KINGSTON — H. Jeremy Packard, a resident of Kingston and former president of Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School, Kingston, passed away Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township, surrounded by his loving family.
Born Jan. 28, 1938, in Wallingford, Conn., he was the son of the late Hubert Sawyer and Anita Ford Packard. Jere was a graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, Conn., and Williams College, Williamstown, Mass. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 1959 to 1964 and received an honorable discharge. He furthered his education by obtaining a master's degree in history from Columbia University, New York. He became a teacher and administrator at Choate Rosemary Hall, and later became headmaster at Ridley College School, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.
Prior to retirement, he was president of Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School, serving from 1990 until 2007. Following his retirement, he was an adjunct professor at Misericordia University, Dallas, and Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre.
Mr. Packard was the recipient of several academic awards. He was a member of St. Ignatius Loyola Roman Catholic Parish, Kingston. Mr. Packard was an active member of the United Way of Wyoming Valley and served as volunteer campaign chairman in 1997. He was also chairman of the Luzerne County Election Board and a member of the Torch Club of Wyoming Valley.
Jere enjoyed bird-watching, tending to his vegetable garden and making his own homemade jam. He believed in getting your hands dirty and chopping wood was a day well spent, capped off with a long walk with his Newfoundland dog, Nandi. Jere was a season ticket holder of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins ice hockey team.
Surviving is his wife, Ingrid Cronin, at home. Jere and Ingrid had three sons, Michael and his wife, Sarah, of Annapolis, Md., and their three sons, Connor, Cameron and Theodore Packard, Dennis, of Manhattan, N.Y., and H. Matthew and his fiancee, Kasha Stevenson, of Philadelphia. Also two children, Seth, of Newton, Mass., and Eliza, of Santa Fe, N.M., from his marriage to the late Mary B. Green.
A memorial service for Jere will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at the Kirby Center for Creative Arts, Wyoming Seminary Campus, Sprague Avenue, Kingston. A reception will follow the service.
Memorial donations in Jere's name may be made to Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School, 201 N. Sprague Ave., Kingston, PA 18704; or the United Way of Wyoming Valley, 100 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.
Arrangements are by the Hugh P. Boyle & Son Funeral Home Inc., 416 Wyoming Ave., Kingston.