Vice President for Human Resources Beth R. Glassman shared the following message with the campus community on July 8:
I am saddened to share the news that Janis Page Hodges, who went by Page, died on July 3. She was 67.
Page, a longtime member of the Swarthmore community, worked at The Inn at Swarthmore prior to joining the Dining Services team in 2015. She took great pride in working for the College and being an active participant in campus life. Whether greeting diners at Sharples, attending an event, checking out books from McCabe, swimming in Ware Pool, or walking around campus with her beloved dog, Tink, Page is remembered for the warmth and kindness she extended to everyone she encountered.
“Page was a treasure and will be missed by so many students, faculty, and staff,” says Linda McDougall, director of Dining Services. “She always asked everyone who crossed her path how they were, and she was truly interested in their answer. She just seemed to know when they needed someone to listen and support them.”
“I truly treasured working with Page,” says Lynn Grady, administrative manager of Dining Services. “She was intelligent, kind, friendly, beautiful, and loving. Page cared for everyone she met.”
“Page was joy: She felt it, she shared it, she lived it,” says Patti Woods, assistant administrative manager of Dining Services. “Page loved everything about Swarthmore College. She loved her job and coworkers, the students, even the strangers she met on her many walks across campus with Tink. She had friends galore from all walks of life and across the continent.”
“Page made people feel appreciated,” says Carol Nackenoff, the Richter Professor Emerita of Political Science. “She took enormous pride in her work, and the College was a very special place for her.”
A lifelong resident of Wallingford, Pa., Page was a 1972 graduate of Nether Providence High School. Prior to joining the College, she had a varied career, including stints as a model and a flight attendant. Throughout her life she was passionate about expanding her horizons. She was also a talented artist who took great joy in sharing her work with others. Page was especially fond of creating beautiful and unique holiday cards for her family and friends, with heartfelt inscriptions as meaningful and memorable as her drawings.
Page is survived by her mother, Janice Hodges (née Bidwell); her brother, Dean Hodges (Barbara); her sister-in-law, Mary Alice Cauley; her stepdaughter, Kiersten D'ambrosio; and her nephews, grandniece, and grandnephews.
The memorial service is private. Gifts in her memory may be directed to the Scott Arboretum.