Edward J. McGovern, 79, of Swarthmore, a retired partner and management consultant with the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche, died Dec. 11 at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park from complications of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.

Mr. McGovern was born to Irish immigrant parents and raised in Bronx, N.Y. He graduated from St. Nicholas of Tolentine High School in the Bronx, and received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Manhattan College in 1952.

He served in the Army during the Korean War, working on computer systems.

He continued working with computers at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad offices in Richmond, Va. Mr. McGovern joined Deloitte & Touche in New York City in 1960 as a management consultant. At the time, it was known as Haskins & Sells. In 1966, he moved to the firm's Center City office.

Mr. McGovern was made a partner in 1971, and went on to become managing partner for the consulting business in the firm's Eastern Region. He retired in 1987.

He married Alice Hally in 1960.

Mr. McGovern loved traveling, and his family said he "lived his life enthusiastically," whether he was dancing, skiing, dabbling in art or debating politics. He was member of Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, Delaware County.

In addition to his wife, Mr. McGovern is survived by a son, Edward A.; daughters Patricia McGovern Cronin and Mary Alice Kirk; a sister; and seven grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. today at St. John Chrysostom Church, 617 S. Providence Rd., Wallingford. Friends may call at 10 a.m. Interment is private.