Cuba and then became an impoverished single mother during the 1930s and 1940s.

Toward the end of the 1960s, the feminist movement brought intensity in the interest in Neel's work, and in 1970, Alice was commissioned to do a portrait of the feminist activist Kate Millet for Time magazine.

At the age of 79, Neel received the National Woman Caucus for Art award for outstanding achievement from President Jimmy Carter. She was given a retrospective of her work at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1974, and in 2001 a retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Since then she has hailed with retrospect at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas, the Whitechapel Gallery in London and the Moderna Museet Malmo in Sweden, and interest in her art and life continues to grow thirty years after her death at age 84.

Peter Nero - Pianist, Conductor and Composer

Peter Nero - Media

Though Nero has lived in Media, Delaware County for several years, he began life in Brooklyn, New York as Bernard Nierowin in 1934. Despite the fact that his family was non-musical, Nero showed remarkable natural ability on the piano after beginning lessons at age 7. While attending New York's High School of Music and Art, he won a scholarship to study part-time at the Juilliard School of Music in Manhattan.

In 1951 he won a contest sponsored by New York radio station WQXR that was judged by an illustrious jury that included pianist Vladimir Horowitz. From there he went on to win several contest including Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts.

By the 1960s he became a sought after pianist of popular music and recorded more than twenty albums for RCA Victor in the 60s including a Grammy winning recording for Best Performance by an Orchestra or Instrumentalist with an Orchestra for The Colorful Peter Nero.

Since the early 1950s Nero made numerous appearances as a pianist in concert halls, theatres, and night clubs and on television throughout North America and Europe; has also appeared as a guest artist with various orchestras, including the Boston Pops. Conductor and music director for the Philly Pops since 1979; pop music director and conductor for the Florida Philharmonic since 1981, and for the Tulsa Philharmonic since 1987; has been guest conductor for dozens of other orchestras. He also was the composer of Sunday in New York (film score); Blue Fantasy and Improvisations; His World; 70 & Suite in Four Movements; The Diary.

Jameer Nelson - Basketball Star

Born in 1982, Jameer Nelson is an American professional basketball player from Chester, PA who attended Chester High School in Chester and was a letterman in basketball. In 2000, he helped lead his team to the PIAA AAAA State championship.

Nelson led the Saint Joseph's Hawks to a 27–0 regular season record in 2003–04 and ecause of his extraordinary accomplishments as a senior, he won the 2004 Wooden Award, the 2004 Naismith Award, the 2004 Bob Cousy Award, the Rupp Trophy, the Oscar Robertson Trophy and many more accolades, including being featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Nelson was the first Atlantic 10 athlete to be on the cover of the magazine since Mark Macon in 1988.

Over his career, he has played for the Dallas Mavericks, the Boston Celtics, the Denver Nuggets and most recently the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Saint Joseph's Hawks, where he was named national college player of the year in 2004. Drafted 20th overall in the 2004 NBA draft, Nelson spent the first ten years of his NBA career with the Orlando Magic. In 2009, he was named an All-Star and helped lead the Magic to the NBA Finals. He has also played for the Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets.

On October 22, 2017, Nelson signed with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Agnes Nixon - Writer, TV Producer

Agnes Nixon - Radnor Township
Agnes Nixon is a writer and producer best known for her soap operas, All My Children, One Life to Live, and Loving. She has lived in Radnor for more than 28 years.

She began her career in "soaps" as a writer on Woman in White, As the World Turns, Search for Tomorrow, Guiding Light and Another World, where she created the character of Rachel Davis, an early prototype of one of her more lasting creations, Erica Kane played by Susan Lucci.

Agnes Nixon began addressing social issues in 1962 after a friend died of cervical cancer. She wrote the struggle into Guiding Light and had difficulty with certain words that could not be used on TV such as "uterus", "cancer" or "pap test”. Despite this limitation, the number of women who took a pap smear surged dramatically.

In 1970, Nixon got the green light for All My Children, a soap opera that addressed social issues such as the anti-war movement, homosexuality, AIDS and American television's first onscreen abortion, by character Erica Kane.

