Dick Yoder

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Dick Yoder
57th Mayor of West Chester, Pennsylvania
In office
January 7, 2002 – January 4, 2010
Preceded by Clifford E. Debaptiste
Succeeded by Carolyn Comitta
Personal details
Born (1937-03-04)March 4, 1937[1]
West Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died May 3, 2016(2016-05-03) (aged 79)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Villanova University
Occupation Politician, educator

Richard "Dick" Yoder (March 4, 1937 – 3 May, 2016) was an American politician and educator. He was a member of the Republican Party, and served as Mayor of West Chester, Pennsylvania.[2] Yoder was born and raised in West Chester. He attended Henderson High School and after his graduation he attended Villanova University. He also served in the Marine Corps for six years. After earning his degree, Yoder began his teaching career at West Chester University. While teaching, he also coached and served as an athletic administrator. He retired from teaching in 2000. In 2001 he ran for mayor and was reelected in 2005. After having reached the office's eight-year term limit, Yoder left office and was succeeded by incumbent Mayor Carolyn Comitta in January 2010.[3] Yoder died on May 3, 2016, in a hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[4]


  1. ^ "Yoder, Richard B. "Dick"". Our Campaigns. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 
  2. ^ Kristie, Dan (11 January 2010). "For Yoder, being mayor was 'a thrill'". The Daily Local News. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Showalter, Connor (January 5, 2010). "Comitta becomes borough's 1st female mayor". The Daily Local News. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 
  4. ^ Former West Chester mayor Dick Yoder dies

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