In Memoriam

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Spring 2020

Andy Backus                                    Jane Kielt

Mary Ann Bacon                              Kenneth A. Kirchhofer

Joseph Basara                                  Theodore Kushner

Arthur Brecker ’52                            Eleanor Lippincott Murray ’54

Daniel Wills Collins ’49                     Carmen Lydia Paneque

Sandy Cosenza ’49                            Joan Rothgeb

Charles W. Coward ’52                     Patricia Patterson Rech ’55

Elaine Coward                                  Alice DeKlyn Sperry ’44

William W. Dickerson ’59                Asa Matlack Stackhouse III ’57

Alice Edgerton ’03                            John I. Stroud ’46

N. Thorne Griscom ’48                    Robert S. Tate ’53

Charles Wills Haines ’57                  Rosario Vecchio

Kathleen Hanley-Lloyd                    Carl Wilson

Stephen Harding ’71                        Elizabeth Parkhurst Wiltshire

James Harris

Jeff Kelemen ’63



Alice DeKlyn Sperry, 93, passed away on November 20 at home with family by her side.

Alice was born on July 29, 1926, in Miami, Florida, to the late Charles Coulter DeKlyn and Marjorie Platt DeKlyn. She was evacuated from Miami by boat in the Great Miami Hurricane of September 1926. Her family’s business was destroyed, so they relocated to Moorestown, New Jersey, returning to Miami several times in the next 10 years as her father searched for employment during the Great Depression.

Alice always felt fortunate to have attended the Moorestown Friends School. She excelled in sports, leading her school’s women’s field hockey team to several consecutive undefeated seasons. Alice was also an accomplished basketball player, tennis player, golfer and skier. She transferred her love of outdoor sports to all in her family and succeeded in improving her golf game in her late 80s.

Since early in life, Alice excelled as an artist. In 1944, she matriculated at Mount Holyoke College and graduated in 1948 with a degree in Art History. She moved to New York City and worked at the New York Public Library and as a schoolteacher at Packer Collegiate Institute. She continued her art study, specializing in Ceramic Sculpture, at New York’s Cooper Union, Art Students League, Sculpture Center, and Greenwich House Pottery, as well as the Rhode Island School of Design and the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Detroit, Michigan. In 1956 and 1958 she was a prize-winner at the Ceramic National show in Syracuse, New York, and received an award for ceramic sculpture at the Smithsonian Institute’s Seventh International Exhibition. Her work was exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Detroit Institute of Art, and many other museums and galleries. Throughout her life, Alice continued to create wonderful ceramic sculpture, paintings, and graphic art for her family, friends, and many organizations.

An active member of the New Hampton Garden Club, the Laconia Drawing Club, and Watercolor Group, she maintained a beautiful garden, terrific flowering house plants, and painted dazzling watercolors.

In 1953, she began her 65-year marriage to Elmer Sperry and her focus became children and family. Alice lived for many years in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, where she raised her family. Twenty-nine years ago, she moved to Meredith. Extremely devoted to her four children and seven grandchildren, she said her greatest joy in life has been her family and she succeeded in her goal of participating in her grandchildren’s development into young adults.

Alice is survived by her four children and their spouses: Elmer IV and his wife, Monica Edgerton-Sperry, Lucy and her husband, Nabil N. El-Hage, Edward and his wife, Kim Sperry, and Helen Sperry and her husband, Maurizio Zineddu. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Nelson Elhage, Beatrice Helen Nadine El-Hage, Justin Sperry, Taylor Sperry and his wife, Kathleen Rosse Sperry, Clelia Zineddu and her husband, Patrick Bergamo, Lidia Zineddu, and Stefano Zineddu. She will be greatly missed by all.


John I. Stroud passed away peacefully at age 90 on Oct. 8 in Stevensville. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. John was born on March 9, 1929, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Moorestown, New Jersey. While he spent most of his life in New Jersey his heart was in exploring the regions of the world either overland or by sea. As a boy he was bit by the sailing bug which evolved into a stint with the Merchant Marines. Later in life he became intrigued with the Lewis & Clark saga and pursued this passion from New Jersey to Montana. His interests included photography/sailing/camping/black powder rendezvous/boat building and numerous crafts/traveling to Russia, Ukraine, Norway/host parent of many foreign students at the University of Montana and Bowdoin College, Maine/volunteer at Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, Maine.

As children, we grew up watching our father put his time in as a chemical technician for Atlantic Richfield where he worked for 35 years in West Philadelphia. We know Dad was frustrated but he would get our family out of there each summer and expose us to the adventure of exploring. From hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail to camping in the dunes of Cape Hatteras to camping trips in Canada and the western states.

John is preceded in death by his wife Amy, parents Franklin and Gertrude, sister Virginia and brother Edgar. He is survived by daughter Sandy, son Bill (Janice), beloved granddaughter Jade, nephews Ken (Kazu) and Dallas (Miki), cousin Sandra Scully, pets Weezie and Skip. He will now join his sweet wife Amy overlooking the Bitterroot Valley from atop the Victor cemetery.


N. Thorne Griscom, MD, brother of the late Samuel T. Griscom ’47 and the late Richard A. Griscom ‘53, legendary pediatric radiologist, teacher and mentor to generations of radiologists and radiology technologists, died Sept. 27. He was 88 years old.

N. Thorne Griscom was born in Philadelphia, PA, on June 21, 1931. He was educated in New Jersey in the Quaker tradition at Moorestown Friends School and graduated from Haddonfield High School in 1948. At the end of his college application interview at Harvard University, he was asked whether he had any questions. He said, “Money is tight; any possibility of scholarships?” The interviewer responded, “We don’t have to worry about that here.” Still he chose to attend Wesleyan University instead, where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Thorne went on to attend medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, again distinguishing himself by election into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

It was in Rochester, NY, that he met his wife to be, Joanna Starr. Jo attended Connecticut College, majoring in voice. After spending a year at the Katharine Gibbs School, she moved to Rochester and worked at Strong Memorial Hospital. Thorne and Jo both belonged to the Bach Oratorio Society. They were married from 1955 until her death in 2010. They had four children — Elizabeth, Daniel, Elinor and Matthew, of whom three survive, and seven grandchildren. Thorne and Jo sang together in many choral groups in the Boston area. She was a soprano and he a tenor. In 1969, they became members of the Cantata Singers, performing with that Boston-based group for more than 20 years. Thorne reluctantly withdrew from singing after hearing loss made it too difficult to continue.

After 2 years as a pediatrics resident at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), he joined the United States Army in 1958 and was assigned to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. By then, Thorne had already decided on a career in radiology. The opportunity arose for him to obtain informal training in radiology, and for 2 years he worked as an assistant radiologist at the U.S. Army Hospital in Fort Sill, OK. Although there was no formal training and little teaching, this opportunity afforded him a great deal of experience. In 1960, he returned to the MGH to complete his residency in radiology.

A departmental holiday party led to a chance encounter with Dr. Edward B.D. Neuhauser, then chair of the Department of Radiology at Boston Children’s Hospital (and fellow alumnus of a nearby Friends School). Soon afterward, Thorne received a letter inviting him to join the staff of three radiologists — E.B.D. Neuhauser, Martin (Dick) Wittenborg and Cliff Harris — at Boston Children’s Hospital. “One of my friends said then, ‘You have just been offered the best job in the country,’” Thorne recalled during an interview in 2003. “Now I know it really was.” Ironically Thorne passed away exactly 32 years to the day after Dr. Neuhauser.

During his prodigious career in Boston, Thorne made major academic contributions in several areas of pediatric radiology. He was an early practitioner in fetal imaging, performing amniography for fetal diagnosis and more than 360 fetal transfusions for Rh factor incompatibility. Thorne was keenly interested in the newborn and wrote extensively about the radiology of airway obstruction, lung growth, systemic bone disease and other problems. His work on the trachea was crucial in understanding its normal dimensions during childhood, and the effect of intraluminal pressure, obstruction and compression on its development. He was one of the first to point out the effects of tracheal compression on the safety of anesthesia in children. Later in his career, Thorne focused his interests on the history of pediatric radiology. He authored manuscripts detailing the development of radiology at Boston Children’s Hospital and pediatric radiology in the United States and Canada, along with short biographies of notable pediatric radiologists such as Neuhauser and John A. Kirkpatrick Jr.

Thorne was active in the Society for Pediatric Radiology (SPR) and served as president in 1981. He received numerous awards in recognition as an outstanding educator, including the SPR Gold Medal, and honorary membership from both the SPR and the European Society of Paediatric Radiology. Locally he was awarded the first annual Friend of the House Staff Award, and the John A. Kirkpatrick Teaching Excellence Award, both from Boston Children’s Hospital. In 2002, the SPR named its excellence in teaching award after Dr. Griscom, and in 2014, Boston Children’s established the N. Thorne Griscom Chair in Radiology.

Toward the end of his career, Thorne published “A Suggestion: Look at the Images First, Before you Read the History.” This editorial highlighted Dr. Griscom’s unique style of interpretation. He stated that “the history is valuable, but sometimes misleading.” He went on to describe: “[this] problem has a partial solution: Review the images first, before you read the history; make your observations and come to a preliminary opinion; then read the history; then revise or abandon your opinion as seems best in light of the history and reach a final conclusion.” Those of us fortunate enough to interpret images with Dr. Griscom know he practiced this method for every image he reviewed, often culminating in astonishing and miraculous diagnoses.

