Archibald R. Montgomery Iii, Educator

October 28, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Archibald Roger "Tad" Montgomery III, who had been head of Garrison Forest School, died from heart failure Thursday at a Gladwyne, Pa., retirement community. He was 85.

He was born and raised in Wayne, Pa. After graduating from Westminster School in Simsbury, Conn., in 1943, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in the Pacific Theater.

Mr. Montgomery earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in English from the University of Pennsylvania in 1949. He began his teaching career at Westminster School, and he was named headmaster at Garrison Forest in 1959.

"Tad loved Garrison Forest School," said his wife of 60 years, the former Anita Clothier Packard. "It was a special, family school where we raised our children and were welcomed warmly into the Baltimore community."

From 1968 to 1973, he was headmaster at the Hill School in Pottstown, Pa., and subsequently was headmaster of St. Stephens Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, and the Kent Place School in Summit, N.J., from which he retired in 1988.

He enjoyed spending summers at his camp in the Adirondacks.

Services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at St. David's Episcopal Church in Wayne, Pa.

Also surviving are a son, former Gilman School headmaster Archibald R. Montgomery IV, of Asheville, N.C.; three daughters, Anita P. Montgomery of Seattle, Elizabeth M. Zimmerman of Chester Springs, Pa., and Carolyn C. Montgomery of New York City; and seven grandchildren. A daughter, Katharine E. Montgomery, died in 1983.

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