Date Created: 09/08/2016
Last Updated: 09/27/2016

Remembering John Royston Coleman
6/24/1921 - 9/6/2016

Location: Washington, District of Columbia

Visits: 19,061

The family of John R. "Jack" Coleman invite you to leave reflections on a life of many callings that touched many people. For our far-flung friends and relatives, we hope this single place of reflection online will provide a place to come together, to share stories, and to remember a life well lived together.

There will be two gatherings to celebrate Dad's life on the weekend of October 1-2. You are warmly invited to join us for either or both. First, there will be a memorial meeting for worship at 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 1 at the Friends Meeting of Washington here in DC, where Dad made his home and found the warm embrace of community in the final years of his long life. Second, on Sunday October 2 at 1:00 pm, there will be a celebration of his life on the campus of Haverford College, an institution he loved and that continues to love him right back.

If you inspired to give a gift in lieu of flowers, Jack's family ask that you give to Haverford College in support of off-campus service learning, a cause Jack valued and embodied. Please go to, leave the default designation setting as "unrestricted (greatest need)" and in the memo field specify "for service learning in memory of John R. Coleman." If we reach our goal by the end of the fiscal year, this will create a permanent endowment, administered by Haverford's Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, that will support at least one summer internship off-campus per year.




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Recent Memories & Stories

By: Lisa Monahan Saturday, October 01, 2016
Jack was my uncle and a favorite one at that! I will always remember the summer he took me, my brother Carl, and Paul & Steve to Monhegan Isalnd in Maine. I was 9 years old. I felt very special to have been invited to... View Entire Memory
By: Fran Conroy Friday, September 30, 2016
In October 1965 I was a senior at Punahou School in Hawai'i when I heard that the president of Haverford Hugh Borton was to be in Honolulu (he was a historian, specializing in Japan and the Pacific, my potential... View Entire Memory
By: Rick Coleman Friday, September 23, 2016
In 1973 I was still undecided about my college choice when I interviewed with Bill Ambler, Haverford’s director of admission. Afterward he said there was someone else who wanted to meet me. To my utter amazement that... View Entire Memory


Recent Tributes

By: Stuart Rodes Saturday, October 01, 2016
Thank you Jack Coleman for your presence during my two years at Haverford. I took in your words and your example. I have more than once inspired myself with memories of your leadership and sincerity. Recently it has... View Entire Tribute
By: Lorenzo Villalon Tuesday, September 27, 2016
I first met Jack as a wide-eyed (and nervous) freshman in the Fall of '69, when I was quite surprised to learn that my Intro Economics professor was none other than the College President..!! From the beginning, I was... View Entire Tribute
By: Ghebre Selassie Mehreteab Saturday, September 17, 2016
They do not make them like Jack anymore. We remained in contact and friends until his passing. I have lost a teacher, leader, mentor and simply a wonderful human being. Ghebre Selassie Mehreteab 1972 View Entire Tribute


Recent Condolences

By: John Beckerman Saturday, September 10, 2016
Our country is surely a better place and a more interesting one for Jack's long, full and exemplary life of service. He inspired us and we miss him. Harriet and I send our deepest sympathy to his family and other... View Entire Condolence

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