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Wilberta “Billie” Buswell Barnes, sister of the late Robert Buswell ’23, was born on January 18, 1913 and passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2013. Wilberta was a resident of Lakewood, NJ.
Barbara Nash of Newville, PA, died at Swaim Health Center, Green Ridge Village, on May 2, 2012. Born on January 14, 1915, she was the daughter of Duane H. Nash II and Madeleine Robertson Nash. Barbara spent her early years in the Nash family home at 123 Cross Hill Road, Millington, NJ. In 1920 she moved with her family to New Smyrna Beach, FL, and then to Savannah, GA, before settling on Hickory Lane in Haddonfield in 1924.
Following the death of her mother in 1948, Barbara and her father renovated a farmhouse in Manlius, NY, where she encouraged her father to raise chickens. After her father’s death in 1960, she moved to Jamesville, NY.
Barbara graduated from Moorestown Friends School. During her high school years, she studied ballet under Catherine Littlefield, founder of the Philadelphia Ballet Company. Following her graduation from Randolph Macon College, she taught at Ashley Hall Junior College before attending New York University, where she received a master’s in dance education. She was a professor in the Physical Education Department at Syracuse University, where she taught dance for more than 35 years. Among her dance students were Paul Taylor and football legends Jimmy Brown and Floyd Little. While at Syracuse, Barbara also received a master’s in library science, learned to fly a single engine airplane, and wrote and published a book, Tap Dance.
Following her retirement, Barbara and her longtime friend and companion, Kit Stauffer, moved to Green Ridge Village, Newville, PA. Barbara enjoyed living in this delightful community and meeting new friends. She was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Shippensburg, PA.
Barbara travelled widely during her lifetime. Among her favorite destinations were India, Egypt, Portugal, and Nova Scotia. She visited China shortly after President Nixon’s historic visit in 1972.
The only continent she did not visit was Antarctica. Barbara appreciated the culture of all the countries she visited and always brought home mementos representative of their arts and crafts. Closer to home, one of her favorite places was the beach cottage her mother designed in Stone Harbor, NJ. Barbara enjoyed crafts, including knitting, furniture refinishing, stained glass, jewelry and ceramics.
She was an accomplished artist, often making sketches of places she had visited. She also enjoyed reading and spending time with her friends and family.
Barbara was predeceased by her brothers, Duane H. Nash III and Delos Robertson Nash, and a nephew, David R. Nash. She leaves two nieces, Nancy Nash Johnson and her husband, Keith, of Nashville, TN, and Susan Nash Rice and her husband, Jonathan, of Springfield, MA; a nephew, John Thomas Nash and his wife, Martha Jane of Las Vegas, NM; four grandnieces; three grandnephews; eight great-grandnieces; and four great grandnephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Shippensburg, PA, or to the Green Ridge Village Benevolent Fund.
Evelyn Senseman Thompson passed away on May 10, 2013, just a few weeks shy of her 95th birthday. She was born in Philadelphia in 1918 and grew up in New Jersey, attending Moorestown Friends School and Earlham College in Indiana.
Mrs. Thompson was a Navy wife, marrying Edward Everett Thompson, an engineer and Chief Petty Officer, in 1950. After his service in the Korean War, they settled in New Jersey, where Evelyn volunteered at her church and became a master gardener while Edward traveled as a consultant to International Silver. They retired to Freedom Village in Bradenton, FL, and were both active and beloved members of Community Baptist Church, volunteering and tutoring at Community Christian School for many years.
Mrs. Thompson’s husband Edward predeceased her in December 2011. She is survived by Edward’s sister, Mary Virginia Thompson Cadbury of Hanover, NH; and her two nieces, Elizabeth Cadbury (Arthur Borror) of Pittsfield, NH, and Margaret Cadbury (Ching Wong) of San Francisco, CA, as well as many friends.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to Community Christian School, 5500 18th St. East, Bradenton, FL 34203, will be gratefully accepted in honor of Evelyn’s life and service to the community and to the Lord.
Elizabeth Bushnell Black, sister of the late David Bushnell ’40 and the late Margaret Ann Bushnell ’35, was born on September 10, 1920 and passed away on Monday, August 26, 2013. Elizabeth was a resident of Newtown Square, PA.
