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Emily “Lee” Robertson Steinsieck, 95, passed away at her home in St. Augustine, FL, on January 31, 2015. Born in Riverton, NJ, on March 1, 1919, she attended Moorestown Friends School, Katherine Gibbs School in Boston, MA, and Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.
Emily married Edward C. Steinsieck in 1942 while he was on active duty in the US Army. They moved to St. Augustine, FL, in 1975, where Edward died in May of 1982. Lee Steinsieck was active in the Women’s Exchange, serving as president from 1983 to 1985; the Garden Club of St. Augustine; Altar Guild, Trinity Episcopal Church; Ladies Golf Association St. Augustine Shores CC; and RSVP: reading to young children. As a donor to St. Johns Blood Bank, she received an award for donating 10 gallons of blood. She was a charter member of St. Andrews Society of Jacksonville, FL, and of Clan Donnachaidh Society.
In memory of her son Carl, a local artist who died in 1994, she sponsored an award for the best work in the annual figure show at the St. Augustine Art Association and an award to the best artist in the annual student art show at UNF. She is survived by her son, Douglas Steinsieck of St. Augustine and her granddaughter, Abigail Rose Steinsieck of Ft. Worth, TX and Deer Isle, ME.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL, 32257.
James Roberts Laessle, brother of Jane Laessle ’41, father of former faculty member Linda Kemple, and grandfather of Keith Kemple ’98. A proud lifelong resident of Moorestown, Jim passed away peacefully at his home at the age of 94, on Thursday, December 18, 2014.
Jim was born on November 1, 1920. He graduated from Moorestown Friends School in 1938 and Lafayette College in 1943. He was a Navy Veteran, who served during WWII as a SeaBee at Iwo Jima.
Jim was President of Laessle Builders Inc. and an active member of the community. He was a member of the Moorestown Rotary Club for over fifty years and served on the Township Council, the Board of Cooper Hospital, and MEND, and he was an Acolyte of Trinity Episcopal Church and a Troop Leader for the Boy Scouts of America. His life passion was trains and he was involved in numerous railroading organizations, including as the High Iron Company, which ran steam excursions, most notably from Manhattan to Salt Lake City, UT for the Centennial of the Driving of the Golden Spike in 1969.
Jim enjoyed waking each morning to the sight of his PA Reading Shorelines Caboose, which he purchased and restored in 1975. Jim loved to travel and was an avid sailor. He will be remembered for his curiosity, wit, and off-key sense of humor. He is survived by his wife Nancy, sister Jane, and children Linda, Joan, Bob, Tom, Sarah, and John. He will be missed by his dog Abby. Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to Moorestown Community House or Moorestown Friends School.
E. Kirk Roberts, brother of the late Malcolm H. Roberts ’37 and the late Carol Roberts Todd ’47.
Jean Collins Smock, sister of the late Alan C. Collins ’44, passed away on Tuesday, December 30 at the age of 91 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She leaves behind her husband of 70 years, Stan Smock; two daughters, Cindy Smock and Nancy (Chris) Marvelle; and three grandchildren, Ayal (Jen) Lutwak, Moon Lutwak, and Michael Ochs; and two nieces, Judy and Barbara Collins. She is preceded in death by her brother, Alan Collins; her daughter, Lori Smock; and her grandson Wesley Ochs.
Jean was born on September 25, 1923, to Helen and Charlie Collins. She was raised in the small Quaker community of Moorestown, NJ. She graduated from Wheaton College in Massachusetts and married Stan Smock on September 6, 1944 at Moorestown Friends Meeting. Jean and Stan moved to Dallas, TX in 1948, where he worked as a chemical engineer for P&G. They started their family, and Nancy and Cindy were raised there. Lori came along later, and she was mostly raised in Gunniso, CO after they moved there in 1971 to live on the family ranch in Powderhorn. They built their house at 614 W. Denver, the first solar house in Gunnison, and Jean earned her master’s degree in counseling from Western State College.
Stan and Jean moved to Albuquerque, NM in 1992 and then back to Denver, CO in 2002. They returned to Gunnison in 2011 to be closer to family. Jean entered the assisted living facility in Gunnison at that time, and then the Gunnison nursing home as her disease progressed. She died there amid loving staff and near her loyal and loving husband. Jean had a great capacity for love and made friends everywhere she lived. She maintained an extensive correspondence for years with far away loved ones. Even at the nursing home, she mingled among other patients, comforting others and interacting as long as she was able. She had a rich spiritual life and was a seeker as long as she lived. She will be sorely missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Gunnison Valley Health Senior Care Center.
Florence Stapler Lippincott, 89, of Highlands, NJ, died suddenly on February 11, 2015, in Sarasota, FL. Florence was born and raised in Medford, NJ, where her family had a farm. A birthright Quaker, with ancestry from the origins of Quakerism in 17th Century England, Florence was a lifelong member of Medford Friends Meeting. She graduated from Moorestown Friends School in 1944 and from Earlham College in 1948.
