Ned Brown MacPhail

Ned Brown MacPhail, age 82, of Greencastle, passed away on Sunday, August 30, 2015.

Born October 5, 1932 in San Antonio, TX, he was the son of John William and Freda (Brown) MacPhail. Ned was a graduate of Portland High School “Class of 1950” in Portland, IN. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Ball State University. Joined and served in the United States Army and returned to the University of Michigan, earning his Master’s Degree. He received his Doctorate in Education from the George Peabody School for Teachers, associated with Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.

Dr. MacPhail came to DePauw University in 1962 and served as a Professor in Education, teaching Philosophy of Education and monitoring student teachers from DePauw at area schools. He also served as the Department Chair for seven years. Retiring from DePauw in 1997 as Professor Emeritus.

Ned was a member of Kiwanis, Rotary, NCATE. and the Ducks of Dixieland Jazz Band, made up of DePauw University Professors. He was an accomplished painter in pastels, having Ray French as a mentor, and displaying his art work at the Hoosier Salon.

He was an athlete, having played tennis for Ball State University, a great friend, father, and husband.

Survivors include his wife, Jo R. (Wagoner) MacPhail; children, Tamra MacPhail Sewell & husband, Gary Blair S. MacPhail & wife, Alice, Lorinda MacPhail Hohenbrink & husband, Peter, and Heather MacPhail-Fausey & husband, Bryan; stepsons, Philip P. Zeller and James A. Zeller; grandchildren, Matthew Staub, Sarah MacPhail, Margaret MacPhail, Xavier MacPhail-Fausey, Alex MacPhail-Fausey, Ian MacPhail-Fausey, Rebekah MacPhail-Fausey,and Phoebe MacPhail-Fausey; step grandsons, Lucus Zeller, and Lincoln Zeller.

He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Ruth Joan (Scholer) MacPhail; and a brother, Patrick MacPhail.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, September 3, 2015at the Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home with interment to follow at the Forest Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 2nd from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory to the American Heart Association

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