Class of ’70

A remembrance of our classmates who have passed away – please contribute notes or photos

We wish to honor our cherished CHA and Springside classmates who are no longer with us – and could use your help. Any contributions of photos and notes about these individuals will be greatly appreciated.

Below is a list of those we know are deceased. If you are aware of others, please provide any information you can to your class agents through the usual channels of communication, or write to the webmaster. Thank you kindly.

Eric Marc Abramson, 1970.
Died xx/xx
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Eric Marc Abramson

Eric Abramson joined our class in 1967 (Form IV), participating in Crew and Wrestling. According to the class yearbook, he was named "Most Improved Vth Former". After graduating from CHA, Eric attended Oglethorpe University in Atlanta.

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Lawrence Miles Ash in the Senior Room.
Died 1972
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Lawrence Miles Ash (Larry)

Lawrence Miles Ash was born on 21 March 1952 in Imperial County, CA, according to the California birth records. He came to CHA in 1969 (Form VI) from Harriton High School in Rosemont, ostensibly for our wrestling program.

"Larry and I competed for the same wrestling weight-class and he always won, as he was truly double-jointed. He also wrote a quip in my yearbook, saying 'I enjoyed our romps through the woods naked.' Little did I know he wrote this in several classmates' yearbooks (I feel cheated). Bill Reeves read that entry in my book and laughed his ass off."
Barry Shannon (classmate)

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David Dickson Story, 1970.
Died 03/18/21
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Gwendolyn Griffiths Biswas (Gwen)

by David Peake, March 22nd, 2021

Biswas, Gwendolyn (née Griffiths) passed away peacefully on March 18, 2021 at the age of 68. Beloved daughter of the late Warren and Margaret Griffiths. She is survived by her children, Genevieve B. Rozansky (Jeffrey), John B. Biswas, and Warren G. Biswas; her grandchildren, Dylan, Nina and Samantha Rozansky; and her siblings, Ellen Griffiths (José Simbana) and David Griffiths. She was predeceased by her sister, Joycelyn R. Griffiths.

Gwen, a lifetime resident of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, graduated from Springside School in 1970 and went on to earn a degree in music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio. For the past twenty years Gwen devoted her life to her work with the elderly where she helped so many enjoy the final days of their lives. She was an active member of the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church where she greatly enjoyed teaching the little ones during the summer Vacation Bible School classes.

Gwendolyn's Memorial Service will be private, but you can attend virtually with this Zoom link. Services will start Wednesday, 3/24/21 at 11 a.m. You may attend the Interment on Wednesday, 3/24/21, 12:30 p.m. at George Washington Memorial Park, 80 Stenton Ave., Plymouth Meeting, PA. Please meet the procession at the main gates.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gwendolyn's name may be made to The SCH Academy Alumnae Scholarship Fund, SCH Academy, 500 W. Willow Grove Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118. (Select "Designation/Other" if using the online form.)
Craft Funeral Home of Erdenheim Inc., Glenside, PA

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Sara Wetherell Blake
Died 08/10/69
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Sara Wetherell Blake (Sally)

See a page dedicated to Sally.

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Edward Chipman Gray Ehrhorn
Died 12/31/07
Pictured at Tír Na Nóg, Arch Street,
Philadelphia for Chelsea football match.
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Edward Chipman Gray Ehrhorn (Chips)

EHRHORN, Edward "Chips" Chipman Gray, 55, Dec. 31, 2007, of Chestnut Hill, PA. Son of the late George C. and Mary G. Ehrhorn. Brother of George, Harleysville; Bill, Florence SC; Ibit Pumphrey, Flossmoor IL; 7 nieces and nephews. Memorial Service Sat., Jan. 5th, 11 A.M., St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill, PA.
Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer & Philadelphia Daily News on 1/2/2008.

Mr. Ehrhorn was born on April, 6, 1952. He was a graduate of Chestnut Hill Academy and attended Washington and Jefferson University. He worked as an administrative assistant to various organizations within the Philadelphia area. He was a regular volunteer at the St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen.
Published in The Chestnut Hill Local on 1/3/2008.