While continuing to help with the family farm, Florence lived and worked in Manhattan, pursuing a long career as a New York sales representative for several North Carolina yarn mills, including Aberfoyle and Carolina Maiden, until her retirement in 1999. Florence’s leisure interests included European travel, golf, skiing, politics, ballet, art, and theatre. Her farm upbringing led her to a lifelong interest in gardening, with a special passion for her extensive collection of clivia plants.
Her longtime companion, John S. (“Jack”) Kenrick, died in 1981. She is survived by ten nephews and nieces.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, Avon Foundation for Women, Attn: Donations, 1 Avon Plaza, Rye, NY 10580.
Anne Wood, sister of the late Rebecca Wood Robinson ’41 and Richard Wood ’49.
Charles Henry Dore, III, 87, of Orlando, FL, died December 9, 2014 at the Cornerstone Inpatient Suites, in Winter Park, FL.
Affectionately known as “Charlie,” he was born in Westville, NJ. He grew up and raised his family in Haddonfield, NJ, where he was a longtime resident, until moving to Florida in 1991.
He honorably served his country in the United States Coast Guard.
At home on the water, whether he was sailing, fishing, or power boating, he participated in the Bahama 500 Ocean Race, commanding a Henry Luhrs craft, sponsored and powered by the Mercury-Kiekhaefer Racing Team.
Charlie is survived by his companion, Ann Thomas, of Orlando; one daughter, Leslie Hogan, and her husband, John, of Alpharetta, GA; one son, Charles H. “Chip” Dore, IV, and his wife, Beatrice, of La Belle, FL; and two granddaughters, Virginia and Eileen Hogan.
Irving Hollingshead, Jr., brother of Paul Hollingshead ’49 and Nancy Hollingshead Elsbree ’54, died February 28, 2015. He was the eldest son of Irving and Jean Hollingshead of Moorestown. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Polge Hollingshead; four children: Lynne Mary Hollingshead Rosansky, Jennifer Joan Hollingshead, Christopher David Hollingshead, and Deborah Jean Hollingshead; eight grandchildren and five great grand children; his sister, Nancy Elsbree, and his brother, Paul Hollingshead.
Irving graduated from Moorestown Friends School in 1945. He earned his bachelor’s degree Phi Beta Kappa with honors from Haverford College in 1950 and a Doctorate in Education from Rutgers University in 1964. He taught mathematics at Friends Select School from 1951 to 1956; at Riverside High School in New Jersey from 1956 to 1958; and at Rancocas Valley Regional High School from 1958 to 1966.
He was selected to be part of a USAID team to go to East Africa in 1966, and he served at the University College in Nairobi, Kenya as a math educator. He was a Professor at Kutztown University (then College) from 1969 to 1986. Upon retirement from Kutztown, Irving dedicated the remainder of his working life to education and social action, serving on the Board of United Friends School; working to stop the manufacture of nuclear weapons; establishing and running the Berks County Solar Center; co-founding Sister Cities of Boyertown; volunteering at the local recycling effort and meals on wheels; and all the while maintaining an active letter writing campaign with Amnesty International and to his representatives in Congress.
A birthright Quaker, Irving grew up a member of Moorestown Meeting. During his Haverford years, he volunteered to serve with an AFSC summer work camp in Scandinavia, where he met Jack Hoyland, a professor from Woodbrooke College in England. Jack encouraged Irving to study Quakerism at Woodbrooke. Irving took Jack’s advice, and in the fall of 1948, he enrolled at Woodbrooke. While at Woodbrooke, he met Jennifer Polge, also a Quaker, who was living at Woodbrooke and studying social work at Birmingham University.
At Woodbrooke, Irving and his future wife found a wonderful unity and common purpose. They loved farming, they wanted to raise a family, and they shared the Quaker faith with its strong commitment to nonviolence. Together, they searched for ways they could support justice, equality, and respect for all people. They believed in “that of God” in everyone, respect for planet earth, and both were moved by the work of social activists. They were married at Moorestown Meeting on February 10, 1950.
Irving deeply supported pacifism, social justice, and a life of simplicity. He saw himself as an individualist who should be self-responsible and then reach out to others. He took guidance in his life from words in the Book of Micah 6:8: “…what is good and what doth the Lord require of thee but to do justly; love mercy and walk humbly with thy God.”
Irving requested anyone wishing to acknowledge his passing to do so in the form of a donation to the Friends Committee on National Legislation, 245 Second Street, NE, Washington, D.C, 20002.
Elizabeth “Betty” Souder Moore, wife of the late Granville B. Moore ’34, passed away November 22, 2014 at the age of 87. Betty was born at Bellview Hospital in Camden, to Philip and Doris Souder. In 1930, she moved to LaGrange, IL and lived there with her family for 10 years. She came back to Moorestown and attended Moorestown Friends School, graduating in 1945.
