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Edwin McVaugh, who attended MFS from K-8, passed away on December 12, aged 99, at the retirement community Medford Leas. He was a former co-owner of McVaugh Construction Co. in Riverton and a former councilman there in the 1960s.
After he retired from his family construction firm in Riverton in 1974, Edwin S. McVaugh and his wife, Mary Beth, began annual round-trip drives to Valdez, Alaska, to fish. “It gave their lives a kind of order,” their son Robert said. “They loved fishing together. On the way each year they would drive from lake to lake, all the way.” And if no fish at one, on to the next, always headed to Valdez. In 1991, Mr. McVaugh won the grand prize – to be valued at $15,000 in 2017 – at an annual salmon derby, landing a silver salmon weighing 17 pounds, 5 ounces. The trips continued through 2003. “He had a great time” on his adventures, his son said. At home or on the road, “he believed in having a great time.”
Born in Riverton, Mr. McVaugh studied at Westfield Friends School in Cinnaminson, graduated from Moorestown Friends School, and earned his high school diploma at George School in Newtown, Bucks County. In the 1950s and into the 1960s at both Westfield and George, he was a member of the school committee, the Quaker equivalent of the board of trustees, his son said.
Mr. McVaugh’s father, Jack, founded the construction firm before World War II, but “he did not do well,” grandson Robert said, and so Robert’s father grew mushrooms and drove them to a Philadelphia wholesaler. “During the Depression,” his son said, Mr. McVaugh worked as a parking lot attendant and a mason, “always looking for work to get the family through the tough times.” During World War II, he was an Army Air Corps mechanic and, at a military base in Amarillo, Texas, taught servicemen to maintain bombers. After the war, Mr. McVaugh combined with his brother, Jack, to bring the family building firm to life and made it “a full-blown construction company.” The brothers “did some construction for Campbell’s, for orchards in Burlington County,” and, he said, “lots of work for schools.” Mr. McVaugh sold his share to his brother when he retired in 1974.
In 1988, Edwin and Mary Beth McVaugh moved to Medford Leas, where in 2004 they celebrated their 60th anniversary with a dinner for friends and family numbering close to 20. To celebrate their 50th in 1994, they had rented a 34-foot boat in Juneau, Alaska, and taken their children and families on a sightseeing trip along the Alaskan coast. “It was a great trip,” Robert said.
Besides his son, Mr. McVaugh is survived by daughter Judith Hershkowitz, son Edwin S. Jr., five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. His wife died in 2009.
Donations may be sent to westfieldfriends.org.
Ruth Jane Laessle, sister of the late James Laessle ’38, artist, teacher, political activist and life-long Quaker, died on December 4 at her home in Austin, Texas. She was 93.
Jane was born in 1923 in Moorestown, New Jersey, a quiet town ten miles east of Philadelphia where her parents were also born. She lived a bike ride away from her grandparents and great aunt and attended Moorestown Friends School for 12 years, graduating in 1941. Jane attended Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, and graduated from Philadelphia University of the Arts in 1946. She worked as a fashion illustrator in New York for Women’s Wear Daily and in Dallas for Neiman Marcus and A. Harris. She was an accomplished painter, sculptor, potter and quilter.
While Jane worked for an ad agency in New York in 1948 she attended a party in Greenwich Village where she met Edward Alexander Butts. Jane and Ed were married in 1949 and later moved to Dallas and had four children: Nina, Michael, David and Sarah Butts. While raising her family in Dallas, Jane eventually returned to fashion illustration work. The family attended the Dallas Unitarian Church, which served as the center of its social life. After her divorce from Ed in 1978, Jane moved to Fredericksburg, Texas, in 1981 to start a new life. She liked the Texas hill country town because it reminded her of her hometown in New Jersey. She reconnected with the Quakers (the Religious Society of Friends) and worked as a member of the Friends World Committee and the Quaker UN Office, traveling all over the world. As a clerk for Right Sharing of World Resources, another Quaker organization, she attended triennial meetings in Kenya, Mexico and Tokyo. She also began monthly meetings of Hill Country Democrats and helped establish the Fredericksburg Peace Coalition. Jane moved to Austin in 1986 where she made quilts, read extensively and spent hours at work in her tidy backyard landscape garden. She published in 2003 her autobiography, “A Builder’s Daughter.” In 2007 she moved into The Summit senior living facility (now Brookdale Westlake Hills) where she took pictures for and later edited the monthly newsletter, The Focus, for several years.
