Daphne Althea Swaggerty, 96, of Montclair, known as “Hun,” died on Feb. 11, 2018.
Graveside Service is Friday, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m. at Rosedale Cemetery in Montclair.
Ms. Swaggerty was born March 6, 1921 in Easton, Maryland, daughter of the late Walter and Carrie Rasin.
Ms. Swaggerty was raised by her grandparents due to an early death of both parents. She received her early education at the Easton Public Schools in in Talbot County, Maryland. Later she attended Bowie Normal School in Bowie, Maryland. She graduated with honors receiving a bachelors of science degree in elementary education. Later she attended New York University where she received a masters degree in education.
Ms. Swaggerty was employed by the Newark Board of Education in 1950, becoming the first African American to work at an all white school, Hawthorne Avenue School in Newark, where she worked for 38 years. She retired in 1988. After her retirement she worked as a supervisor of student teachers at Kean University in Union for 11 years.
Ms. Swaggerty was a member of the New Jersey Education Association, the National Teacher’s Association, the Essex County Retired Teacher’s Association, the NAACP, and the American Legion Auxiliary. She also served on the Parish Council of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church for many years.
Ms. Swaggerty is survived by a son, Kellice Jr., nephews Bruce Moaney of Mitchelville, Maryland and Eric Moaney of San Diego, California; niece Daphne Matthews; and a host of family and friends.
Arrangements are by Caggiano Memorial.