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Maria Randall Allen ’41 died peacefully at her home in Watertown on March 27, 2020 at the age of 96. She was the widow of Charles Brooker Allen, to whom she was married for 38 years. Maria was born on July 21, 1923, in Riverton, New Jersey, the only child of Henry LeRoy Randall of New Milford, Connecticut, and Elizabeth Troxell Randall of West Pittston, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Westover School and Sarah Lawrence College, and moved with her husband to Watertown in 1954.
Maria began volunteering at Westover School in 1947 and continued to serve her beloved alma mater for over 60 years. She worked in the Alumnae Office, served as the Director of Alumnae Affairs, and was the school’s first archivist. Maria was also a Life Member of the Board of Governors of the Alumnae Association. She won the Westover Award in 1986 and was the first recipient of an award named for her, The Maria Randall Allen Volunteer Service Award, in 1998. In recognition of her years of service as archivist, the Westover archives were named for her upon her retirement in 2011.
In Watertown, Maria served on the vestry of Christ Church and taught Sunday school there, and was active in local politics. She loved books and learning, and served as President of the Friends of the Watertown Library and Secretary of the Board of Trustees, and she was the volunteer librarian at Heminway Park School for 12 years. She was also an avid history buff, and in addition to her areas of passionate interest that included Westover School and the Civil War, she researched and documented an extensive treasure trove of family history, passing a brightly lit torch of love and memory to her daughter.
Maria’s family have been summer residents on Lake Waramaug in Warren since 1898, and Maria loved the Lake dearly and was very much involved in the effort to preserve its health and beauty. She served on the Board of Directors of The Lake Waramaug Task Force for 6 years and on the Board of The Lake Waramaug Association for 35 years, and was instrumental throughout her life in documenting the Lake’s history.
She is survived by her daughter, Heather Allen; her daughter-in-law, Patricia Allen; her grandson, Geoffrey Allen, and his wife, Heidi; her granddaughter, Julia Allen Fields, and her husband, Eric; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, who died in 1984, she was predeceased by her son, Henry Allen, who died in 1998, and her son-in-law, Alan Wiener, who died in 2008.
Maria gave generously of herself and touched many lives with her loving heart and her luminous spirit. The world was graced and made better by her presence, and she will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be held at a later date, and interment will be private at The Center Cemetery in New Milford. Both the Allen and the Randall families have deep roots in New Milford, and Maria will be laid to rest in the midst of many kin in a town she loved. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Maria’s memory may be made to Westover School or to the charity of one’s choice.
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William Thomas Caldwell III ’46 passed away peacefully on January 8th with loved ones at his side. “Bill” was born June 4, 1929 in Camden, NJ to William T. Caldwell Jr. and Rose Mary (McGinness) Caldwell. He spent his youth in Moorestown, NJ where he attended the Moorestown Friends School before graduating from The Taft School in Waterbury, CT in 1946. He joined the US Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps at Princeton University at the age of 17. He completed the NROTC Midshipman Practice Cruise at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD in 1947. He earned a BS degree (Chemistry) from Princeton University in 1950 and a Medical degree from Columbia University in 1954. Bill served in the US Navy from 1954 to 1958 as Lieutenant in the Medical Corps and as a flight surgeon on the USS Franklin D Roosevelt. In 1958 he left active duty to begin a residency in ophthalmology at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in NYC.
Bill met the love of his life, Betty Ann Mason, in Lavallette, NJ and they married in June of 1952. After serving in the Navy and completing his residency, he began a successful Ophthalmology practice in Red Bank, NJ. He and Betty Ann raised their three children in Shrewsbury and Fair Haven, NJ where he was able to pursue his passion for the sea. Bill built his DN Iceboat “Little Blue” (now docked in the Small Craft wing of the Mariners Museum in Newport News, VA) and designed his wooden boat “The Betty Boop II” on which he spent many happy times exploring the rivers, bays and ocean. He was a member of the Shrewsbury River Yacht Club, the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat and Yacht Club, the Lavallette Yacht Club, the Rumson Presbyterian Church and the Union Church of Lavallette. He was an avid fisherman and wood worker, building many intricate ship models over the years. He loved reading, especially historical and nautical themes. Bill had a special place in his heart for Lavallette, NJ where he spent many happy summers with his family. It was here that he instilled in his three children his love for the sea. A devoted family man he ensured that his three children were competent ocean swimmers. He was proud to have taught his son to surf, sail, ice boat, fish and wood working. Together they enjoyed these father-son activities over their lifetimes. He loved telling the story of when he and his dad swam the entire one-mile length of the Lavallette boardwalk. He semi-retired to Lavallette in 1991, where he enjoyed the beach, boating and fishing until settling in Williamsburg, VA for his retirement in 1998. In retirement he enjoyed pursuing many of his passions; bird watching, classes at Christopher Wren, being a docent at the Mariners Museum in Newport News, building ship models and crewing on sailboats. He and Betty Ann made several trips to Scotland, one of his favorite places. He taught himself Scottish Gaelic and loved Celtic music and culture. While in Williamsburg, he and Betty Ann enjoyed spending time with his two sisters and their families who also retired to Williamsburg.
Bill is survived by his wife of 68 years, Betty Ann (Mason) Caldwell, his youngest sister Mary Rose “Pattee” (Caldwell) Schlatter (David) of Williamsburg and two daughters, Linda Ann Werner (Bill) of Wisconsin and Mary Ellen Caldwell of Colorado. He had 4 grandchildren, William J. Werner (Ida), Michael T. Werner (Melanie), Eric M. Werner and Patrick O. Murphy and two great grandchildren, Abram B. and Willa B. Werner. He was predeceased by his beloved sister Margaret Caldwell Karb (Alan) and his beloved son, William M. Caldwell (Wendy).
There will be a celebration of his life at a future date when it is safe to gather. Bill was devastated when he lost his son to pancreatic cancer in 2018; donations in Bill’s memory may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network https://www.pancan.org . The family would like to thank the staff at The Williamsburg Landing Health and Rehab Center for the wonderful care he received in his last year, as well as his two special care givers, Tina and Beverly who were devoted to him.
The daughter of Woodward T. Dickerson and Margaret (Woods) Dickerson, she was born March 3, 1935 in Philadelphia, PA.
Carol was a tenacious athlete, who was a standout in tennis, winning dozens of championships and receiving national recognition as one of the top junior players in the eastern United States. While in college at the University of Richmond, Carol was a member of three varsity sports teams: tennis, field hockey, and basketball. Interestingly, people who watched Carol compete in all three of these events explained that despite her tennis prominence and accolades, the sport in which she excelled the most was field hockey. Later in life, and after becoming a mother, Carol continued to dabble in tennis, playing in and winning many local and regional events. Throughout all ages of her life, her most cherished place to spend time was in Eagles Mere, PA where her parents had once operated the Crestmont Inn.
