JOHN EDMONDSON Obituary (1928 – 2022) – Silver Spring, MD

EDMONDSON John Edmondson “Jack” John “Jack” Edmondson of Rockville, MD, formerly of Washington, DC, died January 3, 2022 at age 93. Beloved brother of Jane Wasson (Ed) and Bryan (deceased, Susan), father of Anna (Peter), Bebe (Jose) and Paul (Maria); devoted grandfather of Tucker, Chloe, Josephine, Julien and Sean; beloved uncle, cousin and friend to countless others. Jack was also blessed with a devoted companion and helper, Rachel Abebaw. He received exceptional and loving care from the staff of Maple Ridge Group Home for the five years prior to his death. Born October 14, 1928, to Ralph and Katherine Edmondson, Jack grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey, graduated from Pingry School, Union College, and earned a law degree from the University of Virginia. He was predeceased by his late wife, Krystyna Edmondson, on November 23, 2005. His early career began with the Cooperative for Assistance and Emergency ReliefEverywhere (CARE International) in Germany and Poland under the Marshall Plan after the World War II, where he met his future wife. The couple married civilly and left Poland in 1960 for Chile and Ecuador. They settled in Washington, DC, where Jack began a long career in international development as a low-income housing specialist at the Cooperative Housing Foundation (now Global Communities). He was a leader in his field and a staunch ally in the fight for equality and social justice. The global and benevolent view of his uncle, the documentary filmmaker Julien Bryan, left an indelible mark on him. Influenced by European socialist models of affordable housing, Jack has traveled to countries including Haiti, Botswana, Lesotho, Ghana, Ethiopia, Egypt and India, facilitating the development of thousands of homes for the poorest. Jack and Krystyna then moved to East Jerusalem for three years, where he worked for the Cooperative Development Project in support of Palestinian agricultural cooperatives. Upon returning to Washington, DC, Jack worked for the Unitarian Universalist Affordable Housing Corporation, focusing on the housing needs of DC’s low-income population. He was an active member of the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace. Jack was a member of the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation for decades. He was a great traveler, played tennis and chess, enjoyed fishing, cooking, gardening, reading, learning people’s stories and providing meals for visitors from all walks of life. He is committed to self-improvement, including reassessment counseling, and has participated in countless political marches and campaigns. Jack leaves behind a legacy of love, activism and lifelong learning. Memories can be shared at https://rappfuneral.com/tribute/details/46655/John-Edmondson/obituary.html#tribute-start. A memorial service will be held in 2022, on a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice. The couple married civilly and left Poland in 1960 for Chile and Ecuador. They settled in Washington, DC, where Jack began a long career in international development as a low-income housing specialist at the Cooperative Housing Foundation (now Global Communities). He was a leader in his field and a staunch ally in the fight for equality and social justice. The global and benevolent view of his uncle, the documentary filmmaker Julien Bryan, left an indelible mark on him. Influenced by European socialist models of affordable housing, Jack has traveled to countries including Haiti, Botswana, Lesotho, Ghana, Ethiopia, Egypt and India, facilitating the development of thousands of homes for the poorest. Jack and Krystyna then moved to East Jerusalem for three years, where he worked for the Cooperative Development Project in support of Palestinian agricultural cooperatives. Upon returning to Washington, DC, Jack worked for the Unitarian Universalist Affordable Housing Corporation, focusing on the housing needs of DC’s low-income population. He was an active member of the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace. Jack was a member of the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation for decades. He was a great traveler, played tennis and chess, enjoyed fishing, cooking, gardening, reading, learning people’s stories and providing meals for visitors from all walks of life. He is committed to self-improvement, including reassessment counseling, and has participated in countless political marches and campaigns. Jack leaves behind a legacy of love, activism and lifelong learning. Memories can be shared at https://rappfuneral.com/tribute/details/46655/John-Edmondson/obituary.html#tribute-start. A memorial service will be held in 2022, on a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.

Published by the Washington Post on January 23, 2022.

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