VanSickle-Ward/Fromer

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    Dr. Joel and Carrie Fromer of Phoenixville, formerly of Lafayette Hill, announce the engagement of their son, Dr. Neil Alan Fromer, to Rachel VanSickle-Ward, daughter of Debbie VanSickle of Davis, Calif.; and Kevin and Debbie Ward of Boston.

    Neil, a graduate of Germantown Academy and Brown University, majored in engineering-physics. He earned a doctorate in physics from UC Berkeley, and is currently researching new solar cell technologies.

    Rachel, a graduate of Pitzer College, is completing a doctorate program in political science at U.C. Berkeley.

    The couple is planning a July wedding in Berkeley, Calif.