ANDY CARR AND SPOUSE, VIRGINIA "SUSIE" ERB CARR
ANDREW ("ANDY") REMBERT CARR
Andrew ("Andy") Rembert Carr's life ended peacefully at his home in Clarksdale, MS on Monday, December 28th, 2020, with family members, his caregivers and Father Raju Macherla at his side. Graveside services officiated by Fr. Raju were held in Clarksdale at Oakhurst Cemetery on Wednesday morning, December 30, at 10 a.m. One of the hopes Andy shared earlier in his life was to live until the year 2000, and he greatly surpassed that goal by almost 21 years, living to the age of 94.
Andy Carr truly "fought the good fight" until God called him home, and the legacy he leaves behind is deep and wide. He lived a life of abiding and sincere faith in God, and he was quick to share it with many. His love and adoration for his wife, Susie, and his family was evident to all who knew him, and his family felt that love daily. He greatly loved his church and was passionately involved. He and Susie were faithful members of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church of Clarksdale, MS. As a devoted parishioner, he served as Eucharistic Minister, Building Committee Chairman, Bible Study teacher and Choir member, and he served on the Parish Council, the St. Elizabeth School Board and the Diocesan Social Justice Board. Perpetual Adoration is prayer time alone at the church for one hour a week by participating parishioners around the clock, seven days a week. He dedicated an hour on Tuesdays in the early morning for many years.
Four months to the day before his death, Andy lost his beloved wife Susie, who died at their home on August 27, just before 70 years of marriage. They are remembered for their deep love and adoration for each other. His desire to be continually by her side did not end when God called her home. We remember him telling us, within the brief time of losing Susie, that he just missed seeing her by his side when he awoke. His caregivers even commented frequently that they rarely saw a love so strong between two people.
Andy was the son of Blanche and Oscar C. Carr, and the brother of the late Oscar C. Carr, Jr. and sister, Mary Lee Carr. He was born in Clarksdale, MS on July 4, 1926. We celebrated him every year with so much fun, fanfare, fireworks and caramel cake - his most favorite of all desserts! The most memorable of his birthdays was his 50th on our nation's Bicentennial year in 1976. It was quite a celebration which Susie planned with family and friends of all ages from near and far to surprise him. The great photos of his handsome face at 50, everyone there, and the fun captured from that particular birthday are treasured. They will definitely keep this sweet memory of celebrating him alive.
Andy attended Clarksdale public schools through the 10th grade and then transferred to Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana. After graduating Cum Laude, on D-Day, June 6, 1944, he joined the United States Navy on July 3, 1944, as a sailor for one year. He thereafter received an appointment to Annapolis, and entered the U.S. Naval Academy as the first four-year class in June 1945. He was commissioned Ensign and graduated in June, 1949, with a degree in mechanical engineering.
He served in the Navy aboard a destroyer for three years and an amphibious flagship for two years in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean before he resigned his commission to return to his beloved home and family farm, Mascot Planting Company. He would bring his wife and son from Newport, RI to make his home, joining his father and brother in the farming business on New Africa Road near Clarksdale. Andy and Susie were married in October, 1950. Their five children are, Andrew Rembert Carr, Jr. of Memphis, TN, Michael Erb Carr of Clarksdale, MS, Susan Carr Oppenheimer of Memphis, TN, David Busby Carr of Clarksdale, MS, and Virginia ("Ginger") Carr Farris of Oxford, MS.
Andy loved the land. Overseeing and managing the business and farming operations at Mascot, he continually sought to invest in and improve all manners of farming and ginning with the many challenges through the years. Andy was a leader and trailblazer. Upon returning to the family farm, he immediately saw the need for irrigation and drainage strategies in order to improve yields. Andy was among the first to implement irrigation and land forming practices in the Mississippi Delta. He established and served as president of the New Africa Drainage District for many years.
Andy was a founding member of The First National Bank of Clarksdale. He was a member of the Clarksdale Chamber of Commerce, the Delta Council and Cotton Ginning Committee, and the Mississippi Rice and Soybean Promotion Boards. He served on numerous agricultural and industry boards during his lifetime.
