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Milestones May 2013

CayardLeonora Balla Cayard, 88, on December 14, 2012, in Cranberry Township, Pa. Leonora was born on September 15, 1924, in Muenster, Germany, to Gertrud Hecht and Emil Balla, and grew up in Marburg, Germany, where her father was professor of Hebrew Language and Old Testament literature at Marburg University. She was eight years old when Hitler came to power and 14 when World War II started in Germany. Her parents were known opponents of the Nazi regime, and her mother’s father was of Jewish descent. Only the hand of God and a friendly administrator at the university protected them. During the war, Marburg was the occasional target of Allied bombing raids, and the family took refuge in an air‐raid shelter under their home, joined by their neighbors, including a family with three little boys who screamed frantically as they were carried through the night to the shelter. Seeing the suffering that war brought to these children, Leonora promised herself that she would devote her life to working for peace. She studied foreign languages and music, especially violin, at Marburg University, joining the Marburg Symphony Orchestra. In 1949, a fellowship at Yale University allowed her to combine her interests in languages and music, and she found a religious home with New Haven (Conn.) Meeting. After a year at Yale, she taught German at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She met Wallace Cayard, who had also become a Quaker a year before, at a peace training workshop sponsored by the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and after six weeks they were engaged. They married in Germany in 1952. After their return to the United States, Leonora continued teaching and performing while Wallace was in graduate school. They moved in 1956 to West Liberty, W. Va., and Leonora kept busy at home with four children born in five years. In 1959, they moved to Wheeling, W. Va., and became members of Pittsburgh (Pa.) Meeting. Her gentle and steady presence served the meeting on many committees and with the children in First‐day school. For both Pittsburgh Meeting and Lake Erie Yearly Meeting, she established archival procedures for the records and yearbooks kept at Swarthmore College’s Friends Historical Library. When the children began school, Leonora returned to teaching German, first part‐time at West Liberty University, then full‐time at Bethany College. She developed the foreign language department at Bethany and soon became its head, continuing to play violin in the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. Leonora was active in a peace group called Clergy and Laity Concerned and wrote to and visited with members of Congress to promote peace. She and Wallace also took part in several marches against the Vietnam War. After she retired in 1986, Leonora and Wallace spent most of their time working for peace. In 1989, they moved to Sherwood Oaks, a retirement community north of Pittsburgh, where Leonora continued to perform and teach music. She leaves a remarkable legacy of devotion to her family and dedication to making the world a more peaceful place for all children. Leonora’s husband Wallace Cayard predeceased her. She leaves behind four children, Lisa Cayard (Mark Roberts), Steve Cayard (Angela DeRosa), Cathy Habschmidt (Larry), and Susan Cayard; two nieces, Cornelia Balla and Ursula Balla; six grandchildren; and three great‐grandchildren.

 

LongstrethFrank Longstreth, 62, on November 18, 2012, in the United Kingdom, following an irreversible stroke. Stretch, as he was sometimes called, was born on January 6, 1950, in Akron, Ohio, and was a member of Haverford (Pa.) Meeting. He attended Harvard University in 1972, but finding the political and cultural environment of Britain and the London School of Economics (LSE) inviting during the Vietnam War years, he took an undergraduate year at LSE in 1973 and began a doctoral investigation of the role and influence of the City of London on British economic policymaking, resulting in publications that have been widely cited. He then undertook a brief stint as a temporary lecturer at University of Birmingham, followed by a permanent position at University of Bath beginning in 1979. As part of professor Stephen Cotgrove’s team of economic sociologists, he dissected Thatcherism’s break with trade union corporatism in From Corporatism to Dualism? Thatcherism and the Climacteric of British Trade Unions in the 1980s. With other international scholars, he helped develop historical institutionalism as an approach to political economy. This group’s seminal book, Structuring Politics: Historical Institutionalism in Comparative Analysis (1992), identified national institutions as important variables in political and economic development and divergence. Mental health problems dogged Frank from the 1990s onwards, and he was unable to contribute as much to these intellectual currents as he had done earlier. Nevertheless, he made recent contributions, including a prescient 2007 talk at China’s Shandong University on the role of capital in European integration, and until the stroke that led to his death, he remained an inspiring and nurturing teacher. He was a pioneer analyst in the comparative history of national economies, a thoughtful and nurturing teacher to generations of undergraduate and graduate students, and a long‐serving governor on local schools around Bath. Students and colleagues alike enjoyed his encyclopedic and versatile knowledge of many social science fields, as well as modern jazz, and he maintained a personal touch in his teaching that became increasingly rare as universities became more bureaucratic. Frank is survived by his ex‐wife, Judith Longstreth; their two children; his present wife, the novelist and academic Maureen Freely; their two children; and two stepchildren.

