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Former School Committee member John Francis Moore died on September 12 at the age of 97 in Sudlersville, MD. John was a lifetime member of Moorestown Friends Meeting and graduated from MFS in 1933. He graduated from Earlham College in 1940, where he majored in German and music. After college, John began his career in farming. In 1948, he married Elizabeth Stratton Moore ‘45 and they had four children. In the early 1990s, they moved to Sudlersville, MD. John was on the Board of Directors of the Greenleaf Boarding and Nursing Home and served as president of the board for four years. He was a member of the Mount Laurel Deer Club from 1961 to 1994 and a member of the Sudlersville Ruritan from 1996 to 2009. John loved classical music and poetry and studied Beethoven, Shakespeare and Darwin. John is survived by his wife, his sister Ella Moore Flood ’36, his brother-in-law Roland P. Stratton ’41, his children, Patricia Moore, Deborah Prior, John Stanley Moore and Granville Stephen Moore, and six grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother Granville Benjamin Moore ’34, and his sister Priscilla Moore Fassett ’31.
Elizabeth Clayberger Jones died on July 14 in Wilmington, DE at the age of 94. Betty grew up in Lumberton, attended MFS and Mary Baldwin College. She worked as a medical librarian at Burlington County Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly for 30 years. She was involved with the Lumberton United Methodist Church and the Lumberton Historical Society. Betty later moved to Wilmington to be closer to her family where she lived for 12 years. She loved gardening, the outdoors and will be remembered for her kind, loving spirit by family and friends. She is survived by her daughter, Judy, three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. She was predeceased by her brother, Richard Clayberger.
Charles Walnut died on July 1 in Manahawkin at the age of 92. Born in Camden, he was a business partner with his late brother Richard T. Walnut ’41 for many years. He is survived by his sister-in-law Nan Walnut of Whiting.
Wolfgang Franzen, of Cambridge, MA, died March 27. “Wolf”, as he was called by friends and family, was born in Dusseldorf, Germany on April 6, 1922. His family left Germany due to the rise of Nazism when he was fourteen years old. Wolf graduated from Haverford College in 1942. He then attended Columbia University, where he met his future wife, Cola Wakefield. Wolf and Cola were married in June of 1943. In 1944 he received his M.A. and enlisted in the U.S. Army. After the army he continued his graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania where he studied experimental physics. Wolf got his Ph.D. in 1949 in the field of atomic physics. From there he went to Princeton University, then on to the University of Rochester as an assistant professor for three years. He spent a year as an exchange professor at the University of Basel in Switzerland before moving to Cambridge where he worked as a technical consultant for five years at the management consulting firm Arthur D. Little. He joined the physics faculty at Boston University in 1961 and remained there until he became a professor emeritus in 1987. Wolf was awarded a NATO Senior Fellowship in 1970, which he spent at the University of Toulouse, France. In 1977 Wolf spent three months in Bogata, Columbia where he served as a Fullbright lecturer at the National University. From 1987-1995, he worked at the Army Research Lab in Watertown, MA. Wolf held four patents and spoke four languages. He and his wife traveled widely, and occupied their summer home in Harvard, MA for over forty years, where Wolf loved to garden and enjoy the beauty of nature. Over the years, he became a very good cook. Wolf is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Cola, his brother Ulrich Franzen, an architect, and sister-in-law Jo, five nieces and nephews, and a wide circle of friends and colleagues.
Marion Perkins Sandmann, of Medford, died on April 21 at the age of 90. A longtime resident of Moorestown, Marion graduated from the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women, now the Temple University Ambler campus. She worked for many years as an executive secretary for RCA. She was an animal lover and always had both cats and dogs, and was an active member of PAWS Nature Center for many years. She is survived by five nieces, three nephews and several great and great-great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her siblings, Dorothy Perkins ‘36, Edward B. Perkins ’41 and Patricia Perkins ’48. Her late father E. Russell Perkins served on the MFS School Committee from 1926 to 1942 and her late aunt Alice S. Perkins served on the School Committee from 1920 to 1942 and then from 1945 through 1948.
