About David A. Swope '68

Induction Class of 2019

David A. Swope is one of nine siblings to graduate from Delone Catholic. He has spent most of his life since graduation in service to others.

Mr. Swope was in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard for over 20 years, and he served as a coach and umpire for youth baseball. Most consistently, he has been involved at the local, state and national levels with outdoors and conservation organizations since the 1970s. He has received numerous awards and citations for his work in conserving natural resources and passing along a love of fishing to future generations through education programs. Among his awards are the 2003 Pennsylvania Conservationist of the Year, and being honored for one of the "Best Restoration Projects" in Pennsylvania in 2015 when he organized 13 partners who designed and installed 24 habitat devices for the protection of wild native brook trout on the Conocoheague Creek. This project also received the Governor's Award of Environmental Excellence. While he served as the president of the Adams County Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the chapter was named Best Chapter in the Nation in 2004. The chapter has named its Merit and Recognition Award in his honor.

In addition to his many environmental projects, Mr. Swope and his wife, April, have traveled to Central America and Europe as part of Global Renewal "Teen Challenge", an agency dedicated to helping people break the bonds of sexual slavery and addiction to drugs and alcohol.