The VirtualBoxwell Team is sad to announce the passing Earl Tatum. Tatum was a Parnell staff member from 1961 to 1968. For many years Tatum served as Provisional Leader–a temporary Scoutmaster for Scouts coming to camp without a troop–before fully joining the staff in 1965 as Activity Yard Director. Tatum eventually joined the ranks of the professional staff and served as Camp Director at Parnell in 1967 and 1968.
Tatum passed away in January 2019 at the age of 76.
The VirtualBoxwell Team is sad to announce the passing of Frank Arias. Frank had served on the Boxwell staff from 1982 to 1985. He began his run at Boxwell as Stahlman’s Kitchen Director. At the end of that summer he joined the ranger staff as an Assistant Ranger for Willie Claud. He remained until 1985 when he moved on to other projects. Frank was a Vietnam Veteran, a Little League coach, and a Scoutmaster.
Frank Arias passed away July 22, 2021. He was 75 years old.
The VirtualBoxwell Team is sad to announce the passing of Ted Rodgers. Ted served on the Boxwell staff from 1984 to 1989. A Stahlman staff member, he spent his first years in the Activity Yard before moving to the Waterfront staff. Ted pursued accounting in his post-Boxwell life, serving on the faculty of the University of South Carolina’s School of Business and, more recently (since 2010), as part of the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.
Ted Rodgers had been battling cancer for some time. He passed away this last weekend, July 17-18, 2021.
Below is the notice of his death from Emory University.
The VirtualBoxwell Team is sad to announce the passing of Shawn Stewart. Shawn had served on the Boxwell staff in 1986 and 1987. He was part of Tom Willhite’s Crippled Crab staff. After leaving Boxwell, Shawn completed a PhD in Psychology in 1999 and worked at a counseling center at Indiana State University for several years. His advocated for gender equality as well as for the autistic and LGBTQ communities.
The VirtualBoxwell Team is sad to announce the passing of Ron Oakes. Ron was Stahlman’s second Camp Director, joining the Boxwell staff for the 1962 and 1963 seasons. He had been a Scout himself, a member of troop 174 out of Sparta and eventually started his professional career under Ward Akers in 1960 as the DE for the Central District. He rose to Director of Field Service before securing his own council in 1976, the Pine Burr Area Council in Hattiesburg, MS. He later joined the Regional Staff out of Atlanta, serving 34 years as a professional Scouter.