As such, few trainees or colleagues disagreed with Thorne, simply because he was almost always correct with his diagnosis. However, in an effort to boost the ego of others, he would often fictitiously ask for help on a case, then gently lead you to the findings and make you feel like you had come to the diagnosis yourself.

To all who worked with Dr. Griscom, however briefly in his long and distinguished career, his gifts as a diagnostician and teacher were immediately obvious. For those of us fortunate enough to train under him and then privileged to call him a colleague, he was also a generous mentor and advocate, and a meticulous and tireless editor. For us, however, he was so much more; he was our moral compass. Although the gentlest of men, he was, in his own unfailingly polite way, fierce in his devotion to the noblest ideals of our profession. He held himself, and thus through his example all who worked with him, to the highest standards of conduct, whether in research, in our daily interactions with colleagues or, most important, in the care we provided to our patients and their families. It was of inestimable comfort to know that there was someone who always knew the right thing to do. He was the conscience of our department. Those who knew him will miss both Thorne and the ideals he embodied.

“I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.” ― John Steinbeck


Daniel Wills Collins, former trustee

Sandy Cosenza, 87, of Largo, Florida passed away on November 7. He is survived by his loving wife Geraldine, two daughters, Deborah Baccellieri and Linda Cosenza, as well as six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Sandy’s passion for business began when he first joined his father in ownership of the Berlin Plumbing and Heating Supply at 19 years of age. He later moved to Florida and started Florida Business Group, which he successfully ran and operated until the age of 84 along with his wife and daughter Linda. He will be missed by his loving family and friends.


Arthur Brecker of Wells, Maine, brother of Rebecca Brecker ’56, formerly of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, went west peacefully on November 11, 2019 at 18:25. A former pilot, he is survived by his loving sister Rebecca Brecker, sister-in-law Geri Luongo, son Steven Brecker, former daughter-in-law Robin McLaughlin, daughter Kimberly Brecker McDonnell and husband Kevin McDonnell, granddaughter Alexandria Moore and husband Brian Moore, grandson Kyle McDonnell, and great grandchildren Ethan and Emily Moore. He was loved by all of his friends and anyone he ever met along the way.

“For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long return.”

Charles W. Coward, husband to the late Elaine Coward; father of the late William Mark Coward ‘81 and Charles W. Coward III ‘78; stepfather of Rade Musulin ‘75, the late Nicholas R. Musulin ‘78, and Christopher Musulin ‘80; father-in-law of Pamela Harrison Musulin ‘78; brother of Paul Coward ‘55 and the late Louise Coward Anderson ‘59; a long-time resident of Moorestown and Avalon; passed away on April 19. He was 85.

Chuck was born on Oct. 22, 1934 in Camden, N.J. to Charles and Jessie H. Coward of Camden, N.J. Several years later, they moved to Riverton, N.J. Chuck attended Westfield Friends School and graduated from Moorestown Friends School. After graduating from Moorestown Friends, he attended and graduated from Princeton University in 1956. Upon graduation, Chuck entered the Coast Guard through the Critical Skills Program and had active service for three months.

Chuck worked for Allegheny Ludlum Steel in the late 1950s and then left to join Coward-Eastman Company in Gloucester, N.J. to work with his father. While at Coward-Eastman, he started Waddell Engineering, Inc. During his tenure at Waddell Engineering, he became a Fellow of ASHRAE and a Professional Engineer. In 1958, he married Marcia E. Windness; and together, living in Mt. Laurel, they raised two sons – Charles W. Coward, III, a/k/a “Chip,” and William Mark Coward. Chuck and Marcia were later divorced. On Memorial Day, in 1976, Chuck married Elaine S. Musulin and gained three stepsons – Rade, Nick, and Chris.

For many years, Chuck enjoyed traveling the world with his wife Elaine, playing soccer at the Moorestown Field Club, coaching his son’s and stepson’s soccer teams, as well as refereeing local soccer games. Chuck also enjoyed sailing and swimming (well into his eighties) in Avalon. While in Avalon, his family often would ask, “Where is Chuck?” knowing, if they continued to search, they would find him either enjoying his late afternoon naps on the beach or early morning swims in the ocean.

In the last few years, Chuck resided in Cadbury in Cherry Hill; however, he could often be sighted with his family who kept him active by taking him on long car rides to his beloved Avalon. While there, either Chip or Chris would push him along the shoreline so that he could still witness the sparkly ocean waters and breathe in the crispy cool air.

Recently, Chuck was widowed on March 13, 2020 when Elaine passed away. And not long after, Chuck also passed.

“Chuck,” Charles W. Coward, Jr., is preceded in death by: his beloved wife – Elaine S. Coward; his beloved parents; sister – Louise Anderson; and his son William Mark Coward and stepson Nicholas R. Musulin, Jr. He is survived by: his brother Paul and his wife Judy, children and grandchildren, his son Charles W. Coward, III, “Chip”; his stepson Rade Musulin and Rade’s wife, Bronwyn; stepson Chris Musulin, and his wife, Pamela; and Lynne, his late stepson’s wife.

He is also survived by Mark’s son, Weston; as well as his stepsons’ children: Julie, Kristen, Nicholas, Quinn, Bailey, Rachel and Simon; one great grandchild; and a large group of extended family and friends. He will be sorely missed by all of us.

Ed. note – Chuck’s mother also worked at MFS as a Special Education teacher, helping students with reading problems.



Robert S. Tate


Eleanor Lippincott Murray, sister of Ann Lippincott ‘53, in the presence of her children, passed peacefully in Naples, FL, after a three-year struggle with lung cancer.

She was the daughter of Mary Tyler Hart and Richard Lippincott of Riverton, NJ. She is survived by her three children, Lee Honsinger, Kimberly Colville, and Stephen Murray, as well as her sons-in-law, Charlie Honsinger and David Colville. Ellie was a proud and loving grandmother, known as “Jellie” to her four grandsons, Tyler and Patrick Honsinger, and Jake and Harry Colville. She is also survived by her first husband, Dr. Stephen Murray; her companion, Brig Young; a sister and brother, Ann and Richard Lippincott, and cousins Ellen Miller, Lee Brooks, Philip Lippincott, Crys Kavalunas and Jay Tyler.

Ellie enjoyed life to the fullest, had a wonderful sense of humor and infectious laugh. She also had an incredible group of friends collected in many places over the entire span of her life. She was a strong competitor, fiercely athletic, and a true sportswoman. A few of the many sports she loved were tennis, paddle tennis, golf, skiing, sailing and swimming. She especially loved her almost daily swim in the Gulf, way out with the dolphins. Ellie was also an avid bridge player.

Involved in charity work for many organizations, Ellie was the president of the Board of The Children’s Home of Easton and the Junior League of Lehigh Valley, both in Pennsylvania.

She grew up in Riverton, NJ, graduated from Moorestown Friends School, and received her B.S. from Ohio Wesleyan University in social work. Ellie was an All-American field hockey player and is in the Athletic Hall of Fame at Ohio Wesleyan. She was at different times both a golf and tennis champion in the various clubs to which she belonged.

Ellie raised her three children in Easton, PA, and Pocono Lake Preserve, PA. She spent her later years in Naples, FL, in the winter and continued her summers at Pocono Lake. Ellie was a member of Northampton Country Club, Northwood Tennis Club and Saucon Valley Country Club in Pennsylvania, and The Moorings Country Club in Naples. Ellie loved life. She fought hard to the end, as she did in all aspects of her life, and we will all miss her greatly.

Ellie’s family would like to thank the staff of the Chateau at the Moorings in Naples for their never-ending care and loving concern for her wellbeing. They made the last few months of Ellie’s life as comfortable as possible, a situation for which the family will always be eternally grateful. We would also like to thank Avow Hospice of Naples for their contributions during Ellie’s final days.


Patricia Patterson Rech of Medford Leas, NJ, formerly of Cherry Hill, NJ, passed away on Jan. 29. She was 82.

Beloved wife of the late Donald. Loving step-mother of Meredith Hahn (Jeffrey, Sr.) and Donald Rech (Christine). Devoted grandmother of Caitlin Johnson (Kyle), Jeffrey Hahn, Jr., Harrison Hahn (Sarah), Avery Rech and Reed Rech. Great grandmother of Hudson and Savannah Johnson. Dear sister of Judith Mann and Barbara Hoover.

Also survived by her loving nieces Vanessa Hoover and Megan Gartland (Brian), great nieces Scarlet and Brooks Gartland and numerous other relatives.


Charles Wills Haines, brother of Joseph Haines ’59 and Meg Haines Kendall ’69, was born on April 14, 1939 to Joseph Edward and Ella Peck Haines and passed away on December 25 in Urbana, IL. He grew up in Medford, NJ and attended Moorestown Friends School. He received an A.B. in mathematics and physics from Earlham College in Richmond, IN where he also played soccer and met his future wife, Carolyn Hanna Anderson.

