It is with heavy hearts that Ridley shares the news that former Headmaster, Dr. Jeremy Packard passed away on Sunday, December 25th at 78 years of age. Dr. Packard served as the school’s sixth Headmaster from 1981 to 1989 and was a beloved leader, teacher, mentor and friend to the Ridley community.
During is eight-year tenure as Headmaster, Dr. Packard made notable and significant reforms – strengthening Ridley’s academic programmes, purposefully increasing female enrollment and championing Ridley’s most successful capital campaign (“The 21st Century Campaign”) to date.
Following his time at Ridley, Jeremy and his wife, Ingrid Cronin, returned home to the United States, where Dr. Packard took post as the President of Wyoming Seminary in Pennsylvania. Throughout his life, Dr. Jeremy Packard showed an unwavering dedication to education, both personally and professionally, and was an active member of countless charitable and non-profit organizations. He was a true Ridleian, set an incredible example for generations of graduates, and will be deeply missed. As Brian Iggulden OR ’67 writes in an upcoming tribute, “Jere was indeed a Ridley giant and all Ridleians are blessed that his life touched ours.”
To Ingrid and their sons, Michael, Dennis and Matthew and to Seth OR ’85 and Eliza OR ’84 (children of Jere by his first wife the late Mary B. Green), we express sincere condolences.
A memorial service for Jeremy Packard will be held on Saturday, January 14th at 11a.m. in the Kirby Center for Creative Arts on Wyoming Seminary’s Upper School campus in Kingston, Pennsylvania.
For the Ridley community, family and friends, Ridley College will host a memorial service in celebration of Mr. Packard’s life and leadership. Dates and times of the service to be announced.