Enid Lynne Shivers, 73, of Germantown, a retired college professor and a nonviolence trainer and activist, died Feb. 3 of a heart ailment at Wyndmoor Hills Health Care & Rehab Center.
Ms. Shivers, known to her friends as Lynne, retired in 2005 as an associate professor of English at Community College of Philadelphia, where she had taught for 26 years.
She also led training sessions on nonviolent protest in various countries and was the author of numerous articles and several books on peaceful protest, including “More Than the Troubles: A Common Sense View of the Northern Ireland Conflict,” which she co-authored with David Bowman.
A lifelong Quaker, she had worked for many years with George and Lillian Willoughby and others in the non-violent direct action and civil disobedience movement that served the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War struggles of the 1960s and 1970s.
Her peace activism took her to Northern Ireland and Iran, and her work in Japan led to her being named director of the Hiroshima World Friendship Center in 1986.
She worked with the American Friends Service Committee on Israeli-Palestinian peace issues and was one of the first Americans to meet with Iranian officials after Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was overthrown in 1979.
Born in Camden and raised in Woodbury, N.J., Ms. Shivers received a bachelor’s degree from Albright College and a master’s degree in social change from Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester
She was a member of Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting and was a resident of Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley, where she was active in community governance and in organizing numerous art exhibits.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 20 East Mermaid Lane in Chestnut Hill. Memorial donations may be made to the American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102. – WF