F. Washington Jarvis III H’98

F. Washington Jarvis III H’98 died on October 7, 2018, in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

(The following was published in The Boston Globe on October 10, 2018):

F. Washington Jarvis III died October 7, 2018, at CareDimensions Hospice Home in Lincoln, Mass., after a long illness. Tony was born to Frank Washington Jarvis and Prudence Crandall Jarvis in Pittsburgh, Penn., on June 24, 1939. After growing up outside of Cleveland, Ohio, Tony attended St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Mass., and graduated with honors from Harvard College. He received his MA from Cambridge University in England, and his STB from the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Mass. He was awarded honorary doctorates by Bowdoin College (LHD, 1998), Middlebury College (DLitt, 2004), and the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale (DD, 2016).

Tony was an Episcopal priest. From 1964 to 1971 he served as curate at St. Paul’s Church in Cleveland. He had special interest in and responsibility for the youth of this large parish, and the program he developed attracted young people from all over the city. In 1971 he was appointed chairman of the history department at University School in Cleveland, and the following year assistant director, upper school.

For thirty years, from 1974 to 2004, Tony was headmaster of The Roxbury Latin School in Boston. Founded in 1645, Roxbury Latin is the oldest school in continuous existence in North America. After retiring at age sixty-five from Roxbury Latin, Tony served twice as a chaplain and master at Eton College in England, and as scholar-in-residence at schools in Perth and Sydney, Australia. He spoke at numerous educational conferences and schools—and served as a guest preacher and speaker—across the US and abroad in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. He delivered the Pitt Lecture at Yale in October 2012. From 2008 to 2016, Tony taught at Yale University, where he was founder and director of the educational leadership and ministry program at the Berkeley Divinity School.

Tony was past president of the Headmasters Association of the United States and of the Country Day School Headmasters Association, and he was the former chairman of the commission on independent schools of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. He served a five-year term as member of the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission. He was a trustee of the Independent School Association of Massachusetts, Winsor School, the American Friends of Maru a Pula (Botswana), and Portsmouth Abbey School. Since 1976 and until the time of his death he was priest associate at the Parish of All Saints, Ashmont, an inner city parish in the Dorchester neighborhood of the City of Boston where he lived.

Tony was the author of eight books and numerous articles in the fields of history, education, and religion. His book, With Love and Prayers, a collection of forty addresses to students, won the Christopher Award for adult non-fiction. He was a member of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, the Society of Mary, and the Society of King Charles the Martyr.

Tony was predeceased by his sister, Faith Crandall Jarvis Smith and is survived by his brother-in-law, Craig E. Smith of Hingham; his nephews Ned Smith and his wife, Kristin, of Houston, Texas, and Benjamin G.J. Smith and his wife, Stacey, of Acton; his niece Cricket Smith Segaloff and her husband, Brett, of Harvard; and his five great nieces and nephews: Catie, Annie, Timmy, Sarah, and Teddy.

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