It is with tremendous sadness that I share the news of the passing of one of our very best, Russell “Junie” Hockenbury. Junie died this morning at Morristown Memorial Hospital and I will share the arrangements with you once they have been finalized.
Junie first started working as a farmhand on our campus in 1945. His love of horses was legendary, and he kept his own on the campus until last month. Most of the time, Junie could be seen on a tractor, making sure that all our fields looked their best, especially the athletic ones. In the past decade, he and his wife Lois were loyal supporters of our boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, never missing a game.
This is a day that many of us thought would never come; Junie, being of the land, seemed just as timeless. In fact, he came to work each day until just a few weeks ago. It now falls upon others to open the gates to our campus each day, cut the grass, and carry forward the mantle of stewardship that was his for almost 75 years.
I ask that you please keep Lois in your prayers throughout the coming days and weeks.
S. A. Rowell
Head of School