In Memoriam – Spring 2013

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. Thank you.

1931

Elizabeth Matlack Haines died on November 8, a resident of Medford Leas. A former Moorestown resident and research chemist before women generally landed such jobs, she was one of the first women to work for the DuPont Company as a research chemist. She was descended from William Matlack, who landed in Burlington in 1677. She attended Moorestown Friends School through ninth grade, and graduated from Westtown School in 1931. She went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from Mount Holyoke College in 1935 and 1937. In 1937 she became one of the first three women hired by DuPont as a chemist. She researched paint pigments at DuPont’s Newark, DE facility, working on the upper floor. Mrs. Haines married Bernard Haines, a Westtown classmate, in 1941 and turned her attention to homemaking and community service. The two resided in Maple Shade for over 30 years and in Medford for the past 38 years. A birthright Quaker, she served on the MFS School Committee for 28 years, and as an overseer of Moorestown Friends Meeting for the same period. She served on the board of the Moorestown Visiting Nurse Association and coordinated the Moorestown Meeting’s “Sewing Group.” The group repaired clothing for the Material Aid Program of the American Friends Service Committee. Her family said Mrs. Haines was happiest outdoors, spending weekends in the pines at a cottage along the Rancocas Creek in Medford, and hiking and swimming in Maine. She also enjoyed travel. She is survived by her children, Philip Haines ’63Bruce Haines ’73 and Gail Haines, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brother Robert W. Matlack ’27 and her father Samuel Matlack, a former MFS School Committee member.

1936

W. Edward Borton of Moorestown died on November 19, 2012 at the age of 94. Born in Moorestown and a lifelong resident, he was most recently of Cadbury at Cherry Hill. Ed was a graduate of Moorestown Friends School and Earlham College. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Medical Corps and worked at RCA for 42 years. Ed was very involved in the community, serving on the board of the Historical Society of Moorestown and the Community House. He was a member of the Y’s Men’s Club, the Moorestown Shade Tree Commission and served as Treasurer of the Burlington County Girl Scout Council. He was a former School Committee member of Moorestown Friends School. A birthright Quaker, he later became a member and Deacon of the First Presbyterian Church. He was the loving husband of May (Ulmer) Borton for 56 years; the father of Richard (Kathy) of Moorestown, William (Beverly) of Medford, and Elizabeth Mallon (Jay) of Blue Bell, PA.; the grandfather of Christine and John Borton; and is also survived by many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his sisterMargaret Borton ’28 and his brother Alfred C. Borton ’25.

Frank Haley of Haddonfield died on March 9, 2012. He is survived by his brother Robert Haley ’40and his sons Donald ’63 and Thomas.

1937

Malcolm Roberts, a resident of Medford, died on December 23 at the age of 92. Malcolm was born in Marlton where he grew up on a farm. He attended MFS and the George School, before graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University in 1941. He pursued graduate studies in chemical engineering at the University of Illinois, where he met his wife Margaret. They married in 1945. Malcolm worked as a chemical engineer for Goodyear Tire in Akron, OH and then Rohm and Haas in Philadelphia. After ten years, he left chemical engineering to return to farming, working with his father Byron on the family farm. He was a member of Moorestown Monthly Meeting. He sent his children to MFS and served on the School Committee for many years. He served as Treasurer for the School Committee and for Moorestown Monthly Meeting. He had 31 years of perfect attendance at the Marlton Rotary Club and also belonged to the Moorestown YMCA Men’s Club for many years. He enjoyed watching professional and college sports. He loved skiing and took the family on many trips to Vermont and Colorado. He was still skiing at almost 89 years of age. Malcolm is survived by his children, Karen Roberts ’77,Rebecca Roberts ’70David Roberts ’73Nancy Roberts ’66 and Thomas Roberts ’65, his brother Kirk, sisters Alice and Carol, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

1941

Margaret Janney Bowker of Hainesport died on November 23, 2012 at the age of 88. Margaret was born ‘on the farm’ in Rancocas, attended Moorestown Friends School, married and raised her family in Rancocas where she was a postal clerk for more than 40 years. Margaret was raised as a Quaker and later became a member of the First Church of Christ Scientists in Moorestown. She loved spending time at the family home in Barnegat Light on Long Beach Island. Margaret is survived by four children Donald Bowker, Linda Challender, Sally Phelan and Janette Jones. Margaret was blessed with 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson. Margaret also is survived by her brother, Ernest Janney ’47 and her sisters Eleanor Janney Dunfee ’53 and Frances Janney Ventola ’50 and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Keith H. Bowker.