After high school, Betty went on to Steelman Business School in Camden, and she then worked for the North American Insurance Company in Philadelphia. Betty married Granville B. Moore, Jr., in 1954, and they had their daughter, Mary, in 1956.
Betty attended the Moorestown Friends Meeting as well as the Baptist Church of Moorestown. She enjoyed knitting, embroidery, and singing with the Woman’s Club of Moorestown, and she will be remembered as a devoted protector of her family. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Elizabeth Moore.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Moorestown Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 42, Moorestown, NJ 08057 or Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Dr., Marlton, NJ 08053.
Carol Roberts Todd, sister of the late Malcolm H. Roberts ’37 and the late E. Kirk Roberts ’40, passed away October 26, 2014 from complications associated with a brain tumor. She was surrounded by all her immediate family. Waiting for her husband and all of her children and grandchildren to express their love before she left was her final and most loving gift. Carol was 84 years old.
Carol was born December 29, 1929, and raised on her parents’ (Byron and Lydia Roberts’) fruit farm in Marlton, NJ, where she cultivated the love of horticulture she maintained her entire life. She attended Moorestown Friends School and George School before graduating from Earlham College in 1952. She worked with the American Friends Service Committee on the Hopi Indian Reservation one summer, which left a lasting impression and commitment to assisting communities in need.
Following a tour of Europe, she moved to Philadelphia, where she held several positions, and lived in the Friendship Cooperative in West Philadelphia. There she met Tom Todd in 1955, whom she married in July 1956. They raised their three children in Philadelphia before retiring to Jamestown in 1989. In 2008, they moved to Duxbury, MA.
Carol and Tom traveled the world together, collecting incredible experiences and friends around the globe. When at home, Carol spent her time being active in local cultural, community, and political organizations. While uncomfortable with prominent positions, she nevertheless ran for, and was elected, committeewoman in Philadelphia. More often, she would seek to help where it was needed most, in a supporting role. She believed she could best contribute to the communities she lived in by working at the grassroots level, interacting with people directly.
Carol was the moral compass of her family. She quietly and gently set the example for how a good life should be lived. Carol is greatly missed for her steadfast optimism and positive outlook on life. She had the rare ability to be actively present in life. She had a marvelous talent for making people feel they mattered.
Carol is survived by her devoted husband of 58 years, Thomas Abbot Todd of Duxbury, MA, and the families of her loving children: son Jonathan Christopher Todd, his wife Debora Elaine Todd, and their son, Samuel Sawyer Todd, of Houston, TX; daughter Suzannah Todd Waters, her sons James Arnold Waters, William Todd Waters, and her daughter Cassandra Lee Waters, all of Norwell, MA; and her daughter Cassandra Roberts Todd of Oakland, CA. Carol is also survived by her brother Edwin Kirk Roberts of Palo Alto, CA and her sister Alice Roberts Powelson of Boulder, CO.
Carol was preceded in death by her brother, Malcolm Roberts, of Medford Leas, NJ. She is additionally survived by her wonderful nieces and nephews, along with countless dear friends. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that friends consider donating money or time to a worthy local community organization.
Joan Stockwell Zerr, 85, of Whiting, NJ – beloved wife of 58 years of Carl H. Zerr, Jr. – passed away on January 31, 2015, in Crestwood Manor. Joan graduated from Beaver College with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, and she worked for many years as an interior decorator. Joan was very active in the Episcopal Church in both New Jersey and Maine. Her greatest pleasure was spending time with her family at their summer home in Maine.
A loving wife, mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law, Joan is survived by her husband, Carl H. Zerr, Jr.; two daughters, Linda (Arthur) and Margaret F. (Robert); a son, Carl H. III (Lisandra); seven grandchildren, Alexander, Rhee, Chippie, Rosie, Katie, Nathan, and Leilani; and two cousins, Richard Robinson and James Lehmann.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joan’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, Southern Regional Office at Red Bank, 331 Newman Springs Rd., Bldg. 1, 4th Floor, Ste. 143, Red Bank, NJ 07701 or at www.alz.org.
Francis Sloat, beloved husband of Eleanor Sloat, passed away on May 30, 2014. He was the devoted father of William E. Sloat, James M. Sloat, David A. Sloat, and Debbi Castro. His parents were the late Leslie W. and Sarah D. Sloat. Francis is also survived by five loving grandchildren.
William Maynard Brown, Jr., brother of the late Mary Lou Brown Auchter ’48 and the late Pauline Brown Cutting ’49, died January 16, 2015, at his home in Deerfield Beach, FL at the age of 79. William was born February 2, 1936 in New Jersey to W. Maynard and Pauline Brown. He was a well-loved friend of many, a member of the Westerly Yacht Club, a supporter of The Church at Westerly, and a member of the United States Marine Corps.
William spent more than 20 years in Rhode Island with his wife, Sue, after spending nearly 30 years together in Westport, CT, enjoying many wonderful memories together. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sue, and their son, Warren Brown.
