In Memoriam – Fall 2014

Fall 2014

Obituaries are gathered from online and print sources as a courtesy to the MFS community. Please email communications@mfriends.org to bring errors or inaccuracies to our attention, or to submit a more complete obituary. Thank you.

1946

Chilton Anderson, 85, died peacefully March 12 at Taos Retirement Village in New Mexico following a lengthy illness.

Anderson was notably the first ski instructor at Taos Ski Valley starting in 1955, and co-founded the world-renowned Taos School of Music, which he also directed for 44 years.

“The school’s vision, aim and sustained success are the result of one man’s standards and effort. You will know from other sources what Chilton Anderson’s commitment is and how it has evolved, so let me add only that when one recognizes true merit in another’s work, the appropriate response is to illumine it and join in,” wrote Daniel Avshalomov of the American String Quartet in his recommendation letter for Anderson’s 2000 Governor’s Award.

Anderson’s impact reverberates far and wide, in music halls and studios across Northern New Mexico and the nation.

“The Taos School of Music created a remarkable love of chamber music for a small rural town like Taos,” Nancy Laupheimer wrote. “I have Chilton to thank for that, and for encouraging me to take the leap of starting the Taos Chamber Music Group and making chamber music a year-round presence here.”

Anderson was a former president of the Taos Art Association, and received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. He and his wife, Judy Anderson, were The Taos News’ 2007 Unsung Heroes.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks contributions be made to the charity of choice or the Taos School of Music, P.O. Box 2630 Taos NM 87571.

1947

John E. Hoch, Jr. died peacefully with his family by his side in Annapolis, MD, on December 27, 2013 after suffering respiratory failure from pneumonia.

“Jack” was born on April 13, 1929 in Brooklyn, NY, to Captain John Emerson Hoch, USN (Ret.) and Alice Miller Hoch. In 1947, Jack graduated from Moorestown Friends School. After two uninspiring years as a civilian at Rutgers, Jack excitedly accepted an appointment to USNA. Commissioned on June 5, 1953, he became a naval aviator in January 1955. His distinguished career involved service with Patrol Squadrons Three and Seven, Air Antisubmarine Squadron 34, Heavy Attack Squadron One and as CO of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 122. He qualified in 18 types of Navy airplanes and served ship’s company tours in USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) as Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer and in USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) as “Air Boss.” Jack later assumed command of USS MISSISSINEWA (AO-144), then served on COMNAVSURFLANT and COMSERVGRU TWO staffs, ultimately acceding to command as COMSERVRON TWO in Mayport, FL. Jack’s final tour returned him to aviation as E-2C program Project Manager.

Jack’s educational thirst was manifested by his M.S. degree in aeronautical engineering at the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA; graduating from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island; completing the Senior Executives Course in the Sloan School of Management at MIT; and completing the Senior Officer Ship Material Readiness Course in Idaho Falls.

Jack received numerous awards and recognition throughout his career, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Navy Commendation Medal with one star, among many others. Jack especially loved Navy Air, including the tight-knit squadron camaraderie. Those working for Jack universally respected his “firm but fair” leadership style and truly enjoyed serving with him. He took personal interest in his subordinates, resulting in their always giving him their best effort. Jack said that, if he could relive his career, he would do so in a heartbeat.

On 1 August 1982, Jack retired from his beloved Navy, settling in Annapolis, and remained active with the Navy Class of ’53, supporting Navy sports and football in particular. Jack is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 53 years, the former Dorothy Joan Whittaker of Rockville Centre, NY; by his son, CDR John E. Hoch III, USNR (Ret.), USNA ’83; his daughter-in-law Christine; and two teenage grandsons Spencer and Troy. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Fisher House are appreciated.

1948

Mary Lou Brown Auchter, sister of William M. Brown ’54 and the late Pauline Brown Cutting ’49, was a longtime Cherry Hill and Surf City resident, formerly of Haddonfield. She passed away on August 19, 2014.

She was married to the late Thomas J. Auchter. Mary was the loving mother of Thomas M. (Diana) of New Hampshire, Curtis A. of Haddonfield, NJ, Frances P. Laska of South Carolina, and Carol A. Stiles (Al) of Georgia. She was also a devoted grandmother to Thomas Eugene Auchter (Jessica), Alexander Brown Auchter, Nicole Auchter Stiles (David Riese), and Elizabeth Wills Stiles.