Janet McLaren Johnson Hewes of Chestertown, MD died on October 31 at the age of 88. Janet was born on January 23, 1924 to Eldridge Reeves Fenimore Johnson and Janet MacLaren Darby Johnson of Moorestown. She attended MFS until the family moved to Gladwyne, PA where she graduated from the Shipley School in 1942. She earned degrees from Pine Manor Junior College and Harcum Junior College in Medical Technology. She then served as a medical technician at the Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. In 1950 she married Robert Morris Hewes III ’40 of Moorestown. They settled in Gladwyne where they raised their four children. In 1986 they moved to Bachelor’s Hope Farm on the Eastern Shore in Chestertown, MD. A former district commissioner of the Bridlewild Pony Club, she was an avid horsewoman who had fox hunted as a child and later in Chestertown with Master of the Foxhounds the late Wilbur Hubbard. Mrs. Hewes was a serious gardener and plantswoman who successfully completed the demanding three-year horticultural certificate course at the Barnes Foundation. She was the Past President of the Mill Creek Valley Garden Club and the borders and plantings at Bachelor’s Hope Farm attest to her skill. A quietly religious person, she was a deacon of the Gladwyne Presbyterian Church and a founder of the Presbyterian Church of Chestertown. She enjoyed fishing, hunting, and trapshooting and was the president of the Valley Forge Gun Club. She loved animals and for many years served on the Board of the Kent County Humane Society. She was a member of the Colonial Dames, The Mayflower Society, The Clan MacLaren Society and served on the Boards of the Woodlynde and Shipley schools. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, her four children, Janet MacLaren Hewes Kurland, Robert Morris Hewes IV, Dana Hewes Duffield, and Donald Frederick Hewes, her ten grandchildren and her brother Eldridge Johnson ’40.

Gloria Stratton Kelly died on November 30, a resident of Georgia. Previously, she had lived in Merchantville for 68 years. She is survived by her sons Kevin Kelly ’73 and Bert Kelly ’61.

1943

Robert T. Flower of Moorestown died on March 15 at the age of 88. Bob was born in Riverton, and was a lifelong resident of the tri-boro area. He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran, and an active member of Christ Episcopal Church in Riverton, where he was a member of the vestry and was the senior warden for many years. He was a member of Riverton Country Club, and a charter member of the Riverton Historical Society. He was preceded in death by his daughter Judith Flowers Collins’66. Bob is survived by his wife Elizabeth ‘Betty’ (Rule) Flower; his sons Robert T. Flower Jr.’65 and William Flower (Fran); and his grandchildren, Whitney Elizabeth Flower, Michael Snowden, and Hunter Obrero.

1946

Jeanne Cramer Armstrong of Haddonfield died on February 11, 2012 at the age of 82. After graduating from MFS, Jeanne graduated from the University of Rochester where she was inducted into the school  Athletic Hall of Fame. A devoted homemaker, she dedicated her time to her family and enjoyed tennis and golf. She was a longtime member of Tavistock Country Club where she twice had been Club Champion. She was also a South Jersey Amateur Golf Champion. She is survived by her three children, Sue, Thomas, Jr., and William and five grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Thomas and her son Robert.

1958

Franke Jugel MacDonald of Erma died on February 18, 2012 at the age of 70. She graduated from MFS where she met her husband of nearly 35 years, the late James C. MacDonald, Jr. ’56. Franke most recently worked at Love the Cook in Cape May and had held various positions in many Cape May shops for the past 30 years. She was a devoted mother who was active in numerous groups including the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and athletic and musical booster clubs. Franke was artistic and an excellent seamstress. She helped design and sew many of the costumes for Lower Cape May Regional High School’s musicals for over 25 years. She enjoyed travelling in her motor home and trips with her family to the Shenandoah Mountains, Hilton Head, Florida and Vermont. In addition to her husband, Franke was predeceased by her sister Marcia Hazelton. She is survived by her two children, Jimmy and Heather, and two grandchildren.

1971

Frederick Beall of Woodbury died on September 15 at the age of 59. He was predeceased by his parents Dr. William and Elizabeth Beall.

1974

Karen Kaufman-Yin of Potomac, MD died on January 30. She is survived by her husband, Robert, her son, Andrew, her father Ernest Kaufman and her sister Renee Kaufman ’68. She was predeceased by her mother Mina Kaufman.

