The Rev. Dr. Dixon A. Barr, a native of Crown Point, Indiana, is the son of Harold Standish Barr and Matilda Henning. He was married first to the late Charlotte Louise Van Deren, and then to Frances Fairfax Keller Barr. Dr. Barr was survived by his wife and three children: Edward Standish Barr, John McKee Barr, and Elizabeth Barr Masters (Mrs. James Brent), as well as four grandchildren.
Dr. Barr completed his undergraduate work at Ball State University , and later received a master's degree and doctorate from Columbia University. He had further theological education at St. George's College Jerusalem, the University of the South, and Lexington Theological Seminary. Dr. Barr, retired, was an ordained Episcopal priest and Canon of Christ Church Cathedral in Lexington, KY.
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Dr. Barr was a lecturer and teacher at National Genealogical Society conferences in the United States, as well as at other genealogical and hereditary societies. He was a life member of the Filson Historical Society, the Kentucky Historical Society, the National Genealogical Society, and the Kentucky Genealogical Society.
Joyce May McGehee Bockemuehl a native of Memphis, Tennessee. She was the only child of the late Edith May Willis, R.N. of Louisiana and Herbert Hillery McGehee, of Mississippi.
Mrs. Bockemuehl attended public schools in Lansing and Detroit until leaving for Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan where she was a political science major and planned to continue to law school. Marriage to Robert Russell Bockemuehl changed those plans. Mr. and Mrs. Bockemuehl have one son, Kenneth Forrest Bockemuehl and two grandchildren Brooke Nicole Bockemuehl, Esq. an attorney in Fort Myers, FL and Russell Forrest Bockemuehl of Gainesville, FL. Robert is a retired electrical engineer and department head of the General Motors Research Laboratories who volunteers his talent at Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic reading text books in scientific fields
Mrs. Bockemuehl was the Patron for the Hereditary Society Blue Book in 2000.
Mrs. Bockemuehl was a fifty-year member of the Order of Eastern Star, a twenty-seven-year member of The Village Woman’s Club, a private club with a philanthropic arm of community outreach, a thirty-year member of the P.E.O. sisterhood providing educational opportunities for women, offering scholarships and grants to assist women attain their goals.
Joyce authored one 700-page book Ezekiel Ross Jaques and Mary Evelyn Sering, Some of Their Ancestors and Descendants. She also worked on a book outlining and documenting her French lineages taking her from Louisiana to Quebec and Acadia.
She was made a Kentucky Colonel, she was a 27-year member of New England Historical and Genealogical Society and a longtime member of the Society of Genealogists in London.
Her avocational interests included philately, miniatures, needlework and music. She served on the state board of the Federation of Music Clubs where she administered a music therapy scholarship for 15 years. However, her devotion to genealogy took over. Consideration was given to becoming a certified genealogist but she found helping others find their lineages and membership in hereditary societies more rewarding.
Dr. Henry Jackson Darst, Jr., son of Henry J. Darst and Corine Fortune Darst, was a native of Kentucky. Dr. Darst’s grandfather, Dr. John C. Darst, practiced medicine in Pulaski and Roanoke, and his great grandfather, Major James H. Darst, was one of the most influential men in politics, banking and agriculture in Southwest Virginia. Dr. Darst was reared at Dublin, Pulaski County, Virginia where his ancestors settled when the area was still frontier. His childhood home was within two miles of the graves of three Revolutionary soldiers and officers of the War of 1812 and the War Between the States from whom he descends. At an early age, he learned the significance of his heritage.
Dr. Henry Jackson Darst, Jr. was married to Ann Harrison Booker Darst.
Dr. Darst earned his Master’s Degree (History of Social Thought), and his Ph.D. (History of Education) from the University of Virginia. He taught at Lynchburg College and the University of Virginia. Dr. Darst was a senior educator in the Department of the Army and was involved with the graduate civilian education of regular army officers, and overall operation of Army service schools. Since 1960 he operated two farms, 'Bird Hill' in James City County and 'Heron Hill' in York County, primarily engaged in the breeding and raising thoroughbred and quarter horses.
Dr. Darst was a member of the Commonwealth Club in Richmond, Virginia and the Farmington Club in Charlottesville, Virginia. He also held membership in the Williamsburg Rotary Club and Middle Plantation Club of Williamsburg, Virginia.
He was Chairman of the Colonial Soil and Water Conservation District, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Dr. Darst was appointed by Governor Allen as Chairman of a State Board to recommend the acquisition of conservation easements. He was President of the Charles City--James City-- New Kent-- York Farm Bureau, as well as President of the Four Rivers Agricultural Services Corp. Dr. Darst served as Secretary for the James City Board of Agriculture.
In addition, Dr. Darst was Director of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, and a member of the Virginia Historical Society, the New River Historical Society, the Rockbridge Historical Society, and the Association for Preservation of Virginia Antiquities.