The family suggests memorial donations in her name be made to the Curtis Institute for Music, 1726 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Polly Johnson Fullmer of Moorestown and Beach Haven, NJ, died July 26, 2014. She was 83 years old.

Polly was a lifelong resident of Moorestown, born and raised. She owned The Needle Works Barn in Moorestown for many years, and was a passionate Flyers fan.

She was the wife of the late Robert C. Fullmer Sr.; mother of Dorothy Lynn Fullmer and Robert C. Fullmer Jr. and his partner, Dennis D’Amato. She is also survived by her loving pets, Muffin and Satchel.

Memorial contributions to the Moorestown Emergency Squad or the Beach Haven Emergency Squad would be appreciated.

Howard Stiltz, 82, of Little River, SC, passed away on December 20, 2013 in Gulfport.

1949

Paul Burdan, 82, brother of the late Mary J. Burdan ’51, died Saturday, November 16, 2013, at his residence.

Paul was the husband of Jane Marie (Flentje) Burdan, his wife of 59 years. He was born June 5, 1931, in Philadelphia, the son of the late John William and Hope (Malone) Burdan. He was a member of the Calvary Bible Church in Hanover. Paul received his B.S. degree from Springfield College in Massachusetts, and a master’s degree in Physical Education in 1955 from Penn State, where he would later coach the soccer team.

Paul was a Manager for the American Waterworks Plants in various places in New Jersey and Massachusetts, and was very active in community services like the Rotary and Lions Clubs. In addition to his wife, Jane, Paul is survived by two daughters, Laurie B. Barton and her husband, Douglas of Lovettsville, VA, and Amy J. Schissler and her husband, Phil of Bettendorf, of Iowa; one grandson, Phillipe Schissler of LeClaire, IA; four granddaughters, Meg Barton of Fairfax, VA, Faith Barton of Lovettsville, VA, Hope Schissler of Reston, VA, and Kelly Schissler of LeClaire, IA; and one brother, John W. Burdan and his wife, Winnie, of Colorado.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bible Study Fellowship Global Headquarters, 19001 Huebner Road, San Antonio, TX 78258 (phone: 210-492-4676); and/or the Office of University Development and Alumni Relations, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine, Mail Code A120, 600 Centerview Drive, P.O. Box 852, Hershey, PA 17033 (phone for questions re: gifts: 717-531-8497).

1953

Sally McAllister Ganger, sister of Betty McAllister Brown ’42 and Mary McAllister Teale ’58, and sister-in-law of Bill Teale ’58, passed away peacefully on May 25, 2014 of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Sally’s husband, Bill, was at her side. In her final weeks, she enjoyed visits with all of her children, her sisters, and many dear friends.

Sally was born October 9, 1935 in Moorestown. She attended Carleton College after graduating from Moorestown Friends School. After college, Sally joined her sister, Betty, in Cleveland and took a position with The Wyatt Company, an actuarial consulting firm where she remained for five years. In January 1958, Sally met Bill Ganger and they discovered a mutual love of outdoor activity, skiing, and skating, “not caring whether we were very good, but just enjoying being together.” They were married less than three months later on April 12, 1958, and over the next five and half decades never ran out of things they loved to do together.

Sally and Bill raised three children. Skiing and skating outings turned into family ski trips. Summer weekends were spent at Roaming Rock Shores, swimming and boating. For over 50 summers, the family vacation at the Jersey Shore has been a treasured time for reuniting with the extended family. While her children were young, Sally volunteered in every school the children attended. She was a Girl Scout leader from 1970-74.

In 1979, Sally returned to work part-time. She took a position at Case Western Reserve University in the Budgets and Planning Office, where she worked for 20 years. After retirement, Sally and Bill enjoyed travelling together, going on walking trips in England, driving trips around the U.S. and vacations to Europe and Australia. Closer to home, they enjoyed the Cleveland Orchestra and local theater. They took up curling, which Sally was able to enjoy until very recently. Sally also took great pleasure in being a member of the Fork and Hoe Garden Club for many decades. Throughout her life in Cleveland, Sally was an active member of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church parish. She served on the vestry and altar guild. And, with great joy, she played in the St. Paul’s Church Hand Bell Choir for over 25 years.

