Margaret Elisabeth Rose Webber, beloved wife of Christopher L. Webber, Class of 1956, and daughter of Lawrence Rose, our 6th Dean, died on October 27, 2017, in San Francisco, California, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Syndrome.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, on November 17, 1935, where her father was teaching theology, Margaret Webber grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, and New York City where her father was Dean of Berkeley Seminary before being called as 6th Dean and President of General. She graduated from St. Margaret’s School in Waterbury, CT, and Radcliffe College where she sang with the Radcliffe Choral Society.
After working briefly for the Oxford University Press in New York and appearing in off-Broadway productions of Gilbert and Sullivan, she starred in a production of “Pirates of Penzance” at General Seminary. There she met Christopher L. Webber, a tutor and fellow at General, and married him in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. They lived in Brooklyn, NY, Lynbrook, NY, and Tokyo, Japan, before moving to Bronxville, NY, where Chris was Rector of Christ Church for many years. She was Director of Volunteers for the Westchester Chapter of the American Cancer Society and then created the volunteer program for the first American Hospice at St. Luke’s Hospital, New York. She served then as Director of Volunteers at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx and in the same capacity at Montefiore Medical Center. After retiring from health care she developed a career as a travel advisor, specializing in guided group tours of the British Isles. After a life lived in cities and suburbs, she and her husband retired happily to rural Sharon, Connecticut, living in an environmentally sensitive home that she helped design. In retirement, she sang with the Kent Singers and cultivated her long interest in both classic 19th century and contemporary detective novels. In recent years, the Webbers moved to San Francisco to be nearer family.
Margaret Webber is survived by her husband of sixty years, Christopher L. Webber, four children: Michael J. Webber of Chiriqui, Panama, and his wife Maureen Laverty, Elisabeth R. Gruner of Richmond, Virginia, and her husband, Mark Gruner, Lawrence A. Webber of Jackson Heights, NY, and Caroline M. Grant of San Francisco, and her husband Anthony Grant, four grandchildren, Mariah Gruner, Rose Gruner, Ben Grant, and Eli Grant, and her two sisters, Judith Rose of Madison, WI, and Frances Besmer of Kent, CT.
Requiem Eucharists were celebrated at All Saints Church, San Francisco, and St. Paul’s Church, Bantam, Connecticut, with Bishop Ian Douglas of Connecticut presiding. Burial was in the Ellsworth Hill Cemetery in Sharon, CT.