In 1965, Andy became deeply involved in the Civil Rights Movement along with his brother, Oscar, to promote equal opportunity and the respect and dignity for Mississippi's marginalized poor. During this time he sought the advice of Sargent Shriver, an Office of Economic Opportunity official out of Washington D.C. Shriver met with him in Clarksdale to discuss Andy's increasing concerns about the social and economic injustices facing African Americans in the Delta. Shriver advised that people are remembered for what they do, not what they say. Always embracing an opportunity to lead and serve, Andy accepted the nomination for President of the poverty program known as Coahoma Opportunities, Inc. for which he served six years (1965-1971). "As the chairman of COI, the program developed into a comprehensive local support system during Andy's tenure there. He helped start many social services such as Head Start, legal aid, adult education and retraining farm workers." He faithfully committed his time and energies to social and economic justice for those in need. His heart for others went well beyond those he knew personally. The noteworthy life he was blessed to live was defined by his serving and caring for others. His integrity and goodness will always be remembered.
Playing tennis and golf late into life, he was passionate about staying fit and healthy, never failing to mention his family's need to do the same! Andy was incredibly honest and fiercely opinionated, yet kind-hearted and interested in everyone. He was a Cub Scout Master and a Good Samaritan. His presence was large when he entered a room, and he carried interesting conversations with his curious and inquisitive nature. Reading was also a cherished pass time. He relished playing bridge with the most challenging of friends/players, and received great joy growing all manners of beautiful roses and colorful zinnias all along the way. He greatly enjoyed visiting with others as he would frequently "pop in" to see friends at their homes or places of business for a cheerful visit, or to discuss something on his heart and mind which would often involve seeking "the truth!" He also loved to teach and taught his grandchildren much of what he knew including history and Latin, and he always read to the young ones. He tutored students in Algebra. He promoted night school for African American adults who could not attend school growing up. He rarely missed an opportunity to correct or teach each one of his children (or anyone else for that matter) the importance of correct and proper grammar. Another reassuring and kind trait remembered by many is he never failed to show up for anyone and everyone. Be it a wedding, a funeral, a tennis match, or any other special event - no matter how busy - he was always there to be a part of and a support for all, and if he were not on time for the event, it would be because he was early!
We wish to give special thanks to the devoted caregivers for the loving care they bestowed upon our dear father and mother daily and especially in their final days. We could not begin to edify each of them enough for the many ways they loved them and brightened their lives. Their care for our parents and daily communication to us was well beyond the call of duty, and we will be forever grateful.
Andrew R. Carr lived a very full and fruitful life, loving his family devotedly, serving others and tirelessly working to improve his community and State. Once, when asked how he would like to be remembered, he said, "As a Christian who believed in the brotherhood of man and who tried to live that truth with his family, friends, and community."
In addition to his beloved children, Andy leaves 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. They all called him "Bop," and they all love him so much. He leaves his family and community a legacy of compassion and faithfulness which will be remembered and cherished by all who knew him. To say we shall miss him dearly is an understatement, but we are comforted by the fact that he is rejoicing with his Savior and together again with Susie, the love of his life.
Published in The Daily Memphian on Jan. 6, 2021.
