Judith “Jude” Kathleen Benson ~ Class of 1966

Judith “Jude” Benson ~ Class of 1966

Departed ~ 5/2/2018

 

Judith K. Benson 1948 ~ 2018

It is with heavy hearts we announce that our sister, Judith Kathleen Benson passed on to join our Lord on May 2, 2018, after a short illness.

Judy arrived into the world in Ft. Lewis, WA, in 1948. Born as an U.S. Army dependent, Judy lived all around the country, from Washington state, Leavenworth, KS, Long Branch, NJ, Florida and northern Virginia. In the early 1960s, upon her father’s retirement from the Army, the family moved to Djakarta, Indonesia.That tour was followed by several years in Bangkok, Tailand, where she graduated with honors from the International School Bangkok in 1966. She was inducted into the National Honor Society that same year. While in Bangkok, Judy hosted an English language easy-listening music program on a Thai FM radio station for two years.

Judy returned to the States to attend Sarah Lawrence College, graduating magna cum laude in 1970 with a degree in drama. After graduation, she spent the next few years involved with New York’s off-Broadway theater scene, acting in several productions presented at the La Mama Experimental Theatre Club. She consistently received good reviews.

In 1973, Judy relocated to Washington, D.C. where she continued to pursue her interest in the dramatic arts with the local theatre scene, performing in productions at Arena Stage. She also worked as a researcher at the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Smithsonian Institution. Other research positions included work at an FM radio station in Silver Spring.

Judy struggled with mental illness since 1973, receiving a diagnosis of schizophrenia. In 1974, she entered into a pioneering experimental treatment program at the National Institute for Mental Health in Bethesda, MD. The experimental drugs she was treated with helped establish today’s modern mental health drug protocols. Judy’s original diagnosis eventually changed into what is presently referred to as bi-polar disorder.

Judy also struggled with the social isolation that is all too common for those with chronic mental illness. She constantly sought to overcome the stigma associated with the disease. It was a long fight.

Judy relocated to the Philadelphia area, in 2010, eventually ending up in Chester, PA. She was just recently diagnosed with lung cancer which had quickly spread to other organs.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph W. and Nancy (Friel) Benson, along with a brother, Joe, and sister, Samantha. She is survived by her sister, Joanne Carr (Paul), brother John (Marynell), nieces Christine and Lucy, step-nephew Jeff DeLong and nephew Sam. Mental health affects everyone. Please send a donation in Judy’s memory to the National Alliance on Mental Illness at www.nami.org. A memorial service and reception will be scheduled at a future time and place.

Thank you, Joanne and John

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Ann Burger DeRepentigny ~ Class of 1979

Ann Burger ~ Class of 1979

Departed ~ circa 1/8/2018

Lisa Foster Soule ’79 lovingly wrote:

David,
I arrived in 1978 and I quickly became friends with Ann.

Ann passed away on January 8, 2018 from lung cancer. Her husband, Kelly DeRepentiguy died 6 months earlier (August 2017) from a sudden heart attack. She had no idea she was sick until it was too late. It’s really tragic. They left behind 2 beautiful daughters Chelsea (who had a baby girl this summer and named her Kelly Ann) and Jessie. They lived a happy life in Old Orchard Beach, Maine where they raised their daughters.

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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.

 

A Little French Village”

Made By:Antoinette LeBris (Maynard)

A Little French Village

Essay written by Antoinette LeBris (Maynard) describing her home village in France, the effects of World War II on it, and her longing to see it again.

Date:October 22, 1940

Dimensions:

10 1/2 x 8 in. (26.7 x 20.3 cm)
Classification:Prendergast
Credit Line:Williams College Museum of Art, Prendergast Archive and Study Center, Gift of Mrs. Charles Prendergast
Object number:A.1.697

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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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Dr. Robert Allen “Brains” Kearl ~ Class of 1973

Dr. Robert Allen “Brains” Kearl ~ Class of 1973

Departed 08/22/18
Dr. Robert Allen Kearl

Phoenix – Dr. Robert Allen Kearl, age 63, passed away peacefully at his home next to his loving wife Ruth, his children, and his sister Susy early on the morning of August 22, 2018 in Phoenix.

Rob was born in Madison, Wisconsin to Bryant and Ruth Kearl. Before he was 21 he had traveled and lived all over the world, including Germany, Uganda, Thailand, and Singapore. He graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978 and University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School in 1982. He was board certified in pulmonary disease, critical care medicine, sleep medicine, and internal medicine.

Rob had a mischievous sense of humor, and maintained a powerful dedication to his work without the loss of his capacity for leisure, hobbies, and time with family. He was a devoted husband, a proud father, an extremely indulgent pet owner, and a talented and caring physician. He adored his children, his dogs and cats (and occasionally reptiles), and above all his beloved wife and life’s companion Ruth. He was an avid consumer of books and news, always eager to discuss the events of the day. Even in his last days, Rob had to be learning something — re-watching the Ken Burns documentary on the Vietnam war, listening to podcasts about the civil war, and refreshing his knowledge of the Thai language.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth, his three dogs, Samantha, Scout, and Moseby, as well as his two cats, Hank and Priscilla Peabody. He is also survived by his two sisters, Susy and Kathie; his three children, Bryant, Megan, and Alex; his granddaughter Madeleine; and Ruth’s son, Sam, and her grandson Cameron. Rob was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and Bry Kearl, and by his brother, Dick Kearl.

