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George Lawrence Passes Away on June 18, 2019 PDF Print Email

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By the family

Jul. 3, 2019: George Lawrence of Vero Beach, Florida, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at the age of 81. George was born on August 9, 1937, in Bronxville to the late Christopher and George-Ann Lawrence.  

As a boy, he grew up in Bronxville, New York City, and Long Island. He spent many happy times learning to fish and hunt at the Adirondack League Club. His heritage in the Northeast was esteemed. His maternal great-grandfather, George Hubbard Clapp, who lived in Pittsburgh, was instrumental in the development of the commercial uses of aluminum. His paternal great-grandfather, William Van Duzer Lawrence, led the development of Bronxville, turning it into the affluent community that it is today and established Sarah Lawrence College in honor of his late wife.

After graduating from St. Paul’s School, he attended Columbia College. During his tenure at Columbia, he was a member of St. Anthony Hall. He left college in 1958 to enlist in the United States Army and served in Germany. His strong beliefs in the importance of a liberal arts education motivated his return to school. He graduated from Pace University in Westchester County, New York.

After his Army career, George returned to New York City and worked on Wall Street before joining the family business, Lawrence Properties in Bronxville, where he earned his position of president and chief executive officer. He was a former chairman of Sarah Lawrence College and in 1988 until his death, he served on the board of Urstadt Biddle Properties, Inc. The Lawrence family was instrumental in the development of Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla. George continued his family’s legacy with Kensico Cemetery by serving as chairman of the board from 2007 to 2013. He also served on the board of governors of Lawrence Hospital from 1979 to 1992.

George had deep love and pride for his country and became involved with The Fund for American Studies, formerly the Charles Edison Memorial Youth Foundation in Washington, D.C. He served as its president from 1971 to 1974 and continued to serve as a trustee emeritus until his death. He supported the fund’s guiding principles of limited government, free-market economics, and honorable leadership and believed strongly in educating young people with these same guiding principles.

George also served his country by working as an advance man on Richard Nixon’s 1968 presidential campaign and on Jim Buckley’s 1970 Senate campaign. He served several terms on the National Advisory Council to the Small Business Administration (SBA). After moving to Vero Beach, Florida, in 1989, he served his new community as a member of the City of Vero Beach Vision Committee and the planning and zoning commission for Indian River County. He was elected to serve on the Indian River County Hospital district board from 2001 to 2008 and was board chairman from 2002 to 2003. He was a dedicated supporter of the Indian River Memorial Hospital Foundation, now the Cleveland Clinic-Indian River Hospital Foundation. George also served on several advisory boards for senior resource association of Indian River County.

Hunting, fishing, golf, and travel were his lifelong hobbies. He was a member of sporting and golf clubs around the world. In Vero Beach, he was a member of the Riomar Country Club and the Quail Valley Club. In New York, he remained a member of the Links Club and the Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York. He was also a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts by right of descent.

While he believed deeply in honoring his heritage, he was a firm believer in supporting future generations to grow their legacy by mentoring and guiding them around his principles of hard work, devotion to God, family, and self, and sacrifice of self for family, community, and country. He was considered a mentor by many individuals and is remembered fondly for the guidance and shared experiences he imparted to them. His strong faith, integrity, honor, and valor made him admired, cherished, and loved by all who were fortunate to know him.

George is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Pud (Margaret); his sons, Chris Lawrence, Bill Lawrence, and his wife, Kristen; his stepsons, Clif Dameron and his wife, Jesse, and Derrick Dameron and his wife, Sara; five grandchildren, Olivia Dameron, Ry Dameron, Grant Dameron, Anna Lawrence, and Suzy Lawrence; and many beloved cousins.

Services were held on Friday, June 28, 2019, at 10:30 in the morning at St. Mark's Anglican Church at 1795 45th Street, Vero Beach, Florida. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to:

Senior Resource Association
694 14th Street
Vero Beach, FL 32960

The Cleveland Clinic-Indian River Foundation
1000 36th Street
Vero Beach, FL 32960

The Fund for American Studies
1706 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

 
John Felton Ashton Passes Away on June 20, 2019 PDF Print Email

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Jul. 3, 2019:  John Felton Ashton, 89, a resident of Darien, CT, died on June 20 in his home surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Ashton was born in Bronxville and for most of his adult life lived in Darien and Westport, CT. He was the son of the late Henry Rusling Ashton and Ruth Felton, residents of Bronxville for more than forty years.

Mr. Ashton attended the Harvey School in Hawthorne, NY, and in 1947 graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH. He received an AB degree in physics from Harvard College in 1951 and JD degree from Yale Law School in 1954.

