The global community of boys' schools mourns F. Washington "Tony" Jarvis III, who died October 7, 2018, at CareDimensions Hospice Home in Lincoln, MA, after a long illness. Tony was 79.
"Tony was a giant of a man upon whose shoulders we stand and whose memory will continue to inspire us to guide, mentor, and most importantly, love the boys we serve. Rest in peace, Tony Jarvis," reflected David Armstrong, IBSC excecutive director.
"Tony was one of the fiercest proponents of boys' schools, and, along with Rick Hawley, convened boys' school headmasters in the early '90s at Roxbury Latin beginning an important, empowering dialogue that would eventually help lead to the founding of IBSC. While a catalytic, supportive colleague to countless of us in schools, he was at his best in his own school tending in an exquisitely pastoral way to every single boy. Each boy was indeed known and loved," said Kerry P. Brennan, headmaster of The Roxbury Latin School (United States), and former IBSC president.
A graduate of St. Mark's School and Harvard College, Tony received his M.A. from Cambridge University in England, and his S.T.B. from the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Bowdoin College, Middlebury College, and the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale have awarded him honorary doctorates.
An Episcopal priest, Jarvis served as curate at St. Paul's Church in Cleveland, Ohio, 1964-71. In 1971, he was appointed chairman of the History Department at University School in Cleveland, and the following year assistant director, upper school. For 30 years, he served as headmaster of Roxbury Latin School, the oldest school in continuous existence in North America. Later, Jarvis served as chaplain and master at Eton College in England, and as scholar-in-residence at schools in Perth and Sydney, Australia. He spoke at numerous educational conferences and schools in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and United States.
Jarvis founded the Educational Leadership and Ministry Program at the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. This pioneering program seeks to prepare students for service in education.
In 1989, Tony and Dr. Richard Hawley, longstanding headmaster of the University School, met to discuss their mutual concerns about the future direction of boys' schools. As a result they formed a group of similarly concerned leaders of boys' schools to broaden the conversation and share ideas. Under their leadership the group founded the International Boys' Schools Coalition (IBSC) in 1995, with the goal to celebrate the lives and education of boys. Both experienced school leaders and master teachers, Hawley and Jarvis embody the spirit of servant leadership that continues to inspire the work of IBSC.
Devoted to education, Jarvis was past president of the Headmasters Association of the United States and the Country Day School Headmasters Association, and former chairman of the Commission on Independent Schools of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. He served on the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission. He was a trustee of the Independent School Association of Massachusetts, Winsor School, American Friends of Maru a Pula in Botswana, and Portsmouth Abbey School. Since 1976, he was priest associate at All Saints' Church, Ashmont, an inner-city parish in Boston.
His book, With Love and Prayers, a collection of 40 addresses to students, won the Christopher Award for adult nonfiction.
Tony was predeceased by his sister, Faith Crandall Jarvis Smith, and is survived by his brother-in-law, Craig E. Smith of Hingham, MA; his nephews, Ned Smith and his wife Kristin of Houston, TX, and Benjamin G. J. Smith and his wife Stacey of Acton, MA; his niece Cricket Smith Segaloff and her husband, Brett, of Harvard; and his five great nieces and nephews: Catie, Annie, Timmy, Sarah, and Teddy.
Visitation at the Parish of All Saints, Ashmont will be 4:00-8:00 PM on Friday, October 12. A Solemn Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 13. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Tony to the Parish of All Saints, Ashmont, 209 Ashmont Street, Dorchester, MA 02124 or The Roxbury Latin School, 101 Saint Theresa Avenue, West Roxbury, MA 02132.