“Although Chips and I were not close during our years at CHA, we became good friends after the 15th year class reunion in 1985. It turns out we both followed the English Premier Soccer League and other soccer teams as well. I often saw him during CHA homecoming functions in the fall, and he would introduce me to the soccer coach and his staff and many parents. He rooted me on when I played my final soccer match on the dedication to Talbot field in 2000. Three of the original starting Varsity soccer teams actually played in that event. He also came to my mother's funeral and met the family in 2002 (so that's the guy who sent you all those comical e-mails, dad). He became a great contact, updating me about ongoing events in the Hill after 2002. I spoke with him only one week before his passing and this really took me by surprise, as he sounded fine. At the time, he was helping settle his mother's estate and looking forward to potential retirement. All this from a guy who sold me an Oliver! ticket long after the performance while at CHA.”
Barry Shannon (classmate)

“The Ehrhorns put together a very nice service for Chips, particularly Ibit's remembrance of him as someone always passionate in living his life ... passionate, thoughtful and loyal. I don't think Chips was one of those people who ever slid along in quiet anonymity. If he was in your life, you knew it ...”
Rip Hastings (classmate)


Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2008 20:59:37 -0500
From: "Chrissy Marie Rockwell" <>
Subject: Chips Ehrhorn

“As you figured out from the picture, Chips was a huge supporter of the Chelsea soccer team, and was still living on Benezet Street. About 3 years ago, I noticed him waiting for the train in soccer team clothing (I am a Liverpool supporter and was on my way to watch a Liverpool game) so we struck up a conversation. As it's fairly unusual for an American to be dedicated enough to soccer to catch the train, even for the very early games — we frequently caught the train at 6:35 a.m. — we quickly became friends. He told me about that pub Tir Na Nog in Center City which had recently opened and was showing the games, so we started watching them together quite a bit, once or twice a week or so.

Liverpool and Chelsea weren't really big rivals historically, but they ended up developing quite a rivalry in the 3 years I knew Chips, so we had a lot of fun teasing each other about which team would win, and then bragging after the games! Both teams had hired new managers in 2004, Jose Mourinho for Chelsea, and Rafael Benitez for Liverpool, and the two of them really seemed to dislike each other. Liverpool and Chelsea kept coincidentally being drawn against each other in various competitions. I don't know if you're familiar with English football, but in the league itself, each team plays every other team once at home and once away; there are no playoffs. So generally you'd only be expected to play another team about twice a season. But there are two separate competitions called "The Carling Cup" and "FA Cup" that are basically like the NCAA tournament where the winner receives a trophy, and there is also "The Champions League" which is contested by the best clubs in Europe.

Between all of these competitions, Liverpool and Chelsea actually played about 17 times in 3 years, and I think it is unprecedented that two teams played so many times in such a short period, so Chips and I had lots of opportunities to jabber back and forth. In April of 2005, the two teams played in the semifinals of the European Championship, and there was a controversial goal where the Liverpool player appeared to have headed the ball over the goal line, and the Chelsea goalkeeper quickly slapped it away. It was ruled a goal, which turned out to be the game winner for Liverpool, but to this day, many Chelsea fans and their manager Mourinho still refuse to accept the goal, calling it "the Invisible Goal." In fact, just last week I said something to Chips about Liverpool having beaten Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final twice, and he loudly interjected to say "Once!" "Oh right," I replied, "You're still bitter about the 'invisible goal' almost 3 years later!"

He was such a fan that he tried to collect as many Chelsea uniform shirts as possible; he'd just recently purchased his 18th and 19th shirt! He and I had a bit of a "competition" as to see who could get more shirts, and I trailed behind with "only" 15 or 16.

He was also a big fan of high school and college soccer, and just last weekend he introduced me to two CHA graduates from 2000 or 2001 who now play in the MLS, Jeff Larentowicz and Dan Gargan, who play for the New England Revolution and Colorado Rapids respectively. I went to Villanova, so when I expressed an interest in catching some of their games, Chips and I headed out a few times this fall to see some Villanova soccer games.

Not sure what else of interest I can pass along. I imagine you'd want some details of the illness that took his life. It feels strange to even call it an "illness", as he barely even looked sick, and nobody — including Chips himself — had any idea it was that bad. While I suppose it is good that he suffered very little in the end, it is still shocking that someone at a relatively young age would die so suddenly from something that was apparently minor.

