John Richard Beach ~ Class of 1969

John Beach ~ Class of 1969

Departed ~ 5/22/2020

 

 

Obituary for Mr. John Richard Beach

John Richard Beach, 68, of Columbus passed from this life on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 3:54 a.m. at Columbus Regional Hospital.
John was born on May 26, 1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the son of Robert Kimber Beach, Sr. and Edna Grace Heiser Beach. In 1984 he married Phyllis A. Stahl.

John lived in Pennsylvania until 1967 when his family moved to Thailand; he enrolled at the International School of Bangkok. He was then able to spend a summer in Japan with missionary relatives. John graduated in 1969 from ISB and took a long return to the United States with family by way of Greece, Geneva, Frankfurt, Berlin, Zurich, Cologne, Amsterdam, and London. He attended one semester at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, before enrolling in journalism at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Michigan. At Kellogg, he was named managing editor and later editor of the school’s newspaper. John then transferred to Michigan State University from where he graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism. While there, he was a DJ at a local radio station and hosted his own show. In 1974, John enlisted in the US Army and was sent to Fort Knox, Kentucky for basic training. His assignment was to Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana for Advanced Training in Radio/TV and Journalism. He became the editor of the Harrison Post newspaper and served on the Military Honor Guard; he was honorably discharged. John then worked for Representative Dave Evans on the Hill in Washington, D.C. In 1978, John moved to Columbus, Indiana to work for The Republic, first as a police reporter and then as a copy editor. In 1983, John went to work for the Army Times in Washington, D.C. as a news editor. In 1984 John married Phyllis A. Stahl. John and Phyllis moved back to Columbus in 1988 and purchased Carrico Furniture from Phyllis’s father, Ray Stahl. They owned and operated this business until 2007. John retired, but continued freelance editing.

John was a member of the American Legion and attended St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Columbus. His interests included, but were not limited to, history – especially government, war strategies, and the Civil War; collections of coins, albums and other memorabilia; reading, photography, music, the Outer Banks of NC, rum & coke, and dark beers. John brought levity to most any occasion, and enjoyed telling jokes and witticisms to keep friends and family laughing or groaning. John was deeply devoted to God, USA, and family – especially his sons.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Stahl of Columbus; sons, Benjamin Beach and Joe Beach, both at home; and siblings, Robert (Debra) Beach Jr., David (Kimberly) Beach, Mark (Naomi) Beach, Deborah (Frank) Angilletta, Charles “Chip” (Laura) Beach, and Grace (Kent) Kelly.

John was preceded in death by his parents.
In keeping with John’s wishes cremation will take place and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Services were entrusted to Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may given in memory of John to Samaritan’s Purse or charity of donor’s own choosing, in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences and special memories may be shared with the Beach family at barkesweaverglick.com.

John Phillip Bankhead ~ Class of 1973

John Bankhead ~ Class of 1973

Departed ~ 5/18/2020

 

 

 

Barbara Johnson ’73 writes:

5/18/2020

I just got off the phone with John’s daughter about an hour ago. Her sister came home this afternoon and found him in the backyard. Cause of death not known at this time. Deepest sympathies goes out to his two daughters, 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, as well as his brothers, sisters and mother. It is a shock to everyone. John attended most of the class reunions and was looking forward to the reunion in Arizona. Will keep the network up to date as I hear from the family. 

Jeffrey Jeff “Jesper” Thomsen ~ Class of 1979

Jeff “Jesper” Thomsen ~ Class of 1979

Departed ~ 4/22/2015 ~ Heart Failure

 

 

 

Post By Pete Crittenden:

Jeff Thomsen was a friend of mine – we knew him as “Jesper” back in the old ISB days. Sadly, I just learned that Jeff died today in his beloved Bangkok; heart attack, they could not revive him. If I had known he was still in Bangkok all this time, I would have linked up with him during my time as a military advisor in the Kingdom, 1988-92. When the Facebook thing emerged, we got re-acquainted. I was hoping to meet up with him back in Bangkok one of these years . . . now it will have to wait for the Final Linkup in that big Blues Bar in the Sky . . . Farewell for now Old Friend . .

 

Email By Eric Dohlon, ISB class of ’79

I just had a look at the list of friends no longer with us.