Elizabeth “Betty” Wheeler Shoemaker, 93, sister of the late Letitia Raymond ’32, Janet Brunt ’34, Virginia Coe ’35, and Mary Grimes ’41, a 33-year resident of Annapolis and previously of College Park, MD, died August 9, 2013. Born in Masonville, NJ on June 3, 1920 to the late Harold J. and Letitia M. Wheeler, Elizabeth volunteered for 25 years as a transportation coordinator for the Prince George’s Chapter of the American Red Cross.
A member of Calvary United Methodist Church and the Navy Women’s Golf Association, she enjoyed gardening, golf, bowling, floral arranging, and reading. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, V. Bertram Shoemaker. She is survived by her son, Robert B. (Nancy) Shoemaker of Annapolis, two daughters, Lynn S. (Donald) Ogburn of Davidsonville, MD, and Betsy (Bill) Zimmerman of Riva; five grandsons, Michael Ogburn of Crownsville, Kevin Ogburn of Frederick, MD, William Zimmerman of Edgewater, MD, Patrick Shoemaker of Annapolis, MD, and Kurt Zimmerman of Riva, MD; three granddaughters, Lynn Wimmer of Finksburg, MD, Melanie McElhenny of Crofton, MD, and Kate Shoemaker of Los Angeles, CA; and fourteen great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ginger Cove Foundation or Calvary United Methodist Church, 301 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21401.
Molly Smith French, sister of Robert L. Smith ’42 and Nancy Smith Goldsmith ’46, was a longtime resident of Alexandria, VA and an alumna of the University of North Carolina (B.A., English literature). She was the widow of David French; they were married over 55 years.
She is survived by her brother Robert L. Smith of Bethesda, MD and her sister Nancy Smith Goldsmith of Honolulu, HI, and her children George and Robert and their families. Molly, her siblings, and her Stokes, Cooper, and Wood cousins had ties to MFS that reach back to its founding.
Diana Hassrick Douglas, sister of the late Kenneth Hassrick ’40, of Southern Pines, NC passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2013 after a brief illness. Mrs. Douglas, the daughter of Ethel Royal Hassrick, was raised in Philadelphia and at her grandfather’s farm in Wenonah, NJ. Her grandfather was Belford Grant Royal, who worked closely with E.R. Johnson, the inventor of the Victor Talking Machine and founder of the RCA Company. Mrs. Douglas was educated at Friends Central School in Philadelphia and Bradford College in Haverhill, MA.
Mrs. Douglas and her first husband, the late William A. Goff, lived in Valley Forge, PA before moving to Southern Pines, where they built a horse farm. Diana enjoyed hunting with Moore County Hounds for 30 years and participated in many hunter trials, hunter paces, schooling shows, and carriage driving. She was a committed volunteer, serving as president of the Moore County Humane Society and the Southern Pines Garden Club. She was a long-term active member of the Village Chapel in Pinehurst, NC, a greeter at bible study, and an avid needlepointer.
Mrs. Douglas is survived by her four children: Susan Shiffer, of Raleigh, NC; Bill Goff of Virginia Beach, VA; Gwen Haag of Tucson, AZ; and Greg Goff of Wilmington, DE, as well as by six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her second husband, John C. Douglas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Moore County Humane Society, NC.
Beth Roberts Durgin, sister of S. Coles Roberts ’43, died on October 22, 2013. Beth and Coles grew up on the family’s fruit farm in Vincentown.
Beth was an alumna of Oberlin College. She married Wilmot Durgin in 1948, whom she met in Paris after World War II, while they were both working with the American Friends Service Committee. In their early married years they worked in Philadelphia on the Weekend Work Camps organized by the late David S. Richie ’42. In the 1950s, the Durgins joined The Bruderhof (then called The Society of Brethren), and moved with their three sons, Larry, Carl, and Malcolm, to a Bruderhof community in Connecticut, and later to Bruderhof communities in Catskill and Elka Park in upstate New York. The Bruderhof is an international Christian communal movement.
Elizabeth Danenhower Rhoads, 89, sister of the late John C. Danenhower ’48, of Richmond, IN, died Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Friends Fellowship Community. Born October 5, 1924, in Haddonfield to John W. and Laura Elizabeth German Danenhower, Betty had lived in Richmond since 1960. She was a 1946 graduate of Mount Holyoke College.
