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Nickerson Funeral Home

340 Main Street, Wellfleet, MA

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Eva Travers

March 21, 1942July 13, 2019

Eva Travers was born on March 21, 1942 and passed away on July 13, 2019.

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John Musewicz

July 27, 2019

Mrs. Travers, as I knew her, was my next door neighbor growing up in Swarthmore. I remember the kind ways she supported me, buying potholders I had made as a 7-year-old and was selling door-to-door, and paying me to cut their front lawn (not always too effectively! Thanks to Mr. Travers on that one too). I haven’t seen her in years, but I’m grateful for the impressions she left.

Regina Barletta

July 18, 2019

I met Eva during Orientation 1979 at Swarthmore in Sharples, where she smiled and patiently explained that I couldn't change the world right away. I had to take prerequisite classes before I could take upper level Education classes. Instead of making me feel intimidated or inadequate as the confused freshman I was, she welcomed me and assured me that it would all work out. In the next four years, she continued to encourage me with good humor. Besides taking eye-opening classes from her, where she led us all to become a sharing community of learners, she gave me opportunities to know her and her family. We moved the Education library from one building to another, shared many meals, and even left things in her garage over the summer- Thanks, Jeff! You were so generous to share Eva with us. I swam with her in Ware pool when she was pregnant, and when baby Nicky came at the end of the semester, I babysat him in their house while she tried to finish up her work for the year. That was a precious, peaceful time for me, and I saw how Eva was creating a family as well as continuing her dedication to her work. Having her explain her thoughts about balancing her life was inspiring to me. After graduation, we kept in touch, and I learned of her joy of welcoming Emily into their family. We would get together from time to time, with one glorious Education reunion from the class of 1983 held in her back yard, and celebrated when the Program of Education was elevated to a Department. She was happy to meet my future husband, and the ceramic jar she gave us for our wedding has been on our kitchen counter wherever we went. She rejoiced with me at my Emily's birth, and we talked about motherhood, and she expressed how important her family was to her. The times touching base have been too few over the years, and I thought I would have more time to share thoughts of the next stage of life with her after her retirement. Rest in Peace, Eva. Love from Regina Hanlon Barletta '83

Debra Felix

July 16, 2019

Eva was my professor at Swarthmore first, then my mentor and friend in Wellfleet over the past 38 years. I adored her.
While at Swarthmore, she taught me, advised me, guided me through the entire teacher certification process, and even hired me to do research for her. I still remember one of the first classes I had with her when she showed us the power of positive reinforcement by demonstrating it in an unforgettable way. Many of us became great teachers by following Eva's examples of great teaching.
One spring break, when I couldn't leave Swarthmore because I was doing some student teaching and Eva was very pregnant with Nick, she invited me to live with her to help her cook, tie her shoes, and pick up Jeff in Philadelphia. She was always so grateful for anything you did for her. Not long after I graduated from Swarthmore, our relationship seamlessly transitioned into a friendship in Wellfleet. I babysat Nick in Swarthmore and Wellfleet, and got together with Eva every summer to catch up and sometimes accompany her on a swim around one of the ponds. Swimming every day was her ritual, and the Wellfleet ponds were her happy place.
One year, Eva encouraged me to apply to Harvard for graduate school (because she'd gone there) and wrote me such a stellar recommendation that I got in. I didn't go, but 17 years later, "we" applied to my state school, and for the next 11 years, she helped me get through the Ph.D. program in Education Policy there. She never stopped teaching and mentoring me.
I loved Eva so much. She was an extraordinarily gifted professor and a concerned and dedicated cheerleader and friend. And what an open person she was; always willing to confide in me and allowing me to confide in her.

I am completely devastated that Eva is gone, but so grateful that she lived. She lives on in me in so many ways. I hope everyone who loved Eva is buoyed by the good memories they have of her at this extremely sad and surreal time.