I still live and work in Thailand. I work in the insurance business, I am the manager of Bangkok Insurance Brokers Company. After ISB, our family moved to Pattaya and I became a scuba diving instructor. In 1987, I moved to Phuket and have lived here ever since. I couldn’t speak Thai very well while I was at ISB, but now I speak perfectly and read and write. I also help out occasionally as a court translator in the Phuket court-house.

Unlike many students of ISB, Jesper and I are both grew up in Thailand and we were friends long before our teenage years. After ISB, I didn’t stay in touch with Jesper (because I moved to Phuket)……or any other school buddies for that matter! One year I attended the American 4th of July celebrations in Bangkok. The event was held at the Thai Tobacco Monopoly grounds. (I am not sure but I think it was around 2000) I was walking across the field in front of the stage. Jesper was on the stage checking the equipment and he saw me. I didn’t know it was Jesper on stage because I hadn’t seen him in many years. Jesper barked into the microphone “Hey you!”…..once again, “Hey you, walking away from me!” Only then did I realize he might be talking about me. I was walking away with my back to the stage. Jesper said louder….”Hey, is that Eric???” Then I turner around and realized Jesper was trying to get my attention. We had a long talk after that. It was nice to reminisce on old times. I felt sorry for him because he told me that it was tough, working as a single father in Bangkok.

I remember one more incident that happened during our school days. Jesper and I used to ride the regular bus home along Sukhumvit Road after school. One day he happened to be riding a bus that was pulling up alongside the bus I was on. I was sitting on the right side of my bus and saw him hanging on the rear entrance steps. I yelled out a greeting in Thai. He yelled a Thai swear-word back. The buses were traveling at close-to-the-same-speed so we were able to exchange many threatening sentences in Thai. The other bus passengers thought we were going to jump off and fight each other. It was funny looking at all the worried faces wondering if they were going to see two farangs have an altercation in the middle of Sukhumvit Road. To this day, I never knew why we started that impromptu performance.

As a fellow classmate of Jesper, I would love it if you are able to add a few more details to his page. It would be nice if a few more friends could share some of their “moments” with Jesper so we can all have a better memory of him. I leave it up to your discretion to add this or edit parts of what I wrote.

Sincerely,

Eric Dohlon, ISB class of ’79

 

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Robert Allan Goodbary ~ Class of 1960

Allan Goodbary

Departed ~ 9/26/2016

On the evening of September 26, 2016, Robert Allan Goodbary passed away after a 4 ½ year battle with cancer; while being surrounded by his loving family and friends. Robert Allan was 73 years old. Born in 1942 in Iola Kansas to Allan and Dorris Goodbary, Robert Allan was able to see much of the world with his family before graduating high school in Bangkok, Thailand. He later graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Auditing and was commissioned through the Army ROTC Program as a Second Lieutenant in Infantry. Robert Allan met his wife Shirley at Oklahoma State where they started their adventure together. They traveled throughout the world where they raised two sons and moved some 38 times during their 31 year military career. In their 54 year marriage, they have been blessed to serve the country and meet so many wonderful friends. Prior to and during his military career, Major General Goodbary attained a Masters degree in Management from Central Michigan University. His military education included the Infantry School’s Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, and the National War College. Major General Goodbary traveled the world and his assignments included: Company D, 5th Battalion, 1st Basic Combat Training Brigade, Ft Jackson, South Carolina, Troop C, 3d Squadron, 17th Air Cavalry, 164th Combat Aviation Group in Vietnam; 19th Aviation Battalion (Combat), Eighth US Army, Korea; Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Ft Hood, Texas; Assistant Division Commander- Support and Community Commander, 3d Infantry Division, Germany; and Commanding General, Task Force Victory (Forward), Kuwait. His decorations and awards include: Defensive Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medals, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Infantryman Badge, parachutist Badge, Senior Army Aviator Badge, Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge and army General Staff Identification Badge. After 31 years of active commissioned service in the United States Army, MG Goodbary joined Oklahoma State University. General Goodbary held multiple positions prior to becoming the OSU System Chief of Staff where he served as the CEO/Presidents liaison with the Executive Team, working closely with OSU System Presidents, Provost, Vice Presidents, and other OSU administration. Through appointment by former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, he also served on the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma City National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism. As well as being a devoted husband and father, General Goodbary was an avid photographer. His photographs have left a permanent image in all of our lives. He loved to play golf, watch his children and grandchildren play sports, and oh how he loved great food and adventures with friends. His loyalty as a husband, an OSU Cowboy, and friend has served as an example for all to emulate. General Goodbary was preceded in death by his parents, Alan and Dorris, and his sister Rhonda Simpson. He is survived by his devoted wife Shirley, his sons David and Michael, his daughter in-laws Lori and Tanya, his grandchildren Kelsey and spouse Scott, Mollie, Mitchell, Luke, Griffen, and Cooper, his sisters Joan, Marilyn, Amelia, and Alice, and a host of friends he has touched so deeply. A celebration of life will be held at the Matthews Funeral Home, 601 S. Kelly, Edmond, Oklahoma at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 29th, 2016 with Rev Leah R Hrachovec officiating. Viewing will begin at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be held at Fort Sill National Cemetery, 2648 NE Jake Dunn Road, Elgin, Oklahoma, 73538 on Friday, September 30th, 2016 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Oklahoma State Foundation are appreciated. OSUgiving.com (in memory of MG Robert A Goodbary) or make checks payable to OSU Foundation, in memory of MG Robert A Goodbary, PO Box 1749, Stillwater, OK 74076-1749.

