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John A. Flick, M.D. of White Horse Village in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, passed away on October 26, 2015 at the age of 98. He graduated from Moorestown Friends School in 1935. Following his graduation from Haverford College as a chemistry major in 1939, he entered Harvard Medical School in the class of 1943. Subsequent to an internship in Virginia he began a lifelong career as a teacher and researcher at the Medical School of the University of Pennsylvania specializing in medical microbiology, immunology, and allergy. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Arlene Johnson Flick, five children and five grandchildren.
Virginia Wallace Trask passed away on November 14 in Hemet, CA. She kept her sense of humor and wit until the very end and, until a few months before her passing, she loved receiving and reading updates from MFS.
Mary “Pepper” Roberts Taylor Hinkey, 96, died on January 20. She was the daughter of Howard G. and Mary Roberts Taylor of Taylors Lane, Riverton NJ. She and her well known siblings, Joseph H.Taylor, Rebecca T. Kriebel, Margaret T. Kurtz, Barbara T. Snipes and Howard G. Taylor, Jr. grew up on the last peach farm fronting on the Delaware River. Their homestead was and continues·to be widely known for a gathering place for picnics and conferences relating to world peace and discussions regarding solving international conflicts.
Pepper, as she was known by all, was truly an All-American in several ways. She was an exemplary student at Moorestown Friends School, Class of 1936: a superb athlete – field hockey, basketball and tennis; and, a spiritual leader of the Philadelphia Young Friends Movement. She won a four year scholarship to Oberlin College in Ohio. There she met her versatile husband, Wendel Hinkey (deceased). Following living and working on the Taylor farm for a few years, they pioneered in cooperative living with other families in Celo Community in the southern Appalachians near Asheville, NC. Pepper was a spiritual leader of the community as she raised her six children and was a teacher of others.
Her living children are: Carol Alexander, Allen Hinkey,·Joan Trapnel, Stephen Hinkey, Rebecca King and Larry Hinkey. Among Pepper’s 22 nieces and nephews are two distinguished physicists, both Moorestown Friends School and Haverford College grauates: Harold Evans Taylor (deceased) who was a Professor of Physics at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Joseph H.Taylor, Jr., his younger brother, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1993 when he served with an associate on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Most of Pepper’s contemporaries are deceased. Her radiant and charismatic personality will continue to inspire the many members of the Bruderhof and a large number of Taylor, Roberts and Richie families in the Philadelphia area.
Katherine Chalmers Whitman-Arsenault, a former Bourne resident and watercolor artist, instructor, art therapist, and actress, died September 26, 2014 at Vicarage By The Sea Dementia Care Home in South Harpswell, Maine. She was 91. She was the wife of the late Frederick Grinnell Whitman and the late Ernest Stephen Arsenault.
Ms. Whitman-Arsenault was born and raised in Riverton, New Jersey, and educated at Moorestown Friends School. She followed in her mother’s footsteps and earned her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College in 1944, maintaining a life-long bond with her graduating class. Later, she received a master’s degree from University of Bridgeport in 1977. Ms. Whitman-Arsenault painted and studied extensively throughout New England and abroad. Ms. Whitman-Arsenault and Mr. Arsenault were longtime residents of Cataumet, where she maintained studio space in the top floor of the historic Arey’s Windmill located on their property on Red Brook Pond. While living on the Cape, she was a member of numerous art clubs and associations, including the Guild of Boston Artists, Cape Cod Art Association, Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Falmouth Artists’ Guild, and the New England Watercolor Society, and others in Connecticut, New York, and London. She also served as an art therapist and art instructor, both in private practice and at institutions throughout New England and Cape Cod. Outside of art, Ms. Whitman-Arsenault volunteered with such organizations as the Samaritans and the Home for Little Wanderers. She was a formidable golfer, which she attributed to her family roots in Auchtermuchty, Scotland. She was a long time member of the Darien Country Club in Darien, Connecticut. Ms. Whitman-Arsenault was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Darien and North Falmouth Congregational Church.
She leaves a daughter, Susan Taft Whitman Durant of Cohasset; two sons, Frederick G. Whitman Jr. of New London, Connecticut, and William W. Whitman of Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina; and seven grandchildren.
Elizabeth Shivers Browning passed away at Foulkeways at Gwynedd Retirement Community on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at the age of 93. Betty was born and raised in Haddonfield, NJ and later raised her family in Wyncote, PA. She was the daughter of the late Elizabeth Bainbridge and Nelson Billington Shivers. Mrs. Browning was preceded in death by her husband, William Cooper Browning, in 1992.
