In Memoriam, Fall/Winter 2022-2023

In Memoriam, Fall/Winter 2022-2023

In Memoriam

Richard “Jake” Jacobsen

Former SSSAS teacher and beloved coach Jake Jacobsen died on October 26. Jake, father of Doc ’11 and Ally, joined St. Stephen’s School in 1989, first serving as a math lab instructor and football coach, and later as a Lower and Upper School P.E. teacher. He coached football, wrestling, and track and field for both the Middle and Upper Schools, and founded the Breakfast Club, an early morning weightlifting and conditioning program at the Upper School. Coach Jake’s true passion was demonstrating the life lessons that would help students become better human beings, which many alumni hold in their memory and use daily—a true tribute to his legacy.

When Jake was awarded the Excellence in Education Award by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce in 1995, his colleagues and students were not surprised by the recognition. “He deeply believes in the subject he teaches and in helping each student work to his or her potential,” shared his colleague, Marsha Way, when he received the award. “He has a never-ending love of learning; the patience to work with his students to help them be the best they can be; the wonderful ability to laugh at himself and a situation; and a totally unselfish, caring attitude toward his students and colleagues.” 

Jeanne Bullock

Jeanne Bullock, former SSSAS Lower School Nurse, died on October 15. Jeanne, husband to Robert and mother of Stacy, Adam ’01, and Abby ’03, joined St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes in 1991 and served our community for 25 years before retiring.

Jeanne was an incredible, nurturing presence at the Lower School for generations of Saints. She cared deeply about this community and she touched the lives of countless students and colleagues. Jeanne was an incredibly warm, calm, and steady presence, which is exactly what you dream of for a school nurse. In times of injuries or illnesses, Jeanne was unflappable, which brought comfort to the students and parents alike. So many Saints parents appreciated Nurse Bullock’s warmth and support when she called home to share information about an illness or injury. Jeanne was incredibly conscientious. If something came her way that she was not totally sure about- an unusual rash or illness- she would research it and consult with health professionals so that she could provide the best possible advice and care. Most of the visitors to her office, though, needed simple remedies like an ice pack, a bandaid, or a throat lozenge, but Jeanne knew what they were really seeking, what they really needed. For with each of these items came comfort and warmth, conveying kindness and calming nerves.

Leona “Lee” Barber

Lee Barber, the former Head of the Lower and Middle Schools for St. Agnes, passed away October 1 at the age of 95. Lee, mother to Amy (SAS’70) and Biff (SSS’81), and grandmother to David ’07, Eric ’09, and Ashley Jones ’17, joined the St. Agnes faculty in 1967, first as a second grade teacher and later as Head of the Lower and Middle Schools. She deeply loved her students and her time at St. Agnes, helping to found Grandparents’ Day, as well as the school’s first Girl Scout Brownie Troop. Upon her retirement from St. Agnes in 1981, her colleague Bobbi Wright shared the following for the alumni magazine.

“More than any other part of her job, Lee has loved being with the children, and that is the reason for her success with them. Children intuitively know this and respond in kind. Not only has she loved those under her care at St. Agnes, but she has nurtured each one as though they belong to her, and in a certain sense, each has.”

(Listings received prior to October 28, 2022)


Elizabeth “Betsy” Royal Burch ’40
October 3, 2021

Julia “Julie” Halloran Rush ’45
June 7, 2022

Kathleen “Sally” Spaulding ’48
August 11, 2022

Jerre Sass Sultan ’50
December 5, 2021

Julian Everly, Sr. ’51
January 12, 2021

Louisa “Lisa” Morton Chute ’53
May 19, 2022

Susan Haydock Lang ’55
May 19, 2022

Sally “Sue” Crommelin-Dell ’56
June 30, 2021

Tom Mustin ’58
brother of Doug St. Denis ’55, Henry Mustin ’50 (deceased), brother-in-law to Lucy Holcomb Mustin ’55, uncle to Lloyd Mustin ’77, Tom Mustin ’78, Kay Mustin Miller ’79, and John Mustin ’85
July 5, 2022

Eleanor Backus Engh ’58
sister of Joshan Backus Wise ’61,mother of Andy Engh ’77, grandmother of Charlie Engh ’12 and Catherine Engh ’07
August 15, 2022

Terry Kidner ’59
July 3, 2021

Lynn Hardy Yeakel ’59
January 13, 2022

Loren Needles ’60
March 2022

Carson “Lee” Fifer, Jr. ’61
father of Meredith Fifer ’06 and Daniel Fifer ’03, uncle of Sharon Dewey Cassidy ’88
April 21, 2022

Suzanne Rowell Rouland ’62
August 1, 2022

Cynthia Pickard McCredie ’63
May 7, 2022

Cynthia “Cindy” Hyde Fawsett ’66
August 23, 2022

Sarah “Brooks” Cooke Thorn ’66
October 2, 2022

Blake Thompson ’66
brother of Blair Thompson ’68 and Clark Thompson ’72, step-father of Katie Obermiller ’98 and Julia Obermiller Byrnes ’01
October 5, 2022