On Sunday the 22nd [Dec. 2007], he mentioned he'd been a bit sick the last few days and was coughing up some phlegm. The 26th is a big holiday in England, so we had lots of games to watch. In the morning he said he was feeling a bit better and was able to eat solid food for the first time in a few days, but then he got pretty tired and needed to nod off for a bit. But aside from coughing up some minor phlegm, he really didn't seem any more sick than one would be with a common cold. Actually his main complaint was just that he kept getting hiccups he couldn't get rid of.

On the 27th and 28th, he emailed me again to tell me that he couldn't get rid of his damned hiccups and said something about not being sure if he could go out on the 29th to watch his game, and was waiting to hear from his doctor. On the 29th, he emailed me to say he did go and was on his way to the pharmacy, and aside from briefly saying "I was still pretty tired and napped at the back of the pub a bit" his email just mentioned things about the game, and his email on the 30th said nothing about his illness. So I figured whatever he'd gotten at the pharmacy had cleared things up a bit. But apparently early in the morning of the 31st he had trouble breathing, went to the hospital and died a few hours later.”
Chrissy (friend)

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Elinor R. Greene
Died 08/05/16
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Elinor Robinson Greene II (Nellie)

The Reverend Elinor Robinson Greene, II "Nellie", 64, of Philadelphia, an ordained Episcopal Deacon and friend and mentor to a great many people, died peacefully August 5, 2016 at her home in Bishop White Lodge, Cathedral Village, Philadelphia. Nellie is survived by her mother, Elinor R. "Cookie" Greene; her three sisters: Nancy Greene, Alyn Caulk, and Eliza Greene; her two brothers in law: Peter Grove and James Tiemstra; four nephews: Evan Grove (his wife, Brooke and children, Ella and Charlotte), David Caulk (his wife, Alexia), Robert and Matthew Tiemstra; and her niece Marian Ingrams (her husband Alex).

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 27, 2016, 11 A.M. at The Church of St. Martin-in-the Fields, 8000 St. Martins Lane, Chestnut Hill, Phila., PA 19118. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nellie's memory to the Chestnut Hill United Church, 8812 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19118.
Philadelphia Inquirer, 10 Aug. 2016

“Nellie was truly an amazing woman who never seemed to give up hope about her condition. She was able to overcome so many obstacles and accomplish so much with her life. Many others in her situation would not have had the courage and determination to achieve what she did. She was passionate about her ministry and brought so much hope and happiness to all through her work. I'm sure her faith, support, and love from family and friends was what kept her going.”
Becky Walsh (classmate)

“Nellie Greene's abilities, her call to ministry, her faith, her persistence, her gentle, playful spirit and her ambition have been gifts to the world, and special gifts to this congregation.”
Rev. Linda Noonan, Pastor, Chestnut Hill United Church, 2014

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William Edward Hall
Died 07/24/16
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William Edward Hall (Rug)

William Edward Hall of Bluebell, PA, formerly of Chestnut Hill, passed away on July 24th, 2016 after his battle of almost 10 years with mantle cell lymphoma. Born Jan. 30, 1952 in Plainfield, NJ, Billy was the son of the late Calvert and Barbara Barrows Hall. His family had resided in Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, GA, before moving to Chestnut Hill in 1963.

Briefly attending the J.S. Jenks School, Bill enrolled at Chestnut Hill Academy in seventh grade (Form I), where he soon acquired the nickname "Rug". Following graduation, he attended Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. Upon returning to Chestnut Hill, Bill worked for numerous area businesses, including realtors such as Emlen & Co.

Arguably the most social member of the Class of '70, Bill was not only his family's historian, but he also was able to recall amazing, often obscure details about CHA, the faculty, and our classmates in particular. Beginning in 2009, he championed a musical reunion with CHA alumni, friends and family which came to be known as "Rugapalooza", the most recent one in 2015.

Billy loved playing softball and croquet. He vacationed in Long Beach Island, NJ and Grand Lake Stream, ME, which were highlights in his life. "Rug" was loved by all who knew him; his quick wit and sense of humor truly made him one-of-a-kind.

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Locke Corson Hamilton
Died 04/07/11
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Locke Corson Hamilton (Lockie)

Locke Hamilton died at her home in Dubois, Wyoming on April 7, 2011 at the age of 58. A celebration of her life was held in the summer of 2011.

Born June 16, 1952 in Philadelphia, PA to Joseph and Charlton Corson, Lockie married Les Hamilton on Dec. 31, 1996, in Lander, WY. She was a world class equestrian trainer and competitor. Her family said her whole life was music and horses.

