Mary Larkin Dugan

Mary Larkin Dugan of Marlborough Village, East Marlborough Township, was the daughter of Joseph Palmer Larkin and Verna Hess Larkin, she was valedictorian when she graduated from Unionville High School, and later a teacher in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, retiring in 1993. She was placed on the Wall of Honor in the high school. She had Bachelor and Master’s degrees from University of Delaware.

Following retirement, she remained active in local history work. She was a charter member of the East Marlborough Township Historical Commission, and was a past president of Southern Chester County Historical Society, and did contract work, writing comprehensive histories of many local houses, commissioned by the present owners. With friend and fellow historian Ella Sestrich, she wrote a history of Kennett Square’s East Linden St. neighborhood.

But most of her time and passion were spent on the Kennett Underground Railroad Center, which she helped found and of which she served as president. She led tours for visiting groups, set up a museum, and was in the process of preparing for a new home for the center to be located in Pocopson Township.