MFS Community

George G. “Bud” Aaronson, Jr., a resident of Columbus, died on December 24 at the age of 80. For most of his life, he lived and worked on Locust Hill Farms with his family.

Gardiner Bridge, Former Head of School.

William Samuel “Stick” Castone, an MFS Middle School boys basketball coach died on January 18. He was a lifelong resident of Hammonton. Bill graduated from Hammonton High School in 1965 where he excelled in basketball and football. He set the school’s basketball single game scoring record of 44 points, which still stands today. In 1969, he married Rita. He attended Glassboro State College where he earned a degree in Education. During this time, he worked at Whitehall Laboratories in Hammonton. Upon graduation, he obtained his first teaching job at Woodbury Junior-Senior High School teaching 6th grade. He then proceeded to teach at Berlin Community School for 27 years where he coached Girls Softball and Boys Basketball. Despite retiring from public education, Bill held the following positions: Teacher, Guidance Director, Vice Principal, Girls Basketball Coach, and Girls Head Track Coach at St. Joseph’s High School in Hammonton. While there, he won many South Jersey Parochial Championships. From there, he concluded his career at Our Lady of Grace and St. Anthony’s of Padua, both in Camden County. Bill was a devoted congregation member of St. Joseph’s Church, and he volunteered his time to the Hammonton Food Bank. He was also an avid runner, most recently completing the Wildwood Half Marathon with his son and daughter. He was a Philadelphia sports enthusiast and had a love of vintage Western films. However, his greatest enjoyment was spending time with his children and grandchildren. Bill was predeceased by his parents William and Vera. He is survived by his wife Rita, his children William Castone, Brian Castone, Brett Castone, Benjamin Castone, and Bethann Castone-Burke, his grandchildren Brian Jr., Riccia, Liam, and Benjamin Jr., and his sister Joanne Kennish.

Wilda H. DeCou, a resident of Medford, died on March 11 at the age of 92. A member of Moorestown Monthy Meeting, Wilda is survived by her children Tony ’60Ann DeCou Cranmer ’62Tina DeCou Krutsky ’63Pat DeCou LaMountain ’63Rolf ’65 and David ’68, her brother Wendall Mott, 14 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Thomas S. DeCou ’30 and her daughter Lauren DeCou ’58.

Barbara Elkinton of Wolfeboro, NH died on June 4, 2012 at the age of 76. Barbara was born on November 11, 1935, in Lawrence, Massachusetts. She attended schools as a youngster in Winchester and graduated from Lasell College, majoring in dietetics. She worked as a dietitian at the New England Baptist Hospital for several years. She was predeceased by her husband Robert G. Mills and son John O. S. Mills. In 1970, she moved to Wolfeboro and worked at Huggins Hospital and the Wolfeboro Chamber of Commerce and for many years ran the local Hi New Neighbor business. She was secretary for the Board of Directors of Community Bank and Trust Company. She was also involved in many voluntary activities, including The Caregivers, American Cancer Society, The Hospital Aid Group, and First Congregational Church. In 1997, Barbara married Thomas Elkinton ’39 of Wolfeboro. She and Tom traveled extensively, and she enjoyed playing golf and bridge and was an avid sports enthusiast. She and Tom were members of Harbour Ridge Golf Club in Palm City, FL and Bald Peak Colony Club in Melvin Village, NH. She leaves her loving husband, Tom, and his family, Beth and Gregg Roark of Wolfeboro, Dick and Lynn Elkinton of Gilford, NH, Buzz and Linda Elkinton of Stuart, FL, and six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Gay Goodwin Evans of Tuscon, AZ died on December 14. A woman deeply connected to her life’s purpose, she will be remembered as a vibrant, visionary, passionate person and a tireless advocate for health and social change. Gay’s interest in health education goes back to the early years after she graduated from the Oklahoma Baptist University School of Nursing in 1959. Working as a public health nurse with migrant workers in Bellglade, Florida, instilled in her the need for and value of teaching others how to take care of their own health and the health of their family. Her desire to magnify what she could do as one individual led her to enroll at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, where she received her master of science degree in 1965. After graduation she moved to California where she taught nursing students at the University of San Francisco. In 1975, Gay earned her Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certification at the University of Arizona College of Nursing. In 1977, she began working as an FNP at the El Rio Neighborhood Health Center in Tucson. When El Rio began to serve the homeless, Gay asked to become one of the nurse practitioners providing direct patient care to this underserved population. She believed if the homeless, abused women living in shelters, and prisoners could learn positive health practices they could improve their own lives and teach their children important health skills. This would help give them a path out of poverty. With this goal at the center of her work, Gay founded and directed The Health Education Project (T.H.E. Project) at El Rio Health Center.  Gay was also involved with St. Francis youth programs, Health Ministries Team, Stephens Ministries, and numerous other efforts. Her family remembers her love of travel, courageous spirit, Sunday evening phone calls with her children, animated book reading to her grandson, joy in connecting with people, and indomitable will. She is survived by her husband Art Evans ’58, her daughter Kristna, her son, Ross, her daughter-in-law Shannon and grandson Kale Otis Heero Evans.

