Wednesday, July 2, 2003

Memoriam: Bernard Markwell

Bernard Markwell, "to whom St. Fidgeta first appeared on rainy day in front of the Oriental Institute in Chicago," passed away July 2. He was 64.

Born September 8, 1938, in Harrison, Markwell lived in Chicago before moving to Tarentum 6 years ago. He was a 1956 graduate of Tarentum High School, a 1960 graduate of Wesleyan College, and a graduate of the University of Chicago, where he earned his doctorate. Mr. Markwell was a professor and a teacher at Francis Parker School, Chicago, for 17 years.

He was a member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Brackenridge, Amnesty International, N.Y., and was a Landmark of Pittsburgh lecturer. Mr. Markwell enjoyed peace and social justice activism, classical music, opera, good food and wine, and conversation, ballet and traveling.

Survivors include his father, Bernard M. Markwell of Pittsburgh; a brother, Christopher Leighty Markwell of Tarentum; and a sister, Mrs. Dennis (Katherine) Wellman of Boulder, Colo. He was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia Lee Presseau Markwell.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Allegheny Valley Library, Tarentum Branch, or to Amnesty International, 322 8th Ave., New York, N.Y. 10001.

from Valley News Dispatch

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just stumbled across this. Bernie Markwell was a teacher of mine while at francis parker, and I can saw one of the kindest and nicest people I've known. I'll miss him and only wish I had a chance to talk to him again before he passed.