In 1983, Nixon began a series called Loving, a show that ended its run in 1997.

In 1992, Agnes Nixon was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame, and in 2010 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Ms. Nixon died in September 2017 in Rosemont, PA from pneumonia resulting from Parkinson’s disease.

Vince Papale - Football Hero, Speaker, Business Executive

Vince Papale - Chester/Prospect Park

Vince Papale was born in Chester, Pennsylvania and attended Interboro High School in Prospect Park where he excelled in football, basketball, and track and field.

He attended St. Joseph's University on a track scholarship and as a junior won a United States Track & Field Federation college development pole vault at Madison Square Garden.

Papale's post-collegiate football career began with the Aston Green Lights of the semi-pro Seaboard Football League. Papale was a teacher at Interboro High School and was coaching the Junior Varsity Football Team when he successfully tried out for the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League as a wide receiver.

In his first season, Papale caught nine passes and in 1975 caught only one pass for a forty-nine yard touchdown. His performance earned him a meeting with Eagle's coach Dick Vermeil. He eventually made the team, thereby at age 30, becoming the oldest rookie in the history of the NFL to play without the benefit of college football experience. He was voted Special Teams Captain by his teammates and Man of the Year by the Eagles in 1978 for his many charitable activities. A shoulder injury ended his football career in 1979.

Papale's determination and indomitable spirit were the inspiration for the 2006 movie Invincible, starring Mark Wahlburg as Papale.

Today he remains a sought-after speaker, and is the regional director of marketing and senior account executive for higher-education marketing at Sallie Mae.

Alex North - Film Composer

Alex North - Chester

Alex North (Isadore Soifer) was born to Russian immigrant parents in Chester, Delaware County in 1910.

He is best known for the 1955 song made famous by the Righteous Brothers in 1965, Unchained Melody. But beyond his success as a popular composer, he was revered for his scores for many Hollywood blockbusters including: Spartacus, Cleopatra, The Misfits, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Good Morning Vietnam, and A Streetcar Named Desire.

He was nominated for an Oscar 15 times, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy in 1986.

North was also recognized for his classical pieces and his television scores.

The American Film Institute ranked North's score for A Streetcar Named Desire No. 19 on its list of greatest film scores.

North passed away in 1991.

Will Price - Architect

Will Price – Rose Valley
Though Will Price was born and raised in Philadelphia, his legacy is tied significantly to Delaware County through the homes and other buildings he created in the communities of Wayne, Media and Rose Valley.

Price began his career at age 17 working in the architectural offices of Addison Hutton. Will and his brother Frank formed their own firm in 1881 and got their first major commission designing suburban houses in Wayne for real estate developers Wendell and Smith. The homes that occupy much of North Wayne are based on the Price brothers' designs.

Though Will Price was born and raised in Philadelphia, his legacy is tied significantly to Delaware County through the homes and other buildings he created in the communities of Wayne, Media and Rose Valley.

Price began his career at age 17 working in the architectural offices of Addison Hutton. Will and his brother Frank formed their own firm in 1881 and got their first major commission designing suburban houses in Wayne for real estate developers Wendell and Smith. The homes that occupy much of North Wayne are based on the Price brothers' designs.

Through his Quaker connections, it is conjectured, that Will Price found his way to the owners of Strawbridge & Clothier Department Store and their partner George W. Vanderbilt to provide the design for the Kenilworth Inn and then to a commission for Woodmont, the future home of steel magnate Alan Wood, Jr.

Price became a pioneer in the use of reinforced concrete that was cheaper for constructing industrial buildings and hotels, and allowed for wide spans and soaring spaces. Price's most famous building was the Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel in Atlantic City.

Over the summer of 1901 Will and a sculptor Frank Stephens purchase nearly 80 acres of land that included a water-powered mill and workers’ houses in the valley of Vernon Run, a tiny tributary of Ridley Creek. The project was to build a self-sufficient community dedicated to "the manufacture of structures, materials and products involving artistic handicrafts”. The community was to have an association which helped run it, and the association held land and private land. Homes were made simply and affordable with workers able to contribute to the processes.