Sally is survived by her husband of 56 years, William M. Ganger and their children, Mary (Molly) Ganger Castaldo of Hanover, NH, and her husband, Neil; William M. Ganger, Jr. of Chagrin Falls, OH, and his wife, Jen, and Elizabeth Carmany Ganger of Hoosick Falls, NY, and her husband, Jonah Spivak; seven grandchildren, Zack, John and Drew Ganger, Emma and Jack Spivak and Sophia and Anthony Castaldo, as well as her sisters, Betty Brown (Charlie, deceased) of Minneapolis, MN, and Mary Teale (Bill) of Williamsburg, VA, and many nieces and nephews. Sally was predeceased by her parents, Mildred (Stout) McAllister and Townsend Sherman McAllister.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sally’s memory to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 E. 185th St., Cleveland, OH 44119 or to Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2747 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Hts., OH 44106.

1955

Dolores Brod Haworth, 76, sister of Walter C. Brod ’61 and resident of Lumberton, passed away on May 29, 2014. Lori was born on April 25, 1938, to Carl and Lottie Brod, of Cherry Hill. She graduated from MFS in 1955 and earned a B.A. from Oberlin College in 1959. In 1961, she studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, and went on to earn an M.A. in French literature from Middlebury College in 1962.

Lori taught French at Cherry Hill West, where she met her beloved husband, Walter E. Haworth. They married in 1965 and lived together in Philadelphia; Cherry Hill; Vienna, Austria; Mayville, NY; Burlington Township; and Medford Leas retirement community. While raising two children, Lori ran a private piano studio. She later taught English as a second language in Evesham Township Schools and, after retiring in 1994, tutored Japanese families in ESL. Throughout her life, Lori participated in numerous educational and cultural organizations. In the 1960s, she volunteered as a French-language tour guide at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She was active in the museum’s Graduate Guides, the Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill, the Lumberton Leas community, and BookMates, a literacy program for children.

Lori read voraciously. She was a lover of classical music and an accomplished pianist, performing with groups at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia and at church. She also was passionate about helping people and animals in need. Lori and her parents were longtime members of the German Society of Pennsylvania. For four decades, she enjoyed frequent trips with her family and friends to her ancestral home in Bavaria. Lori is survived by her husband, Walter; son David Haworth (Carol) of Lumberton; daughter Karla Haworth (Michael Cuff) of Annandale, VA; and four grandchildren: Allison and Melissa Haworth, and Calder and Wyeth Cuff. She is also survived by her brother Walter Brod (Laurel Kelly) and niece Julie Brod of San Rafael, CA.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memory of Dolores B. Haworth to the German Society of Pennsylvania Scholarship Fund, 611 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123, or the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, PO Box 393, Hohenwald, Tenn. 38462.

1961

Sharleen Patterson Bartkiewicz passed away on February 9, 2013.

1998

Seiji Moriuchi, 35, passed away in his sleep on June 30, 2014. Seiji was the son of Fred ’65 and Caroline Brunt ’66 Moriuchi, and brother of Takashi Moriuchi ’92, Naoji Moriuchi ’94, and Akemi Moriuchi ’04. He was also the beloved grandson of Yuri and the late Takashi Moriuchi, and Janet Wheeler Brunt ’34 and Bayard Brunt ’34.

A third-generation flower farmer, Seiji grew up on the family farm at Borton Landing and Hartford Roads, and graduated from Moorestown Friends in 1998, where he was captain of the soccer and baseball teams and also played basketball. During his senior year, he received the Herm McGee Award, given to the male and female athletes who have made the most significant contribution to athletics at Moorestown Friends.

After attending Roger Williams College in Rhode Island, Seiji returned home to pursue work on the family farm.

“His passion was farming,” said Naoji Moriuchi, who said his brother “had a gift” for raising produce like his great-grandfather Heijiro Moriuchi and his grandmother Janet Brunt.

He was the third generation to run the business since the family arrived in South Jersey in 1945. Seiji’s grandfather Takashi Moriuchi left California following the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. After working with farmer Lou Barton in Cherry Hill, the family began tenant-farming in 1962, and bought the Moorestown farm in the mid-1970s from Charles Collins, a fellow Quaker.

In time, the family had more than 1,000 acres in cultivation, including apples, peaches, and nectarines, as well as produce and flowers, including a wide variety of mums. Known as M&M Farm & Garden Market, the business sold over 100,000 cubic yards of mulch and tens of thousands of mums annually.