Virginia "Susie" Erb Carr
Virginia "Susie" Erb Carr died peacefully on August 27, 2020, at her home in Clarksdale, Mississippi, two days after her 91st birthday. Susie was born in Memphis to her loving parents, John Louis and Alice McCadden Erb. She was a very kind and loving wife, Mother, sister, and aunt. Her family was her pride and joy as were her friends to whom she was dedicated. Graduating from St. Agnes Academy in 1947 eager to hit the ground running, Susie began work at First National Bank, now First Horizon. There, she enjoyed learning all she could to move on to her next endeavor opening an elegant evening dress shop on Union Avenue. Her daughter enjoyed playing dress up in the ones that didn't get away! As a wonderful stroke of fate, she met the "most handsome" and devoted love of her life at a very dear friend's dinner in Memphis, and in 1950, married Ensign Andrew Rembert Carr. There was little time for the honeymoon, as he had to go out to sea three days after, and she had to find her home life in Newport, Rhode Island miles away from Memphis! They then moved to Clarksdale after his last year in the Navy and enjoyed 69 interesting and fun-filled, busy years of marriage! Janie Wade Bobbitt was one of her best friends. In Janie's high school yearbook, Susie wrote that she looked forward to having a large family. And so she did! She had five children and enjoyed her young life with them so much making Christmas, Easter and birthdays so special. She also enjoyed Bridge, Mahjong matches and their cook-out group with their good friends and all the children. There was the Sewing Club where the girls got together twice a year or so, for fun, food and great jokes were told. It was doubtful that any sewing ever took place! Becoming an empty nester, she began working at The Gift and Art Shop in Clarksdale and The Magpie creating beautiful silk flower arrangements popular at the time. She was great at the real flowers, too. Susie then opened another clothing boutique, The Four Seasons, and enjoyed many years going to market for the store. She obtained a loan to do this when she had no "credit established." It was a challenging process. But she persisted with patience and determination and did it and accomplished her goal. It was so exciting to her to utilize her instinctive business acumen and take a couple of risks along the way. Next chapter, England. She once stated that above all her endeavors and interests, and the most interesting unknown was going to England to find antiques "at a good price" which she did three trips across The Pond and back to market her beautiful choices. With boundless energy having been at the table, it was the last experience of her entrepreneurial spirit. So her husband, by a stroke of "brilliant genius," located a special puppy she named, "Susu." And Susu fulfilled Susie's life for the duration. Just as she was, she lived a beautiful life, loved deeply, and graciously. Susie entertained and created fun times for all with her keen sense of humor never lost. Whether quipping the clever responses or exhibiting spontaneous on point mimicry, she was adorable, loved, and we will miss her so much! Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Jack and Guy Erb, and her sister, Jean Erb Owen. Survivors include her husband, Andrew Rembert Carr, Sr., her son, Andrew Rembert Carr, Jr., of Memphis; Michael Erb Carr, Sr. and his wife, Lesa Smith Carr, of Clarksdale; Susan Carr Oppenheimer and her husband, Daniel Ernest Oppenheimer of Memphis; David Busby Carr and his wife, Leah Roberts Carr of Clarksdale; Virginia Carr Farris and her husband, Robert Barrow Farris, Jr. of Oxford, Mississippi. She was an affectionate "Mimi" for 14 grandchildren all of whom she loved specifically and dearly who will include: Katherine Carr Bond and her husband, Lucas, of Vence, France and Denver, Colorado; Andrew Rembert Carr, III, of Denver; Michael Erb Carr, Jr. and his wife, Jennifer Gibson Carr, of Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Robert Louis Carr and his wife, Parisa Rohani Carr, of Cary, North Carolina; Edna Carr Swindoll and her husband, Chad, of Sumner, Mississippi; Patrick Christian Carr and his wife, Jensen Ankerson Carr, of Charlottesville, Virginia; Joel Benjamin Carr and his wife, Rachel Shirley Carr, of Morrisonville, North Carolina; Henry Haizlip "Haiz" Oppenheimer and his wife, Maggie Genthner Oppenheimer of Asheville, North Carolina; Hunter Emily Oppenheimer of Memphis, Tennessee; David Busby Carr, Jr. and Elizabeth Wilkes Carr of Clarksdale; Virginia Sheley Taras and husband, Sam, of Germantown, Tennessee; Mary McCadden Farris of Memphis, Tennessee; and Robert Barrow Farris, III, of Oxford, Mississippi. Additionally, from this multi-branched family tree, "Mimi" is survived by 19 great grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters-in law, Imogene Falls Erb and Nancy Uzzelle Erb who she admired and loved. She has many nieces and nephews and cousins she loved, and she expressed her hope that they knew her love for them, each and every one. She grieved heavily for those who had died. Her family is heartbroken for the dedicated caregivers who were devoted to her every day and night, who love her deeply and who belong to her and grieve her death enormously. She made quite an impact on their lives. She loved them back, too. Thank you so very much Shirley Mitchell, Gracy Allen, Linda Jackson, Katrina Harris and Gayla Tillman. You all took such great care of her, and loved her beautifully! And thank you Calvin Mayes, for all you do and give where it is needed. Susie was a faithful communicant of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Clarksdale. Because of Covid concerns, a graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Oakridge Cemetery in Clarksdale. Her son-in-law, Robert Farris, Jr. will officiate. Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home has charge. Contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of your choice ; St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 130 Florence Avenue, Clarksdale, MS 38614; or C.A.R.E.S. Clarksdale Animal Rescue Effort & Shelter 1645 Desoto Avenue, Clarksdale, MS 38614.