Many of the Price designed homes still exist in Rose Valley including the Price House, the Guest House and the Bishop White House. The community and the Thunderbird Lodge are listed on the National Historic Register. And the community itself has a private school (The School in Rose Valley) and a theatre (Hedgerow) that carry forward many of the concepts envisioned by Price and Stephens.

Lisa Raymond - Tennis Champion

Lisa Raymond, born in 1973, grew up in Radnor and attended Notre Dame High School. She is an American retired professional tennis player who has achieved notable success in doubles tennis. Raymond has 11 Grand Slam titles to her name: 6 in women's doubles and 5 in mixed doubles. On June 12, 2000, she reached the world number one ranking in doubles. Her career high singles ranking was fifteenth in October 1997.

Earning more than US $9 million in prize money in her career, Raymond reached the quarterfinals in singles at the Australian Open and at Wimbledon. Raymond, who plays right-handed, has wins over Venus Williams, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Monica Seles, Jennifer Capriati and Martina Hingis. She is one of the few players to win a career Grand Slam in doubles. Among her doubles partners are Lindsay Davenport, Martina Navratilova, Rennae Stubbs, Samantha Stosur, Květa Peschke, Cara Black and Liezel Huber, among others. Raymond is also an Olympic medalist, winning the bronze medal in the mixed doubles competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics for the United States, partnering with Mike Bryan.

Samuel D. Riddle - Race Horse Breeder, Philanthropist

Samuel D. Riddle (shown with War Admiral) - Glen Riddle

Samuel D. Riddle, a native of Delaware County, owned and operated a woolen mill started by his father, but is best known as a sportsman. His father Samuel Riddle was born in Ireland and arrived in America in 1825.

The owner of Glen Riddle Farm, Riddle bred and raced thoroughbred racehorses. His most famous horses were Man o' War and U.S. Triple Crown winner, War Admiral.

Upon his death in January 1951, Mr. Riddle's will stipulated that his estate be used to provide a hospital for the community of Media, Pennsylvania, the nearest town to Glen Riddle. With the $2.5 million and the 72 acres of land, fronted by Baltimore Pike, provided by Mr. Riddle, a charter for the hospital was granted in 1956. Riddle Memorial Hospital was built, opening in 1963, on 34 acres of land. It was thought appropriate that the balance of the land be used at some future date in some manner related to the health and well being of the community.

The Riddlewood residential housing development in Middletown Township, Delaware County is named for Mr. Riddle and its streets are named for the horses he owned.

Todd Rundgren - Musician & Composer

Todd Rundgren - Upper Darby

Todd Rundgren was born in the Stonehurst section of Upper Darby in 1948. He attended Beverly Hills Middle School and performed Bob Newhart routines in the school talent show. He graduated from Upper Darby High School and attended Indiana University.

His career began at Woody's Truck Stop, but he left the band in 1967 with bassist Carson Van Osten to form the garage rock group Nazz. The group gained minor recognition with Rundgren's songs, Open my Eyes and Hello It's Me, a song he later recorded solo.

Rundgren's debut solo album Runt (1970) was strongly influenced by Laura Nyro, a musician he admired and wrote about in the song Baby Let's Swing.

Since 1969, Rundgren has been heavily involved in music production, and has engineered and produced albums for several notable acts such as Ian and Sylvia, Meatloaf, Badfinger, Hall & Oates and Patti Smith.

Rundrgen has always been on the cutting edge of technology and is considered a genius by many in the business including Grammy winning producer Jim Steinman. In 1981, Rundgren developed one of the first computer paint programs for the Apple II. His song, Time Heals was among the first videos aired on MTV. As a composer he has written for the 1986 TV series Pee-wee's Playhouse, Crime Story and the 1994 film Dumb and Dumber.

In 2011 he toured with Ringo Star & His All-Star Band for the third time and in 2013 Rundgren performed with the Akron Symphony Orchestra. He continues to explore new and exciting areas of music and technology.

Alvin Sargent - Award Winning Screenwriter

Alvin Sargent - Upper Darby
Alvin Sargent is an American screenwriter who was born in 1927 in Philadelphia and graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1945.

