|Birth: ||Oct. 27, 1865|
|Death: ||Nov., 1936|
William Dexter Champlin died at 71 years of age. His address had been 414 50th St., Philadelphia, PA. He was a pioneer in playground movement in Philadelphia and was a former chief of Bureau of Recreation in 1931. He was employed for 26 years by the City of Philadelphia as the executive secretary of Playground Association and later a member of the Playground Commission. He was a member of the original Playground Commission which recommended the absorption of all existing playgrounds in 1908 which were under private sponsorship. He visited different cities to study playground methods. He was credited with developing the playground in Philadelphia that has been considered one of the most efficient in the United States. He had charge of construction and design of many of the recreation buildings and received an award of merit from the Society of Municipal Engineers for his work in that line. Many years he ran the city's marble tournament, the winner of which competed with the nations best. He was a member of the Board of Stewards of the Calvary Methodist Episcopal Church located at 48th and Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, PA. He was survived by his wife Mrs. Anna Carson Champlin and two sisters Mrs. William DeBow and Mrs. Charles Francis. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock, Wednesday afternoon from 1820 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA.
Created by: Steven King
Record added: Jul 20, 2013
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