In 1965, he received his M.S. and Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY and then briefly taught at RPI and Clarkson College in Potsdam, NY before moving his young family to Rochester, NY in 1971.

Over the next 35 years, he held many positions at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), was named Fellow of the American Society of Engineering Education and published several engineering mathematics books. His varied career at RIT included positions as Department Head for Mechanical Engineering, Associate Dean of Engineering, Assistant Provost, Mathematics Department Head, and Chairman of the Institute Faculty Council.

Charlie traveled frequently for work and planned trips for his family, proudly having been to every state except the Dakotas. All year, he and Carolyn looked forward to vacationing in Sanibel, FL in the winter, where they loved being outdoors, experiencing nature and spending time with family and friends. He was an avid tennis & racquetball player, skier and all-around sports fan. Upon retirement, he and Carolyn moved to Illinois to be closer to their grandchildren and enjoyed participating in their lives. The past few years, he lovingly cared for Carolyn as she battled Alzheimer’s disease. He was very generous with his time and talents by serving on numerous boards and volunteering throughout his lifetime. Along the way, he made friends easily, was an esteemed colleague, touched many lives and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carolyn Haines of Urbana, IL; his two daughters: Marie (David) Leonard of Trappe, MD and Karen (Mark) Linder of Onarga, IL and their two children; his two siblings: Joe (Marilyn) Haines of Traverse City, MI and Meg Kendall of Tully, NY; and many nieces and nephews.

Asa Matlack Stackhouse III, brother of the late Patricia Stackhouse Lowrey ‘46, the late Kendal Stackhouse ‘48, and Thomas Stackhouse ‘60, passed away September 27. He was born in Philadelphia in 1939, grew up in Moorestown and attended Moorestown Friends School, graduating in 1957. He studied mechanical engineering at Cornell University where became a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He joined the Air Force in 1961, serving over twenty years including tours in Viet Nam. As a pilot, he loved flying C-130 transport planes. He received multiple service awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. While in the Air Force he earned his MBA from the University of West Florida in 1982. He retired from the Air Force in 1984. After retiring he worked for Southern Air Transport for ten years. He flew transport aircraft on humanitarian relief missions around the world. He retired from flying in 1994. Continuing his service to his country, he was proud to work for FEMA for almost 20 years. He assisted in a number of disaster relief efforts including 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and Super Storm Sandy.

His many interests were automobiles, flying, travel, reading, diving, family history, and maintaining lifelong friendships. In his later years he came back to his beloved home town of Moorestown NJ.

He is survived by his son, Edwin Asa Stackhouse of Biloxi MS, his brother, Dr. Thomas W Stackhouse of Falmouth MA, his cousin, Arthur J Collins III of Moorestown and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other family.


William W. Dickerson, brother of Carol Dickerson-Kauffman ’53 and Mary Dickerson Reed ’55, passed away on November 18 at the age of 78, leaving to mourn family and friends.

He was loved and cherished by many people including: his wife Mary Ann Schlachter Dickerson; his children, Amy Welde (Chris) of King and Robert W. Dickerson (Wendy) of Olathe, Kansas; his grandchildren, Alexander Welde, Amanda Welde, Bryce Dickerson and Brandon Dickerson; and his sisters, Carol Dickerson Kauffman and Mary Reed.


Jeff Kelemen, brother of Scott Kelemen ’66, James Kelemen ’68, and the late Mark Kelemen ’71; brother-in-law of Scott’s wife Susan Stapler Kelemen ’68; father of Tarryn, Tealin ’00, and Dylan ’03; and father- in-law of Lindsay Michaelson Kelemen ’03, passed away June 10, 2018 in Florida.


Stephen Harding, 66, brother of Debra Harding Lamb ’72, died on April 9 in Brooklyn, NY, from complications of the coronavirus. Born in Philadelphia on April 11, 1953, Stephen is the beloved son of Jonathan and Patricia (Hayden) Harding. He attended schools in Philadelphia and in Orange, Camden and Moorestown, NJ.

Beginning in childhood, Stephen’s life reflected his peaceful nature, concern for others, creativity, and wide-ranging curiosity. He displayed a talent and passion for poetry as a student at Moorestown Friends School, where he won the Searle Memorial Award in poetry. He also developed an interest in ceramics and became a skilled creator of pottery and ceramic jewelry; his jewelry was featured in Elle and Family Circle magazines. A devoted Boy Scout, Stephen achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and was recognized for rendering timely first aid that saved the life of a youth who had suffered a severe laceration at a campground in Lake George, NY.

After graduation from Moorestown Friends School Stephen was employed by the United Methodist Church at its national Methodist Youth Fellowship office in Dayton, OH, where he helped coordinate the aspirations of youth groups from churches in the eastern region. He later travelled and lived in Europe, where he began to study Eastern religions and philosophies. After returning to the United States he joined the International Society for Krishna Consciousness and lived for ten years as a devotee, Sri Gopal, in the Philadelphia and New York temples. Although he eventually left the temple, he remained connected to the Krishna Consciousness movement and philosophy throughout his life.

Stephen fell in love with New York City during a high school trip. He said, “that is a great place and that’s where I want to live.” And he did. He attended Columbia University and Brooklyn College and later earned an AA degree in telecommunications from CUNY – New York City Technical College in 1988. From 1992 through 2012 he worked for International Display Systems, programming and maintaining passenger information systems for mass transit facilities. Until his passing Stephen was employed by Harvard Protection Services in Manhattan.

He never lost his desire to connect with and help others, especially the poor and marginalized. Likewise, he never stopped contemplating the nature of existence and consciousness. When he became sick, he urged us not to be sad. “I’m not depressed,” he said. “It’s just the body, doing its thing.”

Stephen was predeceased by his grandparents, the Reverend Jonas and Rosa (Coleman) Harding and Emma Kelley Hayden. All were strong influences in his life.

Stephen is survived by his parents, Jonathan and Patricia of Pennswood Village, Newtown, PA, his sister Debra Lamb and her husband, Gregory, of Allentown, PA, and their children, Eric and Stephanie; his uncle and aunt, Jonas and Lorraine Harding of Boothwyn, PA; his dear friend Devadarana and her daughters Shelene and Melissa Thomas; and a multitude of beloved cousins and friends.


Alice Edgerton of Medford, NJ, daughter of former trustee the late Mary Ann Bacon and former faculty member the late Steve Edgerton, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Born September 15, 1985, she was the only child of Steve and Mary, who raised Alice at their home in a beautiful, wooded area of Medford, New Jersey. Alice’s family ran nearby Camp Dark Waters, a Quaker-affiliated summer camp for children, which touched the property of her home and deeply influenced many aspects of her life, most evidently in her love of the outdoors and eventual career in horticulture. Led by the Edgertons, the camp’s mission was to provide children with an experience based on Quaker values such as integrity, community, kindness, and stewardship, and those values guided and effectively sum up the way Alice lived life. 

Alice possessed incredible energy, was outrageously funny, and a fiercely loyal friend. That loyalty was apparent in the efforts she made to visit her loved ones all over the globe, and when she couldn’t be there in person, she was a superior letter and postcard writer. Alice also had a strong moral compass that was informed by her Quaker upbringing. She was incredibly honest. If she thought you had done something wrong, she did not hesitate to let you know. She challenged all of us to be better, and we still feel her calling us to that task. 

Alice was a sometimes terrifying driver, and many of her friends will cherish memories of rides with music at high volume, sometimes on long cross-country trips, and often with unintentional detours. Alice’s many friends are unprepared to live without her coming into their everyday life like a whirlwind–sometimes with a force that literally broke objects–giving homemade gifts, laughing, swearing, dragging her friends up to sing or dance, and hugging them tightly. Her close friends are grateful to have witnessed this spirit and will do their best to hold it in their hearts and carry it forward in their lives.

Alice was a member of many communities. She stayed close with classmates from Moorestown Friends School; Earlham College, where she studied Sociology and Anthropology; and the  University of Delaware, where she was awarded a Master’s of Science (or, as she liked to say, a “Mistress of Science”) in Public Horticulture. Her Quaker community was also very important to her, and she was a member of the Central Philadelphia Meeting. In each of these places, she made meaningful friendships.

Alice was a steward of the natural world. She began her post-undergraduate career in 2009 as a Project Manager at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. She left that job in 2011 to pursue a certificate in Ecological Horticulture at the University of California Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. When she returned to Philadelphia, Alice continued to work as a gardener and landscaper before completing her education at the University of Delaware. Upon graduation, she started her own gardening business, gathering clients from all over Philadelphia and designing, installing and maintaining their residential gardens, many of which can still be seen all over Philadelphia. Green shoots that she planted are beginning to emerge and that feels like a gift that she is still giving us, reminding us to take care and nurture the world around us. 

Alice was also a musician, and music was a big part of her life. This included managing her beloved college radio station WECI, playing drums in multiple bands and for friends’ birthday parties, discovering a shared love of a particular artist or introducing new music to friends, making up silly songs, and, of course, dancing. Music touched her life deeply, and so many of the memories that have been shared about Alice involve music.