Carol was an active hiker, swimmer, reader, and loved animals, especially horses. Her love for horses into early adulthood was only surpassed by her love for dogs later in life. After getting an Ibizan Hound puppy in her fifties, she quickly became a full-fledged dog enthusiast traveling throughout the United States and Canada showing her dogs and having them compete in lure coursing. She was an over 30-year-long member of the Laurel Highlands Kennel Association, and achieved Championship confirmation for all 5 of her dogs. In 1992, her dog “Raj” won best of breed at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
Always one who enjoyed words and dialog, the highlight of many of her days was having a conversation with a friend, possibly about an unexpected topic, or receiving a note or card in the mail. Countless dinners were spent with her joyfully relaying to her grandchildren who she had bumped into or had heard from on a particular day. Up until slightly more than a month before her passing, Carol was blessed to have been able to continue to regularly spend time hiking and walking in the woods with her dog(s), enjoying the beauty of nature and experiencing all of its seasons and stages.
Surviving are her children Margaret T Kauffman, GA; Thomas (Pamela) Kauffman, Indiana, and two grandchildren, Tommy and Anna. Also survived by sister, Mary Reed, Williamsport, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, William.
Her family will receive friends at the John A. Lefdahl funeral home on Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm for a celebration of life gathering. As per CDC regulations, masks and social distancing will be required.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Carol’s memory to the Indiana County Humane Society or the Indiana Free Library. We encourage all of her friends and family to take the time to go for a walk in the woods (with a loved one, four-footed or otherwise) and simply enjoy the serenity and beauty found in nature and fondly think of her.
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Thalia C. Putney (nee Little) ’53, of Madison, Wisconsin and Wilmington, Delaware died peacefully Feb. 26, 2021, at the age of 86 from cardiac issues.
Thalia grew up in southern New Jersey and graduated from Moorestown Friends School in 1953, and Earlham College in 1957. She played varsity sports in high school and college, and later played on the Delaware Field Hockey and New Atlantic Field Hockey Association teams. While a middle school science teacher at Wilmington Friends School from 1974-1992, she coached tennis and field hockey. Thalia was a great inspiration to countless girls in athletics, and was inducted into Earlham College’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.
Thalia cherished the outdoors and taught with the Delaware Nature Education Society from 1970-1995, inspiring many children to appreciate and respect our natural world. She was a Winterthur Museum Docent from 1969-1984. As someone with lifelong Quaker interests, she was involved with various meetings over the years, and was most recently active with the Moorestown Friends Meeting from 2005-2015. She was a lifelong photographer.
Thalia is survived by daughter, Laura Wright and her husband, Andy and daughter, Annie Putney; and two grandchildren, Tristan and Ted. She was predeceased by her son, Thomas B. Putney.
Due to current limitations on gatherings, we will not be having any services, but ask that everyone take a moment of silence in appreciation of Thalia: her cheerfulness, her kindness, and her love of nature and life.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your local chapter of The Nature Conservancy, or a nonprofit environmental charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
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Arthur John Collins III ’58 Died on Oct. 27, 2020 at his home in Moorestown, NJ at the age of 80. Arthur was retired from Burlington County where he served as Controller for 27 years. He was a Life Member of the Hose Co. # 1 in Moorestown, also served as the President of Moorestown Fire Company Relief Assoc. as well as served as Treasurer for many Years and Life Member of the New Jersey State Fireman’s Relief Assoc. Arthur served on Moorestown Board of Fire Commissioner’s for District one from 1972 through 2005. Art also was a Life member of the Moorestown Emergency Medical Squad and served on the Board of Directors for many years as its treasurer. He served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War.
Husband of 41 years of Frances (nee Walters). Survived by his sister Cynthia Luden and her children Eric and Susanna. His niece Shannon Collins and her children Victoria and Sabrina.
In Lieu of flowers Memorial contributions may be made to The Moorestown Emergency Squad, 261 W. Main St. Moorestown, NJ 08057. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Arthur J Collins III please visit our Sympathy Store.
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Stephen Balaban ’63, 75, on December 31, 2020. Loyal, trusting, caring and generous are words that describe him even as he battled serious health problems as a result of a car accident and Type 1 diabetes. He was born to Eleanor and Jack Balaban of Camden, New Jersey. He spent many years in the menswear business and at IRS. He was a devoted and loving husband and friend to his wife, Arline Balaban. He adored his family, his memories of Camden, Camp Kittatinny, Moorestown Friends School, great food and the Sixers, his pals from IRS, and his closest and dearest friends in Philadelphia and from the Ventnor shore house. The loves of his life were his daughter Jenna and his beloved granddaughter, Lily. He loved being a father and grandfather. His favorite word was “Pop”. Even as he struggled with his health, Lily and Jenna provided him with many days of joy. He also leaves his oldest friend Fred, a brother, nieces and nephews, cousins and his cats who comforted him on difficult days. The family wishes to thank Einstein Hospital, especially Drs. Lekprasert, Pomerantz and Witzke. Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association. A kind man with a big heart has left us and we will miss him more than words can express. A celebration of his life will occur in the future. Let the memories of his humor and kind spirit guide you as you move through your lives. www.goldsteinsfuneral.com
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Donald Haley ’63, 75 years old, of Holland, VT passed away on January 1, 2021.
Donald enjoyed fishing, hiking, gardening, and especially reading. He read about science, history, nature, astronomy, and gardening. If he saw a word, he didn’t know out came the dictionary. Donald never stopped wanting to learn.
Donald leaves behind one brother, his close friend Susan, as well as many friends and acquaintances. They made his last days easier and happier by helping and visiting.
Thank you to home care and the nurses at North Country Hospital for their help in making him comfortable. They were excellent.
There will be a remembrance at Donald’s flower garden in the spring, all are welcome. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Donald’s name may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center North, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. Online condolence may be made at curtis-britch.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Curtis-Britch & Bouffard Funeral Home & Cremation Service, locally family owned and operated.
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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of John Nye Hatfield III ’71 of Long Valley, New Jersey, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who passed away on May 27, 2020, at the age of 67, leaving to mourn family and friends. Family and friends are welcome to leave their condolences on this memorial page and share them with the family.
He was predeceased by : his parents, John Nye Hatfield II and Eva Geraldine. He is survived by : his wife Gail S. Hatfield; his children, Kelly Cross (Jonathan) and Kyle Hatfield (Amy); his grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Emma, Hailey, Lily and Hunter; his brother Todd Hatfield (Christine); and his half-sister Anne Hatfield Abraham.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Jay’s name to the National Parks Foundation, at nationalparks.org.
My wife, Gail MacColl Jarrett ’72, who has died aged 66 of multiple myeloma, was an author, editor and relationship counsellor. She edited two New York Times No 1 bestsellers: The Official Preppy Handbook (1980) and Items from Our Catalog (1982), as well as the longtime Academy Awards ceremony bible, Inside Oscar: The Unofficial History of the Academy Awards (1986).
