Rev Lorin Webster

Rev Lorin Webster

Claremont, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 5 Jul 1923 (aged 65)
Beijing, Beijing Municipality, China
Burial Holderness, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA
Memorial ID 41733558 · View Source
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I believe this to be a memorial gravesite and that Lorin and Jennie are buried in Peking.

Lorin married, July 10, 1884, Jennie Josephine Adams.

Lorin Webster Dead

The many friends of the late Lorin Webster, L. H. D., were greatly shocked and saddened last Friday when the papers announced that his son Harold has received a cablegram from his brother Dr. Webster had died suddenly of heart disease in Peking, China, on Thursday, July 5th.

Dr. Webster and Mrs. Webster left New Hampshire for Peking in August of last year. He had accepted the professorship of English in the Peking Union Medical College where his son, Dr. Jerome Webster is assistant surgeon in the hospital connected with the college. There had been no intimation of ill health in letters received, in fact the latest letter stated they were all in good health and enjoying life there.

Dr. Webster was born in Claremont July 29, 1857, the son of Lorin Atkins and Sophronia Pierce Webster. He was educated at St. Paul's School, Concord, where he was graduated with the degree of A. B. in 1880, and won his degree of A. M. in 1883, the same year he was graduated from Berkeley Divinity School. Trinity College also bestowed on him in 1908 the degree L. D. H.

He was ordained deacon and priest of the Episcopal Church in 1883 and immediately became master of Holderness School, serving in that capacity for a year, when he became rector of St. Mark's Parish at Ashland, continuing there until 1892, when he became rector and headmaster of Holderness school. He remained in that position until last year when he resigned to take up the work in China, his departure being a matter of state-wide regret.

In 1903 Dr. Webster established Camp Wachusett for boys at Asquam lake, one of the best conducted in the state. The first ten years of his service were hard and trying, for the country was passing through a financial depression, and the school had received a black eye, but with splendid sympathy, support and cooperation of Bishop Niles, he won the battle, and early in the present century the school began to increase in numbers and in reputation. He was the president of the New Educational council in 1908-10, the New Hampshire Schoolmasters 1908-09, of the Grafton County Agricultural Fair Association, 1896-09, the New Hampshire Teachers' Association 1899-02, a member of the Phi Upsilon fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa, A. F. & A. M.

He was also a poet of no mean ability and a substantial book of poems from his pen appeared a few years ago, entitled. "Chips from a Busy Workshop," and was favorably commented on. Until he took his departure last year, Dr. Webster had been a familiar figure here in Plymouth for thirty years. Notwithstanding the fact that his duties at the school called for an enormous amount of energy and business ability with which he was so generously endowed, he was always ready to give his active support to any local project which seemed to him worthwhile. He brought Holderness School to a high standard of success and standing among secondary schools but was compelled, like many other schoolmasters, to see it slip backward from the effects of the World War and a sharp shrinkage in the income from its invested funds.

There was no let-up in the educational standards however. In our personal contacts with him we came to wonder at his varied knowledge. Religious doctrine, church government, education, music, literature, philosophy and all were included in his field of knowledge and in all he held to clear the sane judgments and with this he always had the qualities of a successful business man, unbounded energy and industry; a rare combination. In his younger years he was so closely linked to his school and to New Hampshire educational and musical activities that he felt impelled to decline opportunities to go elsewhere, even to the extent of refusing a request that he be a candidate for the office of Bishop of his church in another state.

The sympathy of a host of friends goes to Mrs. Webster, sorrowing in that far-away land.

I found the death documents for Lorin issued by the Consul General in Peiping. He was cremated in Peiping, and his ashes were stored in the vault at "P. U. M. C." which I think is Peking University. What I did not find is China records of Josephine's death in China. Anyway, their son J. P. was also at PUMC at the time. She returned to the States on the SS Aquitania with Jerome arriving in New York on Mar. 13, 1926. It is conceivable that Lorin's ashes were brought back from China, and since this is a vault, I think this is Josephine's body and Lorin's ashes. Your mileage may vary. - Rebecca

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Lorin Webster, L.H.D. | Born July 29, 1857 | Rector of Holderness School 1892-1922 | Died July 5, 1923 | And His Wife | Jennie Josephine Adams | Born July 11, 1858 | Died August 26, 1929

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