 

MottJeremy Hardin Mott, 66, on September 2, 2012, in Roanoke, Va., of an intestinal hemorrhage. Jeremy was born on December 3, 1945, in New York City, to Kathryn Hardin and John Colman Mott, and grew up in Ridgewood, N.J., and Rochester, N.Y. When he was a baby, his parents joined Ridgewood Meeting as convinced Friends and added him to membership. From early childhood Jeremy was fascinated with trains. At 8, after the station master in New York City interviewed him, he was allowed to take the train by himself to visit grandparents in Florida, and as a teenager he once rode the entire New York subway system on one token. Summer sessions at Farm and Wilderness Camps in Vermont and three years at Sandy Spring Friends School, Md., from which he graduated in 1963, shaped his Quaker experience. He attended Harvard University for two years and worked for a year for the Erie Railroad. When drafted, he worked with the Brethren Volunteer Service in Chicago, but he resigned from alternative service and burned his draft card in Central Park during the 1966 Mobilization Against the War, writing in his letter to Selective Service that he wanted “to resist our warring government, including the Selective Service System, rather than to seek special privileges from it.” With others, he formed the Chicago Area Draft Resisters, CADRE. He was arrested, tried, and sentenced to prison for five years (reduced on appeal to four). After he was released on parole in 1969, he worked for about three years for the Midwest Committee for Draft Counseling and published a newsletter for 5,000 draft counselors nationwide. Jeremy met Judith Franks at New York Yearly Meeting in 1969, and they married in 1970 under the care of Summit (N.J.) Meeting and settled in Chicago, where he was a member of 57th Street Meeting. During this period he and Judy lived below taxable income to avoid supporting the military. He earned a bachelor’s from University of Illinois at Chicago in 1975, and in 1976 the family moved to New Jersey, where he worked for Amtrak as a dispatcher. They lived in Hoboken, Ridgewood, and Hackensack. He rejoined Ridgewood Meeting, was active in New York Yearly Meeting, and served on committees for what is now the Center on Conscience and War in Washington, D.C., and for the Farm and Wilderness Camps in Vermont. Jeremy was knowledgeable about many subjects and passionate about sharing his interests. His daughter notes that she could happily listen to him talk for hours about history, geography, transportation, and music. He was a one‐man Quaker information center, a constant reader of the Quaker press with contacts in every corner of the Quaker world. Before he adopted email, he would send letters to the editor on a series of post cards, writing first on one card and continuing with as many as it took to finish. Later he contributed comments to blogs and online discussions. In the 1990s, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and developed blood clots and Parkinson’s, but in spite of several hospitalizations, he continued to work until 2000. Jeremy and Judy moved to Roanoke in 2009 and began attending Roanoke Meeting. Jeremy is survived by his wife, Judith Franks Mott; his daughter, Mary Hannah Mott (Jacob Wise); his mother, Kathryn Hardin Mott; three sisters, Margaret Mott, Jessica Mott, and Bethany Mott, and their families. Friends who wish to make a contribution in memory of Jeremy may want to consider one of these organizations that were especially important to him: Bolivian Quaker Education Fund (www​.bqef​.org); African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Teams (www​.aglifpt​.org); Friends Boys School, Belize of the Friends United Meeting Global Ministries (www​.fum​.org/​w​o​r​l​d​m​i​s​s​i​o​n​s​/​b​e​l​i​z​e​.​htm); Quaker House of Fayetteville, N.C. (www​.quakerhouse​.org); and Center on Conscience and War (www​.centeronconscience​.org).

