Rev. Jesse Myers, college educator, chaplain, dies

April 19, 1991

A memorial service for the Rev. Jesse Woodrow Myers, a professor emeritus at Montgomery Community College who also had served as chaplain at the University of Maryland, will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park.

Dr. Myers, who was 74, died Monday at his home in Arnold after a lengthy illness.

He retired in 1987 after serving as director of humanities, director of educational resources and professor of psychology at the college.

Earlier, he was chaplain at the University of Maryland's College Park campus from the early 1950s to 1965 and director of student services at Anne Arundel Community College for a year before joining Montgomery Community College in 1967.

Born and reared in Baltimore, he attended City College, then graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in Farmville, Va., in 1940 and Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va., in 1942. He later received his doctorate in education from the University of Maryland.

An Army chaplain stationed in Korea in 1945, Dr. Myers later was a pastor of Presbyterian churches in Franklin, W.Va., and Fairhaven, Va., before he began his career in education.

He was a member of the Century Club at Hampden-Sydney College, the American Psychological Association and the National Capital Presbytery.

He also belonged to two honor societies -- ODK at the University of Maryland and Psi Chi, a psychological honor society.

His first marriage to Virginia Elizabeth Bailey ended in divorce. In 1985, he married the former Johanna Yahner.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, James D. Myers of Woodbridge, Va.; three daughters, Virginia Gilbreath of Burtonsville, Patricia McCarthy of Columbia and Barbara Benz of Gaithersburg; a brother, Robert Myers of Baltimore; a sister, Marie Slaysman of Woodlawn; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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