Jane was preceded in death by her mother, Alice May Roberts, her father, Charles Laessle Jr., and her older brother James Roberts Laessle. In addition to her four children, Jane is survived by two daughters-in-law Kazuyo Takagi and Amelia Marie Butts, Paul Pearcy, Brian East, four grandchildren: Christopher Takagi Butts, Chloe Noelle East, Erik Takagi Butts and Meredith Jordan Butts, and her two great granddaughters Maya Takagi Butts and Sun Takagi Butts. Jane said, “As an artist, I thought there was nothing as creative as making a person.”
In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate contributions to Friends Meeting of Austin, 3701 East Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Austin, Texas, 78721.
Barbara Middleton Chakroff died on October 9, 2014, at the age of 87. Barb was the daughter of Newell and Myra Middleton. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Richard Chakroff; her five children, Paul Chakroff (Marilyn), David Chakroff, Patti Dean (Art), Chris Chakroff (Kerri), and Myra Lynn Pumphrey (Jerry); and her nine grandchildren, Evan Chakroff, Alek Chakroff, Nathan Rahe, Abigail (Paul) Dean-Wicks, Jason Chakroff, Ryan Chakroff, Devan Chakroff, David Pumphrey, and Sarah Middleton Pumphrey. Other surviving family members include siblings Betts Slim and Ronald Middleton (Jacki). Barb was a Worthington resident for 59 years and a graduate of Otterbein College. She was an owner and the manager of Melbourne Village retirement center and was an owner of Middleton Place offices. Barb was a member of the Worthington Historical Society and Griswold Senior Center and served on the board of the Worthington Parks and Recreation Department. Her interests and favorite hobbies included driving and camping with her family across the U.S. and Europe (especially Alaska to visit her cousins), playing with her grandchildren, jigsaw puzzles, cooking for large groups of friends and family, playing Bridge, telling stories about her childhood in Vermont, hiking, snow skiing, building sandcastles, bodysurfing, beachcombing, and just spending time at the beach with family and friends. She last skied at the age of 70, bodysurfed at 84 and camped in a tent at 85. Barb made “The Best” Thanksgiving dinners, always preferring to cook for 25 or more guests. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Barb’s name to the Worthington Parks and Recreation Improvement Fund, 345 E. Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, OH 43085 or to the Worthington Historical Society, 50 West New England Avenue, Worthington, OH 43805.
John Makel loved his community almost as much as he loved his family, said his two daughters and a friend who described him as a dedicated husband and caring father. Mr. Makel, 89, of Moorestown, died Feb. 17.
For more than four decades, Mr. Makel worked for the Burlington County Trust Co. in Moorestown, retiring in 1990 after serving as vice president and regional trust office manager, said his daughter Karen Clementi. At the same time, Mr. Makel served 44 years as a trustee and 17 years as board chairman for Burlington County Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, playing a large part in a merger that became Virtua Health System, his daughter said. “He thought it was a great benefit to the community,” Clementi said, recalling how pleased her father was when the merger was completed.
The son of a military physician, Mr. Makel moved around with his family. After graduating from high school, Mr. Makel joined the Army, serving in Korea from 1950 to 1952, his daughter said.
Among his recognitions, Mr. Makel earned the Korean Service Medal with two battle stars, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, and Bronze Star before leaving the military as a staff sergeant, his family said. Among his many volunteer jobs, Mr. Makel was a member of the Moorestown Fire Department, serving five years as a captain. He was also a member of the Moorestown Emergency Squad, serving two years as treasurer and five years as first lieutenant, according to his family. Other volunteer positions included those with the local Rotary Club and United Way. In 2001, Mr. Makel was named trustee of the year by the New Jersey Hospital Association. In 2000, he was honored as one of Moorestown’s Citizens of the Year.
