Arthur H. Ebeling

04/08/2010 12:00 AM |

Former Greenport resident Arthur H. Ebeling passed away peacefully at his home in Florham Park, N.J., after a long illness. He was 72.

Mr. Ebeling was a man who loved to travel. He and Nancy, his wife of 44 years, could be found in many places around the world: scuba diving and sailing in the Caribbean, traveling across the silk route in China into Pakistan, tenting on safari in Botswana, hiking in Spain, or golfing in Ireland. Their passports were always up to date.

Born in New York City, Arthur grew up in Greenport, and after graduation from Harpur College, attended NYU for professional studies.

He was a founding member of the Chatham Community Band and played baritone horn in the Westfield Community Band. He served on various committees in Chatham and at Fairmount Country Club.

When they married in 1965, Nancy and Arthur first lived in Prague, where Arthur was headmaster of the English-speaking school at the American Embassy. Then, in 1966, he and a friend opened the Munich International School, which is still in operation.

Ebeling first taught school in Vestal and Sayville, N.Y. During the 40 years that he and his wife lived in Florham Park, he served as principal of several Chatham schools: Washington Avenue School, Chatham Middle School, and Chatham High School. He also served as acting superintendent during the combining of Chatham Borough and Chatham Township High Schools. In 1997 he retired as principal of the High School of the Chathams.

Mr. Ebeling is survived by his wife, the former Nancy Cutter, son Arthur James, daughter-in-law Stacey, grandson Arthur James Jr., granddaughter Heidi Saige, brother John, niece Jennifer, and three great-nephews. Arthur is missed by many loyal friends, colleagues and former students.

A memorial service will be held at a future time.

Memorial donations may be sent to: The Nature Conservancy, Suite 100, 4245 N. Fairfield Drive, Arlington, VA 22203-1606.