John G. Root Sr. ’50

John G. Root Sr. ’50 died June 29, 2014, at his home in Great Barrington, Mass. He was born in Paris, France, on April 20, 1925, and prepared for college at the Lenox School. He served to private in the Army during World War II. A member of Alpha Rho Upsilon fraternity, he graduated cum laude from Bowdoin, then earned a master’s degree from University of Maryland in 1953. He began a doctorate at Columbia University but stopped to take a teaching job at the Rudolf Steiner School in New York City, where for the next 25 years, he taught history, literature, and many other subjects. In the early 1980s, he helped found the Antioch/New England graduate program in Waldorf Education. He and his wife initiated and supported progressive projects in agriculture, including the very first CSA, land trusts, recycling and wind-energy. They took care of a number of adults with disabilities as part of a life-sharing intentional community. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Nancy Mitchell Root; son John Root ’72; daughters Ann-Elizabeth and Christina; 11 grandchildren (including Henry M. Jamison-Root ’10) and six great-grandchildren.

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