Family friend Richard Leuliette met Mr. Makel through the fire department in the late 1950s. “He was an excellent husband who was very dedicated to [wife] Luise,” Leuliette said. “They both, in harmony, raised two beautiful girls.” Leuliette said he and his wife, with their two sons, enjoyed time with the Makels at their home on Long Beach Island. Among other fond memories, Leuliette said, as bachelors they spent time in Mr. Makel’s red Plymouth convertible. The Makels also were known for their large garden and backyard chickens, and for generously sharing their produce and fresh eggs, Leuliette said. Mr. Makel’s daughter Kirsten said that although her father’s health had deteriorated over the years, all seemed right the night before he died. “He was cracking jokes,” she said, remembering his pleasant personality in sickness and health. “He was a very genuine person. He cared very deeply for his family and he put his family first.”
Donations may be made to the Virtua Foundation, 303 Lippincott Dr., Fourth Floor, Marlton, N.J. 08053.
Marion Glover Fitkin, sister of the late Lawrence L. Glover ’43, age 87, passed away in her sleep on August 24, at her beloved family cabin on Lake Nettie in northern Michigan. Marion was born May 1, 1929 in Haddonfield, NJ to Lawrence and Eunice (Robinson) Glover. She attended Moorestown Friends (Quaker) School in Moorestown, NJ, class of 1947. Mrs. Fitkin graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in Chemistry in 1951. She was the first female graduate student and faculty member at Dartmouth College, which at that time was an all-male institution. There she met her future husband, Glenn Fitkin Jr., in 1952. On December 4, 1954, they were married in Haddonfield, NJ. They shared 61 happy years together.
One of Marion’s favorite pastimes was sailing. She spent her teenage years sailing her 11 foot moth boat “Punkie” in weekly races in central NJ. This interest in sailing small boats continued into her eighties. After raising five children, Marion attended seminary and received her Master of Divinity Degree. She pastored for over 25 years at Washington Congregational and Alexis Congregational churches in Toledo. Also, in the early 1960s, she was President of the Toledo Chapter of the American Association of University Women. Marion loved to travel. She and Glenn visited over 50 countries around the world together. They also took their entire extended families, including grandchildren, to Egypt in 2004, Alaska in 2007, and sailing in the Caribbean in 2014.
Mrs. Fitkin is survived by her husband, Glenn; five children, Glenn (Amy Gump) Fitkin III, Elizabeth Hazard, Katherine (Dale Peppel) Fitkin, Ann (Charles) Butler, and James Fitkin; 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
Barbara Jefferis Gunn Haines of Canandaigua, NY, formerly of Moorestown and Beverly, NJ, passed away Sept. 14. She was 85. She is survived by three sons, Thomas Gunn (Ruthie Marlenee), Malcolm Gunn (Ellen) and Craig Gunn (Janet); two step-children, Nancy MacKenzie (Norman) and William Austin Haines III (Gisele); 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Thomas P. Gunn and William Austin Haines II, and a sister, Florence Blake.
Barbara was born in Mount Holly and was the daughter of Warren and Florence (Engle) Jefferis. She was a graduate of Moorestown Friends School. Barbara was a member of the Beverly Presbyterian Church. She was a former Den Mother with the Cub Scouts in Beverly. Barbara volunteered at Burlington County Hospital. She moved to Canandaigua from New Jersey in 1976.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Beverly Presbyterian Church, 121 East Warren St., Edgewater Park, NJ 08010.
Ann Stokes, sister of the late Samuel Emlen Stokes, Jr. ’40, the late Lydia Stokes Willits ’42, and the late Sally Stokes Venerable ’44, 85, of West Chesterfield, N.H. Died Nov. 20 at her home of cancer. She was known locally for her kind and enthusiastic support of this community and, more widely, for her passionate interest in politics, women’s issues, and environmental and world affairs.
In May, 1977, Ann was jailed for two weeks with several other women from Putney Friends Meeting, and hundreds of others, for protesting the Seabrook Station nuclear power plant on the New Hampshire coast. Her proud mother rushed from New Jersey to visit her daughter in the Exeter jail. Later, during a protest at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, she was told she could not tour the facility because women would be distracting to the men who were working. She did anyway.