Alice defied her sickness, and it never stopped her from caring for others and doing exactly what she wanted. Even in her last week of life she was optimistic and determined to live, and she gave everyone else that same optimism. She did not lose her battle with cancer—she hated that metaphor—and she did not let cancer dictate how she lived. Even while she was sick, she insisted on gardening, moved bricks and concrete, attended birthday parties and weddings, fixed and built things for others, and, in 2019, traveled with her mother to see the superbloom in Southern California.

Alice is survived by her boyfriend John Sheppard, her cat Craig, and many friends and extended family, all of whom she loved dearly.

MFS Community

Andy Backus, former faculty member and husband of Christine Lilly Backus ’64, died in Bellingham, WA on January 22 from complications of lung cancer. He is survived by Christine Lilly Backus of Bellingham, his wife of 53 years. He is also survived by his sister, Leslie Claire Backus, and brother-in-law, Greg Cassidy of Silver Spring, Maryland and his nieces, Alisha and Hema Sarang-Sieminski and their children, Thendral, Kavyn and Suriyan Devi of Sharon, MA.

Mary Ann Bacon, mother of the late Alice Edgerton ’03 and wife of former faculty member the late Steve Edgerton

Joseph Basara, father of Tyler Basara ’07, passed away on April 19 in New Jersey. Born in Philadelphia on April 28, 1954 to Stanley and Claire Basara, Joe grew up in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia surrounded by family. He was raised with his siblings, Dennis (Denise), Debbie (James Price), Mary Jo (Dan Higgins), and Greg (Becky) along with countless cousins and extended family. While his mother tried to keep his shoes clean, Joe caused much grief to the nuns at St. Mary of the Assumption School and went on to LaSalle Prep before his family relocated to Florida his junior year of high school. There he proudly attended Cardinal Newman in West Palm Beach, learned to water ski, and left his siblings on roadsides.

Joe returned to Philadelphia to attend St. Joseph’s University, where he played baseball and had the best luck of his life to meet his wife, Carol (nee Hayes). They graduated in 1976 and married that same year. Joe went on to complete an MBA at Wake Forest University and have many career accomplishments. He considered his greatest accomplishments, however, to be his four children, Beth (Rob Myers), Justin (Katie), Brett (Missy), and Tyler. In the last decade, he was the constant entertainer for his 11 grandchildren, Molly, Ella, Bobby, and Caroline (Beth & Rob), Tommy, Frank, Joe, and Lilly (Justin & Katie), and Hayes, Ryan, and Mabel (Brett and Missy). He adored his extended family, including many nieces and nephews.

Joe lived for the baseball fields and dedicated much of his life to the sport, passing it forward to future generations. He continued to play competitively in what his children fondly called “Old Man Little League”, but it was actually a serious and athletic undertaking. He was beloved by family and friends and strangers and lots of dogs, considered the de facto mayor wherever he went. He was a wine aficionado and his margaritas were legendary. Joe knew many details about everything and nothing and he shared them with conviction. Much to the chagrin of his children, if you asked him the time he told you how to build a clock.

Joe is preceded in death by his father, Stanley Basara, and beloved nephew, Aaron Price. Joe will be greatly missed and remembered by many. In his memory, please throw a baseball with a kid, line a ball field, or start an unwinnable debate.

Elaine Coward, wife of the late Charles Coward ‘52; mother of Rade Musulin ‘75, the late Nicholas R. Musulin ‘78, and Christopher Musulin ‘80; mother-in-law of Pamela Harrison Musulin ‘78; step- mother to Charles W. Coward, Jr. ’78 and the late William Mark Coward ‘81; passed away Friday, March 13, 2020. She was 91.

Elaine, formerly known as Elaine Adele Stratton, was born Sept. 5, 1928 at Methodist Hospital in Philadelphia to Frank and Marthan Stratton. After graduating from Merchantville High School, Elaine attended Cooper Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1949. She began working at Cooper Hospital that year as an OR nurse.

In 1956, Elaine married Dr. Nicholas R. Musulin, and together they bought a farm in Evesham Township, N.J. At Elmwood Farm they raised their three sons into their teens – Rade, Nicholas and Christopher – followed by the unexpected death of her husband, Dr. Musulin, in January of 1974.

Elaine accepted a dual position offered by Headmaster Alex MacColl to serve as the Director of Volunteer Services and School Nurse at Moorestown Friends School while her sons continued to attend MFS. She suggested to Alex that parents drop off unwanted clothing and household items to sell as a fundraiser, initially setting up shop in Room Three in the school. Along with Hanna Wildman and Connie Evaul, she persuaded the Community House to donate a room and permit the school to sell items three days a week, and the entity was christened “The MFS Thrift Shop,” now located on Chester Avenue in Moorestown.

In May of 1976, Elaine married Charles W. Coward and gained two stepsons, Chip and Mark. They purchased a home in Moorestown on Spruce Avenue, merging their families, hosting exchange students and private foreign students including Anders Arling, considered their sixth son.

Elaine would return to nursing in 1981, both at Cooper and Virtua. Eventually, she became a volunteer in the surgical waiting room at Virtua Marlton, sharing her knowledge of medicine and familiarity with the staff with anxious families during procedures. She also volunteered with Samaritan Hospice, visiting and writing to families to provide comfort and concern during their times of need.

Nothing brought Elaine greater joy than her family. She had the deepest faith, firmly believing in God and the fundamental goodness of humanity. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church since 1949 and in the summer attended services at the Avalon Methodist Church.

Preceded in death by her beloved parents, her brother, Frank Stratton, son, Nicholas Rade Musulin, and stepson, William Mark Coward, she is survived by her husband, Charles, aka “Chuck”; her sons, Rade Musulin and Chris Musulin; her daughters-in-law, Bronwyn, Pamela and Lynne; stepson, Chip Coward; seven grandchildren, Julie, Kristin, Nicholas, Quinn, Bailey, Rachel and Simon; one great grandchild; two nephews; and a large group of extended family and friends

The family wishes to give special thanks to the staff at the Cadbury, the nurses at Virtua Marlton and Samaritan Hospice, and dear helpers, Carol and Woody Dressner, Stacy Quintalino, Lora Barbour, and Mary Holton, who have been so helpful to the family.

Kathleen Hanley-Lloyd, 68, of Moorestown, mother of Christopher Lloyd ’05, passed at home, surrounded by family, on December 10, 2019 after a long battle with ovarian cancer. A fighter to the end, Kathleen went through three major surgeries and nine rounds of treatment, including two clinical trials.

Born in Philadelphia, she was a graduate of St. Hubert’s High School and Holy Family College (now University). After a successful career in insurance during which she obtained a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation by passing eight tests over several years, she stayed home to raise her only child, Christopher. She then went on to get a Masters degree and returned to work as a school psychologist in the Philadelphia School District. She was likely the only school psychologist to have had a CPCU!

She was a class parent at Moorestown Friends School, a religious education teacher at St John Neumann parish in Mt. Laurel NJ and a summer student in English History at Oxford. Her determination is revealed in a story from a few years ago on a trip to Ireland. She took a train and two busses to her hotel in Cork, and based on a sliver of information, trooped through graveyards and churches, eventually tracking down and visiting with relatives of her grandparents.

She is survived by her son Chris, daughter-in-law Jane, her husband Paul, brother Tom (Irene) and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews (in law).

James Harris, father of Tracey Harris ’86, passed away on Nov. 27.

Jane Kielt, mother of Andrew Kielt ’04, passed peacefully on Feb. 24 in the company of her loving husband. She was born on March 18, 1954 in Manhattan, the second of two daughters to Roy and Henie Horton. She was 65.

A prolific artist, Jane’s medium included watercolors and oil pastels that her friends and family will treasure forever. She shared her love for art not only with her three grandchildren, but with schoolchildren as an art teacher.

Most recently she taught in the Maple Shade School District.

In retirement, Jane and her husband Larry traveled extensively with their friends. She was an avid reader and loved being a part of two book clubs. She often crocheted afghans and teddy bears for loved ones.

Jane is survived by her husband Larry; daughter Cecelia Gaines and husband Tom; son Andrew Kielt and wife Stephanie; three grandchildren: Hannah Kielt, Walter and Roy Gaines; and countless relatives and friends.

Kenneth A. Kirchhofer, former faculty member, died Jan. 5 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease at Union Memorial Hospital. The Tuscany-Canterbury resident, who earlier had lived in Timonium, was 75.

Kenneth Allan Kirchhofer, the son of Dr. Lewis K. Kirchhofer, a physician, and his wife, Florence Kirchhofer, a homemaker, was born in Springfield, Pennsylvania, and raised there. He attended Lansdowne Friends and graduated in 1962 from Friends Central School in Philadelphia.

He was a 1966 graduate of Middlebury College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations while minoring in French and German. He obtained a master’s degree in 1974 in international relations from the University of Delaware.

An educator for 38 years who taught history as well as French and German, he began his teaching career at Moorestown Friends in Moorestown, New Jersey. He later joined the faculty of the Moravian Academy in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he taught until 1991 when he began teaching at the West Nottingham Academy in Colora.

From 1996 to 2000, he taught at Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park, Florida, until 2000, when he returned to teach at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School in Pikesville. In 2002, he began teaching at Loyola Blakefield and in 2006, began driving for the Garrison Forest School Health Center. He retired in 2013.

