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Warren Barrington Coleman
(August 8, 1932 - June 25, 2014)

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Warren Barrington Coleman

Warren B. Coleman Sr. was born to the late John Rufus Coleman and Elizabeth Warren Coleman on August 8, 1932 in Swarthmore, Pa. He passed away peacefully on Wednesday June 25, 2014 at Riddle Memorial Hospital in Media, Pa. Barry, as he was affectionately known to family and friends in Swarthmore attended Rutgers Ave. Elementary School and graduated from Swarthmore High School in June of 1950. He furthered his education and graduated from Hampton Institute, now Hampton University. He received a Masters Degree in Education from Penn State University. Preceding college Barry worked at Strath Haven Inn as a bus boy, later becoming a waiter. After graduating from Hampton Institute he held various positions. He worked at the Illinois State Training School for Boys. He then returned to Virginia and for the next twelve years he began his career teaching and coaching at Carver High School in Newport News, Virginia. While at Carver, Coleman became the football and track coach as well as the athletic director. He produced some outstanding football players such as the Bullock brothers who played at Notre Dame and Purdue. However , his most well known player was Leroy Keyes, who later finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting while playing for Purdue in 1968. Keyes later played in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles. Warren Coleman was named assistant track coach at Penn State in 1968, becoming the first Black to coach any athletic team at the University. He traveled all over the east coast recruiting track athletes and attended “Happy Valley.” During the early part of his career at Penn State he was offered a position by Joe Paterno to be one of his assistants, however he turned it down because of the long hours required. Besides coaching track, he was an assistant professor in the physical education department. After 25 years Warren retired from PSU in 1993. He was highly recognized as a disc jockey for his long running radio persona. He was known as the “Good Witch Doctor” on the radio station WQWK 97 FM. The “Witch Doctor” introduced many people to Soul Music in Happy Valley. He also established the first minority real estate company in the State College area. Barry had many names some of which were: Bare Head – never wore a hat, Barrington, “Doc” {delivered 1st born}, Warren, Barry, Coleman. Barry enjoyed Soul Music, dancing, and sporting events. Warren taught a class on how to teach and interact with minorities. Once a year Mr. Coleman would bring a group of his students to visit the inner city schools of Philadelphia. Warren enjoyed coming home to Swarthmore, visiting with family and friends and getting hoagies.

He leaves the following family members: daughters – Reverend Kimberly Latice Coleman, Fawn Falice Coleman both of Arlington, Va., Carol Jayne Coleman of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Anna Elizabeth Coleman and son Dakota Coleman and their devoted mother Susan Hickey all of Swansville, Maine. A granddaughter Deirdra Coleman of Pittsburgh, Pa., Two sisters – Sylvia Evelyn Blake, and Betty Ann Wilson and one brother – Calvin A. Coleman Sr. {Cecile} all of Swarthmore, Pa. He also leaves to cherish his memory a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

He was pre-deceased by his former wife Carole Jane Coleman and his son Warren B. Coleman Jr.

Service: Thursday July 3, 2014 11:00 am at Wesley AME Church 201 Bowdoin Ave. Swarthmore, Pa. Viewing: 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Interment: Private


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