Lena Marie Dyer (Spouse of Gerald W, Dyer)
Our beloved Lena Marie (DiGuiseppi) Dyer, 94, of Coto de Caza, California, passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter, Susan, on December 15, 2020 after a brief illness.
Lena was born August 27, 1926, in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. She grew up in Kennett Square and graduated from Kennett Consolidated School. Lena was the sixth child of James and Lina DiGuiseppi (now deceased). She was pre-deceased by her brothers Lawrence, John and Sylvio and her sisters Edith Immediato and Rose Bertogli.
Lena married Gerald W. Dyer at St. Patrick's Church in Kennett Square December 8, 1949 and shared 71 years with him. They had four children: daughter Susan M. Hale of Coto de Caza, daughter Pamela Anne Chereb (David) of Mission Viejo, California, son Gerald Charles Dyer of Coto de Caza, and daughter Mary Lynn Dyer (Thomas Dore) of Santa Barbara, California.
She raised her family while accompanying her husband as he served 30 years in the U.S. Navy making her home at various times on the West Coast, the East Coast, Hawaii, Rome and Naples, Italy, and Sasebo and Yokohama, Japan. While living in Italy she visited Paris, London and Munich, Madrid and Lisbon. While in Japan she enjoyed a trip to South Korea, Hong Kong and the Philippines. She was a selective and avid learner during her time abroad. She studied Italian during her residence in Italy, visited many sites in Rome, Naples and toured her parents’ birthplace in Abruzzi. While in Japan she took lessons in the art and technique of Sumi-e, Japanese flower arranging and began a collection of Imari ware.
Upon Gerald’s retirement she fulfilled a long-postponed dream. She entered San Francisco State University and graduated in 1983 with honors, after which they made their home in Southern California where their children had settled.
A reserved and private person, she enjoyed varied interests. she was an ardent gardener and spent much time pruning, trimming and communing with her plants. However, she was an accomplished cook picking up many influences and recipes wherever she travelled. She enjoyed cooking and hosting dinners for her family. An avid reader, she spent much time in the local library; her favorite author was Jane Austen
She is survived by her husband, her children, her grandchildren: Laura Kelly, Katherine Kempff (Marcus), Nicholas Dyer (Victoria), Matthew Dyer, Kristen von Werlhof and Andrew Hale, and her twelve great- grandchildren: Alexis, Piper, Wyatt, Parker, Chloe, Tessa, Bentley, Ethan, Eliza, Audrey, Lincoln, and Beckham.
A funeral Mass will be held at San Francisco Solano Catholic Church on January 4, 2021, and an inurnment will follow at Ascension Cemetery.
The family asks in lieu of flowers please consider a donation to your favorite charity in Lena’s name.
Crystal Malone Brown (Widow of Wesley A. Brown)
Crystal Malone Brown, whose pioneering efforts to end discrimination faced at the University of Vermont in 1945 and widow of the 1st African American United States Naval Academy Graduate, Lieutenant Commander Wesley A. Brown, Civil Engineer Corps, U. S. Navy (Retired), died February 25, 2021 at a senior living facility in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. She was 94.
The cause was attributed to cerebral vascular disease.
