Central PA loses three revered philanthropists in recent weeks

Written by Megan Lello | Feb 19, 2013 4:02 AM

(Camp Hill) -- The midstate has lost a trio of well-known philanthropists within the past few weeks.


Political activist and educator Ann Durr Lyon of Camp Hill, Cumberland County died at the age of 85 earlier this month.

Lyon was born in Alabama, where her parents were active in the Civil Rights movement.

She was featured as part of witf's Beyond the Bio project in 2011, when she discussed how her father worked with famed Civil Rights advocate E.D. Nixon to bail their friend Rosa Parks out of jail. "The night that Mrs. Parks didn't get up from the bus and got put in jail, Mr. Nixon called my father. They went in and they got Mrs. Parks out of jail, and Dad did the legal stuff."

Lyon eventually moved to the midstate, where she worked to address racial inequality in schools and other public places. "We did go to schools and talk about race and having black students come there, and we went to the housing projects that were segregated at that point."

Lyon founded the Human Service Program at Harrisburg Area Community College and served as a sociology professor there. She also created the Harrisburg Civil Rights Oral History Project.

Another Camp Hill philanthropist who recently died is Grace Pollock.

She and her late husband, S. Wilson "Bill" Pollock, helped establish the Pollock Children's Wing in the Fredricksen Library in Camp Hill. 

94-year-old Grace Pollock also loved the arts and performed on Broadway as a ballerina. Her donation to the Camp Hill School District paved the way for the opening of the Grace Milliman Pollock Performing Arts Center there.

York County businessman Arthur Glatfelter, founder of Glatfelter Insurance Group, has also died.

The Dallastown resident, who died at age 88, opened the organization in 1951, and it's now one of the largest private insurance companies in the region.

Glatfelter served with the U.S. Marines in World War II, and founded the Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute in Harrisburg, a nonprofit designed to educate lawmakers about the work of first responders.


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