Sargent began writing scripts for television in the 1950s for episodes of Route 66, Ben Casey and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. In 1970s he gained recognition for a collaborative screenplay for  I Walk the Line starring Gregory Peck and Tuesday Weld. Then in 1973 he won the WGA Award for Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Source for Paper Moon starring Ryan and Tatum O'Neill. In 1978 he won an Academy Award for the film Julia and another in 1981 for Ordinary People directed by Robert Redford.

His career has spanned 6 decades. In 2002 he collaborated with William Broyles Jr. on the film Unfatithful, and he has worked on all of the Spider-Man films including The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in 2012.

Helen Hope Montgomery Scott - Socialite & Philanthropist

Hope Scott - Villanova
Helen Hope Montgomery Scott was once called "the unofficial queen of Philadelphia's WASP oligarchy”. She is most famous as the inspiration for the main character in Philip Barry's play, The Philadelphia Story, which was made into a film of the same name with Katherine Hepburn playing her character, and a musical, High Society, with Grace Kelly as Hope Scott.

Scott was born in 1904, one of four children of Robert L. Montgomery and Charlotte Hope Montgomery. She married Edgar Scott, an investment banker and heir to a railroad fortune and lived on a 750 acre estate in Radnor, Delaware County, where she entertained notables of society, government and the arts including Cole Porter and Katherine Hepburn. The family portraits on the wall were by notable artists such as Thomas Sully, Gilbert Stuart and Charles Wilson Peale.

Hope Scott was a principle organizer of the Devon Horse Show, which raises funds for Bryn Mawr Hospital. She served as a director of the United States Equestrian Team and of the American Horse Show Association. It is said that she was a warm and welcoming lady who was knowledgeable and enthusiastic on many subjects and had a good sense of humor.

Wanda Sykes - Writer, Actress & Comediane

Wanda Sykes - Media

Comedian Wanda Sykes was born in Portsmouth, Virginia in 1964, and now divides her time between L.A. and Media, Delaware County.

She began her comedy career at a Coors Light Super Talent Showcase in Washington D.C. in 1987 while working for the National Security Agency. She moved to New York in 1992 and opened for Chris Rock at Caroline's Comedy Club. By 1997, Wanda had secured a job on the writing team of The Chris Rock Show, also making appearances on the show. In 1999, she won an Emmy Award for writing Rock's show.

Since that time, Sykes has built a successful career in TV and movies and in 2004 was named one of the 25 funniest people in America. She is well known for her role as Barbara Baran on The New Adventures of Old Christine and for her appearances on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm. She also has appeared in the films Monster-in-Law, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Evan Almighty, and License to Wed, and has voiced characters in Over the Hedge, Barnyard, Brother Bear 2, Rio, and Ice Age:Continental Drift.

Sykes also played the role of Miss Hannigan in the Media Theatre production of Annie in 2010. She commented that Media is so small of a town compared to L.A., that she even knows the Media police officers.

She commented, "I know most of the police officers in town, not because I've been arrested, but because it's a small town.”

Mares Stellfox - Race Car Driver

Since she was just four years old, Mares wanted to drive race cars.

Her interest in fast cars continued after school, and she often attended the drag races at Maple Grove, Atco and Englishtown. She married Mark Stellfox who shared her interest in drag racing.

In 1984, Mares made her debut with her micro sprint car at Delaware's Airport Speedway. She only ran four races in 1984, but liked racing so much that she bought a new car for the 1985 season. She set as her goal to finish in the top ten in points that year, and she finished out the year in 10th place. Then next year, she set her goal on being in the top five, and she finished 4th. The following year she won the championship – 1st place!

Mares was not crash-free. In fact, she had a crash about one race in ten. These crashes would often damage the car and motor, and it would be up to Mark to put them back together. Even if he had to stay up all night, Mark would always have the car ready for the next day of racing. Mares never missed a start due to a broken car. An interesting difference between male and female racers is how they are treated after a crash. For a male racer, a crash is taken in stride, a "these things will happen..." kind of attitude from the other racers. But whenever Mares would crash, the other male racers would rush to make a big deal out of it. They would hold it as an example of why women should not be allowed to race cars.