Betty loved God and was a member of Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church. She was very involved with the Richmond Chapter of the D.A.R. and she volunteered many hours of service with the Reid Hospital Auxiliary. Survivors include her daughter, Laurie Diane Rhoads of Arlington, TX; granddaughter, Danielle Church of Elizabethton, TN; and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert R. Rhoads, who died in 2008; daughter, Elizabeth Ann “Libby” Rhoads; parents; and brother, John C. Danenhower III.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Reid Hospital Foundation, 1100 Reid Parkway, Richmond, IN 47374 or Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1004 North A Street, Richmond, IN 47374.
Eleanor Pennypacker Barclay passed away on December 23, 2013. Daughter of the late Joseph W. and Mary Bergen Pennypacker; Wife of the late Ralph P. Barclay, Jr.; Beloved Mother of Eleanor Barclay Geoghegan (Arthur); Ralph P. Barclay; Susan Barclay Onofrio (Marshall) and the late James R. Barclay; Devoted grandmother of five; Great-grandmother of four; and cherished aunt of many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Barclay was a graduate of Temple University in Music Education and taught at Moorestown Friends School. Music, family and the church were at the core of her life. She was a congregant at First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield for 60 years; sang in the Chancel Choir and played in the Moore Handbell Choir for many decades. She was a member of the United Presbyterian Women and was a circle leader for many years.
Donations may be made in Eleanor’s name to First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield, for the Music Fund, or Susan G. Komen For The Cure.
Suzanne Troxell Hotchkiss, 84, cousin of Maria Randall Allen ’41, died on November 4, 2013 in Lake Forest, IL. She leaves her devoted husband of 50 years, Eugene Hotchkiss, her daughter Ellen (Terry) Rainey of Arlington, VA, a granddaughter Sarah Rainey, loving family from coast to coast, and friends the world over.
Growing up in Riverton, she graduated from Smith College. She led student trips to Scotland and Italy, and worked for the Institute of International Education in New York and San Francisco. She pursued her personal passion for travel by going around the world by herself in 1960.
Following her marriage, she lived in Claremont, CA, where her husband was Dean of Harvey Mudd College and where her daughter was born. The family also lived in Pittsburgh, PA before moving to Lake Forest, when her husband became President of Lake Forest College in 1970.
She was an active member of the College community and an involved volunteer in the broader communities of Lake Forest and Chicago. She served as President of the Lake Forest Coterie, The Fortnightly of Chicago and the North Shore Smith Club, and was a member of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS), the Lake Forest College Women’s Board, the Lake Forest Symphony Association and the Friday Club. She also served on the Lake Forest Caucus Committee and as a trustee of the Lake Forest Public Library.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 East 56th Street, 8th floor, New York, NY 10022 or to Lake Forest College, 555 North Sheridan Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045.
John E. Entwistle
Philip Stevens died peacefully on November 14, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was a gentle, kind and loving man who taught all of us many valuable life lessons.
Philip was born in 1940 in Riverside, NJ. As a young man he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He also participated in soccer and track & field throughout his high school and college years. He attended Lehigh University and graduated in chemical engineering. Philip worked at Hercules/ATK for 35 years. He was married to the love of his life, Patricia Zilius, for 43 years.
He was transferred several times during his career. The family had countless adventures in every place they lived and settled in Utah in 1980. Philip’s favorite passion and hobby was rock hounding. As a rocket scientist, he loved everything to do with space exploration and NASA. He loved teaching and studying Geology. He was a docent for the Utah Museum of Natural History and taught Junior Science for well over 20 years. He was an active member of several mineral clubs for many years.
Phil is survived by his daughters Cheryl Rudy, (grandchildren Julia and Christian); Jennifer Stevens-Smith (husband Louis and grandchildren Carlos and Gabriel); son Mark Stevens (grandchildren Holly and Megan). In lieu of flowers donations would be graciously welcomed in his name to the Utah Museum of Natural History.
Allen Van Fossen, age 69, of Unicoi, TN, passed quietly at home with his loving wife and faithful cat companion, Rory, by his side on Tuesday, March 13, 2012.
