Dennis A. McGinley Dennis A. McGinley

Dennis A. McGinley, 88, formerly of Allentown, died January 5, 2017 at his home in Cathedral City, CA. He was the husband of the late Joan Anne (Tupper) McGinley. Dennis was a teacher and swim coach at Dieruff High School in the Allentown School District for 36 years, retiring in 1992. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Dennis A. and Julia (Gregvosky) McGinley. He was a 1946 graduate of Allentown High School, leading the swim team to the championships in 1945 and 1946. He coached four state championships at Dieruff where he produced five All-American Swimmers. He directed the PIAA State Swimming and Diving Championships for 34 years and the PIAA District 11 Swimming and Diving Championships for 38 years. He wrote the first swimming rules casebook for High School Swimming. He was inducted into the Dieruff Hall of Fame, the Pennsylvania Swimming Hall of Fame and the International Swimming Hall of Fame. The Dieruff swimming facility was named after him: Dennis A. McGinley Natatorium. He founded the Allentown City Championships, the Allentown Summer League, the Allentown Mack Meet and the Lehigh River Swim. He was saluted by the American Red Cross with its highest honor, The Clara Barton Volunteer Award, after teaching swimming and water safety courses for 50 years. He founded and chaired the American Cancer Society’s Swim-For-Life Campaign for 29 years. Dennis was also the Jewish Community Center’s aquatic director for 47 years. He served in the Air Force as a physical training specialist and was a veteran of the Korean War.

Survivors: Son: Mike McGinley of Los Angeles, CA, Daughters: Kathleen L. McGinley and wife Diane Heydt of Lewes, DE and Nancy DeBellis and husband Dan DeBellis of Zionsville, PA, Sister-In-Law: Virginia McGinley of Allentown, Brother-In-Law: Thomas Tupper of Las Vegas, NV, Grandchildren: Sean O’Donnell and his wife Lindsey, Ryan O’Donnell, Derek DeBellis, Mic DeBellis and Angela DeBellis and a Great-Grandson: Finn O’Donnell.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, at 10 A.M. at the J. S. Burkholder Funeral Home, 16th and Hamilton Sts. Allentown. Calling hours will be on Friday, from 7 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. and on Saturday from 9:00 A.M. to 10 A.M. in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in the memory of Dennis McGinley to the American Red Cross, 3939 Broadway Street, Allentown, PA 18104.

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