Michael “Mike” Pearson ~ F-Faculty

Mike Pearson ~ F-Faculty

Departed ~ circa 4/8/2020

 

 

Posted by Harold Albert:

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of former ISB science teacher Michael Pearson. Mike, who taught at ISB from 1988-1991, was a wonderful teacher who was perhaps best known as one of the finalists in the U.S. Teacher in Space program. He later moved to other international schools including the International School of Kuala Lumpur, American School in Japan, and IS Beijing. More recently he served as a national spokesperson for Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease research and treatment advocacy. May he rest in peace.

Antoinette LeBris Maynard ~ F-Faculty

Antoinette Maynard ~ F-Faculty 1968 – 1969

Departed ~ 12/15/2018

Antoinette LeBris Maynard

September 9, 1923-December 15, 2018

Antoinette Françoise LeBris was born in Paris, France on September 9, 1923 to René and Lucie LeBris, who owned and operated a small hotel with café on the ground floor and room upstairs. Her sister Nicole was 18 months older. Unfortunately, due to complications from nerve gas exposure in World War I, René passed away in 1925. The young girls were sent to live with Lucie’s parents on a farm in Liernolles, France. Lucie arranged for Antoinette to be looked after by a “nurse” who also assisted the local Catholic priest and was a town scribe reading and writing letters for villagers.

On a vacation in Normandy, Lucie had met a woman, named Eugenie, who had learned English from British soldiers in WWI. She offered Eugenie a job at the hotel as a housekeeper and translator, which proved providential. After the American Impressionist Maurice Prendergast’s death in 1924, his brother Charles and friends came to stay at Lucie’s hotel on a memory tour of the places in Europe that Maurice had painted. Eugenie drove them around and Charles became quite smitten, but she refused to return to America with him. After corresponding with each other, Eugenie finally agreed and became Eugenie Prendergast living in Westport, CT.

When Antoinette was 12, she and Nicole went to Paris to live with their mother. Antoinette had been practicing her English by writing letters to the Prendergasts. After the death of a close friend and fellow artist who had a heart attack and died when Charles told him a joke, Charles became very melancholy. Antoinette’s letters and their cute mistakes made him laugh again, so they invited her to come visit for a summer. But she still had one year of school and her Baccalaureate to pass. Lucie said if they invited her again after finishing her school, she could go to America. Thus, in 1939, 15 year old Antoinette boarded a ship bound for New York to see the World’s Fair.

1939 was a big year in Europe with the start of the Second World War and Antoinette’s ship was sunk in Marseilles stranding her in the US. The Prendergasts took responsibility for her, helped her get winter clothes from their friends in New York’s Garment District, and got her into a private school to learn fluent English and finish her education American style. It was there that she met her best friend for life, Carol Ann Crotty, who had learned French in Switzerland while being treated for tuberculosis of the bones.

During the war, there were many people who stepped up to help stranded Europeans in America. After graduating from high school, Antoinette received a full scholarship to Sweet Briar College in Virginia. When she graduated from Sweet Briar, she was offered a job in the Pentagon working with maps and military movements. There she met a Naval Officer named Paul John Maynard.