“Out of all the [four] children, he was the one that always loved to farm and expressed interest in following the family tradition,” said his father, Fred. “We were very proud of him. He was able to connect with people from all walks of life and was well respected. He will be missed.”

His brother described him as “genuine and hard-working, and fiercely loyal to friends and family.”

During the last seven years, Mr. Moriuchi also served as an assistant boys’ varsity basketball coach at Moorestown Friends. Several of the young men he coached worked on the farm.

In addition to his father and brother, Mr. Moriuchi is survived by his mother, Caroline Brunt Moriuchi; brother Takashi; sister Akemi; grandmother Yuri Moriuchi; a nephew; and two nieces.

A memorial service was held Saturday, July 12, at Moorestown Friends Meeting. The family has requested that memorial contributions may be made to the Seiji Moriuchi Scholarship, Moorestown Friends School, 110 E. Main St., Moorestown, NJ 08057.

 

MFS Community

John Caughey, former MFS teacher, passed away on October 1, 2014. He is survived by his children John P. Caughey ’70, Patricia J. Caughey ’71, Margaret C. Hawkins ’74, and Robert A. Caughey ’75, as well as five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

John was held in high esteem by many in the community, but most notably by the hundreds of alumni who often identified John as one of the teachers who had a significant impact on their lives long after graduation.

He retired in 1986 as Chair of the Science Department after 23 years of teaching at MFS. John had previously taught at Oberlin College, Olney Friends School in Barnesville, Ohio, and the school at Friends United Meeting, Nairobi, Kenya.

John and his late wife Polly, who taught mathematics and Latin at MFS and early in her career taught fifth and sixth grade, were treasured during their years at MFS as quiet exemplars of Friends values. Until very recently, he was a frequent visitor to Upper School Meeting for Worship.

In 2005, he received the MFS Alumni Association’s Service Award. Upon his retirement, one of many tributes included words from a former student who went on to become a physician: “Your influence, through lively, thoughtful teaching, and kind fair-minded leadership, has a lasting impact… Your even-tempered nature and gentle guidance were unequaled at MFS.”

John was a graduate of Allegheny College and received a master’s degree from the University of Illinois. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He joined the Society of Friends when he married Mary (Polly) Pennell, a birthright Quaker.

A Memorial Service for John Caughey was held on Saturday, October 11 at 2 p.m. at the Moorestown Meeting House. The family has requested that memorial gifts may be made to Moorestown Friends Meeting, 118 E. Main St., Moorestown, NJ, 08003.

Edith Thomas Edmunds, mother of Thomas Edmunds ’80, passed away August 20, 2014, at the age of 94.

Edith was a junior high home economics teacher in Pennsauken for several years after graduating from the Drexel Institute. She later taught and ran several kindergarten programs and truly loved working with young children. She belonged to Bridge and Cooking groups, was a Girl Scouts leader, and enjoyed sewing and dancing, which is how she met her husband of 63 years (the late Henry R. Edmunds, II).

She was the beloved mother of Nancy, Thomas, and the late Deborah Weaver. She is also lovingly survived by her grandchildren — Josef, Heather, Christopher, Tyler, and Matthew — and 4 great-grandchildren.

The family has requested that memorial donations be made to the Moorestown Friends Meeting, 118 E. Main Street, Moorestown, NJ 08057.

Sara (Sally) Bowman Haines, mother of Charles III Haines ’75, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, August 26, at the age of 85. She was the beloved wife of Senator C. William (Bill) Haines for 42 years before his death in 1996.

Born in August 1929 to Dorothy and Robert Bowman, Sara (known to many as Sally) grew up in Haddonfield, and remained there until her graduation from Haddonfield High School in 1947. A child of the Great Depression, then the War, she remembered the challenges of those times, made greater by the death of her much-loved father in 1942 when she was 12 years old. Sara went on to attend Goucher College, then Temple University, and subsequently landed a job working for the Farm Journal, a publication headquartered in Philadelphia.