Lockie performed with her husband, Les, and Norman Winter as the Prickly Pair and the Cactus Chorale. The trio won several awards; six of their eight albums, including Romance With the Range, charted nationally on Americana Folk Radio. Lockie also won the Christian Music Association's 'Album of the Year' award for her mid-90s release "God's Country."

She is survived by her husband Leslie Hamilton of Dubois; daughter Tara Golliher of Dubois; her father, Dr. Joseph Corson of PA; brother Bill Corson and sister Dr. Ann Corson, both of PA; stepson Shad Hamilton and his wife Amanda and their children of Lander; stepdaughter Hope Hamilton of VA; close friend and band member Norman Winter of Dubois.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Charlton Corson, and brother Ted Corson (CHA'67), both of PA.
Find A Grave (online memorial page)

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Romance With the Range (excerpt, 0:29)
Cow Cow Boogie (excerpt, 0:26)

Grave marker for Thomas J. Jennings Jr.
Died 1972
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Thomas Joseph Jennings, Jr. (Tom)

"I remember many Varsity football practices when Tom and I matched up against each other. He would try to gain advantage due to his size, and I would gain advantage based on my speed. I believe he was the only one who gave me a bloody nose. Nevertheless, during the last CHA regular season game against PC, we blitzed and together knocked the QB on his ass. Jennings looked up and said 'Hey, Shannon, nice hit.' This comment was one of the few positives in an otherwise disappointing season. Tom was very likeable, and I was stunned when I heard the news of his passing."
Barry Shannon (classmate)

Suddenly, Thomas J., Jr., beloved son of Thomas J., Sr. and the late Helen Jennings (née Diskin) of 887 Ronnie Lane, Roxborough. Relatives and friends are invited to the funeral on Sat., from the Errichetti Funeral Home, 5801 Chew Ave. 8:30 a.m. Mass of the Resurrection, Little Flower Church, Upsal & Ardleigh Sts. 10 a.m. Int. private. No viewing Friday evening.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Fri. 13 Oct. 1972

Born 1952 to Thomas J. and Helen D. Jennings. Buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham, Montgomery County, PA.
Find A Grave Memorial #148160548

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Michael Dean Kelly (Mike)
Died 08/13/05
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Michael Dean Kelly (Mike)

Formerly of 9410 Meadowbrook Lane in Chestnut Hill, Michael Dean Kelly was the only son of Willis W. "Bill" Kelly and Margy Kelly Barnes; he was born 12/02/52. Mike joined our class in 1967 (Form IV), participating in the Players, Pipers, Glee Club, Octet, English Committee, and the Student Volunteer Program. In the 1970 class will, “Kelly leaves his aftershave to Bull.”

Starting around February 1973, Mike was employed as a DJ for a number of years at CKLW, a 50,000-watt AM radio station broadcasting on 800 kHz, located in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and serving Windsor and Detroit. The photo shown here was taken in December 1973. There is a brief description of his radio show and a 2002 photo of him at; also see Motor City Radio Flashbacks and the Internet Archive.

According to one of his radio contemporaries, Mark Dailey, Mike "was also an accomplished singer and song writer [who] worked with some of the old Motown greats." Mike passed away at age 52 in Encino, CA, after battling stomach cancer for nine months; his funeral was held in Philadelphia.
Ian Mills (classmate)

Buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham, Montgomery County, PA. Epitaph on grave marker: “Always Young At Heart.”
Find A Grave Memorial #132317854

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CKLW disc jockey Mike Kelly, 1973
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James Laird McGehee (Laird)
Died 10/27/85
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James Laird McGehee

Laird McGehee, brother of Edward (Ted) CHA'67, attended CHA from 3- to 5-year-old kindergarten and then transferred to the J.S. Jenks School (color inset photo on left is from his 8th grade class photo in 1968). An article in the Baton Rouge Sunday Advocate (April 7, 1985) said that his family had always been listed in the Philadelphia Social Register, although his father was from Mobile, AL.

He and his brother Ted were single at the time of the Advocate article, living together in Baton Rouge. Laird had worked for 2½ years as a security officer at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, doing some "tree work on the side." For a time, he had been a semi-pro player in ice hockey and later a coach.