Theodore L. Webster, of Haddonfield, died on June 28 at age 87. Ted was a natural athlete, who was captain of the MFS baseball team and also played basketball. He began college at Lehigh University, but left to proudly serve his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He flew 50 missions as a Bombardier and Navigator of a B-24 with the 376th Bomb Group in Europe. Ted was awarded The Air Medal, The Distinguished Flying Cross and the Unit Citation Medal with 3 Clusters. Following the war, he returned to Lehigh and graduated in 1946. He began his career at Warren Webster Heating Co. in Camden and earned his C.P.A. He spent most of his career at Cooper Hospital, first as Assistant Administrator and then as the Treasurer. He had been an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield for over 70 years and with the Haddonfield Y’s Men for over 50 years.Ted’s favorite past times were duck hunting, fishing, vegetable gardening and lying on the sofa watching the Phillies, Flyers or Sixers with his wife Nancy while eating some of her great home-cooked goodies and meals. He is survived by wife Nancy, daughter Linda Webster Gilchrist ’69, son Theodore L., Jr., four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and siblings Mary “Molly” Webster Parker ‘39, E. Kessler Webster, Jr. ‘40and Elizabeth “Betty” Webster Bolster ’49.
Sally Stokes Venerable died on August 24 in Gainesville, FL at the age of 85. The daughter of S. Emlen Stokes ’10 and Lydia Babbott Stokes, she was born in Moorestown in 1927. She attended MFS, beginning in kindergarten. After MFS, she attended Vassar College, graduating in 1947. She returned to MFS to coach field hockey and tennis, and teach physical education for the 1947-48 and 1948-49 school years. She also advised the Student Affairs Committee. In 1949, she married James Thomas Venerable and moved to the Midwest. There she raised her family and became involved in the Golden Retriever Club of America, eventually becoming its president. Later, she lived for 20 years in Santa Fe, NM, moved briefly to Boulder, CO, and finally joined her daughter Nancy in Gainesville in 2005. In each community in which she lived, she was mindful of her Quaker heritage, actively engaging in social and economic justice issues, as well as supporting environmental causes. She maintained a keen interest in MFS, was a longtime class correspondent, a charter member of the MFS Consecutive Years Giving Society, and a generous supporter of the school’s capital campaign efforts over the years. She was preceded in death by her daughter Faith, her two sons, David Emlen Venerable and Thomas Stokes Venerable, her brother Samuel Stokes ’40 and sister Lydia Stokes ’42. She is survived by her sister Ann Stokes ’48, daughters Nancy V. Deren and Thalia Venerable, grandsons Patrick Samuel Deren and David Michael Deren and granddaughter Aubrey Kae Deren.
Norman Harrison, of Anaheim, CA, died in January of 2012. He is survived by his sister, Linda Harrison Novak ‘66.
Betsy Harman Johnson ’63, former trustee and Development Office staff member, died on October 2. Betsy and her husband Floyd had been happily retired at “River Landing” in Wallace, NC, after living for many years in Haddonfield. Betsy came to Moorestown Friends School in seventh grade from Haddonfield Friends School. At MFS, she was involved with the Religious Life Committee, Weekend Work Camp, and the Glee Club. She also was a varsity lacrosse player. She went on to Bates College, earning an A.B. in sociology. Betsy married her first husband, Charles Pfaffmann, a Bates classmate, in 1968. Pfaffman was killed in the Vietnam War. Betsy’s lifelong service to Moorestown Friends officially began when she joined the school’s board of trustees, the School Committee, in 1973. She stepped off in 1985 when she worked for a year in the MFS Development Office in the new position of Alumni Secretary. She later returned to the School Committee, serving from 1987 to 1992. Betsy married Floyd Johnson in 1975. The Johnsons were instrumental in helping to raise several of Floyd’s young relatives. Floyd succeeded Betsy on the MFS School Committee, serving from 2000 to 2003, when the Johnsons moved to North Carolina. Betsy worked for 15 years at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in several different curatorial departments in the 1970s through the early 80s. Later, she worked at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. In addition to her volunteer work at MFS, she was involved for many years with the Moorestown Meeting. Her passions included club hockey and lacrosse, tennis, swimming, hand work (cooking, sewing and crafts) and gardening. Her survivors include her husband Floyd, her parents Arthur and Theresa Harman, of Medford Leas and her brother A. Matthew Harman ’67, of South Dartmouth, MA.