Having always had an interest in business, after seven years of private law practice in New York with the firms of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Patterson, Belknap & Webb, Mr. Ashton joined Barnes Engineering Company in Stamford, CT, an infrared instrument manufacturer in the defense and space business. Over the next fifteen years, he served as assistant to the president, general counsel. and a director of Barnes, an American Stock Exchange-listed company.

For sixteen years preceding his retirement in 1999, Mr. Ashton was a managing director and later became a principal of the New York/Stamford-based investment advisory firm Stuyvesant Capital Management Corp. This satisfied a long-standing interest of Mr. Ashton’s in money management, which he acquired during a summer job on Wall Street while at law school.

Mr. Ashton was active for many years in the Rotary Club of Stamford, which he joined in 1968. Sailing, skiing, and tennis were his favorite sports. He had avid interest in amateur radio since the age of seventeen. Mr. Ashton also loved traditional Dixie Land jazz and classical music, especially pipe organ music of the J.S. Bach variety.

Mr. Ashton is survived by his wife, Blythe Bohnen, and by his four children. Sara, John, Martha. and James, from his first marriage to Jean Bunks, and by two grandsons, Timothy and Christopher.

Mr. Ashton is remembered as a role model for integrity, ethical behavior. and unwavering commitment to his family.

A private family service and interment will be held in Cornwall. CT, where the Ashtons had a weekend home for over 40 years.


 
Douglas H. Maynard Dies May 18, 2019, at Age 99 PDF Print Email
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Jun. 12, 2019:  Douglas H. Maynard of Peterborough, NH (formerly of Keene), died on Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Peterborough at the age of 99.

Douglas, the third child of Robert George and Katheryn (Stewart) Maynard, was born in Pasadena, California, on January 25, 1920. He attended the Pasadena public schools and entered Princeton University in the fall of 1937. He graduated magna cum laude in the spring of 1941 from its School of Public and International Affairs.
 
With war threatening in Europe and the Far East, Maynard entered the Navy under the new V-7 program where eligible recent college graduates could qualify for commissions in the Naval Reserve after taking a relatively short training program. He was made a midshipman in October of 1941 and received his commission in December of 1941 (early due to the attack on Pearl Harbor). He was assigned to the USS Quick, a newly commissioned destroyer, whose duty it was to escort merchant and naval convoys across the North Atlantic while also searching for German submarines. The Quick also provided in-shore support for the landings in North Africa and again seven months later to offer "called-for-fire" for the landing in Sicily.
 
After serving on the Quick, he was transferred to the USS Richard P. Leary, another new destroyer, whose first assignment was to accompany the aircraft carrier USS Franklin through the Panama Canal to the West Coast. In the South Pacific, he took part in a dozen campaigns (including invasions of the Marianas, Palau, and the Philippines) with the Third and Fifth Fleets as American forces worked to push the Japanese back to their home islands. From the Leary, Maynard went to the attack transport USS Dawson, whose duties included transporting troops and equipment. Following the surrender of Japan, the Dawson carried troops from Pearl Harbor to Sasebo, Japan, to serve in the occupation.

After the war, Douglas returned to academia and completed a master's degree in history at Occidental College and a PhD, also in history, at UCLA. He also earned a master's degree in library science from Columbia University. He continued to serve in the U.S. Naval Reserve until January 25, 1980, retiring as a commander.
 
In 1953, he was appointed to a position in the history department at Hunter College in New York City. Subsequently, he was asked to serve as a dean in several capacities before being made dean of the faculty. Ultimately appointed provost, he served in that role until his retirement in 1983.
 
He married Elizabeth List of Philadelphia in 1948. They had three children, Susan, Thomas, and William. During his time at Hunter, the family lived in Bronxville, where Betsy died in 1983. While in Bronxville, Maynard served on the boards of the Bronxville Public Library and the adult continuing education program.
 
Doug met Sally (Priscilla) Kingsbury Frechette of Keene, New Hampshire, on an alumni trip to India. They were married in January of 1986 with their combined family of nine children and their spouses and current grandchildren in attendance. Now, fully retired, Doug and Sally were able to give their full attention to their large blended family as well as their favorite interests and hobbies. These included bird watching (Doug), traveling both overseas and domestically, bridge, music (especially musicals and concerts at Apple Hill), golf and tennis, attending Chautauqua, cheering on the Red Sox, and spending time in the summer at Granite Lake, NH, and in the winter on Anna Maria Island, FL. They were also very interested in local, national, and world affairs and politics. Throughout, Doug continued in his love for Yosemite National Park, which he first visited as a boy with his family.

