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Honoring Deborah Deery

Deborah Ann Deery, 49, of Philadelphia, an artist and college teacher died of pancreatic cancer Monday, August 19th, at the Methodist Hospital. The family has planned a private memorial. Moore will honor Deborah by dedicating this year’s Convocation Ceremony to her and by hosting  a remembrance to honor her at Moore.
Deborah began working at Moore as an Admissions Counselor in 1996, shortly thereafter becoming the Assistant and then Associate Director of Admissions. In January 1998, she became the Director of Admissions serving in this capacity until March 2001. During this time she also taught Portfolio Prep in the YAW workshop. From September 2002 until September 2003 she was the Educational Outreach Coordinator in YAW for the Smart Futures program.
In May 2000, Deborah earned an Art Education, Teacher Certificate through Moore’s Post-baccalaureate program and subsequently went onto achieve  her MA in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Needs from Moore in August 2012.  In spring 2004, Deb began teaching as an adjunct faculty in the BFA Art Education program. In 2009 she was appointed toa full-time Visiting Scholar position and this past May, Deb was appointed to a full-time term contract position as an Assistant Professor.
She was an experienced art educator.  From May 2000 to 2009, Deborah was an art teacher for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and was a successful grant writer for collaborations with cultural organizations such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Clay Studio.  She subsequently became the Director of Academic Programs for Philadelphia Futures, an experience that was very influential in inspiring her to work with youth in the juvenile justice system.
Deb’s service to the College is legendary.  She participated in  Learning Through Photography with the Galleries at Moore and was actively engaged in recruitment efforts to bring post-baccalaureate Arts Education and graduate Arts Education students to the College. She also volunteered in youth art programs in the community working with incarcerated youth and with schools and non-profits arts organizations.  
Moore plans a public memorial Friday, Sept. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Great Hall at the college.

Donations may be made to the Deborah Deery Art Education Award, to be given annually to the outstanding student in art education. Checks should be payable to Moore College of Art & Design, c/o Director of Development, 20th Street and the Parkway, Philadelphia, PA. 19103.

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Published on August 28th, 2013