Charles was a native of Camden, and was a son of the late Charles Allen Sr. and Naomi Hofflinger Van Fossen. He was a Real Estate Broker with Century 21 in Port Charlotte, FL, for 20 years and then moved to Unicoi in 2006. He loved vintage cars. Charles served in the United States Navy during Vietnam.
He leaves behind his wife of 34 years, Kathleen Kennedy Van Fossen, of Unicoi.
In lieu of flowers the family wishes memorial contributions be made to the Unicoi County Animal Shelter, 185 N. Industrial Drive, Erwin, TN 37650; or to an Animal Shelter of your choice.
Sandra Eckenhoff Muckenfuss, sister of Theodore Eckenhoff ’55, passed away on Sunday, December 29, 2013. She was 69 years of age. Born and raised in Medford, she is the daughter of the late Alvin and Verna Eckenhoff.
Sandra is the Founder of Mill Creek Organic Farm in Medford, and she and her husband owned Son Shine Christian Bookstore in Moorestown for 25 years. She is a member of the Fellowship Alliance Chapel where she was involved in a number of ministries including Alpha USA. A farm girl at heart, she enjoyed horses and was a member of the NJ Farm Bureau.
She is the Beloved Wife of Lou Muckenfuss for 50 years and the Loving Mother of Kenneth L. Muckenfuss and his wife Nancy Lynn of Todd, PA, Richard L. Muckenfuss and his wife Kimberly of Washington Twp., NJ and Chad L. Muckenfuss and his wife Sandra Kate of Medford. She is also survived by her brother A. Theodore Eckenhoff and his wife Linda of Southampton and her grandchildren Jesse, Joshua, Andrew, Dylan, Tyler, Chase, Austin, Victoria, Emma and Alex.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy the family requests memorial donations to Fellowship Alliance Chapel or Alpha USA/NJ South.
Frank Adler, 60, of Cherry Hill, a devoted husband and father with a love for computers, died at his home Sunday, March 16, after a five-month battle with lung cancer. He was surrounded by his loved ones.
A health information technology manager with Kennedy Health System, he was the supportive husband of Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey President Betty Adler.
“Frank was so proud of all Betty was accomplishing as board president,” said Jennifer Dubrow Weiss, Federation’s CEO. “His smile at Federation functions when Betty spoke was contagious and so very proud. Frank’s smile, spirit and warmth will be missed by all who knew him.”
Besides his wife, he was survived by a son Lawrence and his wife Allison, and a sister, Lynn Adler. Contributions in his memory can be made to the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey.
Andrew Blake, 62, father of Kay Blake Eljdid ’03 and a special education teacher for 25 years, died of gastric cancer Monday, December 16, at Samaritan Inpatient Hospice Center at Virtua Memorial in Mount Holly.
Born in Teaneck, Mr. Blake studied special education at what is now Rowan University and soon after graduating started his first job, as a special-education teacher at Twin Hills Elementary School in Willingboro. He stayed in it for all 25 years of his career.
“He loved it there – loved the teachers, he loved all the principals he worked for, and got along great with the aides, the parents; and he had generations of kids,” said his wife, Norma, who for a decade was state librarian of New Jersey.
Mr. Blake retired after the last academic year.
In all those years, she said, her husband never thought about leaving his special education students, normally third, fourth, and fifth graders, to become an administrator or to teach other subjects or students.
“He wanted to work with children, and he wanted to work with people with special needs,” she said.
When their daughter, Catherine “Kay” Eljdid, joined the Ocean Township School District as a speech pathologist, Norma Blake said, Mr. Blake was thrilled.
“He was so proud of the fact that she is now working in the school system, and they talked schools all the time,” Norma Blake said.
In 1978, the then-Norma Sheppard met Mr. Blake while hiking in the Ramapo Mountains as part of a club event.
They married in 1980, and soon afterward moved into her mother’s house in Moorestown.
That year, Mr. Blake joined a tradition of his wife’s family, visiting Vermont every summer. The couple began traveling, Norma Blake said, joining a pair of friends for excursions to Italy, Ireland, Canada, and the Caribbean. But Vermont was always her husband’s favorite, she said.
