SALISBURY, Md. - Merrill A. Ewing, 89, of Salisbury, died peacefully on Sunday, March 31, 2013 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake. Born on September 10, 1923 in Des Moines, he grew up on a farm in Indianola, Iowa as the son of the late Frank and Ruth Hammon Ewing. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII with the 20th Armored Division in Europe as a Communications Specialist and was awarded a Bronze Star. Upon returning he completed his undergraduate studies at Simpson College and received a B.S. in Business Administration. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and earned Pi Gamma Mu and Pi Kappa Delta honors. He had a lifelong passion for learning and commitment to education. He began his career as Assistant Business Manager at Simpson College in Indianola shortly after graduating from there in 1946. In 1954, he took a position as Controller at American University in Washington, D.C. and moved on to become Treasurer at A.U. while raising his family of four daughters with his first wife, Jeanne. He also earned his M.B.A. at American University during his time there. In 1970, the family moved to South Hadley, MA where Merrill took a position as Business Manager and later Treasurer of Mount Holyoke College and worked until his retirement in 1986. Under College Presidents David Truman and later Elizabeth Kennan, he helped to lead Mount Holyoke through the challenging political and economic times of the post-Vietnam War, the energy crisis and divestment in South Africa in protest of apartheid. Always fully engaged in his community and his profession, Merrill served in leadership positions in many organizations, including as President of both the Eastern and the National Association of College and University Business Officers; on the Board of Trustees at Holyoke Hospital, in the Junior Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. and the Rotary Club in both Massachusetts and Maryland. His entire life he was a member of community and church organizations actively seeking to serve others in need. Even at 80 years old, he joined the Trinity United Methodist Church on a mission trip to Mississippi to help rebuild houses after hurricane Katrina.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his first wife of 47 years, Jeanne Moore Ewing. Merrill Ewing is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Tish (Margaret) Ewing of Salisbury and her children: Anne Foley of Madison, CT, Peggi Kelly of Timonium, MD, Kathe Ulman of Baltimore, MD, Jim Ulman of Jarrettsville, MD, and Sally Collier of Fairfax Station, VA, their spouses and their many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Dorothy Keeton of Fort Worth, TX, his four devoted daughters: Carole Lindsay of Salisbury, Lynne Lewis and her husband Harley of Salisbury, Mary Ellen Ewing of North Bethesda, MD, and Janet Ewing and her partner Alice Yang of Sunderland, MA; as well as a grandson, Robert Philpula; and five nieces and nephews.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Salisbury. Rev. George Patterson will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Merrill's name to the Merrill and Jeanne Moore Ewing Endowed Scholarship at Simpson College through the Office of College Advancement, Simpson College, 701 N. C Street, Indianola, IA 50125; or to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802. Arrangements are in care of the Holloway Funeral Home, P.A. 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD 21804. To send condolences to the family please visit Holloway Funeral Home's website.