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 Beatrice Louise “Bea” <I>Dickman</I> Swarm

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Beatrice Louise “Bea” Dickman Swarm

  • Birth 10 Mar 1918 Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 13 Feb 2011 Waynesboro, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Alton, Madison County, Illinois, USA
  • Plot Lot 2 Block 109
  • Memorial ID 65756270

wife of Paul Marion Swarm married 25 June 1941 at Jacksonville, Illinois and daughter of Sarah Badley (MacArthur) and the Reverend William Henry Dickman. Known as "Mrs. Bea" to the Broadway community for her years as a backstage chaperone with Miss Saigon, she died surrounded by her family at home. Mrs. Swarm, who was always elusive about the specifics of her age, was "no longer 79," as she liked to say. When Miss Saigon opened on Broadway in 1991, Beatrice Louise Dickman Swarm became an educational consultant and backstage chaperone for the young children that played Tam and later arranged "Tamfest" celebrations and reunions. During the run of the show, she invited the entire company to seasonal gatherings; after the closing, reunions continued at Central Park's Hans Christian Andersen statue. "Mrs. Bea" later volunteered with BookPALS—Performing Artists for literacy in Schools. In New York City, she also voluteered at the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office and was Past District President of the Unitarian Universalist District of Metropolitan New York. She had previously worked as Director of Religious Education and Programming at the Unitarian Church in Evanston, Illinois, and at the Unitarian Church of Summit, New Jersey. As a lifelong educator who was very active in child development, she created and operated Kindergarten House in her home in Decatur, Illinois, where she, along with her staff, provided private pre-kindergarten education. She also formed and directed the Youth Choir at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. She called New York City home for many years before moving to Waynesboro, Pennsylvania to live with her son, several years before her death. A graduate of Decatur High School in Decatur, Illinois, she later received her Bachelor of Arts in Early Education from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois, and her M.S. in Supervision of Teaching from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. She was a member of American Council of Education and completed the doctoral program studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Mrs. Bea was survived by two children, David Clarkson McJonathan-Swarm and SallyAnn Swarm; ten grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life service will be held May 22 at 7 PM in the Unitarian Church of All Souls, 1157 Lexington Ave. at 80th Street, New York City. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Actors Fund of America; UNICEF, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038; or the charity of one's choice.



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  • Created by: D C McJonathan-Swarm
  • Added: 17 Feb 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 65756270
  • D C McJonathan-Swarm
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Beatrice Louise “Bea” Dickman Swarm (10 Mar 1918–13 Feb 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 65756270, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Alton, Madison County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by D C McJonathan-Swarm (contributor 46611006) .