An avid reader and swimmer, Mr. Blake would “take piles of books” to Lake Champlain each year. Mr. Blake was a history buff and kept an eye on current events as an avid reader of newspapers, his wife said. “He could talk to anyone. He just knew a lot about a lot of different subjects,” she said.
Mr. Blake was also a volunteer at the Moorestown Friends School Thrift Shop, spending a decade working the cash register, carrying bags, and doing whatever else needed doing at the place he called his “retail empire.”
Even as stomach and bone cancer advanced quickly in just a few months, Mr. Blake always worried more about others than himself, Norma Blake said. “He was very stoic about it,” she said.
Besides his wife and daughter, he is survived by a sister and a brother.
Contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Cathy Boutin, wife of Peter Boutin ’76, age 61, of E. Gambier Street, Mount Vernon, OH, passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at her home surrounded by her loving family after her courageous year-long battle with cancer. She was born on July 7, 1952 in Seattle, WA to Vincent and Shirley (Vig) Cornell. Cathy was a 1970 graduate of Stadium High School in Tacoma, WA and served as the general manager of Kmart for 25 years. She also worked in the cash office at Walmart for several years.
Upon moving to Mount Vernon in 1992, Cathy worked in the Kenyon College admissions office for over 10 years where she cherished interacting and helping prospective students. She enjoyed attending her children’s soccer and rugby games and loved always having treats for the dogs who visited her office at Kenyon.
She is survived by her mother, Shirley Cornell, her husband of 24 years, Peter Boutin, a son, Brian Boutin of Mount Vernon, a daughter, Chelsea Boutin of Mount Vernon, a sister, Cheryl Loete of Tacoma, WA and close relatives, Kasey Lynn Loete, Laurie Ann Loete, Brayden Katzer, Keaton Katzer, Thomas M. Boutin, Theresa Boutin, Tom Boutin Jr., Matthew Boutin, Margaux Boutin, Kaye Cobb, Scott Boutin, Anne Boutin McGuire, Edward McGuire, Lindsey McGuire, Lauren McGuire, Christopher McGuire, Maurice Boutin, and Claire Boutin. She was preceded in death by her father, Vincent Cornell.
A special thank you to Kenyon College, Hospice of Knox County, and all of her dear friends who gave her wonderful care and support. Memorial contributions in Cathy’s name may be made to the Knox County Animal Shelter, OH.
Richard Dakin, father of Adam Dakin ’81 and Nathana Dakin Hirsch ’86, passed away on December 29, 2013. Husband of Sue (nee Feferblum) of Philadelphia. Father of Adam Dakin (Lisa) and Nathana Dakin Hirsch (Michael). Brother of Burton Dakin. Grandfather of Alec, Sara, and Ryan. Loving husband, devoted father, adoring “Poppy”; avid tennis player, lover of animals, practicing dentist for 35 years and passionate professor of dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania Dental School.
Betty Dowlin of Moorestown, wife of former MFS Business Manager Cornell Dowlin, died on February 21, 2014, at Virtua Memorial Hospital, Mt. Holly.
She was born in Philadelphia to Roy and Edith B. Taylor. She graduated from Germantown Hospital School of Nursing and The School of Education of the University of Pennsylvania. She served as a nurse in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during World War II and worked at The Germantown Hospital Maternity Department prior to her marriage.
Survivors are her husband of 52 years Cornell M. Dowlin, Jr., two nieces, and a nephew.
She enjoyed summers in Ocean City, NJ and volunteered at many organizations, including Red Cross blood donor volunteer and as President of the Women’s association of The Methodist Hospital in South Philadelphia.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to “The Building Fund” of The Haddonfield United Methodist Church, 29 Warwick Road, Haddonfield, NJ 08033.
Nick Fifis, father of the late Leo Fifis ’84, of Brigantine & Singer Island, FL died on November 21, 2013. Beloved husband of Marie and predeceased wife Irene (nee Vastardis). Devoted father of Chris (Dori) Fifis of Yardley, PA, Francesca (Mary) Fifis of Sonoma, CA, and predeceased son Leo. Loving grandfather of Nickolas, Stephanie, Harrison, Nicholas, and great-grandchildren Zoe and Stella. Dear brother of Mike (Mary) Fifis of Tarpon Springs, FL, Argyro Kyriakaki of Athens, Greece, Irene, John Voltis of Marlton, NJ, Helen Kontos of Cherry Hill, NJ, and predeceased Violetta, George, and James. Also survived by Violetta and Dora Fifis.
