Rev. Herschel HalbertPromoted world peaceThe Rev. Herschel...

August 14, 1994

Rev. Herschel Halbert

Promoted world peace

The Rev. Herschel Halbert, founder of the World Conference on Religion and Peace, died Aug. 2 of a heart attack at his home in Norwood, N.J. He was 78.

Mr. Halbert worked to promote world peace through interreligious cooperation. He organized a convention for 300 religious and lay leaders in Kyoto, Japan, in 1970 and was instrumental in forming 30 national chapters and affiliated religious bodies in 60 countries.

He was born in Baltimore and graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in 1938 and from General Theological Seminary in New York in 1942. He was ordained an Episcopal minister in 1943.

He was a Navy chaplain during World War II in the Pacific Rim and served parishes in Brooklyn, Prince Frederick, and in eastern Pennsylvania. He later became director of Christian education in the diocese of Central New York and was assigned to the staff of the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church USA in New York in the 1960s.

He was a volunteer at the Anglican United Nations Office and helped organize the United Nations Non-Governmental Committee for Freedom of Religion or Belief.

Family members say he was an avid bird watcher. He contributed to and volunteered for more than 20 organizations.

Mr. Halbert, who was divorced from the former Jean Grant Innes, is survived by a daughter, Sally Innes Halbert of Manhattan, N.Y.; three sons, David John Halbert of Walnut Creek, Calif., Stephen Buck Halbert of North Hollywood, Calif., and Peter Fraser Halbert of Studio City, Calif.; and a sister, Jane Halbert of Baltimore.

Services were held Monday at Druid Ridge Cemetery in Pikesville.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, 296 NinthAve., New York City 10001, or to Partnership for the Homeless Inc., 110 W. 32nd St., New York City 10001.

Cecilia MacDonald

Washington resident

Cecilia vom Rath MacDonald, the wife of a retired Navy rear admiral who accompanied her husband to duty stations in Virginia Beach, Va., and Newport, R.I., died of cancer Wednesday at Bethesda Naval Medical Center. She was 77.

She had lived in Washington, D.C., for the past 35 years.

Born in Bern, Switzerland, to a German father and American mother, Mrs. MacDonald came to the United States with her family at age 8.

She grew up in New York and was educated in England and Switzerland.

Mrs. MacDonald loved animals and had been a member of the Humane Society of the United States.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, retired Rear Adm. Donald J. MacDonald of Washington; three daughters, Pamela Mertz of Bethesda, Cynthia MacDonald of Arlington, Va., and Sandra Hagerstrom of Naples, Fla.; a twin sister, Marie Ewing of Baltimore; another sister, Eleanor Childs of Glen Head, N.Y.; and five grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church, 4835 MacArthur Blvd., Washington.

Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery.

Helen H. MacLeod

Baltimore teacher

Helen H. MacLeod, a retired Baltimore teacher, died Thursday of complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease, at Peninsula General Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. She was 83.

Mrs. MacLeod, the former Helen Mae Hopkins, worked for 33 years as an elementary school teacher in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Somerset and Worcester counties.

She retired in the early 1970s and moved to Florida, where she lived in Clearwater and Melbourne. She was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in November and moved back to Ocean City in May.

Born and reared in Somerset County, she went to Washington High School in Princess Anne and graduated from the two-year teacher's college at Salisbury State University. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Maryland in 1959.

She liked to read and play the organ. She belonged to Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and the Order of the Eastern Star.

She was married to Edward E. McCready, who died in 1963, and to Elmer J. MacLeod, who died in 1972.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Hubbard Funeral Home, 4107 Wilkens Ave. in Baltimore.

She is survived by a son, Richard E. McCready of Ruxton; a stepson, Jack MacLeod of Catonsville; a stepdaughter, Inez Curtis of Catonsville; four sisters, Catherine Ent and Sarah Horner, both of Salisbury, Jean Culver of Fruitland and Cora Lou Adams of Melbourne; a brother, Robert Hopkins of Crisfield; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; nine step-grandchildren; and 14 step-great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Johns Hopkins University Neuromuscular Division, Meyer 5-119, Attn. Lori Clawson, 600 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore 21287-7519.

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