The former 15-year Timonium resident, who moved to Tuscany-Canterbury two years ago, volunteered at the Villa Maria School where he worked teaching children in the school’s prevocational program.

He was described in a profile provided by his family as a “man of warmth, kindness and much humor. Many of his students kept in touch with him over the years. He was always seeking a way to return to giving to children.”

In 1991, he married Elena Michelson, a Shepherd Pratt social worker, and the couple enjoyed traveling to France, Italy, Sicily, Germany, Ireland and Canada.

Mr. Kirchhofer was an active member of the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road, Lutherville, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. March 28

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a stepdaughter, Olivia Elvir of West Lafayette, Indiana; a sister, Beth Kirchhofer Hague of Nazareth, Pennsylvania; and a niece.

Theodore Kushner, MD, 87, of Ocala, FL and formerly of Moorestown, NJ, father of Theodore Kushner, Jr. ’88, passed away on March 11. Born in Philadelphia, the son of the late Joseph and Emma (née Schnittlinger) Kushner. Beloved husband of Charlotte Kushner (née Bowman). Loving father of Andrea (John) Hall, Terri Lynne (Debbie) Kushner, Theodore Kushner, Jr. Esq., Jonathan (Mary) Kushner, Terry Ellen (Jay) Snider and the late Kenneth and David (the late Michelle). Dear brother of Elaine (Stuart) Beck and the late Rochelle Greenbarg (Gene). Cherished grandfather of Rebecca, Emma, David, Jaime, Cody and Todd. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Theodore was the Chief of Neurology at 5 area hospitals. He was very well respected by his peers and community, and very much loved by his family and many friends. 

Carmen Lydia Paneque, mother of Vanessa Paneque ’93, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, on Aug. 30. She was 79.

Lydia was born Feb. 22, 1940 in Manití, Puerto Rico. She worked as a bookkeeper prior to meeting the love of her life, Major Anthony Louis Paneque Jr., in 1970 in Brooklyn, N.Y. In August of 1984, they moved their family to Eastampton, N.J., where they would spend the rest of their lives.

Family was the most important thing in Lydia’s life. Her home was always open to family and friends and Lydia enjoyed hosting family celebrations. She always had an open ear and open heart and was full of advice for anyone who needed it.

She was a devout Christian and her spiritual wisdom came through in all of her conversations. Lydia, along with her family, joined the First Presbyterian Church in Mount Holly in 1984. She greatly enjoyed the many years that she spent as a member of the Women’s Prayer Group and appreciated the fellowship and friendships that she developed as a member of the group.

Lydia’s life was not without trial. She was blessed to be raised by four strong aunts in Puerto Rico, which prepared her for all kinds of trials and tribulations in life, especially motherhood, which was her greatest joy in life. Lydia was blessed with two wonderful children, Andrew and Vanessa. Andrew over time was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy and Lydia’s faith in God brought her through tough times as she cared for him. Making sure her children never wanted for anything was her goal, which she achieved.

Lydia was an excellent cook; most known for her flan at the holidays. She enjoyed gardening and had the amazing ability to grow flowers everywhere she placed her blessed hands.

Lydia is survived by her daughter, Vanessa Paneque and her only grandson, Ricardo Antonio Paneque; her brothers, Rafael Torres (Sandra) and Arcadio Torres (Nancy); sisters, Carmen Velez (Joey), Blanca Lopez (Jose) and Martiza Torres; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and countless friends.

She was an exemplary pillar of faith, family and generosity. Lydia will be greatly missed.

Joan Rothgeb, wife of Paul Pinsky ’68, passed away on March 17, at home in University Park after a year-long battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Beloved wife of Paul Pinsky and mother to Sarah and Laura. She is also survived by her mother, Dorothy Rothgeb, sisters Jennifer and Jill (Strickland) and brother Frank, along with other relatives. A graduate of Elizabeth Seton High School, she went on to earn degrees from Univ. of MD, Johns Hopkins and George Washington. Early in her career, Joan coached her girls’ basketball team to a MD state championship. Joan was a lifelong educator who retired as Director of Special Education for P.G. County schools. A supporter of the Univ. of MD and its sports, she was also an avid tennis player.

Rosario Vecchio, of Haddonfield, NJ (formerly of Turnersville, NJ); father of former Lower School Teacher Kate Vecchio Hilgen ’85 and Ross Vecchio ’81; grandfather of Kate’s daughter Andrea Pennet Cotter ’09; passed away Jan. 20. He was 83. 

Beloved husband of the late Joanne (nee Waters). Loving father to Kate Hilgen (Rob) of Haddonfield, NJ, Ross (Donna) of Canonsburg, PA, the late Daniel. 4 Grandchildren, Andrea Cotter (John), Elizabeth and Olivia Hilgen, and Andrew Vecchio. 2 Great Grandchildren, Caroline and Claire Cotter. Ross was a longtime resident and crossing guard in Haddonfield.

Carl Wilson, husband of former receptionist Doris Wilson

Elizabeth Parkhurst Wiltshire, 88, former faculty member, of Cherry Hill, NJ, passed away on April 4. Born on September 29, 1931, in Buffalo, NY, to the late John F. Fonda and Marion (Getman) Fonda. She was a graduate of Wilmington Friends School and Glassboro State College, recently attending her 70th class reunion at Wilmington Friends. She had taught at Moorestown Friends School and later retired from the Public Ledger Building in Philadelphia.

Liz enjoyed crafts and was known for her beautiful handcrafted greeting cards and Christmas ornaments. She was an active alumnus of the Alpha Phi sorority and had served as a District Governor.

She was the widow of the late Donald M. Wiltshire and Malcolm P. Parkhurst. Mother of Nancy Mathewson (Charles) of Plymouth, MA, Stephanie Laidig (Kent) of Elverson, PA, John Parkhurst of Mt. Holly, NJ, and Katharine Parkhurst of Bay Head, NJ. Stepmother of Brad Wiltshire (Lucy) of Willow Creek, CA, Sharon Logan (Jim) of Somers Point, NJ, Monica Lupinetti (Martin) of Haddonfield, NJ, and Anthony Wiltshire. Grandmother of Benjamin, Hannah, Andrew, Eli, Kristen, Christopher, Kristi, Ashley. Mya, Matteo, Allison, Zannah and Felicia. Great-grandmother of Harrison, Jonathan, Henry and Jacob.

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Kenneth Roberts, brother of Evelyn Roberts Nichols ’43 and the late Margaret Roberts Voorhees ’42, was born and raised a Quaker in Moorestown, NJ. He attended Moorestown Friends School and graduated with an engineering degree from Haverford College. In 1945 Ken married Marian Henley Grawols, of Evanston, IL. They raised two sons, Benjamin and Joshua, and a daughter, Martha. They made their home briefly in Whitefish, Montana, then in Springfield Township (Montgomery County), PA for twenty years, while Ken worked at Yarnall Waring Company as sales engineer. In 1971, Ken and Marian left suburban Philadelphia for Kent County, MD, where they owned and operated Worton Creek Marina with their son, Josh, for 27 years. Ken was an active member of the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association, and he was active in Chestertown Rotary, serving as president from 1994 to 1995. Ken and Marian moved to Heron Point in 2004.

Ken enjoyed introducing his family to skiing, hiking, camping and boating, and loved sailing on Chesapeake Bay. In 1979, Ken and Marian bought a cottage in Eagles Mere, PA. Spending summers there was a great pleasure to them after they retired.

Ken will be lovingly remembered for his kindness, compassion, gentle ways, and for his wise and honorable business practices. He was predeceased by Marian, a brother and three sisters. In addition to his three children, Ken is survived by seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Edwin Newbold Cooper, Jr., 92, brother of Anne Cooper Leuiken ’46, died December 11, 2018 at his residence.


Lois Thomas, 86, of North Canton, passed away on Thursday, May 24, 2018 following a long illness. Lois was born on September 17, 1931, in Camden, N.J., the daughter of the late Ernest and Sophie Farrell. Lois was a graduate of Earlham College, Walsh University, and retired from Jackson Local School District where she was the school nurse. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society. Lois traveled extensively, but particularly loved her time on Cape Cod. She will certainly miss her garage sales!

Lois is survived by her husband, George Thomas, daughter, Kristine (Ron) Keppel, and son, George (Kelly) Thomas, along with four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Kenneth Conrow, 86, died March 18, at Leonardville Nursing Home, from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Ken was born to Maurice and Frances Conrow in Philadelphia, and lived his early life in Riverton, in Southern New Jersey, as a member of a large Quaker farming community.

Ken was proud of his Quaker heritage, and his attendance at Quaker schools: Westfield, MoorestownFriends, and Swarthmore College, from which he graduated with Honors in 1954. In 1957 He earned a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana, where he made his acquaintance with the “Illiac” and computer science. After four years at UCLA, he joined Kansas State Chemistry Department in 1961. Although he was an accomplished chemist with many publications, he became more interested in computer science and joined the new Kansas State Department of Computer Science in 1971. He developed several computer programs, the most famous of which was “Neater2” with Ron Smith, a reformatting program which was leased through the KSU Research Foundation. Ken moved full time to Computer Services in 1974, then called “Computing and Telecommunication Activities.” At the time of his retirement in 1998 he was Interim Head of Computer and Network Services at K-State.