Arthur “Art” R. Eldred, II, age 79, passed away November 29, 2014. Art was born on September 19, 1935 to Arthur and Mildred Eldred in Camden, NJ. He was the youngest of three children and son of the first Eagle Scout of America. He graduated from Moorestown Friends School in 1954 and Bucknell University in 1958. Art was discharged with rank of Captain from the United States Army in 1969. He married the “love of his life,” Elaine on January 7, 1968.
Art went into the family business and managed the Clementon Lake Amusement Park for 20 years, from 1958 to 1978. Afterwards, Art owned and operated Mt. Holly “Madden’s” Hardware from 1978 to 1996.
Art is survived by his wife, Elaine; sons; Jason (Meg), Arthur (Kelly), Beau (Dee), Bill (Sophie); daughter; Judy (Bob); grandchildren; Ryan, Jade, Mason, Lily, Liam, Drew, Kelsey, Christina, Natalie, Jason, Michael, and Brian; brother Willard; and sister Patricia.
Art loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren. He described himself as an “ordinary man with extraordinary children.”
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be made to Moorestown Friends School, 110 E. Main St. Moorestown, NJ 08057.
Joanne Clement Poff, 78, of Elkton, MD, passed away peacefully with friends by her side on August 1, 2014 at Union Hospital after a short illness.
Joanne was born July 30, 1936 in Camden and was the daughter of the late William S., Jr. and Mary Elizabeth Clement (Thacher). She was raised in Haddonfield and spent summers at the family residence at Randalia on the Elk River in Cecil County, MD. She graduated from Moorestown Friends School in 1954.
Joanne worked as a secretary for Cecil County Sheriff’s Office in the late 1990s. She then worked for, and retired from, the Prince George’s County Police Department, where she was a station secretary at the Bowie Station. After retirement, she worked casually for Allied Propane as an after-hours call taker.
She was an avid cook and enjoyed cooking for her friends. She even had one of her favorite recipes featured on the Paula Deen Home Cooking Show on the Food Network.
Joanne was preceded in death by her husband Richard C. Poff, whom she married in 1976. She is survived by several cousins and a large group of very close friends. She was a kind and generous soul who will be greatly missed by her friends.
Thomas McKnight Marshall, Jr., the founder and former owner of the Serquel Chemical Company, died of heart failure on October 4, 2014 at Northwest Hospital. He was 76.
The son of Thomas McKnight Marshall, Sr., a businessman, and A. Camille Marshall, a homemaker, Thomas was born and raised in Tavistock, NJ. He was a 1955 graduate of Moorestown Friends School and attended Bucknell University.
After serving in the Navy, Thomas attended the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He started his business career with his father’s company, the Thomas M. Marshall Company, in Gloucester, NJ, as a vice president. Thomas later moved to Maryland, where he worked for S.C. Johnson before founding Serquel Chemical Company and retiring in 2002.
He enjoyed coaching his children’s sports teams and playing golf. He was also an active member, deacon, and Sunday school teacher at Catonsville Presbyterian Church.
Thomas is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Jane Krauss of Naples, FL; a son, Thomas McKnight Marshall III of Catonsville; a brother, John S. Marshall of Naples, FL; two sisters, Carole Moffitt of Haddonfield, NJ, and Nancy Jean Frick of Spring Hill, FL; two grandchildren; and his companion, Visa F. Dolly McCarty of Catonsville.
Harold L. “Moose” Megee of Medford died peacefully at home on December 31, 2014, after a brief illness. He was 74 years old. Hal was the beloved husband of Stephanie (Berridge). He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold J. and Sophie (Kozak) Megee. Hal’s many friends also mourn his passing.
Hal was born in Camden on February 3, 1940. He attended Moorestown Friends School and the Perkiomen School, and he graduated from Moravian College with a degree in biology. Hal was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne. His division was sent to the Dominican Republic in 1965 to assist the Marines in controlling rebel activity. In addition to being a paratrooper, Hal was a trained medic who served in the field hospital while in the Dominican Republic. Hal was also a selective service group leader for new registrants.
He was a talented athlete throughout his life and especially loved rugby. He was a rugby player for over 30 years, playing for the Philadelphia Whitemarsh Rugby Football Club and MARS (Middle Age Rugby Side). He travelled to London, Australia, and France while playing for MARS.
Hal was a longtime member of the Medford Lakes Country Club and the Medford and Burlington County Republican organizations. He retired from Penny Plate, Inc. of Cherry Hill in 2005. During his 30 years at Penny Plate, he worked in both customer service and accounting.
During the final days of his illness, many friends visited with him and shared their stories of escapades and adventures with Hal. He was a gentle and kind man who was loved by all who knew him. He will be dearly missed.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be sent to Moorestown Friends School, 110 E. Main St., Moorestown, NJ 08057.
Laurence “Laz” Manou died on January 15, 2015 after a long, courageous struggle with cancer. He loved Moorestown Friends and his beloved classmates. Laz leaves behind a wonderful daughter, Alexandra Charleston, and three wonderful grandchildren, Thea, Raven, and Aurora Charleston.