As well as co-writing Reagan’s Reign of Error (1981), with Mark Green, she was co-author with Carol McD Wallace of To Marry an English Lord (1989) – cited by Julian Fellowes as inspiration for his television series Downton Abbey.
Born in Philadelphia, to Alexander MacColl, a headteacher, and Mary (nee Wentworth), a writer and activist, Gail was the eldest of six sisters. She attended Quaker schools in Philadelphia and southern New Jersey before graduating in English literature from Barnard College, New York, in 1977. As an undergraduate she contributed to the Barnard Literary Magazine, wrote film reviews for the Barnard Bulletin and the Columbia Daily Spectator, and jointly founded a film critics’ circle. After graduating, she was an editor at Workman Publishing (1977-81) before going freelance.
She and I met in Rhode Island while Gail was researching local American heiresses for To Marry an English Lord, and I, a British psychiatrist, was studying family therapy at Brown University. She continued her research in the UK, and in 1986 we married, eventually settling in Dulwich, south London. In the 1990s Gail trained as a couples counsellor with London Marriage Guidance (now Tavistock Relationships).
In 1995 she co-founded ARC (Association for Relationship Counselling), a group of psychodynamic marital and couples counsellors providing relationship therapy in south London. After nearly 20 years as a psychotherapist with her own practice, and having also written The Book of Cards for Kids (1992) and The Book of Card Games for Little Kids (2000), Gail retired in 2014.
Gail was a woman of strong leftwing views, wittily expressed, and did not suffer fools gladly. A Labour party member and committed reader of the Guardian, she believed in a comprehensive social welfare system and was passionately pro-NHS. She was especially disturbed by austerity, joining the fight against it as a member of UKUncut – attending many protests, often with our youngest daughter in tow.
Her passion for social justice was a reflection of her deep interest in other people. Those who knew her valued her sharp humour, shrewd advice, kindness and profound empathy.
In later life she was a keen duplicate bridge player and a skilled gardener. She was an ardent sports fan – above all a supporter of Liverpool Football Club, who won the Premier League for the first time in 30 years on the day she died.
She is survived by me, our four children, Isabel, Prudence, Alexander and Miranda, and her mother and sisters.
Andrew was born June 9th, 1963, in Mount Holly, NJ. He graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1985 with a degree in Finance. While at Muhlenberg, he was a varsity wrestler and brother of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. He worked in various fields throughout his career, spending most of it in Information Technology and Network Engineering.
Andrew had a large, unforgettable presence. He left an equally unforgettable impact on his coworkers, friends, and family. He was a man who always made sure to take care of those close to him.
Andrew is predeceased by his mother, Margaret Wasson. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Wasson; his sons, Conor and Cameron Wasson; his father, Richard Wasson; his brother, Michael Wasson (Sara); his nieces and nephews who adored him; and his four corgis, Tully, Gwynne, Kelsey, and Fergus. He is loved by all and will be dearly missed.
Friends and family are welcome to his visitation on Wednesday, November 25th, 2020, from 2:00-4:00PM, followed immediately by a Memorial Service. Both will be held at Mount Laurel Home for Funerals, 212 Ark Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054. Interment will be private.
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Ray was an Army veteran. He was the owner of Brown’s Hardware in Summit, New Jersey and was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Ramon and Janet Cabrera.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Patricia Drake; his children, Maggie Hudgins (Theron), R.J. Cabrera, III, and Elizabeth Alexander (Richard); his grandchildren, Annabel and Russell Hudgins, Katherine Mulrooney (Dave), Allison Alexander, David Alexander, and Rebecca Alexander; and his sisters, Cece Pattison and M.J. Shaw.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ray’s memory may be made to Lori’s Hands Delaware, 100 Discovery Blvd, 4th Floor, Newark, DE 19713
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John Alexander Dawson, 85, of Bala Cynwyd, a lifelong adventurer, transportation planner, and scientist whose early research took him to a frozen outpost in Antarctica, died Friday, Dec. 11, of pneumonia at Lankenau Medical Center.
Dr. Dawson was born to George and Carolyn Dawson in South Amboy, N.J. He graduated from Highland Park High School and Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in physics.
He earned a master of science degree from Lehigh University and a Ph.D. from the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His thesis was on geomagnetic micropulsations, or fluctuations in the Earth’s magnetic field caused by variations in solar wind.
His first job was as a scientist observing the aurora australis, the southern cousin to the aurora borealis, at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in 1957 and 1958. Just being there demanded toughness: As winter approached, a two-day twilight yielded to six months of continuous darkness.
It was so cold in the rudimentary buildings that Dr. Dawson had to chip ice from the corners of his quarters. The scientists also shoveled snow to melt for drinking and bathing.
Dr. Dawson met the explorers Sir Edmund Hillary and Sir Vivian Fuchs at the South Pole base. Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were the first confirmed climbers to summit Mount Everest. Fuchs’ expeditionary team completed the first overland crossing of Antarctica in 1958.
Later, the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names named a 6,800-foot mountain in the Queen Elizabeth Range after Dr. Dawson. It’s now known as Dawson Peak, to mark his contributions to the understanding of the aurora australis through his work at the South Pole Station.
In the early 1960s, Dr. Dawson and a friend kayaked down the Alsek River, which flows from Yukon into Northern British Columbia in Canada, and to Alaska, entering the Gulf of Alaska at Dry Bay. They are believed to be the first Westerners to traverse the full course of the 240-mile river, through uncharted wilderness.
“At the end of their journey, they spotted a fishing cabin near Dry Bay,” his family said in a statement. “They knocked at the door and startled the inhabitant, who said that in his two decades spending summers there, no one had ever knocked at his door before.”
Starting in 1963, Dr. Dawson was a scientist at a U.S. Commerce Department laboratory in Boulder, Colo.
From 1966 to 1972, he taught physics at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria. While based there, he traveled throughout Africa and Europe. He and his wife, Margaret McLaren Dawson, whom he married in 1966, climbed Mount Cameroon, the highest point in sub-Saharan western Africa.
From 1973 to 1978, he worked as a scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington. From 1978 to 1985, he was a consultant with R.L. Banks & Associates, a firm in Arlington, Va., specializing in the economics of transportation.
From 1985 until his retirement in 2001, Dr. Dawson was a transportation planner for the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. He prepared for the job by earning an M.B.A. from American University.
He planned some of the early routes for the Philly PHLASH, a downtown loop designed to take visitors to the sights of Philadelphia.
During free time, he traveled every Amtrak route in the United States and across Canada by rail. In 2009, the Dawsons retraced the path of the Lewis and Clark Expedition across America. The historic expedition, during which the explorers sought an overland passage to the Pacific Ocean, spanned the years 1804 to 1806.
Dr. Dawson made many voyages, first on his sailboat, and later on his trawler. Both were named Aurora.
