|Birth: ||Jul. 5, 1911|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Apr. 9, 2009|
Adele C. Coakley, 97, of Lake Worth, FL passes away on Thursday, April 9, 2009.
Adele was born July 5, 1911 in Homer, NY, to Selover and Jennie Calale who emigrated from Lebanon in 1906. She was Snow White in the school play "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", and later graduated from Homer Academy in 1929. Later she attended business school in Syracuse and during the 30's, she co-authored a number of articles in Entymology Magazine with Harriet Wickwire, heiress of the Wickwire steel fortune.
In 1937 she married John D. Coakley, originally from Ghent, KY, and helped him acquire his doctorate degree in psychology from Cornell University. Later they moved to Connecticut where she participated in the formation of Dunlap & Associates, a company that was to become one of the largest in psychological and defense research.
In 1958, they moved the family to Rockville, MD where he started another company. After his death she moved to Lake Worth, FL where she cared for her elderly parents and continued with her personal interests. Those included travel to numerous foreign countries, oil painting, reading and crossword puzzles. She especially enjoyed teaching piano, as well as English and American customs to Arabic speaking people.
Her contribution to Norm Hobbe's book on the Lebanese people in America was published in a DVD video she made at age 95 using no notes… all from memory.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1966, parents, and in 1989 her brother, Phillip J. Calale. She leaves two sons, John Coakley, Paso Robles, CA and William D. Coakley, Lake Worth, FL, along with two granddaughters, a son-in-law, and one great grandson, all of California.
Grave side services and burial will be held at Glenwood Cemetery, Homer, at 10 AM on Saturday, April 18th, 2009.
New York, USA
Created by: kswh
Record added: Dec 19, 2010
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