Crystal Ellen Malone was born in segregated Washington DC and graduated from Dunbar High School. She matriculated to the University of Vermont (UVM) where she obtained a Bachelor’s in Business in 1947. Crystal was one of only two black students on campus when in 1945 she was invited to pledge a white sorority.
Her story made national headlines when Alpha Xi Delta accepted her as a pledgee, a move that upset the national organization, prompting the national president to travel “to Burlington to try to dissuade 18-year-old Malone from joining,” according to the Vermont Quarterly online magazine. The college’s local chapter, however, heroically burned its charter and disbanded rather than give in to such racially segregationist practices.
A permanent exhibition was recently established concerning Crystal’s historic milestone and is on display at UVM, among other black university graduates who made noteworthy accomplishments.
Crystal married Wesley in 1964 and together they fought housing discrimination when denied by a white homeowner the ability to purchase their first house in West Hempstead, Long Island, New York due to race. The ensuing lawsuit resulted in a settlement after a nearly two-year legal battle. They would continue in the struggle to achieve racial justice and equality throughout their 49-year union.
The couple later settled in Washington DC in 1981 following her retirement after 30 years as an educator when she finished her final high school teaching position with the Uniondale School District in New York. They lived at the Rittenhouse in upper Northwest DC for over three decades.
Crystal and Wesley enjoyed extensive international travel, monthly celebrations of their wedding anniversary with champagne, outings with friends to the historic black communities of Oak Bluffs in Martha’s Vineyard and nearby Highland Beach in Maryland, hosting bridge tournaments and entertaining in their home.
Crystal was a deeply supportive Navy wife who partnered with Wesley in his unwavering commitment to the strategic initiatives and mission of the Navy and the U.S. Naval Academy. She stood proudly alongside him in 2008 when the Academy along with former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael G. Mullen and other dignitaries in attendance dedicated its newly constructed $54 million Wesley A. Brown Fieldhouse athletic facility in his honor. Lt. Commander Brown passed away in 2012.
Additionally, Crystal devoted her life to arts and cultural activities. She worked tirelessly on behalf of educational programs for children, continued her efforts for social change through activism, held key leadership positions in The Links, Inc. and Circle-lets, Inc. and in other prominent local and national black civic organizations which served underrepresented communities.
Crystal was described as caring, charismatic, and full of moxie. Her leisure time was filled with a variety of creative activities including as an accomplished seamstress, who expertly sewed, crocheted, and knitted garments; Crystal also collected miniature trains and dabbled in oil painting. An adoring and giving mother, she was affectionately called “Pae” by her family who was at the core of her life.
Crystal was preceded in death by her brother, Stanley R. Malone, Jr., a leading civil rights attorney, and Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge. She is survived by her treasured three children, seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, niece, nephew, godchildren, cousins, and a host of beloved and valued friends.
Private inurnment is pending at a future date at the U. S. Naval Academy Cemetery Columbarium in Annapolis, Maryland.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made “In Memory of Crystal Brown” for The Lieutenant Commander Wesley A. Brown ’49 Honor Scholarship. Donations by mail may be addressed to the attention of Liz Root, Director, Gift Administration, U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, 274 Wood Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21402, (410) 295-4126 or made online www.usna.com in tribute.