Ann was an avid tennis player and sportswoman and, as with everything, played to win. She did not win, however, when she ran for Sheriff in West Chesterfield, in the 1970s, but she did get 44 votes. That ended her own political career, but not her intense interest and support of others. Long before the words “progressive populist” were invented, Ann invited Fred Harris, a Senator from Oklahoma, to her lovely Finnish-style home in New Hampshire for a gala fundraiser, supporting his presidential bid in 1976. She always kept the faith, supporting her favorite candidates, local and national, whom she felt could make life better for all. Even to the end, which may have been hastened by Hillary Clinton’s loss. Ann was well-known to editors in New York, Washington, D.C., and locally for her smart, passionate, and thoughtful letters, written with pen and ink on paper.
Stokes was born in Moorestown, N.J., on June 9, 1931, the daughter of Dr. Emlen Stokes and Lydia Babbott Stokes. She was the great grand-daughter of Brooklyn’s Charles Pratt. Ann graduated from Moorestown Friends School and later Goddard College in Plainfield. She later served as a trustee at Goddard, and had great affection and loyalty to the school.
She had a great love of nature, having vacationed most summers of her life with family and friends in St. Huberts in the Adirondacks. In 1959, she chose to make her home in West Chesterfield, atop Welcome Hill, just down from Roger Welcome’s beautiful farm.
Ann gave some fabled parties, bringing in the likes of Nina Simone, Odetta, and many others to delight her guests. The entire Arthur Hall African-American Dance Troupe from North Philadelphia, shopping in downtown Brattleboro the day after a party at Ann’s, was more unusual in the 1960s than it might be today.
Ann is known to many for the gift of the land on Gulf Road known as Madame Sherrie’s. A favorite hiking trail, the Ann Stokes Loop, winds up to Indian Pond at the foot of Mount Wantastiquet. The legend and lore of Madame Sherrie continues to fascinate.
And to many, Ann is a legend as well. She was known as a talented poet, painter, writer, and thespian. She stole the show in the 2006 production of “Gay and Grey” at the Sandglass Theatre in Putney, which featured improvised personal stories of older gay men and lesbians.
But Ann will likely best be remembered for her laughter, outspoken deep convictions and loyalties, and for the creation of an exquisite retreat for women artists on her Welcome Hill property. Known to women in many parts of the country as the Welcome Hill Studios, three in all, they were created by Ann and women friends in the 1970s. These studios and their serenity have helped and inspired countless women over the nearly 40 years in existence, and will continue to do so in perpetuity. “A Studio Of One’s Own,” published by Naiad Press in 1985, is an account of the all-woman- built first studio on the Hill. “Women weren’t building houses much then, or at all,” said Ann Goldsmith, a friend involved in the early feminist project. A local artist said “Ann has a wonderful legacy. She had moxie, was a lot of fun, and made so many people’s lives better.”
Stokes was a lifelong Quaker and longtime vital member of Putney Friends Meeting. She was respected for her spiritual depth, as well as bringing a fierce advocacy for civil rights in all realms and, in our times in particular, support and outreach for marriage and gender equality and assistance for people with AIDS.
Ann is survived by her adoring cat, Jack, daughter Patricia Prudence Hill of Philadelphia, nephews Thomas Willits of Northampton, Mass. and Roy Willits of Clarksburg, N.J., nieces Nancy Deren of Gainesville, Fla., Thalia Venerable of Santa Fe, N.M., as well as the legions of people who knew and loved her. Ann was predeceased by her brother, Samuel Stokes of Alstead, N.H., sisters Sally Venerable of Santa Fe, N.M., and Lydia Willits of Durham, N.H.
Donations in Ann’s memory may be made to Welcome Hill Studios, Box 84, West Chesterfield, NH, 03466.