Lauren Faunce Gleim died on August 16 at the age of 66. She was a resident of Quinby, VA. Born in 1946, she was the daughter of the late George Harold Faunce and Doris S. Faunce. She grew up in Mount Laurel and lived for many years in Willingboro. She moved to the home she loved in Quinby in 2000. She attended MFS from first grade through graduation, and attended East Carolina University. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, William Gleim, her sister Denise Feather, her daughter Gwendolyn Shive, her son Frederick William Gleim IV, and two grandchildren, Sidney and Spencer Shive.
Greg W. Lippincott, of Westmont, died on May 31 at the age of 65. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, J. Kandy Lippincott, daughters Heather Fowler and Tracy Lippincott, two grandsons, sisters,Joanna Lippincott Patterson ’61, Jean Lippincott ’67 and Janet Lippincott ’67, brotherProctor Lippincott ’60, his father and mother-in-law, his sister and brother-in-law and many nieces and nephews.
Sally McVaugh MacEwen, of Decatur, GA, died on March 15 at the age of 64. She is survived by her mother, Isabelle, her brother, Jay McVaugh III ’69 and sister, Mary McVaugh Shannon ’71, her partner, Aaron Ruscetta and her daughter, Elaine. The full obituary can be found here
Christine Ruvolo Walters of Cinnaminson died on September 28 at the age of 44. After graduating from MFS, she attended West Chester University. Christine was an active supporter of the Gift of Life Foundation. She is survived by her parents, Dr. Louis and Clara Ruvolo, her husband Andrew Walters, children Danielle and Rachel and siblings Loretta Herringdine and Louis Ruvolo.
Andy Ananthakrishnan, of Moorestown, died on June 6 at the age of 73. He was born in India and completed a degree in chemical engineering at the University of Mumbai. In 1960, he emigrated to the U.S. where he completed a M.S. at Northwestern University and a Ph.D. at Syracuse University in 1964. He worked for Marshall Laboratories and DuPont from 1966 through 1993 and subsequently became a vice president at Lucite International where he retired in 2008. Since retirement, Andy was an active volunteer for several local organizations including Moorestown Friends School. But most notably, he was devoted to his family and friends, and served as a mentor and host to numerous Indian immigrants establishing themselves in the United States. He is survived by his wife Vasantha, his daughters Bindiya Ananthakrishnan ’93 and Sonia Ananthakrishanan Stancampiano ’89, son-in-law Al Stancampiano and two grandchildren.
Alfred E. Brown died on December 14 at the age of 94. He was a resident of Longport and formerly of Merchantville. He is survived by his children Suzy Brown Chenail ’74 and Thomas Brown, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Eleanor.
Blaine Emerson Capehart of Moorestown died on June 23 at the age of 104. He was a member of the third oldest law firm in New Jersey, now known as Capehart Scatchard, in Mount Laurel. After graduating from Dickinson College, he attended Harvard Law School and completed his law degree in 1934 at Temple University Law School at night during the Great Depression. He clerked for the law firm of French Richards and Bradley which he later joined. Blaine continued to practice law well into his 90s and came to the office until after his 100th birthday, when he stopped driving. During his 80 years with the firm, it grew from four lawyers to more than seventy. During his legal career, Blaine was a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the National Association of Railroad Trial Council, The American Bar Foundation and the American, New Jersey, Burlington County and Camden County Bar Associations. His individual practice included litigation, railroad, labor law, worker’s compensation, real estate, corporation’s estates and trusts. He served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Advisory Committee for Professional Ethics from 1973 to 1993 and was named Professional Lawyer of the Year in 2002. Blaine was born in Philadelphia and moved to Pennsauken when he was eight years old. After his marriage, he lived in Riverton until moving to Moorestown in 1969. He was a devoted golfer and was a member of the Riverton Country Club, the Moorestown Field Club and the Pine Valley Golf Club. He continued to play golf into his nineties. He loved to travel and loved raising flowers, especially amaryllises. The time he spent with his gang of grandsons was most special to him. He was predeceased by his wife, Elinore Hall Capehart, who died in 1999. He is survived by his two daughters,Stacy H. Capehart ’60 and Gretchen Capehart DeCou ’63, six grandsons and five great-granddaughters.
