Delbert Gale "Slim" Summerville

February 28, 2011|SEPT. 12, 1922-FEB. 23, 2011
  • Delbert Gale "Slim" Summerville
Delbert Gale "Slim" Summerville

Delbert Gale “Slim” Summerville died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at Meritus Medical Center.

Born Sept. 12, 1922, in New Kensington, Pa., he spent most of his early years in Ridgway, Pa. He was the son of the late William Royd Summerville and Matilda McElroy Summerville.

Delbert graduated from Central High School in Ridgway and graduated with a bachelor of science degree from California State College, Pa., and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland and did further graduate work at Penn State and Stanford universities. During World War II, he served in the 8th Air Force with the 3035th Army Air Force Base Unit as a radar technician in the European Theater.

He taught industrial classes at Washington Street Junior High, Hagerstown High School and Hagerstown Junior College. He became assistant supervisor of maintenance and operation for Washington County Public Schools, and later director of school construction for the Washington County Ten Year School Building Program.

In 1960, he joined the educational consultant firm of Engelhardt, Engelhardt and Leggett in New York City and became a lead consultant, working on projects across the country. He returned to Hagerstown in 1966 to accept the position of director of school plant planning with Washington County schools.

After his retirement, he became an independent consultant on such projects as the YMCA, the Washington County Art Museum and several area nursing homes.

He belonged to Covenant Presbyterian Church, Hagerstown.
Mr. Summerville was an active member of National Facility Planners for 25 years. He was a member of the American Association of School Administrators, Boy Scouts of America, Masons, Ali Ghan Shrine and Hagerstown Lions Club.

He served on the board of dDirectors for the Victor Cullen Mental Retardation Center and served as board chairman for three years. He was on the board of directors of the YMCA and Coffman Nursing Home.

Delbert was an avid farmer and woodworker.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Mary M. Summerville; daughter, Jill Smith and her husband, Mark of Wilmington, Del.; a son, John “Buck” Summerville Sr. of Hagerstown; four grandchildren, Emily Roman of Pottstown, Pa., John Summerville Jr. of Hagerstown, Jeremy Smith of Newark, Del., and Jessica Bobbitt of Tucson, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Dr. Mark Summerville, and sister, Janet McCartney.

A memorial service will be held for family and friends Saturday, March 5, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 11833 Greenhill Drive, in Hagerstown. Family will greet friends between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. at the church and after the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mason-Dixon Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 18600 Crestwood Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21742 or to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 11833 Greenhill Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21742.  

Arrangements have been entrusted to Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD 21742.

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