John Francis Edgell
TAMPA, Fla. - John Francis Edgell, 92, of Tampa, Fla., formerly of Culver , passed away on
March 10, 2006, in Tampa. He was a faculty member of the Culver Academies, where he was an English teacher, a
counselor and later Dean of the Academies. He was active in the Maxinkuckee Yacht Club, having served as Commodore,
the Indiana Historical Society, and several professional associations.
Mr. Edgell received a bachelor's degree in English from Amherst College and master's degrees from Columbia University
(English) and Indiana University (guidance and counseling). He grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he was born. He was
an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Mr. Edgell was predeceased by his wife, Mary Elizabeth; his stepson, J. Rodney Todd; and his brother, James Edgell. He
is survived by his stepdaughters Nan Todd Kutcher of Tampa, Fla., and Mary Todd Platt and husband John of Houston,
Texas. Grandchildren include: Mary Ann Kutcher Bucklan and husband Brad of Orlando, Fla.; Louis (“Tres”) Kutcher and
wife Paula of Cincinnati, Ohio; Lisa Platt Lane of Houston, Texas; and Jennifer Platt Conforti and husband Dave of Los
Angeles, Calif. Great-grandchildren include: Alexander and Jacqueline Bucklan of Orlando; Hannah, Andrew and Jonathan
Kutcher of Cincinnati; and Hartley and Alexandra Conforti of Los Angeles. He is also survived by nephews James Edgell of
Brooklyn, N.Y.; Donald Edgell and wife of Burke, Va.; and Katherine (K.C.) Edgell and husband of Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.
A memorial service will be held this summer in Culver . Gifts in memory of Mr. Edgell may be made to the Huffington Library
at the Culver Academies in Culver - Pilot News 3/24/2006
John Edgell Family
John Francis Edgell was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1913, the first of three children born to Frank Dexter and Katherine
Campbell Edgell, transplanted New Englanders and teachers in the New York Schools. John kept the New England tradition
alive by graduating from Amherst College; a bit later there were two graduate years at Columbia, while he held various jobs
in retailing - notably with the Doubleday Bookshop chain.
Having settled on teaching as a career, he came to Culver at the invitation of the then Dean, William E. Gregory, in 1939, as
a teacher and coach. After four years of grading English papers and leading his fencing team to two undefeated seasons, he
was commissioned in the Navy, trained at Harvard, and served until the autumn of 1946 as a communications officer, mainly
in the Pacific, and as a personnel officer at Great Lakes, returning to Culver when released as a lieutenant and shifting his major
efforts from the classroom to a counselor's office a year after his return.
Mary Elizabeth Young Todd Edgell was born in Bellfontaine, Ohio, the only daughter and youngest child of Omer and Ruby Young,
but grew up in and around Richmond and Fountain City. After stints at the University of Arizona and the American Art Academy in
Chicago, Illinois, she married the late James Bliss Todd of Flora, with whom she had three children: Nancy Jane, now professional
writer, is the wife of Professor L. W. Kutcher of the University of South Florida in Tampa and mother of L. W. Kutcher III of
Indianapolis and Mary Ann (Mrs Bradley Bucklan) of Orlando, Florida; James Rodney, an architectural designer who for many years
had an office in Plymouth; and Mary Esther, the owner of a design firm, is the wife of John Platt, an oil executive of Houston, Texas,
and is the mother of Lisa and Jennifer Platt, college students.
John Edgell and Mary Young Todd were married in February, 1954, and in 1957 built the house they have since lived in at 865 East
Shore, Culver . Mary became active in educational, charitable, and social organizations, especially Tri Kappa, where she helped found
the Culver Chapter and twice served as its president. In 1966 John moved from the counseling staff to the academic office at Culver
Military Academy becoming Dean in 1975. He served as Commodore of the Maxinkuckee Yacht Club in 1972, and was for several years
a director of the Maxinkuckee Lake Association; serving as it secretary in 1965. In. 1967 he was elected president of the Northern
Reaching mandatory retirement age in 1978, John took as post-retirement job at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock Arkansas, remaining
for six winters. Mary joined him most of each year, but they kept their home in Culver, returning to it every summer and a number
of other school vacations. Fully retired now, they continue to live in Culver, maintaining their activity in local and other organizations.
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