Ken was a member and repeated Commodore of the Blue Valley Yacht Club, and enjoyed many Sundays and other times sailing and also ice skating on Tuttle Creek Reservoir. He also enjoyed long bike rides and rode his bicycle to work. He was an avid stamp collector from a young age and acquired an extensive collection. After retirement he spent a lot of time on what he called “mathematical recreation”, exploring sequences of prime numbers and pursuing a theory of proving the Collatz Conjecture, corresponding with other enthusiasts.

He and his wife, “Marka,” met at Swarthmore College, were married in 1955 in a Quaker ceremony, and were members of the Manhattan Friends (Quaker) Meeting. They regularly attended the week-long annual Quaker conferences in different parts of the country, which combined workshops on various topics with quiet meetings and excursions to historical sites. They enjoyed their home and neighbors on Grandview Terrace, where they lived for 47 years. They also had memorable trips to London and Wales, Alaska, a sailing adventure in Maine, a Danube River tour, and many family trips.

Ken is survived by his sister, Mary Coelho, of Boston, his wife, Margaret, daughters Janet Palo-Jackson (Gerry, deceased, Steve), Ann Simmons (Michael, deceased), Joyce Conrow (Rob Long), and eight grandchildren, Caitlin, David, Nathan Palo; Jennifer, Alec, Rhett Long; Matthew and Helen Simmons, as well as nephews and nieces. Ken and Margaret also fostered Helen as a daughter, as she lived with them for most of her life. Ken was preceded in death by his parents and a younger brother, David, who died as a young child.


Nora Janney Dunfee, sister of Frances Janney Ventola ’50 and predeceased by her siblings Ruth Janney Coleman ’40, Margaret Janney Bowker ’42, Emily Janney Swank ’43, Ernest F. Janney Jr. ’47, and William Stokes Janney ’52, of Rancocas, N.J., passed peacefully March 25, 2019, surrounded by her loving family after a brief illness. She was born Aug. 25, 1935, to Frances and Ernest Janney. For 49 years, Teacher Nora touched the lives of hundreds of children as headmistress of Rancocas Friends Nursery school. She was a lifetime member of Rancocas Friends Meeting and an active member of the Civic and Historical Societies. A self-taught watercolor artist, her favorite subjects were the homes of Rancocas and her beloved LBI. She was the cherished Mom Mom to Shane, Owen, McKenna, Cameron, Hunter and Alexander.


Carol Henderson Bishop, 77, of Port Jervis, NY, died Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Place. She was born March 7, 1941 in Collingswood, NJ, the daughter of the late Roy and the late Roberta Smythe Henderson.

Carol was a past member of the Port Jervis Ambulance Corp and of the Presbyterian Church Choir in Port Jervis. She had previously ran for a seat on the Port Jervis City Council and enjoyed to volunteer her time at the Outreach Rehab Center and also help on Election day at the Polls. She worked as a Nurse’s Aide for many years at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis.

Surviving are her son, Lawrence Dain Jr. of Sparrowbush, NY; her daughter, Linda Schmeal and her husband, Robert of Chesapeake, VA; her companion, Robert Schurr of Port Jervis; two grandchildren, Rebecca (Chris) and Brad (Dani); great-grandchildren: Kamryn, Caden, Olivia and Eli.

John Nidecker, 77, of Santa Rosa passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of May 2, 2019. He was at home and surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving wife, Suzanne Baizerman, his sister Susan Davila, and his two children, John Nidecker and Anna Nidecker.

John wore many hats in his life. He spent his early years in Haddonfield, New Jersey, moving to California in 1956. His lifelong love affair with cycling was born in the Bay Area, first with a 10 speed and eventually his favorite titanium Serotta road bike and trusty Trek mountain bike, both now with thousands of miles of road and mountain between them. He most enjoyed taking his children on long rides in the Bay Area, the Sierras, and central Oregon, and he fulfilled his wish to crest Mt. Ventoux at the age of 64.

He graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in mechanical engineering and began a long career at Hewlett Packard in 1966. While his contributions to engineering were impressive and numerous, he was also known for his warmth and sense of humor. He took his job seriously, but he never lost sight of humanity, working with the Volunteer Center in Santa Rosa, serving on the board and helping to organize the annual Human Race. After retiring from HP in 1998, John rediscovered his passion for the creative, and took up fine art photography, setting up a darkroom in his house and displaying his work at numerous shows.

When he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2000, he attacked it like every other adversity in his life – head on and with a calculated enthusiasm. While battling the disease himself, he led numerous support groups for cancer patients in Santa Rosa and the Bay Area, providing care, reassurance and information for the newly diagnosed and the long-suffering, always greeting them with a smile and one sentence – “You have a new hobby.”

In sum, he was a fine person. He lived well, he gave back to his community, and he brought joy to the friends and family who loved him. We will miss him so much.


Carol J. Smith, 76, of Haddonfield, passed away on August 2, 2019. She was the daughter of Rogers and Jeanne Smith, owners of the former Echelon Airfield prior to the Echelon Mall and Voorhees Town Center. Survived by daughter Jeanette Glennon and son Rogers Smith Glennon. Carol was active in Haddonfield as a Auxiliary Police Officer for 20 years, secretary and board member of the Planning Board, Crime Watch Sector Captain, officer of the Haddonfield Historical Society and Preservation Society, president of the American Legion Post 38 Auxiliary, secretary and paint chairman of the Haddonfield Plays and Players, and a member of the Juvenile Conference Committee and Fortnightly Juniors.

Carol was a Red Cross and American Heart Association volunteer and a member of the Collingswood Chapter of the Eastern Star, Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames, Daughter of the American Colonist, Daughter of 1812, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, Daughter of the’98 Spanish American War Veterans, and French Huguenot Society. She was a Katherine Gibbs graduate and worked as a private secretary and legal secretary for many years and transcribed medical reports before and after retirement. She also did typing for Post 38 and Haddonfield Rotary. She traveled throughout the United States and was a world traveler.

Frederick Wehle, Sr., 75, left the world a lesser place leaving us in the early hours of January 11, 2019.

Fred was a loving, kind, compassionate husband and father. Forever non-critical, he was an absolute joy to live with for 52 ½ years, a consummate gentleman. Music was the driving force behind the Wehles’ deep love for one another. Born in New York City to Arthur Henry Wehle and Elizabeth A. Wehle, he resided in Manhasset, N.Y.; The Panama Canal Zone; Great Lakes, MI; Williamsburg, VA; and Moorestown, N.J. due to his father’s serving as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy.

Fred graduated from Moorestown Friends School and the University of Delaware where he and Liz met singing with the prestigious University of Delaware Concert Choir. The twosome also participated in productions of the Brecks Mill Cronies, one Candlelight “Damn Yankees”, and the Brandywiners “Rose Marie.” The day after their June 25th, 1966 wedding, the couple headed north to Quonset Pt., R.I. Fred left for Guantanomo Bay.

Fred leaves his wife, Elizabeth (Liz) Firestone Wehle; his son, F.A. Wehle, II; grandsons, Damian Sanbe and Fred Wehle, III; his brother-in-law, Greer Firestone; and loveable cousins and friends.


Harry “Bruce” Hales, Jr., 71, of Charlotte, died on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Levine Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville. Bruce was born in Philadelphia, PA, the son of the late Harry Edward Hales and Oliveritta DaCosta Hales. 

Bruce was a Sales Manager with Ultra Group out of Atlanta, GA. He was an Artisan and his passion for woodworking brought our family much joy. Over the past several years his focus was making items for his grandsons. He also enjoyed drawing, gardening and spending time with his family. Bruce was an avid football fan and enjoyed watching the Philadelphia Eagles. He received much joy watching them win the Super Bowl. He has left us with a lifetime of Love and Memories.

He is survived by the love of his life and wife, Marianne Horvat Hales of Charlotte, daughters; Elizabeth Hales of Jupiter, FL., and Amy Corey and her husband, Matt, two grandsons, Matthew and John, all of Charlotte and a sister, Sue Decker and her husband, Jeff of Key West, FL., and mother-in-law, Margaret Horvat, also from Charlotte.


Harold “Hal” Coxson, Jr., 71, passed away on April 19, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Born in Haddonfield, NJ on October 26, 1947, he was the son of Dr. Harold P. Coxson and Helen M. Coxson. Hal graduated from Moorestown Friends School and then received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Franklin & Marshall College. Hal also played for F & M’s varsity soccer and lacrosse teams. He received his Juris Doctor degree from American University, Washington School of Law where he served as the Managing Editor for the Law Review. He is survived by his wife, Mary “Mimi” Ellen Coxson, and by his son Christopher Coxson married to Nicole, and granddaughters Chloe and Drew; daughter Amy, married to Christopher Sercy; and, son David Coxson, married to Jessica, and grandson Charles.

After graduation from law school in 1972, Hal began his legal career as a labor and employment lawyer in Washington, D.C. that spanned nearly 50 years. Hal’s career commenced in the Appellate Section, Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor. Hal next worked at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where he served as the youngest Director of Labor in the Chamber’s history. The vast majority of Hal’s career has been with law firms, including about the last 30 years at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak and Stewart, representing management in all aspects of labor and employment law. Hal has also dedicated a great portion of his career in government relations. At Ogletree Deakins, Hal has been chair for Ogletree’s government relations practice where he was an advocate for the business community before Congress and the Executive Branch. During his many years at Ogletree, Hal served as the Executive Director of the First Tuesday Group, an organization of national trade associations and professional organizations involved in workplace issues. Hal represented individual corporations and national trade associations, as well as business coalitions which he was responsible for organizing on a variety of workplace issues.

Hal brought to his government relations practice a labor lawyer’s experience and perspective. In addition, he brought an international perspective, having been appointed for many years as a labor law advisor and member of the U.S. Employer delegation to conferences of the U.N.-sponsored International Labor Organization in Switzerland. He also served as the Employer Member of the President’s Tripartite Advisory Panel on International Labor Standards. He testified on behalf of business clients and as an expert witness before federal administrative agencies and both Houses of Congress. Hal authored numerous important amicus briefs, advocating on behalf of the business community, to federal agencies, circuit courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, Hal was a frequent guest speaker and appeared on numerous television and radio programs as a business representative on workplace policy.

Hal was recognized for his professional achievements by Who’s Who in American Law, Best Lawyers in Americas, Chambers USA, Super Lawyers and was a Fellow in the prestigious College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Hal loved Washington, DC and was a passionate Nationals and Redskins fan. Above all, Hal was a loving husband, father and grandfather who cherished most the times spent with family.


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Joan Molino, 59, of Mantua, formerly of Cherry Hill, passed suddenly on March 23, 2019. Beloved wife of Jeffrey A. Muller. Loving sister of Dr. Richard Molino and his wife Barbara and Dr. Robert Molino and his wife Melanie Dear sister-in-law of Raymond Muller, Jr. and his wife Nancy, Kevin Muller and his wife Marygail and Steven Muller and his wife Diane. She is survived by her niece Andrea Newton who was like a sister to her. Also survived by her mother-in-law Barbara Muller, many other nieces, nephews and her “little Baby Doo.”

Joan loved cats, to roller skate, and to go to Designer Bag BINGO.  She was a “car girl,” always had a Camaro and enjoyed driving. Joan loved to play her piano.  She was an avid reader, always learning. Joan loved to dote on her nieces & nephews; she will be missed by all who knew her.

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Jill Kornhauser Agro, 41, daughter of Diane Santor Kornhauser ’68, passed away suddenly on Friday, April 12, 2019, at her home in Wilmington, Delaware. Born and raised in Berlin, NJ, Jill is a graduate of Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees. After earning her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Florida, Jill went on to obtain a Juris Doctorate at the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2004. Jill’s love for the law lead her to Delaware where she most recently shared her vast knowledge and experience as a Senior Counsel at Cohen Seglias. In addition, Jill‘s exemplary writing skills made her a valuable asset to the Chancery Daily as a staff writer. A devoted mother, Jill leaves behind her beautiful twin daughters, Poppy and Olive, and their father, Joe Agro. She is also survived by her mother, Diane Santor Kornhauser, her father, Lewis M. Kornhauser, and many friends, especially Vincent Bowers. She was preceded in death by her brother, Brett.

Thomas Evaul, 79, father of Philip Evaul ’81 and Anne Evaul ’78:

All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts. -Shakespeare

Tom played many parts in his life. Son of Louise & Wilbur; Husband of Connie; Father of Chip, Anne, & Philip; Scholar: Bachelors-Guilford College; Masters-University of North Carolina; Doctorate-Indiana University; Athlete: High School-Football, Baseball; College-Football, Track; Adult-Running, Sailing, Race-walking; Soldier: Army, Korea; Professor: American University, Temple University; Coach: High School-Football, Track; University-Track, Cross Country; Author: Professional articles & books; Businesses: Curriculum and Evaluation Consultants; Adventure Partners; Quaker Press; Center for Health Education; Service: School & Planning Boards; Founder: Merchantville Observer (Newspaper); Board of Trustees: Guilford College; Leader: Officer in Professional Associations

And he played all parts well.

Diana Harrison, 94, mother of Susan Harrison ’81, Pamela Harrison Musulin ’77, Paul Harrison ’72, and Diana Harrison Comber ’67, died peacefully on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Moorestown’s Evergreens life care community. British-born Diana Lassen Harrison, wife of the late Paul Harrison, M.D. and former resident of Haverford, Pa. and latterly Moorestown, N.J.

She is also survived by six grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and English relatives including a niece, Judith Lassen Coops, and nephew, Jonathan Lassen.

Eric Lautzenheiser, husband of Karen Read Lautzenheiser ’64, passed away on July 28, 2019. A graduate of Rice University and the University of Pennsylvania, Eric worked at Mitchell Giurgola (MGA) and Montgomery and Bishop, and held senior positions at Kling, Vitetta, and most recently at Francis Cauffman Architects (FCA) in Philadelphia. He was also an associate at RNL in Denver, and Murray Jones Murray in Tulsa. He was an expert in the field of healthcare planning.

Eric was a leader, a mentor, a wealth of knowledge and expertise and one of the most insightful people you could ever meet. In his presence you always knew you were going to hear some sound ‘words of wisdom.’

Randall J. Love, 69, father of Randall Love ’13, passed away on Sept. 23, 2018. Beloved husband of Crystal Gaskins Love, loving father of Brittney Love, Courtney LaDoris Love and Randall Love, Jr. Devoted grandfather of Blake Tucker. Cherished son of the late Luther R. Love and the late LaDoris Jenkins Love. Dear brother of Steven Love, Marsha Love Dickinson, Jonathan Love and the late L. Ross Love. Randall worked for many years for Verizon Communications, rising to the executive level and serving as General Manager. He later followed his passion and opened Philly Connection, a restaurant in Voorhees, NJ, which he operated for several years. Randall continued to work in the telecommunications industry at Comcast.

Dorothy McDaniel, mother of Denis McDaniel ’71, Lee McDaniel ’68, and William McDaniel ’66, passed away comfortably on May 6th at Medford Leas in Medford, NJ. Dottie was a farm girl, born in Wrightstown, New Jersey in 1924, the daughter of Gertrude (Kloss) and Sterling Davis, Sr. of Sterling Davis Dairy. She graduated from Pemberton High School in 1942, was a member of the field hockey team and the reunion committee. She organized many memorable field trips for her former classmates to make up for the fact that their senior class trip had been canceled in ’42 due to the war. During the war she was a Red Cross volunteer.

In 1946 she graduated from Wilson College with a BA in Psychology, and married Lt. William K. McDaniel, whom she met at Fort Dix. Together they raised their three sons: William Jr. (Louise), Lee, (Constance), and Denis, (Denise).

Dot was a longtime member of the Burlington County College Foundation and the New Jersey Farm Bureau. She was a past member of the Northern Burlington School Board and an American Cancer Society volunteer. Dorothy was predeceased by her brother James Sterling Davis, Jr. and survived by brother Donald M. Davis. She leaves behind grandchildren: Christopher, Melissa, Amanda, Patricia, Lee Jr., Zachary, Lana, Jeffrey and Katherine and great- grandchildren, Autumn, David, Caitlin, Calvin, Eila, Taave, and Nolan.

John H. McKeon, former Lower School Director, husband of Joan Rogers McKeon ’44, father of the late John H. McKeon, Jr. ’67, Lucy McKeon ’70, the late Amy McKeon Wallace, and Thomas McKeon, passed away after a long illness on March 22, 2019 at Medford Leas in Medford, NJ. He was born in 1923 and grew up on Long Island in New York. He was the second son of Robert G. McKeon and Gladys Totten McKeon. Jack was a 1941 graduate of St. Paul’s School in Garden City, NY. Just as he enrolled at Amherst College, World War II intervened.

Jack left Amherst and attended the New York State Maritime Academy. From there, he served in the Navy as deck officer and small boat commander on an attack transport in the Pacific theatre. After the war, Jack returned to Amherst and graduated in 1949. He excelled in sports and played varsity baseball, football, and basketball. He was a running back in football and played centerfield and batted at the top of the order in baseball.

While at Amherst, he met Joan Rogers of Moorestown. They married in 1948 and remained married for almost 71 years. Jack was devoted to “Rog” as he often called her. He visibly lit up when she came in the room, even as he became infirm.

After Amherst, Jack spent 15 years at a family business, McKeon Lumber Company, on Long Island. He left to become an educator in Cherry Hill Public Schools and at Moorestown Friends School, retiring as Cherry Hill’s Superintendent of Schools. There, he faced the challenge of a period of declining enrollment and the need to close several schools.

Joan and Jack raised four children in Moorestown: the late John McKeon, Jr., Lucy McKeon, Amy McKeon Wallace, and Tom McKeon. He was a devoted father, spending countless hours as a steady pitcher or quarterback during neighborhood ball games, and taking the kids skiing, swimming, and on family vacations, including a five-week trek across the country in a station wagon with a camper in tow. (One adult, four kids from 7 to 17 years old, and no videos). He loved keeping track of all the local kids as they grew older, following their education, work, and growing families. He was a great support to his children as they became adults.