Mrs. Browning attended college at Western Maryland College and believed strongly in the values of Quaker Living. The Browning family has deep rooted ties with Quaker Education, including Germantown Friends School, where her children and husband all attended and Moorestown Friends School, where she attended. Betty was a horticulturalist and charter member of the Chestnut Hill Garden Club. She took many blue ribbons at the Philadelphia Flower Show. She was a member of the Philadelphia Cricket Club where she was an avid tennis player. She traveled extensively from Alaska to soaring over the South Pole, and everywhere in between. Mrs. Browning will be remembered for her love of nature and her devotion to learning. Her friendships and family were important to her and she has passed along her legacy to future generations.
Betty was the devoted mother of Elizabeth “Libby” Kuch (Jeffrey Hamilton Kuch) of Granite Falls, NC and W. Nicholson Browning (Rebecca Anne Ramsey) of Lexington, MA. She was the loving Grandmother of Tyson Hamilton Kuch, Abigail Kuch Reynolds (John Zachary Reynolds), Samuel Ramsey Browning (Amy Scheuerman Browning) and Leigh Ramsey Browning. She had one Great-Granddaughter, Elizabeth Emerson Reynolds.
Philip G. Howard, age 91, resident of Grandview Lodge, Thunder Bay passed away peacefully at on October 13, 2015 surrounded by his loving family.
Born on December 9, 1923 in Brussels, Belgium, Philip moved to New Jersey with his parents when he was about three years old and grew up there. He served in the U.S. military as a medic, and attended National Bible Institute in New York City where he met and married his wife, Margaret Funderburk Howard. (Mrs. Howard passed away in October 2014.) They served together as missionaries in the remote wilderness of Northern Canada for many years and part of that time Philip was the President of the Northern Canada Evangelical Mission. In addition to being an outdoorsman and pioneer, he was also a distinguished linguist doing translations for the Bible into Native American languages, working in translations and creating schooling materials for the government and writing a two-volume dictionary that sits in a number of university libraries, including Northwestern University in Chicago, and Oxford, England.
Philip lived his life in dedication to and obedience to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was a wonderful and selfless husband to Margaret, father to Kay Howard Anderson (Chicago) and Eugene (Gene) Howard (Thunder Bay), grandfather to 6 adoring grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.
Edmund E. Farrell died in November after a busy life riding the technology development wave and raising his family. His wife and three children are currently living in California. His sister, Lois Farrell Thomas ’49 is still living in Ohio.
William M. “Bill” Washington of Brunswick, Maine, passed away Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. He was 82. Bill was born in Boston, Ga. July 20, 1933, son of William Manley Bradshaw and Jane Emily (McIntosh) Bradshaw. When Bill was in his teens, he moved with his mother to Riverton, after she married Howard Washington. Bill graduated from Moorestown Friends High School and went on to graduate college from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington, Va. After graduating from VMI, Bill entered the United States Air Force, where he was trained in navigation, then selected for advanced technical programs in electronics, and then enemy-radar signal analysis. On May 4, 1956, Bill married his hometown love, Margaret “Nancy” Garwood. After retiring from the Air Force, Bill and Nancy settled in Riverton, where they planted roots and raised five children. Bill and Nancy were married for 56 years prior to losing Nancy in 2012.
Bill enjoyed all that Riverton had to offer including sailing at the Riverton Yacht Club and enjoying the tradition of the annual Fourth of July parade. After serving in the Air Force, Bill worked at the RCA Advanced Technology Laboratory in Moorestown, on RCA’s first-generation main-frame computers. After RCA, he worked as a computer systems analyst and director of programming for leading companies including GE, Smith, Kline & French, and Merck.
Bill was passionate about family, friends and dogs. Along with raising five children, Bill was also a proud grandfather “Chief” to nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. In addition to humans, Bill and Nancy adopted or rescued of at least 15 dogs over 60 years. Both found deep companionship in the company of their many dogs. Bill and Nancy moved to Brunswick, Maine in 2011. Bill loved Brunswick and all it had to offer including weekly bridge games at People Plus and staying current with the latest movies.
