John M. Spence III, 75

Professor, volunteer

April 01, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

John Morland Spence III, a retired college professor and active volunteer, died of cancer Saturday at his Chestertown home. He was 75.

Mr. Spence was born in Baltimore and raised in Homeland. He was a 1950 graduate of Gilman School and earned his bachelor's degree from Washington and Lee University in 1954.

After serving in the Army for two years, he worked as a caseworker for the old Baltimore welfare department in its protective services division. From 1962 to 1968, he was planning director for the old Health and Welfare Council of Baltimore.

In 1968, he moved to Columbia, S.C., where he was director of the planning division of United Community Services for three years, until joining the faculty of the University of South Carolina College of Social Work in 1971.

After retiring in 1993, Mr. Spence moved to Chestertown, where he served on the board of the Community Food Pantry and volunteered with the Chester Valley Mediation Service.

"He was keenly interested in literature, history and sports," said his wife of 42 years, the former Betty Hardy.

Mr. Spence was also active in Washington College's Academy of Life Long Learning.

He was a communicant of St. Paul's Parish Kent, 7579 Sandy Bottom Road, Chestertown, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Also surviving are two daughters, Scarlett H. Spence of Bethlehem, Pa., and Anne M. Spence of Greenville, S.C.; a sister, Pamela Spence of Richmond, Va.; and two grandchildren.

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