Henry (Hank) Lumb, husband of Joan Herbst Lumb ’50, age 85, husband of Joan Lumb of Singer Island and father of Pete Lumb of Jupiter died on March 12, as the result of a massive stroke that occurred sixty hours earlier. His two grandchildren, Stephanie and Justin Lumb, as well as Kimberly Clements also survive him. Born in Schenectady, NY to Henry O. Lumb, Sr. and Hazel Cluett Lumb, he lived most of his young life in Haddon Heights, NJ. After a two year stint as an MP in the US Army, he graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1953. After graduation he was employed by RCA in Camden, NJ as a mechanical engineer. In 1968 he was transferred to RCA in Palm Beach Gardens. After RCA closed its doors, Hank went into the steel fabricating business for several years, until an opportunity opened for him at Siemens Corporation in Boca Raton where he remained from 1980 to 1993 when he retired. When Hank and Joan moved from Haddonfield, NJ they took with them their sailboat and joined the Palm Beach Sailing Club competing in races. Hank took up rowing with the Palm Beach Rowing Association where he was an honorary life member. Upon retirement he built an airplane, a Van’s RV-6A. The end result was a speedy little aircraft and enduring friendships. Hank and Joan, married nearly sixty years, met as teenagers at Moorestown Friends School, which has continued to mean a great deal to both of them. If you wish to remember Hank, a donation to Moorestown Friends School, 110 East Main Street, Moorestown, NJ 08057 would be meaningful and most appreciated.
Philip Bright passed peacefully to heaven’s fairway February 14. Born April 14, 1935, in Cooper Hospital, Camden, N.J., Phil was a natural athlete and loved the camaraderie as well as the competition of sport. Playing soccer, baseball and golf throughout Moorestown Friends School and Earlham College, Phil was voted to the All American Soccer Team (1957) and an alternate for the US Olympic Men’s Soccer Team (1960 Rome, Italy). He has been inducted to the Earlham College Athletic Hall of Fame twice. Upon graduating from Earlham College, Phil embarked upon a 40-year career with American Water Works Company. Phil maintained an active interest in the affairs of every community in which he resided. He was a member of Rotary International (1960-1986), Chamber of Commerce (1960-1986), WV State Chamber of Commerce (1980-1986), Huntington Floodwall Board (1978-1986), Lions Clubs International, and various boards and committees. Professionally, he was an active member of the American Water Works Association (1959-1997) and was awarded the MW Tatlock Citation. Phil loved playing golf, which found him in the champions circle many times, including Ashtabula Country Club Champion (1970). He was an active member of Guyan Golf and Country Club, Huntington, W.Va., and Greate Bay Country Club, Somers Point, N.J.
As Phil’s career advanced, his family grew as well. He leaves behind the love of his life and wife of 59 years, Patricia, and children, Amy Ward (Parker), Huntington, W.Va., Philip Bright Jr. (Cyndi), Huntington, W.Va., Tim Bright (Scarlett), Egg Harbor Township, N.J., Diana Bright, Linwood, N.J., Paul Bright (Nancy), Ventnor, N.J.; grandchildren, Parks Ward (Alissa) and Tricia Ward Derrig (Michael), Jessica, Allie, Rosie and Sophie Bright, Tim Jr., Jason (Yoshie), Samantha and Caitlin Bright, Melisa Mathis Godfrey (Brian); and great-granddaughters, Jennifer Bright and Katherine Parker Ward. Philip was a member of Central United Methodist Church, Linwood, N.J. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the Holy Redeemer Hospice, 6550 Delilah Road, Suite 501, attn: Gloria, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234, or Central United Methodist Church, 5 Marvin Ave., Linwood, NJ 08221.
Mary Louise Serri Murray Johnson passed away on December 6. She is survived by her four children: Martin Murray, Louise Murray, Laura Murray Tjan, Stephen Murray and six grandchildren.
Len Shapiro, 74, passed away in Seattle, Washington on March 12. He was born in New York, New York on October 8, 1942, and has been a long time resident of the Seattle area. Leonard was a transportation executive, but in his spare time he loved hiking and the outdoors, as well as spending time with his family. Leonard is survived by his loving wife of 48 years Patricia Shapiro, their two daughters, and 6 grandchildren.