Bill is survived by his children and their spouses including, son, John Washington and his wife, Anne residing in Georgia; son, Charles Washington and his wife, Balinda in Maine; son, Richard Washington; daughter, Catherine Hickey in New Jersey; and daughter, Laura Russell and her husband, Alan in Maine. Bill’s siblings include Maureen Ring in Ohio, Kathleen Mohar of North Carolina, and Thomas Bradshaw of North Carolina. Bill will be missed deeply by family and friends. Donations in his memory can be made to the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, 84A Union Street, Brunswick, ME 04011.
Ellen Burman, 79, of Lafayette Road died Tuesday, June 17, 2015 at Centennial Medical Center.
A native of Wilmington, DE she was born February 16, 1936 the daughter of the late Harley Barto Kline and Ruth Eleanor Lower Kline. She was a member of First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for 2nd graders for many years. She was a member of the USA Pony Club Association and the Dressage Federation. She devoted much of her time to her grandchildren and supporting them in their activities.
Survivors include her husband: John L. Burman; her sons: Michael Burman (Lisa) and Mark Burman (Lauren) both of Hopkinsville; her daughter: Susan Burman Conochalla (Bob) of Lexington, KY; her brother: Bill Kline of London, England; and her grandchildren: Michala Burman, Morgan Burman, Mallory Burman, Madigan Burman, Drew Burman, Cailey Burman, and Lainey Burman. Memorial contributions are suggested to First Baptist Church 1400 S. Main Street, Hopkinsville, KY 42240.
Roger Lippincott of Jobstown, Springfield Township, passed away suddenly Oct. 11, 2015, at his residence. He was 79. Born in Mount Holly, Mr. Lippincott was a graduate of Moorestown Friends School and served in the United States Air Force. He later graduated from General Motors Institute and worked for Bonderchuk Chevrolet before opening Rogers Automotive in Jobstown, which he ran from 1971 to 1989. Roger was also an assistant chief fire instructor at Burlington County Fire Academy and at one time served as emergency management coordinator for Burlington County. Roger was also a lifetime member of Springfield Township Fire Company, drove the ambulance for Springfield EMS. He also enjoyed computers, volunteered with the Boy Scouts as a Scout Master.
Roger is survived by his wife of 57 years, Tedda; two sons, Scott (Kristen) Lippincott and Brian (fiancée Tara Nyul) Lippincott, all of Jobstown; four grandchildren, Kassandra, Abigail, Alexander, and Aaron. He also is survived by his sister, Claire Flowers of Montrose, CO. Contributions in Roger’s memory may be made to Jobstown Fire Co. No. 213, 2193 Jacksonville – Jobstown Rd., Jobstown, NJ 08041.
Dr. Arthur Ames, age 77, of Storm Lake, Iowa died September 30, 2014 at Methodist Manor Retirement Community in Storm Lake. Arthur Ames was born on November 7, 1936 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His indomitable spirit and sunny disposition served him well throughout his life. He was born with club foot and underwent more than a dozen operations to walk normally, and at age sixteen he contracted polio. He overcame these early adversities to lead an athletic life filled with tennis, squash, water skiing, sailing, ice boating, and snow skiing.
After growing up in the small town of Mount Holly, New Jersey, he attended Brown University where he was vice president of his class and president of his fraternity, and was even given the honor of driving Eleanor Roosevelt from the airport to the college in his 1955 ragtop Chevy for a speaking engagement. He earned his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania and attended Yale University as a surgical resident, where he met a nurse named Karen deNeui. After a whirlwind romance, he proposed, and they were married in April 1965 at East Friesland Presbyterian Church in Ackley, Iowa. He was drafted into the Air Force and stationed as a surgeon at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. There he and Karen started their family with the birth of their first child, Katherine. In 1967 he was honorably discharged and the family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he continued his surgery training. After a year in Milwaukee, their second child, Mary, was born. At that point, Arthur decided to focus on more family-centered medicine and spent another year training in family practice.
In 1969 Arthur and Karen moved to Storm Lake, Iowa, where Arthur was one of fewer than ten doctors in town. He quickly developed a booming practice and a third child, Jonathan, was born. After eight years, he joined Buena Vista Clinic, where he remained until retirement in 1996. The family continued to grow with the birth of David in 1974, and Julie in 1978. He deeply loved being a doctor and taking care of families, and worked at all hours when needed. By the time Arthur retired he had delivered over 1,000 babies (including some of his own), and on a few occasions he drove a snowmobile across the lake in a snowstorm to reach the hospital on time. Arthur did his best to help his patients anyway he could, including house calls, and seeing patients in his own home on weekends. His door was always open to those in need.
