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Notes for Lucille HODGEN

Lucille Baldwin, 88 Long Time Media Area Resident Lucille Baldwin, 88, one of the area's first women to pioneer a career selling real estate, died Wednesday December 1, 2010 of complications from a lingering illness. She had been residing at Brinton Manor, a senior-care facility here, after spending all but 5 years of her life in the Media area. She made a name for herself in the '50s and '60s by specializing in executive relocations to and from Delaware County by manufacturers along the Delaware River. She later recalled how she made contacts with human resource managers at these corporations, who would then tell their relocating employees, "Call Lu Baldwin. She knows the area." Lucille Hodgen Baldwin grew up in the Depression, attending the onetime Notre Dame High School for Girls in Moylan, graduating the Media High School Class of 1940. She attended West Chester State Teachers' College, before marrying her childhood beau, World War II Army Air Corps veteran Thomas B. T. Baldwin, who was in Media High Class of 1939. They exchanged vows at Media's Nativity B.V.M. Church in February of 1946. Baldwin was the grandson of Chadds Ford merchant and Republican leader Richard J. Baldwin, who served as speaker of the PA House of Representatives 1917 to 1918 and later served in the State Senate. The couple over the years often kidded one another about first meeting, as pre-teens, at a local dancing school. "Her parents never let her wear lipstick," her husband said. "She brought it with her in a handbag and put it on in the ladies' room. You never saw so much red." A volunteer at the Winterthur Museum of American Antiques outside Wilmington, DE, Mrs. Baldwin was active in area garden clubs. She poured energy into her 2 sons' sports teams, hosting team meals and stepping forward to taxi the squads where needed. Her 5 year absence from the area came when her husband accepted a corporate relocation to the Chicago area in 1952. Survivors: In addition to her husband, she is survived by sons Thomas Jr. of Upper Black Eddy, PA and Christopher of Charlotte, NC; 2 granddaughters Carly of New York City and Ashleigh of Dublin, Ireland. Service: A memorial gathering was private.

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