Predeceased by his wife Sally, his step-grandson Parker, and his brother and sister, Doug is survived by his nine children and step-children and their spouses and partners--Sue, Tom, Bill, and Janet Maynard; and Dave and CeeCee, Jim and Cindy, Jodi and Jerry Howe, Harry and Judy, Ed and Ellen, and Peter and Lee Frechette; twenty grandchildren and their spouses and partners; and seventeen (and counting) great-grandchildren.
 
The service and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Monadnock Family Services, or a charity of your choice.
 
Frank Lloyd McElroy, BHS '72, Dies May 30, 2019 PDF Print Email

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By the Family

Jun. 12, 2019:  Frank wrote several drafts of his obituary. Here is a condensed blend: “I made it. I died with my beloved Heather [Conn] holding my hand. I’m sad to leave behind my children, Ian and Madeleine, my dear brother Don and his children, Kevin and Anna, together with all the people who gave me and Heather so much support.

“Reluctant goodbyes to dearest friends Brian and Barb; the peace and majesty of Canoe Lake [in Ontario’s Algonquin Park]; the screaming thunder of Indy; my quiet friends, the stray dogs of Havana and northern Cuba; the angels of the Coast and others whose generosity and caring gave me more than a [last] year of life I could only wish for in a dream.

“I followed a circuitous trail starting in New York City (Bronxville High School, 1972); Ithaca, NY (Cornell, Psychology, BA, 1976); University City, Missouri (Washington University, JD, 1981); Marblehead, MA/Boston law practice for 38 years; then Roberts Creek/Sunshine Coast, drawn by lovely Heather Conn.

“I found solace in appointments to municipal (Marblehead and Roberts Creek) boards, committees, study groups. Organized, owned and operated two boat cruise companies with US Coast-Guard-licensed vessels: East India Cruise Company (Salem, MA) and Sun Line Cruises (Salem, MA, and Tarpon Springs, FL). Enjoyed boat repairs on electrical systems and wooden boat structures, both ordinary and US Coast-Guard approved. Maintained an 18th-century home in Marblehead’s historic district.

“Heather, wherever I am, I will treasure every moment we shared. Your limitless love sustains me, always. I have a memorial bench on the pier in Roberts Creek and a plaque [to come at Seaview Cemetery] informing my ethereal wanderings.”

Heather adds: “How can I encapsulate Frank’s brilliance, rebel spirit, astounding kindness, and open heart? A truly independent thinker, he passionately defended democracy and free speech. A fierce advocate for the underdog, he decried injustice of every stripe. Devoted to selfless service, he shared deep tolerance (except towards Trump), empathy, compassion, generosity, caring, humility, and unconditional love. I’ll miss his remarkable meals, laughter, humour, optimism, and joy in music, history, dogs, the sea, and film noir. As it says on our wedding rings, “Love, fly on.”

Deepest thanks to Dr. Wildgrube, the palliative care team, home support nurses, Shorncliffe nurses, care aides and chefs, hospice staff, and volunteers. Please donate in Frank’s name to the local food bank or Sunshine Coast Hospice Society. A celebration of life TBA later.

 
Carol S. Keenan Dies June 5, 2019, at Age 88 PDF Print Email

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Jun. 12, 2019:  Carol S. Keenan, age 88 and lifelong resident of Bronxville, died peacefully in the company of family on June 5, 2019.

Born on April 26, 1931, to the late James Schaefer and Lorraine Cooksey Schaefer, Carol led a full life that was rooted in dedication to her late husband, Graham J. Keenan Sr., and her three children and their spouses, Lesley Keenan Veile (Rick), Graham J. Keenan, Jr. (Barbara), and Craig Keenan (Emory).

Her influence was deeply felt by her grandchildren, Kristen Duncan (Jeff), Derek Veile, the late Graham J. Keenan III, Robbie Keenan, Davis Keenan, Matthew Keenan, and Jake Keenan. Carol also shared a special relationship with her great-grandson Cameron Duncan.

Carol earned a BA from Mills College in 1951, graduating in only three years with summa cum laude honors. She went on to a thirty-year career in law after graduating from Pace Law School at the age of 54 in May 1985. Carol attended Pace at night while working full-time, and her legal work focused on support of the Bronx Realty Advisory Board. She was an admired and respected colleague to those she worked with.

Carol was a longtime member of The Reformed Church of Bronxville and was an enthusiastic vocalist in its Chancel Choir for over 40 years. She took great joy in the church, the choir, and the friendships she had there. 

Throughout her life, Carol never lost her sense of optimism or her willingness to take on any challenge. She had endless curiosity and loved to travel to natural wonders across the globe – the Grand Canyon and Egypt’s Pyramids were two of her favorites.  

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Carol’s honor to The Reformed Church of Bronxville.

 

 
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