Gloria R. Kolodziejczak, a resident of Moorestown, died on October 17 at the age of 89. For the last 15 years, Gloria was a volunteer at the Moorestown Friends School Thrift Shop. She was a loyal mother and friend. She is survived by her children Gloria, Charles, Stephen, Douglas, Christina, Stanley, Mitchell and Matthew and her five grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Lucian.

Cetin “Chet” A. Okcuoglu of Moorestown died on March 30 at the age of 70. He was a native of Istanbul, Turkey where he received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Robert College. Cetin then earned his M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering from Technical Univ. of Nova Scotia, Canada where he met and married his wife Judy of 47 years. They relocated to Burlington County in 1967 residing in Cinnaminson for 25 years before moving to Moorestown 15 years ago. Cetin was the founder, president and chief engineer of Geotech Inc., Maple Shade for 42 years and handled over 3,000 engineering projects in the U.S. and Canada including power plants, earth dams, bridges, universities, hospitals and high-rise hotels and casinos in Atlantic City. He was former chairman, Geotechnical Group, Philadelphia section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and recipient of “Geotechnical Engineer of the Year” award of ASCE, Philadelphia section in 1989. Chet provided five-year educational scholarships to Drexel University for ten fatherless Turkish boys from his hometown high school in Turkey. Cetin was the husband of Judy G. (nee – Brown), father of Lale A. Okcuoglu Verhulst ’84 (Galen),  Erol C. Okcuoglu ’85 (Daphne), Ayla S. Okcuoglu ’89 and Selen J. Okcuoglu ’98, grandfather of Aidan, Weston, Ethan and Evan Verhulst and Isobel and Sasha Okcuoglu, brother of Sermet, Yildiz and Halit all of Turkey and the late Bedia, also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Tara Smith, a resident of Deptford, died on December 31 at the age of 35. She was the mother ofChristopher “CJ” Markley ’21. Tara was born in south New Jersey on July 12, 1977 to loving parents, Thomas and Ruth Hill, and joined her brother Tommy Hill at their home. She married Chris Markley in September 2001. She loved being a mother, dancing, her family, friends and life. She was fun, funny, giving and so very beautiful. Chris and Tara, though they eventually divorced, remained good friends and excellent parents. Tara and Drew Smith were married November 20, 2010. Tara was a strong advocate for skin cancer awareness.

Victoria Thayer Starr, a resident of Hingham, MA, Chinon, France, and Rome, Italy died on March 25. She was the daughter of the late Donald C. Starr and noted painter Polly Thayer Starr.  A graduate of Westtown School, Bryn Mawr College andYale University, she taught at Moorestown Friends School from 1962-1970 and subsequently at St. Stephen’s School in Rome. She then settled in Chinon, France, where she spent 25 years restoring a historic building and received recognition as an honored citizen for her contribution to the preservation of the city’s patrimony. In 2001, she moved back to the Thayer/Starr homestead in Hingham, where she converted the carriage barn to a unique living space. She traveled extensively, read widely, experienced life with gusto and imagination, and enjoyed her many friendships to the full. She was a devoted member of the Parish of St. John the Evangelist in Hingham. She is survived by her sister Dinah Starr.

Frances Elizabeth Tallman of Medford, died on March 30 at the age of 100. Born in New Jersey, she was a longtime Jobstown resident before moving to Medford Leas over 20 years ago. She was a member of the Mount Holly Auxillary to Memorial Hospital and was a volunteer at the Children’s Home in Mount Holly. She was involved in many different activities at Medford Leas. She was predeceased by her husband Irving Tallman and her daughter Sandra Tallman Lindsey ’57. She is survived by her daughter Carol Tallman Crawford ’61, her son Peter Tallman ’63 and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Miriam Cosand Ward, mother of Elizabeth Ward Alexander ’66 and Robert C. Ward ’70.