For Sara, life was all about family. She married Bill Haines, a farmer from an old-line Burlington County family, in 1954. As his partner, she embraced the hard work it took to run the 400 acre family fruit farm and raise their four children. A firm believer in giving back, she also found time to volunteer weekly for decades at Memorial Hospital, now Virtua of Mt. Holly, an activity she’d begun as a teen at Cooper Hospital during the War. When Bill decided to continue the family tradition of holding political office, Sara jumped in and often hosted parties for 200+ people on the lawn of Hillsdown, their 18th century farmhouse in Mt. Laurel. After Bill’s death, she served on the Board of Trustees of Samaritan Hospice for more than a decade.

A lifelong lover of classical music, Sara attended her first concert of the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of three and continued to attend religiously until 2011, marking 80 years as a devoted audience member. She also adored animals. A woman of great curiosity about the world, Sara was an avid reader and a born adventurer. She traveled extensively for decades, including a rare visit to China in 1978.

A loving wife, mother, “Nanny” to her many grandchildren, and good friend, she was wise, generous, honest, upbeat, and fun – with a wicked sense of humor that made her unforgettable. An indomitable character with a big heart, she will be greatly missed by many. She is survived by her children Mary (Brian) Ginter, Charles (Gia) Haines, Susan (Anthony) Cunningham, and Aubrey (Suzie) Haines; adored and adoring grandchildren, Tristan, Katherine, Melissa, Jonathan, Keith, Kim, Alec, Tessa, Sara, Anneke, Ernest, Antony, Charles, and Albert; a sister, Mary Mansell, and brother, Robert Bowman.

Gifts in her memory can be made to Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Drive, Suite 300, Marlton, NJ 08053 or Trinity Episcopal Church 207 West Main Street, Moorestown, NJ 08057.

Alice Waddington Price, 92, died peacefully in her sleep on July 29, 2014. She was the mother of Christopher Price ’67, the late Harrie Price ’65, Polly Price ’62, and Margaret Price Sunderman ’70, and widow of the late Harrie B. Price, who served at MFS from 1952 to 1977.

Born in Woodstown, New Jersey, to Edward C. and Mary Allen Waddington, she graduated in 1940 from the George School in Newtown, Pennsylvania.  In 1942 she married Harrie B, Price, 3d.  Over the next fifty years they lived at the Westtown School in Pennsylvania, in Moorestown, New Jersey, and in Penobscot, Maine.  They spent every summer at the boys’ camp Flying Moose Lodge in East Orland, Maine.  When her husband died in 1992 she moved to Farmington to be near her son and daughter-in-law. 

In Farmington she was a frequent volunteer working for the Safe Visitor Program, the Farmington Public Schools, the Franklin County Hospital, and the Food Closet.  She was an active member of the Farmington Friends Meeting and in the summer time participated in the Narramissic Friends Meeting in Orland, Maine. 

She is survived by her daughters Polly of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Margaret Sunderman of Bradenton, Florida, her son Christopher of Bar Harbor, Maine and her daughter-in-law Holly of Farmington.  Her other son Harrie B. Price, IV, died in 1994.  She leaves twelve grandchildren and step-grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in Farmington Saturday, August 30 at 2:00 p.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 612 Farmington Falls Road.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust in Orland, Maine.

Dennis Ungrady, father of Steve Ungrady ’96, passed away March 15, 2014. He was 66 years old.

Dennis proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was the loving husband of Barbara (Mudrick); and devoted father of Steve Ungrady. He was a caring brother to Sharon Ungrady. Dennis also is survived by seven nieces and nephews.

James Walsh, father of Steve Walsh ’83, passed away peacefully in Ireland on April 28, 2014 at the age of 85. The American service was held on July 3, 2014 at St. Thomas Moore RC Church on Springdale Road in Cherry Hill.

Shulamith Weiss, mother of S. Merrill Weiss ’65, passed away on July 27, 2014. She was born November 22, 1920 and resided at Medford Leas.

Richard Wesley, father of Karlyn Wesley Supple ’84, passed away on August 13, 2014 at the age of 73 in Pennsauken. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the National MS Society, 30 S. 17th Street, Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

W. Sprague Wise, father of Kevin Wise ’85, passed away on March 16, 2014. A resident of Shamong, NJ, W. Sprague Wise was 76 years old. He was the husband of Linda Wise and beloved father of Kevin Wise, Sharon Wise, W. Sprague Wise Jr. (Megan), and Christopher Wise (Nicole). He was also the proud grandfather of Benjamin Brown, Elizabeth Wise, and Colby Wise.