Dr. Dawson served on the board of Delaware Valley Association of Rail Passengers. He was a member of the Rutgers Alumni Association and the Antarctican Society.
He cooked the featured recipe in the Sunday New York Times each week and took his wife to the movies on Wednesdays. He was always planning trips, helping others plan trips, working for the Democratic Party, or watching college basketball on TV.
He was blessed with a curiosity that knew no bounds. “He could talk about any topic, but never bragged,” his family said in a statement.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons David and Robert Dawson, five grandchildren, two brothers, and a sister.
Interment will be private. Services will be held once the coronavirus pandemic ebbs.
Memorial donations may be made to the Delaware Valley Association of Rail Passengers, 1635 Market St., Suite 1600, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103, or the Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia, 200 Kirk Rd., Warminster, Pa. 18974.
Antoinette Green, mother of Patricia Green Lee ’83
James Green, father of Patricia Green Lee ’83
Joan C. Weber, mother of Meg Weber Garza ’78, Beth Weber Hermann ’82 and Christian Weber III ’87
On her maternal side, Anne was the descendent of one of our nation’s founders, Patrick Henry and on her paternal side her LeDuc forebearers were early settlers of Minnesota including one who was a Union general in the Civil War. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Anne enjoyed a storybook childhood. She attended Haddonfield Friends School where she excelled in sports from an early age. At age five, she was the only girl on the baseball team and by her own admission, “probably better than all the boys.”
In 1937, Anne’s family moved to Moorestown where she attended Moorestown Friends School, graduating in 1943. Anne lived several places early in her career but eventually moved back to her childhood home where she continued to live until her death. It was during high school that Anne first experienced the Tegawitha field hockey camp in Tobyhanna, PA. The legendary Constance Applebee, credited with bringing field hockey to the US, ran the camp and became a life-long mentor and friend to Anne. Anne received an athletic scholarship (a rarity at the time) to Rollins College in Winter Park, FL from which she graduated in 1947 with a BA in Psychology and Education and later received an MA in Philosophy and Social Science from Columbia University Teachers’ College. During these years she moved her focus from tennis to field hockey and earned a spot on the US Touring Team traveling to South Africa, Britain, Australia and the Fiji Islands. After college, Anne coached in Baltimore, MD and Montclair, NJ before settling into an extended career at George School, Newtown, PA where she coached swimming, lacrosse, basketball and field hockey from 1962 to 1993. Before starting at George School, Anne worked in New York City for the Multiple Sclerosis Society first as field director and later as Director, the only woman at that time who was head of a major non-profit. At George School, Anne coached hockey, swimming and lacrosse in addition to being a dorm parent. She became Girls’ Athletic Director, supervising numerous coaches, while also coaching varsity field hockey, lacrosse and a basketball team that won the Friends Schools League Championship in 1987. As one of the founding members of the Friends School League, Anne dreamed of a league made up of like-minded schools and with equal opportunities for female athletes. Today the turf field bears the name Couger Field and honors Anne and other long-time coaches. Upon retirement, Anne was able to pour all her resources into saving her beloved Chalfonte Hotel in Cape May, NJ. from the wrecking ball. Anne remembers playing on the porch of the Grand Ole Dame at age two. She loved the hotel for more than half of its 200 years. “The Chalfonte is one of the true loves of my life,” Anne said, “More than a commercial hotel, more than a state of mind, it is about feeling, and people and recreating. The Chalfonte is a wonderful supportive and caring community. It is my second home!” Anne, along with fellow George School teacher, Judy Bartella, helped the Satterfield Family manage the Chalfonte and then purchased the hotel in 1982. Anne and Judy developed work weekends in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania and University of Maryland, allowing much needed work to be done by architectural students for credit. Anne nursed the hotel through decades of renovation, preservation and good times.
As driven and competitive as Anne was, she was also humorous. Those who knew and loved her are imagining her singing the infamous “Prunie Song” right now. We would like to give special thanks to Anne’s caregivers in her final years, Delia Mercene and Amamatu Halieu, Elizabeth Berbette, her Care manager and Chris Forward, her Nurse Practitioner. Anne leaves behind her goddaughters, Mary Hughes Reid and Susan Sullivan, Amanda Sullivan, her business partner and friend, Judy Bartella and friends too numerous to count. A quote from The Chalfonte, a book by Karen Fox, “There are horse whisperers and dog whisperers, Anne is a people whisperer.” A Memorial Page has been set up at www.gatheringus.com/AnneLeDuc for friends to write memories of Anne.
A Virtual Service was held on Thursday, October 15 at 5 PM at the same site. Anne’s ashes will be interred in the garden at Trinity Episcopal Church, Moorestown, NJ where she was a long-time member. Anne was a very generous philanthropist contributing over many years to numerous charities especially those related to animals. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the World Wide Fund for Nature (formerly World Wildlife Fund) at wwf.panda.org or another animal charity in her memory.
Joan Rogers McKeon died peacefully with her family at the Samaritan Hospice in Voorhees on May 22, 2020. She was born to Donald and Esther Rogers of Moorestown on November 30, 1926. The Rogers family was one of the earliest Quaker families to settle in the area. She grew up in Moorestown, New Jersey and graduated from Moorestown Friends School in 1944 and Smith College in 1948. While at Smith she met Jack McKeon. They were married in Moorestown in 1948. Until 1962, they lived on Long Island. Joan then returned with her family to her hometown. Joan spent the first years of her marriage as a housewife and mother to her four children, John, Lucy, Amy and Tom. She yearned to do more. When the last of the children reached school, she returned to school for a Master’s degree in library science at Drexel University. Joan was the children’s librarian in Moorestown for over 20 years. She nurtured a love of reading in many of Moorestown’s children, who remember her reading clubs, films, craft programs and summer programs at the library. While living and raising their children in Moorestown, Joan and Jack made many friends. Their swimming pool was a gathering place for neighborhood families. Joan was active in many organizations including the Trinity Episcopal Church, the Moorestown Field Club and the Moorestown Garden Club. Throughout her life, she was a devoted caregiver to Jack and the children. After Joan and Jack retired, Joan had many pursuits. Joan and Jack enjoyed time in Nantucket and Vero Beach. Ultimately, they moved to Medford Leas where they lived out their final chapter. Joan was known for her warmth, quick wit and sharp intelligence. She was also highly competent and dedicated to her many pursuits, all of which engaged her relentless focus on getting things right and her precise eye for detail. One of her passions was gardening. The McKeon house was always noted for its extensive gardens requiring Joan to suffer through footballs, running children, insects, groundhogs, dogs, and rabbits to maintain a beautiful array of flowers. She maintained the tradition until this spring, including community and table top gardens at Medford Leas and a vibrant patio. She had plans for her balcony at Medford Leas this year had the virus not cut off her access to the garden store. Her love of flowers and intense attention to detail fueled a very successful career competing in flower shows.
