Virginia Biddle, MD
BLUE HILL—Virginia Biddle, MD, of Blue Hill, formerly of Woods Hole, Mass., died peacefully March 28, 2014, after a long illness. She was born July 4, 1929, in Milton, Mass., daughter of Virginia Morris Biddle and Nicholas Biddle.
Virginia became a medical technician and went to Nagasaki as medical director of a research lab for the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission. At age 31, she was accepted by Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. In 1967, she opened her own practice in Woods Hole, Mass., and became medical director of the Falmouth Nursing Home and director of continuing medical education at Falmouth Hospital. In 1991, Virginia moved to Blue Hill. She practiced in Ellsworth and retired in 2006.
Virginia, “Ginny,” had numerous, widely varying interests. She was an expert equestrian, skier, sailor and a lifelong devotee of wooden boats. An avid reader, Ginny also loved gardening, lobster fishing, photography, creative writing, birds and animals…a true Renaissance woman. She was an extremely competent physician, and her priority was always her patients.
Virginia is survived by sisters, Katharine More of Sharon, Vt., Elizabeth Barrett of Dover, Mass.; brother, Nicholas Biddle Jr., of Temecula, Calif.; and eight nieces and nephews. For years, family flocked to Blue Hill to share the adventures of this beloved sister/aunt/cousin for whom we grieve.
A service will be held 3 p.m. May 9, 2014, at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill. Donations may be made to the Peninsula Ambulance Corps of Blue Hill or the Bagaduce Music Lending Library, P.O. Box 829, Blue Hill, ME 04614.
Katherine Segars Leveque
Katherine Segars LeVeque, 87, died peacefully at her family home in Galena, Ohio, on April 9, 2014. Katherine, daughter of Katherine (McDonald) and Colin Segars, was born and raised in Hartsville, S.C. She attended Coker College and the Art Students League in New York City. While in New York she met Frederick Will LeVeque. They married in 1949 and raised a family of five children on their farm in Galena. Katherine was a dedicated community volunteer, participating in Twig 3 for Children’s Hospital, The Little Garden Club of Columbus, The Daughters of the Confederacy, and the women’s board for the Columbus Museum of Art. She loved sports, was an avid swimmer and played in both the USTA and GCTA tennis leagues. She was a member of Rocky Fork Hunt and Country Club where she played platform tennis. Following her husband’s sudden death in 1975, Katherine, remarkably, continued her husband’s endeavors for Columbus. She acquired the LeVeque Tower in 1977, fulfilling his lifelong dream. She went on to complete her vision of a vibrant downtown environment by joint venturing the development of One Columbus at the corners of Broad and High streets and was committed to the promotion of downtown living. Perhaps her greatest legacy in Columbus will be her passionate dedication to the renovation of the Palace Theatre. When she learned of its imminent demise to create more parking, Katherine fervently fought to save the theatre, funded the project by herself, and could even be spotted personally polishing the beautiful, brass entry doors. She owned and managed the theatre until its gift and donation to the City of Columbus and CAPA. In 1996, the Katherine S. LeVeque lobby of the Palace Theatre was named in her honor. Her commitment to the growth and enhancement of Columbus led her to hold leadership positions with the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and the Boy and Girl Scouts of America. She was also on the boards of the Columbus College of Art and Design, the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Columbus Center of Science and Industry, Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, Lutheran Social Services, OSU University Foundation, the campaign board of Ohio Cancer Research, United Way of Franklin County, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Columbus, and Worthington Industries. She was much beloved by her community and was bestowed many prestigious awards for her dedication. She received an honorary degree from Franklin University, the Pacesetters Executive Award, the National Society to Prevent Blindness—People of Vision Award, the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame, the Business First Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, CEO magazine Business Hall of Fame, and the YWCA Capital Women of Distinction Award. Her philanthropic philosophy is best captured in her own words from a time capsule implanted in the cornerstone of One Columbus, “The city is booming, and our future is bright. We’re a city of caring people, and we care about our future.” Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her beloved husband Frederick Will LeVeque; daughter Katherine “Katie” Plew LeVeque and brother Mac Segars. Katherine will be dearly missed by her children Les LeVeque (Daniella Dooling), Fred LeVeque, Colin LeVeque (Barbara) and Bonnie Moore (David); grandchildren Claire LeVeque, Felix LeVeque, John Jackson, Mac Jackson, Caroline Jackson, Frederick Jackson, Katie Plew, Jimmy Plew, Brie LeVeque, Colin LeVeque Jr., Stephanie LeVeque, Elise McDaniel, Elizabeth Moore, Anna Moore, Rebecca Moore, Alexis Kirk, William Kirk and Cameron Kirk; great grandchildren Cole, Peyton, Dixielynn, Oliver and Avery and sister-in-law Jackie Segars. A memorial service was held Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Central College Presbyterian Church, 975 S. Sunbury Rd., Westerville, OH with Rev. Dr. Richard D. Ellsworth officiating. A reception followed in Ballard Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions in Katherine’s memory be made to CAPA, 55 E. State St., Columbus, OH, 43215. (www.capa.com) or Alzheimer’s Assn. of Central Ohio, 1379 Dublin Rd., Columbus, OH, 43215 www.alz.org/centralohio. Arrangements by Schoedinger Midtown Chapel. To share a condolence of memory, please visit www.schoedinger.com.
Eric A. Sheard
Deer Isle—Eric A. Sheard, 83, died at the Island Nursing Home, Deer Isle, Maine, Monday, April 7, 2014. A graduate of Belleville High School and Newark College of Engineering, he was owner and president of Lescon, Inc., which specialized in Liquid Elastomers and Polyurethanes. He was previously employed by Johns-Manville Engineering, Mansville, N.J., Thiokol Chemical Co., Trenton, N.J., and Henley & Co., New York City.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served in Germany for two years.
Eric was a member and elder of the Flemington Presbyterian Church, Flemington, N.J., before moving to Maine where he joined the Deer Isle and Sunset Congregational Churches and served as moderator for nine years. He enjoyed singing in the Deer Isle and Sunset choirs and also sang with the Peter’s Cove Men’s Chorale and the Bagaduce Chorale in Blue Hill, Maine.
He held the chairmanship of many church and professional committees. He was the past director of the Polyurethane Manufacturers’ Association, the New York Rubber Group and the Trenton Section of the American Chemical Society.
Eric was an Eagle Scout and a 32nd degree Master Mason, formally of the Grand Masonic Lodge in Trenton, N.J., and more recently of the Marine Masonic Lodge of Deer Isle, Maine. He was a Shriner and a member of the N.J. Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, with whom he sang.
He enjoyed sailing and skippered for many years with the Princeton Ski and Sail Club of Princeton, N.J. Chesapeake Bay and the Caribbean were favored spots, along with trips to Greece, Turkey, and Spain.
A prolific reader of books, newspapers and trade magazines he loved to learn and solve complex problems, often drawing solutions and diagrams on the backs of napkins and envelopes. He loved to whistle or sing as he did chores around the house, yard and pool.
Eric is survived by his wife of 56 years, Norma Voorhees Sheard, a daughter, Beth Sheard of Saugus, Mass., a son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Lynn (Hotchkin) Sheard of Plainsboro, N.J., a granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Adrienne (Sheard) and Aaron Howe of Honolulu, Hawaii, a grandson, Glenn Sheard of Grand Rapids, Mich., and numerous cousins in England. He was predeceased by his parents, Sydney Sheard and Doris (Heath) Sheard Robinson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Eric Sheard’s name can be made to either: The Music Fund, Deer Isle/Sunset Congregational Church, P.O. Box 292, Deer Isle, ME 04627 or to The Music Fund, Island Nursing Home, 587 N. Deer Isle Rd., Deer Isle, ME 04627. Arrangements made by Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Homes.