J. Everett Hancock, Jr., of Burlington Township, NJ, devoted husband, father and teacher, passed away October 19, 2014 at Kennedy Hospital in Cherry Hill. He was 73 years old.
Everett was born September 10, 1941 in Mount Holly to the late J. Everett Sr. and the late Myrtle E. Hancock. He spent his childhood on the Hancock Dairy Farm in Westampton, NJ, where his deep-rooted love of animals was established. As a young man, he attended Moorestown Friends School, and then graduated with his bachelor’s from Allegheny College and with his master’s from Glassboro State. After completing his education, Everett went on to find his passion as an elementary school teacher in the Westampton Public School District, where he taught Grades 2 through 8 for 20 years.
Above all else, Everett loved his family and the Lord. As a member of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, he served as a lay reader for 20 years and taught Sunday school. He was a kind and gentle man who celebrated life. His hobbies included gardening, playing the piano, and dancing. He found great joy in bringing happiness to others.
Everett is survived by his wife of 45 years, Beverly; his son, Michael; his daughter, Faith Borradaile (Tom); and many other friends and loved ones. Contributions in his honor may be made to Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 121 High Street, Mount Holly, NJ, 08060.
Rolf Franklin DeCou, brother of the late Lauren DeCou ’58, Anthony DeCou ’60, Ann DeCou Cranmer ’62, Tina DeCou Krutsky ’63, Patricia DeCou LaMountain ’63, and David DeCou ’68, and son of the late Thomas S. DeCou ’30 and Wilda DeCou.
Bernhard Ferg died on October 11, 2013 after a car accident. He was a resident of Gambrills, MD.
Christopher Elias passed away on March 4, 2015 at the age of 22. He was the beloved son of Minda (née Elias) and Kevin Ciano and Christopher Pontz, and the loving brother of Ava Ciano, Hailey Pontz, and Riley Pontz. Chris was a devoted grandson to Patricia Pontz (the late Curt), the late Arthur R. Elias, Gail “Bonnie” and John Kolb and Bonnie Ciano (the late Joseph); he was a proud great-grandson of Don Adams (the late E. Jane) and Eleanor Schaefer (the late Edward). He was also the nephew of Mike and Dawn Pontz and Darren and Kristen Elias. He is survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
While at MFS, Chris was a dedicated member of the baseball team and was active with the school’s Blankets for Kids Club. He also volunteered with the Urban Promise program. Chris was a resident of Bellmawr, NJ at the time of his passing. In lieu of flowers, donations in Chris’s memory may be made to the Gift of Life Donor Program, 401 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123.
Philip H. Brown, father of Elon Brown ’02 and Kara Brown ’07, passed away suddenly on February 12, 2015 at the age of 63. He lived in Merchantville for 25 years. Philip was the beloved husband of Katherine; devoted father of Elon and Kara; loving son of Philip H. Brown and the late Lucette Brown. He was the dear brother of Judy Clarke, Patrick Brown, and Kathrine Carlisle. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Philip was a chef extraordinaire, a wine enthusiast, and an avid fisherman.
Andrew Bryen, former School Committee member and father of Brad Bryen ’78, Liz Bryen Greene ’79, and Stefani Bryen Kasdin ’80, passed away peacefully in his sleep the evening of September 21, 2014. He was born in Camden and predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Gloria Goldfield Bryen. “Angie,” to those who knew him best, was a successful business executive, co-owner of William Bryen Wholesale Meat Co. (founded with his brother in 1946) and the Hideaway Restaurant (which he ran with Gloria). Under their leadership, the Hideaway was a regular “Best of Philly” winner. Andy was Father of Marsha (John) Biguenet, Bradford (Lillie) Bryen, Liz (Bennett) Greene and Stefani (Richard) Kasdin; Grandfather of Nicole (Anders), Jonny, Jordan, Chloe, Rachel, Zachary, Eliza, Nina and Julian; Great Grandfather of Isabella and Amelie. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, P.O. Box 7646, Phila. PA 19101.
Edward Carilli, father of Ethan Carilli ’13 and Dylan Carilli ’17, passed away on September 27, 2014. He was 59. Edward was the husband of the late Linda (Webb) Carilli and father of Ethan and Dylan Carilli. The family requested memorial contributions be made to Moorestown Friends School.
Steve Edgerton, former faculty and father of Alice Edgerton ’03, died peacefully at his home in Medford on December 16, 2014 at the age of 86. Steve was a high school teacher for 41 years and owner and director of the Quaker summer camp Camp Dark Waters for over 40 years. He was a gifted teacher and mentor who changed the lives of thousands of campers and students for the better. A loving and affectionate parent and husband, he is survived by his children Cinda, Scott, and Alice, and his wife Mary Ann Bacon.