Nick was born in Korthion Andros, Greece in 1923 and came to the United States at age 29. He was the founder of Ponzio’s Brookline Restaurant in 1958 and Ponzio’s Cherry Hill in 1966. He was a successful businessman and philanthropic leader and Archon of the Greek Orthodox Church, loved and respected by all who knew him. The family requests in lieu of flowers donations to MONI Greek Orthodox Church Korthion Andros, Greece.
James Henry, father of Carol Henry ’71, who had lived most of his life in South Jersey before moving to Naples, Fla., died on Monday, November 25, just days after being diagnosed with aggressive lung and liver cancer.
Mr. Henry and his family built a national reputation in the construction industry, providing concrete-block landscaping products. Known as hardscaping, the decorative and structural blocks are used for patios, retaining walls, fire pits, and other projects.
The company, founded in 1903 by Edward P. Henry in his Woodbury basement, has a history of donating materials and labor for veteran and 9/11 memorials. It recently provided materials to help restore the Statue of Liberty after Hurricane Sandy. It is one of the oldest continually run family businesses in the country, James Henry said, and celebrated its 100th year in 2003.
Mr. Henry was born and raised in Woodbury and graduated from Woodbury High School in 1943. Mr. Henry then joined the Army Air Corps for two years. After his discharge, he attended Cornell University, where he graduated in 1949 with a degree in administrative engineering. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta.
After graduating from college, Mr. Henry joined his father in the family business, becoming president and chief executive officer in 1960. He retired in 1994.
Mr. Henry served as a director on a number of boards in New Jersey including the Underwood-Memorial Hospital in Woodbury (now Inspira Medical Center Woodbury), where he was a trustee and former chairman.
He was a member of the Woodbury Chamber of Commerce, and past president of the Woodbury Rotary Club and the Concrete Masonry Association of New Jersey.
He served on the planning board and borough council in Wenonah, where he lived for 20 years.
Besides his son James, Mr. Henry is survived by his wife, Natalie; daughter, Carol Jean, son, A. Shafer Henry, and stepdaughter, Natalie Woodbury; seven grandchildren, and a sister.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Inspira Foundation Gloucester County, 509 N. Broad St., Woodbury, N.J. 08096.
Barbara Smith Johnston, mother of Janice Johnston ’88 and Jennifer Johnston ’86, passed away on March 6, 2014. She was born to the late Senora and Andrew Smith in Hampton, VA. Barbara was the beloved wife of 50 years to Theodore M. Johnston, Jr., M.D. and devoted mother to Jennifer Johnston MA, APR (The Rev. Larry Smith) of Cherry Hill, NJ, and Janice Johnston, Esq. of New York, NY; she is also survived by brothers Andrew J. Smith and Charles S. Smith, M.D., both of Albuquerque, NM.
Barbara finished first in the 1951 class of Huntington High School, Newport News, VA and was a 1955 graduate of Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA. She finished first in her graduate school class, earning a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Richmond Professional Institute (RPI), at the time known as the Richmond Division of the College of William and Mary and now Virginia Commonwealth University. Before retirement, she worked as a hospital psychiatric social worker, most recently at Ancora State Hospital in Hammonton, NJ and as a school social worker for the Merchantville School District. She was also a dedicated volunteer, serving on the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Camden County and as the President of the Haddonfield Friends School PTA. She became a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in 1952 at Virginia State University and was a charter member of the Theta Pi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the largest Chapter in New Jersey. She enjoyed genealogical research, reading, doing crossword puzzles, gardening and spending time with family and friends.
Carleton Jones, husband of Elinor Hull Jones ’53, died following a heart attack on September 25, 2013. He is survived by his beloved wife Elinor and his two loving children, Rebecca Jones (Michael Toner) and Carleton S. Jones (Lisa Magill).
Carleton had been very interested and supportive of the work being done at The Quietmind Foundation for their work in experimental treatments for Alzheimer’s disease patients (and other diseases). The Quietmind Foundation focuses on studying drug-free, non-invasive approaches to understanding and treating disorders that affect people’s thinking, behavior and movement. You can find out more about the foundation on their website (quietmindfdn.org), if you choose to make a donation in Carleton’s name.