John Caughey, son of former faculty member the late John M. Caughey and former faculty member and former School Committee member Mary P. “Polly” Caughey, brother of Patricia Jane Caughey ’71, Margaret (Meg) Alice Caughey ’74, and Robert Andrew Caughey ’75, finished his life of quiet dignity, love and worshipful gratitude to his Creator on October 28. He was a birthright Quaker, the son of John M. Caughey and Mary W. Pennell Caughey, who initiated their son’s lifetime membership in Moorestown Religious Society of Friends. In addition, John spent twenty-four years helping others in Alcoholics Anonymous. The many people whose lives were enriched by his gentle spirit include his devoted wife Susan Going Caughey, his sons Alan and Sumner Caughey, his sisters Patricia Caughey and Meg Hawkins, his brother Robert Caughey and wife Paula, his nieces Julie Hawkins Bonilla and Jane Hawkins, and his nephew Robert Caughey, all of whom will greatly miss him. As one of his many friends said, “I believe he has left a little light flickering in each of us.”
Dave Lennox, on October 5, of Haddon Township, NJ, age 50, passed away due to complications resulting from a sudden heart attack. He is the beloved husband of Michelle (née McCrea), loving father of Emerson and Luke Lennox, and dear son of Catherine (née Lange) and the late Thomas Arthur Lennox. He is the dear brother of Thomas Lennox, Jr., Catherine Lennox Harrington, and Kimberly Lennox, and the brother-in-law of Jeri Lennox, Kevin Harrington, Andrew Gordon, and Sharon Edwards. Also survived by nieces and nephews Lindsey, Sean, Colin, Talia, Morgan, McKenzie, and Vaughan. He is greatly missed by family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues.
David was a 1984 graduate of Moorestown Friends School and 1990 graduate of Temple University where he earned a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Radio, TV, and Film with concentration in Computer Science from the College of Communications and Theater. He worked in traditional video production as well as cutting edge CGI and 3D animation with Montage Video in Marlton and BLT in Cherry Hill. Then, in 1997, with friends and colleagues Ned Sanyour and Randall Schell, David co-founded Cirring Interactive Inc., a multimedia production, programming, and design company in Mt. Laurel, lauded by clients and recipient of awards including the International Summit Creative Award for their work promoting the ports along the Delaware River in Philadelphia and Camden.
David loved both work and home life, his community, and especially enjoyed spending time with his children. He was an enthusiastic barbeque pit master, a generous cook, an active member of Strawbridge School PTA, and proud resident of Haddon Township. In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions may be made to one of David’s favorite organizations: Habitat for Humanity www.habitat.org, Cathedral Kitchen www.cathedralkitchen.org, Refugee Rescue www.refugeerescue.co.uk, and the Westmont Fire Company www.westmontfireco.org.
Erik Brown, sister of Ivy Brown Buchdahl ’89 and brother of Chad Brown ’91, of Fresh Meadows, NY. Husband of Ha Brown. Father of Abbie Brown. Son of Debby & Dr. Arthur Brown. Brother of Chad Brown and Ivy (Micah Buchdahl) Brown. Uncle of Lily and Ben Buchdahl. Shiva will be observed at the home of Debby and Dr. Arthur Brown.
Aaron Price died on November 13, age 27, of Moorestown, NJ. Beloved son of James and Deborah Lynn Price. Brother of Megan Claire Price. Maternal grandson of Stanley and Claire Basara. Nephew of Rodney Price, Kenneth & Gladys Price, Doris Staub, David and Elizabeth Price, Joe and Carol Basara, Dennis and Denise Basara, MaryJo and Daniel Higgins, and Gregory & Rebecca Basara.
In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to The Githens Center, 40 Cedar St. Mount Holly, NJ 08060 or online at GithensCenter.org.
Lois Brotsker, mother of Glenn Brotsker ’74 and Karen Brotsker Granito ’77, grandmother of Matthew Granito ’18, of St. Johns, FL, formerly of Haddonfield, NJ, passed away October 10. Mrs. Brotsker graduated from Temple University and received both her B.S. and M.S. degrees. She was an associate professor at Community College of Philadelphia for over 40 years before her retirement in 2014. She received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1984. She resided in Haddonfield for 50 years before moving to FL. She also enjoyed her summers in Avalon, NJ while in Haddonfield. She was the beloved wife of the late Jerold W. Brotsker; loving mother of son, Glenn of St. Johns, FL and daughter, Karen Granito (Charles Jr.) of Moorestown, NJ; and dear grandmother of Matthew.