EDWARD C. WALLER
Vice Admiral Edward C. Waller, USN (Ret.) passed away peacefully on March 2, 2021, at the age of 95 at the home of his daughter in Annapolis, MD. He led a rich and wonderful life that included his best friend, for nearly 63 years until her death in 2013, his wife, Margaret "Marty" Clifford Gelly of Brentwood, CA and his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was born in Chicago, Ill, the son of Edward C. Waller, Jr and Miriam Hall Waller. He was raised by his mother's sister, Marcia Hall, and her husband, Louis D. Millen in Coronado, CA. His affection for the guidance and love showered on him by Louis Millen was never forgotten and he credited him for his many successes in life. Ed graduated from Coronado High School in 1944 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Bainbridge, MD and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1949 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He reported to Pensacola, FL for flight training and received his wings in March 1951. Ordered to Patrol Squadron 50 in September 1951, he made two deployments in support of the Korean War. In 1954 he entered the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA and obtained a BS in Aeronautical Engineering in 1956 and a MS Electrical Engineering in 1957. After a tour in Key West, FL, he attended the Naval War College in Newport, RI and then reported to VP-48 in Coronado where he helped introduce one of the first modernized airborne ASW systems to the Pacific Fleet. Admiral Waller graduated from the Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, MD in 1963 where he received the Navy League Award as the outstanding student for his class. He then became the Program Officer for the Air ASW Weapons System Project which led to the development of the P3C and S3A. His final two year at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, he was the Executive and Commanding Officer of VP-44. Admiral Waller was then assigned at the Pentagon having primary responsibility for the P3C development. In 1970, after graduation from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, he assumed command of the Amphibious Cargo Ship USS Charleston and took the ship around world delivering the first Seabees and construction materials to the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. Having been promoted to Rear Admiral in 1971, his flag rank jobs included: Commander Fleet Air Wings Pacific, command of the ASW Systems Project Office and head of ASW Division, OPNAV. He was appointed Vice Admiral in 1975 and was named Director Weapons Systems and subsequently appointed Director, ASW and Ocean Surveillance Programs and then Commander, U.S. Third Fleet in Pearl Harbor in 1979. On August 22, 1981, he became the 50th Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy. Admiral Waller retired from the Navy on September 1, 1983 and joined the Lockheed-California Company in 1984 and in 1986 was named Vice President and General Manager-Government Programs followed by an appointment as Vice President ASW Systems, Lockheed Corporation. Since retiring from Lockheed in 1991, he consulted and served on the Board of Directors of a high technology company in the Washington, DC area. He and Marty moved back to their beloved home, Solitude, in St. Michaels, MD in 1988 and spent 25 years living on their 10 acre waterfront estate in an historic home welcoming children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, other family and friends to visit. They traveled extensively together or with friends and thoroughly enjoyed their retirement years together. Until Marty's death, they would spend an hour and a half each evening having dinner together talking about the day's events as they both were very busy with home projects, volunteer jobs and social engagements. In spite of Ed's tremendous professional successes, early familial challenges in his youth made his wife and children his number one priority. His very happy marriage and loving partnership with his wife and his hands-on job as dad was a wonderful example for his children who throughout their teen and early adult lives, he sent many letters of guidance and wisdom. In addition to his wife, Admiral Waller was preceded in death by a daughter, Kristen Leigh Waller in 1987 and his sister, Mary Waller Taylor. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Robin and John Marrah of St. Michaels, MD; son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Penny Waller of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; and daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and John Wilckens of Annapolis, MD; 12 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Four of his great grandchildren are named for him and have either Carson or Waller as first or middle names. And seven of his children, grandchildren or their spouses followed his footsteps and served in the U.S. Military: Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. Due to current Covid restrictions the Memorial Service will be on October 4, 2021 10:30am, at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel followed by his burial at the Naval Academy Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation (usna.com/donate). Arrangements are by the Framptom Funeral Home- Ostrowski Chapel, St. Michaels (www.framptom.com)
