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A. Carter and Ruth Coe (Dudy) Fergusson

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A. Carter and Ruth Coe (Dudy) Fergusson Obituary
A. Carter Fergusson, 93, of Edgewater Park, NJ, died July 21, 2017. Ruth (Dudy) Coe Fergusson, 90, of Riverton, NJ, and his wife of 67 years, died July 30, 2017. They met at the Riverton Country Club, Riverton, New Jersey on September 13, 1947 and were married September 10, 1949. Carter was born September 26, 1923 to Alexander C. Fergusson and Mabel Carter Fergusson of Edgewater Park, New Jersey. He attended the Haverford School from 1938 to 1942. He was a member of the Cum Laude Society (1942). He was inducted into the Hall of Fame as an individual athlete in 2009, having received 10 Varsity Letters. He was the 1942 Alumni Class Chair. Carter was a 1945W graduate of Yale University, where he majored in Mathematics. He received 8 Varsity Letters from Yale Squash (3), Golf (2), Soccer (3). He captained the Varsity Squash team for 2 years and led the team to two National Championships. He was inducted into the College Squash Association Hall of Fame in 1994. Carter retired in 1990 from a 44 year career in family business, a Philadelphia manufacturer of industrial chemicals, called AFCO. Carter joined the Merion Cricket Club in 1947. He was elected to the Board of Government in 1965, was Vice President in 1970 and President from 1976-1979. He was a member of the U.S Jesters for 64 years, where he served as President from 1967-1970. He was awarded the Jesters Cup in 1972, the highest award bestowed on a Member. Carter was called the “Cal Ripken” of squash and played in 62 consecutive National Hardball Singles Tournaments. He was a 69 year member of the St. Andrews Society of Philadelphia, where he served as President from 1972-73. His father and grandfather were also Presidents of the Society. He was instrumental in the success of the Society’s Scholarship Foundation, which was established in 1957. He gave considerable financial support to ensure the success and completion in 2007 of a monument along the Delaware River waterfront to commemorate the contribution of Scots to the building of America. Carter joined the Governing Board of the Friends of Independence National Historic Park in Philadelphia in 1980. He became Chairman of the Board from 1991 through 1992. Under his leadership the Friends created a publication called The Friends of Independence National Historic Park: A History of its First Twenty Years, 1972-1992. Carter had unparalleled devotion to his commitments in the community, the organizations he supported and his beloved family. He had an impressive memory and remembered names, dates and details of a story like no other. His greatest love was his wife Dudy. Dudy (Coey) was born June 24, 1927 in Riverton, NJ to Howard S. Coe and Ruth Huston Coe. She attended the George School in Newtown, PA where she graduated in 1945. She returned after attending The Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art, now called The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and was the Assistant in Fine Arts at George School from 1947-49. Dudy was an active Member of the Junior League of Philadelphia from 1951 until she became a Sustaining Member in 2008. She was a 22 year member of the Acorn Club in Philadelphia. Both Carter and Dudy were loyal and longstanding supporters of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. They joined the Associates Program in 1984. They made gifts to support exhibitions, education programs, annual operations, and special initiatives. Dudy was completely devoted to Carter and reveled in the times her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren were together. She was creative, not only in her artistic talents but in her decorating, flower arranging, and the ways she would weave descriptions through her stories. Dudy and Carter were generous in their contributions to society and their family. They were thoughtful in how they cared and remembered others. As parents they modeled caring, romantic love, witty and compassionate communication, and values and morals which they exemplified by their example. They are survived by their 3 daughters: Margie Foraker (Orval), Sally Morsbach (Dick), and Laurie Plumb (Bob), 6 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers donations may by made to The Haverford School in memory of Carter Fergusson ’42, Yale University in memory of Carter Fergusson, class of 1945W, or The George School and send to The Advancement Office, 1690 Newtown Langhorne Rd, PMB 4438, Newtown PA 18940, in memory of Ruth (Coe) Fergusson, ’45, or PAFA (The Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts). Family and Friends will gather for a celebration of their lives on Friday, September 29, 2017 1:00 at the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church. Interment will be private. STUARD – NEWTOWN SQ – SINCE 1822
Published in Main Line Media News on Aug. 13, 2017
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