Marie Lario, mother of Rochelle “Shelly” Towers ’58, passed away on January 8, 2015 at the age of 101. Marie (née Mandarino), formerly of Haddonfield and Ocean City, passed peacefully at Brookdale Assisted Living in Voorhees. Born in Philadelphia, Marie was a radio pioneer as a singer on her own program on WCAU, and she performed as a lead soprano with the American Opera Company. After her marriage to the late Frank M. Lario, Sr., she then devoted her entire time and energy to her family, rearing her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Marie was predeceased by her beloved husband, Frank M. Lario, Sr. and her brother, Michael P. Mandarino, MD. She is lovingly survived by her devoted children, Hon. Frank M. Lario, Jr. and his wife Kathleen and her daughter, Rochelle “Shelly” Towers and her husband, Gene; her six grandchildren, Michael (Ellen) Lario, Randy (Milagros) Towers, Scott (Cindy) Towers, Kathleen (Kenneth) Alessandrini, Frank (Barbara) Lario, and Cristian (Amy) Towers; her 12 great-grandchildren, Danielle, Alyssa, Michael Jr., Nicholas, Kenneth Jr., Nicholas, Lucas, Alexandra, Mackenzie, Jackson, Bridget, and Aubrey; her great-great-granddaughter, Giuliana, and her sister, Margaret Cianfrani. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.
Andrew Clements Long, husband of Katharine Van Cleve Long ’05, died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest on November 3, 2014 in Wilmington, NC, at the age of 27.
Andrew graduated from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY in 2009. He married Katharine Clare Van Cleve on September 23, 2011. He was employed as a chemist at Quality Chemical Laboratories in Wilmington, NC. Andrew is survived by his loving wife Katie, his parents Andy and Vicki Long of Conesus Lake, and his brother David Long of Albany, NY. He is also survived by his paternal grandmother Joanne Keller Long, uncles Lawrence (Mary) Long of California, Francis (Mare) Long of Colorado and Harold (Laurie) and David Clapp (Linda) of Minnesota. He is also survived by his aunts Laurie Marcum (Bill) of Colorado and Ellie Clapp (Jon Pincus) of Rochester, NY, Louise Connell (Terry), Lynn Layton (Chuck) of Florida. Andrew is survived by several cousins whom he adored. He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents Eleanor Little Clapp and Charles Gillman Clapp, and his much adored paternal grandfather H. David Long. Andrew is also survived by Katie’s loving parents, Martha and Paul Van Cleve of Lumberton, NJ, and Katie’s siblings Sarah, Michael, Laila, and David Skarbowski.
Andrew’s life with Katie was filled with love, fun and lots of adventures. He enjoyed traveling with family and friends. He enjoyed sailing, skiing, sledding, snowboarding, scuba diving, water skiing and sightseeing. Andrew also enjoyed camping with Katie, their dog Pepper, and friends on the beach in Wilmington. Andrew especially enjoyed spending time with his brother and discussing chemistry together. He loved sports, including the Florida Marlins, the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Philadelphia Eagles, watching the World Series, playing video games, and watching movies with his wife. He loved learning and had an amazing knowledge of all sorts of trivia.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Andrew’s memory to: Carolina Donor Services, 3621 Lyckan Parkway, Durham, NC (at carolinadonorservices.org, under the Donor Families section). Andrew strongly believed in organ donation, and his heart, liver, and kidneys were donated to save the lives of others. Andrew’s family would love to hear your stories about Andrew and see photos. Please share memories and condolences with the family by clicking on the “Sign Guest Book” tab here.
James T. McCracken, father of Jamie McCracken ’95 and Meghan McCracken ’98, passed away peacefully on October 31, 2014, at his home after a hard fought and courageous battle with cancer.
He leaves behind his beloved wife of 49 years, Kathy (McManus); son, James (Daniela Troia), daughter, Meghan McCracken; and grandchildren, Alessia and James McCracken. He was the brother-in-law of Sharon (Michael) Gottovi, Kevin (Bonnie) McManus and Carol McCracken; and he is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, James and Catherine McCracken and his brother, John McCracken.
James was born July 27, 1941 in Philadelphia, and he grew up in Maplewood, NJ, where he attended Columbia High School and then graduated from Kean University. He completed his military service with the NJ National Guard. Over the course of his career, he worked for major paper and tape manufacturers, Johnson & Johnson, Permacel Division, and 3M sales; these positions led him to his own successful business, Converter Specialties. He was very proud of being able to provide employment for others.
Jim was active in the community and was chair of the Riverton 4th of July Celebration for eight years. He served as president of Riverton Country Club and was an avid golfer there. Jim was an active member of the Christ Church, Riverton. His other relaxation was going to Long Beach Island, which he enjoyed as both a child and as an adult. Jim will be remembered as having a great sense of humor and being a loving and caring person. He will be missed by his family, friends, and faithful Sheltie dog, Penny.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Christ Episcopal Church and/or Friends of the Hospital of Fox Chase Cancer Center, 333 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111-2497. To share your fondest memory of Jim and your condolences with the family, please visit this website.