Arthur was an avid fan of cars. He enjoyed teaching his children to drive, and was known in town for his red Porsche 911, often inviting his patients and friends to take it for a spin. Being on the water was one of his great pleasures: swimming, sailing, boating, skiing, and teaching his children to ski were among his favorite activities. After his retirement, Arthur and Karen loved spending their days working in the garden together. He traveled across the U.S. for vacation and to visit family, but his favorite place was back in Storm Lake with his wife.
Arthur passed away on September 30, 2014 at the age of 77, after a long battle with cancer, during which he never lost his sense of humor and gratitude. He will be missed by Karen, his wife of 49 years; his daughter Katherine and her three children Jayde, Oceana, and Aloha; his daughter Mary, son-in-law Ken, and their two children Zephyr and Indigo; his son Jonathan, daughter-in-law Brenda, and their two children Arthur and David; his son David, daughter-in-law Noelle, and their two children Bria and Rielle; and his daughter Julie, son-in-law Daniel, and their son Asa.
Robert H. Rogers of Moorestown passed on October 11, 2014 of cardio-pulmonary arrest at the age of 76 years. Bob attended Moorestown Friends during his elementary years. He graduated Moorestown High School, Class of 1956, Pfeiffer College, NC, Class of 1963 with a Business Administration and Accounting Degree. Employed at Burlington County Trust Co. thru 6 mergers, now Wells Fargo, retiring in 1994 as VP. Married to Carmela (nee Panarello) for 48 years. Father of Carolyn (Travis) Johnson of Georgia, and Robert A. Rogers of Tokyo. Two grandchildren; Hunter Luke and Ashley Nicole. Brother of Ruth E. Rogers.
Bob was an avid golfer from the age of 9. He played on the golf team for Moorestown High School and Pfeiffer College. He was also a member EAGA (Eastern Amputee Golf Assoc.) winning the Junior National in 1956. He was a member of the Moorestown Field Club for 50 years, serving as President and Treasurer. He won the Club Championships in 1984 and 1988, the Senior Club Championships in 1992 and 1995. His lowest handicap was a “5” and his lowest score was “66”. Before retiring his clubs at the age of 73, he carded 5 birdies, putting last in a scramble at Ft. Dix. He joined Riverton Country Club in 2004, winning a Senior Championship there. A golfing buddy dubbed him “The Mean Quaker!” Bob was a member of the Maple Shade Rotary Club, serving as Past president (1985-86) and became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1986. He was on the board and treasurer for the Moorestown Community House. He was an avid hunter and member of the Ellisburg Gun Club, past treasurer of the UPHAM Downs Hunt Club, DE.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Prosthetic Innovations 201 Saville Ave. Crum Lynne, PA 19022.
William B. Smith III, 77, passed away peacefully on April 13, 2015 at his home in Oslamorada, Florida. William is predeceased by his parents William Boude Smith II and Myrtle O. Gellak.
Carol Thum Scout. 76, Collingswood. Carol danced her way into Heaven on Dec. 6, 2015. Loving wife of Lloyd H. Scout. Beloved mother of Jeanne Hyland, Joe Hyland (Denise), Joanie Charlesworth (Jim), John Hyland (Mary), Heather Pouliot (Brian), Karen Levine (Harris), Anne Smith (Leo) & Eileen Scout. Loving grandmother of 16 & great-grandmother of 5. Dear sister of Florence “Cookie” Shelly, Christine Hayden, Arthur Thum, and the late Lucinda Mount. Also survived by many nieces & nephews. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Masonic Charity Foundation, 902 Jacksonville Rd., Burlington, NJ 08016 or www.njmasonic.org/Donate.
Stephen Allison Berger, 62, of Castleton, died suddenly November 5, 2015, at Albany Medical Center. Stephen was born in Camden, N.J., to the late Gilbert A. and Gloria E. (Stetser) Berger. Stephen worked as a policy analyst for the New York State Department of Public Service. As a life long musician, he was very active as a church member, community volunteer, and beloved friend to everyone. Stephen is survived by his wife, Frances Irene (Combs) Berger; three daughters, Melanie Carolina Berger, Mary Elizabeth Laquidara, Zarah Renee Levy; one son, Matthew Collins Berger; and five grandchildren, Kira Laquidara, Sophia Levy, Aaron Cahill, Miles Levy, Agnes June Berger. He is also survived by his stepmother, Carolyn Berger; stepsisters, Susan Hargrave and Joan Collins; cousins, Philip Stetser, Donna Keeper, Fred Garrison, Bill Garrison; and aunt and uncle, Helen and Donald Stetser.
