In Memoriam – Fall 2017

Fall 2017

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.

 

1941

A. Carter Fergusson, husband of Ruth Coe Fergusson ’45, of Bryn Mawr, PA died July 21. He was 93 years old. Husband of Ruth C. Fergusson, father of Margie Foraker (Orval), Sally Morsbach (Dick), and Laurie Plumb (Bob). Also surviving are 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Carter was the past President of the Alex C. Fergusson Chemical Company and retired in 1992. In lieu of flowers, donations made be made to either: The Haverford School, in memory of Carter Fergusson ’42, or Yale University in memory of Carter Fergusson, Class of 1945.

1944

Lois Taylor Stegenga, 89, passed away on April 18, 2016 at Seabrook Village in Tinton Falls, NJ. She was born in York, PA and grew up in Moorestown, NJ. She was a longtime resident of North Plainfield, NJ, and also resided in Pearl River, NY, Newman, GA and Santee, SC. She became a resident of Seabrook Village since 2001.

Lois was active in the Protestant community at Seabrook Village and a devoted member of all the churches to which she belonged. While in North Plainfield, she served as a guide at the Drake House in Plainfield, helped flood victims, drove for Meals on Wheels and led a scout troop. She was involved in volunteer work in all of her places of residence. She also researched and compiled the family history in story form so that I could be passed on.

Lois was predeceased by her husband, Jack Stegenga, in 1998. She is survived by three daughters; Joan S. Eppehimer, and her husband, Wayne; Lynn S. Wheaton and her husband, Greg; Gail L. Stegenga. Lois’ family also consists of four grandchildren- Taylor Wheaton, Brandon Wheaton, Joella (Eppehimer) Liddle and Julia Eppehimer; two great-grandchildren- Landon Wheaton and Aaron Wheaton and a sister, Katherine S. Taylor.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Lois’ memory may be made to the Salvation Army at salvationarmyusa.org.

1945

Ruth Coe Fergusson ’45, wife of A. Carter Fergusson ’41, 90 years old, of Bryn Mawr, died on July 30. She was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Carter on July 21. She is survived by her daughters, Margie Foraker (Orval), Sally Morsbach (Dick) and Laurie Plumb (Bob), also survived by 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The George School, Advancement Office, 1690 Newtown Langhorne Road, PMB 4438, Newtown, PA 18940 in memory of Ruth (Coe) Fergusson, ’45 or the PAFA, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Mary Hilton Stow, age 90, a resident of Pensacola, FL, died on August 16. Mary was born March 17, 1927 in Moorestown, NJ. She graduated from Moorestown Friends School in 1945 and married George Clifford Stow in 1948. Mary was a devoted wife and wonderful loving mother, whose smile and positive nature was felt by all who knew her. Mary was passionate about gardening, her beloved dogs and Quaker roots, especially her Quaker school, Moorestown Friends School. Her laughter and smile will be sorely missed, but never forgotten. Mary was preceded in death by her husband of sixth years, George C. Stow Jr.; her brother Armydis Hilton and sister, Alice Hilton Gassaway. She is survived by her three children, Cindy Stow, Libby Stow Miklovich (James) of Pensacola, FL and Cliff Stow (Colleen); 4 grandchildren, Bryce Whitford, Drew Whitford, Joshua Stow and Lisa Stow; 3 great grandchildren, Dylan Stow-Bailly, Ava Stow-Bailly and Andie Whitford. A special thank you to our beloved Rose Jutson of Pensacola whose many years of devotion to both Mary and George will never be forgotten. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to Moorestown Friends School, 110 East Main Street, Moorestown, NJ, 08057-2349.

1949

Mary Frederica Hull-Lewis, former co-owner and current society and religion editor of the Elk Grove Citizen, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her closest family and friends on Jan. 15. She was 84.

Mary was born Sept. 26, 1932 in Philadelphia, PA, and she grew up in nearby Riverton, NJ. She attended Moorestown Friends School, graduating in 1949. Mary attended Christian College in Columbus, MO, and she transferred to the University of Missouri where she earned a degree in journalism in 1953.

Mary and her first husband, Roy Herburger purchased the Elk Grove Citizen and Galt Herald newspapers in 1959, beginning a non-stop career of community involvement and service. She was an active member of the Galt United Methodist Church, Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce, Elk Grove Soroptimist Club, and the Strauss Festival of Elk Grove. Mary was also a past active member of the Elk Grove Historical Society, Elk Grove Community Planning Advisory Council, P.T.A., Elk Grove Republican Women, the Senior Center of Elk Grove, and Sacramento County Grand Jury.

Mary received much recognition for her ongoing contributions to the community, including the Elk Grove Citizen of the Year for 2010, the Chamber Service Award, and many others. The Cosumnes Community Services District Board of Directors named a park in her honor in 2005.

In 1983, Mary wed Dr. Arnold Lewis, former pastor of Galt United Methodist Church and together the two enjoyed many world travels. Arnold preceded her in death in 2012.

Mary is survived by her daughter Elizabeth Swartz (Peter) of San Jose, son David Herburger (Debra) of Galt, stepson Luther Lewis of Sacramento, niece Becky Jones (Mike Toner) of Philadelphia, nephew Carleton Jones (Lisa) of Galway, Ireland, nephew Eric Kauffman (Karen) of Elk Grove, niece Lisa Irvin of Seward, Alaska; grandchildren Kathy and Andrew Swartz, and Daniel, Tom, and Laura Herburger.

