Obituaries

Posted September 14, 2006

Alice R. Murphy

Alice Rose (Hagearty) Murphy of Martha's Vineyard died August 30 after a long and courageous battle with emphysema. She was surrounded by friends and family.

She was born in New Haven, Conn., on October 19, 1931, the daughter of John and Alice (McCall) Hagearty. She was a graduate of Mount Saint Joseph Academy and Hartford Secretarial School.

She married Thomas D. Murphy in 1962. In 1982 they moved to Martha Vineyard. Alice worked for Martha's Vineyard Community Services for many years.

She was predeceased by her husband and her sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Allan Tibbetts. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and Hugh Campbell, brother John Hagearty, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of special friends.

She will be greatly missed by all her friends and family who loved her dearly. Her memorial service will be held in St. Augustine's Church, Vineyard Haven on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 11 am. Donations may be made in her memory to Hospice of Martha Vineyard, P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. Arrangements are under the care of Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.

Joyce M. Balboni

Joyce M. Balboni of Oak Bluffs died on Sept. 10 at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital. She was the beloved wife of John W. Balboni. Her funeral mass will be held on Thursday, Sept 14, in Our Lady Star of the Sea Church at 10 am. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Oak Bluffs. Donations in her memory may be made to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 or Vineyard Nursing Association, PO Box 2568, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information. A full obituary will follow in a later edition of The Times.

Mildred B. Moshen

Mildred Briscoe Moshen of Aquinnah died on Sept. 9 at her home. Her graveside service will be held on Friday, Sept 22, 11 am, in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Oak Bluffs. Arrangements are under the care Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information. A full obituary will follow in a later edition of The Times.

Frederick K. Glodis

Frederick K. Glodis

Frederick Kirkland Glodis died on August 4 in Wilson, N.C., at the age of 68.

It was August 27, 1963 when the young Glodis family, consisting of Fred, Joan, and I I-month-old Kathy arrived in Vineyard Haven, to embark on a 39-year adventure. The first thing Fred did was take off his city shoes and didn't care if he ever put them on again. After interviewing with Charlie Downs and Ned Whitmore and being hired by Alice Campos, Red Dolby, and Dr. Russell Hoxsie, he entered the Tisbury School as the new science teacher. What a journey, what a love affair, what a gift. He was blessed with a passion for teaching science and becoming personally invested in his students, their families, and the town, and was given all the room and support he needed to share this passion. If he asked for books, equipment, anything he wanted for the students to learn and to be able to accompany him on his adventure, he got it. He was never denied his requests to attend NSTA conventions and to conduct workshops while there. He would go from exhibit to exhibit, looking for anything that would further excite his students and future students.

He felt strongly that the Island youngsters should know their Island environment. So, shortly after arriving on Vineyard he was introduced to bird banding. He was off and running. He took his students to the rookery in Lobsterville and they counted, documented, and banded gulls. They all came home covered in bird poop and were as happy as could be. The Audubon Society would send cards telling where the banded birds were found. There were beach erosion studies and the dreaded leaf and shell collections. God help you if you tried to sneak in a shell that grandma brought you back from Florida.

The Mr. G. jokes that he told brought groans, but became tradition. He had pride in students working hard, pushed those he knew could do better and encouraged all to work to the best of their abilities. There were many times when he agonized over the struggles, personal and academic, of his school children.

Summers brought adventures too, along with numerous jobs, fishing, and off-Island courses. The town needed someone to spray for mosquitoes, so Fred went to school and got a license. The schools needed to solve their asbestos problems. So, Bob Holt and Fred went to asbestos school, donned their space-like suits, and dug right in. He was so honored to have been invited, along with teachers from all over the country, to join the Jason Project team led by Dr. Robert Ballard of the Wood's Hole Oceanographic Institute. Fred was on the team that wrote the curriculum and procedures, using the scientific data, to be comprehended by his school age students.

He enjoyed being part of the Tisbury School family whose efforts were put forth to enrich the learning experiences, health, and welfare of the students entrusted to their care.

As all parents, he was bursting with joy at the birth of his daughters, Kathleen, Kimberly, Abigail, and had that great feeling when he became "Grandpa Fred." He shared in the happiness of their successes and suffered and felt the pain of the obstacles they encountered and had to overcome. He felt such pride when all three of his children chose paths modeled in some way after his own. Kathy became like him, fascinating her young students at Harvard Yard with the mysteries of science and life, as one parent put it, building a legacy for her father. Kim earned her Ph.D. in psychology, conducts her own research, and does her best to implement the best of Fred's pedagogy with her college students. Finally this last year, Abby graduated from college earning her degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences and entertained her father regularly with stories of biopsy investigations.

Fred was born on Dec. 27,1937, in Worcester, the son of Lucy Mae Parker Glodis and John Glodis. He leaves behind his wife of 45 years, Joan; his daughters Kathleen Poehler and her husband Eric of Melrose; Kimberly Martin, her husband Curtis and their children Amelia, Isaac, and Talula of Rocky Mount, N.C.; and Abigail Glodis and her son Ari Siegler of Beachwood, Ohio. He also leaves his brothers John of Arizona and Roy of Virginia and sisters Mary West of Florida, Eleanor Mann of Massachusetts, and Susan Kollios of Nevada.

He was predeceased by an infant son and will be laid to rest with him on October 21, in view of his beloved Tisbury School.

Fred never tired of teaching. He loved and lived it. His body got tired. He was my many-faceted diamond, always shining brightly through the good and hard times. He was my Freddie, courageous, loving, dependable, devoted, and I will love and miss him forever.

Donations in memory of Frederick Glodis may be made to The Jason Project at: PO Box 630548, Baltimore, MD 21263-0548. Please make checks payable to The Jason Project and write "Fred Glodis" on the memo line. The Jason Project is an organization dedicated to oceanographic exploration and education.