Edwin Maurice DeVaughn, parent of Kierra DeVaughn ’16, died on August 6 at the age of 54. Born in Philadelphia, he attended Fayetteville State University where he earned a B.S. degree in Music Education. Edwin’s passion for music led to his participation as a trumpet player in a jazz band and a distinguished career as a music instructor throughout the Camden school district, directing award-winning marching bands. Edwin touched many lives during his career. One of Edwin’s major accomplishments as a band director was to lead Camden High School’s Marching Band in a performance and competition at President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Parade in January 2009. Edwin had many hobbies including scuba diving, photography, and being an avid Eagles fan and Philadelphia sports enthusiast. It was through his photo lens that he created numerous friendships and brought happiness to many across the nation. Edwin is survived by his wife Clara Lyons-DeVaughn, daughters Aliyah and Kierra, parents Martha and John DeVaughn, mother-in law Shirley Lyons, brothers Gerald (Pamela) DeVaughn, Jeffrey (Tamika) DeVaughn and brother in-law Clarence (Cynthia) Lyons, along with aunts, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of relatives and friends.
Robert A. Goldstein, of Moorestown, died on August 10 at the age of 68. He was the husband of MFS Library Assistant Mary Ann Griffis. He was survived by his step-children, Howard, James and Michael Griffis, ten grandchildren, his brothers, Joseph, Gregory, James, Kenneth, Gerard and Matthew and his sister Jeanne Bilodeau. He was predeceased by his first wife Mary Rose Dwyer.
Koson Kuroda, a resident of Cherry Hill, died on July 3 at the age of 82. He was a former radiology chief at three hospitals in the Philadelphia region. Dr. Kuroda was chief of cardiovascular radiology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital from 1968 to 1977. He then was chief of diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine at both Cooper Medical Center in Camden, from 1977 to 1989, and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in West Piscataway, NJ, from 1980 to 1989. As a teenager during World War II, Koson Kuroda spent three years in U.S. internment camps for people of Japanese background. In 1942, Dr. Kuroda, his parents, two sisters, and four brothers were taken to a holding camp at Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia, CA, and, eventually, to the Jerome, AR War Relocation Center. Dr. Kuroda graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology at the Berkeley campus of the University of California in January 1954, when he was 24. After serving in the Army in Hawaii, he graduated from the medical school at Northwestern University in 1960. He was an intern and resident at Philadelphia General Hospital until 1964, earned a 1965 fellowship in cardiovascular radiology at Graduate Hospital, and worked as an assistant radiologist at Graduate and Jefferson University hospitals. “He started the interventional radiology program at Jefferson,” which uses minimally invasive techniques, his son Greg Kuroda ’88 said. In 2010, Dr. Kuroda received the Camden County Medical Society 50-year recognition award. A longtime member of the Japanese-American Citizens League, Dr. Kuroda was president of its Philadelphia chapter in 1976. Besides his son, Dr. Kuroda is survived by his wife of 45 years, Karen, daughter Alexandra Valenti, two brothers, and three grandchildren.
Kaushik “KP” Patel of Moorestown died on July 29. He is survived by his wife Alka, his daughterEsha ’23, his parents Ratilal and Sushilaben, a brother and three sisters.