Driving a race car is very hard work. It takes strength and stamina to wrestle a 1200 lb. car around a dirt track, often several times a night. Since Mares is a small woman (about 100 lbs.), the exertion required during the race was, at first, a problem. The G-forces were so great on her helmet that at times she felt "as if my head was being torn off." Most things about these cars, built for men, would not fit Mares' smaller frame. Mark had to create almost everything custom to fit his wife's features. For example, a standard steering wheel is 15" wide, the same width as a man's shoulders. In Mares' race car, the wheel was reduced to 13", the same width as her shoulders. This smaller diameter wheel, in turn, required that the power-assist on the steering be boosted. Her seat had to be smaller, her flame-resistant suit had to be custom made to her size. To counter the extreme G-force on her helmet, Mark installed a bar beside her right ear, so that the helmet would be supported when she went around a turn at 90 MPH.

Back in 1988, when she was still struggling to gain acceptance as a driver, she joined a racing club called The Outlaws. There were 97 men in the club, and she was the only woman. Because of this, she became known in the racing world as "The Lady Outlaw."

Michael Tollin - Television & Film Producer

Michael Tollin - Havertown
Michael Tollin grew up in Havertown, Delaware County. He graduated from Haverford High School in 1973 and Stanford University in 1977.

Only one year after graduating, Tollin started a company making sports documentaries, kid shows and entertainment specials. He moved to California and with Brian Robins started Tollin/Robbins Productions.

Tollin was the producer of the weekly highlights show for the United States Football League, and branched out into other areas including many TV series. These included All That (1997-2005), One Tree Hill (2003-2012), and the cult favorite Smallville (2001-2011).

Tollin was also the  producer for several big screen films, notably Radio (2003), Coach Carter (2005) and Wild Hogs (2007).

Emlen Tunnell

Emlen Tunnell, Radnor
Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania on March 29, 1925, Emlen Tunnell grew up in the Main Line suburb of Radnor in the multi-ethnic Garrett Hill neighborhood.

Tunnell was an outstanding all-around athlete at Radnor High School, where he was All-State in both football and basketball, and was given a scholarship to the University of Toledo to play football. As a freshman, he suffered a neck injury so severe that when he awoke in the hospital, a priest was administering Last Rites. He returned to Garrett Hill in a neck brace that he wore for several months, and was told that he would never play football again. He played basketball for Toledo instead, but like many young men during the war he wanted to enlist, but the US Army and US Navy both rejected his attempts. He was eventually accepted by the US Coast Guard, and spent two years of service there before returning to play football for the University of Iowa.

While in the service he saved the lives of two of his shipmates on two different occasions and was posthumously awarded the Coast Guard Silver Lifesaving Award.

Tunnell played 14 years in the National Football League. He played his first 11 years with the New York Giants and the last three years with the Green Bay Packers. Tunnell was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection. He moved from the Giants to the Packers when Giants offensive coordinator Vince Lombardi took over the head coaching duties at Green Bay and in 1961 assisted the Packers in winning the NFL Championship against his old team, the Giants. He retired after that season with a record that included leading the NFL in punt return yards twice, in 1951 and 1952 and playing a then-NFL record of 143 consecutive games.

He ended his career with a record 79 interceptions (since surpassed by Paul Krause, another University of Iowa Hawkeye), which he returned for 1,282 yards and 4 touchdowns, and 16 fumble recoveries, along with another 3,506 return yards and 6 touchdowns on special teams. He was elected as the first African-American in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967. Tunnell became a scout and assistant coach with the Giants, and died from a heart attack in Pleasantville, New York during a practice session in 1975.

For more information, visit EmlenTunnell.com

Andrew Turner - Painter

Andrew Turner (with painting Piano Man)

Andrew Turner was born in Chester, Delaware County in 1944 and was a graduate of Chester High School. He received his BA from Temple University's Tyler School of Art.

Turner's oils of city life have been widely acclaimed and collected throughout the country. His paintings are in the collections of Woody Allen, Prince and Bill Cosby, and in the homes and corporations of many dignitaries.

