Ned Brown MacPhail

Sunday, August 30, 2015

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

Born Oct. 5, 1932 in San Antonio, Texas, he was the son of John William and Freda (Brown) MacPhail.

Ned was a 1950 graduate of Portland High School in Portland, Ind. He received his bachelor's degree from Ball State University.

He 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, Tenn.

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 chairman 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 professors.

He was an accomplished painter in pastels, having Ray French as a mentor, and displaying his artwork 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 and husband, Gary, Blair S. MacPhail and wife, Alice, Lorinda MacPhail Hohenbrink and husband, Peter, and Heather MacPhail-Fausey and 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; stepgrandsons, 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 conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3 at Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home, Greencastle, with interment to follow at Forest Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

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