Isabelle Ewing McVaugh, mother of John McVaugh III ’69, Mary McVaugh Shannon ’71, and the late Sally McVaugh MacEwen ’66, died on January 24, 2015 at the age of 90. She was a beloved wife and mother and co-founder
of Arizona School Choice Trust.
Isabelle was born in Abington, PA on December 28, 1924 and was the older sibling to three brothers. She attended George School, where she met her future husband, John “Jack” Eastburn McVaugh, Jr. After attending Wellesley College, she returned home to marry her high school sweetheart in 1945. The couple settled in Riverton, NJ, where they raised three children and hosted many exchange students. Isabelle was very active in the local Quaker community, including Westfield Friends Meeting.
After residing in Arizona following Jack’s retirement, the couple worked tirelessly to establish Arizona School Choice Trust, one of the first nonprofit groups to use donations and tax credits to provide education scholarships for low-income children to attend the school of their choice. Isabelle was also a dedicated summer resident of Barnegat Light, NJ, where she and her husband had a home for many years. Their happy marriage lasted 63 years until Jack’s death in 2009.
Isabelle is survived by her brother, John Ewing of Burlington, VT; two children, Mary (Don) Shannon of Chicora, PA, and Jay McVaugh of Sedona, AZ; three grandchildren, one great-grandson, and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband, her daughter Sally MacEwen of Atlanta, GA, and her granddaughter Katie Shannon of Chicora, PA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Arizona School Choice Trust through their website, or by mail to 2875 West Ray Rd Suite 6-314 Chandler, AZ 85224
Judith R. Obbard, former School Committee member, of Southwest Harbor, ME and Lumberton, NJ died October 30, 2014 in Southwest Harbor. She was 78. Born January 30, 1936, she was the daughter of Philip Garrett and Josephine Eugenia (Eckford) Rhoads. Judith is survived by her husband, Peter B. Obbard; her four children, Catherine E. Obbard of Cambridge, MA, Philip B. Obbard and his wife, Andrea, of Albany, CA, Ted G. Obbard and his wife, Julie, of Berkeley, CA, and Laura C.W.O Brightman and her husband, Howard, of Cambridge, MA; seven grandchildren, Kyle McBard, Treva, and David Obbard, Rachel and Evan Obbard, and Lincoln and Daniel Brightman; and a brother, William E. Rhoads of East Windsor, NJ.
Those who desire may make contributions in Judith’s memory to the Arboretum Fund, Medford Leas, One Medford Leas Way, Medford, NJ 08055. Condolences may be expressed online.
Michael Parrington, father of Megan Parrington Hollingworth ’97, died October 18 at his home of progressive supranuclear palsy, at the age of 70. Michael was a former commercial archaeologist who unearthed rare artifacts on construction sites from Britain to the Jersey Shore and from Philadelphia and Manhattan.
Born in Lancashire, England, Michael moved to the Philadelphia area in 1976 and took a job at an excavation site at Valley Forge where he met and worked alongside fellow archaeologist Helen (Linny) Schenck, who became his second wife. Michael was a prominent archaeologist in the Philadelphia region, and in 1992, he cowrote The Buried Past: An Archaeological History of Philadelphia. He was a founder and supporter of various local archaeological societies and an ardent reader and book collector. His other interests ranged from the Phillies to the Beatles to folk music and taking long walks.
In 1992, he worked on a significant dig at a place known as the old Negro Burial Ground in lower Manhattan, where a government office building was under construction. Twenty-six feet below the city streets, hundreds of well-preserved skeletal remains of colonial-era African slaves and Caucasian paupers were discovered buried three deep in close graves. At the time, Michael contended that, as so little history had been recorded about slaves, the find was historically significant because “there’s a lot these remains can tell us.” Eight years before that dig, Michael supervised the excavation of a pre-Civil War graveyard of freed blacks at the First African Baptist Church in Philadelphia that was discovered during the construction of the Center City commuter tunnel. Michael later noted he had found more evidence of African cultural traditions among the free blacks buried in Philadelphia than he had under what was probably a more suppressed environment for Africans in New York.
He was called to a construction site on a portion of the Blue Route in 1987 to study a crumbling 250-year-old farmhouse and barn facades in Marple Township when he worked for John Milner Associates in Philadelphia. “Everything we find is garbage. Our job is interpreting the garbage,” Michael said of the process of the dig and the careful cataloging of artifacts.
The next year, a dig at a hotel construction site near Independence National Historical Park yielded some 10,000 pieces, including wine bottles, ceramics, and bones, representing the colonial era to the 19th century. “We don’t have this kind of range of material [from other sites]… and we have found it here in abundance,” Michael said. Working with Schenck’s firm in 1996, Michael dug at the base of the 170-foot-high Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City to uncover the remains of the stone-and-redbrick foundation of the lighthouse keeper’s cottage. The circa-1857 cottage was eventually rebuilt on its original foundation and is used in the operation of a gift shop at the historic site, now open to the public.