Turner who chronicled and documented the cityscape once said, "My paintings are vignettes of city life, depicting the joy and pathos of ordinary people in their daily pursuits. There are no embellishments or decorative additions. I am reporting what I see. But my people become heroic just by being, just by living from day to day."

Turner taught in the Chester Schools, was a lecturer and guest artist at Widener University, and lectured at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania.

He died of lung cancer at the age of 58 in 2001.

Mickey Vernon - Professional Baseball Player & Manager

Mickey Vernon - Marcus Hook/Media

Mickey Vernon was born in Marcus Hook in 1918. He attended Villanova University before making his major league debut with the Washington Senators in 1939. Service in World War II interrupted his baseball career, as it did for many players including Ted Williams.

In 14 seasons, Vernon batted .335 twice, over .300 five times, and over .290 nine times. He had two outstanding seasons: 1946 and 1953, and his career high in home runs was in 1954.

Vernon became one of the games best-liked players, through his quiet style and his unique, charismatic personality.

Over the course of his career, Vernon played for the Washington Senators (twice), Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Braves, and the Pittsburgh Pirates as a coach and as a player. He later managed the expansion Senators and coached for Montreal, the Yankees and also served as a batting instructor in the Kansas City Royals’ and Yankees' farm systems before retiring from baseball,

A life-long Delaware Countian, Vernon died at his home in Media, Pennsylvania at the age of 90 in 2008.

Ethel Waters - Singer and Actress

Ethel Waters - Chester

Ethel Waters was born in Chester, Pennsylvania in 1896. She was raised in poverty and never lived in the same place for more than 15 months. She said of her difficult childhood, "I never was a child. I never was cuddled, or liked, or understood by my family."

Her career began in Baltimore when she was 17, and she toured on the black vaudeville circuit. As she described it later, "I used to work from nine until unconscious."

At the age of 25 she traveled to Harlem where she got her first job at Edmond's Cellar, a club with black patronage, and became a noted figure of the Harlem Renaissance.

Waters performed and recorded all types of music: blues, jazz, gospel, pop and even big band, and was known for her songs Dinah, Stormy Weather, Heat Wave, Cabin in the Sky and her version of the spiritual His Eye is on the Sparrow.

She had several acting roles and was the second African American to be nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award in 1949 for the film Pinky. She also was nominated for an Emmy, received a Grammy Hall of Fame Award, and has been approved for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star has not yet been funded.

From 1950-51 she wrote her autobiography His Eye is on the Sparrow with Charles Samuels, in which she wrote candidly about her life.

She died in California in 1977.

Benjamin West - Painter

Benjamin West - Springfield/Swarthmore

Benjamin West was born in Springfield, Pennsylvania, in a house that is now in the borough of Swarthmore on the campus of Swarthmore College, as the tenth child of an innkeeper and his wife. The family later moved to Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, where his father was the proprietor of the Square Tavern, still standing at the corner of Goshen Road and Route 252.

Ben West was an autodidact, a self-taught person.  While excelling at the arts, "he had little formal education and, even when president of the Royal Academy, could scarcely spell". As a child he learned to mix paint from watching the Native Americans mixing clay from the riverbank with bear grease.

From 1746 to 1759 West worked in Pennsylvania, mostly painting portraits, but he was sponsored by wealthy patrons William Smith and William Allen, to travel to Italy to expand his abilities by copying works of the Italian painters.

He never returned to America, traveling to England and remaining there. He received Royal patronage from King George III becoming the Court painter. Two of his most famous paintings are: The Death of General Wolfe (1770) and Benjamin Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky (1816). The latter work resides at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

He died in London in 1816.

William Wharton - Writer, Teacher and Painter

William Wharton - Upper Darby

William Wharton was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1943. He served in World War II and was severely injured in the Battle of the Bulge. His memoir, Shrapnel, tells of the trauma of his role in the killing of German prisoners.