Talbot D. Bulkley, former faculty member, 87, formerly of Cochituate died peacefully and comfortably on October 14 at Marlboro Hills Healthcare Center after a long illness. Talbot was born on January 20, 1929 in Chester, PA. He was the son of the late Talbot D. Bulkley Sr. and the late Essie B. Bulkley. He is survived by his wife Hilda S. Bulkley of Framingham, MA (formerly of Cochituate for 60 years), three sons, Lyle T. Bulkley of Framingham, Jay F. Bulkley of Framingham and Jon S. Bulkley of Hopedale. He also leaves his sister-in law Olivia Steele of Arlington, his brother Preston Pierce of Chester PA, his sister Joanne Terry-Johnson of Conshohocken, PA, a nephew Craig Terry of Philadelphia – two nieces Dina Terry of Conshohocken, PA, Vanessa Richardson of Trenton, NJ and many cousins. Talbot was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. and served in the 8th Marine Regiment during the Korean War. He was a graduate of Lincoln University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology (Chemistry minor) and later earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Temple University. Talbot was a professor at the Moorestown Friends School in NJ, a Systems Analyst at Honeywell, a Management Consultant at Arthur D. Little, Director of Boston Poverty Program and a Program Planning Coordinator for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 1971, he received a Presidential appointment and was sworn in by Senator Edward Brooke as the Regional Deputy Director of the Small Business Administration. Under his management of 8 regional offices and his direct authority he achieved several projects such as the building of an elementary school at Fort Devens, Airport Control Towers in Portland and Bangor Maine, the installation of an Automatic Landing System (ALS) at Logan International Airport and Landing light systems for all 3 Airports. After moving on from the SBA, Talbot became the Director of Vendor Relations at Digital Equipment Corporation in Maynard, MA where he developed and maintained vendor relation programs for 24 facilities in the US and Puerto Rico. After officially retiring in 1994, he went back to teaching Biology at Massachusetts Bay Community College. His love of family, food and Boston Sports, was second to none. He will be missed by all! In lieu of flowers his family kindly suggests that memorial gifts in his memory may be sent to the American Lung Association, 14 Beacon Street, Suite 717, Boston, MA 02108.
Bruce Gilman, father of Susan Gilman Elmore ’74, passed on November 3 in Texas.
Charles C. Jones, father of Jamal Jones ’04, loved teaching, spending more than 30 years with the Camden School District. It was there that he also met his wife of 42 years. On Feb. 19, Mr. Jones, 71, of Camden, died at his home. He had battled kidney disease and complications for many years. Mr. Jones was the son of Horace and Dorothy Jones. He was born and reared in Philadelphia, where he attended public schools, graduating from Murrell Dobbins Vocational High School in 1964. While attending Dobbins, Mr. Jones participated in football and track and field — lettering in both, his family said. Despite financial adversity, Mr. Jones continued his studies, graduating from what is now Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. There, his family said, he continued his participation in competitive sports while developing a passion for teaching and math. Mr. Jones began teaching at Pyne Poynt Middle School in Camden, where he met Carol Elizabeth Waters, who taught French and English there. He taught math and science. They married in 1974. Mr. Jones worked on his master’s at Rutgers University, receiving an education degree in 1973. He also obtained certifications for school administrator, principal, and supervisor, his family said.
Mr. Jones retired because of health issues, said his son Jamal. His father was a “great dad” who spent much time with his family, including time he set aside for each of his two sons, Jamal said, recalling swimming with his father some evenings at the Camden YMCA. Mr. Jones also shared a close relationship with his wife. They respected one another, counseling each other both about family matters and their professional lives, Jamal Jones said. “They were partners for sure.”