Duane L.C.M. Galles, Esq., Ph.D., son of Lester Galles and his wife Nettie Mealman is a native of Adrian, Minnesota. Mr. Galles holds degrees from George Washington University (B.A.), William Mitchell College of Law (J.D.), University of Ottawa (Ph.D.) and Saint Paul University, Ottawa. (J.C.D.). He has a distinguished career as an attorney, counselor-at-law and canonist. Mr. Galles was called to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the State of Minnesota in 1977, and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1981.
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Mr. Galles was named a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels and holds membership in the Army and Navy Club of Washington. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and a member of the Heraldry Society of London; the Heraldry Society of Scotland; the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada; the Canon Law Society of America; the Canon Law Society of America of Great Britain and Ireland, as well as an associate member of the Académie internationale d’heraldique.
A native New Yorker raised in Darien, Connecticut, Sidney Hughes was the son of the late Sidney Worthington Hughes and Mary Gossler Hughes. Sidney attended the Buckley, Thomas, and King schools, and Yale University. He served in the US Army in the Pacific theatre during WWII. In 1953, he married Annette "Cloty" McMaster. He is survived by his wife, their children, Nancy and Thomas, and two grandchildren, Philip and Matthew, all of New York City.
Sidney was proud of the fact that he never obtained a Social Security Number and stated on more than one occasion that, “his father or grandfather had endowed the Colonial Order of the Acorn so that there would always be alcohol at the events.”
Those who knew Sydney remember a man of great good humor, gentleness and generosity. He illuminated the days of his family with love, and those of his many friends with storytelling, hospitality, and fellowship. His favorite verse of the Bible was “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” He was from the old school in New York Society and, in some ways, the 'last of the Mohegans'.
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Sidney was well-known for his interest in head covering (with over forty hats in his collection). His tri-cornered chapeau, worn at all Society of Colonial Wars functions, is well known by those who knew him. A writer and raconteur par excellence with an endless repertoire, Mr. Hughes was a member of the Union Club, the Church Club, the Players Club, the Knickerbocker Club, The Brook, the Coffee House. He was also an active member of the Pilgrims and Holland Lodge No. 8.
Susan Frances Pierce Patterson, the daughter of Albert Edward and Sarah Frances Jarvis Pierce, was a native of Oklahoma. Mrs. Patterson received her B.S. in Medical Technology from the University of Tulsa. She was married to Mr. Louis Winfield Patterson and had three children Steven Thomas, David Edward (deceased), and Reynolds West Patterson, and four grandchildren.
Mrs. Patterson was a member Delta Delta Delta and the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, and the Clopton Family Association. She was also member of the United Methodist Church in Dallas, where she was involved extensively with church activities over the years, including choir, teaching Sunday School, and with the United Methodist Women. Mrs. Patterson was also a Kentucky Colonel. She enjoyed genealogy, needlepoint and reading.
Herbert Keyser Zearfoss, Esq., son of the late Dean W. and Susan (Keyser) Zearfoss was a native of Montandon, Pennsylvania. In 1953, he married Thelma McCarthy, who preceded him in death in 1984. Mr. and Mrs. Zearfoss had three children, Timothy McCarthy Zearfoss, Jonathan Andrew Zearfoss, and Sarah Creighton Zearfoss. Mrs. Zearfoss died in 1984. Mr. Zearfoss married, in 1992, Suzanne Vander Veer.
Mr. Zearfoss was a 1947 graduate of Middleburg High School, where he participated in sports and plays and was a member of the band. He earned his B.A. in political science from Bucknell University in 1951. Mr. Zearfoss attended Yale University and joined the Navy. He was a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1954 to 1958 and in the latter year earned the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from American University
Mr. Zearfoss enjoyed a brilliant career as an attorney. He was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar and opened a law office in Lewisburg in 1959, practicing as Fetter and Zearfoss. He then joined the Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Company in Philadelphia, where he served as Assistant Counsel from 1960 to 1967. He was a Justice of the Peace in Radnor Township, Delaware County from 1966 to 1967 and an officer in the Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania from 1967 to 1968. In 1968 he was elected a State Representative to the Pennsylvania General Assembly and served for five terms, 1968 to 1978. He then returned to the Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Company, where he served from 1978 through 1982 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. In 1982 he joined Provident Indemnity Life Insurance, where he served as Senior Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel. From 1991 until his retirement in 2001 he was Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at Teleflex, Inc.
Mr. Zearfoss was perhaps best known, as the cheerful, engaged and inspirational leader of volunteer organizations throughout the Delaware Valley. His interests were expansive, stretching, for example, from the Boy Scouts of America to the Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum of Philadelphia (where he served as Treasurer at the time of his death).
In 1945, Herb became the first Eagle Scout in Middleburg. He attended Camp Karoondinha and was a camp counselor. He was an inspirational leader of organizations such as the Boy Scouts, which honored him with the Silver Beaver Award in 1989. He was president of the Genealogy Society of Pennsylvania for 13 years, and was elected honorary president for life, just two weeks before his death. Mr. Zearfoss was also a Kentucky Colonel.
Mr. Zearfoss was a member of the Merion Cricket Club and the Philadelphia Club. He worshipped at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, where he sang in the choir.