A retired professor of English and a former owner of a horse farm, Marice Bezdek has led a life that allowed her to pursue two of her loves: teaching English and raising horses. In short, it seems, she has lived her life as she pleased, never seeking to be conventional. In fact, the recently retired secretary of KAD says, “I’ve been independent all of my life.”

The oldest of seven children and the only girl, Marice spent her childhood in Minnesota and Arizona.  She began her academic career in California, but moved East to earn a Ph.D. in English at the University of Pennsylvania.  After completing her dissertation in Medieval Literature and earning her degree, she decided to indulge her two loves: English and horses. She began teaching at Cabrini College, and she bought a horse farm in Chatham.

After over thirty years, Marice retired from teaching, sold her horse farm, and immediately began to look for ways to volunteer in the community. As a result, she volunteers at the Kennett Square Resale Book Shoppe and she’s a morning poll worker and an afternoon poll greeter at every primary and general election in her precinct.

KAD was another pleasant volunteer discovery for Marice.  She says she relinquished her position as KAD secretary to allow “new blood” to have a turn at leadership. Marice was happy to discover KAD because she found KAD members, across the Democratic spectrum, to be an interesting group of activists who share her values, if not all of her liberal stances. “You know,” she declares with pride and a twinkle in her eye, “I belong to the left wing of the Democratic Party.”

By Brenda Mercomes