May 3, 2020

It is with sadness that we share the passing of Gerard L. Swope who died May 3, 2020 at the age of 85. Mr. Swope served on the MBL’s Council of Visitors from 1997 to 2005 and the MBL Council (formerly known as Board of Overseers) from 2008 to 2017.

The Swope family has a long connection to the MBL. Mr. Swope’s father, Gerard Swope Jr., served as Chairman of the Board from 1953 to 1971 and together with his wife, Marjorie Park Swope, planned and financed MBL building expansion and design in the late 1960s and 1970s. The Swope Center was named for them both.

Mr. Swope is survived by his wife Mary and two sons and their families.

A private burial service at the Church of the Messiah and a post-service gathering were shared on Zoom with family shortly after Mr. Swope’s death. A local memorial event is being planned for a later date.

See full obituary in the Falmouth Enterprise.