After retirement, he volunteered his time for a variety of organizations and worked on his golf game. He spent winters in Florida at the Moorings in Vero Beach. Joan and Jack have lived at Medford Leas since 2002.

Jack is survived by his wife, Joan Rogers McKeon of Medford Leas; Lucy McKeon and Brad Armstrong of Cornwall, VT and their children Kai Armstrong and Claire Armstrong; Amy McKeon Wallace and Scott Wallace, and their sons James Wallace, Daniel Wallace; Tom McKeon and Mary Whited of Falmouth Maine and their daughters Margaret McKeon and Caroline McKeon. He leaves a great grandson, Charles Wallace.

Arthur C. Miller, husband of Ellen Tyler Miller ’64, passed away on July 26, 2019.

Adriana Munson, 74, mother of Simona Munseeney ’95, social activist and feminist of Watertown, MA, died of cancer, at home surrounded by loving family, on March 24.

Born in the hilltop town of Vasto on the Adriatic Sea in the Abruzzo region in Italy, she was the daughter of Francesco Paolo and Anna Ronzitti D’Adamo. She emigrated from Vasto in 1958 at the age of 13 with her parents and two sisters and settled with her family in South Philadelphia. Adriana lived in Philadelphia until 1969, when she married Donald W. Munson, her partner and loving husband of nearly 50 years.

The couple subsequently lived in several towns in southern New Jersey – including 37 years as residents of Collingswood – before moving in 2016 to Watertown, to be in close proximity to their daughter Simona (Munseeney), her spouse Meghan (Munseeney), and grandson Sascha. Often characterized as the definitive “Renaissance Woman,” Adriana was passionate about family and friends, the arts, culture and cooking – notably Italian-style “slow-cooked” meals that were a highlight of frequent family get-togethers. She was quick to laugh and loved gliding around the dance floor with her husband. She also was a lover of nature, long walks in the woods and working in the garden with Don. And she relished her role as a grandmother to Sascha, whom she described as one of the brightest lights of her life. As his adored “Ninonna” and fun construction-building buddy, she quickly became his favorite playmate.

An advocate for people who are most vulnerable in our society, Adriana was a devoted volunteer for Philadelphia’s Broad Street Ministry, where she embodied their practice of radical hospitality. Her approach at the Ministry was to care for each individual as a guest, deserving of welcome, compassion, dignity and respect, whether she was serving a meal or helping someone choose an outfit from the clothing closet.

Adriana’s commitment to social justice extended to the political arena as well. She demonstrated repeatedly against the Vietnam War and subsequent conflicts, and she was a strong and vocal proponent of gender equality and civil rights for oppressed communities. She was actively engaged in the LGBT movement and enthusiastically marched arm-in-arm with Don, Simona and Meghan at Pride parades.

“My mother was a vocal feminist. She was an advocate of equal rights for everyone, and she was an inspirational role model for me,” Simona said.

“Adriana was the embodiment of grace. She projected warmth and engendered connection with everyone she met, even those whose views were very different from hers,” Don said. “That’s why she was able to maintain lifelong friendships. Once you were in her heart, she kept you there. She was a peacemaker.”

In addition to Don, Simona, Meghan and Sascha, she is survived by sister Elizabeth Niemeyer. A younger sister, Graziella, died in 2000.

Toni Obermeier, 48, mother of Brett Obermeier ’30, Savannah Obermeier ’26, Tia Obermeier ’23, and Jordan Obermeier ’21, wife of Math Teacher and Assistant Athletic Director Ron Obermeier, passed away on May 17, 2019.

Toni had worked for Burlington Co. Special Services as a School Psychologist for many years. In recent years she has run her own business selling Rodan and Fields skin care products. Daughter of Mary Vena and the late Anthony Vena. Sister of Bobby, Wayne, Donna, Keith and Shawn.

Rodney Sadler, Sr., 69, father of Rodney Sadler, Jr. ’85, passed away on March 20, 2019. Beloved husband of Anna G. (Greve); Devoted father of Rodney Jr., Eshu (Tania) Ryan, Laura (Wesley), Caroline and Quinn Sadler; Loving grandfather of Jessica, Duane, Gabrielle, Nicholas, Amber, Alivia, Ariyah, Christina, Eva, Lucy, Ivana and great grandfather of Marlie; Dear brother of Samuel G. Jr., Robert and Paul Sadler.

Ramona Thomas, mother of Cynthia Thomas ’86 and Prekindergarten Teacher Lisa Thomas Martin ’84, of North Canton, passed away on July 13, 2019.

Ramona served MFS as an assistant to four Heads of School and three Division Directors during her 29 years at MFS. She retired from the school in 2008.

In her first year at MFS, Ramona began as the school receptionist before becoming assistant to the Head of School and later the assistant to the Upper School Director. At the time of her retirement, Upper School Director Matt Glendinning shared, “Ramona has been absolutely integral to the smooth functioning of the Upper School, and indeed all of MFS. In a graceful and unassuming way she provided essential logistical support that enabled all the rest of us – teachers and administrators alike – to focus on the work of educating students.”

At the Dinner Among Friends in May 2008 where she was honored for her upcoming retirement, Ramona remarked, “My work at MFS fulfilled a desire to contribute to Quaker education. It was a very enjoyable experience in a non-classroom environment.” It also provided her with a unique vantage point of her children’s education. “The job gave me the opportunity to participate in my daughters’ school activities,” she said.

Ramona and her late husband, George, a beloved fourth grade teacher who passed away in 2003, were avid MFS sports fans and rarely missed basketball games. Ramona continued to attend many athletic contests. “I really enjoy seeing the kids in a different atmosphere accomplishing things they never thought imaginable,” she said. Ramona also served for numerous years as clerk of the Friendship Scholarship Committee at MFS, which provides scholarship assistance to outstanding student citizens.

Reflecting on her 29 years of work at the school, Ramona singled out the Quaker mission as something that was most memorable to her. “The concept that there is that of God in everyone permeates a Quaker school and is felt in the foundation of the school,” she said.

Ramona actively supported Quaker education and programs outside of school. She served on the board of the D’Olier Foundation, which benefits and promotes Moorestown area Quaker and community organizations.

In her retirement, she moved to Castle Rock, CO, where her daughter, Cindy, and granddaughter, Sophie, lived. In the summer of 2018, she returned to South Jersey and settled at Medford Leas.

Amy McKeon Wallace, 62, daughter of Joan Rogers McKeon ’44 and former Lower School Director the late John H. McKeon, sister of the late John H. McKeon Jr. ’67, Lucy McKeon ’70 and Thomas McKeon, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

Amy was the beloved wife of Scott; the loving mother of Jamie and Danny; proud grandmother of Charlie; devoted daughter of Joan McKeon and her late father, Jack; and loyal sister of Lucy, Tom, and her late brother, John. She is also survived and cherished by her brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, friends, and community members.

Amy was a lifelong resident of Moorestown. She graduated from Moorestown High School where she excelled at school and on the lacrosse and hockey fields. She went on to St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., where she met her beloved husband, Scott. Amy felt truly at home at St. Lawrence, where she and Scott shared many happy memories. She went on to get an M.B.A. at George Washington University.

Those who know Scott and Amy cannot think of one of them without the other. They were a wonderful team who did everything together, and set a great example for their two sons.

Amy started out in the business world, but knew she was always meant to be a mother and became a stay-at-home Mom for Jamie and Danny. When her sons reached school age, Amy received her Master’s degree in Education and became a kindergarten teacher in Lumberton, N.J., where she would teach for 20 years.

Both Scott and Amy recently retired. Amy enjoyed playing golf, gardening, doing puzzles, and traveling with Scott. She was a devoted daughter and companion to her mother, Joan, visiting her frequently. Amy loved her grandson, Charlie and got immense pleasure from every moment spent with him. She especially loved reading books to him, sometimes for hours on end.

Those who knew Amy will always remember her kindness, honesty, compassion, loyalty, and common sense. She and Scott were the glue that kept the Wallace and McKeon families close. Her families and her many friends will miss her dearly, but she truly lived a wonderful life.

Hassan Zekavat, 90, father of former trustee Kenneth Zekavat ’80 and Susan Zekavat Nourbakhsh ’83, grandfather of Sasha Zekavat ’20 and Anya Zekavat ’23, passed away on July 18, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.

Hassan was born in Arak, Iran on November 29, 1928. He received his Medical Degree from Mashhad University of Medical Sciences in Iran. He married Pouran (Sepehri) on October 20, 1955. After moving to the United States, he did his Orthopedic Surgical Residency at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. He then did a Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopedics at Fort Worth Children’s Hospital in Texas. He had Orthopedic Surgical practices in Moorestown, Mount Holly, Marlton, and Hammonton, New Jersey.

Hassan loved his family, being a doctor and helping others, good food, good wine, reading, dancing, swimming, exercising, spending time in Ocean City, NJ, traveling, and investing in the stock market. Hassan is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dr Pouran P Zekavat; his son, Kenneth Zekavat (Suzanne); his daughter, Susan Nourbakhsh (Mohsen); his grandchildren, Dara, Sasha, Sophie, Anya; his nieces, Nasrin, Zohreh, Parvin; and many close friends.

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