Pamela Elsbeth Machemer, only child of the late Phyllis Edwards Rea and Dr. Robert R Rea, legendary professor of history at Auburn University, died peacefully in her sleep on August 27th after her body functions had shut down in the face of a plethora of suddenly apparent physical challenges.
A teacher of math, European history, and English (and later a college guidance counselor) at George School for 45 years, Pam had the extraordinary ability to enable students and colleagues to find and use their individual talents. Many considered her a “heart” of George School, a living personification of simple values and integrity who always looked for and celebrated the good in others.
Born in Wichita, Kansas, and raised mostly in Auburn, Alabama, Pam graduated from Westtown School in 1964 and Oberlin College in1968. She earned an MA in history from the University of Wisconsin and started teaching at George School in the spring of 1970.
She married Paul Machemer, also a teacher at George School, in 1971. After a two-year honeymoon in Highgate, Jamaica while Paul fulfilled his alternate service, Pam and Paul returned to George School in 1973. She retired in 2017.
Pam is survived by her husband Paul, her son Robert, his wife Kerry, and their children Athena and Arthur, of Newtown, and her daughter Kate and her husband Karl Kiernan of Goff’s Oak, England.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to The George School Fund. Please click on this link, scroll down, complete “Additional Gift Information” section by writing “in memory of Pam Machemer”.
Our Celebration of the life and gifts of Pam Machemer will be built upon the traditions of the Religious Society of Friends (the Quakers). We will gather in silence and allow the Spirit to wander among us. Individuals might be moved to share thoughts or anecdotes about Pam and her life.
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