Rob wishes to spend his days among the places he loved, and so his ashes will be spread in Arizona, Wisconsin, and Thailand at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his name to the Cancer Research Institute.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 30, 2018

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Diane Helen Papazian Longem ~ Class of 1976

Diane Papazian ~ Class of 1976

Departed ~ 5/2/2018

Papazian-Longem, Diane H.
April 5, 1958 – May 2, 2018
Diane H. Papazian-Longem (60) left us the same way she loved living: surrounded by loved ones in her home. In 1958, a free-spirit came to the world in Takoma Park, Maryland. Her story takes us from her early childhood in pre-war Saigon, over to a colorful journey through adulthood in Bangkok, eventually to a life that split her with time between her family in Florida and Norway. Diane attended the International School of Bangkok, Thailand and graduated from Boston University with a degree in Special Education. She applied her skills to work with children with special needs and with the family-led charity Community Services of Bangkok. Diane perfected the art of fine living as she loved traveling well, and discovering great design. Her generosity knew no bounds and she shared everything with those around her. She despised rude people, anything purple and not using coasters. She married the love of her life Svend F. Longem (of Norway) who sadly predeceased her. Svend had two sons, Jørgen M. Longem and Andreas M. Longem, who became Diane’s beloved sons. She had a truly international life with travel between Asia, Norway and the United States. After her husband’s passing, she moved to Sarasota to be united with her sister Annette Z. P. Ross, brother-in-law Dr. Ira E. Ross, nephew Daniel A. Ross, and niece Madeline A. Ross. Soon to follow to Sarasota were her beloved mother Helen M. Papazian, dearest brother Robert B. Papazian and his wife Mayda Papazian. Diane enjoyed her life in Sarasota entertaining family and friends visiting from near and far. The family jokingly held her single-handedly responsible for our booming local economy. She worked part time in her sister Annette’s law practice, where clients enjoyed tales of her foreign adventures. Diane will be missed and lovingly remembered by her many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends around the world. She especially felt overcome with joy at the arrival of her two grandchildren, Lily Elise Longem and Svend Paul Longem. Services will be private at her request. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions in Diane’s memory can be made to Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota, 340 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota Fl 34237 and/or Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34238.

 

Ruth Diane Lown ~ Class of 1973

Ruthy Lown ~ Class of 1973

Departed ~ 8/14/2018

Ruth Diane Lown of San Antonio, Texas, passed away on August 14. Ruth was pre-deceased by her brother David Lown, and by her parents Russell Lown and Lois Horrell Lown. Ruth is survived by her close cousins Barbara Salter Davis (Howard), Julie Salter Gronich (Joseph), and Lawrence Salter (Lois) along with numerous other cousins and dear friends. Ruth went to the International School in Bangkok Thailand, earned her B.A. from Vanderbilt University, and received her J.D. from the University of Texas. She was a prosecutor with the office of Dallas DA, Henry Wade, and then practiced law in San Antonio for more than 30 years, most of which was with Walter C. Wolff, Jr. Ruth was a passionate supporter of live theater and was honored by the San Antonio Theater Coalition. She was a tireless worker for Democratic candidates, and was a founding member of Northwest Democrats of Bexar County. Ruth was a long-time member of SA 100 and a member of the River City Business and Professional Women’s Club. Ruth will be remembered for her generous spirit, tenacity, and her strong and loving commitment to family and friends. Funeral services will be graveside at Agudas Achim Memorial Gardens, 1727 Austin Hwy. 78218. Sunday, August 19, 1:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to honor Ruth’s memory to www. Agudas-Achim.org or a charity of your choice.

Sally Kerr Pfingsten ~ Class of 1966

Sally Kerr ~ Class of 1966

Departed ~ 4/20/2018

Emily Frick Writes: Sorry to inform everyone of another ISB alumni death. Sally Kerr (’65) Pfingsten passed away April 20th. Her husband, Charlie, died late in 2016. They will both be missed at this next reunion. I don’t have any more information at this time. Obituary Sally (Kerr) Pfingsten 70, of Lubbock died April 20, 2018. COMBEST FAMILY FUNERAL HOMES Funeral Home Combest Family Funeral Homes 2210 Broadway Lubbock, TX 79401 (806) 749-4483 Funeral Home Details Send Flowers Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Apr. 29 to Apr. 30, 2018

Roger Dane Wilkes ~ Class of 1972

Roger Wilkes ~ Class of 1972

Departed ~ 2/19/2018

Dear ISB alumni, it is with heartfelt regret that I have to report that Roger Dane Wilks, my husband and fellow classmate of the 1972 graduation class passed away on February 19, 2018 (President’s Day) after battling cardio amyloidosis for over 5 years. The shining star of his existence is recognized by our family, friends and acquaintances.

We are planning a memorial in early summer, 2018 in the DC, MD area to spread his ashes over his favorite fishing spots as per his request. I will post the date/time/location of the celebration of his remarkable life.

I just arrived at out new home in Washington after hearing many Jimmy Buffett, Beatles, Elton John, etc. songs. I know you will miss him tremendously, but please smile at one or more of his memorable humorous remembrances. He would love that. Please upload pictures and other memorabilia of the one-and-only Roger Dane Wilks. I will try to include them in our tribute to our recognition of his brief but meaningful life.

Sincerely,

Dr. Brenda L Wilks
Wife/Widow/Lover of his spirit

Hubert Minguet ~ F-Faculty

Hubert Minguet ~ F-Faculty

Departed 9/22/2018

Sadly Mr. Minguet passed away on September 22.  If you’re in Bangkok, his funeral service will be at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church 7 pm (1900) until Friday, Mass on Saturday, 9 am (0900) reported unknown