Paul and Antoinette were married in 1945 and in 1948 their first daughter, Elizabeth (Libby) was born. Lucie had come to live with the young family in 1952. In 1954 daughter Carol was born. The family moved from Morrison Street in NW Washington to Western Avenue two blocks from Connecticut Avenue and the Chevy Chase Circle. About that time, with Lucie taking care of the girls, Antoinette started working at the Library of Congress as a descriptive cataloger in the Romance languages. She loved working with people from many countries and diverse cuisines as one of her passions was cooking. She led the Library Cooking Club for many years.

In 1960, Paul joined the US Agency for International Development as a Program Officer. His first assignment was Vientiane, Laos. So, the family packed up and rented the house. Paul went ahead first with the rest to follow. Unfortunately, the day he arrived in Bangkok, Thailand, the three Lao Princes decided to have a civil war, so he couldn’t make it to his post. The family also couldn’t join him, so they made the best of living in the house with minimal furniture, etc., for a year. Finally in 1961, the State Department allowed them to travel to Bangkok. On the way, they stopped in Paris, Rome, Athens, Cairo, and Colombo, Sri Lanka.

After a year in Bangkok, the family was finally allowed to go to Vientiane. Meanwhile, at 40 years old, Antoinette became pregnant with her son, Philip. Paul insisted that they had to go back to the States for Philip to be born, in case he wanted to be President. The family spent 1963-64 in Washington, while Paul returned to Bangkok to start the Southeast Asian office of ARPA (Advanced Research Projects Agency) before the Vietnam war.

Reunited once again in Bangkok, the family stayed there until 1969. Antoinette taught French and History at the International School of Bangkok, and later at the American School of Vientiane. As the Vietnam war wound down, Paul transferred back to USAID and was stationed in Laos again. After Paul retired in 1977, the family lived in Bangkok for a year before returning to Washington.

Antoinette was welcomed back to the Library of Congress.. In the intervening time, computers had become common and in order to do her job, she had to master the Library’s system, which she conquered! She loved working at the Library of Congress and all the wonderful friends she had there. Her goal was to retire at 80 years old.

Unfortunately, Paul suffered a stroke in 2000 and the three children decided it would be best to move Paul and Antoinette close to Carol near Erie, PA. Paul died in 2003 from Alzheimer’s disease. For the first time in her life, Antoinette lived alone in her house, even though it was 100 yards from Carol’s house, she was unhappy alone. She found a wonderful independent living facility on Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase, MD where she had many friends.

She stayed for several years, until it was determined that her memory was degrading and she moved to a nursing facility near Philip in McLean, VA. Carol moved to Asheville, NC in 2012 and found a facility with a special memory care unit where Antoinette was content living in her happy memories until she passed December 15, 2018 with Philip by her side.

Antoinette will be remembered as a charming and gracious person. She cared deeply for her family and worked hard to provide the best life for them, and in turn, was proud of their accomplishments. She especially loved her grandchildren and delighted in them.

Antoinette was preceded in death by Ren­é and Lucie LeBris, Paul Maynard, sister Nicole and brother-in-law Stanilas de Gozdawa Godlewski. She is survived by daughters Libby and Carol, son Philip, grandchildren Kayleigh Ross, Alyssa Maynard, Claire (Chris) Barber-Stetson, and Nick (Ridhi) Barber, and great granddaughter Zoë Stetson
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Antoinette’s ashes will be inurned with Paul’s at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date and a memorial ceremony will be held in Washington, DC.

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Randal Emory “Randy” Kalbfleisch ~ Class of 1978

Randy Kalbfleisch ~ Class of 1978

Departed ~ 1/30/2020

Obituary:

On Thursday, January 30, 2020, Randal Emory Kalbfleisch, of Harrisburg, loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 59. Randy was born on April 18, 1960, on Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, to Darrel and Noreen (Eastman). Randy enjoyed singing, traveling, spending time outdoors, and being with his family. He also loved following extreme weather. He was known for his gentle spirit and love for the Lord. Randy is preceded in death by his mother, and survived by his wife Regina (Fritz), and two children, Kaleb of Mt. Laurel, NJ, and Emily, his father, three brothers, Keith and Cristina of Kissimmee, FL, Leon and Esther of Arcata, CA, Monte of Las Vegas, NV, and sister Julie of Arcata, CA. He is also survived by a nephew and niece. A viewing will be held at Neill Funeral Home at 3501 Derry St., Harrisburg, PA 17111,on Friday, February 7, 2020, from 6-8 pm. Another viewing will be at 10 am on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at Slate Hill Mennonite Church 1352 Slate Hill Rd., Camp Hill, PA 17011. A funeral service will begin around 11 am with burial to follow on the church grounds. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to First Alliance Church at 403 S. Progress Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17109.