Laird died in his Baton Rouge residence at the age of 33, survived by his parents, Dr. & Mrs. Edward H. McGehee, two sisters, and his brother. Memorial services were held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill on 10/28/85.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Competitor's Fund, Wissahickon Skating Club, Chestnut Hill, Pa.
Ian Mills (from news articles retrieved by Jefferson Moak)

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Mark D. Newberger
Died 05/02/20
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Mark David Newberger, JD

Mark D. Newberger passed away on May 2, 2020. He was a graduate of Haverford College and Cornell Law School. He worked as an attorney and later as an Administrative Law Judge at the U.S. Social Security Administration, following in the footsteps of his father, who did the same. He also served on the Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners.

An all inter-academic soccer goalie in college and later a youth soccer league coach, he was a lifelong sports fan. He also enjoyed playing the guitar, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, and spending time with his family.

Mark is survived by his mother, Gloria Newberger; his brother, Craig Newberger; his sister, Nancy Ludin; his daughter, Lauren Falcao Bergquist; his grandson, Charlie Falcao Bergquist, several nieces and nephews, and his beloved dog, Ricky.

Private graveside services are being held. Contributions in his memory may be made to Habitat for Humanity
Jewish Exponent, Philadelphia, PA, May 7, 2020

“Mark and I spent many hours together, at school, at our homes, on a summer study tour of Europe, on our various roads thereafter. We weighed in on each other's current dating and girlfriend situations, bonded over sports, politics, music. I treasure those times and miss him.”
Andrew Ross (classmate)


“I remember Mark the most for his tremendous skills as our varsity soccer goalie. He was fun to be around.”
Norm Mitchell (classmate)

“I knew Mark well during our CHA days. He was a very good athlete, perhaps among the top 5 in our class. He was a superb soccer goalie and tennis player (co-captain). Although the 1969 soccer team did not have a great record, he kept most of the opponents' soccer balls out of the net. Mark attended my wedding, and his gift was a book about Richard Nixon — rather interesting. He was very engaged in politics and policy, always up for a debate or discussion.”
Barry Shannon (classmate)

“Reflecting back on those old CHA days, I recall when we became Seniors, (we) united into a very interesting and cool group of friends. In 1970 I got to know Mark a little bit better, and remember thinking what a passionate and right-on guy he was for our class.”
Wes Barton (classmate)

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Ralph Gallaway Stewart
Died 12/08/07
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Ralph Gallaway Stewart

STEWART, Ralph G., 56 – of Ventnor, formerly of Huntington Valley, PA and Ocean City, NJ, passed away on Saturday, December 8, 2007 at Our Lady's Multi-Care Center in Pleasantville.

Ralph worked in the insurance industry, as well as at Trump Marina for many years. He was the father of Lorianne and Ralph Jr.; son of Gayle and Russell Stewart of Horsham PA; brother of Rusty Stewart, Robin Knouse (Ryan), and Sharon Sharpe.

A funeral mass was offered on Wednesday, December 12th at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Atlantic City. A Memorial Service followed at the Craft-Givnish Funeral Home of Abington, PA. Interment was private.
Published in The Press of Atlantic City on 12/11/07.

Pictured (left) in CHA Class of '70 Form III photo (1967).

“Ralph and I were very close when he was at CHA. He towered over me by at least 2 feet. We sat (alphabetical) next to each other in study hall every day for all of those years. We joked, spoke, and not infrequently got in trouble together. He was intrigued by my being Jewish in such a non-Jewish environment. He was always open and respectful. I am moved by the fact that he lived and died a person of faith – respected by friends and family. May his memory be a blessing to his children and all who he touched during his life.”
Henry Shreibman (classmate)

“Ralph was a rather large lumbering presence, but very polite with a great sense of humor. He was encouraged to go out for sports and had many run-ins with the A.D. (Jim McGlinn) at the time. His stories about being a short order cook at HoJo's near Arcadia (formerly Beaver) College were very memorable. My condolescences to his family and friends, but I will always smile when I remember our conversations.”
Barry Shannon (classmate)

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Jane Stitzer
Died 1971?
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Jane Stitzer (Janie)

Pictured (left) in Springside Class of '70 yearbook photo (ca. 1969).

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David Dickson Story, 1970.
Died 01/16/13
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David Dickson Story

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard C. Story of Philadelphia; brother of Howard Clay Story III. Attended CHA for one year in seventh grade (Form I).

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