Following his discharge from the army, he attended the University of California where he graduated with an undergraduate degree in art and a doctorate in psychology. Throughout his life he was a teacher and an artist, and did not begin writing until past the age of 50. His first book, Birdy, won the National Book Award for First Novel.

Over the next 25 years he produced 10 additional books in English and nine books released in Polish. Three of Wharton's books became movies: Birdy, a book about a poor boy who raises canaries for sale (the setting is the Stonehurst section of Upper Darby); Dad, starring Jack Lemmon; and Midnight Clear, a fictional account of an American Intelligence unit that finds a German Platoon wishing to surrender to the allies.

Wharton spent his adult life predominately in France. He lived on a houseboat, in an old mill, and painted on the streets of France. He died in 2008 and has a place on the Upper Darby High School Wall of Fame.

Bill Whitaker - CBS New Correspondent

Bill Whitaker - Media
Bill Whitaker grew up in Media, starting his elementary education at Media School and graduating from Penncrest High School. It was Bill’s mother, Marie, along with Dorothy Biddle James, who were the inspiration for the Media Fellowship House, whose mission in Delaware County is to promote tolerance between individuals of ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

During Bill's time with CBS, he has covered major news stories throughout the world - stories as varied as the Fukushima tsunami, the Haiti earthquake, the Tiananmen Square demonstrations, the Bernard Goetz New York subway shooting, and the Salt Lake City Olympics. He has provided thoughtful profiles of numerous public figures, including Mike Tyson, Barbra Streisand, Norman Lear and Gladys Knight. And he also reported from both the inauguration, and years later, the funeral of Nelson Mandela.

In 2008, he covered Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. He was the lead reporter covering the 2000 presidential campaign of George W. Bush.

In 2014, Bill Whitaker joined the 60-Minute News Team. His stories have included a feature on Mexico's drug war, a topic he's covered for 21 years, and Swiss Leaks about the most damaging Swiss bank heist in history.

Since 2015, Bill has been a co-anchor on the popular, long-running news program 60 Minutes

Josh Wurman - Atmospheric Scientist

Josh Wulman - Radnor
Joshua Wurman is an atmospheric scientist and inventor noted for tornado, tropical cyclone, and weather radar research.

He grew up in Radnor, Delaware County and graduated from Radnor High School. He earned S.B.s in physic, his S.M. in meteorology and his Sc.D. in meteorology all from M.I.T. After college became a tenured faculty member at the University of Oklahoma.

Wurman founded the Center for Severe Weather Research in 1998 which operates the Doppler On Wheels (DOW) radars.

Wurman has authored and co-authored many scientific publications relating to hurricane and tornado dynamics and weather radar technology including articles in Science, the Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, Monthly Weather Review, Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, Monthly Weather Review, and Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology.

He is best known to the public as the "scientist" in The Discovery Channel's reality series Storm Chasers. He has also appeared in many other documentaries including PBS' Nova and NewHour, and on the History Channel and Weather Channel. Articles describing his work have appeared in Discover, Scientific American, The Economist, The New York Times and The Washington Post, as well as many other periodicals.

Andrew Wyeth - Painter

Andrew Wyeth - Chadds Ford

Andrew Newell Wyeth was born in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania in 1917. The youngest of 5 children, he was frail and home schooled. Wyeth's father, N.C., had become a celebrated illustrator by the 1920s and the family enjoyed guests such as writer, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and actress Mary Pickford.

Wyeth started drawing before he could read, and his father brought him into his studio for lessons when Andrew became a teenager. They were the only lessons the boy ever had. Through is father's tutelage, he mastered figure study and watercolor (and later egg tempera). He also studied art history, admiring the masters of the Renaissance and the American schools of painting.

In 1945, Andrew's father, N.C, along with his young nephew, Newell Convers Wyeth II were killed when their car stalled on the railroad tracks near their home.

Andrew is perhaps the most famous of the Wyeth dynasty. Predominately a regionalist, his favorite subjects were the land and people around him, both in Chadds Ford and his summer home in Cushing, Maine. Preceded by his father and followed by his son, Jamie, the Wyeth family holds a special place in the leg of American art.

The Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford is a testimonial legacy to the Wyeth family and the artists of southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware.