Robert Ed­ward Ber­ney

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Obituaries -

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 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.faa­

www.fh­n­fu­ner­al­ 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.can­

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