Deceased October 22, 2013
Ned Neale, a highly likable, open and caring member of our class, passed away on Oct. 22, 2013, at Cape Cod Hospital from complications of CLL. Ned came to us in 1949 from White Plains High School, the eldest son of Laura and J. Henry Neale ’24. At Amherst, he majored in political science; all his life, he loved to read about, think about and discuss politics. After our first year, he shifted some of his energies to bond more with an extraordinary Delta Kappa Epsilon ’53 “band of brothers,” serving as president one year and building lifelong friendships.
Ned and I became close friends in New York City after his two years as a U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant and move to Manhattan, where he launched a 44-year career as an agent for the New York Life Insurance Co. He and Barbara Schreyer were married in 1964.
Here are four alliterative adjectives that help to define his lifelong persona. He was these and much more:
Caring: Ned always showed empathy for others, especially those in need.
Cheerful: Who can forget that smile and positive attitude? Ned and Barbara were always welcoming, hospitable hosts who loved to gather friends at their home. You can bet most of the parties centered on music and the piano, which Ned loved to play.
Conscientious: As a stellar insurance agent, Ned earned every award and honor possible and volunteered often in the community.
Competitive: Ned and I had a long tennis singles rivalry through 2004. Always a gracious competitor, Ned won more, but not all, of the matches.
Besides Barbara, Ned is survived by son Russell Neale ’87 and his wife, Lisette; daughter Virginia and her husband, Daniel Lombard; six grandchildren; a brother, J.Henry Neale ’61; and sister-in-law Sue.
Ned is sorely missed by the Class of 1953 and all who crossed his path. With so many friends in so many places, a memorial service is being planned for next summer on Cape Cod.
Phil Ransom ’53
Russell F.Neale ’87