Delbert Gale (Slim) Summerville died on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 at the Meritus Medical Center.
Born Sept. 12, 1922 in New Kensington, he spent most of his early years in Ridgway. 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 (Pa.) State College, and a Masters degree from the University of Maryland and did further graduate work at Penn State and Standford 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 Jr. 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 at accept the position of Director of School Plant Planning with the Washington County schools.
After his retirement, he became an independent consultant on such projects as the YMCA, the Washington Co. Art Museum and several area nursing homes.
He belonged to Covenant Presbyterian Church, Hagerstown, Md..
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 Directors for the Victor Cullen Mental Retardation Center and served as Board Chairman for three years. He was on the Board of Directors for the YMCA and for the 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, Md.; four grandchildren, Emily Roman of Pottstown, John Summerville Jr. of Hagerstown, Md., Jeremy Smith of Newark, Del., and Jessica Bobbitt of Tucson, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Dr. Mark Summerville, and a sister,Janet McCartney.
A Memorial Service will be held for family and friends on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 11833 Greenhill Dr. in Hagerstown, Md. Family will greet friends between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at the church and following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mason-Dixon Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 18600 Crestwood Dr. Hagerstown, MD 21742 or to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 11833 Greenhill Dr., Hagerstown, MD 21742.
Arrangements have been entrusted by the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North Hagerstown, MD 21742.