In addition to his wife Helen, Michael is survived by three daughters, Alice, Megan Hollingsworth, and Ellen Grandin; three grandchildren; two brothers; and two sisters. He was previously married to Karen Lawrence.
Donations may be made to one of the archaeological societies Michael supported: the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum, c/o Steve Tull, Treasurer, 437 High St., Burlington, NJ 08016; The Archaeological Society of New Jersey, c/o Michael Gall, Treasurer, 199 S. Main St., Medford, NJ 08055; or The Oliver Evans Chapter of the Society for Industrial Archeology, c/o of Larry DeYoung, Treasurer, 54 N. Waterloo Rd., Devon, PA 19333.
Marguerite Perrone (née Ridge), mother of Stephen Perrone ’83, died in Medford on May 5, 2014 at the age of 83. She was born March 31, 1931 in Philadelphia to the late Roy S. Ridge and Helen Headley Ridge. Margie was a graduate of Friends Central School and Swarthmore College and worked for 37 years as a program officer and head of communications at Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships in Philadelphia. She lived in Philadelphia and in Moorestown before moving to Medford. She is survived by her beloved husband of 37 years, Charles A. Perrone, daughter Fernanda H. Perrone of Highland Park, NJ and son Stephen L. Perrone of Moorestown. Please send donations in Margie’s memory to the Hall Education Fund, First Reformed Church, 9 Bayard St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901 or to the charity of your choice.
Van Rensellaer Richards, former faculty, died unexpectedly at his home in Riverton, NJ on January 31, 2015. He was 57 years old. Mr. Richards was a graduate of New Canaan Country School (CT), South Kent School (CT), and Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. He taught elementary students in several schools: United Day School (TX), Moorestown Friends School, Chapin School (NJ), and St. Peter’s (PA). Most recently, he worked at the Quaker School of Horsham (PA), where he was the director of development, wrote grants, and was in charge of alumni relations. He also organized the fundraising, public relations, and “refilling the towel dispenser.”
He is survived by his partner, Brit Brennan of Riverton. He is also survived by his mother, Jan Richards, of Stamford, CT and siblings: Peter Richards of Vinalhaven, ME, Ginny Perrakis of Brookfield, CT, Alden Richards of Brookline, MA, and Chris Richards of Ft. Collins, CO. He also had 11 nieces and nephews to whom he was a caring and devoted uncle.
Van loved fires, clearing brush, cats, and slapstick comedy. He was the go-to person concerning DVD players, cable connections, programming appliances, and trouble-shooting chainsaws. He lovingly cared for a 1946 A Model Farmall tractor. Wherever he lived, he made friends and was known for his generosity of time, humor, money, and effort. He was a talented Tex-Mex chef and, most recently, discovered cairns and built several dozen of the stone structures for love and (sometimes) money. He was vitally interested in The Taylor Wildlife Preserve which lay next to his residence in Riverton. He wrote about it, cleared clogged water-courses, and made his rounds frequently, trash-picking, noting everything, and delighting in the wonders of nature. Van’s loved ones plan on having a “Tree Planting” in the Preserve in his honor.
Eric Salonen, husband of Lisa Bobbie Schreiber Hughes ’76, died after an extended hospitalization on February 26, 2014 at the age of 55. An international trade attorney and partner with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Stewart and Stewart, Eric graduated from the Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, B.S.F.S., cum laude, in 1981. He earned his Juris Doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania in 1985. Eric regularly appeared before the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Court of International Trade, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Prior to joining Stewart and Stewart in 1998, Mr. Salonen served as Attorney-Advisor to Commissioner Janet A. Nuzum and Chairman Marcia E. Miller of the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Eric wrote and co-authored several articles on U.S. trade remedy laws, and he served as a panelist in various programs on U.S. trade laws and policy. He was an active member of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law and Practice and co-chaired the Section’s International Trade Committee. He was recognized in Best Lawyers; Baltimore and Washington D.C.’s Best Lawyers; Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating; and Who’s Who Legal (Trade and Customs).
Beloved husband of retired Foreign Service Officer Lisa Bobbie Schreiber Hughes, Eric often visited his wife during her overseas assignments, most recently during her ambassadorship to the Republic of Suriname (South America). A proud Finnish-American, Eric was a devoted fan of the New York Yankees and Giants, and Georgetown basketball. In addition to his wife of 23 years, he is survived by his stepsisters, Irmeli “Tipi” Kuehnel and Mervi Agnew, their families, and many devoted friends and colleagues. If so desired, donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Georgetown University.
Juanita M. Thompson, mother of Michelle Clements ’72, departed this life on August 11, 2014 at the age of 94. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Thompson, Sr. She is survived by her son, Charles E. Thompson, Jr. (Marion); daughter, Michelle Clements (Mark); grandchildren, Charles E. Thompson III, Emile Thompson, Tasha Hillary, Mark Clements Jr., Paul Clements, Miriah Clements; and four great-grandchildren.