Joan was also a great lover of literature, film and edgy TV series. As it became harder to read, she became a devoted streamer of movies and TV shows. She wrote and published crossword puzzles for the Sunday New York Times. She wrote a history of the Trinity Church. Many birthdays, retirements, and other events featured one of Joan’s poems about the subject of the party. She was active with the Medford Leas literary journal. The family appreciates the devoted care and support Joan received from the staff at Medford Leas and the attention from longtime family friend Paula Moss. Joan missed husband Jack, her son John and her daughter Amy dearly. She is survived by Lucy McKeon and Brad Armstrong of Cornwall, VT; Tom McKeon and Mary Whited of Falmouth, Maine; and Scott Wallace of Moorestown. She is also survived by six grandchildren and their families, who she loved and enjoyed. Kai Armstrong, Claire Armstrong, Jamie Wallace and Kristin Li, Dan Wallace and his companion Claire Lieberman, Maggie McKeon and her fiancé Paul Friedman, and Caroline McKeon. She also got to know and enjoy her great grandson Charlie.
Given the current circumstances, any Memorial Service will be delayed. Donations in Joan’s memory may be made to the John H. McKeon Jr. Scholarship at Moorestown Friends School, 110 East Main St. Moorestown NJ 08057.
Isaac Platt Hand “Ike”, 88, of Haddon Heights, NJ died peacefully at home on September 25, 2020. Mr. Hand is the beloved husband of 64 years of Mary Louise Hand (nee Wertley). Loving father of Susan (Timothy) Hitchcock, Sharon (Kevin) McCormack and Joseph Hand. He is also survived by his devoted grandchildren, Stephanie (Steven) Wilrigs, Steven McCormack, David (Michelle) Hitchcock, Emily Hand and three great grandchildren, Sophia, Oliver and Cole. Ike, raised in Haddonfield, graduated from Moorestown Friends School in 1950. He was the owner of Harris Industrial Saw Co., Inc. He was a proud U.S. Marine who fought in the Korean War, honorably discharged with the rank of S/Sgt. At the time of his passing, Ike was an active member in the Marine Corps League #695, the Korean War Veterans Association and the Military Support Group of NJ.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing on Thursday 9 to 11 AM at the FOSTER-WARNE FUNERAL HOME, 250 S. White Horse Pike, Audubon, NJ. Funeral service will follow at 11 AM. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ike’s memory may be made to Logan Memorial Presbyterian Church, 18 W. Merchant St., Audubon, NJ 08106 and/or Samaritan Hospice, 3906 Church Rd., Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054. To share memories and condolences please visit www.fosterwarnefuneralhome.com.
Robert J. G. Alteveer, 85, of Moorestown, NJ, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Sunday, August 9, 2020, after a recent, grave illness. A strong, compassionate, and brilliant man, Bob was born on June 5, 1935, in Rheden, Netherlands, the only child of Klaas Alteveer and Anna Maria Sophia Carstens Alteveer, who brought him safely through World War II in nearby Apeldoorn. He immigrated to the U.S. in September 1957 for graduate studies, earning an M.S. from Springfield Coll. in 1958 and a Ph.D. from the Univ. of Minnesota in 1965. After his post-doc fellowship at Univ. of Indiana, he joined Hahnemann University in Philadelphia in 1967 as a prof. of physiology and biophysics, establishing a famed laboratory and decades-long tenure, in which he was beloved by generations of colleagues and students and won many teaching awards. An avid athlete, he also shared a love of music, culture, and travel with his family, keeping friendships and kinships alive across oceans and time. He is deeply missed by his loving wife of 45 years, Janet G. Alteveer, MD, of Moorestown, NJ; daughter Mara (Jim Mendell), also of Moorestown; daughter Michele of Santa Fe, NM; son Ian (Stephen M. Figge) of New York; and son Colin (Nicole Carey) of Chatham, NJ; six grandchildren, May, Max, Madeline, Ava, Neal, and Benjamin; and great-grandson Justin. The family is holding a private Graveside Service on Friday, August 14th, and asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to UNCF: United Negro College Fund, 1805 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.
M. Reid Bush of Honey Brook, PA passed away peacefully at his home on May 13th, 2020. He was born on August 8th, 1941 to Merrill E. and Doris Bush. Reid was a teacher, by profession and by nature. He enriched the world and everyone around him though his devotion and care for all that was important to him. He has touched so many lives and maintained those relationships for so long through countless communities. There was joy in knowing him: his witty humor, quiet way of lifting others up and amusingly quirky personality touched everyone in a unique way.
He was a beloved member of many communities: Ohio Wesleyan University, Friends School of Baltimore, William Penn Charter School, Moorestown Friends School, the Honey Brook Community Library and Camp Dark Waters. It is hard to imagine these communities without him. His fundamental belief in his values and resolve to live by them help mold those communities into the thoughtful places they are today. He led life by example and was dedicated to his causes. The communities he touched will be forever indebted to him and he will live on in his work and stewardship of them.
One of his greatest loves was Camp Dark Waters, a special summer camp nestled by a creek in the woods. Camp Dark Waters might not be here today if not for his tireless efforts and attention: whether by instilling his values in others, his vision for the future, or holding camp together with duct tape, a few bent nails and his love for this place. His creation and stewardship of the Campership Trust Fund has and will continue to allow many campers, who might not otherwise be able to afford camp, become part of this loving community. Reid has left many legacies in his life. His most enduring will be his relationships which celebrate the potential and goodness of us all. He lived completely free, asking others to lose themselves and the image they want to project and focus instead on what they have to give. His life, his legacy will endure through those lucky enough to have known him. Reid was preceded in death by his parents, Merrill and Doris, his brother Bruce Bush and sister Elizabeth Bush (Isa Boucher Murray). He is survived by his sister in law Mary, niece Allison, great nephews Reid and Rhys and many close friends who loved him dearly. Please hold him, his family and all who loved him in the Light. Services are pending and will be announced at a later time. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, donations can be made to Camp Dark Waters, P.O. Box 263, Medford NJ 08055, where a memorial fund is being planned in his memory to preserve and support his lasting legacy.
Janet Zimmerman Foord a resident of Medford Leas, Medford, NJ was born May 20, 1925 in Pittsburgh, PA to Mary Gertrude Weaver and Mason Stuart Zimmerman. She passed away on May 21, 2020 at Medford Leas due to complications associated with the coronavirus. Janet grew up in Pittsburgh and attended Allegheny College (Meadville, PA). After graduating, she worked in the History Department of Yale University where she met her husband, Dr. Edward Foord (deceased 1988). They wed in 1949. The couple began their life together at Fort Jackson (South Carolina) where Edward was stationed as a physician during the Second World War. Following the war, Janet and Edward relocated to Mt. Holly, NJ. They later moved to Westampton Township where they raised four children. Janet served on the Women’s Auxiliary of Burlington County Memorial Hospital (BCMH) and the Visiting Homemakers of Burlington County. She was a member of the Colonel Thomas Reynolds Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (Mt. Holly). Janet also worked as a librarian for the medical library at BCMH. She is survived by her three children, Karl Edward Foord (Chaska, MN), Madeleine Smith Foord (Stoneham, MA) and David Malcom Foord (Dingmans Ferry, PA) as well as two grandchildren, Holly Elizabeth Foord and Jeffrey Malcom Foord (Dingmans Ferry, PA).