David Zackon, of Wakefield, passed on March 13. Beloved son of the late Paul and Beatrice Zackon. Survived by his brothers, Fred of Newburyport, and Richard (Jane Harris) of New York; and his sister, Jody (George) Johnstone of Ottawa, Ontario. Loving uncle of Leah and Aaron. Contributions to his name can be made to Massachusetts Peace Action or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Don Barovich, husband Margaret Doehlert Barovich ’57, of Gwynedd, died January 28 at the age of 75.
Steven Brick, former School Committee member and father of Scott Brick ’95, Adam Brick ’99, and Michael Brick ’02, 70, of Island Heights, Ocean County, a developer of homes in Burlington, Gloucester, and Ocean Counties, died of pancreatic cancer at home on Saturday, Oct. 17. Mr. Brick was a principal in Medford Holdings L.L.C. He was also a principal in, among others.
Born in Camden, Mr. Brick graduated from Lenape High School, where he was a varsity football tight end. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1968 from the University of Virginia, where he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. After serving as an Air Force officer in stateside assignments, Mr. Brick joined with his father, Justus, to open Brick Real Estate in Medford in 1974, Bittle said, and earned an M.B.A. at Temple University in 1976. The family firm, which began as a buyer and seller of homes, was sold to the Weichert real estate firm in 1997, Bittle said.
Besides development, Mr. Brick had a second love, sailing, stepd. A lifelong member of the Island Heights Yacht Club, he was a founding member of its long-term planning committee.
A Quaker, Mr. Brick was a member of the Medford Friends Meeting. Besides his stepdaughter, he is survived by his wife, Debbie; sons Scott, Adam, and Michael; stepchildren Greer and Molly Scholes; three brothers; a sister; three grandsons; and his former wife, Lynne Brick. Donations may be sent to the Sailing Foundation of Barnegat Bay, Box 1227, Island Heights, N.J. 08732, or www.sailingfoundationofbarnegatbay.org. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.andersonandcampbell.com.
Carmen Lestino, father of Gabriela Lestino ’09, passed away peacefully in the company of his loving family and friend on April 1, 2014. Of Medford, NJ and 73. Mr. Lestino served in the US Army for four years in Vietnam and dedicated forty years of service as a Manager of Contract Operations for Lockheed Martin, formally RCA in Moorestown. He is survived by his devoted wife Pat (Austin), loving daughter Gabriela, sister Carlotta, and brother John. Donations in Carmen’s name to the Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.
Margaret McKee, faculty, of Medford, NJ, and formerly of Cheltenham, PA, passed away on Dec. 29. She was a devoted and beloved teacher and friend, is survived by her husband Charles Duffy, daughters Kara and Laura Duffy, brother John McKee, and mother Peggy McKee.
Nicholas Opalenick, husband of former faculty Joanne Opalenick, father of Karen Opalenick-Dean ’81 and Diane Opalenick ’87, of Mount Laurel, N.J. passed away March 9. He was 79.
Mr. Opalenick was born in Saint Clair, PA to the late Mary and Nick Opalenick and lived in Levittown, PA and Willingboro, NJ before moving to Mount Laurel in 1988. He was a Pennsylvania educator for his entire career, working as a math teacher and administrator and also coaching baseball and boys basketball for the Bristol Township School District. Nick, a lifelong sports fan, was especially passionate about the Philadelphia Phillies, and was considered to be a ‘walking encyclopedia’ of baseball knowledge. But, his greatest joy was his family and friends who will sorely miss his kind spirit and perpetual smile.
Nick is survived by his beloved wife, Joanne (Young); children, Karen Opalenick Dean (husband Stephen), and Diane Opalenick; brother, Joe Opalenick; grandchildren, Graham, Spencer, and Claire; and his cherished companion, Bailey. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Nicholas’s name may be made to Good Sports, online at:www.goodsports.org, a charity that provides sports equipment to underprivileged children.