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Albert Gleaves Cohen (September 24, 1927 - March 31, 2021)
Albert Gleaves Cohen, minister, activist, ecologist and agitator, passed away on March 31, 2021. Albert was born in Washington, D.C. in 1927 to Evelina Gleaves Cohen and Albert Morris Cohen. Following in his father's footsteps, he graduated from the Haverford School, and then from the Naval Academy in 1949. He left the Navy in 1954 to join the ministry and attended the Graduate School of Theology at Oberlin College in Ohio. After becoming ordained as a minister in the United Church of Christ, he spent five years running the youth program at Oneonta Congregational Church in South Pasadena, California. Albert spent most of his career ministering to students in the Ecumenical Campus Ministry, first at Cal State Fullerton and then at Cal State University, Los Angeles. In 1996 he took the position of Executive Director of the Southern California Ecumenical Council, from where he retired in his mid-80's. During his time working with young people on campus, he also found time to "make good trouble," attending peace marches, organizing protests, registering voters in Mississippi and in Selma, Alabama, organizing trips to U.N. environmental conferences and generally "speaking truth to power." Albert married Ann Appley in 1954 and they raised four children, Anne, Todd, Jean and Peter. His second marriage was to Faith Annette Sand in 1982, during which they raised Faith's two daughters, Heather and Heidi Pidcoke. His marriage to Faith Sand also brought five adult Brazilian children from Faith's previous life as a missionary in Brazil – Maria Aparecida Carneiro, Jose Vital da Silva, Vera Noble, Maria Aparecida Luiz and Marineusa Viehweger, as well as an 'unofficial' adoptive son, Erik Oberholtzer. For decades, Albert's home in Pasadena was a hub for colleagues, neighbors, friends, exchange students, theologians and anyone looking for community and lively conversation. He will be remembered as a man of spiritual poise, a "grass roots" advocate of social justice and the environment, with a deep and abiding commitment to prodding, pushing, pleading, and cajoling the world toward the right path - to preserve this earth and raise up those less fortunate. He was deep in the weeds of social change but saw clearly the way of faith. Albert was a father, a mentor, a companion, a teacher, a pastor and a friend. For many, he was all of these. Albert is also survived by 8 grandchildren in the US: Carolyne and Natalye Cohen; Alexi Grahm and Bria Corham; Jennifer Lathan, Bemnia Lathan, and Brozie Elijah Lathan; and Peter Cohen-Dobbins, and 6 surviving grandchildren in Brazil: Valdilene Heitele, Valdemir Luiz, Fabiano da Silva, Maybiane Feliciano, Douglas and Diego Carneiro. Albert was ever a purveyor of opportunistic advocacy, and in his spirit we include the following admonition: Pay attention to our earth and the people on it. Those in need are sometimes difficult to recognize. If you wish to be notified of services, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.Donations in Al's memory may be made to: Greta Thunberg's movement Fridays for Futurehttps://fridaysforfuture.org/ (Links to Climate Change organizations in yourarea/country)https://opencollective.com/fridaysforfuture-us (Link for the U.S.)OrTreePeople12601 Mulholland Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210https://www.treepeople.org/supportus
Published in Los Angeles Times on Apr. 11, 2021.
Angelo Semeraro (January 4, 1926 - April 5, 2021)
Angelo Semeraro was born in Utica, NY on January 4th, 1926 to Vito and Lucy Semeraro who were Italian immigrants from southern Italy. Angelo graduated from Thomas Proctor High School in 1944. He then attended the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, graduating in 1949 and considered this a wonderful life changing experience. He was called "Chief" by the first classmen since his profile resembled that of Chief Tecumseh's, a prominent Naval Academy monument. Angelo enjoyed a notable naval career that lasted 23 years, with tours in Korea, the Philippines, and Vietnam, before retiring as a commander. After his naval career, he enjoyed giving his love of the Navy to the country's youth by teaching NROTC at both Columbia University in New York, and Edmonds High School in Washington State, where he eventually settled with his family. His post Navy career also included teaching math at both the middle and high school levels. He retired from teaching after twenty years, in 1991. Angelo loved to travel and made a point of returning to Hawaii every year. His fondness for island life began after being stationed there with his family in the late 1960's. He also was an avid reader and always had a book nearby. His other love was his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, his older brother Frank Semeraro, his younger sister Mary Semeraro, and his son Timothy Prior.
He is survived by his wife Nancy (Earl- Prior) Semeraro and six of their seven children: Jeff Semeraro, Lisa (Powell) Semeraro, Greg Semeraro, Mary Lou (Lewis) Prior, Dave Semeraro, and Amy (Donegan) Semeraro. He also has 17 grandchildren. Angelo will be laid to rest at the Naval Academy but did not wish to have a service. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family would appreciate donations to: Alzheimer's Association.