Robert Edward Berney
GRASONVILLE — Robert Edward Berney, 86, of Grasonville, MD, passed away on November 27, 2018, at the Queen Anne’s County Emergency Center in Queenstown, MD. Born on Sept. 13, 1932, in Walla Walla, Washington, he was the son of the late William Edward and Dorothy Adelaide Smith Berney.
Robert graduated from Walla Walla High School, Class of 1950, and earned his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree at Washington State College (later Washington State University — WSU). He earned a PhD in Economics from The University of Wisconsin under a Ford Foundation grant in 1963.
Robert often said that his life-long love of the outdoors and especially, the mountains, began during his Scouting years. He was very active in the Boy Scouts and achieved Eagle Scout status. He attended the National Boy Scout Jamboree in Philadelphia and Valley Forge in 1950, which opened his eyes to the world beyond Walla Walla. Some of his early adventures included Jeep rides and white water rafting. As an active member of the Outing Club of WSC, he learned to ski and mountain climb, acting as president of the club in his junior year. That year, with a group of friends, he ran Hell’s Canyon of the Snake River before it was damned up. He was Vice President of the Senior class graduating from WSC and the ROTC program as a Distinguished Military Graduate in 1954.
He went on to active duty with a regular Army commission and trained at Ft. Benning with the latest class from West Point, earning both Ranger and Airborne certifications and going on to spend his first 18th months with the 82nd Airborne Division. After 4 years in the Army, Robert returned to WSC to get his MA degree in Economics. After earning his PhD in 1963 at Wisconsin, he spent a year with the Royal Commission of Taxation in Ottawa, Canada, and then two years at Arizona State University before joining the Economics Department at WSU, teaching public finance, money and banking and macroeconomics at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He retired after 33 years at WSU in 2000 as a full professor, having spent seven years as Director of Graduate Programs in Economics, seven years as Chair of the Economics Department, a year as Chair of the Faculty Senate, a year visiting at Indiana University, a year with the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, an agency of the Federal Government in D.C. and six years on loan to the Federal Government, mostly as Chief Economist for the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Robert spent his retirement years on the Eastern Shore of Maryland biking 3,000 to 4,000 miles a year, kayaking the beautiful Chesapeake Bay around Kent Narrows, and traveling the world. He was an active member of the Queen Anne’s County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
One of Robert’s proudest accomplishments was having climbed Mount Rainier in Washington State with all four of his children. He was a great lover of the outdoors and a supporter of many environmental organizations.
Robert is survived by his long-time life partner, Georgette Toews; son, Michael Berney, of Pullman, WA; daughter, Marybeth Berney, of Olympia, WA; son, Tim Berney, of Maui, HI; grandsons: Jamieson Berney, of Aberdeen, WA; Wesley Berney, of Maui, HI; and sister, Barbara McCornack of Fort Collins, CO. He was predeceased by his son, Peter Berney; and his brother, William “Bill” Berney.
Services will be private and held at a later date in Washington.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Robert’s name to The Nature Conservancy, The American Himalayan Foundation, The Robert E. Berney Endowed Fellowship in Economics Sciences of Washington State University or The Peter William Berney Scholarship Fund of Washington State University.
Online condolences may be made at: www.fhnfuneral home.com. work for Safeway as a clerk and was a member of Local #27 UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers) and was shop steward at the Kent Island Safeway for many years. Jim retired in 2010. He was an avid skier in his 20’s and 30’s and took many trips with the Baltimore Ski Club. His favorite trip was to Banff in Alberta, Canada. He enjoyed fishing and crabbing and was a member of the Kent Island Fishermen’s Club.
Jim is survived by his loving wife, Patty Goddard, of Stevensville, MD; son, James Wayne Goddard, of Yorkshire, England; daughter, Kaycie McLaughlin and her husband Patrick, of Annapolis, MD; and grand-dog, Ellie, of Annapolis, MD.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Kent Island American Legion, 800 Romancoke Road, Stevensville, MD, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Jim really loved his granddog, Ellie. With that in mind, in lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to: Friends of Anne Arundel County Animal Control, P.O. Box 45, Millersville, MD 21108. www.faacac.org
www.fhnfuneralhome.com in Washington, D.C., Freia was the daughter of the late Kurt Otto and Frieda Hansen Kahle. She graduated from Calvin Coolidge High School in the class of 1949, and on Dec. 7, 1950, she married Warren Williamson Kershow of Washington, D.C.
She worked as a medical secretar y at the Walter Reed Army Hospital. She raised her family in the Annapolis area, and worked part time for the Maryland General Assembly, and would later work full time as an Administrative Assistant to the Academic Dean at the Naval Academy in Annapolis until she retired in 1985.
Mrs. Kershow was a member of the Adult Day Care Foundation of Queen Anne’s County, co-founder of the Prospect Bay Garden Club, past president of the Ladies 9-hole Golf and a member of Immanuel United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir. Prior to that she sang at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church choir in Annapolis from 1965-1986. Choir singing for her started at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Washington, DC, at the age of 9 years. Love for family, friends, church, music, gardening, and travel filled her life.
Mrs. Kershow is sur vived by her husband, Warren W. Kershow; two sons: Kurt Warren (Dena Hixon) Kershow, of Tacoma Park, MD; Scott Salisbury (Kim) Kershow, of Centreville; daughter, Diane Kershow (Andrew) Hanlon, of Chester; and four grandchildren: Dorothy Russo and Marshall Hanlon, Madeleine and Clara Kershow. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by daughter, Kathryn Louise Kershow; and two sisters: Frieda Wilkerson Kathe Barber. All ser vices will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Compass Regional Hospice, 160 Coursevall Dr., Centreville, MD 21617, and the American Cancer Society www. donate3.cancer.org