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Canine Companions for Independence Please make checks payable to Canine Companions for Independence and mail to: Canine Companions for Independence, P.O. Box 446, Santa Rosa, CA 95402-0446
Thomas B. Hottenstein, On August 10, 2020 age 74 of Moorestown, NJ. Thomas was a graduate of Duke University and University of Pennsylvania and received his MBA from Wharton School of Business. Upon graduating from Wharton, he worked as a VPfor Citi Bank in New York for 17 years. Upon his retirement he went to work as an adjunct Professor for Burlington Co. Community College for 8 Years. He served in the US Navy during the Vietnam Conflict, and was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown where he was very Active and served as a Deacon for many years. He enjoyed playing Piano and traveling, roller Hockey, riding his motorcycle and most of all spending time with his family. Husband of Monica (nee Pawluk) Father of Alex (Cher) M. Hottenstein and Katharine R. Hottenstein. Grandfather of Lillian Hottenstein and Grace Hottenstein. Also survived by his brother Daniel Hottenstein and his sister Henrietta “Penny” Ramsey.
Due to the present circumstance’s interment will be private. Please no Flowers. Memorial contributions to Samaritan Hospice 3906 Church Road, Mt.Laurel, NJ 08054. https://samaritannj.org/giving/donate-now/
Theodore M. Johnston Jr., 86, of Cherry Hill, a retired physician who once worked at Hahnemann and Cooper hospitals, died Thursday, Sept. 17, from complications of a heart procedure at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden. “He was a kindhearted, humble healer who wanted to help others and make the world a better place,” Jennifer Johnston said of her father. “He was dedicated to service and family, and he was loved by so many.” Dr. Johnston was born in 1934, in Grottoes, Va. He was the eldest of five children of Theodore and Rosa Johnston, who reared their family in Staunton, Va. It was there that Dr. Johnston graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. “He was very industrious as a child during World War II,” his daughter said. “He made spending money by hauling ice in his wagon, and he did other jobs, like washing the windows in the local shoe store.” Even so, he had large dreams and aspirations, she said. Starting in childhood, she said, he wanted to study medicine, and he was inspired by his parents and an African American family physician who was a mentor and early role model for him. After high school, Dr. Johnston enrolled at Virginia State University, where he met his future wife, Barbara Smith, in 1951 during freshman year. Walter Tucker, a retired banker living in North Carolina, was Dr. Johnston’s college roommate. “We called him Tim, and he had a mathematical mind where he found it effortless to deal with calculus, trigonometry and the sciences,” Tucker said. The young Theodore Johnston stood out as friendly, but a quiet, studious type when they first met. “It was just like he had been a brother of mine all my life,” said Tucker, who was best man at the Johnstons’ wedding. Both men were in Army ROTC. They graduated from Virginia State in 1955 and went through basic training together at Fort Benning, Ga. Afterward, they returned to their parents’ homes in Virginia, and then met in Roanoke to set off on a cross-country road trip to meet their assigned Army units. The two drove to San Francisco, where Dr. Johnston continued on to his post at the former Fort Ord, an Army base near Monterey, and Tucker flew to South Korea to join his unit. In 1963, while in the Army Reserve, Dr. Johnston married his college sweetheart. They had two daughters. Their union lasted until her death in 2014. Dr. Johnston enrolled at the Howard University College of Medicine before his honorable discharge as an Army captain in 1964, and attended classes during the day while working an overnight shift at the post office in Washington. He completed his residency in radiology at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, where he worked for a number of years before taking jobs at several hospitals in the region. After Hahnemann, Dr. Johnston worked at Newcomb Hospital in Vineland, N.J.; Cooper, in Camden; Warminster, in Bucks County; and the Wilmington VA Hospital. He next joined Marsh Radiology in Vineland, from which he retired after age 70. Even then, his daughter said, he was called back to work part-time for a few years. “He loved medicine,” Jennifer said. “He was a brilliant person who was drawn to medicine for many reasons, but mainly because it was a helping profession. He was proud he was able to continue working for as long as he did.”
Dr. Johnston enjoyed travel, geography, reading, and spending time with family and friends. In addition to his daughter, Dr. Johnston is survived by daughter Janice; a grandson; two brothers, and a number of other relatives, friends and colleagues. A son, Mark, predeceased him. Funeral services were Friday, Sept. 25.
Meredith Stephanie Kay, a resident of Marlton, New Jersey, died on September 20, 2020. Meredith is survived by her daughter, Samantha Rose Kay; sister, Dana Kay Smith (Philip); brother, Stephen Thomas Kay (Piper); parents, Lewis and JoAnn Kay and many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Meredith graduated The University of Massachusetts, Amherst and was a passionate advocate for the sustainability of our earth. “Memmy” was a lover of all living things (especially her cat, Mellie). She was willing and eager to listen and always seemed to know what to say to make others feel special. She was fearless, with an effortless smile and an infectious laugh. The world is a better place for having had her in it. She will be missed, but never forgotten. Private family memorial service will be held. Those who wish to participate in spirit are asked to light a candle on Saturday, September 26 at 1:00 pm and take a deep breath to celebrate Meredith. Contributions in her memory should be made to a charity of one’s choice.
When Jacqueline Khan started working as a nurse at Washington, D.C. General Hospital back in 1950, she was told to keep white and black patients separated in the maternity ward. Instead, she kept bringing white patients to the rooms designated for Black patients, and vice versa. The hospital gave up trying to stop her. The ward has been integrated ever since. “Who’s going to stop this 120-pound woman?” her son Amir Khan asked. “They had guards separating the wards, and [she would] just push right by the guards … dare you to stop her.” Wherever she went, be it to the workplace or the South Jersey neighborhoods where she raised her family, Ms. Khan stood out as a compassionate community leader and civil rights activist, up until her death at 91 of heart failure on Oct. 19 at Samaritan Center at Voorhees. “She was the most unselfish and most brave person I’ve ever known,” said her daughter Sherena Khan, who is also a registered nurse. “In nursing, we give until we give no more. My mother was that type of old-fashioned nurse where she would do anything for her patients, her family.” Ms. Khan was born in Philadelphia’s Germantown section to barbershop owner Richard Ellis Driver and homemaker Helen Birchett Driver. Her older brother, Richard “Sonny” Driver, founded Scoop USA, a newspaper that continues to serve Delaware Valley communities. She attended Howard University where she met her husband, Dr. Mustapha Khan, who immigrated to the United States from Trinidad and Tobago, and practiced medicine in Camden for decades before his death in 2009. At Howard, she was outspoken about racial injustice and has always been “a trailblazer, a fighter, and just a real great spirit that brought transformation to a lot of people,” according to Amir, who is a pastor and activist himself. “We don’t serve coloreds here,” a server at a D.C. Woolworth counter once told Ms. Khan, then a senior at Howard. After paying for ice cream at the back of the shop, she returned to the front and smashed her vanilla cone into the counter. “I didn’t come here to eat colored, I came to eat ice cream,” she said.
