Kathryn Barry Buckley, 95, teacher, social worker...

September 11, 2000

Kathryn Barry Buckley, 95, teacher, social worker

Kathryn Barry Buckley, a teacher, homemaker and Depression-era social worker, died Saturday in Chestertown. She was 95.

She had resided in Chestertown since she and her husband, J. Taylor Buckley, moved there from the Philadelphia area in 1960. Her husband, now deceased, was a former reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and practiced law.

A native of Oxford, Pa., Mrs. Buckley was the daughter of a decorated World War I Army surgeon and country doctor. She was valedictorian of her class at Oxford High School and enrolled in Goucher College in Baltimore at age 16.

After graduating from Goucher in 1926, she taught briefly in Sioux Falls, S.D., then taught high school English in Unionville, Pa., and Coatesville, Pa., into the late 1920s.

After she married in 1932 and moved to Philadelphia, she worked for the Philadelphia County Relief Board, helping families ravaged by the Depression. She taught Sunday school and organized community theatrical productions and language classes.

Known to family and friends as "Kitty," Mrs. Buckley enjoyed playing the piano and loved to entertain.

She was active in the Chestertown Garden Club and St. Paul's Episcopal Church. She was among the first residents of Heron Point, a continuing-care community she supported from its planning days in the 1980s.

A memorial service is planned for late next month at Heron Point.

She is survived by two sons, J. Taylor Buckley Jr. of Chestertown, a founding editor of USA Today, now retired, and C. Barry Buckley of West Chester, Pa.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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