Leon Kalbfleisch wrote:
With sadness, I’m writing to notify you that my younger brother Randy Kalbfleisch, also an ISB alumnus, passed away earlier this year. He was class of 1978. Please add this information to your much-appreciated ISBeings.org site.
Randy never made it to a reunion, but was always very interested and often expressed his desire to go to one sometime. I believe he kept in occasional touch with one or more of his classmates.
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Herman Schon ~ F-Faculty

Herman Schon ~ F-Faculty ~ 1964 – 1984

Departed 2/18/1984

Robbed and murdered en route to Chiang Mai.

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Venkata Rao Vedurumudi ~ Class of 1990

Venkata  Rao Vedurumudi ~ Class of 1990

Departed 2/5/1985

Rama Rao, Venkata Rao’s older brother wrote: Venkata Rao was in the 6th grade, when he passed from spinal cancer (Astrocytoma). He was  born 2/22/1972 and was twelve when he passed away on 02/05/85.  Mr.Sailer, his homeroom teacher, did a memoriam in his honor, and the school planted a tree in front of the gym at the old high school. This was the day the music died for my family.

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Nancy E. Hope ~ Class of 1973

Nancy Hope ~ Class of 1973

Departed ~ 1/6/2018

Obituary of Nancy E. Hope

Nancy E. Hope, 63, passed away November 6, 2018.  Funeral Services celebrating her life will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday December 1, 2018 at St. Matthews Episcopal Church of Kernersville, North Carolina officiated by Rev. Frances Cox.

Nancy was born February 18, 1955 to the late Leon M. Hope and Joan Riley Hope in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.   Nancy was the second of six children of a career U.S. Army Officer.  She grew up in Virginia, Georgia, Massachusetts, Okinawa, Japan, North Carolina and Bangkok, Thailand before her family settled in North Carolina.  Nancy graduated from East Forsyth High School in 1973.  She received a B.A. in Political Science in 1977 from Western Carolina University and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from UNC-G.   She joined the U.S. Navy and served in Diego Garcia, London, Germany, and California.  After leaving the Navy she taught Information and Computer Technology at Heald Technical College and Institute in San Francisco, California.  Nancy returned to North Carolina in 2006 to be closer to family and took a position as Information Technology (IT) Specialist at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU).

Nancy’s passions were family, animals, friends, reading, and music, especially The Beatles.  She was very close to her mother and father and provided critical care and companionship in the last years of their lives. Nancy had a special place in her heart for her numerous nephews and nieces. She loved going to the Outer Banks to spend time watching them grow into adulthood. She cherished her family and friends.  She taught her cousin to drive, schooled her brother in everything about The Beatles, played Angry Birds with her nephews, and exchanged in spirited discussions about books and politics with friends.  She was especially close to her friends and colleagues at WSSU. She loved working in the IT field at the school and sharing her knowledge. She dearly loved her dogs and treasured her time with her family and friends.

In addition to her parents Nancy was preceded in death by a beloved niece, Briana Hope Bugg.

Survivors include, a sister, Tracy Bugg and Glenn of South Hill, Virginia; brothers, Bruce Hope of Kernersville, North Carolina, Tim Hope and Cyndi of Fairfax, Virginia, Jeff Hope and Allison of Winterville, North Carolina, and Chris Hope and Susan of Stafford, Virginia; nieces, Katie Robins, Molly Hope, Colleen Hope, and Meghann Bugg; nephews, Sean Bugg, Riley Hope, Andrew Hope, Bryce Hope, and Scott Hope, and many extended family and friends.

The Family will visit with friends 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Friday November 30 at Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Services Chapel.

In Lieu Of Flowers, please donate money to cancer research at the American Cancer Society at https://donate3.cancer.org/

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