Rustico Polutan, of Cherry Hill, NJ, beloved father of Verna Polutan Mitschiener ’86, Nancy Polutan-Teulieres ’88, and Jennifer Polutan ’95, host of exchange student Ann Roef ’94, suddenly passed away on January 29 at the age of 77. He is survived by his beloved wife, Elizabeth (nee Rubio). He was the devoted father of Rene Polutan, Verna Mitschiener (Joseph), Nancy Teulieres (Laurent) and Jennifer Polutan. Caring grandfather of Juliana Mitschiener. He was the dear brother of Alejandra Mantilla, Rogelio Polutan (Aurora) and Rosanita Banua.
Dr. Polutan was a board-certified Radiologist and practiced for more than 42 years in various positions as a Director of Radiology at Bridgeton Hospital in New Jersey, Director of Raytel Medical Imaging and Chairman of Radiology at Franklin Hospital in Philadelphia, and as Medical Director at Healthcare Diagnostics, LLC. Rustico was very active in the Filipino community including the University of Santo Tomas Medical Association, and as past President with the Philippine American Medical Association of New Jersey.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association at www.donatenow.heart.org.
Patricia S. Simone, mother of Ryan Simone ’08 and former faculty assistant Wendy Cicero passed away Friday, April 17, 2015 at her home. She was 67. After graduating from Pemberton High School, she later moved with her family to settle in Moorestown. Patricia started her career as a hair dresser at Mai-Kai in McGuire AFB. She later became a licensed real estate broker in NJ and ran her husband’s brokerage. Her last twenty years were spent owning and operating a daycare center and caring for the many loving children in the area. Daughter of the late Joseph and Emma Callahan, she is survived by her loving husband of over 44 years, Richard A. Simone; three children, Ryan Simone, Wendy Cicero, Richard L. Simone (Shannon); three grandchildren, Andrew Cicero, Matthew Cicero, Jake Simone; a brother, Richard Callahan of Ocala, Fl; two beloved nieces, Beth Castellini (Michael), Jaime; and a nephew, Joseph; and numerous other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Ilene Kaplan Southworth, wife of Tracy Southworth ’71, passed on July 7, 2014. Of Cherry Hill, NJ. Wife of Tracy Southworth. Mother of Ian William Southworth. Sister of Steven Kaplan. Contributions may be made to the Lymphoma Research Foundation, www.lymphoma.org
Jo Urbanelli, former staff, born April 29, 1928, died October 13 of natural causes. Born and raised in Reading, PA, she attended West Reading High School, class of 1946, and Rutgers University. She had a long and fulfilling career at Moorestown Friends School (1971-1991) as secretary to the headmaster, admissions assistant, and director of summer programs, among other duties. For more than 20 years, she was a passionate member of Sweet Adeline’s Jersey Sound Chorus, serving for a time as the chapter’s president. She enjoyed music of many kinds. She loved to travel with family and friends and was always game for a road trip. She will be remembered for her open mind, generous heart, and loving spirit; for her optimism, humor, energy, and strength; and for her lovable feistiness.
Jo was a devoted friend to many and a solid anchor to her children and spouses Jolynn and Leon, Rick, Lora and Bill, Elisa and Alec; grandchildren and partners Erica and Danny, Rachel and Fidel, Aaron and Anna, Dan and Kim; great-grandchild Zoey, and feline pal Maggie. She leaves behind a lifetime of memories, guidance, and love. Donations in Jo’s memory can be sent to Moorestown Friends School or Habitat for Humanity.
Carmen Walker, parent of Ike Walker ’89, passed peacefully from this life on September 4. She is survived by her loving son, Ike Walker, grandchildren, Josh and Logan Walker, whom she fervently loved, brothers, George, Tommy, Calvert and Steve Hocker and their families, and a multitude of close friends and colleagues.
Carmen spent most of her career as a public servant, supporting the missions of the National Institute of Health, and Departments of the Navy, Treasury and Homeland Security. She advocated for the equal treatment of all, and was highly regarded for her skills in training, interest-based bargaining and alternate dispute resolution. She was a consummate professional who willingly gave of her time and talents to mentor those around her, including the 7th grade class of LaSalle Academy. After her federal career, Carmen continued her service with the VITAL and REACH Organizations as a mentor and advocate for injured and disabled service members, helping them transition to new careers.
Carmen obtained her undergraduate and Masters degrees from Howard University, where she was a proud sister of Alpha Kappa Alpha. Carmen was a world traveler, a jazzercise enthusiast, an avid reader and a grandmother extraordinaire.
The family would like to thank the Staff of Virginia Cancer Specialists and the Caregivers of Capital Care, who provided her incredible care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to LaSalle Academy, 1434 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19122 or The American Cancer Society.