Henry Reeves Edmunds II died in July at the age of 93. He was a resident of Haddon Heights. Born in Philadelphia, he lived in Haddon Heights the majority of his life with his wife of 63 years, Edith. He was a retired math teacher, most recently of Heritage Junior High in Cherry Hill. Mr. Edmunds also worked part-time as a realtor at Carey’s in Ocean City as well as teaching summer school there for many years. Mr. Edmunds was also a member of the Welcome and Mayflower Societies. The Henry R. Edmunds School in Northeast Philadelphia was named after his grandfather. He was an avid collector and a singer, having been a tenor in various barbershop choruses for many years. He was a member of the Moorestown Monthly Meeting. He is survived by his children Thomas Edmunds ’80 and Nancy Edmunds, five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. He was predeceased by his daughter Deborah Weaver.
Elliott Richardson, of Riverton, died on June 30 at the age of 90. He was a decorated World War II veteran, a printer and father of seven children. He was born in Philadelphia and attended George School where he met his wife, Elizabeth Schaff Richardson ’41, who left MFS for George School in ninth grade. Elizabeth Richardson, who died in 2006, was an assistant librarian at MFS for many years, retiring in 1991. He matriculated at Swarthmore College majoring in civil engineering and was a catcher for the baseball team. His college career was interrupted by World War II when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was a first gunner with the 104th Infantry Division and served in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany. He was involved in the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded a Bronze Star for heroic action. After the war he earned his college degree from Swarthmore College. He was employed by Dando-Schaff Printing and Publishing Company in West Philadelphia for 40 years. As a child, Elliott vacationed with his family in Deer Isle, ME, later taking his children and grandchildren there. He also enjoyed travelling in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador. He is survived by his children, Robert Richardson ’63, Frederick Richardson ’63, Mary Richardson Bossen ’65, Elizabeth Ann Richardson Hagstoz ’67, Carol Richardson Gavounas, Daniel Richardson ’79 and James Richardson ’85, his grandson Samuel Bossen ’92 and 16 other grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
Peter D. Yoder, former MFS Director of Admissions, of Penobscot, ME died on September 5 at the age of 75. He was born in New York City. Peter grew up in Nashville, TN and graduated from Westtown School in 1955 and Hamilton College in 1960, and did graduate study at the University of Maine, Orono, in the mid-1960s. He married Judith Young in 1959. He coached soccer and taught at Fryeburg Academy in Maine, 1960-1962, and Oakwood School in New York, 1962-1968. He was Assistant Head of School and Director of Development at Poughkeepsie Day School in New York where he organized the addition of grades 10-12 from 1968 to 1971. He moved to Penobscot in 1971 and worked for Helen and Scott Nearing and for H.O.M. E. Inc., a craft cooperative in Orland. In 1973 he married Carolyn A. Merriell. They had recently celebrated 39 years of marriage. He worked as assistant administrator for Downeast Health Services, 1973-1977, and founded South Penobscot Wood Works with partner David Larson in 1973, which became Peter’s principal workplace from 1977 to 1981. He returned to school administration as Headmaster of Adirondack Mountain School, Long Lake, NY, 1981-1982; Headmaster of Olney Friends School, Barnesville, OH, 1982-1985; and Director of Admissions at Moorestown Friends School, 1985-1987. He returned to Maine in 1987 and resumed woodworking and construction work with David Larson, retiring in 2000. His volunteer work included serving on Penobscot School Committee, George Stevens Academy Joint Board and Board of Trustees, and on the Washington Hancock Community Action Program Agency Board in the 1970s to early 1980s. Later he served on the boards of Bay School, Blue Hill; Downeast Health Services, and Maine Initiatives. He was clerk of the board of Olney Friends School as it was restructured from 1999 to 2008. Peter enjoyed organic gardening with initial influence from Helen and Scott Nearing, camping in Baxter State Park with friends, and fly fishing in Pennsylvania and northern Maine. He completed many construction projects including his new home in 2007. National news and connecting with extended family, old friends and former students continued to engage his interest. Working in the woods was a constant activity, and he was known for his neatly cut and stacked firewood. Surviving in addition to his wife, Carolyn A. Yoder, are his children, Tom Yoder and his wife, Colleen, Ted Yoder and his wife, Michelle, and Jennifer DeJoy and her husband, Derek, five grandchildren, sister Anne Paxson Vogt and her husband, Kenneth W., and a niece and nephew, Elizabeth Kreitzer, and Robert Vogt, and their families.