 

PhelanCeal Phelan (Cecilia P. DeLaurier), 63, on February 5, 2013, in Malvern, Pa. Ceal was born on July 22, 1949, in Detroit, Mich., to Elizabeth Sloan and William Phelan. Growing up in Royal Oak, Mich., Ceal attended Shrine of the Little Flower Elementary and High School where she was (as she put it) “the token ugly cheerleader,” although contemporary photos belie her description. She and her mother loved horses, and her bedroom was filled with ribbons and trophies from show jumping. After attending University of Michigan on scholarship and graduating in 1971 magna cum laude with a bachelor’s in English, she moved to Kansas City, Mo., to study and to work with the Missouri Repertory Theatre (now Kansas City Repertory Theatre). There she met Peter DeLaurier, and they played the romantic leads in George Farquhar’s The Beaux Stratagem, fell in love, and married that May. They had written their own vows, but Ceal had just played Juliet and had recently played in Brecht’s Mother Courage, and there being too many lines by then in her head, she began to improvise. Peter, open mouthed, gamely followed along. She earned a master’s degree from Illinois State University in 1973, and she and Peter moved to New York in 1974. She worked as a proofreader and managing editor for several books and did productions off‐ and off‐off Broadway. In the spring of 1978, they moved to Wilmington, Del., and founded the Delaware Theater Company. She and Peter also began to work with People’s Light & Theatre Company in Malvern, Pa. Ceal started long‐distance running and became a nationally ranked runner, setting the Delaware state record for a woman marathoner. In addition to performing she taught acting and worked as a sous chef at a macrobiotic café attached to their local food co‐op. After freelancing for a year in New York, they lived for a few years in Jackson, Miss. A Democratic Party activist, Ceal had registered voters in Harlem in 1984, and she was chased out of a Jackson parking lot by a rent‐a‐cop with a pistol in 1989. The couple moved to Newark, Del., to teach acting at University of Delaware, and with Drury Pifer founded FirstStage. Ceal was active at People’s Light as an actress, director, and teacher, receiving Barrymore Award nominations for her work and starting the Adult Ensemble in the Theatre School. She also taught at Philly New Playwrights, Temple University, Arcadia University, and West Chester University, and she directed and acted for the Lantern Theater. Ceal and Peter adopted Jacques Bansi DeLaurier (named for Peter’s father) who arrived from India in 1989. Ceal was a member of Willistown Meeting in Newtown Square, Pa., and she taught in First‐day school, clerked the peace and social action committee, and served on the care and counsel committee. In 1993 Ceal and Peter sponsored 17‐year‐old Nok Phrompeng to come to America through the AMLEG program for the orderly repatriation of Amerasian children, and became her legal guardians. Ceal was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in 2002 and given six months to live. Her tenacity and her ability to attract the best minds and hearts to her cause kept her living, working, teaching, organic gardening, agitating, serving, changing lives, and making the world a better place for ten more years. Just out of the hospital in December and propped up on pillows and boxes, she inspired her students and assessed their scenes. Her friend and colleague at People’s Light, David Bradley, wrote an article online at www​.philly​.com/​p​h​i​l​l​y​/​o​p​i​n​i​o​n​/​1​9​1​3​3​2​8​8​1​.​h​tml in which he said, “Ceal believed theatre belonged in the heart of a community, that telling stories of mothers and queens and even fantastical creatures, and teaching others how to inhabit those characters, was a way to build understanding, connection, and peace. Her life was a testament to enduring values—relationship, truth, and the call of conscience.” Friends planning her memorial service said, “She is such a part of us that, if we sit quietly and wait on her, she will find us still.” Ceal is survived by her husband, Peter DeLaurier; a son, Jake DeLaurier; a daughter, Natalie (Nok) Phrompeng (Zig Swistunowicz); a sister, Elizabeth Rice; and two brothers, Peter Phelan and William Phelan.

 