The Khans moved from Arlington, Va., to Camden, and then to Cherry Hill in 1967, where they were one of two Black families in the neighborhood, according to Amir Kahn. Neighbors fired shots into their windows and threw eggs over their fence while they were using the pool in the backyard. But Ms. Khan persevered. She helped integrate the local chapter of the American Medical Association, and was adamant that her children’’s school remove books with racial slurs, such as Huckleberry Finn, from their libraries. “We were very fortunate to have a mother who, in spite of strife, believed in beauty, and in spite of struggle, believed in the dream, Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream,” her son Ricardo said. A playwright and director, Ricardo founded Crossroads Theatre, which is the first Black American theater company to win a Regional Theatre Tony award. While raising her children and encouraging them to go to college and follow their dreams, Ms. Khan was fulfilling her own dreams by uplifting others. She spent years leading local chapters of community organizations like the National Medical Association and Jack and Jill of America, as well as other mentorship programs where she inspired young Black youth to pursue careers in medicine. She also volunteered to serve as a nurse at numerous local schools. Ms. Khan’s son Rasheed, who is a doctor, said his mother’s career in nursing stemmed from her general love of service. “She got started in nursing because of her desire to help,” he said. “She wanted to continue to just help people in whatever, so she wasn’t just a nurse as a profession, it was in her heart.”
But she was as much a woman of science as she was a woman of God. “She was a strong believer in Jesus and the Bible, and she taught us that, and told us how to have a relationship with Him, and to use that in all of our decisions in life,” Rasheed said. “They do not have to be opposites of each other. Faith and science work together.”
Ms. Khan cast her vote in the 2020 election shortly before her death, and Amir is proud that her vote still counts. Ricardo said his mother would be out protesting for civil rights if she had been younger during the Black Lives Matter movement. “She would have been out there marching,” Ricardo said. “She used to do so much for people in pain.”
In addition to children Amir, Rasheed, Ricardo and Sherena, she is survived by another son, Mustapha Jr.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A graveside service was held for Ms. Khan at Locustwood Memorial Park in Cherry Hill.
Debra Lord, formerly of Moorestown N.J., passed away peacefully surrounded by family in her Cushing Maine home. She will be remembered as a kind and compassionate person who loved her family and the natural world. Debbie graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a BA in 1978. She received her Master of Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982. Early in her career she worked as a geologist for SMC- Martin and at the US Geological Survey until 1988. While raising her family, she pursued her true love, environmental education. During this time, she worked for or served with many groups including Rutgers University, Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Sanctuary, the Pompeston Creek Watershed Association and Palmyra Cove Environmental Foundation. After her children were grown, she began a career as a teacher. She taught sixth grade science at Moorestown Friends school for four years. Retiring to Cushing Maine in 2015 she worked as a substitute teacher in the Rockland School District and ran an after school environmental program at the Cushing School.She was an avid kayaker and hiker and was her happiest in the outdoors. Hundreds of school children and countless acres of land along with animals of every type felt her love and were better from her efforts. She is survived by her husband of forty years Craig, son Nathaniel Lord, daughter in law Megan Lord (nee Madara), daughter Augusta Van Tongeren and son in law Gregory Van Tongeren. She is also survived by three sisters, Sue McTyier of Ticonderoga NY, Linda Veblen of Waldoboro Maine, Sheri Gorsen of Washington DC and a brother Keith Grant of Elverson Pa., mother in law Margaret Lord of Topsham Maine, and sister in law Jennifer Gallogly of Cherry Hill NJ. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Natural Resources Council of Maine www.nrcm.org.
Mary Jo Lovett, 70 of Rush County, passed away on April 2, 2020 in Rush County. She was born on December 28, 1949 in New Castle, IN to Alton and Lucretia (Oldham) Gordon. Mary Jo was a 1968 graduate of Rushville High School and a 1972 graduate of Indiana University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy. She married James R. Lovett on June 9, 1979 and he survives. Mary Jo is a member of Raleigh Christian Church. She enjoyed time spent with her family, and most of all her grandchildren. Mary Jo loved horses, traveling, and working as a Physical Therapist which she did for over 42 years. She began her career at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN from 1972-1979. She then moved to Bangor, Maine where she worked at the Elizabeth Levinson Center. She returned to Indiana and began working for East Central Special Services from 1980-1991. Mary Jo finished her career at Ball Memorial Pediatric Rehab from 1991-2014. In addition to her husband, James, she is survived by her sons, Benjamin (Debbie Kuhn) Lovett of Fishers, IN and Zachary (Kendra McClure) Lovett of Fishers, IN; and sister, Ruth (Tom) Armstrong of Indianapolis, IN. She will be missed by her 7 grandchildren, Olivia Lovett, Alaina Lovett, Shay Lovett, Myles Lovett, Landen McClure, Elijah McClure, and Bryce DeLong. Mary Jo was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Betty Foley. Graveside Services will be private at Raleigh Cemetery, with Pastor Tony Augsburger presiding. Memorial contributions may be made to Raleigh Christian Church or Community North Cancer Center in Indianapolis. Moster Mortuary has been entrusted with Mary Jo’s services.
Mary Elizabeth Moore of Moorestown, N.J. passed away at the age of 63 on Thursday, April 23, 2020. Mary was the beloved daughter of Elizabeth (Souder) ’45 and Granville Benjamin Moore ’34. She was the beloved granddaughter of Doris (Myers) and Philip Souder and of Lillian (Hardick) and Granville Moore of Mount Laurel, N.J. She is survived by Emma, her beloved King Charles Cocker Spaniel, many family members and dear friends. Mary graduated from Moorestown High School in 1974 and shortly thereafter began working at the Moorestown Community House as the special event planner. She also spent many years working as a personal assistant for her grandfather, Philip Souder, which brought them both much joy. Mary grew up learning to sing with her grandmother, Doris, and hand knitting many beautiful items. She enjoyed spending vacations with her grandparents at the Opinicon Resort in Canada; Florida; as well as in Beach Haven, N.J. Mary loved traveling throughout Europe with relatives. Later, she became a devoted caregiver for her grandparents, then her parents, all the while spreading her smile and cheerfulness to all. Baking, which was one of Mary’s specialties, was enjoyed by many members of the Mount Laurel Friends Meetinghouse during the Annual Peach festival, where Mary contributed dozens of cakes yearly. In 2005, Mary, along with her mother, attended the ribbon cutting of the newly constructed horse and tool shed for the Mount Laurel Meetinghouse, which they donated in her father’s name. We will never forget the beautiful cards that Mary sent for every occasion from her and her beloved pets. She will be greatly missed by her family, neighbors and friends, especially those closest to her; the Gregorio, Pawloski, Levy and Richardson families. Her generous spirit and thoughtfulness to others was truly a blessing to all who her knew her. A celebration of Mary’s life will be held at the Mount Laurel Friends Meetinghouse after the coronavirus epidemic gathering restrictions pass. In lieu of flowers, it is Mary’s wish that donations be made in her name to the Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, 5 Sawmill Rd., Medford, NJ 08055, or the Moorestown Emergency Medical Squad. Condolences may be expressed at the funeral home’s web site below.