Albert Szczepkowski, father of Carl Szczepkowski ’73, died suddenly on September 30, 2013. Al was born in Torun, Poland on June 30, 1924, formerly of Anchor Street in Philadelphia, Moorestown,and since 1990, Sarasota, FL. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 47 years, Leonore (Lee) Wolaniuk Szczepkowski.
Al came to the United States, via Ellis Island, at the age of 9 in 1933. Throughout his life, he remained a staunch Republican, while maintaining a very open mind and respecting all points of view. He enlisted in the Army and fought overseas in WWII, was injured several times, held as a prisoner of war, was awarded the Purple Heart three times, the Bronze Star, and many other medals during his service. He attained the rank of Captain, subsequently turning down a promotion to Colonel in order to return to civilian life and resume his college education. He had a passion for education and attended several universities including Northeastern University and the University of Alabama, before, during, and after the war. He graduated from Drexel University where he received three degrees – in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
After working for several years as an Engineer, for other companies, he started his own company, SWEMCO, in 1965 with his brother, Ted Szczepkowski, his brother-in-law, Ed Wolaniuk, and longtime friend, Ed Smith. The company, now in its 48th year, is run by second and third generation sons and grandchildren of Al, and he celebrated the fact that a fifth generation of Szczepkowski’s was born and living in what he thought was the greatest country in the world, America. Al met his wife, Leonore Wolaniuk, at the Polish American Club in Philadelphia, and they married in 1951. Al enthusiastically supported Lee’s musical career as a violinist throughout their long marriage by pitching in to make dinner for their sons and attending the many musical venues Lee played in, from classical to pop and opera to musicals. After Leonore’s death, he met and married Anya Karlsson of Sarasota, FL, who was his wife at the time of Al’s passing. They had many common interests and enjoyed “all things Polish”, traveling and having long philosophical discussions daily.
Al is survived by and will be sorely missed by his wife, Anya, his brother Ted of Warminster, PA, sons, Robert, Carl and Richard, daughters-in-law, Andrea and Jacqueline, grandchildren, Christina (and husband Justen Scheule), Alexander, Daniel, Samantha (and husband Jacob Brickley), Maximilian, Craig, Grace and great-grandson, Quinn.
Contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Richard Tatlow, father of Rose Tatlow ’84 and Thomas Tatlow ’85.
Deborah Troemner, 81, mother of Susan Troemner Herard ’76, of Lumberton, a prominent former volunteer for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, died Monday, November 4, 2013, at the Samaritan Hospice Inpatient Center in Mount Holly of complications after a stroke. A resident of Moorestown from 1956 to 2000, Mrs. Troemner had lived since then at the Lumberton campus of Medford Leas, the retirement community.
A volunteer guide at the Art Museum from the 1960s into the 1990s, Mrs. Troemner was an administrator of museum volunteers in the middle 1980s.
She was also, from the late 1980s into the early 1990s, an administrator for the Park House Guides, volunteers trained by the Art Museum to conduct tours of the publicly owned 18th-century homes in Fairmount Park.
And she assisted the Friends of Independence Park with annual Philadelphia Open House Tours from the late 1970s to the early 1980s. She had been a member of the Friends since 1974.
In South Jersey, Mrs. Troemner was, for a time, the president and a trustee of the Historical Society of Haddonfield and a board member of the Moorestown Home and School Association, the Moorestown Tricentennial Celebration Committee of 1982, and the Moorestown Improvement Association.
A committeewoman for the Republican Party of Moorestown, she was a member of the Smith Club of Philadelphia and the First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown.
Born in Ithaca, NY, Mrs. Troemner graduated from Abbot Academy in Andover, MA, in 1949 and earned a bachelor’s in art history at Smith College in 1953. Mrs. Troemner was the co-editor in 1999 of the 50th-reunion book for her Abbot class, was on its reunion committee, and served as its class agent.
Besides her son, she is survived by daughter Susan Herard and four granddaughters. Her former husband, R. Wallace Troemner Jr., died in 1999. Donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 101 Bridgeboro Rd., Moorestown, NJ 08057.