Claudia Cream worked with Mr. Jones when she was a teacher and he was principal at Cooper B. Hatch Middle School. She recalled him as a “gentle giant.” He had an intimidating stature but a calm demeanor, and earned the respect of young teenagers partly because he had a humble urban childhood and “spoke the truth of life.” “You have to have a certain demeanor to work in a middle school. He had patience, understanding, and love,” Cream said. “And he provided structure and discipline.” Rather than leaving Camden for a school district with fewer problems, Cream said, Mr. Jones stayed, as did many others, because it was in his “heart” and he had a commitment to help students succeed regardless of their backgrounds. He supported programs such as alternative schools for students returning to the district after serving time in jail.
Lisa Pierce was a teacher at the now-defunct Challenge Square Academy when Mr. Jones spearheaded efforts to create the alternative school for adjudicated youths. “He cared for them as if they were his own, and he spoke to them in a way that was empowering,” Pierce said.
Mr. Jones also was committed to civic, religious, and professional institutions, including the American Federation of School Administrators and the Camden City Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, his family said. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi since his initiation at Cheyney in 1965. He had served as president of the fraternity’s Burlington-Camden Alumni Chapter, and he received the fraternity’s James M. Kidd Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Jones was a life member of the alumni associations of Dobbins High School and Cheyney University, and was inducted into Cheyney’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.
Mr. Jones served for more than 30 years as a trustee of Asbury United Methodist Church in Camden. He also served as its finance committee chairman. In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Jones is survived by another son, Khary; a brother; and two grandchildren.
Gertrude Marshall, wife of the late E.W. Marshall ’31, 104, of Ardmore and, later, Medford, an investment analyst during the Great Depression and a leader among Philadelphia Quakers, died Sept. 28, in her sleep at Medford Leas.
Mrs. Marshall was an early challenger of the barriers facing professional women. Long before women worked in investment banking, she was employed from 1934 to 1943 as an analyst in the investment department of the former Provident Trust Company in Philadelphia. “She was basically a fund manager, but she wasn’t dealing with clients,” said her son, Edward Marshall III. “She was basically doing the analytics to tell the bank what to invest in.”
Born in 1912 to Willis Jonas Parnell and Eva Gertrude Magoun at Germantown Hospital, she was reared in the city. She was a direct descendant of William Cooper, an early Quaker settler of Camden whose family founded Cooper Hospital. In 1930, Mrs. Marshall graduated second in her class from Germantown High School, and afterward received a full scholarship to Bryn Mawr College. She graduated magna cum laude in 1934 with a degree in mathematics. In 1943, she met E. Wayne Marshall, a young Quaker physician. They were married three months later. Mrs. Marshall turned her attention to rearing their two children. She took time out from their family life in Ardmore to volunteer for the Philadelphia Orchestra, whose music she loved.
Mrs. Marshall was a pacifist and felt a strong attraction to the beliefs and activities of the Society of Friends. She joined the Quakers, and from 1952 until 1993, served in many leadership roles, including clerk of Haverford Monthly Meeting, clerk of Medford Monthly Meeting, clerk of Representative Meeting, and clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. She also served on the boards of the American Friends Service Committee and the National Council of Churches. Much of her outreach work reflected her opposition to the Vietnam War, and her support of racial and gender equality.
Mrs. Marshall was concerned that she would not live to cast her vote in this fall’s presidential election. “She was 8 years old in 1920, and remembered the passage of the 19th Amendment that gave American women the right to vote for the first time,” her son said. Racing against the press of declining health, Mrs. Marshall completed an absentee ballot on Tuesday, the day before she died. “She cast her vote and signed her name as her final act of a long life of service to others,” her son said.
Besides her son, she is survived by daughter Elizabeth Taylor Marshall; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Her husband of 60 years died in 2004.
Donations may be made to Bryn Mawr College, 101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010.
Barbara C. Ross, mother of Alison Judah ’86, died Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Samaritan Hospice. She was 82. She was the widow of Richard D. Ross. She is survived by her daughter, Alison Judah (Richard Cardona); sisters, Margaret Hunter and Claire Cowen; her step-daughter, Patricia Ross, and step-sons, Laurent Ross and Bruce Ross. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations to be sent to Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Dr. Marlton, NJ 08053.