Lewis Funeral Home, Moorestown, lewisfuneralhomemoorestown.com.
Lorraine Riesenbach, 88, of Cherry Hill, a former teacher who at age 60 became an artist and an advocate for other artists in Philadelphia, died Saturday, Aug. 15, of complications from cancer at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital. Mrs. Riesenbach created and ran the Artists’ House Gallery in Old City for 22 years. The showplace at 57 N. Second St. helped fledgling artists launch careers by displaying their works in a prominent setting. During her tenure, the gallery staged 200 exhibits, displaying the work of artists primarily from the Philadelphia area. Most were graduates of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). “It’s really hard for artists to get into the art world, because there are so many good art schools in Philadelphia, and there are good artists coming out every day,” she told the Temple News in 2013. The gallery’s mission was to offer art lovers and collectors the chance to buy at affordable prices, as well as to introduce the young artists. “From 1991 to 2013, she was instrumental in launching the careers of hundreds of local artists, many of whom have progressed to national and international success,” her son James said in an email. Scott Noel, a professor of painting and drawing at PAFA, described Mrs. Riesenbach as a calm, generous person who formed close relationships with the artists she represented and maintained the ties even if their work wasn’t selling. “Every time I encountered her, she was unfailingly kind and loyal — a force for good in the art world,” he said. “She had a real heart in a courageous way for the community she believed in, and an agency for making that community more tightly woven and supportive of each other. She was just a person of abiding decency.” David Graeme Baker, a painter now living in Maine, said Mrs. Riesenbach reached out to him in his second year as a PAFA student. “She asked me if I was willing to put two pieces in the Artists’ House Gallery,” he said. “After that, she became a champion of mine. “Nobody outside of PAFA said, ‘Hey, you can do this, you have some talent.’ That was meaningful to have someone to advocate for me, to say, ‘I see value in what you’re doing.’” Baker said the mentor-protege relationship deepened over the years into friendship. “The way she approached developing a relationship with me is the gold standard. No one has ever exceeded it,” Baker said.
In 2017, PAFA recognized her with the Alumni Distinguished Service Award. And in 2018, she was invited to curate a show, “Passion and Desire,” at the Stanek Gallery in Old City, where she showcased 13 of her artists, including Frances Wolf, wife of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. Gallery owner Katherine Stanek said she knew Mrs. Riesenbach as a fellow gallery owner. “She had a desire to see good art advanced,” Stanek said. “Passion and desire — it’s what drove Lorraine. I’m eternally grateful for her advice and support, and working with me on that exhibition.” Born in Paterson, N.J., Mrs. Riesenbach earned a bachelor of arts degree from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in reading education from Rowan University. She married Marvin Riesenbach in 1952. They had four sons, whom they raised in Cherry Hill. In 1971, she became a reading specialist in the Haddonfield public schools. She took courses from 1983 to 1987 at Moore College of Art and Design, and then switched to PAFA, graduating in 1991. She wanted a second career in the arts. She worked from studios at home and in her gallery. Her artwork includes oil paintings in deep, rich colors. Her works are in the collections of Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Camden, and Temple Emanuel, Cherry Hill; and in corporate offices and private homes as far away as Japan. Besides her son and husband, she is survived by sons Lawrence, Robert, and Andrew; six grandchildren; and a brother. A celebration of life will be held once the coronavirus pandemic has waned. Memorial donations can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation via michaeljfox.org.
Rev. Ruth Propert Taenzer, formerly of Willingboro and Cape May, N.J., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, at Samaritan Hospice in Voorhees, N.J. She was 84. She resided at United Methodist Communities at Collingswood for the past seven years. Following an early career in elementary school education, Ruth was ordained by the United Methodist Church in 1981. Pastor Ruth served churches in East Pennsauken, Franklinville, Plainville, Cinnaminson, Delran and Millville. While deeply devoted to her own faith, Pastor Ruth was much admired for celebrating the divine spirit in all of God’s children, regardless of gender, race, religion or station in life. Indelibly, her boundless energy, her loving warmth, care and selfless devotion enhanced the lives of her dear family, her students and parishioners. She was the beloved mother of Laura Aberant (Kevin), grandmother of Elizabeth and Catherine, dear sister of William J. (Judy), Thomas P. and James E. Propert (Sue), former wife of Uri H. Taenzer (Marlena), and daughter of the late Rev. George R. and Edith S. Propert. Ruth’s family would like to thank the staff at UMC Collingswood for the compassionate care they provided during the last years of her life.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, graveside services will be held privately at Bethel Cemetery in Hurffville, N.J. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to UMC Collingswood online at www.umcommunities.org/foundation/donate or to Samaritan Hospice, www.samaritannj.org/giving/donate-now. Condolences may be shared at the funeral home’s website: lewisfuneralhomemoorestown.com.
Jennifer Ryanne “Jenn” White, 16, of Tabernacle, NJ, passed away on Friday, August 14, 2020, at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Born in Mt. Holly, NJ, Jenn resided in Tabernacle all of her life. She was a student at Seneca High School in Tabernacle, NJ, and was a member of the schools soccer, bowling and golf teams. Jenn was also a member of Seneca’s Science League. She played on a variety of Marlton travel soccer teams, most recently with the Wild Cats. Jenn worked in the bakery at Murphy’s Fresh Markets in Tabernacle, and was a parishioner at the Church of the Holy Eucharist. She is survived by her loving parents, David J. and Diane L. White (nee Gertie); her brother, Thomas E. White; her sister, Kelli S. White; her maternal grandmother, J. Patricia Gertie; her paternal grandmother, Margaret M. White; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Relatives and friends may greet the family on Friday, August 21, 2020, from 5-8PM, at the Mathis Funeral Home, 58 N. Main St., Medford, NJ. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, August 22, 2020, at 11AM, at the Church of the Holy Eucharist, 520 Medford Lakes Rd., Tabernacle, NJ.
Interment will be held privately at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Jenn White to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Checks made out to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation can be mailed to P.O. Box 781352, Philadelphia, PA 19178-1352. Please remember to write in memory of Jenn White for general research on the memo line of the check. Gifts may also be made online at http://www.chop.edu/give.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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