In Memory

Theodore Varbalow


THEODORE H. VARBALOW, 63, a retired teacher and active auctioneer and appraiser, died Tuesday at his home in Huntingdon Valley.

A graduate of Temple University, Mr. Varbalow taught science at Olney High School, where he organized the Biology Club. He became head of the science department in 1966 and held that post until his retirement in 1982.

During his years at Olney High, Mr. Varbalow participated in many professional activities and was the recipient of awards from the National Science Foundation, the National Science Teachers Association and the National Cancer Institute.

He was a past president of the Philadelphia Science Teachers Association and served on the Philadelphia School District's science curriculum advisory committee, and had numerous science papers published.

After retiring from teaching, he became active in the antique business, collecting, selling and appraising antiques, and was a well-known auctioneer in the Philadelphia area.

Survivors: his daughters, Dell Varbalow Kennedy and Karen Lusk Varbalow; three grandchildren, two sisters, and his former wife and dear friend, Joan Dessureau.

Services: 11 a.m. today, Joseph Levine & Son, 7112 N. Broad St.; interment, King David Cemetery, Bensalem.
Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA) - Thursday, September 28, 1989
"Philadelphia Inquirer, The", Pennsylvania, ( : accessed 29 September 2015)

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09/29/15 08:24 PM #1    

Kathleen Wells (DeAngelis)

I am so very sorry to hear of Mr. Varbalow's passing.  I remember him well as he was my Biology teacher.  He was such a nice man and a good teacher.  I pray for comfort for his loved ones and friends.  May he rest in peace 'til we meet again.  

09/30/15 09:42 PM #2    

Linda Feldman (Hughes)

I remember Mr. and Mrs. Varbalow fondly but how could he have been 63?  I was in the class of '67 and I am now 65.  


10/01/15 07:48 AM #3    

Joe Grinkewicz

The obit was from the 1980's.

10/01/15 04:21 PM #4    

Craig Staude

Yes, this is an older obituary, but it's always good to remember and honor such a fine teacher.  When I've come across old class notes, I'm surprised at all the material we covered.  I have fond memories of Biology Club too... sterile agar gel and pea seeds!  The instruction and encouragement I received from Mr. Varbalow helped motivate me towards a career in biology.

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