John Birchfield

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BIRCHFIELD, JOHN COOPER, 82, of Annapolis, Maryland died on December 29th, 2012 in Annapolis. He was born on March 12, 1930 in Roanoke, Virginia to the late Howard Paul Birchfield, Sr. and Blanche Cooper Birchfield and grew up in Roanoke, Blacksburg, and Salem Virginia. He was a corporal in the Korean War in the 48th MASH unit as a lab technician and was honorably discharged in September, 1953. He married Josalee Evelyn Morrell from Bristol, Tennessee
on September 10, 1955. He graduated from Cornell University in 1957 with a bachelor's degree, and master's degree from Rutgers University in 1964.

John was the founder and principal of Birchfield Foodsystems, Inc., a foodservice consulting and design firm which had offices in Annapolis and Okemos, Michigan. He has been a professor in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management at Michigan State University, Vice president of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and has had operational experience in hotels, clubs, restaurants, and colleges. In 1973, John won the International Foodservice Manufacturer's Association Silver Plate Award as Foodservice Operator of the year. He is a past-president of the National Association of College and University Food Services and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by that association in 1973. He served as the President of Foodservice Consultant Society International. He is the author of many articles and books on foodservice and management. He served on the advisory board of Cahners Publishing Company for three years and has been a guest columnist for Food Management Magazine. He has designed many foodservice operations and has served as an operations consultant for numerous institutions, hotels and clubs in the United States and Europe.

John embraced life and loved the outdoors. He hiked the Appalachian Trail with his brother-in-law, Al Edmonds, and was an avid sailor and golfer. He loved photography and painting with oils. John and his wife loved to travel and visited every state in the United States, 13 National Parks and 39 different countries.

He is survived by his wife, Josalee Morrell Birchfield, of Annapolis, Maryland; his daughter and son-in-law Judith Lynn Birchfield and Tom Finn, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; his daughter and son-in-law Janis Morrell Birchfield and Finn Runyon, of Taos, New Mexico; and his son and daughter-in-law John Cooper Birchfield, Jr. and Lisa Birchfield, of Annapolis, Maryland; his brother and sister-in-law Sydnor H. Byrne and Mary Alice Byrne, of Bonita Springs, Florida; his first cousin, John Kermit Birchfield, Jr., of Gloucester, Massachusetts; and his grandchildren, Shawn Thomas Birchfield-Finn, Chelsea Marie Birchfield-Finn, Dillon Runyon Tisdel, Finnian Cooper Runyon, and Gavin Thomas Birchfield; his great grandson Joah Tisdel; and his nephew Sean Byrne, of Baltimore, Maryland. He is predeceased by his beloved step-father, Sydnor H. Byrne, Sr., of Blacksburg, Virginia and his brother, Howard Paul Birchfield, Jr. of Roanoke, Virginia.

A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, January 4, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park, Maryland. A reception will follow at the church. He will be buried at a later time in Roanoke, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be given to: The Sierra Club at the following: or
Feeding America at the following:

Published in The Capital on Jan. 3, 2013
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