Satterthwait—Arnold Chase Satterthwait, 92, on November 29, 2012, in Pullman, Wash. Arnold was born on April 8, 1920, in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Pa., to Elizabeth P. Smith and Charles Shoemaker Satterthwait. He was descended from Quakers dating back to the time of George Fox, including two early founders of Pennsylvania, Governor Thomas Lloyd and William Penn secretary/representative James Logan. In 1941, Arnold was prosecuted for refusing to register for the draft and spent four years in prison. At his trial, saying that although he believed in a life of love as preached by Christ and many others and not that war was the way of love offered by God, he also believed that a person disobeying a law in favor of a higher law should pay the penalty cheerfully and with no animosity towards those carrying out the will of the majority. After he was released from prison, he completed an undergraduate degree at Haverford College. Three years later, he and his wife, Fannie Jane Zissa, traveled with their five children to Saudi Arabia, where he taught Arabic to employees of the Arabian American Oil Company for ten years. On returning to this country, he earned a doctorate in linguistics from Harvard and moved to Pullman, Wash., to teach at Washington State University. During the 1960s and 1970s, dissident students found a defender of their concerns in Arnold. When Fannie Jane became seriously ill, he retired from the university to become her devoted nurse. She died in 2002. Arnold began to research his genealogy, and another Friend, Florence Bye Brown, helped him in his work, and they discovered many common ancestors. Eventually, their relationship deepened, and in 2003 they married under the care of Pullman‐Moscow Meeting in Moscow, Idaho. Earlier in his life Arnold had been a member of Lansdowne (Pa.) Meeting. In Pullman‐Moscow Meeting, his Light was a constant and consistent presence. In his later years, as memory began to elude him, he managed to retain his dignity and grace and was a beacon of peace, love, and hope. Arnold was preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth P. Smith Satterthwait and Charles Shoemaker Satterthwait; his first wife, Fannie Jane Zissa Satterthwait; one son, Robert Bruce Satterthwait, and one granddaughter, Kara Zander. He is survived by his wife, Florence Bye Brown Satterthwait; four children, Arnold Satterthwait Jr., Michelle Goldman (John), Cecilia Zander (Glenn) and Sally Fridge (Evan); one brother, Charles Satterthwait Jr.; six grandchildren; four great‐grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

 

YoungDaniel Test Young, 89, on October 25, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz. Dan was born on August 21, 1923, in Kansas City, Mo., to Mildred Binns and Wilmer Job Young. A Friend from birth, he went to Poland at age two with his parents for their AFSC work. His family belonged to Westtown Meeting in West Chester, Pa. He attended Westtown School, where his father taught and was dean of boys, for all grades except the ninth, and he described the Westtown campus as an idyllic place to grow up. In 1936, he attended public high school in Mississippi for a year while his family lived in voluntary poverty, working with sharecroppers at the Delta Cooperative Farm. When he attended Guilford College, he lived with president Milner and his wife in exchange for yard work and being their chauffeur. During World War II, he was drafted and worked in civilian public service as a night watchman, a cook, a trail keeper in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and an orderly at New Hampshire State Mental Hospital. He attended medical school for two years at University of North Carolina School of Medicine before transferring to Harvard. After training in cardiology, he became a professor and a practicing cardiologist at UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine. In 1949, Dan married Maria Alston. They were active in the American Civil Liberties Union, in protesting the Vietnam War, and in working for civil rights. During his time in Chapel Hill, he was a member of Chapel Hill Meeting, and he served on the board of AFSC, SE Region, for six years. After his first marriage ended in divorce, he married Joy Carder in 1979. From 1983 to 1988, they built a 27 foot sailboat, which they sailed along the North Carolina coast for many years. He joined the board of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), and during his service he and Joy traveled to Japan, Finland, Kazakhstan, the Soviet Union, and other European countries. Dan was an avid reader and loved to bike, garden, hike, canoe, and build furniture. He retired in 1990, and he and Joy took their motor home around the United States, Canada, and Mexico. He served as president of Physicians for Social Responsibility in 1991, and in 1995 and 1997 Dan and Joy traveled to Nicaragua and Guatemala with Witness for Peace. After moving to Tucson in 2004, he transferred his membership to Pima Meeting in Tucson, serving on the ministry and oversight committee and the committee for clearness for membership and marriage; he was skilled at getting to the heart of a discussion and helping the group come up with a way to proceed. With Joy he clerked the kitchen committee and helped with homeless hospitality. Pima Meeting was blessed to have this quiet and thoughtful Friend. He had strong beliefs but was able to discuss things in a gentle way that voiced his opinion while also letting his listeners know that he would listen to theirs. He looked others in the face and smiled with his eyes. Dan was preceded in death by his first wife, Maria Alston Young, and his stepson, Travis McCabe. He is survived by his wife, Joy Carder Young; his children, John Young, Nancy Young, Rie Young Jones (Larry Jones), and Heather McCabe Lutz (David Lutz); his grandchildren, Alex Lutz and Erik Lutz; one sister, Gretka Young Wolfe (Ralph Wolfe); and one brother, William Young.

Death notices for Leonora Balla Cayard, Frank Lonstreth, Jeremy Hardin Mott, Ceal Phelan, Arnold Chase Satterthwait, and Daniel Test Young.

Posted in: May 2013: Focus on the Arts, Milestones

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