1962

Reagan Hull, husband of Debbie Miller Hull ’63, brother of James Dixon Hull III ’56 and Mary Hull Saldino ’59, son of the late Alta Mary Reagan Hull ’32, grandson of the late Headmaster Chester Reagan, son-in-law of the late faculty member G. Macculloch “Cully” Miller and former School Committee member Carolyn Miller, and brother-in-law of the late Jennifer Miller ’65, passed away on June 29. 

Reagan was born and raised in Moorestown, NJ by his parents, James D. Hull Jr. and Alta Mary Reagan Hull. Reagan was a “lifer” at Moorestown Friends School, where he met his future wife, Deborah Miller Hull (Debbie). He then attended Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, where he was a Physics major and a member of the men’s soccer and volleyball teams. Both birthright Quakers, Debbie also attended Earlham College, and they were married just before Reagan’s senior year on September 5, 1965. Reagan later obtained an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Reagan and Debbie lived the majority of their married life in the Philadelphia area, where they raised their only daughter, Sandra Hull Laber (Sandy). Reagan worked the entirety of his career as an executive in the Pharmaceutical industry, including 23 years with SmithKline & French (now GlaxoSmithKline) and 15 years at Merck & Co. Reagan also devoted many years as a board member of Friends’ Hospital in Philadelphia. Both during their careers, and in retirement, Reagan and Debbie pursued extensive and adventurous travel around the world, which Reagan photographed and documented meticulously with his camera and audio equipment. He enjoyed sharing his slide shows with friends and family upon return.

Regan and Debbie retired to Haig Point on Daufuskie Island, SC, in 2003, which quickly became their beloved community and the place they called home. Throughout his time at Haig Point, Reagan most enjoyed working as a volunteer firefighter, serving on various committees at the Club, as well as wonderful times spent with friends playing golf and tennis, participating in both book club and dinner clubs, as well as traveling. Reagan also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, Grace (16) and Sam (14), especially watching them too as they, too, fell in love with Daufuskie and returned time and again.

Reagan is survived by Debbie, his wife of 52 years (Daufuskie Island, SC); his daughter Sandy and her husband Kent and their two children Grace and Sam (Dallas, TX); his brother James D. Hull III and his wife Bonnie (Asheville, NC); his sister Mary Hull Saladino and her husband Peter (Asheville, NC).

1976

Deirdre Clark, longtime Cherry Hill resident, passed away May 22 at her home. She was 58. The daughter of Jack and Janellen Clark, Dee was born in 1958 at Cooper Hospital. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lafayette College in Easton PA in 1980. She attended Moorestown Friends School, graduating in 1976, and before that, Westfield Friends School elementary school.

Dee worked for many years in advertising in New York, first at Scali, McCabe, Sloves, Inc. and later at McCann-Erickson, Inc and Greengage Associates. Her friends from Moorestown Friends remember her irreverence and her wonderful laugh. Dee was part of a number of winning lacrosse seasons at the school, playing attack wing for Coach Floss Brudon. She was also remembered as a strong student, with a particular aptitude in art. She won the Detwiller Prize in Studio Art as a senior at Lafayette.

Dee has no surviving family members, though will be remembered by her neighbors and close family friends, including the extended Hussong family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the above mentioned schools in Dee’s name.

 

MFS Community

Terry Harman, mother of the late Betsy Harman Johnson ’63, Matt Harman ’67, and mother-in-law of former School Committee member Floyd Johnson, 95, passed away in Medford on May 22. Terry was born in Kansas City, KS. She graduated from Swarthmore College in 1943 and taught art at Haddonfield Friends. She attended Haddonfield and Moorestown Meetings.

Terry is survived by her husband of 73 years, Arthur Harman, and her son Matt. Her beloved daughter Betsy Johnson predeceased her in 2012. She is also survived by daughter-in-law Mary Harman, son-in-law Floyd Johnson, one nephew and nine nieces.

Dr. Manoj Patel, parent of Naiya Patel ’23, Anjali Patel ’31, and Milan Patel ’31, died on August 18. Dr. Patel was a respected urologist and inventor of medical devices. He was a loving father and family man. Surviving is his wife Neelam; his parents Bhailal and Savitri Amin Patel of Kendall Park; his children Naiya, Anjali and Milan Patel; and his sister Sheila Patel.

Pauline S. Pennington, former School Committee member, passed away.

Beatrice Smolens, mother of Brian G. Smolens ’66 and former faculty member, 95, passed away peacefully on November 22, 2016 in Medford, NJ. Wife of the late Martin Smolens, and Mother of Brian Smolens of Silver Spring, MD.

A retired Clinical Psychologist at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital, Bea spent the last 17 years at Medford Leas, a retirement community in Medford where she shared both active and intellectual pursuits with many friends. Born in Atlantic City, NJ, she earned a BA in Psychology and Education at Temple University, and an MA in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Between her two degrees she worked as an assistant psychologist in the Army Signal Corps. After marriage and the birth of her son, the family settled 1st in Westmont and later at Lake Pine in Marlton, NJ. In addition to being an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill, she began teaching history, global geography, and French at Moorestown Friends School. Her career at Ancora followed, and her retirement in 1987 offered her a chance to expand her interests: Volunteer for Burlington County Family Service as a member of their Child Placement and Review Board, teacher of Memoir and Essay writing for a program called LIFE, self publisher of Poems, musician at her organ, an avid reader and player of games, and world traveler-going to 33 Elderhostels!