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John K Walthew

March 23, 1930 December 5, 2018
John K Walthew
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John K. Walthew, son of the late John and Ella Walthew passed away on December 5, 2018. He was born in 1930 in Buffalo, NY and lived there and attended school through the second grade, at which time the family moved to Collins, NY. John attended elementary school in Collins and graduated as salutatorian from Gowanda High School in Gowanda, NY in 1947. He attended Guilford College in Greensboro, NC before transferring to Fredonia State Teachers College, Fredonia, NY to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Upon graduating in 1952 he accepted a position as sixth grade teacher at Hammondsport Central School at Hammondsport, NY. While there he completed a Master’s Degree in elementary supervision at Cornell University.

Pursuant to completing the Master’s Degree he took positions as elementary principal at Spencer Central School, and Newfield Central School, Newfield, NY and began studying for a PhD in Child Development and Educational Psychology at Cornell University. After achieving the PhD in 1963 he accepted a position at ETS in Lawrenceville, NJ. After four years he left ETS to join the faculty at Trenton State Teachers College where he taught Child Development and Statistic courses, and supervised student teachers. He also obtained and directed a federal grant whose goal it was to improve the quality of instruction in a school in the Trenton School System through the involvement of teachers, administrators and community members. He retired in 1996.

John was a member of two national honor societies, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Kappa Delta, which recognize superior scholarship and academic excellence.

John was an avid reader and enjoyed listening to music, attending concerts and the opera. He also liked to travel and play bridge.

John is survived by his wife of 65 years Shirley (Hollenbeck), two sons and daughters-in-law, Marshall (Jane Waite) of Ardmore, PA, Kendall (Sharon) of Parkland, FL and one granddaughter, Jessica Walthew and her husband William Field of Brooklyn, NY, as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, 2560 Pennington Road, Pennington, NJ. Private entombment will be in Ewing Church Cemetery Mausoleum. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in John’s memory can be made to the charity of donor’s choice. Condolences may be sent to

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