Anne Barrett Cole ’72
sister of Bill Barrett ’69 and Louise Barrett ’73
March 12, 2022

Jeffrey “Jeff” Jones ’73
brother of Jennifer Jones Embry ’71
March 9, 2022

Elizabeth Bancroft ’76
sister of Mary-McLean Bancroft Jones ’80
July 3, 2022

Kristen Alfriend ’95
sister of Caron Alfriend ’96 and Bliss Alfriend Miga ’70
June 21, 2022

Raemeka Gant ’92
sister of Lela Gant ’96
March 15, 2022

Family and Friends

Chuck Langdon
husband of Joanie Ferrell ’72
December 2021

Elizabeth “Beth” Smith
mother of Powell Smith ’83, Ted Smith ’88, Abby Smith Miller ’90, and Leslie Smith ’80 (deceased)
January 26, 2022

Marjorie Abramson
mother of Paul Abramson ’69 and Jon Abramson ’77, grandmother of Elizabeth Abramson Nibley ’06, Andrew Abramson ’06, and Jessica Abramson ’04
February 4, 2022

Dan “Danny” Tate
father of Dan Tate, Jr. ’84
March 2, 2022

Maj. Gen. Hal Hallgren
father of Col. Wayne Hallgren ’71 and Laura Hallgren Thayer ’73
March 5, 2022

Patricia “Pat” Humphrey
mother of Mary Jane Humprey Pessaud ’86 and Sarah Humphrey Douglas ’83, grandmother of Will Pessaud ’18 and Jack Pessaud ’21
March 15, 2022

Ben Bridges
father of Elizabeth “Puma” Bridges Cornick ’80 and Ann Bridges ’83, grandfather of Elizabeth Cornick ’13 and Keene Cornick ’21
March 31, 2022

Marianna Taylor
grandmother of Alison Taylor Henry ’02, Lars Taylor ’05, great grandmother of Drew Henry ’34, mother-in-law of Patty Herter Taylor ’72
April 1, 2022

Douglas Edwards
father of Amanda Edwards ’89
April 6, 2022

Sylvia Weeks Jones
mother of Lydia Jones Nunn ’72 and Laureen Jones Mullins ’74, grandmother of Phillip Mullins ’07
April 8, 2022

Doris Lindsey
mother of Robert “Rob” Lindsey ’86
April 9, 2022

Sara “Sally” Bartley
mother of Ann Hepburn Webb ’80
April 18, 2022

Joan Danzansky
mother of Mike Danzansky ’87
April 24, 2022

Mary Frances Augst
mother of Bobby Augst ’95 and Susan Augst Roll ’81
April 28, 2022

Dr. Gerhard Lukowsky
father of Andrea Lukowsky ’81, Maria Lukowsky ’83, Tania Lukowsky Bruno ’86
May 8, 2022

Nancy Smith
mother of Cathy Smith Tyler ’80, Leith Smith ’78, Billy Smith, Jr. ’75, grandmother of Rice Tyler ’15, Harrison Tyler ’13, and Chris Tyler ’21, aunt of Buzz Smith ’74 and Bette Smith ’64
May 13, 2022

The Rev. Dr. Howard Hanchey
father of Stephanie Hanchey ’86 and Ashley Hanchey Bigelow ’89, husband of Anne Hanchey (former faculty)
May 17, 2022

Dennis “Denny” Meyer
father of Matthew D. Meyer ’81, Michael J. Meyer ’83, Catie Meyer ’86, Peter V. Meyer ’88, Denise Meyer Prince ’94, and Abigail Meyer ’04, grandfather of Luke Peterson ’15 and Rita Peterson ’21
June 7, 2022

Alfred Pavot
father of Paul Pavot ’85 and Pierre Pavot ’88
June 9, 2022

Juraj Ludevit Jan Slavik
father of Michael Slavik ’82 and Nick Slavik ’84
June 10, 2022

Louis Brand “Randy” Rodenerg, Jr.
father of Brand Rodenberg ’00
June 26, 2022

Mrs. Henry Clay “Odie” Curtis
mother of Amy Curtis ’80, grandmother of Clay Kane ’13
July 7, 2022

Paul “Skip” Goree
father of Chase Goree ’16 and Gillian Goree ’15
July 8, 2022

Joseph “Joe” Graves
father of Lindsay Graves Hernandez ’05
July 30, 2022 

Rick Reed
father of Mackey ’06, Gardner ’08, and Carly ’13
August 17, 2022

Katherine “KK” McCart
mother of Anna ’26, Caroline ’30, and Harris ’30
September 3, 2022

Dr. Samir Azer
father of Adrian Azer ’96 and Vivien Azer ’95, grandfather of Teddy Azer ’28 and CeCe Azer ’34, uncle of Tricia Chupkovich Karppi ’84
October 8, 2022

Howard Rooks
father of Lisa Rooks Morris ’86
October 20, 2022

Suzanne Kleeblatt
mother of Ally ‘26 and Colten ‘28
October 25, 2022