Nathan Marder, 89, a federal retiree and former assistant director of the Veterans Administration Regional Center, died March 28 at his home in the Medical Center at Rydal Park.
Marder graduated from Central High School and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Business School. He served as a captain in the Signal Corps during World War II, and later, in the Pennsylvania National Guard.
Continuing education and the arts were the focus of volunteer activities throughout his life. A founding member and first president of the Allens Lane Art Center, Marder organized the summer camp there in 1952; it still operates today.
He also served on the board of Germantown Jewish Centre, where he was a member for 56 years.
Marder focused on adult-learning after his retirement. He organized a summer fundraiser for the Arts Center, where participating adults went to Saratoga Spring, N.Y., for a week's vacation "camp." They stayed in the Skidmore University dormitories, and attended Philadelphia Orchestra rehearsals and concerts, while learning about the music from orchestra members.
He then became involved in developing and participating in programs for senior learners — first, at Beaver College (now Arcadia University), and later with the Senior Scholar Program of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was recognized by the school for his volunteerism.
Marder is survived by daughter Jane Stein; son, William Marder; sister, Gieta Landow; five grandchildren; and many niec-es and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, the former Sylvia Roseman, in December 2005.
Memorial donations can be made to: the Penn Fund at the University of Pennsylvania, 601 Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19004.